FATshion Icon Cynara Geissler – Part Two!

Last week we shared a blog post about our friend, fat activist, writer, media maven and Fatshion Icon Cynara Geissler. We couldn’t fit all the photos and fabulous quotes into one little blog post so without further Adieu, we bring you Part Deux!

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress, 2

Anyone who knows Cynara knows that she has a very distinctive and committed style. She joyfully wears bright colours and amazing accessories to brighten up her outfits and anyone who she encounters throughout her day. Like a ray of fun, fashion sunshine! She is also brilliant and well spoken, natch.

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

Marie – Double Feature

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress. 2

Cynara is all ready for her movie date! She has paired our adorable Marie Double Feature Dress with her own red belt, red hair bow, and red and white classic canvas running shoes. This look is super cute but also comfortable and practical for rushing to get to the theatre in time to watch all those previews. Or a post-movie stroll with her sweetheart!

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress. 2

Olivia – Harvest Bloom

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress. 2

 

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress. 2

Cynara is wearing that same sweet red belt with our Olivia – Harvest Bloom Dress and here she has added red Mary Jane flats and a kelly green cardigan to pull it all together. Her own brooch and our Cherry Earrings complete this classic look.

Veronica – Blue Raspberry

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress. 2

 

Fashion Icon Cynara Geissler styles Cherry Velvet Lunar Cats dress. 2

This vision of turquoise and red is one of our favourite looks Cynara has put together. Veronica Dress – Blue Raspberry is fab on its own but with the contrasting red accessories, it pops with joy! A Cinnamon Hearts Vintage Chiffon Crinoline for fabulous floof is just so perfect for this dress. Here we see Cynara’s own red hair bow, and neck baubles but possibly the best things ever are her lace-up Pom Pom flats! Amazing!!

We hope that you have enjoyed this two-part blog all about Cynara Geissler as much as we have. We always look forward to seeing what Cynara is wearing, almost as much as we love to hear what she has to say!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Cynara is Director of Marketing and Publicity at Arsenal Pulp Press. Her critical writing on fat acceptance, fatshion, feminism, and media has found shelter in various print magazines and around the internet including fatshionista.com, Geez Magazine, and Shameless Magazine. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Milo, Event, subTerrain, and Juice. Follow her on Instagram @cynaragee

Gratitude!

“Joy is the simplest form of Gratitude” ~ Karl Barth

Thank YOU to all the beautiful people who are reading this, and for making us what we are today. Without you, we simply wouldn’t be here. It’s been a pleasure to serve you and make Cherry Velvet just for you, our Classy Sassy customers!!

It fills our hearts with Gratitude and Joy to read things like this:

“I’ve been wanting to say thank-you for making such amazing dresses. As a girl who’s been plus sized and tall my whole life I’m not used to being complimented on my fashion choices or appearance. Since I discovered Cherry Velvet dresses and crinolines, I walk out of the house feeling like a million dollars every morning, I rarely wear jeans anymore and I’m starting to be less shocked when someone compliments me 🙂 I seriously got up one Friday morning in November when I was going to a volleyball game later in the day and thought, “hmm I think I can totally rock a Cherry Velvet dress and a crinoline with my tall boots at the game” instead of just pulling on jeans. *YAY!* And I love that Cherry Velvet is made in Canada and that so many of the dresses are high quality 100% cotton (I’ve been trying to move toward more natural fibres in my wardrobe and less rayon and polyester — which is a tall order for plus sizes).  Thanks for giving this plus-sized girl a whole new level of fashion confidence :-)” T.H.

“Wow is all I can say. I received my dress today… Early as a matter of fact … and Wow .. I LOVE IT .. it fits so perfect and looks absolutely gorgeous .. I cannot wait to wear it out and about to show it off. I will admit I was very nervous about spending that kind of money ( I have never spent that much on one article of clothing)… The fit and finish are stunning… it is totally worth it, every penny of it. I will be shopping with you again in the near future and thank you for everything you have done” A.M.

“Thank you again for making my dress shopping experience awesome I’m so excited now to wear my beautiful Angelina dress on the big day the lady who helped me was great she made me feel welcome right from the minute I walked in I was so stressed to shop for a dress and that completely disappeared when I walked in I still want to thank you again for making me feel beautiful and my fiancee is thrilled that I’m wearing your dresses. All I ever wear is jeans and he’s not stopped complimenting me since I put the Lisa dress on when we left your studio. You make more than just gorgeous dresses you helped us make a fun memory and helped me get some self-confidence “ A.B.

Your gratitude is truly a gift from you to us! Thank-you for making Cherry Velvet what it is today and we look forward to creating more beautiful items for you, our beautiful customers!

With Gratitude we wish you all the Happiest of Holidays from all of us!

Love the Cherry Velvet Team; Tatyana, Diane, Barb, & Logan 

Halloween Cosplay; Cherry Velvet Style!

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style !Cosplay can be fun at anytime of year, but well duh, it’s Halloween! Squeee!! We love to play dress up so much we made an excuse to create fun costumes from Cherry Velvet dresses!

We love the idea of having a tickle trunk and are starting one here at the shop. A great starting point for so many ‘girl’ costumes is a crinoline and a corset. You’d be surprised at how many amazing costumes can start this way! Add a few items you may already have plus one or two from your fav Halloween shop and Voila! you have an original costume!

Barb the Barmaid

Picking a character or theme that you resemble makes cosplay easier. Barb is just a natural for this Hofbräuhaus style outfit, don’t you think? A little white apron is another great staple for your tickle trunk…it can become Alice in Wonderland, Belle, a French Maid or a Barmaid to name a few. She’s wearing the Olivia dress in Harvest Bloom and a corset from Lace Embrace.

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style : Barmaid

Ms. Frizzle

Diane, our designer’s red curly hair was a natural for this outfit. You knew we’d do this one based on our Vanessa Final Frontier Dress, didn’t you!? Fluevogs Shoes.

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style : Ms. Frizzle

Buccaneer Barb

Using Jack Sparrow as inspo, anyone can be a pirate wench, although having long hair helps. We made the headpiece from a scrap of fabric but a scarf would also work. Next we strung some beads and added narrow braids in Barb’ hair. Originally we were planning a Brooke dress as the basis for our Pirate cosplay but then well…the Norma dress in Parlour Ink arrived! We used one of our fav tricks and hitched up the skirt with a kilt pin to show a little more leg and the Lace Chiffon Crinoline underneath.

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style : Pirate

The ‘Not So Wicked’ Witch

Just in is a new party dress called Dita in Golden Galaxy, which we made into a decidedly elegant witch. We layered on the crinolines…all the more fun to ride a broom! Costco had old fashioned corn brooms which we witchified with some brown and black craft paint. Diane’s fav eyeliner (Stila Stay all day Waterproof liquid eyeliner)…for eyebrows, eyes and lips. Fluevog shoes.

Halloween cosplay, Cherry Velvet style : Witch

We’ll have lots of fun things to check out online and at our Studio Shop (1635 Powell Street, Vancouver BC) coming up… New dresses plus a shipment of crinolines are on the way (and will be here in time for Halloween) and Erstwilder brooches too!!

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Love Cherry Velvet XOX

 

Modern Vintage Style for Life!

I have always loved classic vintage style clothing. Back in the summer of 2011 I came on board with Cherry Velvet, a brand new concept from designer Diane Kennedy. Diane and I had a professional relationship already as I had sold her bamboo clothing line successfully for a number of years. I had just exited my own 10 year venture selling plus size clothing in my own shop in Vancouver and I wasn’t ready to give up on working in fashion. This line was everything I ever wanted to wear and I was more than excited to take on my role as an international sales rep. I still remember the excitement of seeing the first dresses arrive in the studio. I knew then that this was a very special line and that it was a perfect fit for me in more ways than one.

The very first Cherry Velvet dresses back in 2011.

 

The very first Cherry Velvet vintage style dresses

The very first Cherry Velvet vintage style dresses

Life can be unpredictable. After about a year I moved on to a different job but I left on good terms and I guess I always felt that someday I would be involved somehow with this amazing brand. Time moves on in the most interesting ways sometimes. In February 2017 I was contacted by Diane who asked if she could hire my band to entertain her customers at a Valentine’s customer appreciation event at the Cherry Velvet studio. The gig was a lot of fun and I loved seeing how far the line had come in the last 6 years. So many wonderful dresses!! In March of this year Diane contacted me again and asked me to come work for her. The timing was so perfect and, well, here I am. My role here is a little different than the first time around and suits me perfectly. Isn’t life interesting?

I’ve had Cherry Velvet dresses longer than almost anyone else and here’s the kicker. Those very first dresses are still in rotation in my closet. Those dresses are over 6 years old and they still look the same as the day I got them. Vintage style doesn’t go out of fashion. It’s classic for a reason!

Cherry Velvet and Me 2017 – Still in Love

Cherry Velvet vintage style dresses

Cherry Velvet vintage style dresses

I’m wearing (top photo) the Chrissy dress in Hot House Floral and the Danielle dress in Shutterbug print.

Both dresses are on sale now!

Love Barb XOX

P.S. Hope to see you at our next studio shop on Sept 29th and 30th!

Teal Green; Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Teal Green for Ovarian Cancer awareness monthDid you know that teal green is the colour of Ovarian cancer -a much less talked about, but very serious type of women’s cancer?  Unlike other more well-known types of women’s cancer, there is no screening test for cancer of your #ladyballs. This is a somewhat controversial name for your ovaries, but it does require both knowledge and guts to beat this difficult to diagnose disease.

It’s important to our designer, Diane, to spread awareness, as not only did she lose her Mom at a very young age, but her Sister-in-law as well.  You may have heard the story of one of our early models, Elly Mayday, who at 25 yrs old was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.

There is no one specific symptom for Ovarian cancer and these symptoms are generally vague/non-specific (often mistakenly attributed to other causes). It’s called ‘the disease that whispers’ for good reason: it’s often overlooked and under-diagnosed.

Do you do a breast self-exam every month? What about going for an annual pap test? These simple steps could save your life. Taking care of your #ladyballs is not as straightforward.

These are the symptoms to be aware of:

  • Swelling or bloating of the abdomen
  • Pelvic discomfort or heaviness
  • Back or abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Gas, nausea, indigestion
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Emptying your bladder frequently
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Weight loss or weight gain

Other symptoms…

  • Mass or “lump” in your pelvis that you can feel
  • Inability to eat normally
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Vaginal bleeding

We hope we’ve inspired you to catch up on any tests you haven’t taken lately, and brought attention to ways to help spot Ovarian Cancer. Please also consider taking a moment to share this post with all the important women in your life so that they’ll be aware, too.

Here’s also something else you can do. From September 15th to the 30th, we’re donating 10% from the sale of each dress from our teal green dress collection to Ovarian Cancer research.

XOX Cherry Velvet

 

One Cherry Velvet Dress; 5 Ways

One Cherry Velvet Dress; 5 Ways

Finding different ways to wear the same dress is not only a great way to add your own signature style to your outfits, it’s smart too. Our designer Diane, dug into her closet and put together these 5 ways to wear one Cherry Velvet dress with a classic scoop neck Olivia frock and her own accessories.

Along the Promenade

Sometimes simple is best. A sun hat and comfortable shoes for strolling is always the way to go. The Olivia dress looks great with a longer necklace, like this vintage jet (black glass) find. “Vintage” Fluevogs, Coach Bag.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

To the Office

Pretty much every Cherry Velvet dress can be worn to work in the Fall with the addition of a cardi, tights and boots or flats. Add a little personality too, like this vintage style brooch (under the hair). Lands End Cardigan, Fluevog boots, Diane Kennedy Rejuvenate Leggings.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

Brunch with the ladies

It’s easy to put something over your dress, like a shrug or a cardi. But don’t forget you can also wear something under your dress like a blouse, long sleeve top or t-shirt. Experiment to see which works with your dress. For this look, Diane chose a slightly less full Lace chiffon crinoline. Coach Bag, Fluevog “Purity” Boots.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

Dinner Date

A feminine frock is a perfect way to match your outer beauty with your inner confidence. For date night, a li’l sparkle always goes a long way.  Then add fishnet stockings, heels, and your best smile 🙂 Fluevog “Deee”shoes, Coach Bag, Brave Belt, Mirror Mirror Bijoux necklace, Vintage Chiffon Crinoline in Black Licorice.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

Gallery Opening

Sometimes you just don’t want to blend in with the crowd.  Nothing sets the mood for a funky outfit like a hat; this one Diane brought back from a trip to England a few years ago. Here’s a fun little trick Diane uses: collect a bunch of your lower skirt including the crinoline underneath and pin it up. You can use a regular safety pin (like she did here), but a bigger kilt pin or a broach works also. Fluevog “Exene” flats, Heidi Daus Necklace, Vintage Chiffon Crinoline in Spearmint.

One Cherry Velvet Dress: 5 ways

Hopefully, this post will make you look at your own Cherry Velvet dress in a new way. Hunt up some cool vintage accessories, polish up your favourite boots and get ready for fall!

XOX Cherry Velvet 

 

New Styles and Prints: Fall Preview 2017

Won’t be long…new Fall arrivals are starting to trickle in now!

New Styles & PrintsIf you’re at all curious about what’s coming… here’s a peek at a few new retro dress styles and all the adorable vintage inspired prints they’ll be coming in. We have to say we’re especially excited about some new choice prints this season. Many are ‘out of this world’ !! Wink wink..nudge, nudge. Yep, you guessed it there are quite a few with a celestial theme. Others involve movies, entertainment, and science for all you geeks out there! Of course, there are some beautiful fall florals and diminutive dots, too. So many new prints….cats, birds, donuts, travel and (a bit later in the season) more skulls!

The ‘New’ Annette Dress

If you’ve been a fan way back to our early years (over 5 years ago now!), you may remember the original Annette Dress. We’ve brought her back for Fall and switched her up a bit. This time she features a very full, crinoline worthy skirt and slightly puffy sleeves. We’ve kept the pretty scoop neckline, piped collar and open back detail. She’s a darling in new prints this time around, and all with contrast piping. We’re swooning over The “Ex’s” print with adorable yellow piping…

The 'New' Annette Dress with available prints

 

The Marie Dress

Just to switch things up we’ve moved the zipper from the back to the front, and what a boon for your office to party transformation! It’s all in your control…prim and proper for daytime or Va Va Voom for the evening! You get to choose!

We named the Marie dress after a famous female scientist to celebrate all our smart women customers out there. Marie features a shirt style collar, short slight puffy sleeves, a full skirt and of course, POCKETS! Here’s a peek at the special prints we choose for this dress. We have to say though, these photos do not do them justice…they are truly amazing!

The Marie dress from Cherry Velvet in new prints

The Marie dress from Cherry Velvet in new prints

 

Yes…we love to tease…these new prints and much more will be coming to our new arrivals page sooooooooooon!

XOX Cherry Velvet

The Pucker Up Party Recap!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We thought today would be a perfect day to post a recap for the fun little party we held at the beginning of this month! So Pucker Up and have a peek at how Cherry Velvet celebrates a shindig!

The day of the party it looked like we were fixin’ for a storm but we decided to go on with the show, anyway! How could we let all our careful baking & decorating go to waste? We’re cray, that way.

That being said, we were sad to hear so many were unable to make it out in such inclement weather. Someone even ended in a ditch on the way here! Even some of our guests who made it in didn’t escape unscathed; Our dear friend, Danielle, got soaked by a rude car. Thankfully, we had a showroom of dresses for her to wear. 😉

Despite the record-breaking cold weather, we kept it hot in our studio with a Love-themed Munch ‘n Mingle night featuring a photoshoot for anyone who showed up in a Cherry Velvet dress! We were a little worried that the epic snow storm we were in the midst of would put the kibosh on our fun night, but thankfully, one by one, 5 years worth of Cherry Velvet dresses came sashaying through the snow and in front of our photographer.

From live music that had everyone bumpin’, to impromptu complementary hair curlin’ & victory rollin’, there were tons of antics and adorable pics.

We thank all the guests who braved the blizzard and we’re so excited to share these photos with you! If you want to see more photoshoot shots+, head over to our Facebook Page!

We had so many charming and delightful ladies come in, we don’t want to exclude anyone! But we simply couldn’t get over how much energy party girls, Cynara & Dina, are! East Van beauties, through and through.

We even had esteemed Editor-In-Chief, Shannon Svingen-Jones, of FabUplus Magazine come out for a snap or 2. Also a Vancouver girl, we’re so proud of how far FabUplus Magazine has come in such a short time and it’s such a thrill to see Shannon’s hard work being recognized as an amazing new magazine, by the likes of publications like Elle & People Magazine.

What’s a party without music? We are so blessed to know so many talent artists to collaborate with and were lucky enough to have Wichita Trip, fronted by Diane’s good friend & long time Cherry Velvet girl, Barb Wilkins. Any shoppers from Vancouver will recognize her from Bodacious, a lovely shop which used to be on Main Street and was one of the forerunners of the Plus Size community in Vancouver. Wichita Trip provided some peachy keen Rockabilly tunes backed by Barb’s husband, Rupert, with Back up vocals & keyboards by Mike Van Eyes from The Revel Room’s famous Duelling Pianos Night.


The entire night went off without a hitch and a great time was had by all. Again, we wish to thank all our amazing guests for coming out. It is always such a great pleasure for us to see our dresses making girls feel stunning at any size. This party was a small gesture of our appreciation for everyone who’s supported us all these years and we’re excited to share so much positivity & pretty dresses for many more years to come!

For anyone who never wants to miss out on amazing events like this, sign up for our newsletter & follow us on Social Media (Twitter | Instagram | Facebook)

Wishing everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Vintage Inspired Fall 2016

Fall into Winter with our newest Lookbook!

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Click here to check out our Lookbook!

Spend the last few months of 2016 feeling #stunningatanysize in our latest collection of vintage inpsired dresses. In these pages, you’ll find new looks for favourites like our Paige & Kate dresses, in addition to a whole slew of new styles, such as The Olivia & Tracy.

From the convertible quality of our new Shimona dress, to the rich and luxurious new fabrics we have to offer for our Tracy & Sabrina styles, we have a style that suits everyday and every occasion!

XOX Cherry Velvet

Subdued & Stunning!

Like most retailers, we appreciate our customers’ opinion. We love social media engagement and it’s always such a great feeling to know that we have so many fans and customers who regularly follow us, love our dresses, as well as engage us directly with DMs and PMs and comments. (oh my!)

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Recently, we’ve received some feedback from our regular customers that they would like to have more subtle, subdued prints. Now, if there’s one thing we can boast about here at Cherry Velvet, it’s that we’ve always prided ourselves on Retro-inspired unique, eye-catching prints. What’s a designer to do, when their customers are asking for the opposite?

Well, give them what they want, of course! But with a Cherry Velvet twist <3

This season, we’re proving that subtle can still mean sensational with new prints that have “un peu” pizzazz (that’s French for “a little bit”!). These looks reflect a softer, more low-key vibe that gives you more opportunity…

…More opportunity to accessorize and wear as often as possible!

The Tracy

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With the unique notched V-neckline & heavier weight fabric, this style is splendid with boots and a cardigan to stay chic in the chill or with statement jewelry for a night out!

 

 

 

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Our Heirloom Tapestry print is a grey toned look, featuring a sophisticated damask pattern of black & burgundy.

 

 

 

 

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Our Eclipse Dot print is a modern take on the polka dot, with little off-white “half moons” instead of a full dot against versatile black.

 

 

 

 

 

The Paige

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The lapel collar and darling short sleeves makes this a lovely choice for the office. Throw on some sexy heels & a cute purse and you’re ready for drinks after 5!

 

 

 

 

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Coffee is the new black! Our Coffee Swizzle Print features a faint, creamy “squiggle” pin-stripe pattern against an Espresso-toned brown.

 

 

 

 

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The Pyramid Scheme print features flattering, low-key tiles of “3D” pyramids in blue tones.

 

 

 

 

 

The Olivia

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With the wide, yet modest scoop neck, this demure yet dazzling style includes sweet cap sleeves, for those who want a little more on the shoulders, but not a full short sleeve.

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This classic print featuring yards of vertically descending, violet ribbon. The pattern is so delicate it almost looks like it was embroidered!

If you’re able, check out all these all lovely dresses (as well as every other dress we have!) up close by booking a personal shopping experience at our Showroom in East Vancouver.

We are available Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm (by appointment only). If a weekday visit isn’t in your cards, we also have a block of upcoming Studio Shop dates in November from the 17th to the 20th. More details to come but definitely save those date(s)!

See these dresses & rest of our collection here!

XOX Cherry Velvet