When I wear gingham, I feel like sunshine and picnics. Nothing says hello summer more than a pretty gingham dress. In fact, gingham is the biggest trend of the season and it never goes out of style. It’s the first weekend of June, and the weather couldn’t be more perfect for a day out with my sweet hubby Gary, so I am wearing my new 50s inspired Roberta Gingham Swing Dress from Collectif Clothing.
Collectif Clothing: Celebrating vintage styles UK-based Collectif Clothing offers a unique blend of vintage and retro-inspired styles, all designed with high-quality materials and an eye for timeless aesthetics. Their size-inclusive collections, which range from XS-22, elegantly celebrate every body shape and size, re-imagining the enchanting fashion of the 1940s and 1950s for the contemporary woman.
Spring has been incredible so far here in California. The weather has been warm and there’s been a breeze, flowers are blooming everywhere, and everyone is starting to get out again after being in lock down for so long. Gary and I headed out to shoot the new Hello Kitty collection for Erstwilder and I have to say I have loved Hello Kitty since I was a little girl. I remember going to the mall with my mom and sister and it was always such a special treat to stop into the Hello Kitty Sanrio store and just marvel at all the pretty pink Hello Kitty goodies!! We’d usually leave with some fancy Hello Kitty lip gloss, pencils decorated with Hello Kitty and her friends, and scented erasers that smelled like candy. Those were good times
The new Erstwilder x Hello Kitty collection is absolutely adorable. I paired my favorite pieces with my bright yellow dress from Collectif Clothing as I thought it all matched so nicely and is very cheerful. The wisteria flowers are in full bloom this time of year and Gary was so sweet to take my photos amongst them and all the bees!! The bees shared the flowers with us and I wish that scents could come over my computer because the smell of these sweet wisteria were magnificent. I’m wearing the adorable Hello Kitty Take to the Sky Necklace and it has her sitting in a bright yellow airplane flying with the fluffy clouds. Necklace is hand-assembled and features bubble resin, is adjustable and that is something I absolutely love and appreciate that Erstwilder have so much attention to detail.
Hello, Spring is calling!! I am sharing my lovely Spring outfit from Heart of Haute, a brand known as the voluptuous gals best friend when it comes to clothing that perfectly fits curves.
I love bright colors and pastels and this twirl skirt from Heart of Haute is everything!! Skirt is so comfortable and made from high quality cotton so it holds its shape beautifully while being lightweight. Also, this skirt has nice deep pockets and I was able to easily add my iPhone Xs Max and lipstick with room to spare! The skirt print is called Woodland Daisy and it’s so bright and cheerful and I love the colorful flowers which makes it a breeze to mix and match tops and cardigans. The skirt has princess seams, sits right at your waist and zips up the back. I am wearing my standard 2XL skirt size and it is so comfortable.
Oranges, reds, yellows, greens, black, wine, and even shades of pink are just some of the gorgeous autumnal colors nature creates for us to enjoy. This post is all about sharing some of these standout colors that I like to call eye candy because they evoke a pop of sweet joy when I wear them and see them.
A black dress can certainly be appropriate for Fall especially when it has a print as beautiful as this one with orangey-reds and turquoise blue-green. This dress is the Trixie Midnight Lily Swing Dress from Collectif Clothing in the UK. The dress is made from high quality cotton sateen and has a lovely sweetheart neckline and fitted waist for the 1940s-1950s bombshell look I love. The sleeves are ¾ and perfect for Fall time here in San Francisco.
My feline friendly outfit is another Fall favorite of mine. I love novelty prints and the border print on this skirt has the most adorable kitty cats. The skirt started off as a dress that ended up being too small and wouldn’t go over my chest so I had a seamstress convert it into a skirt for me and now I can wear it often. I like the green color of the skirt and paired it here with a bright orange sweater, leopard print purse and dark brown cardigan and I feel like I am wearing several autumnal colors in one outfit!!
Every year I look forward to a visit to Hale’s Apple Farm pumpkin patch and with everything 2020 has brought us, I looked forward to that visit more than ever. The patch is adorable and even some spooky fellows, also has an adjoining orchard so apple picking was also on the schedule.
I wore this lovely red plaid dress from Collectif Clothing and was so comfortable on this cooler Autumn day. The dress has a full swing skirt, pockets, a vintage style boat neckline and princess seams. I could twirl in this red check beauty all day!! After all the wildfire scares in California, it was amazing to spend a day with my hubby Gary in the fresh air and surrounded by Autumn.
There were lots of families and children visiting the pumpkin patch and everyone socially distanced and wore masks. It was so fun being amongst people rather than seeing them on Zoom meetings all day and we could all enjoy the seasonal activities of Autumn.
Apple picking was next on the list and boy oh boy did they smell sweet and yummy!! I couldn’t find my basket so I opted for my vintage Cathrineholm lotus bowl that held many more apples than I thought it would. I’m thinking of making some apple strudel or apple crumble to use up the apples.
Lots more Autumn, Halloween, and other goodies are on the way to the blog…. And the holidays are coming too!!
“Life isn’t always
perfect but your outfit can be”
Having an hourglass figure is not always easy to dress because finding clothing that nips in your waist and compliments your curves is not usually something you can find at the local shopping mall. When I discovered The Dolores Doll dress from Collectif Clothing it immediately became one of my go-to styles.