Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Whilst I was home for Mother’s Day (or in our case, Mother’s Friday Night, seeing as the family where scattered all over the place at the weekend) it snowed quite a lot. I had to go for my train back to Edinburgh but before that I really wanted to just walk around in it all. I took my camera and made a little film, it hopefully represents the bleak-but-beautiful atmosphere of the field out the back of my house.

Although I’d forgotten my ipod (it’s usually always with me, especially on county walks in the snow) I decided to put the clips to a Fleet Foxes song. They always make me feel nostalgia, I guess for being younger and running around with the neighbourhood kids, through forests, through farmers’ fields… So for me, the song fits the snowy day like a pair of warm winter gloves (haha, sorry).

Back in Edinburgh now and the snow has all melted away, wonder if that’s it for the winter? Come on Spring, where the heck are ya?

Winter from Charlotte on Vimeo.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

  Home for the weekend! Back to the not-so-sleepy village of Newport on Tay for some quality time with the fam.  One thing I love about being home is that it’s never boring, there is always something happening in the village and on this occasion, it was the opening of a new boutique, The Cheeky Chair Company & Friends.

With the Victoria and Albert museum’s much anticipated arrival in Dundee, there is certainly a buzz about the surrounding area. It’s definitely the right time to get up and coming businesses out in the open for the surge of visitors, come 2015.

So I woke up (moderately) early this morning, pulled my sisters out of bed and headed down the high street to see what all the fuss was about, and, I was really impressed! 

 The shop, although small, supplies a range of revitalised vintage furniture, an eclectic range of cards, clocks and wall decorations and an interesting rack of vintage clothing. There is also a range of jewellery and other ‘shabby-chic’ style interior embellishments.   

 It’s the sort of store I love to spend a good amount of time working my way around, taking in all the little pieces and finding truly special items that you can keep forever. 

I’ve definitely been inspired to start painting and sand-papering an old chest of drawers from the attic, figuring out how to get them down the ladders can wait till later... All in all it’s really nice to have this type of boutique in my home-village, will totally be checking it out again next time I’m home!

Check out the Cheeky Chair Company here :)

Sunday, 3 March 2013

On Saturday I was about to head to the library, get out a pile of books and crack on with my Contemporary Television essay, when an ASOS catalogue flopped through the letterbox. One thing led to another and before I knew it I was sprawled out on my sofa with a cuppa and a pile of bourbons flicking through its glossy pages. 

I reached the section where they put in a load of reviews and lo and behold there was a section on hip places to visit in Scotland. This included a bit about the boarders (mehh...), the Isle of Tiree (can’t say I’ve been but sure looks pretty), Glasgow (of course) and Tollcross in Edinburgh, ‘Best for foodie hangs’. 

Being a HUGE food fan, I read on as it talked about Lovecrumbs, a bakery/cafe that I’ve walked past a million time but have never actually taken the time to pop in. I had a quick look at their online menu and was sold by the time I reached 4 Layer Chocolate Cake.  Grabbed my shoes, camera and flatmate and was headed down the road quicker than you can say ‘think of the calories’. Essay? What essay?

 The cafe is a rustic, quirky collection of odd misfit furniture, fairy lights, scruffy floorboards and, of course, exceptional cakes. With Vegan options available and the eclectic tea cups and saucers the place was an instant hit with both me and my flatmate. I ordered a Coffee and Caramel cake with an earl grey tea, SO good. And so filling, I was stuffed all day!

Pics: Erin, her brownie, moi, wardrobe/cake shelf and that Coffee and Caramel cake mmm

Friday, 1 March 2013

Hello Earth


It’s a beautiful sunny day in the capital, the sort of day where you wake up and just feel great, happy even.  It could feel like it’s the start of a new chapter. Time to turn those ideas into plans and seize your opportunities! Begin today like it’s the first day of the rest of your life... yadda yadda, you get the idea.

But anyway when I woke up this morning I decided I’d update my blog, it’s been lifeless for months and that just won’t do. What are you gonna do?

There’s something about the sunshine in Edinburgh, I guess because we’re so deprived through winter (90% of the year), whenever it is sunny, we really go to town. I suppose I mean that literally, some great style is on showcase today. On my way to my current caffeine fix, a girl wearing a tailored leather suit jacket and round Lennon-style sunglasses lit up the old, lets-hit-the-charity-shops light bulb. It’s been a while since I had a proper rummage in British Heart Foundation... probably my next port-of-call. Plenty of sweet little summer dresses out there too, pastel pinks and greens making me long for spring time. Which reminds me, it’s the 1st of March today, what the heck? This year is speeding by (like the others before it) and I’m almost (nearly almost) a graduated Film student... and here I am tapping away, enjoying a very venti latte (with perhaps one too many sweeteners).

But I’m not here just to gaze out the window at the teenage emo-crew that hang about on Hunter Square, I’m writing a script.  It’s a short film, ten minutes no more and I believe it’s going to be quite the spectacle!  - Ugh I just knocked over my very venti latte whilst trying to shift my laptop across to a working plug, now I’ve mopped up pretty much the whole floor with three hundred paper towels, lets resume (thanks for the help on-lookers...) – It’s as the very early stages and with potential actors lined up and locations being looked into it’s all quite exciting... and of course, extremely stressful.

Today’s schedule includes meetings with others working on the film, cracking down on that essay, a bit more prancing in the sun and who know, maybe pick up a bargain in BHF.

‘Till next time ;)