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  • What’s the True Cost of your dress?

    Published Apr 21 2022 in #canadianfashiondesigner, #cherryvelvet, #fastfashion, #madeincanada, #slowfashion, #truecost

    It’s Spring and that means it’s party time and you’re shopping for a new dress (or two)!

    Before you go online to swipe, click and answer the door to another fast fashion disappointment that will likely end up in a landfill; ask yourself how much better you would feel in a cute cotton dress that fits your curves and is locally made with quality?

    Cherry Velvet brand proudly shows off their Made In Canada label

    What’s in it for Me?

    Wearing a dress that's made in Canada is something to be proud of. Your choice to order a dress that’s already in North America means that it gets to you faster so you can enjoy the compliments sooner. Look at how cute and conscious you are! 

    Also, remember that Cherry Velvet dresses are limited editions so you are wearing a unique design that’s one of a few. Sometimes only as few as 8 dresses are made in a print so you can rest assured you are not likely to see someone else in YOUR dress. 

    Pay it Forward

    Yes, you're wearing a beautiful dress but did you know that you’re also a local hero? Your dollar will turn over ten times because you spent it in North America. Once your money is spent overseas it’s never coming back. By shopping locally your support makes a big difference. Also, you can feel better because the women that make your clothes are treated well and paid a fair wage (this is NOT the case when you buy cheap fashion).

    What’s holding you back?

    Is it the price? A Cherry Velvet dress can range in price starting from as low as  $69 (depending on the sale, season, and offer codes applied to your order). Be sure to sign up for the newsletter here to know about sales and new arrivals first. 

    Less is More

    We’ve all heard that expression and it applies to your wardrobe too. By shopping for a locally made dress that was not shipped from overseas you are making a big difference towards the greater good. If you focus on quality over quantity, you would be helping save the environment from toxic fast fashion and have more closet space. It’s a win win!
    cheap fast fashion clothes in the landfill
    Do you know what your dress is costing you, women just like you and the planet? The True Cost is higher than you may know. Fast Fashion is a beast that is responsible for devastating effects on our planet. This polluting problem snuck up on us quickly and isn't going away on its own. It’s time to slay the beast. 

    XOX Cherry Velvet

     

  • All you need is love...

    Published Feb 11 2022 in #cherryvelvet, #customerlove, #galentinesday, #love, #valentine, #valentinesday, #vintage, #vintagevalentine's

    Wishing you a happy Valentine's Day! Whether you're a fan of the holiday or not, how about a little chuckle, vintage style?

     Vintage Valentines cardss

     

    Why not take a moment to acknowledge those around you who you wouldn’t want to be without…

    ....for us that means you! ❤️ 

    With love,

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • YOU Oughta be in Pictures!

    Published Jan 21 2022 in #bodypositive, #cherryvelvet, #pinup, #pinupgirl, #plusmodel, #plussize

    pinup style cartoon of model Ruby Roxx on a mint background caption model search

    Calling all curvy gals sized Small to 3X. We're looking for more body positive and ethnically diverse local models within the Vancouver area for photo and video shoots. We are being extra careful with safety protocols in place (masks, social distancing and outdoor locations). You could be featured in our next campaign! 

    Can you believe it? 

    There is a place on our website where we have a model submission form and we are baffled because only 30% of the people remember to send us their photos with the submission. How can we hire someone without seeing a picture?  Check out our submissions page and don't forget to show us your gorgeous selves!

    pinup style cartoon image of Kerosene Deluxe wearing a pink corset

    So if you'd like to model for us, please fill out our model submissions form here and

    PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALSO SEND ALONG YOUR PHOTOS!!

    Thank-you and good luck! 

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Mad for Metallic Makeup Tutorial

    Published Nov 12 2021 in #cherryvelvet, #makeup, #makeupaddict, #metallic, #metallicmakeup, #wingliner

    Metallics are neutrals; just like the gold or silver jewelry we're all used to wearing....embrace their shiny goodness!

    And with the recent release of our brand new metallic dresses for the Holidays, we thought it would be fun to do another little makeup tutorial with the metallics theme in mind. We adore all things bold here at Cherry Velvet and love self expression through style!

    Here are some of the main products I used for this pin up inspired look with a metallic twist.

    make-up products used for metallics how to tutorial
    Of course you can substitute these for your own favorites too.
    I discovered the Master Metals palette from Makeup by Mario a while ago and it is the shiniest I have tried! You can use these shadows dry for a softer effect or with a drop of the Manipulator for an intense chrome finish.

    Eyeliner wing not sharp? Don't worry, keep a Q-tip with some micellar cleanser close by for a quick and easy tidy up. Trust the process..

    make-up tutorial for mad for metallics Cherry Velvet dresses
    The finished look is perfect for your next Holiday shindig. Glamorous, timeless, flirty and a fabulous accessory to our new metallic dresses! 
    Kerosene Deluxe show us how to wear metallic eye shadow tutorialNow go out there and shine like the Goddess you are!

    XOX Kerosene Deluxe

  • Cozy Up with Fall Looks

    Published Nov 04 2021 in #autumnvibes #fallfashion, #cherryvelvet, #fluevog, #kerosenedeluxe, #madeincanada, #styletips

    The leaves have fallen and will soon be making way for frost. But what about all those short sleeved dresses in your closet? Should they be banished until Spring? Get your money's worth by wearing your dresses year round! Here's some of our favorite ways to tap into the Fall aesthetic.

    Our new 'Danse Macabre' Sabrina dress with a vintage crinoline for a classic silhouette is perfect for an evening out paired with some sparkly jewelry. But what about the chillier days?

    How about a wool cape paired with a beret and boots? Chic and timeless and sure to keep you warm!
    Kerosene Deluxe wears a Cherry Velvet dress styled for fall
    Here we see Diane in the 'Twilight Bloom' Chrissy dress with the A Capella coat in raspberry (and some killer Fluevog boots!). Proof that floral prints can look great all year, not just in spring.
    Diane Kennedy wears a Cherry Velvet dress styled for fall
    If the cool and casual look is more your thing cue the moto jacket!

    In these images Kerosene paired her dress with a thrifted faux leather moto jacket, wool and leather newsboy cap and Fluevog Bertman boots
    Kerosene Deluxe wears a Cherry Velvet dress styled for fall
    This look offers a much more laid back vibe with a touch of badass.

    Wear some leggings or opaque tights underneath for extra warmth or throw over one of our ultra soft shrugs for a cozy touch that won't hide your dress.
    Ruby Roxx wears a Cherry Velvet dress styled for fall
    It's a good idea to have some strategic staples in your closet for layering.
    Basics such as plain leggings, crew neck t-shirts, collared shirts and turtle necks are versatile essentials to keep you warm and stylish. Cardigans, capes and shrugs make for great top layers.
    Cherry Velvet dresses styled for fall
    (In these looks we see our dresses worn with the Perfect Tee from our Diane Kennedy line)

    Our dresses are to be worn and enjoyed however you see fit. Forget about the 'rules' and trends.
    Wear whatever makes you feel good, this season and always...

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • Smokey Eye Tutorial

    Published Oct 21 2021 in #beauty, #eyeshadow, #kerosenedeluxe, #makeup, #makeupaddict, #mua, #smokeyeye

    All Hallows Eve is fast approaching, and while everyone's first thoughts are the costumes there is a small detail that plays a huge part in creating a complete look...The makeup!

    The options are limitless and with so many makeup styles to pick from the choice can be overwhelming. But there has been one look that stood the test of time, the Smokey Eye.

    Louise Brooks 1920's smokey eye
    First gaining popularity on the 1920's big screen, the smokey eye was used for it's density in tone translating well on black & white film. Since then it has been worn on runways, in various subcultures and on a day to day bases for those loving the smoldering look.

    Today's smokey eye has many variations, dark with predominantly black for an edgy look or softer versions using earth tones for day time. We've also seen Halo eyes as a popular option for those wanting to play around with hues and depth.

    But this tutorial is all about a classic smokey eye; super versatile and suitable for so many looks!
    Film Noir, Goth, Pirate or just one hot mysterious mama (or papa) makeup is for all! You can count on this version to look incredible on everyone. And remember, you can substitute the black eye-shadow for softer shades such as mauves or browns if black feels too intimidating. 

    Here's what you need:

    Beauty products to create the smokey eye look

    1.  Eyeshadow primer
    2.  A khol eyeliner pencil (preferably black but you could use a dark brown or deep plum too)
    3.  Eye-shadows (a neutral light shade, a mid tone /bronzer for your
    transition colour and your darkest shade such as black or dark brown)
    4.  Black mascara,
    5.  Brushes (smudger brush, packing brush, fluffy crease brush)
    6.  False eyelashes + lash glue (this step is totally optional)

    Let's get started!

     

    Steps to create the smokey eye look1: Prep your eyelid with an eye shadow primer (such as Primer Potion by Urban Decay)
    This will ensure longevity, fuller colour saturation and prevent creasing.

    2: Using a soft fluffy crease brush apply a transition shade into the crease. I personally use a matte bronzer but feel free to use any shadow a couple of shades up from your skin tone. A transition shade will help your dark shadow blend seamlessly and less patchy.

    3: Apply a black waterproof eye pencil all over your eyelid. Don't worry if it looks messy, you will smudge it out in the next step. Make sure to work fast as waterproof pencils will set in 30 seconds or so and blending will be super hard after! It's not necessary to use a waterproof pencil, but it does last longer and prevents creasing throughout the day. I used 'Point Made' gel liner pencil from One/Size but use any you like!
    Make sure to colour in between your lashline to avoid 'gaps'.

    4: Time to smudge it all out! Use your 'packing' brush (a flatter, denser brush) to blend the liner all over your lid and towards your crease

    5: Load your packing brush with matte black eye shadow (or any other dark matte colour you prefer. I used 'Black Magic' from True Fiction Cosmetics, an excellent Vancouver brand) and in pressing motions (don't 'sweep' your brush back and forward) apply the shadow over your lid and work it into the crease.

    6: Let's soften those edges. Take a fluffy crease brush and gently buff out the eye shadow in the crease. I suggest small circular motions. Blending is your best friend here! Feel free to add more eye shadow to build your colour saturation. Remember to use 'packing/pressing' motions to apply and buffing to blend.

    7: Line your lower lash and waterline. Then take a small smudging brush and smudge it out.
    Make sure the bottom shadow connects to the top.
    Apply your dark shadow using the same small brush, gently blend.
    TIP: If you are finding your edges too harsh take a clean brush with a powder foundation and gently blend along the edges to diffuse.

    8: Apply black mascara to your bottom and top lashes
    If you want to elevate the look apply fake lashes

    And voila! You are ready to rule the night you mysterious vixen you!

    Model Kerosene Deluxe show us how to create the Smokey Eye

    Bonus Tips:

    ~ I strongly recommend applying your foundation/concealer AFTER doing your eyes. That way any fall out and mess can easily be cleaned up without ruining your base.

    ~ If you want to give it a little extra pizzazz, take a sparkle/glitter eye shadow (liquid or powder) and press in on the center of your eyelid using your finger. This will give the look a bit more depth and some sparkle is always good.

    ~ Always trim the length of your false lashes before applying. If you find falsies uncomfortable try cutting them in half and just wearing a half lash.

    And that's how it's done! We love to hear from you! Please feel free to share our blogs with others on social media and don't forget to comment with your thoughts and suggestions for other tutorials. 

    XOX Kerosene Deluxe


  • More Vintage Inspiration - Shaheen's Shine

    Published Oct 13 2021 in #1950s, #alfredshaheen, #holiday, #metallic, #partydress, #plussize, #retro, #retroglam

    Alfred Shaheen metallic fabricsIn an earlier blog, we discussed the work of Alfred Shaheen, a designer who operated from his adopted home in Oahu, Hawai’i. Shaheen was known not only for this iconic aloha shirts and impeccably constructed sundresses - he was also a textile artist.

    One of Shaheen's most beautiful contributions to the fashion world was his collection of metallic prints. The shimmering highlights in these fabrics are the result of innovative metallic dyes. In the early-1950s, Shaheen collaborated with Dr. Edmund Lutz, his close friend and head dye chemist, to create revolutionary dyes including gold, silver, and gem tones. The metallics could be printed on almost any fabric, such as cotton, cotton blends, silks, linen, and voile. Vintage Shaheen garments are coveted fashion collectables, and these eye-catching details are still intact on many of them, despite the fact that it's been almost 70 years since these dyes were first created!

    Alfred Shaheen metallic fabrics
    Cherry Velvet's trademark sass is inspired by designers of the past, particularly those who worked during the 1950s. Shaheen's revolutionary metallics dyes live on in some of our most sought-after fabric choices. 

    Blue Cherry Velvet Elly dress with a wingbust and metallic fabricIt's fitting that the newest releases of our Elly dress will also feature metallic details. The "petal-bust" on the Elly is inspired by similar features on Shaheen's Hawai'ian bombshell dresses, so it only makes sense that some of our Elly dresses are available in glistening fabrics that would make Alfred Shaheen proud. (with one more coming for holiday!)

    Cherry Velvet dresses with metallic printsHave you seen our Jacqueline dress in Violets 'R Blue that boasts bold blooms with delicate gold metallic outlines that shimmer in the sunlight? Our Marie dress in Pristmatic Peacock (right) is a classic we brought back that also features gold outlines on art deco angles. Cherry Velvet Chrissy dress in Paisley plumes worn by Ruby RoxxA brand new release is a Chrissy dress with Paisley Plumes outlined with a delicate gold edge.

    We are also so excited to show you a sneak peek at the fabrics for our Holiday Glamour Metallics Collection. These shimmering, glimmering party dresses sparkle with special designer details in limited editions. Check out these three swatches of the new dresses coming soon! Cherry Velvet dresses metallic prints for holiday 2021
    If you're looking for a dress that will add some sparkle to your day, these designs are for you. Now you'll know that you're wearing a tribute to fashion history when you slip on these sensational looks!

    Kim Palmer for Cherry Velvet

  • Be Gentle with Yourself

    Published Sep 30 2021 in #bodypositive, #BoPo, #cherryvelvet, #selfcare, #selflove

    In 2020 we were introduced to a 'new normal'. We were (and still are) faced with uncertainty and life as we knew it was put on hold.

    Kerosene Deluxe
    Many of us stayed home and found ways to adjust and cope. With that came changes in our daily habits (eating, sleeping etc) and an increase in time spent on social media.
    Many of us (myself included) gained weight.
    I saw people posting their home workouts and quarantine related weight gain 'jokes'.
    Those words would have bothered me in my 20's, but as I've gotten more comfortable in my changing body and sense of self, I chose kindness.

    We were all just trying to cope. And each and every one of us does so in their own unique way. If you chose to get fit, that is wonderful. But, if all you did was relax, netflix'd and tried to stay comfortable and calm in a stressed & grieving world that is perfectly okay too.

    Kerosene Deluxe
    In fact, if you are reading this right now you are here. You kicked ass and made it through. Maybe your body has changed and maybe you are not 100 percent in love with yourself at this very moment and that's FINE...The one downside of the BoPo (bodypositive) movement is this pressure that we should completely adore every square inch of ourselves, but let's be honest, that's not always an option. Most of us have 'off' days or bodyparts that aren't our favorite, we are human. Throw in bodily changes during unprecedented times mixed with subjection to unrealistic beauty standards and its no wonder we are often left feeling less than..
    So how about we start with just being body neutral? Not ready for self love? Start with self kindness. Too soon to celebrate yourself? Accept and respect your body for getting you through each hard day.

    your weight will fluctuate, your value will not

    Here are some tips to get you started:

    Unfollow social media accounts that don't make you feel good about yourself
    Take time to prioritize your self care and do things you enjoy, I promise its not selfish
    Dress up in your favorite clothes 
    Don't dwell on things you cannot control
    Do not compare your life to another person's showreel

    I'm not saying these are magically gonna fix everything but remember that you are MORE than just your vessel. You are a whole resilient being with an immeasurable spirit. You are doing the best you can and you are enough 💕

    With love,
    Kerosene Deluxe

  • New to Team Cherry: Kerosene Deluxe

    Published Sep 15 2021 in #Aperfect14, #bodypositive, #cherryvelvet, #pinup, #plussizepinup

    How lucky are we to have yet another talented, creative, accomplished woman joining Team Cherry?!! Let's give a warm welcome to the one and only Kerosene Deluxe who is our new Social Media manager for Cherry Velvet!

    Kerosene Deluxe

    Part va-va-va-voom vixen, part activist, part model; this caring bombshell is a triple-threat; and much more than just another pretty face. You may recognize her as an internationally published model. However, she began her career in cosmetology and make-up artistry and is extremely talented in those realms too.

    Diane first met the beautiful Kerosene many years ago at a convention and spotted her unique style that works so well with Cherry Velvet.

    Since then she's been featured in numerous magazines, runway fashion shows, talk shows and music videos. In 2013 she was cast as one of the main models in the award winning documentary 'A Perfect 14'.

    Kerosene Deluxe

    Kerosene is a passionate ambassador in the world of fashion and has taken it upon herself to promote beauty through diversity. With her firm belief in this powerful message she urges people of all shapes, sizes, ages, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities to love themselves for who they are. Being a plus size woman; she has relished in the opportunity to shed a light on often ignored issues and share the impact with others who battle them. She has confidently campaigned for people to feel empowered and beautiful. 

    Kerosene Deluxe

    You've been a model for many years, what advice do you have to someone just starting out?

    Be kind and professional, try not to take criticism to heart (I know it can be tough).

    How does it feel to inspire others (like through the A Perfect 14)

    A bit odd at times to be honest but also very humbling. I really don't think I'm all that special so I'm always very moved when people tell me I've inspired them in some kinda way. It's incredibly motivating.

    What are your views on beauty?

    Beauty is subjective and can be found everywhere. It's unfortunate that we still only promote a certain standard of beauty. Representation is so important and thankfully we are seeing more folks out there being unapologetically themselves and putting themselves out there. Beauty is diversity.

    What are your top three makeup recommendations?

    Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Dior Lip glow and false lashes from True Fiction Cosmetics

    Kerosene Deluxe

    What or who has inspired your style or look ?

    A whole hodgepodge of people and things! Mae West, Maila Nurmi, Tura Satana, Marlene Dietrich with a little bit of Punk Rock, Kitsch culture and Witchcraft mixed in.

    How would you describe your personal style?

    I'm either the comfy/casual suburban wife the neighborhood kids think might be a witch or a dark glamorous bombshell. Think horror or band shirts with yoga pants or corsets with tight dresses.

    Do you have any hidden talents?

    Not 'hidden' perse but I was a professional makeup artist for 18 years (retired now), I can also do various Pokémon impressions.

    And lastly, what is your favorite Cherry Velvet dress?

    I LOVE the Norma, it fits me perfectly as a petite plus size! And I love the plunge neckline. It's the perfect fit for me. (We totally agree!)

    Kerosene Deluxe
    We're thrilled to share in this journey with Kerosene to promote beauty through diversity. Her campaign to empower others to feel beautiful in their own way certainty aligns with ours and we look forward to a long and happy collaboration in fashion, style and all things Cherry! 

    Welcome Kerosene!

    XOX Cherry Velvet!

  • New to Team Cherry: April!

    Published Sep 09 2021 in #cherryvelvet, #cottondresses, #madeincanada, #petite, #pinup

    We thought it would be fun to share an interview with our newest team member. Introducing our adorable new Graphic Designer, April, who recently joined us in August. You may recognize her cotton-candy tresses and bubbly smile as she recently appeared on the scene modeling the newest dresses on the website and socials.

    April is a breath of fresh air with her optimistic perspective, creative talent and artistic viewpoint.  April will be marrying the love of her life in Scotland next year and we couldn't be more excited for this wee lass. Let's get to know April:

    April Wilson wearing a Cherry Velvet dress

    Who are your style inspirations?

    Life holds so many opportunities for inspiration; as a visual designer it is my passion to consume the physical world, then reflect the interesting bits back in my work. People that inspire me:

    Illustration: Christoph Niemann
    Humanitarian: Elladj Balde
    Persona: Kate McKinnon
    Music: Sofi Tukker


    What would people find unexpected about you?

    I have a background in interior design and I love renovating. I don't shy away from the bigger jobs including flooring, plumbing, and minor electrical, I just need a ladder as I'm only 5'2".

    April Wilson
    You are getting married to a Scotsman! Do you have a favorite Scottish saying you've picked up?

    I could not believe the first time car park came out of my mouth, and I definately have adopted Oi rather they Hey!

    How would you describe your personal style?

    My at-home style is 'sport-metal' heavily influenced by Lululemon, self-made tie-dye oversized hoodies and my fiancé's random 70's - 90's band T-shirts.

    My going-out-in-public style is Power Feminine. This outfit hinges on how much walking needs to happen. I love pairing a straight leg one piece jump suit with chunky platform shoes or bad-ass stilettos. But we better be taking an Uber right to the door!

    Do you have any hidden talents?

    I'm a mom.. so obviously I can read minds.

    Five things you can’t live without?

    My family (quietly minding their own business while do what I do.)
    Good Music always manages to inspire or lift me out of a funk.
    The Adobe Suite, and my computer for that matter because ART=LIFE.
    Opinions of the very few (you know who you are) “Care about people’s approval, and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu
    Food and Water.. isn't that obvious?

    April Wilson
    And lastly, what is your favorite Cherry Velvet dress?

    The Molecular Magic with the cutie black shrug is amazing. I feel like I'm going to my first year at Hogwarts.

    April Wilson We're so happy to have this lovely, creative girl working with us! Please feel free to say hi to her on our social posts!

    XOX Cherry Velvet