Three Things #7: As One Door Closes..

16 April 2015

Meadows Edinburgh
In the Meadows, soaking up the sun on Easter Monday!

It's been a while since I wrote this sort of post, right..? Sorry about that! The last 8 months have seen me wrapped up in producing digital content full-time professionally, after graduating from my Degree beforehand, and the personal side of my own blog seems to have been the victim of all this life craziness! I can't make excuses though, so I'm back to make up for any time lost by updating you on life as it is now.

1. I'm finishing my job
Starting with a biggie! Boom. So, unfortunately, the job I've been incredibly happy in was lost this month. My contract ends at the end of April, so right now is job-hunting time. I've had ups and downs since, but hopefully the right next step will come to me and a new chapter can begin.

2. I'm planning my trip to Copenhagen
In the last week of April, me and Gillian are headed to Copenhagen (a trip booked waaay before my job loss.. darn it!). If you've got any recommendations, throw them my way! Our friend Lynne has been before, and she's excitedly written us a little list of places she loved. Highlights we're aiming to check out: Tivoli Gardens amusement park; having a wander around the cool Nørrebro district and fashionable Frederiksberg; and taking lots and lots of pictures at Nyhavn port (those colourful buildings plastering the front of every sightseeing guide).

3. I'm focusing on losing weight
So, I mentioned weight loss as a clichéd New Year's goal in my 5 Goals for 2015 blog post earlier this year. It's been quite infuriating to not be able to fit into my favourite dresses, so I've been choosing healthier options (when I can, and when I've not been coming home pretty low and just craving that pizza..) I feel good in myself when I do make the right food choices, so it's a win-win. To aid it, I've also been doing more walking than usual, and getting all 80s with the power walking.. but without the neon sweatbands, sorry guys....

Bonus: I got contact lenses and OH MY LORD, it is wonderful.

What about you? How is life treating you lately?


My SS15 Wardrobe with Debenhams

14 April 2015

Debenhams SS15 press show Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

Last month, I was invited to the SS15 fashion and beauty press show by Debenhams. The venue for the show this season moved to Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art. Previously, shows have been staged in Glasgow's Blythswood Square Hotel (my SS14 review here and AW14 here), so it made a lovely change to see the items in their new temporary home; under the breathtaking architecture that is the Gallery of Modern Art. Another difference, albeit personally, this season it was not the beauty section, but the fashion that captivated me. Brights and prints stood out and made a stark contrast against the rainy dreich weather that was awaiting us outside. Inside, it was more like being on a sandy beach surrounded by palm trees and, er, rather attractive male models strutting down the catwalk in nothing but speedos..

But, ahem, enough of the pleasing scenery, on to the clothes!

A Weekend Getaway to York

12 April 2015

A weekend in York with Travelodge

When I was invited to experience a 2 night break away with Travelodge, three thoughts crossed my mind:
  1. This definitely ties in with my New Year's Resolution of more travel!
  2. Travelodge, though..? I'm not so sure..
  3. Oh go on.. sign me up & prove me wrong!

A month or so later I was on my way down to York on the train on a Friday night with my flat-wife Gillian for a weekend filled with fun, frivolity and food. All the best 'f's.

5 Things To Do At Edinburgh International Science Festival

4 April 2015

Edinburgh International Science Festival 2015

After attending a couple of fantastic engaging events last year, I was excited to see what this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival had to offer. And, boy, it hasn't disappointed. As soon as I was lucky enough to attend the launch presentation at my work, I was feverishly jotting down events in a to-do list fashion. Fortunately, I was also invited to attend the launch of the GastroFest food programme strand at Summerhall at the end of March (something I also did last year, as you can read about here) and it was amazing. I'll fill you in on what to expect from the GastroFest: SciMart later on in this post.

So, without further ado, here are the events you should definitely attend at the festival this year..