Friday, October 30, 2015

All the Frills: Witchy Women

So for a couple of days Blogger has been acting really strange and every photo I upload it makes blurry and refuses to let me resize (has anyone else experienced this???). So I put off posting for a few days in the hopes it would resolve it but it appears to still being a jerk so apologies for the slightly blurry image. I really hope this resolves itself soon as all my outfit photos are basically unusable with the blurriness level...anyways, on to the actual post!

During my travels in Edinburgh I spent a blissful afternoon at the National Gallery and then, in the gift shop, I purchased an exhibition catalogue of images of witches in European art as a fun read for myself. While reading it I came across this really stunning painting that, as a British historian (granted, of a slightly earlier period) I had never seen before. And it was so captivating that I promptly printed it in colour for my desk at work.

The work, by Daniel Gardner, depicts the extremely influential Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (you may know her from the not-half-bad Keira Knightly movie The Duchess), Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne, and Anne Seymour Damer as the three witches from Macbeth. Only instead of being portrayed as withered and deformed hags (the weird sisters), as the Macbeth witches are described in Shakespeare and typically depicted artistically, they are beautiful and fashionable and the picture itself is just sort of light and charming and yet witchy. Tantalizingly little is known about the picture but it’s entirely out of Garner’s usual style and may have been commissioned by one of the women (Damer, most likely) who were all notorious, influential, politically minded, and somewhat scandalous figures in the eighteenth century. Anyways, I found it all immensely interesting and wanted to share!

Weekend Reading: 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Plaid Pants

My plaid obsession continues. Now that I have these awesome pants that bring my plaid closet count up to 3 shirts, 3 dresses, several scarves, and 2 pairs of pants. I need more!!!!

pants: Old Navy / shirt: Joe Fresh / jacket: found abandoned at a bar / shoes: Aldo / sunglasses: Aldo

Thursday, October 22, 2015

All the Frills: Halloween Wreath

I’ve probably featured this wreath before but I can’t help myself from showing it off again in this week’s All the Frills. I picked this little beauty up at Target in Connecticut from the Halloween decoration section and it was just too pretty and so perfectly my style to not leave it up all year long. Currently it resides in my entry hallway so it’s the first thing I see when I walk in the door and the last thing I see before I leave…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Leather and Leopard

One of the things I love most about the fall is scarves. I have a serious scarf addiction and I love pairing them with all the other parts of my fall wardrobe. Leather and leopard seems like such a perfect combination to me….

dress: Zara / scarf: ASOS / boots: Dr. Martens / jacket: Joe Fresh

Friday, October 16, 2015

All the Frills: Sparkle and Shine!

This week’s All the Frills is all about things that sparkle – like these awesome necklaces I purchased on my recent travels in Scotland. I’m basically obsessed with them both.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Princes Street Gardens

It’s the last of my blog photos from Edinburgh (sniff, sniff), featuring me strolling through the Princes Street Gardens (on my way from a walk around Old Town and heading to a place called the Mussel Inn that serves you a 1 kg pot of steamed mussels in a delicious sauce of your choosing…and at which I ate at more times than I care to admit) with the awesome purse I purchased. The purse I brought with me actually broke (the strap busted) so it was totally essential that I get a replacement. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

leggings: ASOS / tank: Target / boots: Primark / jacket: H&M / purse: River Island / necklace: Jenners / earrings: Aldo / sunglasses: Aldo

Friday, October 9, 2015

All the Frills: Scotland, Round 2

More photos from my recent trip to Scotland…last time, I promise.

View from Edinburgh Castle

Walter Scott Monument

Calton Hill

Edinburgh Castle

St. Andrews

St. Andrews

St. Andrews

St. Andrews





Stirling Castle

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hair-o-Scope....and My Disastrous Hair

Glam shots at Edinburgh Castle guys! Apparently I decided to look at witchy/goth as possible on my travels. While wearing this some guy mistook me for a Swede. It was weird.

Relatedly (because my hair is a total disaster in these photos) I came across Madison Reed (a hair colour company that you can learn more about here) who created, and pretty cleverly if you ask me, a Hair-o-Scope. They also have this hair dye advisor that help you decide which hair color is best for you! . Basically it’s linking your star sign up with your hair traits. Anyways, I’m an Aries, and here’s my Hair-o-Scope. They’re pretty on the money with me too – a good hair day for me is one in which my mane is sleek and controlled. But, as you can see from the photos, that so rarely actually happens for me.

You can learn more about your Hair-o-Scope here.

dress: H&M / tights: Target / boots: Target / jacket: Century 21 / purse: New Look / necklace: Monserat de Lucca

Monday, October 5, 2015


I am totally obsessed with this necklace that I picked up in Scotland – it so sparkly and pretty and I feel like Joan Collins in it. And that is never a bad thing!

pants: Zara / shirt: H&M / jacket: found at a bar / necklace: Jenners / purse: New Look / shoes: Toms

Friday, October 2, 2015

All the Frills: Scotland, Round 1

As I’m sure you all know, I was recently in Scotland for a much needed vacation in my favourite place on earth! I don’t want to utterly bore you with the over 300 photos that I took but I did want to feature a small sampling (and will probably feature a few more next week).

Wandering around in Edinburgh's Old Town

Melrose Abbey

At the English border

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall

The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery

Crossing over from the Old Town to the New Town in Edinburgh


St. Andrews

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