Monday, June 19, 2017

Gaelynn Lea at The Shitty Barn

 Dress: Riley Dress in French Braid by Leota (size 5L) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Avenue
Leggings: Lands End
Shoes: Franco Sarto, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
M Necklace: Babil & Bijou, no longer online
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I had this Leota fit & flare on priority for months as I was quite smitten with the neutral herringbone pattern...but I was a bit disappointed in it. First of all, this dress seems more a-line than fit & flare...but the deal breaker for me...scattered about the fabulous print is L.ny (for Leota New York). Ugh. I hate wearing clothes that advertise the brand. If it weren't for the L.ny...I would have bought this dress. 
 As much as I adore color...I LOVE pattern mixing with neutrals...alright, I just like any excuse to break out the leopard print. If pattern mixing scares you...leopard is a great way to dip your toe in...it goes with nearly everything. 
This building is close to our office...we popped out to get a quick bite to eat between clients & take some photos. Old brick building with metal stairs! I can't believe we hadn't used this location before. 
I wore this outfit out to dinner with David, Angie, & Toby on our way to see Gaelynn Lea at The Shitty Barn. I first heard of Gaelynn last year when she won NPR's Tiny Desk Contest...what an extraordinary voice. She put on a great show. 
The second time I wore this dress to work (when these photos were taken) & out to dinner with David...the food was not memorable, but I loved how the ceiling & walls were painted. 

Picking up a variety of old bricks at Deconstruction Inc. We have plans for them. 

West siiiiide farmers' market with the girlie...we ran away from the downtown market because it was both graduation & Mother's Day weekend...holy buckets! Loads of people. 
After market...Nutzy Mutz for doggy treats. Also, L.ny...see how ridiculous that looks?!

The backyard of our new house is covered in garlic mustard...Kate very nicely helped me pull it...but there was so much, we barely made a dent. So, sparkling wine it is...on a lovely day under the apple tree. 
I picked my favorite flowers on the way home...mmmmm, lilacs...they smelled so good. Note the dining room wallpaper border...this is the only thing I'm going to miss about this house. I wish I could find just one roll of it to put in the dining room of our new house. I love it...even after 19 years of looking at it. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Roach, Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof Eyeliner in M-10, NYX eyeshadow palette in Warm Neutrals, Tangerine eyeshadow by Make Up For Ever, MAC Liptensity lipstick in Habanero, & OPI nail polish in Living On the Bula-vard!

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Legendary Shack Shakers with Jesse Dayton

I never got photos of this outfit other than the ones Jason took of me & Kate...but this is the one & only Shitty Barn show the girlie & I will go to together this year...so these pictures are perfect. Also, I put this outfit together for a cold spring night...not the way I would have worn it out & about. Unless it was a cold spring night at a concert in a barn. 
Aw, girlie...I miss her so. She is gone for 6 months hiking the Appalachian Trail. If you want to follow her adventures, add her on Instagram...kisforkate. She was supposed to be gone for this show, but since her kitty was sick & she postponed it...she was here...so I nabbed a ticket from a guy who couldn't go & surprised her. 
Enos Farms just does tacos all the time now...which is fine with me as they are delicious...I had a pork taco. Cute Angie & Toby. 
Kate & I braved wine in a can. Backpack wine in a can seemed appropriate for her upcoming trip. Verdict...it was alright. Kate is a wine snob, so I am used to drinking good wine with her now...spoiled. 
Full of cuteness...
Alan introducing the first band...Jesse Dayton. Everyone was dressed up because it was Derby Day & apparently that's a thing in Spring Green. I'm not sure why...other than Wisconsin will use any excuse to drink...so that is probably why.
J.D. Wilkes & The Legendary Shack Shakers...we see them whenever they come around...such great energy. 
Above photo...note, J.D. is bleeding...but why I took this was because Angie pointed out to me that Marcus Truschinski was standing in the back (white shirt & bow tie)...he's my favorite actor at American Players Theatre...it was just odd to have these two worlds collide. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mermaid Green!

 Dress: Fit & Flare Dress in Orange by London Times via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Denim 24/7, thrifted
Leggings: Torrid
Shoes: Born
Earring & Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I was so excited by the idea of this dress...I mean, it's the color of fun...but it turned out to be too long on me & not shaped very well...the waist was too low & the front pleats & pockets didn't lay right. The color was marvelous & I adored the textured pattern.
I bought these Torrid leggings in a 50% off sale a while back, but this is my first time wearing them...I didn't really want to add black, but I didn't have anything else that looked right. 
These griddle cakes from our favorite local diner are the best...they are chock full of apples & yum...
Looking at bricks at Deconstruction, Inc...David was playing around with all the various colors...I prefer things that don't match. I couldn't help but notice as I walked by this letter display at Michael's...someone had spelled out a word with these letters...hmmm.
David & I travelled down to the Chicago 'burbs to look at a promising slab of granite they were calling Mermaid Green...could it be *our* Mermaid Green?! The bathrooms were so gorgeous...all granite. We had to wear hardhats in the warehouse. They had a few slabs of Mermaid Green...polished & matte...they moved them next to each other for us. It was theeee one we've been looking for!!! The polished slab of labradorite is now ours. I can't believe our bathroom countertop search is finally over...I know it seems like a silly thing to stress about, but we are going to have to look at it a lot & we want it to be pretty. 
The guy at the granite place raved about a Mexican restaurant nearby...Burrito Parrilla Mexicana, so we gave it a try...it was spectacular. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof Eyeliner in M-10; Kat von D eyeshadow in Analogue, Fran, & Legend; Habanero lipstick by MAC; & an OPI polish I can't remember the name of. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May 1st: My 47th Birthday

 Dress: Floral Spot Dress by City Chic (size XXL/24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Willow Bay, thrifted 
Leggings: Lipstick Traces by Beth Ditto (size 22/24)
Shoes: Me Too, thrifted 
Necklace, Earring, & Bracelet: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
Someday I will look in the mirror before I leave the house...this was not that day. I actually like this outfit...except for the cardigan...& that really ruins the whole look for me. I have a chartreuse cropped cardigan that would have looked SO much more put together. Oh, well. Also, this City Chic dress was not my favorite...the fabric felt like a shower curtain. Despite all that...I felt cute wearing this for my birthday & the day after. 
I was excited to finally wear these Beth Ditto leggings I bought last year...so cute. I'm glad I got them when I did as her shop is closing for a bit...I hope it comes back. I also got her Eat Your Make-up leggings. These leggings are incredibly soft & comfortable with a wide waistband that stays put & doesn't roll. 
The quest for a bathroom countertop continues...we liked this lemurian quartzite the best so far. We are still looking for our holy grail...Mermaid Green. We know it exists & must be out there somewhere for us to buy. 
Look at this pretty package that just happened to show up on my birthday! Two new earrings from Theresa of etXarte
Girlie birthday dinner! Kate was supposed to be off hiking the Appalachian Trail for six months by my birthday...but her cat got sick, so she stuck around for an extra month. She left last Sunday & I miss her terribly, but hope she has a wonderful time. Six months! 
Delightful cocktails & scrumptious food at Heritage Tavern. Their deviled eggs are divine, but those bacon wrapped fried cheese curds are quite tasty as well. 
The next day...David & I drove to Milwaukee to look at granite for countertops...the guy we'd been talking to the day before sent a photo of what we were looking for to this shop & it looked like they might have our Mermaid Green. They had an amazing selection & so many gorgeous slabs...not the one we wanted...but one that came so very close that we put a hold on it (the center pic). Check out all those greens! Every place we've gone has had next to no green available. 
Lunch & then on to check out the Milwaukee ReStore. This light fixture came home with us. It is gigantic...we don't really have a place for anything that large...but are going to try to make it work in our enormous walk-in closet. This Re/Store gets a bunch of floor models of lighting from a nearby shop...we looked this one up & it is still being sold online for the discounted price of $4,000...I think we paid $50. That couch! I was really hoping it was comfortable as it would be perfect in the rec room of our new house...but the back is super short & didn't offer any support...so there it stayed. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeshadow in Alchemy, Gossip, Jones, Goldmine, Calavera, & Mean; Habanero lipstick by MAC; & J'Adore My Mani nail polish by Morgan Taylor. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Birthday Dinner at Estrellón & The Suitcase Junket

 Dress: Fun Office Dress by City Chic (size XXL/24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Merona (size XXL, too tight), thrifted 
Teggings: Re/Dress
Socks: Sock Dreams
Shoes: Nine West, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Babil & Bijou, former etsy shop
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I wore this ensemble to go out to dinner with David for my birthday & a few days later to work & the first Shitty Barn show of the season. I've had to continue to bundle up this spring because...brrrrrr. I realized I hadn't worn any of my fun socks all winter...& it was a good way to add some warmth & color to this outfit. I rather liked this heavy stretch pinstriped dress...it's a great cool weather dress...my only issue with it was the pockets didn't lay flat on me & bulged out on my hips. I love stripes. 
 Maybe the socks are too much? I liked it. 
Dinner with David at Estrellón the day before my birthday (they are closed on Mondays). We started out with some wine & pintxos...blood sausage & aioli, beets & goat cheese, & a jamón croqueta...followed by...pork belly & roasted potatoes. This was the first time David had gone there with me, so I was finally able to try their signature paella (Kate & I have gotten their market vegetable paella & it was incredibly delicious)...it was amazing, of course...although I have to admit...not better than the veggie. The best part were the shrimp...so we'll have to have them add those to the veggie next time & it will be perfect. 
More often than not...I skip dessert...but because it was my birthday...I got creme catalana (Spanish creme brûlée)...with whipped cream, fruit, & fennel-orange torta...while David had some drinking chocolate. Then David had the brilliant idea of combining the two in every bite...heavenly *swoon* 
My first show at The Shitty Barn for the season...The Suitcase Junket. A one-man band... Matt sings, plays the guitar, keyboard, & several homemade instruments with his worn out shoes (he has his actual baby shoe rigged up to hit a pot at his feet). His music was fabulous & I'm glad I bought his records to remember this show. Here's a video of him from Youtube... 
The Suitcase Junket is playing at a restaurant in Escanaba, Mi (an hour from my hometown) in July. Weird. I may have to plan a visit around that gig. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof eyeliner in M-10; Urban Decay eyeshadow in Liar, Factory, Blackheart, Vanity, & Freakshow, NYX lip palette in The Plums, & Visions of Love nail polish from OPI. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spring Sweater Dress Weather

 Dress: Sweater Dress in Ultra Violet Print by Taylor Dresses via Gwynnie Bee Try Then Buy
Teggings: Re/Dress
Boots: Steve Madden
Earring: etXarte
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage
Longer Necklace: Babil & Bijou, former etsy shop
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
Apparently, I bought this dress back in December 2015...& never wore it. I searched through my blog...certain I'd worn it before...& it's just not there. I grabbed it out of my closet because I didn't have any GB at home & we've had a cold spring...so it's still sweater dress weather here. The color & pattern on this dress are fantastic, good length & fit...the only downside for me was the set-in waist not being an empire. 
This was the second photo shoot in a row where it started raining just as we got out there. 
Still searching for countertops for our bathroom. I remembered this recycled glass countertop being pretty...so we went to look again...there is maintenance involved...that is not going to work for us. Indian buffet is always the best.
Sadie! I met Angie & Toby at the food carts to get dinner...which we took back to their place to eat (cold & rainy). Dogs were so cute, I forgot to take pictures of my food...what did I get? A grilled cheese sandwich with hot dogs & fixings on it. It was good. But, Val! And look at adorable Molly peeking out from under the table...
Angie & I went to the Verona Library to see dog behaviorist, Patricia McConnell speak. I had missed her when she was in Madison recently & Angie had enjoyed going enough to go again. Her latest book is a memoir of her traumas & how her dog helped her face them & heal (I haven't read the book yet). She mostly spoke about her past rape, traumas, & PTSD. I think these are important issues to talk about, however, I was curious if the audience was expecting that...or for her to talk about dogs. I was expecting her to talk about dogs...but I enjoyed the reading.

More tin from Deconstruction, Inc for our living room & dining room ceiling. These Eastern Bluebells must have appealed to me since I took a photo...I think she said they like shade & spread like wildfire...sounds like something I can't kill. 
Shoes! Spotted at market. I had forgotten about them until I was looking through pictures for this post...I searched for them online & found them on sale. Now I have a pair of my very own! Oh, Google...is there anything you can't do? David & I shopping at Menards for fencing options. 

April's Sephora Play! I'm wearing that black liner in these photos...I LOVE it...it's my new favorite waterproof liner. David & I checked out this woman's shoe sale...they have it twice a year & I usually find something...
I came home with these cute red Jambu sandals...& a few doilies. Then...more looking at countertop options...Rye does not approve. 
Another farmers' market with the girlie...this dress saw a lot of action. Spectacular pointy avocado green chairs & table spotted at ReStore....& more looking at countertops...so depressing...
Picking out paint is much more fun, but so many decisions. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof eyeliner in M-10 (matte black), Black Metal & Anthem eyeshadow by Kat von D, Anastasia eyeshadow in Vermeer & Primavera, Stila Liquid Lipstick in Aria, & Get Cherried Away nail polish from OPI.