Monday, March 17, 2014

Erin Go Bragh!

Erin Go Bragh is the declaration, Ireland forever.  I've been surprised in recent years that most people don't know the phrase anymore, much less the meaning.  I'll chalk my own knowledge up to the blood in my veins, a large fraction of which hails from the northern part of the emerald isle. My name was intentionally chosen to represent that blood, as well as the blood shed by my ancestors to ensure their own survival and freedom-- and mine.

My ancestry is something that I've researched deeply, hold dearly and think of often.  Oh, the people that came before me.  I tend to use St. Patrick's each year as a day of reflection on Irish History (both in Ireland and America) and the Irish family members on both sides of my family.  I have long wanted to learn Gaelic so I can pass it down to my children one day, and each year on 3/17 I'm reminded that I haven't done it yet!

Fun fact about my Irish heritage, I likely have Norse (Viking) blood intermixed because of where my family hails from-- County Armagh, which is ironically also where St. Patrick set up his principal church (the monastery of which was eventually raided by my Viking ancestors).

I'm not totally certain how I feel about Pat yet, the guy said that only people educated at his church could spread the gospel. *sniff*  Sounds pretty legalistic to me!

Why and how do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?


{dress} - vintage 40's, thrifted
{cardigan} - J.Crew
{tights} - ModCloth
{necklace} - vintage 40's, Grandmother's
{oxfords} - Julianne Hough for Sole Society
{bracelet} - gift from Dad


  1. You look so lovely here, i especially love those suede maroon shoes! They really go well with the green. And that's so interesting you have Viking blood in you- talk about a rich history! How did you even begin to research your line? I always feel sort of overwhelmed when starting, haha

    xo marlen
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    1. Hey there! Thanks, I've been happily surprised how well these shoes have blended into my wardrobe! Half of my ancestral research (my Dad's side) was actually already done because my 5th great grandfather was a somewhat influential Captain in the Revolutionary War. My Mom's side I tackled with and it was pretty simple to do, also fascinating because they have images of original records (census reports, newspaper articles, etc.) that you can view! I cried over some of them, which I suppose is evidence of how much I nerd out over history. I hope your ancestral research goes swimmingly, it's totally worth the effort. :)

  2. Happy St Patrick's Day!
    So cool that you're viking Irish.
    I love that dress and cardigan. I forgot it was today so i'm not in green. Ugh. Don't know how that happened :(


    1. Hey Abigail, thanks! I think the majority of people I saw today were not wearing green, so you're totally not alone (no pinching happened as far as I could tell, haha). :)

  3. I've always wanted to learn Gaelic as well, and aside from a few phrases I likely butcher, I've yet to do so.

    I've never had any St. Patrick's Day traditions. When I was in college, I used to head to Philly for a day of thrifting and coffee, but that's simply because it always fell on my spring break week.

    You look lovely! I love the print of your dress!

    1. Hey Jenny, so cool to have a fellow Gaelic enthusiast! Thrifting and coffee sound like a pretty grand way to spend any day, even St. Pat's.

      Thanks! The print on this dress is tiny peacocks!


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