I know some of you love architecture and scenery and gorgeous places, which I shared in my last Dublin post. Whereas some of you love outfit photos and a little bit of shopping. So this post is for you. 😉
Our friends Jen and Emma who came over from Wales for the first few days aren’t really big fans of having their photos taken, so I won’t embarrass them with posting anything incriminating. So instead, here’s a photo of our drinks. Hanging out with dear old friends in Dublin was so much fun and made the trip extra special!
Now of course, there were selfies and outfit photos taken during our trip… some better than others–low lighting in pub bathrooms and such. And I didn’t manage to capture my outfit every day, sorry!
The spread below includes the first full day of the trip, when I discovered that clogs were a horrific choice for the amount of walking we were doing, to the second day when I had to wear moccasins which were equally horrific, to when I purchased some comfy Clarks brogues which saved my feet and sanity the rest of the trip, and ending with a goofy shot trying to capture both Mel and I in an elevator.
I used to make notoriously poor wardrobe choices for travel. I’d get to my destination and nothing would match, or I’d have the wrong clothes for the weather, or something else equally stupid. But on our last couple of big overseas trips (Dublin and Cardiff/Edinburgh), I’ve done great. Ermm, except for the shoes of course.
I aim for cute but easy wear, easy care (well okay, there was ironing involved). And easy to mix and match is a must (button up a cardigan over a dress and now it’s a skirt combo; same cardigan works with a dress or jeans; a few choice accessories that coordinate with several outfits). And I admit: the shorter hair, while a pain in the wind (I noticed mostly ponytails, buns or very short hair in Dublin), was ideal since right now, I only have to set it right after washing, and it stays decent until the next wash.
These are the Clarks that saved my feet (sorry, they only show on the Clarks UK site, but the style is Gin Spritz), on the gorgeous floor at Christchurch Cathedral:
Seriously, as soon as I bought them I never took them off my feet!
Here are a couple more outfits that are representative of what I wore mot of the time, taken in the hotel hallway mirror. First with my Curclicute cardigan and a 40s housedress, second with my Singin’ in the Rain dress and Cath Kidston cardigan that I purchased in Dublin.
Now, I’m not a big shopper on most vacations. Shoes that didn’t want to murder my feet were a necessary purchase, but my splurges really only came at the Cath Kidston store. Probably ho hum for my British and Irish readers, but I love Cath Kidston and this was only the second time I’d visited a shop (the first was last year in Cardiff). So I came prepared to throw down a bit. (In fairness, I did try and find a cute dress or a jacket to come home with me but nothing suited me anywhere we went.)
The first Cath Kidston purchase was a shoulder bag that I carried a decent portion of the trip, shown here in a photo with Mel that Jen took of us outside Dublin Castle. It’s oilcloth fabric, so it was perfect for drizzly weather!
And later on in the trip, I managed to find myself in our hotel room with a new purse (also waterproof, and a style I already own in green with white polka dots, that I purchased in Cardiff last year), a cute cotton cardigan, and 2.5 meters of fabric. (Both the purse and cardigan made it into my outfit rotation on the trip, as seen elsewhere in this post.)
Wait let’s back that up a minute. OMG THEY SOLD FABRIC. Most was oilcloth, but there were a select few (like six) medium-weight cottons. I felt Supremely Reserved that I only bought fabric for one dress. It also helped the disappointment over not buying a dress like I had planned to, as once I was in the shop, none of the current styles suited me or were in my size.
Here’s the feast for your eyes that was the fabric and wallpaper department (wallpaper was on the right). I. KNOW.
What was my typical outfit on the trip? A dress, thick nude tights (American Apparel ones that I got just for the trip and loved them until they developed a hole and runs way faster than their price should have dictated–and their customer support was complete crap about it, so I do not recommend them*), a cardigan and the brogues I bought early on.
*but if you know of anyone else who sells thick nude tights vs. thin sheer ones please let me know 🙁
And then I just topped things off with either a wool blazer or raincoat, plus woolie accessories, depending on the weather. I don’t like to carry an umbrella unless I have to, so in cooler weather I opt for my favorite hooded mac from Boden. Plus it’s cute and doesn’t look like you’re wearing an ugly raincoat. Although I’m lazy and nearly never button it, just zip it up the front.
It was frankly too cold, windy and/or rainy to take any real outfit photos during the trip. So this is about as close as we got, taken when we went on a day trip by train to the seaside village of Howth, when I momentarily took off a few layers just for the photo op. It was in front of a gorgeous stone lighthouse building with a bright red door.
(By the way, in the near future you’ll get to see a bit more of Howth in a review that we photographed there!)
Honestly, I really looked like this a lot of the trip. Windswept. But happy!
It was great to go on a holiday and it’s great to be back home… and that’s the best way to end a trip, isn’t it??