Much like its gorgeous counterpart in London’s Chelsea neighborhood that I wrote about here, The Ivy on the Square in Edinburgh carries on the elegant yet relaxed tradition of elevated café dining made accessible to all. Located within walking distance from Edinburgh’s chicest hotel, The Scotsman, The Ivy Edinburgh is sophisticated fine dining with a cozy café feel, making it the perfect choice for a delicious breakfast, lunch, or brunch any time of year.
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During our time in Edinburgh, we selected the historic The Scotsman hotel’s Headline Suite to enjoy during our time in Scotland’s capital. Situated inside the former headquarters of the The Scotsman, Edinburgh’s newspaper, this luxury hotel has distilled unique Scottish hospitality and charm down to a science inside of a gorgeous Baroque building built in 1905. Everything from the room itself to the service we received throughout our stay made our experience here a wonderful one. Directly across from the train station and only 15 minutes from Edinburgh Castle, The Scotsman hotel is one of Scotland’s most welcoming and indulgent hotels.
Greyfriars Kirkyard, or church graveyard, which is at the southern edge of Edinburgh Old Town, is a beautiful realm of contradictions. Filled with the dead and visited frequently by the living, we strolled through and admiring the fantastically ornate, weathered headstones and mausoleums that were covered in verdant, plush moss, creeping ivy, and gorgeous wild flowers growing in abundance. The motifs of the tombstones was eerie, covered in a blend of cherubs, skulls and cross bones, and worn statues of the interred, as was common the 1500s to 1800s. Allegedly one of the most haunted places in the world, this graveyard was the site of a rash of university sanctioned grave robbings, murders, and also served as inspiration for much of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland’s most popular and celebrated castles. Set upon the remnants of an ancient volcano, the castle’s striking strategic significance made it a hotly contested stronghold all throughout its nearly 1,000 year history. The site of the birth of Mary Queen of Scots’ son, James the VI, as well as numerous historical battles as recent as WWII makes this castle one of the most fascinating and storied places in all of Europe. Learn more about its history, cultural significance, and the fascinating reason why this castle was fought for so passionately throughout the ages in this post.
Enjoy some of the finest fine dining in all of Edinburgh at Angels with Bagpipes, located on historic Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Rumored to soon be receiving a Michelin Star for culinary excellence, this delightful eatery has mastered flavor in a way few places around the world have.
Founded in 1670, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland was my favorite place in all of Edinburgh, which is saying a lot because Edinburgh is one of my favorite places I’ve ever been. In fact, my husband and I both agree that we’d love to live here someday. Boasting more than 100,000 plants on 70 acres, some of are more than 350 years old, as well as 10 glasshouses, and 10 different climate zones, this garden is a work of art and an incredible feat of engineering. If ever you find yourself in the Scottish capital, you would be remiss to skip a visit to this gorgeous garden complex.
I love wearing something simple, light, and airy, especially when it’s a hot, sunny day, so this lovely Swiss dot number was exactly what I was looking for, and checked all of my boxes when it comes to what I like to wear. This gorgeous, lined maxi is perfect for picnicking, a day at the market, brunch with friends, a walk along the beach, or dining al fresco with loved ones. Once again, Duffield Lane delivers a gorgeous, inspiringly comfortable and refreshing garment that I will be able to wear year after year.
We recently went to our local farmer’s market, and I threw together a feminine outfit that would protect me from the hot sun and high temperatures in just a few moments. If I can throw on an eyelet shift dress, denim jacket, white sandals, and woven accessories that quickly, so can you! It’s the easiest way to look chic and feminine without having to give it much thought, and it’s the perfect look if you’re running short on time when getting ready.
LoveShackFancy is one of my go-to brands for fun, feminine, and airy dresses. I have been a longtime fan of the brand’s heavy use of eyelet, botanical motifs, scallops, ruffles, lace, and an easy to mix and match color palette. These are a few of my favorites from the sale, and a few of my favorite pieces to pair with them!
The Lilly Pulitzer Dressed for Summer Sale begins today at 8am, and I’ve already scored some incredible finds, like an eyelet maxi for only $89 (down from $300), a pair of wedges for $59, a skort for $39, and a few other dresses beginning at $49! See what I grabbed in the sale, and get your favorites before they’re gone for good!
The Lilly Pulitzer Dressed for Summer Sale is the first ever sale to happen so early in the summer season, which is so exciting because you’ll have lots of warm weather left to wear your new beautiful clothing! The sale begins at 8am EST on Monday June 29th, and I have a few exciting insider details about this sale you’ll definitely want to read, along with what to expect during a digital Lilly Pulitzer sale. Things might get crazy, but all of the best parties (and sales) are a riot!