It’s no secret that I love Splendette’s Duchess Bangles, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when they came out with new styles in the spring. They’re part of a wider floral theme, and the Duchess Bangles come in pink, purple, and red versions, featuring roses, wisteria, and poppies. There are also some new solid colors in the line, including white, purple, and yellow, and a few diamanté colors, as well.
I can’t tell you how much I love these additions to my wardrobe…they go with everything, and they’re so bright and cheerful! I have worn them with so many different outfits in the last few months, with each other, and with the bangles I already own. They’re so fantastic…I can’t wait to see what Splendette comes up with next!
Merry Christmas (in July)!
Who doesn’t love the idea of Christmas in July? When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing better than staying cool in the air conditioning, watching a Christmas movie, and thinking of all of the joys of the season. All right, fine…a little part of my brain is always thinking about Christmastime. But I indulge it a bit more in July, because it brightens up these hot summer days! So while I was thinking about Christmas, I came up with a new Pinup Girl Clothing outfit I wanted to try, featuring the Bella ornament print skirt I got last year, and a mint Sabrina top. I think it’s a great retro color palette!
An Erstwilder holly brooch, Elizabeth Taylor hoop earrings, and a necklace and glitter Duchess bangles from Splendette are the perfect Christmas accessories:
It’s such a fun look!
I’m really looking forward to wearing this “for real” in December!
Since tomorrow is Independence Day in the U.S., I thought I’d share a few ideas for dressing for the Fourth of July. You’ll notice Pinup Girl Clothing’s Mary Blair plane print makes an appearance three different ways…as a Harley dress, a Natalie swing dress, and a Doris skirt. The red, white, and blue of the print is perfect for Independence Day fashion! So are PUG’s red Harley top, blue sky harlequin skirt, and red, white, and blue Amanda dress!
Here are some of my favorite ways to accessorize with red, white, and blue, as well:
What’s your favorite way to wear red, white, and blue?
Of all the dresses Pinup Girl Clothing sent me from the Mary Blair collection, I was most excited to receive the clown print Natalie swing dress. To be honest, I don’t like clowns at all, but there’s something so fun and whimsical about this print, and I had really regretted not purchasing it the last time it was available, so this was greatly appreciated!
I knew exactly how I wanted to accessorize the dress the moment I saw it…I went with my yellow and dark blue Splendette Duchess bangles, a yellow necklace, and the Twiney Rainbow Bubbles earrings I ordered from PUG the day they were released.
The outfit looks exactly like I hoped it would!
This is such a fun dress, and with it in my wardrobe, there is now only one PUG Mary Blair print I don’t own in one form or another!
Have you ever heard of “Dapper Day?” It’s an opportunity to get dressed up in your finest and gather at one of the Disney Parks with other people who also love an excuse to get dressed up. I’ve never had the chance to attend a Dapper Day event, but when Pinup Girl Clothing previewed their latest Dapper Day collaboration, which includes this beautiful “Flags Ahoy” print Bella skirt, I knew I would have to add it my wardrobe, and wear it with my blue PUG peasant top. The colors in the skirt are AMAZING, and the print, designed by Justin J., is in some ways reminiscent of a Mary Blair design.
It’s so easy to accessorize this beautiful print. This time, I went with mostly yellow, and added in my new Twiney Rainbow Bubbles earrings from PUG…aren’t they fun?!?
There’s nothing I don’t love about this outfit!
I think it would be loads of fun to go to a Dapper Day event someday, but until then, I’ll be there in spirit and fashion!
The first time my daughters saw the new Pinup Girl Clothing Natalie swing dress in the Mary Blair planes border print, they said it looked like Sailor Moon. And if you’re not focusing on the print, they’re right! So I decided to run with that theme and style it in the most Sailor Moon way I could.
I went with red, white, and silver accessories, which included a red belt, a Splendette stack, a red wicker purse, and moon earrings (of course). I think the hair flower is an especially ingenious touch…it’s like I ran into Tuxedo Mask!
There’s nothing I don’t love about this dress!
I’d like to think that Mary Blair herself would approve of this styling…it’s a great tribute to an amazing female artist and a great show about women!
This is the first of a very special series of “Sartorial Saturday” “Thanks PUG” posts, ones that feature the five new Pinup Girl Clothing Mary Blair dresses that they kindly sent me this month!
I’m starting off with the Mary Blair pink train print Natalie swing dress. And in honor of this very special occasion, I chose to take pictures at historic Union Station in St. Louis.
This is a new style of dress for me, and I love it. The top is very similar to the peasant tops I wear with so many of my skirts, with the addition of a fun tie. And the skirt is full enough to accommodate a petticoat, which is a must for me!
I also love the color combination on this dress. My one regret about buying the pink trains Aurora dress, (instead of getting a skirt), is that I was never able to pair it with my blue peasant top. But now I have that same look, and it’s just as amazing as I knew it would be!
The accessories practically chose themselves. Of course I had to go with my Deer Arrow train brooch, plus a Meteor Jewelry necklace, a Splendette stack, silver hoop earrings, and a blue handbag:
I love how bright and happy the whole outfit is!
My “Thanks PUG” series may not run on consecutive Saturdays (I have something else planned for next weekend’s Royal Wedding), but stay tuned to see how I style my other new dresses!
Unless you’re new to my website, you probably already know that I love Mary Blair. Obviously Pinup Girl Clothing loves her, too! Through May 5th, they want you to share your love of Mary Blair on Instagram…simply post a photo of yourself in your favorite Mary Blair print, and don’t forget to tag Pinup Girl Clothing, and use the “I Love Mary Blair” hashtag!
I’m really looking forward to seeing how people are styling their Mary Blair, especially the newest pieces that were just added to PUG’s “Magic of Mary Blair” collection. For now, I’m sharing my “newest” Mary Blair piece, styled in a completely different way!
Do you have a favorite Mary Blair print?
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about our planned trip to Universal Orlando this summer, where we hope to see all of the Harry Potter sites. This of course let me to think about my wardrobe, and my Pinup Girl Clothing Yellow House Harlequin skirt…I’m a proud HufflePUG!
I’ve even got the perfect HufflePUG accessories!
To which house do you belong?
When Splendette started making larger-size Duchess bangles last year, I was ecstatic, because that was the one thing that was really missing from my retro looks. The first collection they released was fairly small, though, and only included a few colors/styles. Last fall, however, they added some new Duchess styles, including the one kind of bangle I was still eager to add to my collection…the glitter bangle!
Sometimes, I’ll wear a stack of just glitter bangles, but usually, I mix and match glitter with the other styles I have. And even though I’ve never actually worn this with an outfit, I did try on all the glitter bangles I have, in rainbow order, just to see how gorgeous they all are together!
Of course, I won’t complain if Splendette adds a few more glittery colors to their Duchess collection in the future…now if only they would add in a few colors of Moonglow in Duchess sizes, my collection would really be complete (until the next thing comes along)!