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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