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Friday, 26 July 2013

Bothwell Castle and Elena, with extra outfit post

The weather has been so nice here in Scotland that I'd be forgiven for mistaking it for the South of France. The heat tires me out something awful, and my wardrobe is all but useless, but regardless I just love the warmth (not without sun cream, though. Got to have sun cream). 

The lovely Elena.
I took a trip with Elena to the nearby Bothwell Castle for a picnic recently, and on a whim decided to mix up my outfit post with a more unusual setting. Irritatingly, I've noticed blogger deleted my last outfit post - no idea why, but it's really annoying. Blogger has been causing me too many problems recently with deleted posts (you guys may have also noticed an older post of mine reappearing as new - how this happened, I know not), and I've been considering shifting over entirely to another service; until then, I'll rewrite it so you guys can see it properly.

Bothwell Castle is a lovely medieval sandstone castle from the 13th century (apparently the largest from then in Scotland!), which I haven't been inside for years. Despite it being started in the 1200s, building was halted by the Wars of Independence (apparently King Edward I of England himself laid siege to it!), but it still remains a valuable example of medieval architecture.

This outfit, like a lot of mine, relies heavily on the shorts/tank top combination (it's so comfy and versatile that I keep coming back to it), but the feature of note is the hand me down jacket from my brother that I finally remembered to put badges on. I'm tempted to stick on a few patches on it as well, but as I value versatility in my wardrobe they likely won't be permanent and will be removable in case I change my mind or need to smarten up the jacket.

Once she got the hang of my camera, Elena took so many good photos of me that I was spoilt for choice.
  • Shorts - River Island
  • Necklaces - both gifts (bat one from Osiris in Glasgow)
  • Hair clip - Claires
  • Boots - Office, in the post Christmas sales
  • Jacket - Hand me down from my brother
  • Badges - assorted
  • Parasol - Amazon 

It also marked my first proper outing for my parasol! I ordered this beauty back in June, but only got to use it now due to the changeable weather here. The battenburg lace is really pretty, and mixing it up with more punk and deathrock inspired clothing makes me wonder about parasols in a similar vein. Maybe stretching a pair of ripped tights across the surface of the parasol, or adding badges or slogans?

It was wonderful seeing Elena again, who, as she studies down in Auld Reekie*, and we both have such full schedules, I rarely get to see during term. We can talk about life, friends, politics, ethics, periods, love and anything together, and she is one of the people I love most in the world. Whilst I have missed friends from uni terribly over the holidays, I have appreciated the ability to see old ones that uni has separated me from.

In love with my friends and the entire world.

Anyway, it's back onto srs bzns topics on the next post! I'm still trying to write up tonnes of posts like a madwoman for queuing, but I've got a lot of other things to do before I go back to uni. A lot of you may have seen posts (finished or not) that have been posted and quickly taken down. This is because I have been reorganising myself on here and usually do it when tired, and I am a tit.

Say safe!


* This is Edinburgh, to those not acquainted with scots slang/inter-city politics.


  1. Auld Reekie - doesn't sound like too complimentary of a name!

    You both look adorable in such completely different ways. And Bothwell looks like a lovely place for a picnic. I personally can hardly wait for fall and some cooler weather. Dying over here ... and it's really not all that hot! :D

    1. Haha, no, it certainly isn't; Edinburgh used to be famed for its stink, and, well - with the Glaswegian/Edinburgh rivalry, we cities certainly like insulting one another. ;)

      Thank you! Whilst somewhat different from my own, I do love the way Elena dresses. It's far, far too warm over here still, but I think I'm getting used to it!

  2. Your blog is really interesting! Glad to have found it and I must say I love your outfit, I wouldn't have guessed that a blazer goes so well with shorts and boots!

    1. Thank you so much! I'm flattered that you think so.

      I'm in love with blazers - I'm terrible for living in my leather jacket (not okay in the heat at all), so blazers are a good change. I've found that, in practice, a blazer can go with virtually anything.

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    1. Aww, thank you! I love your new septum, by the way. :)

  4. I absolutely adore that outfit :3 It's very wonderful ^^ The parasol looks great too ^^


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