Sartorial Saturday–Plaid Pairings

Here’s a look back at all of the unique ways I’ve styled my black and purple plaid Long Jun skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing. I love how versatile it is!

Sartorial Saturday–Purple and Grey

Last week, I shared a bright and bold pairing for my new plaid Long Jun skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing. This week, I’m wearing the same accessories, but I went with a neutral Sabrina top…I love how this outfit has a completely different look!

Don’t purple and grey look lovely together?

Stay tuned for more outfits featuring this gorgeous skirt, because I have several other ideas in mind!

Sartorial Saturday–Inspired by the Scottish Highlands

I’m so excited to finally have my black and purple plaid Long Jun skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing! I’ve been looking forward to it for months, ever since Laura Byrnes previewed a sample of the fabric. I’ve been wanting a plaid skirt, and to be able to pre-order one in purple…it was a dream come true! I decided for the first wearing, I’d go bold and pair it with a PUG peasant top in Baton Rouge:

If the plaid didn’t have enough of a Scottish feel, this lovely Jacobite rose brooch from Daisy Jean Floral Designs (an Australian company that is pretty new to me), has me wanting to visit the highlands! I also went with all my favorite purple and grey Splendette pieces (Duchess bangles, a glitter bead necklace, and earrings), to finish the look:

I only had one concern about the skirt when I ordered it. It isn’t made of the standard cotton sateen that I think every other Pinup Girl Clothing skirt I own is made of. Instead, it’s a poly/rayon/spandex blend, and I was especially worried that the weight of the skirt wouldn’t be meet my standards. My concerns were totally unfounded, though…the fabric is not at all flimsy, and has a nice heft for twirling!

This skirt is completely gorgeous, even more so than it looks in pictures. The colors are so lovely and vibrant and saturated, and I’m just in love…it’s definitely going to be a fall staple for me! I just wish my wardrobe had more plaid in it now!

Sartorial Saturday–The Erstwilder Lucky Dip

I recently did something rather out-of-character for me…I ordered an Erstwilder “Lucky Dip.”

What is a lucky dip, you might wonder? It’s basically a mystery item. It could be something general, like a scarf or a necklace, from a variety of collections, including some of Erstwilder’s more vintage pieces. Or it could be more specific, like a brooch from the recent Sesame Street collection. It all depends on what kind of lucky dip you order. And they’re offered at a discount…the items are 10-50% off the normal retail price. I don’t usually like blind items like this, for several reasons. What if I get something I already have? Or what if it doesn’t go with my wardrobe? And even the rare possibility of what if I don’t like it?

But when I received an e-mail coupon from Erstwilder that I could use on a lucky dip, I decided to take a chance. I hadn’t purchased any items from the Art Deco collection, even though I liked pretty much everything in it. So I figured that between the coupon, and the markdown from $39.95 to $29.95 (Australian dollars), it wasn’t much of a gamble, because even with international shipping, I was going to spend less than $15 US dollars. Plus, I knew there was a 33% chance that I could receive the black “Burst of Sun” brooch that was a special exclusive gift for people who attended the Art Deco launch party in July, and I really loved that piece.

I guess I really do have good luck, huh? I’m so excited to have a limited-edition item, and even more so because it’s a perfect match for the Downton Abbey era! It’s everything I wanted, and I’m so glad I took a chance!

Sartorial Saturday–Inspired by Animal Crossing

It’s not often that I do a Sartorial Saturday post that focuses on one single brooch and nothing else (actually, I don’t think I ever have!), but today’s brooch has a special story.

I think I may have mentioned what a huge fan I am of the Animal Crossing series of video games. In the most recent game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, one of the big features of the game is designing and expanding a camper that is your home and means of transportation in the game:

Erstwilder, my favorite purveyor of brooches, recently launched a “Fan Favorites” collection. And I was excited to see the “Happy Glamper” in the collection, because I’ve always liked that particular brooch in its various colorways, but never added it to my wardrobe. Even though it’s cute, I wasn’t even going to buy it this time, until Ryan looked at it and called it an “Animal Crossing Brooch.”

Well, that was the end of that. How could I pass by a brooch that represents my very favorite video game? Lucky for me, I had been saving my reward points with Erstwilder, so I didn’t even have to pay full price. And it’s just as adorable as I expected!

I even temporarily re-designed my camper in the game, both in retro shape and colors, to match the brooch as closely as possible!

I can honestly say a video game has never motivated a fashion purchase for me before (although I did come pretty close to buying an Eevee brooch this summer!), and I’m not planning on making a habit of it, but I am glad that I was able to pick this one up!

Sartorial Saturday–Sausage Dogs Scarf

I’m not usually a neck scarf person. I’ve tried quite a few of them in the past, but I always feel overheated or strangled or something. But when I saw this adorable sausage dogs scarf, with its quirky print and bold colors, from Erstwilder’s new neck scarf collection, I knew it was something I wanted to add to my wardrobe!

The material is nice and lightweight, so even wearing it in the summer, it wasn’t too hot. And I didn’t feel strangled at all! I’d definitely think about buying another one of these from Erstwilder because all of the prints are so adorable, and it’s really fun to wear!

Sartorial Saturday–Barbie Girl

The very title of this blog post is amusing to me, because I’m the opposite of a “Barbie Girl.” I had a few Barbie dolls growing up, but they weren’t a huge part of my childhood experience. Even more than that, I’ve refused to buy Barbie dolls for my children, with the exceptions of a curvy Fashionista doll, because I appreciated that they made a doll that looked different from the standard, and a Katherine Johnson doll, because, hello, Hidden Figures. In general, though, I’ve always thought that the unrealistic body proportions of Barbie dolls sends the wrong message.

Enter Unique Vintage. When I saw the coral and white “Busy Morning Sundress,” which is modeled after a vintage Barbie outfit, plus the matching sun hat, I fell in love. Add in a sale, and I was, well, sold. And while I may not be your typical Barbie Girl, I loved this outfit (including the matching pin that came with the dress), from the moment I put it on.

A faux pearl necklace and Splendette Duchess Bangles in shades of pink and floral were the perfect complement to the outfit:

I really appreciate that even fashion can help me step outside of my comfort zone!

Sartorial Saturday–The Delores Dress

I’ve had this lovely Unique Vintage Delores dress since before Easter, but I’ve been so busy, I kept forgetting to share it until now! Other than one skirt, I really hadn’t ordered from Unique Vintage before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, how the dress would fit, or if I would even like it, but I decided to go ahead and get it, mostly because I felt like I really needed a basic blue dress in my wardrobe (also, it was on sale at the time). I’m glad I did, because it fits great, and it’s so pretty and versatile…plus, Chickadee calls it my I Love Lucy dress, which makes me exceptionally happy!

Since it’s known as an I Love Lucy dress around here, I decided to style it in just that way, with hat, gloves, and appropriate jewelry. Ignore the worried look…I just hate when it’s sunny out!

This dress isn’t 100% cotton, which is one of the things I was worried about. But it has a nice weight, and hangs really well, so there was no need for concern.

Just for fun, a look at the dress in black and white, I Love Lucy style!

The Delores dress is a Unique Vintage staple, and is regularly available in different colors/patterns. I’m pretty sure I’ll have to add another version of this dress to my wardrobe eventually!

Sartorial Saturday–Spaceship Earth

I’ve never really considered myself to be a Disney person. But when I saw this dress by Disney, inspired by what might be the most famous geodesic dome, Spaceship Earth, I feel in love. Luckily for me, Ryan happened to notice, and bought me this beautiful dress for my birthday last month!

The print and simple colors of grey and white really appealed to me. And while the skirt isn’t as full as lot of the skirts I wear, it does have a nice flare:

I especially love the accessorizing options, because this dress goes with everything! Here I’m wearing purple and silver (with just a splash of blue on my brooch), but I’m looking forward to pairing it with yellow, pink, and darker shades of grey (and probably other colors, too!).

Did I mention that St. Louis is also home to a fairly notable geodesic dome at the Missouri Botanical Garden? I think this dress will also be a great option for the next time we visit the Climatron!

Sartorial Saturday–Erstwilder: The Complete Collection

I had so much fun sharing a picture of my Splendette Duchess Bangles collection that I thought I’d do the same thing with my Erstwilder brooches. I don’t have a ton of them, and they’re not the only brooches in my wardrobe, but there’s something really special about Erstwilder products, from the adorable packaging, to the quirky designs, to the handwritten notes that accompany orders. And, yes, the flamingo scarf is an Erstwilder item, too!

Each one of these pieces is very special to me, because I always choose them carefully (something you must do when you’re considering placing an order from a company in Australia!). I love them all, but I do admit I have some favorites…especially the “Matryoshka Memories” set, which is the newest item in my collection, and the “Kiss Me Kindly” mistletoe, which I love wearing at Christmastime when I’m not wearing my fancy Christmas brooch!