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 😉

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Pinup Couture: Make me Blush

Pinup Couture really hit it out of the park with this gorgeous blush halter swing dress. It oozes Hollywood glamor of the Monroe era. The fabric is so silky and luxurious; it hangs beautifully; it is smooth and velvety; it is perfection.

11009487_901327579887380_1447437912_o (2)I felt just like Marilyn Monroe when I put it on. In fact, I said, get me a heating grate to stand over! I want to be just like Marilyn!

This dress is a beautiful blush champagne colour – it is sweetly and gently pink. It has a huge skirt, which means there is tons of room for crinoline. I am only wearing one, but if this dress is worn by a bride or to a prom, it could easily fit a few crinolines. The bust line has plenty of pleats to accentuate the bust

11001085_901327566554048_1570387324_o (2)I was shocked when I saw the price tag of this beauty. It is only $138! This is an insane deal, considering the detail and weight of the piece and of course, it is made in the United States, which means it is a quality garment.

I fit a medium in the blush halter, I measure 37-30-41 and it was a perfect fit for me. This dress runs fairly true to size, so you should be fine to order your usual size. You can find this beauty at RetroGlam.com  and at Rowena.

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I didn’t get many photos in it, so had to search the internet for a few more photos to share with you. If ever you wanted to feel like a vintage Hollywood starlet, this is the dress to do it!

*photos of Danger De Lux by Hello June Photography

Holiday Dresses with Rowena and Danger De Lux

The holidays are upon us! And that mean festivities, celebrations, and holiday parties. Rowena and Danger De Lux have teamed up to bring you the very best holiday dresses, for all budgets and styles from all of your favorite pin up brands.

_DSC3431eThis multi-part post starts with some gorgeous, glamorous dresses for those oh so fancy parties this holiday season

The Ava Swing from Pinup Girl Clothing is made of a fabulous taffeta, that swishes with delight when you walk.  The Ava Swing comes in sizes: small, medium, and large, with plus sizes on the way. This dress fits true to size and feels fantastic on. The Ava swing is $138 and comes in black and teal.

Get the Ava swing here

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Pinup Girl Clothing also brings us the Folly Flair in Champagne. This dress is one of my all time favorites. It screams old school Hollywood glamor. This is the ultimate wiggles dress, that drips sex appeal. This one can fit a bit snug. I am wearing a medium in the photos, however if I wanted to be able to sit or walk with any poise, I would need to wear a large.The Folly Flair comes in sizes: small, medium, large, extra large, and 2 extra large

The Folly Flair is $231 and is available in store or for phone order

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_DSC3394eThe Valerie from Pinup Girl Clothing reeks of glamor, with its one shoulder silhouette and the silky satin fabric which drapes like a Greek Goddesses gown. The Valeria Swing comes in sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large. The dress fits true to size and is just dreamy. The Valerie comes in Black and Royal Blue and is $131.

You can get the Valeria here

_DSC3433e_DSC3439ePinup Girl Clothing’s Micheline is a classic black dress that is just perfect for a holiday event or party. The newly re-designed Micheline features a key hole on the upper back and a lovely kick pleat. This beauty comes in sizes: extra small, small, medium, large, extra large, and 2 extra large and fits true to size. The Micheline is $112 and comes in black, baby blue, purple, and black with chiffon over-lay.

You can get the Micheline here

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_DSC3387eTrashy Diva makes divine reproduction frocks that are just simply stunning. The Lena in Olive is the perfect dress for a formal event this holiday season, especially if you want to be the belle of the ball. Trashy Diva sizes run from a 2 (xs) to an 18 ( 2xl). An 8 is usually a perfect fit for me in trashy diva dresses. The Lena is a cool $225 and worth every penny – the fantastic detailing on the bust kicks the glam on this dress up a few notches.

Get the Lena here

_DSC3477e_DSC3479eTatyana’s Silver Roses dress is a shop favorite. This classic swing has an early 60’s party gown feel to it that I just love. Paired with a crinoline below, the Silver Roses is a sweet statement dress to dance the night away in. The Silver Roses comes in sizes: extra small, small, medium, large, extra large, and 2, 3, & 4 extra large. This dress never lasts long on the shops racks, so if this dress has tickled your fancy get it quick, before its too late. The Silver Roses is $165.

You can get the Silver Roses here

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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

Up next on the blog, the second part to the holiday dress series, gorgeous holiday dresses that won’t break the bank.

Fall for B.A.I.T this Autumn

Rowena just got in a new shipment of B.A.I.T for the fall season. And I fell hard.  I can usually take or leave a lot of shoes…I am being more picky these days with the ones I do buy- they have to be practical, comfortable, stylish, and good quality. As we unpacked the new shipment of B.A.I.T, I squeed at each and every style.

BAIT AND BANNED 014B.A.I.T is known for making very cute, retro inspired shoes, which are comfortable and reasonably priced. Rowena always carries a handful of the cutest styles, that everyone falls for. I took home a pair with me the same day they came in and I don’t expect these styles to stick around long.

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The Valentine comes in black and burgandy and are just divine!

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Next, my favorite, the Roberta

BAIT AND BANNED 008 BAIT AND BANNED 009These have a thick heel and are so comfortable. I wore them all day three days in a row and they were fine! Nice and comfy, just how I like my shoes to be. These are just adorable little mary-jane style heels, which look super cute with a swing skirt.

Last,  the Hazels are a great pair of boots for the fall.

BAIT AND BANNED 010 BAIT AND BANNED 012These boots have a great Victorian look to them and are are very comfortable. They have a zipper along the inside and are laced up the front. What I loved most about these boots is that they fit my calves- this is very rare and I know I am not the only one. These are the perfect boots for the gals who have wide calves; I even had room to spare, which means these boots are guaranteed to fit the biggest of calves. These also have a thick heel, which make them easier to walk in and very wearable.

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Pinup Girl Clothing: New Blue Heidi

I am naturally drawn to dark colours… black, olive green, purple, burgundy…. But when I saw the new blue Heidi from Pinup Girl Clothing, something deep inside of me sqeeued with joy and told me I had to try it on. The colour is such a unqiue, striking blue… its not baby blue, its not royal blue, its not sky blue…it’s a fun, girly, whimsical blue…its a little warm, but bright. It’s a rich and creamy blue.

_DSC2341-EditThe Heidi is an amazing cut – it is figure flattering and the perfect swing dress. I hope by know we all own at least one. Shown here with a white crinoline to create a contrast with the colour of the dress; crinolines are the perfect accessory to any swing dress.

I love the way the new blue looks with my red hair and oh so slightly sun kissed and very freckled skin. A few of the girls at the shop have blonde hair and I can’t wait to see it on them too. I think this colour is going to look great on so many gals- the typical blue eyes and blonde hair, black hair and pale skin, redheads like me, rich brunettes, and those with fun pink, blue, and purple hair.

_DSC2347-EditThis Heidi, like every other Heidi I have or have tried on, is a medium. My measurements are 36-29-40. This fits perfect, no alterations needed! I know some ladies find the Heidi big in the shoulders, that’s an easy fix at the tailors. The Heidi hits be just below my knee and gives me a great feminine shape.

_DSC2348-EditThe Heidi rings in around $113 which is a great deal. Did you know Pinup Girl Clothing is actaully made in the U.S.A, which is a rarity in todays fast-fashion world. And if you take care of your clothes, they will last you through the years. I am a firm believer in buying quality goods and without a doubt Pinup Girl Clothing produces quality dresses, at very reasonable prices. The Heidi is a great addition to your pinup wardrobe and if you can only afford one or two dresses now and again, I would highly recommend making this one one of them.

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I got this Heidi, along with all my others, from Rowena. This heidi, with all its friends can also be found on RetroGlam.com. 

I’d hurry up and snag one of these blues ones quick though, as I don’t imagine they will linger around long. For real, the colour is amazing.

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what’s in your makeup bag: Safauna-Hello June Photography

Today Safauna from Hello June Photography and Rowena, shares what makeup she loves and uses when getting all gussied up.

I am excited to share with you Safauna and her makeup kit, as she is the one who has been taking all the lovely photos of me lately. Safauna does a great a pinup look, is a total babe, and is one the most sarcastic gals I know ( and that’s why we all love her). She is an absolute top-notch photographer and has really helped me learn to pose and feel more comfortable in front of the camera.

Here is what Safauna had to say about her look

“I’m not big on wearing make-up everyday but when I do this is what I use. It’s pretty self explanatory and not over the top fancy (ie totally drug store make-up). I do always carry brush cleaner for my eyeliner brush, it makes a better line if done with a clean brush. And the setting powder was a fluke, I ran out of my Cover FX setting powder and decided to try using Lush dusting powder in its place (no one likes a shiny face!) and have preferred it over traditional setting powders I’ve used (and it smells oh so lovely!). The Estée Lauder pallet covers all my eyebrow, blush, and bronzer needs and if I decide to wear eyeshadow (which I typically don’t) it is satisfactory. Main thing is to get a good red lipstick; I prefer Besame after years of using 24 hour lipsticks that dried my lips out and just wasn’t nice. Besame is smooth, doesn’t dry out, and is easy to remove (so if you make a mistake it’s not the end of the world!). Easy peasy!”

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Estée Lauder Pallet
Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer Pro
Covergirl Clean Oil Control Foundation in Classic Ivory
Maybelline Mascara -Black
Maybelline Eyestudio Cream Eyeliner + brush
Estée Lauder gloss
Besame lipstick in American Beauty, Red Hot Red, and (not pictured) Red.
Quo Brush Shampoo
Cover FX setting powder container with Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder replacing original setting powder.

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Safauna is able to achieve a very classic look with minimal makeup and with out the big price tag of designer brands. Creating a pinup look does not have to cost a lot- work with what you have, the brands you’ve used, know, and trust, and practice the look ( this goes for the fashion, hair, and makeup).

photo 1Safauna plays up her features – her big eyes and luscious lips- with a great cat eye and a great red lip. I would have to agree with her that Beseme makes fabulous lipsticks that last through the day, are cruelty free, American made, and feel great on your lips.

What is your favorite lipstick?

Mighty Minty in Pinup Girls Dames Dress

I must admit I was wary of this dress when I first saw it… the light colour, the tight fit- I was certain it would be a disaster. But it wasnt! In fact, the Dames dress in mint is quite dreamy.

_DSC2367-EditThe Dames dress is made of Pinup Girls signature bengaline, so it hugs and molds to the body in all the best ways. This cut is so classic and oh so pinup…it is a blank canvas, making it an absolute staple. Add some killer heels and sparkly jewelry and off to the ball with you! Add a shrug and come cute ballerina flats and you’re ready for a day at the office or strolling around town.

_DSC2377-EditI sized up to a large in the Dames dress. My measurements, to compare, are 36-29-40. I might have been able to squeeze into a medium, but in this colour and cut, I don’t think that would be advisable.

I got this Dames dress at Rowena.  This dress can also be found on RetroGlam.com, along with the black and red one if you’d like something a bit more traditional. If you think you can’t pull the Dames dress off, you are wrong, just like I was. The moment I put it on, I knew  I had to have it. I do not own anything in this colour or anything this light even, so there was no question about it, it would be mine.

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The colour of this dress makes me think of milkshakes, ponies, carnivals, and cotton candy. It is both sweet and sultry. And I think it suites my Flamingo tattoo quite nicely 😉

I am head over heels in love with the Dames dress!

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PHOTOS BY HELLO JUNE PHOTOGRAPHY