2021 was a year where I explored new options for my wardrobe, found some new favorite retailers, and really discovered what I like and I want I don’t in my clothing and accessories. I added some special pieces to my collection, starting with this Erstwilder brooch inspired by Animal Crossing:
Speaking of Animal Crossing, I have never been as excited about a makeup collection as I was about the ColourPopxAnimal Crossing collaboration!
Miss Candyfloss quickly became my favorite vintage-inspired clothing brand in 2021, and I think the Myrtle-Sun dress was my favorite out of the ones I purchased (although, everything I have in my closet from their brand is simply amazing!):
I explored my heritage in a sartorial way this year by adding two dirndls from Rare Dirndl to my wardrobe. They’re both beautiful, but I’m sharing “Die Heimat” because the other was a gift, so not technically something I purchased myself.
I received my most recent Erstwilder order this week, and my newest brooch is already, out of my whole collection, one of the most meaningful to me:
The Erstwilder “Blooming Bells” brooch is, to me, my Animal Crossing brooch. When I first saw the lily-of-the-valley brooch in their Floral Affair collection, I knew I was going to order it because it looks like the beautiful flower that shows up in your game when you achieve a perfect island rating. And then I noticed the title of the brooch, and liked it even more, because by chance the name reflected not only the bell-like shape of the flowers, but also the currency in the Animal Crossing games. And then I read the actual description of the brooch: “A five out of five flower. A beautiful blossom of bells, to spruce up your island home.” Of course it was at that moment that I realized that it wasn’t a coincidence…Erstwilder created this brooch with my favorite game in mind!
Today was a Very Exciting Day…after four-plus months of playing every day, I finally achieved a 5-star rating in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! I have a perfect island!!!
The awards for such a rating, besides my residents’ ovation and fame forever, are a lily-of-the-valley plant and a golden watering can. The flower, in particular, is a prized item to me, because I haven’t achieved a perfect rating in every Animal Crossing game, so when I do finally get one, it’s a Big Deal. I’m so happy my animals like living on Gloriana so much…I’ve put a lot of work into designing it!