A Fuller Bloom – Erstwilder

Erstwilder is back at it again, delivering the goods with their latest collection: A Fuller Bloom. Us Erstwildians love all collections BUT the flower collections are my absolute favourite. When I got the email from Erstwilder HQ about A Fuller Bloom, I flipped! In full bloom the previous flower release was definitely my favourite release.. until now. A fuller bloom is a beautiful collection designed by Carmen Hui who also designed the previous collection In Full Bloom. All products from Erstwilder in this post have been gifted.

This time we have some of our favourites back in new colour ways or styles and a lot of new comers! It was so hard to pick my favourites but I had to make a decision and my favourites are: Heartfelt Hydrangea Brooch, Heartfelt Hydrangea Stud (Pink), Follow the Sun Brooch, Follow the Sun Necklace. What can I say? I love hydrangeas and sunflowers!! What are your favourites from the latest collection? And what pieces did you pick up?

Heartfelt Hydrangea Brooch & Heartfelt Hydrangea Stud (Pink)
This year I have been obsessed with hydrangeas and I’m looking forward to having a place of my own and having my own hydrangeas. So when I saw the Heartfelt Hydrangea I knew I had to have every option it came in, so brooch and earrings it is! Earlier in the year the blue hydrangea sold out FAST so I’ll be interested in seeing if this one does too! EDIT: IT DID!

From Gardenista:
Hydrangeas change color (except for the white ones) based on the pH level of their soil. The more alkaline the soil, the pinker the flowers. To make pink hydrangeas turn blue (or to keep your blue ones from turning pink), increase the acidity of soil. “

Follow the Sun Brooch & Follow the Sun Necklace
I love the details in this piece, there are so many layers to this design. Some of the petals have a glitter resin, others are plain and some have line detailing – even the leaves are different colours! Sunflowers instantly brighten my mood, they are so cheery and always remind me of the sun and summer.

Again a huge thank you to the team at Erstwilder for sending me these amazing brooches and for allowing me to be part of this release, I am always thrilled to be involved with an amazing company like Erstwilder. I know I’ll be wearing these brooches all through spring and summer. ❤

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Gingerbread Skeleton Cookies – Vegan Recipe

It’s officially my favourite time of the year, it’s finally spring (here in New Zealand) and we are getting ready for Halloween! I have been glued to my phone the last couple of weeks staring at all the northern hemisphere fall inspiration- why doesn’t it look that good in New Zealand? Cute corduroy skirts, drape-y cardigans, fall leaves, thigh high socks and pumpkin spice lattes is all I have been seeing – how about you? I must admit I have been saving it all as inspiration for next Autumn so I’m not walking to work in the freezing cold in my summer clothes wishing I had an autumnal wardrobe. Some of my favourite fall inspiration accounts are: @but_first_autumn , @kjp , @halloweenmagick , @autumnbrewx , @holidaycountdowns , @steffy and @zoesugg – let me know some of your favourites!

In saying that, I love spring.. it’s still pretty chilly but we are getting clear blue skies.. most of the time. I didn’t grow up in the northern hemisphere but I must admit, it doesn’t feel too spooky having Halloween in spring – pumpkins, fall leaves and cosy fireplace set ups are nowhere to be seen. Luckily for me, I have Instagram constantly connecting me to so many areas of the globe so I can get my Halloween hit and bring it into my home.

A couple of months ago I started a Facebook group – The Pin-up Baking Group. Each week I set up a theme and you have 1-2 weeks to get your bake up, that’s all it is but it is so much fun. This month I wanted to throw in some Halloween themed bakes and the first Halloween bake is cookies, anything goes as long it relates to Halloween. I decided to take some of that fall inspiration and mix it with Halloween to create Gingerbread Skeletons! Don’t get me wrong this isn’t any original idea, you’ll see this everywhere online but I am using my Christmas gingerbread recipe with a few tweaks as it needed some improvement (all vegan ingredients!).

Gingerbread Skeletons Recipe

Makes 32 small gingerbread skeletons

Ingredients:
70g golden syrup
90g light brown sugar
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
100g Olivani or dairy free spread of your choice
1 tbsp vanilla paste
1 tsp baking soda
300g plain flour

Icing:
2 tsp Orgran Egg replacer
1 tbsp water
250g icing sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

Method:
1. In a large bowl sift together the plain flour and baking soda and put aside until later.
2. In a medium to large saucepan add the golden syrup, brown sugar, ground ginger, fresh ginger, cinnamon, margarine and vanilla paste.
3. Heat the saucepan on a medium to high heat and stir the golden syrup mixture until the margarine/Olivani has fully melted and all is incorporated.
4. Add the golden syrup mixture to the sifted flour and baking soda and mix until a dough forms – don’t over mix!
5. Wrap in a reusable wrap/cloth and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
6. Remove the dough from the fridge and leave to rest on a counter top for 30 minutes.
7. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius (338°F) and line a tray with baking paper or baking spray.
8. Lightly dust your clean counter top with flour and roll out your gingerbread dough until it’s 0.5cm in thickness.
9. Using a standard ginger man cutter, cut out as many gingerbread men as you can! I re-rolled twice to get 32 mini gingerbread men.
10. Place the gingerbread men a couple of centimeters apart and bake for 15 minutes.
11. Leave to cool completely.

Icing:
1. Add the 2 tsp of Orgran egg replacement and 1 tbsp of water to a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until frothy.
2. Add the icing sugar and lemon and whisk until you get a pipe-able consistency, I added a little amounts of water at a time until I got the consistency that I wanted!

Decorate! I looked at lots of photos online and took parts I liked and could do with my minimal experience with royal icing. Just have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously!! These cookies are so crunchy and filled with ginger flavour so it doesn’t matter how they look, they taste great!!

I hope you enjoyed this fun Halloween bake! I haven’t posted in a little while but I’m working on getting back to my blog 🙂 Let me know what you would like to see from me in the next couple of months.

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Lady V London – The Goldie Dress in Cupid’s Rose

What kind of year would it be if I weren’t to collaborate with the lovely team from Lady V London? A terrible one! I started working with Lady V London in November 2016 #throwback – when I was just starting out and since then I have collaborated with them FOUR times!! In that time I have purchased from them and I can honestly say that I still love what they are all about. They’re affordable, good quality, ethically made (in London), size inclusive and they have a huge range of prints and styles suitable for everyone. And now it’s 2019 and I’m back with a Lady V London Outfit of the Day. This time it’s a new twist on the classic tea dress – IT HAS SLEEVES and it’s called The Goldie Dress! Cute little frilly sleeves that cover just the right amount so that your arms don’t get too cold in the fresh spring / autumn air or too hot when we get to summer.

The Goldie Dress in Cupid’s Rose – Who knew a simple sleeve would transform a whole design? I do now and my life is so much better for it. I can’t wait until we hit spring (so far away, I can’t handle it) so I can wear this dress to picnics with white sandals and a big floppy hat. If you have had the standard Tea dress from Lady V London you will know that they hit just at the knee, a little shorter than most traditional reproduction dresses and Goldie is no different, I quite like that as it gives it a modern twist – however, I would love to get my hands on a shorter petticoat that would sit right underneath it (please comment if you know of a good quality short petticoat). If you’re not a fan of petticoats (I know there are people that don’t like petticoats #shock #horror) the Goldie sits nicely without one, it’s a little gathered and sits really well on the hips. The Goldie dress has to be my favourite design now.

The Cupid’s Rose print really stood out to me on their website, it really has a vintage vibe to it – there’s something about bigger prints that I like so much more than smaller print. I feel like you don’t really need to accessorize, it really just speaks for itself. The Goldie dress is made up from 95% Polyester 5% Elastine – which means you don’t have to iron it and there’s a little bit of stretch if you’re between sizes. I went for a size 12 – 36 – bust and 30 inch waist, I’m between sizes so I think I could definitely fit into a size 10 but due to personal reasons I can’t wear anything too tight around my waist so the 12 is perfect for me! Just remember to measure yourself and check the sizing chart when ordering a new dress – this is so important.

A big thank you to the team at Lady V London (and the lovely Bryony) for sending me another gorgeous piece, I’m always delighted to work with Lady V London as I always get a well constructed and unique dress – and it always gets here quickly! I have worked with Lady V but I have also been a customer and I know for a fact that there isn’t any difference in the quality and the shipping times. I am a fan – if ya can’t tell!

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Peter Rabbit & Other Stories – Erstwilder Collection

Hop, skip & a jump! Welcome to the new range “Peter Rabbit & Other Stories” from Erstwilder in collaboration with our favourite childhood classics author Beatrix Potter. The incredibly talented Melbourne based team Erstwilder has done it again with another fabulous launch, this time taking Peter Rabbit & friends from illustration to life with resin cut brooches, earrings & a necklace!

As always Erstwilder has out done themselves, each piece from this launch is P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N filled with whimsy and the beautiful colours that we all associate with the Beatrix Potter tales. Each brooch comes with a special edition gift box and swing tag (of the original Peter Rabbit illustration). As you all know I have worked with Erstwilder in the past and this time is no different, I was #gifted three pieces from this range and it was an incredibly hard choice to make! I ultimately picked my favourites from childhood but I think I’ll be purchasing quite a few on launch day (especially Jemima – I NEED Jemima!!) Who have you bought? & Did you grow up reading the timeless tales by Beatrix Potter?

Benjamin Bunny
Benjamin Bunny is Peter Rabbits cousin or how I see it.. partner in crime – I personally believe Benjamin is the most mischievous out of the two. Benjamin was the naughty bunny who coerced poor Peter into going back to Mr. McGregor’s garden which ended up with Peter & Benjamin under a flowerpot with Mr. McGregor’s cat asleep on top of it! Benjamin Bunny will always be a favourite of mine with my brother having the same name – he’s equally as mischievous!

Mrs Tittlemouse
“She’s a terribly tidy, particular little mouse, always sweeping and dusting the soft sandy floors. If only those visitors didn’t leave such a mess.” Erstwilder had it spot on with Mrs. Tittlemouse’s bio – after rereading the Tales of Mrs. Tittlemouse I can honestly say I really resonate with her, as a child I thought she was rather mean but as I get into my mid twenties I can relate with her wanting a tidy house and no visitors!!!! Anyone else? Am I turning into Mrs. Tittlemouse? I definitely don’t think that’s a bad thing; look at that super cute outfit!

Tom Mittens
I LOVE this story. The tale of Tom Mittens is one of my favourites; it had me giggling like I did when I first read the story. I love a naughty cat and Tom and his sisters (Mittens & Moppet) did not disappoint. In the tale of Tom Mittens, the three kittens go out and ruin their fine attire (that mother, Tabitha Twitchit expressly told them to keep clean for visitors) and the clothes end up on the Puddle-ducks ( I love a crossover especially in the Beatrix Potter world). I’m huge fan of this brooch and I have a sneaking suspicion that this guy is going to sell out fast!!

So what do you think? Who’s your favourite? I can honestly say I don’t have a favourite because I love mine equally – all their stories are so cheeky and I just love each character in their own way. A huge thank you to Erstwilder for allowing me to go down memory lane with this fabulous and nostalgic range. It was so much fun and I really can’t wait to see everyone’s reactions!! I highly recommend rereading all of Beatrix Potter’s works, after you check out Erstwilder’s website of course!! ;P

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In Full Bloom with Erstwilder!

If you know anything about me you’ll know I just love flowers and nature and Erstwilder has made my dreams come true in their latest launch “In Full Bloom“. In full bloom is a collection dedicated to flowers and houseplants – from monsteras to orchids – there’s something for everyone (but let’s be real anything Erstwilder creates is just gorgeous). I got to choose four pieces from this collection and I can’t wait to share with you all of my favourites!

This collection in it’s entirety is perfectly cohesive – you can mix and match and I love the fact that there are matching earrings to brooches or necklaces to brooches. It makes me want to buy all of them! I’ve never been much of a necklace wearer but the rose and lily bunch would look perfect with so many of my outfits. Every time I look at the collection I want another piece – what piece do you love the most? I’m so excited to see what you all like!

On Sleeping Eyelids – Pansy Brooch – Designed by Carmen Hui
(Viola tricolor var. hortensis)
Pansies are one of my absolute favourite flowers so when I saw this in the collection I knew I had to have it! It’s such a gorgeous brooch, it’s purple hues and the resin used make it such a spectacular piece. It has been so hard not wearing it all of the time!! Flowers are so perfect for people that like to go with a more “classical’ vintage look and the pansy is a must have! I can’t wait until Autumn so I can grow some this year! 🙂

Opulent Orchidaceae – Designed by Carmen Hui
(Orchidaceae)
Another flower! Orchids are such a beautiful flower and perfect. I picked the ORCHID because I loved the colours of this one and it would match perfectly with the pansy (my other favourite!) Fun fact: There are over 25,000 different species of orchids on earth – isn’t that crazy??

Green Eyed Monster Brooch – Designed by Carmen Hui
(Monstera deliciosa)
This summer I have become slightly obsessed with plants and the fact that Erstwilder came out with a range of house plants is just too much! I can now wear one of my favourite things! The monstera has really been “in” for the last few years – now I can finally follow the trend but in a quirky Erstwilder way!

Show Me the Money Plant Brooch – Designed by Carmen Hui
(Epipremnum aureum)
There’s something very sinister about Devil’s Ivy – they are really hard to kill and can pretty much grow anywhere and everywhere. Also they’re moderately toxic to humans (via Wiki) so instead of hurting yourself , cats and dogs, why not wear it in brooch form? The house plants collection is perfect for all of you plant obsessed people or the plant obsessed people in your lives! They’re subtle but still super fun and informative!

A huge thank you to the team at Erstwilder for sending me these amazing brooches and for allowing me to be part of this release. I had so much fun putting all of these looks together and I’m so excited to wear each piece everyday!!

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Lady Voluptuous – Lyra dress in Cute Confectionery

Lady Voluptuous – Lyra dress in Cute Confectionery

Donut worry be happy! Lady Voluptuous has recently released a new line of the amazing Lyra dress and I’m pretty dang excited. I absolutely love the Lyra dress style and I’ve reviewed it previously on my blog so when I saw the print ‘cute confectionery‘ I knew I had to have this dress. As luck would have it, when I commented on one of their stories I was asked if I’d like to collaborate and of course I said yes! If you’ve been following me awhile now you’ll know that I love Lady V London/Lady Voluptuous and have done for probably 3 years now and I feel very comfortable recommending their products to my audience – because they’re great. I own another Lyra dress in summer cherish which I reviewed with my first impressions as it was my first Lyra. All Lyra dresses are created equal – the prints just change and I’ll tell you what, my overly anxious mind really loves knowing that a product is going to have the same fit and it’s going to look just as good but in a different print – I know what works for my body and it gives me confidence in my online shopping! 

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Festive Splendor with Erstwilder!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right… Christmas! Well it’s November which pretty much mean it’s Christmas (that’s if you want to enjoy it!) Anyone else have their tree up? No? Just me? … Moving on, with it being near to Christmas and the festive season, what on earth will one wear? Well! Not to worry because the amazing Australia owned company Erstwilder has got you covered from earrings to brooches and even necklaces. Anyone else find this time of the year to be the best? Christmas films, music and not to mention the food? What are some of your favourite things about the festive season? And what’s your favourite Christmas film? Let me know below in the comment section!

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A Haunting We Will Go…. Erstwilder – Halloween 2018

The countdown is on and there’s only 51 days until Halloween. Are you ready? Because I am, thanks to Erstwilder‘s latest launch; A Haunting We Will Go.. I’ve already got outfits planned for the week of Halloween and my costume because I like Halloween almost as much as I like Christmas!! Us Australasian folk grew up watching all of you Americans with your fall leaves, apple bobbing, trick-or-treating and last but not certainly least carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns business and quite frankly I was jealous and to this day I still am. Erstwilder has brought my childhood fantasy of the whimsy & nostalgia of Halloween into accessory form and I’m living for it – pumpkins (YES THE ORANGE ONES NOT THE ANEMIC GREEN ONES WE GET IN NZ), skeletons, potions, beasts and freaking candy corn!! It’s everything you could want in the weeks leading up to one of spookiest nights of the year…

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OUT OF AFRICA! – ERSTWILDER

Out of Africa! The new release from one of my favourite brands; Erstwilder. If you haven’t heard of Erstwilder – where. have. you. been? Have you been hiding under a rock? Please do tell. To keep it short and sweet – Erstwilder was established in Melbourne, Australia a mere 7 years ago in 2011 and has since grown into an international accessory company selling quirky, cute and nostalgic brooches, earrings & necklaces. I have been a huge fan of Erstwilder for many years now, they really have something to offer to everyone – not just the pin-up scene. TL;DR Erstwilder is a really cool brand and they make super cool accessories, okay?

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When Erstwilder got in touch with me (squee!!) for this latest collection I was pretty much bouncing off the walls (metaphorically speaking of course) and I knew all of you would be excited about this range too because: animals.
WARNING: I WILL USE THE WORD ‘CUTE’ 3 MILLION TIMES IN THIS BLOGPOST.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED….
Which brings me to their latest launch, Out of Africa. It’s pretty straight forward, this range is dedicated to the amazing animals that inhabit Africa from cheetahs to meerkats; there’s such a diverse range of animals and the designs for this range probably have to be one of my favourites. Browsing through the catalog was so much fun and I know you’re all going to love them. Please let me know your favourites!

First up: Cheetara’s Chum designed by Sally Land

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As soon as I saw Cheetara’s Chum I knew it was going to be a winner (I’d get this one quick!) The colouring of the brooch is so striking it even sticks out of my leopard print dress! Cheetara’s chum is such a different take on the cheetah, it’s so bold and it’s just the right shades of yellow & mustard. And I adore cats so anything to do with feline family must be mine.

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Kubu The Cutie designed by Sally Land

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This has to be my favourite brooch in the whole collection! Every aspect of this design is perfect from the freckly nose, the eyelashes to the colour itself. The colour of this brooch is so unique and sticks out like a sore thumb (in a good way). I cannot wait to wear this one out and about – it could even replace my iconic fairybread piece!!! Every time I look at this piece I smile – it’s so darn cute!

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Finnicky Fennec Fox designed by Sally Land

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Okay y’all, I need you to open up a new tab and search ‘Fennec Fox’ – you’ll thank me later. The Fennec fox is one of the most adorable animals out there, they’re so small and their ears are so big and they’re just so precious! Finnicky Fennec Fox captures the innocence of the fennec fox and is made up of the most amazing pastels and get this – iridescent resin/acrylic ears and face. I don’t know how to explain but it’s shiny and sparkly and it gives the brooch a-whole-nother dimension. This is definitely one to see in person.

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And those are my picks! I highly recommend you checking out the whole range on the Erstwilder website and please, please, please let me know your favourites!! I am a huge lover of animals so this was such a great collection to work with.
Thank you so much to Erstwilder for allowing me to review these brooches – it was an honor! I can’t wait to see what you come out with next. 🙂

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