Trashy Diva- the perfect black dress

Trashy Diva makes gorgeous dresses, in fantastic fabrics and patterns. I know of many girls who lust after Trashy Diva dresses because of their vintage look and appeal. I feel in love with the Deb dress instantly. Never has a dress felt more perfect- the fit is amazing, the fabric thick and beautiful, and the cut is very feminine. I imagine Audrey Hepburn might have worn something much like the Deb.

A few weeks ago I did a photo shoot with Photography by Safauna. I chose to wear the Deb dress because it is so classic and I feel amazing in it. The shots she sent me from our shoot  blew me away.

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I am wearing an 8 in the Deb and like I said, it fits like a glove. My measurements for comparison are: 36-29-40.

_DSC1129-EditI got my Trashy Diva Deb at Rowena in Edmonton. They still have a few in the shop and online at RetroGlam.com. The quality and fabulousness of this dress is worth every single penny, so brake open your piggy bank and snatch one up for yourself. This is the perfect little black swing dress. This beauty can be worn to an event, a celebration or party, a wedding, grad, or holiday party, a night out with the girls or out to dinner with your fella…the options are endless!

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my secret crush: the 70′s

While i adore the 1950′s and 60′s and love everything about the eras- the clothes, the cars, the music, the elegance- I have always had a secret crush on the 1970′s. When I was about 10, I was madly in love with everything 70′s- I wanted a “hippie” van, I wore bell bottom pants and an old hippie shirt my aunt wore when she was a kid, and my hair was so very long and straight. I loved the Beatles ( and still do), wore platform shoes, and had put up decorative daisies all over my bedroom wall. Of course, I grew out of it, and eventually came to love the classic look of the 50′s and early 60′s. But, there has always been a special part of me reserved for the 70′s.

When I was in Vegas, oh about a year ago, I stopped into one of many vintage shops. While flipping through a rack of vintage clothing, I came across a gorgeous floral maxi dress, clearly from the 70s. I slipped it on and knew it had to be mine.

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This piece has a high slip up the right side trimmed in black lace and bell sleeves, which hang beautifully. It is not something I typically wear, as I usually dress rockabilly, pinup, or 50′s inspired, but I feel gorgeous when I have it on. I have been waiting for somewhere special to wear it, but have yet had the right occasion. I knew I wanted it to be photographed and so when I was doing my latest shoot with Hello June Photography, I brought it along.

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_DSC1156-EditI have only just started building a vintage wardrobe, as it is just a smidgen hard to find vintage in my size, especially pieces from the 60s and earlier. Like I said, I have a soft spot for the 70′s and am so in love with this dress, even though its not my typical silhouette or color ( black). I have been lucky enough, just recently, to find a few dresses from the 50s and 60s, which I promise to share with you.

In the meantime, check out Hello June Photography. If you are in the Edmonton area, book her for a shoot- she is fantastic! And don’t be prejudice against different eras- they all have great things about them, if you really just look and leave your judgment at the door. I know some people who just hate the 70′s and will bypass something simply because its from the 70s- tsk, tsk. Peace and Love, right?

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Q & A with Cherry Dollface

I have a special treat for you today! Cherry Dollface – if there ever was a better fitting name- being the nice gal she is, answered ‘yes’ when I asked if I could interview her for my blog. A lot of people who are super busy and super awesome, can be super lame and turn down a request like mine. So you can imagine how excited I was when Cherry Dollface said she would gladly answer my questions.

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A brief bio on the Miss Cherry Dollface- this lovely lady has it going on! She is a model, a hairstylist, a designer ( she collarboates with Rock Steady Clothing), a wife, and an inspiration to many a young women. Please check her out on facebook, youtube, her website, and instagram.

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Now lets get to the questions….

1.       What is your favorite beauty product?
Oh man! Too many to name! But I love Paul Mitchell Hair products, Big Sexy styling products, Makeup Forever makes amazing foundations, concealers and primers, and Bomber Betty lip products.

2.       If you could give just one hair styling tip, what would it be?

Give your hair a rest!! Heat styling and using products everyday really takes its toll on your hair and you will end up with fried, lifeless hair. I give my hair a break every other day or as often as I can and just tie it in a top knot and leave it alone!

3.       What is your most coveted piece of clothing? Why?

I have a pretty good collection of vintage 1950′s hawaaian dresses. They make me feel so tropical!

4.       What do you think are the top 5 essentials to a pinup/rockabilly wardrobe?

A high waisted pencil skirt, a pair of peep toes, a pair of cuffed jeans, a good black cardigan, and at least one vintage dress!

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I have a line with Bomber Betty Cosmetics that I love! Hollywood Harlot is an amazing neutral red that looks great on everyone. ( get it here)

6.       Any secret beauty tips you can give us for getting that perfect pin-up look?

Don’t cake your face with base makeup. Focus more on your red lips and cat eyes. You want to look sassy– but not masky!

7.       How did you get into doing hair? Where did it all begin?

I started swing dancing when I was 14 and wanted to figure out how to do vintage styles to match the dancing and the clothes. It was before the internet existed so I just looked at old photos and tried my best to learn!

8.       Essential pin-up hair styling tools?

A 3/4″ curling iron, a good hairspray, a setting spray, bobby pins, pin curl clips, and a teasing/smoothing comb.

9.       Where is your favorite place to find great vintage?

Anywhere I can!! Ebay is a pretty trusty. Etsy is getting better. Unfortunately finding it local is too expensive.

10.   With no bias here… what is your favorite reproductive brand and why?

Steady Clothing!! It is made in the USA, they have been around for 20 years, they make affordable items, and they fit amazingly well! I also design a new piece for them each season, but I was already a fan even before I started collaborating.

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11.   If you are getting all dolled up, what is your go to look?

I like variety!! I usually do the basic cat eyes and red lips, but I like to change up my shadow colors, add glitter, change my reds, etc. And I have a huge wardrobe so I wear all kinds of different things!

12.   And the opposite, if you are dressing casual, what do you wear?

I am a jeans/shorts and a tank top kind of girl. I usually just wear my hair in a top knot and wear BB cream and mascara on my face.

PinUp-Tank_1024x102413.   When are you coming to Canada do teach us Canadian gals to do hair?

As soon as I find a place to host my class! All I need a space!

14.   Any wise words you would like to pass on to pinup and rockabilly gals trying to make in a modern world?

Just be yourself. You don’t have to fit into a cookie cutter image of what you think rockabilly is. There is no ONE right way to be yourself, so have fun!

15.   And whats next for Cherry Doll Face? Any upcoming events, etc?

Always touring! Check out my website for my latest events: cherrydollface.com

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And just for fun…EITHER OR ( you can only pick one, which one will it be…)
1. RAMONES OR MISFITS

neither!!!!!

2. BLONDE OR REDHEAD

red, obviously

3. VEGAS OR DISNEY LAND

disneyland

4. RED LIPS OR PINK LIPS

red lips

5. MARILYN OR BETTIE PAGE

bettie

6. WINE OR BEER

white wine

7. HEELS OR CONVERSE

depends on the day! converse mostly though

8. BOSTON TERRIER OR FRENCH BULLDOG

frenchies!!

9. MAD MEN OR WALKING DEAD

walking dead

10. FLY OR DRIVE

drive!

11. EAT IN OR TAKE OUT

take out

12. CITY OR COUNTRY SIDE

depends on my mood, but I live in the city

13. BEARD OR CLEAN SHAVEN

clean shaven always!

14. CHERRIES OR POLKA DOTS

polka dots

15. QUALITY OR QUANTITY

quality!

16. ROLLER COASTER OR CARSOUSEL

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17. STEAK OR TOFU

steak!

18. POLORAID OR DIGITAL

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19. CHER OR MADONNA

madonna

20. POOL OR BEACH

pool

A big Thank-You to Cherry Dollface for taking the time to answer my questions and share her wisdom with all of us. If you have yet to watch her you tube videos, what are you waiting for? Her tutorials are fantastic and she shares a lot of other fun tid-bits about her life, retro living, posing, and the works! Stay tuned to my blog for more awesome interviews and features! Thanks for reading.

*all photos taken from google.

Pinup Girl Clothing- The Lydia

The new Lydia by Pinup Girl Clothing is to die for. The design and cut of this dress is amazing. I have not been so excited for a dress in quite some time. My co-workers and myself went gaga for the Lydia in the Burlesque print. None of us could wait to try it on and almost all of us bought one.

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Look at those colours!

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I almost always wear a medium in Pinup Girl Clothing, but had to size up in the Lydia to a large. My measurements are: 36-29-40. The large fit me good and I feel good in it. A few of my co-workers had to size up as well, while a couple were able to fit in their usual size. If you’re unsure of fit, please ask and I’ll help you out!

You can get your very own Lydia at Rowena in Edmonton or online at RetroGlam.com

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A day out with Sourpuss

It was a beautiful day out and after a big run, all I wanted was to spend even more time outside soaking up the sun. It was the perfect day to head down to Fort Edmonton Park- a step back in time! I wanted to wear something cute and light, so of course I wore my Floozy dress from Sourpuss Clothing.

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The first stop in the fort in The Midway Park, which I absolutely love! In fact I was thinking what a great place it would be to have a wedding ( I’m not getting married…yet). There was a Ferris Wheel, a lovely carousal, and a bunch of old fashioned midway games!

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Everyone who works at Fort Edmonton Park are dressed for the era they are working in and are in character the whole time. One gal told me I looked very pretty, but next time I wear a short dress, I should be wearing stockings! It was quite cute.

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The Floozy dress is comfortable, but still cute, which is what I want in a little day dress. The dress comes with the red belt shown, which I love – I think polka dots and red are like chocolate and peanut butter. I wore a little anchor necklace, which matched the colors of the dress, and a couple little black roses in my hair.

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Like the previous Sourpuss dresses I have reviewed, this one is a medium. It fits good, just like it should. My measurements are: 36-29-40. This little dress is such a good summer frock, especially when it is priced so reasonably. Check out Rowena or RetroGlam.com to find the Floozy and other sweet summer dresses from Sourpuss Clothing

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Sourpuss makes great little pinup dresses, that are so affordable but still good quality. I always feel cute when I am wearing one of their dresses! I have one more little Sourpuss dress to review, so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime, follow me on:

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Pinup Girl Clothing- Stephanie Buscema’s Mermaid

Pinup Girl Clothing is at it again- making rockabilly and pinup dolls drool and break the bank for the amazing prints and cuts they put out this season. I have a hard time talking myself out of buying something from Pinup Girl- the very fact that it it made in the states, is a big seller for me; its good quality, the designs are so unique, and well, I am lucky enough to get a discount on it at the moment, so I feel like I need to stockpile ( how awful is that?!).

I have to say I have yet to regret any Pinup Girl purchase to date, no matter how much it cost ( even with a discount, some items are still pricey). My wee apartment closet can’t take much more, but still I try to stuff more in her…come on little closet, we have got to work together, so we can both have beautiful things.

The Mermaid Mexican circle skirt is my latest Pinup Girl purchase… I couldn’t help myself- it is gorgeous! Stephanie Buscema teamed up with Pinup Girl Clothing to produce this unique, exclusive design, which is just out of this world! mermaid 003mermaid 001This skirt was so much fun to wear and I got a ton of complements on it. I wore it to work, because I couldn’t wait to wear it. In fact, I felt so gosh darn pretty, I told my boyfriend we had to go out after work, so all my effort wouldn’t go to waste.

2014-06-14 11.22.40 (2)I paired it with a fabulous bustier top from Fables by Barrie. I usually hate strapless shirts and dresses, but the construction of this top is fantastic- it fit amazing and i felt comfortable and secure in it. Worth every single penny! All the girls at the shop scooped one up, so if you fancy one, i’d get in there right away, so as not to miss out!

I am also wearing a lovely vintage necklace, which matches nicely with the blue on the skirt, and black heels. My hair was so cooperative that morning as well, so victory rolls were in order to complete the look.

2014-06-14 11.23.04 (2)My waist is 29″ and I got a medium in the skirt. It doesn’t close with a zipper, rather it has buttons in front, which are then hidden with the ‘wrap’ part of the skirt. The construction is rather interesting, and on the pinup girl website, they say they designed it after traditional Mexican circle skirts. Their website also suggests to size down if you are in between sizes, simply because the size is semi adjustable due to the button closure.

My Fables top is a medium, which fit great. My bust is 36″, however another girl with a 38″ bust from the shop, could also wear a medium.

Both pieces are from Rowena. The skirt will be on the RetroGlam.com site, but the top can only be found in store ( but you can order over the phone if you can’t get into the shop)

Sorry for the poor quality photos, I was just so excited, I wanted to share right away

the Gil by Sourpuss Clothing

I had mentioned in a previous post I had four Sourpuss dresses I wanted to share and review. The first was the Pillaging Puppies Rizzo dress, and the second is the Gil. The Gil has this new age spacey look, mixed with retro stewardess – it is nothing like anything else I own.

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The Gil is super fun and flirty, with red piping, cute princess-type cap sleeves, and a sassy cut out on the front. A co-worker and I wore the Gil to the Alberta Bound Tattoo Convention, where we worked the Rowena booth. We got so many compliments on our outfits and a handful of people who wanted our photos.

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2014-05-31 01.06.01 (2)2014-05-31 01.01.37 (2)We wore these dresses all night and they were so comfortable. I felt so fun and pretty. This is a great little dress, which can be super casual when worn with flats and a pony tail, or more formal with heels and some fancy hair. The Gil has a cute retro costume feel to it, but don’t let that deter you, instead let that be the reason you get it! It is so much fun!

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Sandra is wearing a large, which fit her perfectly as well. Her measurements are:

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Get your hands on one of these dresses while you still can, because I don’t anticipate them lasting long. This dress is an absolute steal at $57- it is the perfect addition to any pinup gals wardbrobe. Head down to Rowena or RetroGlam.com to get one for yourself