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 –The Wish List Gifts

My gift guide continues with more Edmonton gems! One of my favorite little independent shops on Whyte Ave is The Wish List Gifts, which is full of seasonal gifts and wares! Also, Uma Therman works there…. Meet Uma:

20151214_191644 (2)Uma is a lil worker bee at The Wish List…she greats everyone with a snort and sometimes a kiss! I love going to to visit  Uma and the owner and checking out all the new goodies! The Wish List brings in tons of seasonal stock to suit the time of year, so right now, expect to see lots of sparkly and unqiue holiday ornaments. They also carry Thomas Sabo jewelry, which is very drool worthy, and Lora Zombie prints which I have three of myself!!  You will also find housewares like fun plates or glasses, snuggle teddy bears, home decor of all sorts, more glittering jewelry, and kick knacks! I love stopping in whenever I get a chance, to see Uma of course and whatever new fun things they have just got in, as they are always getting new stock!

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My Wish List Gift guide is here!

This Downtown Abbey jewelry is so pretty! They are very vintage inspired, so naturally I am drawn to them! This collection includes bracelets, gorgeous earrings, brooches, hair clips and pins, and necklaces. All the pieces either come in a box or on a lovely card, so they make for a perfect gift! And they are so very reasonably priced, so you can get her something sparkly without breaking the bank!

20151214_190005 (2)Now, if you have a pretty penny or two to spare you might consider picking up a gemstone ring from Thomas Sabo. I love black stones and these beauties do not disappoint. And if you’d like something a little lighter, there are white and blue stones as well. These babies range from about $250 to $600 but are just divine!

20151214_190402 (2)Like I mentioned, The Wish List is known for their assortment of tree ornaments. They also have a great selection of retro ornaments, like Rudolph, Elvis, campers, and these Mickey and Minnie Mouse ones. Seriously, if anyone wants to know what to get me for Christmas, these are what I want! They are so much better in real life too…Mickey and Minnie on the tea cups – how perfect!! I was told these are not made anymore, so they are extra precious. They go for $34 and would make a lovely gift as a set.

20151214_190937 (2)These retro reindeer are too cute! The whole gang is there, so you can get them all!! At only$18 these lil guys would be great for a gift exchange, a stocking stuffer, or for the hostess of a holiday party.

20151214_190119 (2)For the rockabilly guy or gal, inked couple, new parents, or old school lovers, these tattoo flash style ornaments are beyond perfect! Sold separate, so you can get one or the other…or go big, and get both!

20151214_185457 (2)The instant I saw these rockets I knew they had to be in the guide! These guys are heavy duty and would be a great gift for any vintage lover. I know  I went ga-ga for them! These bad boys go for around $50 but would absolutely make someone very happy

20151214_185333 (2)The Wish List has a great selection of glass bottle glasses. Again any vintage or eclectic guy or gal would love these guys! They are sold separately so you can mix and match the different styles and brands. These are great tom collins glasses; id pick up a cocktail recipe book to go along with a few of these and bam! perfect gift for a retro girl or guy, college kid, bachelor, or that one person you just don’t know what to get! For around 20 bucks a piece, you can’t go wrong.

20151214_184919 (2)These little tins are great as stocking stuffers or to act as gift boxes, which the receiver can then use again! They are great gifts if you don’t want to spend a lot or want to spice something up. They come in a variety of sizes with a bunch of different pictures.

20151214_190703 (2)The Wish List has a great selection of novelty print socks. These are a super fun little gift and there are tons of different styles and patterns to choose from. You really can’t go wrong with unique socks and unless you are buying from someone mega boring, these would be great for just about everyone!

20151214_184820 (2)There a bunch of fun mugs like this Robot one, which are right side up when flipped over. You can get animal ones too! Grab a tin of tea, a pretty gift bag, and you are good to go!! Perfect for a last minute gift, a exchange, a co-worker,

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I love the prints The Wish List sells! Like I said, I have three of them in my apartment and have my eye on a few more that I love. These are great pieces that are only $34. You really can not go wrong, plus the designs are gorgeous, spooky, cute, eerie, and weird!

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20151214_185733 (2)I have more gift guides coming, so stay tuned!! How is your holiday shopping coming along? Have you been shopping and supporting local?

Check out The Wish List on facebook 

And find them on Twitter

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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!

https://www.facebook.com/swishygirl/

Saying Goodbye…

I’m sure most of you know that for the past three years I have  been working at one of the top rockabilly and pinup shops in Canada (and arguably  North America) and for the last 2 of those years I have been the manager, putting my heart and soul into Rowena. If you follow my Facebook  page you would have seen  my posts about how I was leaving and to come say goodbye. After three long years, it was time to move on. So with a lot of excitement and a little sadness, I am saying goodbye to Rowena, my home for the past three years. I graduated from school about a year ago and have found a potentially amazing job in my field. I’ve traded in my novelty print skirts, leopard print, and tight, low cut tops for running shoes, yoga pants, sports bras, and racer back tops. I am now the studio manager at a fitness studio, where I will also do private training and instruct group fitness  classes. It’s  a very different world from the pinup, rockabilly life I lead, but health and fitness are my passion in life. I am excited to start a new chapter in life but wanted to say goodbye to what has been my life for the past three years. While I knew I wouldn’t work at Rowena forever and there was very little growing left for me to do there, it was still sad to say  I was leaving. If you’ve been to the brick and mortar shop you know that it has gone through a lot of visual changes,which I worked very hard on. I’ve also met some amazing people there and made a few friends out of my favorite customers  (you know who you are ).

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Not only do I love helping pretty gals find pretty dresses, I love helping myself  find pretty dresses 😉 I will definitely miss trying on all the fun new dresses and being the first to see it all. I’ll miss having the first pick, having an amazing wardrobe and the killer discount.

Ill miss my lovely coworkers who made the slow days and tedious tasks fun and silly.

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10930941_10153044938117790_576738279206358002_nI’ve had some really great times at Rowena…and of course, there has been drama, we are just a bunch of girls after all 😉 There has been fun times, annoying customer times, tearful times, creepy dude and stalker times, and absolutely everything in between.

I’ve done a lot of growing while at Rowena. Ive loved being recognized as the girl who works at Rowena. Ive loved helping young girls find an outfit that makes them feel like a beautiful princess. I’ve loved playing dress-up with gals and having fun and giggling and making friends with them.

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It was a fun job where I was able to develop a lot of my retail and merchandising skills but it was time to move on. I’ll miss making fun window displays; Ill miss dressing the mannequins; Ill miss making fun store displays; Ill miss putting together fun outfit; Ill miss impromptu cupcakes, photo shoots, and weekend re-caps. Thank you Rowena and associates for the lovely three years. Its been a blast!! I’ll be seeing you around!

xoxo

Danger De Lux

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Swish Picks: Vintage Jewels

 Good vintage jewelry can be hard to find… there is tons of 80s crap, big plastic bangles, chunky beaded necklaces, and tacky earrings that look like they came from a jazzy jewelry set. Good vintage jewelry can also be extremely expensive, like bakelite, cameos, and seemingly whatever you love most in the display case.

Swish has divine jewelry in all price ranges and extravagance. She also has items from the early 1900s up to the 80s/90s, and occasionally, from today. Silver charm bracelets, bold red daisy brooches, classic cameos, rhinestone brooches, strings of pearls, screw back earrings, aurora borialis, and everything in between line the display shelves.

Swish has a beautiful collection of rhinestone brooches, many of them by Sherman, in all colours and shapes. You can also find gorgeous rhinestone and crystal clip on earrings…which make me sad I have stretched ears, otherwise they would all be mine!

Here are some of my favorite pieces in the shop, plus some pretty unique ones

These Chanel clip ons are to die for. They are quite big too, which makes them even better ( the bigger, the better, right?). For a pretty penny these darling sunhats could be yours!

20150811_131012I am really  into Amber  right now, so these delight me. These bracelets  are so pretty! Did you know Amber is made from sap and if it has bugs or bug wings in it, the piece is instantly worth more?!

20150811_133302 I love this necklace and  earring  set…I imagine a sassy lady like Joan (from Mad Men) wearing it. This tone of green is very bold and striking, surely to stand out among all the other boring jewelry in the room…why blend it, when you were born to stand out?!20150811_132929I love the  colors in this set. I want it! But again, I can’t  wear  earrings, even  if  they are clip ons. My loss is your gain!

20150811_131056These filigree butterflies  are so dreamy and dainty.They are antique and probably quite old….perhaps  early 1900s…? I would love for them to be mine…men of the world, are you listening 😉

20150811_131122One of the many sparkly  pieces in the shop. I love  when jewelry still has its tags attached. This one is from The Hudsons Bay Company. I also love to see what they originally cost!

(sorry this picture is so blurry…still getting used to the camera on my tablet…i guess you just have to come down to the shop to see it in person)

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I just love how sparkly this one is, especially when it catches the light…its divine!! Could you imagine pinning this to your jacket or frock for an evening out, or at a wedding, perhaps. It is guaranteed to get you many compliments, and what lady wouldn’t want that?

20150811_132809Swish has a beautiful collection of crystal pieces, that glitter in the sunlight. I love the two-string necklaces, like the one below; they are so elegant and feminine.

20150811_133119This black three string necklace is one I have been lusting after; it’s in near perfect condition and cost but a few pennies ( well more than that, but it is priced quite low). I love anything black, so vintage + black is a total win in my books. Plus it has that iridescent, mirror ball quality…its not just black, but has purple and pink and green!

20150811_133039Swish has plenty of darling brooches, some with matching earrings. I love this daisy cluster, which is pretty 60s. And the gold tone flower is one of my favorites! The red and black one is a great rockabilly piece; I could see it on a cardigan and blouse for a night out dancing! All three are in excellent condition and very affordable. Swish is a place where everyone, in every price range can shop, and find something they cheerish.

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Some of the unique and interesting pieces in the shop include this set of bracelets made of elephant tail hair! Apparently, Elephants scratch themselves against trees and their tail hair gets caught and falls off; so if this is correct, these bracelets are cruelty free, which is amazing!

20150811_133335Swish also has this pin made of Moose hair…how bizarre!

20150811_133402And one for the Disney lovers, like me…isn’t he just the cutest!

20150811_131240So, what do you think of this snippet of the collection at Swish?!

What’s your favorite piece of vintage jewelry?

Swish Picks: handbag heaven

Swish Vintage has a glorious collection  of handbags, in every shape, fabric , and price you  could  ask for. It takes everything I have to convince myself  each week that I do not need another bag…I don’t really believe myself,  but I  listen  anyway. Today’s  Swish Picks is full  of  all my favorite  handbags currently in the shop. Hold on to your seats lady and maybe grab a napkin go wipe away the impending drool.

20150804_142752Red, yellow, green, and blue…I see a rainbow,  don’t  you? Swish has a good range of colors, even though black still leads the way.

Many of the black handbags can be dated to the 40s and 50 with the very classic style of the time, as influenced by Coco Chanel, Hermès, Prada, and Gucci.

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Classic  box purses, leather and fabric evening bags, metal and lucite findings, and decorative pieces…you can find it all! This is just a snippet of the black  handbags in  the shop…oh, and they are all on sale right now too!

You can find a beautiful  collection of  white and  beaded bags as well, some dating quite far back, like the 20s.

20150804_142918How perfect are these for a bride? I could imagine carrying something  like the above on my wedding  day.

20150804_142946Swish  has a handful of  divine tapestry bags in immaculate  condition. Tapestry bags were quite popular  in  the  1920s and would  be considered a key fashion  look of the time. One may also  find tapestry bags from the 1950s as they were often given  to gals from their solider boyfriends; they were hence  known as “sweetheart ” bags

20150804_143141Reptile skin become fashionable in the  1940s due to the restriction on leather, as it was to be used for wartime efforts only. Snakeskin was a popular choice among designers.Swish has a few snakeskin  handbags as well as a divine crocodile skin one, which below, is the biggest of the three shown.

20150804_143707Another fun fact of wartime handbags is that many of them were made with gas mask compartments,  so you could  be prepared  no matter  where  you  were. Unfortunately Swish does not have any but wouldn’t  that  be  interesting  to  see?

More beautiful  20s and 30s handbags below.  The  colourful  one is from the 1930s and is in mint condition.  Cloth evening  bags were very in fashion in the  30s, often  made of silk and satin crepe  de  chine, with beading or luxurious details and clasps. The one below is not as fancy as a typical evening bag but it is just beautiful…it is  my favorite  bag in  the shop. The black one below is a typical 1920s evening  bag with the beading and braided rope strap.

20150804_143239The floral tapestry handbags below are reminiscent  of the 50s and 60s. These three are in beautiful  condition and are very feminine purses. Again you see the box shape made popular in the 40s and 50s by influential designers Hermès and Chanel.

20150804_143040Below is a “Dorothy” bag found in Edwardian fashion of the early 1900s. These bags have drawstrings that gather at the top and are typically lavishly beaded. The user of this bag required  very little when going  out…calling cards, a handkerchief,  perhaps a small notepad and a pencil. Sometimes these bags were used in the drawing  room or for evening entertainment. The Dorothy  bag was named after the heroine in A J Munbys 1880 play.

20150804_143838And every  now and again Swish gets in something  unique , interesting,  or strange. Currently  in the  shop there is a Kenyan antelope  fur handbag. I don’t know how old it is, but it is in perfect  condition.

20150804_143755This is just a peak at the amazing collection  of  bags at Swish and she is constantly  bringing in new stock. If you  don’t  live in town head over to the Swish Facebook page  to find out about  ordering possibilities.

Do you carry a vintage  handbag?

 

Swish Picks: Mod-ly In Love

Swish Picks  is a new weekly ( sometimes bi-weekly) feature on some of the amazing pieces found at Swish Vintage. I am constantly being blown away by the amazing pieces the owner finds. Every week when I go in for my shift, there is always something new that takes my breathe away. This weeks post was inspired by a beautiful psychedelic 60s mod dress that was on one of the mannequins. And so, the first Swish Picks is full of fantastic mod dresses and accessories, only available at Swish Vintage.

20150630_124807 (2)This gorgeous 60s dress measures 36, 42, with free hips.

$60

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If this one would have fit my hips it would have been mine!! Made with black velvet, this piece would fit a modern day medium, so long as they have small than 40″ hips.

$98

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On sale for $30!

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20150630_125908 (2)A new addition to the shop. On the bigger side,that measures 42, 32, 38

$65

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This one is quite possibly handmade. This go-go dress measures 36, 31, 39

$75

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No outfit would be complete without accessories. 1960s accessories are very fun and bright, with interesting textures. Swish has the most vintage hats I have ever seen and probably ever will see. I picked out three to show which are pretty mod and very fun.

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This hat is made of dyed Marabou feathers. It is so soft and fluffy too!

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20150630_131522 (2)Two more fun 60s styles.

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Swish also has tons on handbags. Here are three beaded ones to match our mod dresses above.

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Beautiful and bright brooches to add to a collar, lapel, jacket, or cardigan.

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And of course, no mod girls outfit is complete without a scarf, which Swish has an endless supply of. 20150630_141133 (2)While Swish does not have a website ( yet) I bet you can call or email the store and if you ask nicely, they may ship it out to you!!

Head over to their facebook page for all the contact info

Keep an eye out for more Swish picks in the near future! Next up will be Western Wear!!