Danger De Lux Review: The Megan from Bettie Page

Bettie Page has some absolute amazing designs and certain dresses are always guaranteed to sell. The Alika, Silver Roses, and the Megan- these lovely dresses always sell out. Rowena just got in the Megan in red and something compelled me to try  it on.

_DSC0241-2Now, before I talk about why I don’t like it on me, let me first tell you what I love about it despite that fact. The Megan is made of the loveliest stretch fabric, which makes it so very comfortable. It also has some great details, not only in the front but the back is lovely. I have seen this dress on many, many ladies of all different sizes and have not seen one. that didn’t look fabulous. I think what throws me off is that it is red… I never wear this much red because the colour of my hair. I also think I should have tried it on with some shape wear, because I am looking a little boxy, and I definitely  am not boxy.

I am wearing my usual size, a medium, and in the photos it is looking a touch big, which makes me wonder if I could have gone down a size because of the stretch…. Do you have a Megan? What do you think of the fit?

My measurements are: Bust: 37″ Waist: 29″ Hips 40″

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The back is super cute and has a faux button look. I love this dress from the behind! I’m wearing a hell bunny crinoline under neath and paired it with some BAIT heels.

_DSC0246-2Rowena carries the very best of Bettie Page, as does RetroGlam.com so go have a peak and get a Megan ( or Alika, or Silver Roses, or whatever tickles your fancy)

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Danger De Lux Review: The Sheila dress from Hell Bunny

Hell Bunny has been making lovely, light and flowy dresses the past couple of seasons and are back at it for spring. The Sheila dress is a sweet staple for spring and summer. With an apple and daisy motif, this 50′s style reproduction dress should definitely be considered for every gals wardrobe.

The Sheila comes in three colors- black, smokey blue, and a pale green. I decided to review the green, as green and red hair are a perfect pair ;)

_DSC0237-2I paired the Sheila with a red crinoline and one of the new belts from Hell Bunny, which kind of remind me of the 80′s, but are such great belts to add on to almost any dress. The girls at work all have them and guaranteed one of them is wearing one every day!

I am wearing a medium in the Sheila and it fits quite nicely. I didn’t feel restricted or uncomfortable, but comfy, because the fabric is so light. Here are my measurements so you can compare for yourself:

Bust: 37″ Waist: 29″ Hips 40″

If I look at the size chart, my top half would fit the large and my bottom half would just squeeze into the small. I almost always wear a medium in Hell Bunny, unless it has stretch panels, then I go down a size. If you are ordering this dress, I would get your usual size or call/email the shop and ask to compare a size with your measurements.

_DSC0234-2The only issue I had with this dress was how darn staticy is was! Defiantly get a can of static guard if you’re planning on getting this lovely little frock. But for $52 this dress is a steal! I tried mine on at Rowena but you can also get it at Retroglam.com

_DSC0235-2Hell Bunny is a great brand to check out if you’re just getting into pinup and retro style, or need an outfit for a theme party or event. Their dresses are usually very flattering, on all body types, they have a great variety, and are a fantastic price. Hell Bunny is also a leader in plus size retro fashion, making beautiful dresses up to 4xxl.

What I Wore: Pinup Girl’s Jenny skirt and Peaseant top

I am a sucker for holidays, so naturally on Valentines Day, I wanted to dress pretty and of course in the traditional holiday colors. I was also working which was more of an excuse to dress up. A week or so prior, I put on the cherry jenny skirt and red ( and black) peasant top, both from Pinup Girl Clothing, for an instagram photo for the store, and as luck would have it, I fell in love with both pieces. Needless to say, they had to come home with me.

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I will admit I was weary of the Jenny skirt at first – there is just so much fabric! But when I put it on, I quite liked it. At the store I hear it all the time, when ladies put on a swing skirt for the very first time- i look so big! But in reality, they don’t, in fact they look much smaller and like they have a more traditional shape. Because they jenny skirt has so much darn fabric, the fear is doubled, however I like my shape in it.

_DSC0202Now, lets talk about fit for a minute, because boy does this skirt fit small! My waist is 29″ and I almost always wear a medium in Pinup Girl Clothing. This Jenny is a large and is still a little snug, coming in at 28″ at the waist. So ladies, size up, when you are ordering one of this skirts, so you won’t be disappointed when it just wont zip up.

The peasant top, fits nice and snug in a medium, just the way I would like it to.

_DSC0204I got both of these pieces at Rowena, in Edmonton, where they have a few other patterns of the Jenny dress ( the italian scene, spider print…) and also the peasant top in black. Retroglam.com, their online shop also carries all these goodies, so do not fear if you don’t live around here, Rowena has got you covered!

_DSC0203For Valentines Day my lovely boyfriend surprised me with a candlelit dinner and cupcakes from my favorite cupcake shop, Crave. After dinner, we went ice skating, which was funny because neither of us had been skating in 10-15 years! But we got the hang of after a few minutes, so I am certain will be going a few more times before the ice melts.

How was your Valentines Day? What sort of love-sick shenanigans did you get up tp?

Danger De Lux Hair Tutorial: Victory Rolls

Victory rolls are the very first retro hair style I tried. I especially love them because they are fairly rockabilly in style, so not so insanely retro. It use ti take me ages to put my hair up in victory rolls and then the frustration would set in, so it was often I wore my hair in them. Now, I’ve realized to stop trying to make them so damn perfect and just work with them, until they are close enough. Now, I can do them in 5-10 minutes, so I wear victory rolls more often. I also have very long hair, so I make my rolls pretty big and fat, which is what I like!

This tutorial is quick and easy! You will need: a backcombing comb, hairspray, pomade ( if you have it), and bobby pins ( i use three different kinds in the video)

Please let me know what you think and if there are any other tutorials you’d like to see!

Have fun!!

INSANE BOXING DAY SALE at ROWENA

Boxing day is just around the corner…literally. And you sassy kittens can’t tell me you haven’t been thinking about it at least a little bit- what kind of sale is everyone going to have. Let me tell you about the only sale that matters ;)

Every Boxing Day Rowena has the most amazing sale.- if you’ve come, you know exactly what I am talking about. While I can’t reveal what it is quite yet, I am sure you can use your imagination and figure it out…. think big!!

This year, Rowena will be having another legendary Boxing Day sale and you betcha I will be there bright and early helping make shopping dreams come true. The store opens at 8am and closes at 9pm- come early if you want to be guaranteed to get that dress you’ve been eying.

Not only will Rowena be having a wicked sale, but RetroGlam.com will be too! So if you don’t live in Edmonton, not to fret, you can still get some amazing deals on their website!

Keep an eye on the Rowena Facebook page and the Boxing Day event page for more info as the day draws closer

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See you all soon!

Danger De Lux- Hair Tutorial: Easy Retro Hair

I had said a little while ago, I wanted to do some tutorials- today I did my first one and I am so excited to share it with you. I’ve recently mastered, if you will, victory rolls and pin curls and what have you. I wanted to share with everyone how easy it can be. My first tutorial shows a really simple retro hair style involving three rolls, a snood, and a handful of bobby pins. Please watch and let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions for other videos you’d like to see!

A Night Out With The Hellbound Hepcats

There are but a handful of truly great old school Canadian Rockabilly bands and The Hellbound Hepcats are one of them – goodness are they ever. I have to admit I only came across them as I was at the library a few years ago loading up on cds, and theirs just happened to be one I clueless-ly grabbed

A trio out of Montreal with old school style and taste, The Hellbound Hepcats should most definitely be in your mix of go to tunes. I have honestly never seen so many gals weak in the knees, as I had last Tuesday night. Lead Singer Alex Brown’s voice could make any girl stray. It was like a scene out of an old Elvis performance- all the girls wearing swooning over these mega babes, with their dreamy voices and saucy moves.28690_10150208807075304_835546_nBecause it was a Tuesday night the crowd was a little thin, but all us gals sure made up for it. Get a drink or two in me and I’m up there with the best of them shaking my tush.

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1452201_10151821764386033_658434756_nThese mega babes were there also drooling over the amazing tunes and the cute boys up on stage. I might add both of these lovely ladies got their outfits from Rowena, cause all the cool cats shop there, but you already knew that.

1460104_10151821761631033_485615150_nBecause it is winter and I was being a baby, I didn’t get dolled up in my usual gear. Instead I wore one of my favorite Folter dresses ( also from Rowena), with black tights, knee high socks, and doc martens.

1456658_10151821761946033_1705950979_nAnd because I am a total nerd I asked two members of the band (below) if I could take a picture of them for my blog ( pushes up glasses, snorts a few times, and giggles…get it…cause I’m super dorky). But like nice boys, they obliged. I felt like a little school girl…sorry for the awful photo- it does none of us any justice haha.

996655_10151821761501033_1827213079_nAnyway back to the band…. Check them out on facebook to see when they are coming to your town or to see where you can snag one of their albums and get hooked just like I did. These boys are not ones you want to miss so keep an eye out for them… they will make you feel like a little girl all over again. Me-ow!

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http://youtu.be/Qric5KmPS6c

Toodles!

Nosferatu

On Halloween night my boyfriend and I went to the symphony. They were playing Nosferatu, accompanied by the organ played by a young german composer, who actually improved the whole 90 minutes.

Because it was Halloween, I made myself up as a spooky pin up

halloween 001I  wore my new favorite skirt from Rock Steady- a pencil peplum, which is so damn flattering! I paired it with a cropped top, a spooky HellBunny cardigan, and fancy lil fasinator with a veil attached.

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I hadn’t seen Nosferatu before Halloween night, so it was quite exciting! The accompaniment was so perfect, you would never have known it was improvised.

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It was a great way to celebrate Halloween, especially because it was on a Thursday night. The movie was spooky and silly and I highly recommend watching it. Apparently, Bram Stokers wife ordered all copied been burnt due to infringement of copyright or something along that lines. One theater in England decided not to burn their copy and it remained the only existing copy; thanks to them the film is able to be seen and appreciated today!

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I hope you all had a spooky Halloween too!

Oh and I got my skirt and cardigan from Rowena.  

RetroGlam.com has all the same wicked stuff too

the man eater- by pinup girl clothing

My latest and most coveted purchase from Pinup Girl Clothing is the Kinky Box Skirt in the Man Eater Plant print- it is divine! Reminisceint of Audrey 2 from The Little Shop of Horrors this skirt is every kind of right! The colour combination is absolutely perfect- the purple is not bright nor deep and goes just right with the green of the flytrap man eater plant. I am not one for colour- in fact, I’m not sure I own any purple, but this skirt truly is fantastic.

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I think all the girls at work have their eye on this skirt and I am sure we are all going to end up with one. MAN EATER 018I paired the man eater skirt with a simple black top from Rock Steady and black B.A.I.T. heels. I had a few extra minutes to spare this morning so I threw my hair up in big, fat victory rolls to complete the look.

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I got so many compliments on my outfit, mainly because of my fabulous skirt! The kinky box skirt fits quite small however- I bought a large, and while it is a touch big, there was no way I was getting into a medium, so keep that in mind when ordering ( I plan on getting mine taken in a smidge so it will be a perfect fit).

MAN EATER 006I am so in love with this skirt that I very much plan on getting it in the Fetish print as well. My fall wardrobe is going to be over flowing with Pinup Girl!

MAN EATER 025I got my kinky box skirt at Rowena and you bet you can get one there too, including the fetish print. Check out RetroGlam.com too, to see what they have in stock.

retro hair – its easy!

Lately I have been taking the extra time to style my hair. I have been practicing with pin curls, victory rolls, and retro accessories, like hair combs and snoods! Now, it only takes a few minutes to pin my hair up and have a lovely retro look. I purchased a snood at the Bettie Page store in Vegas last February and only just recently tried it out- i loved it!! So much so, that I snapped a few photos to share with you

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I also figured it was a good time to introduce you all to Cherry, my new baby!! Shes a brown and white Boston Terrier and she is the sweetest thing you will ever meet.calgary 003

I did three rolls, one in the front and two on the side, tucked the rest of my hair in the snood and pinned in on with bobby pins, and as a final touch added a light pink rose that matched my skirt. When I first started doing retro styles, it would take me forever and I would get really frustrated. I initially thought it had to be perfect…but now I know that it doesn’t have to be; most people are going to be too impressed with your hair to even notice the rolls might be slightly uneven. So now, I just work with the rolls I make to mold and pin them and be happy with the work I’ve done! So, my top advice for learning and practicing retro hair is to know it doesn’t have to be perfect and to just keep at it!

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