Thursday, 29 September 2016


Thank you so much to for sending me this gorgeous new pair of prescription glasses. 

I am so happy with the service and the many choices that there were to choose from on their website. There are so many different glasses frames and you can also select frames to suit the size of your face. They can also ship your glasses to you ready made with prescription lenses in them as long as you type in your prescription before completing your order. 
I am always so reluctant to buy glasses from high street stores because they are just so expensive! GlasseShop also have an amazing range of prescription sunglasses and all of the their glasses are super affordable!

I also have a huge discount code for my readers which is, GSHOT50, which gives you 50% off full priced eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses! 

Let me know what your favourite pair are from their website!! 
Lots of love xx

Wednesday, 31 August 2016


During my final three weeks it started to hit me just how quickly time was passing by. I sadly began to realise that I wasn't going to be in Cape Town for as long as it had once seemed so I decided to disconnect myself a bit more from social media and my phone in general to make sure I was really living in each moment and day. Not to say I didn't use them at all, just a bit less, hence why I hadn't written weekly posts.

During my 4th and 5th weeks I was incredibly lucky to get the opportunity to shadow three of the Magistrate Judges at Wynberg Magistrate's Court. It was honestly one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I worked with civil, criminal and child law cases. Thinking back to when I was leaving the UK to go to Cape Town, at that time, I would have never even dreamed that I would end up doing such a thing which makes me even more happy that I got myself on that flight despite all of my fears and apprehensions. Working in the court also gave me so much more confidence and reassured me that I do want to work with law as often studying something can be very different from working with it. 

Later in the week my friends and I went sailing at the Waterfront, it was really fun and relaxing. That night we also went to a Mexican restaurant and our American friends were shocked at how apparently "un-mexicanised" us Brits were when we had no idea what to order. 

The next night all of us went clubbing which was so fun, I really loved the nightlife in Cape Town. On the way home however, our taxi driver ran through three red lights and was stopped by the police yelling at him about how he had our lives in his hands and how we all had families. They were right but the driver gave them a load of cash and the police let him drive away with all of us still in the car. On arrival I always knew to avoid getting into taxis however the more I began to feel like I lived there the more relaxed I became. 

The next day we went to the famous braai called Mozoli's which is basically a large scale barbecue party that happens every Sunday in one of the township areas. When you first go in you order your meat, a large group of us all ordered like 10 pieces of chicken, 2 pieces of lamb, 3 pieces of streak, sausages and more. They put all of your meat into like a bucket and you take it through to the men who cook it on the barbecue stoves and collect later. Inside the actual area where everyone eats there are massive speakers playing African beat music and everyone is dancing around and getting drunk whist eating the meat, it really is a once in a lifetime experience if you visit South Africa. I can guarantee you will not find anything like it any other country. 

The next week I went back to the women's shelter to finish off the work that they wanted me to do and also to say goodbye. The women made me a beautiful card with the Scottish flag on it. That night my friends and I bought pizza and ate it whilst watching the sunset from the top of Signal Hill which has an amazing view overlooking the whole of the city, which looked unreal in the dark with all of the city lights. The next few nights before I left mainly consisted of my group of friends and I eating ice cream and watching movies together. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to share my time in Cape Town with I am going to miss them all so much. I can't even put into words how much I did not want to leave. I used to wish that the world could freeze in that time so that could be our lives forever but sadly however it was time to return to reality. 


Tuesday, 9 August 2016


So if homesickness is going to hit I've heard that it will most likely be on the 3rd week but I haven't felt any yet and I am so glad. One of my worries was that I would end up feeling homesick and therefore be unable to fully enjoy my time in Cape Town. Surprisingly however, the opposite has happened. The longer I am here the less I want to go back to Scotland. I have fallen in love with the laid back and social culture, it really makes me realise how industrial the UK is and how much of it is dominated by massive corporations. I love how there are so many small family businesses here and each one is unique and welcoming, you can really tell that people enjoy their jobs and care genuinely about the services they provide. 

At work this week I ran a two hour workshop with the women at my shelter on the South African Bill of Rights and also the Children's Act 2005. I was only told two days beforehand that I would be doing it so I nearly worked day and night on it but I was very pleased with how it went. Many of the women had been asking me individually about the rights of their children's fathers depending on whether they were married or unmarried etc. This can be quite a confusing aspect of the law but luckily for me South African and Scots law are very similar on this topic. The women were very engaged and interested and had many questions on both topics. 

Considering that South Africa has one of the most advanced written constitutions in the word whereas the UK does not even have a written constitution at all, I was shocked to hear that many of the women had never even laid eyes on it. The first time many of them had seen their own constitution was during my class! They were not even aware of their own rights so I am am glad that I picked the topics that I did. 

This week my group of friends and I also went for a night out on Long Street. We found a great bar with a live band and a club upstairs called the Dubliner and I may have had a little too much fun as I spent most of the next day focusing on not being sick... Ooops! We also went to the Hout Bay Market on Friday which was incredible. It was in the evening and there were all sorts stalls with foods, drinks, clothes, jewellery and more. It was a really lovely atmosphere and a great way to spend the evening. The next day we went to the Old Biscuit Mill which is a similar sort of market except it is in the morning. There I had a Crepe with bacon and eggs for breakfast and a blueberry smoothie. All the little stalls of fresh food were amazing and there were way too many to choose from. Later that day I went with my friends Katy and Hannah to the V&A Waterfront Mall and I was so happy to discover the store called 'Mr Price' as it is literally a South African version of Primark (a super cheap but cute British clothes store) as I was in serious need of some new clothes. 

So that is it for week 3! I hope you've enjoyed reading and I'll leave you with some photos from this week. Let me know what you think in the comments! Lots of love xx


Sunday, 31 July 2016


So this week has went by even faster than the first. I started working at the shelter on Monday and I already know that when I leave I will be an emotionally stronger person than I am at the moment. Some of the women at the shelter have endured horrific experiences beyond imagination and I often find myself being part lawyer part counsellor and struggling to detach my work from my personal life. I know that I am gaining a wider range of skills here, especially as I am gaining both life and legal experience so for that I am grateful.

Despite often feeling drained after work I appreciate the amount I have already learned and experienced whilst being here. Living in Scotland most of my life had began to cloud my judgement of what life is like in other countries, so being here I am reminded that there is still much work to be done in the world. 

The weather was so much nicer this week and on Saturday my group of friends, who are all interns too, and I took a train to Simon's Town to see the penguins and later went surfing at Muizenberg beach and wow it was amazing. We rented surf boards and wet suits for 100 rand which is around £5 for over and hour and a half. It was my first time surfing but luckily our friend Evan from Hawaii was a pro and showed us how its done. 

On Sunday we all woke up at 5am to hike to the top of Lions Head mountain to watch the sunrise. I found the hike VERY difficult, especially after having pulled almost every muscle in my body whilst surfing the previous day. However I did eventually, with many breaks, make it to the top just in time. The view was breathtaking as we were all just above a sea of clouds. 


Wednesday, 20 July 2016


So this week after three flights I finally arrived in Cape Town, EEK!! 
As I mentioned in a previous post, I have a six week internship here to do legal aid work in order to help women who are victims of domestic violence. 

I had the first few days free to settle into my new home and learn my way around the area and oh boy is there a lot to learn. 
I am here with my friend Maya and my flat mates are from all over the world and are also volunteering with various projects in Cape Town. I am very glad that I got the chance to speak to some of the girls that have already been here for longer than I have early on as they really taught me a lot.

Speaking to them I realised that I had completely underestimated the crime rate here in Cape Town. Having grown up in Scotland it felt almost strange to be told not to take a 60 second walk home in the dark, however I learnt that there have been interns in the area who had been threatened to hand over their belongings by gang members who had either been holding guns or knives. I felt extremely naive after hearing this and I am now sure to stay alert and aware at all times. 

Otherwise, the city is breathtakingly beautiful and unique and I consider myself very lucky to be able to experience living here. 
On the second day, Maya, Julie (our new friend from England) and I took a bus tour of the city (typical tourists... I know). During this we went wine tasting and were amazed to find that the most delicious and well made wines here are sold at the equivalent of £4! 
We also discovered how amazing coffee tastes here and how many lovely coffee shops there are.

We were also taken on a tour of an informal settlement area which is where people who are struck hardest by the extreme poverty reside. Although we gave them money in return for us being shown around, there was something unsettling about going to look at their area as if it were a tourist attraction. For us that was not the intention at all. I had only ever seen photos and read online about the townships and I knew that whilst I was here I wanted to fully experience the city and all of its reality. I can see how it may be easy to take a holiday here and convince yourself that this is a luxury destination, which it can be, but there are definitely less fortunate people living in shocking and heart wrenching situations and I think it is very important to acknowledge that.

I can definitely say that seeing the conditions that these innocent people are living in with my own eyes was incomparable to seeing it through a screen. I was blown away and brought to tears by what I saw. When we told about how those living in wealthy mansions just across the road were complaining that the township residents were creating too much noise and were waking their horses in the night it really made me wonder what happened to humanity and compassion. At the church in the township a little girl had made a beautiful bracelet to sell to us which I warm heartedly bought. 

Being there really made me realise that back home in the UK it is very easy to get caught up in society and advertisements of huge corporations and end up thinking that you need material things in order to look better or feel better or make some sort of impression and people often become addicted to material things due to believing that they will bring them joy or improve their lives and along the way they lose touch with humanity. I am not saying that I am not at all materialistic, however this experience was a huge eye opener for me and really proved to me how important it is to force yourself out of your comfort-zone in order to grow as a person and gain a wider perspective of the world.

As it is currently winter here the weather has not been great but I will post an update again next week about my work and everything else that I am experiencing. Until then I hope you have enjoyed reading and here are a few photos from my first few days.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016


Today I am sharing my absolute favourite and go to summer eyeshadow, the Indian Summer eyeshadow duo by Nars. The shades are described as a frosted champagne and mustard seed. These alone create such a simple and gorgeous summery eyes look for everyday wear. I like to pack the darker shade all over my lid and then place the shimmery colour in the very centre of my lid. The champagine colour can also double up as a really natural looking highlight as it is not extremelly intense or glittery. 

Thanks for reading, let me know what your favourite summer eyeshadows are too!
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