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. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Peacock Alcove

 Dress: Nina Dress in Brushstroke Print by Effie's Heart (size 4x) via Facebook resellers group
Cardigan: Talbots (size 2x), thrifted
Shoes: Tahari, thrifted 
Earring & Necklace: Babil & Bijou (former etsy seller)
Bracelets: Vintage, garage sale finds
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I had this dress from Gwynnie Bee last fall & liked it...but David really loved it...so when it came up for sale on a FB resellers group...I snagged it. I also own this style of dress in navy plaid, which I adore. Effie's Heart clothing is so comfortable & it is one of the brands I didn't know existed before GB as up until recently...they only made their garments in plus size for Modcloth & GB. They are made of a thick t-shirt material & their fit is consistently spot on for me. Also, consistently cute. 
I wore this dress in the fall with the same turquoise tights & necklace...but everything else is different. 
Savers' finds...check out those pimp shoes we got for David. Sephora Play! February box. And some marvelous bright summer earrings from eBay. 
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics was having a sale. Summer nail polish...it's spring, right?!
I don't know what I was thinking with this City Chic dress from GB...I couldn't find a way to wear it without my bra sticking out...so I sent it back unworn. I liked the style more than I thought I would though. Musicians at the indoor farmers' market play pretty music to shop to. Friday fish fry with David at Alchemy...this clam bisque is just amazing. 
David took off the door & trim on this hall closet...which is going to be the peacock alcove. Years ago Shane & I were antiquing in a Victorian mansion & there was a stuffed peacock on the way up the stairs...I've wanted one ever since. I am doing my peacock imitation & David is demonstrating how a statue might look here if I can't find a peacock. 
Deconstruction Inc. They are only open Thursday, Friday, & Saturday...we try to go every week...preferably on Thursday...we never know what kind of treasures we'll see. 
Bathroom planning over lunch at Brothers' 3...we are combining our main bathroom with a powder room to make one larger bathroom with a walk-in shower. 
Everyone was amazed that David asked for a second patty on his burger...I think we're regulars there now. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Gypsy Blue, Kat von D eyeshadow in Hyperballad & Skulls, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Gash, MAC lipstick in New York Apple, NYX lipstick in Alabama, & This Color's Making Waves nail polish by OPI.