How to Celebrate & Style Bloomsday & WIN a pair of Lace Cuffs

How to Celebrate & Style Bloomsday & WIN a pair of Lace Cuffs

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Bloomsday is a celebration that takes place annually on June 16th, commemorating the life and work of the Irish writer James Joyce.

We are celebrating by giving away a pair of Edwardian Style Lace Shirt Cuffs, just comment at the end of this page. 

Bloomsday James Joyce

James Joyce is one of Ireland’s most famous authors, known for his innovative narrative techniques. "Ulysses" is regarded as one of the greatest literary works of the 20th century, known for its stream-of-consciousness style and detailed depiction of the characters' thoughts and experiences over the course of a single day in Dublin, 16th June, it was initially barred in many countries! 

Joyce's future wife, Nora Barnacle appears as Molly Bloom in Ulysses and here I am outside her humble beginnings in Galways City. 

I haven't read Ulysses, I remember noting when my Latin teacher, Ms Hines, said she couldn't get beyond the 1st chapter, I knew there was no point in me even trying! 

I thoroughly enjoyed Dubliners - very readable short stories made famous by the John Houston film "the Dead".

Portrait of an Artist as a young man is also very readable and autobiographical fiction, we are introduced to Stephen Dedalus who you will meet again if you manage to read Ulysses. I have yet to meet someone who has read Finnegans Wake, do you know anyone?

Bloomsday in Dublin

So Bloomsday is celebrated on June 16th because it is the date on which the events of "Ulysses" take place in 1904. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Joyce's best known work, "Ulysses."

The first Bloomsday celebration was held in 1954, and the day typically includes re-enactments around Dublin, walking tours, and special gatherings at notable places such as Davy Byrne's pub, which is featured in the novel, and I can highly reccommend Blooms Gorgonzola sandwich and a glass of Burgundy lunch!

BLOOMSDAY Style

Dressing up for Bloomsday is all about having fun and getting into the spirit of early 20th century Dublin. Think Edwardian style with a touch of vintage charm. Here's a playful guide to help you nail the perfect Bloomsday look.

Bloomsday Style

I'll be wearing a flouncy Maxi with white trainers and white t shirt or shirt, although a edwardian style shirt would probaby be more appropriate. Think tea dresses or something with lace and delicate details. Soft, pastel colors or floral patterns are perfect. You can shop your wardrobe for Bloomsday Style, and here is a great read for Maxi Skirt Styling

A Straw Boater -  Look for something with a wide brim and maybe a ribbon or a little flower for that extra touch of elegance.

How to dress for Bloomsday

Short gloves add a touch of sophistication, but I'll be wearing our Lace Shirt Cuffs. You could also wear a string of pearls or a delicate brooch. Accessories are key to getting that authentic Edwardian vibe.

If it’s a bit chilly, a lightweight Cashmere shawl or wrap can be both practical and stylish, always have it with you. 

Don’t forget a small handbag or a clutch to carry your essentials. And if you really want to get into character, bring along a copy of "Ulysses" to read from or chat about with fellow enthusiasts

 For More info and details

Visit www.bloomsdayfestival.ie for all the events and history and everything "Bloomsday"

Also www.ireland.com/en-us/things-to-do/events/bloomsday-festival/

My authority on Ulysses and Bloomsday is David Norris - watch him here

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COMPETITION

Tell us how you are going to celebrate Bloomsday in the comments below and

we'll pick out one luck winner of our Lace Cuffs on Bloomsday and post them to you. 

3 comments

Susan Thompson

Susan Thompson

We celebrate Bloomsday in Northampton, the final resting place of Joyce’s daughter Lucia

We celebrate Bloomsday in Northampton, the final resting place of Joyce’s daughter Lucia

SiobhanMcG

SiobhanMcG

Cavistons in Glasthule every year

Cavistons in Glasthule every year

Carolyn

Carolyn

Love Bloomsday and would love to win the lace cuffs

Love Bloomsday and would love to win the lace cuffs

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