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!!

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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 loves: Pure Anada

If you’ve been following me on facebook and instagram, and been keeping on  my posts, then you know I’ve switched to chemical free cosmetics. By now I have found a few really great brands and products. One brand which I cannot get enough of is Pure Anada, who are also a Canadian company (bonus!).

Pure Anada is based out of Morden, Manitoba, where they make all the product themselves and have their boutique…which one day I hope to visit! Pure Anada is not a big box company; in fact the founder of this amazing brand is a mother of two with a passion for clean cosmetics. This is what she says about her products:

“Since the inception of Pure Anada, my goal has been to create a natural, safer alternative to traditional, mainstream cosmetics.  I love the beauty of nature, and enjoy the challenge of assembling luxurious, organic ingredients into products for you to enjoy.”

Their products are truly of great quality and are not expensive…which I think is key for a lot of people. You can buy their mascara, for example, for around $14- this is one of the best mascaras I have ever used ( I usually use waterproof but am trying to get away from it); this mascara it light, but you can build it by layering it on; it doesn’t clump or flake off; and it’s paraben and mercury free!

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Now, lets talk about ingredients for a minute!  Pure Anada stands proud behind the words: chemical free. Their products do not contain any of the following:

parabens, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, nano/micronized particles, carmine, lakes and dyes, or synthetic fragrances, gluten, or bismuth oxychloride

They use truly natural ingredients in their cosmetics, like mica, jojoba, rice bran wax, olive oil, seseme, coconut, and sweet almond oils. They use plant based minerals and oils and ingredients known to be safe to use on the skin.

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Pure Anada is also a cruelty free company!! Which is something I highly support. I think everyone should be using cruelty free products. They have been certified by The Leaping Bunny Program, which sets a standard for companies in order to be certified. Pure Anada also does not buy ingredients from companies who test on animals, so therefore truly are cruelty free.

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Pure Anada makes everything you need to replace your current makeup kit. I can personally vouch for their: foundation, mascara, lipstick, mineral eye shadow, eye brow powder, bronzer, eyeliner, and brushes. They have every colour you need to get the look you are use to, so really there is no reason not try it out!

LipstickChart1Pure Anada and Danger De Lux have teamed up and I will be making tutorials and reviewing some of their products, so you know just how well it looks and works. I have been using Pure Anada on a daily bases for about two months and am loving it! I am passinate about taking my health into my own hands, and cosmetics greatly impact our health – what we put on our skin, ultimately ends up within our body. We all need to educate ourselves so we can make the best choices for our bodies. Pure Anada is chemical and cruelty free, and very affordable. So what are you waiting for? Hop on the all natural train with Danger De Lux. Start by cleaning out your makeup kit and getting rid of old makeup and the stuff your never use; look at your basics and begin replacing them! Keep an eye out here for reviews so you can make good choices about what to buy when you run out or decide to just replace it all

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Use the hashtag #allnaturalpinup when posting your new chemical free makeup! Tag @dangerdelux and I will share your photo with my readers so we can spread the word about all natural cosmetics.

Head over to WELL.CA to purchase Pure Anada and start treating your body right while looking amazing!

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