A Very YEG Christmas: Danger De Lux Gift Guide – Rowena

I love shopping at and supporting independent business. And there is no other small business I love more than Rowena. Of course I have a sweet sport for them after working there for 3 years, but they also just have great products! They carry fabulous reproduction frocks, cozy sweaters and cardigans, fun housewares and unique jewelry. There is something for (almost) everyone at Rowena. Weather they are into cos-play, the 1950s, Star Wars, Disney, the occult, nerd wear, tiki life, or swing dancing, Rowena has it all.

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My top gift picks from Rowena are…

These adorable Disney princess necklaces – Alice, Snow White, and Aurora. These cameo style necklace make for a great gift exchange, your best friend, or your sister. Every gal loves a Disney princess! And they are only $33!

20151210_194625 (2)Cupcakes are my favorite…like to eat. So why wouldn’t I want to carry a cupcake purse! Or wear cupcake shoes! Lets be real here…I want all the cupcakes! These purses is darling and the shoes even more so! What a great and complete gift to give! Rowena has a handful of novelty purses aside from this cupcake, which include a donut, hotdog, watermelon, and an ice cream cone! At $63 and $69 you have got yourself one ‘sweet’ deal ( wink wink nudge nudge)

20151210_200415 (2)Kill Star makes amazing, gaudy, occult jewelry and you bet Rowena has it all for you! These earrings are on the more subtle of the dark side and all just beautiful. Plus is the gift receiver wears tunnels, they can still wear these hoops! To see the whole collection, which includes crescent moons, crystal balls, pentagrams, and more stop in to Rowena. And they are all reasonably priced!

20151210_194718 (2)How cute are these sugar skull animal pillows?!! Squee! These pillows are fun, bright, and just too adorable. I can see a whole slew of people enjoying these lil guys! And they are only $18 each, so grab the whole set, put them in a big bag with pretty tissue paper and call it a day!

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Or if you feel like going all out, pick up this sugar skull black cat! How fantastic would this kitty be perched on a shelf in the living room? Proww! Don’t wait though, as these guys are limited!

20151210_194840 (2)Help fuel nostalgia for the 1980s with this Care Bare Cardigan. It is just the cutest! And it is so comfy and snugly! Any gal would love to unwrap this delight on Christmas day!! There are plenty other styles in store too…and not all are as sweet this slice of cake!

20151210_202454 (2)Who doesn’t love the Nightmare Before Christmas?! This cross body sugar skull Jack Skelington is the perfect Christmas gift, don’t you think! Rowena always has the best bags!! So if this one doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are tons of others to choose from!

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Now a few things for the fells…. layrite is always a good choice! It is cruelty free and made in America -bonus! Plus it won’t break the bank!

20151210_203512 (2)Get your Star Wars fix with all of the Star Wars goodies you could ever want…this is just a small sampling of what Rowena has! Personally, I don’t get it, but I do know a ton of people are going gaga for Star Wars

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Skeletor is a new brand to Rowena and it is locally designed and printed, which makes it even better!! This is one of the newest designs…and I love me good hamburger references! There are other designs available, as well as t shirts, jackets, and hats! Feel good buying this product knowing you are supporting two local business!

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Be sure to stop in to Rowena on whyte ave OR shop online at RetroGlam.com incase you don’t live in town!!

Keep an eye out for more gift guides coming next week!

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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!

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Danger De Lux: MIA

I haven’t been posting much lately…or at all for that matter. I started a new job about 2 months ago, which means I am no longer surrounded by pinup dresses and gals, but instead am working 10- 12 hours a day at a gym. As I am transitioning and figuring out how to balance work and life, I have found little to no time to be creative. I am also trying to figure out what I want to do with this blog…if I want to keep it, changing up the content, or just stop all together.

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At the end of my day, I have no energy left to try to write about clothing I don’t even get to wear anymore. You see, I wear gym clothes all day everyday now… well, except for Tuesdays when I work at Swish. I didn’t think it would be such a big deal, not dressing up everyday…but I really miss it. By the time Saturday night rolls around, I’m usually exhausted from my week and would rather stay in. I have been making more of an effort though to go out and wear my dresses, that now hang sadly in the closet.

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I have also been feeling overwhelmed with life and some of the choices I need to make in the upcoming months as I approach my 30th birthday (eeks!) My mind has been working over time thinking, thinking, thinking!

So, that is where I have been…at the gym, in my gym clothes! And trying to sort out life and what I intend on doing with it. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of blogging things here shortly

All Natural Pinup: My Favorite Skin Care Products

About 8 months ago, around my birthday, I began getting really bad breakouts. I had never suffered from acne as a teenager and rarely broke out. I always considered my skin to be ‘pretty good’. But of course, when I turn 29, all hell breaks loose! This was also about the time I become interested in using chemical free products – it would be a few months still until I changed my skin care products. But I was determined to get my face under control! I have never been good at covering up blemishes, so to get the pinup up face I wanted, I needed to have clear skin.

11693965_10153051056710872_2183776103872876915_nIf you have used any acne or breakout products, you have to know they are over flowing with chemicals! They smell of pure chemical. And this is not what I want to be putting on my skin. So I searched elsewhere, outside of the drug store, for a chemical and cruelty free product. I had read about Rocky Mountain Soap Company – that they are chemical free, Canadian company, with good practices- so when I stumbled upon them in the mall one day, I stopped in and bought a few items.

11987043_10155993431100008_6424575976049632147_nI was very impressed with the simplicity of their store. Minimal packaging, how it was laid out, things were easy to find, and when I checked out I was given a fancy pamphlet listing “no-no” ingredients that one should look for and avoid in products.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company products are now in my daily regime. My skin is back on track, which means no more breakouts! Oh sure I get the odd blemish here or there, but nothing like what was happening a few months ago.

So, what to know my favorite products?!

Avocado Facial Soap $5.25

indexI use this soap both in the morning and in the evening. It’s a gentle soap, that does not dry out my skin. And for the price, you really cant go wrong

Bamboo Brightening Face Polish $16

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I use this polish in the morning ( or in the evening if I have forgotten to use it earlier). It makes my skin feel refreshed and invigorated. It gets rid of all the dead skin and helps clear out my pores

Breakout Buster $9

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This little stick in made anti-bacterial via the tea tree in it. It smells gently of tea tree, and we all know tea tree is a great anti bacterial and anti inflammatory agent. Its used as a spot treatment, so whenever I do have a blemish or feel one coming on, I use this guy, day or night

Beech Tree Bud Eye Cream $35

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I also use this amazing eye cream in the morning and the evening, before bed. It is nice and light and also very gentle, which is important for an eye cream.

Rocky Mountain Soap Company has some other products I really want to try, like their cleansers for example, so when I do Ill let you know how I like them!

I do use a few other skin care products from derma-e, aubrey organics, and green beaver, but I am really loving Rocky Mountain stuff right now.

They only have stores in B.C, Alberta, and Manitoba, but you can buy it all online! And, they also send a free gift, usually a whole bar of soap – I love when companies do that.

Like I said, my breakouts are now totally under controlled and my skin is back to normal! No need for chemicals, just all natural goodness!

Swish Picks: We’ve Hit the Jackpot!

Have I a great Swish Picks for you this week!  Swish has hit the 80s earring jackpot! My goodness, if I could wear earrings ( mine are stretched) half of them would be mine! All of these earrings came from one miraculous and organized lady. They came in sectioned containers and were colour coded! Colour coded!! I counted believe my eyes – a hundred pairs, if not more!

20150908_122256Of course, there were tacky,over the top pairs, but most were quite spectacular. Many were 80’s does 50s, others were gloriously and unapologetically 80s.

20150908_122418Ive snapped photos of my absolute favorites. But really, if you are in Edmonton, you should go rummage through the marvelous collection yourself!

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20150908_122646These pink ones are too much!! I love them all…I would buy them all of I could wear them!! But because I cant, you should all go buy them up and flaunt them for me!! Those faux wooden ones on the bottom right scream tiki pinup! Pair them with a killer hawiian wiggle dress and bam! Tiki babe!!

20150908_12283120150908_12390220150908_123706Eeee, aren’t they delightful!!

These hoops are so fly! Like mega 80s urban girl!

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This picture does not accurately show just how big those gold jeweled ones are. They are pretty serious earrings, for a pretty serious girl!

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I was able to pick out two pairs of hoops, similar to those below, that I can wear through tunnels, so I am pumped about that!

20150908_123558There were a whole ton of black and white ones; the ones below are my favorite of the bunch  – very typical 80s styles.

20150908_124022And these fun, colourful, floral ones, which if styled right could be the perfect 50s earring.

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This was just a tiny snippet of the glory of this collection! Okay and the best part?! They are only $10 a pair! What?! Yes!!

I am way too excited about this magnificent collection and the organizer in me, loves how well this lady organized them all. I spent way too much time looking at all, and I mean all, of the earrings…and then looking at them all over again.

20150908_122250How do you store your jewelry?! And could you imagine owning this many pairs of earrings?!

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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