Spring By The Sea

fullsizeoutput_366bSome days, you have to throw on your Sunday best, muddy a pair of white heels and twirl by the daffodils by the sea. This past weekend was Newport’s Daffodil Days Festival. Daffodils were blooming all over the island, along the Cliff Walk and covering fields. While it was gloomy and foggy, the yellow blooms provided all the sunshine I needed. The weather was perfect for spring and even the magnolias had started to bloom.

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I felt like a porcelain doll in this feminine blue dress. It’ a gorgeous shade of blue, perfect for twirling and has the most beautiful detailing all over. The lining is extremely high quality and the waistline falls at the perfect place. I had so much fun frolicking in the mud in white heels. Fortunately, they wiped off clean! fullsizeoutput_365afullsizeoutput_365dfullsizeoutput_3663fullsizeoutput_3658

Dress // Heels

 

It Was All Yellow…

 

fullsizeoutput_3610Last night I flew home for Easter! I’m so happy to be home and be able to spend time relaxing with my parents, dog and cats. On the plane, I got through editing my 20 page paper and wrote another in 50 minutes, so I’m free for the weekend! When I get back to school, I only have two more days of classes before finals. It’s finally almost over!

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Because this weekend was forecasted to be rainy, my mom and I got up this morning, got the dog in the car, and drove over to Parson’s Reserve in Dartmouth, MA. I went two years ago (see the post here), and the daffodils are just as stunning! Delila and I decided to coordinate in yellow outfits and my hat even matched her coloring. She had so much fun exploring the daffodils, sniffing babies and dragging me around. Her ears were up and a smile was on her face the entire time!

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Hat // Sandals // Dress

April 9, 2014

Tonight, Instagram sent me an “on this day” notification from a post I made 5 years ago. It was a photo of two of my friends and I with our orchestra teacher, after our spring concert. April 9, 2014, I was a sophomore in high school. I was 16, and honestly, a completely different person. You don’t think you change at all until you look back and realize how different everything is. When this photo was taken, I didn’t even have my license yet. I hadn’t taken an AP class or even thought about where I might go to college. If you think I’m quiet now, you should’ve seen (not heard, lol) me then. Going anywhere alone or talking to someone I didn’t know terrified me.  If you had told me then that I would be living in a city (DC of all places) or about to go to law school after finishing college a year early, there’s no way I would’ve believed you. I didn’t even own any Lilly!

Until I saw this memory and got to thinking just what my life was like just 5 short years ago, I thought I really hadn’t changed. I’m still the confident, crazy, intense, hardworking person I always have been, but nowhere near the person I am now. My perspective has really shifted. There was so much I didn’t know and in the past five years, from 16-21, I’ve grown into myself so much.

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While it feels like an eternity ago, I remember this night like it was yesterday. It was the last time I performed a solo for an audience and I can confidently say that this is one of the last moments I loved playing violin. Most people don’t know, but from age 8, I’ve played. I was good and I loved it so much, until I didn’t. After my solo, everyone in the audience was shocked and impressed with what had just come out of my instrument. It was one of my favorite songs, I’d practiced it for months, and I had fun performing.

So what happened? At some point along the way, I stopped playing for myself, because I loved it, and started playing for other reasons: for the orchestra, for a line on my resume to get into college, for a competition. A few months later, my junior year started which meant 3 AP classes in addition to my honors ones, endless activities and assignments, a cultural exchange program, and more stress than I should’ve put myself under. I didn’t have time to breathe or practice, and when I could play, it was for school and just not fun at all. Literally everything in my life, including violin, became competitive, and I couldn’t handle all of it. Violin was the easiest thing to let go. Eventually, I stopped going to my Saturday private lessons and my instrument started collecting dust.

Looking back, I wish I quit orchestra and continued to just play for myself. I would have been so much happier, and it would have been a good outlet for my stress. I was actually good, and I wish I didn’t just throw my skills away.

They’re still here, though. Occasionally, I still pick up the violin and play for myself when no one’s around. I know now that to love it, it has to be just for me, at least for the time being. Ironically, I always start by playing the same song I performed 5 years ago in 2014. It’s still my favorite, and I still, somehow, have it memorized. I think 2014 Cashel would have been sad that I’m not still playing like I used to, and that makes me a little sad too. However, 2014 Cashel would be thrilled to know that I made it into a good college and law school. Since elementary school, that’s all I’ve wanted. Knowing I would make it would have made the last 5 (or 10) years so much easier, but what makes it hard is knowing that I didn’t have to lose something I loved to do it. I guess to win some things in life you have to lose others, but it’s never too late to get them back.

Capitol Blooms

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The weather this weekend was too beautiful to stay inside. Instead, I went for a walk around the Capitol to look at blooms and enjoy the weather. Cherry blossoms, forsythias, daffodils and tulips were all in bloom. While I was walking around, some guy catcalled me. Guess my outfit was cute!

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Shorts // Similar Top // Booties

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Another day, I went for a walk around Georgetown to check out flower boxes and blooms around the homes. Georgetown is charming any time of year, but especially when flowers are popping up everywhere you look!

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Daffodil Showers

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For a city, DC is really full of blooms this time of year. Who would’ve thought that there’d be an entire “field” of daffodils in the middle of the city? Every year, I take a walk around here (stepping on paths, not flowers), and it’s always raining! This year, I came prepared with my rain coat and hunter boots. While this rain coat is not the best dirt color, it couldn’t be any cuter. It is form fitting, has a cute tie belt for shape, not that it needs it. The light blue color is gorgeous and it even has a hood! I had to size down and find myself wearing it even on sunny days.

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Rain Coat // Hunter Boots

The Cherry Blossom Leopard

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My leopard outfit was the perfect look for Sunday brunch and a walk around the tidal basin to look at the cherry blossoms, which are currently peaked! I paired a basic white scalloped cami with my favorite pair of boyfriend jeans before adding the cutest leopard blazer and matching leopard heels for a pop. I love how the heels have hair on them to make them look more natural. They’re so comfortable too! Leopard has been huge lately, and I’m thrilled that the print is still going strong!

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Leopard Blazer // Leopard Heels // Boyfriend Jeans // Scalloped Cami