Sunday, March 5, 2017

My Sunday Best: Earrings, Band-Aids, and Other Accessories

I'm joining Rosie today for the "My Sunday Best" link-up, one of my favorite places to be on the Lord's day.
It was a sunny, brutally cold day here in NH on this first Sunday of Lent, and I decided to dress (mostly) in liturgically-appropriate purple.  I wore one of my favorite knit sheath dresses, bought at a Talbot's after-season clearance sale a few years ago.  I couldn't decide which color I liked best (they were all so pretty!), so my husband encouraged me to get three of them, in shades of Kelly green, bright red, and deep purple. (Did I mention that I love it when he goes shopping with me?) I chose the purple one today and topped it with a black 3/4-sleeve cardigan, a recent TJ Maxx bargain find, and my favorite Walmart opaque black tights. 
As you can see from my much-too-awkward fashion photo there, we have begun the process of taking pictures off the walls and boxing up our books, CD's, etc., in preparation for our coming move to VA.  But I decided to hang the Papal Blessing back up for this photo, so JPII could do one last "My Sunday Best" photo-bomb in this house.

I love the bow-shaped rhinestone buttons on this cardigan.  Let's see if we can't get a better look at them, shall we?
Photos just don't do them justice.  (For Mass, I also wore my beautiful lavender veil from Veils by Lily, a gift from my husband a couple of Christmases ago.  As you could probably tell from the picture, but I thought I'd point it out anyway.)

Moving on to other fun accessories from this week's Mass ensemble: I actually wore earrings today, which is something I rarely do; and they were dangly ones, rarer still.  But these beauties were a gift from my oldest son and his wife (for Mother's Day or my birthday a few years back), and I just love that they have not only pearls on them, but Miraculous Medals as well.
Aren't they lovely?

I wore another not-so-lovely accessory today: a collection of Band-Aids on my arm, to cover a long , narrow burn I got from the edge of a hot frying pan the other day.  (I'm a fairly decent cook, but I'm an accident waiting to happen in the kitchen.  I should really never go in there.)
After Mass, as we shook hands with the pastor on the way out, he said he'd heard through the grapevine that we were moving soon.  He wished us well and said that he would give us a blessing before we left, and needless to say, the waterworks started. I am so easily brought to tears these days!  But it's hard to imagine that we will no longer be parishioners at the church where our boys received their sacraments, served as altar boys, and attended Mass with us for so many years.

On our way to the car, we stopped at the Mary Garden not far from the church entrance.  I love this little garden.  When I set out to write Erin's Ring and decided that my heroine would find an old Irish Claddagh ring with a mysterious past, I knew right away that she would find it poking up out of the dirt in this garden.
It's prettier when things are green and blooming, obviously; but even on the bleakest days of winter I love this spot dedicated to Our Lady.

Speaking of Erin's Ring, I am hosting a giveaway over at Instagram (#erinsringgiveaway): I will be giving away a free signed copy of the book, with the winner to be announced on St. Patty's Day.  If you'd like to know how to enter, click on the Instagram icon on the sidebar and it will bring you to my home page.  I have been advertising the giveaway using pictures of my adorable grandchildren holding copies of Erin's Ring.  Just "like" one of those posts and you'll be entered to win (and if you tag a friend, he or she will be entered, too).

That's it for me.  Happy Sunday, everyone!  Now head on over to Rosie's for more Lenten fashions.

13 comments:

  1. First time visiting from Rosie's link up... nice to "meet" you! (Sorry about your arm! Burns are the worst. Hope it heals up soon!)
    I also like the Mary garden at our church. I recently started saying "Hi Mama Mary" when we walk by and the kids are picking up on it too. I hope they will develop a love for Our Lady sooner than I ever did as a result? One can hope. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hi Sara, nice to "meet" you, too.

      I love that--"Hi Mama Mary." So sweet. I "talk" to Her throughout the day, too. :)

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  2. Your Lenten look is lovely! I couldn't see the bandaids at all in the first picture. :)

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    1. Thanks! Yes, my Band-Aids are flesh-toned and blend right in. :)

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  3. You look beautiful ... except for the burn of course! Ouch!

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    1. Thanks for saying that...not feeling too beautiful these days! Yes, the burn really hurts. It's not healing very fast because it's on the inside of my arm, and I keep rubbing it against things. It's so tender!

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  4. I love your husband for telling you to get the dress in every color - what a keeper! I hope your burn isn't hurting too much πŸ˜–πŸ˜–πŸ˜–

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    1. Yes, he really is a keeper. My tendency is to talk myself out of things when I go shopping. And on my own, I would never get three of the same dress in every color I liked. My kids and I joke that I have to use this power I have over him for good purposes. (You know, like buying dresses!!)

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  5. I love your entire look - especially the earrings and the veil. So beautiful!! I hope your burn heals quickly and painlessly.

    Moving is always bittersweet for our family. I like the "new beginnings" chapter, but there's always some tie behind that makes it difficult - it's so wonderful you have had a beautiful parish church to call home for so many awesome memories!

    Praying your move goes smoothly!

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    1. Thanks! These earrings, and this veil, are two of my very favorite things to wear.

      Moving is definitely bittersweet, no matter how you slice it. Thanks for the prayers!

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  6. I love those earrings! And I am constantly burning, cutting, bruising, etc., myself in the kitchen. I am such a klutz!

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    1. Aileen, I've often thought we were kindred spirits. This just convinces me more. :)

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