Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's our last full day at Trinity College today, then it's off to the West Coast for some weekend travels to round out the trip. The weather here has been pretty spectacular this week, making it seem even more amazing to be a student here. These lucky bums get to see gorgeous views and architecture every day, all while being in the heart of Dublin.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kissing the Blarney stone is a considerably more ridiculous endeavor than I had imagined. You're at the top edge of a castle tower, lying on your back over a hole in the floor over heights that are certainly fatal. Then you dip backward, arch your back with all you've got, and pucker up. Just as you do, the constant wind tunnel swoops upward, and let me tell you it makes this girl's ginger hair go wild. The picture turned out awesome and I love it!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ever since we locked down our Ireland trip, I've been dying to see some castles. I know that there are more impressive ones to be seen on other legs of our trip, but it didn't make the first one (Dublin Castle) any less exciting. In fact it was just enough of a teaser to up the excitement that much more. Sometimes the iPhone camera really impresses me, and I thought these turned out really nice!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

dublin bound

It's finally here! With my board exam behind me, suitcase cleverly packed, and laundry list of to-dos completed, I am ready to take Ireland by storm. I'm not much for plans and tight schedules, so our itinerary is loosely structured yet chock full o' exciting things to see and do. I've vaguely mapped out some excursions to the western and southern coasts for later in the trip, but for the first weekend, we'll be settling into Dublin and exploring the city. My first week must-see list includes the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, Temple Bar, St. Mary's Abbey and the Jameson Distillery to name a few. Watch out for updates along the way... including, of course, some early fall outfits to boot. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In an attempt to avoid carrying my 200 lb laptop with me to Ireland (TOMORROW!) and still somehow update Gingersnaps, I'm relying on mobile blog posting via my trusty iPhone. This picture, taken at the Met in NYC is my first official test run. Here goes nothing!

Sent from my iPhone

Thursday, September 1, 2011

packing light(ish)

As I set forth on the always daunting task of packing a suitcase for an extended trip, I think it would be prudent to share with you some packing tips that I have created myself or gleaned from friends. It's no secret that I love clothes; I'm talking true L.O.V.E. This makes it hard for me to pack a suitcase that is anywhere near reasonable. I'm on my way to Ireland on September 15th for three weeks, and need to employ some serious conservation tactics in my preparation. 

1. Make a choice: brown or black?

I came up with this packing tip all by myself and I am very proud of it. It's actually quite genius. I find that most of my "holy crap I did not pack the right things" catastrophes come about because I don't have the right shoes, belts, and accessories to create full outfits. How to avoid this? Pack only outfits that go with black accessories, or brown ones. I find this to be much easier with all black, as I have gone with for my past two major trips. This way, I was able to pack only three pairs of shoes:  black flats, black boots, and black wedges. Also, a black belt, black skinny jeans, black scarf... you get the picture. This doesn't mean you have to look like a goth or disenchanted emo kid, there's plenty of room for colors; black is just the backdrop. Examples from my first trip to London:

2. Invest in a garment rack, or set aside some closet space.

This tip came from my friend Lauren, who is just as much of a clothes-whore as I am. She has to travel frequently for work, and found a $20 clothes rack to help her pack efficiently and appropriately. If you don't have space for another piece of furniture, just empty out a space in your usual closet rack. This way, you can put together all of the outfits you will need in an easy, visible way; you can see exactly how many pants or skirts you need to match the exact number of tops, etc... While you aren't preparing for trips, you can take a tip from Cupcakes and Cashmere, and put some of your favorite items (or clothes you realize you really should make better use of) on display.

3. Avoid packing items with only one use.

For example, I try to avoid packing a lot of "sleeping" outfits. They take up a lot of unneeded space. Instead, I sleep mostly in leggings and tank tops or t-shirts that go with my daytime outfits as well. And, hey, what's wrong with looking decent when you roll out of bed? 

4. Don't travel like a bum.

This little tip came, believe it or not, from my fiance, who thinks that dressing like a bum sets the tone for the whole travel experience. I have to agree. Every time I skip the makeup, have nasty hair, and wear my sweatpants, the travel process always seems gross and exhausting. Instead, I have started dressing cute but comfy, and wearing some of my larger items to avoid taking up suitcase space. For my first London trip, I literally wore a t-shirt, cardigan, jacket, scarf, leggings and boots on the plane (exact travel outfit below). Maybe a bit overkill, but you can bet I saved space, and used the jacket and scarf as a blanket/pillow combo.