Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tig Notaro

 Dress: Halter Dress in Psychedelic Print by Gabby Skye (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Nurture, thrifted
Earring: Vintage 80s
Bracelet: Vintage, thrifted
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
The colors in this dress were marvelous & I loved the halter style...but it was too difficult to wear without a lot of help from David...he had to attach my bra straps to each other in back so they didn't show. Otherwise, I had fun wearing this dress & I would probably buy it for $20 or less. 
Green screen! This is the other side of the building that has changing graffiti on it that I often use. 
What did I ever do before finding these fabulous orange shoes? Thrifting is the best. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Deep Blue,  Kat von D eyeshadow in Legend, NYX Liquid Suede lipstick in Orange County (on my eyes & lips), & A Roll in the Hague nail polish by OPI. 
David & I went to see Tig Notaro. If you haven't watched her show, One Mississippi (I spelled that right all on my own)'s great...semi-autobiographical, dysfunctional family, funny.
Rye came to work with us! Trying on Converse at TJ Maxx to find out my size & because the Girls of GB informed me that they had citrus ones...I NEED citrus shoes...but I ended up ordering mine online because our store didn't have them. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Moth: Beauty

 Dress: Napoli Dress in Montparnasse by Effie's Heart (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee #borrownbuy
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Born, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Age Before Beauty
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I immediately bought this dress...I adore the style & lived in this dress in another print last fall (which I also finally bought just recently from the GB resellers). Effie's Heart is my go-to casual cute look. This pattern is reminds me of wallpaper...from a distance the background reads pink...but up close you can see it's a mauve pinstripe. The fit & length are perfect for me. 
I decided instead of adding color to this neutral dress...I'd go back to my goth roots & go dark. 
Let's talk about my make-up...this was my first time wearing this NYX eyeliner (that I bought back in January) is now my new favorite liner color...oxblood *swoon*...also my first time wearing Colourpop lipstick (that I bought over a year ago) was gluggy after a few minutes of trying to get it on just so...I'll have to try a different shade & give myself a shorter time to get it right to see if this is the norm. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX Faux Blacks eyeliner in Oxblood, NYX Ultimate eyeshadow palette in Warm Neutrals, LAX Colourpop Ultra Matte lipstick, & We the Female nail polish by OPI. 
Kate's boyfriend Jason had an extra ticket to The Moth & asked if I wanted to go...yes!!! I've been meaning to check it out live...& the theme was perfect for me...I like beauty. It was good & I'd go again...but for some reason I thought it would be different from the other storytelling events I've been to...more polished? And it was just the same...some good stories, a few great storytellers, & some people that should have practiced more. 
 I may have gotten a few dresses on sale from City Chic...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Elkhorn Antique Flea Market

 Dress: Reiss Dress in Bauhaus Print by Rachel Antonoff (size 5x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Leggings: Torrid (size 4x)
Shoes: Born, thrifted
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I hate this dress like poison. But the pattern & colors were too spectacular to pass up. The plus dresses Rachel Antonoff makes for GB are super cute...but none of them fit properly...the top of this seemed several sizes larger than the bottom. I can't think of a single nice thing to say about this dress other than, wow...pattern & color. So I decided to have fun with it & pair it with these donut leggings I got from Torrid. 
This same style of dress is also available in a fabulous dancing feet pattern...but I just can't do it...even if I could cover the top with a cardigan...the scuba fabric is just too hideous. 
The downside of blogging all the dresses I rent...some of them are complete failures. On that note...I have a confession...I own at least 60 dresses that I have *never* worn. I like to buy dresses. But I'm more likely to wear a GB dress since I have to return it. I am looking forward to when my new closet is completed & being able to see everything I have. Although, that really has nothing to do with why I don't wear the dresses I own. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Make Up For Ever eyeliner in M-10, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Gossip & Jones, Flamepoint eyeshadow by Sugarpill, Habanero lipstick from MAC, NYX lipstick in Hippy Chic, & No Tan Lines nail polish from OPI. 
I wore this dress to the second Elkhorn Flea of the season...David & I went to gaze upon the spectacular offerings & find ourselves a few treasures for our new home. Here are a smattering of things that caught my eye...I would have snapped up that mermaid in a minute if she didn't look like a 12 year old girl. 
After the market, we went to the Mexican restaurant we discovered last time. Mango margarita made with real mango...yum. 
I found these lovely bakelite & lucite bracelets to add to my collection. I didn't take photos of anything else we brought home...I know we got a bunch of doorknobs & plates, a few tin ceiling pieces, a metal cornice with oak leaves & acorns, & some dressing table bits & bobs for my make-up vanity. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Forge & Esmé Patterson

 Dress: Mixed Print Dress in Green & Blue by Julian Taylor (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Dansko & Born
Necklace, Earring, Bracelet: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I immediately closeted this dress after seeing it on Kate's friend Lindsay at farmers' market...maybe it's a bit too precious on me?  I adore the mix of blues & greens with a dash of purple thrown in. This dress was a great fit & length...& the scuba fabric would work all year...with a cardigan in cooler months. 
I ended up with a different pair of shoes for the first photos because I wanted to see them both in pictures before deciding. 
I was thrilled to be able to wear these peacock teggings as they don't go with much & the color is so gorgeous. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Junkie eyeliner by Urban Decay; UD eyeshadow in Goldmine, Mean, Hatter, Blindsided, & Sketch; MAC lipstick in Model Behavior; & This Color's Making Waves nail polish by OPI. 
The former Madison Brass Works building is being remodeled & taken over by the community center across the street...but before that happens...artists went in & created art inspired by this space...much of it using stuff that was in the building. Forge...
This is what the glass block wall I often use for photos looks like inside...
Esmé Patterson at The Shitty Barn...but first, Nick Brown (he's from Ishpeming in the U.P., the next town over from my hometown, Marquette). 
Savers 50% off 4th of July sale finds...including some leopard slippers which I will wear all winter long. 
And...surprise cookout at Angie & Toby's on the 4th. Angie texted us earlier in the day to invite us & I was SO excited...we were at our new house working (like we do every day)...& I needed a break...AND...not having to think about what to make for dinner after a long was perfect. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tile, Found

 Dress: Cold Shoulder Blouson Dress by London Times (size 24) via eBay 
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Auditions, thrifted
Earring: eBay
Necklace & Bracelet: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I wore this dress from GB a few years ago & adored all the colors, but am never crazy about blouson dresses...however, it came in a GB clothing lot off of eBay which had 2 dresses in it that I really found its way back to me. It's a fantastic dress other than being blouson...I prefer things with a waist. And...I'll admit it...I rather like the cold shoulder trend. I know a lot of people are sick of it...or never liked it in the first place, but it feels sexy to me. 
I'm so happy I found these sandals at Savers...where I find 1/2 the shoes I wear...most under $10. Thrifting is so much fun because you never know what you'll find. 
I've decided to put all the fashion info up front...followed by pictures of what I did in the outfit...for those that would rather skip that bit...but that's always my favorite part of the blogs I read. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Green Shimmer, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Urban & Thrash, Legend eyeshadow from Kat von D, Habanero lipstick by MAC, & OPI nail polish in A Roll in the Hague. 
I haven't gone to many garage sales this year since we are so busy remodeling the house, plus...we don't need more things to move when the time comes. Also...I promised David that I will only keep/buy things that have a place in our new home. doesn't count...I found these beauties at two different garage sales I happened to drive by...
Bathroom tile! We've been looking forever & finally went to Milwaukee & instantly fell in LOVE...the girls working there were laughing at us...we must have looked like we don't get out much...all our oooooooo-ing & aaaah-ing...but we were SO excited to have finally found tile we liked. The fish scales in both blue & green will go in the shower, the arabesque in just the green will be on the walls, & the speckled mustard will be a chair rail separating the tile from the paint on the walls...the black arabesque is for the floor...but the best part? David said yes to black grout with GOLD GLITTER!!!
New flavors of Klarbrunn made me ridiculously happy...although the cherry lime is the only one I liked. Rye & Olive at the private dog park after an unfortunate incident (no dogs or people were hurt) with Angie & Toby's dog, Val...we just can't seem to get our dogs to be friends. Kim Novak's former car next to David's truck at the shop. I'm not much into cars, but old cars were so pretty...I think everything should be pretty. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Embrace Your Style

 Dress: Dolce Vita Dress in Etched Dot by Effie's Heart (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee, Try Then Buy (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Nurture, thrifted
Earring: eBay
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
Marcy Cruz of Fearlessly Just Me asked if I'd do a collaboration with her on this fun dress from Gwynnie Bee. O!M!G! Of course! I am beyond flattered that she immediately thought of me & tagged me in her Facebook photo of this dress while trying it on at GB. To me, Marcy is a totally famous blogger that I really look up to...she puts herself out there & dares to be vulnerable. She's a strong female role model that truly advocates for us fat chicks...remember her 22+ Style Lookbook last fall? Also, I LOVE that we wear the same size & she's over 40. It makes me so happy to see other women my size represented in fashion...& she is a total sweetheart with a huge heart. Look how amazing she looks in this Effie's Heart dress...
Like me, Marcy is not afraid to embrace color or prints. She always puts her unique spin on whatever she wears & the fun she has with fashion really shines through. And how cute is that purse?! More photos & Marcy's thoughts can be found here

Superhero Marcy, representing in SWAK Designs fabulous rule breaker campaign. Curvy girls most certainly SHOULD wear prints...or anything else they feel like putting on their body.
Marcy is on Instagram @fearlesslyjustme, where she posts lots of fun pictures that aren't on her blog...& often gives us sneak peeks into what is coming up on Gwynnie Bee (she's a first fit reviewer). 
I have grown to simply adore Effie's Heart over the years...but it was not love at first sight. I've always thought the prints were fun, but was not a fan of the thick cotton t-shirt material their clothing is made out of. Now I think...what was I thinking?! EH is my favorite go-to brand for casual cute. This dress is crying out for some orange or yellow Chucks...don't you think? 
I also own this dress in a lemon print & orange I'd say I like it. In going back through my blog...I have ended up purchasing every EH I've ever worn through GB, with the chipmunk exception
Wearing color & prints makes me so happy! I had a goth period in my 20s when I wore mostly black...I could have never imagined myself wearing so much Please...I'm not Barbie. Now I wear & love it all...the older I get, the more I embrace color...& prints. Fashion is full of possibilities & opportunities for experimenting...if you love it, wear it...there are no rules. This may sound silly, but wearing clothes I feel good in helps calm both my depression & anxiety...I find when I look at the bright colors I wear, it makes me smile...& others smile back at me. It's contagious. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Esmeralda eyeliner by NYX; Kat von D eyeshadow in Analogue, Fran, Legend, Misfit, & Lemmy; Habanero lipstick from MAC; & Aim to Misbehave nail polish by Essie. 
I wore this dotty dress to The Shitty Barn to see The Sea The Sea & Hannah Busse. I did not adequately capture the stunning red hair of The Sea The Sea's singer...she looked like a mermaid. 
And in Chicago with Angie & Toby. Angie found a yummy hipster diner for breakfast, Dove's, it was ridiculously delicious. I had brisket burnt ends hash with the most delightful crispy potatoes I have ever put in my mouth. And there was a jukebox!
And just across the street...donuts! This place was adorable & favorite was the lemon pistachio old fashioned that I nibbled on during our drive back to Madison.