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Nicky Howden

After stints at the Scotsman publications Tatler and Heat magazine, Nicky joined i-on Edinburgh when it was formed in 2005. Having worked her way up to editor she now oversees contributors and content layout, as well as writing, editing and the forward planning of features.

Despite travelling the world, nowhere has matched Edinburgh’s charm for this local, who readily makes the most of everything her hometown has to offer – whether it’s selecting the perfect location for a fashion shoot, reviewing the latest new hotspot, enjoying a bite to eat at seafood favourite Fishers in the City or sipping a cocktail at Tonic.

Here she shares her favourite things about living in the city…and even spills a few style secrets.

What springs to mind when you hear the words ‘This Is Edinburgh?’
Home sweet home, I’m born and bred in Edinburgh and even though I’ve travelled to some of the most exotic and iconic places in the world, you cannot beat this city for its history, architecture and vibe. It really is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

A perfect day in Edinburgh starts with…
…a coffee from my local barista Project Coffee in Bruntsfield, then a stroll through the Links.

When I want something extra special I go straight to ….
For me accessories have a transformational effect on an outfit, so I would always invest in good shoes and bags. Pam Jenkins on Thistle Street always has a divine collection of top designer shoe and bag labels. I also love the stand out costume jewellery in Covet, Anthropologie and Harvey Nichols. BCBG in Harvey Nichols is my go-to label for sourcing that elusive special outfit.

My favourite Edinburgh fashion designer is…
Holly Fulton who trained at the Edinburgh College of Art. I love her use of graphic prints and luxurious materials.

Edinburgh looks especially beautiful when…
…it’s bathed in sun light. Take a walk up Arthur’s seat for an amazing view of the city or people watch on George Street or George Square gardens. I especially love Edinburgh during the Fringe for the melting pot of people visiting our beautiful city from all over the world.