Thursday, 23 July 2015

This Is Goodbye For Now

I've been toying with writing this post for a long time and finally I've got the courage to actually write it...

Basically I really haven't been feeling my blog anymore which you have probably guessed with the lack of a posting schedule or posts at all in that matter. I have just been feeling really uninspired and I just don't have the will to write anymore.

My blog used to be a space I was really proud to call my own and was really happy with everything I was doing. Whether that was my content, photographs or my blog design. Nowadays, I just don't like anything I have done. It annoys me that I am now happy with my blog especially my content and I do not want to publish posts that I am not proud with because I know I can do better.

So today I have decided to properly take a break from my blog. Maybe in the future I might come back to it but for the now it's not my main priority. 

If I am letting anyone down I'm sorry but I will still be about on socail media if you need a chat.

Hopefully this break isn't for ever.




Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Instagram Diary | June

June has been a super fun filled month and the beginning of a great summer for me and my Instagram had plenty of little insights into what happened.

So today I am giving you another Instagram diary! If you want to follow me my username is @catriona_lauder.

 Skerryvore Decade  Leavers Dance  Beach Day ♥  Benjaminoftomes  Abookutopia  Bier Garten  German Exchange Ceilidh  German Exchange Squad  Night Out With My Fave 

There you go that is what has been happening over on my Instagram. I also have a Bookstagram if you are interested in that sort of thing then my username is @Abookloveaffair

Friday, 26 June 2015

What Happened During My Weekend | BookTube Meet Up

As you all know I am a self confessed book lover and recently I have been obsessing over BookTube and Bookstagram. I even did a post not that long ago on my favourite BookTubers if you want to go and have a read.

Two of those BookTubers, Abookutopia and Benjaminoftomes, held a meetup in Edinburgh recently and I was determind to go!

With my anxiety I was super anxious about going but there have been meetups in Edinburgh and Glasgow that I could of gone to but didn't and this time I wasn't going to let it stop me!

It took me around 4 hours to get to Edinburgh and once I got there I started to get super anxious but I kept going. The meetup was taking place at Princes St. Gardens beside the Scot Monument and as I made my way over there I saw a group of people there all talking to each other. This completely freaked me out and I sort of just stood off to the side for a bit because I felt super anxious and could feel the beginning of a panic attack coming along.

Through my Bookstagram account, Abookloveaffair, I had spoken to a girl called Evie beforehand saying that we were both going and we should meetup and thankfully she spotted me and came over to me with Ben! I was at the point of leaving when she came and held her phone up to me asking if my account was Abookloveaffair and then after that I stood and talked to her and Ben for ages. They totally calmed me down and I had some great conversations with them! So Evie if you are reading this thank you so much for coming to talk to me and actually making me more confident to actually talk to people :')


After talking to Ben for a while and getting photos he said he was going to speak to some of the others so Evie and I made our way over to go and speak to Sasha. I was so excited to speak to her because if it wasn't for her I wouldn't be reading and watching Outlander. As we walked over to her I started to get quite anxious again because she had quite a big group of people around her but once it was our turn to speak to her my anxiety sort of disappeared! She was so lovely and make me feel so calm. She even commented on my makeup which was nice of her because I felt like it looked a state from me crying because I was feeling so anxious.


Once Ben and Sasha had spoken to us all we had a bit of circle time where we all talked about where we were from in Scotland, what we were currently reading, our favourite book (which was really difficult) as well as what we liked to watch on TV.

After that Ben and Sasha had to go because they were in Edinburgh on holiday and they wanted to go be tourists! So I headed to Waterstones with Evie, Amy and Fiona. I told myself to get no more books but I left Waterstones with 3 of them... I seriouslt can't help it and I seriously need to go on a book buying ban!

I am so glad that I went to the meetup and didn't let anxiety rule my life which it has done in the past! I can't get over that I have actually met Ben and Sasha it hasn't really sunk in yet that I actually saw them in 3D hahaha.

Have you guys ever been to any kind of meet up?

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

I am away!

Just a quick note to say that I am not going to be around for the next week and a bit.

I am off to Germany with my school's exchange and I don't think the internet will be great. Also because I am such a good blogger I forgot to schedule posts and stuff so there will be a bit of radio silence from me.

I think I might still post on Instagram and Twitter so you can follow those if you would like my username is @catriona_lauder .

I know my posting schedule has been really unpredictable recently but hopefully once I get back from Germany I will get back to posting on a more regular basis because I don't have anything planned until the end of July!

Hope you are all enjoying your summer and I would love to know what you are all getting up to!


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

My 26 Hour Bus Journey Essentials

Yes, you did read the title right! I am off to Germany today actually (it's a sheduled post) and I am travelling there by bus... It's what you get when you travel with your school.

I am so excited to go and today I thought I would share the must haves that you just have to have with you on an extrememly long journey like mine.


1. Wipes - These are a must because for me I am going to be on this bus for over a day and my face will just feel disgusting and wipes are perfect to just make your skin feel a little bit better. It is alaso great for when I am super tired and they help to wake me up.

2. Chewing Gum - You really don't want to be that person on the trip with smelly breath now do you so Chewing Gum is perfect when uou think your breath might not be as nice as usual and you can't brush your teeth.

3. Lip Balm - Because of the air conditioning on the bus my lips get chapped or on their way to being chapped quite easily. I carry lip balm with me everywhere but I just want to make sure I have it because it makes all of the difference!

4. Kindle - My kindle is a definite must for whenever I'm travelling because it is light and is more than one book! I have 4 ooks on it that I am yet to read and I am considering re-reading The Hunger Games if I run out of books as well.

5. Current Read - Don't get me wrong I love my kindle but there is nothing like reading from a physical book and my current read is Voyager by Diana Gabaldon the third book in the Outlander series. You just have to have a book with you when you are going on a long journey you just have to!

6. Water - It is very easy to not stay hydrated when you are travelling so I always make sure I have a bottle of water or 2 to keep me going on a journey as well as the ones that I buy. Just make sure you don't drink too much haha.

7. Blanket - I always take a blanket when I am going on a long journey and especially on ones like this because I am going to have to sleep at some point. Also with all of the air conditoning it can get cold at times so perfect to keep you warm but not too warm.

8. Earphones - I love music and taking my iPod as well as earphones are perfect. I find it difficult to sleep so just switiching off from everything that is happening around me and listening to music is great to help you sleep or for some alone time because it can get quite cramped on a bus. Think of that saying 'Earphones in, world out.'

9. Portable Charger - If you have an iPhone you will know that the charge is honestly rubbish so with a long journey like this where plugs are unpredictable then a portable charger is extremely important.

10. Snacks - Snacks on any kind of journey are great and with this long one I don't want to spending all of my money at the service stations because they are usually really expensive so taking your own i a great solution. Personally I love the little Oreo packets.

11. Clean T-Shirt - Again my journey is 26 hours long and before I get off the bus I am going to want to change out of it so I don't feel disgusting when I am meeting my exchange partner for the very first time.

12. Hair Bobbles - Everyone calls them something different but I call them bobble. You just never know when you are going to want to tie your hair up!

13. Cards - You might not want to read your book all of the journey so a pack of cards is a great way to kill time!

14. People With Good Banter - Probably the most important one is making sure you are travelling with people who you like and can make you laugh especially when you all start to get to that grumpy mood when you have been travelling for so long.

And that is it! They are all of my 26 Hour Bus Journey Essentials! Do you recommend anything else leave it in the comments!

Friday, 12 June 2015

I Had My Leavers Dance

It's official I am a terrible blogger guys I know! This post was supposed to go up last Monday but I just completely forgot about it! I'm going to blame the sun because finally it is coming out and that hardly ever happens in Scotland so I have been taking advantage of it!

Anyway rant over last Friday (30th May) I had my leavers dance aka prom. I left school back in April which there is a post about and now that all of our exams are finished we can officially celebrate.


My leavers dance was held in my school because the years before us had been a bit rowdy and now no where else in my hometown will take us. *insert crying laughter emoji* On one hand it kind of sucked but on the other it was kind of like we got to actually give the school a bit of a goodbye if that makes sense.

The committee did amazing with decorating our forum I mean it did not look like the school at all and the event went really well so high five to them!

My group of friends usually get all ready together before a big event but because this was our last one we all did it separately. I had my makeup done by my sister in law who is a beautician and she did an amazing job! I suck at makeup so anyone would of been better than me and I am extremely grateful to Kirsty for doing my makeup! We went for quite a natural look with a bold eye look which I think worked out pretty great.


After a mad rush of the makeup going over time I had my hair done. I had spent weeks scrolling through Pinterest looking at prom hairstyles and finally decided on one. When I went for my practise it didn't actually look nice so we changed the style and I am so glad we did because this looked so much better! The picture is from the practise round and isn't completely perfect but so you get an idea of what it looked like.

Finally it was time for me to put my dress on. Again I had spent ages scrolling the internet for a dress and when I went up to Glasgow with my friends I found the perfect one! It wasn't what I was expecting to where but I think it worked out really well! It was mint green a colour I have never worn before with this beaded mesh bit at the top and then it going all floaty as you go down the dress. I have never felt so pretty in a piece of clothing than I have in that dress. I got it at House Of Fraser if you are interested but I doubt you can get it now.


Time for the dance! Everyone looked amazing all of the girls were all in pretty long dresses and no one was in the same dress (one of my biggest fears) and all the boys looked very dapper in their suits which I was definitely not used to seeing! We were in tables of 10 which we had already planned so of course I was surrounded with all of my friends and I couldn't of asked for a better group of people to spend my leavers dance with!

Before we actually got to the dancing part there was the three course meal. I had the soup for my starter. I believe it was tomato and basil but I'm actually still not sure one thing is it tasted amazing! My whole table was having steak pie and vegetables definitely a very Scottish meal! I was stuffed after those two courses but there was still desert which was a chocolate fudge cake which I only ate a little bit of because I was so full!


Once all the tables had cleared it was time for the party to actually start! You aren't a Scottish school if you didn't have a ceilidh and as all you guys know I love a ceilidh so I had the best time! The ceilidh band was a local one called Heron Valley who I happen to be pretty friendly with and they were amazing. Of course they played all of the traditional dances as well as some of the not so common ones.

I danced with so many people and a proud moment for me was that I stayed in my heels for the whole night which I have never done before!! I usually have to take them off after the first dance so I was very happy. I also didn't trip on my dress which was something I was pretty positive would happen!

We had a photographer there called Ronnie Cairns and you could go up to him and get group, couple or single photos. He has put them up on his website and they are stunning! I would put them on here but they are watermarked so you are stuck with my rubbish iPhone ones!

As the night drew to a close there was some heartwarming speeches from both my Year Head and Head Teacher which did make me feel that I have left school like it is actually happening! Finally there was a rendition of Auld Lang Syne which happens after every ceilidh/dance and the night was over.


But not for me because my squad decided to get together for a bit of an after party. It was only my closest friends but I liked that it was like that and we all celebrated and gossiped and just did some of your typical teenage girl stuff!

That was my leavers dance! Have you had one or are you already in planning mode for next year let me know!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Netflix Tag

It feels like forever since I did a tag question post but I feel like I always say that when I do a tag post but it just how I feel when it comes to them!

Today I have a tag that was made for me and that is the Netflix tag! I am on Netflix constantly. It is legit my hobby if it can count as a hobby?

I am going to talk about all of the TV shows I watch because they aren't all on Netflix and some of my absolute favs aren't on it so yeah! *inserts the sassy women emoji* I have also combined some questions because all of the tags I have looked at are different and I like some of the questions but not all of them!



1. Do you watch more TV shows or films on Netflix?
I definitely watch more TV shows. I am not really into my films if I'm honest like I find it very difficult to pay attention to a full movie unless it's one I am really anticipating. Whereas I have probably seen at least one episode of every TV show under the sun...

2.What are your all time favourite series' to watch on Netflix?
My all time favourite show is One Tree Hill but it isn't on Netflix... I adore Grey's Anatomy so I would probably say that but I also love to watch Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Pretty Little Liars, The Walking Dead and I adored 90210 and Gossip Girl while growing up. I basically only watch American TV shows I'm not massively keen on British TV.

3. What are you currently watching on Netflix.
At this moment in time I am mixing and matching between Outlander (it's so good), Once Upon A Time, House MD (needed another medical drama in my life) and finally I just started How To Get Away With Murder (a Shonda Rhimes creation).

4. What is your one pet peeve when it comes to Netflix?
That they don't have some of my favourite shows on it. As well as it has some of the most bizarre stuff on there like most of the movies are movies that people haven't even heard of.

5. When it comes to Netflix are you a binge watcher?
Oh definitely! I am a massive binge watcher. I watch 10 to 12 episodes at a time regularly not so much now but I used to be really bad for it! I think it was 2 summers ago that I watched a full 22 episode season in a day and I did that consecutively until I finished the whole TV show!

6. What are your essentials for a Netflix night in?
1. Pizza whether it is takeaway or you have gotten it out of the freezer it is a must! 2. Cup of tea but that is always one of my essentials... 3. Snacks. I love chocolate biscuits to dunk into my tea or just a big bag of Doritios! 4. Finally pyjamas you really can't watch Netflix in anything else.

7. What is on your wishlist?
My wishlist is about 60 shows long but if I had to narrow it down it would be: Breaking Bad (yeah still haven't watched it...), Game Of Thrones (not watched that either but I have read some of the books, Orange Is The New Black and Heroes.

8. What would you recommend to your readers?
Definitely Grey's Anatomy (medical drama) or One Tree Hill (teen drama) but they are both really long TV shows so make sure you have time on your hands! I would also recommend Pretty Little Liars (thriller) as well as The Walking Dead (zombies) 

So that's it! That is the Netflix tag and it is probably one of my favourites! I tag anyone who watched Netflix!

What is your favourite thing to watch on Netflix?

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

I Went To Skerryvore Decade!

Last Saturday (30th May) I travelled up to Oban in Scotland for one of the biggest Scottish Traditional Music events of the year!

I went to Skerryvore Decade! I was one of 6,000 people who were there and it was such an incredible day/night!

If you aren't up to date with the Scottish traditional music scene which I'm guessing you aren't then you wouldn't know that one of the biggest bands on the scene were throwing a big celebration because they were turning 10 years old.

That band is called Skerryvore. Hence, the events name being Skerryvore Decade. As well as Skerryvore playing they also got their friends and supporters to come and play as well and it really turned out to be a great lineup!


So who was playing? You may ask well there was Skipinnish, Trail West, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Sharon Shannon, Dougie McLean and Scott Wood Band.

Skerryvore Decade started at 3pm so I have to leave my house at 10:30 to make sure I reached Oban in time!

I had seen all of the acts play before but it had been a while since I had seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and man they were so good! They opened up the day and ugh I just have so many feels! They played everything including their cover of Avicii's Wake Me Up which definitely got the party started!

Next up was Trail West a personal favourite of mine. I have been to a few ceilidhs with them as well as concerts and I love how they can pull off both! Of course they played the absolute tune that was The Island Boy and even though I wasn't right at the front of the stage to see it I definitely thoroughly enjoyed it!


Dougie MacLean aka the man who wrote Caledonia was on after Trail West. He slowed the tempo down a bit but he played just himself and his guitar and man was it brilliant! It also gave me the perfect chance to grab some food before I got the alcohol in me and what was absolutely perfect was that they were selling haggis, neeps and tatties!!!

From 17.50 - 18.30 was Scott Wood Band who I hadn't seen live since they were called Scott Wood Trio when it was just the pipes, guitar and fiddle. I loved the new additions to the group and it was like seeing a completely different band but something exactly like the old which doesn't make sense but that is how I would explain it.

Probably one of the biggest performers there was Sharon Shannon who was magnificent! I saw her live for the first time last year at Tiree and this time she was even better! It was just her and this man with kind of long hair (can't remember his name) and it made for a really great set. Of course she played one of her most favourite song called Galway Girl which went down a treat.

Skipinnish were next who have been my favourite out of the lot of them for a while now. They opened with Land Below The Waves and closed with Walking On The Waves and played all of their other absolute tunes in between. I really do adore seeing Skipinnish live their albums really don't do them justice!


Finally it was time for the band that we had all been waiting for. The band who we had all travelled to see and that was Skerryvore. They played every single hit of theirs and ugh I am so beyond words onto how good they were live. They exceeded themselves even more than usual because they are great live but they were even better on that Saturday night!

I had the best night I have had in ages and it has definitely got me in the mood for Tiree Music Festival which is happening in just over a month! I would also like to give a shoutout to the boy who kept putting me on your shoulders you made the concert even better for me so thank you!

Have you ever listened to Scottish Tradition music before?

P.S - My photos aren't great because they were taken on my phone! I also didn't take that many I mean I didn't even get one of Skerryvore... I was just too busy enjoying the moment!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Happiness Is Key


My main goal at the moment is happiness.

Having that feeling is honestly the best feeling ever and after going through a long period of time struggling to find even a glimpse of it means that I am craving it even more!

I must admit it is coming back in little bits and pieces and I am finding even more things make me happy compared to a few months ago where everything was a real struggle for me! Even the small things make me happy which is all kinds of mental!

Now it's time for a little definition -:
Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.
So today I thought I would share with you the little moments that give me contentment or happiness because as they say 'it's the little things that count!'


  • Pink sunsets
  • Good book and a cup of tea on a rainy day
  • When a bath bomb makes the water turn an unexpected colour
  • The moment that you realise that you have really great friends
  • New book smell
  • Fresh bed sheets
  • That 'just rained' smell
  • When a song you haven't listened to comes on shuffle and brings back tons of memories
  • A look someone has on their face that says that they are proud of you
  • People telling you that your advice really helped them
There you have it 10 small things that have made me unexpectedly happy recently. 

Focusing on the positive and forgetting about the negative is the best thing for you but it is also really hard to do so take everything in your stride and eventually you will reach the end of the dark tunnel!

That got way too deep way too quickly haha!

Anyway... What made you happy this week?

Friday, 29 May 2015

Wishlist | H&M

Today I bring to you my current wishlist from a shop I have been loving recently which is H&M.

For me H&M is a great shop for basic stuff and I adore a lot of their simple T Shirts.

Not too long ago I did a post on my Wishlist from Forever 21 so if you like this post be sure to check it out!

My wardrobe seriously needs updated and I can't wait to go out for a bit of a shopping spree!

All of these items I chose from the New Arrivals section just so you know. :)



1. Short Sleeveless Top £3.99 I am forever needing quick simple vest tops and with them bring £3.99 it is kind of a no brainer?! I am having a thing for green at the moment so that is probably the colour I would choose.

2. Blouse In A Textured Weave £14.99 I have been looking for a blouse like this for ages because it is great for dressing both up ad down! Definitely think that this sort of thing is a must have for all wardrobes.

3. Twill High Waist Shorts - £12.99 If I could I would live in shorts but unfortunately it just isn't possible with me living in Scotland so as soon as the sun comes out I am instantly in them and these pink and black patterned shorts are just the cutest!

4. Short Lace Top - £14.99 I am in love with this top! Definitely one of my favourites from everything I am sharing with you today. The only thing is that it is kind of cropped so I would definitely have to see how I felt actually wearing it before I bought it.

5. Skinny High Ankle Jeans - £19.99 One thing I know for sure is that I am in desperate need of some new pair of jeans and I have been loving the cut out of the knee trend and I think that is why I would love these jeans. I definitely don't mind paying a higher price because they need to be long wearing!

6. Sleeveless Top - £7.99 I think this top is really cute and I really like how it is a high neck with the little rolled collar. I think the print is stunning as well! I also would say that it is a really good price as well.

7. Jersey Top £7.99 Another bargain in my opinion as well as a staple piece. I love the shape of the top and even though it is really simple it would be great with a pair of patterned shorts or skirt.

8. Patterned Shorts - £9.99  This is another massive favourite of mine! Blue is sort of my colour and I always find myself going back to it and I think the lace detailing around the bottom is super cute.

So that is a few of the things that I have been loving from H&M's New Arrivals section.

What are your favourite pieces and what do you think will be a big summer trend?


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

So I've Joined Bookstagram

It's been a long time coming but I have finally joined Bookstagram aka the book side on Instagram!

Over the past few months I have been really enjoying the BookTube community which you would already know if you have read my post on My Top 3 BookTubers and because of these guys I found the Bookstagram community so I thought I would start there and who knows I might branch out into BookTube?! Definitely not for a while yet though!



I literally made it a few days ago and the account only has a few pictures up on it but I plan to share reviews and recommendations as well as what I'm reading and my book hauls!

If you are into that sort of thing my name is @abookloveaffair if you want to follow and if you have come over from my blog please let me know in the comments!

I decided to make a Bookstagram because I don't feel like I can fangirl enough on any of my social media accounts when it comes to books because they are all majorly lifestyle so because of this I made my Bookstagram so that it was solely dedicated to books and I can let my book fangirlness be unleashed into the world! 

Again my account is called Abookloveaffair and hopefully if you do follow it you enjoy it!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Bad Blood ~ Music Video Review

If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I have a slight, ok massive obsession with Taylor Swift and I have for a really long time.

Recently aka Sunday 17th May she premiered her most recent video at the BBMAs and boy oh boy it was amazing!


I thought I would share all of the things that I loved about this video! I admit it isn't one of my absolute favourites but I defintiely thoroughly enjoyed watching it!

First off let's talk about all of the people that were in it. I mean this has got to be one of if not the most star studded music video ever! It had Selena Gomez, Hailee Steinfeld, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Ellie Goulding, Zendaya and even more people! it is utter craziness!!

This version of Bad Blood was a remix featuring Kendrick Lamar who I admit am not really a fan of but I do enjoy his part to the song even though I prefer the original but understand at the same time why he is featured I mean Taylor loves him!


The video is based on two friends who are sort of partners in crime when one of them stabs the other in the back. Taylor aka the girl stabbed in the back then assembles her squad to take on the back stabber and is just filled with badass girls who are strong, independent women and don't need no men!

Fun fact all of the people featured in the video all chose their own aliases which I thought was pretty cool and once you know that you can kind of understand the names. My personal favourites are Taylor Swift with CATastrophe, Cara Delevinge with Mother Chucker and Hayley Williams with The Crimson Curse (menstrual cycle reference according to an interview she did).

My favourite outfit was the spikey bra look partly because I never expected Taylor to look so badass in my life!


Favourite part was definitely when Ellen Pompeo and Mariska Hargitay came out and nodded to her because if you didn't know Taylor's cats are named after the characters that they play on Grey's Anatomy and Law & Order: SVU. It was such a fangirl moment for me because I love them so much!


Basically the Bad Blood video totally slayed me and I can't wait to see what she does with her next video because all of her videos keep getting better and better!

UPDATE: Bad Blood now holds the 24 hour Vevo record with 20.1 million views in the first day!

My idol honestly slays! 
Do you like the Bad Blood video? 
What are your opinions on Kendrick Lamar's feature on it?


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

My Summer Plans 2015


Summer is definitely upon us and to say I was excited would be an understatement!

I have lot's of exciting things planned and I thought that I would share some of them with you guys so you have a bit of an idea on what is coming up on my blogs in the next few months!

This is my final summer before leaving home so I plan to spend as much of my time as possible with my friends before we all go our separate ways!


May

I am counting this into the summer months because it is technically British Summer Time at the moment! My first big plan doesn't actually happen till the end of the month so I thought why not add it in?!

30th May - I am off to a very big gig up in Oban called Skerryvore Decade which is to celebrate the Scottish traditional band Skerryvore's 10th anniversary. As well as seeing Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Trail West, Red Hot Chilli Pipers and more will be there! I think it will be such a good night!

June

This is possibly my busiest month at the moment but who knows what else is going to come up?!

5th June - My Leaver's dance. It is my final goodbye to my secondary school! I cannot wait to get all dressed up all nice and fancy and celebrate this milestone with all of my friends!

10th - 11th June - This one hasn't completely been confirmed yet but I am possibly going to a creative industries festival up in Inverness called Expo North. It celebrates all types of creative things but I am really going for their media and radio bits.

16th - 26th June - If you have been reading my blog for a long time you might of read about how last year I took part in a German Exchange run by my school. We traveled around my local area seeing all of th big sights. This time I am returning to Germany and I cannot wait!!

July

Now I am so excited for July because I just plan to hang out with my friends at every possible moment!

17th -19th July - A highlight of mine from the past two years has been when I went to Tiree Music Festival a Scottish tradional/folk festival and again this year I can't wait! This year the headliner is The Fratellis which is kind of amazing!

August

My final month before I leave my hometown. In fact I leave on the last week I believe! I can't wait till I move to Glasgow and I also can't wait to bring you along with me on this journey!

27th - 29th August - The biggest event  of the year in my town is Cowal Highland Gathering and this will be a great final hurrah before I leave! It holds the World Highland Dancing Championship as well as a pretty fab ceilidh tent!

So that is my already planned plans for my summer! What are yours?


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Day Through My iPhone | Glasgow With The Girls

Hey Guys,

Bit of a different post today but something that I really enjoy looking at and that is a 'day in the life' post. Basically a blogging version of a vlog.

On Friday I traveled up to Glasgow with my friends to go and buy my leavers (prom) dress and I thought I would take you along with me.

Who doesn't love a boat ride?


Yeah I have to take a boat to get to Glasgow! As well as a train but a boat is a lot more uncommon!

The Shopping Begins

 I actually forgot to get a picture inside House of Fraser which is where I got my Leaver's Dress. I went up to Glasgow with an open mind because I had no clue what type of dress I wanted let alone what colour! One thing I can say is that as soon as I put my dress on my face lit up.


TGI Friday's


This was my first ever TGI Friday's (I know it's crazy!) but now I definitely understand the hype! I had a cheese burger along with onion rings. It was really good and worth the money. Shout out to our waiter Kevin! ;)

Casual Team Pic


Of course we had to get some type of squad photo to document the day and we thought why not get one while we are in a restaurant! Unfortunately one of my friends is missing but 4/5 is pretty decent!

Selfies in H&M

I may of fallen in love with the second dress I tried on but that wasn't the case for my other friends so we carried on shopping after lunch. Of course when you see funky sunglasses you need to take a photo!


Wee Waterstones Trip


I physically can't go to Glasgow without popping into Waterstones which was my favourite part of the day (apart from the dress buying). I get so excited in book shops and I may or may not of came home with 4 books... It would of been more if my friend didn't pace me!

Cheeky Costa


Of course I couldn't not get a Costa while I was there as well seeing as there isn't a Costa near me (I have to take a ferry). I also got some Millie's Cookies but I forgot to get a picture of that... These two make the perfect train journey home combination ;)

Bedtime


Honestly once I got home I was absolutely shattered so I got straight into my pyjamas and got the book that I'm currently reading called Dragonfly In Amber. The second book in the Outlander series

So there you have it a day through my iPhone! I enjoyed doing this type of post if you liked it and want more of it let me know!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

I Left School!

Hey Guys!

This post has honestly been such a long time coming but seeing as it was such a pivotal moment in my life I decided to just step back and take it all in.

On the 24th April I officially finished school along with all of my classmates who I have spent the last 6 years with. It was a very special day and weirdly emotional which I definitely wasn't expecting!

The day started with a formal assembly where we all had to be in school uniform. During this assembly there was speeches from our Head Teacher and Year Head about how good we were as a year group and how much they were going to miss us.


Our Head Teacher also took the pleasure in embarrassing us all by sharing pictures of us all throughout the past 6 years and man were they embarrassing! We even played the 'Guess Who' game where there was pictures of some students when they were really young and we had to guess it who was.

At the end of this formal assembly we were all called up onto the stage one by one and we received a certificate as well as our leaver's hoodies which was definitely my favourite part of the day!

As soon as the assembly was over we all changed into our hoodies and were sent off to go and have a Primary school sports day competition. Now my year group as a whole is extremely competitive so you can probably guess what it was like. We got into groups of 10 (mine had 11 but who was counting really) and competed in the egg and spoon race, wheel barrow race as well as a relay. Unfortunately my team The Hakuna Ma Tatta's didn't win but we did come in third place!



The next few hours was basically spent parading round the school in our hoodies getting selfies with our favourite teachers as well as getting them to sign our leavers form which is something that is required before it can be classed as us left.

An awful lot of selfies were taken with my friends as well of course!

In the afternoon we had a second assemble which was informal and run by our Head Boy and Head Girl. This was hilarious because they had a slideshow of pictures that didn't make the yearbook (which I run) as well as some extremely moving speeches which very nearly brought me to tears but I kept them in!


The day was filled with reminiscing over the past 6 years and looking forward to what lies ahead in the future! It was also filled with celebration as one of the biggest parts of your life comes to an end but also a nervousness because you have no idea what is destined for you in the future.

When I turned 18 everyone was all like 'You are an adult now!' but I didn't really feel like one until now because I am free from school.

I finally feel like I am getting the fresh start that I have been wanting for such a long time and I cannot wait to see what is in stored for me in my life, my studies and of course my blog!

                                               Have you recently had a life changing moment?

Monday, 4 May 2015

I Went Missing... I Know!

Hey Guys!

I'm back!!!

Yeah, that's right I am back to do some regular blogging after disappearing on you rather out of the blue a week ago!

I was on such a roll as well with me doing the Ultimate Blogging Challenge which I did not succeed in doing but I did give you guys 24 posts through out April! That is a big number compared to what I usually give you guys!

Now onto the explanation. It wasn't anything scary actually I just had one of those milestones in my life because on the 24th April I officially left school! Which is really scary not going to lie but also really exciting because I feel like this is the time when life actually begins!

There will be a post later on this week about my leaver's day but I'm not sure when because I can't decide if I am going to be posting 2 or 3 days a week yet after (trying) to post everyday!

So basically I have just really had a bit of an unexpected break from blogging but I am back and ready to do this!

Sorry I have been away and hope you didn't miss me too much ;)

Friday, 24 April 2015

What I'm Reading At The Moment

Hey Guys!

So this wasn't my original post for today but I have officially left school today!! So I need to whip something up quickly!

I thought seeing as I'm an avid reader and one of those people who reads more than one book at a time I thought I would share with you the books that I am reading right at this moment in time!


1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon 

This book is the biggest book I have read so far with it being 800+ pages!! And it is incredible. It is historical fiction which honestly I never thought I would like but boy was I wrong! Outlander is a book about a women called Claire who is transported back in time to 1743 in Scotland during the time that England was trying to take over Scotland. She meets a young Scotsman called Jamie and they fall into a passionate romance even though she is already married! This book is part of a series and I can't wait to see how it finishes!

2. Everyday by David Levithan

I had read books by David Levithan before but it was always co-written and have loved so decided to give one of his solo books a go and I am really enjoying it! The plot is like nothing I have ever heard of and is what really draws me it. It is about a boy called X who changes into a different body everyday it could be a girl it could be a boy and he has to go and live their life as if nothing is any different.

3. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I decided to start reading this book for 2 reasons. The first being that I am interesting in solo travel and thought that reading this book would give me a bit of an insight, which is has. The second is that it was actually made into a film that looked quite good and as a book lover will always say read the book first!!!

4. Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown

Finally I am reading Darkness Of Light which I decided to start reading because of a BookTuber. This book is amazing and I am really enjoying it at the moment! It is about a girl called Ember and strange things seem to happen around her that she just can't explain. Throughout the book Ember gets more and more worried about these things and tries to work out why they are happening to her. Fun Fact this book is actually FREE on Kindle is you fancy reading it!

And that is what I am reading at the moment! What are you reading?