Look of the Irish | Ashford Castle

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Do any of you guys have a “travel wish list” of all the countries/places you’d like to visit and experience during your lifetime? For me, Ireland has always been a top contender – the rolling low-lying mountains and lush vegetation are images that catch my attention each time I see them on Instagram. Not to mention I’m quite fond of food and beverage culture and feel like I’d be benefitting the enhancment of my palate with a trip to Ireland. But on a personal standpoint, witnessing the style behind Ireland’s fashion and learning more about the influential designers from the country would be a huge inspiration.

My love of travel, food and style all intersect in this country and by teaming up with Red Carnation Hotels for this post, I’ve become more aware of how badly I want to visit Ireland! If I were to go in the near future, one of the places I would mark on my list to stay is the luxurious Ashford Castle.

Built in the 13th Century, this castle-turned-luxury hotel is a destination within itself due to the elegance of its interior as well as the surrounding grounds in which it stands on. I’m all about staying in places with history behind them and a story to tell, so needless to say the visit would be both an educational and luxurious experience.

In terms of dressing the part while in Ireland and visiting Ashford Castle – let’s pretend I’d be visiting this spring/summer – my approach would lean towards the design style of modern-day Irish designer Paul Costelloe. His SS16 collection focuses on vibrant colors like orange and pretty pastels such as lavender, with silhouettes resembling a baby doll dress and playful in nature. I gravitated towards both the cut and color of his collection focus and interpreted it when putting together my own variation of one of his collection looks.

Lavender & lace with bell sleeve detail keep this look young and flirty, while the oversized draping nature of the top and extender below the hem closely resembles the fabric nature of a Costelloe SS16 design. Instead of pairing this look with white heeled sneakers such as the runway, I opted for a sleeker caged heel that would be much more appropriate for an evening look spent dining at Ashford Castle. Now I know the clutch isn’t from the country of Ireland, but the concept of tartan plaid is what I’m trying to showcase with a solid-base outfit. You can get creative with the print of your accessories/clutch when the canvas of the outfit below remains still and neutral. Shop similar below:


Forever 21 dress ∙ Grace & Lace dress extender ∙ Pour La Victoire heels  Burberry clutchsimilar




* To Be Bright is partnered with Red Carnation Hotels for this sponsored post. All opinions are my own

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  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman May 5, 2016 at 9:39 am

    This outfit is so cute and it looks so comfy. I just love the shoes. Thank you so much for sharing

  • Reply Robyn Proctor May 5, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I’m loving the sleeves, great look!

  • Reply Candace May 5, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I love how you layered the dress. It works perfect with the shoes! 🙂


  • Reply Meagan May 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Those sleeves are beautiful! So pretty and romantic 🙂 My husband and I are living in Rome right now and would love to travel to Ireland while we’re so close. It sounds amazing!

  • Reply April Gupton May 6, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Beautiful outfit!

  • Reply Shellie Bowdoin May 7, 2016 at 3:47 am

    This dress is so lovely and unique. It really does evoke the feeling of another era, but in a cool and modern way. I loved your post! I have chosen this as one of my featured faves from last week’s Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. I will be featuring you on my blog this Thursday.


  • Reply Cheryl Everitt May 8, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Amazing outfit! Thanks for the review.

  • Reply katherines corner May 8, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Love, love, love, this dress on you (tunic on me). The embellished bell sleeves are so pretty. You of course look lovely. I am fortunate enough that I have traveled and lived in many countries. But, there is one place I haven’t been , Vermont in the Autumn. It has been on my wish list for 20 years. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop link party. Watch for your feature tomorrow xo

    • Reply Tilden May 10, 2016 at 6:12 am

      Thank you so much for the feature, Katherine! I made sure to include it/link back to your post on my PRESS page :]

  • Reply Carolyn Massey May 9, 2016 at 7:35 am

    The outfit is so neat and loving the shoes. I have always wanted to go to Ireland and the Ashford Castle sounds like it would be a great place to stay.

  • Reply Happiness at Mid Life May 10, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I love the double dress!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


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