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!
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!
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!
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!
Miss Candyfloss has a new lookbook for spring/summer 2022, and I have my first new dress from it!
The Amina-Regina is a beautiful, floral print day dress. It’s light and easy to wear, and perfect for the coming warmer days!
The collection is called “A Touch of Grace,” and is named for the lovely Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco. I think this dress in particular lives up to the name, and it also reminds me of some of the dresses that Queen Elizabeth II wore at the beginning of her reign in the 1950s, so I feel especially regal wearing it!
I accessorized with a neutral hat and gloves, and added in a blue and white stack of Splendette Duchess bangles and a heart-shaped brooch from the Erstwilder Paris Holiday collection.
The dress also looks perfect with a cropped cardigan:
I love the elegant simplicity of this dress, and I’m looking forward to wearing it often!
I have wanted to buy a Maneater swing dress from Vixen by Micheline Pitt for a long time, but it was never available in a color that I really loved…until recently. This gorgeous shade is called “sunset blue” and it’s of those colors that really changes depending on the light. It can be almost Pantone-color-of-the-year periwinkle, or a straight bright blue. No matter how it comes across, though, it’s a lovely shade, and finally inspired me to give the dress style a try.
I have some Splendette duchess bangles that are just perfect with the dress, as is my Erstwilder emu brooch designed by Pete Cromer.
The top of the dress is very structured, which is fantastic, and the dress has deep pockets, which is pretty much a requirement of any dress I buy these days.
And just in case you were wondering if the skirt it twirly enough…it is!
Now that I’ve tried this style of dress and know how well it fits and how much I like it, I’m looking forward to seeing what other colors it comes in in the future!
We’ve had some of the coldest temperatures of the season this week, but I’m dreaming about summer!
The Luzana-Rose playsuit from Miss Candyfloss almost didn’t make it to my wardrobe. Last summer, I ordered it from one of their stockists, because I missed purchasing it directly from Miss Candyfloss. Well, it took months to arrive, and was damaged beyond repair when it finally got to me, so I accepted my refund thought that was that. But the stockist had one left in inventory in my size, and when it went on sale even more after Christmas, I decided to take another chance. Fortunately, this one got to me without incident, and I’m so excited to have it to wear on our big vacation this summer! (I’m planning on making my mid-century modern dreams come true by wearing it when we tour Kennedy Space Center!)
I thought blue accessories would be fun, so I went with my Meteor Jewelry Co. Starlite necklace and bracelet set and the perfect Erstwilder brooch.
I think this is such a fun look!
I’m really glad I took a second chance on this playsuit, and the thought of wearing it on our vacation will keep me warm all winter!
Check out Erstwilder with yet another collection that appeals not just to me, but my daughters as well!
As soon as I saw the name of the collection, “Paris Holiday,” I knew Chickadee was going to be enamored of it, because she’s obsessed with all things French. I was right…she chose the “La Dame de Fer” and “Papillon en Bleu” brooches. And then I saw the pigeon, “Le Préposé,” and knew that Bunny would be on board, as well. I exercised what I think was excellent restraint, and only ordered the gold “Heart of Caché” for myself (and I claimed the gift with purchase “Metro” mini brooch, as well), and it’s a really special piece…check out the back!
I love that collecting Erstwilder pieces is something we all share!
Over the last year-plus, I’ve ordered a little something of everything from Miss Candyfloss…dresses, jackets, a skirt, a blouse, a sunsuit, and even a beautiful dressing gown. But there was one item of clothing I was reluctant to buy…pants. Real talk time…I’ve had five c-sections, and I find that pants are pretty hard for me to wear, because the fit is never quite right., thanks to multiple abdominal surgeries. But Miss Candyfloss makes beautiful vintage-inspired pants, and I’ve been admiring various styles since I discovered the brand. An after-Christmas coupon was just the push I needed to give them a try, and to my surprise, I actually love the way they fit and look!
The Brindy-Dora swing pants are a lovely neutral tartan print. The color palette immediately brings autumn to mind, but not to the point that I’ll feel weird wearing them any other time of year.
I really like the way they look here with the purple and orange accents of my shirt, belt, Splendette duchess bangles stack, and Erstwilder brooch. The gold velvet gloves are a nice touch, too.
Here’s why I think these pants, in particular, work so well. They’re pleated, but they also have a flat front. I know, that sounds impossible. But the pleats start well below the waistline, which allows you to have the great look and swing of pleated pants without a lot of extra bulk on your stomach, which I greatly appreciate!
I have always been a fan of wide-leg pants (hello…I was a teenager in the 90s!), and these are wide-leg to the extreme!
I know I’m going to need to have them tailored, because even with heels, they’re a bit too long. But until I find a new tailor, I’ll make do!
I already have a few more ideas of how I want to style these pants…I’m so glad I took a chance on adding such a versatile piece to my wardrobe!
2021 was a year where I explored new options for my wardrobe, found some new favorite retailers, and really discovered what I like and I want I don’t in my clothing and accessories. I added some special pieces to my collection, starting with this Erstwilder brooch inspired by Animal Crossing:
Speaking of Animal Crossing, I have never been as excited about a makeup collection as I was about the ColourPopxAnimal Crossing collaboration!
Miss Candyfloss quickly became my favorite vintage-inspired clothing brand in 2021, and I think the Myrtle-Sun dress was my favorite out of the ones I purchased (although, everything I have in my closet from their brand is simply amazing!):
I explored my heritage in a sartorial way this year by adding two dirndls from Rare Dirndl to my wardrobe. They’re both beautiful, but I’m sharing “Die Heimat” because the other was a gift, so not technically something I purchased myself.