Get Lucky with Chanel Shamrocks, VCA Clovers & Green Hermes
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As a Catholic who is half Italian and half Irish, I only really claim the Irish side of my heritage one day a year. You guessed it, St. Patrick’s Day!
According to Wikipedia, “Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion(especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.”
We toast the “Luck of the Irish” and the ultimate symbol of luck is a four-leaf clover. Four-leaf clovers are rarer than the the Irish shamrock with three leafs. So if you find one, its a good omen or your “lucky”. You are lucky to find Van cleef and Arpel Vintage Alhambra series clovers at The Vintage Contessa.
Alhambra, with its clover-shaped charms, was introduced in the late ’60s but was virtually unnoticed for decades. Then, with the addition of some new pieces in 2001, celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Sharon Stone rejuvenated the line. Now Alhambra clovers have silently stolen the necks of women internationally, becoming an iconic symbol of wealth and inclusion on a par with the Birkin bag.
Each clover, modeled after the quatrefoil in Moorish architecture, is often referred to as a “station,” which to a Catholic ominously evokes the stations of the cross but somehow seems appropriate, considering the ardor with which Alhambra is collected.
According to legend, the four leaves of a clover represent hope, faith, love and of course, luck. I am so drawn to these three words as a basis of my life, I included them in my children’s book, I co-authored with my daughter Bella, “The Vintage Contessa & Princessa.”
CoCo Chanel believed in the power of luck in the clover. She has been quoted as saying “Luck is a way of being, Luck is my soul.”
Coco Chanel was famous for her regard for symbols, and wove them into her many creations. The four-leaf clover, with its symmetry of the four leaves, was a particularly favorite motif of Chanel’s. This handbag includes a clover amidst other symbols of importance to CoCo Chanel.
Wikipedia went on to say, “Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.”
Embracing St. Patrick’s Day Style and a new Spring season, I rocked TEXTURE, BLING, POP OF COLOR & A FAB BAG on the beach in South Beach in Miami.
For my FAB BAG I chose one of my top 10 favorite bags, the Hermes Evelyne messenger, which is perfect for travel. It’s sophisticated yet casual enough to wear to beach or in mountains.
For the Luck of the Irish, my POP OF COLOR this week is Green for St Patrick’s Day.
For TEXTURE I chose a Taj by Sabrina kaftan, located at 760 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach across from News Cafe on 8th avenue.