Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving! 2014

Food for thought:

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

--G.K. Chesterton


Hope you all had a wondrous holiday, complete with all the beautiful people and delicious food your heart and stomach could hold. 

If you want, please leave one special thing you're thankful for below. I'll go first...

This year I am thankful for YOU-- all twenty-two of my fabulous followers. You bring a spark of happiness to me with each one of your comments. I love doing this blog, and you guys give me motivation to keep going.

xoxo,
Ireland

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Road Not Taken // Outfit Post


Happy Tuesday, everyone! The title of today's post comes from a famous Robert Frost poem about a man who, coming to a fork in the road, must to decide which one to take. Neither road is more worn than the other, but when the man is relating the story later on, he says he took the one less traveled by.



 


 


 Overall, I think it's a lovely, melancholic poem. It makes me want to gently sway back in forth in the fresh, sweet-smelling air of late spring. But I think it's sad that the man feels the need to say he took the road less traveled by-- the road not taken-- when he didn't. Sometimes we make decisions that we aren't 100% sure of, but God's hand is always guiding us. We only need to pause... and listen.


Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105

xoxo,

Ireland

Styling Credits: Karen Headrick
 
Outfit Credits:



Monday, November 17, 2014

Halloween 2014 Photoblog


Rusty black gate down the road: perfect photo op for Halloween! As you can see, Jeffrey was a skeleton and I was a pirate (again).

 

Here he is with one of his friends from kindergarten. Oh, to be six years old again! :P



There is no way to properly caption this picture.
 

 I know it's a little late, but here are some pictures from Halloween! After having a mini-photo-session near a spooky-looking gate at the end of our street, we took my brother Jeffrey to a trunk-or-treat at a nearby church. He had a blast, and he and I spent a good four minutes trapped in a hamster wheel together. We also played a game with chocolate- and lemon-cupcakes as prizes and took a hay ride across the Wrightsville Beach area. Jeffrey said it was the best Halloween ever, and hey, I got a cupcake out of it, so I'd say it was a win-win scenario!

Now that Halloween is over, I can't wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas! What kind of plans are you making for the holiday season so far?

xoxo,


Ireland



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saturday is Girl's Day.











Yesterday my mom and I got to spend several hours doing girly things together, starting with hair and makeup. For some reason, it can start to feel like a chore to do it myself every morning. So, when my mom or a friend decides to make me over, I'm more than happy to oblige. And I'm also reminded me why I put effort into my appearance in the first place...
 
Because it's fun. Because it makes me feel like a teenage girl. Because it helps me see how I am becoming a woman. It's a confidence boost and a pick-me-up, and while it's certainly not the end-all-be-all of life, I love that I get to do it. It's also nice to think that one day, if/when I have a daughter, I'll get to show her how to put on mascara for the first time... how to curl her hair without creasing it... and how to how to shop and have fun without spending a fortune.

But even if that never happens, I'm so thankful that I have shared those experiences with my mom. In a world desperately in need of female role models, she is mine. Not every girl is so lucky, and I'm learning to never take her for granted.

xoxo,
Ireland

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Popular Culture

I find it saddening that so many celebrities today are exploiting their bodies and acting as if it's cool.

These people are at the forefront of popular culture.

They have enormous influence.
 
And they're wasting it.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Love Is The Movement // Outfit Post






Bonjour, mes amies! I hope this week is treating you well so far. Today, I got to watch some upper-level drama students at my school perform a parody-play of Little Women. It was very interesting... but if I had to choose, I definitely prefer the book. LW is my all-time favorite work of fiction, so unfortunately, they were hard-pressed to impress me today :) Theatre has been a really cool experience for me this year; I hope to continue with it through high school, and maybe in college, too.

These outfit pictures were taken last weekend, and I liked how most of them turned out. (Just please excuse the squinty eyes... I was looking directly up at the sun, you know how it is.) I think this look has equal measures of cool and professional. As you can see in the pictures, the skirt can be dressed up with a black flyaway cardigan or toned down with a denim jacket. Personally, I like the cardigan better... it adds more class to the look. But that's just me. What do you think?

As always, feel free to leave as many comments as you want. I love reading every one of them.

xoxo,
Ireland

Outfit Credits:
Blue tee: ?, via Marshalls
Flyaway cardi: BCBGMaxAzria via Marshalls
Denim jacket: Old Navy
Skirt: Raefaella, borrowed
Heels: Colin Stuart, secondhand
Earrings: gift

Monday, November 3, 2014

Today Will Soon Be Gone // Outfit Post

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start. I am already knee-deep in homework and AP Theory, but this is one of the weeks where I don't mind that much.


I wore this outfit last weekend, just a few days before the temperature completely dropped and I had to dig out my winter coat. Here's the thing: I live at the beach now. When we lived in Tennessee, I expected cold weather, to a certain extent. But the beach... Doesn't it make sense that the beach would always be 85 degrees and sunny? Why do I still have a need for coats and sweaters and scarves and boots?
 
Not that I mind the coats and sweaters and scarves and boots. I don't. Some of them are quite fun to wear. But the cold...
 
Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining; I'm just feeling pensive. Either that or I should have worn thicker socks today.
 
What do you think about fall and winter (I know they have a lot of pluses)? What's your favorite season?
Xoxo,
Ireland


 
Outfit Credits:
Sweater: Hollister
Maxi skirt: Charlotte Russe
Charm bracelet: gift from my great-uncle, from Paris
Headband: ?