Sunday, March 29, 2015

Iceland Photo Diary

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Welcome to part one of four (yes, four) of my Iceland posts! I came home with so many photos, as well as so much I wanted to talk about, that I thought I'd split it all up into where to stay, where to eat, what to and - today's post - a photo diary. The purpose of the photo diary is basically just to give you a good feel of what Iceland's like. If you can stretch your mind back to my travel bucketlist a few months ago then you'll know that Iceland has been on my wishlist for years and years, but, even still, it was somewhere that I struggled to form a picture of in my head. I would say Reykjavik isn't somewhere that initially bowls you over (wait R-baby, forgive me, there's more), but as you start to walk through it and take in all it's quirky, colourful details and welcoming feel, it quickly wins you over, and by the end of our first morning there I was totally and utterly in love. It feels like what I'd imagine Alaska to be like (I'm basing this statement entirely on The Proposal, so if you're from Alaska and you're looking at this and thinking 'errr... no it's not', I do apologise). Anyway, my words won't really be able to do it justice, so hopefully these pictures will do the talking...

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We flew over with WOW Air, who were truly vunderbar. Each of the flights left on time, landed early and had our bags there and waiting at collection by the time we were off the plane, which, I think we can all agree is a big fat rarity. They were such a fun airline to fly with (as I'm sure you can see from the photo above) which helped to keep me distracted, being the awful 'THERE'S  A COLONIAL WOMAN ON THE WINGS' flier that I am. If you're looking to plan a trip, their flights start from £49 one way from London to Reykjavik and leave from Gatwick direct to Reyjkavik ten times a week and - rumour has it - they're starting to introduce £99 flights to U.S.A from London.

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And we've arrived at Reykjavik airport, wahey! Rob had literally just put something in the bin and turned round as I took this snap and still managed to look like this, which doesn't really seem fair... I think I might be dating Zoolander.

(Find his coat here)

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Do you see now what I mean about Reykjavik making you fall in love with it? There's so much colour everywhere and, contrasted against the bright blue sky (when it's not snowing or raining) you can't really help but smile. It's one of those places where the whole 'look up' debate rings true, there's so much to take in everywhere you go and the STREET ART, oh the street art. It's absolutely amazing; there's beautiful big colourful graffiti murals everywhere, and not a half-arsed drawing of a cock in sight.

Now... let's go slightly outside of Reykjavik.

Iceland Thingveller National Park

This was at Thingveller National Park which is the last stop on The Golden Circle Tour (don't worry, I'll go into that in much more detail on my 'what to do post') where the views are just incredible. I often worry that we've become desensitised to the views nature can offer thanks to all the overly-photoshopped images the internet presents us with, but this place proved me completely wrong. It's so serene and still and breathtaking all in one.

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Taking my snazzy black Bering watch out for a spin in the snow! And, yes, that is double leopard print I'm wearing.. what of it?

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These were taken at Gullfoss Waterfall, which is also part of The Golden Circle Tour. I was hoping to see it in the sun so that we could catch some rainbows surrounding it, but seeing it in the snow turned out to to be just as magical.

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Aaand here we are in the land of the Geysers which, you guessed it, is also part of the Golden Circle Tour. It's all so mystical and spooky and Ice Age-esque out there, as you can probably see above. In this photo here I think Rob might have been pretending he was king of all the land, Mufasa style, but don't tell him I told you that.

Now, back to Reykjavik we go.

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Would you look at that view!? Imagine walking down the main shopping street in your town and that being your view every single time you walked past a side street. Rob's very calm and collected about things, internally excited if you like, whereas I couldn't stop standing and looking down at it, shouting,'WOULD. YOU. LOOK. AT. THAT.' every time we passed. If our relationship can survive that it can survive anything.

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The incredibly adorable 'Single gloves speed dating'. Take that, Tinder, you lose.

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One of the questions I've been asked a lot is what to wear in Iceland and, in short, wear the warmest shit you can get your hands on. I thought living in Scotland would prepare me for the cold but I was very, very wrong. The weather's really changeable - you can literally see snow, sun and rain in the space of half an hour - so make sure you're equipped with both a hood and some sunglasses And some gloves. Superdry very kindly sent us over some bits to wear which turned out to be a god-send, I think I'd have been dead in a ditch by the end of the first day if it wasn't for this badboy. And I owe the safety of my ears entirely to this furry headband. They seem to be one of the most popular brands out there which is fun, it's kind of like being part of one big, colourful, warm army.

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Laugavegur, the main street in downtown Reykjavik, all lit up at night, which gave me a nice fuzzy feeling in my belly that's normally reserved for Christmas.

Reykjavik Harpa concert hall

And, speaking of being lit up at night, this is the Harpa concert hall and conference centre at dusk, which you definitely need to pop along and see if you're visiting Reykjavik. It's beautifully framed by the snowy mountains and is verrrry mesmerising; despite the cold we ended up standing watching it for about ten minutes.

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And there we have it, time to head home already! But not without a giggle at WOW's in-flight 'Vom-O-Meter sick bag, below, and a view of the snowy mountains in the sunrise first.

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I hope you enjoyed this post because, as I feel you can probably tell, I very much enjoyed putting it together! A lot of you have got in touch since I've been over to say you were now thinking of planning a trip over and my answer to you all is DO IT. It's one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had, and it really doesn't compare to anywhere I've ever been. There's still so much I want to see and do that I didn't get to this time round so, basically what I'm saying is, let me come in your case.

Amy

Thank you so much again to WOW Air and Airbnb for such a wonderful trip! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Naked Torso Girl

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LAVISH ALICE lace-up dress | H&M stripe top | SARENZA burgundy ankle boots | ASOS leather and suede mix bag

I talked a little bit about my love for lace up shoes in my last post, and it would seem this love has sneaked into my wardrobe too. A soon as I spotted this dress on the Lavish Alice website I thought 'YES - you, my friend, have great pinafore potential'. It's absolutely beautiful on its own, but I didn't want to force the world to look upon my naked torso in broad daylight - plus it's still bloody freezing - so I popped this stripy top underneath for, what some may call, a glorified school uniform look. 

As you may have guessed, that's me back from Iceland which was hands down one of the best experiences of my life; if I didn't have Lilo waiting for me at home then I think I'd have taken up residence in a dormant volcano and stayed there forever. I've filled an entire memory card with photos so I'm going to split my trip into three or four blog posts, including where to eat/stay, things to do as well as a general photo diary, so keep your eyes peeled for those in the next couple of weeks!

Amy

Monday, March 23, 2015

A night at the Cinderella Premiere

Last week me and Rob were lucky enough to be invited down to the Cinderella Premiere in London (in cinemas March 27th!) which was – in a word – incredible. No, magical. Incredimagical. 

First up we were taken on a quick tour of  the Cinderella exhibition, where you can get up close and personal with all the costumes and props from the film, including the ACTUAL glass slipper. It’s made by Swarovski and, as you can see from the photos, is sparklier than the sparkliest thing you can imagine. It’s quite transfixing actually, I could have stood and looked at it all night. Another highlight of the exhibition is the pumpkin carriage, all lit up inside with beautiful little fairy lights, which you walk through and come out on the other side of to be faced with the famous golden carriage which takes Cinderella to the ball. The costumes are a joy to see in real life, they’re so intricately detailed and everything a fairy-tale deserves. The exhibition is now open to the public and I really would recommend squeezing in a visit if you can, especially if you have children (because then you can blame it on them if you accidentally let out an excited squeal). 
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We were then taken along the ‘red’ carpet – which was actually blue, very fitting – and into the venue itself to be seated. There was then a brief, and very funny, introduction from the director and then a Frozen short (also very funny, courtesy of Olaf) before the film began. I’ve been desperate to see the film ever since I heard it was being made and it truly didn’t disappoint. Disney just have a way of making you feel like you’re 10 years old again, with that excited feeling in your belly that anything is possible. I did, however, well up at the scene with the Fairy Godmother (played amazingly by Helena Bonham Carter) which my 10 year old self would not have been proud of. I read somewhere that Lily James was doubtful that she could fill Cinderella’s (glass) shoes, but she was absolutely perfect in the part and slipped seamlessly into the role of Princess. The stand out performance for me, however, was Cate Blanchett, who completely blew me away with her performance as Evil Stepmother. Honestly, you’ll know what I mean when you watch it… all bow down to Queen Cate. Even though we all know the storyline, I won’t say too much more so that you can go and enjoy it for yourself, but I really, truly couldn't recommend it more – it’s happy, it’s sad, it’s funny (look out for Rob Brydon’s cameo) and, above of, it’s utterly magical.

Amy


Cinderella hits cinemas this Friday (27th March) and, in the meantime, the 'Design a Dress' competition is still running over on the Cinderella Tumblr hub, so you've still got time to enter that if you fancy!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SS15 footwear wishlist


Normally clothes are my thang, but recently I've noticed that all I've been adding to my mental wishlist is shoes, shoes and more shoes. In terms of dressing, I much prefer Winter as I very much enjoy layering and building outfits (must be the Scot in me) but, when it comes to shoes, Summer is where it's AT. As you can see, the kind of shoes I'm coveting this SS15 are platforms - all the benefits of heels but with added comfort - lace-up shoes and of course, the trusty ankle boot. I bought these bargain £22 New Look flats last week and can confirm that they are in fact amazing in real life. I did find that they came up a tiny bit small though, so if you're in between sizes or if your feet are of the wide-footed variety then I'd size up. And, as you may have noticed from my last post, I also added a second pair of lace up shoes to my wardrobe in the form of these Office badboys. Surprisingly comfortable may I add!

As always, if you see any shoes you like then just click on the image to be taken straight to them!

Amy

Friday, March 20, 2015

A Cinderella Inspired outfit

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H&M blue linen dress | OFFICE lace-up heels (also in blue and nude) | FLORIAN LONDON leather bag

I wouldn't say I was a particularly girly girl growing up, but one thing I did put a lot (and I mean a lot) of time and effort into was choosing my favourite Disney Princess - Meg from Hercules - closely followed by whose dress I liked best. I loved the fit of Cinderella's, the colour-changing aspect of Sleeping Beauty's, the cheeky off-shoulder that Belle's dress had and the all-round sassiness of Jasmine's outfit. In the end I was so conflicted that I decided that I'd simply have to either make some sort of Frankenstein-like creation made up of little segments of each dress, or squeeze in four costume changes in one night. Fast forward 15 years and the same topic of conversation still excites me (there's just something about Princess dresses that never gets old), so when Disney challenged me to create a Cinderella inspired blog post my heart was set aflutter. After seeing the trailer and falling love with the dress worn by Lily James in the film - how beautiful does her little waist look? - I knew I had to find myself as close a doppleganger as possible. I found this blue number hiding in the sale rales in H&M and knew immediately it'd make the perfect modern day Disney Princess dress with its nipped in waist and full skirt. All I need now are some glass slippers, and potentially some blister plasters, and I'm good to go!
If you follow me over on Twitter or Instagram then you'll probably know that me and Rob were at the Cinderella Premiere last night (the 10 year old in me is still crying) so stay tuned for a full blog post about that on Monday! The film's out in cinemas on the 27th March but, for now, make sure and check out the Cinderella Tumblr Hub as it's filled to the brim with exciting Cinderella related content - plus there's a chance to make all those childhood princess-dress dreams come true with their amazing design your own dress competition!

Amy