Dressing for Disneyland

At the start of this month, Gary and I spent a few days at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. We’ve visited Disney parks in Florida and Paris in the past, but this was our first trip to the one that started it all and we couldn’t be more excited!

As some of you will probably remember, I love to put together a Disney-inspired look for our theme park adventures, and dressing for Disneyland was no exception.

Outfit Details:

Bobble beret & Pinafore Dress | Lazy Oaf x Disney

Striped tee | Primark

Swinton Sunglasses | c/o IOLLA

Shoes | Vans

Tights | Next

Necklace | c/o Truffle Shuffle 

I fell head over heels for the Disney x Lazy Oaf collection at the end of last year and I’d been keeping this pinafore dress unworn especially for this occasion (I now have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot more of it in the future!).

This red, white and black ensemble is probably (and accidentally!) the most monochrome outfit I’ve worn in ages – but it was fun to try something outside of my comfort zone! It also helped make sure my accessories stood out (like this cute castle necklace!).

Twelve hours after walking through the park gates, this outfit was still going strong. As I’ve mentioned before, I think the key to picking out something to wear at Disney is making sure you’re still comfortable. We had an amazing visit and I’ll be sharing more details of the parks themselves, along with a few handy hints and tips very soon!

Have you ever found yourself dressing for Disneyland? What would it take to push you out of your fashion comfort zone? Would it be monochrome too, or something different?

 

 

 

Final photo from my Instagram

A Day in Edinburgh: The Great City Swap

The Great City Swap

Over the last year, I’ve visited Edinburgh quite a few times. From staying at friends’ houses, to attending events and most recently spending the afternoon at the LUSH Spa; one thing is guaranteed: I will ALWAYS have a good time.

A few days ago, I was invited to spend a fun-filled day in the capital as part of The Great City Swap by ScotRail and experience one or two new things while I was at it.

The Great City Swap

Encouraging the people of Glasgow and Edinburgh to literally swap cities for the day, The Great City Swap is all about sharing must-do activities, hidden gems and celebrating what makes these two destinations awesome!

Before I hopped on the train, I made a plan for my day out using another new feature from ScotRail…The Swapatron! This name immediately conjured up Futurama-esque robots in my mind, but what it actually involves is a bank of knowledge and insider tips from the people who know the cities best – their own residents!

The Great City Swap

Yup, within the 200 (and counting!) suggestions for a grand day out in Glasgow and Edinburgh you’ll find unique attractions, shopping , foodie recommendations and much more. You just enter the kinds of things you’re interested in and the Swapatron does the searching and sifting for you. Easy!

As a firm believer in supporting local businesses, I was over the moon when the app brought up several suggestions based on independent boutiques and cafes! My personalised itinerary also included a trip to Dynamic Earth, which I’d never heard of before but liked the sound of.

The Great City Swap

With my plan in hand (literally – seeing as it was emailed straight to my phone!) all that was left to do was sit on the train for the 50 minute journey to Waverley Station.

The Great City Swap

First up: lunch! I’m no stranger to the award-winning Hula juice bar, but I hadn’t been back to visit since the cafe had been redecorated by none other than the fabulous Karen Mabon. I was excited to revisit them and fuel up for the day ahead!

I had the avocado on sourdough toast and had to order one of their famous juices (I tried the Whirling Dervish – it was delicious!). So far the Swapatron got things spot on!

The Great City SwapNext, I headed for a walk through the quirky and colourful shops of the Grassmarket area and on towards Dynamic Earth – which you couldn’t possibly miss on Holyrood Gait because it is HUGE! Before stepping inside I was already impressed by how cool it looked, it was obvious why it is currently rated as the top visitor attraction in Edinburgh.

The enthusiasm of the team was infectious, “are you ready for some science?!” one whooped at me when I arrived, with the same manner you might expect from someone warming up the crowd for Beyonce. Yes, yes I was!

The Great City Swap

Over the next few hours I experienced walk-through simulations of The Big Bang, active volcanoes, icy tundras, tropical rainforests and much more. Oh, and watch out for raptors! Clever girl.

I really enjoyed it and if it hadn’t been for The Great City Swap, I might have never have thought to spend a day there. I didn’t do every single thing, but since Dynamic Earth hold special events from time to time I am sure I’ll find a good excuse to go back one day.

The Great City Swap

Thanks to another walk (this time back towards town), I got to appreciate all of the vintage touches dotted over Edinburgh. From original buildings, to old street signs and even a fully restored red double decker bus, the city seemed to ooze retro charm around every corner!

I finished my day cosied up at Hendersons for a vegan dinner and a slice of home-made pumpkin pie. It felt like the perfect finish to the perfect day out and, as I headed back to the station with the sun dipping down and the castle sitting looking all majestic in the distance, I was already wondering what I would get up to on my next visit.

The Great City Swap

The Great City Swap

The Great City Swap

What I wore…

Dress: River Island at Intu Braehead 

Jacket: Topshop

Bag: Marc b

Boots: Dr Martens

Sunnies: H&M 

If you fancy planning a trip to Glasgow or Edinburgh soon, take a tip (or three!) from the locals by visiting one of the Swapatron information hubs (located on Buchanan Street in Glasgow and St Andrews Square in Edinburgh), or click here to use the Swapatron app and learn more about The Great City Swap. You can also see what other people are up to on their visits by checking out #GreatCitySwap.

Tell me some of your favourite things to do in your city. Where should I visit next time?

With trains, toast and tundras,

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This post was created in collaboration with ScotRail, though all experiences, thoughts and Futurama daydreams are my own.

Autumn Adventuring… and a Giveaway!

Autumn Adventuring

I spent a few days last week getting away from the city and exploring some beautiful Scottish landscapes – from forests, islands and endless blue skies at Loch Lomond, to coastal walks and bracing winds at Largs and Gourock. Getting wrapped up in cosy layers, armed with my trusty camera, felt like the perfect way to embrace the new season and do some Autumn adventuring!

Autumn Adventuring

Autumn Adventuring

Along with a pretty Wes Anderson-esque colour palette, I stuck with the theme of exploration by accessorising with this violet scarf by Urban Reivers which is inspired by 1942 maps of Scotland used by RAF pilots.

Autumn Adventuring

At this time of year, incorporating some hats into my ensembles is a must-do, and there’s no style of hat I love more than a beanie with a flourish. Whether it’s with some delicate netting, a scatter or sequins or (in this case) a fluffy pom pom, I always throw one in my bag just in case I need to keep warm! This one was a recent impulse buy from Primark for a couple of pounds and goes with almost everything!

Autumn Adventuring

Spending the day following forest trails and watching the boats bobbing on the water has a lovely calming effect – making time almost stand still. That being said, every adventure needs to end sometime, and I kept track of my days with this C201 watch by Glasgow-based luxury brand Paulin Watches.

Autumn Adventuring

With it’s glistening, scale-like strap and large, striking face, it’s a statement piece that looks just as good with snuggly sweaters as it does with my favourite tea dresses. The unique strap makes it perfect for mixing textures – something I love to do at this time of year!

Autumn Adventuring

So, here’s the REALLY exciting part! I’ve teamed up with the gang at Paulin to launch an exclusive giveaway to celebrate the new season and our love of Autumn adventuring. We’re sharing our Autumn style obsessions over on Pinterest and would love to see what’s inspiring you too!

To be in with a chance of winning a super-swish Paulin watch OF YOUR CHOICE (you can check out their full range here), all you have to do is create a board on Pinterest with the title Paulin Autumn Style and show us your fashion and lifestyle favourites for fall. Which pieces from Paulin would you style? Get creative and HAVE FUN!

Autumn Adventuring

This contest is open worldwide and will run until 5pm GMT on Friday 28th October. Only boards using the title Paulin Autumn Style will be counted as entries (so we can find ’em!) – apart from that, let your creative juices run wild! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Good luck and happy pinning…

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All photos by Trouble With Gary