The Cherry-Lemon Summit

I met the ferociously fabulous Ms Lemon this balmy Friday after work, at the new Acme Cafe.  Located right beside the landmark store for slutty shoes—Model Express—the café happens to be central between my work and hers. If you’ve never been, Acme has that classic retro diner feel that fits in with the changing character of the area, elevating the neighborhood with its shiny, squeaky clean newness.

The menu is choc-full of updates on classic comfort foods like mac n’ cheese, meatloaf, and eggs benny—all the things we crave—and at fair prices too!  To my delight they had gluten free bread (YES!), so of course I had to have the ‘High-falutin’ Grilled Cheese’, something I haven’t been able to indulge in for a long time!  Dream with me here: cheddar, swiss, brie, and cranberry-Grand Marnier relish…Delish!

The only thing greater than the food was the company; animated, cheeky, full of expression—Dani Lemon is a bombshell and the archetype CherryVelvet gal.  Blogger, actress, singer, lawyer (with her own firm!)… She is the perfect example of a strong, independent woman. Passionate about helping small, savvy businesses reach their full potential, Ms Lemon specializes in “licensing, technology, Internet, e-commerce, media and communications law,” and has some major experience under her belt. As many a small business owner would agree, running your own business can be expensive and exhausting…but so rewarding when you can operate how YOU want to.  

“I want to take away all of the excuses small businesses have for not seeking legal advice when they should.”

 I think Danielle Lemon Law Group is onto a great thing. It’s a company filled with passion and, in true Lemon style, ‘Fresh Advice’.

 So what do two business owners turn to when the shop-talk is over? Why, dessert, dating and dresses, of course! (Ms Lemon has already put first dibs on our latest frock that hasn’t even hit the stores yet…the Barbara dress in the limited Black & White Polka dots)  We obviously saved room for pie—that carb-laden, sugar bomb of retro deliciousness! Two plates, two forks, one key lime slice, one lemon meringue…swirls of creamy, fruit filling. Puffy meringue, custard, flaky melt-in-your-mouth crust!

Heaven. It’s pie at Acme Café.

xox CherryVelvet

Fashion For The “Other” You?

I have a confession to make. I have an alter-ego. By day and during the week I am a sales agent for pretty plus-size fashion. My personal style varies from tights, tunics and Chuck Taylor’s to dresses, cardis and flats. I love dressing up and I love dressing down in jeans, t-shirts and boots. It’s all good and I’m lucky that I can dress for how I feel from day to day, no dress code for me. My alter-ego though, she’s a little more complicated. Her style icons are Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. She’s all big hair and false eyelashes. She wears cowboy boots with dresses and skirts and orders western shirts from Southern states on the internet. You see, my alter ego is a country/honky-tonk singer in an all male band. In a week or so I will be heading to a little town in a valley carved by the mighty Thompson River. This is true cowboy country. The people who live here are ranchers, farmers, hunters and fishers, artists and musicians. They are also some of the kindest and most welcoming folks I have ever met. This music festival is set in front of a backdrop of some of British Columbia’s most amazing scenery. The climate is semi-arid desert, hot and dry. What’s a girl to wear?

I’ll be leaving the wigs at home because there’s nothing warmer than a hair hat. False eyelashes, if I can get them on right. Cowboy boots? Maybe, but probably too hot. I’m thinking my Polka Party Cherry Velvet dress and bare feet. This vintage inspired dress just works for so many occasions! Do you have yours yet? What will your alter-ego be wearing this summer?

xoBarb

(aka Ms. BarbaraJane)

Dancing with Polka Dots

When I think of polka dots, these are the words that first come to mind: retro, vintage, Lucille Ball, Minnie Mouse, and 50’s dresses.

While polka dots were showing up on clothing well before the 1950’s, it’s a dance craze from this era that gave the pattern its name. Some say the dots gained their ‘polka’ because they resembled the dance’s steps; however it’s more likely that the name ‘polka dots’ resulted from the coinciding popularity of the print and the Polka (dance).

At CherryVelvet, we love us some polka dots. The words we associate with this lovely little print provide the perfect summation of CherryVelvet style. Retro-inspired with a cheeky side, flirty and sweet, these are the qualities we embrace when planning our dresses. So of course we couldn’t cook up a batch of these frocks without throwing some polka dots into the mix!

A vintage flare and fun to wear, this black & white polka dot dress is a true classic.

(PS.  This little looker will be available exclusively in limited quantities at the CherryVelvet Online Boutique! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out when the store is launched…)

XOXO CherryVelvet

Cherry Velvet Sneak Peek!

Here it is! This is the first sneak peak of the new Cherry Velvet dress The Barbara. (ahem)

How wicked is this dress? We’ve added a sweet little sleeve and a cross over, sexy neckline. We have kept the fabulous pockets too! Here’s a preview of one of the edgier prints. This Good Luck Tattoo print features swallows, broken hearts, roses, and stars all on a gorgeous turquoise background.

Keep checking back here as we tease you with some more fab prints.

xoBarb