Friday, 28 April 2017

The Perfect Pet Lovers look with Dangerfield clothing

Most pinups are a sucker for a novelty print. There’s something about them that is so quintessentially vintage. They’re something I’ve always admired, though I own very few myself. I find the true vintage ones I love are always WAY too small and true vintage novelty skirts aren’t cheap. So when I saw this adorable novelty style dress from Dangerfield pop up on my Instagram feed and also that they recently added afterpay to their store, I decided to take the plunge and get my first Dangerfield piece since I started in pinup a couple of years ago.

Scarf ~ Red Repro Nylon Scarf from Daisy Jean
Brooch ~ Scotty Dog Brooch from Miss Lady A Broad
Top ~ Robin  top in cream by Collectif from Gwynnies
Dress ~ Puppy in a Basket dress in black from Dangerfield
Shoes ~ Dolores slingbacks in brown from Royal Vintage Shoes
Dangerfield is an Australia store that stock a broad range of clothing, but their styles definitely are popular with the retro community, especially with their inhouse brands Revival and their Dangerfield brand. As a baby pinup who was quite a lot smaller, I struggled a lot with their proportions so moved away from them as a brand. But now days my body is very different and I thought it couldn’t hurt to give it another go. When I saw this print pop up I knew I had to add it to my wardrobe. With the price difference between the skirt and dress I felt the dress for me was a better option. So I took the plunge, added it to my cart and pressed buy.

My dress arrived pretty quickly. I got standard postage and I had it the week after purchasing (ordered the Thursday, arrived the following Wednesday). The tracking was updated throughout and it was well packaged. I was excited to unwrap it and see what it was like. The dress is made from 100%. I do love that this is the case, as I need cotton options for warmer or humid days due to my sensitive skin. The fabric isn’t super thick, but it’s also not super thin. It’s not see through (as you can tell by the fact I’m wearing a white knit top underneath and it’s now showing through). Featuring a back zip that’s not an invisible zip was also a win for me as I have a love hate relationship with them. I like the little bust tie detail this dress has and I also like that it’s easy to layer and in neutral colours, making it a great dress for all year round.

Being SO long since I last ordered from them…I scrutinised the size chart and went for the size closest to my current measurements which was a size 16. When it arrived it quickly became apparent that a size 14 would have been better. This dress is quite loose on me (though not enough to be hugely noticeable), especially in the bust and shoulders. I think I will end up just reducing the shoulders slightly for a better fit. As a first buy with my changed body I’m not too upset. I’d rather get something and have it a bit big than too small. And by throwing on a belt the dress is still wearable without the fit issues being hugely noticeable. 

The puppy print truly is the champion of this dress and its definitely why I bought it. Made to look like a painted vintage novelty print, this puppy pattern is actually printed onto the fabric, which makes it quite resilient to wear and tear. As someone who grew up always having dogs and has been unable to have them as an adult due to the rental market, I love I can wear this cutie even if I can’t own a pupper myself.  

For this shoot I decided to go a bit preppy with my look! My Scotty brooch from Miss Lady A Broad was the perfect match for my look because the only thing better than a dress with puppies on it is adding a puppy brooch! A red scarf and belt added some colour to my look while my knit top gave it the preppy feel I was after. My Dolores heels lifted the look to be a bit more adult without losing the preppy vibe of the outfit. Ladies this dress also features pockets too!

The Puppy in the Basket dress is also available in olive, if black isn’t your jam. I bought my dress for $88AU + postage and overall I’m pretty happy with it. This dress is one I know I’ll get wear out of, especially in the warmer months down here in Oz and its definitely made me relook at Dangerfield as a place to buy from to add fun prints to my wardrobe!

I hope you all have loved this review! I’ve finally finished up my holiday review post, it goes live tomorrow! And I’ve got a busy weekend shooting my style swap for you all as well as a bunch of new looks for the blog.

Til next time darlings!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Embrace the party season in Voodoo Vixen

While we may be staring down the barrel of winter down under, spring is quickly coming its way for all my northern hemisphere readers and after the posts I saw about your winter, it seems many of you are welcoming the warmer weather with open arms. Spring of course is party season. The warmer weather seems to almost creep into our homes and clasp our hands lovingly to pull us outside into the very bosom of nature. It’s a celebration of warmer weather allowing us to entertain outdoors and catch up with friends and loved ones without being driven inside to hide where it’s warm. Party season of course is also a chance for dressing up and I wanted to share a dress that I cannot wait to wear to as many parties as I can, even if it means adding a big jacket to get to my destination!

Flowers ~ Black rose double from Daisy Jean
Earrings ~ Medium heathers tears in red glitter from Daisy Jean
Necklace ~ Black bead necklace from Debstar Designs
Dress ~ Scarlett Red Embroidered Dress from Voodoo Vixen
Shoes ~ Nita Heels from Royal Vintage Shoes

As I said last week, for me Voodoo Vixen has completely blown it out of the water with their latest release. I love the designs. The designs are so varied that there really is something for everyone and I find myself compelled to keep adding some of their newest goodies to my wardrobe. The Scarlett Red Embroidery dress I couldn’t help snap up within the first few weeks of the collections release. I love the colour red. When I started this blog my hair was Jessica Rabbit red. But now days I rock a less bold blonde shade….but my wardrobe has definitely picked up the slack as I wear more red than ever before! 

The Scarlett dress truly is a show stopper. With a bright red base colour and a stunning black floral embroidery. It was this detailing which really drew me to the Scarlett as for me it truly made the dress. I was so excited for it to arrive and it got to me super quickly considering it was coming from the UK (just over 1 business week!). I was delighted to find theScarlett is zipless. This dress is a pull over the head dress which has elastic sheering in the back. This detail for me means this dress is going to be very figure friendly for a variety of different shaped ladies! The straps are also adjustable which is also great, as we have different busts and shoulder sizes too!

For me, the styling of this dress is also incredibly versatile. I’ve worn it to work with a bolero to make it office appropriate (because thin straps in my workplace are a no no) and got a lot of compliments on it. I’ve also worn it out in the evening without covering up and it was equally as popular. For me this makes this dress a versatile one as I can wear it not just as a party dress, but also as a work dress too! The Scarlett dress is also 100% cotton which means it breaths (though some ladies may find the fabric to be a bit on the thinner side...its not sheer or see through) ! Which living in the humid mess that is Sydney (at least in the warmer seasons) means this dress would be perfect for warm outdoor events as well as more high glam for the evenings (just remember your sunscreen and a cute parasol if you are outdoors as it offers no shoulder protection!). A show stopper no matter the occasion!

The stunning embroidery design also runs the entire bottom half of this dress, which is great for helping to streamline and smooth the waist. The dress is also pleated at the waist which helps smooth the hips and tummy. This dress does have a lining layer sewing into it, so no need to wear a slip as it stops the dress being see through. For reference I’m wearing the size Large which is a very comfortable fit due to the elastic back of the bodice. I’m absolutely smitten with this dress and at the moment it’s a high contender as my birthday party outfit for next month (unless the weather jumps to COLD really quick).

For more of a glam look I wore my Nita heels from RoyalVintage Shoes and finishing touches from Daisy Jean and Debstar Designs to help complete this look. I had such a great time shooting this dress in a stunning Japanese garden. I feel like the colours of the green and the stones really helped make the red tones just POP!

The Scarlett Red Embroidery Dress retails for £47.00/$80AU and Voodoo Vixen postage to Australia is only $14.50AU too!

I hope you've all loved this review! I'm so excited for whats coming to the blog in May!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Pretty in Primrose with Voodoo Vixen

I’ve talked before about the oh so important little black dress….and how I struggle with the concept of one. On its own, I find black quite bland and boring. I like bright colours most days and I find when I wear black, I often feel rather boring…. unless I’m rocking a style swap in which I wear all the black! But while I find block black pieces a struggle, I do have a soft spot for black dresses with subtle patterns of embroided detailing. So when I saw the Primrose dress from the newest VoodooVixen release, I knew she needed to be added to my wardrobe. 

Flowers ~ Triple rose clip from Daisy Jean
Earrings ~ Medium heather's Teardrops in Emerald glitter from Daisy Jean
Necklace ~ Green beads from Debstar Designs
Dress ~ Primrose Wrap dress from Voodoo Vixen
Shoes ~ Nita Heels from Royal Vintage Shoes
The Primrose dress by Voodoo Vixen is one of many favorites of mine from their latest release, with 3 already having made their way into my wardrobe. For those who aren’t familiar with the brand, Voodoo Vixen is a UK based pinup brand that make retro and vintage styled pieces that cater to gals who wear dresses from the 1940s through to the 60s. I’ve been wearing Voodoo Vixen for a number of years now and I love their affordability and uniqueness! The Primrose dress however deserves a special mention as its my first wrap dress from them and I'm absolutely smitten with it!

So what does that mean? That is a ‘wrap dress’? Well basically, instead of featuring a ‘traditional’ zip or button closure, this dress is wrapped around you when worn. Two tie sections are attached to the ends of each side of the dress and one side has a small opening in the seam at the waist. This way you can tuck to opposing cord through the hole and by tying it to the other one to secure the dress on. This makes this dress a great option for ladies who experience things like weight fluctuation and bloating, as the dress “tightness” dictated by tying it closed can be tightened or loosened to accommodate your body. The tie section also situates around the waist, which helps slim the figure and pull you in.

I’ve also found that changing the placement of the tie can change the look of the dress as well. For this shoot I wore it tied at the back, but I’ve also worn it on the side which I found gave it more of a casual feel for when I did grocery shopping in it. I also love the look of this dress without a corset on as well. The only struggles I had with this dress were finding a bra that didn’t show as being smaller busted and needing to size up to accommodate my later hips, it means there is more of a ‘gap’ in the chest section and it being just a bit too short for me to feel comfortable wearing stockings with it. But these are small issues for such a fabulous dress.

The highlight of this dress for me though, is the embroidery! As I’ve fallen more and more in love with the 1940’s, embroidery detailing has becoming something I really love seeing on pieces. For me sadly, most of the true vintage pieces I love are too small (perils of loving the 40’s when you have a pear/spoon shape) but that doesn’t mean I can’t find pieces that share that same feel in repro brands. The bright colours bordered in white on this dress for me really make it. They pop amongst the black so beautifully and not only do they make this dress a statement piece on its own, it gives you a lot of fun colours to play to when you accessorize! 

This dress is strikingly elegant. One I’d happily wear to work (which I have) or out to a dinner. Its elegant and incredibly stylish but also comfortable and practical. I do love that it’s a complete look on its own, which is great for lifting my look on days I’m feeling particularly lazy or for giving you some gorgeous colours to work with to help create a complete look. For my first wrap dress I’m super happy with it and I can definitely see it being a great dress to wear during the transitioning months of autumn and spring.

For this shoot I played to the green leaves and the red flowers. Wearing red roses in my hair and some green earrings and beads. I feel like these simple accessorizes are enough to lift this outfit without taking away from the embroidery detail which is the champion of my outfit.  Accessories don’t always have to be super complicated! Sometimes keeping it simple can be better for an outfit.   

I'm wearing the Primrose dress in a size Large and this gorgeous dress averages around $74AU + postage which is very reasonable. Now Voodoo Vixen only have sizes M and below left in stock. However, if you need a different size and adore this dress, Unique Vintage have the full size range in stock still!

I hope you've all enjoyed this review lovelies and I'm looking forward to some new exciting things coming next week to the blog!

Disclaimer: Whilst I received this dress in a collaboration with Voodoo Vixen, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Comfortable glamour in the Liz set from What Katie Did

One of my favorite reasons to wear lingerie, is because of how it makes me feel. Even before I started sharing my foundations with the internet, it still gave me that little smile because it helped me feel good. Lingerie is something I wear for myself and I find that to be so empowering. Now while I do lace myself into a corset more days than not, I also like to match it with pretty sets of lingerie as well, especially since I do wear stockings unless I’m wearing trousers. Comfort for me is a big things when I buy my lingerie (which may be a surprise for ladies who aren’t regular foundations wearers) and for me my most comfortable set of lingerie is without a doubt the Liz set from What Katie Did.

Flowers ~ Red rose clip from Daisy Jean
Earrings ~ Heather glitter tears from Daisy Jean
Necklace ~ Beads from Debstar Designs
Bra ~ Liz Bra from What Katie did
Suspender Belt ~ Liz Suspender Belt from What Katie did
Underwear ~ Liz Brief from What Katie Did
Stockings ~ Red Glamour Seams from What Katie Did
The Liz set from What Katie Did has quickly become one of my most worn sets, simply due to the comfort level. Made from 100% opaque Italian lycra blend fabric, this set fits firmly on the body offering smoothing of your curves without compromising your comfort. If you like the idea of foundations but feel you might find them too restrictive this set really is for you! The lycra fabric means you can bend, stretch, crouch, twist and if you wanted run without hindering your movements. I mean, who doesn’t love being stylishly comfortable. 

Let’s start with the bra. The Liz bra is one of the best retro bras I own and gives a great pointed shape for a more authentic look. TheLiz bra features the same solid lycra in the bottom of the cup. These cups are lightly padded for a bit of lift and have the prettiest shell style pattern stitched in them.  The top of the cup is sheer mesh and there is a slight peak under the cups at the bottom, which I feel adds a bit of a cheeky element to this lingerie by making it both naughty and nice. This is a wire free bra (which now days is my preference) and is reinforced with power mesh and boned sides. I’m wearing my ‘regular’ size bra (the bra size I wear most often) in this bra which is a 38C and have no issues with the fit. The waistband across the front is also elastic, which helps for a closer fit. I love too that I don’t have to wear my bullet bra pads with this, as sometimes one likes to play hide and seek in my room which is always a bit of a game to find. 

Now while I do have a more petite bust in comparison to the rest of my figure, the Liz briefs are the best shaping I have in my lingerie drawer. Currently boasting a hip of 47 inches in comparison to a 32-34 waist (that’s a 13-15 inch difference) it can be tricky to find briefs that accommodate not just my derriere but also my tummy. These briefs do the job. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, the leg holes at the front are almost in a teardrop shape. I personally find this visual trick helps give a smoother appearance to the hips and the brief is firm enough to smooth my tummy without squashing me uncomfortably. I’ve worn these briefs with trousers as well and have loved the look. For reference of size, I’m wearing the size 18 but they are a comfortable fit. If they weren’t’ I wouldn’t wear them nearly as much as I do. 

The Liz suspender belt is also a fabulous belt for ladies who are beginners or who just want a belt that is versatile and comfortable. I shared on my Instagram not long ago a video on why this belt is so great for ladies who are new to foundation wearing. One of my most common questions I get from ladies about vintage foundations is how they can still use the bathroom comfortably with so many layers on. The Liz suspender belt is stretchy enough you can simply pull it down along with your briefs and pull back up without any hassle. The suspender belt is also incredibly comfortable to wear throughout the day. As someone who spends 8 hours, 5 days a week at work and an hour commuting, I need to wear foundations that I can last that long in. The liz suspender belt has become my go to for days I don’t feel like lacing but still want to wear stockings as it still offers smoothing when worn on its own (though you get a smoother finish with it over the brief) and is comfortable enough to wear on days you don’t want anything super restrictive across your tummy.

The Liz suspenders features 6 straps to help keep your stockings in place throughout the day. These straps are adjustable in length and feature metal clips for best hold (I have one set with plastic clips and its such a struggle to get to stay). The Liz suspender belt also has 3 different fastening clip sizes as well, for a more comfortable wear. Being a solid black also makes it a versatile set as well. I love pairing with brightly coloured glamour seams from the What Katie Did Range (I reviewed these seams and how they fit my curvier thighs recently, you can read it by clicking here) or you can keep it simple and elegant by pairing it with some of their fully fashioned seams for a more formal look.

This set is incredibly curve friendly and a set I absolutely adore. The bottoms are also available in a brief with suspenders attached, for an even simpler approach to beginning to wear foundations. I've been wearing this set, especially the suspender belt a lot over the last 4 months and have been enjoying the high quality and continuing good fit. This set also won't break the bank, with the bra and suspenders retailing for $52AUD and the briefs retailing for $36AUD. I get my What Katie Did goodies direct and it generally only takes 7-10 business to arrive down under, which is pretty quick coming from the UK. 

I hope you've all enjoyed this review! I had so much fun treking through the bush to shoot this and I'm excited to be able to bring you more lingerie reviews to the blog over the later part of the year.

Til next time darlings!

Disclaimer: Whilst I received this set in as a brand ambassador for What Katie Did, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers. 

Friday, 14 April 2017

Fulfilling 1940s dreams in the Ella from Miss Candyfloss

In the past 12 months, the 1940s has been creeping into my wardrobe with an insatiable passion. Incredibly elegant and effortlessly classy, there is something about the 40s that speaks to me more than any era. From the suits, to the swing pants. The crisp cut blouses to the dresses. The 1940s truly makes my heart sing. Sadly though, it is a style of clothing that isn’t overly popular in the repro world. While most mainstream repro places pay their homage to the 1950s and 60s, the 40s can be forgotten at times or only given a small look in. A brand I’ve been umming and ahhing about for quite a while is Miss Candyfloss. Based in Sweden, our poor exchange rate made them quite expensive and I was nervous of spending my money and being unhappy. But when I saw that Australian stockist Ms Katts Kustom house had the Ella dress in, one I’d been eyeing off for quite some time, I knew it was time to take the plunge and I was not disappointed.

Beret ~ Vintage from Etsy
Gloves ~ Vintage
Brooch ~ Key to Erebor collectors pin from the Weta Workshop
Dress ~ Ella dress in raspberry and tartan by Miss Candy Floss from Ms Katts Kustom House
Shoes ~ Lacey heels in cream by B.A.I.T Footwear

Miss Candyfloss is a reproduction pinup brand based in Sweden with a focus on 1940s and 1950s styles. Having looked through their website on more than one occasion, I do love that there are a wide variety of 1940s style items as opposed to the small selection carried in most other stores. The Ella dress (designed in collaboration with Miss Victory Violet) caught my eye for the tartan accents with the solid colour. I’m a lover of darker earth tones so this dress ticked that box for me. I also like the fact the bust isn’t on display, which instantly makes this dress a great option for my workplace. So with Ms Katts having afterpay and some friendly help with the measuring tape I took the plunge and ordered this gorgeous dress.

The first thing I noticed when this dress arrived was the fabric. The quality of the fabric was incredible. Thick and soft to touch, I knew instantly this dress would wear beautifully on and be a comfortable wear. The construction of the bodice felt sturdy while still having give and the belt held its shape, unlike some belts that aren’t reinforced which bend and twist when worn. Overall I was incredibly impressed from the get go with the quality and the cut of this dress. For size reference, I'm wearing the large.

When I finally took the plunge and wore the dress for the first time, I was even more impressed. To wear it was as comfortable as I’d hoped. I knew very quickly I would be able to wear this dress with or without foundations if I wanted and it would still fit beautifully. I was thrilled to find that the sleeves weren’t tight at all. This is significant as this was something that was making me hold off purchasing in the past. Not only are the arms not tight, but I can comfortably fit some fingers in there still! The only thing I will note is that the head hole on this dress was a bit snug, but not so much that it ruined my hair or make up. It just took me a little maneuvering to get it on without coming out looking like the joker.

The Ella dress is easy enough to get on. It features a back zip that ends just below the collar and it comes on and off without too much of a hassle. This zip is a good quality zip too and it’s not an invisible zip, which I can have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with. The pop of Tartan in the belt helps to draw the waist in and break the solid colour that makes up this dress. I rarely wear the belts that came with specific dresses but with this one the match just felt perfect. I’m also excited to try different stocking colours with this gorgeous dress. A darker red would be lovely, as would brown. But for this shoot, I kept it bold and went black.

The tartan detailing is the hero of this dress. The scallop design and the bow at the bottom of this collar for me is a meshing of harder tartan style fabrics with feminine shaping and style. Having the same pattern at the sleeves really just completes the look.  I feel a bit like I’m gushing in this review but I am honestly so over the moon with this dress and its definitely inspired me to add more Miss Candy Floss to my wardrobe. For styling this look I took some inspiration from Ella’s shoot (we have the same shoes) but added my own flare with my Beret.

For this shoot I did however play to my inner geek and wore my new 'Key of Erebor' pin I got from the Weta Workshop in Wellington on my recent trip to New Zealand. A replica of the key from the Hobbit Movie series, I love how it seems to fit beautifully with this dress and provides a subtle statement.

The Ella dress is now sold out on the Miss Candy Floss website and Ms Katt’s Kustom House is also selling out fast of this style too! I’ve managed to track down some other stores that still have it in stock for you all, though they aren’t Australian based (Nostalgie Shop , Voluptuous Vintagefraeuleinbackfisch) . I got my Ella dress for $199AU on afterpay which definitely made it more managable!

I hope you've all enjoyed this review lovelies!

Til next time!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Hard to believe its repro ~ Australian boutique Lavender & Peaches

Now days I’m an absolute sucker for true vintage styling. Its something I’ve been finding as I’m getting older. While I still love my fun quirky prints, now days I’m more inclined to reach for something with a more true vintage feel to it. I guess one could say that I’m growing up a bit….well as grown up as I can be for nearing my 27th birthday. And while I adore true vintage garments…with my body shape and size it can be a hard game and often an expensive one. Sometimes though, you can strike lucky with reproduction garments that truly pay homage to true vintage pieces and this amazing sheath dress from newly opened Australian Boutique Lavender and Peaches is one of those items!

Flowers ~ Peaches and cream rose double from Daisy Jean
Dress & Brooch ~ Rosemary dress and parrot brooch from Lavender and Peaches
Shoes ~ Lacey heels in cream from B.A.I.T Footwear

Lavender and Peaches boutique is a new small business right here in Australia. With stock currently being handmade by the owner Jay-Dee, a lover of vintage fashion and everything vintage styling entails she’s opened a boutique to share her amazingly authentic looking designs with the rest of us! As a fellow boss babe, I love seeing other women trying to grow and build their own small businesses and fully support them when I can. So when Jay-Dee reached out the help share the word of her new store and I saw the designs on offer I had to say yes! After some discussion on measurements I was posted out a size 16 in the Rosemary dress to try out. I was super excited to receive my dress, beautifully wrapped in brown paper with twine and labeled beautiful with a hand written note.

The Rosemary dress is a stunning 1950’s style sheath dress, made of a cotton blend (97% cotton to 3% spandex) in a stunning bright peach colour. This colour is one I wore a lot of in my teens and I must admit I’m glad to see it coming back into my wardrobe. Firstly…the fit. The 16 fits me perfectly, with or without shapewear thanks to the fabric there is some stretch while still maintaining its structure. The shape of this dress is incredibly true vintage. When I first posted photos on my social media last week wearing this gorgeous dress a lot of gals commented thinking this dress was a true vintage find! Hard to believe its repro, this dress is definitely made to look the part. Being a pear girl this dress has been a dream to wear. The nipped waist accentuates my naturally smaller waist while accommodating my much larger hips. The darts at the front also help slim the tummy and the neckline gives the illusion of an hourglass shape. The gorgeous Rosemary features a side zip, for an authentic 1950’s look and is a comfortable length for wearing for work or leisure. 

This dress really is the whole package, with the matching brooch included in your purchase. This cute brooch, featuring 3 parrots is the perfect pop of colour which beautifully completes this vintage look. It also makes it a great dress for ladies who are potentially new to vintage styling as it would give them a complete look they only have to add small additions to finish the look, such as a string of pearls and a pair of shoes. I also love the versatility of this dress. I’ve worn it to work but I could easily wear it out to dinner or to something a bit dressier by adding the right accessories. Versatility is something I look at with everything I add to my wardrobe and this dress definitely ticks that box.

The gorgeous dresses at the Lavender and Peach boutique are all handmade in house by locally sourced sustainable products. The Rosemarydress will set you back $149AU (brooch included) and has free domestic shipping here in Australia as well as posting overseas!

The store is stock currently modest, which as a new handmade business it’s easy to understand! This is definitely a dress I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of and I encourage other ladies to support small independent seamstress based businesses and snap one of these up if you love it as much as I do! They also have some gorgeous new pink pedal pushers in stock as well, which you can see on Aussie pinup beauty Miss Lady Lace’s Instagram.

I hope you've all enjoyed this review as much as I did writing it! I loved styling this dress for this post!

Til next time darlings!

Disclaimer: Whilst I received this dress in a collaboration with Lavender and Peaches, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers. 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Gumnut babys and Australiana beauties from Erstwilder

Wearing the Rohan Red Tail brooch from Erstwilder
Its no secret I love brooches. Rarely a day goes by when I don't have a brooch pinned to my shirt and most days its the primary accessory I wear. I'm also a through and through Aussie. With indigenous heritage my ties to this amazing country are incredibly strong and I honestly couldn't imagine living anywhere else. One thing for me that makes Australia home is the amazing wildlife that lives here, which is unlike anything else in the world. With the newest Erstwilder range a Collaboration between May Gibbs, the author of the Gumnut babies going live today as well as some new Australiana designs, I thought I'd share my two favorites with you!

Wearing the Basket Bilby brooch
The Basket Bilby brooch for me is the perfect touch of Easter that I can wear all year round. I grew up in a household that didn’t have an Easter Bunny, instead using one of our native animals as our Easter icon as an Easter bilby. I have fond memories as a kid following the little white powder footprints of the bilby down the hallway to where our Easter eggs were left. Bilby’s for me as a result became a creature of magic and wonder so I am super excited to finally have a Bilby in my brooch drawer.

The Basket Bilby is made extra cute by the fact he’s surrounded by little flowers, looking over the edge of a wicker basket. And while for many Australians like myself he can be Easter specific, he’s also versatile enough that he can be worn any time of the year too. This little guy is probably my favorite from this new range and I cannot wait to style him with different looks!

Wearing the Rohan Red Tail brooch from Erstwilder
My other favorite from the Australiana side of things is Rohan the Red Tail cockatoo. I lived in the Southern Highlands for a few years growing up as a kid and later a teenager and it’s an area that red tail cockatoos love as it has quite a few pine trees (we had a whole row along the back of our property) and they loved getting into the pine cones. Their screech like chatter used to fill the air as they would feast on these pinecones, before leaving with bounty in hand…occasionally dropping one which would drop like a missile to the ground. More than once my mum and I were sent running to the house from the backyard as these pinecones dropped from the sky. Strikingly beautiful to watch from below with their flash of red, these birds proved to incredibly pretty to watch fly away even if we kept one eye on guard for falling pinecones.

Rohan the Red Tail comes in the characteristic black, but I do love the gold rippling through his wing and his head. It adds a different dimension to him. His striking red is as bright as ever and I adore the little flower details on his branch. With Australian birds making up a bulk of my Erstwilder collection, this little guy is definitely going to be loved!

Some of my other favorites from this newest release from Erstwilder are:
Armed and Dangerous Brooch

Theodore the Trim Brooch

Tropical Odyssey Necklace
This Erstwilder range is now live and is available not just from the Erstwilder Website but from a variety of stockists such as Gwynnies, Natasha Marie, Coconette-Oz! You can snap yourself up an Erstwilder brooch for $34.95AU + postage and most stores offer afterpay or zip pay for Australian buyers!

I hope you’re all as excited about this collection as I am and I cannot wait to pop an order in for my other favorites!

Which one is your favorite from this newest release?
Til next time darlings!

Disclaimer: Whilst I received these brooches in a collaboration with Erstwilder, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers.