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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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 😉

Meet Hello June Photography

Finally, I get to properly introduce you to the women has been overly generous in photographing me in the past year. Without her, I would not have the beautiful images I do to keep with me as I age and to share with all of you now. Hello June Photography has given me the most beautiful photos of myself I have ever seen – and I don’t even care if that sounds vain. This women has a natural born talent to take photos and make you look amazing 100% of the time. She has also coached me on posing and built up my self-esteem by mounds!
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1. Does Hello June Photography have a philosophy on photography?
Hm, it’s pretty hard to try and pinpoint a philosophy (also I feel more than certain I’m going to misinterpret this so lets just run with it!). I suppose it could be to use my camera as a tool to allow the subject to see how others view them. Not to try and sound pompous (as most do when quoting one of the “greats” in photography) but Ansel Adams said “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer”. I capture images specifically for the subject to be the viewer and I want them to see themselves through my eyes. Everyone is their own worst critique and I think to be able to see how someone else may view yourself may cause one to step back and see themselves in a new, hopefully more positive, light. If that happens, then I have succeeded at what I set out to do. And, you know, pretty pictures.
2. What kind of photography do you focus on and what is your favorite to shoot?I’m 100% portraiture. I have tried to photograph other things, but I never felt passion for it the same way as when I have a human subject. Give me anything retro inspired and I’m completely done. These days my focus is on pinup but it took a few years of dabbling and trying to be someone I wasn’t creatively to come to this point.
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Oh, you mean me? Well aren’t you just a doll to be interested! I guess the basics would be that I’m a mother of 2 living in the wonderful city of Edmonton with an obsession for antiques and spontaneous trips. I have an affinity for colourful hair, terrible jokes, and my personal style ranges from beer box t-shirts to over the top pinup. I’ve been shooting as my “main gig” so to say since 2010 but dabbled much before that (lets be honest it was mostly self portraits but it did teach me a lot).
4. Where and who have you worked with? Anyone we might know?Ah, time to name drop! I jest, but while in the past I have mostly done client work with those not in the industry I have gotten to work with some pretty cool people! I’ve had the honour of working with international pinup model Ruby Roxx in Vancouver recently which was a pretty amazing experience. Looking more locally I worked with Calgary designer Maark Abeenir of Averynthe back when his company was called Pretty Hipster as well as Katarina Zwierink who models and they are both doing pretty amazing things these days. Working with Rowena has allowed me to work with some locally known lovelies like Lucky L’amour, Maila Mustang, and yourself! Mostly though, I’m pretty new to working with those in the industry so I look forward to being able to work with more amazing designers, models, stylists and the like in the future!
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5. What makes you and your style unique? What makes you stand out?
My colourful images and shining personality? Really though, it’s so hard to pinpoint what about my work, my style, is different from that created by others who photograph pinup. I try to create a relaxed atmosphere on shoots that allow my subject to be relaxed as well. Often this means lots of my terribly punny jokes, a dash of too much honesty, and letting my subjects know when they are really nailing a look (the amount of times I tell someone they are gorgeous on a shoot should be counted, I’m sure it would be in the double digits!). But with all this I think it allows images that are highly posed and directed to not look stiff or robotic. To get the look and style of a 50’s pinup, on the modern woman – the modern pinup. That, with my own love and obsession for what pinup is, mixed with influence from the great pinup artists Vargas and Elvgren and photographers Bunny Yeager and Viva Van Story, creates the imagery and style that is Hello June Photography.
 
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6. Is there someone or somewhere you would just love to shoot?
 
 Gah, how can a photographer limit their list of “want to photograph” down to a reasonable rate for a blog post?! Location wise I honestly have a short attention span and love shooting in the great outdoors. To be able to go back to Europe and shoot in Lausanne (or pretty much any other European city) would be a dream but give me even a prairie field and I’m over the moon elated. Like I said before, there are some honestly amazing pinup models in Vancouver like Elly Mayday, Kerosene Delux, and Jen Kaboom but I would be lying if I didn’t admit I would probably fan girl way too hard if I ever got the chance to photograph the lovely Mosh.
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7. If someone wants to shoot with you, how do they go about doing that?

Shoot me an email at hellojunephotography@gmail.com or message me through the Facebook page fb.com/hellojunephotography ! From there we can get down to the nitty gritty details of setting up

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I highly recommend Hello June Photography for your next photo shoot. I especially recommend her for a pinup shoot and if you have not done any pinup modelling before, she will guide you in posing to make sure you end up with amazing photos. Not only does she capture beautiful images, Hello June Photography has fun with her shoots, making you feel at ease, relaxed, and like a total bombshell – its true, I should count how many times she tells me I’m gorgeous next time we shoot!
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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!

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.

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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

_DSC3486e _DSC3487eAll 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

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