Helen's Tower

My expressions in these photographs in no way convey the amount of excitement I had when I first saw Helen's Tower. The other week was my one year anniversary with Thomas and I was mostly exited to be in Northern Ireland to spend time with him and didn't anticipate more than a meal out to commemorate the occasion. He surprised me by announcing we were going away for a couple of day and didn't reveal the destination, even as we drove off towards the seaside I was in the dark. It wasn't until we found our way on a small backroad driving deeper and deeper into some murky woods and finally rounded a corner to see this tower looming above us that our destination--Helen's Tower--was revealed to me. As an American all too easily impressed with the sight of castle ruins the idea of staying in an actual tower for a few nights was quite overwhelmingly (to use my most American term) awesome. The tower was built in the 1800s and the Irish Landmark trust has renovated it (along with other interesting properties) to make the tower suitable for brief visits. I have more pictures to share inside some of the rooms in the tower, but today the focus is on the impressive exterior, the spiral staircase that rose through the center, and our little rooftop area which provided beautiful views on less foggy days. It felt quite surreal to unlock the front door and make ourselves at home--even on our second night sitting by the fire with a game of Scrabble in the evening I found my eyes wandering around the room and wondering how I managed to get there. Definitely an outstanding anniversary surprise that I won't soon get over.

Outfit details:
Seychelles oxfords
*pictures by Thomas



  1. Happy Anniversary! That is seriously amazing. Your pictures are something out of a fairytale or novel.

  2. Best boyfriend ever! ;) I'm Irish and have been longing to stay in one of the Landmark Trust buildings for years but haven't been able to make it happen yet. Its a great idea for such a special occasion. Congratulations! I'm really enjoying your photos of Ireland, you manage to make even the fog & the greyness look magical and romantic!

  3. Happy anniversary! What a marvellous surprise by Thomas! :) The images with the fog couldn't feel more magic, it looks just straight out of a movie. Specially in love with the picture of you on the tower seen from above (n.9). Can't wait to see how the interiors looked like.

    The cat, you and us

  4. That's an amazing 1 year anniversary gift. Congratulations to the two of you. I love your outfit in these pics, and Helen's Tower looks amazing!

    -Helen Grace


  5. beautiful place, beautiful dress, beautiful pictures, as always!!

  6. Oh my, happiest of anniversaries to you two! What a special place to celebrate. And I must say, your outfit is beyond perfect...

  7. The tower in the mists looks so mysteriois. Reminds me of the time I spend in Karlovy Vary during the Film festival. There was a similar tower in the hills and they made a bar there. They put there various props from horror movies and it was really awesome. I hope they will recreate it this year again, but they said it was a one time only thing.

    Hugsy, Georgiana :3

  8. This is such an awesome location! I have never seen anything like it and it's so sweet of your boyfriend to do something so awesome on your anniversary! Love the outfit as well!


  9. these photos are absolutely gorgeous!



  10. Oh my gosh, what a fantastic surprise! It looks absolutely gorgeous. Happy anniversary!

    Also, I absolutely love these photos. The fog makes them look so surreal, like it's from a fairy tale.

    - Stefani

  11. Happy Anniversary!

  12. happy anniversary!!! so pretty!

    at this volume

  13. Oh how darling and romantic !!!! The mood is conveyed exquisitely!

  14. The colors of your outfit really suit you. Happy Anniversary! Your mister is such a romantic to bring you to such a fabulous location.


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