Being A Tourist At Home | Edinburgh

Today I had the pleasure of playing tourist in my own city and it was fantastic! If you are a new reader, I live in Edinburgh, Scotland and it is the most beautiful city in the world (slightly prejudice….haha)  

My lovely cousin came into town so I got to spend some time sight seeing with her. The first day was rainy, typical Scottish weather, rainy when you need sun! When we had a break in the rain, we headed up Calton Hill.

If you visit Edinburgh, this is a must. It is just off the east end of Princes Street and only a short walk (up a semi steel hill) and you get a fantastic 360 view of the sights. Princes Street, Arthurs Seat, the castle, the sea, it’s all on show!

We also took the steep stairs up the Scott mmonument. This was my first time and I have to say, definitely keep it on your list. 

It is a tight spiral stairway that gets narrower and narrower as you go up. 

If you are afraid of heights, make sure to hold on to the rails but you will be rewarded with some pretty amazing views over the city. Not to mention the postcard worthy view of the castle.

I think we sometimes take the places we live for granted, so this is me telling you to go out and appreciate the beauty around you. This is also me telling you that Edinburgh should most certainly be on your travel wish list. It. Is. Stunning. 

Let me know if you’d like to see an Edinburgh tour guide post in the future where I tell you what there is to do and where you need to go while in Edinburgh. 

Until next time gang,




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San Juan Islands

Hello everyone!

(I wrote this post about 6 months ago and only just realised I haven’t shared it with you all yet! So here it is!)

I recently got back from my annual camping trip to the  San Juan Islands just off the coast of Washington State (north west of Seattle). My family have been camping on  Orcas Island since I was a  little kid but since I became an expat, it’s harder to keep up with the  tradition. This year we did get to head up to the  island, and despite being rained out, we got some sun breaks and enjoyed our time anyway.

If you are in the area, these islands are definitely worth the  trip. Just a ferry ride from Anacortes, WA, these islands are great for  wale watching and general outdoor activities! Take a  look at a few of my favourite snaps from the trip!

Tourist information here!




LA Fashion District Haul!

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Head over to YouTube to check out what I bought in the LA Fashion District!





High Street Concealer Face Off

Hello everyone!

Today is a mix of a review and a competition. Which one of these concealers takes home  the high street concealer award?

Maybelline Fit Concealer vs. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer


Concealer is typically my best friend in the mornings to hide the dark circles and any uneven skin tones. Because I see concealer as the second most important make up item (under mascara of course) I love trying new high street formulas in an attempt to find the best fit for me. These two I have had for a while now and a clear winner has emerged. The first, Maybelline FIT, I picked up on a whim because I really like Maybelline products. I couldn’t find a perfect shade for me, so I went with the closest one. I like the coverage that this one provided, but I did feel an odd tingling/stinging sensation whenever I used it. I know, weird right? This one has now ended up in my desk drawer in case I have a concealer emergency at work.


My second concealer is the Rimmel Wake Me Up. Although the shade isn’t spot on, it is a bit closer than the Maybelline FIT and I find it feels a bit lighter on the skin. I have started using this as my spot cover up and then leave the under eye circles for my Nars concealer (the shade matches me perfectly) The Wake Me Up concealer has made its way into my normal make up routine, and I even bought the Wake Me Up foundation as well to give that a shot. I would recommend giving this one a try if you haven’t already, but remember to set it with some powder so it stays on longer!


Has anyone else tried both of these concealers? What did you think? Let me know and I’d love to hear any suggestions of what high street conceal you think I should try and review next!



The Mid (20s) Life Crisis

Now, I know that everyone talks about the mid-life crisis but there is a pre mid-life crisis that I like to call the mid-20s-life crisis. Before you start thinking I’m being dramatic, hear me out.

Most of my peers (myself included) are starting to feel this constant stress/panic about our lives and it is no wonder why. There are so many big changes in the 20s. You graduate college, you get your first big job, you might get married and have kids, I mean there are really no boundaries anymore as far as what is possible and that kind of endless possibility can be scary, or down right terrifying. Yes, it is also ridiculously exciting knowing you can do literally whatever you want but it is tough narrowing down options and making big decisions that we know can have a big impact on our lives. 20 somethings are faced with big decisions right and left and while there are loads of options that are awesome to have, like ‘should I take a year to travel?’ ‘should I take this awesome job opportunity that will open loads of doors?’ or ‘should I stay where I am?’, they are also ridiculously stressful. It is hard to make decisions that we know will shape our lives and effect our futures. I know that I don’t want to look back and think ‘Man, I really wish I would have gone traveling instead of taking that job’ or vice versa. It is impossible to know which is the right choice, or if there even is a right choice anyway. The fact that the world is our oyster (insert your own cliché saying here) is great, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes there is such a thing as just too many options to know what to do.

With all of this being said, the 20s are the time that we are supposed to make mistakes, take chances, and just live life. We shouldn’t worry so much or put so much pressure on ourselves to make the right decisions and we should enjoy being young, facing endless possibilities.

But we stress anyway, we worry about our future and we let some uncertainty get to us. We have days of panic and we have days of throwing caution to the wind.
So yes, the mid-life crisis is a pain in the butt, but the mid-20s-life crisis, that’s a bitch.