Kylemore Abbey, resort wear, thoughts on influencers, American girls in crisis and more on weekend meanderings!
Good Saturday morning friends! Today I am joining Kim and Juliet for weekend meanderings, our weekly series of things that caught our eye and piqued our interest.
How are you? Were you out celebrating St. Patrick’s day yesterday? I skipped the celebrations. and went to bed early. I have been dragging since we lost an hour of sleep last Sunday. I have’t slept well all week. Anyone else feel a little sluggish since daylight savings?
Can we talk about the weather for a minute? Did you get snow this week? Can you believe that in NE some got 42″ of snow in 2 days, and had no power! That is a lot of snow! But not as much as Lake Tahoe, some areas have received 50 feet of snow this winter!
Ok, enough about the weather, let’s meander.
Last week on weekend meanderings I shared the beautiful Kinross house in Scotland, this week in honor of St. Patricks’s Day I thought I would share a beautiful place in Ireland, Kylemore Abbey.
Kylemore Castle was built in 1868 as a private home for the family of Mitchell Henry, a doctor from London. The castle is 40,000 sq. feet and took 100 men about 4 years to build. Originally it had 70 rooms, including 33 bedrooms! In 1903 the castle was sold to the Duke and Duchess of Manchester, sadly they were forced to sell the house after a few years because of gambling debts.
The house was purchased in 1920 by the Irish Benedictine Nuns who had been forced flee their Abbey in Ypres during WWI. The nuns have lived and worked at the Abbey ever since, primarily teaching young girls(until 2010)but also making and selling chocolate among other things. In 1970 they opened the gardens to the public and in 2015 they created a partnership with the University of Notre Dame to host academic programs.
“Kylemore Abbey’s Victorian Walled Garden is an oasis of ordered splendour in the wild Connemara Countryside. Developed along with the Castle in the late 1800s it once boasted 21 heated glasshouses and a workforce of 40 gardeners. One of the last walled gardens built during the Victorian period in Ireland it was so advanced for the time that it was compared in magnificence with Kew Gardens in London.”Today Kylemore is a Heritage Garden displaying only plant varieties from the Victorian era. The bedding is changed twice a year, for Spring and Summer and its colours change throughout the year.
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Ireland is on my list of places to visit and I will definitely be adding Kylemore Abbey to the list as well.
Spring break is upon us and summer travel plans are on the books. This week Kim and Cindy shared resort wear on their Signature Style Series. Cindy shared outfits for women over 50 and Kim shared her package tips as well. Both posts have beautiful outfits and tips to look and feel your best while enjoying your holiday.
One of my favorite quotes from Cindy, “What should a 60 year old woman wear on the beach, whatever she feel comfortable in.” Great advice for women of any age.
Thoughts on Influencers
Gwyneth Paltrow has the internet in an uproar this week. A few days ago on the The Art of Being Well with Dr. Cole she shared among other things her wellness routine, including her daily diet. To summarize, she practices intermittent fasting(I do too), and easts between 12-6. At noon she has breaks her fast with coffee, for lunch has a bowl of bone broth and then for dinner she eats “lots of vegetables”.
Doctors and dietitians around the country have weighed and and said this is not enough food or nutrients for a day and this is dangerous for the people that follow her.
First let me say that the internet is filled with good and bad information. Unfortunately, many people take the information on the internet as “truth”. We live in an age where we are bombarded with filtered images and misinformation and we are at the mercy of the “almighty” algorithm.
People are soaking up this information like sponges, especially young girls. I personally feel that if you are in a position as a role model or as a wellness expert you should be a little more conscientious of what you are putting out in the world.
You are free to disagree with me, but this is the age of the INFLUENCER! If you are an influencer, no matter how big or small you have a responsibility to the people who follow you and the people who see your content.
As an influencer your words and images represent what you believe, wear, buy, sell and how you live. Or so we are led to believe. People young and old soak up this information and purchase products based upon your recommendations, they eat certain food, listen to podcasts, read books, etc, all because you mentioned it.
Say What You Mean Mean What You Say
A few years ago a blogger/influencer that I follow wrote an interesting post. She mentioned that she was frequently having Amazon “try-on” sessions and one day her grandmother asked her why? The blogger said, I don’t understand your question. Her grandmother responded, you write about the state of the world and global warming, you frequently share information about saving the planet so that it will be here for your two daughters and yet you are continually selling “fast-fashion” that ends up in landfills and is hurtful to the environment. Needless to say, she doesn’t promote fast fashion any longer because it does not align with her values.
Do you have any thoughts on influencers? Or n the plethora of information for health and wellness on social media much of it untested and not backed by science?
P.S. Late yesterday Gwyneth gave a statement on Instagram stating that she has long Covid and that some days she eats more, some days less. She stated that her diet is not for everyone and is based upon her health needs.
American Girls in Crisis
Speaking of which, have you seen the alarming statistics about teenage girls?
This past month the CDC announced that teen girls are in crisis with over 60% reporting persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness. “30 percent said they seriously considered attempting suicide, double the rate among boys and up almost 60 percent from a decade ago.”(source)
These numbers have been on the rise since 2019 but during Covid, isolation and increased time on social media have been said to be factors in the increased number.
The report states that kids/teens spend 4 hours a day on social media, Tik Tok and Snap Chat are where they spend the most time. Like the rest of us they are bombarded with information about dieting, exercising, among other things.
I don’t know about you but I find these statistics frightening; I cannot imagine being a teen or young adult in the age of social media. So much of what we see is “smoke and mirrors” and filtered.
On a side note I have bombarded lately with anti-aging and why balance is so important as we age posts. What ads or posts are you being bombarded with?
I am not suggesting that Gwyneth Paltrow is causing an increase in teen girls depression. Girls and boys are fed a constant stream of information on everything from challenges, beauty, wellness, eating disorders, dances, etc. They just need to the tools to figure out what is real and what is fake, which as an adult is sometimes recognize as well. The perfect life on Tik Tok and Instagram is the highlight reel of a persons life, not always real life.
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Love this pointelle sweater for spring, it is lightweight and looks beautiful with whatever you are wearing
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
It was a busy week on the blog!
Are you looking for an easy Easter DIY? These little carrots can be used as place card holders, in your Easter decor, added to Easter baskets or given to family and friends as little gifts. Personalize them by filling them with the recipients favorite candy!
Friday I shared a some scrumptious recipes, including this Sweet and Spicy Thai Chicken, lots of links, books and spring outfit ideas.
I hope that you enjoyed meandering with me this morning. Have a happy and safe weekend.
If you missed last weeks post I shared, Steve Cordony, Jake Arnold, St. Patrick’s Day treats and more on Weekend Meanderings.
If you missed any of the previous Weekend Meandering posts you can find them all here.
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