“There is nothing I would like better than to make every woman look and feel like a duchess.” Christian Dior
When Splendette previewed their summer Duotone range, I was ecstatic…the colors and carvings are amazing! Like everything else this year, it was delayed due to COVID-19, but since they arrived during summer (and since I don’t have many places to go), I guess that doesn’t matter too much. My very favorite pieces from this line are the bright pink and mint Flamingo and Parrot colors…I purchased all of the Duchess Bangles, both necklaces, and one pair of earrings. They’re so mid-century marvelous!
I did discover that I don’t have a whole lot in my wardrobe that goes with them, so I’ll have to work on that, but I do have a few things I can pair them with. And did I mention the new mint and iris pink leopard bangles are a perfect match for the Duotone?!?
There are several other color pairings in the Duotone range, but the only other I ones I bought (for now) are the clematis and violet, a beautiful pair in shades of purple.
I’m already looking forward to seeing what Splendette has in store for fall!
Last month, I took a look at my Micheline Pitt floral swing skirt, and along with it, the vacation blouse. Today I thought I’d take a look at the blouse in all three colors I own…I may not be able to go on a vacation right now, but I can dream about sightseeing in this gorgeous blouse!
I love this top. The cut is perfect, and the fact that it doesn’t have short (or tight!) sleeves makes me really happy. It’s not too hot to wear, although I do think I’ll enjoy it even more once we have more fall-like weather. And the colors are gorgeous…the saturation is outstanding. All three tops go with the floral print skirt…as well as many other things in my wardrobe. I will definitely be on the lookout for more vacation blouse options in the future, because this top has already become a staple in my wardrobe!
It’s been what…four, almost five months since I started masking every time I leave the house (which still isn’t often to begin with!)? I’ve decided to have fun with it. We have a whole bunch of masks in solids and patterns (the patterned masks are from Old Navy…they have lots of great options!), and I enjoy choosing one to go with my outfit when I do go out. It’s just another form of accessorizing, and I like to do it in style!
How do you like to incorporate masks into your look?
I’ve shared a little bit about HOMES bracelets and what they mean to me, especially during a time when I can’t travel to see my favorite Great Lake…now it’s time to appreciate how beautiful they are, and what a wonderful addition they make to my accessories collection!
I started with three bracelets (Petoskey, Sunstone, and Peacock), each with a center bead created from earth from the shores of Lake Michigan. They were a birthday gift from Ryan, and I quickly added two more blues (Torch Lake Blue and the June exclusive Robin Egg). I love wearing some or all five bracelets together.
I have paid attention to new releases on their website since then (the August exclusive, Blush, is gorgeous!), but I managed to have some restraint until I saw their new birthstone collection. The bead colors are stunning, and since they were having a buy two, get one free sale, I was able to get the three I think are the prettiest…Tourmaline, Ruby in Zoisite, and Amethyst.
The quality of these bracelets is excellent, and I appreciate that they’re available in four different sizes, from 6 to 7.5 inches in circumference. I love pairing them with different outfits…sometimes with my Splendette Duchess Bangles, and sometimes on their own.
There are so many more beautiful options available…I plan on keeping on eye on the monthly exclusives, and someday, I might even get birthstone bracelets for each of my children. I’d also really love to get a “Leland Blue” with its beautiful blue center bead, too, because that style is particularly unique and special!
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?
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!
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!
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!
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!