Monday, 2 December 2019

Rome City Break | Part 1

     I was overdue a holiday recently, and about a mont or two ago I came across super cheap weekend flights to Rome, so I just went ahead and booked it spontaneously! I then told my mum, who asked if she, my dad, and sister could all come along, so it quickly turned into a family trip (minus my brother, who is abroad himself right now anyway). I've been to Rome once before, but only for a day and a half, but this was the first time in Italy for everyone else. We were away for four nights, arriving late on a Saturday evening, and leaving again on the Wednesday evening, which gave us about three and a half days to see the city - this post will be the first of two!

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Catfish & The Bottlemen | Newcastle Utilita Arena

     I saw Catfish & The Bottlemen last year at the Glasgow Summer Sessions, and introduced a friend to them at the same time. So when they announced a tour in support of their latest album, 'The Balance', she was eager to snap up tickets for it! Normally we would have gone to the Glasgow show, but they didn't add the Scottish dates until much later, so we had already bought tickets for Newcastle when they first went on sale.

Catfish & The Bottlemen performing in the Newcastle Utilita Arena

Monday, 11 November 2019

Ludovico Einaudi | Edinburgh Usher Hall

     I've posted a fair number of concert posts on here in the past, but this must be my first classical music post. I do like classical music from time to time, especially in the background when I need to concentrate on something - and not sing along to lyrics! And as a pianist, I've played my fair share of it as well, but it's rare that I go see it live like this. However, when my flatmate got tickets for Ludovico Einaudi recently, I wasn't saying no!

Ludovico Einaudi in concert at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2019

    Ok, so technically this was a few weeks ago, but I've been pretty busy and somewhat stressed out recently, and only got around to writing about it now! I went last year as well, and you can check out that post here. An evening of tasting different cocktails for just £4 each, from local pop up bars, surrounded by fun, festive decor inside a giant tent, with live music - yes please!

Cocktail Village - Edinburgh Cocktail Week 2019


Monday, 14 October 2019

Things to Do in Edinburgh on a Rainy Day

     Scotland is not known for its sunny weather, nor is it very easy to predict our weather, since forecasts change so quickly all the time. Edinburgh is a fantastic city to explore in the sunshine, but there's also no shortage of options for when the weather isn't so great. So here are some of my suggestions of what to do on a rainy day, including a variety of free and paid activities!

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Friday, 11 October 2019

Travel Inspiration | Ireland

     Ireland are our neighbours just across the water from Great Britain, and I think there is a certain affinity between them and us Scots, with our shared Celtic heritage from way back when. We're both fiercely proud of our countries and culture as well. I visited for the first time last year, with a long weekend trip to Dublin, a vibrant, energetic city. I managed to squeeze in some day trips to other parts of the country too, taking in historic castles, small fishing villages, rolling green hills, and spectacular clifftop ocean views. There's plenty more details in the posts from that trip, but here are my photo highlights, including some I didn't share the first time...

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Edinburgh Doors Open Days 2019

     So last year I wrote two posts about the places I visited on Doors Open Days. This happens once a year (all over Scotland, not just Edinburgh), where they open up buildings and locations that the public can't normally access for the weekend. Or, places that are usually paid entry are for free, or there are additional events on in places that are usually open and free. It's basically a great way to see some new places around the city, learn more about them, or experience some of the additional events. This year I had more free time on the Sunday than the Saturday to see things, so I'm just putting it all in one post instead.

Ballroom, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Friday, 4 October 2019

Outfit - Vintage

     I realised that I've been wearing this denim jacket all summer, and for the start of autumn, but haven't featured it in an outfit post yet, and now it's getting too cold here to be wearing it! I got it online earlier this year, and it's a vintage, second-hand jacket. I'm trying to make an effort to not buy as much "fast fashion" as I have in the past, so I'm trying to use more independent shops (both online and in person), and get some second-hand things like this. This outfit looks a bit vintage, '80s overall I think, with the oversized jacket (technically a men's), paired with the black leggings (which are thick enough to not need something over the top of them), and the Converse. I chose these big earrings to sort of continue on with that idea. The jacket very much encapsulates my summer though!

Vintage - outfit of second hand thrifted blue denim jean jacket, white striped top, black leggings & red Converse

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Top 10 Netflix Shows to Watch

     Recently I did a post listing some of my favourite Netflix Original rom-com films, so I thought I would do the same for TV series now as well. Like last time, I'm sticking to Netflix Originals, however in some cases these are shows that started somewhere else and were later cancelled but picked up by Netflix, or they are billed as 'Originals' in the UK, but were produced by another company for the initial American release. And whereas last time I was looking at just one specific genre of film, this is a more general list, as I was struggling to find one category with a sufficient number of entries to include. I may do a second part to this list in future, when new things come out, since it is so broad. These are just my personal favourites as well - there's loads of other great shows out there, that I've heard good things about, but just aren't my taste, or I haven't got to them yet!

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Friday, 27 September 2019

Callander Crags, Trossachs | Hiking Scotland

     I ventured out of Edinburgh for a hike this week, instead heading west to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. This is a beautiful area of Scotland, well worth exploring. I've been before, but there's always new parts to see, and I don't get to go that often, as it's difficult to access much of it by public transport. I was going with a friend who drives though - I very much appreciated her driving me places like this! The weather forecast was pretty wet and overcast that day, so we picked a hike that wasn't too long or strenuous, as we didn't want to run into any potential problems, stuck halfway up a mountain in the pouring rain! So this Callander Crags route seemed to fit our criteria well.

Bracklinn Falls & Callander Crags hike, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Scotland


Monday, 23 September 2019

The Eco-Warrior | Character Sketch

     She's out to save the planet, whatever it takes. That's easier said than done, of course. She's always known about climate change, it was taught to her in school as a child, but life got busy and it didn't seem like a pressing issue for a while. Then, a few years ago, she watched this documentary, and it alerted her to the severity of the situation again. From there, it was a deep spiral of internet research, and the terror and panic started to set in.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Turnhouse Hill, Pentlands | Hiking Edinburgh

     We seem to be getting a last wave of summer for the year this week! And I had days off, so I headed out to the Pentland Hills, for a quick hike to make the most of it. To be honest, it was a bit overcast and cloudy for the first half of this, but it brightened up later on. I chose Turnhouse Hill, a route I hadn't taken before, but not too long or strenuous, as I wasn't planning on going out for the entire day.

Turnhouse Hill, Pentlands, Edinburgh, Scotland

Friday, 13 September 2019

Good Vibes Only | Musically Inspired

     Some people have big dreams and goals and ambitions. They want to change the world, and leave their mark stamped on it. And they'll do whatever it takes to get there. But not everyone is like that. Some people prioritise other things. Some people just want to be good and kind. And that's more than enough.

Quote 'be the reason someone smiles today' goodness, kindness, compassion, selfless
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Saturday, 7 September 2019

Outfit - Last Days of Summer

     Scotland in September means summer is well and truly over. However, this is one last summer outfit I wanted to share before transitioning into autumn wear. I actually wore this a year ago to the Meadows festival - this was from this year - but it's one I'll pull out fairly regularly. I like a lot of outfits that mix a delicate texture, like this white lace dress, with something a bit rougher round the edges, like this ripped denim waistcoat. Definitely the sort of combination I've done regularly in the past! The shoes are easy slip ons that I wear a lot in summer, even if they're starting to fall apart. And I added some jewellery to match the colour of the dress. This outfit won't see daylight again until next summer, but I keep going back to it for a reason!

Last Days of Summer - outfit of white lace dress, ripped blue denim waistcoat & blue and white striped shoes

Monday, 2 September 2019

Life Doesn't Stop

     Sometimes you desperately want to hit pause. The world seems too big, or time is moving too fast, and you just want to stop and catch your breath, just for a moment. Just to have an extra moment to process or decide or maybe even savour something. But time never stops. Time always continues, and so must we.

Robert Frost quote 'everything I've learned about life: it goes on'
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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Baby Wants Candy | Edinburgh Fringe 2019

     This will be my last review from this year's Edinburgh Fringe - I saw plenty of other shows besides the ones I've reviewed, but I'd be here for weeks if I tried to do them all! And since some were shows I've seen in previous years, I opted not to review them again. If you want to know more about what I saw, check out my Instagram story highlights instead! Anyways, Baby Wants Candy is an improvised musical, and a show I'd heard good things about in the past, so I finally checked it out this year.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Christina Bianco | Edinburgh Fringe 2019

     One year I'll write all my reviews before the Fringe actually ends, but not this year! It's been a busy month, and I've been late posting almost every time! Anyways, I still want to write about Christina Bianco's show, because it's well worth telling people about, and she's going on tour next month! I actually saw her at the Fringe a few years ago, and I've seen lots of her YouTube videos, so I was pretty confident I would enjoy it.

Christina Bianco First Impressions, Edinburgh Fringe poster 2019
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Friday, 23 August 2019

Outfit - Rematch

     Mixing up a few of my favourite items in my wardrobe at the moment, especially for this time of year! I've featured the crop top on here before, but never before with jeans, and I like the contrast of the delicate, white lace, with the ripped denim. I also added the shirt tied around the waist, which has been a go-to look for me this summer - partly because I like how it looks, and partly because it means I have an extra layer with me if I get cold! You have to dress practically for the weather living in Scotland! These Converse are getting pretty well-worn out (the close up is an older photo of them!), but they'll still hang together for a little longer before I replace them!

Rematch - outfit of white lace crop top, grey ripped skinny jeans, red & black checked shirt around waist, & red Converse shoes

Monday, 19 August 2019

Foil Arms & Hog | Edinburgh Fringe 2019

     My first couple Fringe reviews were circus based, but I've seen plenty of comedy shows this year as well! As well as old favourites I've seen before (Shit Faced Showtime, The Noise Next Door), I've seen some new ones as well. Foil Arms & Hog are a comedy trio who specialise in short sketches. I've heard good things about them in previous years, and finally saw them myself for the first time last week.

Foil Arms & Hog
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Friday, 16 August 2019

Humans | Edinburgh Fringe 2019

     Ok, this review was meant to be done way sooner, but I've been pretty busy and very stressed lately, for various reasons we won't go into right now. I've seen about half a dozen Fringe shows already this year, but I'm not writing reviews for every single one - I'm mostly picking out the ones I liked best, and that I hadn't seen and reviewed in previous years. 'Humans', performed by Circa, I actually saw on the same day as 'Backbone', with the 2for1 tickets, so obviously it's hard not to compare back to back circus shows with each other!

Circa: Humans at Edinburgh Fringe 2019
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Friday, 9 August 2019

Backbone | Edinburgh Fringe 2019

     Most years, I see a lot of comedy acts at the Edinburgh Fringe, but this year I've already seen a few other types as well! We're only a week in, but I've already crammed in several shows (including some I saw last year, such as Shit Faced Showtime and The Noise Next Door), taking advantage of the discounts available in the first few days. Anyways, one of the first shows I saw was 'Backbone', performed by Gravity & Other Myths, in McEwan Hall.

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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Travel Inspiration | Malaysia

     Malaysia is a large country, with dozens of islands as well as the main peninsula, where you'll find the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. It also contains a diverse mix of cultures; there's the indigenous Malay people; the remnants of Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonial rule; and most cities have a Chinatown, Little India, and Arab Quarter now. I spent a week here almost two years ago, which gave me a few days each in Penang, Kuala Lumpur, and Melaka, all on the main peninsula - I didn't have time to see any of the islands! Although it was a short trip, I still saw a lot of the cultural diversity in that time!

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide

     The Edinburgh Fringe is upon us again, a month where the city descends into near anarchy. It's the largest performing arts festival in the world, which means it can be a lot of fun, but also highly stressful. This is the 5th year I've had to work in the city centre during it, and every year I'm trying to strike a balance between enjoying it, but not going completely insane by the end of the month either. Most locals have a love/hate relationship with the Fringe, where we enjoy its creativity and excitement, but also get so annoyed at how busy the city is for the whole month. So, here are some tips for making the most of the Fringe, but also escaping it from time to time as well!

The Royal Mile in August, during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Friday, 26 July 2019

Outfit - Midsummer

     It was the hottest day of the year so far yesterday, with Edinburgh reaching 28 degrees - I know that's not a lot for some people, but it's bloody hot for us! So as such, it was time for a full on summer outfit, designed for this hot weather! This crop top is so light and breezy for keeping cool, and I actually had a bikini top on underneath it. It can be difficult to find a bra that works with it, and this gave me the option of taking off for sunbathing! I did still have to work, so shorts are practical for that, and I like the high waisted shorts with the crop top, so it wasn't all too revealing. I chose these green earrings to match the leaf pattern on the top, and kept my feet cool in my sandals. I was also makeup free, but coated in suncream, and I had to tie up my hair while sleeping since it was so warm, resulting in this lion mane look!

Midsummer - outfit of leaf pattern crop top, grey denim high waisted shorts & silver strappy sandals

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Taking the Good with the Bad

     Life is a little bit gritty. Life is not always sunshine and rainbows and sparkles. While it's great to look on the bright side of things when you can, and try be optimistic, sometimes you also have to be realistic. Life can be tough sometimes.

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Monday, 8 July 2019

Fife Coastal Path | Burntisland to Inverkeithing | Hiking Scotland

     I finally had a full day off work last week, so I used it to get out Edinburgh for the day! We finally had some summer weather too, so I was eager to check out a new hiking route. Well, to be honest this route is pretty level so it was more of a long walk than an uphill hike. Though it also sounds mad that given that I walk hours every day at work, I used my day off to do even more walking! Anyways, I've never done any part of the Fife Coastal Path, which runs all the way around Fife and would take several days to complete the whole thing. I just chose one section for this day, stage two, which is supposed to be from North Queensferry to Burntisland, but I did it in reverse, and opted to stop early at Inverkeithing instead.

View of Edinburgh & Firth of Forth from Fife Coastal Path, Dalgety Bay


Thursday, 4 July 2019

Outfit - Breath of Fresh Air

     It's been months since I wore this top! Crop tops are definitely only ok for summer in Scotland, way too cold the rest of the year! I wore this outfit a few times last summer, but it didn't fit my Disneybound theme from last year, so I'm showing it off now. I love the top, it pairs with so many things, and I think with the skirt it all looks quite pretty and delicate. I like the white and grey combination as well, as light colours are perfect for summer, and there's a nice simplicity to a colour scheme like this. I continued with that in the earrings as well, these pretty white beaded ones I got in Central America a few years ago.

Breath of Fresh Air - summer outfit of white lace crop top, grey striped pencil skirt & grey Toms shoes

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Craiglockhart Hills | Hiking Edinburgh

     Europe's been having a bit of a heatwave this week, which in Scotland translates to about 20 degrees celsius. I know, doesn't sound much compared to other places, but for us, that's fantastic. Everyone is going around in summer clothes, soaking up the sun for the few days we've got it (it's pouring with rain again as I write this...). So anyways, I decided to make the most of it and go for a hike the other day, to the last one of Edinburgh's 'Seven Hills' that I hadn't been to yet. Technically, Craiglockhart is two hills, western and eastern, but they get grouped together as one for purposes of the 'seven hills', and it's easy to climb both in the same excursion.

View from Western Craiglockhart Hill, Edinburgh


Thursday, 27 June 2019

Travel Inspiration | Singapore

      Singapore is one of the most unique countries in the world, being scarcely 50 years old, and yet one of the richest countries. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city, but also full of tradition, and is a self proclaimed 'City in a Garden', with an abundance of green space. It is home to a melting pot of cultures, from Chinatown, to Little India, to the Arab Quarter, and the remnants of British colonialism. I only got to spend a day here a few years ago, which was enough time to see the main sights of the city centre, but I'm sure there's plenty more to see if I ever manage to return.

Merlion statue & Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Outfit - Picnic Weather

     Is it summer yet? That's always a highly debatable question in Scotland, because as soon as you think it's here, it disappears again. Anyway, I'm ready for more summer clothing, starting with this bright, happy dress I got last year, which I recently wore out to a picnic/festival in the local park (hence title). I've used it on here before, with the same belt, but this time I wanted to experiment with a cardigan on top. The off-the-shoulder neckline of the dress is a little tricky with a cardigan on top, but I found if I belted around the cardigan as well as, it stays in place better. I like the bold combination of the green and purple too. These are my go-to summer shoes, as they're comfortable for walking around in a lot, and easy to pair with anything. The earrings were a recent purchase from my South Africa trip, made from ostrich egg shell!

Picnic Weather - outfit of green dress & purple cardigan belted at waist, with grey Toms

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Falkirk Wheel to Kelpies | Scotland

     We finally got some good weather here in Edinburgh recently, so a friend and I made the most of our day off last week to go on a little day trip. I've been enjoying seeing more of my own country on these sorts of day trips in the last year! We actually meant to do this last year and ended up cancelling for some reason, so I'm glad we finally got around to it. The plan was to take the train to Falkirk, just west of Edinburgh, to visit the Falkirk Wheel and then walk along the canal to reach the Kelpies. The day was as much about the walk as it was the sights themselves!

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland


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).

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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.

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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?

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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

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