Holiday Dresses That Won’t Break the Bank with Rowena & Danger De Lux

Rowena carries a wide selection of fabulous pinup and rockabilly style dresses that range from $50- $300. Thankfully, there are some great repro brands that are able to make classic and beautiful dresses that won’t break the bank.  The second part to Holiday Dresses with Danger De Lux and Rowena, presents gorgeous dresses that are oh so affordable, so much so that you could even get two!

_DSC3413eVoodoo Vixen has created some stunning dresses this season which are just perfect for holiday get togethers

The Betty Boo and Sally green peacock dresses are fantastic holiday dresses that are both under $100. The Betty Boo is $95, while the Sally is $84. Both of these dresses are available in sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large.

_DSC3411eThe Betty Boo runs true to size, as Meagan wore a medium. This taffeta frock has an a-line skirt and a touch of sass with the cleavage bearing neckline.

Get the Betty Boo here

_DSC3420e _DSC3419eThe Sally mini dress is one of my favorites this season. If you are looking for something flirty this year, the Sally is just the dress for you. With adjustable straps the Sally makes a for a great fit; this runs true to size, as I wore a medium.

Get the Sally here

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Voodoo Vixen brings us another beauty- the Ava dress. I enjoy the fabric of this dress, which reminds me of the late 60’s, but with a more 50’s cut. This dress is a lovely holiday dress if you are looking for something a bit more modest. Available in sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large. The Ava runs a touch small, as Meagan sized up to a large. For $95 the Voodoo Vixen Ava is a great little frock for the holidays.

Get the Voodoo Vixen Ava here

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The Viviene also from Voodoo Vixen is sassy dress for those fun holiday parties, where you know you can let loose. Not only is this dress leopard print, but it is velour and very stretchy ( a.k.a comfortable). The Viviene comes in sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large.

The Viviene is available in store or for phone order

_DSC3473e_DSC3474eHell Bunny has made an absolutely divine wiggle dress that screams Mad Men! I left like Joan in the Bernadette and once I saw these photos I was sold on it. This dress has a ton of elements that make it holiday worthy- the color, the lovely waterfall on the hip, the sexy fit, and the sweet keyhole neckline. The dress is available in sizes: extra small, small, medium, large, and extra large. I wore a medium in the Bernadette. This dress is only $66 and at the price you could get one in every color ( also available in plum, black, and red)

Get the Bernadette here

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Hell Bunny also present us with the Benita, a very simple, elegant black dress. Its three quarter length sleeves, high neckline, and below the knee hemline makes this dress highly versatile! While I was very covered in this frock, I still felt very sexy. The Benita is available in sizes: extra small, small, medium, large, and extra large. This dress runs a bit big, as I fit into a small perfectly.

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All 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

Can you believe I still have more holiday dresses to share with you! And all the accessories you need to complete your look! Keep an eye out for part 3 and 4 in the Holiday Dress series!

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the alberta bound tattoo convention

This past weekend was the Alberta Bound Tattoo Convention. Because the shop I work at is pretty cool, we had a booth at the convention to advertise all the wicked clothes we sell and also sell some of those wicked clothes. I had the fortune ( or misfortune…) of setting up, tearing down, and running the rodeo! But the best part of it was getting all dolled up with the other gals from the shop and showing off all the pin up dresses we sell at Rowena! I made sure to get lots of photos to show you our fancy outfits.

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Each day, me and the other gal(s) wore matching outfits, had our hair done up and big smiles on our faces. So lets get to it…

Day 1: Friday night was “Adults Night”. A bunch of burlesque performers put on a show -most notably the gorgeous Ophelia Overdose performed two fantastic numbers.

My gal pal and I wore the Gil by Sourpuss. We also made some pretty wicked hair flowers to match our dresses. I don’t want to go too much in to detail about this lil number, because I want to review it for you all later.

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I snapped a few photos of Ophelia too…

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Day 2:  Saturday, the day that would not end…. this was the longest day, coming in at 10 hours ( the longest working the show…Friday was a 12 hour day). There were three of us working and we all wore the Dames Dress by Deadly Dames/Pinup Girl Clothing. For all you Cry Baby fans, this dress was based off of the one Wanda wore in the film. I found some gorgeous black orchids at the craft store, so made them in to hair flowers to wear with the Dames dress.

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Day 3: The final day of the convention. We didn’t have quite matching dresses, but we both wore leopard by Pinup Girl Clothing. Mine is the leopard Heidi and Meagan wore the retro leopard Vamp. I through my hair up in a PUG nylon scarf and it was a mess from the other two days; I’m really into that whole mini beehive I mentioned in a previous post.

10373947_10152239038588224_2104106952553043253_nIt was fun to see all the different artists and performers, even if the days were long. It was also nice to get out of the shop for the weekend- a change of scenery is always good. After three very long days, I am left exhausted, but at least I got to get dressed up, meet some nice people, and let every one know about the best pin-up shop in Alberta…Rowena of course!

P.S check out RetroGlam.com too

The Heidi from Pinup Girl Clothing

Despite selling tons of Heidi’s at work, because of their ability to be so versatile and flattering on so many body types, I only just  bought my second one the other day. The Heidi, by Pinup Girl Clothing, should be a staple in every gals wardrobe- they come in a ton of different colors and patterns and can easily be worn to a wedding or a night out with the ladies.

Pinup Girl recently changed the leopard print pattern/fabric they use. I am in love with the new leopard and it is the reason I bought it.

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It fit me perfectly and made me feel so pretty! Why did I wait so long to to get another one?! I’ve already picked out which Heidi I will be getting next- the new spider web print.

I wore this Heidi specifically for a lovely date I was going on with my boyfriend. We went to PackRat Louie, a fantastic high end restaurant just a few blocks from our place. They have super yummy martinis, including a tiramisu one, which was divine! They also had vegetarian options, which can be hard to find at fine dining. The atmosphere was romantic and sweet, with exposed brick walls and ambient lighting. Once we were done our meals the desert menu was hand stamped onto the brown paper that lined the table , which I thought was quite fun.

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I got both my Heidi and Sweet Romance necklace at Rowena.

 Don’t forget to check out RetroGlam.com if you don’t live in town!

And if you’re looking for somewhere nice, with delicious food and a great atmosphere for a date, a gals night out, or a special occasion, check out PackRat Louie

what i wore: betsey

I am a huge fan of animal print. Some days I will wear four different prints (my boyfriend will then tell me I can’t wear so many different prints at one time, but I disagree). Leopard is, of course, my favorite. So, you bet when I saw a glimmer of leopard print as I opened the box of a new pinup girl shipment, I got just a little excited ( I already new, without having to open the bag, which dress it was). The new Betsey swing dress by Pinup Girl is absolutely  darling!

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The Betsey has a huge, full skirt, so it would be amazing with a crinoline ( or two). It also has adorable little heart shaped pockets on the front. It features faux buttons down the torso, adjustable straps, a thin black belt, and a back zipper, with some stretch along the top, in the form of elastic. I purchased a medium and it just fits- it is slightly snug along the top of the chest and underarms, but not so much that I would consider going a size up.

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I didn’t accessorize this outfit too much. Just my favorite Fly London chunky kitten heels and a red flower in my hair. I had a few extra minutes to spare that morning so I did my hair extra nice, because I left my lovely new dress deserved fancy hair. I had never gotten so many compliments on my hair, as I did that day! Around these parts, you don’t see a whole heck of a lot of retro styled hair ( its more like, bleach blonde or black, crazy extensions, and big, bumpit/snookie hair- okay not everyone, but lots of girls!). Anyway, I was quite pleased with my self, so its needless to say, I had a great day- its amazing what a pretty dress and a good hair day can do!

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This is by far my new favorite dress ( I know, I say that about everything). I of course got my Betsey at Rowena– they have a full size range in stock, so if you’re in town, I head there and snatch one up before they are all gone! RetroGlam.com will have them up shortly as well, just in case you don’t live in Edmonton

I hope you all have a swell day!!