This week’s photo was in fact taken in Edinburgh (congratulations to Siobhan, aka Gringita and Diane). I’m wearing a velvet blazer and a teal t-shirt borrowed from my college roommate. Why? Well, I was living in London at the time. And my roommate (the same one who almost didn’t speak to me after Montreal) was moving to Edinburgh for the first of a four-year course in veterinary medicine.
Thankfully, we’d made up since the Montreal incident and I took a weekend off from work (and writing my dissertation) to help her get settled in.
Being the sensible girl that I am, I brought approximately seven pairs of shoes for a three-night stay. I did concede to include one pair of sneakers amongst my stilettos, but I did not bother to bring a t-shirt.
Or a sweatshirt.
Or anything even vaguely appropriate for non-clubbing activities (such as hiking) hence the velvet blazer and my roommate’s t-shirt.
Still, I think I look pretty darn happy in that picture.
Probably because I’d spent most of the weekend “conducting fieldwork” (and only just barely managed to drag myself up Arthur’s Seat in the first place…) but sometimes you’ve got to throw away your itinerary and ignore the nagging voice in your head that says, “You can’t pair a velvet blazer with a pair of sneakers and khakis!”
Because you can.
All you need is a £3-scarf from Camden Market—the one you’d intended to give a friend for Christmas but decided to keep for yourself—to turn a mish-mosh of poor planning into a complete ensemble.
More on that next time.
Until then, enjoy: