Get ready for Diner En Blanc with Danger De Lux & Swish Vintage

Diner en Blanc Edmonton  is right around  the corner, coming up on September  3rd. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, follow this link (https://www.facebook.com/DinerEnBlanc.Edmonton?fref=ts&__nodl), then come right back here. The main component or aspect  of  this fancy outdoor  dinner  party is that  all guests must wear white…from head to toe. For someone  who stears clear of white at all times this dinner party is both  a  challenge and the perfect opportunity  to actually  wear white with no inhibitions.

The instructions  were very clear that all items of clothing must be white…not ivory or cream, not off white or egg shell…white. This too can be a challenge…finding something purely white. Well, Danger De Lux to the rescue! I’ve picked out all of the beautiful  white things Swish Vintage has that you could wear to Diner En Blanc. For those who don’t  know, Swish  Vintage  is my favorite vintage  boutique and is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, in Manulife Place

aviary_1440531418953Swish has tons of white accessories to complete  your outfit. Necklaces, clip on earrings, bangles, and brooches all in crisp, clean white. When you have such a stark canvas, like a white dress, accessories play a  big part in making your outfit even more interesting. While dressing head to toe in white makes a big statement, layering necklaces and bangles help to make that statement scream.

No post involving  Swish would be complete without a few vintage hats. And of course  Swish has white hats perfect for a dinner party. Not only are hats way too much fun, you also don’t have to  do as much with your hair!

20150825_121827Sadly our summer nights are getting chilly, which means you should probably bring a cardigan or shawl with you, especially to an outdoor  dinner party. Plus you get extra elegance points when you have a gorgeous shawl draped over your shoulders. Swish has just a few white ones and at excellent price points.

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Don’t forget about a small, quaint evening bag to hold your lipstick and phone, cause you  know  you’re  going to want to document this night. I didn’t find any in the mall (like,duh) so where better to look  than an antique shop?!

20150825_121143I’ve put together  a few lovely white outfits for those last minute to the game. Swish has just a few white dresses and separates but they are beautiful and perfect  for the  occasion.

This stunning white party dress would have been my outfit if only it had fit. My goodness it is beautiful. It even has a built  in  crinoline and gorgeous structure. This is what white dress dreams are made of.

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20150825_122535For a more dramatic look, this 20s-esque beaded frock is ideal. It is simply divine and grande and elegant. It is quite delicate so this one may be best worn for a drink or two rather than worn late partying  into the night…but then again, when in Rome…

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20150825_123237Swish has in store a bridal crinoline in white, which I’ve paired four different tops and accessories to show some of the  different looks you can achieve with one staple piece. This crinoline  can easily be worn as an external piece and manipulated to convey different styles.

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Country chic

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Sweet and simple.

20150825_124719And to complete your outfit a pair of simple white gloves

20150825_150502Are you  going to  Diner En Blanc? What are you wearing?

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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?

Dark Knits Boutique Creature Couture Fashion Show

Dark Knits Boutique is a small, independent corset maker/company out of Edmonton, Alberta. All the corsets are lovingly made by one very talented lady, who learned the trade from her grandmother. I was so very excited when she asked me if I would like to be in her upcoming fashion show. Without hesitation I told her I would love to!

My creature was the lizard, which was based off of the Argentine Tegu, which is black and white; when born, it has an emerald strip from its snout down its chest, which eventually fades away to black.

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MUA: Corinne Simpson
Hair: Betty buxom
Photo: Darin Wayne

The corset I was wearing was snakeskin pvc, paired with a snakeskin pvc collar, and white skirt. My hair was in a beautiful braid, done by Bettie Buxom. And my fantasy makeup by Corrinne of Vampire Nomad. Its always amazing to under go this sort of transformation, where when you look in the mirror, you no longer recognize yourself

11164049_10155470626325008_3724205904765908440_nAll of the makeup, hair, and corsets were just magical! There was everything from a unicorn (above) to a lion and a snake to a raven and everything in between. The corsets were all flawless and beautiful. All the guys and gals rocked their creature with confidence and pride knowing how much hard work went in to everything.

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And here are some of the other babes who modeled in some amazing corsets ( and hair and makeup)

credits:

Clothing and accessories: dark knits boutique
MUA: Corinne Simpson and switchblade glam makeup Artisty
Hair: Betty buxom
Photo: Darin Wayne

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Follow Dark Knits Boutique on facebook to find out how to purchase your very own corset and find out about other events around the city they are taking part in.

Also follow Corinne of Vampire Nomad to see some of the other amazing looks she creates

Swish Vintage- a fab boutique full of vintage finds

I’ve recently begun a new job at a fabulous vintage shop downtown. Swish Vintage is chock full of beautiful vintage dresses from the 1910 onwards. You will find the most styles within the 40s to 70s and in a wide range of sizes! Along side dresses and other items of clothing, you will find tons of gorgeous handbags, beautiful jewelry, shoes, hair scarves, furniture, and knick-knacks. Oh, and hats! I have never seen so many amazing vintage hats…Swish is the mecca of vintage hats!

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Swish is located in the heart of downtown, along 101 avenue and 102 street. It is a beautiful shop,owned by a lovely lady who does all the hunting and procuring herself. Swish has been in its current location for an amazing 6 years and before that in the highlands.

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Every time I walk into Swish, I search the racks for new treasures. And I find something new and beautiful every time! The vintage dresses in the shop make my heart skip a beat… oh gawd, they are so beautiful! Most of the ones I love the most are too small for me…especially my hips! If any of you Edmonton gal reading this are small, hurry up and get down to Swish to find some amazing dresses at fantastic price. That being said, there are a ton of great frocks in bigger sizes…meaning larger than a 26″ waist.

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You can also find some great vintage coats, fur and otherwise, at Swish. I tried almost all of them on one day…I couldn’t help myself, they were all so pretty! And warm! Which, if you live where we do, you need a warm winter coat.

I always find something to covet when I scour the racks at Swish and you can bet you will be seeing it all on my blog and social media!

swisj 007swisj 018Now, lets get to the hats! Oh my goodness! The hats at Swish are divine! I also tried a bunch on one day… I want them all! Most are in fabulous condition too! There are felt hats, ostrich feather hats, hats with veils and bird feathers, sunhats, turbans, day hats, evening hats…and on it goes

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swisj 009And the holy grail of vintage hats….a 1970s vintage Christian Dior turban, with its original box! Excuse me while I wipe away my drool!

swisj 011I am just so happy to be working at such a beautiful, fun shop that is new and exciting every week. If you are on the hunt for quality vintage you need to come down to Swish! Weather you are in need of an outfit for an event, wear vintage on a daily basis, are looking for a gift, or just love the hunt, Swish is your destination! And if you come on a Tuesday, I’ll be there!!

swisj 019Make sure to follow Swish on facebook to see all the new goodies they bring in!

And follow Danger De Lux on facebook and instagram ( @dangerdelux) to see all the vintage I buy from Swish!!

Elly Mayday visits Rowena plus a giveaway!

Rowena in Edmonton had the amazing pleasure to host Elly Mayday for a meet and greet a few weeks ago. She happened to be on a layover for a flight and it just worked out perfectly! And might I add, she was sweet as pie!

20150318_174125She came in the shop for a few hours to chat, meet some fans, sign autographs, and take photos. Cherry wanted to meet her as well, she came out to the meet and greet too 😉

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Elly also tried on a handful of dresses and my goodness, was she ever stunning in them. Especially the pink Monica – keep an eye out on her facebook and instagram page for photos.

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Elly had some beautiful photos and her calender available to be signed. If you didn’t come down, you sure missed out! If you got a calender, she left a little note on your birthday – it was so sweet! Keep an eye out on Rowenas and Ellys facebook page for future events like this…Elly may even be back some time!! So if you didn’t make it out this time, don’t worry, you’ll catch her next time

20150318_175907Be sure to follow the Danger De Lux facebook page to also hear about fun events, giveaways, and sales at Rowena!

But especially watch out on the Danger De Lux facebook page for an Elly themed giveaway coming up real soon 😉

Danger De Lux shows you how to: make a face mask to treat acne

For some reason lately my skin has been misbehaving! Maybe its getting use to the transition and the new lotions I have been using or maybe i am being reminded this is my last year in my 20’s! Either way I have been breaking out more often than usual as of late, and while this simply will not do, I have looked up home remedies and chemical free treatments.

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A co-worker lent me a great book full of home remedies to treat anything you could think of. It is full of great remedies and recipes but one I have been using as of late is one to treat this silly acne I have been getting. It is so simple and costs basically nothing. It is effective, chemical and cruelty free, and makes my skin feel great

If you have sensitive skin this may not be the best mask for you as the baking soda will  exfoliate to get rid of dry or flaky skin. Apple Cider Vinegar is an astringent that will kill bacteria and draw out impurities, but it may sting just a little, especially when reacting with the baking soda.

What you need:

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Baking Soda

Apple Cider Vinegar ( I put mine in a small spray bottle to leave in the bathroom)

Water

Vit E oil

What to do

Cleanse face

Make a paste in the palm of your hand or a little bowl with baking soda and little bit of water; adjust accordingly. Apply to your face and leave on for 5 minutes

Rinse off with apple cider vinegar- I use a spray bottle to spray it over my face a few times; a chemical reaction will happen which is kinda fun and super tingly

Rinse off really well with water

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After using this mask, my skin feels so refreshed and uber clean. This mask is super easy to make and apply, so there is no reason why you shouldn’t try it! Small steps are still steps in the right direction to eliminating chemicals from your cosmetics and daily routine.

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I use this mask at least once a week to help control my acne and so far it has been working quite nicely. You can control what you use on you skin, what you buy, and who you support! Treat yourself to some chemical and cruelty free beauty regimes!

Let me know if you try it and what you think

xoxo

Danger De Lux shows you how to: make all natural surf spray

As you may recall I am now trying to use only chemical free products, which means getting to make a handful of the cosmetics I use or want to use. I poured out all my old potions and lotions and kept and cleaned the bottles for future use. One of the products I made was a sea salt surf spray for my hair, which gives your hair a wavy, tousled look, like you just spent the day at the beach or frolicking in the ocean. My hair is kind of naturally wavy, but the bottom layer usually stays straighter because it is heavier. I like to use this surf spray to give my hair some extra wave, that looks natural and fun.

10917863_856250674441629_3090335772021083305_nYou can buy surf sprays from places like Lush and the Body Shop. Most bigger brands have started making them as well. All of these companies add extra chemicals they aren’t needed. The main acting ingredient is salt, that is what is making the waves in your hair. So why not just make your own, which you know is chemical free and costs next to nothing. You can buy a 100ml Sea Spray from Lush for $13 which contains harmful ingredients like PVP, methylparaben, and fragrance. Bumble and Bumble make a surf spray that you can get for $18-$30, which contains:

“Water Magnesium Sulfate, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Isoceteth-20, Citric Acid, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Fragrance (Parfum). “

in other words, a ton of chemicals.

So why buy one full of chemicals when you can make your own for less than a dollar and in under 5 minutes?

Here is what you will need

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A spray bottle ( I reused an old product bottle)

Sea Salt ( and a grinder),

Any essential oil that you like the scent of ( I used lavender)

Water

Measuring spoons and maybe a funnel

And here is how you make it

surfspray1. pour ground sea salt in the bottle – I used half a teaspoon

2. add water – you can do it right out of the tap or use a funnel like I did

3. add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil – this will give your hair a slight scent, so make sure you like it

4. Shake it up and try it out!

You can use this on dry or damp hair, in the morning or before bed, anytime really! And you can feel good knowing if its 100% chemical free!

 Going chemical and cruelty free really isn’t that hard – you just need to look harder, be more creative, and read the ingredient labels or know the symbols to look for. Or in this case, make it yourself.

I love using this sea spray, especially because my hair doesn’t hold a curl very well and I have only just begun pin curling it. But if I don’t have time or am going to the gym in the morning, Ill use this sea spray for added texture and wave

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