Edinburgh in 24 Hours

 

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Being such a small city, Edinburgh is a great place to see in a long weekend. Despite its size, there’s always so much going on here and never a dull moment. I made a list of my favorite places to visit whilst here.

Eat

The Pantry 

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The Pantry is located in Stockbridge, which is about a 20-minute walk from the main Waverley train station, it’s possibly the cutest little brunch place and one I strongly recommend you visit.  The space is very light, stylish and comfy to sit in.

The brunch menu consists of my favorite things like Eggs Benedict and Waffles. I went for Virgina Cured Bacon Waffles with bacon, maple syrup and fresh blueberries.

                             1 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6ST

The Cuckoo’s Bakery

 

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By the time we arrived at Cuckoo’s Bakery at 4pm, most of the cupcakes were already sold out which was a sign that this place is a hit for sure. Even though it is cake heaven, it’s also a great place for brunch and lunch. I ended up opting for the banana sponge cupcake made with gluten-free flour, filled with caramel and topped with peanut butter frosting.

                                  150 Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 5DQ

 

Playing Tourist

Calton Hill

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If you want to experience one of the most breathtaking views of Edinburgh climb up Calton Hill. With its panoramic city view, view of the North Sea and many monuments including the Forth Bridge, it is an idyllic spot to have an afternoon rest.

Edinburgh Castle

 

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Edinburgh Castle

 

I don’t really need to tell you why it’s so great to visit an actual medieval castle, but it’s worth your time. The Royal Mile (another place you need to visit) will lead you straight to the castle where you can get tickets from £17. Or you can simply enjoy the view of the castle from the Princes Street Gardens.

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Stockbridge 

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While you are at Stockbridge take a chance to explore this urban village. Here you’ll find the most picturesque street, Circus Lane, lots of charity shops and independent cafes but at the center of Stockbridge you will also find the food market which is there every Sunday.

Stop here for a look around the stalls, and get some incredible street food all from local artisan suppliers.

Dean Village

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Just a short walk from Stockbridge you will find Dean Village. Dean Village feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and if you’re lucky St. Bernard’s Well might just be open too. Dean Village looks more like a part of France with its turret style buildings overlooking the river.

Shopping

Golden Hare Books

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This cute bookshop is in the Stockbridge area too, surrounded by cool vintage shops and pretty houses and it totally stands out with the beautiful navy and gold exterior. It’s the dreamiest independent shop- with walls filled with selections of beautiful editions of new and old books, everything from poetry, fiction to children’s classics.

                                      68 Saint Stephen Street, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ

The Red Door Gallery

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This little gallery and shop is filled with artwork, independent sellers (which include everything from jewelry to stationary) and plenty of prints in between. It sits in the middle of Victoria Street, which is absolutely worth visiting as well!

                                                       42 Victoria St,Edinburgh, EH12JW

 

Life Story

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Home and lifestyle shop, with the interior inspired by typical minimalist and clean Scandinavian design. It brings together a contemporary collection of clothing, shoes, jewelry, homeware, furniture, making the store a must shopping destination in the Scottish capital.

                                      53, London St, Edinburgh EH3 6EX

 

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Life is a Picnic

 

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WHAT I WORE: Top: Zara| Jeans: ASOS| Shoes: Oasis| Bag: Shein | Earrings: Accessorize

My university professor said that he hated gingham because even one look at the pattern made him itchy. Well, it looks like that isn’t the case with the rest of the world because this checked pattern is overflowing the streets and shops. You can hardly click on an Instagram fashion feed or open a magazine without being faced with the little check.  I’m one of the many who embraced this trend and bought a few pieces in this pattern. It reminds me of summer, picnics, and Brigitte Bardot and if that wasn’t enough reason to wear it then I don’t know what is.  Also, gingham is easy to wear and versatile because it goes with everything and can be dressed up at night or down for the day. This top is just one of the things I have in gingham but it’s probably one of my favourites because it has ruffled sleeves – another obsession of mine.

My jeans are again from ASOS as I have an addiction for their Farleigh Slim Mom Jeans collection so I’ll probably end up buying more of them.

Also, it looks like I won’t be taking off these espadrilles anytime soon because they are so comfy and make any outfit a little more summery which is good if your summer is on average 20 degrees.

 

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Columbia Road Flower Market

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Last Sunday we took a little trip to East London (which is actually a long trip when you live in South West London). I had been longing to visit the Columbia Road Flower market since I moved to London but lazy as I am, it was very hard to wake up early on Sunday morning. The market only runs for half a day, from 8am to 2pm so it’s better to arrive as early as possible.

Upon arrival, it didn’t take long to figure out that Columbia Road is pretty special. The road was absolutely packed with people. Flower and plant vendors neatly lined each side of the road and behind them were dozens of independent shops specialising in antiques, home goods or stationery.

The good news is that the flowers and plants here are much cheaper than what you would find at any florist in Central London.

After visiting every shop, stand and having a coffee break at Lily Vanilli, I decided to get myself a bunch of peonies which can be found from £7.50 to £10.

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Of course, I also took the opportunity to pose against these pretty doors.

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WHAT I WORE

Espadrilles: Oasis| Jeans: Zara| Top: H&M| Bag: Zara(old)

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Even though it is the prettiest market in London it can become quite hectic so we decided to take a short bus ride to Cafe Miami for a spot of lunch.

Tucked away in Clapton  Cafe Miami is a pastel paradise; with everything from brunch, lunch and delicious coffee to some pretty pastel tables perfect for tackling work, creating a flat-lays or Sunday catch ups.  The interior is inspired by an art-deco America, so you’ll feel like you are in a movie rather than 5 minutes walk from Hackney Central.

They seve brunch classics like waffles, pancakes, granola and avocado but they also have sweetcorn waffles, tacos, banana bread and traditional bacon sandwich and bagels.

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Beautiful Burano

 

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Jeans: ASOS(similar)|Jacket: Zara(similar)| Top: H&M|Ballet Flats: New Look| Bag: Topshop(similar)|Watch: ASOS 

During our time in Venice we made it a priority to visit the magical island of Burano- a small island a stone throw (or an hour and a half boat ride) away from the central island of Venice. Known for its rainbow parades of colourful houses and its ornate and traditional lace shops- it  feels like worlds away from red bricked houses in London.

We arrived just after lunch on very warm and sunny Sunday so the island was very busy. Our goal was to see as many alleyways and Pantone colour hues as possible while stuffing our face with cannoli and gelato. With the whole island consisting of only roads and weaving canals- we set off with no direction to discover the beauty of this special Italian island.

First established by the Romans, Burano didn’t really establish much importance until the 16th Century when the women of the island began to hand stitch lace. Leonardo da Vinci visited and purchased a cloth from one such local woman. He used it to cover the altar of the Duomo di Milano, cementing Burano as the place to get your lace.

While the women who’d brought fame and fortune to the island practiced their craft, the men would go out into the lagoon to fish. Painting their houses bright colours to spot them from a distance and find them in even the darkest storm.

The tradition stuck and is now a carefully controlled trademark of the island. Popular with artists and the odd fisherman, if you want to paint your house you must apply to the government who will tell you which colour to use.

This care has preserved one of Venice’s greatest treasures.

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Exploring Verona

The first thing you have to see in Verona is the famous “Arena Di Verona” the Roman amphitheater in Piazza Bra, built in the first century. It is still in use today and famous for the large-scale opera performances given there. Known as one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind, in ancient times, the Arena could take nearly 30,000 people but nowadays, for security reasons, the maximum attendance is 15,000 people.

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Getting off the Piazza Bra you will enter Via Giuseppe Mazzini, the shopping zone with all of the best-known designer and high street shops, so by the time you come to the end of the street you’ll want refreshments. The best place for this is cafe Venchi. They have amazing chocolates but the thing that attracted me the most are strawberries with Nutella and cream. So delicious!

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Right next to the Venchi cafe is Casa di Guilietta also known as “Juliet’s House”. There are a few things that you can do here, for example grab Juliet’s boob for good luck, go inside the house and stand on the balcony for which you will pay €6 or buy a lock, write your names on it and then lock it on one of the bridges.

Just a short walk from Casa di Guilietta is the second biggest square in Verona, Piazza delle Erbe with all of its coffee shops and restaurants, souvenir stands, good looking facades and best of all Amorino, the prettiest looking ice cream.

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For an afternoon rest, I suggest going to the quiet gardens, Giardino Giusti. I was expecting to see lots of tourists but these gardens were so peaceful and beautiful.

Shirt: SheIn| Jeans: Zara(similar)| Bag: Topshop(similar)|Ballet Flats: New Look

There is another thing you can’t miss when you are in Verona and that is the view. From Ponte Pietra (the Stone Bridge built in roman times) a beautiful staircase through old stylish houses and beside the roman theater (Teatro Romano), will lead you, in less than 10 mins, to the top of this hill from where you will enjoy an amazing view over the old town.

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When it comes to food, you can find several restaurants that serve great food. Pasta here is amazing and the best pizza I ever had was in Verona. But for breakfast I would suggest the Duchi Cafe. Not just because it has a stunning interior but the croissant selection is to die for.

Postcard from Venice

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With having only one full day in this beautiful city, we had lots to cover. The mission looked impossible because Venice is so crowded and busy all the time. The fact that it was Easter weekend didn’t help.  There are some empty alleys so try to avoid the main San Marco Square or Rialto Bridge which can get very crowded during afternoons.

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But everything is worth it when you see how photogenic this city is. We’ve been walking all day even though you can get a boat from one place to another but it will take the same amount of time while on foot you can actually explore every hidden corner (and possibly get lost few times). After visiting the main attraction Ponte Rialto and Piazza di San Marco we headed to Libreria Acqua Alta, the self-proclaimed most beautiful bookshop in the world.

This unique bookshop is composed of a number of rooms stacked wall-to-wall with books, magazines, maps on different languages. Due to Venice’s constant flooding, these picturesque piles are all placed inside bathtubs, waterproof bins, and even in a full-size gondola. Climbing up the staircase made of books at the back you can have a view of one of the canals which makes this place even prettier.

 

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If you’re a fan of modern art, the Guggenheim Collection in Venice is a must see. You’ll find amazing pieces by artists like Jackson Pollack, Michele Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali to name a few. And for some wow moments definitely visit Ca’ d’Oro palace, the oldest palace in Venice and of course enter the beautiful Basilica di San Marco and climb to the balcony for the great view. Other places to take note of (and keep your eyes peeled for) include Santa Stefano, Palazzo Fortuny, Musica Palazzo and Basilica Della Saulte.

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Don’t forget to eat lots of pasta, pizza, gelato and cannoli while you are drinking the most popular drink in Italy- Aperol Spritz, a cocktail which is the mix of Aperol , prosecco and sparkling water.  The one restaurant I would highly recommend is Taverna Scallinetto with amazing interior and delicious original Venetian dishes. Luckily we booked in advance because the place was packed.

Other food spots: Da Ivo, Cà D’Oro alla Vedova (famous meatballs and wine), Bistrot de Venise, ai merchant, De Pisis, Harry’s Bar for drinks

 

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WHAT I WORE

Top and Bag: SheIn|Skirt: Zara(similar)| Shoes: Pull &Bear|

 

 

Silver Stars

I survived January! And since last weekend temperatures in London are finally more pleasant with rare spells of sunshine. Certainly, it’s not the time yet to start hoping for spring but the girl can dream a little bit.  I used the opportunity to take my new ripped jeans out of the closet. I’ve been searching for the perfect high waisted light washed jeans for AGES now! But then I found heaven on ASOS. So these jeans are coming in few different colours, with busted knee or without, tall or petite and they are probably the most amazing jeans that I ever had. I wore the jeans with my favourite jumper this winter which can be seen on me at least once a week.

WHAT I WORE

Jeans: ASOS| Jumper: Stradivarius(similar)| Bag: Accessorize(old)| Shoes: Bershka

Golden Dreams

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For a while now, pleated skirts are every girl’s must have item. Have to say, I was a little bit skeptic about it because literally I never wore a skirt that covers my knees. I though it will make me look like my grandma, considering I mostly wear flat shoes.

So, the skirt was regularly avoided in every shop until recently when I was browsing through ASOS, as usual trying to spend money on things that I don’t need. This skirt looked so pretty that I didn’t care about price, especially not length. I’m wearing it now with ankle boots but it will look great on sandals or heels or even ballet flats.

I just can’t be more happy about it.

Another obsession at the moment is velvet. I managed to avoid the trap of buying expensive velvet dresses, trousers or coats which will be out of fashion probably by the end of this year and opted for safer option –  accessories and boots.

These boots are from Dorothy Perking and I love the fact that they are actually navy blue but depending on the light they are changing color and sometimes look black.

Velvet bag has a long story. It’s been sold out in burgundy and black for a long time now. I managed to hunt down last one at Topshop sale last week after looking for it literally everywhere! Great cure for January depression!

Anita xx

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WHAT I WORE:

Skirt: Asos|Top: Zara| Boots: Dorothy Perkins(sold out)|Bag: Topshop(similar)

 

Barcelona Travel Guide

 

“Traveling. It leaves you speachless , then turns you into a storyteller.” Ibn Battuta

If there’s one place I’ve been that has made me want to stay forever, it’s Barcelona. Everything about it is just so… cool. The food is delicious, the beach amazing, the streets are full of character, the sun shines and the people are so friendly!

There are so many things to see and do in Barcelona but I tried to make it short and choose my absolute favourite.

Eat & Drink

Brunch & Cake is probably the most popular place for brunch in Barcelona. With few different branches to choose from we went to one closest to Barceloneta- Brunch &Cake by the Sea. Food is healthy and delicious and plates are decorated just perfectly for Instagram snaps.

The other option, Milk bar & bistro is legendary for it’s ‘recovery brunch’, widely viewed as one of the best in Barcelona.

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Hammock Juice Station is a place where you can go for relaxing afternoon because it’s hidden from the tourists. Besides this spot being vegan, its design is bohemian and incredibly charming with 8 hammocks hanging from the ceiling. Their organic juices are delicious and refreshing.

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Tapas 24 located near Passage de Gracia can be a problem if you don’t like queueing but usually, table for two you can get pretty quickly. It’s one of the unique tapas places in Barcelona and serves delicious tapas which is not overpriced.

Granja Dulcinea is a place where I keep coming back for churros and hot chocolate. They are probably the best churros you’ll ever have. Also, their traditional decor is making a lovely calming atmosphere.

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Granje Dulcinea

Not enough of sweet? Head to the chocolate and doughnut heaven  Chök the chocolate kitchen.

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See &Do

Hire a bike and explore the city.  Also, the alternative route is to ride along the beach. There is  a Green route for bikes that leads you to Badalona, north suburbs of Barcelona.

Badalona is very quiet, clean and so beautiful that sometimes it doesn’t seem real. Mainly locals are coming to this beach and it’s not really known to tourists.

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Boqueria Market is one of the most famous food markets in the world, and with good reason. It’s a great place to wander around, try fresh and local foods.

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Tour Gaudi is a must. The Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí has left his mark all over Barcelona. My favourites are Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo.

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Explore Gothic Quarter! The best way to spend hot afternoon days. There so many things to see in those pretty streets.

Galeria Maxo is a place where you should go for a souvenir that is different than all those touristy things. I was completely amazed by  everything I saw in the gallery.

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Amazing gothic architecture

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Top: Topshop ; Shorts: H&M

Wander the different neighbourhoods of Barcelona, my favourite being Barceloneta ( beachy vibe), El Born (gothic quarter) and Gracia (artsy quarter).

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Parc de la Cuitadell is located between Barcelona’s Arc de Triomphe, Estació de Francia and Olympic Village. I love this park because of its architecture and beauty but also numerous activities like boat rowing in the lake, the Natural Museum, conservatory, zoo and – a big statue of the mammoth. Also, the fountain in the middle of the park was built  with contribution of Antonio Gaudi.

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Skirt: Mango;  Top: Stradivarius

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Visit the gorgeous cactus gardens at Jardins Mossèn Costa i Llobera, and then have a drink at the top of the hill overlooking the city.

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Remember,  you are in the city that lives for football so being a fan or not, head to Camp Nou to see the home of one of the best teams in the world. Even better option is to try to get the ticket for their home game.

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The best thing to do is to live like locals – wake up late, ride a bike, have paella by the beach and then spend the afternoon with sangria. Finish the day with late dinner!

In Wonderland

 

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After discovering Syon House and Garden earlier this year I just keep coming back. Not many know about this place, probably because it’s a secluded, all the way in the zone 5, London Borough of Hounslow, and it’s used mainly as a wedding venue.

 

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I’ve never been a model but I love the process of taking the pictures and rushing home to edit them. That’s why it wasn’t a problem for me to wake up early on Sunday morning and go to this magical place with my friend before other people start coming. We were lucky because it was a beautiful sunny and warm September day.

 

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Walking around and enjoying only birds and squirrels, I couldn’t stop thinking about all the people who use to lived there, and some still do ( house is owned by Duke of Northumberland).I was feeling like I’m in a fairytale, most possibly because of tulle with gold embroidery I finally found!

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WHAT I WORE

Skirt: Zara| Top: Stradivarius(similar)| Shoes: ASOS|

Photographs: Jasmina Haskovic