|Dress (INC, Macy's); Purse (Kohl's); Pearl cluster necklace (Etsy); Watch (Embassy; Steinmart); Boots (Justfab.com)|
Do you have your green on today? My closet contains just about every shade of green there is, but on St. Paddy's Day it seems appropriate to go for a true emerald. This ikat patterned sundress has a bit of a Celtic vibe, and the addition of tights and boots makes it weather appropriate since there's still ice on the lake despite the fact that Spring is nearly here. I snapped it up last year when emerald green was the Pantone Color of the Year (if you read my last post, you already know how I feel about Pantone's pick for this year).
Anyway, in anticipation of celebrating like a true Irish lass, I pulled out my Waterford Irish coffee mugs over the weekend - a treasure purchased at the Waterford factory during a self-guided Bed & Breakfast tour of Ireland with Kevin and the in-laws in 2007. From Dublin to the Dingle Peninsula, we saw it all, but one small, startling incident sticks in my mind. I was coming out of the ladies' room in one of countless pubs we visited during the trip when I came upon a large framed poster for Bushmills Irish Whiskey that featured a sketch of a jovial man that looked so much like my Dad, who passed away in 2004, that I started to shake. If you knew my Dad, who everyone called "Spanky," you'd also know how appropriate it was that his doppleganger appeared in an ad for whiskey. I raised my glass to him that night in memory. Spanky never traveled farther than Canada, but he'd have fit in perfectly with the friendly townspeople we met "down the pub" in the more rural areas of the Emerald Isle.
A few years later, I had the same incredulous reaction when I popped open an Indianapolis Monthly and saw an ad for a local chain of pubs featuring the same jovial man. If I didn't know better, I would swear it was Spanky himself. The picture below features the ad next to a picture of me with my Dad in 1995. What do you think?!
Happy St. Paddy's Day, Spanky, and Happy St. Paddy's Day to all of you, too!
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