How to: Shelly Style

 

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We make our dresses for you, so it makes perfect sense to reach out to you when representing our line. Our dresses are as unique as your own personal style and we love to see how our Cherry Velvet girls style their dresses. Enter Shelly! Our regular readers will recognise her as a friend of Diane (our designer), whose fun and whimsical fashion sense makes her a perfect choice for this. A self-proclaimed, “sexy, fat chick” with a penchant for dresses, she’s an avid Cherry Velvet aficionado.

With her approachable smile, she’s a beacon of Retro-inspired style and has remarked that Cherry Velvet are her favourite dresses. We were so pleased to hear that she often gets stopped on the sidewalk when she’s wearing them!

On top of that, we knew Shelly has amassed an envy-inducing collection of darling shoes (including our favourite shoe brand, John Fluevog) –

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and jewelry…

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So we asked her to choose a few dresses to style along with her pretty things, as well as model for us – to show off her unique, CV-style. As always, we were delighted by Shelly’s cheerful and confident personality. She tells it like it is and exemplifies the body positive, self-assured attitude that pairs perfectly with our dresses.

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We knew the Olivia Dress was the perfect choice for her when we heard her explaining her style philosophy, “fashion is a feeling.” Fittingly, as soon as she donned the delicate Violet Ribbon print, she exclaimed, “it feels like something out of 1950’s Paris!”

 

 

 

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She went on to explain that she enjoys the juxtaposition of “simple with fancy.” She suggests pairing a denim jacket with our dresses or jazzing up a more subdued print with statement shoes.

 

 

 

 

Our dresses look absolutely fabulous with belts and this thick patent leather one is a lovely complement to our subtle take on the pinstripe. It really makes those fierce heels pop!

 

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She definitely had a blast trying out our brightest Doris Dress yet, The Pixel Party. It was hard to contain her enthusiasm! As soon as she saw it when she was picking her choices, she had to show it to her husband.

“He’s a bit of a geek and this dress just screams ‘Comic Con’! He loves the pixelated print.”

Shelly’s colourful personality definitely comes out in this trendy, statement dress. We’re not surprised she chose it, considering her other favourite dresses are our Brooke Dress in Vanilla Stardust (now sold out) & Danielle Dress in Bazaar.

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Check out those adorable shoes. Pixels & holograms? Flawless!

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These Cosmos Meteor shoes from Fluevog are out of this world!

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Stay tuned for another upcoming post, wherein Shelly shares her thoughts about body positivity and more of her beautiful charm with us.

XOX Cherry Velvet

Find one of Shelly’s favourite dresses, The Danielle in Bazaar & many more Retro-inspired, Plus Size dresses  at Cherry Velvet Plus!

The Retro Reconnect

These days, amazing technology allows us to have so many people’s lives “@”our fingertips. It’s very easy to get caught up in “FOMO” (Fear Of Missing Out) and forgetting the simple pleasure of connecting with people through something other than a glowing screen. With many making the new year’s resolution to make more time for people, we thought it’d be neat to talk about a couple of ways you can put your cell phone down and be more present, socially-speaking.

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It started with the typewriter, then those darn BBMs and now it’s safe to say the text message reigns supreme. Remember when “msg” used to be that stuff you found in bad Chinese food? Now it’s the auto-corrected alternative to making time for people. What a shame!

But thankfully, with scrapbooking becoming such a trend and crafting megastores so common now, it’s becoming clear that the long-lost art of the handwritten note is coming back in full force and we think that’s swell!

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Despite the convenience of sending an email, nothing beats that feeling of delight when the mail arrives and you see a handwritten envelope addressed with your name. With card companies releasing cards for practically every occasion, and Pinterest tutorials inspiring everyone, there are so many ways a note written by hand can have as much personal flair as your unique fashion sense. Who wants a Vacation Snapchat that will disappear in a day, when you can send a little postcard keepsake! Or show off your love of nostalgia with retro inspired card designs for niceties such as thank you cards and…

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Which leads us perfectly into our next suggestion…

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why not create a little FOMO for everyone, yourself – Send out darling Retro-inspired invitations & host an old fashioned house party!

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These days, people have taken to packing bars and restaurants to the ceiling with party reservations for every occasion. Why subject you and your guests to shouting over obnoxious music and overpriced food & drink when you can show everyone what a party that has Retro Class and Modern Sass looks like!

And the best part? Being hostess  means getting to suggest cocktail attire! Whether you’re holding a dinner party or just getting everyone together for drinks, going that extra mile to get gussied up always turns a simple get-together into a glamourous evening out for your guests. Even if everyone’s technically staying in!

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…And it just so happens we know the place to get a cute dress (or two)… <3

Do everything you’d do out on the town; dance, take fun pics with the girls…
…and never have to worry about someone spilling a drink on your Cherry Velvet dress. 😉

So go ahead, unplug! Disconnect* and reconnect the old fashioned way.

XOX Cherry Velvet

**And after your retro recharge, ease back into modern communication by joining our mailing list & following us on FB, Twitter & Instagram!**