The Path of Least Resistance

I've just spent the last few days celebrating my 43rd birthday on a wee sneaky road trip out and about in Scotland with my husband. In a move that is uncharacteristic of one who loves colour as much as I do, I packed clothes that were entirely neutral - shades of black and white to be exact. I think this had less to do with the occasion and everything to do with the fact that the weather was pretty variable and, well...I took the path of least resistance. A neutral capsule wardrobe is easy and quick, and as I often do, I packed on the fly.

It is a well-documented fact that I love a nautical stripe, so in addition to my black and white wardrobe, naturally I had to include a tried and true nautical stripe shirt. To say it got a lot of play time would be the understatement of the year.

We stayed in a lovely suite at the Hilton Craigendarroch, and as one would expect of a Hilton suite, the room was pretty darn slick.  We ate, relaxed, ate, did some sightseeing, shopped, had drinks, afternoon snacks, and ate some more. I'm rubbish at remembering to capture things on film while I'm in the moment, so my photos are few. Who wants to live through the lens of a camera or smartphone? Okay, maybe Kimye, but still. That said, here are a few hastily captured casual daytime outfits and highlights. See you all back here later in the week.

Happy Birthday to Me.  Let us raise a glass to the ageing process.

Picture 1: Love Moschino Waistcoat (old), similar / Michael Kors beaded tunic (old), similar / Rachel Zoe bouclé vest (old), similar

Look 1 (items seen throughout): H&M nautical stripe shirt (old), similar / Rag and Bone jeans / Stella McCartney for Adidas jacket (old), somewhat similar / Durango boots / Furla handbag (old), similar


  1. Happy birthday beautiful one!

  2. Happy birthday, Kristin! And save me one of those scones, pls. xo

  3. Happy Birthday!! You look great! The place you went looks like my hubby and my kind of place. Gorgeous love the scenery and pretty inside as well. Nice to get away. Love the striped jacket with the jeans and cool boots, They are Fryes right.. I pack always light when I travel, you made life eaiser by packing neutrals.

    please stop by, jess

  4. Happy Birthday Kirsten! What a lovely little getaway...

  5. Happy Birthday!

    The whole trip looks wonderful. Especially the scones and the chilling champagne!


  6. Happiest of birthdays to you! I'll be 43 on the 12th. Here's to a great year!

    1. Wow,cool. We are exactly the same age! Happy birthday to you as well!

  7. Sounds like you had a lovely time. Ever since my recent flying visit to Glasgow, I've been really keen to see a bit more of Scotland. I keep having work meetings in the middle of the week, sadly!

  8. Hope you had a great birthday!
    I like the photos you have with your hair down.


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