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October 31, 2017

Home improvements

If you can't wear dad jeans while putting together IKEA furniture, when can you?

Some of you might have noticed it's been quiet around here (or not, because no one actually pays that much attention to your blog Jane). I've been busy trying to move into my new apartment, so all my energy outside of work has been spent hunting for furniture, buying that furniture, carting it to the new place (with the help of my dad), and putting it together. It took me two hours to assemble an IKEA step stool last weekend, because I missed one step and had to dis-assemble it and start again (I fear for my life every time I use it). I also never knew there were so many essential objects to living life. Like a fridge. And kitchen knives. My parents have been shielding me from adulting for way too long, so it looks like I'm going to be in for a nasty (but fun) shock.

So just thought I'd pop in to explain my absence. I'm excited to show you guys my new place, cobbled together with the lowest expenditure possible, and even better - there is a wall, with good lighting all day, perfect for outfit photos. I'm trying to sound ironic but I really am excited about it. See you on the other side!

P.S. check out my new phone and the best case ever. They're peaches. If you think otherwise, that's your problem.

October 23, 2017


Bratislava wasn't originally on our itinerary, but when I read that it was only an hour by train from Vienna we decided to make a day trip of it. It still blows my mind how close together major cities can be in Europe. To be honest, the first time I'd heard about Bratislava was when I watched Eurotrip, and this scene was much quoted that day. All jokes aside, the old town of Bratislava was really, really lovely - now on my list of favourite old towns. A day was definitely more than enough to cover it. We didn't do a walking tour or too much research before going, so these are just going to be pretty pictures with no context.

October 9, 2017


The main reason we had Vienna on our itinerary was that it was close to Budapest, and we'd never been, so why not. Again, having no expectations, I was surprised at how much I liked it. It's a lovely city - very refined, yet still laid back. It was also nice to return to a Latin alphabet, despite having about ten words of German between the two of us. And here, I finally realised what a summer tourist crowd means in Europe. Russia had about the same number of tourists as western Europe has in the winter - but here, it was so crowded we could barely move in the Old Town.

October 1, 2017

Recent buys

Things I have recently spent money on that cost more than $10 and not food (which is where most of my income actually goes).

The perfect chambray shirt from Levis. I was really disliking the one I already owned, and had been looking for a replacement for a few months. I nabbed it on sale at Myer (for 50% off) after stalking it online for a few weeks. It's 100% Tencel (lyocell) which I thought would be too smooth and drapey (like rayon), but it actually feels quite substantial - kind of like very worn in denim. I'm super pleased with it.

Some prints I bought on my trip - the left from a children's store in Szentendre, Hungary, and the right a Degas print from the Hermitage in St Petersburg. I'm moving out soon, hence the sudden interest in wall decorations.

A belt from Urban Outfitters in Edinburgh. I'd been looking for a black leather jean belt with a brass buckle for ages, and I finally managed to find the exact one I was envisioning. Funnily enough I haven't even worn it out yet. Maybe I didn't need it as much as I thought. Oops.

The most expensive of all - a new stethoscope, which was $300. I'd "lost" my old one, which had been the cheapest in the range, so I jumped on the excuse to get a better one. My old steth ended up finding its way back to me, but this one was so worth it. I can actually hear breath sounds and murmurs properly now. I'm basic, so I got it in all black (the one people get to feel cool but in reality every second person has it) with my name engraved.