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Exploring Kenmare


coat: J.Crew (color sold out) // chambray shirt: J.Crew (old, similar) // belt: Old Navy (old, similar) // pants: J.Crew // socks: L.L. Bean // boots: L.L. Bean // bag: Cambridge Satchel Company // pearls: vintage // claddagh ring: The Irish Jewelers // bracelet: Kendra Scott 

I love small towns, especially those with a collection of local boutiques and cafes. Kenmare, Ireland, fits that description perfectly. Nestled in a valley surrounded by the mountains of County Kerry (and just a short car ride away from the beautiful Ring of Kerry), the town is absolutely picturesque around every corner. The Wednesday of our Ireland trip, we decided to take a break from our planned itinerary to just explore the town. This worked out perfectly, as my mom and I grabbed a coffee and spent the morning walking along the streets and going into shops, and then headed home so I could tackle some schoolwork and attempt to de-stress before college decisions (which came out at midnight that evening!). We also had lunch at a lovely French patisserie and bakery, which was absolutely delicious.

The weather was a little chilly with off-and-on rain, so I wore my wool coat from J.Crew and Bean boots to keep my feet dry. I also pulled out my white jeans, which I had never worn with Bean boots before; to my surprise, I actually loved the way they look! I don't really believe in the "no white after Labor Day" rule, although admittedly I don't wear my white jeans as much as I should during the colder months. I liked this outfit so much, however, that I'll definitely be making an effort to wear white more often!

I also chose to wear one of the most comfortable button-downs I own - this chambray embellished number from J.Crew collection. If I remember correctly, I mentioned it in my "Best Second-Hand Purchases" video a while back (you can check out my blog's YouTube channel to see it if you'd like). It's definitely one of my favorite shirts to wear year-round; I have a love for anything embellished and the juxtaposition between the casual chambray and dressy crystals add so much interest to this top. Not to mention, the chambray is so soft! I tucked it into my jeans and added a leopard faux-calf hair belt from Old Navy, which I thought brought a bit of contrast to the look. It was nice to mix it up from the brown belt I'd been wearing the whole trip! Finally, I accessorized with my usual pearls and Claddagh ring, as well as this Kendra Scott bracelet I bought two years ago. I love the pop of green; for some reason, it reminds me of the Van Cleef & Arpels bracelets (although for a fraction of the price).

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