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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Tatyana has me seeing spots.

Back in the summer I purchased a few dresses off of the Tatyana website. This was when they were switching from Bettie Page to Tatyana and had just listed a ton of super cute dresses in their clearance section. I had my eye on this little yellow number for a while but was scared to take the plunge – I usually stick to safer colours that I am familiar and comfortable with. Gosh, I can’t even recall the last time I had worn yellow! But at the price, I could not pass up this yellow wiggle dress

.taty1I was flipping through my closet trying to decide what to wear to work, when I thought, golly, I have only worn this dress once since I purchased it! I slipped it on and thought once more, why don’t I wear this dress more often?! It is super slinky, which usually makes me weary that it is going to show all my bits, but instead it hugs me just right. This yellow number is very stretchy ( it doesn’t even require a slit) and accentuates my hour glass figure.

taty2While I wore this dress to work, I think it would be equally fantastic for a night out. If there is one thing I love, its a low cut neckline and this dress does not disappoint. A pair of black heels, back-seam stockings, and vintage bangles complete my look; for an evening out, a black vinyl clutch would do the trick!

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Tatyana still has a big clearance section on their website, which I believe is the brand clearing out the old Bettie Page items. Nonetheless, you can get a fantastic deal on a dress or two. I think I may have paid $20 for this dress and it was worth every dime. I purchased another one at the same time, but still have to get it tailored ( if you don’t see your size.consider buying one up to get it taken it- the price is right). I got this wiggle dress in a medium and it is the perfect fit. I find Tatyana usually fits true to size. I measure at 37-30-41.

taty4I can’t resist Cherries little face! She just wants to be a model ( it think she might just make it, don’t you?)

Below are the pretty bangle I paired with my dress- both gifts; one a glass olive bangle, and the other a yellow butterscotch carved Bakelite bangle.

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 What is your favorite wiggle dress? Or your favorite Tatyana dress?

Pinup Couture: Make me Blush

Pinup Couture really hit it out of the park with this gorgeous blush halter swing dress. It oozes Hollywood glamor of the Monroe era. The fabric is so silky and luxurious; it hangs beautifully; it is smooth and velvety; it is perfection.

11009487_901327579887380_1447437912_o (2)I felt just like Marilyn Monroe when I put it on. In fact, I said, get me a heating grate to stand over! I want to be just like Marilyn!

This dress is a beautiful blush champagne colour – it is sweetly and gently pink. It has a huge skirt, which means there is tons of room for crinoline. I am only wearing one, but if this dress is worn by a bride or to a prom, it could easily fit a few crinolines. The bust line has plenty of pleats to accentuate the bust

11001085_901327566554048_1570387324_o (2)I was shocked when I saw the price tag of this beauty. It is only $138! This is an insane deal, considering the detail and weight of the piece and of course, it is made in the United States, which means it is a quality garment.

I fit a medium in the blush halter, I measure 37-30-41 and it was a perfect fit for me. This dress runs fairly true to size, so you should be fine to order your usual size. You can find this beauty at RetroGlam.com  and at Rowena.

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I didn’t get many photos in it, so had to search the internet for a few more photos to share with you. If ever you wanted to feel like a vintage Hollywood starlet, this is the dress to do it!

*photos of Danger De Lux by Hello June Photography