Sartorial Saturday–A Mid-Century Modern Christmas

I’m so excited about this year’s holiday collection from Erstwilder!

“Modern Holiday” is a mid-century take on traditional holiday symbols. There were so many choices, from Christmas trees and snow globes to pieces appropriate for Hanukkah. They all have a bright color palette and geometric shapes in common, and that just screams “mid-century modern!” I had a hard time narrowing my options down, but in the end, I chose my very favorite piece from the collection, “Jingle Bell Rock,” as well as “Make My Wish Come True,” a stained-glass star. I love that these pieces are so unique and frankly somewhat unexpected compared to more traditional Christmas pieces, and I’m looking forward to wearing them all season!

Sartorial Saturday–It’s All About the Details

It’s time to take a look at my very favorite dress from the Miss Candyfloss “Smile with Lucy” collection…the Jael-Abalone.

This dress is similar in style to the Selena-Sun, one of my favorite pieces from this year’s spring collection. It has the same fun collar, square neckline, and asymmetrical row of functioning buttons down the front.

A detail I didn’t know about until I received the dress is the gorgeous and subtle tone-on-tone pattern found on the cuffs, collar, and belt…I love it!

I also love the colors of the dress…blue and grey are so pretty together, and the gentle stripes add just the right amount of visual interest!

I accessorized with a silver brooch, a stack of Splendette Duchess Bangles, and a pretty floral ring, plus a hat and gloves:

I love the elegant simplicity of this dress!

It’s such a smart look!

I now have half of the items on my wishlist from this collection…I hope the other pieces are released soon!

Sartorial Saturday–Check it Out

My second purchase from the Miss Candyfloss “Smile with Lucy” autumn/winter collection is a dress I almost didn’t get, the Magdalia-Lee swing dress.

Because I knew that stock would be limited, I was ready to go before the items were released on the website, but sometimes, luck just isn’t on your side, and what I assume was the only dress available in my size was gone before I could click “add to cart.” Not for the first time, Miss Candyfloss graciously pointed me to one of their online stockists, Nostalgie Shop, where I was able to order the dress. I continue to be impressed with the customer service I receive from Miss Candyfloss!

This is a lovely swing dress with a checked skirt in navy and lilac. The simple neckline is lovely, as is the way the colors of the dress change a bit in different lights.

I chose blue and lilac accessories to accompany the dress, including a Splendette stack, a favorite Erstwilder brooch, and a cute hat.

The dress has plenty of twirl!

And it also has the most important feature…pockets!

I’m so happy Miss Candyfloss was able to help me find this dress online, because I can already tell it’s going to be a new favorite!

Sartorial Saturday–Inspired by Barbie

I have wanted a Vixen by Micheline Pitt Dollface dress for literal years!

This beautiful black and white striped dress gets its inspiration from Barbie’s iconic 1959 black and white chevron striped swimsuit. Even though they are completely different articles of clothing, the connection is clear:

The options for accessorizing are endless because everything goes with black and white. This time, I added in a little burgundy to a black and white stack of Splendette duchess bangles, plus more black and white with an Erstwilder brooch, my favorite pillbox hat and lace gloves, and a Burgundy Yemak cropped cardigan:

Over the years, the Dollface dress has also been available in pink & white and blue & white variations. Each time this dress has come and gone from Vixen’s website, I’ve been filled regret that I didn’t order one…it didn’t matter which color, I just loved the style and design of the dress! When I heard that original colorway was finally making a comeback, I was ecstatic that I finally had a chance to add it to my wardrobe!

Like my other Vixen by Micheline Pitt dresses, it has a lovely full skirt perfect for twirling, and deep, deep pockets.

I love this dress, and if it was made available in other color combinations in the future, I’d think about adding another one to my closet!

Creative Photography

I didn’t get this adorable “Up and Atom” mini brooch from Erstwilder until after our vacation this summer, but a little creative photography allowed me to display it at the Atomic Tonic at Cabana Bay, and I have to say, they look like they were meant to be together!

Sartorial Saturday–Smile with Lucy

I could not be more excited about the new Miss Candyfloss autumn/winter lookbook, “Smile with Lucy!” The entire collection is inspired by one of my favorite icons, the inimitable Lucille Ball.

The very first release from the collection included the Mandisa-Dora tartan swing dress, and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love:

The dress is made of a wool blend, which worried me a little, but somehow, it manages not to be itchy at all.

I accessorized with a few Splendette duchess bangles perfect for fall, and a lovely gold brooch from Erstwilder. I even got out my velvet gloves (even though it’s really too hot to wear them yet).

The tartan print is so pretty!

This is a great dress for early fall…even though it is a wool blend, it’s not heavy, and the short sleeves make it easy to wear while it’s still warm out.

I can’t wait for the rest of the collection to be released…everything in the lookbook is fantastic!

Sartorial Saturday–My Erstwilder Hydrangea Collection

Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, so you’d think I would have purchased every hydrangea piece Erstwilder has released over the years. You would be wrong, and I don’t really have an explanation for why. There are three brooches (blue, pink, and purple) that I’m missing, as well as the coordinating earrings in each of those three colors. I do have a few special brooches thanks to Ryan, however (a blue mini, a fan-favourite recolor in pale blue and purple, and a 10th birthday edition in white), a necklace (my first and only Erstwilder necklace so far, although I do have the brooch converter), and a beautiful blue hydrangea scarf.

I’m not going to lie…I do regret not purchasing all of the different pieces as they came out. I am really happy that the few brooches I do have are from special collections, though!

The Erstwilder Brooch Converter

I’ve had my eye on something at Erstwilder for while now, and it’s not a brooch…it’s a brooch converter! This clever little device slides right over the pin on the brooch, and has a loop to thread a chain through. There are both horizontal and vertical varieties, so no matter which way your brooch attaches, you can use one of the converters with it.

I love being able to wear some of my favorite brooches as necklaces!

Sartorial Saturday–Bear and Belly Badge

Earlier this year, Erstwilder released the third and final collection of their Care Bears collaboration. While I certainly didn’t need any more pieces, I really liked that this collection included several bears, as well as coordinating mini brooches of each’s “Belly Badge.” I missed out on the pair I liked best (Share Bear and a matching shake, with two straws, of course!), but I was able to order Sweet Dreams Bear and The Sweetest Dreams mini brooch. I love wearing them together…aren’t they the cutest?!?

I’m kind of sad that this was the end of the Care Bears collaboration, but as always, I’m looking forward to whatever Erstwilder comes up with next!

Sartorial Saturday–Taking the Helm

Time for a look at another piece from Miss Candyfloss’s latest lookbook, “A Touch of Grace!”

The Khloe-Lee sleeveless swing dress caught my eye on my first scroll through the collection. It’s similar to another Miss Candyfloss dress I purchased last summer, but with a more flattering (to me) bust/neckline.

This dress is light and breezy and perfect for summer. It’s a beautiful shade of blue, with a subtle ship’s wheel print that from a distance could easily be mistaken for polka dots. There are two hidden snaps at the top of the dress to ensure everything stays put, which I love!

I kept the accessories and their color palette simple…a trio of Splendette Duchess bangles and an elegant bird brooch from Erstwilder:

This dress buttons all the way down the front, which makes it easy to throw on, and even easier to wear open over shorts!

I’m especially looking forward to wearing this dress (with the shorts underneath) on our family vacation this summer…I’m expecting it to travel well and be super comfortable when we’re out and about in the summer sun!