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This weekend I spent what felt like 1,000 hours shopping for a dress online to wear for an upcoming event. The first 500 hours were actually spent on Rent the Runway because I really wanted to try renting dresses for all of the events we’ll be attending this year. I got to the “check out” with dresses to rent a couple of times, but I couldn’t justify spending $50-$100 on a dress that I only get to wear for one night AND don’t get to try on and see if I really like how it looks. Sure, you get a second size for free (if it’s available) and you can rent a second dress for a discounted price, but then I’m spending even more money for two dresses and will only wear one of them one time! If I weren’t so cheap I would rent dresses for everything because they are gorgeous and the cost to actually purchase one of those dresses is astronomical.

But I am cheap. So I bought that dress from Nordstrom for $28 and I’m quite excited about it, thank you very much! I am still jealous of you Rent the Runway regulars though.

Other than that, I mostly just Spring cleaned the weekend away. In preparation for our new mattress (arriving Monday!), I cleaned out behind and under the bed. I also pulled everything off of our bookcases and cleaned underneath those. Bryce cleaned the windows and the kitchen. You know, exciting things like that.

I did a bit of TV watching, but none of it was actual TV somehow. My mom sent old home video tapes into Legacy Box and I spent Friday evening watching the returned digital videos of my first birthday party and more. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but holy moly I was a cute little baby. As my dad would say, “what happened?”

On Saturday we rented Whiplash. Have you seen it? I kind of lost of my crap over how good it was. Seriously. SO GOOD. Annnd we watched Going Clear, the new documentary on HBO about Scientology. I can’t say I learned much because I’m a nerd that reads about religions a lot. I find them all so fascinating. But I did enjoy the documentary and it kind of left me feeling like Scientology isn’t actually a religion. They made an interesting point in the documentary about how most people can give you a rundown of their religious beliefs in a minute or two. Scientologists don’t even know what their beliefs are until they are several years and thousands of dollars into it. At least that’s what they said in the documentary. I don’t actually know any Scientologists so I’m not going to pretend I know their personal biz. Ya know? dressthebsbabyash

 

My 13 Must-See Summerfest Acts

Summerfest recently released an early line-up of acts for this year! No dates or stages are planned yet, but so far this is my list of 13 favorites (in no particular order).

1. Santigold

2. Aloe Blacc

3. The Kooks

4. Lindsey Stirling

5. Walk the Moon

6. Vance Joy

7. PHOX

8. Atlas Genius

9. Sylvan Esso

10. The Mowgli’s

11. MisterWives

12. Ed Sheeran

13. Rixton

 

Other Announced Acts:

Florida Georgia Line
Kings of Leon
Keith Urban
Zac Brown Band
Linkin Park
Kendrick Lamar
Thomas Rhett
Frankie Ballard
Kongos
Phillip Phillips
Dan + Shay
A Day to Remember
Schoolboy Q
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Manchester Orchestra
J. Roddy Walston & The Business
Field Report
Saint Motel
Shakey Graves
Punch Brothers
The New Pornographers
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Mat Kearney
Kellie Pickler
Delta Spirit
Trampled by Turtles
Bastille
Magic!
The Flaming Lips
Kaskade
Sheryl Crow
LeCrae
Jane’s Addiction
Buddy Guy
The Doobie Brothers
Sammy Hagar and The Circle
Halestorm
Timeflies
Blind Boys of Alabama
AWOLNATION
Sublime with Rome
Lupe Fiasco
Motion City Soundtrack
The Isley Brothers
Dirty Heads
Mavis Staples
Billy Currington
Gogol Bordello
Brand New
Public Enemy
Phil Vassar
Gary Clark, Jr.
Kip Moore
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
Coheed and Cambria
Chase Rice
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
DJ Paris Hilton
The Faint
Martina McBride
Gaelic Storm
Whitesnake
Flogging Molly
Blackberry Smoke
Sheila E.
Third Eye Blind
Andy Montañez
New Politics
Brett Eldredge
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Kansas
Charles Bradley
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Mates of State
Bruce Hornsby
Dark Star Orchestra
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Foghat
Kristian Bush of Sugarland
Meg Myers
Leftover Salmon
Keller Williams
Pepper
Tommy Castro
Otis Clay
Smash Mouth
The Infamous Stringdusters
Sloan
Mother
Sam Llanas
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Tonic
Big Smo
Taylor Dayne
Elvin Bishop
Willy Porter

The Spring Ten

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Oh, Spring is here! A return to warm weather means a fresh start to me. Simple pleasures and fresh air, inside and out.

  1. What is Spring without Spring Cleaning? We live in a small space and tend to keep it pretty organized, but it could use a deep clean. And our storage unit is definitely in need of some organization.
  2. The farmers markets come back in late Spring. I don’t think I can even explain how exciting this is to me! We went to the farmer’s market about 90% of weekends last year and I can’t wait to go back.
  3. Create a capsule wardrobe. I’m done with holding on to clothes, shoes, and purses I don’t wear. Creating a capsule wardrobe will give me more closet space and simplify my wardrobe. I LOVE getting rid of clothes.
  4. Hike! Get outside for fresh air & sunshine. Walk the lake in Bay View and the trails in our gorgeous Milwaukee parks.
  5. Find as many ways to consume blood oranges as possible & fill the house with fresh flowers.
  6. Clean, polish, and protect all of my shoes. Then store the winter shoes.
  7. Buy a new espresso maker — something a little less automatic. This shiny new toy is making for some really great espresso.
  8. Try out Rent the Runway to find dresses for upcoming weddings. I bailed on this. I like owning dresses too much.
  9. Continue our weekly Stone Creek Sunday mornings. I look forward to our long walk and light breakfast all week.
  10. Officially launch a new adventure I can’t wait to share with you! A while back I decided this Spring I would work on my creative side and step out of my comfort zone. This will definitely cover both of those goals!

Manie

A lot has happened since we last spoke, my friends! Little Beatrix turned one and was promptly spoiled rotten. I made a lemon cream pie for Pi day from the four & twenty blackbirds pie book and it was the best pie I’ve ever made. We tried out the 10 under $10 brunch at Branded (Iron Horse Hotel). We walked a lot and made lots of Blue Apron meals. I ate brandy old fashioned ice cream from Purple Door. Beatrix found a big stick and was “awwed” at by the entirety of Walker’s Point. We had drinks with old & new friends. I ordered a long overdue mattress from Tuft & Needle. We took a trip to Kenosha and my parents’ dogs wore Bea out.   It was fantastic.

I think a few other things happened too, but those are the highlights. Happy first (snowy?!) Monday of Spring!

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I hate to write it out and jinx us all, but I think the bitterly cold temperatures might be over for this season. What do you think? I always get antsy for Spring this time of year when it comes to my wardrobe. I busted out the mint green pants a couple weeks ago. I figure it just encourages Spring to hurry along!

Despite my pretending Spring is already here, last week I had to work from home one day. The weather is such a beast sometimes. But the great thing about working from home is I have a very happy puppy and I get to eat all day long. I polished off a container of potato salad from Outpost and a couple of english muffins with avocados. Made me so happy. By the way, have you had the roasted red pepper potato salad from Outpost? It’s crazy good. And vegan!

We had a couple of really great Blue Apron meals last week too. I had a tie for all time favorites between the chilaquiles and the below pictured butternut squash with stewed white beans. Bryce wasn’t home when I made the squash & beans and it took all of my willpower not to eat his half of the food.

Oh, and I got a new purse! I feel like it’s me in purse form. I love it so much. And I am not a purse girl. It takes a lot for me to spend money on a purse, but I’ve needed a new one for quite a while. And I reallllllly can’t spend hundreds of dollars on a purse. I just can’t. I have two nice big purses that I used during the work week and then on the weekend I would have to pull out the essentials and stick it in a small purse that was completely worn out. It also made for a couple of mishaps with leaving things in the wrong purse. But now I have a medium sized purse that I really like and can use all week and weekend. Woot! TJ Maxx is the greatest.

And last but not least, my little Beatrix is turning one on Friday! I’m such a proud doggy mama. It’s embarrassing how much I love my dog. She is getting a peanut butter banana birthday cake and a couple of presents. Yes, we’ve become those people. Judge away!

 

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Two Years

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Tomorrow marks the two year anniversary of Affichomanie. It seems like it’s been way longer than that…and also way shorter. I find it so bizarre to look back on posts from two years ago and realize how much I’ve changed. If for no other reason, I’m glad I blog to see that.

I started Affichomanie because I needed a place to record things that made me happy and somewhere to express a little bit of creativity. As with many things in my life, I started to compare myself and Affichomanie to other blogs. It was overwhelming. I thought I needed to turn it into some curated space where I appeared to be perfectly put together. I obsessed over my page views (always dismal numbers) instead of just creating content that I wanted to write and read. I took some time off and now I feel like I’ve found my groove.

In this space, I write like I’m talking to my friends. Because I am. I’m not pretending that I have the perfect life, that I have everything figured out, because no one does. Sometimes, my dog runs away. Sometimes, my neighbors wake me up at 3AM and I write something crazy while I’m delirious with sleep. Sometimes, I share a pasta recipe that looks gross even to me.

I really enjoy sharing my true self here. I’ve found it so therapeutic to write about things that were bothering me and find this amazing connection with people through that. Some of my most popular posts were the ones I was terrified to share like this one and this one.

I’ve met or re-connected with people after they have read Affichomanie which has been amazing because they feel like they already know me. Definitely good for me because I can be shy and standoffish around new people. I mean…someone wrote this in my yearbook:

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Hahaha! I suppose that sums me up pretty well.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I’m so thankful for this space and for those of you that follow along. It really means a lot to me. I think there are some big things on the horizon this year for me and Affichomanie so I hope you stick around.