Happy National Unicorn Day! It’s time for a magical celebration full of sparkles, rainbows, fields of daisies, magic… and plaid? Yes! It’s a little known fact that the unicorn is the national animal of Scotland, and there’s a very special connection between this mystical creature and a certain plaid – or tartan.
You may already know that the Dolls love to play the connections game – and this post has a few! Let’s start from the top. Some might call the Dolls free spirits. We live life to the fullest, we soak up magic this beautiful life has to offer, and we spread our sparkle along the way.
Have you heard the concept of spirit animals? To us, it’s a fun way to reflect on ourselves – who we were meant to be, who we are and where we are going in life. Your sprit animal is a representation of the traits and skills that you are supposed to learn or have. Dani is a peacock – she’s gorgeous and glam. She’s a performer (follow her on snapchat @dani_somm and see for yourself). She lights up the room when she walks in and spreads her beauty wherever she goes. CC is a unicorn – she sees the world through rose colored glasses. She looks to the sky and a rainbow appears on a cloudy day. Everything shines bright and if it doesn’t, she’ll simply add a little sparkle. She’s bright, sparkly, creative and can’t help but show it.
One of the Dolls family lineage hales from Scotland – if you didn’t guess by the fair skin and blonde hair, it’s Cait. Cait Campbell.. Sparkly Unicorn Goddess of West Town, Chicago.
The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland. The Royal Coat of Arms of Scotland, used prior to 1603 by the Kings of Scotland was supported by two unicorns and the current royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom is supported by a unicorn for Scotland along with a lion for England. The unicorn is frequently found as an ornament on mercat crosses.
Caitlin’s Scottish lineage comes from her dad’s side of the family. The Campbell Clan is historically one of the largest and most powerful of the Highland clans. There’s even a castle with the namesake in Scotland!
No Campbell, or person of a related name, who was not brought up in Scotland itself should ever feel that because they are out of touch with the incredible riches of their clan heritage that they are in any way less a “Campbell.” The history is there, and for some the genes also. Whether the “heart is in the Highlands” or not, is a matter of understanding and of personal style.” – Clan Campbell website
Black Watch is the official tartan of the Campbell Clan, but there are actually a few variations. Of course all Campbell tartans are based upon the Black Watch. Caitlin and Dani are wearing Campbell Dress Tartan or Campbell of Argyll. This version came about when the Sixth Duke of Argyll added a white line to his tartan to distinguish himself as Clan Chief. He was the only member of the family to do so, but the tartan has persisted as “Campbell of Argyll”. Seams like he had to stand out and be a little different, what a Unicorn! This plaid is often sold by Ralph Lauren and J. Crew 🙂
Caitlin and Dani were compelled to pay homage to where we’re from on National Unicorn Day. It’s important to hold your own history close to your heart and to hold your family to your heart. Styling the Campbell plaid for National Unicorn Day is a nod to the gratitude we have for where we’re coming from as we continue this journey in life.