Coming at you a day late this week because I couldn’t get it together in time to go up yesterday! How were your weeks? I was pretty tired and low on energy despite only having plans a couple of nights. As much as I don’t think I’m impacted by the winter blues (given my deep-seeded love for fall and winter and disdain of the heat), it may be time to admit that they probably are impacting me this late in the season, coupled by the recent extreme temperature fluctuation which has been pleasant in the way of headaches and general ickiness. The plan is to spend this weekend getting back on track mentally, so other than a workout class, a fun dinner with friends, and an acupuncture appointment, I’m just planning on some much needed stretching (my body is screaming at me right now), taking Millie for a couple long walks, writing a few blog posts, and reading. Whatever you’re up to, I hope it’s a great one!
If you kept up with our trip via Instagram, you probably saw that we stayed at The Dunstane Houses while in Edinburgh. The hotel is split into two buildings–the main house and Hampton House–and we were lucky to be in room No. 9, which is The Dunstane Suite. It’s no secret that I love boutique hotels, but I was truly blown away with how well The Dunstane maintains its boutique nature (there are only 35 rooms!) and simultaneously provides a luxurious experience that I’ve really only felt at larger properties or chain hotels. It goes above and beyond in earning it’s five stars and I’m so excited to share this one with you–get ready for photo overload!
The Dunstane recently underwent massive renovations consisting of major overhauls and attention to the tiniest details. Each room is designed to be completely unique and while also coordinating–dare I say perfectly–with other rooms and the entire property. No two rooms or suites are the same and little luxuries include heated bathroom floors (not to mention the stunning tile you’ll see below), a fresh jar of homemade shortbread in your room every day, local candies at turndown, mattresses by the same company who supplies them for the Queen, and a personal favorite: each wardrobe is one of a kind! The Dunstane worked with a small business out of Germany that sources old wardrobes, refurbishes them, and builds them out for hotels (they add the necessary shelves for the mini bar contents, safe, etc.), so each piece is completely unique. I loved this touch and hearing it early on in our stay really helped set the tone for how much emphasis The Dunstane places on like-minded businesses and the value of a good aesthetic!
I’m back from our week in London + Edinburgh and can’t wait to share it with you! If you followed along on Instagram, you probably saw that we did a lot and ate really well, so stay tuned for lots of photos and a couple recaps later this week and next. I had a cold-like viral infection for much of our trip so took this weekend really easy by essentially spending most of it on the couch with Millie. (As an aside, this was the longest we’d been away from her and I don’t know how parents of actual children do it. We literally looked at pictures of her every single day and talked about how much we missed her!)
Anyway, excuse the frizzy hair + rain (#londonweather)…this is the only outfit I shot–we were on our way to breakfast–but you can see what I packed in this post. The two Dudley Stephens tops did take up a decent amount of space given that we didn’t check bags and I didn’t wear one on the plane, but I honestly could have brought a third and would have been content wearing them exclusively since it’s so easy to just swap out a base layer under the turtlenecks + boatnecks. This is the cowl style so it’s harder to layer something underneath, but I wore it all day Sunday (it was perfect because I wanted something comfortable for walking around all day but also nice enough for our afternoon tea at Sketch) and then with black leggings + flats again for dinner one night in Edinburgh.