Inspired by the Irish Pirate Queen

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wearing Celtic Fushion's Grace O'Malley blouse, old belt & flats, Sondeflor skirt
grace o'malley, pirate queen, clare island, celtic fusion, cottagefairy, piratecore, ethical irish fashion, sustainable fashion, irish design, irish brand, irish fashionGrace O'Malley was born into a powerful seafaring family that controlled several castles and much of Western Ireland. Legend says when she was young she aspired to be a sailor but her family discouraged this because she was a girl. Rather than admitting defeat Grace shaved off her hair and disguised herself as a boy. Her father realizing her strength of will relented and allowed her to become a sailor and even had her formally educated. When he passed on she inherited his position, despite having brothers who would typically inherit, and became Queen of Umaill, chieftain of the Ó Máille clan. She was a fearless leader on land and sea and in battle. The facts of her life aren't only verified through Irish stories, but through English documents as well and she even met with Queen Elizabeth I. It's said she refused to bow before Queen Elizabeth because she didn't recognize her as the sovereign of Ireland and was a queen in her own right so saw them as equals. Rumor has it as well that despite wearing a fine gown to court to meet with Queen Elizabeth, a knife was found concealed on Grace when she was inspected by guards! There's so many fun stories surrounding Grace's life, some perhaps exaggerated by time, but we do have verification that she was a real person and fierce leader. This castle isn't one of the many she controlled in Ireland (but it is one of the closest seaside castles to my home), but I'm looking forward to visiting her stronghold one day--the tower castle that still stands on Clare Island.grace o'malley, pirate queen, clare island, celtic fusion, cottagefairy, piratecore, ethical irish fashion, sustainable fashion, irish design, irish brand, irish fashion grace o'malley, pirate queen, clare island, celtic fusion, cottagefairy, piratecore, ethical irish fashion, sustainable fashion, irish design, irish brand, irish fashionFor my Grace O'Malley inspired look I started with Celtic Fusion's pirate queen blouse and paired it with one of my favorite linen skirts. The blouse has so many lovely details from the tie-up bodice, to the shape and knots of the sleeves, and the lace detailing throughout that it really doesn't need much to shine and works with a variety of different skirts and trousers. I also wore a worn leather belt and gold accessories to add to the pirate-y feeling and I thought the hoop earrings were especially necessary. With my jewellery I chose pieces with nautical themes; my shark jaw ring, a starfish, and then moon inspired pieces since the moon controls the tides. I also threw a load of braids and a tiny sword into my hair, although those details became harder to discern since it was so windy and my hair was blowing every which way! Boots would probably have been a more practical choice for a pirate and myself walking along the shore, but the weather was so lovely I just grabbed a basic pair of flats. I feel like it came together as a very wearable every day outfit, but with a lot of details and subtle nods to Grace if you look closely. P.S. Don't forget to use my code "aclotheshorse" for 15% off your order at Celtic Fusion!grace o'malley, pirate queen, clare island, celtic fusion, cottagefairy, piratecore, ethical irish fashion, sustainable fashion, irish design, irish brand, irish fashion grace o'malley, pirate queen, clare island, celtic fusion, cottagefairy, piratecore, ethical irish fashion, sustainable fashion, irish design, irish brand, irish fashion
wearing Celtic Fushion's Grace O'Malley blouse, old belt & flats, Sondeflor skirt

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2 comments:

  1. I always love your outfit posts, especially when you have such interesting inspiration! I first heard of Grace through a fantasy novel in which she is a character as, not quite a ghost but perhaps someone out of time. There's a perfume brand I like with a perfume based on her, and I keep thinking I have a sample of it somewhere in my room and then not finding it, so I probably need to order it. :|

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