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!

12043049_1734264473477217_5012634156019698588_n

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!

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.

indexblush

df-halter-blush_01

df-halter-blush_03b

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

Laura Byrnes Delia- Your new little black dress

The moment I saw the Delia dress from Laura Byrnes black label, I knew this dress would be divine on and it absolutely did not disappoint.

In my experience lace sleeves can be hard to wear, especially if you have any meat or muscle on your arms. I relieved a sign of joy, when I noticed the lace sleeves on the Delia dress were stretchy! This was even more important when I had to size down from a medium to a small- usually in this case the sleeves simply would not fit and I was slightly resistant that despite the stretch it still would not fit…but to my excitement, the small fit and it fit beautifully.

11002134_901327436554061_1455460821_o (2)

The Delia is simply stunning. It has all the elements to make it your new favorite little black dress. The rouching on the sides make this bengaline wiggle dress highly flattering, hiding or camouflaging any trouble spots. The Delia also has the coveted sweet heart neckline, which gives this saucy number a touch of sweetness. This dress also has the slightest hint of a princess sleeve, further adding to its elegance.

10997849_901327446554060_606826183_o (2)

The fun continues onto the backside, with a keyhole on the upper back and a beautiful kick pleat which is something Pinup Girl is coming known for – no need for a simple slit when you can really punch up a wiggle with gorgeous pleats. The kick pleat is a beautiful selling point when I shown gals these dresses – we have, for some silly reason, come to expect a simple, boring slit, but why should we accept the bland, when we can have so much more thanks to Pinup Girl Clothing.

11001083_901327443220727_243687294_o (2)

The Delia comes in two other colour ways aside from black; it also comes in a cherry red with black lace, and a deep purple with black lace. All three equally as elegant.

As mentioned, I sized down in the Delia to a small. My measurements are: 37-30-41 ( they have changed a touch in the last few months). A small fit me perfect, so be sure to check the size chart before ordering. I have seen a few other gals try the Delia on and they had to size down as well.

At $145 the Delia is worth every nickle! This is sure to be my new go to, party dress.

Retroglam.com has all three colours to order online and Rowena has them in store. Don’t let this number slip by, as it truly is a timeless piece. I felt beautiful, stunning even, in it and that is a sure sign that one should own such a dress!

11002938_901327449887393_452642708_o (2)Photos taken by Hello June Photography

Hair, Makeup, and Styling by Danger De Lux

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!

_DSC4467e

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!

_DSC4452e

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!

_DSC4436e

_DSC4446eget the new harlequin print here

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?

_DSC4471e

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.

_DSC4473eget the Veronica here and its on sale!

_DSC4460e

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 😉

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!

Meet Hello June Photography

Finally, I get to properly introduce you to the women has been overly generous in photographing me in the past year. Without her, I would not have the beautiful images I do to keep with me as I age and to share with all of you now. Hello June Photography has given me the most beautiful photos of myself I have ever seen – and I don’t even care if that sounds vain. This women has a natural born talent to take photos and make you look amazing 100% of the time. She has also coached me on posing and built up my self-esteem by mounds!
_DSC2377-Editwm
1. Does Hello June Photography have a philosophy on photography?
Hm, it’s pretty hard to try and pinpoint a philosophy (also I feel more than certain I’m going to misinterpret this so lets just run with it!). I suppose it could be to use my camera as a tool to allow the subject to see how others view them. Not to try and sound pompous (as most do when quoting one of the “greats” in photography) but Ansel Adams said “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer”. I capture images specifically for the subject to be the viewer and I want them to see themselves through my eyes. Everyone is their own worst critique and I think to be able to see how someone else may view yourself may cause one to step back and see themselves in a new, hopefully more positive, light. If that happens, then I have succeeded at what I set out to do. And, you know, pretty pictures.
2. What kind of photography do you focus on and what is your favorite to shoot?I’m 100% portraiture. I have tried to photograph other things, but I never felt passion for it the same way as when I have a human subject. Give me anything retro inspired and I’m completely done. These days my focus is on pinup but it took a few years of dabbling and trying to be someone I wasn’t creatively to come to this point.
10423878_1557847161118950_3908505371244710877_n  3. Can you tell us a bit about the gal behind the lens?
Oh, you mean me? Well aren’t you just a doll to be interested! I guess the basics would be that I’m a mother of 2 living in the wonderful city of Edmonton with an obsession for antiques and spontaneous trips. I have an affinity for colourful hair, terrible jokes, and my personal style ranges from beer box t-shirts to over the top pinup. I’ve been shooting as my “main gig” so to say since 2010 but dabbled much before that (lets be honest it was mostly self portraits but it did teach me a lot).
4. Where and who have you worked with? Anyone we might know?Ah, time to name drop! I jest, but while in the past I have mostly done client work with those not in the industry I have gotten to work with some pretty cool people! I’ve had the honour of working with international pinup model Ruby Roxx in Vancouver recently which was a pretty amazing experience. Looking more locally I worked with Calgary designer Maark Abeenir of Averynthe back when his company was called Pretty Hipster as well as Katarina Zwierink who models and they are both doing pretty amazing things these days. Working with Rowena has allowed me to work with some locally known lovelies like Lucky L’amour, Maila Mustang, and yourself! Mostly though, I’m pretty new to working with those in the industry so I look forward to being able to work with more amazing designers, models, stylists and the like in the future!
 10537481_1551768305060169_6861095076080735999_o
5. What makes you and your style unique? What makes you stand out?
My colourful images and shining personality? Really though, it’s so hard to pinpoint what about my work, my style, is different from that created by others who photograph pinup. I try to create a relaxed atmosphere on shoots that allow my subject to be relaxed as well. Often this means lots of my terribly punny jokes, a dash of too much honesty, and letting my subjects know when they are really nailing a look (the amount of times I tell someone they are gorgeous on a shoot should be counted, I’m sure it would be in the double digits!). But with all this I think it allows images that are highly posed and directed to not look stiff or robotic. To get the look and style of a 50’s pinup, on the modern woman – the modern pinup. That, with my own love and obsession for what pinup is, mixed with influence from the great pinup artists Vargas and Elvgren and photographers Bunny Yeager and Viva Van Story, creates the imagery and style that is Hello June Photography.
 
10446454_1490072351229765_1036131903116894430_n
6. Is there someone or somewhere you would just love to shoot?
 
 Gah, how can a photographer limit their list of “want to photograph” down to a reasonable rate for a blog post?! Location wise I honestly have a short attention span and love shooting in the great outdoors. To be able to go back to Europe and shoot in Lausanne (or pretty much any other European city) would be a dream but give me even a prairie field and I’m over the moon elated. Like I said before, there are some honestly amazing pinup models in Vancouver like Elly Mayday, Kerosene Delux, and Jen Kaboom but I would be lying if I didn’t admit I would probably fan girl way too hard if I ever got the chance to photograph the lovely Mosh.
10686939_1553934984843501_9144400140017170837_n

7. If someone wants to shoot with you, how do they go about doing that?

Shoot me an email at hellojunephotography@gmail.com or message me through the Facebook page fb.com/hellojunephotography ! From there we can get down to the nitty gritty details of setting up

10432936_1506435022926831_6485502004738432870_n
I highly recommend Hello June Photography for your next photo shoot. I especially recommend her for a pinup shoot and if you have not done any pinup modelling before, she will guide you in posing to make sure you end up with amazing photos. Not only does she capture beautiful images, Hello June Photography has fun with her shoots, making you feel at ease, relaxed, and like a total bombshell – its true, I should count how many times she tells me I’m gorgeous next time we shoot!
_DSC1154-Edit

Holiday Dresses with Rowena and Danger De Lux

The holidays are upon us! And that mean festivities, celebrations, and holiday parties. Rowena and Danger De Lux have teamed up to bring you the very best holiday dresses, for all budgets and styles from all of your favorite pin up brands.

_DSC3431eThis multi-part post starts with some gorgeous, glamorous dresses for those oh so fancy parties this holiday season

The Ava Swing from Pinup Girl Clothing is made of a fabulous taffeta, that swishes with delight when you walk.  The Ava Swing comes in sizes: small, medium, and large, with plus sizes on the way. This dress fits true to size and feels fantastic on. The Ava swing is $138 and comes in black and teal.

Get the Ava swing here

_DSC3371e_DSC3379e

Pinup Girl Clothing also brings us the Folly Flair in Champagne. This dress is one of my all time favorites. It screams old school Hollywood glamor. This is the ultimate wiggles dress, that drips sex appeal. This one can fit a bit snug. I am wearing a medium in the photos, however if I wanted to be able to sit or walk with any poise, I would need to wear a large.The Folly Flair comes in sizes: small, medium, large, extra large, and 2 extra large

The Folly Flair is $231 and is available in store or for phone order

_DSC3392e

_DSC3394eThe Valerie from Pinup Girl Clothing reeks of glamor, with its one shoulder silhouette and the silky satin fabric which drapes like a Greek Goddesses gown. The Valeria Swing comes in sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large. The dress fits true to size and is just dreamy. The Valerie comes in Black and Royal Blue and is $131.

You can get the Valeria here

_DSC3433e_DSC3439ePinup Girl Clothing’s Micheline is a classic black dress that is just perfect for a holiday event or party. The newly re-designed Micheline features a key hole on the upper back and a lovely kick pleat. This beauty comes in sizes: extra small, small, medium, large, extra large, and 2 extra large and fits true to size. The Micheline is $112 and comes in black, baby blue, purple, and black with chiffon over-lay.

You can get the Micheline here

_DSC3388e

_DSC3387eTrashy Diva makes divine reproduction frocks that are just simply stunning. The Lena in Olive is the perfect dress for a formal event this holiday season, especially if you want to be the belle of the ball. Trashy Diva sizes run from a 2 (xs) to an 18 ( 2xl). An 8 is usually a perfect fit for me in trashy diva dresses. The Lena is a cool $225 and worth every penny – the fantastic detailing on the bust kicks the glam on this dress up a few notches.

Get the Lena here

_DSC3477e_DSC3479eTatyana’s Silver Roses dress is a shop favorite. This classic swing has an early 60’s party gown feel to it that I just love. Paired with a crinoline below, the Silver Roses is a sweet statement dress to dance the night away in. The Silver Roses comes in sizes: extra small, small, medium, large, extra large, and 2, 3, & 4 extra large. This dress never lasts long on the shops racks, so if this dress has tickled your fancy get it quick, before its too late. The Silver Roses is $165.

You can get the Silver Roses here

_DSC3486e _DSC3487eAll 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

Up next on the blog, the second part to the holiday dress series, gorgeous holiday dresses that won’t break the bank.

Adeline’s Attic- handpicked vintage clothing

Adeline’s Attic is an Edmonton based vintage clothing shop. Adeline’s Attic has been open for 5 years; in fact, this month marks their 5th birthday! Adeline’s Attic opened shop in 2009 on Etsy and you can still find her and all her gorgeous vintage there.

Vintage loving owner, Jill, who looks like shes stepped right off the Atlantic boardwalk, has a deep appreciation for vintage aesthetic. Her shop carries a wide range of wares, ranging from the 1920s to the 1990’s. The bulk of her collection falls within in the 20s to 50s, with a wide variety of styles and sizes.

Jill asked me if I would like to model some of her vintage pieces and with delight, I said I would love to. As a vintage loving girl living in a modern world I have difficulty finding vintage pieces that fit my waist. It is common to find pieces with a 25-27″ waist, however 29-30″ is much rarer. Adeline’s Attic carries a a ton of different sizes, which makes me oh so happy, as I would love to add more vintage pieces to my wardrobe.

1919626_10154685024635618_5265573623224326381_nThis 1940s gown fit like it was made for me. This is something I could see myself getting married in- it is just divine.

10671225_10154685060275618_8132644706657914068_nil_570xN.672708415_snry(get this dress here)

I love the colour of this gorgeous set ( jacket and dress). This dress felt so lovely on and would be a great addition to any gals wardrobe.

10606276_10154685043750618_6324600747658341722_nThe photos were taken by the owner herself, at an old building at the University of Alberta, which provided the perfect setting. This gal does it all herself- picking, cleaning, photography, uploading, packing, and shipping.

il_570xN.672463396_ka55( get this dress here)

10356395_10154685071280618_5732993429530797506_nil_570xN.672720973_5zjp( get this jacket here)

This skirt also fit like it was made for me… vintage cashmere, how fantastic! I have had a very hard time finding vintage items that fit me like they should. All of the pieces I modeled fit like a dream! I have a feeling I will be visiting Adeline’s Attic quite a bit, especially as Viva Las Vegas approaches ( a little birdie told me she has some 50’s and 60’s swimsuits to sell)

Head over to Adeline’s Attic on Etsy to shop some drool worthy vintage pieces. You can also find her on facebook where you can keep up to date on new items added to the shop, see photos from shoots, and hear any news.

A big thank you to Jill, from Adeline’s Attic for asking me to model her amazing vintage dresses and separates.

xoxo