Saturday, 2 July 2016

The Great Outdoors


Last week myself and Barry took a break from the city and spent a week in a cottage in Glencoe.
The cottage itself was beautiful and was refurbished in May this year so everything still had that new feeling.  The location was pretty remote although we were right next to a road and we did see a whole bunch of hillwalkers so it didn't feel too scary.  Maybe I wouldn't feel the same in Winter when it's pitch black.  

There was also an abundance of little birds flying around right outside which made it feel a bit like a disney film.  No offence to pigeons but I didn't miss them!  We also spotted some lovely deer whilst on our travels and I am sure I seen a vole.  I could be the next David Attenborough!

You might be familiar with a Vodafone advert where a guy manages to get reception everywhere he goes no matter how remote, well he clearly never stayed in Glencoe!  The lack of social media and Internet was actually quite nice though and it resulted in me discovering a hidden talent.  I am a killer draughts player.  Poor Barry had to suffer 5 straight defeats.  I am currently investigating any professional draughts competitions I can enter because surely this could be my shot at fame and fortune! 

We did a lot of driving and covered places like Fort William, where we got the Mountain Gondola, which took us 650 metres up the mountain of Aonach Mor .  It was pretty cloudy so the view was almost non existent but was still fun and the chips in the cafe were good!  I like to sample chips wherever I go, even on mountains.

We also visited Oban, Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Inverary, as well as accidentally discovering the Silver Sands of Morar with the whitest sand I have ever seen!  Unfortunately there were no blue skies that day so my photo doesn't really do it justice.  We also drove along the Skyfall road at Loch Etive.  Daniel Craig wasn't driving me, but it was dry that day so I guess you can't have it all

I always holidayed in Scotland or England whilst growing up, as my parents never went abroad, but this was my first Scottish holiday as a adult.  When you live in the city it's easy to forget what beauty lies only a few hours drive from your doorstep.

Usually when I pack for holidays I go insane and stress over every detail and take way too much, and sometimes don't even wear half of it!  I embraced the outdoors and kept it simple with jeans, t-shirts and old comfy boots.   No accessories were taken which is a first but I actually loved it!  There was no thought process in getting ready each morning.  One raincoat (because in Scotland June doesn't mean sunshine) and one backpack and I was all set to meet the great outdoors.  

As much as I loved my mountain retreat I can't decide what I love more, having no neighbours and an amazing view right on my doorstep, or being somewhere that Dominos deliver to?  Whenever Dominos set up shop in the Highlands I am so there!!

Friday, 1 April 2016

OOTD // Boys Toys


I'll be honest I can't be bothered writing much for this post - the energy for blogging is still hovering at low - so here's some pictures of an outfit involving the amazing Boys Toys skirt from Bob by Dawn O'Porter and print design by Karen Mabon.  You can't help but feel happy when you look at this skirt, dinosaurs, game boys and lego all on one item of clothing, and not only that, IT HAS POCKETS!!  

I'm currently de-cluttering my wardrobe in the hope I can de-clutter my mind of the choices involved when getting dressed - even though I've just bought new boots and currently coveting a Minnie Mouse jumper and denim jacket, because the one I'm wearing in these pictures, isn't quite oversized enough......ok so truth is I'm de-cluttering to make more fucking room for more fucking stuff!!   

I'm constantly telling myself I'll start doing yoga, read more books and have early nights to free my mind of all things accessible through my phone, but it hasn't happened yet. In fact I've just started using snapchat so I've really just added another distraction/time eater into my life.  

Feel free to follow me (user name lynnie-bop) to see videos of my cat, because that's about all I'll post on it probably.  Or maybe I'll become a snapchat sensation....yeah like I was going to become an Instagram sensation when I started that...or a blogging sensation.....only thing I'm sensational at is drinking Irn bru and saying I'll do stuff but never getting round to doing it - like yoga, reading and early nights!!  Ah well, nobody's perfect! 

Real life disclaimer - the skirt stuck to the tights I was wearing and I'm really hoping it was a rogue pair of tights!!  Either that or I'm going to have to start shaving my legs more.  That's another thing I'm not sensational at!!   

My face in the last picture sums up how I feel about skirts and tights not playing nice together.

All photographs taken by Jennifer