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!

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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!

Fashion in the 1960s

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: Vintage Jewels

 Good vintage jewelry can be hard to find… there is tons of 80s crap, big plastic bangles, chunky beaded necklaces, and tacky earrings that look like they came from a jazzy jewelry set. Good vintage jewelry can also be extremely expensive, like bakelite, cameos, and seemingly whatever you love most in the display case.

Swish has divine jewelry in all price ranges and extravagance. She also has items from the early 1900s up to the 80s/90s, and occasionally, from today. Silver charm bracelets, bold red daisy brooches, classic cameos, rhinestone brooches, strings of pearls, screw back earrings, aurora borialis, and everything in between line the display shelves.

Swish has a beautiful collection of rhinestone brooches, many of them by Sherman, in all colours and shapes. You can also find gorgeous rhinestone and crystal clip on earrings…which make me sad I have stretched ears, otherwise they would all be mine!

Here are some of my favorite pieces in the shop, plus some pretty unique ones

These Chanel clip ons are to die for. They are quite big too, which makes them even better ( the bigger, the better, right?). For a pretty penny these darling sunhats could be yours!

20150811_131012I am really  into Amber  right now, so these delight me. These bracelets  are so pretty! Did you know Amber is made from sap and if it has bugs or bug wings in it, the piece is instantly worth more?!

20150811_133302 I love this necklace and  earring  set…I imagine a sassy lady like Joan (from Mad Men) wearing it. This tone of green is very bold and striking, surely to stand out among all the other boring jewelry in the room…why blend it, when you were born to stand out?!20150811_132929I love the  colors in this set. I want it! But again, I can’t  wear  earrings, even  if  they are clip ons. My loss is your gain!

20150811_131056These filigree butterflies  are so dreamy and dainty.They are antique and probably quite old….perhaps  early 1900s…? I would love for them to be mine…men of the world, are you listening 😉

20150811_131122One of the many sparkly  pieces in the shop. I love  when jewelry still has its tags attached. This one is from The Hudsons Bay Company. I also love to see what they originally cost!

(sorry this picture is so blurry…still getting used to the camera on my tablet…i guess you just have to come down to the shop to see it in person)

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I just love how sparkly this one is, especially when it catches the light…its divine!! Could you imagine pinning this to your jacket or frock for an evening out, or at a wedding, perhaps. It is guaranteed to get you many compliments, and what lady wouldn’t want that?

20150811_132809Swish has a beautiful collection of crystal pieces, that glitter in the sunlight. I love the two-string necklaces, like the one below; they are so elegant and feminine.

20150811_133119This black three string necklace is one I have been lusting after; it’s in near perfect condition and cost but a few pennies ( well more than that, but it is priced quite low). I love anything black, so vintage + black is a total win in my books. Plus it has that iridescent, mirror ball quality…its not just black, but has purple and pink and green!

20150811_133039Swish has plenty of darling brooches, some with matching earrings. I love this daisy cluster, which is pretty 60s. And the gold tone flower is one of my favorites! The red and black one is a great rockabilly piece; I could see it on a cardigan and blouse for a night out dancing! All three are in excellent condition and very affordable. Swish is a place where everyone, in every price range can shop, and find something they cheerish.

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Some of the unique and interesting pieces in the shop include this set of bracelets made of elephant tail hair! Apparently, Elephants scratch themselves against trees and their tail hair gets caught and falls off; so if this is correct, these bracelets are cruelty free, which is amazing!

20150811_133335Swish also has this pin made of Moose hair…how bizarre!

20150811_133402And one for the Disney lovers, like me…isn’t he just the cutest!

20150811_131240So, what do you think of this snippet of the collection at Swish?!

What’s your favorite piece of vintage jewelry?

Swish Picks: Mod-ly In Love

Swish Picks  is a new weekly ( sometimes bi-weekly) feature on some of the amazing pieces found at Swish Vintage. I am constantly being blown away by the amazing pieces the owner finds. Every week when I go in for my shift, there is always something new that takes my breathe away. This weeks post was inspired by a beautiful psychedelic 60s mod dress that was on one of the mannequins. And so, the first Swish Picks is full of fantastic mod dresses and accessories, only available at Swish Vintage.

20150630_124807 (2)This gorgeous 60s dress measures 36, 42, with free hips.

$60

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If this one would have fit my hips it would have been mine!! Made with black velvet, this piece would fit a modern day medium, so long as they have small than 40″ hips.

$98

20150630_125017 (2) 20150630_125023 (2)20150630_125538 (2)This blue dress is made of a heavy linen, trimmed with white ric-rac. This one is similar to a modern day small.

On sale for $30!

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20150630_125908 (2)A new addition to the shop. On the bigger side,that measures 42, 32, 38

$65

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This one is quite possibly handmade. This go-go dress measures 36, 31, 39

$75

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No outfit would be complete without accessories. 1960s accessories are very fun and bright, with interesting textures. Swish has the most vintage hats I have ever seen and probably ever will see. I picked out three to show which are pretty mod and very fun.

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This hat is made of dyed Marabou feathers. It is so soft and fluffy too!

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20150630_131522 (2)Two more fun 60s styles.

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Swish also has tons on handbags. Here are three beaded ones to match our mod dresses above.

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Beautiful and bright brooches to add to a collar, lapel, jacket, or cardigan.

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And of course, no mod girls outfit is complete without a scarf, which Swish has an endless supply of. 20150630_141133 (2)While Swish does not have a website ( yet) I bet you can call or email the store and if you ask nicely, they may ship it out to you!!

Head over to their facebook page for all the contact info

Keep an eye out for more Swish picks in the near future! Next up will be Western Wear!!

60’s hair-do

I have been playing around with my hair a bit more lately and trying out new and different retro styles. Because I have really long hair, I can’t do the soft waves most girls do – my hair never holds a curl, it would just take way too much time, and not look as nice as the gals who have shorter hair.

One morning before work I had a little extra time, so went on youtube to watch some hair tutorials. I stumbled on one by Pinup Doll Ashely Marie, which seemed simple enough, so I have it a shot!

The tutorial was for a 60s beehive bouffant, with a hair scarf. I’ve been trying to figure out a new way to wear my hair up in a scarf and this video was just the answer! I was so proud of how it turned out and got some nice compliments at work too!

10409400_10152067248090872_630799345688339080_nPinup Girl Clothing makes some great hair scarves that don’t slip and stay just where you put them. They are sturdy enough to make a nice bow that won’t flop around, which i think it oh so important. They might seem a touch pricey at 20-something bucks, but they are 100% worth every penny.

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I did my fringe different than shown in the video, just because this was easier for me.

Some of my own styling tips before the video link…

Dirty hair is always easiest to style

A good back combing comb is fairly essential

Pomade is not just for men ladies- Layrite works amazing on vintage hair styles

A good variety of sizes of bobby pins are handy

And don’t try for perfection, keep practicing, and just give it a shot!

Now, for the lovely Ashely Marie’s tutorial

She does such a great job making this style super easy and I will definitely be checking out more of her videos!