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!

A Very YEG Christmas: Danger De Lux Gift Guide –Shambhala Tattoos

My very #yeg gift guide continues today with Shambhala Tattoos, a tattoo and piercings shop independently owned and operated, just off Whyte Ave. Shambhala is different than most of the other tattoo and piercing on shops on the ave – they place a high importance on quality. Im sure you’re thinking “duh”, but there are a few other shops around who offer deals like “buy one get one free” on piercings or “just pay for the jewelry” or “all piercings $25” or whatever it might be. Ladies and gents, those offers should be like a big red flag telling you not to go in!! Why do you think they can offer the services so cheap? They use cheap jewelry and tools. Shambhala, like the rest of the good shops, uses quality jewelry and equipment. They also take the time to get the job done right, the first time. Ive had a piercing or two done and have also purchased beautiful and sparkly jewelry from Shambhala. I wanted to feature Shambhala to show you the gorgeous jewelry they sell, but also to let you know about this fantastic little shop. Not only are the independent but they all completely female owned and operated. This is not a small feat my friends. The owners are female, the tattoo artists are female, and the shop piercer is female. You will not find a more friendly and professional shop on Whyte ave, where there is no prejudice or judgment and so much emphasis placed on quality work, both tattoos and piercings.

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My Shambhala Tattoo gift guide is here!

Septum piercings are all the rage right now and for good reason…the jewelry that is available for them is to die for. Santa, all I want for Christmas is a sparkly septum clicker!! Shambhala has these beauties in the shop right now and one of them may just have to be mine. Now, these cost a pretty penny, but that is because they are high quality!! These babies are from Industrial Strength, a highly respected jewelry supplier. Guaranteed if your gal has her septum done, she is lusting after a clicker like these.

20151216_143806 (2)These hoops are simple and stunning. They have front facing gems, so when worn through tunnels hang beautiful. These would be a fantastic gift for someone who wears tunnels regularly. Coming from a gal who has had stretched ears for 12 years, it is so refreshing to see all the options now available! These hoops are a great example of the fun things we can do with out stretched ears. Pick up a set, put them in a fancy box, tie it with a ribbon, and you are set!

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These lil guys go perfectly with hoops, like shown above. They are so light, as in they actually weigh nothing and are a nice break from what are usually quite heavy pieces of jewelry. These wood make a great stocking stuffer!!

20151216_144352 (2)I have one of these flower gems on my medusa and I love it!! I love how sparkly it is and makes me feel so glam. These little guys can be worn on a variety of piercings and would be a lovely gift to receive. These are a hot commodity, so hurry up and get one before it’s too late.

20151216_144036 (2)Shambhala has a variety of gem lined tunnels in all sizes. They also carry fun shapes, like the tear drops shown below. I would love to get my hands on a pair of shaped tunnels. I am positive any lady or gent would love to unwrap a pair of these sparkly beauties this Christmas.

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20151216_144259 (2)Shambhala has a great selection of curved barbells and navel rings/bars, with big glittering gems in tons of colours. You can just imagine how sparkly these babies could be in the summer sunshine that’s going to show up in a few months. Again, get yourself a pretty little box and tie it up with a fancy ribbon, and bam, you’ve got yourself one heck of a gift!

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This picture does not do these pieces justice. These opal and gemstones are divine! These are things that most gals probably do not treat themselves too, even though they should – they are beautiful. Grab your girl one of these this year and she’ll be kissing you long into the new year!

20151216_143929 (2)I’ve asked Santa for tattoo time this year, as all i really want for Christmas (besides a septum clicker) is a new tattoo. And if you’re like me, that’s just what you want too! Shambhala has gift certificates, where you can decide how much you want to contribute, and the receiver can then go get whatever tattoo tickles their fancy

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While you’re at it, why not treat yourself to a little something as well! Stop in to get a new piercing or tattoo to celebrate the New Year!

Follow Shambhala Tattoos on Facebook and Instagram to see more glittering jewels and custom tattoo work

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 – 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!

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/

Get ready for Diner En Blanc with Danger De Lux & Swish Vintage

Diner en Blanc Edmonton  is right around  the corner, coming up on September  3rd. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, follow this link (https://www.facebook.com/DinerEnBlanc.Edmonton?fref=ts&__nodl), then come right back here. The main component or aspect  of  this fancy outdoor  dinner  party is that  all guests must wear white…from head to toe. For someone  who stears clear of white at all times this dinner party is both  a  challenge and the perfect opportunity  to actually  wear white with no inhibitions.

The instructions  were very clear that all items of clothing must be white…not ivory or cream, not off white or egg shell…white. This too can be a challenge…finding something purely white. Well, Danger De Lux to the rescue! I’ve picked out all of the beautiful  white things Swish Vintage has that you could wear to Diner En Blanc. For those who don’t  know, Swish  Vintage  is my favorite vintage  boutique and is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, in Manulife Place

aviary_1440531418953Swish has tons of white accessories to complete  your outfit. Necklaces, clip on earrings, bangles, and brooches all in crisp, clean white. When you have such a stark canvas, like a white dress, accessories play a  big part in making your outfit even more interesting. While dressing head to toe in white makes a big statement, layering necklaces and bangles help to make that statement scream.

No post involving  Swish would be complete without a few vintage hats. And of course  Swish has white hats perfect for a dinner party. Not only are hats way too much fun, you also don’t have to  do as much with your hair!

20150825_121827Sadly our summer nights are getting chilly, which means you should probably bring a cardigan or shawl with you, especially to an outdoor  dinner party. Plus you get extra elegance points when you have a gorgeous shawl draped over your shoulders. Swish has just a few white ones and at excellent price points.

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Don’t forget about a small, quaint evening bag to hold your lipstick and phone, cause you  know  you’re  going to want to document this night. I didn’t find any in the mall (like,duh) so where better to look  than an antique shop?!

20150825_121143I’ve put together  a few lovely white outfits for those last minute to the game. Swish has just a few white dresses and separates but they are beautiful and perfect  for the  occasion.

This stunning white party dress would have been my outfit if only it had fit. My goodness it is beautiful. It even has a built  in  crinoline and gorgeous structure. This is what white dress dreams are made of.

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20150825_122535For a more dramatic look, this 20s-esque beaded frock is ideal. It is simply divine and grande and elegant. It is quite delicate so this one may be best worn for a drink or two rather than worn late partying  into the night…but then again, when in Rome…

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20150825_123237Swish has in store a bridal crinoline in white, which I’ve paired four different tops and accessories to show some of the  different looks you can achieve with one staple piece. This crinoline  can easily be worn as an external piece and manipulated to convey different styles.

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Country chic

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Sweet and simple.

20150825_124719And to complete your outfit a pair of simple white gloves

20150825_150502Are you  going to  Diner En Blanc? What are you wearing?

Friday Finds: vintage jewelry

Hello Kittens!! I have decided that every Friday will feature my newest and best thrift store and vintage finds. I seem to have such good luck whenever I go to the thrift store, garage sales, antique mall, ect and I figured you all might like to see what new treasure I have found…and maybe learn a few things about finding gems for yourself.

This past Monday the Old Strathcona Antique Mall was having a parking lot sale with a ton of vendors/tables selling all sorts of vintage ( and not) items. At these finds of things there is bound to be a lot of junk, but if you get there early enough and really look, you will find fantastic pieces. I am one of those people who will take ages looking through jewelry or bins or shelves just to be sure I don’t miss something fantastic.

I don’t usually get to go to many garage sales or the parking lot sale at the Antique Mall because I am literally always working, but because it was a holiday we opened later than normal at the shop so I made sure I was all ready to go to get down to the parking lot sale as soon as it opened.

I found some really great jewelry, which I know I got a crazy deal on. I wish I could have bought more, but it just wasn’t in my budget. Here is what I did get

A divine amber and gold tone necklace. This piece is quite flashy and gorgeous so will be reserved for a special occasion or a fancy night out. And can you believe it only cos t$12! There was no way I way leaving this piece behind!

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The second item I found was very sparkly, purple, green, and gold brooch. Since starting at Swish my love for brooches has only grown, but now to include big crystal type ones like the one I found. When I saw the price tag, I knew it would be fine. I am certain I got an insane deal on this piece, as it was just $7!!

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The last piece of jewelry I got because I went back to a vendors able for a second look, as he had so many brooches! I think this is my best find in a while…a 5.5″ long lucite parrot, by Buch + Deichmann for $5. I cannot wait to wear this piece! It is the best addition to my brooch collection yet.

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bird2So, what do you think? Some good finds, hey?!! Keep an eye out every Friday for my latest finds… I have definitely got some good ones lined up for you!

When buying vintage jewelry, its a good idea to look long and hard anything and everything. Look for signatures on the back indicating it may be a designer piece. If something looks vintage and is plastic, there is a decent chance it is Lucite or Bakelite, so if its cheap, buy now and research later.

What great find have you come across lately?