Friday, April 20, 2018

Mint Mark

 Dress: Flirty Flounce Vintage Floral Wrap Dress by Kiyonna (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: ?, thrifted
Tights: We Love Colors in Teal
Shoes: Born, thrifted
Earring & Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
These flirty flounce wrap dresses from Kiyonna are always a hit with me. Gwynnie Bee used to carry a lot of these...but this is the first new one I've seen in a while. I've also worn this dress in black,  evergreen, & many other colors & own it in red & black & white dots. Kiyonna makes fantastic fitting wrap dresses, but this is my favorite style as the ruffles add a bit of interest without being too cutesy.
Floral dress, floral cardigan, floral shoes, floral jewelry...flower power ensemble. 
I wore this outfit to work & to go out with Kate. 
My makeup with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Deep End, Anastasia eyeshadow in Venetian Red & Primavera, Huda Electric Obsessions eyeshadow palette, NYX Liquid Suede lipstick in Kitten Heels, Quince lipstick from Bite Beauty, Teal the Cows Come Home nail polish by OPI. 
The girlie & I had been trying to find time to try Mint Mark, a new restaurant in the hood that everyone has been raving about. I like what they've done with the space...& they make a great Moscow Mule.
Kate & I nibbled our way through the menu...roasted cauliflower, white bean spread with flatbread, chicken liver on cinnamon raisin toast, kale with a cold poached egg, sweet potato gnocchi, & sauerkraut pierogi. It was all tasty, but neither of us understood what all the hype was about & this will most likely be our only visit to Mint Mark...especially since we've both moved to different parts of Madison. 
This Monkey Gland cocktail was the only thing I wasn't sure about...things that make you go hmmmmm. But check out that woman's fabulous coat! The next day I had lunch with Kate & Jason at Banzo & I took a picture of their parking lot as a possible photo shoot location...colors! 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Harmaleighs at Crescendo

 Dress: Lollidot 40's Keyhole Dress in Jewel Teal by Scarlett & Jo (size 28)
Cardigan: Lane Bryant (size 22/24), thrifted
Tights: We Love Colors in Yellow
Shoes: Clarks Artisan 
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Wendy Baker 
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I like not having any dresses from GB at home...because then I get to wear my own neglected frocks. I've had this Scarlet & Jo dress for over a year. I bought 5 dresses on deep discount & this is number 3. Unfortunately, the first dress of theirs I chose to wear was a disaster...the cheapest quality dress I've ever worn. But luckily, the others have all been fabulous (I've now worn them all, coming soon to the blog), especially this luxurious blue velvet
This dotty dress was part of the 40s inspired collection from S&J...it's a stretch rayon jersey with keyholes both in front & back & short flutter sleeves. For some reason...S&J puts shoulder pads in the majority of their dresses...I always cut them out. This dress fit like a dream & I wore it to work & to see a show with Kate. 
This cardigan is one of my favorite thrift store finds...paisley & sequins...this is my first time wearing it, as well as these teal Clarks.
My makeup with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Junkie; UD eyeshadow in Fringe, Sinful, & Alter; Buttercupcake eyeshadow from Sugarpill; Winterberry lipstick by Bite Beauty; & CIA=Color is Awesome nail polish from OPI. 
I'm not sure why or how...but this was our first time seeing a band at Crescendo. It's like an indoor Shitty Barn...which is funny because a band I discovered at The Barn last summer is what brought the girlie & I here. Lost Lakes, a Madison band, opened...but we were here for The Harmaleighs from Nashville. 
These girls have lovely voices & are fierce song writers...you should check them out. 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Wisconsin Film Fest Contemplation Cocktails

 Dress: Circle Dress in Teal by Leota (size 5L) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Shoes: Merona, thrifted
Earring: eBay
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo, Kate, & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I loved this teal fit & flare with its textured fabric & circle print. The heavy jersey hung nicely & was a great length. However, this brand is confusing me lately...Leota used to fit me perfectly in their size 5L, but the last few dresses in that size have been too big on me...so they fit more true to size. I wanted to wear a cardigan with this outfit, but there was so much extra fabric on top...nothing was laying right. 
I adore this color combination...embracing color means I have so many more choices. I know it's hard to believe...but before GB I wore black, burgundy, brown, dark purple, & moss green. That's it. So, none of the hues in this outfit were in my past wardrobe. I'm so glad I rediscovered the rainbow. 
This dress had a low scooped back that a lot of girls wore in the front...but I preferred it this way. 
My make-up with this outfit included...Urban Decay eyeliner in Abyss, UD eyeshadow in Junkshow, Huda Beauty Electric Obsessions palette, Winterberry lipstick from Bite Beauty, Crush lipstick by UD, & OPI nail polish in You're A Pisa Work. 
Girlie cocktails & eats at Merchant...it's become a yearly tradition the Friday after the film fest guide is released. We share our picks & try to make a reasonable schedule before tickets go on sale the next morning.
It was the 6th anniversary of my best friend, Shane, taking his life...so I wore his symbol, the fleur-de-lis...in his memory. I miss his laugh every day. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Whole Hog Dinner at Heritage Tavern

 Dress: Bell Sleeve V-Neck Dress in Purple by Kaktus (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit) 
Shoes: Fluevog Rubens
Earring: etsy
Necklace: A Luscious Thing
Bracelet: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I loved this luxe velvet burnout dress! Gorgeous burgundy, bell sleeves, great length...GB stated that this was a shift dress (in purple), but I thought it was verging into the swing category (in burgundy). Had it truly been a swing dress, I would have bought it. The body of the dress was lined & stayed in place. The soft stretch velvet was dreamy to wear & I felt alluring all night long.  
These shoes were a perfect match for the dress...& David thought of pairing them together. 
I nearly wore black tights with this outfit...which would have been a tragedy...I adore a monochromatic look...especially in shades of wine. 
My gorgeous necklace was a gift from Kate & the amazing shoes were given to me by David...what a lucky girlie I am.
My makeup with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Jet Black; Urban Decay eyeshadow in Revolver, Alchemy, & Sonic; NYX Ultimate eyeshadow palette in Warm Neutrals; Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in ?; & Kiss Me or Elf nail polish from OPI. 
I wore this flirty femme ensemble to have dinner at Heritage Tavern with David for Madison Area Chef's Network Chef Week. Local chefs collaborate to make one time only meals that are magically delicious. This evening's theme was whole hog. 
We started out with appetizers, drinks, & a selfie. 
Every bite was incredible...except for dessert (its one redeeming element was milk chocolate chicharrones). The third course, pork shoulder, was my favorite...despite it being the least pretty to look at. If that were on a menu...I'd order it all the time. 
Too many chefs in the kitchen = an exceptional meal & a delightful evening. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Deco Stripes

 Dress: Taral Dress in Deco Stripe by Catherine Malandrino (size 4x) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: ?, thrifted
Leggings: Torrid
Boots: Steve Madden
Earring: etXarte
Necklace & Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
The colors & pattern of stripes in this dress were splendid. Great fit & length...but there was not enough fabric on top...I had to play with the neckline quite a bit to get it to cover my bra for these photos...& I had to put a black cami on to wear this to work. This seems to be a trend I'm noticing lately...I'm only a DD, so it's not my boobs busting out. Otherwise it was perfect & I would have happily bought it if the top had fit. 
This dress came with a matching belt, but GB didn't send it to me...I probably wouldn't have worn it anyway.
I wore this yellow cardigan when I was outside in this dress as it's still chilly here in the midwest. And if orange is the color of fun...yellow is the color of happiness. 
My makeup with this outfit included...NYX eyeliner in Jet Black, Urban Decay eyeshadow in Fireball, Anastasia eyeshadow in Edge, NYX eyeshadow palette in Warm Neutrals, Trinket lipstick from Sugarpill, & OPI nail polish in Rich & Brazilian. 
I wore this dress to farmers' market with the girlie, then to Deconstruction Inc with David...that fence *swoon*...& patterns were on sale at Joann...& there was so much pretty fabric. 
David got me this purse light for Christmas because I am always losing things in my messy overfull bag...I didn't even know such a thing existed...it goes on when the purse is opened. You all need one...it has changed my life. I went into Catherines to pick up some stockings...this is the nicest dress I've ever seen in there. I also wore this dress to shop the second day of the Savers sale with David, eat Indian buffet, open a package from the loveliest of Wendy's, & have dinner with Kate at her tempartment. 
The second Savers haul...which included a full length black wool winter coat. And my gorgeous new necklace & earrings from Wendy.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

All The Crab Legs

 Dress: Check Print Mixed Media Surplice Dress by eShakti (size 28) via Gwynnie Bee (use my link to get your first month free & help me earn GB credit)
Cardigan: Torrid (size 4x), thrifted
Shoes: Born, thrifted
Earring: etXarte
Necklace: Wendy Baker
Bracelets: Vintage
Photography: Super Boo & Me
Stats: 5'7" 55-50-64
I unexpectedly fell in love with this check skirted dress...or perhaps it was the way I styled it? I adore these eShakti dresses with a knit top & chiffon (or other non-stretch) skirts. This one fit like a dream...it was lined, with pockets, & so much twirl! At just below the knee, it was a fun 50s length & look. Like many of eShakti's dresses, it had a snap at the neckline to keep it closed. 
But isn't the best part the cutesy matchy shoes?
Freshly fallen snow.
My makeup with this outfit included...Too Faced eyeshadow in Sin City & Golden Nugget, Sugarpill eyeshadow in Love +, Urban Decay lipstick in Spiderweb, & O'Hare & Nails Look Great nail polish from OPI. 
I wore this dress to have dinner at Angie & Toby's to celebrate his birthday...by eating crab legs & drinking champagne...which I would happily do once a week. 
After dinner...we played a new game...Code Names. Also, Val was cute. 
The next day I donned this dress again to hit the Savers preview sale with David. I can't stop buying shoes & cardigans. Don't send help. I also found those adorable pompoms that may get sewn on some curtains...or a dress...who knows? Indian buffet. 

For David's birthday this year...I got him a bunch of 100% chocolate bars...& these were his two favorites. 
 What I brought home from Savers...
 Shoes & stuff to wear around the house...