You might know me (Blair Stutz) as Edit Seven‘s resident fashion girl and beauty lover (read: addict) but one thing you probably don’t know about me is that I’m part Irish and proud of it, baby! Not only am I super proud of my Irish heritage, but I’m also very committed to learning as much as I can about Irish history and you’d better believe I plan to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in the chicest way possible.
When thinking of St. Patrick’s Day, it’s pretty safe to say that leprechauns and lucky charms are probably what come to mind, but, #sorrynotsorry you won’t find any green beer on this list. As an Irish-Canadian, I feel a responsibility to be as educated as possible about our vast history (and what a history it is!) because where you come from matters and who fought for your freedom matters even more.
When I first visited Ireland in 2012, I admit I knew nothing about the country except for the fact that my maternal grandmother was born there. The 10-day holiday was spent road tripping around the Emerald Isle and I fell in love with everything from the gorgeous views to the insane food scene (no, it’s not just potatoes!) and super friendly locals who are always happy to chat.
When St. Paddy’s Day rolls around each year, it’s often used as an excuse to get day drunk, but it can be so much more than that if you want it to be. There are also a number of chic alternatives for showing your Irish pride without donning a ridiculous leprechaun hat! Keep reading for 7 ways to celebrate a chic St. Patrick’s Day!
Sport Kelly Green Like A Style Star
No ‘kiss me, I’m Irish’ t-shirts here! Whatever your St. Paddy’s plans may be (whether it’s a quiet Irish-themed dinner at home or drinking at the pub with your mates) these outfits prove that it really is easy to be green, and super chic! Click HERE to see all 7 looks!
Rock a Shamrock-Free Mani
Shamrocks are cute and all but for those of us who don’t have the time to do our nails everyday – let alone like, ever – it’s imperative that whatever nail art design we pick has to work every other day of the year. Channel your Irish pride with a St. Paddy’s Day design that you’ll still totally heart even when March 18 rolls around!
Cook Up An Irish Feast
Sharpen your knives, people because if you were ever going to cook up the meal of a lifetime, this is the day to do it. Contrary to popular belief, Ireland is known for more than cabbage and the Emerald Isle is quickly becoming a very popular foodie destination. Click HERE for 5 Irish recipes from famed Irish chef Clodagh McKenna that you need to serve on St. Paddy’s Day!
Crank The Irish Tunes
Get into the Irish swing of things with this playlist curated by yours truly that’s perf for St. Paddy’s Day and every other day of the year! A blend of traditional folk songs and some new versions of classics, this playlist is bound to give you that Top of the Morning feeling.
Pop In An Irish Film
Not one for the pubs? Take the St. Paddy’s Day celebrations over to the couch and put on an Irish film like Brooklyn starring Saoirse Ronan as a young Irish girl who moves to Brooklyn, New York in the ’50s. In the mood for a marathon? Make it a double feature and brush up on your history by watching Irish war film The Wind That Shakes The Barley that tells the story of the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War.
Craft A Cocktail
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be looking to enjoy St. Paddy’s Day from the comfort of your own home and now you can with Innis & Gunn‘s newest limited-edition collab with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey to create Kindred Spirits – a limited edition Scottish stout aged using triple distilled Irish whiskey barrels. Looking for a healthier non-alcoholic bevvy? Go suuuper green with a green juice!
Work A Green Cat-Eye
Take your St. Paddy’s pride public with a little forest green cat-eye that’s not only perfect for the days festivities but also super chic. No matter your eyeliner skill level, this look isn’t meant to be picture-perfect — a little smudge for that effortless vibe is the way to go!
Éirinn go Brách!
(Story by Assistant Editor, Blair Stutz)