Scottish Countryside Inspiration from Lifestyle Blogger Julie Brander
Currently based in Aberdeen, in the north of Scotland, Jules is a style and lifestyle blogger at julesandthecrown.com
Her passion for timeless style is reflected in home interiors and her wardrobe, both of which feature classic and feminine pieces that will last a lifetime. Living in a Victorian apartment in the city centre, Jules shares snippets of how she has updated the period property to retain its charm while introducing modern finishes.
Likewise, Jules’ wardrobe is full of elegant dresses and classic blouses that will be in vogue for years to come. She hopes that her blog is a source of inspiration and discovery for those also driven by beautiful aesthetics.
How would you describe your personal style?
Despite always being a lover of fashion I’ve never been a follower of trends and as I get older that has become even more evident. For years I’ve loved classic style and gradually I’ve learnt that investing in timeless pieces goes far further than constantly purchasing items that I’ll fall out of love with after one or two wears.
Based on that, my taste in both clothing and interiors is a focus on pieces that truly are timeless. A simple floral blouse paired with jeans in the spring, a floaty maxi dress in the summer or a camel cashmere sweater in the autumn will never date and I love that I can wear these items year after year.
Similarly, interiors that have a node to the past yet have been brought up-to-date are my favourite. Brands such as Colefax & Fowler do that really well – they’ve created wallpapers and fabrics using prints that have been around for decades, if not centuries, but today use materials that are durable and long-lasting.
It’s really about finding pieces for our home and my wardrobe that I truly love and will stand the test of time.
On a typical weekend in the country, what is your outfit of choice in the fall?
I really love this time of year. Autumn always feels like a new beginning and living in the north of Scotland the season creeps in that little earlier than other parts of the country.
We live in Aberdeen so just on the edge of Royal Deeside where there are plenty of beautiful walks on our doorstep. At the weekend we love to head out of the city and drive to a castle or country trail before stopping off for lunch. On these days I’m usually dressed in some items that I’ve had for years.
I grew up in the countryside and although I wouldn’t say I’m a particularly ‘outdoorsy’ person, I do love getting back to nature. Pulling on a pair of wellington boots and layering jeans with a cashmere sweater, Barbour wax jacket and check scarf is usually my go-to during fall and an outfit that will keep me warm come rain or shine.
Is there an item on Sea to Skye that reflects your personal style?
Sea to Skye is full of beautiful and classic items but the ‘abstract hydrangea print’ has got to be my favourite. I bought my first hydrangea for our garden this summer and have become a little obsessed with caring for her. It’s a flower that many think is slightly stuffy and old-fashioned but I love how it can instantly brighten a garden and make it look like it’s had attention for years.
The pretty blues and greens in the print are some of my favourite colours and bring a little bit of that classic garden style indoors, even if you don’t have your own hydrangea.
If we were to visit Scotland, where MUST we go?
We are really lucky that my favourite Scottish hotel is located under two hours from where we live. The Fife Arms, which re-opened in 2019, is one of the most magical spots in the country, and one that has attracted much attention.
Nestled in the Highlands, the hotel features thousands of pieces of art and an eclectic yet well-thought out collection of antiques so I am in my element every time I visit.
The Flying Stag bar and Clunie dining room boast a menu of great local produce, while Elsa’s Bar, named after the fashion designer, brings a little glamour to the Highlands. Outside, there’s plenty of walks and paths to explore as well as an array of shops selling antiques and other unique finds.
What is inspiring you this autumn season?This year has been challenging for everyone, to say the least. Given how much time we’ve been spending at home, I’ve been really inspired to introduce changes that make life that little happier every day. Whether it’s using linen napkins at dinner that would usually be kept for special occasions, or browsing small businesses online for to find the perfect piece, I’m appreciating this slower pace of life.
I’ve been really inspired recently by some of the companies that I’ve discovered. For years, thanks to my busy career, I haven’t had time to really enjoy brands but in the past six months I feel I’ve got to know some amazing businesses and the creators behind them. Whether it’s tuning into an IGTV live, reading a blog post or watching a tour of a home office, I’m loving spending time with great company.