Irish I were in Ireland Still (3 of 3x Thursday)

Ok, maybe I don’t wish I was still there, but it would have been pretty awesome if our trip was during Saint Patrick’s Day!

I briefly mentioned that I was a teeny bit Irish, the only way I know that for sure is because of AncestryDNA. I already knew that I was 25% Japanese (my dad’s mom was 100% Japanese) and that was my control to know if the results were accurate or not. My results did confirm that I am a fourth Japanese and they also stated that I am roughly 14% Irish. This seems to be pretty accurate because (on my dad’s, dad’s side of the family) we believe my great-grandmother was 100% Irish, which would break down for me to be an eighth. The extra couple percent might be from my mom’s side, but I not really sure what we are on that side of the family. I want to get my mom and dad to do the test themselves which would provide me with more accurate info about mine.

The test is really simple to do and only $99 (plus shipping & tax) which I think is pretty reasonable. Right now they’re doing a special for St. Patrick’s Day until March 19th for $89, so go get yours!

Alright, about my nails! Of course I had to do something green. Since Ireland is associated with green, clovers and rainbows, I thought a green holo (light shifting/diffused into rainbows) gradient with a golden clover would be perfect!

Colors used:

  • Cupcake Polish- Unbeleafable, dark part of the gradient & the base of the accent nail
  • Cupcake Polis- Leaf Me Alone, medium color for the gradient
  • Color Club- Kismet, lightest part of the gradient
  • Pure Ice- Studette, used for the clover
  • China Glaze- Fairy Dust, top coat on all nails
  • Decal/stencil- Luck Variety Vinyls

Phew, I made it through my three posts in one day. Thanks for hanging in there with me 🙂

Have a happy and SAFE St. Patty’s tomorrow,

Tootles!

 

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London & Ireland (2 of 3x Thursday)

Hey there!

As mentioned in my previous post, I went on a trip with my mom recently to London and Ireland. I did a similar trip five years ago with my best friend (we flew to Ireland first then to London). Both times I spent almost a week in Ireland, spending three days going on individual day tours all over the island with Paddywagon Tours. They’re awesome, loved them each time! We spent the other days wandering around Dublin (our home base on both trips). In London, we mostly walked around as much as we could, but this time with my mom, we did a hop-on hop-off bus tour of London. I wish we had done the bus tour earlier in the trip, we would have been able to see more… Maybe next time!

I don’t want to ramble on forever about every single thing I did, but I’ll provide the tours we took in Ireland (each from Dublin). If you have any specific questions, drop a comment for me!

  • Cliffs of Moher – Did this on both trips, best to go when its not summer, summer heat brings fog and its harder to see the cliffs, if at all. I learned that the hard way in 2012. If/when you see the Cliffs, they’re amazing! The views are breathtaking (especially if the harsh winds are going, we nearly got blown away!).
  • Giant’s Causeway – This is one of my favorite places in the world! It has some of my favorite things: rocks, hexagons, and moss! (I’m a weirdo hehe) This tour is so great with the basalt columns and braving the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
  • Kilkenny & Wicklow – This was my first time taking this tour, our Giant’s Causeway guide recommended it. I’m so glad we did this, it was beautiful and it was pretty interesting exploring Kilkenny Castle.
  • Blarney – I did this one in 2012 but not this year. I wouldn’t put this in my top tours, but it’s still pretty cool to kiss the stone and see the different towns that you stop at on the tour. I believe this tour has changed in the last 5 years, because when I took this tour, we stopped in Cobh (aka Queenstown) which was the final stop for the Titanic before it headed for New York.
  • Belfast – I haven’t done this one, but I have every intention to do it the next time I go to Ireland (I’m pretty sure I’ll be visiting again).

Tootles!

 

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Emerald Isle

Greetings from Dublin! I’m here on vacation with my mom and we’re having a blast! We just arrived this afternoon. We spent the last two nights and a couple of days in London, which was great, but I have a sweet spot for Ireland (I’m a wee bit Irish and I was here 5 years ago).

Going to make this mani Monday post relatively quick (I’ll post more about our trip once we get back home). Of course I had to do Irish inspired nails (since we’re here almost a week and only spent a couple of days in London). I LOVE how these turned out. Initially I wanted to do something completely different than these, but I’m glad I went this route.

Colors used:

  • OPI Color Paints- Landscape Artist, for the base
  • Cupcake Polish- Unbeleafable, holo tips
  • Kiss Nail Art Polish- Gold Glitter liner
  • OPI- Bling Dynasty H41 (I think this is the gold I used) for the accent nail
  • Stamp Plate- Moyou Steampunk Collection – 07 with the Unbeleafable polish

I hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for details about my trip when I get back (probably will make a post next Monday or Tuesday, maybe).

Cheers!

 

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