Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Leopard Tights

Dress: Mini Dot Black & Fuchsia Dress by Gabby Skye (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee
Cardigan: Merona (size XXL), thrifted
Shoes: Nine West, thrifted
Earring: Kerala Rose
Necklace: Green Goddess
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-70
The colors & print on this dress were with monochromatic polka dots & blurred flowers in purples, moss green, & burnt orange. The fit & length were great, the material had no stretch, but there was elastic at the waist. Light weight dress that is not lined...probably best for spring or fall. Conservative v-neck would be a good choice for work. For once, I did not mind the high-low hem as the back of the fabric was as pretty as the front. 

I considered floral cardigans & shoes...but went with leopard print

for some pattern mixing.

I believe this was my first wearing of this bracelet...not sure why, as I don't have a ton of purple jewelry. 

My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Psychedelic Sister, Catherine & Egypt eyeshadow from Kat von D, UD Vice liquid lipstick in Flashback, & OPI nail polish in Feel the Chemis-tree. 
The fun portion of my Snag order arrived...leopard tights in both purple & rainbow stripped fishnets & plum argyle print. Glenn Crytzer playing songs from 1929.
My monthly Boxy Charm...I keep thinking I should cancel again because I get SO much skin care that I don't want...but then this month was totally worth it for the Bali Balm in sweet orange & coconut. I'm not sure I'd spend over $30 for lip balm...but it's a lovely luxury vegan option. However, bergamot & grapefruit and sandalwood & ginger both sound amazing. More Fluevogs. Don't judge me...they were on sale & I can't stop buying things to make me happy. And yes, I know *things* don't make you happy...but during the pandemic, they help. These shoes represent a happy life in the future where I can leave the house & go places AND not have knee pain so I am able to wear heels. It will happen. A farmers' market meal...cheddar bacon brats with roasted kale...nice & crisp. 
Planet Earth, David Bowie Birthday edition. There was an adorable video of Bowie & Annie Lennox rehearsing Under Pressure for a Freddie Mercury tribute concert & George Michael was watching from offstage & he knew all the words. 


Sunday, January 10, 2021

New Fluevogs, Old Fluevogs

Dress: Orange & Navy Plaid Fit & Flare Dress by Eloquii (size 28)
Cardigan: Croft & Barrow (size 2x), thrifted
Shoes: Bandolino, thrifted 
Earring: etXarte
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-70
I'm not sure I've ever paired my favorite color, orange...the color of fun, with navy before? It's spectacular. I popped the tags off this Eloquii dress & wore it out in the world briefly. The fabric is so incredibly soft & wearing flannel sheets. The fit on this dress was spot on, with a nicely flared skirt & deep pockets. Does anyone use the zippers on the back of dresses? 
I don't think I've worn this cardigan before? At first I thought, oh, sequins are too blingy for this plaid flannel dress...but then I remembered that I like everything to be special & I chose it anyway. 
This is also my first wearing of this lovely carnelian necklace from Gayle...she has such a good eye for putting things together in her vintage inspired jewelry. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Deep Blue; Jasper, Agate, & Azalea eyeshadow by Natasha Denona; Pumpkin Pie liquid lipstick by Jeffree Star, & OPI nail polish in Rising Star. 
Another evening full of the music of my youth...Planet Earth...I was especially excited to hear Specimen...I bought that extended single when it came out because the band looked so spectacularly goth (which I don't think was even a term back then?)...
Glenn Crytzer & his boys playing the songs of 1928. Another wonderful wine from Kate's cellar...I nursed this one glass for over 2 hours while watching Charlie Parr play live...I really enjoyed & savored it. It was like being at a real concert, but with much better wine. Matt DJ-ing some David Bowie songs ahead of Bowie's birthday. 
New Fluevogs from their sale...David didn't want to buy these for me for Christmas because he didn't like them...I LOVE & copper...I know the floral pattern is a bit soft & dainty...but I think these will look amazing with any number of Effie's Heart dresses with their beige backgrounds. And an old pair of Fluevog Swordfish Sinead shoes found for a steal on the Fluemarket...they are in great used condition...I'm going to gold up that skull buckle & they'll be perfect. They are crying out for pants though...hmmm...perhaps a midi length sweeping skirt? 
On the last day of 2020 I bought both Kate & I a copy of Them Coulee Boys vinyl...because it was supposed to come with a certificate of completion of 2020...but it did not. We both wanted the record anyway. Michael Waite plays songs online from my hometown. The first part of my Snag order arrived...not sure why they sent it in 4 fishnets, pink tights, & some black sharkie fishnets with super large holes for layering over colored tights. Also, after the terrorists stormed the capitol...we watched as these idiots protested the votes of the people of Pennsylvania. Disgraceful. 


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Happy New Year

Dress: Fishtail Velvet Maxi Dress in Midnight by Scarlett & Jo (size 30 UK) 
Tights: Snag
Shoes: But another innocent tale...(B.A.I.T.) via ModCloth
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-70
My goal was to pick a dress to highlight this vintage Miriam Haskell necklace David bought me one Christmas. I last wore this fishtail dress 3 years ago, also for NYE. I stated back then that I felt sexy & luxurious in this dress...& that was true this year as well. Va-voom! 
I bought these blue velvet shoes on sale at ModCloth a few years ago. They were my first purchase of But another innocent (B.A.I.T.). How adorable is that name?! They make vegan vintage inspired shoes & have so many lovely styles. 

This amazing Miriam Haskell necklace has a water feature with stones & gold glitter floating in it...!!! It is spectacular & David picked it out himself. The seller was in Australia & also had a matching bracelet that someone had already bought...why would you split this set up?!? I wonder what fancy occasions this necklace has seen?
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in LSD, Sugarpill eyeshadow in Goldilux, Lumiere eyeshadow by Mon Ennui Cosmetics, UD lipliner in 714, Kat von D lipstick in Santa Sangre, Red glitter from Pat McGrath, & Ruby Pumps nail polish by China Glaze. 
I sent David to Costco to buy 2 lobster tails for me to eat on New Year's Day (our anniversary)...& he came back with 19. They usually have a guy giving you what you want, however, because of Covid, everything was by the box. I'm not exactly unhappy about this turn of events. Perhaps by my birthday we can gather together again? I'm being overly hopeful. If not, I guess I will be forced to eat them all myself. David & I went downtown on NYE day to pick up our holiday meal & take my photo at the capitol. When we got home I had a video visit with my girlie...who remains adorable. David & Jason joined us for a bit. 
A toast to the end of this year & the beginning of a better one. Kate picked out a champagne for us from her cellar in our basement...the bottle of hers was prettier though. 
David again did a marvelous job of reheating & cooking our meal from L'Etoile...there were a few bites that were not mentioned on the menu & honestly, if I had to cook these meals we've been getting to-go...I would have been in tears as the directions always leave important information out. But, amazingly delicious. 
This yellowtail tartar was exquisite. 
Every bite was heavenly, but to my surprise, my favorite dish of the evening was the Beef Wellington. I would never order basic meat & potatoes at a fancy restaurant...or really, ever...but of course, Chef Tory made the best version possible. It had a high standard to live up to for David, who had fond memories of taking his high school girlfriend to a place in San Francisco that was known for this dish. He said it exceeded his memory. 
This 20 year cheddar was the perfect bite of cheese to end the savory portion of our meal. Dessert had so many competing flavors, but it all managed to work together...such a fun ending. We saved our mignardise for the next day as we were too full to eat even a few more bites. 
Between courses, while David was cooking, & after our feast...I watched Carsie Blanton playing live for NYE...she played for 4 hours...until midnight EST. New Year's Day is our anniversary...Kate very generously let us drink this special champagne...champagne two days in a row. I did not imagine this bottle could be better than the one we drank the night before...but it was. I am spoiled. 
David bought me some pretty jewelry for our anniversary...he knows my taste SO well, that I already owned the purple set (he's trading it in for something else). I got him...nothing. I felt terrible about it, but we hadn't discussed presents. I told him...being married to me is a gift...he laughed so hard he couldn't breathe. I told my friend Michael about it the next day & he replied, not all gifts are good...which David thought was the perfect now we say those lines back & forth to each other. My favorite part of my relationship with David is how much we laugh. 
Anniversary dinner...David made lobster tail for me & lamb for himself...delectable & decadent. We finished with our mignardise from L'Etoile & almond cake that Angie made. 
David shared his lamb bones with the delighted doggies. Rainbow Girls played a show with some friends on New Year's Day...& a bit of 90s alternative music that night...Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Jane's Addiction, Ani DiFranco, & Nirvana is the music that makes me relive the 90s...although I know there was other music I listened to as well...hard to believe the 90s were over 20 years ago...& other things old people say. Happy 2021! 


Sunday, January 3, 2021

Merry Christmas

Dress: Saratoga Dress in Giverny Print by Effie's Heart (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee
Tights: Snag
Shoes: Circus by Sam Edelman via eBay 
Earring: etXarte
Necklace, Pin, & Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-70
I was thrilled to have this red Effie's Heart dress at home to wear for Christmas. And also happy that there appear to be more & more EH cold weather dresses available. I mean, I know I can add a cardigan to sleeveless dresses, but it seems silly to do so when the print & colors are so obviously meant for warmer temperatures. This dress was a fabulous fit & length...with pockets & a twirly skirt. This was my first time wearing a Saratoga Dress & it had a feature I haven't seen on an EH dress, the sleeves had ~6" cuffs that were tighter than the rest of the sleeve, but not that noticeable in photos. 
The neckline on this dress was extremely shallow...I prefer a bit more plunge...but this would be a great work dress for that reason. 
I decided to add this vintage Christmas Tree pin to my cameo necklace chain. My grandma gave this to me when I was very young & I don't often wear it because I forget about it during the appropriate time of year. Perhaps next year, assuming we are leaving the house again, I'll put it on my coat for the month of December. Can I be that organized? 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Perversion; Kat von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper; Alchemy, Sonic, & Last Sin eyeshadow by UD; Auburn lip pencil from MAC; NYX lipstick in Alabama; & Lost on Lombard nail polish by OPI.
A sweet note on our salmon from Anna, the meat lady at the co-op. Michael Waite singing holiday songs with his family. Advent Calendar day #22...I remember loving this one. 
The final 2 days of the calendar...a larger perfume with a matching case. Of course...I never made smelling notes on any of the fragrances I sprayed on me all month long...I'll have to do it all over again. It was lovely wearing fragrance every day at home & trying new things. David & I thoroughly enjoyed Jinkx & Dela's Holiday Special...enough that it will join our collection of shows we watch in December. This year we also viewed A Christmas Carol (1938), Jack Frost (1st & only time), & Remember the Night (1940, 1st time, it will go into rotation). A surprise Christmas Eve performance by Glenn Crytzer of wonderful Christmas songs...including many originals. It was great because they were drinking boozy eggnog & were much funnier than usual. 
Kate sent me these 3 photos from her TimeHop on Christmas...15 years ago...David is so young. 8 years ago...the wine she picked out for our Christmas celebration. 
From my TimeHop...8 years ago, Sadie was a new dog! And our Polish Feast...I made golabki (stuffed cabbage rolls) & Angie & I made pierogis...potato cheddar & potato with homemade sauerkraut. So delicious. And 6 years ago...the girlie & I in matching dresses. 
I video chatted with Kate shortly after poking myself in the eye with seems to be a special talent I have on holidays. It took that eye over a week until it stopped hurting & I could see out of it again. Brian called me while the girlie & I were talking & so I hung up to video chat with him, but he had a horrible connection, so it was cut short. Then...time for our Christmas dinner from Heritage Tavern. Sparkling wine from Michigan & deviled eggs to begin. 
These nuts were amazing! There is something so moreish about spiced nuts...& these had candied bacon as well...there were pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds, & dried cranberries. Eating & drinking only required one eye, lucky for me. Roasted beet & pickled pear salad. David & I came across these dried orange slices while we were unpacking...we'd picked them together at David's grandma's house one Christmas. I dried them intending to make jewelry out of them, but David wants us to use them during the holidays as decoration...I was thinking perhaps a small garland for the fireplace mantle? 
David did a magnificent job reheating & cooking all the elements Heritage provided. The horseradish potato gratin was my favorite part of the entire meal...I mean, potatoes are delicious. The ginger molasses cake was also phenomenal. 
David & I exchanged John Fluevog shoes for Christmas presents this year...his Iggy's are my favorite...that spectacular color, red, & burgundy. 
Planet Earth playing all my New Wave favorites. 
Glenn Crytzer Quartet playing songs from 1927...& Michael Waite, live from the U.P.