Like I said – big necklaces.
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Well, pigeons, the big exciting thing happening for me in my ministry is to feel a tremendous sense of energy and connection with my new congregation. I am continuing to push myself into Fear Land by preaching in a completely different style, and it is yielding powerful results. I am still scared. I do not know exactly what method it is I am using. I am feeling my way by faith and prayer and intuition. If I come up with some kind of formula for what I am doing I will certainly be happy to share it with you. Right now, though, it is just a messy kind of thing that I am doing only because I can’t seem to NOT do it. It reminds me of when I got the call to ministry: nothing that I did felt right no matter how much I thought I wanted it, until I was willing to let it all go and fall into the abyss. The abyss turned into my life’s purpose and joy and desire but I had no idea at the time. At the time it just felt like my life was miserably unraveling.
This is a similar sensation: God grew tired of waiting for me to be willing to communicate in a less carefully linguistically crafted way and threw away my script. I simply cannot prepare one right now. I cannot under the best of conditions prepare a manuscript. I’m not burned out. I am not tired of writing sermons. I love writing sermons. I am just unable to do so. I have stopped fighting that and am just trying to accommodate the new technique.
Anyway, I am having a grand time with my congregation. Dare I say it is a honeymoon period? Well, I dare say it! I feel very, very fortunate to have met the Search Committee a year ago to start on this new chapter of my life.
As for image, art and such, I find that I feel happiest when I work something sparkly into my day. Like this sweet eyeshadow pen in Midnight Cowboy by Urban Decay:
It’s a super easy way to get a subtle wash of sparkliness. Make sure to use an eyeshadow primer or a bit of foundation on your lids first to get the best bang for your buck:
Today I wore a brown long skirt, boots, a leopard sweater and chunky gold and black drop earrings to church. It’s brutally cold so this was my way of bundling up but still being dressed in a slightly more feminine way than Nanook of the North.
The one detail that made the outfit feel fun (it could have used a necklace but I didn’t feel like it with the animal print and the chunky earrings) was this pyramid studded belt from Torrid, which you can’t really see in the photo. Just a hint of bling:
I won’t lie to ya, it has been a draining winter with all this brutal cold. But being psyched about ministry is a great elixir. How are you doing, kittens? What’s inspiring you all right now?
Well, I give up. Plus size clothing is so god-awful, I am going to stop trying to find interesting garments and stick to super-duper simple, tailored looks and make accessories my WORLD.
Right now I am totally obsessed with BaubleBar, an on-line purveyor of statement jewelry, which is just fashion-talk for huge. I had found the whole Statement Necklace thing to be pretty much done to death but then I found Baublebar and fell in love with some of their designs. I ordered a necklace (photos soon) and it came quickly, beautifully packaged and well-made. I got lots and lots of love for it and felt wonderful wearing it, so there you go. Materialistic, yes. But a girl has to get through these blizzardy weeks SOMEhow, kiddies!
Here’s the necklace I got.
It’s a little Deco, a little WonderWoman. I love it.
BaubleBar wins my heart because it actually posts photos of its pieces on models so you can see how the thing works — and how big it actually is (if other sites did this, they might get some of my business). And BaubleBar has an added bonus of including customer selfies on the site so you can see how real women style the pieces. I have gotten a lot of inspiration from these gals. I have felt for a long time that it’s possible to wear big bling with everyday outfits, and I’m going to start doing just that. Because the world needs more shiny fun.
In case you were wondering, I don’t get a red cent or discounts or anything for mentioning on-line retailers. Zulily is another great site, much as I hate to admit it, because they sell deeply hideous clothing. But they have fantastic sales on shoes, home goods and accessories, and they also seem to have cute kids’ clothes.
By the time the spring rolls around — and I do mean ROLLS, have you seen me eat my way through one of these snow days yet? — I will be 300 lbs. and have a full closet of huge, shiny necklaces and earrings. The more it snows, the bigger my bling gets.
I meant to show you these a whole year ago!
This is Janice Embrey Brown, a docent at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. It’s a marvelous museum and she’s a lady who takes her job seriously. That hat is absolutely perfect for her context. One doesn’t want to wear a satin pump atop one’s head in just any work setting, but for this one it’s absolute genius. You also need to know that Ms. Embrey wore this hat with utmost dignity and awesomeness, as one also must.
Don’t wear it if you can’t carry it off, and try to be honest about whether or not you actually can carry it off. I regret that I did not get a photo of Janice’s face. The hat must speak for itself.
You can totally blame or credit Myrtle Snow for these.
I am having my eyes checked on Monday and I just know the doc is going to tell me I need bi-focals. No! No! No! I will make do with my contact lenses and readers on top of those! And holding the print away from my face when I need to and up really close with my glasses pushed onto my forehead when I need to!
But how about those cute readers, huh? Can’t wait to rock ‘em. How about that moment in the worship service when you’re reading the lyrics to the Recessional Hymn and trying to walk at the same time, but you’ve got your readers on, and you’re looking down at the text through your readers and then up to the Narthex and trying not to fall over? Aging clergy eyes. It’s a beautiful thing, innit.