21 September 2016

Ischia, Italy

I often say that in my previous life I had to have been Italian. I love Italian food and cooking and gravitate towards anything Italian, whether it be the fine leathers or the wines. It goes without saying that I've always wanted to go to Italy but with so many places on my list of things to see in the Apennine Peninsula I didn't know where to start. Luckily for me, the decision was made easy when my parents said they would be going to Sorrento in September. It was the perfect opportunity to finally see Italy and to catch up with them.

On our first day, we woke early and took the ferry to the beautiful island of Ischia about an hour from Sorrento. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the sights did not disappoint in the least. We walked through the quaint streets and headed towards the end of the island where we visited the Castello Aragonese d'Ischia which dates back to 474 B.C. From the Castello, we were able to see some impressive views of Ischia including the clear blue water. It was mesmerizing.

After a full day of exploring this charming island, and stopping several times to taste the local cuisine, we got back on the ferry and were left with a stunning view of the sun setting behind the Island of Capri as we sailed by on our way back to Sorrento.

Dress: Zara / Belt: Gap / Sandals: Primark / Sunglasses: Ray-Bans

10 September 2016

Howth Cliff Walk

It's crazy to think that this summer has nearly already come to an end.  last summer, I spent most of the time inside always waiting for nicer and warmer weather and I promised myself at the start of this one that I wouldn't do the same thing again. I now understand that in Ireland sun and warmth may not always come around so I knew I couldn't sit and wait, I'd have to make the most of any weather. I don't know if it's just the fact that I adopted a more optimistic attitude to the weather, but I do think that we've had much nicer weather this year. So I took full advantage of it. C & I went on a couple good hikes, I spent days at the beach in Brittas Bay and in local parks in Dublin. If we went out for some food and there was an outside seating area we sat there, I played golf and went to the driving range if it was sunny instead of doing yoga inside. You get the picture I was outside a lot this summer and I'm so happy I enjoyed it.

We took these photos on our last hike of the summer. We drove to Howth on a Saturday afternoon after having brunch in town and walked the Howth Cliff Walk. It's an easy enough walk through the woods and then it loops around Howth Head with some great views of Dublin, Howth Head lighthouse and Howth harbour.


1 August 2016

Killruddery House & Gardens

Ireland has an abundance of beautiful castles and old estate homes. I've had the chance to explore some of them and with so many to choose from it's difficult to decide which ones to see next.  Last weekend we decided on Killruddery House & Gardens in Bray. Not too far from Dublin, the house has beautiful grounds which includes a walled garden, formal gardens, two long reflection pools, a sand pit for the children and a farm. We were able to see five-week-old piglets and they were the cutest thing. Unfortunately, the house was closed for a private event so we weren't able to do the tour. We will definitely have to be back for the full experience. 

Denim Jacket: Primark / Top: Reitmans / Skirt: & other stories / Shoes: Massimo Dutti