Monday, October 16, 2017

Cha Cha Cha

 Dress: Perfect Wrap Dress in Montauk Red by Leota (size 5L) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Leggings: Beth Ditto (size 22/24)
Sandals: Clarks
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Babil & Bijou, former etsy shop
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This is nearly the same style of dress as the Leota in yesterday's post...with a bit of a sleeve instead of sleeveless. I would have liked this better with a cardigan...but it was a hot day. They call this red, but it was leaning toward orange...so I paired it with both colors. Same issue as always with Leota...they run small, & even sizing up to a 5...it is tighter than it's meant to be. 
What allowed me to enjoy wearing this dress the most...Beth Ditto lip leggings...aren't they smashing? She's taking a break from clothing design, but I hope she returns to it. I have her leggings in both size 22/24 & 26/28...the smaller ones fit better. When I get my craft room set up...I need to take the legs of these in on the bottom...they are too loose, so I have to pull them up into capri length. 
While I love my eyeshadow here...it would have looked better with an orange or yellow cardigan...too much color next to all that white in the dress. 
My makeup with this outfit included...Kat von D eyeshadow in Analogue, Fran, Legend, & Swoon; Habanero lipstick by MAC, & Aloha from OPI nail polish from OPI. 
Haircut with Gen! Cha Cha moved into its new space...it's gorgeous, but I miss the bright colors of the old building. I really liked this Evo salt spray she used on my hair...sticking this here so I remember to look for it somewhere I can use my cosmetologist license discount. 

David spied this clawfoot tub while I was getting my hair cut...in my excitement of saying...yes! I love it! I forgot to hit send on the text...so I got to go with him to get it.  I have lusted over this house for years & heard it was being remodeled (a Madison restaurant owner lives there)...I was SO excited when we were invited inside to get a tour...it was even more fabulous than I imagined...pocket doors, high ceilings, & porches off many of the rooms *swoon*. 

That night...we went to see a special showing of The Castle of Cagliostro, a 70s anime movie that David had fond memories of.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Aisle of Knobs

 Dress: Felicity Sleeveless Perfect Wrap Mini in Desert Petal by Leota (size 5L) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Tapemeasure/Woman (size 3x), thrifted
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Aerosole, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace & Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I wore this dress to work & run errands. The colors & pattern were a bit like fall leaves...perfect for the season. The faux wrap neckline, length, & lightweight fabric were lovely...as was the navy, orange, & fuchsia mix. Leota runs small, so I always end up in their 5L & honestly, if there were one size larger...I'd feel more comfortable in that as the 5 usually clings more than I'd like. 
The clingy butt makes it ride up higher in back.
These are the only navy sandals I own...I have other shades of blue, but I need to be on the lookout for navy sandals for next year...note to myself. 
My makeup with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Deep Blue, NYX Avant Pop eyeshadow palette in Art Throb, NYX Ultimate eyeshadow palette in Brights, NYX lipstick in NYX, NYX Liquid Suede in Orange County, & Orange You Going To The Game? nail polish from OPI. 
This is my second trip to Hobby Lobby...did I write about my first? I can't remember...anyway...why is this store so fabulous?! I've avoided it because of their Jesus politics...but they have an entire aisle of knobs!!! And so many other amazing things. I was here on this day to purchase a gallon of Elmer's Glue...I've tried every kind of crackle product made...& after much trial & error...decided plain glue does the best job. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Pericles, Prince of Tyre

 Dress: Beguiling Border Wrap Dress by Kiyonna (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Tapemeasure/Woman (size 3x), thrifted
Shoes: Life Stride, thrifted
Earring: eBay
Necklace: A Luscious Thing
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I was excited to get this pretty blue mixed print dress from Kiyonna...sadly, it seemed to have a flaw in the way the hem was sewn (on the middle left of where the wrap is split) & the dress did not lay as nice as the other wraps I've gotten from Kiyonna. If you zoom in on the model on the GB site...her dress does the same thing. Otherwise, it was a nice dress...stunning print, great length...I see this being most useful as a work dress. 
Since the dress was various shades of blue...I decided to go with that & create a blue monochrome outfit...
 I couldn't quite get the top of this dress to lay down nicely...
My makeup with this outfit included...LSD eyeliner by Urban Decay; UD eyeshadow in Freeze, Bobby Dazzle, Truth, & Last Sin; Bite Beauty lipstick in Burgundy, & I Sea You Wear OPI nail polish from OPI. 

Some vintage lucite & bakelite bracelets from eBay. 

Dinner at Freddy Valentine's in Spring Green before APT...it is housed in an old bank building that was built in 1915 (where my outfit photos were taken). My Moscow Mule was good...& my fish fry was delicious. 
Then David, Angie, & I went on to see Pericles, Prince of Tyre...which APT did a fantastic job with...making it funnier than it was meant to be. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Ethnic Dancing Troupe

 Dress: Soweto Sea Breeze Fit & Flare Dress from Plenty by Tracy Reese (size 28) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Croft & Barrow (size 2x), thrifted
Shoes: Torrid
Earring & Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
This dress looked so bright & striking online, but in person...the colors were faded & it looked (& felt) like a worn out kitchen rug. The top was too big on me, but the bottom was just right. It had generously sized pockets & the length & flare were superb. I just didn't enjoy wearing this dress...the fabric was heavy & rough...& I felt like a part of an ethnic dancing troupe. 
I wore this dress at home to make dinner for Kate, to shop the 50% off sale at Savers, & to work for an hour...I nearly didn't get photos of this dress, but I knew it would look cute in pictures...& it does. 
I adore this primary colors combination...I'll have to do it again. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Abyss, NYX Ultimate palette in Brights, Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Santa Sangre (on lids & lips), & I Sea You Wear OPI nail polish. 
Farmers' market dinner & Michigan sparkling wine with my best girlie...
Savers 50% off sale finds...


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Catching Dreams

 Dress: Phoebe Dress in Feather Print by Cherry Velvet (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Born
Earring & Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me 
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
Another beauty from Cherry Velvet...all those fun bright colors! However, this dress did not fit me well...it was tight on the bottom & too big up top...the worst part was the straps would not stay on my shoulders if I moved at all...way too long. This was my first Phoebe dress & I wouldn't try it again. It's gotten mixed reviews on GB with 3 out of 5 stars. 
I've had my eye on this wall for some time now, but I finally remembered to use it when the light was good here...pretty blocks of color. 
The best thing about a dress with lots of colors is you can choose to bring out your favorites with accessories...
My make-up with this outfit included...Abyss eyeliner by Urban Decay, UD Slowburn eyeshadow, NYX Ultimate palette in Brights, Habanero lipstick from MAC, & Conga-Line Coral nail polish by OPI. 
Discontinued nail polish from eBay...
August's Sephora Play! box. 
Picking out grout for the bathroom tile & choosing which part of the labradorite slab we want for our countertop & shower bench. I am madly in love with this stone. 
Farmers' market, wine tasting, & lunch with the girlie. We went to Banzo in hopes they would have our favorite sweet potato falafel from their recently closed sister restarant (Shuk)...& they did! 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Weekend of Marvelous Music

 Dress: Brigitte Dress in Blueberry Edging by Cherry Velvet via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Teggings: Re/Dress
Sandals: Born
Earring, Necklace, & Bracelet: Wendy Baker
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I adore Cherry Velvet dresses...they are the perfect summer frock in cotton. I really feel like I can wear them anywhere...dressed up or down. Is this my favorite style of theirs? It might be. This particular pattern was a bit too pink girlie cutesy bitty flowers for me...I loved the lime green leaves though, but they don't show up very well. I've also worn this style in Berry Macarons, Coral Zebras, & Flags
Sadly, this will be my last photo shoot at this location...I've long been infatuated by this big glass block wall & I will miss it. They started remodeling this old building last year...but when we drove by it yesterday, there was a chainlink fence all around...so no more popping by for pictures. 
 The back of this dress is fantastic. 
My make-up with this outfit included...NYX Faux Blacks eyeliner in Midnight, Junkshow & Disco eyeshadow by Urban Decay, NYX Avant Pop! Art Throb eyeshadow palette, Quince lipstick by Bite Beauty, UD lipstick in Big Bang, & Limeade Vinylux nail polish by CND. 
Wine tasting with the girlie before heading over to The Edgewater to meet Angie to see Charlie Parr. Girlies by the water. 
I wasn't looking forward to the opening band, Them Coulee Boys, but they were quite good & I look forward to seeing them again. I'm not sure why I didn't like what I listened to by them online. The sangria was yummy, but the fish fry was barely edible. 
Kate dancing to Charlie Parr...& my first ever boomerang...
It was a hot sticky day outside, so I put this dress on again (breathable cotton, heavenly) a few days later to see Davina & the Vagabonds with Kate at Orton Park Fest. We stood right in front & she came over to say hi to me before the show *fan girl squee*...I am SO excited to see her at Shitty Barn next summer. It was a weekend of marvelous music.