Sunday, August 1, 2021

Food at Home

Dress: Maternity Rosa Maxi Dress by Yumi Kim (size 2x) via Nuuly (use my link & we both get $10 off)
Sandals: Born
Earring: Wendy Baker
Necklace, Pin, & Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 47-45-65
Another lemon maternity dress by the makers of this shorter lemon dress I wore a few weeks previous. This required a strapless bra (Wacoal make the best ones). While I prefer the maxi length of this dress, I wasn't a fan of the background color...a light purply pink...a blush pink would have been better & more universally flattering. But...the length & fit were good & it certainly was an easy dress to throw on & go. And lemons! 
There is a wall in Madison that says lemonade all over it...with lemons & I really wanted to take photos there of ONE of these lemon dresses...but the light is only good there right before sunset & not when we were taking pictures. So this is my usual go-to goes with yellow wall. And the light wasn't good there either...too early in the day.
I get so much more wear out of this necklace since adding the yellow flower pin to it...both pieces found at Elkhorn Flea Market. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Mars, Love Lust Disco Rosè & Play eyeshadow palette by NYX, Candle eyeshadow from Lime Crime, Sugarpill Cosmetics liquid lip color in Trinket & Locket, & an unknown OPI nail polish. 
I mostly wore this dress to work & to see clients via Zoom...easy to throw on. But I also wore it to get my second pedicure of the summer. I LOVE Jenny at Elevation in Madison...she is pedicure ever EVERY time. And I'm picky. I am boring & went with the same color as last time because it just went with everything. Meals at home. We just don't go out to dinner the way we did before the pandemic, but we've always enjoyed cooking at home. Here we have zoodles with a peanut sauce & salmon with crispy skin & garlic, cauliflower, & some leftover salmon salad from our APT picnic. 
DJ Starr Noir spinning dark tunes on Twitch. Getting my stitches removed from the mole I had taken off...also an easy dress to throw on for this. Footless tights from Snag. If you aren't already buying tights from Snag, what are you waiting for?! They are fabulous. The orange & pink pairs on the left have a diamond pattern & then the other two are a pastel mustard...before this, my only yellow footless tight option was bright yellow. And lunch...we have this at least 2x a week right now when cucumbers are abundant at market...salmon salad filled cucumbers with pea vine on top, pickles, & radishes. 


Friday, July 30, 2021

Period Garden Park

Dress: Melinda Tiered Tunic from Maeve by Anthropologie (size 2x) via Nuuly (use my link & we both get $10 off)
Teggings: Re/Dress, RIP
Sandals: Born
All Jewelry: Colleen Toland
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 47-45-65
All the glorious colors in this looked like a painting, perhaps a bit Flower Garden by Gustav Klimt. The shape was not flattering, but pretty & comfortable. It was oversized with a great v-neck & nice & light for summer...although I could see wearing this in spring or fall with a cardigan. I, of course, wore it with my trusty teggings. 
I wanted to take pictures of this dress with flowers...& I remembered this adorable little park next to where Angie used to live downtown. I haven't been there in years & we've never taken photos there. It was 45 minutes until, supposedly the perfect picture taking time. I'm not sure why the light was so was baffling.  
I hate matchy matchy, but sometimes you just have to do it...especially when you have the whole set from Colleen Toland. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Mars; Kat von D eyeshadow in Ouija, Löve, & Vinyl; Orange County lipliner by NYX; Bang lipstick by UD; Peach Bellini lipstick from NYX, & OPI nail polish in Orange You Going To The Game? 
The much easier to manage West Side Market on Saturday...the girlie buying produce. She has to push me around in a wheelchair, so going around the square is a bit much. Look at these shoes I found in the Fluevog FB! From the Time family: Bridget. I have these in all black, but have always coveted the black & yellow colorway. 
David came home from Costco with these cute pajama sets (2 of them leopard!) in size XXL...I thought he might be a little off, but they totally fit me. They are ridiculously soft & comfortable. I cannot believe I found these BRAND NEW never worn boots on eBay...cheaper than the sale price (they are sold out in my size). I was very sad I hadn't grabbed them. I am in love. The stairs to Period Garden Park. 
Look how much better I look in this photo taken with my iPhone...sometimes when the light is bad, we should just take pictures with our phones. I mean, someday we'll just abandon our fancy Nikon. 
DJs playing tunes. My terrible awful legs/feet. After 2 different medical issues with my legs, they look dreadful below the knee...discolored & scarred. I had to take these pics to send to Mar to be considered by them for tattooing me. My goal is to have my lower legs completely tattooed by next summer so I don't have to wear teggings/leggings unless I want to. I submitted 5 ideas for tattoos & they picked my naked bat/woman idea, which will be on the inside of my right calf. It's a start! 


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Rough Crossing

Dress: Summer Fruits Augusta Dress by Hutch (size 2x) via Gwynnie Bee
Teggings: Re/Dress, RIP
Sandals: Born
All Jewelry: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo, Jason, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 47-45-65
I was madly in love with this fruit dress. Any dress with fruits or veggies on it...I need it. The kaftan sleeves & handkerchief hem were nice touches, the neckline was ideal, & the length, perfect. The waist had elastic, but there was otherwise no stretch. The material felt a tad cheap & there was a lining. I would change nothing about this fruity frock. I got several compliments on this dress at the play. 
All these colors & I didn't have ANY teggings to I went with pink...which coordinated. 
I broke out the colorful eyeshadow for this called for it, don't you think? 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Junkie; Donut, Pineapple, & Seashell eyeshadow by Violet Voss; Game Over & Continue? eyeshadow by Sugarpill Cosmetics; NYX lipliner in Nectar; Bite Beauty lipstick in Zinfandel; Big Bang lipstick by UD; & Gimme a Lido Kiss nail polish by OPI. 
The girlie opening the bubbles for our picnic at American Players Theatre. Angie drove the 5 of us there in her land yacht (minivan) was kind of amazing not to have to cram that many adults in a regular car.  
Our dinner was delightful. I made a salmon salad with dill, ginger, sliced citrus, cucumbers, radishes, fennel, & avocado. I also added some green onions & sugar snap peas that were on the table. Kate & Jason made kelp noodles with a peanut sauce, cucumbers, & sesame tofu. Kelp noodles...I will admit, I thought they sounded disgusting, but I'm up for trying new things. They were actually quite good. Shocking. 10/10, I'd eat this meal again. 
Kate has the cute face down...I don't know about Jason. Angie got a case of fresh peaches from Georgia & they were chin dripping & delightful. Me & David...& I *don't* have the cute face down.
Me & the girlie...
I took a bus ride to the top of the hill (stupid knee) with the NICEST driver. He had a mask on that his wife got for the whole family with photos of their dog all over it. A first...I was the only person on the bus. The show was only sold at 50% capacity & masks were required even though it was outside & distanced. The grounds at APT are all prairie, native grasses, & flowers...I always think it's so pretty. We've been sitting much further back than I usually buy tickets for (so many seats left empty) & I don't hate it. The stage for Rough Crossing by Tom was hilarious & as always, wonderful acting...& fabulous friends. 


Monday, July 26, 2021

5+ Months of Lifting Weights

Dress: Leo Almond Sweetheart Dress by Leota (size 2L) via Gwynnie Bee
Teggings: Re/Dress, RIP
Sandals: Pr!vo by Clarks, thrifted
Earring: Kerala Rose
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 47-45-65
Another gorgeous Leota dress...I am in love with these sweetheart dresses...they have a great shape & fit just right. I always have to pin the neckline closed, but otherwise perfect. And leopard?! Hello. 
These teggings are was still pretty early in the day when we took these photos, so the light wasn't the best. 
I always like softer warm neutral make-up on one ever thought I'd say that. My favorite lipstick for this kind of look is Trinket from Sugarpill. My only complaint about it is it dries out super quickly...due to all the amazing glitter? You didn't think I'd just like some boring neutral lip color, did you? Glittery.
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Double Life; Crisp, Spice, Spice Baby, & Warm & Cozy eyeshadow from Too Faced; Sugarpill Cosmetics liquid lip color in Trinket; & OPI nail polish in Didgeridoo Your Nails?
After so many painful health problems, I decided to pay attention to my body. Weight loss is not my main goal, but it is certainly necessary for me to get rid of several issues I have...& it's the most visible one. This is me in this same Leota sweetheart dress in a size 5L vs today's dress in a 2L. I was happy in both photos. What you can't see: I'm in less pain when I walk, none of my disgusting leaky leg issues have come back, I'm off all insulin for diabetes, & I have so much more energy. The list is actually too long for me to write it all out here. 
DJs DJ-ing. David bought this keto bread he wanted to was alright, at best. I'll stick to real food, thanks. But putting salmon salad into hollowed out cucumbers has been one of my favorite meals lately. Hi, Val!
Dinner with David, Angie, & Freddie. Angie had these Flintstonian steaks that David cooked on the grill. I finished 1/2 of it. Zucchini with garlic-y kale pesto & whipped Israeli feta (with a bit of ricotta, herbs, cream, & lemon zest), grilled mushrooms, & a delightful red wine that Kate picked out for us to eat with meat. 
David got the cook just right on mine...medium rare. Raspberries for dessert. Freddie likes to push David over & then David pretends he can't get up without a hand's adorable. Me with Sadie. 
Every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday...David & I hit the gym to lift weights. It's been over 5 months now & we haven't missed a day. I love feeling myself get stronger. I haven't been able to walk without pain for over 20 months. I use a cane to walk short distances (10 minutes or less) & David has to push me in a wheelchair if longer walking is required. I need my right knee replaced. However, most surgeons will not do this for people with a BMI over 40. My primary found me a doctor in a nearby town that has a history of doing surgery on folks over a 40 BMI. I met with him & liked him a lot. He scheduled me for a knee replacement on August 24th. Then my insurance denied me...they thought I should go to a local UW doctor. It's been weeks of waiting to see if they will let me go ahead with this surgeon. Finally, on doctor's office called to tell me something unrelated & I asked if they had heard from my insurance...& they said YES! So, in less than a month I will get a new knee & never take walking for granted ever again. A cool old truck we saw in the gym parking lot. 


Friday, July 23, 2021

4th of July

Dress: Feliza Tiered Midi Dress by Anthropologie (size 2x) via Nuuly (use my link & we both get $10 off)
Sandals: Born
Necklace & Bracelet: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 47-45-65
I simply adored all the sherbert-y colors in this pretty dress. It was a bit large up top, but otherwise great. It came with tiny removable straps that I chose not to wear as they simply weren't needed...there was some stay-up rubber (like on thigh highs) under the elastic top. This dress had pockets & was a nice summer cotton. Of course you can clearly see what my favorite part of this frock was...tassels!!! Lining the hem of the dress & on the ends of the belt. Adorable. 
David: I don't think that seam is supposed to be in the middle of your chest.

Me: Yes it is, that's the way it's made.

David: That really doesn't look right.

Me: It's fine. 

There are times when you should listen to your husband instead of your anxiety. Since there are no straps...the dress got twisted as I was putting it on to go get my hair cut. I should have stopped to consider...why would they put an odd bust dart like seam right in the middle of the dress? Nope. Anxiety. David tried to get me to play with the dress & I just wasn't having it. So, that is why I've got a twisted looking top & weird seam on my chest in these photos. The second time I put it on it looked great...seams in the correct place & oh, look! there's pockets! I thought these colors looked fabulous on me...My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Love Drug, NYX eyeshadow palette in Brights, Bite Beauty lipliner in 72, Orange County lipliner by NYX, NYX Liquid Suede in Foiled Again & Life's A Beach, & OPI nail polish in Tempura-ture is Rising!About to get my hair cut...I usually wait until I need my hair cut NOW to make an appointment...but this time I scheduled a month ahead of time...& busy Sigrid was booked out ~2 months, so I put myself on her cancellation list & got in, yay! DJs playing tunes on Twitch. West side farmers' market with the girlie. Kate liked how my hat matched my was a total accident & just the hat I had in the car. Note the band playing behind me...we love that about west market. Another favorite meal at home...mixed greens & spinach salad with shrimp, cilantro, & avocado with a lime/evoo dressing...& Fern's fabulous raspberries. Pink & black Fluevogs from their sale. I will wear these a lot. Ribeye steak with cauliflower & a bit of sweet potatoes. Chicks DJing my night. Salmon with garlic, dill, lemon, & the last of the in season asparagus. Curried deviled eggs for our tiny 4th of July fire. Me & the girlie!I'm not sure why we thought a 90°+ day would be a good time for fire, but here we are. David made all the yummy food we could eat...bell peppers, scapes, mushrooms, broccoli, lobster tail, & scallops. And of course there was fabulous sparkling wine from Michigan thanks to Kate. Everything tastes better cooked over fire. Jason eating Kate's brain. The next day Kate & Jason came over so Kate could organize her cellar a bit. She mostly made a pile of both reds & whites for us to drink...although I not so secretly enjoy drinking a bottle (she told us we could drink anything), taking a picture, & posting it...& her trying not to get upset we drank a bottle she was saving with a purpose in mind. I am a terrible person. Doggies! They like to wait at the top of the stairs for me.