April Outfits Round Up

April is for flowers and colours and happy clothes, and that’s exactly what I filled it with. There was some time spent with friends in London, lots of catching up with old friends I haven’t seen in a while, and several lady dates, so I enjoyed sprinkling florals and bright colours among my wardrobe choices for those events. Next month is my 30th birthday, so I’m hoping and expecting to use that as an excuse to get the full on glam going once or twice. For now, let’s boing into spring together.

As usual, you can find links in the description to any item that is still available to buy. Anything not linked is from a past season and cannot be found for purchase any longer and/or is not available to buy online from the website from which I purchased it. To help give you some clarification that might make it easier for you to find certain items, please note that an item listed as ‘by’ a brand was designed by that brand, but items listed ‘from’ means that website merely sells the item and is not the designer, meaning you may be able to find it elsewhere with some searching

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Deco Daffodil Jolene dress by Trashy Diva, Just Be Cosmopolitan Citrus heels by Miss L Fire, assorted gold Primark bangles

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Bernie Dexter Chrysanthemum Paris dress, old season Primark cardigan, assorted Splendette bangles, current season Primark cut out flats

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50s Tartan Idda dress by Miss Candyfloss, Black sateen slide belt by Pinup Girl Clothing, old season Primark flats

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Tahiti Mahina dress by Collectif, Banned Erin Wicker bag from Audrey Star’s Boutique, Bella Brown Wedges from eBay, current season Primark bangles stack, old season M&S cropped cardigan

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Apple Tart dress by Trashy Diva, Old season Primak cardigan, current season Primark flats and bangle stacks

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Heart of Haute Bouquet print Milan dress from Doll Me Up, Ice Blue Tootsie Cropped cardigan from Doll Me Up, old Truffle heels, assorted wooden bangles

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Sunday Rose Norma Jean dress by Retrospec’d, Sage Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up, Assorted glitter, fakelite and woven bamboo Splendette bangles, old season H&M flats, Chartruese bag by TU from Sainsburys

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Marin dress by Hell Bunny, Red Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up, old season Primark navy flats, Erstwilder red Poppy brooch

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Sylvia dress by Voodoo Vixen, Red Signature Double Rose by Daisy Jean Florals, old red bangle, Red Poppy brooch by Erstwilder, hand bedazzled flats (tutorial)

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Red Havana dress by Pinup Girl Clothing, Royal Blue Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up, Red Holly Hibiscus hair flower by Daisy Jean Florals, Dark Woven Bamboo bangle by Splendette, assorted wooden bangles, hand bedazzled flats (tutorial)

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Lilith skirt by Pinup Girl Clothing, old Boohoo.com bardot top, Spiked stiletto heels from eBay, necklace from Forever 21

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Marnie dress by Tatyana, Royal Blue Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up, belt from Havana dress by PUG, hand bedazzled flats (tutorial)

Getting Kitschy With Erstwilder

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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.

As a woman not massively into that which is novelty and kitsch, I didn’t get the Erstwilder urge for the longest time, not until the end of last year. First I wanted the red Poppy brooch, as it reminds me of my dad. Then, when their Christmas line launched, I also wanted the Holly Wreath, and the Gingerbread man… I scrolled through their full stock lost…Oh and the Crimson Callistemon, I liked that, too. And the Hope’s Love Letter brooch, the Bluebirds of Happiness, Anouk’s Lost Letters… Basically every red, yellow or blue bird.

Suddenly I realised Erstwilder had won me over, because amongst all their quirky pieces there were plenty of sweet, less kitsch designs for the anti-cutesy amongst us: in short, there’s an Erstwilder for everyone.

Erstwilder Brooches

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Erstwilder Yellow Bluebird of Happiness Brooch

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Crimson Callistemon
Blue Anouk’s Lost Letter
Yellow Bluebird of Happiness
C/O Erstwilder

I love the marble swirl effect they use in so many of their pieces, visible above in the bird brooches. The Crimson Callistemon is my favourite of all their brooches, excluding the Red Poppy brooch which I missed out on at the end of last year and will always regret.

The brooches are well made and sturdy, and they each come in a little round cardboard brooch box that’s not only adorable but has a description insert card in the lid which has a sweet little poem about the brooch inside. Many ladies keep their boxes as collectibles, while others own so many brooches they make up brooch boards from chipboards covered in fabric to display their pieces prettily. While I only own these 3 Erstwilder pieces, I suspect a few others might join my collection of twinkly brooches in future, so I’m looking at making a brooch board for myself soon to keep them all easily organised, close at hand, and to enjoy them being on display.

Erstwilder‘s most recent lines have been Australian themed and Dinosaur centric–just in case you didn’t believe me when I said they’re truly quirky. Their newest line, launching today, is Picnic inspired. Their website allows you to shop by jewellery category (brooch, earrings, necklace,) design theme or even colour themes, and by stock which is running low, so you know to pounce on any items that are in danger of soon selling out. All their brooches cost $34.95 AUD and they ship internationally, with flat rate shipping available both domestically and internationally, and a free shipping option if your order totals over a certain value. Erstwilder is also stocked internationally through dozens if not hundreds of retailers with brick-and-mortar stores and online boutiques, so it’s never difficult to treat yourself to some new and quirky whenever the urge claims you.

Do you own any Erstwilder pieces? What was your first?