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!
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!
I’ve had this Pinup Girl Clothing Dapper Day “Flags Ahoy” Bella skirt for almost two years, but I didn’t make it to a Dapper Day event until today. At home. Because no one can go to an in-person event this time around, Dapper Day is encouraging everyone to “Stay in, in style” and dress to impress with “Dapper Day At Home.” This is an event I can get behind, and it’s so very easy to attend!
I accessorized my Bella skirt with a Splendette Duchess bangles stack and an Erstwilder brooch, plus my Easter gloves and hat, and a necklace I got at Talbots many years ago. It’s fun having any excuse to dress up right now!
A few months ago, I started planning my Easter outfit. I had an idea, figured out the accessories I would wear with it, and then completely changed my mind. Fortunately, Pinup Girl Clothing had a sale, which allowed me to buy both this beautiful coral floral print Bella skirt and the matching Yemak cropped cardigan. Unfortunately, in the end I guess it didn’t really matter, because it’s not like I have anywhere to wear it at the moment. I did still style it and take pictures, and it’s just as beautiful a look as I knew it would be!
I accessorized with the same fascinator I wore last year, my favorite “pearl” necklace, the flower brooch I wear every Easter, gloves, a Collectif belt, and a Splendette Duchess Bangles stack and matching earrings from their new pastels collection:
If you’re curious about the top, it’s actually the top half of my Mary Blair boats print Audrey dress…yes, I just threw the skirt on over the top of it!
So this isn’t the Easter I really wanted, but this situation is temporary (I hope!), and I’m looking forward to eventually wearing this out in public!
I already shared a wrap-up of this year’s Mary Blair March outfits, but I want to take a moment to look at the differences between March 1st and March 31st, even though I was wearing the same Harley planes print dress both days.
At the beginning of the month, I got a major haircut. Including BANGS. I can’t even remember the last time I had bangs, and while I’d been talking about doing it for months, I was pretty scared to actually go through with it, because I was worried I’d be be instantly filled with regret. But I LOVE them! I also had some ear piercings done early in the month. This is another thing I’ve thought about doing for a long time, and like the bangs, I’m glad I finally went through with it! I’m also really, really happy I had both things done before everything locked down, because who knows when I would have had another opportunity?
Obviously, the world we live in also changed a lot from March 1st to March 31st, to the point where it is now almost unrecognizable. Nothing is the same anymore. So I feel like these superficial, physical changes are a good metaphor for the events of 2020 so far, only mine are a lot more pleasant, with a lot less permanent ramifications!
Here we are, at the end of another Mary Blair March. I think we can all agree that we’ll be glad to see this horrible month come to an end, but at least the fashion was good, even if I was all dressed up with no place to go for most of March! Here’s a look back at the outfits I put together this year:
I began and ended the month with my favorite Mary Blair piece from Pinup Girl Clothing: The planes print Harley swing dress. I think my favorite outfit, though, was the Animal Crossing themed one I wore on New Horizons release day. I also made a point to wear my lime green shrug as much as possible, because I think it pairs with my different Mary Blair pieces in a way that really displays the spirt of her color theory. Each of these items always brings a smile to my face, which was something I really needed this month, but I’m hopeful that next Mary Blair March will see me wearing them to some of my favorite locations that aren’t my home!
Taking a break from my usual clothing and accessories Sartorial Saturdays to look at something equally fun…makeup!
My two oldest daughters and I recently discovered Colourpop Cosmetics (I blame Disney and Sailor Moon). I was actually the first one to try the brand, when I saw that they had a Frozen II Elsa collection that I knew would go perfectly with my skin tone on sale. I was impressed with the quality of the items right off the bat, (both the cosmetics and the packaging, which makes everything feel extra luxe), and then we found out that Colourpop was launching a special Sailor Moon collection, too. Ladybug had to get in on that, and while I was placing her order, Bunny decided to add some Disney villains items, and I purchased another Disney set, this time, Belle-themed.
Like I said, I’m really impressed with the quality. The pigments in the eyeshadows are perfectly saturated, and the lipsticks last really well. But I also love the quirky themes and fun colors. Lest you think they only make collections related to TV or movies, they also have a full line of other colorful products, including a “Build Your Own Palette” option for eyeshadow, which I think is really fun, and also really practical, because you can purchase only colors you know you’ll use, instead of having a few you know you’ll never touch.
Now that we’ve found Colourpop, we can’t wait to see what other collections and colors they’re going to come up with next!
It’s been quite a while since I had a new dress! There was a dress from Pinup Girl Clothing that I’ve wanted since the first time I saw it…the Gold Room Harley swing dress. And thanks to a sale last month, I was finally able to add it to my wardrobe!
The Harley is my very favorite PUG dress style. I love the way it fits. I especially love this dress because of its pattern and somewhat unusual color palette.
As always, accessories are important. The one downside to the Harley is that the neckline really doesn’t work with my necklaces. But I made up for that with an amazing Splendette duchess bangles stack, silver hoop earrings, and the Slothertons brooch duo from Erstsilder:
Did I mention that one of my favorite things about the Harley swing dress is the twirl?
I know I’m going to be wearing this dress often…it’s “practically perfect in every way!”