green with envy

Green With Envy

You ever wonder just what “Green with Envy” actually means or where the term originated? I got you! It actually comes from Shakespeare!

In Othello, Shakespeare references a “green-eyed monster” whose actions were motivated by jealousy. 

“O! Beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” — Othello

Shakespeare also refers to green with envy in  The Merchant of Venus;

“How all the other passions fleet to air, as doubtful thoughts and rash embraced despair and shuddering fear and green-eyed jealousy!”  — Portia 

In Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare referenced it again;

“Since Pompey’s feast, as Menas says, is troubled with the green sickness.”

So, there you have it! Before Shakespeare associated green with jealousy or envy, it was typically associated with illness since the early Greeks used the word interchangeably with pale. Perhaps Shakespeare literally meant his characters were sick with envy. 

St. Patrick’s Day Menu

Corned Beef and Cabbage, Mint Shakes and Green Velvet Shamrock Cupcakes? Um, yes, please!! Click the photos for the recipes! 

Corned Beef & Cabbage
Corned Beef & Cabbage
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St. Patrick’s Day Shopping


Need some green garb for St. Patty’s Day? Shop ModCloth’s selection of enviable items that are sure to ward off pinchers. It’s a ‘green’ come true!


Right Here Heel in Lime from ModCloth

Rudimentary My Dear Tights in Green – Plus Size from ModCloth

Let’s Be Regal Earrings from ModCloth

Pine All Mine Dress in Evergreen from ModCloth

Swish and Spin Skirt in Green from ModCloth

Topiary Artist Dress in Greenery from ModCloth

Outdoor Arpeggios Dress in Jade from ModCloth

Clover and Over Dress from ModCloth

Bright This Way Dress from ModCloth

Herb Garden Party Dress from ModCloth

We Come in Chic Dress from ModCloth

Zazzle Postcards

Ladybug on Four Leaf Clover Post Cards

Keep Calm and Give Me Beer Post Cards

Ireland postcard

Vintage St. Patrick’s Day Souvenir Lass Postcards

St. Hooty Holiday Postcard

Vintage Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Post Card

 Zazzle T’s

Kiss me I’m Irish Pug t-shirt

Funny St Patricks Day Irish Tshirts

St Patricks Day Shamrocks Skull Tshirt

Lets Get Ready To Stumble Tee Shirts

Fancy victorian shamrock St Patricks Day Tee Shirt

Patty O’ Furniture Tshirts

St. Patrick's Day Shirts, Accessories, Flasks and more!

The Muppets- Green With Envy

Anyone that knows me knows I’m a big fan of Miss Piggy! “Ohhh, Kermy!” Haha! So, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also include this trailer here!

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28 thoughts on “Don’t Get Green With Envy! St. Patrick’s Day Meals, Deals and Steals!

  1. We love corned beef and cabbage, normally I make it on St Paddy’s day, but this year I am taking my Hubs out for the day. It was suppose to be a surprise, but I was so excited I spilled the beans.

    1. You should definitely try it! Then at least you’ll know! I don’t know if I can wait until the 17th to make some! ModCloth has a great selection of super cute dresses! Love them!

  2. I don’t do much for St. Patrick’s Day because I am not Irish, but my mother has made a corned beef dinner every year since I was a kid & some years we all still go over there for it.

  3. This post makes me miss my grandpa. Every year for St. Patrick’s Day he use to make his famous corned beef and cabbage. Oh, how I miss it, and of course him!

  4. I love the shoes and several of the dresses. I can’t wear that much green at once though. I have Irish pale skin and I think if I tried to put on the dress and the shoes I would probably look like a leprechaun lol.

  5. I have a pair of St. Patrick’s Day socks – they’re argyle with shamrocks. I try to remember to wear them, but I’m usually off a day or two!

  6. I started planning my menu for St. Patricks day earlier this week, I love the typical corned beef and cabbage but want to include other Irish sides to change things a bit and try new foods.

    Those green tights are definitely different, lol. It would definiltey show your spirit of the day.

  7. I’m actually not a huge fan of green but these dresses are really cute! The mint shakes look pretty tasty too….may have to give those a try!

  8. St. Patricks Day… making green FUN!! 🙂 I’d like to try a homemade mint shake, those look delicious.

  9. Those cupcakes look awesome! They might not make it to guests if I made them because if they taste as good as they look I’d eat them all.

  10. I can’t wait for my Mom in law to prepare the corned beef with cabbage this St. Pat’s day 🙂 It’s their tradition since my Father in law is Irish 🙂

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