Turns out I’m not cut out for cannon duty 🙂 Coat: Eddie Bauer (similar here) | Dress: ASOS | Sneakers: ADIDAS | Backpack: Nordstrom
Today Isaac and I explored the royal side of Edinburgh. We started at Holyrood Palace and made our way along the Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle. Visiting the palace was especially fun for me because I’m a huge fan of the tv show Reign (it’s about Mary Queen of Scott’s story). We got to see Queen Mary’s original chambers from the 16th century, lots of old artwork and tapestries, and the beautiful ruins of the abbey.
Along the Royal Mile to the castle, I caved and splurged on a tartan cashmere scarf (made in Scotland, of course) because who doesn’t love super soft scarves with a meaning behind them? One thing that’s kind of confusing to me is the difference between the castle and the palace. The castle, which is literally on a cliff, seems like the type of place I imagined kings and queens living in. But it’s actually the palace at the foot of the hill where the royalty live. The castle was pretty awesome, but the views alone were worth the visit. You can see everything, and it’s absolutely breathtaking. We really lucked out because this morning there was not a single cloud in the sky and nothing obscured our view. I had to break out my hand warmers today though because it got super windy up there, and winter wind plus poor circulation = frozen hands. 🙁
Isaac’s brother actually recently visited Edinburgh, so we took his advice and went to The Witchery for dinner. The food was pretty delicious, but it was one of those fancy restaurants that’s almost too fancy because you feel bad if you don’t cut your food just so or if you accidentally use the wrong fork, haha. What’s pretty awesome about this city though is that after only 2 days we were able to walk all the way back to our Airbnb in the dark without a map of directions. There are so many landmarks here that finding your way is pretty simple (though I’m not sure Isaac agrees 🙂 ).
Incoming: a fleet of dog walkers!! Totally adorable. The cute puppies up close 🙂 Surprise!
Coat: H&M | Dress: ASOS | Tights: Ann Taylor Loft (similar here) | Boots: Toga Pulla | Earmuffs: Etsy
Happy 2016 everybody!! 🙂 I am very happy to report that along with the new year, winter has finally arrived here on the East Coast and I am LOVING it! Bring on the layers, hats, tights, coats, scarves, wool socks… I love it all. But in all seriousness my skin is definitely not loving the weather change. My skin can be very sensitive and I think the sudden change in temperatures and the low humidity is causing my skin to be both dry and itchy, which is a bummer. 🙁
Today my sister and I took a walk around the reservoir in Central Park to get out of the apartment and squeeze in a little exercise. Speaking of exercise, I didn’t really have any New Year’s resolutions this year, but I had a really great fitness routine going while I was in school and I’d like to keep up with it. Over the past 2 weeks that was obviously a challenge seeing as one of my favorite Christmas gifts is Gertrude Hawk’s chocolate (milk chocolate chewy coconut is the best thing ever). However, as of tomorrow morning I will have made it to the gym 3 times this week, so I count that as a win:)
^^Had to stick this one in here 🙂
Jacket: ASOS | Dress: ASOS | Boots:Toga Pulla
I’M DONE! …well, at least for now (MBA anybody??) 😉 For those of you reading who don’t know me personally, I just graduated from Cornell University with my Masters of Engineering. Since I also did my undergrad at Cornell, it has been my home for the past 4.5 years, which is like 1/5 of my entire life!!
I apologize for all the pictures, but I really wanted to create like some sort of “dedication to Cornell” post because for all of these years I have been going to school on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, yet I had never taken any blog pictures actually on campus! (They have all been right in front of my apartment, sometimes convenience trumps pretty backgrounds 🙂 ) These pictures are from a couple of my favorite spots on campus, and although the Christmas Eve forecast is like 70 degrees for tomorrow 🙁 don’t be fooled, it was about 20 degrees when Isaac and I took these photos. Typical Ithaca weather.
I feel like people always say that in college you will have some of the best times of your life, and for once I agree with “them!” Cornell has given me so many things, aside from my two degrees, that have changed my life. It all actually happened really fast; my freshman year I met the people I still call my best friends today and my boyfriend, discovered my love of New York City after a summer internship, and changed my major which completely changed my career path. It still hasn’t hit me that I won’t be going back to campus, unless it’s just to visit. It’s just so weird. Thank goodness I have Christmas to distract me from getting too sad!
As far as my future plans are concerned, I will be moving to New York City in the next couple of months to start my job (and spend some quality time with my sister! 🙂 ). But don’t worry, there will definitely be some fun adventures before I jump into the working world full-time 😉
Thank you for reading, and Merry Christmas Eve Eve!