Sunday, May 21, 2017

Easter Brunch 2017

 Dress: Textured Dress in Jungle Palm Print by London Times (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Lane Bryant
Teggings: Re/Dress
Shoes: Born
Earring: Wendy Baker
Necklace: Babil & Bijou, no longer online
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Jason, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
The texture on this dress was fabulous with the gigantic palm print...I felt like I could have been a guest at a Mad Men BBQ (styled differently, of course). The length & fit were marvelous...London Times runs big, so the 24 is usually just right for me. The slight cap sleeve is really my favorite...it gives just enough coverage so my bra straps don't continuously peek out. A perfect summer frock. 
I adore mixing orange & green together. Also, it rained for 15 minutes on this day...the entire time we were taking photos...then it stopped. We often take photos on our way to work, so we only have 15-20 minutes. 
Easter brunch at our house...this will be our last gathering at our old place...even though we don't have a date set yet to move into our new home, I am confident we will be down to one household before summer ends. I totally cheated & looked up my menu for last year's brunch & made all the same things. Boring, but still delicious. I think we all sat in the same spots...
The Peach Melba crepes elly & Josh brought were yummy...as were the donuts Angie & Toby picked up on their way home from Minneapolis. Look at that adorable box!
All the desserts were tasty. Olive & Kate exchanging love. 
In packing for our move...I came across some of my clothes from high school...like this vintage lace green dress Kate wore to brunch...she looks adorable in it. 
I checked out Menards vast lighting department while David ordered our refrigerator & freezer. Back to the drawing board for our bathroom countertop. We had decided on this lovely Cambria Princetown quartz...with deep purple & sparkly gold...but it hadn't worn well for David...& after a few days of thinking about it...I decided it wasn't really what I wanted either. We immediately found this Mermaid Green granite we both liked, but when they got back to us with a quote...they broke the news to us that they couldn't find anymore anywhere. Sigh.
This is one of the small drawers in the bedroom set I acquired in my last post. Erica told me she bought this from Old Lady Gatlin's estate...& here it is all written out. The set was made in 1928 & was bought in 1931 by Chas & Sally Gatling. They paid $170.00 for the bed, chest of drawers, vanity, & bench that I now own. I think that is so neat to have that information written on there. 
My make-up with this ensemble included...Urban Decay Mildew eyeliner, UD Dragon eyeshadow, Mediteranee eyeshadow by Nars, Dozen Carnations lipstick from MAC, & Go with the Lava Flow nail polish by OPI. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Learning to Stay

 Dress: Coral & Aqua Zig Zag Print Dress by Robbie Bee (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Leggings: Torrid (size 4) (this pattern is on sale)
Shoes: ?, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This dress was pretty & springy, however...it didn't quite work on my body. The top was tight (despite being a stretch jersey) & the set-in waist hit me at a weird spot (ok, I just don't have a waist...which is why I prefer empire cuts). The bottom chiffon fabric was ultra flowy & I like handkerchief hems in the warmer months. The colors in this dress were unusual...a mix of coral, red, pink, & aqua...it made choosing make-up & jewelry challenging, but despite all that...it was fun to wear out once. This was my first time trying this brand...I look forward to wearing more from them.
Also, it gave me an excuse to wear these sun & moon leggings from Torrid. Back in the 90s I was obsessed with sun & moon everything...I called my nail salon La Luna as an excuse to buy it all to decorate the place. I still have most of it stored away. Of course. 
Angie & I went to see Learning to Stay. I'm so glad she wanted to go as I would have skipped it otherwise. It was the premiere of an all Wisconsin play...the book was written by a local author & it was adapted for the stage by APT actor/writer, James Devita. It's a moving story about a man returning from Iraq with PTSD & reuniting with his wife. 
After play dinner at Ha Long Bay...those crispy noodles are the best. Then home to cut Super Boo's hair...Rye helped. 
Picking out colors at Hallman/Lindsay....so many gorgeous shades to choose from! Also, loading up an antique bedroom set from a former nail client...she was only the second owner, now I am the third. 
Indian buffet...why is it always so good...curry & cardamom & ginger...so many lovely spices. I liked this woman's pants...they look pirate-y...I would like a plus size version, please. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Gypsy Blue; Synth eyeshadow by Kat von D; Urban Decay eyeshadow in Fast-Ball, Arctic, Bones, & Harlot; Dozen Carnations lipstick from MAC; Quince lipstick from Bite Beauty; & OPI nail polish in Romantically Involved. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hump! Film Fest 2017

 Dress: Foxfire Dress in Purple by Kiyonna (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Shoes:
Earring: etXarte
Bracelet: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I'm madly in love with these foxy Foxfire dresses from Kiyonna. I was sad to send this one back, but confident I could buy it later at a better price...& then it showed up in the Shop...so now it's mine. I also own this dress in black (not yet worn) & olive. I am desperately seeking to buy it in burgundy. I feel sexy in this dress. What better thing to wear to a porn film fest?
Why is it so difficult to find purple shoes? I was extremely excited to find these brand new shoes on eBay. This is only my second time wearing them...but when you need purple shoes, nothing else will do & these are spot on with the color of this dress. 
Dinner before Hump! I branched out at Alchemy & tried their fish tacos. They were just okay. Then...a short walk to Hump! at The Barrymore. Last year, Dan Savage was here to introduce his festival, which was fun. The great thing about the shorts in this are that they feature bodies of all sizes & many forms of sexual expression. However, some of them are challenging to watch. I still have not been able to eat toast with butter since this evening. 
 We've got a lineup...I'm not used to being part of a group of seven.
My make-up with this outfit included...Stila eyeliner in Tetra; Too Faced eyeshadow in Black Forest Truffle, Candied Violet, Champagne Truffle, Gilded Ganache, Crème Brûlée, & Marzipan; Urban Decay eyeshadow in Freakshow; Beso lipstick by Stila; & CND Vinylux nail polish in Wildfire. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

My Life As A Zucchini

 Dress: Lace Up Dress in Navy Paisley by Alice & You (size 28) via Gwynnie Bee Shop
Cardigan: Talbots, thrifted
Leggings: Torrid
Shoes: Boden, thrifted
Earring: Vintage 80s
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I had this dress from GB last year & liked it well enough to buy it when it showed up in the GB Shop for $11...my only complaint about it is a bit too much gray for my liking...but, paisley. Great fit & length. 
I've had these gray & black striped leggings from Torrid for over a decade & this is my first time wearing them. The cardigan I thrifted a few years ago & this was also its first outing with me...I decided to throw it on to wear once before I donated it...but it turns out I adore it. Both Kate & our waitress agreed I should keep it. 
These photos were taken outside a pretty old church in Milwaukee.
I wore this ensemble for the last day of film fest. My favorite movies this year were: Lost in Paris, Bugs (documentary), My Life As A Zucchini, & Frantz. Pizza before our final film...including Nutella pizza for dessert, which three of us shared...my curiosity is now satisfied & I won't have to have it again. 
On another day...burgers at Alchemy with David & sweet potato fries. Some pretty art in the bathroom at the co-op. And the final indoor farmers' market of the season with the girlie. 
 Savers 50% off sale...
Super Boo & I traveled to Milwaukee for the day because Wednesday is 20% off everything at ReStore...look at this fabulous olive velvety love-seat we scored! We also came home with a coffee table for our rec room, several light fixtures, & a few doors. Then on to I.M. Salvage to pick up some doors we bought the last time we were in town...that place is a trip...it would be the perfect location for a movie shoot-out...vast, dark, & so many places to hide. They have row upon row of old toilets & tank covers...& I finally discovered the source of the creepy hellos that echo through the place...way up high...there is a parrot. A guard parrot. Also, they are holding our doors hostage in a room that only the owner has the key to & despite us leaving for a few hours & coming back...the doors remained there. 
WasteCap is a new to us salvage shop...expensive, but so many treasures. All those bits of wrought iron *swoon*...& that cherub fountain. We loaded up on doors there...8, I think...those were totally reasonable. 
The friendly adorable woman working there suggested we try Oscar's for lunch...she recommended the Aloha burger...how did she know?! Pineapple & avocado is my new favorite accompaniment on my burger. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Abyss eyeliner by Urban Decay, NYX eyeshadow palette in The Brights, Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills, Blood Orange lipstick by Bite Beauty, MAC lipstick in Dozen Carnations, & OPI nail polish in Do You Sea What I Sea?

Monday, May 8, 2017

When Life Gives You A Lemon Dress

 Dress: Dolce Vita Dress in Citrus Print by Effie's Heart (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Denim 24/7, thrifted 
Teggings: Re/Dress
Shoes: Ahnu by Teva, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I have this thing with Effie's Heart dresses I get from Gwynnie Bee...I can't stop wearing them...they're just so comfortable, cute, & casual...perfect for running errands, farmers' market, work...anywhere. I own this style of dress in an orange floral print & thought I was going to buy this one too...but the colors read a bit too grey for me to pay GB's prices. I'll seek this one out from a reseller's group because I would wear this dress to garage sales all summer long. 
This dress comes with a cummerbund style belt, but I hardly ever wear the belts. Effie's Heart heavy t-shirt fabric dresses are carefree & easy...my version of jeans & a tee. And check out my sporty shoes...I got these for $6 during a Savers 50% off sale. I nearly didn't get them...I said to David, these are kind of expensive for shoes I'd just wear bumming around...& he responded...oh, you mean the shoes you'd wear more than any others? Um, yeah. I've been living in these cute & comfy shoes. 
Lights! We have been buying all the lights. I spied these two at Re/Store & brought them home. I'm not crazy about the tiny creme lampshades...but I think if I stain or dye them they'll be awesome. I'm thinking they will both end up illuminating the closet. 
These itty bitty mandarins were on sale at the co-op & so delicious...I bought over a 100 of them to snack on during film fest...I'm still finding bits of peel in the bottom of my purse. Check out her fabulous Clockwork Orange jacket! Fashion spied while grocery shopping. Browsing at Deconstruction Inc...I love old metal cabinets & this one has gold colored hardware. Investigating the cabinet possibilities at Menards...David is making our kitchen cabinets, but there are SO many possibilities & decisions. 
10am film fest movie...not only is the main bar open, but this auxiliary bar too. Oh, Wisconsin. I haven't been sharing many photos of our house remodel, but here's one standing in our shower looking out to the front door. The shower used to be a powder room, but we thought a humongous walk-in shower sounded more useful. More lighting! We decided to pass on this one (found at Re/Store in Milwaukee), but came home with this adorable desk.
Lunch...dinner? at Dumpling Haus on a chilly day with the girlie...between films at Wisconsin Film Fest. I thought this wagon at Deconstruction was charming...but couldn't think of what I'd use it for, so it is still there. I spent the entire day looking at flooring & bathroom tile options...hours & hours. Two decisions were made...we ended up getting that acacia wood floor below for our living room, dining room, & hallway, but not the kitchen...even though that is a sample of our countertops on top of it...I found a gorgeous warm toned cork flooring for the kitchen. 
 The first outdoor farmers' market of the year! Ramps!! And...precious flower headpiece with a yellow dress & RED hair spotted at the market. 
 Our annual spring ramp adoration photos. 
Photo from 1989...Shane, Neil, girl I don't remember, Drew, & Michael. Shane was my best friend & has been gone since 2012 & Drew was recently murdered. I had this photo on my phone on this day because Neil had posted it & Shane's lovely niece (second cousin) was in town & I shared it with her while hanging out in Gregory's (Shane's) backyard, which he has named Shane-Gri-La. 
My make-up with this ensemble included...Kat von D eyeshadow in Legend & Hyperballad, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Misdemeanor & Freeze, Dozen Carnations lipstick by MAC, & OPI nail polish in This Color's Making Waves.