Rowena & The Junque Cellar

The other weekend I got to take part in a fabulous corroboration between Rowena and another local business, The Junque Cellar. The Junque Cellar has been around since I can remember and houses beautiful antique treasures! They are the only shop right on Whyte Ave that sells vintage furniture and housewares. On my walk home from work I often stop in and drool after all the beautiful pieces – they always have the best vintage couch sets! It’s a wonder why Rowena and The Junque Cellar didn’t collaborate sooner!

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The shoot we did had more of a 60’s feel to it show casing some gorgeous Heart of Haute dresses and the always appropriate and timeless Erin from Pinup Girl Clothing! This shoot was extra cute because it involved a blonde, a brunette, and a redhead! The other two models are just adorable gals, who looked amazing in their dresses… like they were made for them!

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Heart of Haute is easily becoming one of my favorite brands. The cuts are so flattering on so many body types and the patterns are always beautiful. They are also simple cotton dresses, so they are comfortable to wear and are so easy to dress up or wear casually.

The Monique is a very simple, a line dress, but it is a lovely fit and I am absolutely giddy over the harlequin print it just came in, in both pink and blue!

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Heart of Haute also did the Beverly in black, which I am over the moon about. Finally, a simple, black swing dress! I imagine myself wearing it all the time – you do not know how¬† often I search through my closet for a simple black swing dress, always to be reminded that I do not have one! Kristen is wearing it below and doesn’t it just look amazing on her?

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get the black honeycomb Beverly here

Heart of Haute is known for its classic 50’s & 60s silhouettes and patterns, which are very wearable. Everything they make is in cotton and made in the USA, which means they are built to last.

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get the Doreen here

The amazing Hello June Photography was pumped to get to shoot at The Junque Cellar, where we were able to use the pieces they have for sale as props, to give this shot a great 60’s feel.

You can get all of the dresses seen above at Rowena in Edmonton or at RetroGlam.com.

I’ve had a look at the the new spring collection from Heart of Haute and there are some great patterns coming! Florals are back again, but there are some great 60’s cuts and tropical prints too. This upcoming spring/summer season seems to be promisising for a lot of the brands Rowena carries – looks like Im going to have to get a 2nd job ūüėČ

Dont forget to follow Hello June Photography to take advantage of contests she runs or find out how to book a session.

And follow The Junque Cellar too, especially if you are like me and like to be teased by amazing vintage house wares!

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Semi- Formal Holiday Dresses with Rowena and Danger De Lux

Some holiday parties require something a bit more subtle- still beautiful, but simply not covered in sparkles. The dresses you will find below are perfect for those events in which one needs to be dressed nice, but not over the top

Heart of Haute makes great dresses, which are simple cuts and designs, but in fantastic prints and colours

The Heart of Haute Elaine dress, in Eden, is a great new style in a bold floral. This dress comes in sizes:small, medium, large, and extra large. I fit nicely into a medium. The Elaine rings in at $165.

You can get the Elaine here

_DSC3404e _DSC3405eThe Heart of Haute Beverly is a classic cut, which is oh so flattering. This red just screams ‘ take me to a holiday party!’. The Beverly come sin sizes: small, medium, large, extra large, 1 & 2 extra large. Meagan wore a medium in this frock. The Beverly is $118

You can get the Beverly here

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Heart of Hautes Marie dress in Odyssey is a lovely holiday and party dress. The Marie shows off your curves in this flattering cut- nipped at the waist and cleavage baring. The Marie comes in sizes: small, medium, large, extra large, and 1 & 2 extra large. Meagan wears a medium on the Marie . The Marie comes in a lovely crane print as well and is $120

Get the Marie in Odyssey here

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Pinup Girl Clothing makes great semi-formal frocks, like the Lydia and Jenny. Both of which are ideal for events and parties that require one to dress the part without being too glitzy.

Both are available is sizes: extra small, small, medium, large, extra large, and 2 extra large.

The Lydia comes in two other prints and is $164. The Jenny comes in two other colour ways and is also $164

You can get the Lydia here

You can get the Jenny here

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All photos were taken by Hello June Photography

All Clothing provided by Rowena/Retro Glam

Styling and Makeup by Danger De Lux

All hair accessories made by Danger De Lux and are available in store or for phone order

I hope you found the perfect holiday dress and that maybe my guide helped you find it! Stop in at Rowena or RetroGlam.com to find the dresses you have been searching for!

Fast Fashion- You Get What You Pay For

Most of the clothing available to us is mass produced in a run down factory in a third world country. Just look at the tag inside a garment and you will see that is was probably made in China or Cambodia or India or somewhere similar. It is rare to find clothing made in Canada or the United States. Pinup Girl Clothing, Heart of Haute, Steady Clothing, and Cherry Velvet have brought production back to North America, to provide quality clothing. Quality clothing has a price and unfortunately¬† a lot of people will just look at the price tag and scoff at how much a dress costs. These people have become accustom to fast fashion and its prices- H & M, Forever XXI, Zara, and the like pump out new styles every week at a fraction of the cost of a Pinup Couture dress; these stores drastically cut prices when a item is no longer in “fashion” to make sure they aren’t left with any of yesterdays fashions. Pinup Girl, Steady, Heart of Haute, and Cherry Velvet cautiously mark down their items or will have flash sales, as they create timeless pieces that do no go out of style. When a customer is surprised at the price tag of a Heart of Haute or Pinup Girl dress, I tell them these dresses are made in the States and are very high quality; I have owned a few Pinup Girl dresses for 5-7 years and they still look brand new. I have also never had a zipper break on a Pinup Girl dress, or a Heart of Haute, or Steady Clothing…hmmm, imagine that.

tumblr_l75z7rlm3a1qcc0h5o1_500Then there is the other half – the other pinup brands we love but which are mass produced in a dingy factory in China. The great thing about these brands, is that they are usually cheaper, and thus make pinup and rockabilly clothing more affordable to those people who really just can not afford to buy a new Pinup Girl Clothing dress for every occasion. Brands like HellBunny, Sourpuss, and Hearts and Roses offer cute pinup dress in the $50-$100 range. These dresses, however, fall in the fast fashion category. Because they are cheaper people feel more inclined to toss them, donate them, or not bother getting them fixed when a zipper breaks…which it will.

I am lucky enough to work at the mecca of pinup and rockabilly clothing, so I get to see everything brand new, try it all on, feel it, see its construction, and also see its destruction. Zippers break, buttons fall off, seams split- it is a fact of the fast fashion life and everyone had just better accept it if they are going to continuing buying fast fashion. Do you know how often I will see a zipper break or have a customer come in/call/email to say the zipper broke on the Hearts and Roses or Sourpuss dress? And I think to myself “….and your point is?”. Do not get me wrong, I love Sourpuss…I own a ton of dresses by this brand because I love the designs and the affordability. However, I do not hold it up to the same expectations as a Pinup Girl dress and neither should you!

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I am tired of hearing complaints that your button fell off your dress or jacket… guess what? It was bound to happen! That garment was most likely mass produced in a very short period of time, having to meet minimal quality expectations, so it could get here in time for you to wear it this winter. Here’s a little tip your grandma should have taught you- reinforce your buttons or when they fall off, simply sew them back on. Stop phoning/emailing the stores you bought it from to complain about the quality – guess what? I didn’t make it! And I didn’t make you buy it. And you should not be surprised when the zipper on your $50 dress breaks…instead, you should just drop it off at the tailor to pick up next week with a brand new zipper and get on with life.

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I have made it a habit to always look at tags to see where an item was made and then base that on my decision to buy it – I gauge the quality, the price, how much I will wear it, and if I think its going to last. This is why I own a handful of Sourpuss dresses and HellBunny Jackets…the cost and quality meet in the middle, which allows me to decide I will take the risk of buying a fast fashion item, which I know will get a lot of wear. Consumers need to take responsibility for their own purchases, as “I didn’t know” is simply not a valid excuse. We should all know what we are buying – we should all look to see where an item was made and what material it is made out of- that is 100% a consumers responsibility.

A store like Rowena offers up the best of the best of pinup and rockabilly fashion. It provides the consumer with options in style, design, brand, and cost because we feel every one should be able to be a pinup if they want to…and who doesn’t want to be a pinup?! In providing this service however, we bring in a select selection of brands that we feel meets the demands of our customers – this includes both made in North America slow fashion brands and out-sourced fast fashion brands. If the demand for both was not there, we wouldn’t carry both. Until the consumers stops buying fast fashion, until they demand more of the brands they love, they will remain the same, and zippers will break and buttons will fall off, because that’s life.

I have said it many times- you get what you pay for. If you spend $110-$250 on dress you can expect that dress to last, to see you through rough times, and to be there in happy times. If you spend $40-$60 on dress, you should love it for what its worth and remember what you paid for it when the zipper breaks or a button falls off.

I highly recommend every one l read “Over-Dressed: the shockingly high cost of cheap fashion” by Elizabeth Cline to learn a bit more about the fast fashion industry. She also talks about the environmental impact of the industry and how something needs to change…now.

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¬†We all know why Pinup Girl Clothing can be expensive and why Hearts & Roses isn’t, so lets all stop fooling ourselves into thinking every dress we buy should stand the test of time. Some dresses are meant for better things, while others are meant to be worn once or twice before being sent off to the tailor to fix a zipper or fallen hemline.

New Hair Tutorial: faux victory rolls, pin curls, & clip in hair, oh my!

I finally got a chance to make another hair tutorial. I’ve been playing around with my hair a lot lately and trying out new things, which I wanted to share! I have also been getting tired of my hair lately too… its pretty bland, if you will… long and red… I oh so badly want to dye it… but wont. I have this thing about dying my natural hair colour… I haven’t dyed it in four years and its finally healthy. So, instead I’ve been playing around with clip in coloured hair and lots of pin curls and victory rolls.

I got some great clip in hair strips by Manic Panic at Rowena and they have been doing the trick! I can change the colour lickity split and not damage my hair. Every time I wear them at work, I get compliments, which makes me happy, in hopes I’m tricking some people into thinking I’m being adventurous with my hair.

I hope you like this tutorial… I had a few technical difficulties, but made it through! There will be a few more following this one too! If there is anything you’d like to see, please let me know…any other styles, makeup trips, fashion tips, etc.

Danger De Lux Review: Winter Blossom by Heart of Haute

I am in love with the Amanda dress from Heart of Haute. This has got to my favorite cut of dress from this brand. I find it very flattering and feminine. Rowena got in the Amanda is Winter Blossom, which made my heart flutter.

I slipped it on and knew it had to be mine.

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I love that this dress is just simply cotton, which makes it very wearable, comfortable and so easy to dress up or wear casual. I have to admit, I didn’t think I would truly like it as much as I do. Some colors and fits just really work, and this dress is one of those which just made me feel pretty.

_DSC0192I am wearing the Amanda is medium and it fits great. I shared my measurements a few posts ago, but just a reminder, for reference:
Bust: 37″ Waist: 29″ Hips 40″

I know some Heart of Haute has been fitting small lately, however this one fits just right.This dress is super sweet and I think should become a staple in every pinup gals wardrobe- in this fabric or any of the others.

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This darling little dress will be coming home with me and shall be worn to many events- picnics, drinks with girlfriends, weddings, afternoon bbqs- okay, those are just the places I am day dreaming I will wear it, when in fact this spring and summer is going to be so super busy developing my new business! Maybe I can wear it to a business function!

Thanks again to Rowena¬† for always having the very best dresses! And don’t forget to check out RetroGlam.com to snag some Heart of Haute, including the Winter Blossom Amanda.

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