Sunday, February 10, 2019

Pink Polka Dots & Bubbles

 Dress: Polka Dot 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: Charter Club Woman (size 2x), thrifted
Teggings: Re/Dress
Boots: Steve Madden
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I love a polka dot dress. It may be difficult to see in photos, but the dots on this dress are a whisper of blush...which is why I paired it with pink in hopes of bringing that out more. The fit & length on this dress were spot on...& the scuba fabric held me like a hug & gave the skirt enough structure to poof out a bit...extra pleating at the waist also helped with that. The only thing I would ding this dress on is the seam down the middle...I never like the way that cuts up the pattern. Otherwise, 10/10. 
We Love Colors offers a fantastic selection of colors for their tights, however, they don't have a great selection of pinks (either too light or too purple)...so I wore teggings with boots. 
I got a haircut, which I desperately needed...
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Love Drug; Spiked Eggnog, Gumdrop, & Hot Toddy eyeshadow by Too Faced; Fuchsia Fusion Lip Cream from NYX; & OPI nail polish in Can't Hear Myself Pink! 
I first wore this dress to the January edition of Wasted: Bubbles, my favorite. So much tasty food & sparkly wine. I also met the chick who made the documentary, Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club. She & her husband just moved here from Chicago. Lindsay made some delicious food...including this dip with kimchi in it. The photo of Kate below was taken just after she was licking her plate. 
I was in a hurry to get out of the house...so I threw on this pink & white striped cardigan, even though I knew it wasn't quite right (too summery)...but I later found the pink dotty one & was ecstatic. Aw, look...the girlie petting Jason. 
The wines were put outside after they were poured & brought back in at the end of the evening...many of them were slushy...yum.
Some vintage jewelry acquired on eBay...
Sephora Play! box, some new nail polishes, & a hair cut with Gen. 
Oh, the coldness of it all...woke up on Wednesday a week & a half ago...to -25° (-48° with windchill)...so of course we had to try throwing boiling water into the air...poof, disappeared...
The ever adorable Freddy...with a bear on his butt...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Charlie Parr at High Noon

 Dress: Plum & Wine Tapestry Floral Dress by Chetta B (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Tights: We Love Colors in Rust
Boots: Purple & Gold Brocade Doc Martens via ModCloth
Earring & Bracelet: Vintage
Necklace: Whimsical Floral necklace by Heidi Daus via eBay
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This dress was fabulous...purple & orange fabulousness. It was a good fit & length on me, but definitely runs big as the 24 was perfect, had it come in my typical size, 28, it would have been huge & sloppy. The colors are what really makes this dress a standout for me...it's a grandma's couch kind of fabric & that is always a good thing in my world. The negatives: it has an excessive amount of panels which cut up the flow of the pattern & the material is a light sweater knit that easily pills. But, so pretty! 
We had to take these photos inside the main library because it was sooo cold & sooo windy on this day...but not even close to the -28 we got the following week. 
These Doc Marten boots are purple with a gold brocade pattern...difficult to see inside, even close up. I found them for $50 on sale at ModCloth years ago & I adore them. 
Occasionally, I like to search for vintage jewelry on eBay with a specific theme, such as acorn necklace. It was during one of those times that I became aware of the spectacular jewelry made by Heidi Daus...she apparently sells her stuff on HSN, but I won't hold that against her as it is gorgeous & well made. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Delinquent & Voodoo; UD eyeshadow in Baja, Accelerate, Stranded, & Guilt Trip; Heat lipstick by UD; & OPI nail polish in Deutsch You Want Me Baby?
I first wore this dress to work & run around town with David. The highlight of the day was poking around Z. Bella...the owner, Zoe, has a grandma who collects costume jewelry & fixes it up...& she had a bunch of it for sale. 
Penzeys pickings...the best thing about this presidency has been all the great deals Penzeys has been having. Also, David finally found the knife of his dreams.
 My Z. Bella booty...
The second time I wore this dress was to spend Girlie Birthday Eve with the almost birthday girlie, Kate. First, we had Indonesian food at Bandung...
Then we went to a barnyard wine tasting at Square, which I opted out of (not my thing)...& the lovely Andrea poured me a nice glass of bubbly from the lineup that didn't taste like anything found in a horse stable & I was very happy. 
And, finally...the big event of the evening...Charlie Parr at High Noon.  He's amazing live every single time & I enjoy shows there so much more when seated in the balcony. So. Many. People. But I love spending time with my girlie. 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Girlie Brunch in ModCloth

 Dress: Poised Perspective Shirt Dress by ModCloth (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Charter School Cardigan by ModCloth (size 4x)
Tights: We Love Colors in Rust
Shoes: Yoki via ModCloth 
All Jewelry: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I was instantly smitten with the colors & patterns in this stunning autumnal dress...it is so ME. The problem when I tried it on...the lining comes just past my belly...making the dress see-thru. Luckily, I've run into this problem before & bought a full length & half slip last year from Catherines...issue solved. Otherwise, this dress was lovely in every way...all these patterns mixed together, the longer length & the amazing pleats in the skirt *swoon*.
These photos were taken just 2 weeks ago...before we got a foot of snow, before USPS & even bars were closed in Wisconsin because of severe cold...it was -28 without windchill when I woke up this morning. But by this weekend it will be 70° warmer. 
So, what I'm saying is...I got this dress just at the right time...I couldn't wear those shoes in the snow. Totally by coincidence...I didn't even notice until I was writing this blog post...the shoes & cardigan are also from ModCloth, several years back. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Mildew, Lemmy & Analogue eyeshadow by Kat von D, Too Faced eyeshadow in Warm & Toasty, NYX lipliner in Pumpkin, Heat lipstick from UD, & OPI nail polish in Red Hot Holiday. 
I first wore this dress to work & erranding with David...then outfit photos were taken. I adored these two cute outfits in the window of Anthropologie...on our way to Sur la Table for David to try out knives...& pizza at Cafe Porta Alba. 
This lovely lady sells marvelous vintage jewelry on Etsy & eBay...I've gotten some fun Selro stuff from her in the past...so I've naturally been stalking her online store...I noticed she was having a 20% off sale, plus she kindly gave me a special price for buying all of this at once...all the pretties shall belong to me. 
Adorable Freddy! I didn't wear this dress to visit him & Angie, but I have to document the cute. We also had dinner.
I wore this dress a second time to farmers' market & brunch with the purple Kate. Look at how sweet she is (above)...it had just snowed a bunch, so she was stomping down a path so I could walk (I was wearing boots & not the shoes in the pictures) into the restaurant. Where she made a sad face while pushing away my delicious cheese curds...Oh, & drinking one of my favorite drinks, Corpse Reviver...Why are there no pictures of meee? 
I was too hungry to remember to document my Eggs Benedict while still intact. It was tasty. The girlie mood... 
ModCloth had a 40% off clearance sale while I had this dress...& it was in the sale for only $26! I immediately bought it. So, I had to get a few more things for free shipping...

Monday, January 28, 2019

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

 Dress: Floral Red 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: Croft & Barrow, thrifted 
Leggings: Torrid (size 4x)
Tights: We Love Colors 
Shoes: Nine West, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This dress was fabulous...I wore it several times & got more compliments than I've gotten in a long time. Everywhere I went, strangers stopped to tell me how much they liked my outfit. Underneath my cardigan, this dress is sleeveless & has a low v-neck back, so it would be lovely without any covering in spring or fall. The fit & length were spot on, & there was lots of twirl to the skirt. I'll buy this from the shop or GB resellers if I see it. I don't need another floral dress, but I loved the combination of both red & burgundy in the pattern. 
 Twirling in the wind...
Often I will get a dress I like well enough from GB, like this one...but how I style it is what makes me fall in love with the outfit. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Alkaline; UD eyeshadow in Bang Bang, Turn On, Young Love, Alchemy, & Bondage; Perfect Red lipstick from NYX; & Black Metal Dahlia nail polish from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. 
Adorable baby...we had dinner with Angie, but food photos aren't as cute as this little guy...
We went to Deconstruction Inc to look for a bunch of mismatched old drawer pulls, which we found...but we also left with those fabulous oak leaves & acorn metal bits & this awesome table for the middle of my office (so I can hang a chandelier over it). We did not buy those gorgeous wooden panels, but they were just so beautiful. 
We also found a heating grate for the hallway. After shopping, we picked up some tasty ribs to bring home for dinner...& these magnificent Wendy-made fingerless gloves were waiting for me. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Shiny! Leopard! Sparkle!

 Dress: Green & Floral Print Twofer Dress by eShakti (size 28) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: MAK Dream of the Crop via Modcloth (size 4x)
Tights: We Love Colors in Spruce Green
Shoes: Bandolino, thrifted 
Earring & Bracelet: Vintage
Necklace: Babil & Bijou, former etsy shop
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I was so excited by this outfit I had put together...then I tried the dress on...too tight, boo. I wore it just for a few hours at work & for a bit of erranding & lunch with my sweetie. The top of this has stretch, but the bottom does not...I should know better by now, I need to size up to a 30 in eShakti chiffon fabric. I adored the color combination...even with all that white thrown in. I can't really speak to the fit as this was ill fitting for me in the pocket/hip area, but the length was good. 
This is such an interesting color combination...so of course I was smitten. I'd really like to take the colors that most sparked joy & put together an outfit...burgundy, hunter green, teal, & mauve. 
Once upon a time, green was my favorite color...so I have a lot of jewelry in that shade that doesn't get worn much. It was fun to wear it out...
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Mars; UD eyeshadow in Young Love, Bang Bang, & Bondage; Cherry Skies Liquid Suede lipstick by NYX; & Essie nail polish in Shearling Darling. 
After work, David & I had Indian buffet for lunch...shocking, right. Alternate jewelry I had been considering for this outfit. And...a fabulous mail day! New single earrings from Teri & my Torrid sale haul.
January's Boxy Charm box...it's like they know me...check out that orange & gold glittery eyeshadow palette! Also, Treat (as in Trick or Treat) liquid lip color from Sugarpill.  
Sock Dreams sale socks...& 2 somethings old & 2 somethings new. Back when I thought I was going to wear that plaid sequined Eloquii dress for NYE...I bought these sparkly Doc Martens to wear with it...& I kept this leopard coat that came with the dress, but I never posted photos of either of them. And...a recent Eloquii order...I seem to have a thing for leopard print & shiny.