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.

Black and white headphones image

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