Exploring Europe: Dublin, Ireland

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Today seemed like a perfect day to share some photos from our DAY in Dublin, Ireland. I wish we’d had a week (or more!) in Ireland, and it’s definitely on my list of places to re-visit! We had so little time in the city that we just hopped on one of those ‘hop-on-hop-off’ busses just to hear the history of the main attractions, and of course, see the famous sights and pubs!

Dublin was an absolute blast, and definitely one of my favorite places we visited on our trip. We stumbled upon such treasures in that city! It was a beautiful day. On our tour, we made a quick stop at the Dublin Castle, and took a stroll through the chapel. I have never seen a little church with such character! It had all the style of a major cathedral, but it was small, and so charming. Here are some photos from the chapel at Dublin Castle.

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Thanks for looking! :) Have a fun, safe, and happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

Exploring Europe: Venice Architecture

Visiting Venice had been a dream of mine for a very long time. The gondolas, the pasta, the bridges… It’s a gorgeous city, particularly the Venice architecture. It’s so creatively built. It’s incredibly crowded, and following directions is nearly impossible, but I look back on the photos I took while we were there, and realize just how much it was worth fighting through the lines of tourists to see the things we saw.

We were aimlessly wandering down venice streets, and stumbled upon a modern art exhibit. The amazing thing about this exhibit, was that they’d made the building they were using part of the exhibit. Here are some beautiful architectural shots I got in that building. (I didn’t get the name of the exhibit, so I didn’t include any of the art pieces, just the building itself. If you happen to know what the exhibit could have been… I’d love to know!)

I love to stand in old rooms, with chipped, peeling paint – and just dream about what could have happened in those rooms over the years. The possibilities are endless, and I love the stories that each little chip or flake tells. I’m also completely in love with all of the shuttered windows. I have many more photos of those to share. :)

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Have a great weekend, everyone! My hubby and I are driving to Chicago from Tampa as you’re reading this. Wish us luck! :)

Cute St Patrick’s Day Outfits

I’ve always though St Patrick’s Day was such a fun holiday. I’m maybe a tiny bit Irish… way down the line. But I think it’s just the reason to dress a certain way that always peaked my interests. I love costumes and dressing up every chance I get, and this one is pretty minor, as far as effort goes! Here are a few cute St Patrick’s Day outfits I put together on Polyvore, that I think are really fun!

This first one is great if you’re doing something casual. A pub crawl, a party at a friend’s, or just a normal day of errands and shuffling your kids around. 

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So cute! I’d probably pair that cute t-shirt with jeans, instead of white pants… because white pants are just terrifying to me. Ha! Here’s the link that will take you to the description of all the products. And here are the links for the Chloe + Isabel Bracelet, Necklace, and Ring.

This next one is a great wear-to-work style. Sometimes I pretend I’m Jessica Day from New Girl. Usually when I’m shopping on Modcloth. I’d totally wear this dress with this cute frog bag and Bettie Page inspired shoes though!

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Here’s the link to the items, and here are the links to the Chloe + Isabel Earrings, Ring, Bracelet and Charm. Their products are so versatile. And that clover charm is one of my absolute favorite pieces.

And finally, a little dressier take. Maybe you’ve got a date night planned with your special someone, or you’re going to a little more upscale party? Here’s your look!

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Here’s the link! I love this shade of green. It works with so many skin tones just perfectly, and it goes with both silver and gold! I wear these little Chloe + Isabel sterling silver horseshoe and clover ring set almost every day, but it will be especially adorable on St Patrick’s Day! Here’s the link to the Earrings, Necklace, Horseshoe/Clover Rings, and the Emerald Cut Ring

Whatever you have planned, I hope you have a fun, and safe St. Patrick’s Day, and you look fabulous!