A Perfect Courtship

With winter finally coming to an end, the only thing that kept my work wardrobe fun and unique over the long cold months were lovely novelty print cardigans. I have been collecting all different designs over the years from various vintage reproduction brands that we all know and love, as well as finding new brands like Miss Ladybug California. I introduced you all to Miss Ladybug CA a couple weeks ago with their adorable screen printed tee shirts. The cuteness does not stop there, as they also offer a fabulous selection of novelty print cardigans that are perfect to mix and match with your wardrobe. I was immediately smitten with the delightful Dating Deers Cardigan in one of my favorite go-to vintage colours…mustard yellow!

Available in sizes S-3X in Teal, Black, & Mustard ~ MSRP $48USD

IMG_7241Upon reflecting more on the Miss Ladybug CA size charts, I have realized that the chest measurements must be those of the garment un-stretched. I personally prefer my cardigans to be form fitting rather than loose and went with my usual size Small. To my surprise, even with the ample amount of stretch in the knit fabric…the buttons gape quite a bit around my bust. In all honesty, I probably needed a size Medium if I wanted to wear the cardigan buttoned fully but I don’t mind wearing it open with a camisole underneath. With the Dating Deers Cardigan being screen printed, it is definitely best to order a size up if you’re on the busty side to not “pull” or “stretch” the lovely design. The Dating Dress Cardigan features two adorable woodland fawns with cascading flowers, made from a very soft and stretchy knit, with three-quarter sleeves and matching front button closure.

IMG_7214 IMG_7225What I love most about the Miss Ladybug CA cardigans is that they can easily coordinate with your existing wardrobe making them very versatile. Some of you may not know this, but mustard yellow is a staple colour in vintage fashion from the 1950s. I have so many vintage swing skirts and dresses that pair wonderfully with this hue. There is no doubt in my mind that the Dating Deers Cardigan will be well loved and worn over the years as a result. One thing I do wish for longevity reasons, is to see all the Miss Ladybug CA cardigan designs be made using embroidery (some already are) as this is sure to withstand many washes and not crack like the screen printed technique. If you’re looking for something a little less bold, the Dating Deers Cardigans as also comes in a soft light teal and a staple black as well.

IMG_7231When it comes to the Dating Deers Cardigans, I truly believe this is the accent to your ensemble. We always talk about accessorizing but in this case you already have that in hand…so now it’s time to jazz up your look! One thing I quickly released is that I own A LOT of novelty print swing skirts but only a couple solid colours. Needless to say, a red skirt would look phenomenal with the Dating Deers print but that will have to be put on my wishlist for the future. Of course, I could not go wrong with my staple vintage black taffeta circle skirt paired with matching Bakelite bracelets, a wide vinyl black, BAIT wedges in mustard and contrasting red Hell Bunny petticoat for a little extra fullness.

IMG_7245 IMG_7221Not only does Miss Ladybug CA have the most adorable designs but the lady behind it all, Nana is an absolute sweetheart! For us International customers, their shipping is very reasonable and arrives promptly without any large customs fees tacked on. I love following their Instagram to see all the sneak peeks of the new upcoming designs, so definitely make sure to follow them HERE!


Casual Friday Cuties

It is always a nice treat when you have casual Fridays to look forward to after a long busy week at the office. As a gal that loves to dress up every day for work, I do really enjoy a little casual break once in a while. This also goes for busy weekends running errands or a casual night out, but those times do not mean we must sacrifice our pinup sense of style. When I first came across Miss Ladybug California on Instagram, I was smitten with all the adorableness of their designs. Who wouldn’t delight in charming graphic tee shirts with vintage inspired themes to brighten any casual ensemble? With so much cuteness to choose from, the Miss Ladybug CA Retro Fishy Tee and the Please Don’t Scare Me Tee quickly captured my heart.

Available in sizes S-3X ~ MSRP $26USD

IMG_7337 IMG_7361Seeing as this was my first time ordering from Miss Ladybug CA, I was a bit confused with the tee shirt sizing as they only list chest and length measurements. Normally I wear a size Small in most brands and I didn’t want them to be overly loose in fit. After providing my measurements to Nana (the super sweet lady behind Miss Ladybug CA), she thought it best to stick with my usual size Small since there is ample stretch in the fabric. When my order arrived super quickly, I was eager to try them on as they were so bloody cute. The size Small fit quite well overall, a little snug around the bust (36”) and with ample room in the waist (27”) for comfort. I was happy to see they were quite long in length as I prefer to wear tee shirts untucked. Since they fit just right, I will be sure to let them hang dry and avoid placing them in the dryer to prevent any shrinkage.

IMG_7339 IMG_7350Miss Ladybug CA allows us to celebrate the inner child in all of us with such fanciful characters. The Retro Fishy design is very reminiscent of the vintage 1950’s chalk wares that we all know and adore. Those two cuties are the reason I discovered Miss Ladybug CA and immediately sought out where I could get my hands on them. The Please Don’t Scare Me Tee was equally as adorable and I am a little partial to redhead pinups. 😉 Both are screen printed on a light cream tee shirt made from 80% Acrylic, 18% Nylon and 2% Spandex fabric. With all screen printing, the images have a tendency to crack when stretched and over time from washing which is completely unavoidable. To prolong the life of these types of tee shirts, wash them inside out and hang to dry.

IMG_7340 IMG_7354On most casual Fridays at work, I often wear my favorite pair of skinny jeans or bright coloured pedal pushers when it’s a little warmer out. Since these are both my go-to staples, they paired wonderfully with the Miss Ladybug CA tee shirts. I really love how the red pedal pushers accent the design so perfectly and add a little pizazz to such a fun casual ensemble. These versatile tees can be paired with shorts, skirts, and capris just as easily. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box by adding a little twist to make them your own.

IMG_7344 IMG_7356Miss Ladybug CA has really given us even more reason to look forward to casual days to show off our style with such charming vintage inspired characters. With new designs being released regularly, make sure to follow them on Instagram for upcoming sneak peeks.