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5 Restaurants to Visit in Old Town Edinburgh

edinburgh cityscape
Edinburgh is one of my favorite cities I’ve ever traveled to. Just walking around, you can feel the history all around you. There’s just something about sitting in a pub that’s older than the United States by almost 200 years. When my friend David told me he would be speaking at a design conference there this summer, I decided to write a small guide.

Most of my blog posts have just been overall recaps of my visits to Edinburgh. In this post I’ll dive into 5 of my favorite spots in Old Town Edinburgh, where I spent most of my time, to grab a drink and some delicious food.

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music

2017 Top Albums

I know we’re well over a week into the new year but I wanted to recap some of my favorite music albums that were released in 2017. There was so much new music that was so good to listen to. There were also so many new artists I discovered because of the Eclipse festival that I still haven’t time to explore them all.

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style

Burgundy & Sherpa: Winter Brunch Outfit

Sometimes when my husband and I go out to brunch, I like to dress up. Sometimes I get too comfortable at work, surrounded by engineers, all in t-shirts and jeans and I forget I have a closet full of things I love to wear.

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style

An Oversized, Fuzzy Jumper

It’s finally back to work this week. Some of my team is still out so I expect it to be quiet until next week. I’m trying to remember the last time I had a week off and stayed home. 2017 was so full of traveling it felt somewhat strange to just be home with the dogs and hubby.

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life

A Flexible Approach to New Year Resolutions & My Goals for 2018

Happy New Year! It’s a cold morning in Seattle. We had a fairly low-key NYE: watched TV, listened to our neighbors light off mortars from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM (we live far outside of the city), and then went to bed. I didn’t even open my bottle of Moët & Chandon, which I’m thanking myself for this morning.

It’s the New Year so I want to talk about resolutions.

I approach resolutions a little differently ever since I started working at Microsoft. Every six months, my manager and I and any other team member) go over the priorities that were set 6 months previously and adjust and adapt where needed. Resolutions should be an ongoing conversation with yourself because things change, and much like at work, where I was 6 months ago could be completely different from where I am now.

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year in review

2017 Year in Review

While thinking about this year, I realized that despite the mental exhaustion and overwhelming feeling of despair I felt because of current events in the United States, that I did a lot of things to help make it a better year. I took care of myself but perhaps didn’t realize it at the time. 2017 was full of so many adventures, here are my top moments for my year in review.

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style

After Christmas

Christmas has come and gone and I’m currently basking in the laziness of having a week off from work. It’s glorious.

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Holiday / Seasonal style

A Holiday Look That Isn’t a Dress


I’m not a normal dresser when it comes to holiday wear. If I have an excuse to dress up I tend to go on the edgier side of things. Last year for my husband’s holiday party at a whisky distillery, I wore a faux leather dress that zipped up in the front with a plunging neckline. If you’re not so into the edgy look though, here’s a tamed down holiday look that isn’t a dress with just enough sparkle to feel festive.

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