Thursday, 13 June 2019

7 Netflix Rom-Coms to Watch

     I do like a romantic comedy from time to time, but I've always sort of considered them to be 'guilty pleasures'. They're often easy-viewing, as I can predict the plot and ending easily. They're nice, comforting films, but don't require that much brain power on my part - and of course, many of them play into sexist, gender stereotypes. However, in recent years Netflix has grabbed on to the genre and released slate of original movies, many of which aim to subvert and correct the problems of rom coms in the past. Now, there are more on the platform than just this list, but these ones are my favourites of those I've seen do far (in no particular order).

Netflix 'N' logo icon
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Sunday, 9 June 2019

Musings from a Tourist Town

     The cobbled streets weave in and out of each other, a never-ending maze where every corner looks the same yet entirely different. The buildings stand tall on either side, towering precariously high overhead, their rough stonework marked with centuries' worth of stories. Behind each set of dark wooden shutters, dozens of families have lived and worked and loved and toiled, generation after generation calling these streets their home.

Crowds of tourists in Split, Croatia

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Outfit - But First Coffee

     I am a caffeine addict, there's no avoiding that fact. I get headaches if I have less than 3 cups a day (which is not a bad amount really!). I don't buy many t-shirts with quotes or slogans on them, but I saw this online recently and made an exception for it. Recently I've been pairing this skirt with my band t-shirts - instead of tighter fitting ones like I've done before here - and I thought I'd try a similar thing here, contrasting the casual, baggy style of the t-shirt, with the more elegant, delicate outline of the skirt. These Toms have been my go-to shoe with skirts and dresses recently, as they're casual and comfy, and suit the weather at this time of year. And I chose the statement earrings to match the dressiness of the skirt, keeping in with my colour scheme.

Outfit - 'Ok But First Coffee' grey print t-shirt, black floaty tulle skirt, black tights, grey Toms shoes

Monday, 3 June 2019

My Most Played Songs - Part Two

     A few years ago, I made this list of the most played songs on my iPod, but it's been four years since then, so I thought I'd update it. Now, I'm old school - I don't stream music, I still use an iPod (separate to my phone, as my iPod has bigger storage) filled with music I've downloaded or imported from CDs - yes, I still buy those! So this list is taken from the play count next to each song on iTunes when I plug it into my laptop. I'm using my iPod counts, not my iTunes library ones, as I listen to music on the iPod far more than the computer.

Black and white headphones image
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Thursday, 30 May 2019

2 Days in Split | Croatia

     We're at the last of my posts about my week in Croatia now! My time in Split was actually a little spread out, as I was there for four nights in total. I arrived around midday after taking the 4 hour bus ride from Dubrovnik, and so had that afternoon to look around. Then I spent the next two days out of the city, on day trips around the area to Plitvice Lakes and the Dalmatian Coast islands. So then I had still had one more full day in the city before leaving to return home. That was definitely the right amount of time in my opinion, as any longer in the city itself and I would've gotten bored and been running out of things to do, especially as the weather was pretty overcast.

Peristyle Square, Diocletian's Palace, Split, Croatia

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Dalmatian Coast Islands | Croatia

     So if you haven't read my previous Croatia posts so far, first of all, go do that. But to summarise, I spent a week in Croatia, starting off with three days in Dubrovnik, and moving on to Split for the rest of the week. You don't need that many days to see Split itself, so I used to the time to do some day trips to other parts of the region, starting with Plitvice Lakes. For my second outing, which I carefully scheduled for the sunniest day of the trip, I headed off the mainland for a day of island hopping along the Dalmatian Coast.

Hvar Town, Hvar, Dalmatian Coast Islands, Croatia


Thursday, 23 May 2019

Plitvice Lakes National Park | Croatia

     For the second half of my week long holiday in Croatia, I travelled out of Dubrovnik and took a bus north to Split (you can also take a ferry or flight!). I was staying there for four nights, and the first afternoon I spent in the city itself - more coming on that in a future post! However, whereas in Dubrovnik I could have done day trips but instead chose to fill my time in just the city itself, I discovered that for Split you only need a day or two in the city. But I had booked to stay for that long to do some day trips around the region instead. I looked into a few options before settling on one day to the Blue Cave & 5 Islands, and another to Plitvice Lakes.

Big Waterfall at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Monday, 20 May 2019

3 Days in Dubrovnik | Croatia

     Croatia's Dalmatia coast has become exceedingly popular over the last few years, thanks to its beautiful islands, stunning old town cities, and of course, Game of Thrones filming locations! I needed a week's holiday this month (before summer and high tourism season hits), and hadn't been before, so it seemed perfect. I did half the week in Dubrovnik, then the second half in Split, further up the coast, including day trips to Plitvice Lakes and 5 Islands. Sadly, the weather didn't cooperate for me, and I had about two sunny days out of the whole week, so some of my plans had to be altered to adjust... Still, I think I made pretty good use of the time I had. Anyways, Dubrovnik first of all!

Old Town from City Walls, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Outfit - Brunching

     Oh I do love a bit of brunch. I'm a cliché really, give me anything involving eggs benedict, avocado, and coffee, and I'll be happy. Anyways, this outfit is so-named because I first wore it for a brunch day, but it's a staple everyday combination for me. It's a fairly simple, casual look, with these blue skinny jeans and long purple cardigan (both new purchases though), but I think the heeled ankle boots and the jewellery just make it a touch more sophisticated. I also like the purple & green colour combination of the cardigan and top (it's more green in person) - which I haven't featured on here in years! I chose the jewellery to match the top, and they're pretty global pieces, with the earrings coming from Lesotho, and the necklace a gift from my brother from his trip to New Zealand. Nothing very complicated or unusual going on here, but I like how it all comes together!

Brunching - outfit of long purple knit cardigan, river reflection print top, blue skinny jeans & brown suede ankle boots

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Boo! | 642 Things

What was the most recent incident in your life that made you laugh?

Laughter quote
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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Brown | Colour

     It's natural and organic and rough. It's old and worn and used. It's dirty and dull and messy.

Close up of brown coffee beans
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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Travel Inspiration | Japan

     Japan is a fascinating country to visit, because it is a land of contrasts. You'll find traditional culture, ancient temples, and serene countryside areas, as well as modern, futuristic style, high-rise skyscrapers, and big, bustling cities. The two worlds sit alongside each other, spread across a collection of islands, straddling volcanoes and fault lines. Here, the past and the future seem to collide - comparing the cities of Kyoto and Tokyo shows that contrast so clearly.

Kyoto, Japan

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Outfit - Spring Sunshine

     So last weekend in Edinburgh we had some of the best weather I've seen in a long time, perfectly timed for Easter weekend. It was warm and sunny, so it was time to bust out some spring/summer clothing. I got this dungaree-style dress on sale recently and wanted to wear it out for the first time, with just a simple white top underneath, for a fun, youthful sort of look. But, I think the checked shirt around the waist stops it being too 'innocent', and gives it a little bit of an edgier detail. The Converse work for both the playful, and grungier elements I was trying to combine. I got this necklace back in South Africa, a 'tree of life', perfect for Earth Day this week, and the rainbow colours continue the playful theme. I always stick to light, natural makeup in warm weather too!

Spring Sunshine - outfit of denim dungaree dress, white top, red & black flannel checked shirt around the waist, and red Converse

Friday, 19 April 2019

A-Z of Europe

     It feels like it's been a while since I did any sort of A-Z post, so I'm back at it this week! I did one of these for East & South East Asia, after living there for 2 years and getting to see a lot of that part of the world. The other continent I've seen the most of is Europe, that being where I'm from, so I figured I had the most material to draw on here. I've chosen a mix of cities and countries here for the various letters, to keep things diverse. And, when possible, I've picked places I've been to myself, so I could write from my own experiences there (plenty of links to more detailed posts throughout as well!), but there are plenty letters featuring places I haven't been, so it didn't get too repetitive, and to fill letters I haven't been to yet! Anyways, here we go...

For all my other A-Zs, click here!


Nyhavn harbour, Copenhagen, Denmark

Sunday, 14 April 2019

The Extrovert | Character Sketch

     She likes to make a splash. She's bold and wacky and out there. Extrovert doesn't even begin to cover it.

'Extrovert' character sketch, of a girl in an orange beret, flower pattern blouse, and wide blue jeans

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Outfit - Ruby Red

     So this outfit started off with the boots! I got them a couple of months ago and I'm a big fan! They're certainly not practical for day to day wear, so I won't be wearing them that often, but they'll be great to whip out for something fancy once in a while! One of the straps on each is long and hangs loose though - still figuring out how to secure that so it's not flapping about all time... Since they're so bright, I kept everything else neutral, in black and grey. The jeans are also new, and I really like their rip pattern - though I'll have to try to not pick at them and ruin that! The top I've used a few times before, with a black bralette underneath, so I think the whole look is definitely dressier than daily wear, but not that formal either. I stuck with that theme for the jewellery too, with these larger, statement pieces. And I didn't want a lipstick that matched the boots too closely, instead opting for this subtler brick red shade.

Ruby Red - outfit of black sheer striped top, grey ripped skinny jeans, and red high heeled ankle boots with brown straps

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Braid Hills | Hiking Edinburgh

     Spring started to appear in Edinburgh last week, all blue skies and sunshine, and temperatures in the double digits - though it was swiftly replaced by grey clouds, pouring rain, and freezing cold again this week, with what feels like our third winter this year! Before that happened though, I seized a sunny afternoon to do some more hiking. I've conquered five of Edinburgh's traditional 'Seven Hills' (some of these are actually made of more than one), which I'll link at the end of this, so I went for number six, the Braid Hills.

Braid Hills summit viewpoint, Edinburgh, Scotland

Friday, 5 April 2019

A Frozen Landscape

     An icy tundra, stretching out into infinity. A scene of endless white, where sky and land meet and the horizon is scarcely visible. A cold, frozen wasteland, empty of life.

Snow and ice, frozen tundra wasteland Antarctica
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Sunday, 31 March 2019

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum | Glasgow

     So, back when I was in university, I would spend my summers working for a language school, taking teenagers on trips around parts of Scotland. Often, I got to see places I had never been myself before either. Thing is, when you're in charge of seventy or eighty teenagers, you're not entirely focussed on the places you're visiting, but rather on keeping them all under control! So, I've actually revisited a few of the places I used to take them - such as Holyrood Palace - to actually appreciate them better myself! Last weekend, I used my day off to visit the Kelvingrove, in Glasgow.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow, Scotland

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Outfit - Door to Door

     It's been a while since I used a band t-shirt in an outfit post (they didn't really work with my Disneybounding last year), but I've been wearing them more often recently, and experimenting with different combinations. The weather is warming up too, freeing me from endless jeans and jumper outfits. I got this Twin Atlantic t-shirt just last year, and I like the mix of the rocker t-shirt and boots, with the more feminine skirt. This denim skirt pairs so easily with lots of things, especially these new colourful tights I got recently - I have a few more colours to try looks with as well! I thought the patterns of the cardigan also worked with this slightly mix & matched look overall, with plenty shapes and colours on the go! I also picked simple earrings, but I find myself frequently pairing these wooden ones with denim clothing, I like the textures together!

Door to Door - Outfit of Twin Atlantic band t-shirt, black & white patterned cardigan, denim skirt, pink tights & biker boots


Sunday, 24 March 2019

Things Will Go Wrong | Musically Inspired

     Shit will hit the fan. At least once, likely several times during your life, things will get fucked up. Nothing is ever going to go perfectly all the time. Life doesn't work that way, we can't control all the external forces that affect us. And no matter how hard you rail against that fact, it's unavoidable. Shit will hit the fan, so just accept it.

Today I will not stress over things I can't control quote
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Thursday, 21 March 2019

Purple | Colour

     It's noble and majestic and luxurious. It's mystical and enchanting and unique. It's rare and creative and powerful.

Purple beach sunset with palm tree
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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Quarter of a Century

     Here we are again, another year older. I turned 25 earlier this week, and every year as I age, it makes me reflect on life and where I am. I mean, I do that all the time on this blog anyways, but my mind drifts into that area again whenever I consider how old I am now. And 25 feels like a fairly significant one - halfway through my twenties, halfway to fifty, quarter of a century... After 25 I feel like we only really celebrate each decade as the milestones.

Birthday cards


Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Outfit - Birthday Party

     Well, it's been a while since my last outfit post, hasn't it? I'm not working to such a strict schedule for posting as I used to, as although it did make me post regularly, I felt I was starting to sacrifice quality for the sake of quantity. But anyways, it was my birthday party last weekend, so I figured I'd share the outfit I chose for that. It wasn't a 'party' as such, rather just a bunch of friends going out to a couple of pubs for the night. They're locations I've been to before, pretty regularly, so it wasn't anything too fancy or exciting, but I wanted to dress up a little more than usual since it was a more special occasion. This dress is a favourite of mine, as I love the colour and lace patterns, and it's comfortable to move around in. The boots are also my standard going out shoes, comfy as well as cute. The cardigan and tights are a must for Scottish winter weather these days. And the jewellery was some of my favourite pieces too, all silver to match each other, with the rings being the ones I wear all the time, and the earrings are just big and fun. I liked the idea of the 'tree of life' symbolism as I get older as well!

Birthday Party | Night out outfit of dark green lace dress, with black ankle boots and tights

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Cape Town | South Africa

     Alright, strap in guys, because this is a long one! This is also my final post from my South Africa trip, which concluded in the capital of Cape Town. As I explained in the last post, Hermanus brought the group tour to an end, with just the drop off in Cape Town the following morning. Beyond that, everyone had decided for themselves how much longer to stay there for. I had booked two extra nights, giving me an afternoon, full day, and morning (roughly 48 hours total) to explore the city before I'd have to head to the airport for my flight home. So, there's a lot I managed to squeeze in!

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Hermanus | South Africa

      So, I'm not entirely sure where the Garden Route officially starts and ends, as the internet tells me different things, so this portion of the trip might have still counted as part of it... Anyways, our day travelling from Swellendam (after Oudtshoorn) to Hermanus was the last full day of the group tour, before we would be dropped in Cape Town the next morning. The trip itinerary had said we would be on the R320 wine route, but as far as we could tell, we actually weren't, as we didn't pass through Caledon - which I was looking out for, it being the hometown of a friend of mine. We were still in the general area though, to stop for some wine tasting on the way to our last night in Hermanus.

Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa


Thursday, 28 February 2019

Oudtshoorn | South Africa

     Goodbye Garden Route... I was definitely a bit disappointed to discover that we would be heading inland again, away from that stunning coast, for the next two nights of my South African trip. According to the internet, this is still technically the Garden Route, but it felt less like it, away from the coast. However, it was still worth it in part. Our itinerary actually got switched around here, as we were supposed to have a white water rafting excursion included, but due to the drought conditions, the water in the river was too low. So instead, it was substituted for a meerkat experience - more on that in a minute - which was in Oudtshoorn, the place we were stopping at next anyways. I didn't mind the switch, as I've done rafting a couple of times before, but it meant all our activities were in Oudtshoorn, yet we still had to stop in Swellendam the night after, where the rafting would have been, with nothing to do there! Hence the reason I'm not going to be writing a post about that as a destination! Anyways, time for all the Oudtshoorn activities...

Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Tsitsikamma, Garden Route | South Africa

     We're finally at the beautiful coast again! And not just any stretch of coast, the Garden Route is constantly touted as being the prettiest part of South Africa, and this was the main reason I had booked this particular route through the country. It's rugged coastlines, turquoise waters, soaring mountains, and green forests, the perfect location for lots of outdoor activities. As I've previously mentioned, I would have liked more time on the coast during this trip, and much like the Wild Coast, I would have liked an extra night at a second location somewhere along the Garden Route. However, the two nights we spent there were in Tsitsikamma National Park, where we were camping right by the shore!

Coastal waterfall hike in Tsitsikamma National Park, Garden Route, South Africa

Friday, 22 February 2019

Addo Elephant National Park | South Africa

     So considering this was my first trip to Africa, I had to try to see some animals, right? Now, safari was not the main focus of the trip I had booked, rather it was more about landscapes and natural scenery and hiking etc. But, there were still some animal opportunities to be had. Some of these will come in a later post, but this is the first part. We spent one night in Addo Elephant National Park, squeezing in three game drives while we were there! And yes, there are lots of elephants there, but they're not the only animals living in the park. So, what else did I see?

Zebra in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa


Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Chintsa, Wild Coast | South Africa

     For the third destination of my African trip, we left Lesotho again to return to South Africa, headed for the coast. Specifically, the Wild Coast, a stretch of unspoiled, remote land in the Eastern Cape, between Port Edward and East London. Chintsa was our specific destination, a small beachside town. When I book these group tours, I don't do too much research into the exact destinations I'm going to, as I like to be surprised, and it makes it easier to go with the flow of the trip, and not get hung up on wanting to do specific things. However, looking at the Wild Coast now, in retrospect, I would have liked to have spent more time exploring different destinations along it, as we only saw one area of beach, and there's so much more on offer. I think if I go back to South Africa again, it will hopefully be with a friend from there (they both currently live in Hong Kong though), and we'd drive it ourselves - once I relearn how to drive, it's been years! Anyways, Chintsa was still very beautiful...

Chintsa beach, Wild Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Monday, 18 February 2019

Lesotho | South Africa

     Alright, first of all, Lesotho is not in South Africa, I know. It's its own country, but which is completely surrounded by South Africa, and I'm only including 'South Africa' in the title because I visited on the same trip! Here's part one if you haven't seen that as well, to explain what my trip all entailed too. Right, details out the way, on with the actual post!

     We started early for our departure from Drakensberg, as it's a long drive into Lesotho. It's known as the 'Kingdom in the Sky', as the whole region is very mountainous, so as you can perhaps imagine, there was some pretty impressive scenery throughout the drive! The land started to get drier though, and we left rolling green hills, in exchange for brown, rocky, dusty mountain ranges. This time of year is actually rainy season, hence the thunderstorms we'd experienced, but there's also an ongoing drought, compared to their usual levels of rainfall. We drove through South Africa for several hours, before reaching the border crossing, conveniently placed on a bridge, so the river serves as the border. It was an easy process, simply getting our passports stamped out and in for each country. The drive continued through Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, which actually started out as a police camp!

Pitseng Gorge, Lesotho, Africa

Friday, 15 February 2019

Drakensberg | South Africa

     Apologies for the long blogging absence readers, it's been a busy few weeks! I just returned from a trip to South Africa, on which I was mostly camping, didn't take my laptop, and had limited internet connection. As with all my previous trips, I fully intend to blog all about it, but due to all those factors, I realised it was going to be really tough to blog it as I went along. So instead, I decided to take a blogging break - which I was quite grateful for actually, to avoid stressing over no internet connection! - and keep a handwritten diary while I was there, which I'm now going to turn into posts! I'm estimating 8 posts in total, spanning a 16 day trip, so, let's get to it!

Sentinel Peak Amphitheatre hike, Drakensberg, South Africa

Monday, 21 January 2019

The Instagrammer | Character Sketch

     She's the girl with the perfectly curated feed. Each photo carefully edited. Imperfections removed. Colours corrected. Bright lighting. Flat lays, outfits, sunsets... but all within a pale, pastel colour palette.

Fashion outfit sketch pencil drawing for fictional character profile, young adult millennial Instagram girl

Thursday, 17 January 2019

642 Things - How to Skip Work

'A beginner's guide to skipping out of work'

'Out of office' sign
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Monday, 14 January 2019

Travel Inspiration | Edinburgh

     As the city I've called home for the longest, Edinburgh is a special place to me. I think it's a beautiful, fascinating city, with so much to explore - honestly, this post could have been twice as long as it is! The streets have so many stories to tell, and sometimes it's my job to tell them... And considering there's been a settlement here for thousands of years now, those stories are long, rich, and complex, spanning the centuries. Take a look for yourself....

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Outfit - Back to the Start

     First outfit post of 2019 is here! And as you might have noticed already, it's not a Disneybound look - I had fun doing them last year, but I was starting to run out of characters to use with the clothes I already owned. So, this year is back to basics, with just outfits I like. Also, as I'm reducing my schedule to twice weekly posts, outfits will come every second week now I think. Anyways, this white and blue dress is one I've had for years and always comes in handy since it's versatile for day to day or slightly more formal wear - I used it for a family Christmas meal the other week! The thick, knitted style is also perfect for winter, and I added the blue cardigan - which zips up to look like a jumper - with its sparkly details for a similarly festive style. The tights are super thick too, and I recently got these leather boots refurbished as they're practical and easy to match with lots of outfits. There's minimal jewellery too, with just these teapot earrings, as I've mostly only worn earrings day to day recently.

Back to the Start - outfit of blue and white knit dress, blue sparkly cardigan jumper and tall black leather boots

Sunday, 6 January 2019

A Day in the Life | Freelance Tour Guide

     I realised recently that I've mentioned the fact that I'm working as a tour guide in a few posts, but I've never really written about it properly or anything. It's been a long time since I did my last 'day in the life', back when I was working multiple jobs, so it seemed like a good time to update with my current situation.

'Free Tour Guide' text on background of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland


Thursday, 3 January 2019

2019 | Looking Forward

     Happy New Year, and hello 2019! I hope everyone had a good time, however you chose to celebrate New Year. I've mentioned in previous years, that saying about how you spend your New Year can define how you will spend the rest of the year. I had a quiet night at home, with a couple glasses of wine and some Netflix, then popped out to the nearby park to watch the fireworks over Edinburgh Castle at midnight. If that means I'll have a fairly relaxed year, that would be fine by me! I'd rather not spend it alone though (I like my own company but not all the time!) nor do I necessarily want to cut down on my partying, but we'll have to wait and see! So anyway, what am I hoping to get from 2019 then?

'2019' text on fireworks background

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