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 floral...so 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 color...pink? 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 & tasty...my favorite was the lemon pistachio old fashioned that I nibbled on during our drive back to Madison. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dead Horses

 Dress: Blouson Dress in Pink Medallion Print by London Times (size 24) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Born
Earring: Kerala Rose
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I wore (& now own) this dress in blue late last summer...I was tempted to purchase this one as well...because ALL the colors...but I'll wait until it shows up in the GB Shop for under $20. Everything about this dress is magnificent...except for the blouson bit...why can't all dresses just be fit & flares? The neckline, armholes, length, pointy hem...all perfection. 
Wearing summer length teggings...
Testing a new angle...all the good stuff on old buildings is up so high that it never makes it into the photos...so we were just goofing around...
I wore this dress to the Eastside Market, work, The Shitty Barn, & to check out what was new at Deconstruction Inc. 
Dead Horses at The Shitty Barn with Angie & Toby...
I spied these amazing maple column room dividers in the back room of Decon not yet out for sale...*gasp*...it was just what I wanted to divide our dining room & living room...they are now awaiting stripping in our basement. I shared some photos with the Decon crew of how the fireplace surround we bought from them is coming along...& Mark suggest this wax to gild with (I've used Rub n Buff since I was a teen & never even explored other options). We left behind this stunning phonograph cabinet. 
Look how lovely these earrings are with this dress! I love all the earrings I got from Shawna at Kerala Rose...I'm so happy I stumbled upon her on Pinterest. 
 My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Abyss; Kat von D eyeshadow in Analogue, Fran, Legend, & Swoon; Habanero lipstick by MAC; & Essie nail polish in Aim to Misbehave. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nick Cave at The Auditorium Theatre

 Dress: Feather Print Maxi Dress by City Chic (size XXL) via 
Shoes: Auditions, thrifted
Earring: Kerala Rose
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I first wore this dress last fall to see Death of a Salesman, then returned it to GB...& recently bought it from one of the GB reseller girls. Maxi dresses are effortlessly elegantly summer. I love all the colors in this dress...the last time I wore it, I played up the rust...this time... pink, blue, & chartreuse. 
I adore City Chic dresses, however...they are obviously designed by someone who doesn't need to wear a bra. Luckily, David discovered that they make a fastener that joins your bra straps together in the middle of your back & it takes care of the majority of these unusual necklines. Or I just let my bra straps show if he's not around to help me. 
I wore this dress to farmers' market, work, & to travel to Chicago with Angie & Toby to see Nick Cave. On the way to our Airbnb, we stopped at Mitsuwa, a Japanese marketplace I have heard about for decades, but had never been to. I bought 4 different orange pens...that doesn't sound very Japanese, does it? I like orange pens. This dragon fruit reminded me of Barcelona where Kate & I bought some from an outdoor market. SO many Japanese beauty products. 
After checking into our Airbnb, we Lyfted to Russian Tea Time for dinner where I ordered one too many dishes...but it was all delicious...especially the duck salad. 
In line for Nick Cave...this woman had a great look...her lips were perfect & red...such a cute dress...there were a lot of great dresses at Nick Cave...but this is the only one I took a photo of. 

I had never been to The Auditorium Theatre before...it was stunning. I told Toby, it's not ornate enough for me though...but it was still fantastic. Angie informed me that it was designed by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright's mentor. We looked it up & it seats just over 4,000...compared to the 3,600 seat Chicago Theatre that Nick Cave usually plays (which *is* ornate enough for me). 
I wasn't sure how I felt about the show at first...I've seen him over 1/2 a dozen times & this was different. It was his first tour since his son died. In the past he's picked out a girl or two in the front row to worship him, which leads to some intense, sexually charged play...this time he lovingly surrounded himself with as much of the audience as he was able...including walking out into the crowd & inviting them onstage during the encore...& they all showered him with the adoration he craves during a performance. I like this kinder gentler Nick Cave who seemed grateful to all of us for being there & held a lot of hands. 
This Kat von D lipstick came in my June Sephora Play! box...that I forgot to take a photo of. I saw it on the dining room table as I was packing & brought it along...although I didn't wear it in Chicago. I had been wearing make-up all day, so I felt too greasy to pull off this shocking color when it came time to touch up at night. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Abyss eyeliner by Urban Decay; Kat von D eyeshadow in Anthem, Löve, Swoon, & Vinyl; Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub; & OPI nail polish in Who The Shrek Are You? & No Tan Lines. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Harmaleighs

 Dress: Fit & Flare Dress in Pastel Floral 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: Born
Earring & Bracelet: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
The colors in this dress are delicately dreamy...I would have immediately bought it if the armholes weren't so large. Why is it so difficult to make properly sized armholes? Otherwise I thought this dress was delightful & the scuba fabric will hold up well, so I may buy this when it shows up cheap in the shop. 
I always forget to pull my dress down in back when I turn around...
The Harmaleighs at The Shitty Barn...from Nashville. They have been my favorite show so far this year at the barn...indie pop americana...such sweet voices & clever lyrics. 
My favorite song of theirs, Birds of A Feather...
David & I took a trip to Milwaukee to pick up some vintage doors we purchased...we've been trying to get them for quite a while, but there is always some reason the guy we purchased them from won't let us (they are locked in a room & only the boss has the key, my mother is dying, my mother died). We texted the guy we were on our way & he said...find me, don't talk to anyone & if anyone asks, you lost your receipt. The guy quickly loads up our doors & David said...I don't think the front door we bought is here...guy says, oh, that broke so I gave you a different one (not at all the same). That place is just weird & creepy...this bird lives in the warehouse. 
However, WasteCap in Milwaukee is awesome. We brought home some doors, knobs, & a gigantic mailbox on this day. Everyone there is always so friendly & helpful. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Voodoo eyeliner from Urban Decay; Candied Violet eyeshadow by Too Faced; Kat von D eyeliner in Anthem, Analogue, Fran, & Lemmy; MAC lipstick in Dozen Carnation; & Aim to Misbehave nail polish by Essie. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Eno Vino with A Capitol View

 Dress: Doris Dress in Black Cherry Dots by Cherry Velvet (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link & get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: MAK (size 4x) via ModCloth
Teggings: Re/Dress
Shoes: Clarks
Earring: etXarte
Necklace & Bracelet: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
Every time I wear a Cherry Velvet dress...I have to tell you all how much I LOVE them. First of all because they are adorable...but also...breathable cotton is lovely in the hot humid summer, the fit is always great, but best of all...they make dresses in size S-4X. That is more important to me than designers exclusively making plus sizes...because fashion should include the many sizes that women are. My only sadness with CV is that I wish all of their dresses were available in size 4x...perhaps someday. 
I tried to style this differently than the retro cherry dress I have from Torrid...I mostly succeeded. I need a cherry jewelry set. 
This is the final time you will see Kate on this blog for a while as she is off hiking the Appalachian Trail for 6 months. Our final girlie happy hour. I miss her. She texted me the other day that she learned a new word for best friend, bezzer...I like it. 
We decided to try a new place simply because the view was amazing...we didn't have high hopes for the food though...but we were wrong. Eno Vino on the 10th floor of the new AC Hotel downtown was lovely. We shared some nibbles & a fantastic view on a cloudy day. We went right at 4 when they opened & I would do that again as it got super loud within an hour. I'd like to go back & sit outside on the patio. 
Then...on to Merchant...where I didn't care for my charred lemon garnish.
And another brand new place...Madison Chocolate Company. We went there for a tasting of chocolates made by women. The owner, Megan, was incredibly nice, knowledgable, & had adorable glasses. Also, check out that gorgeous floor. 
 Happy Market Day!
Later that day...David & I checked out the trailer pop-up at Deconstruction Inc...I love those...bread pans? Not sure what they are, but they'd make great planters. I like rusty things. Then on to an antique shop in Columbus...so many spectacular lighting & shade options...so expensive. 
After work dinner at Samba with David. 
Splendid necklace & surprise mismatched earrings made for me by the lovely Wendy. Sugarpill was having a sale & every time this sparkly beauty, Trinket, comes up on their Instagram it catches my eye...so pretty in person. And...an elephant necklace from an eBay seller in Czech Republic. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Waterproof Eyeliner in M-10, Blackheart & Burnout eyeshadows from Urban Decay, Love + eyeshadow by Sugarpill, NYX eyeshadow palette in Brights, Russian Roulette lipstick by NYX, & O'Hare & Nails Look Great nail polish from OPI.