Sartorial Saturday–Flashback Fashion

Most of wardrobe is retro fashion, focusing on the 1940s-60s, but occasionally, I like to flashback to a different time…the 90s!

I loved the overalls of the 90s. Other styles of this fashion have come and gone since, but they were never cut quite the same. But when I saw these overalls from Old Navy, as part of their new Bod Equality campaign, I knew that they were just what I was looking for. And to really emphasize the throwback theme, I added some Care Bears brooches from Erstwilder, and a stack of HOMES bracelets with a center stone from one of my favorite childhood locations, Lake Michigan:

This is what confidence looks like. Despite the fact that some people would say that plus-sized women shouldn’t wear overalls, and others would say that if you’re old enough to have worn a trend the last time it was popular you shouldn’t wear it again, I’m still wearing them, simply because I like them and feel great in them! I’m really thankful that I’ve a reached a place in my life where I can dress with this kind of confidence!

Valentine’s Day in the Time of COVID-19

We’ve never been big into Valentine’s Day around here, but we still had a fun day, and we definitely didn’t miss going out to eat, since we never do, anyway!

We’re looking forward to more fun this week with Mardi Gras!

Sartorial Saturday…On a Sunday–The Top Five Fashions of 2020

We’ve finally made it to the final week of 2020! To commemorate the end of this past year that has been a decade long, I’m beginning a series of “Top Five” posts, because even in the middle of a pandemic, I like making lists. I’m starting with my favorite fashions from this year, most of which weren’t worn away from home, but are still worth noting.

To start, here’s a look at my favorite HOMES bracelet stack, from their birthstone collection. These bracelets have been very important to me, because they have helped me feel connected to Chicago and Lake Michigan during a time when I could visit neither, plus they’re really pretty!

My second fashion is from the second “Dapper Day at Home” of the year. I love everything about this look I put together, from the hat to the handbag, and especially my first Miss Candyfloss dress!

I figured one of my top five fashions should focus on this year’s hottest accessory, the mask. I really love this Christmas mask from Old Navy, and the accessories I paired with it!

Speaking of Christmas, one of my very favorite looks from this year is the outfit I wore last week to the outdoor Christmas Eve service we attended. I don’t have a lot of opportunities to wear my cape and muff together, so I was pretty excited to have a reason to wear both!

And finally, a look so new, I haven’t even featured it on my website yet (stay tuned)! I was super excited to order this beautiful purple-striped Stephanie swing dress from Pinup Girl Clothing on Pink Friday, and I love the way this look turned. out, especially with Spiffy the Sausage Dog making an appearance on my cardigan!

So there’s a look at my favorite fashions from this year. Maybe at some point in 2021, I’ll have a reason to wear some of them somewhere other than at home!

Sartorial Saturday–HOMES Bracelets

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!

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?

A Childhood Recollection

When I was a kid growing up in the Chicago suburbs, not too terribly far from Lake Michigan, I always screwed up the acronym that was supposed to help you remember the Great Lakes. You know…HOMES? Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior. For some reason, my brain always thought the acronym was HOUSE, and I could never figure out which Great Lake started with “U”, completely overlooking the fact that my acronym ignored the Great Lake most local to me!

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about that a lot over the last week, since Ryan gave me these cool bracelets, each of which have a center bead composed of earth from the shores of Lake Michigan, for my birthday.

Now that I’m an adult, I don’t have any trouble remembering the names of the Great Lakes, and I love that I now have a way to carry a bit of my favorite lake with me, even during a time when I can’t travel to see it!