Fall for B.A.I.T this Autumn

Rowena just got in a new shipment of B.A.I.T for the fall season. And I fell hard.  I can usually take or leave a lot of shoes…I am being more picky these days with the ones I do buy- they have to be practical, comfortable, stylish, and good quality. As we unpacked the new shipment of B.A.I.T, I squeed at each and every style.

BAIT AND BANNED 014B.A.I.T is known for making very cute, retro inspired shoes, which are comfortable and reasonably priced. Rowena always carries a handful of the cutest styles, that everyone falls for. I took home a pair with me the same day they came in and I don’t expect these styles to stick around long.

Alright, lets break it down…

The Valentine comes in black and burgandy and are just divine!

BAIT AND BANNED 002 BAIT AND BANNED 005BAIT AND BANNED 004These have a little higher heel than the other styles and are very sleek. As a dressier shoes, these are perfect for the upcoming holiday and party season

Next, my favorite, the Roberta

BAIT AND BANNED 008 BAIT AND BANNED 009These have a thick heel and are so comfortable. I wore them all day three days in a row and they were fine! Nice and comfy, just how I like my shoes to be. These are just adorable little mary-jane style heels, which look super cute with a swing skirt.

Last,  the Hazels are a great pair of boots for the fall.

BAIT AND BANNED 010 BAIT AND BANNED 012These boots have a great Victorian look to them and are are very comfortable. They have a zipper along the inside and are laced up the front. What I loved most about these boots is that they fit my calves- this is very rare and I know I am not the only one. These are the perfect boots for the gals who have wide calves; I even had room to spare, which means these boots are guaranteed to fit the biggest of calves. These also have a thick heel, which make them easier to walk in and very wearable.

BAIT AND BANNED 001Come on down to Rowena and check out the great selection of B.A.I.T and all the other great shoes in stock for the season. And don’t forget to shop local – get these new B.A.I.T shoes at Rowena instead of online and if you don’t live in town, give the shop a call and pay over the phone to have them shipped out to you.

Banned Apparel: Sweet and Simple

I first saw Banned in the London Edge trade show catalog…. A model was holding the most gorgeous flamingo purse; I looked at the small print and saw the brand was Banned Apparel. Fast forward a few months and I am unpacking a new shipment from a new brand at Rowena. That brand was Banned Apparel.

BAIT AND BANNED 022Banned Apparel is based out of the UK and is the result of the dismemberment of Living Dead Souls. While some of their stuff is alternative/gothic style clothing… some of it is amazing retro reproduction. The cardigans I have seen are just beautiful – the appliques, the detailing, and the fabric are all very pretty and have a vintage touch to them. They are so sweet and so simple – just what every pin up girl needs. But what I was most looking forward to was that handbag that initially caught my attention.

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Are they not just the most beautiful handbag you have ever seen…well, pretty close anyway. They are even better in person. And they are so functional. They actually open up fairly wide, have a few compartments, zip closed, have a handle and a cross body strap. And they are only $63! I may have just have to get all three colours… that’s normal right?

We filmed a little video at Rowena yesterday, to show off all the new Banned we got in. This is my first video like this- usually I’m doing my hair or showing exercises- so please don’t judge my slight awkwardness ;)

I plan on doing a lot more videos like this one, so keep an eye out for those or give me suggestions for things you would like to see.

A big thank you to my lovely co-workers who helped to the video- you gals are the best…for real!

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Come into Rowena and pick up a cardigan and matching handbag or head to RetroGlam.com to get yours! Flat rate shipping in Canada is available for $8, so really there is no reason not to order!

And here is our little video!

 

What’s in your makeup bag: Sheri Bomb

When I first got into blogging, I came across the blog Sheri Bomb- instantly I loved this girl. I loved her blog- the look, the content- and wanted my blog to be just as good as hers ( i don’t know if it is yet, but I’m trying ;) ). Sheri is a rockabilly bombshell, who lives in Australia ( so jealous).  I have yet to go to Australia and dream oh so bad of going. From the blogs I follow, I believe it is safe to say they have a pretty rockin scene down there. While Edmonton has great shopping for rockabilly and pinup clothing, the scene leaves much to be imagined… it is fairly small. While I’ve noticed other cities have a big scene, who are into not only reproduction clothing, but true vintage, swing dancing, music, cars, furniture, and lifestyle, there are just a few of us here who have a true love for it all. Anyway, let me get back to the reason for this post… Sheri Bomb is sharing with us what is in her makeup bag!

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I asked Sheri if she wanted to be a part of this series, because she just a fun, down to earth kinda gal. She has a very clean look- not everyone wants to use a ton of makeup and not every one needs to, and you do not need to use a lot of makeup to get a pinup look either.

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Sheri is a writer, so she had a lot to say about her look. Here it is:

MY LOOK

For my everyday look, I like to look polished and put together but I also like to be out the door fairly quickly in the morning, but would rather stay in bed than spend too long on my makeup. I try to keep things fairly simple while still proudly rocking my rockabilly look. I make things easy for myself with a BB cream, brow kit and light sweep of blush before spending a bit of time on my winged eyeliner. When it comes to my night time look, I still like to keep things fairly classic and understated (most of the time). I like my makeup to look as natural as possible so apart from a great foundation, slightly bolder cheek colour and some sparkly eye shadow everything is fairly similar, except a more ‘enhanced’ version. I also spend a bit more time and effort on achieving a more dramatic look with my lashes (I rarely wear false lashes) and of course, a good red lipstick to pack a punch.

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MAKE UP BAG

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Day Look:

Benefit Big Easy BB Cream in Fair

This is a recent addition to my make up bag. I’ve always been a big fan of BB creams for my everyday look as I like the easy coverage and application they provide and the natural looking result, not to mention the benefits for my skin. I used to only use the Garnier Oil-Free BB Cream in Light but I picked up this new Benefit product while I was in the US recently and have been loving it! It really ‘sticks’ to your skin. Although the Garnier product is much cheaper and given I use it everyday, I’ll probably end up going back to this product when the Benefit runs out.

Benefit Brow Zings in Dark

This is the second Brow Zings shade I’ve bought – I also used to have the Medium shade when my hair was a different colour. I swear by this product, it is the best make up for brows I’ve ever used. It’s really easy to apply and the teeny little brushes make it easy to get the perfect shape. I like that the first layer of tinted wax you apply keeps your brows in shape while the finishing layer of powder helps to fill them in and acts as a sealer, preventing smudging.

Classics Eyeliner Pencil in Black

I don’t always use this, but I always like to have it in my make up bag as it’s handy for lining the inner rim of my eyes, particularly up the top if I’m after a more dramatic look. It really helps to fill in the look of your lashes when they need a bit of a help. A simple must have product in any make up bag.

Rimmel Extra Wow Lash Mascara in Extreme Black

A favorite mascara of mine for a long time, I’m a big fan of Rimmel cosmetics in general as they are a great alternative for gals on a budget and for all the makeup basics. This mascara goes on easy with no clumps and offers a great result with only one or two applications. It also goes well with up to four applications if you’re looking for a dramatic result. I usually go two applications during the day and four applications for night time. It’s also great on sensitive eyes, which I have, so no irritation and especially no watering and smudging. Winner!

Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black

Another product I picked up in the US, I’ve always preferred felt tip liners as I don’t have a particularly steady hand and I feel that they offer me more control. This Stila liner is easy to use, glides on like a dream and doesn’t budge without some serious rubbing. Easy to touch up if you make a mistake, the liner has staying power that lasts all day. Love it!

Benefit Cheek Powder in Rockateur

As you can probably tell by now, I’m a big fan of Benefit cosmetics. Aside from their cute packaging, I’ve always found their products to deliver on their promises and they seem to work really well for my skin. This powder blush looks fairly shimmery in the box but offers very subtle illumination when you actually apply it. It has a lovely pinky peachy hue to it that looks fairly natural, however can be built up for a darker shade that contours the cheek for maximum impact. During the day I use a light sweep across my cheeks but come the night time I tend to amp it up a bit more.

Benefit Tinted Lip Balm in Benebalm

Created with their famous Benetint (which was originally created as a nipple stain for a burlesque dancer in the 70s) this tinted lip balm hydrates your lips without stickyness or too much shine – two of my pet hates. The subtle red rosey hue brings your lips to life without making you look too made up. It also has the same pleasant sweet rosey scent that the Benetint has.

Night Look:

When it comes to my night time look, it’s fairly similar to my daytime look but with a little extra to make things more dramatic.

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in Ivory

I love love LOVE this foundation! It’s the best one I’ve found so far. It provides flawless coverage and brightens your complexion. Another product that really ‘sticks’ to your face, it doesn’t set to a matte finish, but that can quickly be rectified with a light dusting of powder.

Besame Violet Brightening Powder

The perfect way to set your make up and brighten your complexion, this very subtle tinted violet powder gives a smooth matte finish to your skin and is small enough to pop into your handbag to take with you, meaning you’ll never look oily or shiny while out and about. It’s amazing what a difference a light dusting of this stuff makes, although keep in mind it’s more suited to pale skin tones.

Sephora Collection Moonshadow Baked Palette in Nude

A beautiful palette of 10 neutral eye shadows with a charming shimmery finish. Light and dark shades are well balanced in this palette which provides everything you need for a classic light shimmery eye or a more daring smokey eye. Coverage is good, the powder is soft (without breaking apart in the palette) and the shades are easy to build up and/or blend with each other. This always comes in handy for creating a striking look on my eyes, regardless of how bold I want to be.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Must Be Red!

This lipstick is my absolute favorite! I have a few different brands and shades that I wear from time to time but this is the one that I always love coming back to time and time again. It goes on smoothly, has serious staying power, doesn’t bleed or feather, doesn’t dry out your lips and best of all, it’s the most perfect pin up shade of red. Reds can be hard to perfect and everyone is different but this shade works fantastically with my skintone. Mwah!

RR&R010214417Don’t forget to check out Sheri’s blog Sheri Bomb

And follow her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/SheriBombBlog

Thanks Sheri for sharing your makeup bag with us!!

why shopping local matters

As I grow older, I think more consciously about my purchases- do i really need this? can I afford it? is it cruelty- free? is is organic or natural? could i find this somewhere local? I live in a bustling neighborhood- the hot spot of the city, if you will. Because of my locale it makes it easier to buy local and support independent business. Almost every thing  I need I can find in my community.

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There are three groceries stores in a 10 block radius- two of them being organic. I buy the majority of my clothing at the store I work at, which is an independently owned and run shop. I buy all my toiletries at the pharmacy in my neighborhood. I go to the yoga studio and gym near by. I buy all my book at the book stores a few blocks away or go to the library literally 2 blocks from my apartment. You get the idea.

When I see something in the mall I know I could also get at an independent retailer, I will usually wait to buy it. While I do occasionally shop at box stores, I prefer not to. Sometimes it will cost more to shop at a small business, but think about how your money is helping them and the neighborhood they are in thrive. Shopping local helps build the community, creates jobs, fuels the economy, and keeps small businesses open. When I buy produce at the Farmers Market I am giving my money to a person and not a corporation, I am helping to ensure they can keep growing the vegetables they do, I am eating seasonally ( which is so good for our bodies), I know I am buying quality products, and I supporting the endeavors of others in my community.

abe05290652e90c79e4ad716f8d67277As I mentioned, I work at a small, independent store, which sells rockabilly, pin-up, and vintage reproduction. I have heard many times, customers say they just want to try an item on so they can go buy it online or they saw it cheaper on line, so they refuse to buy it at the store. Blank stare. You’re kidding right? When people shop online they are NOT supporting their own community and in the long run, they are contributing to putting independent companies out of business. Yah, sometimes you can find something cheaper on line, but after the shipping and the possible duties, you don’t save much. Not only is it important to shop local, but if you do shop online, shop Canadian.

keep-it-local-logo-conceptsI can’t say I shop local 100% of the time or I buy from Canadian websites all of the time, but I do make the effort to do so. I think we all should. Why wouldn’t you want to support your own economy- the one you are directly effected by. I know that money sometimes is the issue…it is cheaper to shop at Walmart or a big box store than a small grocer or independent pet store, etc. Do some comparison shopping, sign up for newsletters, watch for sales, and get a ‘reward’ card.

I plan to compile a more complete list of Canadian companies and local, for Edmonton, companies, but here is a small start:

Barefoot Venus- made in Kelowna, British Columbia

Rowena and Retroglam.com- Edmonton, Alberta

Wild Prairie Natural Skin Care- Canadian made natural soap and other body care

Lux Beauty Bar-  boutique selling cosmetics and other beauty products in Edmonton, AB

Keep an eye out for a more complete list and feel free to comment with some Canadian companies you love!

What’s in your makeup bag: Ruby Roxx

As promised, here is part 2 of my Ruby Roxx feature and interview. In case you missed it last week, Ruby answered a few of my questions, to which she provided some pretty great answers- you should probably go read it, if you haven’t yet. Check it out here.

Ruby Roxx is a pinup and alternative model hailing from Vancouver, BC. She has graced the cover of some of our favorite pin up magazines like Delicious Dolls, Garters & Grills, and The Pin Up Magazine.

Today Ruby shares with us what is in here makeup bag…Are you ready for it?

Here is what Ruby had to say about her look:

“Of course I don’t use all of these every day. If im not shooting, I work from home, and like to give my skin a break, so most days I only wear mascara. The most important part for me is my skin care. I wash morning and night using Cetephil. I use a toner, a serum and a day/night moisturizer. And of course my Avene thermal water.”

I would agree that skin care is such an important part of every gals beauty regime… If our skin is not plump, pampered, hydrated, and cared for, the rest of out look will be thrown off… powders will crease, skin can look tried… you get the idea. I think I may have to try Rubys Avene Thermal water and see what magic it can do for me.

Rubys makeup bag and contents:

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  • Oh My Lash False Lashes
  • SauceBox “crème de la crème” palate (perfect for Smokey eyes)
  • Lime Crime lip gloss in “red velvet”. Dries to a perfect, smudge proof, matte red.
  • Avene Thremal Spring Water Spray. Skin care is the most important part about my beauty routine. I spray this on my face 3-4 times a day, as well as moisturize morning and night. It keeps my skin hydrated, keeps redness at bay, and is invigorating. Its my favorite product by far.
  • Youngique Fibre lash mascara. I use it on top of my regular mascara for extra length, when I’m not wearing false lashes.
  • MAC Mineralize Foundation in NC15
  • Benefit Brows a-go-go kit
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish powder in Medium
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Stained Gloss
  • MAC lipstick in Candy Yum Yum
  • Nars Blush in Orgasm
  • Benefit “They’re Real” Mascara
  • DUO eyelash glue

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I’ve used a few of the same products as Ruby listed, but I think I may have to try a few more… I’d love to try out Youngique, as my lashes can sometimes leave a lot to be imagined. I am still looking into trying new eye brow products as well, so may have to check out what Benefit has to offer.

Do you use any of the same products as Ruby? Want to show us whats in your makeup bag? Send Danger De Lux an email!

Don’t forget to follow Ruby on facebook to see what shes up to

https://www.facebook.com/rubyroxxmodel

And one more big THANKS to Ruby for showing us what her favorite makeup is and answering a few questions for us! Not only is she a total bombshell, but she is sweet as pie.

Q & A with Ruby Roxx

I am so excited for todays post, which  features the stunning Ruby Roxx – an internationally published bombshell of a model.

Not only is she going to share with us what is in her makeup bag, she also so kindly answered a few questions for us. I was going to put it all in one post, but Ruby’s answers to my questions were so well thought out, I am splitting it into two posts.

Before we get to the Q & A, I just want to say a big ‘thank-you’ to Ruby for taking the time to share with us not only her makeup, but some great tips on getting into pinup modelling, how to get a perfect pin-up leg, and a few interesting facts about herself.

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  1. How did you get into pinup modelling? Where did Ruby Roxx begin?

7 years ago, I was asked by a friend to be a model for her hair salon. I had never modeled before, but agreed to do it in exchange for a free cut and colour. When I was at the shoot, I just fell in love with being in front of the camera. I had always had a passion for vintage and retro. I loved the classic looks of movie stars and pinups from the 40’s and 50’s. I asked the photographer if he would be interested in shooting me as a pinup. He agreed. I spent a month practicing my poses in the mirror, and buying just the right outfits. When the day of my shoot came along, I was ready. I had so much fun, and that was the start of Ruby the pinup.

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2.What advice can you give to gals looking to break into the pinup world?

Do your research. Practice your faces and posing in the mirror. Hire a PROFESSIONAL pinup photographer. You will likely get hair and makeup, pose coaching, and even sometimes, wardrobe included. This is the best way to beef up your portfolio. It is an investment in your career. I spend a lot of time online, networking, updating my facebook and other social media, planning shoots etc. It’s a great hobby for someone to do for fun, and its also an amazing career. But as with any career, it takes time, patience, motivation, skill and hard work. Most of all, have fun! That is the most important part.

  1. What are your wardrobe staples? Your favorite brands and favorite place to shop?

 For pinup, my wardrobe staples are what goes on underneath. My support wear and stockings. Proper support wear will give you the flawless shape that is so important when it comes to pinup. Whenever I shoot, I wear support wear (my favourite are from Rago or Orchard Corset), full pantyhose to make my legs look flawless, and thigh high, back seam nylons on top (my favourites are from Kix’ies and Secrets in Lace). Not only does it even out your skin tone and curves but it gives you a true vintage look.

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  1. As a curvy model, whats your take on all the body positive and shaming happening in the pinup community right now?

I can not stand body shaming, but a lot of people have it mixed up. They think by telling me that I am “a real woman” that is a compliment. ALL women are real women, regardless of size, shape, age, or anything else. It’s just as offensive to tell a slim person to eat a cheese burger as it is to tell me to lose weight. Some people seem to think that by telling me I’m better than someone who is slim, that they are being body positive, but I find that terribly offensive. Body positivity is not tearing one body type down to bring up another. In fact, that is body shaming in its truest form.

I am very confident in my own skin, but just like everyone else, I have bad days. It’s upsetting when someone calls me a “pig” or “unhealthy”. I am a very healthy person. My health has nothing to do with my size, just as my beauty doesn’t depend on a dress size. I just try to remember however on those bad days that most of the people that comment those things are just trolls looking for a reaction from me. Its easily fixed with “block and delete” combo.

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  1. When you are not being fabulous in front of the camera, what else might you up to?

I just had a wonderful summer traveling down the west coast. I love to travel. I got a beautiful camera for my birthday, so im trying to figure out how to use it. When I’m at home, I love to relax with my boyfriend, or friends, with a glass of wine and some good food. Maybe go listen to live music or visit a tiki bar.

I also just started a brand new magazine called “Beauty Mark Magazine”, so that has been keeping me busy. I wanted to create a magazine that was a different kind of fashion/beauty publication. I wanted to challenge people to see their true beauty in all their imperfections and uniqueness, instead of the idealized version of beauty we see in so many magazines right now. It will also include stories, interviews, product reviews and more. It is scheduled to release in November 2014, so that has been keeping me very busy. I’m very excited to see where this new adventure will lead me!

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6.Do you have any quirks or hidden talents we should know about?

I used to be a professional chef, so I love to cook. I don’t do it professionally anymore, but I love to cook whenever I get the chance. I also can make a mean cocktail. I have my own mini web series “Retro Recipes with Ruby Roxx” that I am hoping to film more of in the next few months. You can find them on my website at www.rubyroxxmodel.com

My goodness, doesn’t Ruby sound like one fun gal?! If I’m ever in Vancouver, I’m definitely going to have to see how ‘mean’ your cocktails actually are! Make sure you all check out Ruby Roxx on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rubyroxxmodel.

I just had to look up some of her videos, because I love retro cocktails… And of course, I had to share with you… Learn from Ruby how to make a classic Mai Tai below. And stay tuned for part 2 with Ruby Roxx and her makeup bag

Barefoot Venus: making your skin silky smooth, the natural way

I first fell for Barefoot Venus a few years ago, when a good friend gifted me some of their luxurious lotion for my birthday. I am a sucker for anything natural, organic, or cruelty free…In fact, I tcruelty-free-beauty-300x336hink every one should be. I don’t believe animals should suffer so we can wear pretty lipsticks and eyeshadow, wash our hair and face, or indulge in body lotions. We can do all of those things with products that are cruelty free, by companies who have a conscious and are able to provide outstanding products without harming animal.

Barefoot Venus makes a wide variety of products: body lotion, facial cleansers, body wash, bubble bath and salts, lip balms, hand and foot lotions, and more. Their products are made without parabens, sulfates, synthetic colours, propylene glycol, all those unnecessary unnatural ingredients. Instead, Barefoot Venus uses shea and cocoa butter, natural fruit and herb oils and extracts, green tea, and all the yummy, natural things. You can feel the difference when using this product. Their body lotions are so rich and actually moisturizing; when using a drugstore lotion, they feel sparse and watery and not at all moisturizing.

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Barefoot Venus is also made in Canada! I rejoice when I can find a quality product I love and in purchasing it can support the economy I live in.

17_large_2_largeNot only does Barefoot Venus have an amazing product, they have the cutest packaging! A bunch of their products feature adorable pinup girls… how perfect! With scents like Vanilla Shake, Lemon Freckle, Coconut Kiss, Hunny Mango, and Wild Ginger & Sweet Orange, there is something to delight everyone. Just listing all the scents is making my mouth water… goodness me, I need to get more Barefoot Venus lotions and quick! Barefoot Venus also makes for a delightful gift for birthdays, weddings showers or gifts, for the hard to buy for, for the just because, for gift exchanges…for any occasion.

Barefoot Venus is just divine, plain and simple. And what pin-up girl does not want to feel divine?

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I can’t stress enough how important I think it is to buy cruelty free and natural products. Yes, they are more expensive, sometimes significantly, so they can be a luxury. That being said you can definitely find makeup, soaps, tooth pastes, and cleansers for a similar price to the unethical ones society has accepted as the norm. In regards to body lotions like Barefoot Venus, you use less of the products because it works so well, so it will last longer. And if it is still out of your budget… you can also ask for it for your birthday or Christmas, like I will be doing this year! Or you can use the coupon code Barefoot Venus has so graciously offered for my lovely readers! Head over to their website and at the checkout use the coupon code: DDELUX-01P. This code will get you 15% off your order, but hurry, it expires October 31st, 2014

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Barefoot Venus has a website where you can buy of their lovely products. If you live in Edmonton, you can find it at When Pigs Fly on Whyte Ave. The Barefoot Venus website also has a store locator, so you can find out who sells it in your town. And don’t forget to take advantage of the fantastic coupon code Barefoot Venus has for us! DDELUX-01P

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