So I have finally regained a bit of energy from what was easily the best four days of my life. As some of you may know I was in Portlaoise last week for the Regional finals of the Rose of Tralee. I cannot even begin to explain the unbelievable time I had with the fifty nine other Roses who are hands down the most talented, hilarious and gorgeous girls I have ever met. Unfortunately I wasn't chosen as one of the six Irish counties to go through to the next stage in Tralee but I had the time of my life, and I will never forget my little trip to Portlaoise that I was so lucky to experience.
As you can imagine we packed a lot into our four days there, and our feet are certainly feeling the brunt of it (heels all day, every day = pain, soo much pain). From visiting Abbeyleix house, dancing on the street with our little Rosebuds, participating in a vintage car parade, dining at Castle Durrow and of course meeting Mr. Daithi O'Shea himself, we certainly had a blast. Of course I couldn't write this post without mentioning all the lovely Roses I was honoured to meet. I felt very lucky to be considered among the same category as them. What a talented, beautiful bunch of lovely ladies ( Father Ted quote had to come in somewhere). I also couldn't go without giving a quick mention to our lovely chaperons for the week, who looked after us from dawn to dusk.
I could go on and on about each day but I think I'll save that for another time as this would be one hell of a long post, so we'll get cracking at the outfits- I don't have a photo for every outfit but sure we'll work with what we have :)
I wore this outfit travelling down to Portlaoise on the Thursday morning.
I wanted to be comfortable for my three hour journey at 8 o'clock in the morning & this outfit certainly allowed me that. I then changed into a lovely floral dress from the brand Closet for the rest of the day's activities.
Up next is what I wore to the Vintage Car Parade. I was so excited to wear this headpiece, it's just the prettiest little thing to wear. Although I did have to keep ducking whenever I was walking through any doorways :)
Clutch- New Look
Headpiece- Ruby Lane, Sligo
This is what I wore on our last day of the Regionals, where we were spoiled at Castle Durrow. If you ever get the chance to visit Co. Laoise make sure you take a trip into Castle Durrow. It is absolutely gorgeous!
Skirt- Dorothy Perkins
Clutch- Dorothy Perkins
Hat- New Look
This is the dress I wore for my night on the stage. I absolutely love the shape of it. I wish I got some better photos of it but everything was very rushed at the time. I'm sure I'll be wearing it again though :) I bought it in Ruby Lane in Sligo. - special thanks to my roomie Katie for zipping me up ;)
Here is a link to video that sums up our days in Portlaoise if you're interested in watching it, click here :)
I had such an amazing time in Portlaoise and I feel very lucky to have been given the oppertunity to experience it. I cannot wait to enjoy the rest of my year as the Mayo Rose, and I also cannot wait to head down to Tralee to support my fellow Roses and new friends :)
Thank you for reading,