How to Measure for Your Cherry Velvet Dress…

28 Mar

Hi Dolls!

Here at Cherry Velvet, we’re always working hard to make our dresses fit YOUR curves in the best way possible.

We know many of you have questions, so we’ve made this brand new easy to use “How To Measure Yourself” guide, as well as added dress measurements that are specific to the cut of each type of skirt. No more guessing!

How to Measure Fit Guide

Fit Guide – How to Measure for Cherry Velvet Dresses

While our fit hasn’t changed, hopefully this added info will make it easier for you to pick your perfect size.

We now have separate size charts for our:

-100% cotton dresses (non stretch)

-97% cotton/3% Spandex (Stretch) dresses

Even though the cut of the dresses are the same regardless of fabric, the added stretch can mean up to ½ a size of added room.  If you like your dresses tight you may be able to go down a whole size.

Size Chart - 100% Cotton Dresses (non-stretch)

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As always, if you need any extra help picking a size or you have any other questions, please send us an email or give us a call. We’re standing by to help you look fabulous!

XOX Cherry Velvet
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A Little Update on Elly

12 Mar

We were thrilled to have a couple of pretty visitors to our studio last week!  Jen Kaboom (of hair flower fame) came to pick herself out a new Cherry Velvet dress and her bestie -Elly Mayday- came along with her! Jen had a tough choice to make but in the end went with one of my favourite patterns -the Brigitte dress in Rosy Dots.

It was so great to see Elly’s smiling face. It never ceases to amaze me how lovely she is and always so positive. She came for her visit quite au naturel and sans wig. She is truly beautiful with no hair and hardly any make-up.

I thought I’d share a little bit about Elly as she has not been on facebook much these days and we know many of you are following her. She is taking some time off for a while and, in her words, “just doing the things that she wants to do”. I think this is a wonderful idea; time is our most precious commodity. We should all spend it in ways that make us the most happy, as much as possible.

Elly told us a bit about what’s she’s been going through and shared some advice for my brother in law, just recently diagnosed with Cancer. Probably the most important thing she’s learned….(and this is super relevant to all of us….not just those fighting Cancer): she recommends alkalizing your body.  That means choosing Alkaline foods and avoiding (or reducing) acid causing foods.  Good advice…which, in a nutshell, means eat more veggies (especially green veggies)!!! I know she drinks a green smoothie every day and I’ve watched her eat salads on shoots with us.

These gorgeous photos were taken by Shimona Henry (Pin-Up Perfection Photography). Doesn’t Elly look amazing? She’s pictured in the dress we named after her -The Elly Dress….it’s coming soon!

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XOX Cherry Velvet
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#Strutforacause: Benefit for #ellymayday and Ovarian Cancer

20 Jan

It was truly a surprise! In several short weeks, Katherine Dockrill (Helly Hepburn), Nadine Eberts (Rain Hair Salon) and Jen Kaboom (Jen Kaboom Designs) planned a spectacular event for their close friend Elly Mayday. #strutforacause was both a fashion show and fundraiser to benefit Elly and Ovarian Cancer. A unique event space, the Arthur Erickson designed “Waterfall Building” was chosen. Then the mad dash began to line up models, sponsors and volunteers. So many people helped put this event together, and everyone involved deserves a thank-you, but my purpose here is to tell you the story of this special surprise for Elly.

To get Elly ‘party ready’, what better than to plan a photo shoot? Gal pals Shimona Henry (Pin-up Perfection Photography) and Stela Licina (model and make-up ninja) whisked her out to a studio in White Rock, did her hair and make-up and spent the day shooting. Elly had graciously agreed to take a few photos for me on this last day of shooting before her scheduled surgery. So we quickly sewed up a new Cherry Velvet wingbust dress design with a full skirt, and named it the ‘Elly’, with the hope that she would wear it to the party. We kept our fingers crossed that we’d gotten the size right (as Elly has lost 45 pounds) but we did. From our size large at the start of her modeling career about a year ago, she’s now a size XS in our dresses.

With a ruse to pick up Nadine at Rain Hair Salon (adjacent to the Waterfall building), they got Elly all the way to the door without her really suspecting what was planned. With a full house including family, friends, photographers and press, the look on her face was both touching and priceless.

Elly Mayday and Nadine Eberts (photo credit to Brian Perkins)

Elly Mayday and Nadine Eberts (photo credit to Brian Perkins)

There was a total of 5 segments of fashion shows, including ours, with a huge line up of models all donating their time to the show. I’d like to thank all the amazing models who enthusiastically strutted their stuff down the runway. We’re in the process of producing a video of the show which we’ll share asap! But I’d like to personally thank all the girls that represented Cherry Velvet:

Jihan Amir  (Wilhelmina Models) in 'Brigitte Shutterbug" Patrick Rooney Photography

Jihan Amir (Wilhelmina Models) in ‘Brigitte Shutterbug” Patrick Rooney Photography

Charlotte Doering (Wilhelmina Models) Charlotte Curve Model in Brigitte "Turquoise Orchard" Patrick Rooney Photography

Charlotte Doering (Wilhelmina Models) Charlotte Curve Model in Brigitte “Turquoise Orchard” Patrick Rooney Photography

Sarah Lexi Lafontaine (Lexi Whitewall) in Elizabeth "Floral Bouquet" photo by Zemekiss

Sarah Lexi Lafontaine (Lexi Whitewall) in Elizabeth “Floral Bouquet” photo by Zemekiss

Christine Barham (Chrissy Noir) in Trudy "Chatroom" photo by Zemekiss

Christine Barham (Chrissy Noir) in Trudy “Chatroom” photo by Zemekiss

Nadine Eberts (Rain Hair Salon) in Trudy "Cherry Blossom" photo by Zemekiss

Nadine Eberts (Rain Hair Salon) in Trudy “Cherry Blossom” photo by Zemekiss

Tracy Cake (Tracy Cake Make-up and More) in Brigitte "Anime Flowers" photo by Zemekiss

Tracy Cake (Tracy Cake Make-up and More) in Brigitte “Anime Flowers” photo by Zemekiss

Leah (MissLuscious Ness) in Brigitte "Rosy Dots" photo by Zemekiss

Leah (MissLuscious Ness) in Brigitte “Rosy Dots” photo by Zemekiss

and of course Elly Mayday in the Elly Dress in "Black Damask" photo by Zemekiss

and of course Elly Mayday in the Elly Dress in “Black Damask” photo by Zemekiss

Elly took her turn walking down the runway in her new "Elly" dress. (Available later this spring) Patrick Rooney Photography

Elly took her turn walking down the runway in her new “Elly” dress. (Available later this spring) Patrick Rooney Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were thrilled to be part of such a fantastic event to benefit a truly lovely person. We love you Elly!

To find pics of the event please search #ellymayday.
We’ll have many more to share with you later this week, as well as the video!

XOX Cherry Velvet
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Vancouver’s Eastside Culture Crawl

1 Nov

Just 2 weeks away is an uber cool insider event that happens annually in our fair city. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a walking tour of many hidden studio and creative spaces that inhabit the east side of Vancouver…

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We’re excited to open our studio for the 17th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl -Vancouver’s 3-day visual arts, design and crafts festival (between Main Street and Victoria Drive, north of 1st Avenue).

During the festival visitors tour the studios of talented painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers…and, again this year, our studio -where we design all our dresses too.

We will be open that whole weekend for shopping. Please feel free to come browse, meet our designer and check out how we create our dresses right here in Vancouver!

 

Hope to see you here!

604-683-9279
cherryvelvetplus@gmail.com

 

XOX Cherry Velvet
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Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (part 3)

4 Oct

Part 3 – Starring Stela Licina and Elly Mayday

Part 3 – Starring Stela Licina and Elly Mayday

Pin-Up Models Stela Licina & Elly Mayday are back to share more of their trade secrets.

Stela demonstrates how to properly apply and blend eye shadow and how create picture perfect brows:

Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (Part 3 – Eyes and Brows)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y24UXBOvf50

Some of the beauty products Stela mentions in Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (part 3)

Some of the beauty products Stela mentions in Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (part 3)

Stela Licina - model and artist

Stela Licina – model and artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xox Cherry Velvet
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Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (part 2)

3 Oct

Part 2 - Starring Stela Licina and Elly Mayday

Part 2 – Starring Stela Licina and Elly Mayday

Pin-Up Models Stela Licina & Elly Mayday are back to share more of their trade secrets.

Stela explains and demonstrates the first steps in applying pin-up make-up, beginning with a base of various primers and foundations:

Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (Part 2 – Base)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgTiaTrGv5M

xox Cherry Velvet
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Some of the beauty products Stela mentions in Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (part 2)

Some of the beauty products Stela mentions in Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (part 2)

 

Stela Licina - model and artist

Stela Licina – model and artist

 

 

 

 

Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (part 1)

2 Oct

Part 1 - Starring Stela Licina and Elly Mayday

Part 1 – Starring Stela Licina and Elly Mayday

Our talented Pin-Up Models Stela Licina and Elly Mayday share some trade secrets of their artistry.

Watch the beautiful duo, along with us, and learn some new tips:

Pin-up Beauty Secrets! (Part 1 – Hair and Make-Up)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To288nKdFKM

 

Elly Mayday & Stela Licina wearing Cherry Velvet (style: 'Trudy', color: 'Chat Room')

Elly Mayday & Stela Licina wearing Cherry Velvet (style: ‘Trudy’, color: ‘Chat Room’)

xox Cherry Velvet
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September, with Elly Mayday – Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

25 Sep

MODEL: ELLY MAYDAY , WEARING: Daphne (Black Dot 3/4) by Cherry Velvet

MODEL: ELLY MAYDAY , WEARING: Daphne (Black Dot 3/4) by Cherry Velvet

Last week, we were so lucky as to get to spend an afternoon at the lakeside park with Elly Mayday (watch for more photos coming soon).

Further to our last post, Elly took some time, on location with Cherry Velvet, to record a personal message of her thoughts and hopes that others can detect, fight, and prevent Ovarian Cancer.

 

Please watch and share here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlVExXa8ZlM

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If you would like to help support Elly’s quest to face and overcome cancer, a fundraiser has been set up here:

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/elly-mayday-ovarian-cancer-treatment-fund/84902

For more information about Ovarian Cancer and it’s prevention please visit:

(Canada) http://www.ovariancanada.org/

(U.S.) http://www.ovariancancer.org/

xox Cherry Velvet
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Tie a teal green ribbon…

20 Sep

Many of you might have already heard the story of Elly Mayday -one of our favourite models here at Cherry Velvet. We’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Elly for the past year. Elly is not just stunningly beautiful on the outside, but equally one of the sweetest individuals anyone could ever hope to meet.

Recently (right on the cusp of an exploding modeling career, at 25 years old), Elly discovered she has serous carcinoma -a type of ovarian cancer. She decided to make her story public and is sharing her journey through ovarian cancer, as well as continuing to be a body-positive role model for women everywhere.

MODEL: ELLY MAYDAY , WEARING: Daphne (Black Dot 3/4) by Cherry Velvet

MODEL: ELLY MAYDAY , WEARING: Daphne (Black Dot 3/4) by Cherry Velvet

Did you know that teal green is the colour of ovarian cancer -a much less talked about, but very serious type of women’s cancer?

There is no one specific symptom for ovarian cancer and these symptoms are generally vague/non-specific (-often mistakenly attributed to other causes). It’s called ‘the disease that whispers’ for good reason: it’s often overlooked and under-diagnosed.

Do you do a breast self exam every month? What about going for an annual pap test? These simple steps could save your life.
There is no easy test or exam for ovarian cancer, but this is a basic list of what to look for and be aware of:
  • Swelling or bloating of the abdomen
  • Pelvic discomfort or heaviness
  • Back or abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Gas, nausea, indigestion
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Emptying your bladder frequently
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Weight loss or weight gain
Other symptoms…
  • Mass or “lump” in your pelvis that you can feel
  • Inability to eat normally
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Vaginal bleeding

We hope we’ve inspired you to catch up on any tests you haven’t taken lately, and brought attention to ways to help spot Ovarian Cancer. Please also consider taking a moment to share this post with all the important women in your life so that they’ll be aware too.

For more information about Ovarian Cancer and it’s prevention please visit:

(Canada) http://www.ovariancanada.org/

(U.S.) http://www.ovariancancer.org/

To follow Elly -her story and dynamic career- you can ‘like’ her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/EllyMaydayOfficialFanpage

If you would like to help support Elly’s quest to face and overcome cancer, a fundraiser has been set up here:

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/elly-mayday-ovarian-cancer-treatment-fund/84902

xox Cherry Velvet
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Gal Pals & Pin-Up Make-Up

23 Aug

At a recent photo shoot, we took a break and started chatting about doing a “How-To” video on Pin-up make-up. Who would pass on that–seeing Elly Mayday and her bestie Stela Licina, two of our favourite models, in a Cherry Velvet video together! And it was so great to hear from Elly, just recently out of surgery yet sounding happy and enthusiastic to get back to work!

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(Flowers for Elly and a little glimpse of her bedroom)

Fast forward to today, with me writing this post from Elly’s bedroom. Logan, our videographer, is doing his thing. (I just show up to ‘style’ and take instagram pics).

It’s so great to see the natural chemistry between these two friends. I know Stela has done Elly’s make-up many times. In fact, that’s how they first met–Elly had won a contest, with the prize being a photoshoot with Pin-up Perfection Photography, and Stela was the make-up artist.

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I’m sitting here, writing away and trying to keep quiet. Which is difficult, believe me. These girls are cracking me up! At the same time there’s a transformation going on, from bare face ‘farm girl’ through all the phases of Elly’s full pin-up look.

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You’re going to love love love the video. They’re going to show you how to do foundation, eyebrows, shade, lashes, liner, lipstick…well, everything you need to know. And you can have some laughs along the way.

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 Oh. And here’s Elly, fully ’done’ and wearing one of our soon-to-be-released dresses, the ‘Trudy Black/Violet Dot” and Stela, also in “Trudy”,  Chatroom.

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 I’m learning so much! and so will you….it’ll be up very soon!
xox Cherry Velvet
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