Very Cherry Updates!

We’re well into 2016 and we’ve hit the ground running here at Cherry Velvet HQ. We wanted to give a quick update on what’s going on in the coming weeks!


It’s the first open Showroom Shop of the year! While we’re usually open by appointment only, we periodically like to open our showroom to those who are unable to make an appointment during our usual Monday-Friday (10am-4pm) office hours.

We are pleased to be opening up our showroom at the end of January! Feel free to drop in for a visit on:

Friday, January 29: 2pm-7pm
Saturday, January 30: 11am-5pm

For those unable to visit our showroom, don’t fret! We’ll be offering some specials online, just for you ūüôā¬†Stay tuned and keep updated by liking our Facebook page.


The last couple of years, Cherry Velvet¬†has had a delightful time participating in the WWIN Show¬†and are excited to be participating in our 5th show. Held at The Rio in Las Vegas, this is a week- long show for buyers to have access to a full selection of Womenswear collections from retailers all over Canada & the US. It’s an amazing event¬†and we’ve met some fantastic stores who love carrying our dresses. Our designer, Diane, will be busy as a bee unveiling some early pieces from our Spring¬†Collection. We’re excited to introduce our dresses to a whole new audience!

Cherry Velvet Spring 2016

For¬†Spring, we’re releasing some of our favourite dresses in a variety of smashing prints.¬†¬†Look forward to dresses like Brooke & Doris (with more to come!) in charming animal designs like Aqua Cat faces and Deer Butterfly along with some fetchingly bold geometric prints like Tangerine Stardust and Silly String. We’ve also found a beautiful floral border print in two gorgeous colours.

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Wait ’til you see these prints on our dresses!

New Crinolines available!

If you missed our announcement, we recently stocked our Crinoline section with new Chiffon crinolines in Black as well as a sugar rush of colours!


We are currently offering these new deluxe crinolines at an introductory price of $99.
Due to limited quantities currently, we will also be offering pre-orders at the same price until the end of January! Have a peek, let us know what you think! ūüôā

XOX Cherry Velvet

The Capital…

Fast track from Toronto to Ottawa. That’s right, we took the train! We loved the train, what a great way to travel and free Wifi too. This allowed us to catch up on work when we weren’t being distracted by the beautiful Fall scenery stealing our focus as we rolled on towards our nation’s capitol. Most Canadian moment? Spying Anne Murray in the taxi line-up at the Ottawa train station. We didn’t bother her but really, can it get any more Canadian than that?

Settled into our hotel in Ottawa and a good nights sleep later we headed over to Westboro and ducked into Bridgehead for a delicious cup of coffee and shelter from the wind and rain that whipped up rather quickly.


The Confederation Building



After a little bit of shopping we had a chance to wander over to that building we had only ever seen on our money. ¬†Such a familiar site to all Canadians but it’s just not the same as actually standing in front of these amazing Gothic buildings. We found ourselves feeling very patriotic and may have even hummed Oh Canada in our heads. The Parliament Buildings are truly amazing!



It's me!


We made it all the way up Parliament Hill, it’s not that steep really.


The Parliament Building


The Hall of Honour.....stunning Gothic revival architecture


View from the Clock Tower across the Ottawa River to Quebec


View of Ottawa from the Clock Tower


In memory of all Canadian Soldiers that died in battle.....



We wandered through these hallowed halls in awe and found ourselves in the gallery of  The House of Commons where we were able to see our government in action. Parliament is a rowdy, funny, sombre, confusing and infinitely interesting event with much desk pounding, arguments, cheering and jeering. The subjects tend to change randomly and many topics were covered in a very short time. It was all quite fascinating!

Fun fact, the seats in the House Of Common’s Gallery were made for very small bums.

One last thing…

Lest We Forget

What do we forget when we remember
What are the stories left untold
What do we think each November
As we march down that glory road
As we march down that gory road

One hundred million
Don’t come home from war
Another eight hundred million
Who lived to bear its scar
Who lived to bear its scar

Lest we forget
What they were dying for
Lest we forget
What they were killing for
Lest we forget
What the hell it was for

What do we forget when we remember…

Owen Griffiths

Iron Chef Susur Lee

Have you ever truly fallen in love with the experience of eating wonderful food in the perfect atmosphere? Have you ever wished you could do it again as soon as you left? That’s what we did. Yup. We went back to Lee Lounge the next night because it was just that awesome. We were completely¬†enamored¬†with the food, the attention to detail, and the service, but all of that was made extra special by the Chef.

 Thank you to the lovely Laura Caravaggio of Lola & Gigi for introducing us to this amazing restaurant! It was the perfect place to get caught up on some business and lots of girl talk too.

Susur Lee Iron Chef, Top Chef Master multi-restaurant  owner AND a really nice guy too. He not only came over to our table for a photo the first night we were there, he also recognized us the second night and said hello again. We were a bit star stuck but what impressed us the most was how he looks you in the eye when he speaks to you, rests his hand on your arm, and truly connects with you. His restaurant was full and that included Steven Segal and his entourage the first night we were there and Maggie Q (Nikita) the next night we stopped in. I know, celebrities, who really cares? Chef Lee was the one who charmed us. The man is an artist and his food is amazing!


This is what we ate…..

Chickpea Sweet Onion Fritters with ginger mango and minted yogurt.


Top Chef green curry chicken
Sweet pea polenta, butter almondine, spicy tomato jam, oven dried pineapple, chilli mint chutney

Rack of lamb
fried banana, green curry lentil,
chili mint, carrot cardamom
coconut chutney

Garlic tiger shrimp
spicy tomato jam, potato pea croquette, soya bean crumb, cucumber & mango salad

Singaporean Style Slaw 

Singapore Slaw features 19 different ingredients including edible flowers, daikon, tropical ginger, pickled onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, daikon sprouts, cilantro sprouts, toasted sesame seeds, red onion, rice vermicelli, crushed roasted peanuts, fennel and hazelnuts. It’s crowned with a birds nest of taro and tossed with salted plum dressing.


The Slaw is what brought us back. It was amazing, tender, sweet, tangy, complex and plentiful. The dishes are meant to be served family style.

Stunning flowers everywhere....
gorgeous ceiling!


A great restaurant should have a pretty bathroom...:)


great lighting and atmosphere....


Of course we had dessert!!



If you’re ever in Toronto…



Brunch at Mildred’s…

Lovely Laura of Lola & Gigi suggested we go for brunch to Mildred’s Temple Kitchen…..great food, hip decor and more of that fabulous lighting….


 Toronto was full of amazing seasonal flowers!


Service please.....
Crows make lousy servers……
My skinny friend...


He looks like he wants to eat that squirrel!


Corner vingnette...
A great spot to linger over coffee.


Mmmmm….Huevos ¬†Rancheros and Smoked Salmon Benny. Very yummy!


A really cool bathroom always adds to the resturant experience....


No boys and girls rooms here just a beautiful bathroom lobby with private rooms for discretion.


More fab lighting...and Barb looking cute in her Cherry Velvet namesake dress in the "Dotty Chic" print!


What a great introduction to some of the fabulous restaurants Toronto has to offer!


XO Cherry Velvet


Yer salty and fickle…

Everywhere we went in Toronto, the lighting was notable and fabulous…..

the bar at our hotel



¬†Setting out along King St. heading west…..

I love this art deco chandelier, upper left...



Curtians on the outside?



Pretty soon we came upon this amazing shop called Soma Chocolatemakers. As soon as you walked in, you knew it was different.¬† They made all the chocolate right on the premises from the bean and it’s got to be some of the best chocolate I’ve ever eaten….

Handmade wooden chandelier...

¬†We’re officially on the chocolate anti-oxidant diet….:)

Flavours like dark chocolate with balsamic vinegar....

¬†To die for hot chocolate…..just like the movie Chocolat…




More treats….



The very best things in my opinion were the “Starry Night” salted chocolate and the juicy Seville orange slices dipped in dark chocolate….

Gifts to take home....ok.....some might not make it home...:)


While I may be ‘salty and fickle’….do try some salted chocolate…..Lindt makes one, and Starbucks has a Salted Carmel Mocha…it’s delicious!

Cherry Velvet XOX