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Tartan on Tartan on Tartan

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Mixing Prints and Patterns

Mixing prints is not something I usually do, and mixing tartan on tartan is definitely something I never thought I’d do. But when I left my house yesterday it was chucking it down and I grabbed my umbrella and off I went. It wasn’t until I was updating my Instagram (@arcticsabrina) stories that I realised I was mixing two different colours of tartan. I usually wouldn’t even wear more than one piece of tartan, and ever since moving to Edinburgh I generally avoid it at all costs. I brought my kilt home at christmas and left it there, and these trousers have been at the back of my wardrobe collecting dust. It just feels like a bit much when I wear tartan now, like a bit of an overkill. But yesterday I think I achieved the peak of ‘didn’t you know I live in Scotland now?‘ with my accidental tartan mix-up….

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Woolly Sweaters By the Seaside

I think it’s about time I feature a lil outfit post! My wardrobe and style is VERY dependent on the season, and in the summertime I’m very floaty and fresh with my wardrobe. I don’t like anything too flashy, or too high maintenance. I’ll wear the same pair of jean shorts and plain t shirts with Birkenstocks day in and day out. As the weather gets colder, I always somehow find the inspiration to put a lil extra something into my wardrobe. I suddenly want to take the time to do my hair and makeup, and wear skirts with tights and cozy sweaters and turtlenecks. This year, I moved right at the beginning of September, which meant I had to pack up my entire Autumn/Winter wardrobe, and now I’m working through that summer to fall transition on a very minimal wardrobe.
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PSA: Get Your Clothes Altered

An Old Way to Battle Fast Fashion

I never once got a piece of clothing altered growing up. I also wasn’t as much of a consumer then as I am now, and I just wore whatever I had and whatever was given to me as it was. As an adult, I’ve started shopping waaaaay more than I ever thought I would, and become aware of how those shopping habits are impacting the planet negatively.

I mostly buy clothes online, since we don’t have most of the big fashion stores locally (Zara, H&M, Topshop, ASOS, etc.), so I rarely get to try things on before committing. I’m also a bargain hunter, so 90% of the time the stuff I’ve bought is on sale, and non-refundable. Result? I’ve gotten my share of clothes that kind of/sort of fit, at least enough to be wearable, but are nothing like what I’d imagine. I mostly wear them out of guilt for having bought them, and am constantly disappointed at how badly they fit me since they’re SO cute. The last straw for me? This gingham number from Topshop that I bought on sale last summer:

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Four Classic Bandana Hairstyles

Now that the whole neck scarf thing is back in a big way people are looking for more and more ways to style neck scarves. One obvious answer? Put them in your hair! Bandana styling was the OG way to style a neck scarf, and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t pull most of these styles straight out of 4 year old me’s repertoire. Still! I think there are SO many ways to put neck scarves in your hair. Adding them can really add a personal touch to your outfit, something that says you really thought about what you put on (even if it only takes a minute to do). I used a traditional style bandana in this post, but I’m on the hunt for a nice tropical print on with bright colours (pro-tip, thrift stores have a million and one neck scarves for $1 each). Brighter, bolder prints are a lot more ~in~ right now than the traditional bandana look, but I think what matters is how you style it, and the look you’re going for. Here are my four go-to, very quick and simple ways to put a Bandana in your hair.

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A New Take on Traditional

This is by far my favourite outfit post that I’ve ever done. A few months ago I (finally) booked a trip to Cuba after years of pining to go, but even before the flight was booked I picked up this dress – THE dress. It has so many hints of traditional Spanish women’s fashion that it breaths life into the outfit and just emanates an ambience of Spanish style. It’s one of those pieces that you buy because it gives you a feeling and a vision, and I just knew it would be perfect for my trip to Cuba (and future travels!!) Are you ready for it? …

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February in Instagram! ✴

February was a BIG month for me! I *finally* got to go to Cuba over my winter reading week and I’m still reeling from the experience. As you may know, Cuba’s WiFi situation is a bit weird, you pay for cards that allow you to log in at WiFi hotspots. There are hotspots pretty much everywhere: restaurants, hotels, downtown areas, etc., so it’s not completely unmanageable, my sister had WiFi for most of the trip, but I decided to just let it go for the week I was there. As a result, there’s a big gap in time and content on my Instagram for February… whoops! Friendly reminder that my goal this year is to caption Insta pics with lyrics from songs that fit with them.
*note captions run from most recent to least recent, top to bottom, left to right*
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‘the first time in the darkest little paradise’ its true isn’t it? It was my first day and firs time in Cuba, an island paradise ✴ ‘are you ready for it?’ pretty much just are you ready for all my cuba pics ✴ this wasn’t captioned with lyrics bc it was a #AD!!! I do #ADs now! who am I????
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‘I didn’t mean it + you didn’t see it’ V-day outfit post plus I was listening to a lot of rep that week ✴  ‘everybody’s got somebody, I just want to be alone’ Niall lyrics to promote my valentines day bake sale, very festive, no? ✴ I used this picture to enter a contest and also bc I love it but there were no lyrics used
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#AD pt 1 ✴  ‘is this enough or are we just burning ashes’ my Meet Jo Totes promo post also I LOVE this song ✴  ‘its 2 o’clock on the edge of the morning’ I rewatched sing street after getting into UCD bc I wanted to make myself sad
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‘we’re running with wolves into the wild again’ aka its 2018 and I have no clue where the heck ill be in 3 months time ✴  my photo submission for the #GoOverseas scholarship to Ireland ✴  my last post from my January in Instagram.
So this time I broke it down by groups of threes, is that better than the big lump of pictures I did for January? I think I like it better but let me know what you think! How did your February go? On one hand I’m so happy that we’re closer to Spring but on the other my allergies are already acting up and I’m out of school with no jobs lined up in less than two months now so………..!
Tune in next month to see a heck of a lot more of Cuba! It was INCREDIBLE! I’m working on a little something for it but I want it to be just right so you’ll have to sit back and wait for awhile. PS – what are you guys watching on Netflix lately? I’ve been bingewatching tons of foreign shows because holy heck! Europe knows good TV! I recommend Babylon Berlin and Cable Girls (if you haven’t already seen Dark, if not – prioritize that!)

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