Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Restaurant Week

 Dress: Velvet Dress with Floral Embroidery by Kaktus (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Tights: Catherines
Shoes: Me Too, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Moon Necklace: Babil & Bijou (former etsy shop)
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
Boho, velvet, embroidery, dramatic bell sleeves...yes, please! If this had been a fit & flare...it would have become a permanent resident of my closet. Luscious substantial velvet was so cozy...great fit & length for me. I delighted in wearing this lovely dress even though shift dresses are not "flattering" on me or a shape I typically am drawn to. 
I wore this dress to work (when these photos were taken) & out to dinner with Kate...where I wore this dress with knee high black boots...which I liked better...but you'll have to picture that in your mind. 
These colors were my comfort zone before GB...black & earth tones...back when I only wore brown eyeliner. 
My makeup with this outfit included...Roach eyeliner from Urban Decay; Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow in Pyramid, Obsidian, & Eternal; NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Bella; Winterberry lipstick by Bite Beauty; & A England nail polish in Holy Grail. 
Kate & I decided to check out a new restaurant, Jardin, for restaurant week. It was one of the few places that had a selection in every course that was within her dietary needs (a vegan who eats fish). All my food was delicious & I will most certainly go back. The mac & cheese was yum, but the winner of the evening for me was the Filipino Ceviche. 
After dinner I went to Ulta because they keep sending me 20% off deals. I came home with...a lot of lipstick. The Anastasia palette & Urban Decay lipsticks were already on sale, plus another 20%...how could I say no to that?! 

January's Play! box & OMG! that marvelous coat that a chick on Curvy Sewing Collective made...I need to check out that pattern. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Phenomenal Purple Frock

 Dress: Floral Embellished Dress in Plum Multi by eShakti (size 28) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: CJ Banks (size 3x), thrifted
Tights: Catherines
Shoes: Me Too, thrifted
All Jewelry: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
Phenomenal purple frock from eShakti...sooo comfortable. The fit & length were spot on for me & the medium weight cotton lay just right. The banded waist was in a great place & of course...there were pockets. I had to pop this one in the bag quick & mail it back to GB before I bought it. I'm trying not to buy any new dresses (unless they are on super sale) until my closet is set up at the new house & I can see what I have. I'm going to put it out here & guess I have at least 50 dresses that I've never worn. 
The situation now is...my clothes are everywhere. So when I go searching for a cardigan to wear...I often times find something I didn't remember I had...like this rhinestone studded beauty. 
I do wish they had embroidered one more flower on the back of the dress so it was visible with a cardigan on top.
I wore a cardigan over this dress for warmth, not because I had to cover anything up...which was fantastic. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Voodoo; UD eyeshadow in Voodoo; Legend, Vinyl, & Misfit eyeshadow by Kat von D; Burgundy Lip Cream from Bite Beauty; & Colors by Llarowe nail polish in Unorthodox Annie. 
I wore this dress to work (more than once), to the mall, & to Angie & Toby's for dinner. 

I had to go to the mall to pick up my order from Torrid...which I think I already packed without taking a picture. I've been lusting over that pumpkin orange lace dress since it first came out...so since it was on sale on top of sale...it had to be mine. The other dress is a cute casual star print dress.
Whenever I pick up a Torrid order...I go into Lane Bryant to see what's new...they had their clearance on sale for another 40% off. I ended up getting two dresses & a cardigan. Also, I fell for these Torrid leggings & had to take a photo to remember to order them (they didn't have them in my size in store). 
Molly, delicious food, a fun new game, & Val...all the makings of a lovely evening at Angie & Toby's house...poor Sadie, she's not as pushy, so she doesn't make it into pictures as often...but she is a sweetie too & they are all an excellent greeting committee every time we show up. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Savers Finds

 Dress: Bell Sleeve Fit & Flare Dress in Rust Multi Floral by Gilli (size 3x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Shoes: Born, thrifted
Earring: Wendy Baker
Necklace: A Luscious Thing
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This was my first time trying this brand, Gilli...it's pretty cheaply made, but I'd rent dresses by them again if they're cute...just not buy any. The colors in this were pretty, it was a great length, & of course...I loved the sleeves. But...it was nothing special & I couldn't bring myself to wear it anywhere other than work & thrifting. 
When the temperature hovers around 0 for days & days...we're forced to take pictures indoors. Typically, we head to the downtown library...but this round study room at Edgewood Collage is also a good choice...although there seem to be less books on the shelves with each visit. 
The edge of a table ended up in most of our shots...perhaps someday I'll know how to edit that out.
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Gypsy Blue, Alchemy & Sonic eyeshadow by Urban Decay, Kat von D eyeshadow in Fran & Legend, Nars lipstick in Majella, & Lost on Lombard nail polish from OPI. 
Savers 50% off sale...this is what my cart looked like before I winnowed it down...
My finds...



Sunday, February 11, 2018

All the Light Fixtures

 Dress: High Low Circle Sleeve Wrap Dress by Eloquii (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: MAK via ModCloth (size 4x)
Tights: We Love Colors, gifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
What a great 70s vibe this dress has with its rust, navy, yellow, & white stripes...I nearly bought it...but I'll wait until the GB resellers get it in my size (I've already seen some show up). The fit & length were great...it's a true wrap & the fabric was light & thin without being see-through. The only negatives for me were...I dislike seeing the inside of the fabric on a high/low dress...& if you look at the hem on the right, the white tag is visible (I'd obviously cut it out if I owned it). 
It was fun to pull out the colors in the dress with accessories & make-up. We Love Colors sent me these new microfiber tights to test...they currently carry them up to 3x, but this is a 4x version & they are lovely...thicker & more opaque than their regular tights. I hope they start carrying them soon. 
I found these brand new Nine West shoes on eBay about a year ago, but this was my first time wearing them. I was determined to find yellow shoes...& got three pairs at once. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX Faux Blacks eyeliner in Midnight, Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow in New Wave & Dawn, Urban Decay eyeshadow in He Devil, UD lipstick in Heat, NYX Liquid Suede lipstick in Biker Babe, & Burnt Romance nail polish by CND Vinylux. 
I wore this outfit to work, farmers' market, & to Milwaukee with David to check out our favorite ReStore. We've had excellent luck with light fixtures there & that Saturday happened to be the last day of a 50% off lighting sale...what luck! The best score of the day was a 7 light bathroom fixture for $6! One of the glass shades was missing & I thought...we don't care, we like things that don't match. So, as I was looking around for one I liked...I found the missing matching shade. We've spray painted the silver bits bronze & I'm adding some colors of the bathroom on the raised bits...it will be magnificent when I'm done. $6. The other great find were two matching antique chandeliers with gorgeous gingerbread metal that will be amazing in the dining room & living room. We also went to WasteCap, a deconstruction place with neat things...but we just browsed. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Pretty Purple

 Dress: Black & Purple Print Dress by Julian Taylor (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit) 
Cardigan: Croft & Barrow (size 2x), thrifted
Tights: Catherines
Shoes: Born, thrifted 
Earring: Wendy Baker
Necklace: Babil & Bijou, former etsy shop
Black Necklace & Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
These scuba knit fit & flares from Julian Taylor are always a hit...the fit & length are spot on for me. The various shades of purple in this dress are gorgeous & the baroque wallpaper print = love. I believe all the other dresses I've had like this one are sleeveless, but this had short sleeves...so no gapping armholes. I'll buy this one when it comes to the shop. 
I thought the flowers in this cardigan went so well with the dress...despite having a navy background. In fact, a friend asked me if the two came together as a set. 
When I picked out this lipstick online...I thought it was burgundy...I  was pleasantly surprised to find out it was a lovely shade of purple. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Tetra eyeliner by Stila; Instinct, Glance, Spontaneous, & Improvise eyeshadow from Stila; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Luxe; & OPI nail polish in Peel Me a Gobi Grape. 
I wore this dress to work on two different days & to run errands...also, to open these Fluevogs I got on sale...preeeeetttty....

Monday, February 5, 2018

Faux NYE Mermaid Fantasy

 Dress: Swing Dress in Crushed Velvet by London Times (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Jacket: Kat Duster by Courtney Noelle (size 4x)
Tights: Catherines
Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini, thrifted
All Jewelry: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I've been lusting over this fabulous sequin duster for a few years now...so when it went on sale for 40% off...I finally nabbed it. Then...I failed to do it justice. It was terribly cold & windy on the day Kate & I celebrated our NYE...we got our pictures taken quickly & there was no time for adjusting...& this coat paired with velvet needed a lot of help...the lining of the coat clung to the velvet & refused to lay right...but it was still stunning. I will have to take this coat out again soon. 
I wore this dress I had at home from GB because I thought it went well with the jacket...it was supposed to be a swing dress, but it fit more like a bodycon on me. Gorgeous & unexpected color in a velvet dress. I didn't love the high neckline & it was a smidge too short for my taste...but I adore crushed velvet.
My lips have turned blue from the cold...
I open my mouth a LOT in photos...
My make-up with this outfit included...Kat von D Tattoo liner in Trooper; Urban Decay eyeshadow in Vega, Galaxy, Lightyear, Stargazer, & Ether; UD Afterglow; Electromagnetic Cosmetic Metals lip cream by NYX; & Viridian nail polish from Illamasqua. 
Kate & I went out for our NYE on January 7th...a week after actual NYE because she had just been getting over a stomach bug. We always go out on NYE...but it's just a date...& why go out to eat if you aren't going to fully enjoy raw oysters? So, I got two nights to dress up fancy...score! Mermaids on the shell...
Sunday night dining on a non-holiday is so relaxing...well, it *was* David Bowie Eve, but that is not widely celebrated. Oysters are the most perfect food...someday I would like to go oyster diving & eat fresh oysters while swimming in the ocean. And pet a baby piggy...but not on the same day.