Semi- Formal Holiday Dresses with Rowena and Danger De Lux

Some holiday parties require something a bit more subtle- still beautiful, but simply not covered in sparkles. The dresses you will find below are perfect for those events in which one needs to be dressed nice, but not over the top

Heart of Haute makes great dresses, which are simple cuts and designs, but in fantastic prints and colours

The Heart of Haute Elaine dress, in Eden, is a great new style in a bold floral. This dress comes in sizes:small, medium, large, and extra large. I fit nicely into a medium. The Elaine rings in at $165.

You can get the Elaine here

_DSC3404e _DSC3405eThe Heart of Haute Beverly is a classic cut, which is oh so flattering. This red just screams ‘ take me to a holiday party!’. The Beverly come sin sizes: small, medium, large, extra large, 1 & 2 extra large. Meagan wore a medium in this frock. The Beverly is $118

You can get the Beverly here

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Heart of Hautes Marie dress in Odyssey is a lovely holiday and party dress. The Marie shows off your curves in this flattering cut- nipped at the waist and cleavage baring. The Marie comes in sizes: small, medium, large, extra large, and 1 & 2 extra large. Meagan wears a medium on the Marie . The Marie comes in a lovely crane print as well and is $120

Get the Marie in Odyssey here

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Pinup Girl Clothing makes great semi-formal frocks, like the Lydia and Jenny. Both of which are ideal for events and parties that require one to dress the part without being too glitzy.

Both are available is sizes: extra small, small, medium, large, extra large, and 2 extra large.

The Lydia comes in two other prints and is $164. The Jenny comes in two other colour ways and is also $164

You can get the Lydia here

You can get the Jenny here

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All photos were taken by Hello June Photography

All Clothing provided by Rowena/Retro Glam

Styling and Makeup by Danger De Lux

All hair accessories made by Danger De Lux and are available in store or for phone order

I hope you found the perfect holiday dress and that maybe my guide helped you find it! Stop in at Rowena or RetroGlam.com to find the dresses you have been searching for!

Danger De Lux & Rowena present accessories for the holidays

No holiday ensemble is complete without the right accessories….from hair flowers and fasinators to handbags and heels.

Rowena always has the best and biggest selection of handbags and what I have here is only a tiny piece of the selection available in store and online.

Sourpuss has come out with some adorable handbags, which retail at amazingly low prices! These are in their Bettie Page line so are extra glam!

These handbags come in: black, gold, oxblood, and bubblegum pink and in two sizes!

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Lux De Ville has come out with limited edition flame diablo darling clutches which I can not get enough of. These clutches are the perfect size too- big enough to fit more than just your lipstick and phone, but still compact enough to not take up too much room; the handle is a great size too and actually functional.If you have your eye on one of these, snatch it up quick, because they are  limited addition. You can find them in the store or for phone order.

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holiday 2014 005Rowena also has the Lux De Ville Sin City kiss lock handbag in lime green and black, which make for a great hand bag if you need something a touch bigger than a clutch.

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Not only does a gal need a handbag, she needs all the other goodies too…

Danger De Lux has made some one of a kind hair fasinators to help you feel extra festive this season. Starting at $8 up to$30 there is something is everyone’s price and glitz range. These are only in the shop, however feel free to phone the shop to order one for snail mail.

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And for something a touch less dramatic..

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A shop favorite is always Sweet Romance. The gorgeous pieces below are just dripping with vintage inspiration and I find them to be just darling.

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We also all love Classic Hardware, who makes jewelry with the modern pinup and rockabilly gal in mind.

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These Pinup Couture flats are the icing on the cake- the perfect heel for any holiday dress.

holiday 2014 026Be sure to stop in at Rowena or surf the website, Retro Glam,  to get everything you need for your holiday outfit ( and more!)

Stay tuned for my last post on Holiday Dresses coming early next week. Have you found your perfect holiday dress yet? Which one?!

Holiday Dresses That Won’t Break the Bank with Rowena & Danger De Lux

Rowena carries a wide selection of fabulous pinup and rockabilly style dresses that range from $50- $300. Thankfully, there are some great repro brands that are able to make classic and beautiful dresses that won’t break the bank.  The second part to Holiday Dresses with Danger De Lux and Rowena, presents gorgeous dresses that are oh so affordable, so much so that you could even get two!

_DSC3413eVoodoo Vixen has created some stunning dresses this season which are just perfect for holiday get togethers

The Betty Boo and Sally green peacock dresses are fantastic holiday dresses that are both under $100. The Betty Boo is $95, while the Sally is $84. Both of these dresses are available in sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large.

_DSC3411eThe Betty Boo runs true to size, as Meagan wore a medium. This taffeta frock has an a-line skirt and a touch of sass with the cleavage bearing neckline.

Get the Betty Boo here

_DSC3420e _DSC3419eThe Sally mini dress is one of my favorites this season. If you are looking for something flirty this year, the Sally is just the dress for you. With adjustable straps the Sally makes a for a great fit; this runs true to size, as I wore a medium.

Get the Sally here

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Voodoo Vixen brings us another beauty- the Ava dress. I enjoy the fabric of this dress, which reminds me of the late 60’s, but with a more 50’s cut. This dress is a lovely holiday dress if you are looking for something a bit more modest. Available in sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large. The Ava runs a touch small, as Meagan sized up to a large. For $95 the Voodoo Vixen Ava is a great little frock for the holidays.

Get the Voodoo Vixen Ava here

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The Viviene also from Voodoo Vixen is sassy dress for those fun holiday parties, where you know you can let loose. Not only is this dress leopard print, but it is velour and very stretchy ( a.k.a comfortable). The Viviene comes in sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large.

The Viviene is available in store or for phone order

_DSC3473e_DSC3474eHell Bunny has made an absolutely divine wiggle dress that screams Mad Men! I left like Joan in the Bernadette and once I saw these photos I was sold on it. This dress has a ton of elements that make it holiday worthy- the color, the lovely waterfall on the hip, the sexy fit, and the sweet keyhole neckline. The dress is available in sizes: extra small, small, medium, large, and extra large. I wore a medium in the Bernadette. This dress is only $66 and at the price you could get one in every color ( also available in plum, black, and red)

Get the Bernadette here

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Hell Bunny also present us with the Benita, a very simple, elegant black dress. Its three quarter length sleeves, high neckline, and below the knee hemline makes this dress highly versatile! While I was very covered in this frock, I still felt very sexy. The Benita is available in sizes: extra small, small, medium, large, and extra large. This dress runs a bit big, as I fit into a small perfectly.

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All photos were taken by Hello June Photography

All Clothing provided by Rowena/Retro Glam

Styling and Makeup by Danger De Lux

All hair accessories made by Danger De Lux and are available in store or for phone order

Can you believe I still have more holiday dresses to share with you! And all the accessories you need to complete your look! Keep an eye out for part 3 and 4 in the Holiday Dress series!

Holiday Dresses with Rowena and Danger De Lux

The holidays are upon us! And that mean festivities, celebrations, and holiday parties. Rowena and Danger De Lux have teamed up to bring you the very best holiday dresses, for all budgets and styles from all of your favorite pin up brands.

_DSC3431eThis multi-part post starts with some gorgeous, glamorous dresses for those oh so fancy parties this holiday season

The Ava Swing from Pinup Girl Clothing is made of a fabulous taffeta, that swishes with delight when you walk.  The Ava Swing comes in sizes: small, medium, and large, with plus sizes on the way. This dress fits true to size and feels fantastic on. The Ava swing is $138 and comes in black and teal.

Get the Ava swing here

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Pinup Girl Clothing also brings us the Folly Flair in Champagne. This dress is one of my all time favorites. It screams old school Hollywood glamor. This is the ultimate wiggles dress, that drips sex appeal. This one can fit a bit snug. I am wearing a medium in the photos, however if I wanted to be able to sit or walk with any poise, I would need to wear a large.The Folly Flair comes in sizes: small, medium, large, extra large, and 2 extra large

The Folly Flair is $231 and is available in store or for phone order

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_DSC3394eThe Valerie from Pinup Girl Clothing reeks of glamor, with its one shoulder silhouette and the silky satin fabric which drapes like a Greek Goddesses gown. The Valeria Swing comes in sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large. The dress fits true to size and is just dreamy. The Valerie comes in Black and Royal Blue and is $131.

You can get the Valeria here

_DSC3433e_DSC3439ePinup Girl Clothing’s Micheline is a classic black dress that is just perfect for a holiday event or party. The newly re-designed Micheline features a key hole on the upper back and a lovely kick pleat. This beauty comes in sizes: extra small, small, medium, large, extra large, and 2 extra large and fits true to size. The Micheline is $112 and comes in black, baby blue, purple, and black with chiffon over-lay.

You can get the Micheline here

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_DSC3387eTrashy Diva makes divine reproduction frocks that are just simply stunning. The Lena in Olive is the perfect dress for a formal event this holiday season, especially if you want to be the belle of the ball. Trashy Diva sizes run from a 2 (xs) to an 18 ( 2xl). An 8 is usually a perfect fit for me in trashy diva dresses. The Lena is a cool $225 and worth every penny – the fantastic detailing on the bust kicks the glam on this dress up a few notches.

Get the Lena here

_DSC3477e_DSC3479eTatyana’s Silver Roses dress is a shop favorite. This classic swing has an early 60’s party gown feel to it that I just love. Paired with a crinoline below, the Silver Roses is a sweet statement dress to dance the night away in. The Silver Roses comes in sizes: extra small, small, medium, large, extra large, and 2, 3, & 4 extra large. This dress never lasts long on the shops racks, so if this dress has tickled your fancy get it quick, before its too late. The Silver Roses is $165.

You can get the Silver Roses here

_DSC3486e _DSC3487eAll photos were taken by Hello June Photography

All Clothing provided by Rowena/Retro Glam

Styling and Makeup by Danger De Lux

All hair accessories made by Danger De Lux and are available in store or for phone order

Up next on the blog, the second part to the holiday dress series, gorgeous holiday dresses that won’t break the bank.

Fast Fashion- You Get What You Pay For

Most of the clothing available to us is mass produced in a run down factory in a third world country. Just look at the tag inside a garment and you will see that is was probably made in China or Cambodia or India or somewhere similar. It is rare to find clothing made in Canada or the United States. Pinup Girl Clothing, Heart of Haute, Steady Clothing, and Cherry Velvet have brought production back to North America, to provide quality clothing. Quality clothing has a price and unfortunately  a lot of people will just look at the price tag and scoff at how much a dress costs. These people have become accustom to fast fashion and its prices- H & M, Forever XXI, Zara, and the like pump out new styles every week at a fraction of the cost of a Pinup Couture dress; these stores drastically cut prices when a item is no longer in “fashion” to make sure they aren’t left with any of yesterdays fashions. Pinup Girl, Steady, Heart of Haute, and Cherry Velvet cautiously mark down their items or will have flash sales, as they create timeless pieces that do no go out of style. When a customer is surprised at the price tag of a Heart of Haute or Pinup Girl dress, I tell them these dresses are made in the States and are very high quality; I have owned a few Pinup Girl dresses for 5-7 years and they still look brand new. I have also never had a zipper break on a Pinup Girl dress, or a Heart of Haute, or Steady Clothing…hmmm, imagine that.

tumblr_l75z7rlm3a1qcc0h5o1_500Then there is the other half – the other pinup brands we love but which are mass produced in a dingy factory in China. The great thing about these brands, is that they are usually cheaper, and thus make pinup and rockabilly clothing more affordable to those people who really just can not afford to buy a new Pinup Girl Clothing dress for every occasion. Brands like HellBunny, Sourpuss, and Hearts and Roses offer cute pinup dress in the $50-$100 range. These dresses, however, fall in the fast fashion category. Because they are cheaper people feel more inclined to toss them, donate them, or not bother getting them fixed when a zipper breaks…which it will.

I am lucky enough to work at the mecca of pinup and rockabilly clothing, so I get to see everything brand new, try it all on, feel it, see its construction, and also see its destruction. Zippers break, buttons fall off, seams split- it is a fact of the fast fashion life and everyone had just better accept it if they are going to continuing buying fast fashion. Do you know how often I will see a zipper break or have a customer come in/call/email to say the zipper broke on the Hearts and Roses or Sourpuss dress? And I think to myself “….and your point is?”. Do not get me wrong, I love Sourpuss…I own a ton of dresses by this brand because I love the designs and the affordability. However, I do not hold it up to the same expectations as a Pinup Girl dress and neither should you!

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I am tired of hearing complaints that your button fell off your dress or jacket… guess what? It was bound to happen! That garment was most likely mass produced in a very short period of time, having to meet minimal quality expectations, so it could get here in time for you to wear it this winter. Here’s a little tip your grandma should have taught you- reinforce your buttons or when they fall off, simply sew them back on. Stop phoning/emailing the stores you bought it from to complain about the quality – guess what? I didn’t make it! And I didn’t make you buy it. And you should not be surprised when the zipper on your $50 dress breaks…instead, you should just drop it off at the tailor to pick up next week with a brand new zipper and get on with life.

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I have made it a habit to always look at tags to see where an item was made and then base that on my decision to buy it – I gauge the quality, the price, how much I will wear it, and if I think its going to last. This is why I own a handful of Sourpuss dresses and HellBunny Jackets…the cost and quality meet in the middle, which allows me to decide I will take the risk of buying a fast fashion item, which I know will get a lot of wear. Consumers need to take responsibility for their own purchases, as “I didn’t know” is simply not a valid excuse. We should all know what we are buying – we should all look to see where an item was made and what material it is made out of- that is 100% a consumers responsibility.

A store like Rowena offers up the best of the best of pinup and rockabilly fashion. It provides the consumer with options in style, design, brand, and cost because we feel every one should be able to be a pinup if they want to…and who doesn’t want to be a pinup?! In providing this service however, we bring in a select selection of brands that we feel meets the demands of our customers – this includes both made in North America slow fashion brands and out-sourced fast fashion brands. If the demand for both was not there, we wouldn’t carry both. Until the consumers stops buying fast fashion, until they demand more of the brands they love, they will remain the same, and zippers will break and buttons will fall off, because that’s life.

I have said it many times- you get what you pay for. If you spend $110-$250 on dress you can expect that dress to last, to see you through rough times, and to be there in happy times. If you spend $40-$60 on dress, you should love it for what its worth and remember what you paid for it when the zipper breaks or a button falls off.

I highly recommend every one l read “Over-Dressed: the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion” by Elizabeth Cline to learn a bit more about the fast fashion industry. She also talks about the environmental impact of the industry and how something needs to change…now.

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 We all know why Pinup Girl Clothing can be expensive and why Hearts & Roses isn’t, so lets all stop fooling ourselves into thinking every dress we buy should stand the test of time. Some dresses are meant for better things, while others are meant to be worn once or twice before being sent off to the tailor to fix a zipper or fallen hemline.

Danger De Lux Book Club: Book of the Month- The Perks of Being a Wallflower

For those who don’t know, I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, which really just means I love to read- I always have! I was that nerdy girl who would read books for fun, who would read a new book each week, who read Shakespeare as a pre-teen because I wanted to.

I am always reading a new book and figured I would start a cyber-book club, if you will! I will let all you gals know which book I am reading or have read each month and you all can read it too.

Novembers book ( and I may do two this month, because this one is short) is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, published in 1999. This book is categorized as Teen, but as someone who is not a teen I really enjoyed it. And it is set in the early 90s which is always fun!

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The break down:

The book is written in a diary/letter format, as the narrator is writing anonymous letters to an unknown recipient, however the style allows the reader to feel as though they are the recipient. The narrator, Charlie, is a 15/16 year boy who leads us through his first year in high school. In a gist, Charlie is shy, unpopular, highly intellectual, and just trying to figure things out. Through the course of the year he makes new friends, has his first kiss and his first girlfriend, learns to drive, gets drunk and tries drugs, watches the Rocky Horror Picture show for the first time, has his first break up and fight with his new friends, and learns a lot about himself…and we end up learning a lot about Charlie; he struggles emotionally most of the time, often crying, and at the end of the book we learn why.

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This 213 page book is an easy read…it took me about a week of casual reading to finish. It is a coming of age story that I am sure a lot of adults can relate to…your first love, fighting with your best friends, death…I won’t provide a whole synopsis, because Id rather you just read it and find out for yourself…It is a coming of age story and who doesn’t love that?

lllllllI picked up my copy at the library (yeg Cats and Kittens, the Edmonton Public Library is still offering free library cards) which is a great place to stumble upon new books you may not consider otherwise.

There was a film made of the book, which I have yet to see, which came out in 2012. I intend to watch to see how all the characters are portrayed and how they convert the diary/letter style of the book into film.

Have you already read this book or see the film? Comment and let me know

Danger De Lux goes all natural

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have noticed lately I have been posting about natural cosmetics…face wash, feminine products, shampoo, toothpaste, perfume…. It is all because I read a book I had heard about years ago. I saw it in the Library last month and figured I may as well read it ( I love to read, btw). The book that has changed every thing for me was There is Lead in Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon… Now I know it sounds silly to say one book has changed my whole perspective on makeup and toiletries, but it completely opened my eyes to how much chemicals are in our beauty products and how most companies are lying to us about the ingredients they are using.

lipstick-coverCompanies are allowed to say they are all natural or use natural ingredients even if they arn’t or don’t. Cosmetic companies are allowed to use ingredients that cause cancer and illness and sometimes don’t even list this ingredients. There is some special loop hole that a product with a scent can simply list perfume or fragrance, as it is the brands ” secret scent”….one which is usually laden with chemicals. It’s a shame because so many people believe companies when they say they are natural or organic, when most of the time its a lie, or perhaps one or two ingredients are natural. I think it is important to know what you are putting on your body and essentially in your body as your skin absorbs all those chemicals.

cosmetics-inline-5Some of the most common chemicals in cosmetics include SLS, parabens, phthalates, tar, formaldehyde, and well, I could go on. In the very basic form of it, these toxins cause cancer, hormone disruption, damage to vital organs such as the liver, etc. It’s really scary when you think about it… How many chemicals are you using every day? Gillian Deacon states that the average women uses/applies 126 chemicals before leaving the house each day. I am not okay with this and that is why I am changing my entire beauty and body care regime. I poured out most of my old chemical filled products and have replaced them with homemade ones or truly 100% natural, chemical free ones.

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I have switched about half or more of my products over to 100% natural, and while yes, some are more expensive ( like deodorant and toothpaste)  I have found some great deals and quality products at great prices. Thus far I have been shopping at Planet Organic ( my local organic grocery store) and Well.ca. Planet Organic carries essential oils and all the ingredients to make my own products- and they often have products on sale or offer 10% customer appreciation days. Well.ca offers free shipping on orders over $25 and are always having sales. I have found great products at both of these places without breaking the bank. All the products are also Cruelty Free, which is something I think is very important- no animals should have to suffer for our vanity…ever!

lead-in-lipstickI highly recommend you all read There’s Lead in Your Lipstick by G. Deacon and really think about what you are putting on and in your body. Keep an eye out for more posts on specific products and beauty rituals- shampoo and hair washing. nail polish. feminine products. getting a pinup look with all natural makeup. perfume…oh goodness how I love perfume!

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