Acid Pink!

I LOVE PINK! ¬†I’d wear it head-to-toe everyday if I could! ūüėõ

So when I found this delightful acid pink dress among the rather drab colour pallets of 2014’s Fall Fashions at AdditionElle¬†last month at the Stockyards Grand Opening¬†– I was over the moon with excitement!
Profs II-53At the time of taking these photos, the weather did not require hosiery.  So I matched up this dress with my NineWest purple leopard peep-toed pumps.

Profs II-52But for Fall/Winter, ¬†I totally plan on paring this look with booties and dark¬†tights. I was recently sent some hosiery from¬†Sonsee¬†– these would be perfect for taking this look into the winter months. ¬† Unlike shape-wear ‚Äď Sonsee is both comfortable & smoothing with broad ranges in sizing, products and seasonal colours. ¬†Stay tuned for that product review on the blog soon friends ūüėČ

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Since this dress is relatively plain, I thought I’d step up the dazzle-factor with giant jewellery!

Profs II-57This gorgeous statement necklace by¬†Victorious Me,¬†I picked up at SexyPlus Clothing’s Blogger Fall Preview …. I managed to find a perfectly matching set of earrings cheaply from Ardene.
Profs II-51I unveiled this frock at the Damzel’s 20th Anniversary Gala¬† – adding some vintage effort to my hair and created a mini-bumper-bang (click here for the vid that helped me create it). ¬†Along with my Torrid gold studded black suede sling-backs and my¬†fantastic black petit point 1960s purse (from¬†The Vintage Domain).¬†¬†¬†

You can really notice my sun-tanned face when you compare the pics from the event to the ones taken by LawrenceKerrPhotography¬†…. stay tuned for a vacation recap post coming soon friends ūüėČ

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Remember when I was torn on wether I should buy this wool + leather jacket from Retmains a little while back (please ignore the floral leggings and laundry basket in the background)?

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Well, your Facebook feedback helped me make the right decision I think —- just look at how great it is with this acid pink frock!

Thanks for the good advice friends!!! ūüėČ
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How I Got The Look:

Acid pink swing dress from AdditionElle; Statement necklace from SexyPlus Clothing; Earrings from Ardene; Hosiery from Sonsee; Wool + Leather jacket from Reitmans; Shoes: NineWest purple leopard peep-toed pumps; Torrid gold studded black suede sling-back heels

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What are your thoughts on this loud acid pink dress? How would you style it for Fall and Winter? ¬†Tell me using the Comment section below…

Photo credit: Lawrence Kerr of LawrenceKerrPhotography.com

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Tiki Lani Lanai with TVS and Ginger

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Bands. ¬†Vinal. ¬†Videos. ¬†Burlesque. ¬†Hula Dancers. ¬†Signature Cocktails. ¬†Door Prizes. ¬†The Limbo. Swimsuit Contest. ¬†What more could you ask for at Toronto Vintage Society‘s 2nd annual sensational-end-of-summer tiki party.

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I got there early to help my TVS Sistas set up the Cadillac Lounge into a Heavenly Tiki Patio…then I ran home to change before the could fun begin…

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Me along side a few of the lovelies of the TVS Events Team

Me in my tiki-taskti dress, my wicker aqua clutch (Aldo), simple brown ankle-strap sandals (Payless), aqua drop earrings (Reitmans) and my ¬†too-tiny-to-notice hair flower (Forever21)…..

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Y’all know I’m not a big make-up wearer …. but I tried my hand at bright eyes and loud lips with Almay’s intense-i-colour trio for greens and Rimmel’s In Vouge lipstick

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Clearly a dress like this needed a much more substantial hair flower!  Lucky for me the lovely and talented Shermy of Shermette was on hand selling her Fruits of Bali.

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You can follow Shermy and her lovely hair flowers on Instagram: @miss_shermette

She’s got an etsy shop: ¬†¬†Frutis of Bali by Shermette¬† ¬†… just sayin’ ūüėČ

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Want more pictures of the TVS Tiki Party … click here

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Now….let’s talk about MY DRESS!!!! ¬†ūüôā

I was introduced to world of Cherry Velvet last year via Damzels¬†store on Roncy in Toronto…and since have picked up two lovely dresses that fit my measurements (size 0X) like a glove flattering my curves with different, unique necklines. ¬†And best of all: your bra straps will always be covered and your hands, phone and lipgloss will always have a home in the convenient pockets in ALL of their dresses!

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Click here and here for details on the above Cherry Velvet Dresses.

I’ve been coveting this tropical number for months….drooling over their Instagram post this amazing Tropical Taupe number that would be PERFECT Tiki Party attire for Toronto Vintage Society’s TIKI LANI LANANI.

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Sadly I never found this in store…so it seemed this frock was only going to become a apart of my life and wardrobe if I bought it online. Now, I’m not 100% comfortable buying something I’ve not tried on before, especially when it comes to spending at these particular price points ($100+ per dress). ¬†Sigh…

But, since I own two already I felt fairly confident that my measurements and their sizing chart would make any online purchases a ‘success story’ ūüôā

Truth be told that, outside of a German Beer Girl¬†halloween costume (stay tuned for a reappearance of this getup as I just bought tickets to Toronto’s Oktoberfest – woot! woot!) ¬† I have never purchased clothing online before. ¬†My biggest concern or deterrent from online shopping: ¬†Returns and Exchanges if something doesn’t fit right —- aka “The Shipping-Back Hassle”.

I tried to push Ginger (the name of the dress) outta my mind and continue living my life…to find an alternative Tiki outfit for this event. ¬†But I just couldn’t. ¬†I was in love! ¬†Upon revisiting their site last week, turns out Ginger was on sale, a clear signs from the shopping-gods…and the ADD TO CART button was clicked and she was on her way to me ūüôā

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I ordered via http://www.cherryvelvet.com on August 1st and by August 8th a Canada Post deliver arrived with my name on it!!!!! ¬†Clearly I was excited as you can see from my Facebook post below…

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Seemingly in my zeal to bring Ginger home to me, I ordered a size 1X, instead of ¬†the needed 0X…and instantly my “Shipping-Back-Hassle” fears were realized. ¬†Lesson Learned folks: ¬†double check, and triple check sizes you selcted and return/exchange policies before clicking ‘checkout’ … le sigh.

Lucky for me, minor alterations were needed to make this dress wearable for the big event were made, ¬†without having to send this beauty back to Vancouver (that’s where Cherry Velvet is based), allowing Ginger & I to have a fabulous time at¬†TVS’s TIKI LANI LANANI¬†Party!

Are you thinking to yourself…. “But Irene, there are TWO lovely new dresses that hang in your closet… tell me more about the other cutie-pie frock?”

Stay tuned for that friends, in an upcoming blogpost ūüėČ ¬†xoxo

 

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Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy!

I’m a huge line-dancing fan!¬† Unfortunately there aren’t many places within Toronto that have line-dancing regularly or at all…which meant I’d have to wrangle like-minded folk and travel out to Oshawa or Georgetown (total opposite ends of the city via GO Train.¬† And upon finally getting there, cowboy hat, boots and all, I’m typically I’m the¬†ONLY brown face on the dance floor.

Sigh…But that has all changed friends as Toronto has opened two new watering holes specifically for country-line-dancin’-lovin’-cowpokes like moi!

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Rock ‘N’ Horse¬†Saloon¬†(formerly London Tap House, right in the heart of the Entertainment Dist) and Boots ‘N’ Bourbon (on Queen St. East) … both I’m told have fab food, drink specials, often live music for line-dancing¬†and best of all a mechanical bull!

Here’s the outfit I’ve lined up to wear…to Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy…Giddy Up!

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20140519-105011-39011880.jpgSunday nights at Boots n’ Bourbon¬†Toronto’s Country Music Line Dancing¬†hosts beginner lessons at 7pm. ¬† Jeff is the patient and handsome instructor who took us through a variety of dances to make us look good on the dance floor …which works out perfectly for us to bust out our newly learnt moves once the live band gets on stage for the rest of the evening! Plus, half priced appetizers and drink specials don’t hurt either ūüôā

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There were a bunch of names for the dances learnt that night — super fun and easy to do, with a bit o practice. ¬†Here are few clips of the ones I remembered the names of – in case you’re looking to get a your country line dancing on in your living rooms:

 

Dance #1: Cowboy Charleston

 

Dance #2: Lil’ Yeller’ Blanket (that’s cowboy for “little yellow blanket”)

 

Dance #3: Country As A Boy  Can Be

 

Dance #4: Copperhead Road

 

The live entertainment this night was¬†RORY GARDINER¬†¬†— *hubba hubba*

Ladies, my distant iPhone pics don’t do him justice…check out his site…Meow indeed!!! ūüėČ

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Overall….what a fantastic way to spend a Sunday night in the city during long weekend!

Yee Haw!!!

Now that you’ve got a few steps under your belt with this post — would you OR have you ever try Country Music Line Dancing yourself?

What did you wear?

How I got The Look:

Flowy short-sleeved dress from Damzels, Doll Factory by Damzels (Roncessvales & Dundas W Sts.)

Short brown cowboy-ish booties from Payless

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Photo credit: Rebecca Northcott, Rebecca Northcott Photography

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