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!

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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!

Swish Picks: Mad Max-i

This summer I am totally loving maxi dresses! Thank goodness past fashions also loved maxi dresses…especially the 70s! Swish Vintage has the most amazing maxi dresses…so, so many of them….and in a wide variety of sizes!

The 1970s were all about freedom in fashion and freedom to love. The 70s were colourful, and bright, and super fun!

Here are a few of my favorite maxi dresses in the shop

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I love love love this one with a 1920s print on it.

Sized medium to large

$65 (plus is on sale right now)

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This one is has a bit heavier fabric, so would be perfect for a evening wedding or event.

Would fit a modern day medium

$160 ( plus is on sale right now)

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This maxi is just divine! This is another one that would be fabulous for a wedding or late night summer event.

Size small

$98 ( plus is on sale right now)

20150630_145258 (2)20150630_145517 (2)This coral maxi is just gorgeous on…Ive seen a couple gals try this on and I am so surprised it’s still in the shop. I love the two tone pink and all the pleats the belt makes.

Would fit a medium or large

20150630_145522 (2)20150630_144756 (2)This psychedelic print is so much fun!! On a real body, it would be just fantastic!!

Would fit a large or xl

$90 (plus is on sale right now)

20150630_144800 (2)20150630_144956 (2)This jersey maxi was made in England for Holt Renfrew!

Would fit a modern medium

$175 (plus is on sale right now)

20150630_144951 (2)Swish is having a huge sale right now with dresses starting at 20% off all the way up to 50% off…and if something is on sale already, the discount is on top of the sale price. I am having the hardest time not buying everything right now! If you fancy anything you saw in my post, head over to the Swish page to ask for exact measurements and shipping costs.

Hope you are all having a lovely summer! Are you digging maxi dresses as much as I am right now?

Tatyana has me seeing spots.

Back in the summer I purchased a few dresses off of the Tatyana website. This was when they were switching from Bettie Page to Tatyana and had just listed a ton of super cute dresses in their clearance section. I had my eye on this little yellow number for a while but was scared to take the plunge – I usually stick to safer colours that I am familiar and comfortable with. Gosh, I can’t even recall the last time I had worn yellow! But at the price, I could not pass up this yellow wiggle dress

.taty1I was flipping through my closet trying to decide what to wear to work, when I thought, golly, I have only worn this dress once since I purchased it! I slipped it on and thought once more, why don’t I wear this dress more often?! It is super slinky, which usually makes me weary that it is going to show all my bits, but instead it hugs me just right. This yellow number is very stretchy ( it doesn’t even require a slit) and accentuates my hour glass figure.

taty2While I wore this dress to work, I think it would be equally fantastic for a night out. If there is one thing I love, its a low cut neckline and this dress does not disappoint. A pair of black heels, back-seam stockings, and vintage bangles complete my look; for an evening out, a black vinyl clutch would do the trick!

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Tatyana still has a big clearance section on their website, which I believe is the brand clearing out the old Bettie Page items. Nonetheless, you can get a fantastic deal on a dress or two. I think I may have paid $20 for this dress and it was worth every dime. I purchased another one at the same time, but still have to get it tailored ( if you don’t see your size.consider buying one up to get it taken it- the price is right). I got this wiggle dress in a medium and it is the perfect fit. I find Tatyana usually fits true to size. I measure at 37-30-41.

taty4I can’t resist Cherries little face! She just wants to be a model ( it think she might just make it, don’t you?)

Below are the pretty bangle I paired with my dress- both gifts; one a glass olive bangle, and the other a yellow butterscotch carved Bakelite bangle.

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 What is your favorite wiggle dress? Or your favorite Tatyana dress?

What’s in Your Makeup Bag: Danger De Lux Revisited

I wanted to do another and final “whats in your makeup bag”, featuring my makeup bag again. Since my first post, I have changed most of the makeup I use, as I have been transitioning into a chemical free lifestyle. Its a sad truth that the makeup we use it chalk full of chemicals that are very harmful to our bodies. Its also a sad truth that most of use don’t even think twice before buying and using chemical laden products and cosmetics. I posted not too long ago about a book I read, There’s lead in your Lipstick by Gill Deacon, which opened my eyes to the harm of every day cosmetics. Since then, I have begun replacing all the products I use with ones that are chemical free. I have almost finished replacing all my makeup, which has proven to be the hardest part. I have found some really great, quality, chemical and cruelty free cosmetics that have now become part of my everyday beauty regime. You cannot find these products at the drug store or even Sephora; I’ve purchased them at my local organic grocery store and online at well.ca, which offers a ton of great chemical free options, at great prices ( plus if you spend $25 or more, you get free shipping).

1506989_10152608319530872_1073914276374264163_nI’d say about 90% of the makeup I use every day is chemical free, which means it doesn’t contain any sulphates, parabens, talcs, plastics, fragrance, pthalates, SLS, mercury or lead. By default it is also all natural, usually organic, and always cruelty free. I can feel good knowing I am not putting toxins into my blood stream or harming my organs with the cosmetics I am using. I am still using some of the cosmetics I had before, as I do not want to be wasteful or toss it out to simply harm the environment. The tranisition has been long and it is still continuing. Some items, like eyeliner and eye brow products, which are the most important to me, are harder to find;I need a good quality eyeliner and brown pencil to achieve my look, so I am still on the hunt for those.

Here is all the makeup I currently use

20150215_162252 (2)Pacifica Eyeshadow pallets – still in need of more colours though, especially browns, which is what I usually use

Pure Anada Mascara ( a Canadian Company)- while I usually opt for a water proof mascara, that is something I will probably have to give up. This mascara is really nice; its doesn’t clump, but goes on really smooth and is very black.

Pacifica eye highlighter

Pure Anada Foundation – very light and not cakey at all! I apply mine with a foundation sponge.

Pure Anada mineral bronzer – one of the nicest bronzers I’ve used to date; I know not everyone uses a bronzer, but I feel like with my freckles, its needed and looks nice.

Physcians Formula Mineral Powder – I need to replace this though, as Physicians forumla isn’t actually organic, despite it saying so ( companies are allowed to lie about being organic or all natural)

Annabelle Eyebrow pencil –  I need to replace this as well

Anastasia eyebrow pomade and shawdow- this stuff is great and is cruelty free, just not chemical free.

Pacificia finshing powder

Maybelline cream eyeliner and felt eyeliner – I ran out of mine and needed one quick, so both of these will get replaced when they run out

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 Aubrey Moisturizer – which I love! It has the slightest scent and is one of the best moisturizers I’ve used.

Pacifica CC Cream with spf 17

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Beseme Lipsticks in Cherry Red, Red Velvet, and Dusty Rose –  I love beseme but once these are done, I probably wont use them again; they are cruelty free, but not chemical free

Boho Cosmetics in Capucine (light pink) and Groseille; I also have two lip liners from Boho, as this company is all natural. These lipsticks are also quite nice and have good staying power, especially with a liner

Green Beaver lip glosses ( a Canadian company) – these have great colour, are not sticky, and are pretty top notch for lip glosses

20150215_162652 (2)Pacifica Perfume- made with essential oils and not synthetic fragrances, cruelty free, vegan, paraben free, and made with just a handful of ingredients. Look at the ingredients list of your perfume and you will likely not recognize most of the ingredients.

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I’ve heard some people say its hard to buy cruelty free, which would mean chemical free is even harder to buy… it is and it isn’t. Like I mentioned, you will not find this stuff at Sephora or the drug store, so it isn’t convenient to get. But it is worth the extra trip to the organ market to get it. Or order it online like I do, from Well.ca

The brands to look for are: Pure Anada, Green Beaver, Pacifica, Boho, Earth Lab, Gabriel, Sante, Weleda, Audrey, and Dr. Hauschka. Don’t be fooled by brands pretending to be organic or all natural. The regulations for this kind of branding isn’t really protected. Any brand can say they are all natural or organic if they have one, miniscule ingredient which is. Garnier Fructis advertises organic products, which are anything but. Be a smart consumer and know what ingredients are in a product. The chemicals and toxins found in most common cosmetics are known to cause cancer and other ailments; most of these products are also tested on animals, for no good reason.

11002950_901327573220714_1320075877_o (2)Here is a great resource to carry with you about which ingredients to look out for

http://www.gilldeacon.ca/images/Deacon_LeadinyourLipstick_Wallet%20Card_web.pdf

Shop online for the same products I use

http://www.pureanada.ca/

http://greenbeaver.com/

http://www.bohocosmetics.com/gb/

http://www.pacificabeauty.com/

Do you use cruelty free or chemical free cosmetics? Which are your favorites?

Rowena & The Junque Cellar

The other weekend I got to take part in a fabulous corroboration between Rowena and another local business, The Junque Cellar. The Junque Cellar has been around since I can remember and houses beautiful antique treasures! They are the only shop right on Whyte Ave that sells vintage furniture and housewares. On my walk home from work I often stop in and drool after all the beautiful pieces – they always have the best vintage couch sets! It’s a wonder why Rowena and The Junque Cellar didn’t collaborate sooner!

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The shoot we did had more of a 60’s feel to it show casing some gorgeous Heart of Haute dresses and the always appropriate and timeless Erin from Pinup Girl Clothing! This shoot was extra cute because it involved a blonde, a brunette, and a redhead! The other two models are just adorable gals, who looked amazing in their dresses… like they were made for them!

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Heart of Haute is easily becoming one of my favorite brands. The cuts are so flattering on so many body types and the patterns are always beautiful. They are also simple cotton dresses, so they are comfortable to wear and are so easy to dress up or wear casually.

The Monique is a very simple, a line dress, but it is a lovely fit and I am absolutely giddy over the harlequin print it just came in, in both pink and blue!

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Heart of Haute also did the Beverly in black, which I am over the moon about. Finally, a simple, black swing dress! I imagine myself wearing it all the time – you do not know how  often I search through my closet for a simple black swing dress, always to be reminded that I do not have one! Kristen is wearing it below and doesn’t it just look amazing on her?

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get the black honeycomb Beverly here

Heart of Haute is known for its classic 50’s & 60s silhouettes and patterns, which are very wearable. Everything they make is in cotton and made in the USA, which means they are built to last.

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get the Doreen here

The amazing Hello June Photography was pumped to get to shoot at The Junque Cellar, where we were able to use the pieces they have for sale as props, to give this shot a great 60’s feel.

You can get all of the dresses seen above at Rowena in Edmonton or at RetroGlam.com.

I’ve had a look at the the new spring collection from Heart of Haute and there are some great patterns coming! Florals are back again, but there are some great 60’s cuts and tropical prints too. This upcoming spring/summer season seems to be promisising for a lot of the brands Rowena carries – looks like Im going to have to get a 2nd job 😉

Dont forget to follow Hello June Photography to take advantage of contests she runs or find out how to book a session.

And follow The Junque Cellar too, especially if you are like me and like to be teased by amazing vintage house wares!