Thursday, August 31, 2017

Brian! Keira! Marquette!

Dress: Puzzle Piece Printed Maxi Dress by City Chic (size XXL)
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Born
Earring: Kerala Rose
Necklace: Age Before Beauty
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Brian, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I nearly didn't buy this dress...what a tragedy that would have been...I am in love. The unusual color combination & the fact that one of The Girls of GB calls this the Goth BeyoncĂ© dress finally reeled me in. It's a twirler & has such a nice flow when you walk. The shirred waistline ensures the dress fits just right & can be worn under the bust (as I prefer) or more at your natural is so long that either one works. The buttons can be undone & you could wear this dress as a duster in the fall over another dress. The only thing I would change about this is...wouldn't it be even more amazing with dramatic bell sleeves? I think so.  
There is a front split in this dress that goes rather I wore teggings underneath so as not to flash anyone. 
Dreamy...a boho fantasy.
I decided to wear this to a memorial in Marquette...& bought these shoes from an eBay seller in Madison just days before leaving...I've been wanting black floral sandals anyway. 
I'm not sure what to call the purple/blue in this's not quite periwinkle. I'm rather proud of the eyeshadow I found to match it though...
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX Faux Blacks eyeliner in Oxblood; Urban Decay eyeshadow in Betrayal, Alchemy, Bondage, & Last Sin; MAC lipliner in Burgundy; Nars lipstick in Majella; & We the Female nail polish from OPI. 
Driving to the U.P. I actually wore this dress to drive...but I didn't get any pics since I just threw it on without styling it. But first...a stop at Ulta to use my 20% off coupon. In Munising...Keira was there to greet me...but where is Brian? Look what a cutie pie she is! The traditional welcome dinner...pasties that Brian's mom made. Yum!  
My high school boyfriend, David, died back in February from a heart attack. He & his wife lived in Austin, but she had a memorial for him in Marquette & scattered his ashes in Lake Superior. It was a weird feeling being there...seeing people I hadn't seen in 30 years. Dave was a special person in my first boyfriend & someone I spent countless hours on the phone with in high school, as well as in our 20s. I will never forget how I met him...he called me one night when I was 15 & don't know me, I just watch you. If that happened now, it would be creepy...but at 15...I was completely fascinated. 
After the memorial...Brian & I were driving back to Munising when we passed this new wine bar...Brian told me he'd been wanting to check it we stopped. They had a pretty good sangria...& their outdoor patio was next to this happy umbrella installation. 
 Just singing in the rain...
Later...dinner in Munising at Tracey's...a farm to table restaurant in the U.P.?! It was good, but we made the mistake of ordering too much bar snack least we had a spinach salad. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Teggings Dyeing Experiment

 Dress: Grecia Maxi Dress in Tile Mosaic by Tart Collections (size 3x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Sandals: Aerosole, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Babil & Bijou, former etsy shop
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
Another Goddess maxi dress...this one fit so well with its empire waist that I adore...I should have kept it. This is only my second Tart Collections dress, my first was Thanksgiving 2014. I remember how soft & luxurious that dress felt...& this one did as well...apparently modal is extremely soft & petable...& who doesn't want to be petable? The wide straps covered my bra at all times, the arm holes were perfect, & the mosaic pattern was gorgeous. I have only one tiny complaint...I needed to wear a bit of a heel with this dress as it was floor sweepingly long & I would have tripped on it had I not. I hope this shows up in the shop & I can buy one that hasn't dragged on the ground too much. Stunning dress. 
David & I found this fabulous round bank building in Spring Green for pictures before our play. I looked it up & it was designed by William Wesley Peters, an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. 
 I adore the v-neck back that mirrors the front neckline of this maxi. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX Pretty Violet eyeliner; Echo, Muse, & Hyperballad eyeshadow from Kat von D; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Luxe; & Rockin' My Juju nail polish by Colors by Llarowe. 
I made David & I salmon with purple cauliflower before heading out to see The Maids at American Players Theatre in Spring Green...which was just a weird weird play...& I like weird, but this didn't make sense.  
Some new nail polishes & earrings from a seller in the Czech Republic that I like. Savers sale clothing for me this time...just a scarf, Born sandals two sizes too big, & some pretty glass serving dishes...but check out that snazzy silky stripped shirt David scored. 
The teggings dyeing experiment...I had long been wanting to try dyeing white teggings to see if they would take dye...& look! They did! I used Jacquard Acid Dye on the stove...there are a few streaks & did not come out as perfectly as I would have liked...I may try the next pair in the washer. But...I can have teggings in any color my heart desires. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Unexpected Man

 Dress: Multi Chevron Maxi Dress (Shirred Empire Maxi Dress in African Geo on MM website) by Melissa McCarthy (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Sandals: Nurture, thrifted
Earring & Necklace: eBay 
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This dress is just spectacular...look at those vibrant colors! It's a true wrap dress that ties just under the bust like I prefer...amazing fit...the fabric was oh, so, soft & a perfect maxi length in front. This is a goddess dress for sure. What prevented me from purchasing this stunner? The train in back was too long for me without at least 3 inch heels...& I could see things in the dress. Specifically...vaginas, angry monkeys, & surprised birds. But I enjoyed wearing this for an evening out with my Super Boo. 
This was my very first Melissa McCarthy dress...I have not liked a lot of her stuff...but she currently has a few dresses in her collection that I covet. 
David & I drove around Spring Green before the play & found this lovely old building to take pictures with. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Kat von D eyeshadow in Echo, Dark Wave, Synth, Analogue, Fran, & Legend; NYX Liquid Suede lipstick in Orange County; & Atomic Orange nail polish from OPI. 
I wore this dress to the east side farmers' market...look at all that purple veg! And to American Players Theatre to see The Unexpected Man with David. This was actually our second play of the season at APT, but I wore that dress it will be in a later blog post. This play was our favorite so far. 
The next day I wore this dress to have lunch at Alchemy with David & to do a bit of garage sale-ing...I spied these Deco light fixtures on craigslist & wanted to check them out for our basement rec room...there were three of them & they were perfect...decorative without being too low hanging. These ladies also had a ton of vintage silverware that I nabbed. And a HOOOO HA license plate. 
I'm sticking this Burda pattern here so I remember to look for it next time I'm at Jo-Ann Fabrics. Isn't it pretty? 

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.