This is by far one of my favorite spots in Dublin! Peaceful, tucked away, and completely gorgeous, the Dublin Botanic Gardens are a great way to spend an afternoon, whether you’re local or just in for the weekend. The gardens are home to two enormous greenhouses brimming with plants from all over the world: succulents, orchids, palm trees, prairie grasses, the list goes on and on.
Summer doesn’t get too warm around here (it’s July and 60 degrees), so my favorite spot has to be the tropics room. The air is humid and hot and reminds me of those super sticky summer days back home in the Midwest. I know most people hate the heat, but I have totally been craving it – this whole ‘temperate climate’ thing just feels so wrong!
I’ve never had much of a green thumb myself (in fact, I can barely keep a cactus alive…) but I’ve always loved a lush garden. One of my first memories is playing in the enormous hydrangea bushes in front of our house and walking barefoot through the dirt in our garden. The city can be great and I love that there is so much to do, but I’d swap a concrete jungle for a real one any day.
I seriously can’t recommend a visit to the Botanic Gardens enough. And if you’re around, there’s no excuse: they’re completely free and open to the public with several bus lines running right out to them. Every time I get out there, I’m always kicking myself that I don’t visit often enough! They’re at the top of my list. 🌿
Check ’em out! Visit information:
Open 9-5 Monday to Friday and 10-6 Saturday & Sunday. Buses 83a, 40, and 140 all have stops either at Glasnevin Cemetery or Botanic Avenue within walking distances of the gardens. Admission is free!
Get your nature on and enjoy!
So this is mostly wishful thinking because it will definitely not be warm enough for me to wear any of this, but in the spirit of the season I wanted to put up a few picks for you hot weather folks. Classic with a fun, whimsical twist (& apparently I’ve got a thing for rabbits going this summer 🐰) Enjoy!
1) Henriette Dress by dRA – Lately I’ve been trying to focus on finding pieces that suit my shape. I get so caught up in fun proportions or trendy styles that I sometimes forget I’m dressing me. This dress is totally appropriate, though, with a deep V neck and empire waist and I love how easy it would be to throw on with white sneakers and silver jewelry.
2) Woodland Bunny Watch by Olivia Burton – We carry this watch brand at Bow & Pearl and I came across this sweet little piece while updating our stock. I love that it’s whimsical but still modern and has vegan leather which is good for both the animals and my wallet.
3) Rattan Wedge by Charlotte Olympia – Okay, so obviously a dream purchase with such a high price tag (even at half off!) but I love the idea of a statement heel. I find myself drawn to a lot of simple dresses so a little pop of personality is definitely needed. This pair is somewhere between old Hollywood starlet and chic suburban mom going out to dinner in Florida, which I completely love.
4) Round Rabbit Mini Bag by Andrés Gallardo – Another reach purchase here too, but I think I might be falling for the round bag trend. I saw one that I loved on Julia Engel’s blog and can’t stop thinking about them. I love the cobalt color and sweet detail on this one and the mini shape helps it feel like less of a hat box. I’m on the hunt for some more affordable options, so I’ll keep ya updated.
5) Bow Back Playsuit by One O Eight – I’m a sucker for a great romper and this one is perfect! We just ordered in pieces from this brand at Bow & Pearl and I stumbled upon this awesome little playsuit on their website. Love the fresh green and white pattern and I would totally style it as shown, with white sneakers and a bun. Or dress it up with a banana yellow heel and beachy waves for a date night. Can’t beat a versatile piece at a reasonable price!
What are you wearing this summer? Realistically it will be denim and sweaters for me all summer, but alas I’ve never met a cozy summer night I didn’t like…
Last week, I took my parents to a few of my favorite spots around the city, one of them being Glasnevin Cemetery up on the North side of the city. Now I know it sounds totally morbid to go hang out in a cemetery, but it’s actually incredibly peaceful and a lovely sanctuary from the tourist traps and busy downtown area.
Before the establishment of Glasnevin Cemetery, there were no Irish Catholic cemeteries in Dublin under British rule. After a long legal battle and campaign championing the rights of Catholics, the cemetery was established in 1832. It has since become the resting place for many Irish heroes, including Michael Collins, Éamon de Valera, Daniel O’Connell, and Charles Stewart Parnell. With nearly 1.5 million internments, Glasnevin Cemetery is enormous and it’s quite stunning to see the ocean of graves across the grass.
There is something profound about being in this graveyard because every time I come here I end up having great conversations with whoever I’m with. Long talks about being present in life, what the future may bring, and loss we’ve felt in the past; laughter and memories of loved ones who have gone already; a connection to family that goes beyond life. I loved spending time here with my dad and my stepmom – to hear about my relatives with both reverence and joy. To hear stories that are told in that lovingly sarcastic tone that only comes with time and retellings.
On our way out we stopped at the famous Gravediggers pub, located right outside the Eastern gates of the cemetery. Legend has it that the gravediggers would stop in before burying the bodies, leaving the casket on one of the pub’s tables. I asked the man behind the bar which table was the infamous spot and only got a mischievous smile and a “those are only stories…” 😏
If you’re around Dublin and are looking to get out of the city centre for an afternoon I highly recommend this area. Between the cemetery and the Botanic Gardens, which I’ll be sharing next, it’s a great way to see a new part of Dublin. Cheers!