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I know I am so behind on posting the rest of my pictures from this trip, but I’ve been so busy with school (and taking a quick trip back to France) that it’s taken me forever to finish editing the photos. Today’s post is literally a giant compilation of photos from Ireland that include a Game of Thrones tour up to Belfast and shots from Dublin and Cork. I’ll be doing separate posts on Ashford Castle and the Cliffs of Moher in the days to come, so stay tuned!

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Being the geeks that we are, Jordan and I decided to go on a Game of Thrones tour that left from Dublin and drove to Belfast to tour sights and locations where the show is filmed.

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The highlight of the tour was getting to meet two of the pups who play the Stark’s direwolves. Honestly, I could have just played with them all day. They were so, so, soooo sweet!

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Part of the tour includes getting to see props from the show. They also provide cloaks, should you want to wear them, when you’re out roaming the woods…so literally picture like 50 nerds in fur-trimmed cloaks roaming the forest in Belfast…

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^ LOOK AT THAT SWEET FACE

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We only spent one day really in Dublin, so it was jammed packed and I didn’t take too many photos.

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Our first stop was to the oldest pub in Ireland for a spot of lunch before touring around the city for the rest of the day.

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The best travel buddies!

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After our brief trip to Dublin, we started working our way to Ashford Castle with a stop in Cork and a bunch of neighboring towns.

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Our driver insisted that we take a tour of the Jameson Whisky Factory, which was kind of funny if you know my family.

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My cute Mormon mom heading into the tasting room for a shot of whisky. What a sinner…

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The one thing that I really wanted to see in Ireland was the Cliffs of Moher…so I begged and begged to go on our drive to the castle. And I still can’t get over how beautiful they were…

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You can really tell through all of that fog…..It was such a bust and so disappointing (also hilarious at the same time). Luckily, I have such a sweet mom who would hire a driver to take us back the next day when the sun was out so I could see them, and boy what a difference a day makes, but you’ll have to wait for the next post!

Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands

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After visiting the Cotswolds and exploring London, we hopped on a plane and headed up north to Scotland. Having never been to Scotland, I had no idea what to expect. And let me tell you, its my new favorite place in the entire world. Seriously, I want to move there ASAP.

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Unfortunately, we only had a few days to spend there, so I am already counting down the days I get to go back. We had the most AMAZING tour guide named Allister who was so sweet and well-informed, he literally knew the answer to every question that we had and took us to every sight that we wanted to see. We booked our tour guide Allister through a tourism company called Sincerely Paul. I highly recommend booking tours through them when you are in the UK!

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We spent the day touring Edinburgh Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots lived for a period of time. She happens to be one of my absolute favorite queens to ever live, so ninety percent of the questions I had for Allister revolved around her and the history of her reign.

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After the castle, we roamed the city on foot and learned about nearly every piece of history, myth, and folklore legend that the city had to offer. We were also treated to bagpipes all along the way, making our tour all the more authentic.

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Allister!

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The next morning, we met Allister bright and early to tour around the Scottish Highlands and learn more about the history of the country. We booked him for a full day of touring (roughly 8 hours), but we ended up being able to extend the tour and drove around the whole country for nearly 12 hours. I honestly can’t say it enough, but he was the most wonderful tour guide and was happy to show us any and all things throughout Scotland.

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We started out the day with a trip to the coast and then made our way to Falkland to see the Falkland Palace and tour the first of many cute villages.

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This sweet little house was right next to the castle and I could just pictre living in it and having a cute, little garden full of flowers.

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Each of the country roads was lined with strawberry stands and lavender fields. We couldn’t resist stopping at one of the booths and picking up some of the best berries we have ever eaten.

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It was a must on our list to make a stop up in St. Andrews where Wills met Kate and also to stop at the golf course for the boys.

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^ He’s such a mamas boy, he’d never admit it though.

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After passing fields and fields of sheep and castle after castle, we made our way back to Edinburgh for the evening. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of travel buddies or tour guide. I wish that we could have spent more time in Scotland, but that only means that I have to make a trip back.

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The next morning, we woke at the crack of dawn and flew off on our next adventure.

Summer Style with Banana Republic

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I’ve always been a huge fan of Banana Republic, so when they asked if I would like to participate in their summer campaign and style up a few pieces from their collection I couldn’t resist! Once I saw this dress on their site, I knew I needed it. I love the color and floral print, the perfect combination for summer. The cut, length, and material are all perfect as well. Did I mention that it has pockets? That makes it the ultimate summer dress. It’s also the perfect transitional piece to mix into your fall wardrobe. Click here to make your closet happy.

I was also super excited about finally getting my feet into some super cute lace up flats. I had the hardest time picking which color I wanted, I literally had every color in my shopping cart. They are SUPER comfortable and flattering. I always am skeptical when it comes to lace up shoes because I’m short and worry that they will make me look even shorter than I actually am, but these are so great!

I shot these photos on my recent trip to Ireland when I was staying at Ashford Castle. I couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop for this post.

Thanks for freshening up my summer style, Banana Republic!

This post was sponsored by Banana Republic. A huge thank you to the Banana Republic Team for making this post possible. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.

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