27/09/2013

más málaga

After our peaceful morning ambling around the Botanical gardens we hopped back to the city to do some exploring in the sunshine.

Málaga is a really lovely city. It's full of picturesque squares, narrow alleyways bustling with shops and cafés and beautiful buildings. There's a photo opportunity on every corner.

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After some souvenir shopping we popped in to the cathedral. The cathedral is a Renaissance style building built between 1528 and 1782. Originally designed to have two towers, a lack of funds meant only one was completed and the cathedral now has the nickname 'La Manquita' or 'one armed woman.' I think it's charming!

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I'm not a religious person in any shape or form, but I do love religious spaces. I think the sense of calm and tranquility in churches is just so lovely, not to mention the awe-inspiring architecture. They're the perfect places to sit quietly and reflect and appreciate. Wandering around the cathedral was a perfect little pocket of cool tranquility in the midst of the hot bustling city.

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After a trip to the birth house of Picasso (disappointing and long-winded - the museum is much better) we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

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Our hotel was built on top of some roman ruins, and I love that they've made a feature of it. Not only is the floor above glass for dizzying views below, but they've installed a little walkway so guests can explore below.

I also thought it'd be the perfect backdrop for posing in my red 'Jennifer' dress!

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Then it was off to dinner of seafood, rioja and sangria in the balmy Spanish evening air.

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It was a lovely evening with my lovely little mummy. I think we'll have to have more mother-daughter trips away in future!

18/09/2013

life lately

I know, I know.

It's fashion month, and I'm supposed to be blogging about favourite shows, surmising on trends, and seeking out baby pink coats like there's no tomorrow. I've also promised another post about my Málaga trip so what on earth am I doing entitling a post "life lately?"

Well, 'life lately' has been hectic. I am in the process of moving city, finding a flat, starting two new jobs, getting involved in freelance projects and trying to have a social life as well. In the midst of all this, blogging hasn't really been happening (clearly). But to keep you in the loop, I'm currently working on a bumper NYFW favourites post and I'm trying my best to keep up to date with LFW. And that Málaga post is in the works too.

But for now, here's some snippets of... yup, life lately.


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Day to night. Stripy tee, blazer and flats for daytime shopping and errand running. Silk cami, heeled boots and my beautiful new Zara coat for dinner and drinks with friends. Remember my white coat obsession? Well, this baby has - temporarily - sated that desire.

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Raspberry Collins times 3 with two of my favourite girls for a long overdue big catch up.

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I caved and bought the Topshop PVC skirt that I've been seeing everywhere. It's incredible. It stands up unassisted. And it's shiny. Go now and buy it! 

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I bought a hamster! I mean, a phone case. I promise it's a phone case. And I haven't named it Roger. He's not my pet. Nope... none of that weird shit happening here.

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I MOVED TO EDINBURGH! 

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and with me to Edinburgh, I had to take lots of the above.

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You know what Edinburgh is really good at? Cocktails. There's The Last Word, Bramble, 99 Hanover Street, Soba (delicious food too), The Villager and Bar Kohl to name but a few. If anyone has any further recommendations, please share!

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 This smug little selfie shot was taken just before I was off to my first day at work. I was feeling all pretty in my make-up and my brand new dress and my heels, and was all excited to get to work. Then I decided to leap over my suitcase. There was a horrible tearing noise, and I realised I had just ripped my dress, right the way up the back. Uhoh. Now, my place of work has a black dress uniform, so a panicked phone call to my boss quickly followed and I then had to run along Princes Street to try and find a suitable, work-appropriate dress. Good old M&S came to my rescue, and I made it to my first day, only an hour late. Thankfully, the day picked up thereafter.

Needless to say, that wiped the smug smirk right off my face.

08/09/2013

first morning in málaga

We arrived in Malaga late at night, just in time to grab a sleepy bite to eat and then get an early night's sleep after a stressful day of travelling. Somehow Ryanair manage to make even a short flight from Scotland to Spain an ordeal.

Anyway, the next day we got up and after a delicious breakfast of fruit, stickily sweet pastries and lots of Spanish coffee, we headed up to the rooftop pool for a dip.

My family have never been the type to go on sun-soaked holidays. I spent my childhood in dark, damp, 'rustic' cottages on the isle of Skye, or admiring alpine gardens on mountaintops in Switzerland and going on long hikes in the Canadian rockies. I guess we're what you'd call 'outdoorsy.' So to be in such a nice hotel, in a hot climate and with a pool, was just heaven to me.


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Oh, also heaven to me? A fluffy white robe and hotel slippers! 

After a little swim and a sunny snooze, we got ready and headed out to the botanical gardens.

The Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción is on the outskirts of Málaga, and is one of the best botanical gardens in Europe. Created by one of Málaga's richest aristocratic couples, the Lorings, in the mid-19th century, they built a beautiful mansion in the middle of it and used it as their summer home, to retreat from the heat of the city in the shade of a thousand trees.



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This tree-lined avenue was beautiful. The way the trees curved over to shade the path from the sun, only letting tiny glints of light through was just magical, and the height of these gigantic trees was awe-inspiring.

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My favourite part was this wisteria covered trellis. It must look absolutely spectacular in spring time when the wisteria bloom, but it was lovely enough in September. Just look at this tree, all doubled back on itself and suspended in the air, it really felt pretty magical. The Lorings used it as an outdoor dining space. What a place for entertaining!

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I wore a big floppy (old) Topshop hat, an American Apparel cami and worn old Levi's shorts.



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I'm not usually a big fan of visiting gardens - this was my mother's idea - but it really was a lovely way to spend a sunny Spanish morning. I'm pretty sure I could have walked around there all day, getting lost among the trees and admiring all the funny little cacti. But soon lunch was calling our name, so we headed back into the city centre for some grub and a spot of culture.

But more on that another day.

01/09/2013

packing for málaga

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I'm off to Málaga tomorrow with my mum for a little three day city break. We're going to get a final hit of warmth and sunshine before summer disappears for good and we're left to face the cold, wet, grey, dreich Scottish winter. We're going to check out some museums, galleries and do a spot of shopping, as well as spend some time snoozing in the sun by the hotel pool.

This is a little snippet of what I'm packing. It's only a three day trip so I'm not taking much; silk camis, jean shorts and a big huge hat for day time exploring, and swishy dresses and maxis for night time dinners and drinks. I'm so excited to wear the red maxi dress. I bought it from Nelly.com, as I thought it could be a potential graduation ball dress, but mostly because it's called the 'Jennifer Dress.'

How could I pass on a dress that has my very own name? Necessary purchase.

Anyway, I'm off to charge my camera so I have plenty of photos to share when I get back!