Is there a place in the world where you’ve been for the first time, and it immediately felt like home? If you’ve ever had that sensation, you understand my feelings towards Ireland. It is a land where you meet unfamiliar, yet friendly accents. The land is green, the hospitality is so warm that you’ll thaw from how cold it is outside, and let me tell you, the scenery has the ability to transport you back in time.

The first day of our trip, my friends and I spent exploring the city of Dublin. My favorite part however, was the second day where we took a day trip to the more rural parts of Ireland. While passing rich green hills filled with cattle through the panoramic windows of our bus, our tour guide in her deep Irish accent told us old tales of Irish myths and history. In the background played hypnotizing Irish tunes, making forget the world outside Celtic borders. Some stops we made during our trip were to stone castles like Dungaire Castle, which was surrounded by lakes of swans and wreaked of the legend of a pirate Princess.

We also saw the indescribable cliffs of Moher, where I practically fangirled because of its connection to the movie, the Princess Bride (Cliffs of INSANITY) Another personal favorite stop we made was at an adorable little chocolate factory. I definitely went in to get some purely chocolate hot chocolate to warm up from a windy day outside exploring.

As it was a windy day outside exploring, I dressed accordingly. My garment of choice was definitely a black and grey flannel. What’s great about this piece is that it is as long as a tunic, providing extra warmth. Meanwhile, it’s tighter fit keeps the torso looking feminine rather than baggy, as flannels tend to be in nature. For bottoms, I stuck with a dark pair of jeans cuffed at the ankle to show off my black ankle boots. Lastly, I had to keep it Krischic with my hunter green jacket with tight leather sleeves.

Ireland was a beautiful land that stole my heart. I hope to one day return to it, and explore more of its wonders as well as come by the warm hospitality of its people.

Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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