Since it is now officially December, I feel like I can do a Christmas post without shame! This Pretty Things list is devoted to all things Christmassy, giving you time to purchase anything that catches your eye in time to actually receive it in the post before Christmas arrives.
First up is the always cool Aussie company Erstwilder with their range of four Christmas themed brooches. I had trouble picking a favourite, but the cute little Gingerbread man stole my heart (and my money).
Available from Erstwilder’s website or from a range of Aussie pinup retailers, such as Ms Katt’s Kustom House, these quality resin brooches retail for AU$34.95 each and will last for many, many Christmasses to come.
It’s not exactly jumper weather in Queensland, but if you happen to live somewhere a little cooler like Melbourne or Canberra, British company Lindy Bop have some adorable Christmas knitwear.
My two favourites are the “Newman” red cardigan with classic snowflake neckline detail, and the “Bacall” short sleeved jumper in navy blue and white with a neckline of festive poinsettias. The Newman retails for AU$51.41 and the Bacall is currently AU$49.35.
You can’t go past Gigi’s Retro Closet on Etsy when looking for themed hairpieces, and she has a whole host of Christmas hair clips available right now.
From classic pinecones and gold sparkles to Christmas lollies and gingerbread men, there’s a Christmas hair clip here for every pinup taste. My personal favourites include the Double Pink Glitter Poinsettia (AU$12) and the Beaded Holly Hairflower (AU$27).
Every girl wants to look gorgeous for all those Christmas day happy snaps, and you can’t go past Vivien of Holloway for a stylish special event dress. Particularly nice for Christmas are the dark green halterneck dress and bolero set in duchess satin and, for those of us in hotter climates, the red Grace dress in cooler cotton sateen.
They retail for 110 GB Pounds each, which is approximately AU$227 at current exchange rates.
Finally on my pretty things list is to go out and see all the Christmas lights in your neighbourhood, from the sublime, perfectly symmetrical, colour-coordinated displays to the “the kids wanted to help” efforts; from traditional snow-and-santa to light-festooned palm and paperbark trees. Get out and see what’s down your street!