Sartorial Saturday–Hufflepuff

You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;

Turkey and Bunny may outnumber me with their Ravenclaw harlequins, but I’m still a proud Hufflepuff!

I also have the perfect accessories for this print, including two different (and different-toned) Splendette stacks. I’m so glad they recently released some new colors, and especially GLITTER, Duchess Bangles!

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve worn some variation of this outfit recently,,, the colors and harlequin pattern are so fun, and I love being able to share this sartorial geekery with my children!

Sartorial Saturday–Another Transformation

Last fall, I was very excited about my Allison dress in Transformation print from Pinup Girl Clothing. I love the long sleeves and more autumnal color palette…it’s pretty different from most of the other pieces in my wardrobe. Well, I transformed the Transformation print!

I threw my blue floral Long Jun skirt on over the skirt portion of the Allison dress. The burgundy in the top is a perfect match for the darker flowers in the skirt, and it gives the skirt a whole new look. I’m very excited to have found a new way to pair these items that works for the cooler days ahead!

Sartorial Saturday–That’s a Wrap

When I shared pictures of the beautiful harlequin skirt I ordered from Pinup Girl Clothing with the store credit I received for winning honorable mention in the PUG Changed My Life contest, I promised to also share pictures of the second shirt I purchased to go with it. I then kind of forgot about it, what with all the House Harlequins excitement!

Anyway, I finally remembered, so here it is…the Wonderful Wrap Top in a gorgeous shade of pink!

I really wanted something different from my usual peasant and Harley tops, and I thought this fit the bill perfectly. I love the color and the collar, and I really love the idea of a wrap top. It is a little fussy, though, so I had to help it along with a little fashion tape to prevent gaping. It would probably look better if I could tie it tighter and have the tails hang down a little more dramatically, but I don’t mind…I still think it’s a fun top, and different from anything else in my closet!

Sartorial Saturday–House (Harlequins) Party

“‘For I’m the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.
There’s nothing hidden in your head
The Sorting Hat can’t see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be…
So put me on! Don’t be afraid!
And don’t get in a flap!
You’re in safe hands (though I have none)
For I’m a Thinking Cap!'”

I was going to leave well enough alone, and just get Turkey and Bunny pieces from Pinup Girl Clothing’s “House Harlequins” collection, but someone (Ryan), thought it was important that I share this experience with them. So, we can have a Harry Potter House Harlequins Party, even if am the lone Hufflepuff!

My Favorite Retro Fashion Brands

There must be something about October that inspires me to make a “Top Five” list that only has three items (instead of my usual six-ish)! Today I want to talk about my three favorite retro fashion brands:

  • Pinup Girl Clothing–I bet this one is shocking, right? I’ve talked extensively about how “PUG Changed My Life.” Most of my retro clothes are PUG pieces. I have skirts and tops, dresses, and even a bolero. I love PUG, and even when I’m not looking to buy anything and/or can’t afford anything, I still love to see what’s in the “Coming Soon” section of their website. They also have a fantastic Facebook community full of supportive (and very well-dressed) shoppers. I don’t think anybody does vintage-inspired clothing with a modern flair the way they do!
  • Splendette–In my mind, no retro outfit is complete without an awesome bangle stack. Prior to this year, I didn’t have a source for bangles that would fit over my large hands. And then Splendette announced that they were adding a Duchess Bangles line to their range, and my retro accessories prayers were answered! Splendette also offers pieces like necklaces and earrings, if you’re looking to coordinate with your bangles and get the full look.
  • Erstwilder–If there’s one thing a retro outfit really needs outside of bangles, it’s a great brooch. I love brooches, both fancy and whimsical. I actually had a few brooches in my jewelry box before I really got into retro fashions, but I’ve added quite a few since then. Erstwilder is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for something more whimsical, and they have themes and color selections to go with pretty much any outfit!

Of course, there are other brands I like. The Oblong Box Shop has fun novelty-print skirts. Unique Vintage sells house brands items, but also other retro brands. Luxulite, Meteor Jewelry, and Tangerine Menagerie offer fun jewelry options. And I wish I didn’t have giant clown feet, because I’d love to try some of the amazing retro styles B.A.I.T. footwear offers. But my top three are in a class by themselves, and make up the bulk of the clothing and jewelry in my retro wardrobe!

Sartorial Saturday–Ravenclaw

“‘Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;'” The Sorting Hat in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Bunny, the biggest fan of Harry Potter in our house, has been anxiously anticipating the release of Pinup Girl Clothing’s “House Harlequins” collection ever since I first told her about it…I don’t know, several months ago? And Turkey was also excited to hear that they were going to be releasing some men’s bowling shirts along with the various skirts, dresses, cardigans, and women’s tops that make up the collection.

Well, my two Ravenclaws are very happy to finally have their Blue House Harlequins! Bunny got another Little Jun skirt, which is the same style as her Lady Wrestlers skirt. I also got her a pair of cobalt hoop earrings to go with it, and she already had a Ravenclaw bracelet, which is the perfect accessory!

Trying to take pictures of the two of them is always interesting, and has been since they were toddlers. There was photobombing, hugging that looked more like strangling, sassing, and general goofing around. In short, they’re siblings, and have fun tormenting both each other and their mother, but at least they look stylish while they’re doing it!

Sartorial Saturday–“Haunt Couture” with Stephanie Buscema

I know that pretty much everyone other than me is excited that Halloween is approaching, so today I’m featuring my one concession to that holiday: a pair of spooky Pinup Girl Clothing prints featuring the art of Stephanie Buscema.

I bought the Allison dress in the Witch Transformation print last year. In retrospect, I wish I had gotten my favorite Jenny skirt in this print instead, but I waited too long, and it sold out before I made up my mind. I would have really enjoyed pairing this print with purple tops, though!

I learned my lesson, so this year I jumped at the chance to get the Skeleton Band Bella skirt when it first came out, and I’m not disappointed. I have tons of tops that go with it, and if you know me, you know I love to have options! In some ways, these prints are out of character for me, but then again, they’re super fun and quirky, so maybe they’re not that out of character after all!