Monday, April 24, 2017

Tattoo | The Field Museum

Dress: Perfect Wrap Dress in Summer Plaid by Leota (size 5L) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Ashley Stewart, thrifted
Shoes: Moda Spana, thrifted
Earring & Necklace: Babil & Bijou, former etsy shop
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I rather liked the aqua & lavender colors mixed with the navy in this cute plaid dress from Leota. It was a tad short on me, but it's what I packed (without trying it on) to wear during our second day in Chicago. Leota runs a size small...I can wear their 4L, but it's bodycon on me. This is a fabulous spring dress. 
I wore it on a different day to do some bathroom fixture shopping & other decision making with David (the day these photos were taken)...the only difference was I wore knee high black boots in Chicago...but the laces broke, so I couldn't wear them until I found new ones. 
Last fall I had a version of this dress in more of a picnic gingham...but despite them not having any colors in common, I wore the same cardigan & shoes. And chose the same location for photos. 
Coffee bar at the hotel...& the gorgeous elevator doors. Then on to The Field Museum for the Tattoo exhibit
These Two Algerian women were mesmerizing. The older woman is Fang-Od Odday, who is 100 years old & one of the last master tattooists of the Kalinga people of the Philippines. 
I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibit...there was so much to look at. They even have a live tattoo shop set up, but it was not open on this day. I bought a parasol...my wish is that I am able to use it this summer before ruining it. I am hoping if everything has a place in our new house...I will be able to better take care of my things. Perhaps?
Kate found this fantastic Korean vegan restaurant...Amitabul, for lunch on our way out of town. We started out sharing a delightful seaweed salad...both of our lunches were delicious, but I preferred what the girlie ordered...Maha Pyoao? What was it??? I want to have it noted here so I can get it next time. Kate will remember...she is younger than me. On the drive home we listened exclusively to the music from Hedwig & the Angry Inch...both Broadway albums & the movie soundtrack...thanks, Apple Music. 
A few days later...David & I shopping around for bathroom fixtures & making so. many. decisions. At this point I am quite sure that building a house from scratch must surely be easier than completely remodeling one. We both liked this mirrored medicine cabinet...David making faces at me as I snap a bunch of photos for reference (he can make it for us). 
That sink!!! is dreamy! If we hadn't already bought a vintage sink...I would need this in our bathroom. Look how lovely it looks with our Princetown countertop...that we have since rejected. After living with a sample for several months...David decided it wasn't wearing well...then I became obsessed with the idea of a mermaid bathroom...green, green/blue, gold. Looking at pipe at Home Depot for our closet. 
And...picking out the perfect shade of red for the bedroom. And picking out colors for the fascia, soffit, gutters, windows. Another idea that's been left behind...I was checking out the garage floor kits because I was hoping to glitter coat the floor in our closet. The March Sephora Play! box...Glow Your Own Way. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Deep Blue; Urban Decay eyeshadow in Heroine, Freeze, Last Sin, & Undone; Rose Gold blush by NYX; Aubergine lipstick by Bite Beauty; & OPI nail polish in Give Me Space. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hedwig & The Angry Inch in Chicago

 Dress: Thistle Bohemian Border Scoop Neck Fit & Flare Dress by Melissa Masse (size 4x), gifted
Cardigan: Talbots, thrifted
Boots: Steve Madden
Shoes: Moda Spana, thrifted
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage (both outfits)
Earrings: etXarte (both outfits)
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
The lovely Melissa Masse sent me this dress to wear in Marcy's Size 22+ Style Lookbook last year. She actually made it just for me...how sweet is that?! I adore her fit & flare dresses...I own ~six different patterns...but that doesn't stop me from wanting more. The fit & length are perfect for me...& this color combination is particularly swoon worthy. Melissa Masse makes many of her garments up to size 3x (she did offer size 4x, but only through GB)...I cherish designers like her that offer both straight & plus sizes. 
The photos with the cardigan were taken a few weeks ago when I wore this outfit to work (accessorized the same way I wore it to Chicago)...I am also including some pictures that we took just for the lookbook late last summer. 
I wore this dress to work last year, but it hadn't been anywhere fun with me until last month when I wore it to Chicago to see a play with Kate. 
What a difference light makes! I thought the cardigan picture light was good...but I am bathed in golden light in the summer photos (just before sunset)...
Checked into Hotel Allegro with takeout from Pierogi Heaven for lunch...then a short walk to Oriental Theatre for Hedwig & the Angry Inch! This was my birthday present from Kate since she was going to be off hiking the Appalachian Trail on my actual birthday. Hedwig is one of my favorite movies, but we've only seen it as a play done by a small theatre group in Madison...not very well. 
The play was spectacular...I LOVED our Hedwig (& our seats...thank you, girlie!). I always have such a marvelous time in Chicago with Kate. 
The Oriental Theatre always takes my breath away with its beauty...& the cast after the show. Free Prosecco in the lobby of our hotel...
Someplace new for dinner...River Roast. It was the skewered fried fish that sold me...& delicious roasted veggies. After escorting me back to the hotel...Kate took a walk...she snapped this photo of the restaurant we just ate at all lit up for St. Patrick's Day...or perhaps it's always green? 
I wanted to do completely different jewelry with this dress the second time I wore it...I don't have a favorite...I like both. Good thing I have a lot of jewelry.
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Deep Blue, Kat von D eyeshadow in Anthem & Legend, Dragon & Heroine eyeshadow by Urban Decay, Bite Beauty lipstick in Aubergine, & Get Cherried Away nail polish from OPI.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wisconsin Film Festival Tickets

 Dress: Whimsy Wrap Dress in Black by Kiyonna (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Leggings: Torrid (size 4)
Cardigan: Croft & Barrow, thrifted
Boots: Steve Madden
Purse: Gift from Kate
Earring: etXarte
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
These Kiyonna Whimsy Wrap Dresses are the best...I own several. However, after so many years of wearing so much black...the goth years...this seemed like a lot of black to me since I wear so much color now.  The last Whimsy dress I wore was nearly a year ago in Evergreen
I enjoyed pairing this black dress with a red leopard cardigan & leggings covered in red roses.
We stopped by our new house & I spied six deer out in the backyard...
Wisconsin Film Fest planning with the girlie...& yummy food that she made us...& wine. It took several hours, but we watched all the trailers we could find for the movies we were interested in. Then we tried to fit them into our film fest schedule. 
We decided to try something new this year...after farmers' market...we waited in line to buy tickets instead of suffering through the agonizing online experience. We got there about 10:20? & were something like 12th in line. Tickets went on sale at noon. At 12:15 Angie texted me that her tickets were bought (it typically takes ~45 minutes...the website freezes up, it throws you off, it deletes movies...I have an anxiety attack). At 1:30...we were still standing in line...they started writing the sold out movies on a board. At 1:40 I was finally able to start purchasing tickets. I'll go back to buying them online next year & will never complain again. 
Kate & I had planned on tea & doughnuts for lunch at Matcha, but they closed at 2 (& guess what we were still doing at 2?), so we tried another Madison Area Chef Network event for Chef Week...the sandwich contest at Gotham Bagels. I devoured the Gilbert Altschul & it was amazing. Why don't I have a photo of Kate? So sad. During Chef Week...local chefs get together & do mash-ups or switch restaurants...it's fun. 
Look what came in the post!!! A few months back I told you about a service a fellow blogger, Janeane from Designing From My Closet...had started...a thrift box service! For $100 she will go thrifting for you & pick out some unique pieces that match your style. She totally got me...I love it all...especially that leopard & paisley bell sleeved top...how fabulous is that?! 
I got these dresses on a massive sale at Scarlett & Jo...they were all $15...except for the blue velvet, which was $24. This was my first experience with them & I am quite pleased with the dresses. I've been admiring S&J clothing on UK bloggers for years, so I am happy I finally took a chance. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeshadow in Strange, Dust, Trick, Factory, & Blackheart; Kat von D eyeshadow in Rewind; Year of the Dragon eyeshadow from Mon Ennui Cosmetics; NYX lip palette in The Reds; & Lustgarten nail polish from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.

Monday, April 10, 2017

International Women's Day

Sorry for the absence...I was busy seeing movies for a week at the Wisconsin Film Fest & doing house stuff. 
 Dress: Red Tea Length Dress by City Chic (size XXL/26) via Gwynnie Bee Try then Buy
Top: Strip Bell Sleeve Top by Inc International Concepts (size 3x) via Gwynnie Bee Try then Buy
Shoes: Andiamo, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I wore this red dress way back on March 8th for International Women's Day. I adore this tea length dress from City Chic (I own it in a few patterns). Since I purchased it a year ago, I went searching for the first time I wore it on my blog...& you know what? I bought it & this was my first time wearing it. I guess I was planning ahead so I'd have a red dress to wear. 
I don't know why I always feel the need to add yellow accents when I wear red...David said it makes me look like a hot dog stand...I guess I like that look...or perhaps it's because red & yellow make orange?
I immediately bought this top when it came to me from GB. I've been searching for a black & white stripe top for ages...& how fabulous is this one with bell sleeves?! Perfect. I am a bit nervous about owning something so white. 
One of the lovely ladies from The Girls of GB offered up this gorgeous Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant sequin dress for FREE & I was lucky enough to be the first to comment. I think it will have to be my NYE dress later this year. As long as I was trying on dresses...fruit dress that I bought from City Chic. 
David & I had an extra long meeting with our contractor for our house, then pizza before work...where I was offered a complimentary peach bellini for Women's Day by our sexy Italian waiter. A quick snap on the way into the office...I realized that my yellow tights were not visible with my boots on...so I switched to shoes for photos. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Kat von D eyeshadow in Black Metal, Fran, & Legend; Anastasia eyeshadow in Vermeer; Mon Ennui eyeshadow in Year of the Dragon; NYX lipstick in Russian Roulette; Stila Stay All Day lipstick in Beso; & Wildfire Vinylux nail polish by CND. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

So Many Decisions...

 Dress: Scuba Dress in Dark Floral by Julian Taylor (size 24) via GB Shop
Cardigan: Talbots (size 3x), thrifted
Leggings: Torrid (size 4x)
Boots: Dr. Martens
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Age Before Beauty
Bracelet: former etsy shop
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I wore this unintentional outfit several times...it all started with me needing to throw some clothes on to meet Kate at farmer's market. These items just happened to be on the back of a dining room chair...so on my body they went. The girlie said she liked them together...so they became an ensemble. 
Sometimes I have to wear an outfit several times before pictures happen...we needed to go to the nearby charming town of Cambridge to look at gas fireplaces & had just a bit to snap these before the rain came. An adorable old lady came out of the shop behind me to see what we were doing...she told David she owned the clothing store for over 40 years...we tried to go in after photos...but she had closed up for the day. 
Farmers' Market on Tory Miller breakfast morning...ridiculously busy. Kate & I decided to have brunch at one of his restaurants since obviously all of his fans were elsewhere...we were wrong. We had a short wait at Graze...then food...
 Nibbling girlie & the capitol on our way to wine tasting at Square.
Ulta had NYX on sale...buy 1 get 1 free...so I stocked up on eyebrow pencils since I don't really *need* any make-up. But the brushes were also BOGO, & I *do* need brushes. 
On another day...David & I making the final decision on a range...we resolved the issue...which ended up with neither of the ones we started out with (pictured)...we are going with an induction cooktop (I LOVE gas, but everyone says this is better) & a separate electric wall oven that makes all the choices for you. Then burgers at our favorite new place...Brothers' 3 (the orange door). And more choices...fixtures for the bathroom. 
Super Boo & I went to Deconstruction Inc on a Friday instead of Thursday & missed out on these spectacular shutters...aren't they fantastic?! I thought we could use a pair of them as cabinet doors in the kitchen. Thinking about a sink like the one below for a laundry sink (the one we have now is concrete & we'd like to replace it). That marvelous metal coffee table came home with us...we are still thinking about what we want to put on top. 
We needed to pick out two gas insert fireplaces & determined we liked these the best...the top one is for the living room & the other one will be installed in our current fireplace in the basement. 
Entertainment at farmers' market with the girlie & lunch with Super Boo while waiting for the snow tires to come off the car...I *think* winter is over?
My make-up with this outfit included...Abyss eyeliner by Urban Decay; UD eyeshadow in Gash; Anastasia eyeshadow in Venetian Red, Vermeer, & Primavera; Majella lipstick by Nars; MAC lipstick in Strength, & OPI nail polish in This Color's Making Waves.