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Dublin Castle

 jacket: J.Crew // sweater: J.Crew // scarf: vintage // pearls: vintage // watch: Fossil // bracelet: Kiel James Patrick // jeans: Madewell // loafers: Banana Republic (old, similar linked) // bag: Cambridge Satchel Company 

As I'm writing this, my time in Ireland is coming to a close. I had such a great time exploring everything from the city to the beautiful country and the seaside. Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing photos from some of the excursions we went on and talking about what I chose to do and wear while here!

After touching down at Dublin airport, we made our way to our airbnb in the heart of Dublin. It was a gorgeous townhouse and a fabulous location in a more residential section of the city right near the River Liffey. I couldn't wait to explore the city (I'm a city girl at heart) and I was thrilled to learn that Dublin is totally walkable. I can confirm that this is true; there actually isn't much public transport other than the tram system, but even if there was it's not essential. We didn't take a tram once and we were able to get all over the city. That being said, good walking shoes are a must -- I'll talk more about what I packed in an upcoming post!

Once we were settled, we immediately headed back out again to Dublin Castle, which was just a short walk away. There, we took a guided tour and learned about the history of the castle and some history of British rule in Ireland. I'm a huge history buff so this was super interesting for me! The castle was gorgeous (as one might expect) and serves as a government center now. It's also right next to the Chester Beatty Library, which we visited on our second day in the city. This library is such a hidden gem; it's filled with some of the rarest books, objects, and art in the world including one of the oldest known New Testaments in existence (dating from just 200 AD!). All of this was bequeathed to the Irish people from the private collection of the late American businessman Charles Beatty. I would highly recommend paying a visit if you're in the city; it's truly fascinating and the curators are fantastic and can tell you so many stories about the objects on display.

For our first day in the city (pictured above), I wore an outfit chosen with comfort in mind. I love this ruffle neck sweater from J.Crew, which I purchased specifically for this trip. The detail is beautiful; I'm not usually one for a v-neck but this one caught my eye. It's also currently on sale and comes in multiple colors! A perfect spring staple. Over top, I layered my J.Crew field jacket. This style has been around forever; you can buy them new but I would recommend looking second-hand as you can find them in mint condition for much less. This one is the army green color; it ended up being my savior during our time in Dublin for its incredible versatility (it's waxed, which means it's waterproof and acts as windbreaker so the cold doesn't go right through you). It's also just adorable and pulls any outfit together. 

Around my neck, I wore a vintage scarf that I actually got last year in a vintage shop in Kensington, England. I love the red houndstooth and it adds just a bit of interest to an outfit, as well as cleverly doubling to keep you warm. Finally, a simple pair of blue jeans with a leather belt and my favorite scalloped loafers complete the outfit. I carried all the essentials - sunglasses (although I didn't need them haha!), hair tie, and chapstick - in my Cambridge Satchel Co crossbody, which was the perfect choice of bag for this trip.

Have any of you visited Ireland? What destination should I put next on my bucket list?

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