Edinburgh, Scotland (Plus some Change)

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Edinburgh. It was a rough start getting there with several flight delays, but we were rewarded with a stretch of weather that was the most sunny the UK has seen in a while. Seriously, of the 16 days we were there it rained twice.

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One of the favorite things we did was a distillary tour, you can’t go to Scotland and not see how Whisky is made. :-)

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This was a huge highlight of the trip for Ryan…anyone recognize it? Yep, that’s right, St. Andrews. Around 2 hours by car but they also have train rides from Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh Yays

  • On this trip we did a couple of bus tours, which we didn’t do in Italy. It partly felt kind of touristy, but at the same time it was a great way to see a large amount of things all at once. We did a tour with The Wee Red Bus that was excellent. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining.
  • Distillery tour. Really you can’t go to Scotland and not do a tour of a distillery. With the bus tour we visited Glengoyne and it was pretty good.
  • Where we stayed. We stayed in an airbnb flat that was very close to the Royal Mile. It was really fun to be so close to the life of the city.
  • Speaking of, the Royal Mile was great. A lot of fun and wonderful people watching
  • Stirling Castle- I liked this castle much more than the Edinburgh castle. They had free walking tours and felt much more authentic.

Edinburgh Nays

  • So, I didn’t love the Edinburgh Castle. It seemed too 4th grade field trip museum-y to me. But I think that it’s one of those places you still have to go visit. If you go at 1pm they shoot the cannon which is pretty neat.
  • The Holyrood Palace this was just a personal nay– we didn’t have time to visit
  • Bars stay open pretty late, but restaurants typically stop serving food around 8. So if you are out and about all day and don’t get to dinner until later you will be out of luck.

York Yays
Due to some travel delays (ahem, United Airlines) we didn’t get to spend much time in York, but it was a really fun little town!

  • The York Minster. BEAUTIFUL. There is more medieval stained glass in this building than in the rest of England combined. The glass survived WWII because it was disassembled and hidden in homes throughout Yorkshire. (Thanks for the tidbit Rick Steves)
  • There is a fantastic and adorable little coffee shop just off of Lendal Bridge called The Perky Peacock. One of the better cups of coffee had on the trip according to Ryan.

York Nays
Honestly we didn’t spend enough time to have too many nays with York

  • Yorkshire pudding… so it’s basically gravy on bread. Which, believe me, I love gravy and I love bread. But a whole plate was a little overwhelming. You HAVE to try it if you are there, but maybe share one plate with the group.
  • The Travellodge. Don’t judge us, we waited until last minute to book this one. And it may have just been circumstance because we ended up being there during a heat wave, but the no AC was killer.
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Travels with Ely Fair: The UK

So Ryan and I are supposed to be on a plane headed to Chicago…but alas somewhere along the road we have angered the travel gods and our flight got bumped until the next day. So as we are sitting at home stewing, naturally the next best thing to traveling would be to tell you about our travel adventures from this summer! Like we outlined some of our favorite places and tips from our Italy trips we wanted to share some from our UK trip! Here are the places walked our little feet all over:

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Kelly & Jody on Style Me Pretty

We are so pleased to have had Style Me Pretty feature Kelly & Jody’s wedding this past week, so now we can finally share it with you! I am in love with her gold and silver details, as well as the custom linens and handkerchief’s made by the bride’s grandmother.

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Photography: Ely Fair Photography | Event Planning: Christina Leigh Events | Floral Design: The French Bouquet | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Makeup: Tulsa Bridal Beauty | Linens & Handkerchiefs: Bride’s Grandmother | Dress: Claire Pettybone

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Small Business Series No. 15

Our Small Business Series feature this month is on my top 3 list of favorite places in OKC. Please meet the lovely ladies of Verdigris, Kimberly & Melissa! They are the sister team that keeps the wheels rolling behind the beautiful shop Verdigris, and just this year expanded to a larger space on Hudson & 7th. Their business tagline is “recreate. repurpose. reinvent.” which is right up my alley. I love finding old treasures and making a new purposes for them.  I had a great time getting to know the two to them through the SBS series, make sure to stop by and say hello during H&8 tomorrow!

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Name: Kimberly Spicer & Melissa Graham
Business Name: Verdigris
Favorite Dessert:
Kimberly – my mom’s frozen strawberry dessert, my nana’s turtles, my memaw’s chocolate chip cookies, & mint chocolate chip ice cream
Melissa – Ditto…except no mint chocolate chip ice cream for me! I’ll take chocolate meringue pie & banana cream pie any day!
Favorite artist/album:
Kimberly – I love all kinds of music!
Melissa – I love anything with a good beat!
When did you start your business: January 2011
What inspired you to start it? We grew up entrepreneurs constantly coming up with ideas, such as selling hand-made hair barrettes & jewelry stands, paint pen monogramming, having summer day camps for neighborhood kids & babysitting. We also spent a lot of time at our grandmother’s (nana) interior design shop. We would hide in the closet and run blank credit card carbons through the credit card machine, play with the adding machine, and would “help” with cutting fabric. We also spent a lot of time at market. After going our separate directions during college and early adulthood, we finally came back together in OKC to combine our past & current interests to create Verdigris.
What would you say was your biggest challenge to overcome? The biggest challenge to overcome is balancing family life with self-employment in the retail industry.
Who/what was your biggest encouragement & why? Each other. While we both enjoy all aspects of the business, Kimberly is more right-brained & Melissa is more left-brained. Due to our differences, we rarely have conflicting views or concerns. We are constantly learning from each other which encourages us both to continue thinking outside the box.
What is your favorite part of the business?
We both enjoy being a part of the local business community & seeing the revitalization that is happening throughout OKC. We also love our customers & business partners that we have met along the way!
Kimberly – I enjoy hunting for unique pieces & then putting them together to form unusual displays.
Melissa – I enjoy the hunt & staging…but I would rather be in the office working on the accounting, payroll, media relations, or even creating a spreadsheet that we haven’t determined we even need yet! :)
If you had advice to anyone who might be starting a business like yours? Find what you love, create a plan for your business, seek advice from professionals, and go for it! Plan to succeed, but it’s okay if you fail!
Anything else about your small business that you’re passionate about? We are both passionate about helping to incorporate the environmentally friendly business concept of reusing, recycling, repurposing, etc., into the everyday lives of others.
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I love, love, love that you were entrepreneurs from childhood! Loved that part of your story, thank you so much for being part of the series Kimberly & Melissa! 
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Holiday Petite Sessions, November 15 & 16

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