Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Brandyland Adventure

 Dress: Floral Mesh Embroidery Black Fit & Flare Dress by Eva Rose (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee Try Then Buy
Cardigan: Lane Bryant, thrifted
Tights: We Love Colors in Rust
Shoes: Me Too, thrifted
All Jewelry: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I fell in love with this fabulous floral frock...& immediately bought it despite the embroidery occasionally coming undone. I only wear dresses a handful of times anyway & this lovely dress can be worn in all seasons...& won't it be a pretty garden party dress in the summer? These Eva Rose dresses that GB started carrying this year are a great fit on me & super cute. This is the 3rd one I've purchased. I have not found Eva Rose available in extended plus sizes outside of GB. This dress is perfection. 
I wore this dress over a month ago, but was only recently able to get pictures of it...so this post is out of order. Typically, we do pictures on the day I wear an outfit...but winter is trickier since it gets dark here around 4pm. 
I'm liking my hair more now that it's grown out a bit.
I don't know how I survived without this orange bracelet...I adore it...& this is the first time I've worn the matching earring.
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Stash; Relic, Exodus, Revelation, & Immaculate eyeshadow from Kat von D; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Manhunter; & OPI nail polish in Deutsch You Want Me Baby?
I wore this frock on voting day & to have cocktails with Kate at Merchant. We were trying out their fall menu, The Brandyland Adventure. But first, we got a free drink for having 'I Voted' stickers.
Contemplating what drinks to try...as usual, their concoctions were delightful & we played the game the drinks were printed on. 

Yummy food, tasty drinks, magnificent company...makes for a splendid evening. I love spending time with my girlie. 
We weren't quite up for three drinks on this night...so we split a drink for round 3...with red licorice straws. Or was it round 4 we split...because there was a free drink to start...oh, bother. Also, as long as we are admitting memory loss...neither Kate nor I remember what she's demonstrating in that photo. Wearing a headlamp to walk at night??? After driving Kate home...I drove to Angie's where David had been visiting & snuggled baby Freddy briefly. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Combo Noir

 Dress: Circle Dress in Windowpane Jacquard by Leota (size 4L) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Leggings: Torrid (size 4x)
Socks: Sock Dreams
Shoes: Dansko
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I wore this cute & comfy Leota dress several times. This was my first time wearing a 4x in this style & it fit much better, but was still a bit big on top...pear shaped problems. Otherwise, the fit was great. The black & white color palette made it dull...but I brightened it up with red...so classic. I was quite pleased with how nicely the red plaid leggings went with the pattern in the dress. 
I considered wearing a cardigan, however...the dress was a bit too thick to do so comfortably. 
The low swoop in back had a lot of girls wearing this backwards...but it felt better to me to wear it the intended way. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Oxblood; Devilish, Young Love, Bang Bang, & Turn On eyeshadow from Urban Decay; & UD lipstick in 714. 
I wore this outfit to Bos Meadery to see Anna Purnell's newest band, Combo Noir...with The Viper & His Famous Orchestra opening. I had never been there before, but I like mead...so I tried their Old Dirty Fashioned...which was alright, but I wish I had noticed I could get a flight of 4 for only $7. I will do that next time. Both bands were good...but Anna's band was particularly awesome. I first saw Anna back in the very early 90s when her band, Reptile Palace Orchestra, was playing at the bookstore Anne Rice was signing books at. I've been following her ever since. 
The final outdoor market of the year was incredibly cold...so very few vendors showed up...sadness. The upside of that was discovering a few new farmers that had gotten lost in the crowd. After dropping the girlie off at home...I went to the monthly Confectionique shop to peep at their offerings during Home for the Holidays November market. I bought a large gorgeous tassel in shades of blue. Perhaps it will find a home in our bathroom?
Olive & Rye playing tug...right before we left to visit Angie & Freddy...& naughty Val. Freddy is soooooo cute...just like a puppy. 
I really wanted to wear these Tredair Love/Hate shoes with this outfit, but the stupid sores on my feet & legs still hurt too much to wear most shoes. Blah. 5 months & counting...some day they will be healed? After work one afternoon...David & I went over to the Apple Store so he could get a new iPad. Then lunch across the street at Cafe Porta Alba. Yum. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Engaging Shaw

 Dress: Fit & Flare Dress in Abstract Print by Jessica Howard (size 24) via GB Try Then Buy
Cardigan: ?, thrifted
Leggings: Lularoe (TC2) via eBay 
Shoes: Arcopedico, thrifted
Earring: Kerala Rose
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I really wanted to wear these leggings...so I threw together an outfit around them. I know Lularoe is evil...but they have some pretty leggings that are soft & fit like a glove. I've been enjoying scouring eBay looking for bargains on fun patterns.
The last time I wore this dress was in summer 2015...with none of the same accessories, much to my delight. 
I'm liking my haircut slightly more as it grows out...
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo; Indigo, Violet, & Buttercup eyeshadow by Violet Voss; Kat von D eyeshadow in Exodus & Exorcism; UD lipstick in Big Bang; Anastasia Lip Palette; & Grape Gum nail polish from CND Vinylux. 
I first wore this outfit to see our last APT play of the season (inside) with Kate, Engaging Shaw. Too cold for a picnic...so dinner in Spring Green at Freddy Valentine's.
The girlie had their homemade veggie burger with sweet potato fries & I can never resist a fish fry...the horseradish dill tartar sauce that came with it was marvelous. Check out that woman's stunning boots!
 Outside the indoor APT theatre & inside, the stage...
Ulta had a 20% off sale...below is my online order, then they extended it another week & I decided I needed to pop into a store & grab UD Naked Cherry. 
Underground meat at the last west side outdoor market...& this awesome tiki fertility goddess at Deconstruction Inc...I hope the person who bought this shares a picture of where she lives. And...the final visit to our old house...nothing is left of us, it's all been painted grey for the new owners. 
Picking out paint colors to go with our vintage 70s wallpaper for the hallway. Kate at the Co-op...& me making salmon & drinking wine while the girlie does laundry at our house. I like this new laundry & wine tradition. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Pumpkins & Foxes & Doggies...Oh, My!

 Dress: Blue & Black Knit Jacquard Dress by Taylor Dresses (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link for your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: CJ Banks, thrifted 
Tights: Catherines
Shoes: Gap, thrifted
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
A bit of a blah dress...just ended up wearing it to work once & for erranding out & about. I liked the weight of this for fall & I adore a textured dress. The length was spot on, but the lining around the neck kept popping out & it was entirely too big on top.
I like the added pink & stripes to brighten up this blue dress.
I wanted to wear this cardigan & these shoes because they've just been hanging out in my closet...never worn by me. I'm smitten with the shoes, but unsure of the cardigan because of the grey in it...should it stay or should it go?
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Sunrise Blue & Midnight; Violet Voss eyeshadow in Donut, Seashell, & Tidal Wave; Totally Fetch & Earl Grey eyeshadow from Too Faced; NYX lipliner in Fuchsia; NYX Liquid Suede lipstick in Pink Lust; Big Bang lipstick by Urban Decay; & Summer Lovin' nail polish from Colors by Llarowe. 
Foxy like a fox...Kate got several compliments at market, especially on the tail...
Indian buffet with David, then over to Sur La Table to pick out a screen to go over pans when we're cooking with hot oil that splatters & makes me go OWWWW. October's Sephora Play! box...& a long lost box of clothing...I had been missing a few of these cardigans. Filling up the rec room fridge with my addiction...sparkling water! My favorite flavors of the moment are Waterloo Mango, Klarbrunn Bucky's Cherry Berry, & Polar Ice Blueberry Lemonade. 
Baby Freddie & Molly on David...
 Mommy & her little pumpkin on Halloween...

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...