Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Risk! & Ukulele!

 Dress: Galaxy Faux Wrap Dress by Jete (size 5x)
Shoes: l.e.i., thrifted 
Earring & Necklace: Babil & Bijou, former etsy shop
Bracelet: Age Before Beauty
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I never received this GB house brand dress from them before it was retired, but recently bought it from one of the GB resellers. Fabulous fun galaxy print in a style I adore & have also worn in geometric print & retro floral & own in autumn leaves & abstract fan. I've worn both sizes 4x & 5x, but prefer the fit on the larger size as it's quite body hugging.  
Check out that booty...
I have such a stupendous shoe collection thanks to thrifting...I would have NEVER bought these shoes new...but for $2?! Sure, I'll take a chance...I thought they were perfection with this outfit. 
It is amazing to me that this mural is spray painted...I don't typically care for faces as a background...but I made an exception.
My make-up with this outfit included...LSD eyeliner by Urban Decay; UD eyeshadow in Specter, Lithium, Vega, & Galaxy; NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Ultraviolet; & Cosmo with a Twist nail polish from OPI. 
I first wore this dress to see the Risk! podcast live with David, Angie, & Toby. The only photo I took was of Kevin Allison, the host...because the storytellers were telling very personal stories & it seemed disrespectful. Angie introduced me to this podcast & it's one of my favorites...it also brought another podcast to my attention that brings me heaps of amusement, Bawdy Storytelling. The live event was fabulous...I love hearing people's stories. 
I wore this dress again to attend a free ukulele workshop at the library with Kate...which was so much fun! We didn't know what to expect, but it was so well organized & run. The MAUI group was in charge & everyone was given a ukulele to use & assigned their very own helper...the girlie & I shared the nice man below...sitting next to me in the hat. We learned some chords, then spent over an hour playing & singing songs. I nabbed the group shot from this blog. It took several days for my fingers to stop being sore...but I need to get my own uke now!
After ukuleleing...David & I went to dinner at Angie & Toby's...where there was dog cuddling (Molly on my lap!) & tasty food. 

I get a tub of Lush's seasonal Bûche de Noël cleanser every November...it has bits of cranberry & ground almonds...satsumas & brandy...it smells amazing, gently exfoliates, & moisturizes. I'm going to try freezing part of it to see if I can make it last an entire year...usually around August, I open up the pot to find it has grown fuzzy mold...not bad considering they suggest it is best used within three months. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Creditors, The Final APT Play of the Year

 Dress: Sarah Dress in Festoon by Effie's Heart (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Shoes: Dansko
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: etsy
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
The Sarah dress is my new favorite Effie's Heart style...I wore it a few weeks ago in arrows...& foolishly, I sent them both back. I am hoping they will find their way into my closet at some point...either through the shop or GB resellers. The fit, length, cut...it's all perfect...I wouldn't change a thing about this dress...how often do I say that?! 
Several years ago for Christmas...David gifted me this lovely burgundy purse...I LOVE it! It is pretty much the purse I use all autumn & winter. I don't change my bag to match my outfit every day...that would drive me crazy. However, that doesn't stop me from collecting purses. 
I found these brand new shoes on eBay...they were sold as lime green & looked bright in the photos...I was so excited....however, they were not as vivid in person...but I was pleased to finally find an outfit they coordinated with. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX Faux Blacks eyeliner in Oxblood; Rewind, Vinyl, & Löve eyeshadows by Kat von D; Bite Beauty lipstick in Tannin; & We The Female nail polish from OPI. 
I wore this dress to travel to Spring Green with David for the final American Players Theatre play of the year, Creditors. Inside, of course. Selfies before going in to the play. I nabbed this photo online since my pictures of the empty stage are boring...AND...the person that snapped this was sitting where we sit. Real life married couple, Marcus Truschinski (my favorite!) & Tracy Michelle Arnold, play a married couple in this fascinating story of manipulation & revenge. 
I also wore this dress to get a paraffin wax treatment at my hand therapist appointment for my arthritis. And to search for tile for our entryway...which we finally found! It's not bright, but it is porcelain (great for a high traffic area)...& we found a fun design idea on pinterest...herringbone, but in loooong 3x20 inch tiles.
Savers 50% off sale...my cart before trying on & rejecting...I said no to the boots...but now I'm regretting it...I just don't see myself as a short bootie person though. Check out these prices...1/2 of $3.49...ridiculous! 
What I brought home...I already had a pair of those blue-tipped shoes...ooops! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wolf Cooking Demo

 Dress: Animal Print Hanky Hem Dress by Scarlett & Jo (size 28)
Cardigan: Croft & Barrow, thrifted
Tights: Catherines
Shoes: Kelly & Katie, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I placed my first order from Scarlett & Jo back in March...6 dresses, all on sale...like really on sale...I think I paid around $100 total. I finally got around to wearing one...I had no GB at home. This was one of the most cheaply made dresses I've ever worn...it started pilling an hour in...how does that even happen?! And the fabric was so thin that I could see right through it. I liked the pattern & shape of the dress...but it's going directly to the nightgown drawer. I hope all of the dresses I bought aren't this awful...I'll let you know. 
We took these photos on our way to a cooking class...& it was raining...so there are droplets in my hair & neither David or I noticed that my cardigan was bunched up there on my shoulder...oops...sorry. 
I added red to warm up the dress a bit. I need to paint the buckles on these shoes gold before I wear them next. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX Faux Blacks eyeliner in Oxblood, Rewind eyeshadow from Kat von D, NYX eyeshadow palette in Warm Neutrals, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Red Dragon, & An Affair in Red Square nail polish by OPI. 
I first wore this dress to attend a Wolf cooking class with David...we were greeted by these amazing Chihuly glass sculptures...how do they transport them?!
When David & I were first looking at Wolf appliances for our kitchen...our salesperson suggested we go to a Wolf cooking demo to check out our different options in action...which we promptly never did. But after we purchased a Wolf cooktop & oven...we decided to go...
I've never felt so pampered in all my life...you should all consider Wolf appliances & attend this completely free demo...no pressure to buy...they are confident that after this enchanted evening...why wouldn't you want Wolf in your kitchen? The chef was fabulous & his food, delicious. Wolf/Subzero have an organic garden that all these vegetables were picked from. My wine glass & fizzy water were always full...most of the time I never even saw how it happened...magical. 
I wore this dress again on a Saturday to shop at a nearly empty rainy farmers' market with Kate...where I stocked up on these Ashmead's Kernal apples that David & I fell in love with this year. Then David & I went to the evil entrancing Hobby Lobby where we bought a bunch of 50% off metal things & shopped for tile for our entryway, unsuccessfully. 
Next stop...Savers sale...I had to include this super unflattering picture of me trying on a cardigan so you don't all think I go around with a full face of make-up every time I leave the house. I was creeping on this woman with purple hair...she was just so perfectly coordinated. The best bargain of the day...David found a Brooks Brothers 100% camel hair full length winter coat for $11...the cheapest one I could find by them online was $1200! Finally, we ended our shopping excursion with Indian buffet & more fruitless tile hunting. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Gleam

 Dress: Napoli Dress in Herringbone by Effie's Heart (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Studio Works Woman (size 2x), thrifted
Shoes: Tahari, thrifted 
Earring & Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
What?! It's another fabulous frock from Effie's Heart! The cut of this Napoli is one of my favorites...I bought it in the coil print from the GB resellers after regretting sending it back. I resisted purchasing this by telling myself it will come back into my life the same way. The fit of this dress is perfection. The neutralness of the colors will pair with nearly any hue I throw at it & is a great base for pattern mixing. Who says neutrals are boring?  
Snake pattern on the cardigan & shoes. 
My first time wearing this exquisitely elegant necklace & earring my wonderful friend Wendy made for me...
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Jet Black, Kat von D eyeshadow in Medusa & Ankh, NYX eyeshadow palette in Brights, Russian Red lipstick from MAC, & OPI nail polish in You Make Me Vroom. 
I wore this dress to attend wine tasting with Foxy Kate around Halloween...then to visit Olbrich Gardens for the final night of Gleam. 
I think this is the third year of Gleam & there is always something spectacular about it...they pick various artists to create light-based art installations in the gardens...& at the end...you vote for your favorite. I loved the fiber optic lights blowing in the wind...
And there was also some red light raindrops falling from a tree into the water that made a soothing plopping sound...
That same weekend...Kate & I went to see Little Shop of Horrors...which I had only ever seen the play version of...so this was my first time seeing this movie. It had the unhappy ending. I also wore this dress to eat Indian buffet with David. A few days after Little Shop of Horrors...Kate & I met at the library to view Pan's Labyrinth...I don't remember what I wore, so I stuck it here. I had forgotten how gorgeous that movie is.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Final Opus

 Dress: Sarah Dress in My Way Print by Effie's Heart (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Tights: Catherines
Shoes: Preview International, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace & Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I'm in love with Effie's Heart dresses...they are a brand that makes XS-4X. They dipped their toe in the water by offering plus sizes to Modcloth, then GB...& now they carry some plus sizes on their site. EH dresses are a cotton jersey material that are so easy to slip on & go anywhere...they are my jeans & t-shirt...so comfy. Oh, & they nearly always have pockets, but this one is the exception. 
This is the first dress I've tried in this style...& with long sleeves! I adored wearing this dress...nice full skirt, high waist belt, & it just laid so nicely all over. It was a dream & I'll be looking to buy it once it goes in the shop or through GB resellers.
Next time I wear this dress I'll add color to it, but I wanted the arrow pattern to shine on its own first & it wasn't cold enough to add another layer. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Jet Black, Medusa & Ankh eyeshadow by Kat von D, NYX lip liner in Orange County, Toast lipstick from Bite Beauty, & OPI nail polish in Race Red. 
I wore this dress to visit my hand therapist for the first time & find out what I can do about the mild osteoarthritis I've been diagnosed with...no grey hair yet, but arthritis. Most likely it's from years of gripping ladies hands while I did their nails as it's in my left hand.
The final Opus. I was sad to learn that after 17 years, Opus Lounge was closing its doors. It was the last of my 20s haunts still around...The Barber's Closet burnt down & Cafe Montmartre went out of business. Kate & I decided it had been about 4 or 5 years since we'd last been there & that was probably the only time we had visited in the 10 years since Merchant opened. Opus cocktails stayed stuck in 1999...& Merchant offered delicious exciting craft cocktails. 
This was the first place I had champagne cocktails...they used to put a sugar cube in the bottom of the glass...I was glad to see they did away with that practice. We made a toast to Shane as I'd spent so much time here with him...drinking & laughing.
Opus was also the first place I ever had edamame. This photo on the wall & Kate reminded me that they used to put colored plastic animals in your drink...I wish they had had some for our last day to keep as a souvenir.