I’m sure you’ve heard of Erstwilder. At this point unless you’re super new to vintage style, I’d be shocked if you hadn’t spotted Erstwilder brooches staring up at you from the collars and bust lines of dozens of modern pinup style loving girls across all of social media, if not in real life. The Australian brand produce hundreds of limited edition quirky and kitsch novelty brooches, for which they’re best known, as well as earrings and necklaces in that same theme.
From diner girls to dapper professor foxes, cute sloths (which is saying a lot, because sloths freak me out) to hot air balloons, from studious owls to camper vans, Erstwilder have and do find inspiration just about everywhere. Continue reading →
I’m kind of a big kid. I may be 29-years-old but it’s still a legitimate life goal of mine to make a large fort out of cardboard. Things have been crazy busy lately and with The Pinup Picnic In The Park coming up in a couple weeks that busyness isn’t soon set to relent. So, rather than the usual blog shoot involving pretty scenery and me trying my very best to look put together and glamorous, this weekend I indulged my inner child by throwing on my new Voodoo Vixen Katnis dress, packing the picnic hamper I got for my birthday, and heading to the park with my sister Sarah and 4 of my niblings (definition: plural, gender-neutral term for nieces and nephews.)
I had visions of us getting tons of adorable family shots on all the park pieces and a shining, cohesive snapshot of cuteness on a picnic blanket together. Anyone who has children, or even their own niblings, will know that I should have lowered my expectations. Because when you’re toting a crew of four children what will actually happen is your 9-year-old niece will not-very-subtly hint that you should take model shots of her on every piece of park apparatus; your 11-year-old nephew will lounge around in the giant swing because he’s so tired from the dog waking him up at 5.30am; your almost 4-year-old nephew will want to take pictures of you with your expensive DSLR camera and will think squeezing the camera with deep intensity is the way to get it to work; your not yet 2-year-old niece will be so intent upon repeatedly going down the slide that she won’t want to pose for any selfies with you; and the perfect family picnic shot you dreamt of will actually turn out like this…
Amy, we don’t have time for pictures, there is food to be served
So, a typical Saturday, really. I should have known better. Let the madness begin! Continue reading →
While I appreciate cute things, normally they’re not really my style to actually wear. I often see and love novelty brooches…but know I probably won’t find a place for them on my outfits. I admire cute kitsch prints on circle skirts but I know I likely wouldn’t wear one. I am merely a from-afar appreciator of all things adorable and cutesy and darling. But recently New Look have been cranking out one adorable novelty clutch bag after another, and I’ve got to say, I’m sorely tempted to break my usual style rules to partake in the novelty.
I have one milkshake clutch bag I got from New Look on sale at the end of last year. It was reduced to only £4 at the time, so even though I wasn’t sure I would ever wear it I knew it was too sweet and cheap to pass up. As it happens, I did find a way to wear it, pairing it recently with my Chelsea Voodoo Vixen dress. Doing so I couldn’t help but feel like I was ready to stroll along a beach or soak up the sun in the very cutest fashion. Continue reading →