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 ;)

Danger De Lux loves: Pure Anada

If you’ve been following me on facebook and instagram, and been keeping on  my posts, then you know I’ve switched to chemical free cosmetics. By now I have found a few really great brands and products. One brand which I cannot get enough of is Pure Anada, who are also a Canadian company (bonus!).

Pure Anada is based out of Morden, Manitoba, where they make all the product themselves and have their boutique…which one day I hope to visit! Pure Anada is not a big box company; in fact the founder of this amazing brand is a mother of two with a passion for clean cosmetics. This is what she says about her products:

“Since the inception of Pure Anada, my goal has been to create a natural, safer alternative to traditional, mainstream cosmetics.  I love the beauty of nature, and enjoy the challenge of assembling luxurious, organic ingredients into products for you to enjoy.”

Their products are truly of great quality and are not expensive…which I think is key for a lot of people. You can buy their mascara, for example, for around $14- this is one of the best mascaras I have ever used ( I usually use waterproof but am trying to get away from it); this mascara it light, but you can build it by layering it on; it doesn’t clump or flake off; and it’s paraben and mercury free!

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Now, lets talk about ingredients for a minute!  Pure Anada stands proud behind the words: chemical free. Their products do not contain any of the following:

parabens, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, nano/micronized particles, carmine, lakes and dyes, or synthetic fragrances, gluten, or bismuth oxychloride

They use truly natural ingredients in their cosmetics, like mica, jojoba, rice bran wax, olive oil, seseme, coconut, and sweet almond oils. They use plant based minerals and oils and ingredients known to be safe to use on the skin.

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Pure Anada is also a cruelty free company!! Which is something I highly support. I think everyone should be using cruelty free products. They have been certified by The Leaping Bunny Program, which sets a standard for companies in order to be certified. Pure Anada also does not buy ingredients from companies who test on animals, so therefore truly are cruelty free.

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Pure Anada makes everything you need to replace your current makeup kit. I can personally vouch for their: foundation, mascara, lipstick, mineral eye shadow, eye brow powder, bronzer, eyeliner, and brushes. They have every colour you need to get the look you are use to, so really there is no reason not try it out!

LipstickChart1Pure Anada and Danger De Lux have teamed up and I will be making tutorials and reviewing some of their products, so you know just how well it looks and works. I have been using Pure Anada on a daily bases for about two months and am loving it! I am passinate about taking my health into my own hands, and cosmetics greatly impact our health – what we put on our skin, ultimately ends up within our body. We all need to educate ourselves so we can make the best choices for our bodies. Pure Anada is chemical and cruelty free, and very affordable. So what are you waiting for? Hop on the all natural train with Danger De Lux. Start by cleaning out your makeup kit and getting rid of old makeup and the stuff your never use; look at your basics and begin replacing them! Keep an eye out here for reviews so you can make good choices about what to buy when you run out or decide to just replace it all

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Use the hashtag #allnaturalpinup when posting your new chemical free makeup! Tag @dangerdelux and I will share your photo with my readers so we can spread the word about all natural cosmetics.

Head over to WELL.CA to purchase Pure Anada and start treating your body right while looking amazing!

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Danger De Lux Re-Decorates

I live in a city that has really high rental rates, even in bad parts of the city. I totally lucked out 6 years ago and got a good apartment in one of the the best parts of town for a really good price. This apartment has seen me through a university degree, a personal training diploma, a horrible breakup, girl parties, good times, bad times, living alone, with others, a puppy and a kitty. I have a love-hate relationship with this apartment. Its too small, its old, and has some problems. That being said, I have no plans to move. So what is one to do? De-decorate!

Over the years my apartment has seen many transformations and now it is all finally coming together in a style I truly love. As I finish some other rooms, I will share them too! Today though, I am simply sharing a wall. A wall, which makes me happy every time I look at it now. A wall which has changed the whole mood of the apartment and has set the stage for things to come.

I also wanted to share this particular wall to let you know how affordable it was to re-decorate. All the pieces on the wall were thrifted and the paint cost $15, which makes me even prouder of my little wall.

mint wall 016While most of my apartment is outfitted in mid-century modern style, this wall has a very 1950s feminine style to it, which reflects one side of my personality and taste. Opposite of this wall is another, bigger wall which is covered in photos of Bettie Page, pinup girls, vintage ads, chalkware fish, etc. Having a sweet and simple wall contrast with a very busy wall, in a way that meshes pleases me.

Here is a break down of the cost to do this wall:

I found the beautiful gold mirror at a garage sale for $10!! You really just got to keep looking and you will find great pieces like this.

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The three crotchet pictures cost $11 all together. I found them at goodwill – it looked like someone had just cleared a bunch out because there were quite a few of them. I go to my local thrift stores quite often, which is what you need to do in order to find gems!

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The two golden floral hangings I found at Value Village. I looked them up and they are from the 60’s – a total score. They cost me $6.

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I got a one liter can of mint paint from the hardware store for $15

So in total, this project cost me: $42

I also purchased the phone/chair stand pictured a while back for probably $8-10 and reupholstered it with the leopard fabric, which I got at the bargain section of the fabric store.

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If you look hard enough and give yourself the time to hunt and be patient until you find the right pieces, you do not need to spend a ton to decorate.

My bedroom, because it is a much bigger space cost more, but still an appropriate amount relative to its size. I’m hoping to finish it up soon to share with you all as well.

What do you guys think?! I am so pleased with myself ;)

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Hair Tutorial: Suicide Roll

I’ve finally sat down and done another hair tutorial. I have been ho-ing and humming about my hair lately because, well, I am just bored with it!! Its been the same for ages, but I refuse to cut it! So what’s a gal to do? Well, learn a new hairstyle, that’s what! The suicide roll is so much easier than it looks and it a pretty badass style if you ask me! So I did a quick tutorial to show you all how to do it. When I am at work I always get asked how I do my rolls or get the sweetest compliments! I love making these videos to show you all how easy it is to have wicked hair, so enjoy!

Snapshot_20150307_9This style works best if your hair is dirty, as it is easier to work with. You will need a backcombing tool, a soft bristle comb or brush, hairspray, just a few bobby pins, and a flower or two if you like.

I am still working on my video execution and am moving around a lot in the end, but the main part where I show you how to do the roll is clear. Watch and let me know what you think! Also, if there is anything else you

I forgot to grab some flowers for the video, so here is the complete look, with three flowers on the one side. Seriously dolls, you need to try out this hair style!

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Danger De Lux shows you how to: make all natural surf spray

As you may recall I am now trying to use only chemical free products, which means getting to make a handful of the cosmetics I use or want to use. I poured out all my old potions and lotions and kept and cleaned the bottles for future use. One of the products I made was a sea salt surf spray for my hair, which gives your hair a wavy, tousled look, like you just spent the day at the beach or frolicking in the ocean. My hair is kind of naturally wavy, but the bottom layer usually stays straighter because it is heavier. I like to use this surf spray to give my hair some extra wave, that looks natural and fun.

10917863_856250674441629_3090335772021083305_nYou can buy surf sprays from places like Lush and the Body Shop. Most bigger brands have started making them as well. All of these companies add extra chemicals they aren’t needed. The main acting ingredient is salt, that is what is making the waves in your hair. So why not just make your own, which you know is chemical free and costs next to nothing. You can buy a 100ml Sea Spray from Lush for $13 which contains harmful ingredients like PVP, methylparaben, and fragrance. Bumble and Bumble make a surf spray that you can get for $18-$30, which contains:

“Water Magnesium Sulfate, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Isoceteth-20, Citric Acid, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Fragrance (Parfum). “

in other words, a ton of chemicals.

So why buy one full of chemicals when you can make your own for less than a dollar and in under 5 minutes?

Here is what you will need

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A spray bottle ( I reused an old product bottle)

Sea Salt ( and a grinder),

Any essential oil that you like the scent of ( I used lavender)

Water

Measuring spoons and maybe a funnel

And here is how you make it

surfspray1. pour ground sea salt in the bottle – I used half a teaspoon

2. add water – you can do it right out of the tap or use a funnel like I did

3. add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil – this will give your hair a slight scent, so make sure you like it

4. Shake it up and try it out!

You can use this on dry or damp hair, in the morning or before bed, anytime really! And you can feel good knowing if its 100% chemical free!

 Going chemical and cruelty free really isn’t that hard – you just need to look harder, be more creative, and read the ingredient labels or know the symbols to look for. Or in this case, make it yourself.

I love using this sea spray, especially because my hair doesn’t hold a curl very well and I have only just begun pin curling it. But if I don’t have time or am going to the gym in the morning, Ill use this sea spray for added texture and wave

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