Sartorial Saturday–Smile with Lucy

I could not be more excited about the new Miss Candyfloss autumn/winter lookbook, “Smile with Lucy!” The entire collection is inspired by one of my favorite icons, the inimitable Lucille Ball.

The very first release from the collection included the Mandisa-Dora tartan swing dress, and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love:

The dress is made of a wool blend, which worried me a little, but somehow, it manages not to be itchy at all.

I accessorized with a few Splendette duchess bangles perfect for fall, and a lovely gold brooch from Erstwilder. I even got out my velvet gloves (even though it’s really too hot to wear them yet).

The tartan print is so pretty!

This is a great dress for early fall…even though it is a wool blend, it’s not heavy, and the short sleeves make it easy to wear while it’s still warm out.

I can’t wait for the rest of the collection to be released…everything in the lookbook is fantastic!

Sartorial Saturday–Fit for a Queen

We’re only a week away from the big Platinum Jubilee weekend! In honor of that auspicious event, I’m taking a look at an unbelievable piece that was inspired by another royal lady (Princess Grace), and makes me feel like a queen myself…the Sacnite-Lee dressing gown by Miss Candyfloss!

This is a one-of-a-kind piece that, while it shares the same general shape and style as my other Miss Candyfloss dressing gown, has been upgraded with the addition of sequins on the lace bodice (I love to sparkle!), and a fantastic ombre shading in the most lovely shades of blue:

How do you accessorize a dressing gown? Well I decided to play up the royal look with a Cinderella-inspired necklace, my Erstwilder crown earrings, and some sparkly hair pins:

Like my other dressing gown, I would definitely wear this out if I had a place fancy enough, but for now, it’s also perfect for watching Encanto on a Friday night! Or twirling around the house, because the skirt has an amazing spin!

I love how luxurious and special this gown is!

Now I have a dressing gown perfect for spring and summer, and another that’s just right for fall and winter…I’m glad to have all the seasons covered in elegant glamour!

Sartorial Saturday–Inspired by The Astronaut Wives Club

Today I’m taking a look at a Miss Candyfloss dress that feels like it could have appeared in an episode of The Astronaut Wives Club…the Selena-Sun!

My favorite things about this dress are the collar/neckline and the asymmetrical buttons down the front. It’s so unique and beautiful!

I’m usually reluctant to wear the color yellow, especially this much and so close to my face. But there’s something so cheerful and summery about it, I don’t even mind!

Since the dress is such a bright color, I keep my accessories simple, with a white and silver color palette featuring a Splendette stack and my favorite necklace. I even added some cute earrings, which I haven’t worn much since the pandemic began!

The dress is a little big on me. Miss Candyfloss recommended ordering a size up from your usual size, but I’m often between sizes, and I didn’t look at the size chart closely enough, so I should have just stuck with my regular Miss Candyfloss size. The dress will look even better once I have it taken in a bit and it’s more fitted, but I don’t think it looks terrible the way it is now.

It really is the perfect dress for a retro summer!

I’m looking forward to styling this in other ways in the future!

Sartorial Saturday–Clearance Shopping

Sometimes, you find a deal that’s just too good to pass up!

I’ve been wanting to try a pantsuit from Miss Candyfloss, but I was really worried about the fit. Knowing that their sunsuits worked for me helped a little bit, but I hadn’t been able to commit to buying one. Until I found the Mare-Minty on clearance at one of their online retailers, Boho-Chic Clothing, for only $30 (American!)!!! At that price, I really had nothing to lose!

The color scheme of this beautiful pantsuit made accessorizing lots of fun…I added a beautiful Splendette stack with matching necklace, and one of my favorite headpieces.

I also added my first-ever pair of Erstwilder earrings, from their Wizard of Oz collection:

I love how elegant this look is, and also how easy it is to wear…it’s super comfortable!

I’m so glad I was able to take a chance on this outfit. I know how their pantsuits fit now (I just need to have the hem raised a bit), and I know I like to wear them, so I don’t think this will be the only one I add to my wardrobe!

Sartorial Saturday–Taking the Helm

Time for a look at another piece from Miss Candyfloss’s latest lookbook, “A Touch of Grace!”

The Khloe-Lee sleeveless swing dress caught my eye on my first scroll through the collection. It’s similar to another Miss Candyfloss dress I purchased last summer, but with a more flattering (to me) bust/neckline.

This dress is light and breezy and perfect for summer. It’s a beautiful shade of blue, with a subtle ship’s wheel print that from a distance could easily be mistaken for polka dots. There are two hidden snaps at the top of the dress to ensure everything stays put, which I love!

I kept the accessories and their color palette simple…a trio of Splendette Duchess bangles and an elegant bird brooch from Erstwilder:

This dress buttons all the way down the front, which makes it easy to throw on, and even easier to wear open over shorts!

I’m especially looking forward to wearing this dress (with the shorts underneath) on our family vacation this summer…I’m expecting it to travel well and be super comfortable when we’re out and about in the summer sun!

Sartorial Saturday–The Day Dress

Miss Candyfloss has a new lookbook for spring/summer 2022, and I have my first new dress from it!

The Amina-Regina is a beautiful, floral print day dress. It’s light and easy to wear, and perfect for the coming warmer days!

The collection is called “A Touch of Grace,” and is named for the lovely Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco. I think this dress in particular lives up to the name, and it also reminds me of some of the dresses that Queen Elizabeth II wore at the beginning of her reign in the 1950s, so I feel especially regal wearing it!

I accessorized with a neutral hat and gloves, and added in a blue and white stack of Splendette Duchess bangles and a heart-shaped brooch from the Erstwilder Paris Holiday collection.

The dress also looks perfect with a cropped cardigan:

I love the elegant simplicity of this dress, and I’m looking forward to wearing it often!

Sartorial Saturday–My Three Styles

I have come to realize that my personal style falls into three categories (when I’m not bumming around the house in my jammies, that is!).

There’s the “Let me grab my hat and gloves. Is my petticoat full enough? Pearls go with everything!” 1950s style.

Then there’s the somewhat related, because it’s also a fashion flashback, “I’m still living in the 90s in my overalls” style.

And finally, the newest look I’ve been sporting, the “Does this dirndl make me look Austrian/German enough?” national dress style.

I think it’s interesting that my personal fashion falls into such distinct categories, and that those categories are such a great reflection of who I am!

Sartorial Saturday–Summer Dreams

We’ve had some of the coldest temperatures of the season this week, but I’m dreaming about summer!

The Luzana-Rose playsuit from Miss Candyfloss almost didn’t make it to my wardrobe. Last summer, I ordered it from one of their stockists, because I missed purchasing it directly from Miss Candyfloss. Well, it took months to arrive, and was damaged beyond repair when it finally got to me, so I accepted my refund thought that was that. But the stockist had one left in inventory in my size, and when it went on sale even more after Christmas, I decided to take another chance. Fortunately, this one got to me without incident, and I’m so excited to have it to wear on our big vacation this summer! (I’m planning on making my mid-century modern dreams come true by wearing it when we tour Kennedy Space Center!)

I thought blue accessories would be fun, so I went with my Meteor Jewelry Co. Starlite necklace and bracelet set and the perfect Erstwilder brooch.

I think this is such a fun look!

I’m really glad I took a second chance on this playsuit, and the thought of wearing it on our vacation will keep me warm all winter!

Sartorial Saturday–Swing Pants

Over the last year-plus, I’ve ordered a little something of everything from Miss Candyfloss…dresses, jackets, a skirt, a blouse, a sunsuit, and even a beautiful dressing gown. But there was one item of clothing I was reluctant to buy…pants. Real talk time…I’ve had five c-sections, and I find that pants are pretty hard for me to wear, because the fit is never quite right., thanks to multiple abdominal surgeries. But Miss Candyfloss makes beautiful vintage-inspired pants, and I’ve been admiring various styles since I discovered the brand. An after-Christmas coupon was just the push I needed to give them a try, and to my surprise, I actually love the way they fit and look!

The Brindy-Dora swing pants are a lovely neutral tartan print. The color palette immediately brings autumn to mind, but not to the point that I’ll feel weird wearing them any other time of year.

I really like the way they look here with the purple and orange accents of my shirt, belt, Splendette duchess bangles stack, and Erstwilder brooch. The gold velvet gloves are a nice touch, too.

Here’s why I think these pants, in particular, work so well. They’re pleated, but they also have a flat front. I know, that sounds impossible. But the pleats start well below the waistline, which allows you to have the great look and swing of pleated pants without a lot of extra bulk on your stomach, which I greatly appreciate!

I have always been a fan of wide-leg pants (hello…I was a teenager in the 90s!), and these are wide-leg to the extreme!

I know I’m going to need to have them tailored, because even with heels, they’re a bit too long. But until I find a new tailor, I’ll make do!

I already have a few more ideas of how I want to style these pants…I’m so glad I took a chance on adding such a versatile piece to my wardrobe!

Sartorial Saturday–My Favorite Festive Fashions

Now that even Epiphany has come and gone, I’m taking a look back at my favorite festive fashions of the 2021 Christmas season. I picked my favorite styling of each Christmas piece I have in my wardrobe (four skirts, a dress, and a dirndl apron), plus a photo of how I accessorized each:

Also, two bonus pictures that don’t really fit anywhere else…the dressing gown I wore on Christmas Eve, and a playful shot of one of my new Christmas brooches on my overalls against a candy cane-inspired background:

As much as I’m looking forward to mixing up my fashion a bit more in the coming weeks, I’m really going to miss my Christmas prints until it’s time to pull them out again!