Back in April, I got to participate in my first Dapper Day…at home. They’re back this weekend with the fall event, and I figured, why not dress up again? This time, I went with my Miss Candyfloss dress, a Splendette duchess bangles stack, an Erstwilder brooch (the one hint of Christmas in my outfit!), gloves from Unique Vintage, and a necklace and handbag from Talbots. Oh, and my very favorite hat!
I’m really happy I got to participate in these events this year, because even pre-pandemic, Dapper Day wasn’t something I thought I’d get to do. After this whole mess is over, though, I kind of hope I might get to attend an in-park event someday!
Every year, I think to myself, “I don’t need any more Christmas print skirts.” And every year, I come across another amazing Christmas print skirt to add to my wardrobe. Only this year, it wasn’t just a skirt, it was a skirt with a matching cardigan! The lovely wintry print on the skirt may be called “Christmas Town,” but I can see myself wearing it all winter, especially since the background of the skirt is a fairly neutral navy. And the embroidery on the cardigan isn’t specifically Christmas-y, either, although the red color certainly makes you think Christmas!
I accessorized with a basset hound brooch from Erstwilder, which fits right in with the embroidery on the cardigan, a bow belt which makes me think of Christmas presents, and a green doctor’s bag-style handbag from Collectif, plus a fun Christmas lights scarf (that looks more pink in pictures than it does in person).
This outfit, including the green and white striped top, is from Unique Vintage, although it’s not their store brand. The label says Royal Monk, and I think that’s somehow related to Banned Retro, which is a brand that has had Christmas prints in the past that I’ve regretted not adding to my wardrobe.
I love this festive look!
Have you added any new festive fashion to your wardrobe?
Do you have any idea how long I’ve wanted a Miss Candyfloss dress?!? I have long admired their vintage cuts, but I have been reluctant to order, because the company is based in Sweden, and I was worried about how their clothes fit, and how much of a hassle a return would be if it didn’t.
Enter Unique Vintage, who recently had the Tamrika swing dress available in my size on their website. Ordering from a California-based store is way less intimidating than ordering from overseas, so I figured I didn’t have much to lose. In the end, I needn’t have worried, because it fit perfectly!
I decided to go with simple black, pink, and grey accessories, including a hat that I haven’t worn for a long time due to lack of coordinating outfits. Also, isn’t the collar of the dress cool?!?
I love the material the skirt is made out of…it’s a very soft flannel…perfect for winter!
I’m glad I was finally able to purchase a Miss Candyfloss dress, and now that I’m familiar with the fit, maybe someday, I’ll even order a style directly from the company!
When Splendette previewed their summer Duotone range, I was ecstatic…the colors and carvings are amazing! Like everything else this year, it was delayed due to COVID-19, but since they arrived during summer (and since I don’t have many places to go), I guess that doesn’t matter too much. My very favorite pieces from this line are the bright pink and mint Flamingo and Parrot colors…I purchased all of the Duchess Bangles, both necklaces, and one pair of earrings. They’re so mid-century marvelous!
I did discover that I don’t have a whole lot in my wardrobe that goes with them, so I’ll have to work on that, but I do have a few things I can pair them with. And did I mention the new mint and iris pink leopard bangles are a perfect match for the Duotone?!?
There are several other color pairings in the Duotone range, but the only other I ones I bought (for now) are the clematis and violet, a beautiful pair in shades of purple.
I’m already looking forward to seeing what Splendette has in store for fall!
Last month, I took a look at my Micheline Pitt floral swing skirt, and along with it, the vacation blouse. Today I thought I’d take a look at the blouse in all three colors I own…I may not be able to go on a vacation right now, but I can dream about sightseeing in this gorgeous blouse!
I love this top. The cut is perfect, and the fact that it doesn’t have short (or tight!) sleeves makes me really happy. It’s not too hot to wear, although I do think I’ll enjoy it even more once we have more fall-like weather. And the colors are gorgeous…the saturation is outstanding. All three tops go with the floral print skirt…as well as many other things in my wardrobe. I will definitely be on the lookout for more vacation blouse options in the future, because this top has already become a staple in my wardrobe!
It’s been what…four, almost five months since I started masking every time I leave the house (which still isn’t often to begin with!)? I’ve decided to have fun with it. We have a whole bunch of masks in solids and patterns (the patterned masks are from Old Navy…they have lots of great options!), and I enjoy choosing one to go with my outfit when I do go out. It’s just another form of accessorizing, and I like to do it in style!
How do you like to incorporate masks into your look?
I’ve shared a little bit about HOMES bracelets and what they mean to me, especially during a time when I can’t travel to see my favorite Great Lake…now it’s time to appreciate how beautiful they are, and what a wonderful addition they make to my accessories collection!
I started with three bracelets (Petoskey, Sunstone, and Peacock), each with a center bead created from earth from the shores of Lake Michigan. They were a birthday gift from Ryan, and I quickly added two more blues (Torch Lake Blue and the June exclusive Robin Egg). I love wearing some or all five bracelets together.
I have paid attention to new releases on their website since then (the August exclusive, Blush, is gorgeous!), but I managed to have some restraint until I saw their new birthstone collection. The bead colors are stunning, and since they were having a buy two, get one free sale, I was able to get the three I think are the prettiest…Tourmaline, Ruby in Zoisite, and Amethyst.
The quality of these bracelets is excellent, and I appreciate that they’re available in four different sizes, from 6 to 7.5 inches in circumference. I love pairing them with different outfits…sometimes with my Splendette Duchess Bangles, and sometimes on their own.
There are so many more beautiful options available…I plan on keeping on eye on the monthly exclusives, and someday, I might even get birthstone bracelets for each of my children. I’d also really love to get a “Leland Blue” with its beautiful blue center bead, too, because that style is particularly unique and special!
I know it’s still early in August, and we’ve got plenty of days in the 90s ahead of us, but I’m already thinking about fall. And what is a more classic combination for fall than a cardigan and skirt?
I love this floral swing skirt from Unique Vintage. Its color palette is just different enough to be really interesting. The cool grey background is lovely, and the flowers themselves are in enough colors to offer lots of options for coordinating.
I paired the skirt with a Yemak cropped cardigan over a Pinup Girl Clothing peasant top in complementary shades of blue:
I decided to go with green and brown accessories this time, with a Splendette Duchess bangles stack as well as my HOMES bracelets, and the ever-adorable Erstwilder Slothertons.
When you add in a pair of boots, it’s the perfect look for fall!
Normally, I prefer nice, stiff cotton skirts. But when I saw this Vixen by Micheline Pitt swing skirt with an original 1950s floral print, I knew I’d have to make an exception. And as long as I was making an exception, I decided to try out the vacation blouse, as well!
Both pieces have a nice weight, and you don’t have to worry about wrinkling thanks to the fabric!
Aren’t the colors fantastic?!?
I accessorized with Splendette Duchess bangles (of course!), and a gingko leaf brooch from the Erstwilder Art Nouveau collection.
This outfit works for now, and I also think it will be great heading into fall!