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  • Pucker Up! Kerosene’s Guide to Red Lipstick.

    Published Aug 11 2022 in #beauty, #cherryvelvet, #makeup, #makeupaddict, #makeuptutorial, #pinup, #pinupmakeup, #pinupstyle, #redlipstick, #retroglam, #selfcare, #styletips

    Glamorous and timeless, red lipstick is a staple when it comes to that perfect pin-up pout.
    You may read this thinking it doesn’t suit you, but let me tell you, you’re wrong.
    There’s a red out there for everyone and once you find it just watch your confidence grow. Whether you are attending a special event or want to add a touch of chic to your every day look. A red lip never goes out of style!

    Model Kerosene Deluxe in red lipstick

    Undertones:

    There are many different shades out there but a red with blue undertones is the most universally flattering. Did you know that it even makes your teeth and eye whites look brighter? No wonder this was the go to choice for all those old Hollywood starlets...
    If you are a warmer or deeper skin tone you’ll look fabulous in an orange toned or burgundy red too!

    With so many different textures and formulas out there the choice can be overwhelming. These are my personal top picks with something there for all budgets and preferences.


    Kerosene's top picks for red lipstick

    What to pick?:

    Matte Liquid Lipsticks are perfect for days where you need your pout to last. They are often transfer and smudge proof and won’t need to be reapplied frequently. A lip liner is optional but not necessary but starting with a smooth, well hydrated base is definitely key since this formula can be a bit drying.
    Prep your lips with a lip scrub and light layer of chapstick about 30 minutes before wearing. 

    Red lipstick application in stages

    Cream or Satin formulas are your classics and give you a gorgeous pillowy pout. They do require a few more steps to get it just right. Lip liner in a matching shade is a must here for a defined shape and to prevent your lipstick from ‘bleeding’ into fine lines. Start by lightly sketching out your lip line and then dab on the red of your choice. For a longer lasting effect you can use the pencil to fill in the entire lip before applying your lipstick. Finish by blotting with a tissue and tidying up those edges for a crisp finish with either the same lip pencil or a small brush with a little bit of foundation on it. Blot down your lips with a tissue to remove excess and make sure you take this one with you in your purse, as you’ll need to re-apply throughout the day!

    Tinted Balm and Glosses will be your go to if you like to keep things casual and easy (but still polished). Perhaps a bold red isn’t really your thing or you like something you can just throw on without even really looking all whilst giving your lips some hydration and shine too. It’s a win win really..

    Model Kerosene shows a sheer tinted balm option by Julie Hewett

    Whatever you go for wear it proudly and you’ll look gorgeous!


    Love,

    Kerosene

  • Blast from the Past: Danielle is back!

    Published Jul 20 2022 in #canadianfashion, #cherryvelvet, #newarrivals, #pinupperfectionphotography

    Flash back in time to the year 2012 when our lovely assistant and model muse Danielle worked with us at Cherry Velvet HQ. We named a dress after her that was as cheeky as she is! It had style, it had class and a wee bit of sass! This photo was from the very first time she ever modeled for us (wearing the Ava dress.) Photo credit: Pin-up Perfection PhotographyModel Danielle wearing a black and white polka dot dress from 2012Fast forward ten years and we’ve re-launched the adorable Danielle dress and tweaked her up to a 2.0 version with deeper pockets and a sharper collar. You'll find the same row of buttons, the cute wrap around collar that frames a v-neckline and the best view of all, a bra friendly V shaped cut out back! The best part is that this time Danielle is modelling her namesake dress!

    Girls eating popsicles, Cherry Velvet dress
    It was wonderful to see Danielle again after so many years and to catch up with her. She been busy! Married with a handsome hubby and three adorable girls!

    Plus they’ve started their own business too! If you’re in Hope check out Mountainview Brewing Co! Already a popular place to hang out! Taco Tuesdays and Beergarita anyone!?

    Mountainview Brewing CompanyWhat a fun day we had with Danielle and these two cuties!

    Our 'new' classic Danielle Dress is available in 6 lovely prints, which one is your fave?

    6 100% cotton prints of Cherry velvet's Danielle Dress

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • 5 Days 5 Dresses

    Published Jul 12 2022 in #cherryvelvet, #cottondresses, #heavenlymountain, #howtopack, #laketahoe, #rockclimbing, #sandharbour

    Diane challenged herself to travel light by bringing only one suitcase on her recent vacation. She narrowed down the choices to just 5 dresses. Cherry Velvet dresses roll up easily to pack, but Diane prefers to fold hers flat at the top of the suitcase and hang them up right away when she gets to her hotel. 

    Destination: Lake TahoeView of Bonsai Rock from a kayak on Lake TahoeDiane narrowed it down to five dresses, one to wear on the plane and 4 to pack:Designer Diane in her Cherry Velvet Adventure Awaits Travel dress and the 5 dress print she took on her holidayDiane's sun and fun vacation was all about the enjoying the great outdoors but also included dinners out, dancing, and a VIP Celebrity Golf event. The real challenge was footwear, what to wear with a dress when a LOT of walking, dancing and even hiking will happen?

    shoes to wear with dressesShoes from left to right: Vionic Sandals, Ecco Sneakers and Fluevog LE Elif

    Among the highlights of the trip was a gondola ride up Heavenly Mountain to see the amazing view of the lake. First stop was the observation deck. She wears her namesake Diane Dress in Petalicious print. She's the rainbow! Designer Diane wearing her namesake Cherry Velvet Diane Dress at the observation deck, Heavenly Mountain, Lake TahoeThen a hike along Martin's trail and an unexpected rock climb while wearing said dress!

    Where no Cherry Velvet Dress has been before. Martin's Trail, Heavenly Mountain, Lake TahoeHere's the evidence! (check out that healthy glow)

    Rock climbing in a Cherry Velvet DressAlways up for adventure. And what a view from the rock summit! Lake Tahoe How about a mountain roller coaster ride? Yes, she did that too! Riding the Coaster at Heavenly Mountain Lake TahoeA kayaking tour in a completely clear glass bottom kayak was another memorable outing! (Not in a dress this time :)

    Kayaking on Lake Tahoe in a clear kayakThis is just a glimpse into the joy of traveling light. It was so worth it! I hope you all make it to this amazing spot one day! 

    XOX Cherry Velvet

     

     

  • Up in arms about your arms?

    Published Jun 15 2022 in #barearms, #BoPo, #freethearms, #honestsizing, #positivebodyimage, bodypositive, summerstyle

     

    As Summer is fast approaching along with those hotter days many of us are forced to confront some negative body image. One of those concerns being our arms.

    Let's break that cycle and go all out this summer by celebrating our body and all it does for us. From feeling the warm rays of sunshine to the cooling ocean waters on our skin. Our body is a vessel containing infinite amounts of strength, compassion, resilience and sass. Don't you think it deserves to be comfortable?

    We are asking you to rethink reaching for that long sleeve in 30°C+ degree weather and ask yourself this, “Who am I covering my arms for?” Is it because the media and beauty industry dubbed terms such as 'bingo wings' and 'chicken skin', suggesting that these are 'problem' areas?

    Honestly, is that worth sitting there and overheating for? Dismissing that beautiful summer dress you adore but THINK you cannot wear? Think again babe.

    Trust us when we say that no one is looking at your arms. Especially when everyone is battling their own insecurities.

    So embrace your arms in all their glory, as they have embraced others, and wear that cute sleeveless dress. Feel that breeze you vixen! You’ll thank us when you're cool and comfortable sipping on something slushy all while looking fabulous.

    Free your arms!

     

    XOX Cherry Velvet

  • 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