Swing Prom!

If you’ve been following PPMeow! for sometime now, you’ll know that I’ve fallen head-over-heels for Lindy Hop and Swing Dancing!  So much so that all summer I’ve tried to attend as many free, outdoor swing event around the city (click here & here), and nearly every Saturday (since the completion of my lessons with Lindy Hop Revolution),  I’ve been at The Dovercourt House where Toronto Lindy Hop hosts weekly live bands and dances (with lessons).

Well friends, the last Saturday of every month, Toronto Lindy Hop has a fantastic theme night – and August’s was: SWING PROM!

Which means, this chick had an excuse to get extra all dolled up in vintage-esk duds AND dance the night away in a tiara – duh!

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I picked up this teal dress from a Plus Size Consignment Sale I participated in last year — its an ASOS dress — and this is the first time I’ve ever worn it.  The long strand pearls were picked up from the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show a earlier this year and shoes (from Naturalizer) and tiara were from my wedding.  Thrilled to finally have an excuse to wear this prettiness out again!



To my surprise….making these corsages and  boutonnieres were uber simple.

All you need are some love faux flowers and leaves, a bit of felt adhere the flowers down to, elastic to secure it to your wrists and a hot glue gun to stick everything down into place.  Easy. Peasy. Lemon. Squeezy. 🙂

These were the ones I created!!! I’m not at all crafty…and was thrilled and how great these turned out! Yay me!
Tah-Dah! Corsages totally make these prom dresses….don’t you think?
Swing dancing in poofy frocks just makes your heart happy…. at least it does mine. 🙂
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Gentlemen readers … if you’re looking to meet beautiful chicks in the city…clearly SWING DANCING is where you’ll find them! Meow indeed! 😉
The Pre-Prom Crafty Team … 50s, 60s and 80s themes represented

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Belt It!

I was on the verge of uttering “I have nothing to wear” one morning last week, as I tried to plan my outfit for the day.

All I knew was that I wanted to wear these gold open-toed sling backs (Nine West) no matter what!

I bought them last summer for a wedding I was to attend, but last-minute decided another pair worked better with my outfit instead.  So these babies were yet to be worn!  AND today was the day! 🙂

Also, I was determined NOT to brush & do my hair…so whatever outfit I was gonna wear needed to go with one of these floral claw clips …


I picked up this cotton polka dot open-backed tank from Old Navy ($10) from their colossal summer sale a few weeks ago.

The aqua/turquoise pencil skirt from Forever21+ ($6) …. both perfect separately, but something was missing when I put them together…


 And then I belted it!  And Tah-Dah!  It became awesome!!! 🙂

Sadly, try as I might there is no escaping the ‘bra-strap-peek-out’ situation.  Sigh…


All I hear in my head is that Bubba Sparxx song……..“Booty booty booty rocking everywhere” as I write this post. 😉  LOL!!!


Sparkly gold flats work well with this outfit too (and is what I switched to for my Lindy Hop lesson at LHR that evening)



How I Got The Look:

Aqua Pencil Skirt, Forever21+; Open-back Tank, Old Navy; Sparkly flats and Gold drop earrings, Payless; Open-toed sling-backs, Nine West; Wide Brown Belt, Lane Bryant; Hair Flower Claw-clips, Ardene; and a Suede vintage purse gifted20140716-182145-66105363.jpg

What do you think?  Do you prefer the flats or the heels with this look?  Belt? No Belt?  Tell me your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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Swing Dancing: LHR End of Year Party

10168131_214404738768612_4908321633900428566_n9-weeks ago…. I began Lindy Hop Swing Dancing Lessons with the lovely instructors, Luis & Natalia of Lindy Hop Revolution.  And I can proudly say that they’ve officially turned me into a solid Beginner Level Swing Dancer!!!



20140603-222806-80886812.jpgI blogged about my very first swing lesson – describing myself as a hot mess.  My arms did not want to cooperate what-so-ever.  And the constant ‘bouncing’ that is required didn’t  seem to keep the beat in my feet as it should.

It was tricky at first, but week after week I felt more and more confident of the steps, felt myself improving and I couldn’t wait for class to learn the next big move. 🙂

I couldn’t get enough!  In addition to my weekly scheduled lesson, I found myself showing up at the weekly LHR ‘social dances’ …dancing  with swing dancers from all over Toronto …. dancers with varying skill-levels!  These drop-in socials I think were key to my overall improvement and confidence in becoming a better Follower – and just have fun with it! 🙂


LHR threw a ‘End of Year’ Party last week — as this cute couple is taking summer off to tie the knot in Spain!!!  (Congratulations again you two, xoxo!)  Giving all the students, new and old, an opportunity to swing, swing, swing until the wee hours of the AM potluck style.

Being silly with the fab LHR Instructors: Luis & Natalia

Erin, fellow blogger of Delovely has been in the Beginner classes with me for the last two months….she’s terrific!  We met up on a patio before the party to get some liquid courage in us before the party began. 😉


Check out the lovely crafty contribution to the potluck she brought, complete with punny-humor:  Try a Lindy Pop!   Isn’t she clever? 🙂  Definitely check out her blog for more creative crafts friends.



Natalia & I making silly Lindy Hop faces

Wanna see what 9-weeks of Lindy Hop Lessons looks like?  Check out my debut swing dancing vid below!

Special Thank You to Erin for your steady hand in filming and to Donald for being my patient go-to dance partner 🙂


It’s official: Swing Dancing is my happy drug!!!

Can’t wait to continue with lessons into the Fall, and beyond with Lindy Hop Revolution!

As for What I Wore … turns out I wore the same dress from my very first lesson – minus the cardi & tights.  Click here for details on that outfit 🙂

So, waddya think of me and my Lindy Hop moves? If I can learn it…anyone can friends.  Would you ever try lessons yourself?  Share your thoughts in the Comments section.

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