Friday, 30 November 2018

You Me At Six | VI & TOYC Tour

     I can hardly believe that I've been listening to You Me At Six for ten years now. Back when they first started out, both myself and all of them were still teenagers! I've seen them live several times in the past, but the most recent was three years ago, on their arena tour with All Time Low. Three years is far too long, but I was living in Asia, so now that I'm home again and they announced a tour in support of their new album, 'VI', I immediately got a ticket. Then, they announced additional dates when they would be playing their debut, 'Take Off Your Colours', in full, for its ten year anniversary, so I got a ticket for that too!

You Me At Six performing at the Glasgow Barrowlands - Take Off Your Colours tour

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Outfit - Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride

     For this week's Disneybound outfit, I've actually gone for a non-human character for a change (unless we count froggy Naveen!) - Stitch, from 'Lilo and Stitch'. It's a different process I think, as there's not so much a style or specific items to pick, more a colour palette and overall vibe. So of course, it had to be more or less blue everything - even socks! I chose the lighter blue top to break it up, and to match his belly fur, with the darker cardigan and jeans - a more autumnal version of my Jasmine look actually. I didn't have blue shoes, but I thought the grey trainers suited his energetic, yet casual sort of vibe. I added blue jewellery items as well, including this necklace which I got at a beachfront island market - not Hawaii, I haven't been, but as close as I could manage, and I used it in my Moana look as well! And I kept the makeup natural - I doubt he'd know what to do! - and put my hair in these low bunches, for a playful look, and reminiscent of the shape of his ears!

Stitch Disneybound inspired outfit of light blue top, with dark blue cardigan and skinny jeans

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Travel Inspiration | Taiwan

     Taiwan may be a small country, and perhaps less well known than the big East Asian ones (such as China and Japan), but I think it's one that should absolutely be on travel bucket lists! One of the things that most stood out to me while I was there, was the friendliness of the locals. Where in other places, they may be inclined to avoid tourists, particularly with language barriers, the Taiwanese would always jump in to offer assistance if I looked vaguely confused, whether they spoke English or not, which was amazing! The country itself is also very beautiful. There's the big city life of Taipei - as well as others, such as Kaohsiung, but I didn't have time to visit myself - but also some wonderful country and coastal regions well worth exploring as well. So here's my selection of photographs, to inspire you to travel to Taiwan too!

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, Taipei, Taiwan

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Black | Colour

It's classic and sophisticated and simple. It's empty and void and sad. It's dark and spooky and ominous.

Black night sky of stars
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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Outfit - Part Of Your World

     This week's Disneybound outfit is courtesy of a classic princess, Ariel, from 'The Little Mermaid' - check out my Ursula outfit here. There's a few outfit options for her, since she wears several dresses in human form, but I decided to create a look inspired by her mermaid style. However, I swapped out her normal summery style, for something more winter appropriate, for a different take on her look. I wore this bright green dress, with a thick purple jumper on top, to match her colour scheme. I recently got these burgundy tights too, so I thought they would match the style, though Ariel's shade of purple is slightly different to this. I chose my grey Toms shoes, as they're subtle and simple - since if it were summer, I'd have done sandals or bare feet instead. For jewellery, there's a blue ring and starfish bracelet for her ocean home, and these turquoise earrings, hitting a shade somewhere between her tail and the sea. Finally, I added a tiny bit of shimmer eyeshadow, and a pink lipstick, and kept my hair loose and natural.

Ariel Disneybound outfit from The Little Mermaid - purple wooly jumper, green skirt & burgundy tights

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Top Five Edinburgh Viewpoints

     Edinburgh's skyline is pretty iconic - how many cities can boast that they have a castle built atop an extinct volcano? There are plenty of other stunning buildings too, including the Hub, St Giles' Cathedral, the Balmoral Hotel, and the Scott Monument. So where are the best Edinburgh viewpoints to take in this amazing city? Here are my top 5 picks, all of which are free to access, with something to suit everyone!


Edinburgh viewpoint from the National Museum of Scotland rooftop

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Stop Chasing Perfection | Musically Inspired

     What is perfection? It's something that so many strive for. Perfect job, perfect home, perfect looks, perfect relationship. Somehow we think that having all these things will make us happy. That our lives will be complete.

Perfection quote "It will never be perfect. Make it work. -Life"
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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Outfit - God Help the Outcasts

     Back to my usual Disneybound outfits this week, and taking a break from villains after Halloween month! This outfit was inspired by Esmeralda, from 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', mostly because I wanted to use this skirt! It doesn't match her colour scheme perfectly, but I got it for a costume party years ago and have rarely used it since. I thought the design of it matched her gypsy style, and the colours are still fun and bright. I paired it with this white, off-the-shoulder top, similar to hers as well. I didn't have any sort of blue belt like hers, but the bracelets are gold and blue, and the earrings have purple and blue in them, to tie in to her colour palette. The big, chunkier style of the jewellery also matches hers. I didn't have a pink scarf for my hair either, so this brown braided piece was the closest I could manage, otherwise leaving it loose and natural. And she's normally barefoot, so I went for nude flats instead! Finally, I added a sweep of eyeliner and pink lipstick, to channel a bit of her boldness and vibrancy.

Esmeralda Disneybound outfit of white off the shoulder crop top, long rainbow pattern skirt, nude flats & bold jewellery

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Corstorphine Hill | Hiking Edinburgh

     Just because it's coming into winter time, that doesn't mean I can't continue hiking in Edinburgh! Although, I do have to go earlier, since it gets dark by 4.30pm at this time of year. Anyways, last week I tried a new route, hiking Corstorphine Hill for the first time.

Clermiston Tower on Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

A Fork in the Road

You will never know exactly where each path will take you, you just have to pick one, and keep moving forward.

Sign post marker in the forest with autumn leaves - Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

Monday, 5 November 2018

What Does 'Volunteering Abroad' Really Mean?

     (Today's post is a guest entry, from an aspiring writer, Astrid Halliday, who reached out to me recently, asking to contribute to my blog. As an aspiring writer myself, I'm always open to guest pitches (my contact details are here for anyone else interested!). This post is based on her experiences and opinions, not my own, but I was happy to publish it, since I regularly feature travel posts on here. Her author bio can be found below as well!)


     If you're looking to get more out of your next visit to a foreign country, volunteering is a great way to inject culture, language, and fun into any trip! From projects lasting a week, to long term projects lasting months, there is something for everyone!

Volunesia definition quote
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Saturday, 3 November 2018

Medical Museums | Edinburgh

     During the 19th century, the University of Edinburgh's medical school (first established in 1726) became known as one of the best in the world, and around that time many great pioneering doctors lived and worked in the city, and made many great advancements in the medical field. Their legacy is remembered in the city's medical related museums, both of which I visited for the first time this year. Surgeons' Hall was initially a teaching resource, and is now open to the public as a paid entrance museum, housing an exhibition of the history of surgery, and hundreds of pathology specimens, while the Anatomical Museum is still used by current students in the Old Medical School building, and is only open to the public once a month, for free.

Surgeons' Hall Museums, Edinburgh

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