If you’ve been following me on Snapchat (and if you don’t, what are you waiting for? I’m SlashedBeauty over there!), you may have seen some of my adventures from Ireland last week. We fit so many sights and activities into a little less than a week, and it was an unforgettable experience trekking across the country with my mom!
One of my favorite stops along the way was the Cliffs of Moher. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s like the Irish version of the Grand Canyon but just… better. The view is spectacular, with chiseled cliffs sprouting from the pristine waters. We were lucky enough that the weather was pretty great by Irish standards the day we visited, only a little nippy but otherwise clear and bright.
I had three fashion favorites throughout my trip that were worn nearly every day. The first, which has been a staple on each of my vacations for over a year, is my jean jacket from Old Navy. It’s heavy enough to fight against chilly winds, but light enough not to overheat when the sun comes out. My favorite feature is the inner pockets, which helps me keep important items (passport, cell phone) safely in reach.
My second must-have while traveling was my Tiny Tote by Dagne Dover. When I first looked at it online, it looked dangerously small for all of my daily needs that I typically keep with me… but once it arrived, I knew it’d be perfect for on-the-go. The small tote is surprisingly roomy, with enough space for my phone, sunglasses in a hard shell case, a couple lipsticks, perfume rollerball, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, and a small coin purse. Since it comes with a cross-body strap, it was easy to throw over my shoulder while trekking through both the countryside and the city without weighing me down. Plus, I love the trench blue shade, since it adds a nice splash of color to my outfit.
Finally, I brought along my Breckelle’s Indy Booties. I knew this pair would hold up, since they got me through Coachella comfortably last year. While fashionable, they’re also durable and don’t leave my feet aching even after my Fitbit’s reported 20,000 steps! From the Cliffs to the Guinness Brewery, I ended up rocking them more frequently than my sneakers on the trip.
My other favorite stops were Galway and of course the heart: Dublin, where we found amazing shopping, music, and of course drinking. I loved visiting the Old Jameson Distillery, where we were schooled on the history of the brand as well as the process of making the most high quality Irish whiskey around. Throughout the tour, we were shown demonstrations of the process and we were even able to do a taste comparison of Jameson whiskey vs. Scotch and American whiskey.
During our visit, we stayed in many beautiful manors and castles. My personal favorite was the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel. Overlooking Dublin Bay, the castle was definitely the poshest accommodations we encountered, with beautiful rooms, amazing food, and great amenities. Our Classic Seaview room was spacious, even with the six bags of luggage between us, and had a view of the sea from the private balcony.
It was also the most modern of the hotels we were staying at, while still maintaining the authentic charm of what you would imagine a castle to be. One of the most impressive highlights of the hotel was the indoor pool and spa area. With a large heated pool, jet spa, and private workout area, we were sure to indulge in the royal treatment! There were three places to eat and drink in the castle after a long day exploring, and our breakfast was included in our stay– and what a good one it was!
Overall, it was a great trip that went by much too quickly! But, it’s definitely good to be home, at least until my next trip overseas in August when I get to go to Israel. Don’t forget to follow me on social media to follow me around during my travels!
Where did you go last time you were out of your home country?
Brooke @ Blushing Noir
When I go to Ireland (bucket list) I’m doing everything you did! I loved your pics and I just NOW realized when I typed in your UN for snap it was wrong. At least now I’m following you but I’m crying real tears I missed your Ireland visit on there. You’ll need to go back 😉
It looks like you had an amazing time! Dying to visit one day
Looks like you had a fabulous trip. I hope to take this trip with my mom someday.
Kiss & Make-up
The cliffs are beautiful! And wow, what a fantastic view from the Castle Hotel.
Great pictures! I’m so glad you had fun. Love the booties and the bright blue purse.
Miranda | SlashedBeauty.com
Thanks Rachel! The purse is my new go-to at home too!
Such an incredible trip! Jealous!
What a fun trip!
Ireland looks beautiful! What a wonderful vacation! And I love that Tiny Tote. I’m amazed by how much it holds!
What a lovely trip. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us.
What a gorgeous, gorgeous trip! Ireland has been on my bucket list ever since I read WB Yeats in school.
Brooke @ Blushing Noir
I have been DYING over your pics! This is my dream vacation!
last time I was in the Dominican Republic. But you brought back amazing memories from Ireland 🙂
What an amazing trip! I know you made a lot of special memories.
Ireland is on my bucket list!
Looks like a nice trip. My in-laws were there recently since they were visiting London. They loved Ireland. The last international trip we had was to Morocco. We can’t wait to visit again.
What a wonderful trip and memories made with your mom! Last time I left America I was in Munich for work. I spent a couple days extra – it was great!
One of my closest friends is from Bandon, and through him, I’ve met his entire family and many of the friends from Ireland that he grew up with. But I still haven’t made it “home” (as it calls it). Hope to get there one day. Love your pix. The photos of the Fitzpatrick Hotel pool are so perfect, they almost look fake. What a great trip for you and your mom to do together!
Wow! I am jealous – that looks like so much fun! And you look gorgeous as ever – love the booties!
Kandace B Gordon
Ireland is on my list of places to visit! These pictures are beautiful and makes me very excited to go!! Also love the Old Navy j
My husband loves Ireland! We’re totally gonna bring the kiddos sometime in the next few years. 🙂 Looks like you had an amazing time and I love that little tote! Our last international trip was to Canada with a few more in the works.