Sartorial Saturday–Unicorns and Pegasus

Anyone else feeling a bit whimsical?

I love this new print designed by Hope Morrison for Pinup Girl Clothing. The Unicorns and Pegasi bring just the right amount of whimsy, and the bright colors against the black background of the skirt make it so easy to accessorize. This time, I went with a bright Yemak cropped cardigan and stack of Splendette duchess bangles, but black gloves, belt, and Erstwilder brooch.

It’s the perfect outfit for transitioning to spring!

Ladybug also loves this print, and purchased the Ella dress, a style I’ve never worn, but she really likes.

Pinup Girl is also going to be offering a peasant top in this lovely shade of mint, and I’m really looking forward to getting it to wear instead of this Sabrina top as it gets warmer!

Sartorial Saturday–Tweed Tamrika, Take Two

I wouldn’t normally focus on the same dress twice within about a month, especially not when I’ve styled it so similarly, but I decided to size down in the Miss Candyfloss Tamrika Sand dress, plus Bunny cut my hair and I got a new hat, so I decided it deserves a second look.

This hat is the perfect accessory for the dress, and I found it for super cheap, which makes it even better!

I already loved the dress before; now that it fits better, it’s outstanding!

I love the way this whole look came together!

Fit is everything when it comes to clothes!

Sartorial Saturday–ColourPopxAnimalCrossing

When Colourpop announced they were doing an Animal Crossing collaboration, I could hardly contain my excitement:

It felt like an eternity passed before I could place my order (actually, Ryan was the first one to get through to the checkout…yes, we were both at a computer in an attempt to make sure one of us could purchase the collection, because I was not going to miss out!), and another eternity went by before it arrived…but it finally did. It’s one of the cutest packages I’ve ever received:

And the individual packing is also adorable:

The collaboration includes a beautiful gold glitter, six lip tints, a super shock shadow, two blushes, and four mini eyeshadow palettes:

It’s my favorite makeup ever!

I’ve especially had fun playing with the eyeshadow palettes. I’m not particularly good at doing eye makeup (I’m still trying to figure out how to do winged eyeliner correctly, and don’t even get me started on my eyelashes!), but I created a look for each one of them.

I love to sparkle!

It’s been almost a year since I was first introduced to Colourpop, and it’s become my go-to makeup in that time (when I wear makeup, anyway…masking makes that a little challenging), but I never dreamed that they’d create a collaboration that is so perfect for me!

Sartorial Saturday–Inspired by Jackie O.

When I think of American fashion icons, Jackie O. immediately comes to mind. And when I think of Jackie O. the first thing I think of is her signature pillbox hats. This is a look I’ve wanted to try for a long time, but was concerned wouldn’t work for me…a lot of hats don’t really fit my somewhat large head. But when I saw this beautiful lace-covered hat on clearance on Unique Vintage’s website, I figured I didn’t really have anything to lose since the price was right.

As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about, at leas with this particular hat. It fits just fine, and the attached elastic helps it stay in place (although when I wore it last Sunday, I was a little worried that the elastic wouldn’t stand up to the strong wind gusts we were having, so I made sure to keep a hand on it when I was outside).

I love this hat at much as I expected I would, and it makes me want to find more versions of this classic style to add to my wardrobe!

Sartorial Saturday–Hair Care in the Time of COVID-19

I know a lot of people are comfortable going into a salon, masked or not, and getting their hair done. But we’ve decided to stay out of places like that for time being, which meant I had to find a way to deal with my hair myself…or with a little help.

Just before things started shutting down last March, I got a major haircut, including bangs for the first time in years. Last summer, I realized I was going to have to do something about them unless I wanted to embrace the sheepdog look, so I finally, timidly, trimmed a very small amount off the ends. That went well, so I’ve successfully been trimming them more boldly ever since. I’ve also dyed my hair a few times, not because I “need” to, or because I was trying to replace a salon service, because I never did that anyway, but just for fun. But the main length of my hair was an issue that I hadn’t dealt with, and it was becoming a problem.

Enter Bunny. For months, she’s been offering to cut my hair. Rather eagerly, I might add. So last week, I decided to take her up on it. I figured it would be another fun memory we could share of this very strange time. I cut the part directly around my face, so she would know what length I wanted, and then she got to work. She did a very nice job, and it’s certainly better than a lot of unfortunate haircuts I’ve received in the past. As always, it’s quite a relief to have the split ends and annoying bulk of my hair gone, and now I know that I have a stylist in the house who can lend me a hand!

Sartorial Saturday–Blooming Bells

I received my most recent Erstwilder order this week, and my newest brooch is already, out of my whole collection, one of the most meaningful to me:

The Erstwilder “Blooming Bells” brooch is, to me, my Animal Crossing brooch. When I first saw the lily-of-the-valley brooch in their Floral Affair collection, I knew I was going to order it because it looks like the beautiful flower that shows up in your game when you achieve a perfect island rating. And then I noticed the title of the brooch, and liked it even more, because by chance the name reflected not only the bell-like shape of the flowers, but also the currency in the Animal Crossing games. And then I read the actual description of the brooch: “A five out of five flower. A beautiful blossom of bells, to spruce up your island home.” Of course it was at that moment that I realized that it wasn’t a coincidence…Erstwilder created this brooch with my favorite game in mind!

I really feel like I deserve to wear this brooch, since I earned a perfect rating on Gloriana last year!

In the language of flowers, the lily-of-the-valley can mean a return to happiness, which seems especially appropriate this year.

I can’t think of a more perfect brooch to add to my collection!

Sartorial Saturday–Tweed Tamrika

I guess once I finally tried a Miss Candyfloss dress, it was inevitable that I would want another. I tried to resist the Tamrika Sand dress, which backfired on me when it sold out on both Unique Vintage’s and Miss Candyfloss’s websites and I was filled with regrets. I was finally able to find it through a French online store, Boho-Chic Clothing, and ironically, even with international shipping, I was able to order for a little less than I would paid at Unique Vintage.

The thing that immediately caught my eye about this dress was the tweed skirt and lapels. That little bit of texture adds so much to the dress!

I toned down my usual accessories, because I couldn’t figure out how to make a bangle stack work with these sleeves. I did add my Slothertons brooch pair from Erstwilder, a beaded necklace, and a pair of gloves, though.

There’s something about this look that reminds me of the Army uniforms in White Christmas!

I haven’t quite figured out my perfect Miss Candyfloss size. The first Tamrika dress I ordered fits really well; this one is a little on the large side, especially in the arms, which is very unusual for me. I’m hoping to have it tailored in the future, but even if I don’t, it’s still a beautiful dress, and I’m glad I didn’t let this one get away!

Sartorial Saturday–Swingin’ Stripes

New year, new dress!

I was so excited when this beautiful purple solstice stripe Stephanie swing dress appeared on Pinup Girl Clothing’s website, and even more excited when it was still available for the “Pink Friday” sale after Thanksgiving. The colors are amazing, and I love the contrast trim on the neckline…I’ve wanted a dress with that particular detail for a long time!

I accessorized with a black Yemak cropped cardigan, a purple and silver/grey Splendette Duchess bangles stack, a black bow belt, my standard “pearl” necklace, and my Spiffy the Sausage Dog brooch from Erstwilder:

I love a swing dress!

My only other Black Friday purchase (or was it Cyber Monday?), was this beautiful faux fur stole from The Oblong Box Shop, and it goes perfectly with the dress!

I seriously feel so fancy in this outfit!

I still don’t know when we’ll really be going anywhere, but hopefully I’ll get to wear this beautiful dress somewhere this year!

Sartorial Saturday…On a Sunday–The Top Five Fashions of 2020

We’ve finally made it to the final week of 2020! To commemorate the end of this past year that has been a decade long, I’m beginning a series of “Top Five” posts, because even in the middle of a pandemic, I like making lists. I’m starting with my favorite fashions from this year, most of which weren’t worn away from home, but are still worth noting.

To start, here’s a look at my favorite HOMES bracelet stack, from their birthstone collection. These bracelets have been very important to me, because they have helped me feel connected to Chicago and Lake Michigan during a time when I could visit neither, plus they’re really pretty!

My second fashion is from the second “Dapper Day at Home” of the year. I love everything about this look I put together, from the hat to the handbag, and especially my first Miss Candyfloss dress!

I figured one of my top five fashions should focus on this year’s hottest accessory, the mask. I really love this Christmas mask from Old Navy, and the accessories I paired with it!

Speaking of Christmas, one of my very favorite looks from this year is the outfit I wore last week to the outdoor Christmas Eve service we attended. I don’t have a lot of opportunities to wear my cape and muff together, so I was pretty excited to have a reason to wear both!

And finally, a look so new, I haven’t even featured it on my website yet (stay tuned)! I was super excited to order this beautiful purple-striped Stephanie swing dress from Pinup Girl Clothing on Pink Friday, and I love the way this look turned. out, especially with Spiffy the Sausage Dog making an appearance on my cardigan!

So there’s a look at my favorite fashions from this year. Maybe at some point in 2021, I’ll have a reason to wear some of them somewhere other than at home!

Sartorial Saturday–Festive Fashion in the Time of COVID-19

Even festive fashion in the time of COVID-19 is different! This year, we went to an outdoor Christmas Eve service, and it was pretty cold, so I got to break out my best winter wear to pair with my Pinup Girl Clothing Genevieve holiday harlequin dress…my cape, muff, and a new pair of embellished earmuffs!

Of course I added a Splendette Duchess bangles stack and Old Navy mask in red and green, plus my favorite Christmas tree brooch, to complete the look.

All things considered, this is probably one of the better things to come of COVID-19, because I really enjoyed putting this outfit together and wearing it out!