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 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!
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!
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!
And when it’s a parcel from Erstwilder, with pieces from the new Pete Cromer collaboration, it’s even more fun!
But first, let me back up. Last year, Erstwilder debuted their first collaboration with Pete Cromer, an Australian artist who was previously unknown to me. I was immediately drawn to his art style, and I couldn’t resist this adorable blue penguin.
Their newest collaboration launched last week, and it included Christmas pieces!
There were also non-Christmas pieces featuring Australian animals done in his distinct art style:
Even the boxes are cute!
These collaborations are especially fun for me because not only do they appeal to me, but also my three girls. In my most recent order, we each purchased at least one item each. I can’t wait to see what Erstwilder and Pete Cromer have planned for the future!
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?
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!
Erstwilder recently released what I’m pretty sure is their cutest collection ever…a Care Bears collaboration!
I was super excited about this one, both for myself, and because I couldn’t wait to share it with my girls. I ended up ordering four brooches…two for me (Grumpy Bear and Cozy Heart Penguin), one for Bunny (Swift Heart Rabbit…shocking, right?), and one for Chickadee (Lotsa Heart Elephant).
I also bought the Sweet Dreams earrings for Ladybug:
And because I was able to get my order in speedy fast, I also received the gift-with-purchase brooch, which just happened to be Care-a-Lot Castle:
I also got a neck scarf, which is so adorable it hurts a little!
I really love this fun collection, and it has me hoping that someday Erstwilder might make another one, and include the Care Bears cloud car!
Even when you don’t have anywhere to go, sometimes you just need a new dress…like when Pinup Girl Clothing drops a beautiful pastel floral print right before your birthday. And especially when it’s a style of dress (Lana) that you’ve been wanting to try, but hadn’t found in the right color and print until then. But when it also has a matching social-distancing mask, it’s not just another pretty outfit…it becomes the perfect symbol of fashion in the time of COVID-19!
“My mask protects you; your mask protects me.”
The mask is very comfortable to wear, and is, I think, a great accessory. Plus, you don’t have to worry about things like double chins when wearing a mask! Of course, in addition to my newest accessory, I added some old favorites, including my sparkliest brooch, a Meteor Jewelry Company necklace, and a Splendette Duchess Bangles stack:
Having the matching mask really makes this outfit special!
Of course, no one wants to wear masks forever. But as long as it’s necessary to do so, I’m happy I can be both safe and stylish!