Friday Finds: Thrift Store Vintage

Every now and again I find amazing vintage at thrift stores…and not 80s or 90s vintage, but real vintage gold! I was at a small thrift shop about a month ago, not expecting to find much, but my eye caught something glittering among the h&m tunic dresses and beer box t-shirts. It was a gorgeous handmade shift dress…and would you believe it fit me perfectly?! I could not believe my luck! Whomever gave this frock away had no idea the joy it would bring one vintage loving pinup.

_DSC6576e (2)I was even more excited about the price I paid for this lovely dress… $3.50!! Can you believe it?! Goodwill colour codes their items and each week switches which colour is 50% off and it was just my luck that this one was on sale that day.

  _DSC6575eHow did I know it was vintage and handmade? First of all, it had a metal zipper, which is a big giveaway. It also did not have a label indicating is was probably handmade. And it had a lot of extra fabric on the inside, to allow for it to be let out if need be; this is something that stopped as mass production become more and more popular. You will never see this kind of extra fabric in clothing nowadays.

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Doesn’t it look like it was made for me? It is rare to find a vintage piece that fits so pristine.

I also found a little dress jacket at the vintage shop next to Rowena, called Decadence.And can we check out those amazing Bakelite bangles! Aren’t they divine?!

_DSC6584eIm sure this jacket had a matching dress back in its hay day. Now, its a nice, light, and lovely jacket to pair with an evening dress.

_DSC6581eI feel like a total catalog model in these shots! I love it! So cheesy. But hey, this jacket is just so cute! I paid $12 for this gem and can’t wait to find the perfect occasion to debut it.

_DSC6582eI have more Friday Finds in the works for you lovelies, so stay tuned!!

What was your best vintage dress find?

All Natural Pinup: My Favorite Mascara

For the last 8 months or so, I have been switching over all my cosmetics and toiletries to all natural, chemical and cruelty free versions (read more about it here). I have converted almost all of my makeup now to the natural version of what I once used. While some of it is quite different ( the lipsticks), some of it is very much the same (eye shadow). One of my favorite conversions so far so been the mascara.

Pure Anada is my favorite all natural cosmetics company- they have everything you need to make the switch, plus are Canadian and budget friendly ( read more about them here). Today I want to dedicate a whole post to their mascara…oh boy, do I love their mascara.

10987314_875939745806055_7817043415040917192_nSince I was a teenager,  I have been constantly looking for the perfect mascara. Something that will give me volume, without clumping. Something that will give me length and will stay on. And of course, it had to be the blackest black.

I bought Pure Anada’s mascara without reading any reviews or even knowing if it would be good. All I knew was that Pure Anada was a chemical free company and was on Jill Deacons list of good cosmetic companies to buy.  I bought it off of well.ca, where I get most of my natural cosmetics. It was only $14 so I didn’t think it was too much of an investment if it didn’t work out.

690ada796e8418d70e7ed33925561466_ra,w403,h403_pa,w403,h403It did work out. And it was amazing. Just think, you can get drug store brand mascaras for the same price ( sometimes more) and those ones are filled with cancer causing chemicals. Pure Anadas mascara is paraban, mercury, and gluten free. Instead it is made with coconut oil, olive oil, and rice bran wax. It has a small list of ingredients which you can pronounce!

As a pinup gal, your makeup is a huge part of your look. And, for me, the eyes are the most important – a good cat eye, strong, shaped brows, and luscious lashes. A lot of gals wear false eyelashes, and believe me, if I could just master it, I would too. But let’s me honest, I do not have the time and at my new job, they aren’t really appropriate. So, I turn to mascara to give me the lashes I need to complete my look. Pure Anada mascara makes my lashes long and voluminous and oh so black.

11898588_972422856157743_3661863588802776548_nWhile, in the past I always bought water proof eye makeup, this mascara is not waterproof, which is fine. It has great staying power despite not actually being water proof. I can teach a class and get sweaty and still not have raccoon eyes. That being said, it is easy to take off too- I use Green Beaver Makeup Remover.

Well.ca carries almost all of Pure Anadas products, but if you head over to Pure Anadas website you can see actual stores that sell their products. I have tried a bunch of their products and have loved every one…I have yet to have a bad experience with any of their cosmetics – ive tried their eye shadow, concealer, bronzer, eye brow powder, mascara, lipsticks, brushes, and tinted moisturizer and I have loved it all!

11130177_914311358635560_4274429871939484649_nHave you tried any chemical free cosmetics yet? Which are your favorites?

Don’t forget to use #allnaturalpinup on social media to let the world know you’re using chemcial free cosmetics

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Saying Goodbye…

I’m sure most of you know that for the past three years I have  been working at one of the top rockabilly and pinup shops in Canada (and arguably  North America) and for the last 2 of those years I have been the manager, putting my heart and soul into Rowena. If you follow my Facebook  page you would have seen  my posts about how I was leaving and to come say goodbye. After three long years, it was time to move on. So with a lot of excitement and a little sadness, I am saying goodbye to Rowena, my home for the past three years. I graduated from school about a year ago and have found a potentially amazing job in my field. I’ve traded in my novelty print skirts, leopard print, and tight, low cut tops for running shoes, yoga pants, sports bras, and racer back tops. I am now the studio manager at a fitness studio, where I will also do private training and instruct group fitness  classes. It’s  a very different world from the pinup, rockabilly life I lead, but health and fitness are my passion in life. I am excited to start a new chapter in life but wanted to say goodbye to what has been my life for the past three years. While I knew I wouldn’t work at Rowena forever and there was very little growing left for me to do there, it was still sad to say  I was leaving. If you’ve been to the brick and mortar shop you know that it has gone through a lot of visual changes,which I worked very hard on. I’ve also met some amazing people there and made a few friends out of my favorite customers  (you know who you are ).

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Not only do I love helping pretty gals find pretty dresses, I love helping myself  find pretty dresses ;) I will definitely miss trying on all the fun new dresses and being the first to see it all. I’ll miss having the first pick, having an amazing wardrobe and the killer discount.

Ill miss my lovely coworkers who made the slow days and tedious tasks fun and silly.

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10930941_10153044938117790_576738279206358002_nI’ve had some really great times at Rowena…and of course, there has been drama, we are just a bunch of girls after all ;) There has been fun times, annoying customer times, tearful times, creepy dude and stalker times, and absolutely everything in between.

I’ve done a lot of growing while at Rowena. Ive loved being recognized as the girl who works at Rowena. Ive loved helping young girls find an outfit that makes them feel like a beautiful princess. I’ve loved playing dress-up with gals and having fun and giggling and making friends with them.

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It was a fun job where I was able to develop a lot of my retail and merchandising skills but it was time to move on. I’ll miss making fun window displays; Ill miss dressing the mannequins; Ill miss making fun store displays; Ill miss putting together fun outfit; Ill miss impromptu cupcakes, photo shoots, and weekend re-caps. Thank you Rowena and associates for the lovely three years. Its been a blast!! I’ll be seeing you around!

xoxo

Danger De Lux

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Get ready for Diner En Blanc with Danger De Lux & Swish Vintage

Diner en Blanc Edmonton  is right around  the corner, coming up on September  3rd. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, follow this link (https://www.facebook.com/DinerEnBlanc.Edmonton?fref=ts&__nodl), then come right back here. The main component or aspect  of  this fancy outdoor  dinner  party is that  all guests must wear white…from head to toe. For someone  who stears clear of white at all times this dinner party is both  a  challenge and the perfect opportunity  to actually  wear white with no inhibitions.

The instructions  were very clear that all items of clothing must be white…not ivory or cream, not off white or egg shell…white. This too can be a challenge…finding something purely white. Well, Danger De Lux to the rescue! I’ve picked out all of the beautiful  white things Swish Vintage has that you could wear to Diner En Blanc. For those who don’t  know, Swish  Vintage  is my favorite vintage  boutique and is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, in Manulife Place

aviary_1440531418953Swish has tons of white accessories to complete  your outfit. Necklaces, clip on earrings, bangles, and brooches all in crisp, clean white. When you have such a stark canvas, like a white dress, accessories play a  big part in making your outfit even more interesting. While dressing head to toe in white makes a big statement, layering necklaces and bangles help to make that statement scream.

No post involving  Swish would be complete without a few vintage hats. And of course  Swish has white hats perfect for a dinner party. Not only are hats way too much fun, you also don’t have to  do as much with your hair!

20150825_121827Sadly our summer nights are getting chilly, which means you should probably bring a cardigan or shawl with you, especially to an outdoor  dinner party. Plus you get extra elegance points when you have a gorgeous shawl draped over your shoulders. Swish has just a few white ones and at excellent price points.

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Don’t forget about a small, quaint evening bag to hold your lipstick and phone, cause you  know  you’re  going to want to document this night. I didn’t find any in the mall (like,duh) so where better to look  than an antique shop?!

20150825_121143I’ve put together  a few lovely white outfits for those last minute to the game. Swish has just a few white dresses and separates but they are beautiful and perfect  for the  occasion.

This stunning white party dress would have been my outfit if only it had fit. My goodness it is beautiful. It even has a built  in  crinoline and gorgeous structure. This is what white dress dreams are made of.

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20150825_122535For a more dramatic look, this 20s-esque beaded frock is ideal. It is simply divine and grande and elegant. It is quite delicate so this one may be best worn for a drink or two rather than worn late partying  into the night…but then again, when in Rome…

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20150825_123237Swish has in store a bridal crinoline in white, which I’ve paired four different tops and accessories to show some of the  different looks you can achieve with one staple piece. This crinoline  can easily be worn as an external piece and manipulated to convey different styles.

Bohemian

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Country chic

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Sweet and simple.

20150825_124719And to complete your outfit a pair of simple white gloves

20150825_150502Are you  going to  Diner En Blanc? What are you wearing?

Swish Picks: Vintage Jewels

 Good vintage jewelry can be hard to find… there is tons of 80s crap, big plastic bangles, chunky beaded necklaces, and tacky earrings that look like they came from a jazzy jewelry set. Good vintage jewelry can also be extremely expensive, like bakelite, cameos, and seemingly whatever you love most in the display case.

Swish has divine jewelry in all price ranges and extravagance. She also has items from the early 1900s up to the 80s/90s, and occasionally, from today. Silver charm bracelets, bold red daisy brooches, classic cameos, rhinestone brooches, strings of pearls, screw back earrings, aurora borialis, and everything in between line the display shelves.

Swish has a beautiful collection of rhinestone brooches, many of them by Sherman, in all colours and shapes. You can also find gorgeous rhinestone and crystal clip on earrings…which make me sad I have stretched ears, otherwise they would all be mine!

Here are some of my favorite pieces in the shop, plus some pretty unique ones

These Chanel clip ons are to die for. They are quite big too, which makes them even better ( the bigger, the better, right?). For a pretty penny these darling sunhats could be yours!

20150811_131012I am really  into Amber  right now, so these delight me. These bracelets  are so pretty! Did you know Amber is made from sap and if it has bugs or bug wings in it, the piece is instantly worth more?!

20150811_133302 I love this necklace and  earring  set…I imagine a sassy lady like Joan (from Mad Men) wearing it. This tone of green is very bold and striking, surely to stand out among all the other boring jewelry in the room…why blend it, when you were born to stand out?!20150811_132929I love the  colors in this set. I want it! But again, I can’t  wear  earrings, even  if  they are clip ons. My loss is your gain!

20150811_131056These filigree butterflies  are so dreamy and dainty.They are antique and probably quite old….perhaps  early 1900s…? I would love for them to be mine…men of the world, are you listening ;)

20150811_131122One of the many sparkly  pieces in the shop. I love  when jewelry still has its tags attached. This one is from The Hudsons Bay Company. I also love to see what they originally cost!

(sorry this picture is so blurry…still getting used to the camera on my tablet…i guess you just have to come down to the shop to see it in person)

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I just love how sparkly this one is, especially when it catches the light…its divine!! Could you imagine pinning this to your jacket or frock for an evening out, or at a wedding, perhaps. It is guaranteed to get you many compliments, and what lady wouldn’t want that?

20150811_132809Swish has a beautiful collection of crystal pieces, that glitter in the sunlight. I love the two-string necklaces, like the one below; they are so elegant and feminine.

20150811_133119This black three string necklace is one I have been lusting after; it’s in near perfect condition and cost but a few pennies ( well more than that, but it is priced quite low). I love anything black, so vintage + black is a total win in my books. Plus it has that iridescent, mirror ball quality…its not just black, but has purple and pink and green!

20150811_133039Swish has plenty of darling brooches, some with matching earrings. I love this daisy cluster, which is pretty 60s. And the gold tone flower is one of my favorites! The red and black one is a great rockabilly piece; I could see it on a cardigan and blouse for a night out dancing! All three are in excellent condition and very affordable. Swish is a place where everyone, in every price range can shop, and find something they cheerish.

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Some of the unique and interesting pieces in the shop include this set of bracelets made of elephant tail hair! Apparently, Elephants scratch themselves against trees and their tail hair gets caught and falls off; so if this is correct, these bracelets are cruelty free, which is amazing!

20150811_133335Swish also has this pin made of Moose hair…how bizarre!

20150811_133402And one for the Disney lovers, like me…isn’t he just the cutest!

20150811_131240So, what do you think of this snippet of the collection at Swish?!

What’s your favorite piece of vintage jewelry?

Swish Picks: handbag heaven

Swish Vintage has a glorious collection  of handbags, in every shape, fabric , and price you  could  ask for. It takes everything I have to convince myself  each week that I do not need another bag…I don’t really believe myself,  but I  listen  anyway. Today’s  Swish Picks is full  of  all my favorite  handbags currently in the shop. Hold on to your seats lady and maybe grab a napkin go wipe away the impending drool.

20150804_142752Red, yellow, green, and blue…I see a rainbow,  don’t  you? Swish has a good range of colors, even though black still leads the way.

Many of the black handbags can be dated to the 40s and 50 with the very classic style of the time, as influenced by Coco Chanel, Hermès, Prada, and Gucci.

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Classic  box purses, leather and fabric evening bags, metal and lucite findings, and decorative pieces…you can find it all! This is just a snippet of the black  handbags in  the shop…oh, and they are all on sale right now too!

You can find a beautiful  collection of  white and  beaded bags as well, some dating quite far back, like the 20s.

20150804_142918How perfect are these for a bride? I could imagine carrying something  like the above on my wedding  day.

20150804_142946Swish  has a handful of  divine tapestry bags in immaculate  condition. Tapestry bags were quite popular  in  the  1920s and would  be considered a key fashion  look of the time. One may also  find tapestry bags from the 1950s as they were often given  to gals from their solider boyfriends; they were hence  known as “sweetheart ” bags

20150804_143141Reptile skin become fashionable in the  1940s due to the restriction on leather, as it was to be used for wartime efforts only. Snakeskin was a popular choice among designers.Swish has a few snakeskin  handbags as well as a divine crocodile skin one, which below, is the biggest of the three shown.

20150804_143707Another fun fact of wartime handbags is that many of them were made with gas mask compartments,  so you could  be prepared  no matter  where  you  were. Unfortunately Swish does not have any but wouldn’t  that  be  interesting  to  see?

More beautiful  20s and 30s handbags below.  The  colourful  one is from the 1930s and is in mint condition.  Cloth evening  bags were very in fashion in the  30s, often  made of silk and satin crepe  de  chine, with beading or luxurious details and clasps. The one below is not as fancy as a typical evening bag but it is just beautiful…it is  my favorite  bag in  the shop. The black one below is a typical 1920s evening  bag with the beading and braided rope strap.

20150804_143239The floral tapestry handbags below are reminiscent  of the 50s and 60s. These three are in beautiful  condition and are very feminine purses. Again you see the box shape made popular in the 40s and 50s by influential designers Hermès and Chanel.

20150804_143040Below is a “Dorothy” bag found in Edwardian fashion of the early 1900s. These bags have drawstrings that gather at the top and are typically lavishly beaded. The user of this bag required  very little when going  out…calling cards, a handkerchief,  perhaps a small notepad and a pencil. Sometimes these bags were used in the drawing  room or for evening entertainment. The Dorothy  bag was named after the heroine in A J Munbys 1880 play.

20150804_143838And every  now and again Swish gets in something  unique , interesting,  or strange. Currently  in the  shop there is a Kenyan antelope  fur handbag. I don’t know how old it is, but it is in perfect  condition.

20150804_143755This is just a peak at the amazing collection  of  bags at Swish and she is constantly  bringing in new stock. If you  don’t  live in town head over to the Swish Facebook page  to find out about  ordering possibilities.

Do you carry a vintage  handbag?

 

Swish Picks: Mad Max-i

This summer I am totally loving maxi dresses! Thank goodness past fashions also loved maxi dresses…especially the 70s! Swish Vintage has the most amazing maxi dresses…so, so many of them….and in a wide variety of sizes!

The 1970s were all about freedom in fashion and freedom to love. The 70s were colourful, and bright, and super fun!

Here are a few of my favorite maxi dresses in the shop

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I love love love this one with a 1920s print on it.

Sized medium to large

$65 (plus is on sale right now)

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This one is has a bit heavier fabric, so would be perfect for a evening wedding or event.

Would fit a modern day medium

$160 ( plus is on sale right now)

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This maxi is just divine! This is another one that would be fabulous for a wedding or late night summer event.

Size small

$98 ( plus is on sale right now)

20150630_145258 (2)20150630_145517 (2)This coral maxi is just gorgeous on…Ive seen a couple gals try this on and I am so surprised it’s still in the shop. I love the two tone pink and all the pleats the belt makes.

Would fit a medium or large

20150630_145522 (2)20150630_144756 (2)This psychedelic print is so much fun!! On a real body, it would be just fantastic!!

Would fit a large or xl

$90 (plus is on sale right now)

20150630_144800 (2)20150630_144956 (2)This jersey maxi was made in England for Holt Renfrew!

Would fit a modern medium

$175 (plus is on sale right now)

20150630_144951 (2)Swish is having a huge sale right now with dresses starting at 20% off all the way up to 50% off…and if something is on sale already, the discount is on top of the sale price. I am having the hardest time not buying everything right now! If you fancy anything you saw in my post, head over to the Swish page to ask for exact measurements and shipping costs.

Hope you are all having a lovely summer! Are you digging maxi dresses as much as I am right now?