Last week was SO busy! But I had a lot of really fun events going on and quite a few cute outfits, if I do say so myself… I’m really feeling the pressure of how little time I have left in Scotland, so I made sure to check off a few of the items on my Glasgow bucket list this week. It certainly helped that the weather was gorgeous for multiple days in a row! This is probably the most sunshine I have seen since I’ve been here.
Monday, February 28
My friend and I grabbed brunch together this morning, and then I finished exploring the haunted locations that my friend from home had researched for me before coming abroad. In the evening, I was invited to a pub quiz with a new group of people and was so excited to know a lot of the answers in the music category! I wasn’t really sure if this sweater would look good with my grey jeans, but I received a compliment on the outfit… and that’s good enough proof for me.
Tuesday, March 1
Can’t believe it’s already March! I had a very relaxing morning doing some journaling and then set off around the city to explore the Glasgow Mural Trail. I was gone for a few hours and only saw about half of the artworks—there were some really cool ones though. That night, I met up with a friend for a quick dinner before attending a ‘paint & chat’ event with the art society on campus.
I love this black tweed dress, though I do think it would be more flattering on me if it had a belt. I think only girls with big boobs (or very straight figures) can truly pull off a shift dress. It’s hard to explain why in writing, but I’ll try. The widest part of me is my hips, so shift dresses usually make me look bigger than I am because they make my whole body, including my stomach, look as wide as my butt. However, girls whose chests are the biggest part of them can pull off shift dresses because the dress hangs in a way that makes their stomachs and thighs look smaller than their boobs. I have no idea if that makes sense in writing but it’s a theory I’ve been working on for a while.
Wednesday, March 2
Today, I went on a day trip by myself to the nearby town of Falkirk. I haven’t decided if I want to share a separate blog post about it yet, but I saw the remains of the Roman Antonine Wall, rode this thing called the Falkirk Wheel, and saw the Kelpies (big sculptures of horse heads). When I got back from my excursion, the group of friends from the pub quiz invited me out for drinks! Very fun.
Grey Turtleneck: Bohme Boutique, $30 ($1.76 per wear), last worn here | Black Pleather Jacket: Denver boutique, $25 ($0.60 per wear), last worn here | Skinny Jeans: Express, $42 ($2.00 per wear), last worn here | Black Knee Boots: Clarks via DSW, $100 ($1.41 per wear), last worn here
Thursday, March 3
Today was the first day all week that I actually had class! Monday and Tuesday were strike days, and I only have class every other Wednesday. What a joke. Anyway, today I had my usual stained glass workshop and Celtic Civilization tutorial. I went to Scottish dancing in the evening and then spent the rest of the night writing an essay… gross.
Today was also the first day the whole time I’ve been here that I wore this scarf. I see lots of girls around Glasgow wearing scarves, but I’ve found that I get really hot when walking around the city and don’t need them. Plus, scarves are annoying to me when it rains a ton because then you have to awkwardly tuck them into your coat. Now I know mine wasn’t worth packing in my capsule wardrobe… I will definitely be sending this scarf home with my parents when they visit in a few weeks. I didn’t love how it looked with this sweater anyway—a little too busy with the different textures.
Grey Cropped Sweater: Hand-me-down, last worn here | Grey Jeans: Express, $19 ($0.63 per wear), last worn here | Black Knee Boots: Clarks via DSW, $100 ($1.39 per wear), last worn here | Plaid Scarf: Loft, $40 ($3.08 per wear), last worn here
Friday, March 4
I grabbed coffee with someone this morning and then did a little thrifting before my art history seminar in the afternoon. I also finally explored the Hunterian Art Gallery on campus! In the evening, I attended a birthday party for one of the first friends I made here. It was 80s themed, and while I didn’t have anything explicitly 80s, I figured this checkered top and faux fur coat would be a fun, funky vibe. The party was such a blast (great music, obviously), and since the girl doesn’t drink, it was really refreshing to go to an event that didn’t revolve around alcohol.
Checkered Top: Charming Charlie, $13 ($0.59 per wear), last worn here | Teal Faux Fur Coat: Thrifted, $18 ($4.50 per wear), last worn here | Black Corduroy Skirt: Francesca’s, $35 ($1.06 per wear), last worn here | Fishnets: Forever 21, $7 ($0.64 per wear), last worn here | Black Knee Boots: Clarks via DSW, $100 ($1.37 per wear), last worn here
Saturday, March 5
I spent most of the day in my flat working on my thesis, writing some postcards, and catching up in my travel journal. In the evening, I got dolled up to finally attend the Scottish country dancing ball! My friend and I have been going to practice every week since we got here in order to prepare for this ball, so it was exciting that the day finally arrived. It wasn’t a ‘ball’ in the sense that you are probably thinking—it was just in a gym and girls wore cute spring dresses, but nothing over-the-top. I was really nervous about messing up the dances, but thankfully it turned out to be really fun. We all attended an after party at someone’s flat and didn’t make it home ‘til late.
I love this dress. I was hesitant to buy it when I was thrifting on Friday, but now I have no idea why I was questioning it! It’s adorable and perfect for spring. I styled it with a cute brooch as well, but it got caught on another girl’s dress during the second dance of the night! So I quickly removed it to avoid a wardrobe malfunction.
Sunday, March 6
I had a very lazy morning before meeting for lunch with a friend and browsing some thrift stores near campus. We finished our day out with a box of donuts from a local place that everyone raves about—yum! I wanted to stay in bed the rest of the day, but I forced myself to go to bachata class, since I hadn’t been in weeks. I’m really glad I went, though. I also got a few compliments that I looked extra fancy today. Someone asked what the occasion was and I didn’t know how to respond—“Uh, it’s just a Sunday.” I’m guessing I looked a little extra because my hair was still curled from the night before.
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Anyway, I really need the time to slow down! My friend from home is visiting me next weekend, and then my parents are coming the week after that. March only just began but I feel like it’s already ending. There’s never enough time!
I hope you had a great week, and let me know your favorite outfit from this week’s roundup in the comments below.
Miles of smiles,