Thursday, December 1, 2022

Act A Lady

Dress: The Marais Printed Tiered Maxi Dress by Anthropologie (size L) via Nuuly
Tights: Snag
Shoes: JJ's, vintage thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Bracelet: Vintage 
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 38-32-45
I've lost count of how many of these Marais dresses I've worn...sooo many different patterns. I know the fit is super loose & not "flattering"...but I like them. Obviously. This teal & rust combination looked fabulous with my hair. Great maxi length. 
While I had a ton of jewelry options for this dress...these are the only shoes that I thought worked at all. 
The only time it snowed all day was during the 15 minutes we were taking these photos. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Torch & Lucky; Bud & Tex eyeshadow from UD; Natasha Denona eyeshadow in Azelea, Jasper, & Agate; MAC lipliner in Chicory; Gothica lipstick by Kat von D; & OPI nail polish in A Woman's Prague-ative.  
I wore this dress to see a play with David...but first, dinner at home...pan fried salmon with lots of crispy garlic, served with roasted Brussels sprouts & kimchi. This play sounded so iffy, that I didn't even ask David if he wanted to go...I purchased tickets & hoped for the best. Act A Lady was hilarious...a wonderfully written play...with marvelous acting.
Some well dressed woman in the Flummunity posted a photo of her Fluevogs in some adorable orange fishnets...& when asked where she got her hosiery...shared that she buys cheap packs of fishnets on Amazon...so I immediately purchased some. 
At my doctor's office getting my cellulitis diagnosed. I made the most delicious Coconut Poached Green Curry Salmon...David declared it a 5 star dish & one of the best things I've ever made. Farmers' market the weekend before Thanksgiving...sooo many pretty vegetables. Fancy probiotics David got me for taking with my antibiotic. 


 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Feeding Beatrice: A Gothic Tale

Dress: Gwyneth Maxi Dress by Raga (size L) via Nuuly
Shoes: Fluevog, Bellevues: Lottie Deno
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: former Etsy shop
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 38-32-45
Beautiful dress...a bit too tight on me though. I could understand the hip/belly area, but it was also pulling on the chest...which is unusual for me as I'm not big up top. I would give this maxi another try once my swelling goes down. 
This area is protected from too much wind...so there were still autumn leaves on the vines...so pretty.
These Fluevogs were a lovely accompaniment to this dress...& I believe this is my first time wearing them. 
I don't have much burgundy jewelry...but luckily what I do have is stunning. Kate got me this necklace years ago & I love it so much.
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Mildew; Sonic, Lucky, & Mildew eyeshadow from UD; MAC lipliner in Burgundy; Dubonnet Amplified lipstick by MAC; & Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics nail polish in Black Metal Dahlia. 
Look what came in the mail! All the way from Latvia. I'd had this Lisner set on my favorites list on Etsy years ago...then it sold & I was devastated...so I kept it on my list to remind me to search for it & it finally came up again! There was a much cheaper one available, but it had the matching pin instead of the bracelet & I wanted the bracelet. Since this dress was so tight, it was a one & done...I wore it to see Feeding Beatrice with David.
I was really looking forward to this Forward production...I mean, a gothic tale?! Great set...
Fabulous acting, but the plot was a bit silly & could have been much shorter. It was still a fun night out with my love. The next day...I was going to have my first lymphatic massage since getting them in Mexico. I was so excited to have found this woman in Middleton. Then, naked on the table, she noticed a spot underneath my left breast that concerned her & she asked me to get it checked out by my doctor...& reschedule my appointment. I got in with my primary the next day & she looked at that & other areas of my incisions that worried me. She told me they all looked to be healing normally. But then...I mentioned that my left arm had started hurting the day before...but I was sure it was just irritated from my compression sleeves. She immediately said, no...that's the beginning of cellulitis. She prescribed me antibiotics even though she was confident that my body would fight it off...I didn't want to take the chance it would get worse. SO glad I saw my doctor...also, made an appointment for a few days later so she could see how it was looking & have her nurse take out the few stitches I had. 

 

Monday, November 28, 2022

Devotchka // Sunflower Tattoo

Jumpsuit: Sophia Jumpsuit by Free People (size L) via Nuuly
Cardigan: Jessica Howard (size M), thrifted 
Socks: Sock Dreams
Shoes: Fluevog, Go Groovy: Aubrey 
Earring: Wendy Baker
Necklace: bel monili
Bracelets & Purse: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 38-32-45
I am wearing PANTS! I mean, I know you can barely tell since they have such wide legs. But. They are still pants. I couldn't resist the bright 60s color palette & pretty pattern. I would have considered buying this jumpsuit if it didn't run so big...it just seemed like something you could throw on all summer long. Nice deep pockets, great length for flats or heels, smocking on top, strapless neckline. 
I don't have much of a cardigan collection (yet)...so despite having a few different greens AND oranges to choose from...nothing quite went...so black it was. 
But Meshel, you clearly didn't care that your shoes weren't quite a match...nope, I liked the Go Groovy shape of them with the pantsuit. 
Shoes up close...
I finally dyed my hair...it was so grown out & dingy. I did it in the kitchen sink so I didn't have dye running down my body & incisions. Also, lifting my arms up is hard. Note to self: dye hair before surgery next time. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Perversion, Stila liquid eyeliner in Intense Black, Huda Beauty Neon palette, Bang lipliner & lipstick by UD, Bite Beauty lipliner in 72, Nectar lipstick from Sugarpill Cosmetics, & Essie nail polish in Sexy Plunge. 
I first wore these pants to see Devotchka with Kate at Stoughton Opera House. 
I bought a t-shirt...I'll wear it to pilates or hiking. I thought the face on the front was pretty & I like the lyrics on the back, you only love me when I'm leaving. They had a musician playing in the lounge...it was nice to see such a well attended show...most of them this year seem to be about 50 people. 
In the front row...
Kate & I saw them several times back in the early 00s...they were SO good (the first time was opening for Dresden Dolls in the back room of a bar in Chicago). 
This show was great, but we were a bit underwhelmed when comparing them to their past selves...which they brought out just in time for the last song, Such A Lovely Thing...which made the whole night special. Back at home...a glass of wine in front of the fire. The second time I wore this pantsuit was to get a tattoo by the fabulous Bear. They custom drew a piece to fit this spot on my leg...can you see my girls up on the wall to the left of my knee?I love sunflowers...we'll do color next time. I came home to the house smelling delicious...David made curry squash soup from the gigantic squash we had roasted...with sausages he helped make the night before during a class at Meat People. 

 

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

We Voted

Dress: Sunrise Geo Brittany Tie Waist Dress by Leota (size XL) via Gwynnie Bee
Cardigan: Talbots (size M), thrifted
Tights: Snag
Shoes: Mossimo, thrifted 
All Jewelry: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" ?
Sometimes I wonder about me...like, why did I pick this boring dress?! It was alright to wear to work. Good fit & length. Super long attached belt.
I liked how I cinched the cardigan together with the dress belt. Since the sweater doesn't have any buttons, I would typically find a decorative pin to keep it closed. 
So windy...
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Sabbath; Heroine, Bobby Dazzle, & Angel eyeshadow from UD; NYX lipliner in Pumpkin; Teacher's Pet & Nectar lipstick by Sugarpill Cosmetics; & ILNP nail polish in Misery. 
I wore this outfit to work...& to vote.
And do some grocery shopping at the co-op...where I happened upon a display of Uplands Cheese Rush Creek Reserve, which is only available for a brief time in the fall. It is delicious. I decided we could go through 4 of these between now & the end of the year...so that's what I grabbed. Back at home...I made Chicken Tikka Masala for the first time. It was warm & comforting. 
And I made enough for us to have leftovers the next day. Our personal trainer had recommended a woman for me to go to for scar work & visceral manipulation. I don't think I'll go back. The entire appointment was weird & all she did was put her hands on me & talk to my organs. I'm just not a believer. Church of Cash is coming to High Noon! They were SO much fun this past summer in Munising. But it won't be the same without Brian. 
The final outdoor farmers' market of the season was cooooold, but we stocked up on a few things including 2 enormous Hubbard squash...which we immediately went home & stuck in the oven. 
While our turkey sized squash was roasting (along with 14 heads of garlic)...we headed over to Meat People Butcher to place an order for a fresh organic turkey. My October Boxy Charm & our new yellow French press. Preeeetty. 

 

Monday, November 21, 2022

Stones in His Pocket // Midwest Vintage Flea


Dress: Pomegranate Knowing Dress by Effie's Heart (size L) via Gwynnie Bee
Tights: Snag
Shoes: Fluevog, Enneagram: Peacemaker
Earring: etXarte
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" ?
I feel very fortunate that the 2 dresses Gwynnie Bee sent me right after surgery were comfortable Effie's Heart dresses. The color on this was so pretty & I adore pomegranates. The fit & length were good...unfortunately, the day of these photos I decided to stuff my faja with lipo foam for more compression...so I'm padded all the way around my middle which pulls the dress up & out. I probably should have retaken them...but this is what I looked like in real life on this day. 
Stuffed & swollen...recovery is hard. 
But! Cute Fluevogs! And this is my first time wearing this antique necklace we found at Elkhorn last summer. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Perversion, Violet Voss Berry Burst eyeshadow palette, Huda Beauty Ruby Obsessions eyeshadow palette, Burgundy lipliner from MAC, Red Chocolate lipliner by Laura Mercier, MAC lipstick in New York Apple, Nars lipstick in Cruella, & ILNP nail polish in Misery. 
Another gorgeous farmers' market Saturday. We couldn't resist getting more of these gigantic mums (2 for us, 2 for our cleaning woman).
So colorful surrounded by crispy fallen leaves. 
Our final APT play of the season...indoors, of course...on a beautiful sunny fall day...Stones in His Pocket. We packed a picnic since it was such a lovely day...but when we got there...we discovered they had already locked up their tables for the year. Other people were standing & using the tops of trash bins...quite a few of us planned on picnicking. We decided to drive up to the theatre to take outfit photos & noticed there was a picnic table in the parking lot...not the best location, but we set up there anyway. A fabulous last picnic of the season & a wonderful play to end on. I drove the cart around Costco...my first time, so I was a danger to everyone...it's harder than it looks. I happened to catch Amanda Palmer live on Instagram...so many amazing pumpkins. I follow a bunch of low carb accounts that I basically ignore, because they usually make food I have no interest in...however...we bought some Walleye fillets at Costco & I was in the mood for fish fry...when I remembered that people use pork rinds as "breading". Pork rinds. It doesn't sound that good, does it?! I threw pork rinds in the food processor, then added some salt & other seasonings...I dipped the fish in egg & covered it with the breading...fried in olive oil. It was delicious & crispy...we liked it so much, I made it again a few days later. More meals at home...I make salmon a lot. David made us some venison burgers...served with chili crisp & sauerkraut...I didn't even touch the ketchup. After dropping off a chair at the dump, David suggested we check out what was available at Decon. They were just opening & we were excited to look around. The first thing I spied that I immediately fell in love with...this old washing machine. I have wanted one since I was a kid...& this one had been used right up until the woman went into the nursing home. We also picked up 2 more of these bar carts...they are extremely useful for crafting & so many things. And David noticed this metal frame...don't know what it is...but we've been looking for a TV tray alternative for me in the wreck room...so David is going to make me one. Later that day, David did a few loads of laundry in our new washing machine! I didn't take any photos, just a long video of him doing it & talking about his memories of his great grandma using one.  It was really fun. Especially since I'm going to turn it into a flower planter or a cooler for drinks outside. Then, onto Midwest Vintage Flea! I'd never been before since there wouldn't have been anything that fit me. Shortly after getting there, David picked out this fabulous 70s dress for me, but sadly, it only had a 22" waist. But this tapestry coat was lovely...I guess I'm a collector of vintage coats now. I also got 3 purses, including this delightfully autumn fuzzy one. Wowza! This dress immediately caught my attention...purple velvet octopus prom dress! I posted this photo on Facebook & one of my friends went with her kiddo the next day & got it. They are tiny & do drag...I can't wait to see how they style it.The shoes I wore the Midwest Flea day. Apparently, David makes venison (steaks with duxelles & roasted sweet potatoes), I make salmon.