Thursday, 31 May 2018

Cliffs of Moher Day Trip | Ireland

     So, if you haven't seen them already, I recently shared the first two posts about my recent trip to Ireland, featuring a few days in Dublin, and a day trip to Blarney. This is the third and final instalment of the trip, featuring the other day trip I did, to the Cliffs of Moher. I used the same company as I did for Blarney (Paddywagon), and was overall pleased with the quality of service on both days, even though it did still feel a bit too tourist-y at times. Some of the commentary on the second day overlapped with the first, about Irish history, but I understand why they all do that, as many people will only go on one trip with them. I still listened, as some people offer up different details on the same stories, so I wasn't bored! It was also a fantastically sunny day, which was perfect for a trip mainly focussed on enjoying the views of the coast and Ireland's natural scenery!

Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Monday, 28 May 2018

Blarney Day Trip | Ireland

     As much as I did enjoy exploring Dublin while staying there last week, there's far more of Ireland to see outside the city. Since I stayed in the country for five days in total, I had plenty of time to take a couple of day trips to other regions. Many people opt to rent a car to go around more of the country, but as I haven't driven in several years now, I ended up going on coach trips instead (Paddywagon Tours). These aren't always my preference, as they feel just a bit too tourist-y, but they were the best option I had, and it meant that as well as seeing other locations, I also got to listen to the driver's commentary, about Ireland's history, stories, and the regions we were driving through, so I probably learned more than I would have otherwise. Anyways, the first day trip I did was to Blarney Castle, in County Cork, as well as a couple of other places on the way there and back.

Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland

Saturday, 26 May 2018

3 Days in Dublin | Ireland

     So, if you follow me on Instagram, then you likely know that I was in Ireland last week - and if you don't, why not? Have a look here! Anyways, I took a few days off work, my first holiday in months, and decided to hop over the water to Ireland for a few days, since I've never actually been before, despite how close it is. I was there for five days, based in Dublin throughout (I would've posted sooner, but then I went to my parents' for a few days, where the wifi is almost non-existent). I went on a few day trips out of the city - more of those to come next week! - and spent three full days exploring the city itself. I had booked early and late flights to maximise my time, and although it, of course, wasn't enough to see absolutely every sight in the city, I felt it was a good amount of time to see what I was most interested in.

Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland

Monday, 21 May 2018

Outfit - A Pirate's Life

      I feel like this week's outfit is maybe a little less obvious than some of my previous ones? Anyway, I've returned to the villainous side, with a look inspired by Captain Hook, from 'Peter Pan'. I didn't have a red cardigan or jacket (and part of this project is not going out and buying specific items all the time!), nor a white top quite as frilly as his, but I thought the peplum hem of this one, plus the flared skirt made it a bit more flouncy! The colour of the skirt is obviously to match his outfit, and the black boots are pretty close to his too. I went with feathered earrings, since I don't have a feathered cap, and a pirate medallion necklace, which has an inscription about the Jolly Roger! I added a bracelet and ring to one hand, with the silver metal meant to echo his hook. Finally, I have purple tinted makeup, to bring in the purple on his hat, and I'd slept with my hair in braids anyway, which captures some of the volume of his hair!

Captain Hook Disneybound outfit - white peplum top, red flared skirt, black tights & heeled ankle boots

Saturday, 19 May 2018

My Favourite Quotes - Part 3

"Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within" (Tennyson)

"And all that's best of dark and bright/ Meet in her aspect and her eyes" (Byron)

"Life is but a day, a fragile dewdrop on its perilous way" (Keats)

"I am not afraid of storms for I'm learning how to sail my ship" (Louisa May Alcott)

Climb that goddam mountain, Jack Kerouac quote

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Pentlands Capital View | Hiking Edinburgh

     We've had some absolutely wonderful weather here in Scotland over the past few weeks, a rare occurrence for us! It's been nice for so long that I'm starting to get wary of how long it can last - surely the rain is due any moment now? But I did take advantage of this lovely warm, sunny weather the other day to go on a hike, in the Pentlands Hills, which are just to the south of Edinburgh. They cover a very large area, so there's hikes of all lengths and ability levels. I only had a few hours, being between tours, so I picked one of the shorter ones, the Capital View Walk.

Capital Hill Walk, Pentland Hills, Edinburgh, Scotland

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Outfit - I Won't Say

     I'm back to classic Disney characters this week, and it's been such good weather here lately, that I had to go with something light and spring-appropriate. I picked Meg, from 'Hercules', this time, and this purple dress seemed perfect for her. I especially like how the thin straps look, it seems right for her style. My sandals were the obvious choice for this Grecian look, and I added the grey cardigan, just for a layered option, and it reminded me of the shawl she has in a couple scenes. She doesn't actually wear much jewellery, but I picked out gold pieces, since her dress brooches are that colour. I then went for a light, shimmery eye shadow, like hers, but with a nude lip rather than her pink one, as I thought it toned better. And finally, it has to be a high ponytail, with loose strands at the front, though I'll never manage the sort of swooping fringe that she has!

Disneybound outfit as Meg from Hercules - short, bright purple, backless dress, silver sandals & gold jewellery

Sunday, 13 May 2018

642 Things - Spring Skies

"The way the sky looks today"

View of blue spring time sky with white clouds out the window, over Edinburgh

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Signs of a Rebel

She's the girl who breaks all the rules.

She's the girl who always speaks her mind.

She's the girl who wears what she likes, not caring whether it's 'on trend'.

She's the girl who seeks out adventure.


Monday, 7 May 2018

Travel Inspiration | Germany

     Germany is a country I've explored a couple of regions of, though of course, I know there are plenty more places I haven't been yet. My first visit included Munich, and countryside areas in the Rhine Valley region, and then I returned last year for a weekend in Berlin. Whenever I look back at photos from different European countries, I like seeing how different the architecture, design, and styles of each country are, and Germany is no different. It's also interesting to see how different Munich and Berlin look, something I didn't realise at first!

Munich, Germany

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Outfit - Just a Kid from Brooklyn

     So, in honour of the new Avengers: Infinity War movie being released last week, which I went to see yesterday, I've put together an Avengers inspired outfit - after all, Disney owns Marvel, so it still counts as a Disneybound! Specifically, I chose Captain America, my favourite of the Avengers. Red, white, and blue are the clear choices for him, but I chose darker shades to match the tougher looking, less gaudy, versions of his costume, with this dark blue top and burgundy skirt. The boots are also the closest I had, and I added the black cardigan, as it's still chilly in Scotland, and I wanted something dark, to match his style in the new movie. I picked these star earrings as a nod to his iconic logo, and the bracelet since he is often wearing gloves. I didn't have a star necklace, so I chose this pocket watch as it seemed like something he would have used back in the 40s, and kind of resembles his compass from the first movie. I went with the classic eyeliner and red lipstick as another echo of the 1940s - Peggy often wore a red lip!

Just a Kid from Brooklyn | Captain America Marvel/ Disneybound outfit of dark blue top, short red skirt & chunky brown boots

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