A Sprinkle of Holiday Joy

With Christmas only being less than a week away, it is time for all of us to get into some holidays spirit whether we are ready for it or not. This is the busiest time of year for everyone and it is so easy to become a Scrooge if you don’t embrace the essence of what makes the holidays so very special. Knowing that my schedule was going to be flipped upside down working long hours and filled with last minute shopping, I found the perfect way to bring a little extra Christmas cheer to my wardrobe…novelty brooches! Erstwilder did it again; their Christmas Collection 2015 was just what we all needed to carry a little holiday spirit with us wherever we go! To top it all off, Erstwilder released a Limited Edition Dear Rudolph Brooch free gift with $100 purchase for their loyal customers…I simply had to have one!

From the moment I laid eyes on the new Erstwilder Christmas Collection 2015, I had an instant crush on Ginger the Christmas Cookie Brooch. He looked absolutely darling with his stylish red striped scarf, it was impossible not to take a little bite out of him since he is full of sugar and spice. Ginger’s rich cinnamon marbled colour makes him versatile to pair with any look; whether it be a casual or formal…he will add the perfect amount of holiday spice to your life. In the essence of Ginger’s creation, I thought I would bake him some companions.

*Outfit Details*
  • Erstwilder Ginger the Christmas Cookie Brooch
  • PUG Peasant Top in red
  • Nicole Katherine Skirt
  • Madden Girl red pumps.

IMG_6849 IMG_6831 IMG_6841 IMG_6839 IMG_6843It is unmistakable, the fact that Erstwilder thought to create the Limited Edition Dear Rudolph Brooch free gift for their clients says so very much about the heartfelt people behind the brand. Seeing as they chose Rudolph as the pioneer to spread their message of thanks, I believe they know us all too well. Although we might be seen as different for our passions of eras past…doesn’t mean what makes us unique can’t be celebrated just like Rudolph’s adorable little red nose. Dear Rudolph got a chance to frolic in the snow covered forest before his big night leading Santa’s sleigh.

*Outfit Details*
  • Erstwilder Dear Rudolph Brooch
  • PUG Peasant Top in white
  • Vintage Winter Forest skirt
  • BAIT Tessa blue wedges

IMG_6797 IMG_6821 IMG_6811 IMG_6814 IMG_6812Whether your family is ultra casual or fancy, you can easily add a little extra holiday cheer to any outfit with these festive novelty brooches. The Erstwilder Christmas Collection 2015 also includes the adorable yellow duck Merry Quack-Mas Brooch, a classic holly wreath Deck The Halls Brooch, the austere owl Senor Santa Hat Brooch and the time-honored Christmas tree Tis The Season Brooch. All these limited edition designs are now sold out at Erstwilder but don’t fret if you didn’t get yours yet…there are tons of authorized Erstwilder Stockists that still have them available. I immediately went to my favorite gal Vintage Pip to nab the Tis The Season Brooch before it was too late and it should be arriving any day now just in time for Christmas. To locate designs at the closest Erstwilder stockist nearest you, email: hello@erstwilder.com. Don’t forgot to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for a daily dose of Erstwilder and to tag #erstwilder to be featured on their Instagram feed!

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xoxo Jessica

Fabulous Last Minute Pinup Stocking Stuffers

A lot of us find ourselves in the same predicament with only a couple weeks left until Christmas and still have lots of last minute gift shopping to do for our loved ones. If you are ahead of the game with the big presents already done but looking for the best stocking stuffers for the lovely pinups in your life…we are here to help!

Novelty Brooches

NoveltyBroochesOh yes…these are the most amazing pocket size gifts that pack a big punch of fabulousness! With the myriad of incredible retro novelty brooch brands out there at affordable prices…there is definitely something to suit everyone on your list. Some wonderful recommendations are: Erstwilder, Deer Arrow, Match Accessories for the Disney lover, Luxulite, Tangerine Menagerie, and the plethora of vintage pieces available on Etsy.

Makeup/Cosmetics

cosmeticsPinups adore their red lipsticks and they can never own too many. Luckily for the holiday shopper, a lot of shops offer wonderful sampler gift packs at great prices that will tuck in nicely into a stocking. If you want to be a sneaky savvy gift giver, check out her makeup bag for every day essentials like mascara and eyeliner to ensure you get her favorites. Besame Cosmetics is the go to brand for authentic vintage cosmetics but pinups also love Mac Cosmetics and Sephora just as much.

Funky Socks/Stockings

socksI am the first one to admit, funky socks rock! These are cheap yet fun gifts to give as there are endless styles, prints, patterns and colours available at your local stores. Often times, retailers give a discount for buying multiple pairs so why not grab a couple for yourself as well? For the classic pinup, vintage inspired stockings by What Katie Did, Gio Stockings, and Secrets in Lace will make them swoon.

Hair Accessories

hairaccessoriesIt is no mystery that pinups can’t go anywhere until completing their outfits with a magnificent hair flower. Whether you are buying for a rockabilly girl, classic pinup or a little in between…there are oodles of unique handmade hair accessories and hair scarves available on Etsy. For superior quality accessories, check out NiCoco Creations, Vintage Box 1947 and Belle Blossoms.

Jewelry

jewelryThis one is a no brainer, what girl does not appreciate a gift of jewelry! Make sure to scope out her personal sense of style; some ladies prefer necklaces over earrings or collect vintage bakelite bracelets…you can usually spot this by what they wear day to day or special evenings out. The great thing about vintage jewelry is that you can find timeless pieces at local antique shops, Etsy and Ebay for a great prices. How often can you buy a genuine pearl necklace for under $40 these days?

Personalized Keepsakes

personalizedWhen someone takes the time to find the perfect personalized keepsakes…aren’t those the ones we all treasure the most? With the luxury of social media constantly at your fingertips, now it’s easier than ever to sleuth out the most cherished gift for that special loved one this Christmas. If she’s a cat lover, dog lover, Disney geek or Star Wars fan…with a little extra homework you can find what she will appreciate the most.

Giftcards

giftcardFor those of you that wait to the very last minute with no time to shop, you cannot go wrong with gift cards to her favorite retailer or online store. The luxury with online stores is that you don’t even have to leave your house to fight the insane holiday crowds, they email them right to you or the recipient. Awesome right? A few go to recommendations are: Pinup Girl Clothing, Etsy, Unique Vintage, Collectif and more!

Now get a move on and find some fabulous gifts for the lovely pinups in your life!!! 🙂