Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Exit the King

 Dress: Coral Floral Harriet Dress by Unique Vintage (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Sandals: ?, thrifted
Earring, Necklace, & Bracelet: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, Jason, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This is the first time I've been able to wear a Unique Vintage dress as this was the first time their 4x fit an actual 4x...so, yay! It was still a smidge small on me through the waist, but nothing uncomfortable...the smocked back made the fit fantastic on top. I'm not sure if this size 4x is a one-off, or if they've altered their patterns to be a true size 4x instead of vintage sizing. I am going to write to them to find out & report back. Everything about this dress was dreamy...the length, the twirl, the colors...more please. 
Brands like Unique Vintage expanding their size range to include a true 4x is exciting to me because they don't just focus on plus fashion, but fashion for all. I dearly hope they are going to join the ranks of Cherry Velvet, Melissa Masse, & Lady V London in offering dresses from size XS-4X. Please?!
I don't know what those pretty tall flowers are behind me, but aren't they lovely? My only regret in wearing this dress is I forgot to pull my bra straps together in back with a holder...it's such a small thing that makes such a big difference. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Mildew; Kat von D eyeshadow in Vinyl, Analogue, Destroyer, & Löve; Habanero lipstick from MAC; Orange County lipstick by NYX; & OPI nail polish in Atomic Orange. 
I wore this dress to see our first American Players Theatre play of the season, Exit the King. We had a picnic before the show...with wine from Kate, of course. 
 Jason & Kate...
 Me & the girlie...
Me & David...this was the only photo where one of us wasn't sticking our tongue out.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Patrick Sweany

 Dress: Sweetheart Appaloosa Print Dress by Leota (size 5x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Fluevog 
Earring: The Gilded Gypsies 
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This will be the last Leota dress I closet in a 5x...which used to fit like a 4x, but they've obviously redid their patterns...so, yay! They are true to size now. These sweetheart neckline dress are always cute...except this one is too big to give me much of a shape. It was still fun for a wear. I've also worn this in lipstick print (my favorite, I wish I could find it to buy), orange & pink (this is how their 4x used to fit me), neon 80s, & pink python
I have teggings that perfectly match the dots in this dress, which is what I wore to The Shitty Barn, but I grabbed these on my way out the door to work...& they were the wrong ones. Oh, well...they still match the necklace. 
I bought these Fluevogs back in the 90s after I wore a pair out...& was heartbroken that the sole changed from being black leather...to cork...they look like Birkenstocks, so I hardly ever wear them. But I'm old now & like comfort. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Anthem, Swoon, & Löve eyeshadow from Kat von D; Firebird, Speedball, & Big Bang lipstick by Urban Decay; & OPI nail polish in You're the Shade That I Want. 
I wore this dress to travel to The Shitty Barn to see Patrick Sweany (which autocorrect really wants to substitute sweaty). I went for the 3 taco dinner special...& picked pork, sunflower seeds, & white fish. 
Olive loves that we have the couch set up in the rec room...soooo many pillows. Sunflowers! Don't they look like smiling faces? I bought these at the Wednesday farmers' market...& they made me happy all week. I have always wanted to be that person who has fresh flowers around the house...but I felt a bit silly "wasting" the money & I was worried David would think it was stupid. So, I called him from the market & asked him. Best $5 purchase ever. 
It's raining bracelets...after David bought me so many lovely (but expensive) bakelite bracelets at the vintage flea...I went on eBay to see what I could find. I may have gotten carried away...but it's important to have choices. I'm especially excited about all the stripes!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Erin Rae // Kari Arnett // 4th of July

 Dress: Anchors Away Print Napoli Dress by Effie's Heart (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Fly London
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This Effie's Heart Napoli style dress is a little miracle...it just fits so good. I've also worn it in Herringbone, & own it in Coil print. This dress was a tad too patriotic for me...I wore it several times, but ultimately could not see owning it. The fit is fantastic & I love everything about this style...especially the heavy t-shirt fabric EH uses that makes their dresses so soft & comfortable. I'm getting old...I mention comfort A LOT. 
The navy in the dress & teggings were a perfect match...it was like wearing Garanimals.
The creme & red stripes were difficult to see from far off...but up close...
I wore this outfit to The Shitty Barn, where the highlight of the night for me was a special surprise appearance by John Davey. In looking him up to make sure I was spelling his name correctly...I see he's living in my hometown right now, Marquette, MI. Awesome. 
I also wore this dress to farmers' market, work, & 4th of July...because how could I not? I didn't wear any make-up on the 4th...we stayed home & Angie came over to visit the doggies, then Toby came over...then Kate & Jason. Even though our house is far from company ready...it's nice to have friends over. Kate brought wine & we made zoodles with homemade pesto & heirloom tomatoes. We also watched Black Panther & a documentary, The Incomparable Rose Hartman...about a female photographer in NYC...I feel it would be a good double feature with Bill Cunningham...although she's not nearly as charming. It was a scorching hot weekend & we didn't feel like dealing with crowds...so we watched Disney's fireworks on Youtube, ha! 

David picked up a fabulous mail cart at Deconstruction, Inc for us to put under our laundry shoot...it is wonderful. Also, I love Penzeys Spices...both their product & politics make me smile. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Shook Twins // Brett Newski

 Dress: Swing Dress in Geometric Print by Alice & You (size 28) via Gwynnie Bee Try Then Buy
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Dansko
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I love swing dresses...they make me feel like a little kid...twirly & girlie. And I adore the retro pattern in this one. I last wore this over 2 years ago...with completely different jewelry. It always amazes me when I rewear an outfit years later & discover...I picked the same accessories...but not this time. 
There is nothing I would change about this dress...perfection. 
I'm yet again lacking jewelry/make-up photos because of our move...it may be a while before I have a set up I'm happy with.
I wore this outfit to see Brett Newski & Shook Twins at The Shitty Barn. Brett was filling in last minute for Shawn Butzin, who was having car trouble...& I'm so glad...because he was my favorite of the evening. 
I also wore the majority of this outfit to wander around Elkhorn Vintage Flea with David....soooo many pretty things!
I loved that girl's parasol! It was black with tinges of red...I should have asked her where she found it. Tasty Mexican food after antiquing. Also, my trusty, ugly but comfy, Clarks sandals that I bought in San Francisco back in 2003 finally bit the dust...the sole fell apart as I walked around. Those shoes have made walking around a breeze in Spain, Italy, France, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, NYC...they will be missed. 
We came home with a bedside table & lamp for me...& a heap of jewelry...a lot of it Bakelite. And my latest Wendy Baker creation came in the mail.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Bo Ramsey

 Dress: Keyhole Dress in Pink Lemonade Print by Lands' End (size 3x) via GB Shop 
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Born, thrifted
Earring & Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This was my first time wearing this dress...I'm fairly certain I got it for $10 through the GB Shop. I rarely pass up a chance to get one of these comfy Lands' End cotton jersey dresses for summer when they're dirt cheap. I also own this dress in lime print...which I NEED to wear again before autumn arrives. This dress is simply summer cute comfort...great fit & length. It also has a matching fabric belt, but I usually choose not to wear belts. 
Just the right amount of skimming the body & booty. A little side boob trying to escape below...
Also, my first time wearing these adorable pink flower sandals from Born that I found at Savers...RIP.
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Delinquent, Kat von D eyeshadow in Löve, Huda Beauty Electric Obsessions eye shadow palette, Disobedient & Big Bang lipstick by UD, & You're the Shade That I Want nail polish from OPI. 
I wore this dress to see Bo Ramsey at The Shitty Barn...& met a nice woman named Barb, from Minnesota. I was sure this was my first time seeing him...but I recognized the keyboard player...that's one of the brothers from The Pines! It turns out those brothers are his sons...duh. I knew they had a famous dad.
The very next morning...this shows up in my Timehop from 3 years ago...so, I most certainly had seen him perform before...at the barn with his wife, Pieta Brown. It sucks having such a terrible memory. 

I also wore this dress to work, pick up some things from Target that we needed for the house (& use the gift card elly had given us for our wedding), & have dinner at Sal's with David. Their Caesar salad is the best! 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Overcoats // Seasaw

 Dress: Short Sleeve Black Sea Print Wrap Dress by eShakti (size 28) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Camisole: Lane Bryant
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Born
Earring, Necklace, & Bracelet: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
The colors! The print! So much beauty. This dress would have been a keeper if it had only fit properly...the fit is the same as this constellation dress. The bottom fit great in this chiffon dress, but the top didn't come close to closing...so I was forced to wear a camisole...which I know a lot of girls do anyway, but I'd prefer not to...especially in summer. I like dresses because they are a complete outfit. It was super fun for a wear, though. 
Good thing I thought of this aquatic wall for photos...it was the ideal backdrop for this dress...even if the light was off.
I never got around to taking a make-up & accessories photo as we had just moved.
I wore this under the sea frock to The Shitty Barn to see Overcoats with Seasaw. Kate got a glass of rosé...& it was so delicious...I bought us a bottle. It was the perfect outdoor picnic wine. 
 Girlie bezzers selfie toast...
One of the many weird faces I make...& Kate dancing to Overcoats...
First up...Seasaw, from Madison. Before a show at High Noon years ago, the bartender was playing their CD...I asked who it was & then we saw them play a few weeks later. I bought some vinyl from them after their set & they recognized me from Instagram!
Overcoats was visiting the barn from New York...so much energy & so many songs about crappy relationships. Both duos had an obvious close friendship vibe & electro-poppiness that made them a splendid double bill. Girl power! 
I also wore this dress to work with David, & afterwards we shopped for pans & ate pizza. Oh! And this was the first time my phone knew I was driving to our new home <3