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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!
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.
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.
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..
Whatever you go for wear it proudly and you’ll look gorgeous!
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 PhotographyFast 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!
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!?
What 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?
XOX Cherry Velvet
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 TahoeDiane narrowed it down to five dresses, one to wear on the plane and 4 to pack:Diane'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 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! Then a hike along Martin's trail and an unexpected rock climb while wearing said dress!
Here's the evidence! (check out that healthy glow)
Always up for adventure. And what a view from the rock summit! How about a mountain roller coaster ride? Yes, she did that too! A kayaking tour in a completely clear glass bottom kayak was another memorable outing! (Not in a dress this time :)
This 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
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?
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!
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
Wishing you a happy Valentine's Day! Whether you're a fan of the holiday or not, how about a little chuckle, vintage style?
Why not take a moment to acknowledge those around you who you wouldn’t want to be without…
....for us that means you! ❤️
XOX Cherry Velvet
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!
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
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.
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..
The finished look is perfect for your next Holiday shindig. Glamorous, timeless, flirty and a fabulous accessory to our new metallic dresses!
Now go out there and shine like the Goddess you are!
XOX Kerosene Deluxe
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
(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
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.
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.
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.
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 💕
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!
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 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.
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
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!)
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!
XOX Cherry Velvet!