Amelia, from One Catholic Mama, made this comment on Christy's post: "I miss the old days as well. This past Sunday, I thought about linking up with WIWS, but then never did, because I felt silly linking up when not many other bloggers linked up either." And it made me realize that I haven't really been that excited about the whole link-up thing lately, because I've had trouble even keeping up with my little old blog, to say nothing of trying to remember the fun weekly blog gatherings that I used to enjoy being a part of. Truth be told, I haven't been a very diligent blogger in the year of Our Lord 2015 (this year, my output is about 1/3 what it's been each of the previous years since I started in 2011). There are good reasons for this, of course; I've been on the road almost constantly, traveling about to visit my large and ever-growing family--which includes six grandchildren to date.
But like Amelia, I used to feel so energized by connecting with my fellow Catholic bloggers. I used to get a kick out of linking up for What I Wore Sunday, and seeing the fashionable outfits all my blogging friends had put together to wear to Mass that week. So because like Christy and Amelia, I miss the way I felt about blogging when I started out, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I'm going to do a WIWS post today. Don't even try to stop me; I'm doing this. I got my favorite fashion photographer out of retirement to snap some pictures for me. So here we go.
The main component of my Mass outfit yesterday was a sleeveless knit sheath from Talbot's, purchased at an after-season sale last year for a whole lot less than the [much too high] regular price. It's a beautiful purple color, one of my favorite shades. (Confession: I got this dress in bright red and yummy green, too, because my husband insisted. No lie, he insisted. He's the best.) My husband's sister, a Talbot's shopper from way back, has a theory about their classic, well-tailored clothing: she vows that it makes you feel so happy when you wear it that you end up spreading happiness wherever you go. Everyone wins, you see.
I love getting dressed up for Mass. I adhere to the time-honored tradition of putting on your "Sunday best." So even though we're not quite into the holiday season yet (despite the decorations that you're seeing at your local mall), I paired my happiness-spreading dress with a 3/4-sleeved black holiday sweater, embellished with sparkly beads at the neckline. The sweater was a bargain-priced TJMaxx find.
Completing the outfit: black opaque tights, a staple of mine. Unless you're getting up there in years like I am, you may not be able to relate; but for this Grammy, there isn't a better varicose vein-hiding wardrobe item in the world than a pair of nice thick tights.
Let's take a close look at that holiday sweater, shall we?
Although that's not so bad, I guess. I mean, who is happier, or spreads more happiness, than SpongeBob? (His duds must be from Talbot's.)
Now if you'd like to see what other [much younger, much hipper, less veiny] fashionistas were wearing this Sunday, head on over to Fine Linen and Purple.
(P.S. I just checked in this morning, and their link-up for this week isn't posted yet; so I may be on my own here after all...but I'll keep checking, and as soon as it's up, I'm there! Because, you know, be there or be square[pants]!)