The Secret Life of a Cherry Velvet Girl

Hey there! My name is Danielle and by day I’m Cherry Velvet’s Sales & Marketing Coordinator. I’m who responds to your social media inquiries and comments! But, I’m going to let you in on a secret…. on weekends & evenings I love to indulge my alternate pin-up persona… Miss Lucky Dee!!

Miss Lucky Dee wearing Cherry Velvet's Ava Dress in Black & White Polka Dots
Miss Lucky Dee wearing Cherry Velvet’s Ava Dress in Black & White Polka Dots

 

When did you first gain an interest in modeling? When did you get your start?

When I was a teenager I always thought it would be fun to be a model but assumed I couldn’t because I’m a size 14.  Then last year I won a modeling competition for the plus size store {LUCY} Clothing in Langley and it all started from there. 

How did you come up with your stage name?

I only just picked my stage name the other day!  My good friend Rory suggested it and immediately I liked it.

Who are your style inspirations?

I love Zooey Deschanel’s style.  She is always wearing super cute and quirky pieces and I like how she doesn’t over accessorize. 

What would people find unexpected about you?

I’m seriously afraid of seagulls.

How do you prepare for a modeling shoot?

I shave, pluck, wax and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!  Basically a lot of hair removal!! Haha.   No booze the night before either. 

Do you have any secret beauty tips?

I use a a vitamin C moisturizer on my face and I comb my eyebrows every morning (lol).  

What was your favorite outfit from this shoot?

The fuchsia Annette dress!! I can’t wait to buy it.

What’s your favorite outfit from your own closet?

My Kiyonna Betsey Ruched dress is one of my favorites to wear out.  But, my guilty pleasure is a pair of stretchy grey shorts I’ve had for 10 years.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I can juggle and blow smoke rings….are those talents?!

What’s your favorite movie?

Hands down it’s Best In Show

Five things you can’t live without?

My family, friends, pets (black cat Hendrix & schnoodle pup Stella), iPhone & mascara – in that order.  

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Mussels with fries & wine… Yumm! 

Miss Lucky Dee wearing Cherry Velvet's Daphne Dress.
Miss Lucky Dee wearing Cherry Velvet’s Daphne Dress.

 

xox Cherry Velvet

Mayday! Mayday! It’s Elly Mayday!

Getting to know this vivacious vixen on the set of our Save-on-Meat’s photo shoot was a treat. Not only is she drop dead gorgeous but she’s got a personality to boot!  Read on to learn about Cherry Velvet’s blonde bombshell…

 

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How did you come up with your stage name?

I have always loved the name and character Elly May Clampette from the Beverly Hillbillies (I wanted to be her). The Mayday part comes from my career as a flight attendant. The name is cute and it holds a little bit of meaning to my life.

What would people find unexpected about you?

I was born and raised on a farm in Saskatchewan, so I am not as girly as I may look.

What is your background in modeling? When and why did you get started?

I entered a competition for a calendar in the summer of 2009 and from then on I’ve been interested in any opportunity that has come my way.  I got into it because people encouraged me and I had people saying I reminded them of some pretty famous ladies (Marilyn Jayne Mansfield, Anna Nicole Smith). It was nice that people appreciated my curves. I began to embrace my look and have been busier and happier ever since.

How would you describe your personal style? Where do you generally shop?

My personal style is best described as cute but different. I don’t ever want to blend in!!  I go for things that extenuate my best features. I love wearing a cute skirt and heels but throwing in suspenders and an older looking white button down shirt. Thrift stores are my go to for cool finds! I would probably like your grandpa’s style.

How do you prepare for a modeling shoot?

Know your product, get lots of rest, come with extra shoes/undergarments, and listen to my favorite music.

Do you have any secret beauty tips?

Less is more. Make up is to enhance, not cover up your beauty.

What was your favorite outfit from this shoot?

I loved the fuchsia Annette dress! It’s great if you have a smaller waist and bigger hips. A simple black belt ties it all together really well.

What’s your favorite outfit from your own closet?

I have a black Bettie Page dress from Las Vegas that I adore! It was the first real pin up outfit I ever bought. I’ve been hooked on this style of clothing since.

What’s your favorite movie?

Stepbrothers

Five things you can’t live without?

  • music
  • the people I love
  • my career as a flight attendant
  • my hot curlers
  • popcorn

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I could eat steak, potatoes and caesar salad for the rest of my life. 

 

 

Elly Mayday wearing Cherry Velvet’s Jackie Jacket & Vivian Skirt in Cheetah
MUAH – Chevvy Piston & Stevie Lix
Hair Flower: Jen Kaboom Designs
Pin-up Perfection Photography

Check back soon to meet Miss Lucky Dee!

xox Cherry Velvet

Tuesday Talk: Getting to Know Ruby Roxx

After our Save-on-Meats photo shoot last week I had a chance to catch up with our models.  I learned a lot about everyone and we giggled a lot!  My second interview was with the notorious pin-up model Ruby Roxx.  You may recognize her from the latest cover of Delicious Dolls Magazine!

Ruby Roxx wearing a Jen Kaboom hair flower.
Ruby Roxx wearing a Jen Kaboom hair flower.

Who are your style inspirations?

Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page, Katy Perry and my Grandma.

How did you come up with your stage name?

I wanted a name that reflected my signature red hair.  I also wanted something that had a vintage ring to it, but wasn’t too cutesy so I could also explore other genres of modeling, while still using my stage name.

What would people find unexpected about you?

I teach Preschool when I’m not modeling. 

What is your background in modeling?  When and why did you get started?

I have been modeling about 5 years.  I started as a favor to a friend who was a hairdresser.  She did my hair and I posed for her salon.  After that I was hooked.

How do you prepare for a modeling shoot?

Get lots of sleep, make sure I’m well fed, hydrated, moisturized and always wearing the proper undergarments. 

Do you have any secret beauty tips?

Sleep, sleep and more sleep!  I take a bath with baby oil almost nightly, and always moisturize when I get out.

What was your favorite outfit from this shoot?

I loved all the looks!!! The floral Sabrina Dress from the new spring line was one of my favorites though! 

What’s your favorite outfit from your own closet?

I have a vintage 1940’s dress from Australia. Its looks just like Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dress, only its Emerald Green (my favourite colour). I hardly ever wear it though because it’s so delicate. 

Do you have any hidden talents?

I’m a great cook!!!  I cooked professionally for years.  I also throw one hell of a party!! 

Five things you can’t live without?

  • my family
  • my friends
  • my man
  • good food, wine & music
  • my favourite pillow

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Check back to learn about our other models!
xox Cherry Velvet

Spring is just around the corner…

I’ve never been good with surprises.  That’s probably why I am having such a hard time keeping our Cherry Velvet Spring collection under wraps!  Last night we had a fabulous photo shoot and I am dying to talk about.

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We had the super talented Chevvy Piston and Stevie Lix at our design studio transforming our already stunning models into sexy pin up princesses.  They sculpted our models’ hair into masterpieces and the make-up was to die for.  I’ve always been a sucker for big red lips and fake eye lashes!

Chevvy Piston working her magic.
Chevvy Piston working her magic.
The talented Stevie Lix in her element.
The talented Stevie Lix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pin up models Ruby Roxx, Elly Mayday, Miss Lucky Dee and Genesis Hiles all looked super glamorous in our Cherry Velvet designs.  We couldn’t be happier with how lovely and professional these ladies were.

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[left-right] Miss Lucky Dee, Ruby Roxx, Elly Mayday & Genesis Hiles
MUAH – Chevvy Piston & Stevie Lix
Pin-up Perfection Photography
If you’re a dedicated Cherry Velvet follower, you may recognize model Genesis Hiles who is our very own pattern maker and Miss Lucky Dee (aka Danielle Keil) who is now our Sales & Marketing Coordinator.

Genesis Hiles – pattern maker and model extraordinaire!
Genesis Hiles – pattern maker and model extraordinaire!


As usual, gifted photographer Shimona Henry from Pin-up Perfection Photography made magic happen.  We love working with her because she is so committed to her work and highly detail oriented.  She simply never disappoints!

Lastly, I want to give a big shout out to Save on Meats!  This location had the perfect amount of fifties nostalgia and the burgers & shakes were delicious.

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I can barely wait to share our Cherry Velvet Spring collection with all of you!  You’re going to love it!!

Check our blog next week to learn more about Ruby Roxx, Elly Mayday, Miss Lucky Dee and Genesis Hiles. 

Are you dying to ask these ladies a question?  Comment below and I’ll be sure to include it in my interview questions.

xox Cherry Velvet   

Tips & Tricks for Dressing Your Arms

Ever since puberty I’ve had a love-hate relationship with my body. I don’t worry about covering up acne anymore but camouflaging my upper arms is definitely a priority. If you’re like me and love fashion but are concerned about your wobbly arms then look no further…this is the article for you!

Model Kerosene Deluxe posing as Rosie the Riveter for photographer Tina Korhonen.
Model Kerosene Deluxe posing as Rosie the Riveter for photographer Tina Korhonen.

Tips for fabulous arms

michelle-obamaWhat’s a girl to do when you don’t have arms like Michelle Obama? My first recommendation is to find a great shrug. When choosing a shrug it is important to keep a few things in mind. First, consider the length of the garment’s sleeves. Are the sleeves covering the area of your arms that you’re concerned about? Second, check to see what material the garment is made of. I personally prefer natural fabrics (like alpaca, cashmere, bamboo, cotton, hemp, linen, silk and wool). Now, try and be impartial here and remember that proper fit is so much more important than a number on a tag.

Covering your arms while staying cool and comfortable is one of the summer season’s major fashion challenges. Regardless, a shawl can be a great way to beat the heat while keeping your arms covered. However, if you are going to drape your arms in material make sure the fabric is fabulous. Half sleeve cardigans are a great solution too! Try one in a lightweight linen knit over a summer dress. Another favorite of mine is the peasant blouse. A cotton peasant blouse with three-quarter length sleeves and a V-neck is appropriate for the beach or office.

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For any season a three-quarter length sleeve tunic can disguise wobbly arms. Choose dresses or tops with fluted sleeves or floating cuffs to balance your upper arms. Also, off the shoulder or asymmetric tops are more slimming as they show off a greater amount of skin around the shoulder area.

Most importantly, good posture and confidence will add wonders to any outfit. Hunched shoulders and slouching is not attractive. Good posture will elongate not only your arms but your whole body. So stand up straight with your head held high because you should be proud of how amazing you look.

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“A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear.”
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What not to do

When trying to camouflage your arms it is important to know what not to do just as much as knowing what to do. Avoid cap or short sleeves that cut across the largest part of your upper arm. You would be better off wearing a sleeveless dress because the horizontal line that a cap or short sleeve creates will draw unwanted attention to your arms. Also, avoid sleeves that are too tight! Too tight sleeves might make your arms feel secure and slim but, trust me, they won’t look that way. Also on the don’t list: puff-sleeves and horizontal stripes.

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Well ladies, now you have all the tips and tricks necessary to put together an amazing outfit that will make you feel comfortable & confident! Happy shopping!

xox Cherry Velvet

Welcoming Danielle

Diane Kennedy and Cherry Velvet are proud to introduce to you our newest model, Danielle Keil.  Her modeling career began earlier this year when she won a modeling contest and contract with {LUCY} Clothing and has been steadily growing ever since.

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Danielle grew up in the small town of Hope, BC and later moved to the city to pursue her dreams.  As a young girl Danielle dreamed of being the first person in her father’s family to obtain a Bachelor’s degree.  She achieved this goal and in June 2012 graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts & Social Sciences degree from Simon Fraser University (majoring in English Literature & minoring in Women’s Studies).

As a child Danielle also dreamed of becoming a model and working in the fashion industry.  However, she saw these dreams as far fetched since she never saw models her own size.  But as fate would have it, Danielle won {LUCY} Clothing’s modeling competition which launched her modeling career.  Danielle is ecstatic to be representing and celebrating curvy, plus sized women.  What’s more is that Diane Kennedy has now brought Danielle onto our team not only as a model but as a Sales & Marketing Coordinator as well.

We are excited to have Danielle on our team and excited to see her where her dreams will take her next.  Check out our online store to see Danielle modelling our designs.  And as Danielle says, “Believe it and you can achieve it.  And if that doesn’t work…fake it ‘till you make it.”

xox Cherry Velvet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus Size Perfection

You know we love to embrace our curves and design dresses that fit and flatter your curvy body! Today we want to celebrate a selection of those beautiful women that inspire us and show off plus size clothes to perfection!  The 6 women listed vary in their ages, and sizes, but all have this in common: they are strong, successful, beautiful, models who stand up and embrace their body.

1.  Katya Zharkova

Katya Zharkova (bornOctober 30, 1981) is a Russian plus-size model currently based in the United States. She has modeled for labels such as Forever 21, Silver Jeans and plus-size specialists Fashion To Figure. She is best known for her pictorial by photographer Victoria Janashvili in the January 2012 issue of PLUS Model Magazine, which highlighted the disparities between what it claims are ordinary women and runway models.

2.  Kate Dillon

Kate Dillon began her career as a size 6 with Elite NYC, but after overcoming health issues (anorexia) eventually re-launched her career as a U.S. size 14 plus-size model.  Dillon enjoyed a fast rise to fame via the covers and editorials of MODE Magazine, and has appeared in advertising for clients well outside of the usual plus-size norm such as Gucci, Isabella Rossellini’s ‘Manifesto’ perfume, and Nine West. She was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2000.

3.  Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham (born c. 1988) is a plus-size model from Lincoln, Nebraska. Graham attended Scott Middle School from 1999 to 2002 and attended Lincoln Southwest High School from 2002 to 2005. She is best known as a lingerie model for the plus-size clothing store Lane Bryant. She has also appeared in fashion magazines such as Vogue and Latina.  In addition, she appeared in several Levi’s campaigns.

4.  Tara Lynn

Tara Lynn walked into a modeling agency in Seattle on a whim four and a half years ago, they signed her on the spot. At a UK size 16 she put herself in a position where her body is going to be judged, and judged it was, by 2010 she was on the cover of Italian Vogue and recently she appeared on the cover of French Elle. Getting editorial work in style magazines – as opposed to commercial work – is still rare for a plus-size model, but Lynn thinks that’s changing. “We’re getting cast a little bit more and starting to see a diversified body image in shoots.”

5.  Fluvia Lacerda

Fluvia Lacerda moved to New York about 14 years ago from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  While on a cross town bus in Manhattan, she was approached by a magazine editor who told her she should consider working as a plus size model.  At the time Fluvia worked as a nanny and her life changed completely.  Today Fluvia’s face and curves are one of the most successful and requested ones worldwide.  Known as the “plus size version of Gisele Bundchen”, Fluvia is the only brazillian working internationally, making her an icon in her homeland, Brazil.

6.  Robin Lawley

Robyn Lawley (Born June 13, 1989) is an Australian Model from the Western Suburbs of Sydney, Australia. She is best known as one of three cover models of Vogue Italia’s June 2011 issue, the first Plus-size model to be shot for Australian Vogue and the first Australian plus size model to be on the cover of Madison, an Australian Fashion magazine. She is also notable for being the first plus-size model to appear in a campaign for Ralph Lauren.

Curvy is beautiful!

xox Cherry Velvet

Pop into Summer with Sunset Sorbet!

Have you ever heard the expression blue and green should never be seen? (Who makes up these rules anyway?) For summer, our newest fab combo is Pink and Orange! Yep, orange is the hottest colour this year but not easy for everyone to wear. So check out the warm tropical pink /orange print in our new ‘Gigi’ sundress and imagine how pretty it will look with your sun kissed skin!  We guarantee it will add some real zing to your summer party wardrobe! 

 

Tiki party anyone? Check out our pinterest board “Pink and Orange” for more colour inspiration!

xox Cherry Velvet

Fake Eyelashes: How To Wear Them for any Festive Occasion + Our Top 9 Favorite Styles this Season

(1.Ardell Lash Accents #318, 2.Sephora Flirt It Lash Duo, 3.Ardell Dramatic Lashes #139, 4.Makeup Forever Individual Eyelashes, 5.Illamasqua Grandeur Lashes, 6.Shu Uemura Black Velvet Feather Lashes, 7.Paperself Peacock Eyelashes, 8.Shu Uemura Dance in Glitter Premium Edition False Eyelashes, 9.Urban Decay Little Wing Urban Lash)

 

This holiday ramp up your party looks with false eyelashes—the littlest accessory that could! With so many to choose from, there’s a pair for everyone and every occasion. (Just don’t wear those 2 inch pink glitter lashes for New Years day brunch with the in-laws or risk looking like last night’s dance floor disco ball… Not that you would ever do that!) So, how to pull them off without looking silly?

Here’s a breakdown of our top 9 choices for all your festive occasions, and a few majorly important tips to prevent any frightening fake eyelash mishaps. ‘Cause glue in the eye just isn’t the impact on your ‘vision’ we were going for…

Office Party

You’ve got the chance to inject some fun glam into your office persona, but you don’t want to go into the realm of inappropriate and be forever known as “that girl”.

Your perfect lash look option 1: individual lash fillers like #4 are the most subtle and natural of falsies, because they allow you the control and precision to add as much or as little fullness as you like, wherever you want. This is a great option for a more conservative office culture.

Your perfect lash look option 2: a half strip of lashes like #1 (or the shorter pair in #2) is a natural way to give your eyes a little more pop, as it extends the length and line of your lashes at the corners. This makes your eyes look a little bit wider and more open, and blends well into your own eyelashes. They’ll never know!

Girls’ Night Out

If anyone can appreciate a great set of falsies, it’s your girlfriends! When you’re out on the town, take the opportunity to step it up and have fun with your style.

Your perfect lash look option 1: add a colorful corner accent strip like #9 in a vibrant option like electric blue. With multiple lengths these whimsical lashes are a welcome surprise and sure to catch the eye of a tall dark stranger…

Your perfect lash look option 2: fluttering feathers are the perfect addition to your favorite cocktail dress. #6 combines criss-crossing lashes with delicate, soft feather tips for a full and flirty lash-line.

Holiday Dinner Party with Family 

Don’t let your eyes sink into the darkness during candlelit conversations around the dinner table. Let your lashes frame your face and show off the twinkle in your eye.

Your perfect lash look: #2 has a great full length strip of falsies that you can easily trim to fit your eyes. They have an incredibly soft and natural look that adds just the right amount of thickness and definition. You’ll look pretty and polished for festive family photos.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Party (or other festive fun!)

Just because you’re not dressed to the nines in your party finest, it doesn’t mean you can’t step up your makeup look. (After all, when you’re wearing an ugly sweater, you’ve got to play up any pretty you can!)

Your perfect lash look: Fun and girly #3 is perfectly shaped and slanted to emphasize your peepers without looking over-the-top. For a casual gathering with friends, this is exactly what you need. Besides, after downing a few glasses of that spiked holiday punch you’re gonna need some extra perk around the eyes for all those impromptu group photos.

New Year’s Eve

Now’s the time to go bold or don’t bother! Nothing says New Year’s party like drama, and here are three options that deliver.

Your perfect lash look option 1: get incredible fullness and extreme length with pair #5. This look is sexy and sultry, and oh-so-perfect for flirting your way to that midnight kiss. Put these on and let your eyes do the talking.

Your perfect lash look option 2: Want to be the center of attention? Already have a history of donning falsies at festive occasions? One-up last-year’s look with #7. These laser-cut paper styles are delicate works of art that make a bold and beautiful statement. All eyes will be on you(rs)—wallflowers need not apply.

Your perfect lash look option 3: New Year’s Eve is synonymous with sparkle—why not get glittery with your lashes too? #8 not only provides the perfect dose of sparkle; it also lends major length to the outer corners of your eyes. This is what your eyelashes would look like if you got caught in a fairy tale glitter storm… Sexy snow princess here you come!

Brunch with the Parents/In-Laws

With night after night of parties, you’re going to need some extra oomph for any occasion scheduled before 2pm.

Your perfect lash look: With the half length lash strip from #2 you’ll look fresh and awake for all your daytime engagements. This pair will add fullness and length in a way only your mama could give you! Just bat your ‘naturally’ thick lashes and you’ll easily fool even the most scrutinizing of meal companions.

Top Tips to Avoid Falsies Failure:

1. Make sure your false eyelashes are the correct length for your eyes. This is especially important with full strips of lashes, as you don’t want one corner to end up too long. Before gluing, place the strip across your lash line, lining up the outer corners first. Any over hang on the inside corner should be trimmed off before applying.

2. Use a light coat of mascara on your own lashes before applying the fake ones. This helps them mesh well together so there isn’t a distinct space between the two rows.

3. Apply a thin layer of glue with a toothpick if your tube doesn’t come with a thin applicator. Let the glue get tacky before sticking it to your skin or you’ll risk having the ends peel up. This will also make sure you don’t get any glue in your eye. Globs of gluey eye goobers are NOT pretty. Also, always apply the eyelashes from the outermost corner towards the inside.

 

x0x CherryVelvet