Tag: Favourites

My Favourite Perfumes

I’ve mentioned before that perfume, and smelling nice, is one of the things I have in my toolkit when I’m in need of feeling feminine. A woman’s perfume can make her. Our olfactory sense is linked to our memory, meaning a specific smell can spark a specific memory. Having a signature scent can be a sexy and often seductively mysterious way of getting yourself remembered.

That being said, what woman doesn’t like to mix up her scents when she’s feeling adventurous or flirty or seductive.

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Boss Nuit pour Femme

Top Notes: White Peach, Wet Aldehydes

Heart Notes: White Violet, Jasmine

Base Notes: Crystal Moss, White Warm Woods, Creamy Sandalwoods

It would be a little strange for me to do a round-up of my favourite perfumes without mentioning my signature scent, wouldn’t it? My dad bought this perfume for me as a duty-free gift, and it’s been one of my favourites ever since. I sometimes wear the daytime equivalent when I’m in need of something a little lighter, but this scent has for me just the right notes of subtle sex appeal. Sandalwood is one of my favourite scents; it speaks to me of mystery and sensuality, which are parts of my personality I just love to show and enhance.

Coco by Chanel

Top Notes: Sicilian Mandarin

Heart Notes: Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Tunisian Orange Blossom

Base Notes: Patchouli, Tonka Beans, Benzoin

Is there are more iconic fragrance? Truly? This fragrance inspires a desire for elegance, class and luxury. I just love this perfume. It’s my mum’s signature fancy fragrance. When she’s going out she adds a wee spritz to just upgrade the whole effect.

Yves Saint Laurent Belle D’Opium

Top Notes: Mandarin, Casablanca Lily, Gardenia, Jasmine

Heart Notes: Incense, Peach, White Pepper, Tobacco, Hookah Accord

Base Notes: Amber, Sandalwood, Patchouli

Now, this is an unusual scent. It is an unmistakably feminine perfume, and yet, a large proportion of the scent notes are scents you would expect to find in men’s aftershaves – incense, sandalwood, tobacco. Perhaps that’s why I love it so much. It’s perhaps my second choice for a signature fragrance, but it is a little dominant for daily use. Boss Nuit is a little lighter and more palatable, so Belle D’Opium remains my going out scent.

 

What are your favourite perfumes? Do you go for sexy, masculine fragrances like me, or do you prefer lighter, more floral feminine scents?

 

My Favourite Blogger Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories have become my new passion. I can waste a good long while watching the stories of my favourite bloggers, and I’ve found that sharing my life on my IG Stories has become even more of a joy than sharing it on here. I just love IG Stories.

I’m a very visual person, and so Instagram has always been my favourite social media platform. But I’ve always felt pressure to share the ‘perfect’ image on my feed. You see all this advice from bloggers that, in order to gain followers, you have to stick to a specific theme, and your images have to be cohesive. I just feel that this causes more stress than anything else, and adds more pressure to your feed.

But I feel Instagram Stories is just so much freer. You can post all you like on there; there’s no pressure for your stories to be perfect. And if they’re not – they’re gone in 24 hours, who cares!

Bloggers have really taken Instagram Stories and made them their own. I love watching the stories of some of my favourite bloggers; they give a real insight into the lives of the people I admire and aspire to be.

 

Hannah Gale

Hannah Gale is, in all honesty, one of, if not my most favourite blogger. She is just so honest and open with her blog and what she writes on there, and I feel I can really identify with her.

Her Instagram Stories are just a real extension of that. She bares all – just-woken-up selfies (not actually-been-awake-for-three-hours-and-done-my-make-up kind of selfies, but real no make-up, just come to life selfies). Her stories are full of so many details of her life, and she doesn’t hide the daft, silly things we all do. In fact, she makes sure she tells all!

Check out her blog: Hannah Gale

 

Paris in Four Months

Carin is living my current dream life. She moved to Paris from Sweden for four months (hence the name of her blog) and then decided that  Paris was the place for her and in Paris, she stayed.

Her stories are full of such wonderful photographs of Paris and all the glamorous, fabulous things she gets up to in her daily life. I truly enjoy watching her stories; I love the elegant feminine aesthetic they have. In fact, they’re the stories I get most excited about seeing in my queue every morning.

Check out her blog: Paris in Four Months

 

Wish Wish Wish

The editorial skill and quality of Carrie’s stories are just so beautiful. I love the fact that every day has a theme and a theme song. These stories are just so well thought out.

I also love that Carrie shares some of her stories as videos; you really feel as though she’s actually talking to you, not just sharing for the sake of sharing.

Check out her blog: Wish Wish Wish

 

RosieLondoner

First things first – this woman’s hair is the bomb! I’m actually basing a possible new haircut on it. It’s just luscious and fabulous and so unique. I love it.

Rosie is always off wandering wonderful places. I especially loved her recent trip to the Tree Hotel in Sweden. A winter wonderland before my very eyes was a wondrous sight to see every time I opened my stories.

I really like The Londoner, and I see much of Rosie’s style in my own, so I love having a nosy at what she’s wearing every day.

Check out her blog: The Londoner

 

Colours and Carousels

Charlotte gives me hope that I have a chance to succeed at this blogging thing. Like me, she’s a lass from Glasgow, and she’s doing pretty well, I think.

I’ve actually found myself following Charlotte to some of the interesting places she’s found around the land of Weedgie. It’s nice to see a blogger talking and blogging about my city. It’s a brilliant place and seems seriously underrated by so many of the bloggers I follow, frequently choosing Edinburgh over Glasgow at every chance.

Check out her blog: Colours and Carousels

Bonus Points!!

Shameless plug here, but I have to say I personally love my Instagram Stories. I love the freedom I have to share my life with you guys, and you don’t have to watch the nonsense I share if you want, but it does fill me with joy to look and see that so many of you are watching them. It makes me feel even better when friends tell me in person that the quite enjoy the guff I share on there (so feel free to share).

Who else should I be checking out? Feed my addiction people!

My Favourite Instagram Shots of the Week 20/11/16

My Favourite Instagram Shots of the Week 20/11/16

Hi Guys,

I hope you’ve had a fantastic week. I certainly have. I’ve managed to nab myself a wee trial shift for a job in The Piper’s Tryst at The National Piping Centre Scotland, and here’s hoping that wee trial turns into an official gig! I’ve got all my fingers, toes and all sorts crossed, and I’m hoping you do too!

I apologize that I having been keeping my Instagram round ups regular recently. The honest answer as to why this is that I am a terrible blogger who seems completely inept at keeping to a blogging schedule, and I sincerely apologize for this nonsense. I have, however, decided to take Wandering Scotland far more seriously than I have been, and I’ve already got myself a nice wee Editorial Calendar set up and written out, and I’m getting better at my social media scheduling. Huzza!

Anyway, onto the real reason for this post;  my favourite Instagrams of this week are…

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I love this post on the National Geographic Adventure page. It seems so magical, almost like a dream. As if the girl is a mermaid or sea-nymph swimming around a pirate ship floating in the distance. It inspires quite a romantic notion, does it not?

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#birthday#walk#woodland#country#England#fun#love#chilly#lastweek 🍁🍂🌲

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I have some truly talented friends, do I not? This snap was taken by my friend Steph on a walk through the English countryside, and is just fabulous. To be honest, most of Steph’s Instagram posts are pretty fabulous, she has skill with the camera.

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A different side of Portofino 🌈 (📷: @_enk)

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Wanderlust strikes again! I’m off too Portofino, bye guys.

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Then maybe Verona. Yeah, I’m off, see ya!

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Then again, Switzerland’s looking pretty good right now too. I love the way the Instagram features a lighting trick I love that’s especially common in Scotland; bright sunshine but a background of dark, ominous rain-clouds. I think it just makes the colours so much brighter, doesn’t it?

My Favourite Instagram Shots of the Week 23/10/16

Hi Guys,

 

This week’s favourite Instagrams have a bit of a theme. They’re all of marvellous far away places, inspiring the Wanderlust and sparking ideas for travels and journeys. Without further ado, here they are.

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Grand Teton National Park 🗻courtesy of @jkwinders #travel

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“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness”

-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I felt this quote just fit this photo perfectly. Grand Teton National Park is a wonder I have seen for myself, and would truly recommend you go visit. It was my first visit to America, and my first visit to an American National Park, but I truly hope it won’t be my last.

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Liz over at Young Adventuress was one of the first bloggers I ever came across, and it was her blog that sparked the Wanderlust bug in me, especially my desire to travel and see New Zealand. I highly recommend that you go check her out!

Something on my bucket list is to stay in a  log cabin surrounded by snow with a large, roaring fire in at least one room. I just think this would be one of the most magical things ever (especially with the right person, should he ever come along). So Liz’s snap of this cabin in Northern Norway provoked something a little in the way of envy, as well as bringing about a whole bunch of cabin fever.

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If I’m honest, I don’t think I really need to explain to you why this snap would inspire a desire to pack it all up and head for Greece. Do I?

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See you next Summer! | Photo by @alexstrohl at Going to The Sun Road

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The colours in this photo are just stunning, and perfectly fit this time of year. not sure if this picture actually inspires Wanderlust as such, but it certainly is inspiring in one way or another.

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Carry on ⛰ (📷: @felecool)

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Hallstatt in Austria is definitely right up there at the top of my travel bucket list right now. I featured another Insta of Hallstatt in last week’s post, but I saw this one and just had to add it to this week’s post. Why not, no one ever said there were any rules to this stuff!

So there you have it, my Instagram round-up of this week. Which was your favourite? Want me to add yours to next week? Then leave me a link in the comments and I’ll take a look!

My Favourite Things About October!

Hi guys,

When did it get to October?! It was June like two days ago! I was getting really excited about America and Summer and sunshine and…and now it’s October,  and it’s back to hard work and uni and singing and fresher’s flu…

Don’t get me started on fresher’s flu. I’ve been ill for over a week. It was in my throat,  then my nose, then all over, and it’s now having a last-ditch assault in my chest before heading on out the door.

As you can tell,  flu is one of my least favourite things about October.

But October is still one of my favourite times of year. Here’s why…

1. Autumn

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Autumn/Winter is my favourite time of year! For many, many reasons. Although the Autumn technically begins in September, it doesn’t really feel like it’s here until October. That wee interim period between Summer and Autumn is an awkward one, but it opens out into  a spectacular season of change, revealing a colour palette Mother Nature reserves just for this time of year.

2. Layers

Fashion is a weakness of mine. Paired with make up, it’s probably the main reason I’m a spectacularly skint student. Maybe food is in contention for that title, I’m an absolute fat git. Summer in Scotland is a funny one. It’s warm, but not warm enough to not have something to cover your shoulders,  but too warm for you not to be boiled alive the second you do cover your shoulders. Pain in the bum.

But Autumn is the time of year for layers. Winter you just wear massive jackets and you’re done,  but in autumn you can play with cardigans and scarves and shawls and wraps. The list is endless. I really love the wrap above from Amazon, you could coorie doon away from the cold and not reappear until Spring.

3. Knitwear

Leading in from the previous point, Autumn is the time for Knitwear. It’s so comfy and cosy and soft and…need I say more people? Get the Knitwear out the cupboard!

4. Hallowe’en

Hallowe'en Favourite things about october

Would October be October without Hallowe’en?  Answer…no. Absolutely not! I really struggle to decide between Christmas and Hallowe’en as my favourite holiday of the year (it’s probably Christmas, but just because it lasts longer and I’m a greedy git!). I do love all the dressing up and sweets and partying around Hallowe’en, and revel in the mystic of Samhain, when the veil between this world and the next is at its weakest, and spirits can come and wander as they please.

5. Hocus Pocus

One of my favourite movies of all time, I save Hocus Pocus for this time of year, just to keep the excitement built up all year, and add another touch of fabulousness to the Hallowe’en period. Winifred Sanderson is just wonderfully wicked, and is sass goals. Who doesn’t love to just sass the bejeezus out of people?

And are you honestly trying to tell me this isn’t the best version of “I Put A Spell On You” you’ve ever heard?

So there’s my favourite things about October. What are yours? Do you love Hallowe’en as much as I do?