Things have been a bit quiet over here but if you are following me on instagram or snapchat you know I’ve been in Ireland this past week with a small group for The Retreat: Ireland. The Retreat is an exclusive luxury design tour, organized by the internationally renown interior designer Grania Murray, featuring some of Ireland’s most iconic designers, artists, chefs, and more. For the inaugural retreat, Grania selected a handful of bloggers to jet off to Ireland for the experience of a lifetime.. Over the next week or two, I’ll be sharing a bit about each of our days, including the luxurious hotels we stayed in, talented designers and artists we met, exquisite meals, and of course, my personal style at each of these. I’ll conclude my coverage with a photo diary of sorts and my thoughts on The Retreat! Trust me, by the end, you’ll be yearning to skip off to Ireland for Grania’s Retreat yourself..
After arriving in Dublin last Sunday and checking into the incredible Powerscourt Hotel (more on that to come) with my sister Jessica, we enjoyed a relaxing day at the ESPA at Powerscourt followed by delicious room service and a low key night to recover from jet lag. We woke up bright and late (thanks to my alarm not going off) Monday morning, and headed off to the Avoca Heandweavers Mill headquarters after the most delicious breakfast at Powerscourt. Our group received a private tour of the mill, going behind the scenes and seeing how the Avoca pieces are made. Avoca Handweavers is the oldest operating mill in Ireland and it produces some of the most luxurious throws, scarves, and more. It was such a treat to see in detail the makings of a wool scarf, some of the process only able to be done by hand!
After Avoca, we headed back to the Powerscourt Estate and visited the Powerscourt Waterfall – Ireland’s highest waterfall. It was such an exhilarating sight to see the thundering water hitting the rocks over the cliff. We enjoyed lunch back at the Powerscourt Mansion and did a little damage in the adjoining shops there. I picked up some Irish chocolates that I have yet to try.. saving for a special treat!
For our first day, I decided to dress comfortably and in layers. The weather in Ireland tends to change at a moment’s notice, so I made sure I could easily remove or put on different layers of clothing. This tan trench coat I got right before the trip was the perfect piece and I ended up wearing it a ton while in Ireland. I wore these lace up flats for most of the day, but also brought along these little ankle rainboots in case a heavy rain decided to hit us at some point while out and about.
Check back tomorrow for photos of the breathtaking Powerscourt Hotel + details on our hosted dinner there!
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