Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Wasted on Arts & Literature

 Dress: Bell Sleeve Floral Dress by Connected Apparel (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Leggings: Torrid (size 4x)
Boots: Steve Madden
Earring, Necklace, & Bracelet: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I normally avoid shapeless shift dresses...but the colors in this one made me gasp...the alluring autumn shades with touches of gold metallic were marvelous. And I do love a bell sleeve. Had this been a fit & flare or a wrap dress...I would have made it mine. 
This dress was a tad too short to wear with just tights, so leggings to the rescue. 
Oh, hydrangeas...I adore you. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Mildew, UD eyeshadow in Wanderlust & Stranded, Huda Beauty Coral Obsession palette, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Coral Plated, & Deutsch You Want Me Baby? nail polish from OPI. 
I wore this outfit to attend the monthly Wasted wine group with Kate & David. The theme on this day was Arts & Literature....so we brought bottles of wine to match what we chose to share. Also, food...I made a citrus roasted beet kale salad with fennel that was delicious. 
It was a rather large group, ~25, so the couple hosting had to relocate to her parent's house for extra room. 
 My two favorite people <3
Sharing poetry, blurbs from books, music, photos from vacations, bits of film & TV...but no interpretive dance. I recited the first three lines of Sylvia Plath's Mad Girl's Love Song, the first two are tattooed on my right calf. 


I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I played a piece of music by Zoe Keating in the background & to top off my crazy mad theme...a bottle of 2017 Channing Daughters Sylvanus Pet-Nat.
Red Red Wine ukulele sing-a-long & tasty food...my salad was scrumptious & Kate made some cashew curry dip that I couldn't stop eating. 
Kate read Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens...the first line of the poem mentions snowy mountains & the grapes of her wine are grown in mountains that get snow...also, her shirt had mountains on it (which she forgot to mention), so when she was done...I said, & there are mountains on your shirt. Kate very proudly said, "I brought my mountains with me" & I laughed like a 12 year old. 

David ended the evening by reciting Sonnet XXX (Love is Not All) by Edna St. Vincent Millay...& he moved several people to tears. He served his Pedro Ximénez (a dessert wine) with vanilla gelato & a piece of his favorite 100% chocolate...it was divine. 
 Most of the bottles from whence we sipped...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Lula Wiles // The Bald Puppy Arrives // Gleam

 Dress: Short Sleeve Red Plaid Fit & Flare Dress by Jessica Howard (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Liz & Me, thrifted
Leggings: Torrid (size 4)
Shoes: Rampage, thrifted
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I'm mad for plaid...so I'm thrilled to see it among the fall fashion trends...so I can stock up. But not with this dress. Normally...orange, red, & olive plaid would be my thing, but the olive was too cool for me & read as grey unless you were close up. Also, it was tighter than I would prefer...but that's to be expected since this was a size 24. However, I had fun styling & wearing this dress. If it had been made in a 26 or 28, I would have had a difficult time not purchasing it. 
I was really happy with my pattern mixing with this outfit...sometimes it just comes together.
I am SO happy I bought this orange vintage bracelet...I wear it all the time. And I am dreadfully low on jewelry in the color of fun. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Stash (not the NYX liner pictured); Kat von D eyeshadow in Relic, Devil, Immaculate, & Alexandra; Santa Sangre lipstick by KvonD; Dozen Carnations lipstick from MAC; & OPI nail polish in Now Museum, Now You Don't. 
I first wore this outfit to see Lula Wiles at North Street Cabaret...these ladies were marvelous & will be coming back the end of February. Also...this is my favorite place to see live music in Madison. 
North Street Cabaret bathroom mirror selfie...looking at my healing tattoo.

I wore this outfit on another day to...meet the bald puppy!!! Who has way more hair than we were led to believe. He was less than 24 hours old here in the hospital. David is obsessed with this baby...if Angie & Toby invited him over every day to cuddle little Frederick, he would happily be there. Also, what an adorable baby. And I say that rarely. 

I spent the rest of the day going to garage sales...I bought a vintage bird cage on a stand & this marvelous...thing...I suspect you could hang clothes on it, but I'm going to use it for jewelry. Then I went to Ulta to play with make-up because they were having a 20% off sale. I ended up ordering online because the Urban Decay Naked Cherry collection was not in stores yet. 
Then...dinner with Kate at Lao Laan Xang before heading over to Gleam. 
This was not my favorite year of Gleam...the art installations were too spread out & did not have as much of a wow factor as some displays in the past. But it was still fun...because I was with my girlie, it was a full moon, & I like Olbrich Gardens at night. 
I got a picture of the full moon above...you can click on the photos to make them bigger...Kate complains that when I collage photos, they are too small. 
The red dome below was our favorite...you could sit in it & if you played with the large buttons in the center...it would change colors & make different sounds...it was soothing. I want one in my backyard. 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Pét-Nat Party & New Hair

Dress: Stripe Fit & Flare Dress in Navy & Maroon by Sangria (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee Try Then Buy
Cardigan: ModCloth
Tights: We Love Colors in Maroon
Shoes: Born
Earring: etXarte
Necklaces & Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
Out of the box...I wasn't that into this dress...but once I put it on & started styling it...I was in love. And it was only $18, so I bought it. I especially liked how the stripes are horizontal on top & come to a v on the bottom, would that be chevron? The length & fit was great for me despite being a size 24. There are so many lovely colors in this dress...the accessory choices are endless.
I had brighter pointy mustard shoes that I would have preferred to have worn, but shoes are still difficult on my diseased legs & ankles.
I decided I needed a sleeker look for the cold months ahead...so an asymmetrical bob happened. It had to be quite short...I may like it better after it grows for a few months. I think I look like a bowling ball...but Kate assures me I do not. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Alkaline, Ignite & Stranded eyeshadow by UD, Edge eyeshadow from Anastasia, Nars lipstick in Majella, & OPI nail polish in I Love You Just Be-Cusco. 
I wore this outfit one Friday to work, have Indian buffet with David, take the dogs to the park, & meet Jason & Kate for dinner at Bandung. 
The capitol outside of Square Wine...where David met us for a Pét-Nat tasting. So delightful...Kate bought a bottle of both my & David's favorite bottles to drink during her next laundry visit. 
I got several compliments on my outfit...one from a stylish gay man...so that's when I decided I needed to buy this dress.
I also wore this outfit to check out the monthly pop-up shop, Confectionique...the October theme was "Menacing Maison". I bought a few things, but never got around to taking photos. Unless it's something I wear, or it goes in the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom...it basically gets packed away until we finish remodeling the rest of the house. Right now David's office & our hallway are being worked on. 

Then...on to my haircut appointment with Gen at Cha Cha...these photos, & finally...East Side Farmers' Market. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Pines // Merchant // The Tattooing Begins

 Dress: Floral Border Hi Lo Dress by INC (size 3x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: ?, thrifted
Leggings: Torrid (size 4x)
Shoes: Born, thrifted
Earring, Necklace, & Bracelet: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This pretty floral nylon summer dress was autumned right up with the addition of this breezy cardigan & leggings. The fit & length of this dress was just right for me...& for once, I enjoyed the hi-lo hem because this sheer fabric looks the same on both sides. The banded waist hit me just below the boobs, which is where I prefer...empire waist. The flow of the skirt & the colors of the flowers were just lovely. 
We managed to find some hearty flowers that were still in bloom at Olbrich Gardens. 
I had this dress at home forever before returning it...but somehow I still forgot to take pictures of the make-up I wore. I will confess...I normally don't care what's in fashion, but I read an article online about how all shades of green nail polish are hot right now...so I wore this OPI Greenwich Green polish instead of the pink I was considering. I am extremely suggestible. 
I wore this dress to see The Pines with Angie at The Shitty Barn (under a coat). It was a Saturday & their normal food vendor, Enos Farms, had an event to cater...so Pizza Brutta took their place...it was a welcome change of chow as Enos just does tacos now...in the past they switched it up. The Pines were delightful, as always...& this turned out to be my last Shitty show of the season. Angie, Kate, & I were supposed to see The Zach Pietrini band a week ago Saturday...but Angie went & had a baby & it was cold, rainy, sleety, & snowy that particular day...so Kate & I decided to skip it. 
I wore this dress again on a day when the temperature was in the 80s...to have cocktails & nibbles with the girlie at Merchant. We were certain they'd have their fall drink menu available since it was already the first week of October...but not until the 17th. However, all their cocktails are fabulous...& their new chef has made the cheese curds even tastier. 
 Everything was delicious, with the exception of Kate's sea bass...it was terribly overcooked & rubbery. I'm not sure why neither of us spoke up about it. The surprise of the evening was the tuna crudo in a watermelon soup...it sounded weird, but why not try it??? It was incredible & lovely to look at as well...although my photo is blurry. 
Last round of drinks...I got an old standby that I haven't had for ages...Corpse Reviver...
I'm not actually sure I was wearing this dress, but I think so? Kate & I went to farmers' market...where I got these jack-o-lantern "flowers"? to add to my sunflowers, & the girlie gifted me a pumpkin bag I wanted from Target...sooo thoughtful. The next day she came over to do laundry & brought us wine to enjoy...she is petting Rye here, but the picture is too dark to really see his snoot (do not google pig snoot). 
Finally, I wore this dress to begin my farmers' market tattoo with Maggie. I've wanted this tattoo for decades...& I am so pleased I waited because she is the perfect person to do this tattoo. She drew on my arm to envision how the final placement might go...& we began a three hour session...she just looked at the photos we had taken of the veggies all year...& made them come to life on my arm! This was my first time getting tattooed without Kate's hand to dig my nails into (& this is a gift from her), but Maggie is super full & I wanted to leave evening & weekend slots for those that need them since I am available during the work days. I was so scared...but! It hardly hurt...totally bearable pain. Like, I could breathe & talk...it was bizarre! Apparently, chicks are the way to go for tattoo artists...she was so gentle. If I had known tattoos could be so easy...I would be completely covered by now! The photos are how they looked the next morning. The ginger is my favorite. 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Frank Catalano

 Dress: Sleeveless Scuba Fit & Flare Dress by Gabby Skye (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Lane Bryant (size 22/24), thrifted
Tights: We Love Colors in Spruce Green
Shoes: xhilaration, thrifted 
Earring: former Etsy seller
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
A lovely scuba fit & flare dress from Gabby Skye. That green tapestry wallpaper print with the ombré effect was delightful. The length was spot on, but the arm holes & back were slightly too big...but that is fixed by throwing a cardigan on top. Also, there are pockets. Gabby Skye tends to run big, so this 24 fit me just right. 
This is my first time wearing these fantastic mustard shoes that I thrifted from the dearly departed Savers. 
There are bits of mustard in the dress too. And a smattering of sequins on the cardigan. I often fold under crewneck cardigans to make a v if I want more of the dress to show. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Loaded; UD eyeshadow in Wildheart, Edge, Radio, & Stranded; UD lipstick in Firebird & Big Bang; & Forever Family nail polish from Essie. 
I wore this dress to go out to dinner at Alchemy with David, Angie, & Toby...there was a 45 minute wait & since we didn't have that much time...we opted to sit outside. It was 53º...David wrapped himself in our APT blanket. That woman's coat!!!
I showed Angie the two wallpapers we'd picked out for our hallway..she prefers things quite a bit more subtle than we do, but she approved of this pairing. 
Our first time at Arts + Literature Laboratory. We wandered around looking at the art...then sat down in the third row...the front row was completely open when we walked in, but it was so close to the drums...which I am never a fan of. Angie & I had seen Frank Catalano twice at The Shitty Barn...both times with Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins)...but this was a first with upright bass & piano/keyboard...both of those guys were spectacular. And Frank Catalano was dazzling.