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!

Sartorial Saturday–Clearance Shopping

Sometimes, you find a deal that’s just too good to pass up!

I’ve been wanting to try a pantsuit from Miss Candyfloss, but I was really worried about the fit. Knowing that their sunsuits worked for me helped a little bit, but I hadn’t been able to commit to buying one. Until I found the Mare-Minty on clearance at one of their online retailers, Boho-Chic Clothing, for only $30 (American!)!!! At that price, I really had nothing to lose!

The color scheme of this beautiful pantsuit made accessorizing lots of fun…I added a beautiful Splendette stack with matching necklace, and one of my favorite headpieces.

I also added my first-ever pair of Erstwilder earrings, from their Wizard of Oz collection:

I love how elegant this look is, and also how easy it is to wear…it’s super comfortable!

I’m so glad I was able to take a chance on this outfit. I know how their pantsuits fit now (I just need to have the hem raised a bit), and I know I like to wear them, so I don’t think this will be the only one I add to my wardrobe!

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!

Sartorial Saturday–The Day Dress

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!

Sartorial Saturday–Polka Dot Perfection

Is there a more classic print than polka dots?

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!