Swish Picks: Mod-ly In Love

Swish Picks  is a new weekly ( sometimes bi-weekly) feature on some of the amazing pieces found at Swish Vintage. I am constantly being blown away by the amazing pieces the owner finds. Every week when I go in for my shift, there is always something new that takes my breathe away. This weeks post was inspired by a beautiful psychedelic 60s mod dress that was on one of the mannequins. And so, the first Swish Picks is full of fantastic mod dresses and accessories, only available at Swish Vintage.

20150630_124807 (2)This gorgeous 60s dress measures 36, 42, with free hips.

$60

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If this one would have fit my hips it would have been mine!! Made with black velvet, this piece would fit a modern day medium, so long as they have small than 40″ hips.

$98

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On sale for $30!

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20150630_125908 (2)A new addition to the shop. On the bigger side,that measures 42, 32, 38

$65

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This one is quite possibly handmade. This go-go dress measures 36, 31, 39

$75

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No outfit would be complete without accessories. 1960s accessories are very fun and bright, with interesting textures. Swish has the most vintage hats I have ever seen and probably ever will see. I picked out three to show which are pretty mod and very fun.

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This hat is made of dyed Marabou feathers. It is so soft and fluffy too!

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20150630_131522 (2)Two more fun 60s styles.

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Swish also has tons on handbags. Here are three beaded ones to match our mod dresses above.

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Beautiful and bright brooches to add to a collar, lapel, jacket, or cardigan.

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And of course, no mod girls outfit is complete without a scarf, which Swish has an endless supply of. 20150630_141133 (2)While Swish does not have a website ( yet) I bet you can call or email the store and if you ask nicely, they may ship it out to you!!

Head over to their facebook page for all the contact info

Keep an eye out for more Swish picks in the near future! Next up will be Western Wear!!

Friday Finds: the most exquisite vintage handbag

One of the perks to working at a vintage shop is being surrounded by beautiful things and getting to buy them before anyone else! I am now the owner of the most beautiful vintage handbag I have seen…and I have a feeling it may not have been used, as it is in pristine condition.

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While I did not buy this bag the first time I saw it, I had been lusting after it seen first laying eyes on it. I may have even gasped when I saw it on the shelf, sitting there so modestly. I was so surprised it lasted as long as it did in the shop. Each week when I came in for my shift, I would look to see if it was gone yet. I expelled a sign of relief when I saw it had not sold yet.

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I decided it was finally time to make it mine, when I purchased the Downtown Dames swing dress from Pinup Girl Clothing. I got the dress to wear to see Guys and Dolls. The blue in the handbag was a match to the blue of the dress, so of course I had to finally get it! I can’t believe that I forgot to take a photo of my outfit, so you will just have to wait until next time to see the pairing.

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This handbag was an absolute steal for the condition it was in…which is practically perfect. This is another reason why I was so surprised no one had snatched it up. I got a little discount which made it even sweeter. I plan to only use this beautiful handbag on special occasions, in order to preserve its beauty.

20150626_084357 (2)This divine handbag was purchased at Swish Vintage downtown. Swish has so many gorgeous vintage handbags from the 1920s upwards, all in varying condition; from the ones that have been very loved, to ones that may have only used used once or twice. Go, Kittens, and see  the wonder of vintage handbags at Swish!

Dark Knits Boutique at Raw Edmonton

The other week I go to be a part of the Dark Knits Boutique fashion show at Raw Edmonton – an independent arts organization, run by artists, for artists. Dark Knits Boutique is an independently owned Edmonton custom corset designer.

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For the last show I was in for Dark Knits I was a lizard (you can read about it here). This time I got to be a beetle… an oh so majestic beetle. My amazing makeup, done by Corinne of Vampire Nomad Palette, was insane…I felt completely transformed!

11391366_722192884556513_4120843292000975869_nAll of the outfits, were fantastic! The makeup and hair was amazing! And this time around, Dark Knits made some insane head pieces for a few of the outfits.

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Friday Finds: this weeks haul at the thrift store

I have been so darn busy lately that I haven’t had time to go to my favorite thrift shop as much as I would like, but I finally found some time this week!  One of my first stops in the store is the furniture section, where this trip I instantly saw a vintage credenza for only $50…it had a sold tag on it…of course. I let myself feel sad for just a moment and turned away and my eyes instantly found a kidney bean shaped coffee table!!! I have never seen one on real life, I practically ran over, and guess what?! It had a sold sign on it too, as well as the price… 20 freaking dollars. I almost started crying….why have I been so busy lately? why haven’t I been making time to thrift shop? why didn’t I get here sooner? For about the next half an hour, my stomach felt sick, that is until I found knick knacks to take my mind off of the loss. I spent just $19 and came away with an arm load of goodies! My haul consists mostly of vintage knick knacks, which I am in the market for anyway. So here we go, this is what I picked up this round:

A gold letter tray/sorter? I believe that is what this is… this lil guy was only a dollar. Im not sure what I will use it for yet, but I will let you know

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The next treasure I found was a golden fawn bank, that was made in Japan. I love the kitschy look of this Bambie and would you believe it only cost 50 cents!! This picture does not do it justice.

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This periwinkle blue violin vase can also be hung on the wall, which makes it that much more interesting. I dont have anything like it, but I was drawn to it for some reason.

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I found this darling little dish which I thought would be just perfect for holding jewelry, don’t you think?! This was a great find at only $1! And it was made in the USA!

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This crystal decanter will look perfect on my little tiki bar. Ive always wanted a fancy decanter to pretend I am suave like those in the golden days. For $4 I could not pass it up.

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This may be my favorite find of the day… this divine, white and delicate purple floral jar. It was half price, so was only $1.50…and I needed it!! Im not quite sure where I will put it or what I will use it for, so when I figure it out, I’ll post it on instagram ( so keep an eye out for that)

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And my final find, what seems like a deadstock, suitcase. The inside is pristine, as well as the outside, which is what makes me believe it has never been used. I was on the look out for a suitcase to make into a bed for Cherry ( my boston terrier), but this one is just too perfect to mess around with. I plan to use this guy on weekend getaways…which one day, I may just have time for ;)

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What is the best gem you’ve found lately?

Friday Finds: white wicker handbags

A little while ago I was selling off all my purses, keeping only the ones I really loved and used most. Since then, I have begun collecting vintage purses ( all the ones I sold were modern or reproduction). My collection has probably doubled as a result of my new obsession…oh well, whats a gal to do?!

I now have two beautiful, white wicker vintage handbags, both which I got at killer prices. They were both found at the antique mall here in town. The antique mall is a place that teases you with pretties you can’t afford; it also has tons of the same junk everyone already has; it sometimes has things trying to be passed off as vintage, which aren’t; but it also has some amazing deals if you are patient and look for them, which is how I found these  vintage purses.

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My most recent find is a soft white wicker handbag, with a nice, big opening ( pet peeve: purses that don’t open wide enough). It has a small handle and nice big body. It is more of a casual piece, which I see myself carrying more often than the one I will show you next. The tag on the inside reads ” Styled by Artel Montreal. Made in Japan”. She is in near perfect condition and cost me a whole $12. Isn’t it just the sweetest?

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When I found this vintage wicker bag, I was over the moon. It is in beautiful condition, is hard wicker and has, what I am assuming are, lucite handles and tiles/squares on the front. It is quite a decent size as well, which is a nice treat! I cannot believe I only paid $24 for it!! This was an absolutely amazing find!

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If I didn’t look thoroughly I wouldn’t have found the first wicker bag, so again, always have a real good look when you are out thrift or vintage shopping. Also, always look at prices…even if you think it looks expensive, look because it just may not be!

 do you have any vintage handbags? do tell!!

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