Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shopping with Charlie Parr

Dress: Short Sleeve Pink Scatter Print Fit & Flare Dress by In Every Story (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Alegria
Earring & Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
The cut of this dress was ideal for my body...with the banded waist just below the bust line with pleats & just right v-neck. This dress was perfection. The pattern was not exciting enough for me to buy it, but I hope this dress company makes more in this style. 
I don't love ties on dresses...I feel they are pointless, like zippers on stretchy dresses, & just add bulk.
No time for photos...step outside the office & snap between clients. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Alkaline eyeliner from Urban Decay; Cotton Candy, Totally Fetch, & Sprinkles eyeshadow by Too Faced; NYX Fuchsia lipliner; UD Big Bang lipstick; & You're the Shade That I Want nail polish from OPI. 
I wore this dress several times before sending it back to GB. First, on a Friday to garage sales & drive David to the airport. These Dumpster Diva ladies have the BEST garage sales...I haven't been going to many sales this year, so I was pleased I hadn't missed this one. Labor Day weekend. Must remember. In addition to what's pictured...I also picked up a few large ornate frames & an old metal ice cream parlor chair fitted with a basket for a plant. That mirror was SO very needed...since we stopped working on our house to fix up our old house to sell...we haven't put up a mirror in our bathroom...so I hung this in the hallway so I can see myself without walking to the closet. 
Then later that day...Charlie Parr outside at The Edgewater with Kate & Jason.
Eat the girlie!
Delicious takeout from Vientiane Palace on a gorgeous summer evening on the lake...listening to Chicago Farmer, followed by Charlie Parr.
I also wore this outfit to shop at Sephora during their fall sale...I skipped the spring sale because...do I really need more make-up?! But I don't want to lose VIB status. I LOVE this moisturizer from CaudalĂ­e, but it's so expensive that I've only bought it once. So I slather it on every time I go into the store. 

I took the doggies to the private dog park & we were swarmed by mosquitos...look at all the bumps on poor Rye. 

This leg/foot issue I've been dealing with has been so much $$$...ONE prescription was over $400...I am lucky I have insurance. I wish everyone did. 
 Oh, look! Cute little wee baby clothes! I've been picking up stuff at garage sales & thrift stores because Angie's bald puppy needs something to wear, right? 

My favorite quick 3 minute lunch...buy 6 scallops at the co-op, melt butter & olive oil in a pan on high & cook each side for a minute & a half. Salt. Eat. 

My Wednesday flowers with a few new dahlias to replace ones that died off...
 Don't judge me...look at all the pretty colors...(that I didn't need).
I may have went a little overboard on eBay vintage jewelry. I've been in quite a bit of pain for over 2 months with this vasculitis & that coupled with being on prednisone (which puffs up my face, raises my blood sugar, & makes me ravenous) has got me feeling cranky & not pretty. So, buy all the pretty things! 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Futurebirds // Them Coulee Boys

 Dress: Sleeveless Jade Red & Blue Print Fit & Flare Dress by Melissa Masse (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Lands End (size 3x)
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Born, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Babil & Bijou, former etsy shop
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Kate, Jason, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This dress was a mess...it was extremely heavy & the lining showed around the neckline. I nearly just sent it back without wearing it. The colors & pattern were pretty enough that I thought it deserved a wear, but just iPhone photos. 
Kate didn't understand my choice of cardigan...but I think it's perfect. What say you?
I can't remember the last time I dyed my hair...May? This is practically my own hair color. I want to do something different for autumn...but not sure what. Darker red straight asymmetrical bob?
My make-up with this outfit included...Deep Blue eyeliner by NYX, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Heroine & Last Sin, Love + eyeshadow from Sugarpill, NYX lip palette in The Reds, & Little Red Wagon nail polish by OPI. 
Hi, cute girlies!
Silly girlies...
Fooding before the show...
Them Coulee Boys starting out the night. We've seen them before, so I was looking forward to them...but holy buckets were they on fire! It turns out they tried to play the barn four years ago & were turned down, so they had something to prove. Amazing! I hope they come back for a full night next year. 
Futurebirds from Athens, Georgia...& not one mention of REM. They were alright.
My Wednesday farmers' market flowers from earlier in the day...dahlias darling. I wore this dress again the next day without makeup to run errands, make cauliflower & salmon with crispy garlic for lunch for David & I...then go over to Angie's to be mobbed by dogs & put together IKEA furniture. All the doggies!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Jesse Dayton // Our Country's Good

 Dress: Flare Sleeve Koi Fish Dress by Eloquii (size 28) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: ?, thrifted 
Earring: eBay
Necklace & Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I fell completely in love with these adorable fishies & the colors in this dress from Eloquii. The fit was a bit large up top, but I'm used to that being a pear shaped chick. Otherwise, this frock was great. This is a dress that would wear well into the fall...buttoned all the way up & with a cardigan...it would take care of the awkward fit issue for me. 
I wanted to take photos of this dress next to water...unfortunately, we had just had 12-15 inches of rain & the water levels were extremely high...which made for more water in these pictures, but not so good for all the flooding basements. But because of the rain...we had to use an alternative route to work because of street closings...& this bridge over the Yahara River had been catching my eye when I drove by. 
I'm still taking a high dose of prednisone because of my feet issues...so my face is super puffy.
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Junkie; Hyperballad, Analogue, Vinyl, & Legend eyeshadow by Kat von D; Huda Beauty Electric Obsessions palette; NYX lipstick in Orange County; MAC lipstick in Dozen Carnations; & Summer Lovin' Having A Blast nail polish from OPI. 
Mr. Jesse Dayton & his band, up from Austin, rocking the barn. They opened for The Legendary Shack Shakers last summer & they've got a pack of groupies (middle aged husbands & wives) that follow them around the midwest that are quite entertaining. This show also brought out a pair of 20-somethings that made googly eyes at them all night long. 
Behind the scenes...Connie, the photographer, taking band photos before the gig & the set list. Jesse playing his guitar with some guys beer. 
I wore this dress on another day to go to farmers' market & buy myself some sunflowers. Happy smiling sunflowers. And pick out carpet for the stairs in our old house. Sadly, not animal print...I don't care for carpet, but if I was going to get some...leopard wall-to-wall would be fab. 
Finally, I wore this dress to go marketing with the girlie & then to APT with David. We had tickets before the play to Follow the Thread: Costume Design to Reality. Oh, the costume shop building *swoon*...it was magnificent. They design & make everything in house with the exception of the shoes (although they do modifications into hooves, etc)...they make their own wigs & hats (& furniture, but that's a different department). Scott, the costume director, gave an interesting talk. 
Some sketches of costumes in this year's productions...can you design costumes if you can't draw? Then...on to the play, Our Country's Good. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Gorgeous Greek Goddess

 Dress: Cold Shoulder Red Maxi Dress by Melissa Masse (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Sandals: Naturalizer, thrifted 
Earring: etXarte
Necklace & Bracelets: Vintage 
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I felt like the most gorgeous Greek goddess in this Melissa Masse caftan maxi. Not technically flattering, but I only care about how I feel in a garment & this one made me feel sexy. I adore cold shoulder sleeves & the drape on this dress was so lovely. I also loved the empire waist, batwing sleeves, & plunging neckline. The only thing not perfect about this dress was that when I was sitting, I had to keep adjusting the neckline so my bra wasn't hanging out...I'd prefer a dress I didn't have to think about at all. Otherwise, yes to this dress. 
An embarrassing tidbit...I wore this dress to work & to a doctor appointment before seeing Kate. Upon seeing me, Kate says...what's going on here with your sleeves? I think you've got this on wrong...she fixes me & walaaa...I am improved. I had been wearing this as a sleeveless dress instead of cold shouldered...the issue with that was you could see both my bra & grannie panties from the sides...but, it honestly hadn't occurred to me that something might be up with my dressing & was not a failure of the dress. 
I have two necklaces in this style, the other one is darker...& I thought this called for brighter...it is framed just so in this neckline. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Alkaline; Alchemy, Bondage, Last Sin, & Lucky eyeshadow from UD; Love+ eyeshadow by Sugarpill; NYX lip palette in The Reds; NYX lipstick in Kitten Heels; & Little Red Wagon nail polish by OPI. 
I had my eye on this vintage Miriam Haskell necklace on Etsy & finally took the plunge. I don't have much orange jewelry as that is a recent favorite color of mine & most of my collection was gathered in my 20s. The other necklace is gold grapes & chains & is not marked, but it is quite similar to necklaces Miriam Haskell designed. 
I wore this dress to have smelt (pronounce schmelt) with the girlie at Gates & Brovi...tasty tasty little fishies. And we witnessed this young woman surprising her blindfolded guy with a party inside...so sweet. 
I also wore this caftan to make shrimp guacamole (it didn't need the shrimp) to bring to wine tasting group at Table Wine, where the theme was, Blind. I think there were 9 wines & I guessed 7 of them correctly. Not to brag or anything...I think I was more casual about guessing because I was alright with being wrong. There's probably a lesson in there somewhere. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Lilly Hiatt & Elkhorn Vintage Flea

 Dress: Tie Waist Green Floral Print Fit & Flare Dress by En Creme (size 5x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Leggings: LulaRoe via eBay (size TC2)
Sandals: ?, thrifted 
All Jewelry: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This dress was both better & worse than I was expecting. What I liked: the gorgeous colors, the light airy material, the length, the split sleeves, & the v-neck. What surprised me most was how much it resembled a nurses scrub top. Also, as this was my first time trying this brand & there was no stretch...I went up a size...which made it huge on top for me, but comfortable on the bottom...the perks of being a pear. 
This is my first pair of LulaRoe leggings that I found on eBay for $10...I wanted to try out their new TC2 to see if they would fit me. They have so many cute patterns & I love leggings so much...I'll probably buy more even though they are an evil company. 
I thought this viscose fabric was cotton...it was so light & perfect to wear on humid days. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Alkaline eyeliner by Urban Decay, Kat von D eyeshadow in Analogue, UD eyeshadow in Fringe & Fireball, Foiled Again lipstick from NYX, Habanero lipstick by MAC, & OPI nail polish in Summer Lovin' Having A Blast!
I first wore this dress to run errands, then pick up the girlie from work to ride off to The Shitty Barn. Ulta was having a sale on stuff I needed...& I picked up a few of the new OPI colors at the beauty supply. Autumn is coming! Then I wandered around Whole Foods while hungry...collecting nibbles for us to eat at the barn. Finally, since I still had time...I went to visit Confectionique, a French-inspired vintage craft market that only opens for a few days every few months. I spied all sorts of cute things...& I know I bought something...but I don't remember what since I didn't take a photo of it. 
 Girlie selfie! 
Kate couldn't stop complaining about how much food I brought...I was hungry! Oh, that smoked salmon was tasty & moist. I should have skipped the boring potato salad & shrimp. Lilly Hiatt & her band rocking the barn...high guitar guy was hilarious. 
I wore this dress again 2 days later to travel to the Elkhorn Antique Flea market with David...where we found treasures. We were wishy-washy on if we wanted to go & finally decided we would, but not in the truck. Silly mistake. But we'd only found small things on previous trips. That giant ornate gold mirror somehow fit in the car with Super Boo magic. It was marked $50...I'd expect to pay more at a garage sale. David also talked me into getting several of these fabulous old wooden crates to use in my closet to store sweaters & t-shirts in. My hesitation was...why spend money on them when he could make me some wooden cubes super cheap? But...he was right...I love them. 
This was the tragedy of the day...I fell in love with this outdoor table & chair set with scroll-y leaves & flowers...$125! Not even Super Boo magic was getting this home in the car. We ultimately decided that it wasn't really for us since it was upholstered in fabric that could not sit out in the rain & we are not those people that will bring it inside. Every time I see furniture that is both painted & stained...I swoon...I'm going to refinished my 2 jewelry armoires like this...& probably my desk & vanity too. All the things! We found a few other bits & bobs that are wrapped well that I didn't get photos of, plus 2 vintage necklaces & a leaf frog that I'll use for eyeliner storage. And, the Elkhorn happy ending...tasty Mexican food at Los Tres Hermanos...so fresh & delicious.