Sunday, 14 October 2018

Travel Inspiration | China

     China is such a huge country that you could spend months travelling through it and still not see everything. It's also a country with a very unique culture, and a powerful, complex history. This means providing the 'highlights' for an inspiration post such as this can be a daunting task! However, I'm drawing from my own experiences and the areas I visited during my two trips there. I feel like the places I went were some of the most popular and iconic, but also offer a diverse view on the country, from the historic and cultural Beijing and Xian, to the incredible natural scenery of Zhangjiajie, to the modern, cosmopolitan Shanghai (parts one and two) - check them out below and see if you agree with me!

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Friday, 12 October 2018

Orange | Colour

     It's vibrant and fun and cheery. It's energetic and joyous and carefree. It's warm and bright and encouraging.

Orange and red coloured autumn/ fall leaves
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Outfit - I'll Have That Drink Now

     Since it's Halloween this month, I've decided to stick with a villains theme for my Disneybounds, starting off with a Marvel character this time. I've tried to put together a Loki-inspired outfit, from the 'Thor' and 'Avengers' movies. The dark green dress was an obvious choice for the colour palette, paired with black accessories, including my leather jacket and black ankle boots, for a strong, slightly edgy take on the dress. I don't have much in the way of gold jewellery, so I opted for black jade pieces instead, but did add a few gold bangles to tie that in. I decided to go with bold, dark makeup, since Loki is a bit of a drama queen at times, with thick eyeliner and a dark lip. Finally, I experimented with pulling my hair into a half ponytail, to mimic his slicked back look, versus leaving it loose and straight, more likely what I would do if wearing this outfit out somewhere.

Marvel's Loki inspired Disneybound outfit of dark green lace dress, black leather jacket & black ankle boots

Saturday, 6 October 2018

University Buildings & Dean Gardens | Edinburgh

     If you haven't seen the first part of my Doors Open Day posts, check that out here. Or, to summarise, last weekend Edinburgh opened up a bunch of buildings that you can't normally access for free. Some were only open for one day or the other, so we went to places on both days, to make the most of the weekend, focussing on ones that we couldn't see at any other time (some of them are open the rest of the year, but with an entry fee).

McEwan Hall, Edinburgh University

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Parliament House & Merchants' Hall | Edinburgh

     Every year Edinburgh has a weekend known as 'Doors Open Days', where you get the chance to exclusively access different locations around the city for free. Some are open year round but wave their admission charges for the weekend; others open up different areas on special guided tours beyond what's usually accessible; and others you wouldn't be able to access at all at other times of year. Naturally, we wanted to make the most of this and picked up a few places to check out, mainly focussing on those we wouldn't get to see at any other time. Our options were a bit limited by work and timings, and some venues had a select number of tickets that were already booked up well in advance, but we still got around a few places!

The Merchants' Hall, Edinburgh
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