Sartorial Saturday–The Erstwilder Lucky Dip

I recently did something rather out-of-character for me…I ordered an Erstwilder “Lucky Dip.”

What is a lucky dip, you might wonder? It’s basically a mystery item. It could be something general, like a scarf or a necklace, from a variety of collections, including some of Erstwilder’s more vintage pieces. Or it could be more specific, like a brooch from the recent Sesame Street collection. It all depends on what kind of lucky dip you order. And they’re offered at a discount…the items are 10-50% off the normal retail price. I don’t usually like blind items like this, for several reasons. What if I get something I already have? Or what if it doesn’t go with my wardrobe? And even the rare possibility of what if I don’t like it?

But when I received an e-mail coupon from Erstwilder that I could use on a lucky dip, I decided to take a chance. I hadn’t purchased any items from the Art Deco collection, even though I liked pretty much everything in it. So I figured that between the coupon, and the markdown from $39.95 to $29.95 (Australian dollars), it wasn’t much of a gamble, because even with international shipping, I was going to spend less than $15 US dollars. Plus, I knew there was a 33% chance that I could receive the black “Burst of Sun” brooch that was a special exclusive gift for people who attended the Art Deco launch party in July, and I really loved that piece.

I guess I really do have good luck, huh? I’m so excited to have a limited-edition item, and even more so because it’s a perfect match for the Downton Abbey era! It’s everything I wanted, and I’m so glad I took a chance!

Sartorial Saturday–Inspired by Animal Crossing

It’s not often that I do a Sartorial Saturday post that focuses on one single brooch and nothing else (actually, I don’t think I ever have!), but today’s brooch has a special story.

I think I may have mentioned what a huge fan I am of the Animal Crossing series of video games. In the most recent game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, one of the big features of the game is designing and expanding a camper that is your home and means of transportation in the game:

Erstwilder, my favorite purveyor of brooches, recently launched a “Fan Favorites” collection. And I was excited to see the “Happy Glamper” in the collection, because I’ve always liked that particular brooch in its various colorways, but never added it to my wardrobe. Even though it’s cute, I wasn’t even going to buy it this time, until Ryan looked at it and called it an “Animal Crossing Brooch.”

Well, that was the end of that. How could I pass by a brooch that represents my very favorite video game? Lucky for me, I had been saving my reward points with Erstwilder, so I didn’t even have to pay full price. And it’s just as adorable as I expected!

I even temporarily re-designed my camper in the game, both in retro shape and colors, to match the brooch as closely as possible!

I can honestly say a video game has never motivated a fashion purchase for me before (although I did come pretty close to buying an Eevee brooch this summer!), and I’m not planning on making a habit of it, but I am glad that I was able to pick this one up!

Sartorial Saturday–Sausage Dogs Scarf

I’m not usually a neck scarf person. I’ve tried quite a few of them in the past, but I always feel overheated or strangled or something. But when I saw this adorable sausage dogs scarf, with its quirky print and bold colors, from Erstwilder’s new neck scarf collection, I knew it was something I wanted to add to my wardrobe!

The material is nice and lightweight, so even wearing it in the summer, it wasn’t too hot. And I didn’t feel strangled at all! I’d definitely think about buying another one of these from Erstwilder because all of the prints are so adorable, and it’s really fun to wear!

Sartorial Saturday–Spaceship Earth

I’ve never really considered myself to be a Disney person. But when I saw this dress by Disney, inspired by what might be the most famous geodesic dome, Spaceship Earth, I feel in love. Luckily for me, Ryan happened to notice, and bought me this beautiful dress for my birthday last month!

The print and simple colors of grey and white really appealed to me. And while the skirt isn’t as full as lot of the skirts I wear, it does have a nice flare:

I especially love the accessorizing options, because this dress goes with everything! Here I’m wearing purple and silver (with just a splash of blue on my brooch), but I’m looking forward to pairing it with yellow, pink, and darker shades of grey (and probably other colors, too!).

Did I mention that St. Louis is also home to a fairly notable geodesic dome at the Missouri Botanical Garden? I think this dress will also be a great option for the next time we visit the Climatron!

Sartorial Saturday–Erstwilder: The Complete Collection

I had so much fun sharing a picture of my Splendette Duchess Bangles collection that I thought I’d do the same thing with my Erstwilder brooches. I don’t have a ton of them, and they’re not the only brooches in my wardrobe, but there’s something really special about Erstwilder products, from the adorable packaging, to the quirky designs, to the handwritten notes that accompany orders. And, yes, the flamingo scarf is an Erstwilder item, too!

Each one of these pieces is very special to me, because I always choose them carefully (something you must do when you’re considering placing an order from a company in Australia!). I love them all, but I do admit I have some favorites…especially the “Matryoshka Memories” set, which is the newest item in my collection, and the “Kiss Me Kindly” mistletoe, which I love wearing at Christmastime when I’m not wearing my fancy Christmas brooch!

Sartorial Saturday…On a Sunday–Green on Green

Happy Mary Blair Week!

I think my favorite thing about Mary Blair’s artwork is her unorthodox use of color. Not only did she illustrate normal objects in unusual colors, like emerald skies and pink horses, she also paired unexpected colors with great success. This year, I decided to pair two shades of green I normally wouldn’t wear together in her honor, and I’m very pleased with the result…it’s the perfect green overload for St. Patrick’s Day!

Of course I had to add in green accessories, too, including an all green stack of Splendette Duchess Bangles, and my “lucky” green frog brooch from Erstwilder:

How do you like to wear green for St. Patrick’s Day?

Sartorial Saturday–Christmas in July

Merry Christmas (in July)!

Who doesn’t love the idea of Christmas in July? When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing better than staying cool in the air conditioning, watching a Christmas movie, and thinking of all of the joys of the season. All right, fine…a little part of my brain is always thinking about Christmastime. But I indulge it a bit more in July, because it brightens up these hot summer days! So while I was thinking about Christmas, I came up with a new Pinup Girl Clothing outfit I wanted to try, featuring the Bella ornament print skirt I got last year, and a mint Sabrina top. I think it’s a great retro color palette!

An Erstwilder holly brooch, Elizabeth Taylor hoop earrings, and a necklace and glitter Duchess bangles from Splendette are the perfect Christmas accessories:

It’s such a fun look!

I’m really looking forward to wearing this “for real” in December!

Sartorial Saturday…On a Tuesday–Red, White, and Blue

Since tomorrow is Independence Day in the U.S., I thought I’d share a few ideas for dressing for the Fourth of July. You’ll notice Pinup Girl Clothing’s Mary Blair plane print makes an appearance three different ways…as a Harley dress, a Natalie swing dress, and a Doris skirt. The red, white, and blue of the print is perfect for Independence Day fashion! So are PUG’s red Harley top, blue sky harlequin skirt, and red, white, and blue Amanda dress!

Here are some of my favorite ways to accessorize with red, white, and blue, as well:

What’s your favorite way to wear red, white, and blue?

Mary Blair Monday

Time to kick off Mary Blair Week (a week I invented as the high point of Mary Blair March, which is a time to wear all of my favorite Pinup Girl Mary Blair prints and celebrate the life and work of that talented artist!) with a Mary Blair Monday outfit. I’m wearing the yellow train print Jenny skirt because it is the first Mary Blair print I purchased, and was what really introduced me to her art.

I decided to go bold with my Splendette bangle stack:

And while this Erstwilder brooch isn’t a Mary Blair piece, it is whimsical enough to fit right in with the outfit!

I’m looking forward to wearing more great Mary Blair pieces (and seeing the outfits other people put together) all week long!

Sartorial Saturday–St. Patrick’s Day Style

St. Patrick’s Day is only a week away! It’s one of my favorite holidays, and it just happens to fall during Mary Blair March. I have one Pinup Girl Clothing skirt that combines the color green with the artwork of Mary Blair…the boat print Jenny!

I decided to go with a bold, contrasting color on top, and I think it’s a really fun look. I also found as many green accessories as possible, including my favorite Splendette Duchess glitter bangles and a frog brooch from Erstwilder. And while the necklace may not have any green, it pretty much goes with everything!

What’s your favorite way to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?