Monday, 24 September 2018

Outfit - One Jump Ahead

     Some Disneybounds are closer to the source outfit than others, and I think this one definitley veers to the most literal interpretation - otherwise I probably wouldn't be wearing the hat with the rest of this look! I was inspired by Aladdin this time, having already done Jasmine a few weeks ago, in a more modern interpretation. I chose the purple top to match his colour scheme, with this big white skirt, to echo the flowing harem pants he wears. Rather than ballet flats, which would be closer to the slipper shoes in the film, I went with Toms for a similar style, but a more masculine and practical version of it. The red beanie is to mimic his red fez, and then I went for minimal makeup, since he is a 'street rat' after all - unlike the more glam makeup and jewellery I chose for Jasmine's princess status. I chose a couple of pieces of purple jewellery, again for the colour scheme, but small pieces, since a street kid wouldn't have anything fancy anyways. I feel like the whole look is the closest to the original I could get, but is also focussed on being casual and comfy, plus a little rough and haphazard in places, which felt right for the character.

Aladdin inspired Disneybound outfit of dark purple top, long white skirt, grey Toms shoes and red beanie hat

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Botanic Gardens | Edinburgh

     I've been to the Botanic Gardens half a dozen times over the years, but I've never really thought to write about them until now. It's one of those places that I'll just randomly go for a wander through every now and then, so I've accumulated a good few photos from it, and not really shared them. As well, I think it's the sort of place that you could easily skip over in Edinburgh, in favour of more well-known (and expensive) attractions. It's worth a visit though, especially since it's free, and it's pretty big, so there's plenty to explore.

Victorian Palm Glasshouse at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Live Boldly

     Don't live your life afraid. Don't go into things half heartedly, with one foot always out the door. Don't second guess your choices. Don't dwell on regrets and 'what ifs'. Don't play it safe.

Dare to live quote
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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Outfit - Mistress of All Evil

     It's time for a villain for this week's Disneybound, and I was inspired by the iconic Maleficent, from 'Sleeping Beauty' - I already did a Briar Rose look here! Black is obviously the colour she wears most often, so I chose this simple little black dress, with the flared skirt and belted waist. She's a dramatic character too, so I thought high heels for some glamour were appropriate, and I added the cape-like cardigan, for a bit of flair, and to look like her robes. As her robes are lined with purple, I chose this chunky amethyst necklace, with green earrings to echo her ghoulish skin tone. I mimicked her makeup, with purple eyeshadow, winged liner, and bold red lipstick. My hair is modelled after the 2014 'Maleficent' film, where her hair is often loose, hanging long and straight and pinned back from her face - since I was never going to be able to find a way to recreate her horns!

Maleficent inspired Disneybound outfit of little black dress with tights & high heels, and green & purple jewellery

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Musings from the Fringe

     The streets are rammed. Bodies jostling past each other, bumping elbows and shoulders and legs, slowly shuffling their way down the pavements. They squeeze past the stages and roped off corners, where the performers clamour for their attention, and past the gigantic towers, standing high above the crowds, slowly putting on weight as the month progresses, becoming wider and wider with layers of posters hastily taped in place. Coloured birds line corners of buildings, and the air is thick with flags and umbrellas, dancing their way over everyone's heads.

Edinburgh's Royal Mile with the Fringe Festival banners up in August 2018

Thursday, 13 September 2018

A-Z of East & South East Asia

     I've written several travel themed A-Z posts over the last few years, including my current home city Edinburgh, my home country of Scotland, and my temporary home in Asia, Hong Kong. This time I'm widening the scope quite a bit to do an A-Z of Asia, but specifically East & South East Asia, as that was the area I lived and travelled in. Other than Hong Kong, I didn't spend enough time in any single country to feel equipped to write an A-Z for it (without extensive research anyways), so I'm traversing the continent for this one, but also mainly focussing on the places that I went to during my travels there!

     For all my other A-Zs, click here!

Angkor Wat temple near Siem Reap, Cambodia

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Outfit - When We're Human

     This is probably one of my loosest takes on a Disney character, and therefore maybe a little harder to guess at, but I wanted to find an outfit to use this top in, before summer is completely over (I live in Scotland, so it's pretty much done already), since I've been wearing it so much the last few months. I settled on Prince Naveen, from 'The Princess and the Frog', since the green leaf pattern matches his froggy form in the bayou, and the more royal outfit he wears later on. That's the outfit I took inspiration from, since, like Tiana, he wears several outfits throughout the film, but with a much more casual take on it. I chose blue jeans, like his blue leggings, and these checked trainers, for a jazzy touch, easy to dance around New Orleans in! I've got some green jewellery too, to match his colour palette, with some gold in the necklace, for his royal heritage. There's less direct inspiration for hair and makeup for male characters, so I went with something a little flirty and fun, to match his personality, with big waves and bright pink lipstick. That was sort of my whole vibe for the outfit, channelling his bold, confident, and cheeky personality, plus the vibrancy of the New Orleans setting.

Prince Naveen inspired Disneybound outfit of green and white leaf print crop top, high waist blue skinny jeans, and grey checked sneakers

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Jupiter Artland | Edinburgh

     Jupiter Artland is probably one of the lesser well-known attractions to visit in Edinburgh - I hadn't even heard of it until a few months ago! It's actually a little way outside the city, near Wilkieston, which is about half an hour from the city centre on a bus. It's an art installation park, in the grounds of an old manor house. The couple that own the house, Bonnington House, commissioned artists to create a private collection of installations around the grounds, which is now open to the public during the summer months (May - September). I had a sunny afternoon off last week, so a friend and I finally decided it was time to check it out, especially before it closed again for winter.

Jencks Life Mounds, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh

Friday, 7 September 2018

Six | Edinburgh Fringe 2018

     My last Fringe post this year, for the last show I saw this year, on the very last day of the festival! I had seen the posters for Six since the start of August and thought it looked good, but once the five star reviews started rolling in, they were selling out for the latter half of the festival. They ended up adding some additional afternoon matinee shows, and I managed to snag a ticket for one of those. And I was so happy I did, since it certainly lived up to the hype!

On stage photo of 'SIX' the musical
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Monday, 3 September 2018

Outfit - A Whole New World

     A Disneybound princess outfit doesn't always have to be fancy and over the top! I've chosen a very casual look for today's princess, Jasmine, from 'Aladdin'. The blue top was an easy choice to match her colour palette, with the details of the straps being perfect for hot desert weather! I went with blue jeans, for a modern and casual vibe (and I don't own any lighter in colour than these!), finished off with grey Toms, for a lightweight shoe that vaguely resembles her slippers. The earrings were a gift brought back by my parents from Dubai, so they seemed like a great match for her style, plus this chunky blue ring matches the colour palette - both are large pieces, so I skipped adding any other jewellery. My hair is nowhere near as thick as Jasmine's, but I did this low, twisted ponytail to sort of resemble hers, and finally, chose to emphasis the eye makeup, with some shimmery shadow and thick winged eyeliner, to make it a little more glamorous, for her princess status. And I happened to have this nail polish on anyway, which is also a perfect colour match!

Princess Jasmine Disneybound outfit of light blue vest top, dark blue skinny jeans, and grey Toms shoes

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Daniel Sloss: X | Edinburgh Fringe 2018

     The Fringe might be over now, but there's a few more posts about some of the shows I saw that I want to write. I'm not writing about everything I saw, as it was eight different shows in total, so I'm really just picking out some favourites! Daniel Sloss is a stand up comedian and a Fringe veteran, having been performing at it for over a decade, writing a new show each year, and I've seen him a few times in the past and always enjoyed his comedy, so I wanted to go again this time.

Daniel Sloss X 2018 Edinburgh Fringe poster
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