It might be the royal wedding coverage, or maybe I just want to be off boating in summer whites for the summer, but I am loving this spring's rush of straw hats. I have a straw cloche at home that I may bring here in June, but in the meantime I'm checking out the cute trilbies and boaters at Accessorize.
How soon until rompers go back out of fashion? And how old is too old to wear one? Because I kind of love this high-waisted vintage-inspired romper pattern from McCalls. Maybe in a seersucker? Although I think the fact that the model looks about twelve means I am in fact too old.
My awesome baby sister just got engaged too! You know what this means: DUELING WEDDINGS.
Ha, no, I'm kidding. Luckily, Erin and I are different enough that I think our weddings will have very different atmospheres, so I think we'll just have fun both planning parties that suit us and our intendeds. Plus, they're planning for next summer, which is still a year or so before Jennifer and I will probably have our ceremony.
Although, if Jennifer has her way there will be cowboy boots in both.
Jennifer and I just had a long discussion about the communal benefits of churches and whether or not we'll take our kids to church once we have them. One point in churchs' favor is that it'll give us a place to take them all dressed up in their Easter best. But then again, they might hate us for it later....
Today was the 95th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the start of the Irish Revolution. I went to the commemoration celebration held in front of one of the main sites of the Rising, the General Post Office on O'Connell Street. For some reason, while I generally find grand shows of patriotism cringe-inducing in the States, I love going to them here in Ireland. Maybe because it's a young country with a very recent turbulent past, or because they always have great songs and good outfits. Is that patronizing?
This one was lovely; attended by both the Taoiseach and the President (that's another thing I like - such a small country, so anyone can go to an event and see the head of state/leader in person). It was interestingly somewhat bilingual - certain parts were said in English and certain in Irish, but none said in both, which I thought was an interesting choice. Most of the native Irish speakers would understand both, of course, but I was lost occasionally.
There were also military bands, uniforms left and right, and a bagpiper in an awesome orange kilt.
The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.
My outfit today served double-duty: fresh and spring-y to celebrate Easter, and properly patriotic to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Easter Rising. I went down to O'Connell Street for the Rising commemoration attended by the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and President and loads of military type people.
Mine, all mine! I made the trek out to Dundrum today to visit the only H&M in Ireland carrying the Hasbeen collaboration line. There were two pairs of the red strappy sandals left, both in my size, which has to be a sign from god. I did not hesitate and snapped them up! Major bonus, they're comfortable and fit me perfectly. They're also very well made and I think with weather very well. They even came with their own tote bag and care sheet.
In other exciting news, I just bought a ticket to London for a long weekend in May! Ostensibly I'll be going to do an interview for my dissertation, but I'm staying for four days total so see the sights. I've been before, so I'll revisit some of my favorites but am also really very excited to go new places. On the list: Tate Modern (obvs), Natural History Museum, the giant Anthro, Liberty of London (!!!), the Saatchi Gallery, and the Sherlock Holmes Museum.
We visited Rathfarmham Castle today to shoot photos for our panorama tutorial. If they turn out well I'll post them here later - the Castle was really stunning; it's in the middle of restoration so some parts are polished and lovely and others have a great shabby feel.
It's well and properly spring here, complete with allergies breaking out (yay). I'm trying to counteract my general sense of miserableness around the sinus area with some florals + polka dots. There's a lot going on here, with the prints, tulip shaped-skirt, tie belt, and floofy sleeves, but all put together it felt so fun I couldn't resist.
I had planned on wearing this blazer with my swan butt skirt, but then it was rainy and gross out, so jeans and rainboots came out instead. The sequin do-dad used to be a headband which met an untimely end, so I repurposed it with some stick-on brooch pins.
I've always wanted to keep bees, just like my heroes Sherlock Holmes, Chuck, and Eddie Izzard. I know it'll take a lot of training and work to be successful, though, so in the meantime as soon as I have a yard/garden again, I'm getting a Bee Station to do my part to help out the little guys!
You put some sugar water inside it in a little reservoir, and it acts like a mini refueling station for the little buzzers. With the bee population drastically dying off (no one knows why!), little steps like this help the bees that are still out there keep up their energy so they can stay busy as bees! Plus it's super cute and only £40.