Friday Finds: vintage jewelry

Hello Kittens!! I have decided that every Friday will feature my newest and best thrift store and vintage finds. I seem to have such good luck whenever I go to the thrift store, garage sales, antique mall, ect and I figured you all might like to see what new treasure I have found…and maybe learn a few things about finding gems for yourself.

This past Monday the Old Strathcona Antique Mall was having a parking lot sale with a ton of vendors/tables selling all sorts of vintage ( and not) items. At these finds of things there is bound to be a lot of junk, but if you get there early enough and really look, you will find fantastic pieces. I am one of those people who will take ages looking through jewelry or bins or shelves just to be sure I don’t miss something fantastic.

I don’t usually get to go to many garage sales or the parking lot sale at the Antique Mall because I am literally always working, but because it was a holiday we opened later than normal at the shop so I made sure I was all ready to go to get down to the parking lot sale as soon as it opened.

I found some really great jewelry, which I know I got a crazy deal on. I wish I could have bought more, but it just wasn’t in my budget. Here is what I did get

A divine amber and gold tone necklace. This piece is quite flashy and gorgeous so will be reserved for a special occasion or a fancy night out. And can you believe it only cos t$12! There was no way I way leaving this piece behind!

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The second item I found was very sparkly, purple, green, and gold brooch. Since starting at Swish my love for brooches has only grown, but now to include big crystal type ones like the one I found. When I saw the price tag, I knew it would be fine. I am certain I got an insane deal on this piece, as it was just $7!!

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The last piece of jewelry I got because I went back to a vendors able for a second look, as he had so many brooches! I think this is my best find in a while…a 5.5″ long lucite parrot, by Buch + Deichmann for $5. I cannot wait to wear this piece! It is the best addition to my brooch collection yet.

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bird2So, what do you think? Some good finds, hey?!! Keep an eye out every Friday for my latest finds… I have definitely got some good ones lined up for you!

When buying vintage jewelry, its a good idea to look long and hard anything and everything. Look for signatures on the back indicating it may be a designer piece. If something looks vintage and is plastic, there is a decent chance it is Lucite or Bakelite, so if its cheap, buy now and research later.

What great find have you come across lately?

Dark Knits Boutique Creature Couture Fashion Show

Dark Knits Boutique is a small, independent corset maker/company out of Edmonton, Alberta. All the corsets are lovingly made by one very talented lady, who learned the trade from her grandmother. I was so very excited when she asked me if I would like to be in her upcoming fashion show. Without hesitation I told her I would love to!

My creature was the lizard, which was based off of the Argentine Tegu, which is black and white; when born, it has an emerald strip from its snout down its chest, which eventually fades away to black.

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MUA: Corinne Simpson
Hair: Betty buxom
Photo: Darin Wayne

The corset I was wearing was snakeskin pvc, paired with a snakeskin pvc collar, and white skirt. My hair was in a beautiful braid, done by Bettie Buxom. And my fantasy makeup by Corrinne of Vampire Nomad. Its always amazing to under go this sort of transformation, where when you look in the mirror, you no longer recognize yourself

11164049_10155470626325008_3724205904765908440_nAll of the makeup, hair, and corsets were just magical! There was everything from a unicorn (above) to a lion and a snake to a raven and everything in between. The corsets were all flawless and beautiful. All the guys and gals rocked their creature with confidence and pride knowing how much hard work went in to everything.

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And here are some of the other babes who modeled in some amazing corsets ( and hair and makeup)

credits:

Clothing and accessories: dark knits boutique
MUA: Corinne Simpson and switchblade glam makeup Artisty
Hair: Betty buxom
Photo: Darin Wayne

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Follow Dark Knits Boutique on facebook to find out how to purchase your very own corset and find out about other events around the city they are taking part in.

Also follow Corinne of Vampire Nomad to see some of the other amazing looks she creates

Swish Vintage- a fab boutique full of vintage finds

I’ve recently begun a new job at a fabulous vintage shop downtown. Swish Vintage is chock full of beautiful vintage dresses from the 1910 onwards. You will find the most styles within the 40s to 70s and in a wide range of sizes! Along side dresses and other items of clothing, you will find tons of gorgeous handbags, beautiful jewelry, shoes, hair scarves, furniture, and knick-knacks. Oh, and hats! I have never seen so many amazing vintage hats…Swish is the mecca of vintage hats!

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Swish is located in the heart of downtown, along 101 avenue and 102 street. It is a beautiful shop,owned by a lovely lady who does all the hunting and procuring herself. Swish has been in its current location for an amazing 6 years and before that in the highlands.

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Every time I walk into Swish, I search the racks for new treasures. And I find something new and beautiful every time! The vintage dresses in the shop make my heart skip a beat… oh gawd, they are so beautiful! Most of the ones I love the most are too small for me…especially my hips! If any of you Edmonton gal reading this are small, hurry up and get down to Swish to find some amazing dresses at fantastic price. That being said, there are a ton of great frocks in bigger sizes…meaning larger than a 26″ waist.

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You can also find some great vintage coats, fur and otherwise, at Swish. I tried almost all of them on one day…I couldn’t help myself, they were all so pretty! And warm! Which, if you live where we do, you need a warm winter coat.

I always find something to covet when I scour the racks at Swish and you can bet you will be seeing it all on my blog and social media!

swisj 007swisj 018Now, lets get to the hats! Oh my goodness! The hats at Swish are divine! I also tried a bunch on one day… I want them all! Most are in fabulous condition too! There are felt hats, ostrich feather hats, hats with veils and bird feathers, sunhats, turbans, day hats, evening hats…and on it goes

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swisj 009And the holy grail of vintage hats….a 1970s vintage Christian Dior turban, with its original box! Excuse me while I wipe away my drool!

swisj 011I am just so happy to be working at such a beautiful, fun shop that is new and exciting every week. If you are on the hunt for quality vintage you need to come down to Swish! Weather you are in need of an outfit for an event, wear vintage on a daily basis, are looking for a gift, or just love the hunt, Swish is your destination! And if you come on a Tuesday, I’ll be there!!

swisj 019Make sure to follow Swish on facebook to see all the new goodies they bring in!

And follow Danger De Lux on facebook and instagram ( @dangerdelux) to see all the vintage I buy from Swish!!

Danger De Lux gets a new tattoo!

I have been waiting for what seems like ages to get a new tattoo! And this past Friday I was finally able to get what I have been lusting after! A pineapple tattoo!!

I’ve been following Julie from Lucky Strike Tattoos on instagram for a while and fell in love with her style. Top that off with glowing reviews and I knew I wanted this girl to do my next tattoo. Her style reminds me of Mimsy of Mimsys Trailer Trash tattoo in Australia, and boy would I ever love to get tattooed there! But Julies style is exactly what I wanted and I am so in love with her work and especially the pineapple she did for me!

Here are a couple pieces she did for some other lucky folks

julieAlso I snuck some photos of her room in the studio ( I hope she doesn’t mind). It was too cute not to! Its retro and girly and sweet like sugar!

20150403_124319 (2)20150403_110448 (2)The pictures don’t do it justice…its really just the sweetest and totally suited to her personality! She was wearing a top with pizza slices all over it, a bow in her hair, heart shaped ear weights, and red lipstick! So cute!

I emailed Julie a little while back asking her for a pineapple and what she drew was absolutely perfect! And with the colour its even better!

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Eeee I love it! Seriously gals (and guys) go see Julie at Lucky Strike Tattoo

I intend to finish up the bottom of my leg in the next few months with more tropical themed pieces, like tikis, cocktail drinks, etc, all done by Julie!

This is probably my new favorite piece. Do you have a favorite tattoo?

Elly Mayday visits Rowena plus a giveaway!

Rowena in Edmonton had the amazing pleasure to host Elly Mayday for a meet and greet a few weeks ago. She happened to be on a layover for a flight and it just worked out perfectly! And might I add, she was sweet as pie!

20150318_174125She came in the shop for a few hours to chat, meet some fans, sign autographs, and take photos. Cherry wanted to meet her as well, she came out to the meet and greet too ;)

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Elly also tried on a handful of dresses and my goodness, was she ever stunning in them. Especially the pink Monica – keep an eye out on her facebook and instagram page for photos.

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Elly had some beautiful photos and her calender available to be signed. If you didn’t come down, you sure missed out! If you got a calender, she left a little note on your birthday – it was so sweet! Keep an eye out on Rowenas and Ellys facebook page for future events like this…Elly may even be back some time!! So if you didn’t make it out this time, don’t worry, you’ll catch her next time

20150318_175907Be sure to follow the Danger De Lux facebook page to also hear about fun events, giveaways, and sales at Rowena!

But especially watch out on the Danger De Lux facebook page for an Elly themed giveaway coming up real soon ;)

Danger De Lux loves: Pure Anada

If you’ve been following me on facebook and instagram, and been keeping on  my posts, then you know I’ve switched to chemical free cosmetics. By now I have found a few really great brands and products. One brand which I cannot get enough of is Pure Anada, who are also a Canadian company (bonus!).

Pure Anada is based out of Morden, Manitoba, where they make all the product themselves and have their boutique…which one day I hope to visit! Pure Anada is not a big box company; in fact the founder of this amazing brand is a mother of two with a passion for clean cosmetics. This is what she says about her products:

“Since the inception of Pure Anada, my goal has been to create a natural, safer alternative to traditional, mainstream cosmetics.  I love the beauty of nature, and enjoy the challenge of assembling luxurious, organic ingredients into products for you to enjoy.”

Their products are truly of great quality and are not expensive…which I think is key for a lot of people. You can buy their mascara, for example, for around $14- this is one of the best mascaras I have ever used ( I usually use waterproof but am trying to get away from it); this mascara it light, but you can build it by layering it on; it doesn’t clump or flake off; and it’s paraben and mercury free!

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Now, lets talk about ingredients for a minute!  Pure Anada stands proud behind the words: chemical free. Their products do not contain any of the following:

parabens, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, nano/micronized particles, carmine, lakes and dyes, or synthetic fragrances, gluten, or bismuth oxychloride

They use truly natural ingredients in their cosmetics, like mica, jojoba, rice bran wax, olive oil, seseme, coconut, and sweet almond oils. They use plant based minerals and oils and ingredients known to be safe to use on the skin.

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Pure Anada is also a cruelty free company!! Which is something I highly support. I think everyone should be using cruelty free products. They have been certified by The Leaping Bunny Program, which sets a standard for companies in order to be certified. Pure Anada also does not buy ingredients from companies who test on animals, so therefore truly are cruelty free.

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Pure Anada makes everything you need to replace your current makeup kit. I can personally vouch for their: foundation, mascara, lipstick, mineral eye shadow, eye brow powder, bronzer, eyeliner, and brushes. They have every colour you need to get the look you are use to, so really there is no reason not try it out!

LipstickChart1Pure Anada and Danger De Lux have teamed up and I will be making tutorials and reviewing some of their products, so you know just how well it looks and works. I have been using Pure Anada on a daily bases for about two months and am loving it! I am passinate about taking my health into my own hands, and cosmetics greatly impact our health – what we put on our skin, ultimately ends up within our body. We all need to educate ourselves so we can make the best choices for our bodies. Pure Anada is chemical and cruelty free, and very affordable. So what are you waiting for? Hop on the all natural train with Danger De Lux. Start by cleaning out your makeup kit and getting rid of old makeup and the stuff your never use; look at your basics and begin replacing them! Keep an eye out here for reviews so you can make good choices about what to buy when you run out or decide to just replace it all

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Use the hashtag #allnaturalpinup when posting your new chemical free makeup! Tag @dangerdelux and I will share your photo with my readers so we can spread the word about all natural cosmetics.

Head over to WELL.CA to purchase Pure Anada and start treating your body right while looking amazing!

follow me on facebook to hear about giveaways, reviews, and see tutorials

Danger De Lux Re-Decorates

I live in a city that has really high rental rates, even in bad parts of the city. I totally lucked out 6 years ago and got a good apartment in one of the the best parts of town for a really good price. This apartment has seen me through a university degree, a personal training diploma, a horrible breakup, girl parties, good times, bad times, living alone, with others, a puppy and a kitty. I have a love-hate relationship with this apartment. Its too small, its old, and has some problems. That being said, I have no plans to move. So what is one to do? De-decorate!

Over the years my apartment has seen many transformations and now it is all finally coming together in a style I truly love. As I finish some other rooms, I will share them too! Today though, I am simply sharing a wall. A wall, which makes me happy every time I look at it now. A wall which has changed the whole mood of the apartment and has set the stage for things to come.

I also wanted to share this particular wall to let you know how affordable it was to re-decorate. All the pieces on the wall were thrifted and the paint cost $15, which makes me even prouder of my little wall.

mint wall 016While most of my apartment is outfitted in mid-century modern style, this wall has a very 1950s feminine style to it, which reflects one side of my personality and taste. Opposite of this wall is another, bigger wall which is covered in photos of Bettie Page, pinup girls, vintage ads, chalkware fish, etc. Having a sweet and simple wall contrast with a very busy wall, in a way that meshes pleases me.

Here is a break down of the cost to do this wall:

I found the beautiful gold mirror at a garage sale for $10!! You really just got to keep looking and you will find great pieces like this.

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The three crotchet pictures cost $11 all together. I found them at goodwill – it looked like someone had just cleared a bunch out because there were quite a few of them. I go to my local thrift stores quite often, which is what you need to do in order to find gems!

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The two golden floral hangings I found at Value Village. I looked them up and they are from the 60’s – a total score. They cost me $6.

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I got a one liter can of mint paint from the hardware store for $15

So in total, this project cost me: $42

I also purchased the phone/chair stand pictured a while back for probably $8-10 and reupholstered it with the leopard fabric, which I got at the bargain section of the fabric store.

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If you look hard enough and give yourself the time to hunt and be patient until you find the right pieces, you do not need to spend a ton to decorate.

My bedroom, because it is a much bigger space cost more, but still an appropriate amount relative to its size. I’m hoping to finish it up soon to share with you all as well.

What do you guys think?! I am so pleased with myself ;)

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