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H&M cream midi skirt and stripe bardot top

Inchmahome Island, Scotland

nautical inspired summer outfit

Lake of Menteith, Scotland

Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith, Scotland

Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith, Scotland

Forever Amber | Inchmahome Priory, Scotland

Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith, Scotland

Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith, Scotland

Inchmahome Priory, Lake of Menteith, Scotland

♥ H&M skirt  (similar) ♥  F21 top  (similar) ♥  Target hat  ♥  Gucci sunglasses  ♥  Latinas shoes c/o Sarenza

ast week we continued our bid to follow the sun around the country, almost as if the sun was some kind of touring rock band, and we its slightly crazy groupies.

Our previous adventures this summer have taken us east and west, so this time we decided to head north, following our idol, The Sun, up to the Lake of Menteith (It’s Scotland’s only lake, fact fans! All the others are “lochs”, you see…), and then taking the short boat ride across to Inchmahome Island, home of a ruined 13th century priory called – you guessed it – Inchmahome Priory.

Cute story: the man who took us over to the island (Sailed us? Captained us? I mean, I was wearing a vaguely nautical outfit: you’d think I’d know my nautical terminology!) (You wouldn’t actually think that at all, would you? You’re actually amazed I even remember my own name most of the time…) was called John, and by the time we reached the island, Terry had played true to form, and he and John were BFFs. Anyway, John told us to look out for these stone effigies of the Earl of Menteith and his wife, who, rather unusually, are depicted lying with their arms around each other. Kinda sweet, no? In an “effigies of dead people” kind of way.

stone effigies on Inchamhome Island

Our new friend John was also the person responsible for covering these two up at night, to protect them from the bats which occupy the priory, and he told us that when he uncovers them every morning, he likes to say a quick “hello” to them: I loved that, because it’s exactly the kind of thing I’d do myself. The people they depict have been dead for over 700 years, but I expect it would comfort them to know they were being remembered, all these years later, and, indeed, blogged about. OK, maybe not that last bit.

(John also told us he likes to imagine that when everyone’s left the island for the night, the statues throw off their covering, get up, and do whatever it is stone effigies do for fun these days. I like to think that, too. Because it’s true, obviously.)

Anyway, it’s a beautiful island, which made a lovely spot for a picnic in the sun. Terry enjoyed it so much, he even forgot to do his ”Catalogue Man’ pose, for a few… oh no, wait:


I also have some great shots of him jumping off that tree and running towards me like the madman in the woods, but I’m going to save those for the next time I need to bribe him…

looking out over lake menteith

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  • CiCi
    July 16, 2014

    Great hat – I am so after one like this, why did it have to be from Target?!

    • Amber
      July 16, 2014

      I’ve actually just realised the majority of my summer hats are from there – I always forget to pack one when I go on holiday, and have to do an emergency Target run! (Which is at least a good excuse to hit up the beauty section ;))

  • Selina
    July 16, 2014

    I like John. I also greet inanimate objects. More people should do that

  • Sarah
    July 16, 2014

    Such a lovely outfit Amber!

    • Amber
      July 16, 2014

      Thanks, Sarah! I would wear this skirt every day if I thought I’d get away with it – it’s one of those things that works with anything!

  • Mana
    July 16, 2014

    This is probably one of the cooler looking places you’ve shown us. And the stone effigies but is really cool.
    I absolutely love that top. It’s reminded me that sometimes f21 has some good things.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Very Veronique
    July 27, 2014

    I’ve been swapped up with uni so have been off blogging a bit. Glad to see summer has been so adventurous for you. Are you planning a US holiday? (Or have I missed it?)
    I really like how the top looks in that first photo (how it’s on your shoulders).

  • Emma
    August 4, 2014

    Gorgeous outfit! I love the quilted skirt. Looks like a lovely place. xxx