Hook, Line, and Sinker

If you’ve been following the blog, you already know what a big fan I am of vintage/retro/rockabilly reproduction fashion.

Style eras that celebrate hips and tits are ones I need to be apart of! 😉

There are many UK clothing lines that specifically cater these styles.  I’ve got a Pintrest board dedicated to all my coveted retro frocks!

In fact, this was one of my pins …. was this dress by Collectif in London:

The Rowena Dress, by Collectif

The Rowena Anchor Swing Dress … a nautical inspired halter neck frock with navy and red all over anchor print. With three pockets and a removable neck tie for a variety of different looks.  Isn’t it the cutest?

Well, a couple months ago Toronto Vintage Society co-hosted a BOOZAR night at the Gladstone Hotel, where I met the delightful Erin Loveless, owner of Loveless Boutique in Toronto who invited me to check out her shop as it happens to carry a selection of Collectif dresses!!! 😉

So I went to check them out and guess what I found in their sale rack……..
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THE Rowena Anchor Dress!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

Now granted the only size remaining was a 2x …and as you can see the only way it would fit my ample upper half was by unbuttoning from the collar down…

BUT I’m in love with this dress: hook, line, and sinker!!!  (yup, that was an anchor pun) 🙂

I’m really not a fan of having to wear a strapless bra … so I try and avoid buying clothes that force me to wear one.

I tried wearing this halter dress with a regular ol’ bra….since I had to wear a tank to fill in the giant-boobie-gap.  And this was the result:

Then I decided to buy a cheap tank, and cut off the strap to make it into a halter tank …. then wore my clear bra straps and THIS was the result:

Always nice having options that still allows you to wear a proper bra!

I kept the accessories simple with this frock – sometimes jelly shoes, sometimes sandals, with a cross body bag and minimal accessories.

I had this anchor necklace from My Beaded Designs Kinda feel like it was waiting for this dress 🙂

OK. Now that you got a low down on What I Wore…. let me tell you What I Did while in this outfit 🙂

I happened to be out an about all day in this frock … and made my way to Nathan Phillips Square for a PanAm Concert one summer night…

To see THE ROOTS!!

Minus Canada Day in Ottawa, THIS was the largest crowd I’ve ever been apart of in a long, long time.

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It seems I’m a big fan of Nautical Inspired looks – click hereherehere , here and here to see what I mean 😉

How I Got The Look:  The dress from Loveless Boutique; Necklace from My Beaded Designs; Tank tops from Reitmans and Forever21+

So waddya think?  Did I make a mistake buying a dress I couldn’t button up?  Or was my tank-top fix a good move?

Let me know by leaving a comment below friends.  Until next time…

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The TVS Pin Up Picnic

The Toronto Vintage Society hosted a lovely Pin Up Picnic at Trinity Bellwoods Park a few weekends ago…. A simple social gathering to celebrate the amazing whether, show off our summer vintage gear and meet new people in our vintage community.   Celebrating Sun, Fun and Vintage!

The Admin & Events Teams met up earlier in the afternoon for photo ops, to set up and to pow-wow about the various other exciting events TVS is planning for the upcoming months (stay tuned to the TVS FB Page and new blog site so you don’t miss a thing friends!)

Outfit planning was done with careful colour consideration, with special instructions and effort to keeping the ‘patterns’ to a minimum of 10-25% of the look.  Our team photo was going for a more monochromatic look. I was to wear RED!  I used the following image as my inspiration…..

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Here’s what I wore:

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Click here to see this dress in a ‘wintery’ look 🙂

I studied the following Hair Tutorial to get my hair into Pin Up perfection:

…But ended up cheating by creating a faux bang with half a foam hair donut instead  🙂

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The TVS Admin & Events Team took some long awaited shots for the website – along with some fun candid ones too.  Take a look at all the shenanigans that took place that afternoon amongst Vintage Pin Ups, Greasers, Teddy Boys, Retro Divas and Rockers:

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TVS Admin & Events Team! Photo taken by Shermette
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TVS Admin Team – photo taken by Shermette

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A few snaps taken by Bianca Baumann Photography ‘behind the scenes’ as we got ourselves organized for the group pic:

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Photo Credits: Shermy Freeman of Shermette and Bianca Baumann of Bianca Baumann Photography

How I got the Look:

Red Swing Dress from Collectif + white short-crinoline from Rosie The Rebel; White crop sweater from Old Navy (was wayyyy too hot to actually wear during the day tho); Vintage wicker purse earrings and bangles; Zebra stripped head tie & wedges from Payless

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The Toronto Vintage Society did a great blogpost of their own….check it out for more Pin Up Picnic pics and fun, complete with other picnic-ers and favourite pin-up poses 🙂

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