A Very YEG Christmas: Danger De Lux Gift Guide – Rowena

I love shopping at and supporting independent business. And there is no other small business I love more than Rowena. Of course I have a sweet sport for them after working there for 3 years, but they also just have great products! They carry fabulous reproduction frocks, cozy sweaters and cardigans, fun housewares and unique jewelry. There is something for (almost) everyone at Rowena. Weather they are into cos-play, the 1950s, Star Wars, Disney, the occult, nerd wear, tiki life, or swing dancing, Rowena has it all.

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My top gift picks from Rowena are…

These adorable Disney princess necklaces – Alice, Snow White, and Aurora. These cameo style necklace make for a great gift exchange, your best friend, or your sister. Every gal loves a Disney princess! And they are only $33!

20151210_194625 (2)Cupcakes are my favorite…like to eat. So why wouldn’t I want to carry a cupcake purse! Or wear cupcake shoes! Lets be real here…I want all the cupcakes! These purses is darling and the shoes even more so! What a great and complete gift to give! Rowena has a handful of novelty purses aside from this cupcake, which include a donut, hotdog, watermelon, and an ice cream cone! At $63 and $69 you have got yourself one ‘sweet’ deal ( wink wink nudge nudge)

20151210_200415 (2)Kill Star makes amazing, gaudy, occult jewelry and you bet Rowena has it all for you! These earrings are on the more subtle of the dark side and all just beautiful. Plus is the gift receiver wears tunnels, they can still wear these hoops! To see the whole collection, which includes crescent moons, crystal balls, pentagrams, and more stop in to Rowena. And they are all reasonably priced!

20151210_194718 (2)How cute are these sugar skull animal pillows?!! Squee! These pillows are fun, bright, and just too adorable. I can see a whole slew of people enjoying these lil guys! And they are only $18 each, so grab the whole set, put them in a big bag with pretty tissue paper and call it a day!

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Or if you feel like going all out, pick up this sugar skull black cat! How fantastic would this kitty be perched on a shelf in the living room? Proww! Don’t wait though, as these guys are limited!

20151210_194840 (2)Help fuel nostalgia for the 1980s with this Care Bare Cardigan. It is just the cutest! And it is so comfy and snugly! Any gal would love to unwrap this delight on Christmas day!! There are plenty other styles in store too…and not all are as sweet this slice of cake!

20151210_202454 (2)Who doesn’t love the Nightmare Before Christmas?! This cross body sugar skull Jack Skelington is the perfect Christmas gift, don’t you think! Rowena always has the best bags!! So if this one doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are tons of others to choose from!

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Now a few things for the fells…. layrite is always a good choice! It is cruelty free and made in America -bonus! Plus it won’t break the bank!

20151210_203512 (2)Get your Star Wars fix with all of the Star Wars goodies you could ever want…this is just a small sampling of what Rowena has! Personally, I don’t get it, but I do know a ton of people are going gaga for Star Wars

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Skeletor is a new brand to Rowena and it is locally designed and printed, which makes it even better!! This is one of the newest designs…and I love me good hamburger references! There are other designs available, as well as t shirts, jackets, and hats! Feel good buying this product knowing you are supporting two local business!

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Be sure to stop in to Rowena on whyte ave OR shop online at RetroGlam.com incase you don’t live in town!!

Keep an eye out for more gift guides coming next week!

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A Very YEG Christmas: Danger De Lux Gift Guide – Swish Vintage

I am a huge fan of shopping local and independent. 90% of my wardrobe is from  local shops like Rowena or 2nd hand stores like Decadence. I especially  love to buy gifts from local shops and small businesses like The Wish List and The Junque Cellar. At a time like this, when we are all buying  gifts, big or small, a lot or a few, why not buy from an independent shop  instead of a huge corporation?

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My YEG Gift  Guide  will help you  find the best local shops and gifts for everyone on your list! I want to start at Swish Vintage  as it is where I plan to get quite a few gifts for a lot of different  people…my secret Santa gift exchange, my good friends, my pen pals,  and  maybe something for myself ; )

Swish  is highly affordable and unique.The prices at Swish start at $5 and go up from there ( to a over a grand  depending on the exquisite item). I was able to get a handful of gifts for under $160; plus you will find many things on sale.

Here are my top gift picks from  Swish Vintage

These adorable green or yellow glasses/mini mugs. They come in a set of four and are just too cute. These little glasses would be perfect for new home owner, 60s lover, or tea lover! Plus they are only $35 for each set of 4.

20151208_125022 (2)This fun straw handbag is in absolute mint condition and would brighten up the dreariest of days. A perfect gift for the fashion lover in your life or the one who thinks outside of the box. At only $48 this handbag is a steal and makes a cheerful gift.

20151208_150232 (2)Pill boxes have gone out of fashion and Im not sure why. When ever I take an advil out of my pill box, I feel oddly sophisticated! Swish has a handful of very sweet and classy pill boxes, which make for a very elegant and unique gift for almost anyone. These gorgeous pill boxes are only $24, which means if you are on a budget, have to buy for a gift exchange, or just need a little something, Swish has you covered.

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Swish also has an assortment of fun trinkets and household decor items. A recent addition, is this amazing poodle mail holder from the 1950s. It Made in Japan, which is even more lovely, as many of the good glass, porcelain, etc, pieces where made in Japan in the 50s. This darling piece would be perfect for writers, girly girls, collectors, and vintage lovers. This little poodle is only $35.

20151208_125414 (2)Every vintage loving gal swoons over good luggage! This travel hat case is divine and in perfect condition. This would look beautiful under the Christmas Tree! This would be perfect for an avid traveler, vintage lover, or glamour girl. This piece is only $75, which would make for a spectacular gift!

20151208_125149 (3)These amber bracelets are one of my favorite things in Swish. They are in immaculate condition and would be dazzling as a pair on ones wrist. Any gals would love to receive one of this beautiful bracelets…a fiancee, a mother, a best friend. These are $140 each and oh so worth every penny.

20151208_125536My jaw dropped when I saw this hair late 1800’s hair comb. It is simply stunning and would be perfect for both a fashion and antique lover. The velvet and cameo choker is a lovely addition to the shop, and you know the 90s are back in fashion, so chokers are cool again! The haircomb is $98, while the chocker is a mere $35

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Swish is known for getting in name brand pieces and when they come in, they don’t last very long on the shelves! This fabulous Louis Vuitton bag is an example of the kind of fab pieces she gets in. For the label lover or those who really love quality, this green LV bag is just the gift! This lovely is marked at a very reasonable $550

20151208_150341 (2)And for the men in your life….Swish has plenty of cufflinks, tie bars, and tie pins. There are a handful of matching sets and many, many beautiful cufflinks, which I think men should get back in to wearing!

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20151208_140858 (2)Visit Swish Tuesday through Saturday at 10180 101 street in Manulife Place ( enter from 102 street though). And follow Swish on facebook to see al the fun new goodies!

https://www.facebook.com/swishygirl/

Swish Picks: We’ve Hit the Jackpot!

Have I a great Swish Picks for you this week!  Swish has hit the 80s earring jackpot! My goodness, if I could wear earrings ( mine are stretched) half of them would be mine! All of these earrings came from one miraculous and organized lady. They came in sectioned containers and were colour coded! Colour coded!! I counted believe my eyes – a hundred pairs, if not more!

20150908_122256Of course, there were tacky,over the top pairs, but most were quite spectacular. Many were 80’s does 50s, others were gloriously and unapologetically 80s.

20150908_122418Ive snapped photos of my absolute favorites. But really, if you are in Edmonton, you should go rummage through the marvelous collection yourself!

Nautical realness

20150908_122646These pink ones are too much!! I love them all…I would buy them all of I could wear them!! But because I cant, you should all go buy them up and flaunt them for me!! Those faux wooden ones on the bottom right scream tiki pinup! Pair them with a killer hawiian wiggle dress and bam! Tiki babe!!

20150908_12283120150908_12390220150908_123706Eeee, aren’t they delightful!!

These hoops are so fly! Like mega 80s urban girl!

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This picture does not accurately show just how big those gold jeweled ones are. They are pretty serious earrings, for a pretty serious girl!

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I was able to pick out two pairs of hoops, similar to those below, that I can wear through tunnels, so I am pumped about that!

20150908_123558There were a whole ton of black and white ones; the ones below are my favorite of the bunch  – very typical 80s styles.

20150908_124022And these fun, colourful, floral ones, which if styled right could be the perfect 50s earring.

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This was just a tiny snippet of the glory of this collection! Okay and the best part?! They are only $10 a pair! What?! Yes!!

I am way too excited about this magnificent collection and the organizer in me, loves how well this lady organized them all. I spent way too much time looking at all, and I mean all, of the earrings…and then looking at them all over again.

20150908_122250How do you store your jewelry?! And could you imagine owning this many pairs of earrings?!

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: 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?

Swish Picks: Western Wear

My very first shift at Swish I saw this great two piece skirt and blouse combo that was patterned with cowboys, horses, and cacti. I had said ” this would be perfect for Viva”. One day, I’ll get there… This post is celebrating all the western and western inspired pieces at Swish. We do live in Alberta after all and K-Days and The Stampede are happening right away, so why not dress the part and maybe snag a real life Cowboy for yourself!

 

20150630_142716 (2)This maxi skirt and sleeves blouse combo is most likely from the 90s or even later. It fits a modern medium.

$95

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No Cowgirl outfit would be complete with out boots of course! Swish just got in some of the most amazing 1970s and 80s cowboy boots, some made of alligator even! These all came from the same lady and would fit a gal with a size 7 or 8 foot.

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Swish,like I mentioned last week, has an amazing collection of handbag and you bet she has tooled leather ones as well!! Perfect to get the western look!

20150630_142216 (2) 20150630_143631 (2)Your outfit is now almost complete! But just needs one or two more touches…

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A hanky to wipe away your tears when the cowboy you love leaves town. Swish has tons of hankies, upon which seeing, I thought, why did these ever go out of style, and I promptly purchased one. Not only are they a stylish way to wipe away tears ( or watering eyes), but they are environmentally friendly.

20150630_142129 (2)One may also need a Bolo Tie just to make the western look even more apparent.

And for fun…

20150630_144012-1 (2)a beautiful, but as is, western/mexican themed table cloth!

You are all ready for summer in the wild west now! Like I mentioned in my last post, Swish does not have a website, but Im certain she would mail you out anything you see here!

More Swish Picks are coming next week… a post full of divine Maxi dresses!! Stay tuned.