#ThriftStyleThursday: Shamrock Chic








shirt // LOFT, thrifted
skirt // Zellers, liquidated
shoes // vintage, thrifted


I find St. Patrick's day to be an entirely superfluous non-holiday holiday. The tradition started as a feast day in the Catholic Church sometime in the 17th Century. Now, it's an excuse to get drunk on a weeknight. I'm sure St. Patrick is honoured.

What no one ever realizes is that, for the Church to implement an extra feast day during the season of Lent - a time of preparing for the death of Jesus Christ, and one of fasting - was a big deal. Feast days, traditionally, were on the Sabbath, usually Sunday in the modern church calendar, and reflective of the day when God rested during the creation story. And it is only on these "feast days" that medieval Christians were allowed to break their Lenten fast. Until St. Patrick's Day, there were only 5-6 feast days during Lent. None of these fell mid-week, nor did they permit the pious to get wasted on green beer. I'm not sure St. Patrick, himself, would appreciate the secular party tradition. As a man who allegedly brought Christianity to Ireland, and spent a good chunk of his life held hostage by raiders, I don't know if green beer would have really been his thing.

It wasn't until the early 1900s when St. Patty's Day became an Irish holiday, and it wasn't internationally secularized until the early 1990s. 

I don't typically celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I wore this outfit to work on Tuesday because I thought I would try to be in the spirit. But there was no green beer. There was, however, an angry customer, a workout session at Goodlife, and a final episode of Gold Rush (Nick got me hooked..). That was it. 

Then again, I'm not fasting, nor am I Irish, so I think I'm okay.

Now go check out the other ladies and see what they were up to this past week and what green they pulled from the local thrift shops. I know at least one of them drank green beer.  :) 







Until next time, Stay Thrifty!



8 comments :

  1. Haha! Yep, guilty of the green beer right here! I love that blouse, it's such a pretty color on you - Irish or not, it's really flattering! And your skirt is very cute as well!

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    1. I saw the green beer on your instagram on Wednesday morning and I thought to myself, "DRAT! I forgot to drink a beer!".

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  2. I loooove this blouse and skirt combo!! I think St. Patrick's Day is actually becoming less popular (along with most superfluous holidays), but I am always of the spirit that any reason to celebrate is a good reason. I don't drink, so I definitely didn't have any green beer, but I did feel fun and festive wearing my outfit on Tuesday! Anyway, interesting history, AND you look gorgeous!! :)

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    1. Thanks Kristi! Though, I have to disagree with you - St Paddy's is alive and very, very well up here in Canada. It's now complete with hipster moustaches and whatever organic draught is popular now. I love celebrating too, but I'd like to have a day off work to show for it.. (wouldn't we all... :P)

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  3. I also had a green beverage - a cider from a local microbrewery - and it was delicious! But I'm always up for an excuse to visit the pub.

    Even if you didn't feel like celebrating, you threw together a great outfit! I love the green and animal print combo. And that emerald color looks fabulous on you!

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    1. I would have loved to have gone to the pub. I'm just bitter because I didn't. :D

      Thanks so much for the encouraging words, Carissa! I like animal print this year. It's a lovely way to jazz up an otherwise uninteresting outfit. This just wouldn't have been the same with a black skirt.

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  4. Haha, I, like many others - was completely ignorant of the history of SPD. I only painted my nails green on actual SPD and didn't drink green beer either. Love your work outfit though!

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    1. I remembered studying some of the history of St. Patrick in history during college. Wikipedia gave me a refresher course. Maybe I should start including history lessons into my blog entries? Ha. Nah. Thanks for stopping in, Miche!

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