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Tie Dye in Edinburgh

I’m starting my masters in Edinburgh this September, and so I spent this weekend hunting for somewhere to live! I’m so excited to live in a city that I love, and looking at flats (and decorating them in my mind) is one of my favourite activities. Luckily the weather was pretty warm whilst we were there, so I got to break out my bare legs and a very summery crop top! This top actually belonged to me when I was around eleven. A lot of my clothes from year 6 and 7 still fit me, not because I’m small now but because I did all my growing at a very young age. I was a tall eleven year old! I cut the bottom half off this top, and ta-da, it became a new crop top! Who says hoarding clothes doesn’t have it’s benefits? I bought this kimono from Rokit in Brick Lane a while back. I think it used to be a bed coat, but it’s more fun as an outside coat. When wearing this at uni, one of my friends asked me with genuine puzzlement “why are you dressed up as a witch today?” because wearing a cape that billows in the wind is fun, that’s why!

Outfit Details: Kimono, Vintage (Rokit) / Crop Top, Upcycled / Skirt, DIY / Chelsea Boots, New Look / Sunglasses, Rock N Rose via Lavish Alice

I’m wearing one of the skirts that I made a couple of months ago. Although one of the easiest to make, it’s among my favourite things that I’ve made because it’s so easy to wear, but the pu leather is unusual at the same time. I can’t wait to go back up to Scotland, I’m hoping to be there for the Fringe festival. I went briefly in 2010 and it was a lot of fun!

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March In Review

March Review / JesstheticsPicnicking in the Scottish Highlands

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Has March ended already? Gosh, it’s been a busy month for me! I began my month by sharing a trip I took to Scarborough (here), and two easy peasy skirt tutorials (here and here.) Most of the beginning of the March was occupied by a road trip around Scotland that I took with James! We visited Edinburgh, (here) St Andrews, Pitlochry (here) Dundee, and Holy Island (here.) As ever, I’ve been documenting my favourite outfits, including a paisley jumpsuit, (here) a head-to-toe silver ensemble (here), and a pretty green elephant dress (here.) Most recently I showed you how to make your own lacy bra (here.)

Towards the end of the month, I spent a weekend in Southampton, and then visited Sorrento for a week (pictures coming soon!) Here’s hoping that the rest of the year involves this much travelling 🙂 My favourite post of the month was of course “A Day In The Life of Archie” (here.) I think he enjoyed being an internet star, even though he also enjoys eating my laptop cables!

The lighter evenings and the balmy weather (occasional balmy weather, it’s raining right now!) makes me so much perkier and I’ve been doing a little yoga every day which I love. I’m excited to spend April sewing, attempting some gardening and celebrating my birthday month! (Yes I am one of those people, a day of celebration is not enough.) I hope you’ve had a beautiful March.

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Dundee and Holy Island

Jessthetics / DundeeJessthetics / DundeeJessthetics / DundeeMine and James’ last Scottish adventure involved a day in Dundee! We spent the morning in the botanic gardens. We were almost the only people there – it was a chilly day for garden viewing so we spent a lot of time in the rainforest area! It’s a lovely space, but what caught my eye the most was the extremely grand castle-like houses that overlook the gardens. Apparently they were built as mansions for jute barons and are now used as flats and hotels. I wouldn’t mind one of those for myself 🙂 In the afternoon, we wandered around the McManus gallery. It’s a gorgeous building and it had history, old art, new art and natural history exhibitions all in one. I really enjoyed the miss-mash of topics, and I think all museums should be done this way!

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On the way back to Durham, we spent the day in Holy Island. It’s separated from the mainland by the sea half of the time, so you have to make sure the tide is out before you drive across which is fun in a scary kind of way! It was honestly the windiest day I’ve ever experienced, apparently the monks chose this island for its harsh weather conditions. The best sites are the ruined Lindisfarne Abbey and Lindisfarne Castle. The Castle was turned into a holiday home in Edwardian times and it is presented as it was in 1910, so you can sit in the chairs and pretend to be an Edwardian on holiday. Oh, and we bought some mead of course! This is my last post about Scotland, I hope you enjoyed coming along for the ride 🙂

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St Andrews and Pitlochry

Jessthetics / St AndrewsJessthetics / St AndrewsJessthetics / St AndrewsJessthetics / St AndrewsJessthetics / St AndrewsThe second place that James and I visited in Scotland was St Andrews. We went for a postgrad open day at the University, spent the afternoon with my friend Margaret and had dinner with family friends. I have been to St Andrews before, and I remembered the beautiful coastline and the ruined cathedral, but I didn’t remember just how many grand and quaint old buildings fill the town. The weather was glorious, and we spotted a lot of people writing essays on the beach – I’ve been told it’s not like that all the time!

Jessthetics / PitlochryJessthetics / PitlochryJessthetics / PitlochryOur next stop was Dundee, where we stayed with my Aunt. From Dundee, we drove to Pitlochry to spend the day walking and picnicking. We visited Queens view and wandered around the Allean forest. It was a really lovely trail, and we got to see an old forest “Clachan” (village) and a stone homestead from 1000AD which was pretty impressive. From the forest there were some lovely views of the Loch and some snowy topped mountains. A lot of trees had blown down in the windy weather, so the trail was a bit of an assault course!

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Pitlochry is just at the beginning of the Highlands, and I would love to explore more! I’m hoping to have another staycation in Scotland this summer. I’ve been itching to visit Norway recently, but a lot of the Scottish landscape is similar and a lot closer!

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh / JesstheticsEdinburgh / JesstheticsEdinburgh / JesstheticsEdinburgh / JesstheticsIf you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve spent this past week in Scotland with James! Our first stop was Edinburgh, and we spent two days here. On the first day, I had a look around the University and walked around the city. In the evening we had dinner at David Bann followed by drinks and board games at BrewDog. We actually had plans to sample a couple of bars, but it was so cosy and relaxed in BrewDog we decided to stay – there’s such a nice vibe there and I can’t wait to return!

James doesn’t love having his photo taken, so I’ve noticed I have a lot of photos of the back of his head. I do know him, and I’m not stalking him, I promise!

Edinburgh / JesstheticsEdinburgh / JesstheticsEdinburgh / JesstheticsWe spent the second day in the National and Modern Scottish National Galleries. Although they’re a little walk from the town centre, both buildings are really beautiful and they have some nice exhibitions – my favourite was Louise Bourgeois. I think I prefer small art galleries like these because I can take most of it in without feeling overwhelmed. We ate a lot this day (at Hendersons and Hula) and I even tried a deep-fried mars bar, which was delicious! We definitely needed longer to explore the city properly, so hopefully either me or James will be living in Scotland doing a Masters next year. I loved Edinburgh – it’s full of history, beautiful buildings and cool places to eat, drink and shop whilst being a relatively small city!