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Castlewellan


While I'm not spending every moment of my stay in Northern Ireland traipsing around castles as an American abroad I do feel fortunate to have visited several, not that I have any dreams of being a princess (or even called one as a pet term). Despite being a categorical nerd growing up who definitely spent more hours locked in her bedroom with a book rather than getting the recommended amount of exercise or vitamin d and while I enjoyed fantasy novels the best where castles and princesses made frequent appearances, the term princess is still the antithesis of everything I desire to be. Whenever I admired a female protagonist she was always the sword swinging, dragon chasing, adventuring type character and if she had an nobility she usually tried to escape her title and privilege. Despite all the swashbuckling princesses I read about when I hear the term I still picture sparkly pink pillows with feather trims, which while not inherently villainous in nature it's counter to how I wish I was. Even today my preferred protagonist can be male or female, noble or poor, skilled or scraping by, but they must get outside of stone walls and battle in something besides wits...So, now as I visit castles and conjure up fictitious stories in my head about the characters who could emerge from within, I don't spend a single moment desiring to be the princess in a tower.

Outfit details:
Zara coat (similar)
Pixie Market dress
Natalie Joy bulb necklace
*pictures by Thomas

10 comments:

Priyanka S said...


Loving the Ireland series...and how awesome is the tree in the last shot - as a tree lover/climber, it's too perfect for words:)

Elise Kiki said...

Your coat is perfect and outfits you are beautiful

Bivisyani Questibrilia said...

Well, I don't know. Have you read The Constant Princess? Though the princess (the main character) didn't go to war or swing swords, she fought for her own fate - though this story is hardly a fictitious one. And I think that's highly admirable as well.

Danielle said...

I feel the same way about the idea of a princess. There is the stereotypical helpless princess who needs to be saved, and then there is the idea of a woman who can stand up for herself and not need anyone's assurance. One of my favorite female protagonists is from a series of Japanese books called The Twelve Kingdoms. The main character, Yoko, goes from being a chronically scared and insecure young girl, to becoming a strong leader of her own country, after battling her own internal demons.

Beautiful pictures by the way! It's so wonderful that you have the opportunity to take them at a castle.

Daniela Chimal said...

woooow i want to go to that country, really i imagine that in the middle of a quiet forest i can found a fairy (jeje) lovely castle and dress.

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Nikki Williams said...

that dress is so gorgeous! love the sleeves

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skye said...

This outfit is perfect for your setting!

Jennifer L said...

I agree with your thoughts about princesses completely! (although that is a pretty cool tower)

Lakshmi Ganesan said...

Ruffle dresses look amazing on you (; Is there a method to style them, without looking overly-dressed/overweight?

Meli said...

Please tell me you're a Tamora Pierce fan? Plenty of sword wielding heroines there!