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!

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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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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?

 

Friday Finds: the most exquisite vintage handbag

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

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

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

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

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

Friday Finds: this weeks haul at the thrift store

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What is the best gem you’ve found lately?

Elly Mayday visits Rowena plus a giveaway!

Rowena in Edmonton had the amazing pleasure to host Elly Mayday for a meet and greet a few weeks ago. She happened to be on a layover for a flight and it just worked out perfectly! And might I add, she was sweet as pie!

20150318_174125She came in the shop for a few hours to chat, meet some fans, sign autographs, and take photos. Cherry wanted to meet her as well, she came out to the meet and greet too ;)

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Elly also tried on a handful of dresses and my goodness, was she ever stunning in them. Especially the pink Monica – keep an eye out on her facebook and instagram page for photos.

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Elly had some beautiful photos and her calender available to be signed. If you didn’t come down, you sure missed out! If you got a calender, she left a little note on your birthday – it was so sweet! Keep an eye out on Rowenas and Ellys facebook page for future events like this…Elly may even be back some time!! So if you didn’t make it out this time, don’t worry, you’ll catch her next time

20150318_175907Be sure to follow the Danger De Lux facebook page to also hear about fun events, giveaways, and sales at Rowena!

But especially watch out on the Danger De Lux facebook page for an Elly themed giveaway coming up real soon ;)