Outfit: All Navy Everything

26.5.15

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Top: French Connection
Jeans: House of Fraser*
Jacket: New Look
Necklace: New Look
Boots: Office
Bag: Primark

What's this, another outdoor outfit post? It's pretty handy having a live-in photographer (a.k.a. Laura) who I can rope into taking photographs of me pretending to be a proper blogger. Still in the "awkward posing face" stage though. And maybe next time I won't do it after going out for dinner and spilling spaghetti all down my top. Aaaanyways, this is my current favourite dinner outfit as it's the perfect mix of not too fancy but not too casual. I bought this tshirt a couple of weeks ago and I've worn it SO much already, I definitely need to buy it in a couple more colours! It's nice and slouchy but the fabric feels a little bit luxe so it's fancier than your average tshirt. It's a summer wardrobe staple if ever I've seen one.

I'm really into navy at the moment as it's pretty close to my beloved black, yet it somehow feels a bit more grown up and stylish. I've paired my navy top with some new indigo wash skinny jeans from House of Fraser. I much prefer dark wash jeans rather than light ones, so these are a perfect addition to my wardrobe and I'm sure they'll get a lot of wear. I used to wear 90% dresses but these days I'm all about the skinny jeans with a pair of ankle boots, a nice top and a statement necklace. Easy peasy!

Accessories wise, you can't go wrong with a big gold necklace along with navy, so I've opted for one of my current geometric favourites from New Look. My bag is a new one from Primark; I bought it as I needed a bag last minute before I went on holiday to Copenhagen. My usual daytime bag broke, so I just bought the first one I could find which was relatively small but big enough to fit my camera in. Turns out, this is a pretty perfect bag! It's got two separate compartments so I can keep my camera and lenses in one, and all my money/makeup/sunglasses etc in the other - you can fit a surprising amount of stuff in it even though it looks pretty small.

Gillian x

Top 5: Things to Do in Edinburgh This Summer

21.5.15

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1. Spa in the City
St Andrew Square & West End; 23-24 & 30-31 May; more info.
Beauty lovers rejoice as Spa in the City is back for another year. This free event sees spas, salons and beauty counters setting up camp in St Andrew Square (the first weekend, with a smaller version taking place the following weekend outside House of Fraser in the West End) offering taster treatments, mini makeovers and tutorials on all things beauty. Make sure to head along early to sign up for your favourite treatments, then spend the day watching demos in the Beauty Heroes tent or taking part in cocktail masterclasses by Element Bar. I'm heading along on Saturday and I can't wait!

2. Fully Fashioned at National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF; until 16 August; more info.
The latest exhibition to open at the National Museum of Scotland, Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story explores the history of this famous knitwear fashion house. Celebrating their 200th anniversary, it's quite amazing to think Pringle have been around for two centuries and the exhibition explores their role as one of the first luxury knitwear manufacturers in the world. There's vintage knitwear galore and even a couple of pieces which belonged to Grace Kelly and Queen Elizabeth. Although this is a temporary exhibition, there are plans underway to open the Museum's first permanent Fashion & Style gallery - keep an eye out for that soon!

3. Hidden Door Festival
Secret Courtyard, King's Stables Road, EH1 2JY; 22-30 May; more info.
One of Edinburgh's lesser known festivals, Hidden Door is the perfect place to discover some new talent and do something a little bit different. This year, Hidden Door is based in a secret courtyard just off the Grassmarket, and there's plenty of music, theatre, cinema and visual art to get stuck into. The courtyard itself is set to be pretty impressive, with volunteers giving the abandoned space a huge makeover right now (expect lots of cool street art) and kitting it out with stages and bars. There's also food and drink to enjoy from the likes of Harajuku Kitchen and Ninja Buns.

4. Film in the City
Grassmarket & St Andrew Square; 6-7 & 12-14 June; more info.
Spa in the City not really your thing? Try Film in the City instead! All the screenings are free, so just head along with a picnic blanket and some snacks and enjoy some classic movies. There are lots of different films on the schedule including Dirty Dancing, The Princess Bride and Mean Girls - yes please! STV Edinburgh has a timetable of everything being screened here, and look out for the Edinburgh International Film Festival which is on during June too.

5. Edinburgh International Magic Festival
Various venues; 26 June - 4 July; more info.
I don't know about you, but I love a bit of magic. The Edinburgh International Magic Festival aims to bring back the excitement of live magic shows with plenty of tricks, illusions and escapology to keep you entertained. With the main hub based at Summerhall, as well as shows there's also workshops, exhibitions and even a ceilidh.

What are you looking forward to doing in Edinburgh this summer?

Gillian x

Images: Lippi Photography for Film in the City; Magicfest.co.uk;
Kat Gollock for Hidden Door; This is Edinburgh for Spa in the City.

Copenhagen City Guide: Things to See & Do

18.5.15

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It's time for the second installment of my Copenhagen City Guide posts, and now it's the turn of Things to See & Do. Don't forget to check out my Copenhagen Food & Drink recommendations here, and there's also a Copenhagen vlog to watch over on my Youtube channel!

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Museums & Attractions
National Museum of Denmark. A lovely big, bright and airy museum which is free to get in, it's easy to spend a good few hours in here browsing the different exhibits. There's lots on Danish history, from the Vikings all the way up to the millennium, and there are plenty of exhibits about other cultures and countries from around the world too. There are quite a lot of fun interactive things to do in the National Museum, our favourite being the Japanese photobooth which was part of the Cosplayer! Manga Youth exhibition. Teehee.

Christiansborg Palace. As well as being the seat of the Danish Parliament, Christiansborg Palace is also a royal residence. There are several different parts of the palace to explore, but we concentrated on the Royal Reception Rooms. These rooms are used for official ceremonies and functions so are decked out with lots of beautiful antiques, impressive chandeliers and specially commissioned artwork from over the years. My favourite room was the library, wish I could have one of these in my house! Don't forget to visit The Tower too - it's the tallest tower in Copenhagen (don't worry, there's a lift to take you up!) and there are stunning views of the city.

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Parks & Gardens
Tivoli Gardens. One of the oldest amusement parks in the world, Tivoli is right on that fine line between "tacky" and "amazing". As well as tame attractions like merry-go-rounds and pedalos, there are plenty of big rollercoasters and spinny things (technical term) too, in addition to lots of gift shops, restaurants and food & drink stalls. It can be quite expensive (approx. £10 entry fee then an additional £5-7 per ride) so if you're planning to go on lots of rides definitely look into getting a season pass or multi-ride ticket. We did try out the Odin Express ride, but apart from that just spent our time wandering around and taking it all in. I'd definitely recommend visiting in the evening, hopping on a couple of rides, then grabbing a drink or some candyfloss to watch the sun set and the park light up. Tivoli is at it's most beautiful at night when all the illuminations are in full swing.

The Lakes & Ørstedsparken. We passed by the Lakes every day as we walked to and from our hotel, and they are a beautiful place for a stroll on a sunny day. Ørstedsparken is also a lovely little park nearby where you can enjoy a picnic or just go for a walk to escape city life for a while (although, as cities go, Copenhagen is very relaxed so you probably won't feel like you need to "escape"!).

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Sightseeing
Copenhagen Boat Tours. Setting off from the picturesque Nyhavn port, a boat tour is the perfect way to explore the canals of Copenhagen and take in some of the sites that are a bit further from the city centre. We couldn't really be bothered to walk all the way out to see the Little Mermaid statue as we'd heard it was pretty small and not very exciting, so we caught a glimpse of her from the boat instead. We also saw the Opera House, the Black Diamond and the Sixtus Battery, among other things. The tour cost approx £8 and lasted around an hour. If you're interested in hearing what the guide has to say, definitely sit near the front of the boat as it can be quite hard to pick up what they're saying - but we were more interested in just enjoying the view and snapping some photos!

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Shopping
Strøget. A pedestrianised street right in the centre of Copenhagen, this is where you'll find all the major "high street" shops. There are plenty of tacky tourist shops too, but its worth taking a walk along here to visit the likes of & Other Stories, Vero Moda, Monki and Cos, as well as some other Scandi-shops that aren't such familiar names in the UK.

Strædet & surrounding streets. When you're visiting Strøget, don't forget to wander down the side streets around here to find the less touristy and more independent shops on Strædet. There are lots of little gems hidden round here, including the likes of Mant which I wanted to pack up in its entirety and take home with me.

Værnedamsvej & surrounding streets. This little area in Fredericksberg is full of independent boutiques, cute cafés and little shops. Unfortunately I can't remember the names of any of the boutiques we went in, but they were exactly what I imagined Danish style would be like - minimal, modern and very, very lovely.

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Stay
Avenue Hotel. Located around a 15 minute walk from the city centre, Avenue Hotel is a cosy and welcoming boutique hotel in the Frederiksberg area. We were able to snap up a great deal when booking, so our room was a pretty reasonable price for a boutique hotel. There's lots of design-led furniture and fabrics from the likes of Missoni, and all the artwork in the hotel is by Danish Instagrammers. My favourite part of the hotel was the patio where we had breakfast in the sun one morning - comfy chairs, blankets and croissants, yes please! The breakfast in general was great too, lots of delicious bread, cheese, cold meat, fruit and cereal. The staff were very friendly and helpful too. Overall, I can't recommend this hotel enough!

What are your top Copenhagen tips?

Gillian x