Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A night in Edinburgh and a morning in Glasgow

Last night I headed down to see Wicked at The Playhouse in Edinburgh, which I've been bouncing about with excitement over ever since the invite arrived in my inbox. I've seen it once before in London about four years ago, but since anatomically my memory's on par with a goldfish I'd completely forgotten the storyline, so it was like seeing it all for the first time. I met my amigo Karen off the train and we had a little wander around the Christmas markets to get us in the festive mood (ok, even more in the festive mood) before heading over to the show.
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A few snaps from the Christmas market which really was just wonderful - I literally had to tear myself away from the crepe, waffle and mini pancake stalls.
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Arriving at the theatre (dahhling) ready for Wicked to begin
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IT'S TIME
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Hanging out at the bar during the interval where we soon realised that we were standing right next to Judy Murray. If I wasn't so mannerly I'd have asked her to drop some Strictly moves for me right there and then.
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The whole thing was absolutely incredible; from the singing (I've never whooped louder than I did after Defying Gravity), to the orchestra, to my absolute favourites which were the set, props and lighting - it was all just perfect. OH, and how could I forget... the costumes. Oh. My. God. they were amazing, I'd wouldn't mind having one of Glinda's glittery dresses for the party season ahead actually. If any of you don't know the storyline of Wicked then basically it's a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, telling the story of how Glinda and The Wicked Witch of the West came to be the characters they are, toying with the ideas of good and evil and all that jazz. In fact, you can actually check out the trailer here which will probably do a better job of explaining than I could. It's a really lovely one to watch and it'll have you laughing in some parts and feeling a bit teary in others - I held it together being the brave little soul that I am but I saw a fair few hankies flying about it the audience. If you live near or within travelling distance of Edinburgh it's there for your pleasure until January 10th and, as it's suitable for a general audience (recommend for 7+), it would also make a really nice family night out! Thank you so much for having me down Wicked, I had an absolutely wicked time.

Heheh hehe... heh.


BRUNCH AT THE HYNDLAND FOX

Now, this brunch was actually enjoyed last week, but since it also involved Karen (I can't get rid of her) I thought it only fitting to combine the two in one post. We ventured along to The Hyndland Fox in Glasgow to grab some brunch before a busy day of, well, shopping and oh lordy it did not disappoint. Their whole menu is - this phrase makes me feel a bit sick but it's the most appropriate in this situation - mouthwatering. The breakfast menu's got a good variation of food; from porridge with berries, to french toast, to eggs florentine, but we both thought it'd be rude not to go or the vegetarian cooked breakfast since it sounded so gaddam good. 
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The teapots came complete with teacosies which I very much appreciated, as well as a little slice of tablet, which I appreciated even more. 
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The humble veggie breakfast, a thing of true beauty.
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Karen enjoyed it...
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... and I apparently enjoyed it so much I couldn't even stop for a photo.
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They open until midnight and have lots of different thangs going on each night of the week (don't miss out on BYOB Monday or Sunday Roast... Sunday) so it's well worth checking out for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner in Glasgow!

Amy

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Must-see places for 2015 (A-L)

From time to time I'll put together a clothes or homeware wishlist for my blog, yet it struck me the other day that I've never put together a travel wishlist post. Considering I spend most of my day reading about different places online, dreaming of where I'd like to go next (time spent doing this has now doubled, thank you cold weather) I thought it seemed only right to share with you the places I'd love to travel to. I'm not normally one for New Year's Resolutions but I think I might actually make one this year to travel to ALL OF THESE PLACES. Kidding, although I am making it my mission to tick at least a couple off.

Some are just general countries, some are specific places within a country; all are equally wonderful. Grab yourself a cup of tea and prepare to have your wanderlust ignited.

AMSTERDAM
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I've travelled to lots of different parts of Europe but for some reason Amsterdam's one place that I've yet to reach. Me and Rob have been talking about finally heading over next year for a couple of days filled with eating street food and getting lost amongst the canals. I also want to squeeze in a walk through the Red Light District because, well, it'd be rude not to.

BALI
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Really... need I say more?

CANADA
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Canada's somewhere I'd love to spend a couple of weeks exploring, but the first place I'd be heading would be Banff National Park. Every photo I've seen looks so stunning and peaceful, and I've heard through the grapevine (ok, I heard from my friend who went there) that it's just as breathtaking in real life.

CHINA


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Again China's one that I'd really love to take my time exploring - as well as soaking up the culture as it's so different to ours - but two things that really tickle my travel fancy is Tianzi mountain nature reserve and the Reed Flute Caves. How. Beautiful. You're a crazy one, nature.

FINLAND
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Oh my gaa these are literally my little dream home. If you've read my blog/follow my YouTube for a while then you'll know that seeing the Northern Lights is top of my list of 'things I'd like to do in life', so the idea of watching them (and stargazing) from inside one of the glass igloos with a mug of hot chocolate in hand fills my little self with delight.


HAWAII
Hawaii beaches and straw huts
Back in Primary school, if anyone asked me where I'd like to live I'd automatically answer with 'Hawaii' and, I have to say, 10 year old Amy had good taste. The thought of lazing on the beach all day with a coconut cocktail before retreating to a little beach hut at night for a couple weeks is just too much to handle. I'm actually going to stop now because I'm making myself jealous with my own sweet fantasies.


ICELAND
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Again, Iceland's somewhere I've wanted to travel to for years and years, and all just to see the Northern Lights. Although that'd still be my main priority, I'd love to go and spend a long weekend in Reykjavik as it sounds like there's a whole host of cool places to see/sleep/eat and drink there. Obviously a trip to the ice caves would be squeezed in there somewhere too.

JAPAN
Japan The-Wisteria-Tunnel

Japan's another one that I'd like to spent a good bit of time in as there's just so much to take in, but I'd really love to see the Wisteria Tunnel in person as I think it'd be even more magical in real life.



LOS ANGELES
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How could I not include Los Angeles? It's one of those places I'm always so jealous of when I hear about other people visiting. One of the main things that intrigues me is the people though; I think you'd meet some absolute crackers out there.

So there we have it, Part 1 of my travel wishlist. There are many, many more - really I'd like to just travel the world one country at a time, exploring new places and meeting new people - but I thought I'd limit it to my favourites otherwise you'd be reading this right up until New Year's Eve. Part II will be up soon, featuring my must-see places from all over the globe that fall into the M-Z category (it would seem there's a lot of M's I'd like to travel to). Is there anywhere specific on your travel bucketlist? Please do share so I can have a nosy (and add to my ever-growing list).

Amy


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Urban Outfitters Outerwear Collaboration: Part I

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Most of you will probably know how much of a coat fan I am - coats and watches actually, those are the two things that I seem to have no control over when it comes to buying. Which is weird now I come to think of it, because I'm always cold and I'm always late. Hmm. Anyway, today's post is the first in a three part collaboration with Urban Outfitters where I'm putting my coat obsession to good use to show you guys my top three picks from their outerwear section and, let me tell you, it was hard picking just three. My first look is based around the the classic parka, which you really can't go wrong with; they're perfect for throwing on on days when you can't be bothered, or on days when you want to give the impression that you can't be bothered but really took half an hour planning your outfit (don't worry, I wont tell anyone). The reason I love this one is because of how lightweight it is - normally parkas end up swallowing me because I'm so short and give the impression that I'm drowning in a sea of green, but because this one's a slimline fit it's much more flattering. Plus, it means there's plenty of room under there for a jumper or a hoodie (or both, if you're me). I paired it with this oversized paisley print shirt (which is one of my favourite things I've found clothes-wise in a long time) to continue the lazy-vibe and then completed the look with these chunky zip detail boots. So there we have it, look number I. Parts II and III will be coming your way soon (including THE most perfect camel coat out there)!

I've just noticed there's £30 off selected coats at the moment and this parka's included - get in there nowww people!

Amy


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Travel Outfits with American Tourister

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As you might have noticed, I tend to travel quite a bit through my blog, so when ASOS popped up with an opportunity to put together a post with American Tourister I thought it'd be perfect to tie in with a post on what I like to wear when I'm on the go. I'm off to London again next week on a press trip so - behold - my travelling outfit. You might be looking at the coat are thinking, 'Are. You. Mad.'? but as I'm just there overnight I only have hand luggage and it's bloody freezing outside right now. So, long story short, I always wear the warmest coat I can when I'm travelling within the UK at this time of year so that I don't get caught short at the other end; I have the circulation of an OAP and it does not bode well for me to be layerless. I fell in love on the spot when I spotted this coat as it looked so 60s-esque and unusual and - huzzah - WARM. Rob's not a huge fan of it, in fact when I turned up wearing it I was met with a, 'oh for God's sake Amy, you look like a bird of paradise'. Hmm. Sadly it's now on low stock (seems I'm not the only one who thinks it's fabulous) so I've linked some similar ones below!





Now, back to my travel outfit. I always wear jeans and a loose top/blouse for comfort - I really want to stress the importance of 'loose' as my phobia of flying means that plane journeys normally involve a lot of hyperventilating and, consequently, sweat. Unless I'm feeling particularly wild I'll usually opt for flat shoes for comfort too (plus I heard they're better for your circulation whilst flying and I am ALL about the safety). Last but not least is the case; pretty important. This one's obviously not hand luggage sized (I know I'm short but even I can't make a small case look that big) but it's perfect for trips when you do have hold luggage. Me and Rob took it to Paris the other weekend and it was an absolute dream, it's super lightweight and it also bends, meaning it doesn't get too damaged when it gets thrown about a bit at the airport. Plus the colour means that, glasses or no glasses, you can spot it a mile off coming down the conveyor belt.

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Now, here's the fun part (finally, I know), ASOS and American Tourister have teamed up to giveaway both one of the beautiful cases (which come in lime, pink, purple and navy) and a whopping £100 in ASOS vouchers, perfect for Christmas coming up yes? Check out how you can win big here!

In other news, I popped up a new video last night on 5 problems only short people will understand. It's worth checking out if only for the comments below it - I asked everyone to share their short problems/experiences and there's some absolute crackers in there.

Amy

Christmas Party Picks

If you might follow me on any form of social media then you'll probably have realised by now that I'm very, VERY excited about Christmas. I know it's a bit premature, and I know that I'm supposed to be an adult but I just can't help it. Sadly, being a blogger, I don't really get an official Christmas work night out (party for one anyone?) but I know that, depending on how keen you are, they tend to start from around now and run right through December so it seemed like the perfect time for me to put together my top party picks for the season. As always, just click on the photo to be taken straight to the item!

DRESSES


Generally I'm more of a top and trouser girl on a night out, but during the festive period I always gravitate towards dresses (normally very, very sparkly ones - what a cliché I am) and this year I'm swaying towards this beautiful blue Alice McCall dress, which I honestly think might be one of the best dresses I've ever laid eyes on.

SEPARATES & PLAYSUITS



Here are my favourite skirt, top trouser and playsuit picks for those of you who aren't big dress fans. I genuinely can't decide which is more perfect - the Alice McCall pink two-piece or the Topshop ruffle playsuit (which would look INCREDIBLE with the Kurt Geiger star print platforms).

COVER UPS



If you live in the UK then what you wear over your party outfit often ends up being the most important part thanks to the lovely sub-arctic temperatures we get. For this reason I prefer a good fur coat like this white polar bear-esque ASOS one but you can't go wrong with a blazer or kimono either (I think the kimono's actually classed as nightwear but it's too pretty not to wear out).

SHOES

Shoes are probably my favourite thing to buy for Christmas nights out, I don't know why but you really can't beat a good party pair. I actually just bought the ASOS red velvet platforms last week after admiring them on Megan but I think I'm going to make a sneaky purchase of the Topshop gemstone pony platforms (don't tell Santa I've got a shopping problem or he'll put me on the naughty list) because the lower heel height and just general beauty of them very much appeal to me.

BAGS



Bags are also fun to buy around this time of year because the shops bring out so many beautiful ones. I really do love all of these, but that Topshop coin bag is calling my name. Although the Whistles fur one could also double up as a pillow on the taxi ride home...

I hope you all liked this post, let me know which are your favourite festive picks! I'm also putting together a couple of Christmas gift guides (I've gone C-word mad) so they'll be up in the next couple of weeks... all hail SANTAAAA.

Amy