The Castle Cat-Lovers Need To Visit

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This wasn't my first time exploring Belfast Castle, but this time we headed out on a sunny day to snap some pictures around the grounds and it was the first time I noticed the preponderance of cats in the castle gardens. We didn't take too many pictures around the gardens since they're not quite "springing to life" yet, but the cat mural photographed below is just the tip of the cat's whisker (a teaser to entice any cat-lover to go find all the cats for themselves). In summer there are cat topiaries and year-round statues, mosaics, even ironwork of cats, are scattered throughout the gardens numbering to a total a nine cats--some are more hidden than others and the reception desk of the castle will provide a cat map to help you locate them all. The reason the castle is a bit cat-mad is an old legend that states visitors to Belfast Castle will have good luck as long as a cat resides there. In retrospect I probably should have worn a cat print dress as a nod to the gardens we shot beside, but instead I couldn't resist bringing my latest Modcloth dress here. It's still a bit brisk here for this sort of outfit, but I have summer holidays dancing in my head and couldn't resist wearing it simply with matching flats and a vintage fascinator. I've been wearing Modcloth since the very beginning of this blog--I think my first post wearing a Modcloth dress was back in 2009!--and I'm just about as in love with their offerings now as I was way back then. I snagged a few of these ladylike dresses for spring and I feel really elegant in all of them; they're cut a bit longer than my usual preference but worn with little ballet flats this length makes me feel a bit like Audrey Hepburn. 
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vintage headband, Modcloth sundress c/o (also comes in navy, grey stripes, and red floral), more basket bags, yellow flats
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34 comments:

  1. I'd love to see photos of the cats!! Sounds like heaven for cat-lovers indeed! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  2. I actually looooove this lenght on you!

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  3. This castle looks so breathtaking! I’m a cat lover so this looks right up my alley.

    Xo, Jenna

    instagram.com/circusofcakes/

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  4. My inner 90 year old cat lady is allll about this ��

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  5. Oof this place and you are stunning! I have lots of Irish heritage, and I have always wanted to visit ��

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  6. From insta here lol!! I just fell in love with your blogs soooo amazing! �� @simplyy_brii

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  7. I went once to a little island and saw a lot of cats everywhere! Then a local told me the place was known as the "cat island" because of the large amount of stray cats that lived there. I felt really bad about them :(

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  8. On my to go list now!������

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  9. I too am finding myself in clothes that are not weather appropriate lol but it's been winter so long in Canada I can't help but dream of spring. Side note:I love this font.

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  10. That is an absolutely beautiful place. I need to visit it one day. All the places you visit look wonderful through your lens :)

    Much love! x

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  11. Jenny Hann (The Puppet Princess)March 24, 2018 at 11:31 AM

    Such a stunning place! Would love to go there one day! Love the dress!

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  12. I was working photographer today and now I dream to make your photos one day. I absolutely love to travel and see castles! I’ve seen in Czech, Finland, Russia, Germany. But it was difficult because I live in Moscow. I absolutely love UK and hope to see it and make your photos. Thanks for fantastic photos! You look amazing on this post!

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  13. The dress is BEAUTIFUL ��

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  14. Gorgeous as always! @devonbohm

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  15. There's so many things I missed to vist when I lived in Ireland :(

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  16. This castle is stunning and so are all your photos! Can’t wait to see more castle + outfit blog posts <3

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  17. Your dress is sooo beautiful ❤ I hope I can go to Belfast one day and see the castle! And the cats ❤

    @littlemomona

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  18. That dress is lovely! The colors are perfect on you!

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  19. This place is something out of a fairy tale! I especially love all the details in red. Photographing in a castle like this is a huge dream of mine! ❤️
    Your photos are beyond perfect!

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  20. Beautiful! My sistwr-in-law just moved to Belfast so I'm looking for places to visit in Belfast. This will be number 1 my list!
    Love your blog! And that dress is ♥.
    @what.rachel.wore

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    1. If you like hiking, the area around the castle is supposed to be good for hikes as well!

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  21. These photos are GORGOUS! The castle makes for a seriously beautiful backdrop for that dress

    -@katiekuropas

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  22. Your outfit is really lovely, indeed very Audrey Hepburn like! I used to live in the UK for some years and my favourite thing to do was to go to National Trust Manors and spend the day looking around the beautiful mansions and sipping tea, like in the old times. And I would even try to dress up in vintage style every now and then! Old soul in a young body I guess hehe! By the way, not sure if you've heard of it, but every year there is a Jane Austen ball in Bath. It's a proper ball, with people dressing up in Regency style and going for a parade through the city centre, and dancing and dinner in the Pump Room. It is very special and one really feels like travelling in time. At least I did ��

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    1. The Jane Austen ball sounds amazing! I actually have wanted to visit Bath for ages but just always seem to go to other places lol! Hopefully one day though since it's not too hard to get to England from here.

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  23. Oh my goodness this is gorgeous! Adding to my bucket list!

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  24. Love this look so much!!! I've been searching for a bag like that one!

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    1. it's the best! I love that this one as well has little handles to carry it in your hand, but also longer straps if you want to use it like a shoulder bag! the one I had sold out, but there is a blue version here: https://www.stories.com/gb/Bags/New_in_bags/Straw_Circle_Bag/122860780-0581413002.2

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  25. Sounds and looks like a wonderful place! And splendid dress! :)

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  26. Oh, So beautiful photos!!! :))

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  27. I am obsessed with cats! I need to visit
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  28. What a beautiful dress- I love those colours together too. It must have been pretty amazing exploring the castle. Sigh...!

    By the way, I really enjoyed your post on how you edit your photos - it was really interesting to learn about your process so thanks for sharing - I tried to comment on that post but wasn't able to for some reason - no worries though :)

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    1. Thank you! And I actually disabled comments on that post; it hadn't received any comments in like 24hrs and it had good traffic, but I guessed there wasn't going to be much written feedback on it, so I just took the option away lol

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  29. this castle looks and sounds amazing (and cats are just a bonus!)! those stairs especially are gorgeous. and i love your dress as well! xx

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