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20 February 2011

Sunday Best: Edinburgh

Edinburgh
Edinburgh
After receiving a snide comment regarding my lineage, it made me think about how I portray myself through this blog. Something that, to be honest, I've never given any thought before and it made me realise that I rarely post pictures taken in Edinburgh as it is typically portrayed. Like most Scots I'm fiercely patriotic, I love my bonny homeland and I love Edinburgh.

I wanted to show you how beautiful and unlike any other city Edinburgh is. With stunning architecture, green open spaces and all my favourite places. Only luck was not on our side, everywhere I wanted to take pictures was far too busy, too cramped to move little own take pictures. We tried to take pictures outside the castle and along the Royal Mile but in typical Scottish temperament it drizzled all afternoon In all the shots I was surrounded by grumpy tourists wearing fluorescent cagoules. And I promise you, there will never be a fluorescent cagoule on this blog.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh

Coat - TBA, Bag - Vintage, Heeled Loafers - Topshop,
Skirt - Handmade, Polo neck Sweater - Topshop, Hat - Urban outfitters.

In order to escape the nasty cagoules, we snuck off into a close (that's an alleyway to those outside of Scotland) and finally got some good shots. My outfit isn't especially Scottish but my skirt is made from plaid (its not affiliated with a clan, so I wouldn't refer to it as tartan) woven right here and my hat isn't so far removed from a Tam O' Shanter cap. I do enjoy a cliche!

Edinburgh
Finally when we were too cold to feel our fingers and toes, we hurried off to The Elephant House, where J.K Rowling once spent her afternoons scribbling stories about a boy named Harry with a scar in the shape of a lightening bolt. We drank Earl Grey and ate the worlds best shortbread (in my opinion), which is in the shape of a portly elephant.

It's not quite the Edinburgh that I wanted to show you but it is still the Edinburgh that I love.
Haste ye back x

P.S. Are there anymore Edinburgh based bloggers out there?

65 comments:

  1. Such a brilliant response to the aforementioned comment. I loved this post because as you say, it is your Edinburgh, your home that you love and that really comes across. I would love to visit the Elephant House! I remember reading about Rowlings time spent there and would love to see it!

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  2. love those photos, edinburgh's the only place for me and I still want to visit (& move) there! I adore anything scottish, though.... amazing outfit, too!!!

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  3. these photos are lovely. Edinburgh looks like such a beautiful place with such a rich history.

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  4. Beautiful pictures, i'm off to Edinburgh in a few weeks and we we're eyeing up the Elephant House for a visit - but since you mentioned the elephant shaped flapjack its a definite must!

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  5. Such lovely pictures! I haven't been to Edinburgh for years - we're contemplating going en-route to the Isle of Skye for our Summer holiday this year.... :-)

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  6. Your hair looks so lovely in these photos! x

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  7. Your coat is a beauty, and so is Edinburgh, would love to visit it one day!
    X

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  8. I love how you've taken some ones nasty comment and turned it around, I really enjoyed seeing a small bit of Edinburgh. I've never been but always heard about how beautiful it is. Would love to see more. x

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  9. The pictures are great, and you look lovely. I'd like to visit Edinburgh soon.

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  10. i have been to Edinbugh -as my boyfriend's family live there. I was there in 09, when it was covered with snow and it was lovely. :)
    p.s. i just adore your hair.

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  11. I love seeing photos of Edinburgh--my family lived in Scotland until the 1720s when one of my ancestors decided to head for Virginia. I think it's awfully snobby to assume that using American English gives you less of a claim on your Scottish heritage. Boo.

    Oh and I like your coat and your tam. Perfect!

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  12. love your pics, so pretty and lovely to see places i recognise :D x

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  13. I really should visit Edinburgh, it's only over the sea from Dublin and I've wanted to go to Scotland for as long as I can remember.

    I love the photo of you with the red post box!

    Emma xx

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  14. hooray for edinburgh! this splendid city is glorious even in the drizzley, greyness! walking down victoria st never fails to lift my spirits.
    (also lovely outfit. of course(

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  15. Edinburgh, best if read with Scottish accent, it is actually in my top places to visit :) lovely pictures you've taken!

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  16. What wonderful photographs, I really love Edinburgh when I visited, definitely would love to come back soon!

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  17. I love your photos and the navy coat! Have you considered selling the skirts you make? I always have a hard time finding full skirts made of nice quality wool.

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  18. This coat is gorgeous. Edinburgh is such a beautiful, interesting, historical city. Props to you for standing up for your home turf!

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  19. You got a snide comment about your lineage? Seriously, some people have too much time, to go leaving things like that...

    I love getting glimpses into where people live and would love to see more of Edinburgh in the future here! I lived in Glasgow for a year and a half, but am a little ashamed to say that I only made it over to Edinburgh a few times, and mostly did the touristy things, through lack of insider knowledge. Blogs are a great way to explore vicariously however!

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  20. love the look - i like the hat!

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  21. gorgeous. the only scotland i know is from books, but i love everything that i've ever read about it or the photos i've seen. i think it's the best to show the edinburgh you love and not just what the masses want. love it :)

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  22. I visited Edinburgh last May and fell in love. It is a fantastic city. I could go on and on and on about how much I liked it! I think part of it was that I just really enjoyed being in a place where my ancestors came from. That was really a special feeling!

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  23. I lived in Edinburgh for a month or so in the summer when I was in high school--it was my favorite place, and if I had to pick somewhere else to live in life, it would be there! I have a really unflattering picture of myself with Elephant House, and I made some friends I wish I could find on the internet! We were all obsessed with Lord of the Rings, and it was wonderful.

    Favorite place! and you are just adorable!

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  24. Lovely pictures! Yeah, I'm another one of those Edinburgh based bloggers although I'm in Dundee a lot too. It's such a beautiful city, I miss it every time I leave.

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  25. Wow, such an idiot, that last comment was from me, managed to leave it from my brothers google account!

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  26. Oh, thanks for posting some pics of the closes and wynds! I studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh, and still miss it so much. It is my favorite city and truly magical! There are some great spots for photoshoots- I used to live down the street from The Elephant House (off of cowgate) and spent so many drizzly afternoons drawing there! Best view! Love your outfit too, of course:)

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  27. I've visited Edinburgh twice, and adored it both times. It's definitely somewhere I'll look into living when I'm older. I was young though when we visited, and didn't realise that the Elephant House was in Edinburgh, so now, as an obsessed Harry Potter fan, I kick myself each time I read about it, hehe!

    xx

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  28. who's a lucky girl with a tba coat? :)

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  29. Ahh I'm a fellow Edinburgh lover, lucky enough to have visited twice because my bf is studying there! It's such a magical place! And I hope I get to go back soon.

    You look so, so lovely by the way:)

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  30. Thank you for the sneak peek into your world! The sapphire-colored coat is gorgeous too. You always have the best collars on your tops--if you don't mind me asking, do you have any favorite shops where you find your pretty peter pans?

    xoxo,
    Gina

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  31. I have always wanted to visit Edinburgh, hopefully one day i will! I love your coat, tba can do no wrong! :D xx

    love jade

    www.youlookpretty.blogspot.com

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  32. I really want to visit Edinburgh oneday... nice outfit and great photos! :)
    xx

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  33. Ohh Edinburgh! What beautiful photos! I, too, have many photos of Edinburgh that include fluorescent cagoules...I hated them when I was seven, and I still hate them now! x

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  34. after this post I want even more to visit your country!!! I love harry potter and as I am from Galicia (very simmilar) I feel like home seeing the sky grey :)

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  35. this is such a nice post - its making me miss home!! cant wait to be back in edinburgh. i love your coat and hat too. :)

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  36. I really want to visit Edinburgh, I love Glasgow - don't know why I still haven't visited your home town, I have heard only wonderful things :)

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  37. wonderful photos... ive never been to edinburgh but would love to go one day.

    perfect outfit for a drizzly day!

    looby xx

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  38. Hi there, I can't believe I'm only just now finding this fabulous blog! I too am an Edinburgh-based blogger. My husband and I moved here from Florida in 2009 and I cannot think of a city I love more. Looking forward to trawling through all your past posts!

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  39. Love your outfit, will you ever tell us how you made your skirt?

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  40. I like your coat! I always hear nice things about Edinburgh. :)

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  41. I loved Edinburgh when I visited! I loved victoria street too. I feel the same about Liverpool here.

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  42. What beautiful shots, Edinburgh looks lovely even on a grey day.

    I echo what others have said - it's amazing and shows such strength of character that you have made something so lovely out of a mean comment.

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  43. Sorry to hear that your received a snide comment. However, these pictures are absolutely magical. I am loving the stones & cobble stone streets, very romantic. And of course, your outfit is stunning. xx veronika

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  44. Hurrah, it's so lovely to find someone else living in and loving Edinburgh - especially with such a popular blog as yours. I live (and blog) in Edinburgh and it's simply one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And tba is so wonderful, I love your coat!

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  45. Ah these are such stunning pictures, Seriously your coat is just too cute! I love TBA!

    I am from Glasgow and as you said like all scots im crazy proud of where i come from but after reading your post i actually don't know if i have ever even mentioned on my blog where i am from let along showed pictures of it! SO its def. something for me to think about!


    I have always thought Edinburgh is just beautiful, Its crazy that i don't visit more often!

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  46. Not an Edinburgh blogger unfortunately though it is my dream to visit Scotland one of these days. I live in Canada and I haven't even been overseas (yet) I think it's about time since I'm turning 27 in a few short months. I'm actually considering working abroad this summer in Scotland or Ireland.
    Drinking Earl Grey and eating shortbread seems like a PERFECT afternoon to me! Maybe some day I will do just that at The Elephant House. [fingers crossed]
    Have a lovely day!

    Emily

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  47. I love this post Cait, you make me want to come and visit Edinburgh so so much. I am a little disappointed though, thought a fluorescent cagoule would be right up your street! Ha, as if you'd ever sport a cagoule when you have that darling tba number in your wardrobe! Sally x

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  48. The passion for your home city shines through in this post. Your photography is stunning too, as always. It's fantastic to read about bloggers' heritage, and so lovely to know that not everyone who loves style lives in London! x

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  49. I truly enjoyed this post, it's beautiful to read about your town and most of all seeing it through your eyes.
    Ale

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  50. I really enjoyed reading this post, Cait, and I'd like to see more of Edinburgh. It's been a place I've always wanted to go and although my grandma had lived not that far away, I just never got to visit this city.
    Love you outfit, too. To fulfill a cliche is just so much fun.

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  51. What a rude person to leave such a petty comment. You showed them though and portrayed Edinburgh beautifully. I'm from Fife, went to school in Edinburgh and at Uni in St Andrews but Edinburgh will always be my first love. I am on your wavelength about being proud of my Scottishness, especially as there aren't many of us in St Andrews...
    Totally agree with the problems of trying to take decent pics though, I did a photoshoot in the Burgh for the student mag over summer in the height of touristness and pouring rain, it was challenging to say the least to get shots! We went all over town though and I got some stunners up Arthur's Seat with the city in the background <3
    Anyhoo, I've left enough of an essay! Agree with Jen about the London-centricness of the fashion world at times, but you are certainly flying the flag for Scottish bloggers.

    Rosie xx
    http://everythinglooksrosie.wordpress.com
    p.s. you've made me miss the Elephant House so much! I went to school just round the corner!

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  52. I like footwear
    now I will look a shoe shop to buy these footwear

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  53. Edinburgh <3

    I'll be going next week for the third time and I hope to attend a semester at the university in the near future.
    Edinburgh is definitely one of the most FANTASTIC cities on earth (and I say "one of the" because I haven't been to every single city in the world :P from all the cities I have visited Edinburgh is my favorite BY FAR though).
    You're very lucky to live there!:D I'm very jealous hehe

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  54. I stumbled across your blog last week and love love LOVE it! Such gorgeous images. I'm Edinburgh based too - love coming across other Edinburgh blogs.

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  55. Hi from Glasgow! I'm Edinburgh born and bred but currently living and working in Glasgow. Edinburgh is the love of my life though, so I'm through every other weekend or so to see family and friends. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  56. Oh, I miss Edinburgh everyday! My family used to live on Gorgie Rd., we've since moved back to the States. Such a lovely treat to see great fashion in combination with all that Edinburgh has to offer in the background!

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  57. Edinburgh!
    I live up North, near Aberdeen.
    My best mate lives in Edinburgh for uni though!

    Lovely blog.

    Ayeisha
    x

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  58. I am Spanish but I lived 7 years in Edinburgh. Went to Heriot-Watt and got sick of the hoodie jean combo so decided to create a fashion blog.
    I am now back in Madrid where I was born but I visit Edinburgh at least once a month.
    Next time I am there we should definitely meet and maybe do a blogpost together!

    Didn't even know there was fashion bloggers out there all this time!

    Alba

    www.fashionistaontour.com

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  59. Hi there - I am a fashion blogger based in Edinburgh!!!!!
    I love your blog btw- only discovered it at the beginning of the year. Would love to know what you think of mine?
    www.exileoerxhibit.com
    Roxanne-Milla

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  60. Stunning photos, well done. You make a bleak day in Edinburgh look magnificent.

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  61. The pictures look really good and Edinburgh is a wonderful city with good architectures.

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  62. I am from Edinburgh too! I wrote my first post today. It's a bit rubbish, it's just about cake but I love fashion and I love Edinburgh. It's been home for 17 years for me. I recognise the Grass Market in these pictures. Or the road leading down to it anyway. Love your blog.

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  63. Hey there, just been searching Edinburgh based blogs and came across this after much bad luck with foodie blogs (nothing wrong with that just not my prime interset). This seems more my style! Just seen this one post but loved the pics at grassmarket and what looks like the royal mile! I am just starting out with a beauty/lifestlye blog would love if you gave it a little look! I haven't shared it much yet! I'm born in bred in Edinburgh btw haha!! Thanks! Lyndsey xxx www.ellelaww.blogspot.com

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