Fluevogs and Cherry Velvet!

We’re quivering with excitement here at Cherry Velvet for so many reasons! We’re in the 11th hour of signing a new lease, ’cause we’re moving, (more dets when it’s official), AND this week, we’re doing a photo shoot with Fluevog shoes, right in their original downtown store! Yahoo! The idea for the shoot came from our designer’s girlfriend, Shelly, (you know Shelly of the Shelly dress fame); she’s a HUGE Fluevog  and Cherry Velvet fan too. A big thanks to her for helping us organize this, XO! Thanks also to Preet, the manager of the store, for accommodating us.

John Fluevog Granville Store

Did we mention how excited we are? Our designer, Diane, remembers her very first delicious pair of Fluevogs, back then called Fox and Fluevog. The shoes were black and charcoal grey Mary Janes with a pointy then squared off toe and a shapely heel. It’s unfortunate that they no longer fit….she’s no longer a size 6 1/2…, but the cool thing is they could still be worn today if they did. So many Fluevogs have a timeless appeal and that’s why they match so well with our retro inspired dresses. A very sweet fan on Instagram said, and we quote,  “That is a dream pairing!!” Thanks @yycsian for your lovely comment! So flattered and well….blushing over here….but we couldn’t agree more.

It was a VERY tough day picking out Fluevog shoes to match our dresses. Oh yes…..with so many choices, it was just so HARD (haha). Oh, and now there’s a collective list…..yaaaaay long… of shoes on the wish list….

We’d LOVE to get your input on picking out shoes to match our Cherry Velvet dresses—some of them so brand NEW—they’re not on-line yet!  We’re also posting these on Facebook— comment where you like.

Cherry Velvet Brooke Dress
Help us choose the shoes to match our Cherry Velvet Brooke dress in Turquoise Medallions
Cherry Velvet Kelly Dress
Which shoes would you choose to match our Cherry Velvet Kelly dress in Golden Leopard ?
Cherry Velvet Danielle Dress
Which shoes would you choose to match our Cherry Velvet Danielle dress in Bazaar ?
Cherry Velvet Brooke dress in Stardust
Which shoes would you choose to match our Cherry Velvet Brooke dress in Stardust?
Cherry Velvet Danielle dress in Silhouette
Help us choose the shoes to match our Cherry Velvet Danielle dress in Silhouette

 

We’ve got a list of lovelies participating: Shimona Henry (our awesome photographer), Shelly Reinhart (our muse and super fun girlfriend), gorgeous Models, Nova Beth and Ruby Roxx, Hair by Lucy Lopez,  Jewelry by Mirror Mirror Bijoux and our designer Diane Kennedy.

We can’t wait!

Cherry Velvet XOX

Yes to a Retro Inspired Wedding Dress

I have always wanted to dress up in a beautiful, retro inspired wedding dress. Lots of girls dream about their wedding day, and for many, it’s all about the dress (and saying yes!). I love pinup fashion and integrate it into my everyday life, so it would only be natural for it to be featured front and centre on the very biggest day of my life; an honoured guest on a glamorous, special occasion.

Cherry Velvet Elly Dress in Ivory Damask

Wearing a retro inspired wedding dress means the photos in my wedding album would have the look and feel of my grandma’s own album. It would be my own sentimental homage to the enduring quality of a love that has weathered the decades, untouched by time.

A vintage inspired wedding dress is magical because it has a timeless, romantic look. My own dream dress would be flirty, tea-length, white and sleeveless. Or maybe it would be a delicate ivory swing dress with a full skirt and a crinoline while I twirl to the music with the love of my life. It would be something simple and effortless that I could wear while sipping pink lemonade at a backyard reception in the sun; something that would look equally at home in a luxurious ballroom lit with dazzling chandeliers and a big band playing for the first dance.

A vintage style wedding dress is the ultimate “something borrowed”. Brand new – but borrowed from another time. It feels so good to relive the very best of another era and reintroduce it to an adoring congregation of guests and well-wishers.

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Some of my guests just wouldn’t be able to join me and travel to a paradise far away to see me happily wed. A retro inspired wedding dress could be my ticket to the destination wedding of my dreams. Instead of the sands of Cuba, I can enjoy the matrimonial bliss of a ceremony that takes place in an era of wholesome decadence.  The past would be my destination wedding location, no passport required!

I would love to pair the vintage inspired wedding dress of my dreams with the man of my dreams. I want to take some incredible pictures looking all timeless and romantic. I want to savour the luxury of my “something borrowed” at a retro chic destination far away. All I have to do is say “yes!” and invite pinup fashion to the biggest day of my life.

XOX Cherry Velvet

Guest Blogger Alison Tedford from “Sparkly Shoes and Sweatdrops”

@Charlotte Curve Model is wearing Elly Ivory Pearlized Jacquard and a pale Blueberry crinoline . Beautiful jewelry provided by Mirror Mirror Bijoux

A Sultry Summer Sundress

Every new style we create starts with an little budding idea. One of our newest dresses, Robin, started with the goal of designing the perfect summer sundress. We wanted to include all the important elements, shape, style, flare and fit. You’ve been asking for lower necklines, so the Robin features a super sexy plunging neckline to show off your decollete (you may recognize the design of the bodice from a popular style we call the Judith). The front band gathering up the bust of the dress creates the illusion of your bust being a pretty bow. Also super important, we wanted to give Robin a lovely full skirt that can be worn with or without a crinoline, because even though we designed her as a sundress, we know you’ll want to wear her to parties, too!

Fabrics were chosen to compliment your summer tan, begging to be outside in the sunshine:

summer sundress fabric prints

White Rosy Dots:  There’s everything to love about this lovely black polka dots and roses print on a white background; it’s divine (and there’s only a few of these left now)!

Lime Dot:  This print is a pretty shade of turquoise with the surprise of lime polka dots.

Coral Mod: A swirling confection of sunset shades: pink, hot pink, orange, peach, yellow and white.

Pinwheels:  This adorably sweet and retro print features multi-coloured pinwheels on a pale minty green background.

Robin sundresses
Ruby Roxx wearing Coral Mod and Charlotte Curve Model in Pinwheels

Our sexy and sweet summer sundress can be worn with flip flops at the beach or a saucy pair of bright pumps. She’s equally perfect to dress up with a crinoline to dance the night away. Twirl and whirl to your heart’s content. And you know we didn’t forget to add pockets!

We have the perfect little sultry summer sundress for you!

Cherry Velvet XOX

Spring Beauty for Cherry Velvet Girls

Every Spring season, a flurry of new makeup collections launch alongside the Designer collections at the Ready-to-Wear Fashion Runway Shows. After the dark and muted colours that dominate most Holiday and Winter Collections, Spring is the perfect time for brighter hues to emerge. This season’s makeup trends seem to have one thing in common: a cool feminine Pinky-Lavender hue, strategically placed on one facial feature that will really make you shine.

Spring beauty for cherry velvet girls, cherry velvet plus, curvy fashion, lavender for Spring 2015, made in canada
Sources from Top Left: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 717 Coquelico, Marc Jacobs Eye Palette, NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Bouthan, Pucci Spring 2015 Fashion Show, Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick (Requiem and Suspiria launching soon), Essie Nails in Nice is Nice.

 

Lipstick and colour trends seem to go hand in hand. One of the most popular Spring beauty colours that have popped up everywhere is lavender. Colours like very blue-toned pinks or a light lavender, like the Studded Kiss Lipstick Collection by Kat Von D at Sephora, are a bold statement yet can be combined perfectly with a simple winged-eyeliner look. Purple and pinky eye shadows, and their tints and shades, were also all over the Spring 2015 runway shows. Either a simple shadow-y plum/purple hue on the lid or an all-over lavender mauve shade all around the eye.

Beauty trends for Cherry Velvet girls, Cherry Velvet Plus, Spring Beauty 2015, Lavender, made in canada
Lavender makeup hues pair perfectly with CV dresses, Brooke in Turquoise Medallion, Jennifer in Sky Floral, and Robin in Lime Dot.

 

Brighter shades of pinks are also popping up in eyeshadow palettes. Pink eye shadow gives a fresh look to the eyes and can be warm and youthful looking. If pink feels too bold, try layering pink eye shadow with a more lavender shade. When using a more bold shadow look on the eye, keep the lips more neutral by using a clear lip gloss or a nude-coloured lipstick.

While baby pink nails are always in style, this summer why not try lavender or bold purple nails for a bit of fun? It’s all about being feminine without being too showy. Nails done in Essie’s Nice is Nice offer a pretty alternative to a pink neutral and pair perfectly with Cherry Velvet new release dresses Brooke in Turquoise Medallion or Robin in Lime Dot. Add a perfectly winged cat-eye and a lavender lipstick for a  fresh Spring look.

As much as we adore classic red, plums and coral shades, lavender makeup hues are a way to try something new! Which makeup looks are you going to try this Spring?

 

XOX Cherry Velvet