My Beauty Must-Haves 2019

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My Skincare and Makeup Basics

Surprise! It’s been a hot second since I wrote a beauty-related post. I was updating old posts recently and realised I haven’t shared my must-haves since 2016! Now I have a very lowkey approach to skincare and makeup. I’m low maintenance. There is one makeup bag in my care, and one little shelf of skincare. Mostly, this is because I’ve really worked out what is essential, and everything else got left behind. These are my beauty must-haves, 2019 edition.

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A Weekend In St Andrews

I know that St Andrews was on my list of Day Trips From Edinburgh, and I maintain that it’s a lovely place for a day trip! That said, I love St Andrews a lot. There’s a ton of cute walks, cafes, restaurants, and loads of things to see and do! So, I think if you have the time it’s well worth a whole weekend in St Andrews. The added bonus is that it’s not too far from Edinburgh so you really cut down on the travel time! Pretty much the opposite of a weekend away in Shetland. If you’re visiting Scotland from abroad, it’s definitely a weekend trip to consider because it’s so easy to get to and there’s still a lot of sightseeing opportunities!

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The Monthly Memo #2 | I Quit My Job!

I Quit My Job and Edinburgh Fringe Chaos

Hello, hello, hello lovely people! August has been an exciting month indeed. The Edinburgh Fringe was on, I went to one, entire show, and the rest of the time I focused on not losing my head. So many people have descended upon the city! And so many costumes! So many acapella groups! Agh! Here’s the monthly memo/life updates for August. The big ringer? I quit my job! I’m no longer a tour guide in Edinburgh! I took one look at the Fringe, one tour elbowing through flyer-ers and shouting over street performers and then I said I’m outta here! (Not exactly). Other highlights include a weekend away, going back to Canada, and my brother getting married!

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Sondeflor Classic Dress Review

Recently I purchased one of Sondeflor‘s gorgeous linen dresses after seeing them on Instagram and falling in love. The Peter Pan collars, the swooshy skirts, the class of it all! I only splurged out on one because I needed a dress to wear to my brother’s wedding. I figured it’s worth the extra expense since it’s for such a special occasion. Plus, it’s made of linen, by a sustainably-conscious brand, and as long as I treat it right it should last a lifetime. However, it’s still quite the investment, and I wasn’t 100% sure it would be worth it. So, for any of you out there who are in a similar position: here is my comprehensive Sondeflor Classic Dress Review.

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A Weekend In Shetland

Lerwick Harbour ring buoy

Most people would think it is insane to spend only a weekend in Shetland as it’s so remote. But, if you’re based in a major city in Scotland and you’ve always wanted to go, it’s completely reasonable to spend a weekend in Shetland! That being said, Shetland often seems like the sort of place people only go if they really want to, but it’s a lovely and unique place to visit even if you haven’t heard of it before. Shetland is where Nordic and Celtic traditions really come to a head. It’s the northernmost point in Scotland, and an incredibly beautiful, relaxing, and cozy place to be!

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Easy Day Trips From Edinburgh

South Queensferry Lane

Scottish Day Trips From Edinburgh

There are so many options for day trips from Edinburgh that it’s hard to know what to pick. Coming from middle-of-nowhere-Canada, pretty much everything seems close to Edinburgh. I mean a flight to Sweden is less than two hours! I’m not so fond of flying that I’d go there for the day, though. Plus, most people are looking to get more of a taste of Scotland when they’re planning their day trips from Edinburgh. These are some cities, towns, and villages in Scotland that you can easily get to and from in a day!

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The Monthly Memo | Life Updates From July 2019

A woman sitting on the steps to a lighthouse.

Life Updates And Goals From July 2019

Hello, hello! Welcome to the first in my monthly life updates/chats series! I personally love reading monthly posts — whether they be goals, life updates, etc. It feels like a good way to sort of check-in with that person and see how life is going! The ‘Monthly Memo Life Updates’ will look past at the last month – in this case July – and monthly goals will look forward at the month to come – August. First up is what I got up to in July!

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