Sartorial Saturday–A Classic Combination

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!

What is your go-to outfit for cooler weather?

Sartorial Saturday–A Floral Affair

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!

I’m glad I took a chance on something new!

Sartorial Saturday–Love, Lucy

Back in early March, I had my first cosmetics-themed Sartorial Saturday. The world sure has changed a lot since then, hasn’t it? But my interest in fashion and beauty hasn’t changed, so I’m back with another cosmetics review, this time of the Bésame Cosmetics “Love, Lucy” collection!

My love of I Love Lucy is well-documented. I thought things couldn’t get better than the Unique Vintage I Love Lucy collaboration, and then Bésame announced that the first star of their new “Iconic Women Series” was going to be none other than Lucille Ball herself! I didn’t order the whole collection, but I did pick three things that I thought that I would get the most use out of, and also screamed I Love Lucy to me!

This is only the second time I’ve ordered cosmetics from Bésame…I was very impressed with how lovely the packaging is! The artwork on the eyeshadow palette is particularly stunning, and is based on Havana tourism art from the 1950s.

There were two lipsticks available. I know, you’re probably thinking, “why didn’t she go with Lucy’s classic red?” But after trying many, many, MANY shades, I still hate the way all red lipsticks look on me, so I picked the “What a Peach” shade that represents Lucille Ball’s style in the 60s. It’s a beautiful shade, and I look forward to a day when I no longer need to wear a mask and can show it off!

Showing off eye makeup is no problem, though! The shades in the Club Babalu palette are pretty classic, with a few surprises. You can go for a vintage 1950s look, or a more mod 1960s style, or really anything else you want! I really like large mirror inside, too…it’s helpful in checking the details of your makeup!

And finally, my favorite item, a powder compact with a beautiful silhouette of Lucy studded with crystals on the front. I will say that I wish that the compact had been made out of metal to give it more weight, but it’s still a beautiful piece, and something I will keep even once the powder (which is great for setting your makeup!) is gone.

This is a fully licensed line, and Lucie Arnaz worked with Bésame to make sure the details were right. This makeup collection is a dream come true for those who love Lucy or just loving having a new, vintage look!

Sartorial Saturday–Caring is Cool

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!

Sartorial Saturday–Sundress Season

It’s sundress season, right?

Actually, looking at the extended forecast, I think it’s actually stay out of the sun and in the air conditioning season, but that’s really all I’ve been doing this summer anyway, so I digress…

Anyway, I looked at my first Unique Vintage Golightly dress in the spring, and now I’m back with a different print, and this time, I even removed the straps for a slightly different look!

I’m a huge fan of gingham, plus this is the world’s twirliest dress, so it’s perfect!

I’m also a huge fan of purple, and I love any reason to wear my purple Splendette Duchess bangles, even if they’re not quite the right shade to go with the dress!

I really hope that someday, I’ll get to wear this dress to a fun summer event!

Sartorial Saturday–Fashion in the Time of COVID-19

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!

Sartorial Saturday–Seeing Stars

There’s something special about a circle skirt, and when that circle skirt is covered in a constellation print, it’s extra fun!

This is only the second skirt I’ve owned from Unique Vintage, and it’s definitely my favorite. I love the color and the print, and the weight is nicer than I was expecting, substantial enough that it doesn’t feel cheap, but light enough to be very wearable in the summer.

I had fun with the accessories for this outfit. My Splendette Duchess bangles stacks are a combination of pink and grey (I love those colors together!), with a lot of glitter and a little leopard print thrown in for fun. And the Erstwilder “God of Time” brooch is perfect both in theme and in color.

I love everything about this outfit!

I’m looking forward to styling this skirt in the fall, too, when I can pair it with a cardigan!

Sartorial Saturday–Golightly

Time for another edition of “all dressed up and nowhere to go!”

I’ve wanted a Unique Vintage Golightly dress for a long time. I’ve admired various prints and patterns over the last few years, and finally was unable to resist when I saw this blue and white gingham with roses version, especially since I bought it during a major sale!

I also couldn’t resist these cat-eye sunglasses from Unique Vintage…they coordinate perfectly, as do my Splendette Duchess bangles stack and beads.

This is a great summer sundress. It’s light and airy, and the skirt has an incredible twirl. It’s the kind of dress you want to wear on a picnic or to a garden. The one drawback is that, because the fabric is so light, it is sheer, and in addition to the obvious potential for backlighting issues, in places where it’s layered with one of the roses on the inside, they kind of show through, making it look almost stained. But that’s a minor issue, and it’s such a fun dress, I can overlook it!

I’m waiting on the arrival of my second Golightly dress in an even more delightful pattern…I can’t wait to share it, too!

Sartorial Saturday–A Romp in the Sun

Time to step outside of my comfort zone!

At first glance, this is just another cheerful retro outfit from Unique Vintage. Very summery, very fun, and I love it!

And choosing accessories to go with the cherry print gingham was so much fun, from the stack of Splendette Duchess Bangles to the cat-eye sunglasses:

And then I said goodby to my comfort zone, which I left so far behind, I can’t even see it anymore. Because I wasn’t wearing a plain, simple dress…instead, it’s a romper with a matching skirt. And removing the skirt to go full retro playsuit took all of the confidence and courage I have!

I never would have thought this outfit would work on me. When I ordered it, I kind of expected I would have to return it. The only reason I decided to try it at all was that I have been looking at variations of this set for a few years, and this color and pattern really jumped out at me, and I knew I had to at least make an attempt. In the end, though, I love it, and I’m dreaming of the day I can wear it on vacation, maybe to some sunny place like Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral!

Sartorial Saturday–I Love Gingham

If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of I Love Lucy. I watch and enjoy a lot of classic TV, but I Love Lucy is my very favorite…I never get tired of it! You can imagine how excited I was, then, when I found out Unique Vintage was producing an I Love Lucy capsule collection in collaboration with ViacomCBS and Desilu!

There were a lot of fun options, but in the end, I chose the Ethel Swing Dress in black and white gingham…it’s such a classic look, and can be styled so many ways!

Did I mention that it’s designed after a dress Lucy actually wore on the show?

For this look, I decided to go with classic black and white accessories, in keeping with the theme. Midcentury starburst Duchess bangles from Splendette were an easy choice, as was a black and mirror sunburst brooch from Erstwilder. I also added my Elizabeth Claire Taylor hoops earrings (very similar to ones Lucy wore on the show!), a three-strand pearl necklace, and gloves, of course!

And just for fun, a picture in black and white:

I love this collection, and I certainly wouldn’t complain if Unique Vintage came out with a second one in the future!