30 December 2014

A Look Back at December

I can't believe that we're already at the end of December and 2014. I'm going to go ahead and be a clichĂ© when I say this year went by so quickly! It's mad when I sit down and really think of it and the scariest thing of all is how quickly December went by. It happens every year. In the run-up to Christmas time seems to go in fast-forward mode as we rush to finish work and our shopping before the Holidays. I tried very hard to slow down and take in Christmas and all it's festivities as a resident of Ireland and not merely as a visitor, as I was in my previous visits at Christmas. So for this month's look back post, the photos (all from my Instagram account) are mostly all about Christmas. Should anyone expect any differently in December? I think not!

As always, you can follow me on Instagram @ofthekindredsoul for live photo updates of my everyday life. 

21 December 2014

Dublin at Christmas

Dublin at Christmas is something out of a fairytale. It is so beautiful and magical. The city really goes all out in decorating it's streets and they're all so festive. It's comforting to see that they don't shy away from having signs that say Merry Christmas or Nollaig Shona Duit (Irish for Merry Christmas). The city's major streets are all lit up and everywhere you turn you will find some kind of festive embellishment. The city also puts up these great big trees and each is decorated in a different way.

Dublin at Christmas is always going to be special to me. The first time I visited was at Christmas and I fell in love with the city. I'm not sure if it was the decorations but I know it must have played a small part in it.

18 December 2014

Christmas Tree Trimming

This past weekend we took trimming the tree to the next level. After successfully convincing C in getting a real Christmas tree, we realized we needed a base for it. We got the cheapest one we could find and went home with it only to realize that the trunk of our tree was too big for our new base. That's when we got the saw out and trimmed our tree, or more accurately, chopped off the sides of the trunk. Once that was done I got to work decorating our first Christmas tree. Of course, tree trimming and decorating must be done in PJs, so I got into my most comfortable and festive pyjamas and put on Micheal Bublé's Christmas album for a proper festive ambience. Even though we ran out of lights and couldn't cover the top third of the tree, I'm really pleased with how it looks and with one week to Christmas I am getting so giddy!

Sweater: Gap / PJ bottoms: Next / Socks: Penneys

14 December 2014

Jazzy Holiday Nails

I'm not usually a fan of glittery nails, but if there's a time of year to wear them, it's definitely during the Holiday season. As December rolls around I always inexplicably crave glittery nails - it must be all the sparkles in the clothing, lights and decorations! I found this amazing Essie Hors d'Oeuvres nail polish and I was delighted with just how glittery it was. The colour is a wonderful mix of gold metallic varnish with flecks of silver glitter added, giving it a truly two-dimensional look. It's great on it's own, but even better layered over a festive red. And for those who don't want to go all out festive? I can imagine Hors d'Oeuvres looking great over a purple toned grey like Merino Cool or a deep navy like After School Boy Blazer.

Will you be adding some glitter to your holiday manicures?

11 December 2014

Howth Harbour

Whilst finally finishing the editing my photos from our Malahide Castle and Howth tour, which I wrote about here, I thought I would share a few of the photos of Howth harbour I took. By the time the bus reached Howth, it was already mid-afternoon and the misty fog had still not lifted. Again, it made for some incredible and somewhat eery photos, especially when we walked part of the Cliff Path Loop in the forest. Howth is definitely one of those little towns I hope to visit again in the summer once the weather is nicer to be able to enjoy some fish and chips from one of the many fish shops and sit along the pier, without freezing my hands off!

9 December 2014

Christmas Snail Mail

This holiday season marks the first one where I've officially moved out of my childhood home and away from my family. Although it's not the first Christmas that I'll be spending away from my family, it will be the first one where I won't be seeing them during the whole holiday season. Keeping in touch with them has always been very important to me and technology provides so many ways of staying connected every minute of every day, but it's sometimes nice to hit the pause button and revert back to more simpler methods of communication: good old fashioned snail mail. So this Christmas I bought Christmas cards very early, made a list of everyone I needed to send a card to and sat down one afternoon to write them all. It makes me so happy that my loved ones will be getting a card from me from Ireland and I'm sure they'll be as equally happy to receive it. 

Will you be sending snail mail to your loved ones this Holiday season?

7 December 2014

Day Trip to Malahide Castle

A few weeks ago I took the Dublin Bus North Coast and Malahide Castle tour to visit Malahide Castle with my friend who was visiting from Canada. The tour makes a great day trip, taking you through the North side of Dublin to Malahide Castle and then onto the coastal town of Howth. It was extremely foggy when I woke up, which isn't unusual in the mornings, and I really hoped it would dissipate during the day. I was worried it would ruin our trip and wouldn't make nice photos. Although the fog lingered throughout the day, it enriched our experience and made for incredible photos. The grounds were so quiet and eery, it was absolutely beautiful and gave the castle such an special aura. It was an amazing visit and a very interesting tour. I'd recommend it to anyone in Dublin looking to escape the city for a day.

Coat: Tommy Hilfiger / Cape (worn as scarf): Reitmans / Jeans: Old Navy / Boots: Blondo

4 December 2014

On Repeat

Since the weather has gotten colder, I've been wearing this outfit on repeat. It's funny because up to a year ago I would have never worn navy and black together. I thought it was one of those unwritten fashion rules that shouldn't be broken and now that I've broken it, I can't get enough of this combo. In some ways I think it's classier and more put together than the more basic black on black. But the real reason this outfit is on repeat is that it's so cozy and comfortable. This cowl neck tunic is perfect for this time of year. It's so snug and warm, perfect for staying in and just warm enough for the chilly winter weather. 

Coat: Tommy Hilfiger /  Tunic: Forever 21 / Pants: Topshop / Scarf: Harrods of London /
Gloves: Ralph Lauren / Boots: Sole Society / Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff