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!

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

What’s your favorite piece of vintage jewelry?

Friday Finds: the most exquisite vintage handbag

One of the perks to working at a vintage shop is being surrounded by beautiful things and getting to buy them before anyone else! I am now the owner of the most beautiful vintage handbag I have seen…and I have a feeling it may not have been used, as it is in pristine condition.

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While I did not buy this bag the first time I saw it, I had been lusting after it seen first laying eyes on it. I may have even gasped when I saw it on the shelf, sitting there so modestly. I was so surprised it lasted as long as it did in the shop. Each week when I came in for my shift, I would look to see if it was gone yet. I expelled a sign of relief when I saw it had not sold yet.

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I decided it was finally time to make it mine, when I purchased the Downtown Dames swing dress from Pinup Girl Clothing. I got the dress to wear to see Guys and Dolls. The blue in the handbag was a match to the blue of the dress, so of course I had to finally get it! I can’t believe that I forgot to take a photo of my outfit, so you will just have to wait until next time to see the pairing.

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This handbag was an absolute steal for the condition it was in…which is practically perfect. This is another reason why I was so surprised no one had snatched it up. I got a little discount which made it even sweeter. I plan to only use this beautiful handbag on special occasions, in order to preserve its beauty.

20150626_084357 (2)This divine handbag was purchased at Swish Vintage downtown. Swish has so many gorgeous vintage handbags from the 1920s upwards, all in varying condition; from the ones that have been very loved, to ones that may have only used used once or twice. Go, Kittens, and see  the wonder of vintage handbags at Swish!

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?