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Monday, March 23, 2015

You are not a saint

Skirt, shoes and mini bag -& Other Stories // basic tee - ASOS // Fringe necklace- Forever21 // Pearl and turquoise necklace- Vintage  #teenvogue

Oh this skirt, what an epic love story. I saw it online but it was sold out in all sizes but the largest, so, the strategic stalking began. Finally, after a few weeks of obsessive shopping disorder one came back in so I dived on it. When it was delivered, what a good thing to come home to, I hugged it and loved it, then tried it on... Oh.. issue. Either my bum is disproportionately large or the zip in this skirt was too short. Regardless, the only way to get it on was over my head. Distraught, the love affair was over. I desperately tried to find it when I was in London, the shop assistant must have thought I had a problem as I explained my butt to waist ratio and cursed my genetics. No avail. By then I was way past my return date as well so I had two options, build a shrine to my once glorious love or get the scissors out. Scissors and a new zip later my faith in true love was restored.

Forever yours skirt,
(unless my bum increases again in size)

Emma x

Monday, March 2, 2015

The masks that the monsters wear

Bambi pants: Emma Cook, Off the shoulder top: Vika Gazinskaya for Other Stories, Fur: Miss Selfridge, Shoes: Zara, Purse: 3.1. Phillip Lim

I am obsessed with deer, as you can tell from my header. But all is not what it seems, I am also scared of them. Illogical? I totally agree. It all started with that trip every child has to Santa's grotto. I was 6, meeting the one and only Santa was an exciting prospect, the internet wasn't really a thing so I didn't know about this, turns out a sketchy Santa would be pretty low down on my list of my childhood induced fears. I was petting Dancer, or Vixen, or one of the other 7, while eating a particular delicious Mars Bar ice cream, having a great time, when the deer spooks, turns its head, and smacks me with its antlers. 

The dropped ice cream and bruised face were a disappointing fact of life, but the fear developed on Christmas eve when my sister told me they would be back to finish the job. I had to stay in my parents bed that Christmas Eve.

P.S. So I don't seem discriminative I am scared of a large range of animals, including, not limited to; horses, hippos, leeches, eels, snakes, any spiders bigger than a money spider, octopi, needle fish, cookie cutter sharks, killer whales, not a fan of dolphins either, big dogs, seagulls from Scotland. Then there is everything that is not an animal that I am scared of, from the doctors to tissues. Yup.

With love from,

Emma x

Monday, February 16, 2015

Two Days in Dubrovnik

I am having total holiday blues. It's cold, I am tired and my days tick by at work. A lot has happened since my last post; left a job, started another, learnt some new pointless industry acronyms, forgot even more, applied for a postgrad, got accepted for a postgrad, organised my finances and put in an offer on a flat in Edinburgh to be only second place. As such I shall wallow in memories of Croatian seas until my next tropical holiday... Iceland. Maybe I can inspire one of you to book a summer week in Dubrovnik:


I would advise spending your a full day while staying in Dubrovnik on Lokrum Island. Lokrum is easily accessible from Old Town Dubrovnik's Harbour. Numerous boats run from the harbour to the Island every 30 minutes or so. Pack a picnic and your swimsuit and catch the earliest ferry you can to claim prime location on the beach of the dead sea. Also make sure you check out the rocky shores and take time for a walk around the island, the Island boasts a staggering number of Peacocks as well as some wild tortoises which are adorable and were relatively unphased by my friends #selfiewithatortoise picture taking. I swear one guy almost smiled. As much as a tortoise could ever smile.

Old Town Dubrovnik:

Explore the intertwining streets of Old Town, sorry that means stairs (It's worth it I promise). The Wall is also a must, I would encourage anyone visiting to do the wall early in the morning or in the late afternoon, firstly the heat is bearable and secondly, you avoid the Cruise hoards. We visited early morning and it was beautiful, but I imagine it would be stunning at sunset. But be mindful that once you leave the wall you will not be allowed to go back on, so make sure you do the full circumference before existing the wall.

Cool off in the afternoon by visiting one of the two bars on the cliffs, both serve cocktails, and have dramatic views of Lokrum. Entertainment for some, anxiety for me, is provided by tourists and locals a like jumping off the cliffs. A guide to Dubrovnik wouldn't be complete without a mention of Game of Thrones, we did a tour, it was very good and really interesting. We used this company. Nerd Alert, so psyched for season 5.  

Dubrovnik is somewhere you don't need to plan, it's somewhere you explore. If you look at Tripadvisor most of the top rated attractions are nearby islands, don't be discouraged or under estimate how long you will visit the city for.

For food I would recommend Nishta a vegetarian/ vegan restaurant. Now I am a pretty big meat eater, but I actually loved it here. A lot of the restaurants in Croatia seem to offer very similar menu's, and Octopus Salad was not getting more enticing as time went on. Nishta had really interesting food, all really tasty, so tasty we went two nights in a row. I can highly recommend the Homemade Ice Tea, the Spelt Pasta and the Fallafel (which was almost as dreamy as my Parisian lover).

If you are also just doing Dubvronik in Croatia, I recommend day trips to both Mljet National Park and Korcula- these were both closer to our apartment so my guide to them is up with the rest of my Croatia guide here!

My Dubrovnik Guide and Split Guide is also now live on Atlas Addict.

With Love from,

Emma x
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