TRAVEL | Edinburgh Photo Diary: Part II

In this post, I'm sharing with you photos of my last two days in Edinburgh. This was such a short stay... But here we come to one of the city's main attractions, the castle! It was really interesting to visit, and took us a few hours.
Afterwards, as the weather was so sunny and warm, we changed our plans last minute and skipped the museums to go to the beach instead! I had not properly been to the beach in... years, now that I think of it! Although we did not actually go in the water (let's not be completely crazy!), I really enjoyed that afternoon. 
Overall, I was really surprised about how good the weather was during these four days. We couldn't have hoped for better!

In these two days, I loved...

~ visiting the castle and its museums. The War Memorial is such a moving monument, I cannot recommend enough to go and visit it - we should all take a moment to honour the men and women who died for their country and for the people.
~ walking around the old city, among the quirky shops and little cafés. At night, the atmosphere is even more pleasant and magical.
~ trying beautiful vintage dresses in Armstrong's, Grassmarket. They have the most amazing range of items from all decades, and for reasonable prices! The best vintage shop I've ever been to.
~ going to the seaside at Portobello. The weather was so fine, it was a joy to walk on the beach. I treated myself to a 99 flake; it really felt like summer!
~ having a peaceful morning in the Botanic Gardens. I spent all my time taking photos of all the flowers I saw. It is a great place to visit, and the greenhouses were quite impressive!

I leave you with the photos from the last part of my trip below, and I hope you enjoyed this little photo diary!


TRAVEL | Edinburgh Photo Diary: Part I

Last week, I went to Edinburgh with two friends for a few days. I've always wanted to visit Scotland, and Edinburgh seemed such a mysterious and beautiful city that I could not go anywhere else... and I did well! The atmosphere is so peculiar - peaceful, I thought, which is amazing considering the thousands of tourists like me that have invaded it! I loved my stay there, and I know I'll go back one day, because one needs a very long time to explore the city and experience it fully.

I want to share with you some of the photos I took while I was there, because Edinburgh is too beautiful not to be mentioned in my blog. My photo diary will be divided in two, otherwise you'll be drowned in pictures! This first series will be about my first two days, and the other two will be up next week. 

During these first days, I have loved:
~ walking around in the city, taking photos of the castle. From Princes Street, the view is breathtaking.
~ visiting the cemetery of the Church of St Cuthbert, because old tombs are fascinating and the blossoming flowers were touches of joy in that rather gloomy place.
~ feeling like I'm in a fairytale castle in the Great Hall of the National Portrait Gallery, where the ceiling is painted with stars and where light flows in beautifully.
~ seeing a Jane Eyre quote in the Portrait Gallery, and one of my favourite Winterhalter portraits of Queen Victoria - two of my main women, which means intense fangirling.
~ discovering Carlton Hill, and seeing the Scottish (and apparently unfinished) version of the Athenian Parthenon - rather different when you see it in person, but from afar, they look strangely similar. 
~ climbing up Arthur's Seat, and enjoying one of the best views of the city. 
~ finding the tombstone of Tom Riddle in Greyfriars Kirkyard - proof that wizards exist,  seems like they can't always hide from the Muggle world!

Have you ever been to Edinburgh? 
If you like the city, keep an eye on the blog for part 2 of my diary! ♥


FASHION | Out of the Blue

I've always loved blue and white prints. They remind me of beautiful Portuguese azulejos, these ceramics used for decoration in churches, streets and front of houses sometimes. But that's not the only thing I like about this dress: the stiff collar and the sort of bell shape got me totally in love with it when I saw it.
With a dress like this, no need for much else, so I kept the accessories at a minimum and decided to wear my Belle Epoque-type boots (at least that's what they remind me of!).

Do you like this type of print? I'd love to hear your thoughts about it!

Dress: TK Maxx
Boots: Naf Naf
Frilly socks: Primark
Flower hair clips: Claire's