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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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Although these pieces from Erstwilder were sent to me all my thoughts & opinions are honest and my own. I do not accept products without researching brands beforehand and that aren’t suitable for me or my readers.

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Outfit of the day – Rockabilly Rebel

This weeks outfit of the day was again all about colour or maybe lack of.. The combination of black, white & red is definitely one of my favourites; although pink is definitely higher on the list. This look was inspired by my usual face of the day; black hair, pale skin and red lips… I really love a cohesive look – colour matching and all that jazz (you’ll soon realise this with these outfit of the day posts)!

As this is a fairly new segment on my blog I want to reiterate what I’m trying to do with this new take on the classic outfit of the day post:

 Each week I will post about one of my outfits like an outfit of the day post. Instead of the generic one shot of the outfit from my Instagram I will be posting more photos of the outfits, where the clothes come from and the inspiration behind each look.

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Hair scarf: Dangerfield
Top: Powder Puff in black -Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Brooch: Erstwilder from Two Lippy Ladies
Pin: Red Lipstick Club – Fairy Tale Collars
Skirt: Dangerfield (out of stock)
Shoes: Slip On Loafers – K-mart

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Piano skirt – Dangerfield Clothing
When I plan my outfits (yes, I PLAN because I truly hate waking up in the morning unprepared!) I tend to create it around one specific item, theme or hairstyle and for this weeks outfit it was this amazing piano skirt from Dangerfield. No longer in stock, I received this beauty when my parents came back from Australia in 2016 – it’s held up pretty well hasn’t it? I hadn’t heard of Dangerfield before and I was super surprised that my parents had found a little bit of pinup reproduction that I hadn’t heard of (truly shocking?!) but I’m so glad they did. I find the fit of this really nice ( a little roomy for a size 12 but I personally prefer that with skirts) and it even has a little cotton/tulle layer underneath skirt to give it a little oomph if you don’t own a petticoat – I also really like the length of this skirt! Dangerfield has three main labels and they are; Princess Highway, Dangerfield & Revival – If you’re into reproduction and want swing skirts that are the right length and will fit a petticoat underneath I highly recommend shopping in Revival, all the Dangerfield pieces I own are from the Revival line and I absolutely love them!

Powder Puff Top – Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Another Vixen by Micheline Pitt piece this week because I’m a little bit obsessed! It has been beyond hot here in New Zealand and wearing shirts (even t-shirts) have been a bit of a mare! Never fear! The powder puff  saves the day with it’s low cut/plunge bust and back it allows your skin to breathe in this barely breathable heat.. It’s made from heavy cotton spandex and the puffed sleeve are elasticated so they can sit on your shoulders or off for more of a edgy cool look (but if you’re like  me and wearing a strapless bra is too much of an effort keep it on your shoulders because it looks just as cool). This has been a huge favourite of mine this summer and I desperately want it in ALL of the colours!
Also another huge thumbs up is that the powder puff is designed & made by hand in LA!!

Red Lipstick Club – Fairy Tale Collars
First rule of Lipstick Club is… wear a pin that tells everyone that you’re in the red lipstick club. It’s true, I am a dedicated follower of this club – everyday I wear my Besame lipstick and I love it. Fairy Tale Collars hit the nail on the head with this quirky & clever design that most of us pin up gals can relate to – I highly recommend checking out this lovely ladies social pages!

Picnic Portrait – Erstwilder
You’ll probably remember this cutie from a post I did a couple of years ago. I was contacted by Two Lippy Ladies because they thought this brooch screamed Miss Flossypots and they were so right! At the time (and to this day) I rock the floppy hats, gingham and sunnies; she even has the same mole!

Hairscarf – Dangerfield
I have to say a hairscarf is a hairscarf BUT I do quite like this one! I bought this from the Dangerfield store in Auckland (a place of dreams!!) and I wasn’t too sure about it at first as the price was almost double my usual hair-scarves but I have found the quality to be twice as good. I use this red hair scarf quite a bit as you probably have seen from my Instagram and it doesn’t have any holes in it despite me pushing bobby pin through it!
I have also found it’s the best size/shaped one I have come across; it ties into a neat little bow every time!

Loafers – K-mart
Say what you like about K-mart, I love it. I bought these shoes earlier last year and I absolutely adore them; the cute floral embroidery and faux suede look. I walk to and from work (6km) 5 days a week in these suckers (I know that is definitely not good for my feet) and they have lasted sooo well especially for $17!!

Thanks for reading my second installment! I’ve put out a blog post every week since the new year; I can’t quite believe it?! What would you like to see here on Miss Flossypots? I’ve been wanting to do a Ask Flossy post (probably just a one off) but I don’t know if anyone would be interested? Let me know below. 🙂

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ERSTWILDER – SPRING 2017

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Spring has finally sprung here in New Zealand and with that Erstwilder has launched their Spring 2017 collection! I was very, very lucky to be gifted four from the new furry & feathered friends & by popular demand range and I thought I’d share my thoughts and my top picks. But first lets take a wee look at what Erstwilder has to offer us this Spring!Erstwilder Spring 2017 - By Popular Demand
1.  Sumptuous Sunflower                                         8. Curling Cassandra
2.  Cheery Cherry Blossom                                      9. Frond Fox
3.  Teleopea Waratah                                                10. Flamboyant Flamingo Funk
4.  Ruby The Red Cardinal                                        11. Flamboyant Flamingo Flair
5.  Wary Warri Wombat                                            12. Oscar Wildenfox
6.  The Schnauzer And Klaus                                   13. She’s So Foxy
7. Blue Bayou

Erstwilder have their cult classics that us fellow brooch addicts just love and those classics have been brought back by popular demand. This time in a few new colours and textures just to make things a little more interesting! I love every piece in this collection; the range of flowers are just gorgeous and perfect for almost every outfit and the animals have a new flair and are pretty freaking cute! My favourites from this collection : Sumptuous Sunflower (sunflowers just scream summer to me and the glitter in this is adorable!), Teleopea Waratah ( it’s just so pretty to look at??) , Oscar Wildenflox ( so much character – I love him!) and She’s So Foxy (so versatile and I love the expression).

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  1. Cat Walk Stud                                              8. Claude The Chic
  2. Precious Peafowl                                        9. Willie the White
  3. Shi-ping The Shar Pei                                 10. Best Budgies
  4. Janette The Patient                                     11. Natural Predator
  5. Ozzie The Orator                                        12. Tori Tree Drummer
  6. Purrfectly Content                                      13. Conrad Cool Beak
  7. Minna’s Moon

As a lover of all thing furry this range has really fulfilled my expectations; I absolutely adore Erstwilder’s quirky take on everyday pets. In particular; Shi – Ping the Shar Pei (those glasses and back rolls are LIFE!), Claude the Chic (because who doesn’t love a dog in a beret? Oh and those rose/gold details are stunning!) and Natural Predator (first off, it’s a cat!! And it’s pink!! – Double win). The feathered friends are filled with beautiful bright colours which will be absolutely perfect for spring; I really love the finish/colour in the Precious Peafowl although I’m terrified of birds!

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Thank you so much for reading this post – what are some of your favourites from these two collections? ❤

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Flat Lay Favourites #1

Danielle from Devel brought ‘Flat Lays’ to my attention a couple months back via Instagram in a series of colour challenges labelled #flatlayfridaychallenge. Ever since then I have been a little obsessed but kind of scared to put together my own UNTIL yesterday. Yesterday I thought why not? I’ve been so sick of the endless selfies on my profile; I want to start mixing things up a little bit by adding a few flat lays and more food photos.

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What is a ‘flat lay’? For me it would be arranging/showcasing items in an orderly or randomized fashion that appeals to you on a flat surface. Whether it’s super organized or items randomly placed, it’s really up to you. Then snap a photo from a bird’s eye view perspective (#technicalterm) and there you have it! Easy.

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This week I’m running through a couple of my favourites and of course the underlying theme is pink. Here a run through of each item – if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen these items pop up on my stories and/or my profile.

1. Unicorn/Magical Makeup Bag from K-mart: What can I say? I’m sucker for anything that’s pink and glittery.. I saw this on one of my infamous k-mart shops with Mum and fell in love with it. I haven’t used it much yet because it’s so pretty and I don’t want to ruin it BUT it will be my make-up bag soon enough.

2. Hell Bunny Pink Belt from Kabella Baby: I saw an Instagram post from one of my great friends, Rachel, wearing this amazing belt a couple of months ago. I had to have one immediately so I bought it the next day.. I do not regret this purchase at all, I am a huge fan of this style of Hell Bunny belt and now own it in three different colours and wear them on a daily basis! Plus it’s pink..

3. Fun Lovin’ Frenchie Brooch by Erstwilder: I have LOVED Grease for the longest time and when Erstwilder announced that they were coming out with a Grease collection I knew I had to get my hands on one! And I did! I’ve been loving my Frenchie and have put together a series of photos that should be on my Instagram.

4. Ice cream & Doughnut brooch from Bel Air Baby: I just love Bel Air Baby. I’ve been wearing these bad boys at least three times a week. There is something so cute about them, they just go with every outfit and they really make me happy.

5. Chocolate Doughnuts: If you know anything about me you’ll know that I freaking LOVE doughnuts. On Monday I went into my local bakery to pick up some snacks for my girl Xamia Arc and saw these HUGE doughnuts for $2.60 so I bought two. They are so freaking good; they don’t taste super fried (more bready than anything) and the chocolate is so sweet not a conventional doughnut but still super good.  I mean.. look at it.

6. S’well Bottle 500ml: I’ve seen these everywhere lately! And as it was recently Plastic Free July I thought I’d pick one of these bad boys up to reduce plastic waste. I’m so glad I bought it too! I’ve been using it 24/7; it keeps cold water cold for 24 hours and hot water hot for 12. I love that! I’m so excited to use it in the Summer time. I highly recommend purchasing one of these.

I hope you enjoyed my little write up and please let me know some of your favourites down below! ❤

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Miss Flossypots’ Top Five Festive Brooches!

I am all about accessorizing this year and I feel like I’ve really let myself down in terms festive accessorizing but my loss is your gain! Here are some of my favourite Christmassy brooches out there at the moment featuring quite a few cat themed brooches.

1. Deer Arrow’s Kitten in Mittens can be worn two ways as a double brooch or as a SUPER cute cardigan clip just to make your outfits ten times cuter and festive; a win-win!!! I would honestly wear this all year round as it’s not too kitsch if you know what I mean.

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1.Kitten in Mittens – Deer Arrow
2.Season’s Greeting Brooch – Erstwilder
3.Christmas Cocktail – Retro Resins
4.Crystal Snowflake Christmas Brooch – Luck Trader 
5.Cat Brooch – Pink Fox Findings

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OOTD – 22/2/2016- MY ERSTWILDER TWIN

There’s nothing cooler than looking just like a brooch – oh wait there is.. when it’s in  Erstwilder‘s signature style! The amazing ladies at Two Lippy Ladies situated in Napier saw this brooch individually thought of me and sent it my way – possibly the coolest/sweetest thing to have ever happen to me. I had no idea what was in this little parcel but when I open it I was over the moon, I have never ever had an Erstwilder brooch and have only seen them in passing in Auckland. This isn’t a review but I just have to say the quality is out of this worlddd and the packaging is freaking awesome (something I’m not to familiar with!) I came up with this OOTD as soon as I saw the brooch, I got my Swonderful gingham dress out, modcloth sunglasses and paired both with a hat I customized with flowers and ribbon.
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