What I Wore: 1970s Italian Swing Skirt

Swish Vintage has stolen my heart. I can not walk in there without finding some treasure or another that I have to make mine. This time it was a skirt on a mannequin in the window. A wrap swing skirt, black with little white flowers, red lining along the inside, and a very full skirt -no crinoline necessary, only if you really want it.

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This skirt was apparently handmade in Italy in the 70s. The construction is divine and it is in mint condition. I can not believe I scored this skirt and that no one else had snatched it up yet! It fits me perfectly too…it was fate! Its a very 50s style which is why I love it so much!

I wore it last Saturday when the sun was shinning and it was a beautiful early summer day. I headed down to a local park to soak up some rays and took advantage of the sunshine to snap a few photos…not the best, but they will do!70s32This is the perfect summer skirt. I know I am going to wear it all season long and then into the winter with tick tights and boots. I would probably style it a bit different if I were heading out with some gals or painting the town red (as I do) however this particular Saturday was a lazy, relaxed kind of day, to which this skirt was perfect for.

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The red lining makes it fun to style. I wore a chunky vintage red bracelet, a german made brooch, and red hair flowers.

70s4Edmonton guys and gals, you have to go check out Swish Vintage this summer….My goodness, she has beautiful pieces in right now that will not wait around for you!

Laced Up Cabaret

Last Friday evening I attended Sweet Carousel Corsetry’s Laced Up Cabaret – an evening of decadent fashion and jaw dropping burlesque shows. I love any opportunity to get extra dolled up so as soon as I saw this event I knew I simply must go! Plus one of my besties was modeling!

1935544_10156540345220417_6571701509619404285_nThe acts of the evening were just spectacular. Special guest included Kira Von Sutra, Amber Ray, Raven Virginia, and Dangrrr Doll – my goodness these gals where fantastic. They way they moved, their costumes, and the acts themselves were beautiful!

Local talent were also present and included the likes of the stunning, Violette Coquette (one of my favorite – her costumes were so creative!), boylesque sensation Beau Creep, adorable and funny Cherry Monroe, Le Tabby Lexington who was cute as a button, and redheaded vixen Holly Von Sin.

I spent a lot of time figuring out what to wear….nothing was fitting me quite right and I really didn’t want to buy something new. I was beginning to worry….that is until I saw a fabulous vintage hat at Swish Vintage that I used for inspiration. From there everything fell into place.

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I ended up wearing my Oblong Box Shop pink tiki circle skirt,  HellBunny crinoline, black Fables by Barrie Bustier, Laura Byrnes shrug, Chelsea Crew mary jane heels, a vintage purse, vintage brooch, and that gorgeous vintage hat from Swish Vintage. The hat really encouraged the whole outfit – I don’t know what I would have done if I had not found it!

20160513_201136It was a lovely evening as well…summer has arrived early in Edmonton. No jacket was required for the night so I was able to display my outfit in full force.

A closer look at my outfit and my stunning gal pal who is wearing the design her wore in the Sweet Carousal show. All of the pieces were to die for and if money grew on trees, I would have them all!

20160513_214741My date and I stopped for a snack before the show and of course I had to snap photos, because well, we just looked so darling eating hot dogs!

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20160513_194225Thanks again to Swish Vintage for the delish hat! Be sure to head over to their facebook page and stop in the shop to find some treasures for yourself!

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

Plus keep an eye out on The Oblong Box shop – she has some very fun new designs coming out soon, along with the very pretty ones released last summer, like the one I am wearing

http://theoblongboxshop.com/

Danger De Lux: all work and no play…

I wanted to write a little post since it has been so quite around here lately…a tumble weed just passed by!! I have so darn busy with work I haven’t had a moment to think! I have been working 9+ hours almost every day and then have to hit the gym after, so you could imagine, I have no energy left for creativity.

BUT! I have a few exciting blog posts in the works! This morning Hello June Photography and I got together for a 60s inspired photo shoot with some gorgeous frocks I borrowed from Swish Vintage, paired with a few pieces of my own.

Hello June shared one of the photos already and I am over the moon! I can not wait to see the rest!

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I need to make more time to do the things I truly enjoy doing…getting dolled up, organizing photo shoots, hunting for antiques, being creative, spend time with my gal pals… Right now, Im really just working and going to the gym; I love going to the gym, so no complaints there, but this work thing! haha

I know I have said this before, I am going to make more of an effort to post, even if they are short and sweet. So, stay tuned for some posts coming soon!

Vertigo Go Designs: an Edmonton retro designer

On Saturday I went over my gal pals house to check out some of her amazing mod designs! I tried on a few styles she had already made and picked out the fabric for my party dress! Nicole A Go Go is an Edmonton based designer, who focuses on mod, retro styles, bringing life back to old patterns and fabrics. You can find her designs at Vertigo Go, plus read about her adventures in fashion!

Nicole A Go Go was nice enough to let me snap a few photos of her studio to share with you! She uses really fun fabrics in bright colours and fun patterns! 20160116_134506You will find lots of flowers, polka dots, hounds-tooth, and geometric prints! Expect to see mini skirts and dresses, cropped tops with matching skirts, faux fur bubble gum pink swing coats, playsuits, and more!

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20160116_134418Nicole had a few outfits set aside for me, plus laid out a some fabrics for me to choose from. Once we figured out what fit me, I picked out my favorite fabric for my mod party dress! She had also picked out an orange mini skirt for me to try and is now going to make me a pencil skirt out of the same fabric. I am so excited to share my custom pieces with you when they are finished!

20160116_134355Vertigo Go designs makes affordable, quality, slow fashion pieces, to brighten up your wardrobe! She does custom work, as well, so if there is something you would really love to have, she can make it for you; she has made previous clients gorgeous play suits, mod dresses, and playboy bunny costumes.

20160116_134913I really want to focus on building a wardrobe full of quality pieces, that mean something to me and are going to stand the test of time. The longer I work at the mall, the more contempt I have for fast fashion. I want to support local shops and designers whenever I can. I want to spend more time shopping for vintage pieces and making the best choices for my budget and style. Nicole is making me a dress, a skirt, and a little something for Cherry for the cost of an outsourced dress from Guess or Aritzia. I am really excited and can’t wait to show you all when it is finished!!

20160116_134902Follow Vertigo Go Designs on facebook to see new blog posts and some of the fun designs she creates!

the end of a decade

At the end of the month I’m turning….30! Good golly! I have no idea where the time went! I am planning a mega fun and kitchy party to celebrate…I am hoping I remember to take photos to share! I am throwing a 60s mod party, complete with fondue, and punch, and silly games!

7153437_f520I was having trouble deciding just what to do. Originally i was hoping to head down to Vegas, but it is really not feasible with this silly economy of ours! So I hoed and hummed over just what to do… And I finally decided that something fun and colourful and bright. I always dress in 50s style clothing and wanted to stick to something close to what I usually wear, but more playful and less constricting. Plus my apartment is more comfy than classy, so sassy cocktail dresses just didn’t seem right

tumblr_lxmnl8g5sL1qhfsodo1_1280A friend of mine, who is a designer, is going to make me a little mod dress…but that deserves a whole post for its self, so no more on that until later!

I am a little sad to be leaving my 20s behind, especially since I didn’t quite get everything done that I was hoping to by now, but I am looking forward to the year, in which I plan to do many- a great things!

I am so looking forward to a weekend off work full of frivolities, pretty dresses, cocktails, cake, and giggles!

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Friday Finds: Thrift Store Vintage

Every now and again I find amazing vintage at thrift stores…and not 80s or 90s vintage, but real vintage gold! I was at a small thrift shop about a month ago, not expecting to find much, but my eye caught something glittering among the h&m tunic dresses and beer box t-shirts. It was a gorgeous handmade shift dress…and would you believe it fit me perfectly?! I could not believe my luck! Whomever gave this frock away had no idea the joy it would bring one vintage loving pinup.

_DSC6576e (2)I was even more excited about the price I paid for this lovely dress… $3.50!! Can you believe it?! Goodwill colour codes their items and each week switches which colour is 50% off and it was just my luck that this one was on sale that day.

  _DSC6575eHow did I know it was vintage and handmade? First of all, it had a metal zipper, which is a big giveaway. It also did not have a label indicating is was probably handmade. And it had a lot of extra fabric on the inside, to allow for it to be let out if need be; this is something that stopped as mass production become more and more popular. You will never see this kind of extra fabric in clothing nowadays.

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Doesn’t it look like it was made for me? It is rare to find a vintage piece that fits so pristine.

I also found a little dress jacket at the vintage shop next to Rowena, called Decadence.And can we check out those amazing Bakelite bangles! Aren’t they divine?!

_DSC6584eIm sure this jacket had a matching dress back in its hay day. Now, its a nice, light, and lovely jacket to pair with an evening dress.

_DSC6581eI feel like a total catalog model in these shots! I love it! So cheesy. But hey, this jacket is just so cute! I paid $12 for this gem and can’t wait to find the perfect occasion to debut it.

_DSC6582eI have more Friday Finds in the works for you lovelies, so stay tuned!!

What was your best vintage dress find?

All Natural Pinup: My Favorite Mascara

For the last 8 months or so, I have been switching over all my cosmetics and toiletries to all natural, chemical and cruelty free versions (read more about it here). I have converted almost all of my makeup now to the natural version of what I once used. While some of it is quite different ( the lipsticks), some of it is very much the same (eye shadow). One of my favorite conversions so far so been the mascara.

Pure Anada is my favorite all natural cosmetics company- they have everything you need to make the switch, plus are Canadian and budget friendly ( read more about them here). Today I want to dedicate a whole post to their mascara…oh boy, do I love their mascara.

10987314_875939745806055_7817043415040917192_nSince I was a teenager,  I have been constantly looking for the perfect mascara. Something that will give me volume, without clumping. Something that will give me length and will stay on. And of course, it had to be the blackest black.

I bought Pure Anada’s mascara without reading any reviews or even knowing if it would be good. All I knew was that Pure Anada was a chemical free company and was on Jill Deacons list of good cosmetic companies to buy.  I bought it off of well.ca, where I get most of my natural cosmetics. It was only $14 so I didn’t think it was too much of an investment if it didn’t work out.

690ada796e8418d70e7ed33925561466_ra,w403,h403_pa,w403,h403It did work out. And it was amazing. Just think, you can get drug store brand mascaras for the same price ( sometimes more) and those ones are filled with cancer causing chemicals. Pure Anadas mascara is paraban, mercury, and gluten free. Instead it is made with coconut oil, olive oil, and rice bran wax. It has a small list of ingredients which you can pronounce!

As a pinup gal, your makeup is a huge part of your look. And, for me, the eyes are the most important – a good cat eye, strong, shaped brows, and luscious lashes. A lot of gals wear false eyelashes, and believe me, if I could just master it, I would too. But let’s me honest, I do not have the time and at my new job, they aren’t really appropriate. So, I turn to mascara to give me the lashes I need to complete my look. Pure Anada mascara makes my lashes long and voluminous and oh so black.

11898588_972422856157743_3661863588802776548_nWhile, in the past I always bought water proof eye makeup, this mascara is not waterproof, which is fine. It has great staying power despite not actually being water proof. I can teach a class and get sweaty and still not have raccoon eyes. That being said, it is easy to take off too- I use Green Beaver Makeup Remover.

Well.ca carries almost all of Pure Anadas products, but if you head over to Pure Anadas website you can see actual stores that sell their products. I have tried a bunch of their products and have loved every one…I have yet to have a bad experience with any of their cosmetics – ive tried their eye shadow, concealer, bronzer, eye brow powder, mascara, lipsticks, brushes, and tinted moisturizer and I have loved it all!

11130177_914311358635560_4274429871939484649_nHave you tried any chemical free cosmetics yet? Which are your favorites?

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