Gluten Free Treats!: Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery


Hey you know what we think of cupcakes here at Cherry Velvet! We were thrilled to discover a new gluten free bakery, that specializes in all kinds of sweet treats. Their cupcakes are delish!  Gluten free seems to be the newest thing in food these days, but for those of us that can’t tolerate gluten, it’s not just the latest fad, but the way we have to eat to stay healthy. (Because we think  cupcakes are at least good for our mental health!



So why go gluten free?  Gluten-free diets aren’t just for celiacs or those with wheat allergies. Eating wheat, even whole wheat, can actually do more harm than good. It is estimated that up to 50 percent of the population may be intolerant to the high-gluten content in wheat being produced today.  The reason is that we don’t completely digest all of the wheat, leaving the undigested portions to ferment. Because wheat is found in so many foods, most people only discover their intolerance to gluten when they go gluten free and their overall health improves dramatically.


Ray Porcellato, founder of Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery, acquired his love for baking at a young age from his mother Pixie. When he saw the demand for gluten-free products going largely unfulfilled, Ray decided to continue that family tradition and launched a bakery that would create gluten-free baked goods that had the same taste and quality he grew up with. I’ve chatted with Pixie and she is adorable,  it’s the the next best thing to going to visit grandma for homemade baking!

While the great thing about Cloud 9’s  baking  is definitely the taste, the next best thing just may be their amazing selection of treats! They have marshmellows and wine gums made from real red and white wine that are fantastic and totally addictive! I am in love with the peanut butter cookies and brownies, the lemon tarts and cupcakes and their mini  ‘foccaccio style’ picollo buns. They really taste as good as homemade and especially of  their sweet treats, you would never know they were gluten free.   Swing by Cloud 9 Bakery next time you’re in New Westminster and are in the mood to treat yourself to something delicious!

Cherry Velvet  xox

A Little More About Ava with…

From the 1800’s to Christian Dior’s “New Look,” with 80’s iconic power peplums in-between, these frocks with flounces have been around longer than you can imagine.  The peplum, which originated in the 19th century, is a short overskirt that is now usually attached to a fitted jacket.  The early peplum was generally not affixed to the coat, but was simply an extra overskirt or flounce sewn onto, and dropping from, the waist. The modern peplum became popular as a design in women’s suiting in the 1940s; jackets were often fitted at the waist, however, the fabric extended beyond the waist in an overskirt.


Lately, this figure flattering style has been popping up on runways and red carpets everywhere.  Don’t fear the peplum if you’ve never tried it before, it has a miraculous way of shrinking your waistline by adding flare at your hips to create a striking hourglass shape.  With gathering details in all the right places, cute cap sleeves, and a pencil skirt peeking out from underneath the perfectly placed peplum, this dress is a great addition to the Cherry Velvet collection.


Come join our peplum party this spring by pairing one of our Ava dresses with killer heels, a bold lip and a giant dose of confidence!  We have an assortment of peplums on our online store, in a flora of personality filled prints, and there are still more to come.  In traditional Cherry Velvet fashion you can wear the Ava Dress during the day with a wedge, sunglasses, and tote or dress it up at night with a pair of pumps, a fitted cropped blazer, and a dazzling clutch.


 Cherry Velvet: Ava Dress


 Cherry Velvet: Ava Dress


 Cherry Velvet: Ava Dress


  Cherry Velvet: Ava Dress

Cherry Velvet xox


What could be prettier than a peplum? This season this cute retro look is in BIG, and Cherry Velvet can’t think of anything she likes more! With gathering details in all the right places, cute cap sleeves, and a pencil skirt peeking out from underneath the perfectly placed peplum, this dress is a great addition to the Cherry Velvet collection.

If you might not normally feel fab in a pencil skirt (maybe a bit of a tummy?), the added flare of the peplum (cut just like the A-line skirts of our other dress styles) might be just what you’re looking for!

This super versatile dress is great for the office with a little cardi, and goes straight to evening with a change of heels and a little extra bling. How could you go wrong? This dress comes in one of our favorite prints yet, the Black Cherry Gingham. Polka dots, cherries, gingham bows.. All in one? You’ll think you’ve died and gone to print heaven!

Cherry Velvet xox

Spring Pastels


We are so very excited about our new batch of Brigitte dresses.  Truly reflective of Spring’s fresh colours, these prints are a great way to incorporate this season’s pastel trend into your wardrobe. We’re head over heels for all our prints, but the Brigitte dresses in “Aqua Dot” and “Green Dogwood” have us twirling! For all the pink lovers, Brigitte is also available in “Pink Dogwood”, and our “Strawberry Cheesecake” crinoline will add a peek of pastel and some extra oomph to any outfit.

How will you wear pastel?

xox Cherry Velvet