Remembering Apollo 11, 50 Years Later

Who else is partying like it’s 1969?!? The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing has me in a festive, mid-century mood!

In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that our big Apollo 11 anniversary party was last Saturday, because I knew that the majority of our family wouldn’t be home today. So I started on my preparations extra early:

I found a lot of cool stuff, both around the house (it’s not like we’ve never studied space before!) and at the store. These Moon Landing Oreos were a huge hit!

I planned our party in several parts. I decided to really achieve the proper 1960s atmosphere, we should have a “cocktail hour.” I tried to come up with period appropriate appetizers, which wasn’t too hard. The menu included deviled eggs, cocktail meatballs in grape jelly, “California dip” (you know, the classic Lipton’s onion soup dip), shrimp cocktail, olives, cheese, and Chex mix (a relative of the especially appropriate nuts and bolts snack mix that I have only the vaguest memories of). For our “cocktail” I made Shirley Temples, complete with swizzle sticks!

We spent the day watching both documentaries and movies related to the Apollo program. We also built Lego’s new Lunar Lander, which was a really fun project, and looks great (if not to scale) with our Lego Saturn V rocket!

I tried to go with a 1960s dinner, as well, which was a little more challenging. After considering my options, I decided on Chicken Kiev for the main course. We also had mashed potatoes, cauliflower topped with Cheez Whiz and browned Ritz crackers (a holiday staple from my childhood!), and orange Jell-O (there had to be Jell-O, and since I was feeling nice, I didn’t even make a weird flavor with vegetables!). We also had the astronauts’ drink of champions (Tang) and Schlafly’s Lunar Lagers for the adults. The meal was a hit. Well, except for the cauliflower, which I’m pretty sure only I liked!

For dessert, we had cake (pineapple upside down, another mid-century classic) and (astronaut) ice cream.

If you know me, you know I even had the perfect outfit to wear, from my moon earrings to my space skirt, and even a cool brooch!

And a few treats for today, the actual anniversary, for those of us at home…Moon Pies (of course), and Moonsicle soda made by a local bottling company, Excel, to commemorate the anniversary of the moon landing:

I’m not sure I’ve had this much fun with a special theme since The Great American Eclipse…I wonder what event we’ll celebrate next?

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–New Spring Colors from Splendette

Splendette recently launched a whole new line of bangles, necklaces, and earrings in gorgeous spring colors, and all the shades of the bangles were available in duchess sizes! It’s a good thing I had been saving my money, because as soon as I saw them, I knew I had to order at least one bangle in every color (and a necklace and pair of earrings, too!).

I couldn’t even pick a favorite color if I wanted to…they’re all so beautiful, and the shades are so vivid, and the way the colors mix and match is outstanding. I will say that I especially like the stack I made with the pinks and yellow, because it looks like a bag of Starburst candy. But choosing a favorite would be impossible…I’m just glad I have lots of options for wearing them!

Sartorial Saturday…On a Sunday–The Fifth Sunday of Easter

I wore my white hat again today, because the rest of my outfit was super colorful, and I didn’t want to overdo it. I love the new spring colors of bangles that Splendette recently released!

Sartorial Saturday…On a Sunday–The Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Fourth Sunday of Easter also happens to be Mother’s Day, so of course I had to wear my Mary Blair mother and child print Lydia dress from Pinup Girl Clothing, plus my white hat and Duchess Bangles from Splendette, including the new candy pink variety:

And a bonus picture of me with the Fab Five…it is Mother’s Day after all!

Sartorial Saturday–Splendette Stackurday: The Complete Collection

I finally have a storage solution for my Splendette Duchess Bangles that isn’t cardboard boxes! I also finally received the new spring colors I ordered (after the USPS temporarily misplaced them)…I love how beautiful they look displayed neatly!

If you closely, you’ll see that the rest of my Splendette collection makes an appearance, too…a few necklaces, two pairs of earrings, a bangle case, and a very fun “I Stack Therefore I Am” pin!

Sartorial Saturday…On a Sunday–The Third Sunday of Easter

It seems like all we’ve had lately are grey, dismal days, so today, I went with what be the most cheery outfit I own!

I don’t know why this dress photographed so…almost purple, I guess? But even though the photos make the colors look a little weird, it doesn’t change how cheerful it it!

Sartorial Saturday…On a Sunday–The Second Sunday of Easter

I knew I wanted to wear my new headpiece (again) for the Second Sunday of Easter, but it was watching the Captain America movies (again) this weekend that directed the 1940s vibe of the rest of the outfit, starring a floral Butterfly dress from Pinup Girl Clothing.

I especially enjoyed going super girly with a pink and purple bracelet stack and glitter bead necklace from Splendette. And have I mentioned how much I love these sandals? They go with literally everything, and now that it’s warming up (well, except for today), I can wear them all the time!

Sartorial Saturday…On a Sunday–Easter Dressing

Here’s a look at this year’s Easter outfit:

I wanted to wear the classic 1950s harlequin print Long Jun skirt I got on sale from Pinup Girl Clothing after Christmas, so I started looking for a new pink top to wear with it. I looked…and I looked…and I looked some more. Pink tops that work with a retro look are apparently hard to come by. I finally found one at Lane Bryant, and I think it goes perfectly, especially with the fluttery sleeves.

Of course accessories are a must. I’ve been wearing the same Easter hat for years, so I got a new headpiece. Yes, it’s technically a fascinator, but it’s big enough that I think it’s hat-like. I added my favorite necklace and brooch, a springy bangle stack from Splendette, and, for the very first time, gloves! I’ve wanted Easter gloves for pretty much my entire life, so I’m very excited about this addition to the outfit!

I have now worn high heels for the first time since I broke my ankle in November, but it wasn’t what I would call a comfortable experience (although, are they ever, really?), so I went with my favorite sandals to finish off the outfit:

I really love how soft and springlike this whole look is!

How do you dress for Easter?