Sunday, March 17, 2013

What I Wore Sunday, Volume 5

It's that time again!  It's Sunday, the Lord's day, and a glorious morning it is indeed up here in New England!  There's still a good amount of snow on the ground, but there are also some promising signs that winter is at long last coming to an end.

My husband and I went to anticipated Mass yesterday afternoon.  We wanted to go to Confession, which is from 3:00 to 4:00 and followed immediately by the 4:00 Mass; so although we prefer to attend on Sunday morning, we decided to just plan to stay for Mass afterwards.  He has to go on a trip today anyway, and I've decided to drive to my parents' house in Upstate NY to see how they're doing, and now I can use these morning hours to make him a bacon and egg brunch before he has to leave for a few days.

Soooo, in case you're wondering why in the world I'm not wearing GREEN on ST. PATRICK'S DAY in these pictures, it's because they were taken yesterday.  I chose to wear something purple, in honor of both the Lenten season and the name of the blog that hosts this weekly event.  This is one of my most favorite dresses, something I picked up when it was on clearance (of course).
Breakdown of the outfit:
Knit dress: Coldwater Creek
Opaque tights: Wal-Mart
Faux "patent leather" flats: Dexter, from Payless ($8 on sale!  I've had them for years and I'm wearing them out.  Comfiest shoes ever--I wish I'd bought every pair like them in my size when I had the chance!)
Pearl necklace: JCrew (a gift from my #3 son this past Christmas)
I love this necklace!  (What could be better than a string of pearls--or four of them?)   It actually had a fifth strand of pearls on it, which I removed because that one hung way further down from the other four strands and
looked a bit out of place.  I plan to make some matching earrings with it, and perhaps a bracelet, too.

I still can't believe these shoes were only $8.
Even though it was the day before St. Patty's when these pictures were taken, fear not--I WAS wearing my little bit 'o Irish.  It's something I always wear: a gold Claddaugh ring that my husband bought for me in Dublin way back when we were juniors in college.  He went to Ireland on a rugby trip when he was at Notre Dame, and when I went to visit him out in South Bend during my spring break he presented me with it.  By that time we'd been dating about six years, but this was the first serious piece of jewelry he ever gave me, so I cherish it to this day.
The Band-Aids are a nice touch, don't you think?  Not to mention my poor, manicure-starved fingernails.
Whenever my husband takes fashion photos for my WIWS posts at our house, I stand in front of this framed "Irish Marriage Blessing."  My late mother-in-law, a woman of deep faith and boundless love for the homeland of her father (who hailed from County Cork) gave this to each of her children when they got married.  In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd share it with you here.

IRISH MARRIAGE BLESSING

May God be with you and bless you
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May you see your children's children
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May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings
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May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward

God bless you on the feast of St. Patrick!  And now, head on over to see what all the fashion-forward lasses at Fine Linen and Purple are wearing today!

15 comments:

  1. Looking beautiful! And I love the story behind your Claddaugh ring :)

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    1. Gotta love those Notre Dame rugby players! :)

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    1. Thanks! It's super comfy, and I like the swingy skirt on it.

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  3. 1. I luuuuuv the silhouette of that dress. 2. You have some fantastic gift-givers in your life! The necklace, the ring, the blessing, and that purple sweater from a few weeks back. So blessed you are!

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    1. 1. I know, it's really unusual. It's made out of a bunch of vertical panels. 2. So true, my loved ones give the best gifts. I am very blessed indeed.

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  4. You look so pretty. Especially love the flats and multistrand necklace!

    My best items in my closet have been gifts! Such a blessing to have generous loved ones!

    Happy St. P. day!

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    1. The flats were such a find. And the necklace is awesome. I love to wear pearls, but I'm usually so conservative and I were single strands. But I admired this one when I saw my son's girlfriend wearing it, and the next thing I knew, he'd given the same one to me for Christmas!

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    2. *WEAR single strands, that is!

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  5. You look beautiful. I love the addition of the pearls, classy and elegant. The Irish Marriage Blessing always makes me cry. Love it!

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  6. That is a GOOD son who knows what to get his mom as a gift! You clearly raised him right :)

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  7. Wow! That Irish blessing is beautiful! The Irish really do have a gift with words. Your dress is absolutely lovely, no wonder it's one of your favorites!

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  8. I love your dress! So pretty!

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