Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Zebra Work Dress

Dress: Inky Zebra Perfect Wrap Dress by Leota (size 1x) via Gwynnie Bee
Tights: Snag
Shoes: 9 West
All Jewelry: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 41-39-53
While I typically like these Leota wrap dresses, I found this zebra print with slashes of yellow a bit boring...but great for work. I guess there was just too much white for me? Great fitting dress, perfect length. 
I did like being able to wear yellow accessories...I don't break them out nearly enough. 
It was snowing on this day back in March...so we ducked into the library for these shots. We usually end up using this location several times throughout winter...but I think this was the only time this year. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Jet Black; Dark Horse, Creep, Sidecar, & Half Baked eyeshadow from Urban Decay; UD lipliner in 714; Santa Sangre lipstick by Kat von D; & OPI nail polish in Red Heads Ahead. 
I wore this dress to work & to do some shopping at the co-op in the snow. The sexiest chef ever, Marco Pierre White...I didn't find much in his cookbook I was interested in making though. 
Picking up some meat at Conscious Carnivore...these pork chops caught my eye...I may have to take inspiration from them. I had been enjoying Wordle, so I starting doing Quordle every day too...I hated it at first since I never found all 4 words...but now I do every time. We got a smoking gun last year & finally tried it out on some Hooks 5 year cheddar...yum. And a delicious dinner with recipes by Alison Roman...Crispy-Skin Salmon with Fennel & Green Romesco, served with Hard-Roasted Spiced Cauliflower.


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Flaming Veronika

Dress: Umbrella Print Navy Dress by Unique Vintage x GB (size 0x) via Gwynnie Bee 
Tights: Snag
Shoes: Express 
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 41-39-53
I always want to like these quirky prints from Unique Vintage x GB, but they just don't quite get them right...Effie's Heart did umbrellas much better. The fit on these dresses are decent, but there is a bit too much fabric up top & I always end up with some wrinkles & bumps. Cute fit & flare dress, but there are a lot of better choices out there. 
These bright red shoes were just the right color to go with the umbrellas. 
I need to send all these beautiful bubbly necklaces back to Wendy to make smaller, but I can't imagine my life without them...so I keep procrastinating. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Sabbath, Busted & Snakebite eyeshadow from UD, MAC lipliner in Cherry, No-Tell Motel lipstick by UD, & OPI nail polish in Red Heads Ahead. 
I wore this dress to work & to pick up Veronika from the artist who painted her...she is stunning. 
She is painted asymmetrically, so while there are flames on the passenger side, there are not as many...I kind of almost always don't like it when things match. 
And the dinner I made when we got home...2 recipes from Alison Roman: Skillet Chicken with Crushed Olives & Sumac, served with Roasted Broccoli & Lemon with Crispy Parmesan. 


Thursday, May 12, 2022

Spyhouse Coffee in Minneapolis

Dress: Garden Printed Midi Dress by London Times (size 14) via Gwynnie Bee
Tights: We Love Colors 
Shoes: Born
All Jewelry: Wendy Baker 
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 41-39-53
Pretty dress with a great fit...so many lovely colors that could be matched & highlighted with accessories & make-up. The only negative about this dress would be that there is a seam up the middle of the top...I'm not sure why that is ever necessary. 
It was still March in Wisconsin/Minnesota when I wore this dress, so a cardigan was necessary.
I had many beautiful Wendy Baker flowers to choose from...
I wore this dress to work & again on our final day in Minneapolis. I ordered coffee from a local place Kate found online (she doesn't even drink coffee)...but it was the wrong location from the walking distance one Jason went to to pick it up. Whoops. So we drove to the correct location of Spyhouse Coffee & we fell in love. It was one of the best cups of coffee I've ever had. Also, it was in a charming old building. I don't know the story behind this blue rooster...but it caught my eye as we drove by. 
Picking up my cold food at French Meadow...I had enjoyed breakfast so much the day before, I decided to repeat it (Kate & Jason ordered from a vegan restaurant).
I asked for an English muffin this time, but otherwise...the same...salmon eggs Benedict with crispy hash browns & avocado toast...& a cup of coffee that was inferior compared to Spyhouse. 
We dined at a park down the street from the place Kate & Jason picked up breakfast. On the drive home, I figured out our American Players Theatre schedule for the summer. 


Monday, May 9, 2022

The House of Balls // Paisley Park // Orlando

Dress: Velvet Burnout Midi Dress by Hutch (size 1x) via Nuuly
Boots: Fluevog, Enneagram: Spontaneous 
Earring & Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, Jason, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 41-39-53
Oh, my...in love! I had another dress made of the same fabric, but I think this one is my slight favorite. Which do you like better? The velvet & colors were just exquisite & lush...& the smocked waist gave it the perfect fit. I wouldn't change a thing. 
This could be worn on or off the shoulders...
It was snowing the day we took the photos (the day of the concert).
I adore these shiny comfy Fluevog boots...
Purple accessories & make-up...
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Delinquent; Celestial, Drama, Dreamer, & Dazzling eyeshadow from Anastasia Beverly Hills; MAC lipliner in Grape; Spiced Plum lipstick by Bite Beauty; & OPI nail polish in Hollywood & Wine. 
I wore this dress for our only full day in Minneapolis...which began with takeout breakfast in the hotel from French Meadow Cafe. Kate doesn't feel comfortable eating in restaurants yet, so we ate outside or ordered out...& she found fabulous food choices for us. This was the best salmon eggs Benedict I've ever had. Instead of an English muffin...it was just made on top of sautéed spinach...the salmon was perfectly cooked, as were the poached eggs...& the hollandaise sauce was superb...crispy hash browns & my first ever avocado toast was amazing. I don't know how it traveled in boxes & still managed to be so tasty. 
After breakfast, we went to The House of Balls...I mean, who could say no to that?! The artist himself greeted us as he worked in the yard...& on the way out he asked us to tell him who we were in 10 words or less...we couldn't manage it...but I'm sure he's used to that disappointment. 
Creative found art & sculptures inside & out...so much to look at. I especially liked this revolving door that took you from one room to the next. 
Wearable art...pictured on several different women...
Mixed Blood...this beautiful building & it's name caught my eye as we were driving away from House of Balls... it turns out Mixed Blood is a theatre company. Prince mural...doesn't quite look like him though. And then it was on to Paisley Park! 
The girlie & I wore purple in anticipation of this tour. Soooo exciting! We had to give up our phones upon entrance & didn't get them back until the final concert room. There were so many fabulous parts of the tour, but my favorite was the entire room of Prince's shoes...amazing. 
It was really emotional to see Paisley Park, Prince's office, his recording studio, & so many things he had a personal hand in creating...from decorating, to art, to his clothing. Kate, Jason, & I sat where I would have chosen to sit had Prince been performing for us in his little club...I shut my eyes & imagined he was there. 
Kate picked another remarkable restaurant for dinner, Hai Hai...tasty Vietnamese food & cocktails. I began with a drink, Tour Bus Tales (gin, ginger, lemongrass, Thai basil piña drinking vinegar, cava). This place had at least 4 different awesome tropical wallpapers...I was especially fond of the bathroom lemurs. I ordered Fried Brussels Sprouts (Nam jim herb vinaigrette, nam prik num roasted green chile paste, pork belly, puffed rice) & a Vietnamese Crepe with Pork Belly & Shrimp (crispy turmeric & coconut milk rice flour crepe, bean sprouts, onion, served with lettuce, herbs, nuoc cham & eaten as a lettuce wrap). 
YUM! This meal was delicious...thanks for a day of excellent culinary experiences, girlie! 
After dinner, we went to Theatre Pro Rata to see their production of Sarah Ruhl's Orlando.
I love this playwright, so I was thrilled to see another one of her works.
Back in Madison...the dog bed we ordered on Etsy from a woman in Ukraine arrived...& the dogs immediately knew it was for them. 
I also wore this outfit to see a concert at Stoughton Opera House, Jeffrey Foucault with Erik Koskinen opening (& playing in his band). 


Thursday, May 5, 2022

Hadestown // Wine Tasting // Dead Horses

Dress: V-Neck Tiered Maxi Dress by Anthropologie (size 1x) via Nuuly
Tights: Snag
Shoes: l.e.i., thrifted 
Earring: Kerala Rose
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Jason, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 41-39-53
I loved this goddess dress...it was a delightful shade of orangish red & I had to wear it twice. All the ruching, tiers, & silky material made this dress elegant. The fit & everything about it was perfection. 
Sparkly shoes & tights. 
This holographic nail polish was the ideal match for the color in this dress. This vintage Original by Robért bracelet belonged to my grandma, who started my vintage costume jewelry obsession. 
Pearls make everything more fancy.
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Double Life; Azalea, Agate, Poppy, Glory, & Phlox eyeshadow by Natasha Denona; MAC lipliners in Chicory & Auburn; New York Apple lipstick by MAC; Gothica lipstick from Kat von D; & ILNP nail polish in Misery. 
I first wore this dress in Minneapolis to see Hadestown with Kate & Jason. Better photo of the flowers André had waiting for me in our room. This well dressed gentleman asked me to take his photo & say hi to my mother. The Orpheum Theatre & a mural next door. 
Me & the girlie.
Inside the gorgeous venue.
The stage.
Jason, Kate, & Me.
The musical was wonderful & I would definitely see it again. The second time I wore this dress was to wine tasting & to see Dead Horses. 
Lindsay made a wonderful Tingle Tagine from the Foodheim cookbook. 
Cutie-pies on the couch...
The theme for April was Rhone-Remix (Rhone varietals made somewhere other than France). I made Amanda Hesser's Almond Cake (& overcooked it). I had to leave the tasting early to get to the Stoughton Opera House to see Dead Horses. 
The band...they are always so good live.