Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens

Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens
Edinburgh skyline

Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden

Edinburgh Castle

On Tuesday, Terry and I decided to head into Edinburgh to run a few errands, and as the forecast was still looking suspiciously good, we thought we’d also pay a quick visit to the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Gardens, which is one of those places you visit on a school outing, whine about how “boring” it is, and then don’t go back to until it’s 20 years later and you’re wondering why on earth you’ve been ignoring this little patch of paradise in the middle of the city. Because it really, really is a little patch of paradise. Seriously, go now. Don’t even wait to finish reading this post: it’s just starts being about white jeans after this paragraph anyway…

I say the forecast was looking good. When we left the house it was overcast and looked like it was only going to get worse, so instead of the floral sundress that would be the obvious choice for me on such an outing (I mean, even if it was SNOWING, I’d probably want to wear a floral sundress to a botanic garden, you know?), I decided to flex my new “I can totally wear casual clothes!” muscle, and wear a pair of jeans, like a normal person. Well, you guessed it: by the time we got to the city, the sun was beating down, the sky was blue… and there was I, hot and sticky in a pair of jeans. Trust me to wear inappropriate sundresses for almost every occasion, and then change into jeans on the ONE day when a sundress would actually have been the best possible choice: GAH.

(Now I come to think if it, though, almost everyone else in the gardens was wearing jeans too, so at least I wasn’t TOO out of place. Well, other than the fact that I was the only one dressed in blinding, head-to-toe white, obviously.)

(No, I didn’t spill anything on myself. Yes, I was surprised, too.)

These jeans actually represent the culmination of many years of searching for a pair of white jeans that don’t look like leggings. Because almost all white jeans look like leggings, don’t they? Rather than buying and then returning pretty much every pair of white jeans on the market, though, I should probably just have headed straight for 7 for All Mankind, which is my favourite denim brand. Mostly because their jeans are one of the few brands that DON’T always look like leggings. (And they always fit, too. With most jeans, it’s really anyone’s guess what size I’ll be, but with 7faM I always buy the same size, and they always fit. True story.)

These ones aren’t perfect – I found out from these photos that low-rise waists aren’t my friends (I mean, I already KNEW that, but it’s always good to have it confirmed, no?), for instance, but then again, high-rise white jeans don’t sound particularly friendly either, so I’m just going to count my blessings, and thank the denim gods for providing jeans that don’t threaten to cut off the circulation in my calves. Either that or I’ll just have to accept that I’m not cut out to be a Jeans Person…

I’m wearing:
7 for all Mankind jeans*  ♥  Primark t-shirt  ♥  Latinas ballet flats c/o Sarenza

books by Amber Eve
  • LydiaGrace


    It’s always the way isn’t it? If you had worn a floral dress the clouds would have rolled in and the heavens would have opened. So on the bright side, your uncomfortable choice of jeans ensured that everyone enjoyed a sunny day (and they looked awesome too!)

    June 20, 2014
  • great photos and love the jeans xx

    June 20, 2014
  • Maria


    This looks so beautiful! I’ve been really enjoying the “Things I Did” posts recently. My best friend is moving in 2 months from the United States to Edinburgh for vet school so these posts give me some inspiration for outings when I eventually visit her! We’ve been adding some of your lovely photos to our master “Scotland Bucket List” pinboard. (I go to medical school in Boston, MA… sadly so far away from Scotland! …And with just scarce educational loans to finance a flight to visit her!)

    June 20, 2014
  • Alfie Haas


    The scenary is most spectacular there!

    In december for holiday I was in Durban on the east coast and december being our season of summer here in South Africa and the province Kwazulu-Natal being sub tropical it rained and rained most of the time, but we visited the Memorial site where Nelson Mandela was captured in 1963 in Howick.
    Doing that all in this sub tropical weather my MotherCity of Cape Town the cast was clear skies, 32degrees centigrade celsuis mercury, moderate wind, seawater temp. 25degrees centigrade celsius alcohol for weeks lol!

    So, Amber I consider your outing very promising dear…

    June 20, 2014
  • I want to go to some botanical gardens. Those look beautiful.
    I am not a white jeans person. Every pair I have ever had has suffered some horrible fate. Gum, Coffee, accidental washing with new pair of blue jeans. But if I were I would want those. Low rise usually don’t work for me either (Oh the perils of being a hippy us size 12) but hi rise jeans are worse.
    I am completely jealous that you made it through a day wearing all white. What is your secret? Clear non staining liquids and dry non drippy foods?

    Fashion and Happy Things

    June 21, 2014
  • Hi, I have nominated you for the Leibster Award. A pay it forward kind of award. This link will explain it and show you how it works. Fab work on the blogging 🙂 Jo

    June 21, 2014
  • If I wore something like that I would instantly spill an entire coffee down my front. Not instantly actually, not until I was at least 30 minutes away from home and with nothing available to cover the stain. It looks great on you.
    This post makes me homesick for Edinburgh, I lived there for 5 years and loved every minute. The botanical gardens really are a lovely place to spend time in the summer.

    June 25, 2014
  • Wow, how did you not spill? Did you just not eat anything or go near any soil or plants all day? I’m impressed! 🙂
    I’d have worn the most impractical thing, too – I’m like that anyway plus I never look at the weather forecast.

    June 27, 2014
  • Love your ‘diary style’ posts in case I’ve never mentioned it before. And your outfit style posts, oh, I just love all of your posts! I’m gonna have to try this brand of jeans. I’m curious how well they’ll fit me.

    July 1, 2014