Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Peacock Alcove

 Dress: Nina Dress in Brushstroke Print by Effie's Heart (size 4x) via Facebook resellers group
Cardigan: Talbots (size 2x), thrifted
Shoes: Tahari, thrifted 
Earring & Necklace: Babil & Bijou (former etsy seller)
Bracelets: Vintage, garage sale finds
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I had this dress from Gwynnie Bee last fall & liked it...but David really loved it...so when it came up for sale on a FB resellers group...I snagged it. I also own this style of dress in navy plaid, which I adore. Effie's Heart clothing is so comfortable & it is one of the brands I didn't know existed before GB as up until recently...they only made their garments in plus size for Modcloth & GB. They are made of a thick t-shirt material & their fit is consistently spot on for me. Also, consistently cute. 
I wore this dress in the fall with the same turquoise tights & necklace...but everything else is different. 
Savers' finds...check out those pimp shoes we got for David. Sephora Play! February box. And some marvelous bright summer earrings from eBay. 
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics was having a sale. Summer nail polish...it's spring, right?!
I don't know what I was thinking with this City Chic dress from GB...I couldn't find a way to wear it without my bra sticking out...so I sent it back unworn. I liked the style more than I thought I would though. Musicians at the indoor farmers' market play pretty music to shop to. Friday fish fry with David at Alchemy...this clam bisque is just amazing. 
David took off the door & trim on this hall closet...which is going to be the peacock alcove. Years ago Shane & I were antiquing in a Victorian mansion & there was a stuffed peacock on the way up the stairs...I've wanted one ever since. I am doing my peacock imitation & David is demonstrating how a statue might look here if I can't find a peacock. 
Deconstruction Inc. They are only open Thursday, Friday, & Saturday...we try to go every week...preferably on Thursday...we never know what kind of treasures we'll see. 
Bathroom planning over lunch at Brothers' 3...we are combining our main bathroom with a powder room to make one larger bathroom with a walk-in shower. 
Everyone was amazed that David asked for a second patty on his burger...I think we're regulars there now. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Gypsy Blue, Kat von D eyeshadow in Hyperballad & Skulls, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Gash, MAC lipstick in New York Apple, NYX lipstick in Alabama, & This Color's Making Waves nail polish by OPI. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pokey LaFarge at The Stoughton Opera House

 Dress: Sweetheart Wrap Dress in Terrazzo Print by Leota (size 5L) via Gwynnie Bee Try Then Buy
Cardigan: MAK via Modcloth
Shoes: Moda Spana, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: etsy, gift from Girls of GB gift exchange
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I immediately loved this Leota dress when I put it on...& ended up buying it...which I am always more likely to do when I'm the first person to get it from GB. Sweetheart necklines are my favorite...such a lovely frame. The red, peach, & navy palette in a pretty wallpaper design is unlike anything I have in my wardrobe. This dress is shorter than I typically feel comfortable in, but I felt safe wearing it with tights & hope I didn't flash anyone when I bent over. 
I adore these MAK cropped cardigans...I've gotten them from both Modcloth & Pinup Girl Clothing...but I have recently discovered a site, Le Bomb Shop, that carries them in over 20 colors, up to size 4x...for only $24 & shipping is free when you spend $50. I plan on ordering from them in the future. If it weren't for thrifting...I possibly would never have learned how fabulous cropped cardigans were...it all started with a Torrid cropped b&w polka dot cardigan I thrifted from Savers.
I was in the Winter issue of FabUplus magazine & after several months of having the issue...finally managed to get photos with it to tag them in on Instagram. 
Back to the Stougton Opera House for a show...this time...Pokey LaFarge. Such a gorgeous theatre...if only you remember to bring your own padded seats with you. 
Kate is wearing a cashmere cardigan I found for her while thrifting...it's SO adorable on her.  
An amazing show!
OMG! These are the best dive bar hamburgers ever...Angie has been telling us to go to Brother's 3 for the burgers & they were fantastic...this was our first time...but now we're regulars. Deconstruction Inc, David washing my car, & some bitch & slut stockings that I have a dozen pairs of from the 90s...they had to go. What was I thinking?! The things I've been finding as I pack. And delicious ribs. 
Eyes opened...eyes closed...
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Deep Blue, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Goldmine & Minx, Mon Ennui Cosmetics eyeshadow in Year of the Dragon, Dozen Carnations lipstick from MAC, Russian Roulette lipstick by NYX, & Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics nail polish in Lustgarten. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Valentine's Day Burlesque

 Dress: Lingerie from Lane Bryant (nearly 20 years old)
Top: Ross
Leggings: Torrid
Boots: Dr. Martens
Earring & Bracelet: Vintage
Necklace: former etsy seller
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
For Valentine's Day I went to a burlesque show with Kate & David. They were going to have a lingerie contest, so even though I wasn't going to participate in that...this outfit seemed appropriate. I was shocked I was able to find it...I don't think I've worn this in over a decade. I used to wear it to go out & as part of a devil girl costume. 
The tongue on my right boot came out & I still can't decide if I should have it sewn back in or pull the other one out...I'm leaning toward taking it out...I like the corset look over whatever color tights I'm wearing. However, I prefer things that don't match...so I'm enjoying wearing them as is. 
David & I went to Indian buffet for lunch...I was not wearing this outfit. Typically David & I do not celebrate Valentine's Day...even though that was the day we first met via email. 14 years ago this year. 
Kate suggested we check out this Les Cougars burlesque show...they were honoring artists that died last year & it sounded fun. People at the VIP tables got champagne & we were trying to figure out how horrible it was...but we couldn't see the label. 
We love burlesque...but this show was terrible...Kate called it a valentine massacre...& she likes everything. The highlight was the woman with the umbrella...& the host of the event did a raunchy policewoman number that was hilarious. We decided we'd stick it out until intermission before making our escape. Our only disappointment was that we wouldn't see the Jereth/Bowie performance...it was a great costume. 
During a particularly harrowing rendition of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah...David danced for us. It was the best part of the night. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Kat von D eyeshadow in Bloodmilk, Medusa, & Ankh; Red Dragon Lip Tar from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics; Russian Red lipstick by NYX, & OCC nail polish in Lustgarten. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Davina & the Vagabonds

 Dress, Cardigan, Leggings, & Shoes: Torrid (Torrid sent me everything except for the cardigan...which was thrifted)
Crinoline: Malco Modes, thrifted
Purse: etsy, gift from Kate
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
These photos were taken last August for Marcy's 22+ Style Lookbook that came out in the fall. Torrid generously sent me the dress, leggings, & shoes that I picked out. This cherry pin-up dress is cheery & charming...I felt flirty just wearing it. I went with a size 28 for the dress...it's cotton with no stretch & I wasn't sure what size to go with...but it was PERFECT. I wouldn't change a thing about it. This was my first pair of shoes from Torrid...I believe all their shoes are wide width, which I'm not...but they are so cute I don't care. 
I was blown away by how well made the dress was. I have since purchased several dresses from Torrid, but previous to getting this dress...I had mostly stuck to collecting their amazing leggings. 
For this photo shoot...I wore a black Malco Modes crinoline underneath. How do people store those things??? I added a polka dot cardigan to see Davina & the Vagabonds with Kate last month & left the crinoline at home. 
Drinks at an adorable bar across the street from The Stoughton Opera House before the show. I asked if they had a drink menu & the bartender told me...only for martinis. I tentatively asked if she could make me a Moscow Mule...she said yes...but with that one word told me...yes, of course I can...what kind of hick bar do you think this is?? This framed Fortune magazine cover from January 1937 was in the bathroom...I took a photo because not only was it pretty...but $1 an issue?! That seems fairly steep for that year.
Despite the hard wooden seats...the opera house is a fantastic & gorgeous venue and Davina & the Vagabonds were spectacular. The girlie & I bought albums after the show & Kate took our picture. I don't normally ask...but she's adorable & sweet. The full moon was lovely on our walk to the car. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Date with John Waters

 Dress: Ciara Cinch Dress in Leopard Print by Kiyonna (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Talbots (size 2x), thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage
Shoes: ?, thrifted
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
Have you noticed I adore leopard print? So vintage harlot/Peggy Bundy. I used to pretty much exclusively pair it with red, but lately I've been enjoying it with yellow & orange. I liked how I put together this outfit so much, I decided to do something similar here.  This was my first time wearing a Kiyonna Ciara Cinch dress...David got me one for Christmas in yellow, but I've yet to wear it. This was the perfect amount of day sexy into night...tight, but not form fitting, the length hit just above the knee for me...no fear of flashing anyone, & the faux wrap kept everything in place. Kiyonna really knows how to dress a fat chick. They have so many spectacular dresses, but this is definitely a new favorite. I just noticed the marigold one David got me & a gorgeous terra cotta number in this style are both on sale at Kiyonna right now for only $60! 
These We Love Colors tights in rust are my most beloved shade of my most worshipped color. 
A Date with John Waters, rescheduled from A Christmas with John Waters in December...a tiny snowstorm kept him away. He told all the same stories from the last two times we saw him...so sadly...this will most likely be our final time. I still love you John. 
After saving our seats...David & I had dinner next door at Lao Laan-Xang...they have the best crab rangoon (garlic-y!) & I nearly always order the mango curry shrimp. Stylish curvy girlie spotted in the restaurant...& two appropriately dressed women at the show...a Cry Baby leather jacket & a roach dress...yes. 
Someone put a lovely sticker on a cart at the co-op & it made me smile...we need more of that. Super Boo & I looking at fences...I believe a plain wooden fence for our new yard was ~$18,000...so we'll be going with chain link to keep the doggies in & children out. Looking at kitchen cabinets AGAIN...we decided on the handles we want & the combination of trim for our doors. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Brown; Kat von D eyeshadow in Hyperballad, Harpsichord, Analogue, & Legend; Gothica lipstick from Kat von D; & OPI nail polish in Down to My Last Penny. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Phantom of the Opera

  Dress: Lace Fit & Flare Dress by Lane Bryant (size 26/28)
Cardigan: Lane Bryant, thrifted 
Tights: We Love Colors
Boots: Dr. Martens
Shoes: Born, thrifted
Jewelry & Purse: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
Lane Bryant generously sent me this lace dress that I picked out for a lookbook that Marcy did on size 22+ bloggers. I chose to feature it on her 40+ Blogger Series instead, which is up on the Plus Model Magazine blog each Tuesday, here's mine. I adore this dress. There was a time in my life I dressed mostly in black, however, you know I'm more about the color now, but this dress was just so adorable. I love how soft the lace is, the polka dot pattern, lovely fit & flare feminine silhouette, unlined capped sleeves, v-back, & of course...the tulle trim peeking out at the hem. 
I winterized this dress a bit, adding eggplant boots & a sequined cardigan...but following these updated photos are ones that David took of me last summer. 
The above sequin & velvet jacket is by City Chic via Gwynnie Bee. It was only worn here to get a photo of it on me. It was incredibly heavy & boxy. I shared this photo on The Girls of GB & someone cleverly noted that it gave off a Liza Minelli vibe & it was up to you to decide if that was positive or negative. Spot. On. 
I got Kate & I tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera for her birthday...but first, sushi at Red. That seaweed salad was delicious...it all was. And...a silly video I took in the ladies room, disco bathroom...
Badly lit after dinner photo & the outside of Red's building. 
The Phantom of the Opera (you can't read that without singing it, right?)...neither of us had seen this play since the early 90s. I saw it in Chicago with my mom & twice with Shane (I think it was my birthday present to him too). It was always amazing, but now...it is even more spectacular. 
The chandelier shattered all over the audience...even up close it looked like real glass, but it was rubbery & disintegrated when I rolled it between my fingers.  
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Deep Purple; Urban Decay eyeshadow in Mildew, Freakshow, & Goldmine; NYX lip palette in The Plums; Aubergine lipstick by Bite Beauty; & OPI nail polish in Have You Seen My Limo?
But wait, there's more...
David & I took these photos back in August...it was super hot...but look how pretty & vibrant everything looks...
I love an adorable little black dress that can be worn any time of year. 
I have a lot of pictures like the one above...because we took these photos at dusk & the mosquitos were *horrible*...at one point I started crying. Hot, humid, & eaten alive...it's a glamorous life ;)
Sexy v-back...
Dreaming of summer...
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Zero, UD eyeshadow in Half Baked, Kat von D eyeshadow in Echo, Mon Ennui Cosmetics eyeshadow in Year of the Dragon, Nars lipstick in Cruella, NYX Lip Cream Palette in Reds, & Little Red Wagon nail polish by OPI.