Friday Finds: vintage jewelry

Hello Kittens!! I have decided that every Friday will feature my newest and best thrift store and vintage finds. I seem to have such good luck whenever I go to the thrift store, garage sales, antique mall, ect and I figured you all might like to see what new treasure I have found…and maybe learn a few things about finding gems for yourself.

This past Monday the Old Strathcona Antique Mall was having a parking lot sale with a ton of vendors/tables selling all sorts of vintage ( and not) items. At these finds of things there is bound to be a lot of junk, but if you get there early enough and really look, you will find fantastic pieces. I am one of those people who will take ages looking through jewelry or bins or shelves just to be sure I don’t miss something fantastic.

I don’t usually get to go to many garage sales or the parking lot sale at the Antique Mall because I am literally always working, but because it was a holiday we opened later than normal at the shop so I made sure I was all ready to go to get down to the parking lot sale as soon as it opened.

I found some really great jewelry, which I know I got a crazy deal on. I wish I could have bought more, but it just wasn’t in my budget. Here is what I did get

A divine amber and gold tone necklace. This piece is quite flashy and gorgeous so will be reserved for a special occasion or a fancy night out. And can you believe it only cos t$12! There was no way I way leaving this piece behind!

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The second item I found was very sparkly, purple, green, and gold brooch. Since starting at Swish my love for brooches has only grown, but now to include big crystal type ones like the one I found. When I saw the price tag, I knew it would be fine. I am certain I got an insane deal on this piece, as it was just $7!!

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The last piece of jewelry I got because I went back to a vendors able for a second look, as he had so many brooches! I think this is my best find in a while…a 5.5″ long lucite parrot, by Buch + Deichmann for $5. I cannot wait to wear this piece! It is the best addition to my brooch collection yet.

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bird2So, what do you think? Some good finds, hey?!! Keep an eye out every Friday for my latest finds… I have definitely got some good ones lined up for you!

When buying vintage jewelry, its a good idea to look long and hard anything and everything. Look for signatures on the back indicating it may be a designer piece. If something looks vintage and is plastic, there is a decent chance it is Lucite or Bakelite, so if its cheap, buy now and research later.

What great find have you come across lately?

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November Detox

Inspired from other gals Ive seen have month long goals or no-no lists, Ive decided to make November my month to detox. My detox includes my diet, my wallet, and physical activity. I have a trip to Vegas planned in December and it’s Christmas ( which also means boxing day!); November will be my prep month to save money and create more healthy habits.

DETOXMy November Detox looks like this

Say No To:

  • soda – i love myself a can of coke every once and while but this  month I hope to kick the habit all together
    • sweets and processed junk- when I am not prepared for the day or need to get groceries, I find myself making bad choices, but not this month!
    • energy drinks- boy do I love energy drinks, but they are burning a hole in my pocket and probably in my organs too!
    • frivolous spending- I’ve set a budget for myself and plan to stick to it. I work at the mecca of all pinup and rockabilly clothing, so there was no reasonable way I could not spend any money, so a budget will help keep my spending in check

CocaColaPostermars_3spoonsSay Yes To:

  • getting up early and going to bed early- I usually do, but iD like to get up even early to increase productivity
  • going to yoga- 1-2 per week. yoga clears my find and makes my body feel oh so good
  • save money- crossing my fingers I can save at least $500
  • workout- okay, I already workout quite a bit, but I want to make a more regular schedule.
  • work more- I’m hoping to find a second job asap!

fb0a85382aad0961192a7aee2f8dbd06Well, that’s it! My November Detox list. I have high hopes I will stick to my detox and have a healthy happy month…and maybe be a little richer at the end of it!

If you want to do the detox with me, head over to my facebook page and tell me your detox list

What’s in your makeup bag: Sheri Bomb

When I first got into blogging, I came across the blog Sheri Bomb– instantly I loved this girl. I loved her blog- the look, the content- and wanted my blog to be just as good as hers ( i don’t know if it is yet, but I’m trying 😉 ). Sheri is a rockabilly bombshell, who lives in Australia ( so jealous).  I have yet to go to Australia and dream oh so bad of going. From the blogs I follow, I believe it is safe to say they have a pretty rockin scene down there. While Edmonton has great shopping for rockabilly and pinup clothing, the scene leaves much to be imagined… it is fairly small. While I’ve noticed other cities have a big scene, who are into not only reproduction clothing, but true vintage, swing dancing, music, cars, furniture, and lifestyle, there are just a few of us here who have a true love for it all. Anyway, let me get back to the reason for this post… Sheri Bomb is sharing with us what is in her makeup bag!

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I asked Sheri if she wanted to be a part of this series, because she just a fun, down to earth kinda gal. She has a very clean look- not everyone wants to use a ton of makeup and not every one needs to, and you do not need to use a lot of makeup to get a pinup look either.

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Sheri is a writer, so she had a lot to say about her look. Here it is:

MY LOOK

For my everyday look, I like to look polished and put together but I also like to be out the door fairly quickly in the morning, but would rather stay in bed than spend too long on my makeup. I try to keep things fairly simple while still proudly rocking my rockabilly look. I make things easy for myself with a BB cream, brow kit and light sweep of blush before spending a bit of time on my winged eyeliner. When it comes to my night time look, I still like to keep things fairly classic and understated (most of the time). I like my makeup to look as natural as possible so apart from a great foundation, slightly bolder cheek colour and some sparkly eye shadow everything is fairly similar, except a more ‘enhanced’ version. I also spend a bit more time and effort on achieving a more dramatic look with my lashes (I rarely wear false lashes) and of course, a good red lipstick to pack a punch.

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MAKE UP BAG

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Day Look:

Benefit Big Easy BB Cream in Fair

This is a recent addition to my make up bag. I’ve always been a big fan of BB creams for my everyday look as I like the easy coverage and application they provide and the natural looking result, not to mention the benefits for my skin. I used to only use the Garnier Oil-Free BB Cream in Light but I picked up this new Benefit product while I was in the US recently and have been loving it! It really ‘sticks’ to your skin. Although the Garnier product is much cheaper and given I use it everyday, I’ll probably end up going back to this product when the Benefit runs out.

Benefit Brow Zings in Dark

This is the second Brow Zings shade I’ve bought – I also used to have the Medium shade when my hair was a different colour. I swear by this product, it is the best make up for brows I’ve ever used. It’s really easy to apply and the teeny little brushes make it easy to get the perfect shape. I like that the first layer of tinted wax you apply keeps your brows in shape while the finishing layer of powder helps to fill them in and acts as a sealer, preventing smudging.

Classics Eyeliner Pencil in Black

I don’t always use this, but I always like to have it in my make up bag as it’s handy for lining the inner rim of my eyes, particularly up the top if I’m after a more dramatic look. It really helps to fill in the look of your lashes when they need a bit of a help. A simple must have product in any make up bag.

Rimmel Extra Wow Lash Mascara in Extreme Black

A favorite mascara of mine for a long time, I’m a big fan of Rimmel cosmetics in general as they are a great alternative for gals on a budget and for all the makeup basics. This mascara goes on easy with no clumps and offers a great result with only one or two applications. It also goes well with up to four applications if you’re looking for a dramatic result. I usually go two applications during the day and four applications for night time. It’s also great on sensitive eyes, which I have, so no irritation and especially no watering and smudging. Winner!

Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black

Another product I picked up in the US, I’ve always preferred felt tip liners as I don’t have a particularly steady hand and I feel that they offer me more control. This Stila liner is easy to use, glides on like a dream and doesn’t budge without some serious rubbing. Easy to touch up if you make a mistake, the liner has staying power that lasts all day. Love it!

Benefit Cheek Powder in Rockateur

As you can probably tell by now, I’m a big fan of Benefit cosmetics. Aside from their cute packaging, I’ve always found their products to deliver on their promises and they seem to work really well for my skin. This powder blush looks fairly shimmery in the box but offers very subtle illumination when you actually apply it. It has a lovely pinky peachy hue to it that looks fairly natural, however can be built up for a darker shade that contours the cheek for maximum impact. During the day I use a light sweep across my cheeks but come the night time I tend to amp it up a bit more.

Benefit Tinted Lip Balm in Benebalm

Created with their famous Benetint (which was originally created as a nipple stain for a burlesque dancer in the 70s) this tinted lip balm hydrates your lips without stickyness or too much shine – two of my pet hates. The subtle red rosey hue brings your lips to life without making you look too made up. It also has the same pleasant sweet rosey scent that the Benetint has.

Night Look:

When it comes to my night time look, it’s fairly similar to my daytime look but with a little extra to make things more dramatic.

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in Ivory

I love love LOVE this foundation! It’s the best one I’ve found so far. It provides flawless coverage and brightens your complexion. Another product that really ‘sticks’ to your face, it doesn’t set to a matte finish, but that can quickly be rectified with a light dusting of powder.

Besame Violet Brightening Powder

The perfect way to set your make up and brighten your complexion, this very subtle tinted violet powder gives a smooth matte finish to your skin and is small enough to pop into your handbag to take with you, meaning you’ll never look oily or shiny while out and about. It’s amazing what a difference a light dusting of this stuff makes, although keep in mind it’s more suited to pale skin tones.

Sephora Collection Moonshadow Baked Palette in Nude

A beautiful palette of 10 neutral eye shadows with a charming shimmery finish. Light and dark shades are well balanced in this palette which provides everything you need for a classic light shimmery eye or a more daring smokey eye. Coverage is good, the powder is soft (without breaking apart in the palette) and the shades are easy to build up and/or blend with each other. This always comes in handy for creating a striking look on my eyes, regardless of how bold I want to be.

MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Must Be Red!

This lipstick is my absolute favorite! I have a few different brands and shades that I wear from time to time but this is the one that I always love coming back to time and time again. It goes on smoothly, has serious staying power, doesn’t bleed or feather, doesn’t dry out your lips and best of all, it’s the most perfect pin up shade of red. Reds can be hard to perfect and everyone is different but this shade works fantastically with my skintone. Mwah!

RR&R010214417Don’t forget to check out Sheri’s blog Sheri Bomb

And follow her on facebook https://www.facebook.com/SheriBombBlog

Thanks Sheri for sharing your makeup bag with us!!

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.

_DSC0187I love this color, especially with my skin tone and hair color. Its a delicate blue with weaves of gold – I love it!

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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