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Darling Dames, Retro Leopard Stud Earrings

Darling Dames, Retro Leopard Stud Earrings.

For a girl who adores Leo Print I came to realize I don’t own a lot to account for that love. I have decided it is time to change this and start building my collection and the Retro leopard stud earrings at Darling Dames was the best place to start.

These fashion earrings are made in the shape of a heart with the leopard print center detailed with rhinestones. The backings that come with the earrings have larger backs so the earrings sit nicely on your ear.


The earrings are a nice size and the shape being a heart is flattering to the jaw line/bone. They have a very vintage look and once I put my leopard dress on I was quite thrilled how the two came together.

I found them to be the purrr-fect addition to my collection and do believe I will get a fair amount of wear from them.


These earrings came from Darling Dames, an on-line shop.


I came across their FB Page first and then I realized the Page was one of their social media platforms. I decided to go window shopping and found myself captured by a few items on the site.

I have often said that my purchasing experience is as important as the product I am acquiring. Owner Jessica was an absolute Doll and was willing to move heaven and earth to ensure my items were going to meet my needs.

She tells me the on-line store is growing and new merchandise is being added. Jessica has a background in Retail and Merchandising and Darling Dames was established in 2011 as a small physical retail shop in Taylor, Texas and has since moved on-line to reach a greater clientele.


Darling Dames boutique is a small start up that’s desire is to cater to woman whose style is strongly influenced by current fashion trends and to provide them a moderately priced product trendy product in return. Darling Dames strives to meet concise customer service standards and it shows. You always want to return as a client when you are appreciated and treated like gold.


I would highly recommend checking out their site and.. xx







Provocouture by Ashley Lett

Provocouture by Ashley Lett, Grande Prairie Alberta


Fashion provides us with such a powerful medium to express one’s self.  To be afforded the ability to access and own a custom creation that personifies your personality is a great gift.  Custom couture wear that is assessable can be a rare find.

If you subscribe to a current look or even a retro styling to look fabulous and live in a smaller town or city centre leads you to endless hours of on-line shopping or trying to create your own deal.  A lot of us girls can only dream of the opportunity to be quaffed and dressed in the finest and as of recent I have learned if you live in or near Grande Prairie, Alberta you’re in luck.

Provocouture is making a name for itself here in Alberta yet already came to town with owner Ashley Lett being front and center in the design/fashion scene in Toronto.  Ashley has rubbed shoulders with some of the finest and has had some of our well known Canadians come to her to be dressed in her fashions.


Provocouture’s web space states; Provocouture offers a wide selection of ready-made clothing and lingerie, custom made to measure Grad, Bridal and Special Occasion, as well as a wide variety of sewing services all of which are created in our in-house industrial manufacturing retail studio. As we use all Industrial equipment and have extensive design and manufacturing background we are able to quickly and efficiently deliver the highest quality products and services with the best customer service.

What an amazing opportunity to have her in our own backyard.


I myself found the “About” page on her website very informative about the path of her career.  As I am not sure I could write it better please take a look.  You will learn how her work ethic, amazing talent and grades during her education placed her in valuable and limited opportunities moving her from Edmonton to Toronto.


Since returning to Grande Prairie Ashley has her own shop fron in the heart of town.  Her range of creative wearable’s are breath taking, specializing in custom wears to ready wear.  I caught up in an article written about Ashley that she is still connected to her punk roots and appreciates incorporating these elements into her designs when she can.

She wants to be assessable to her clients which I admire.


As I researched Ashley and Provocouture on-line I would find a magazine she is producing about the local fashion scene featuring other artists, photographers and industry retailers.  Such a smart and obvious asset when an industry is small and growing it is a great resource to knowing whom is who.

Her latest show case is the debut of her burlesque lingerie collection in Edmonton. Sunday March 24th, 2013 Provocouture Studios will be showing in conjunction with the very popular Salon Showcase Evening at Western Canada Fashion Week. This is a great opportunity to been seen and recognised at a fun evening and see some amazing talent.

I know I will be going in for a consultation as there is a particular retro dress I have been looking for and I feel I might have to have it made on my behalf.  I am willing to spend a couple of extra dollars knowing this dress will be cut and sewn to my exact measurements and details.


Turn around time for Ashley’s dresses looks reasonable as well as her pricing scale.  It’s not everyday you can say you have your own piece of couture. xx


Even if you are not in the Peace Country I would still look into Ashley’s work, there is something special and unique about her. I do believe she is a real asset to the fashion community of Grande Prairie and I look forward to seeing what new she comes up with.




10001-101 Avenue #209
Grande Prairie, Alberta  T8V 0X9

(780) 933-2724

A Show n Shine filled Summer..

A Show n Shine filled Summer..!

There is nothing better than a Show n Shine on a nice summer day. As we used to live on Vancouver Island, Show n Shines were a great chance to get out and see come Classic cars and styling.  We were spoiled to have the luxury of seeing several shows through out the summer months with large turn outs and varying types of vehicles.  The car culture is really up our alley as my husband is currently undergoing a rod build of his own.

Since moving up North and my husband’s new work schedule, getting to the local shows has not always worked in our favour. This summer is surely going to be one to remember. With great timing we were able to view the 2 Show n Shines available to us.

We as a family were super excited for the first event, our local Show n Shine.  There were about 30 entries. It happened to be the same day as Canada Day and as we arrived the Parade started and the entry vehicles started to roll out and pass us as they were the start the day’s events.

Compared to what we are used to seeing there were not as many entries, yet they still provided for a couple of photo opportunities and a quick fix of shiny chrome and gorgeous paint jobs.

This little Show n Shine in Fort Saint John was the chance for the kids to bond and appreciate with Dad the details he was pointing out to them.  With my husband’s rod build being executed to the standard it is, we all agreed that if his Bus was to be entered as an undergoing project it would have garnered allot of attention as it is really one of a kind.

I chose to wear my PUG Netti -Green and White Polka Dot with my Black and White Kiss Lock Lux de Ville with black accents and boy did I stand out in that crowd.. >.< Ooops, not.. 😉 I started in my wedges and quickly swapped out to my flip flops, good planning I brought them along.

The following weekend in the next town south of Fort Saint John is Dawson Creek, British Columbia.  It is known as Mile 0 marker on the start of the Alaska Hwy.

This is known as the largest Show n Shine in Northern B.C. hosted by the Mile 0 Cruisers Car Club and we were looking forward to a good turn out. As we drove to DC we were eager what we would see and really hoped for a better turn out than FSJ.

Once we parked and passed the barricades blocking of the main streets of town we were really impressed with the turn out of vehicles and the diversity of the makes and models. We even noticed a booth set up by So-Cal Speed shop..!

Cars had come from all over British Columbia and Alberta ( these are 2 neighbouring Provinces in Canada) The streets were lined on either side beautifully with cars and trucks parked on angles as the audience was able to walk down the center of main street admiring the collections.

For this show I wore my PUG Heidi –  Cherry Print with my green sparkle Sin City Motor Tote Lux de Ville and opted straight for my flip flops. Which was an asset as the temps rose to above 30 degrees and it was hot.

A local Rockabilly band the Dodge City Rockets were playing their tunes which really gave the show an awesome ambience as you could hear the band where ever you were.

From all the 300 + vehicles entered we only saw 2 VW’s entered, a square back and a bus.  There were undergoing projects on trailers and again this rose anticipation in my husband for his bus, maybe she will be ready for a little show or two next year.

These two events made for good summer memories and we look forward to the future when we will be entering our own vehicle into this shows as well as having the opportunity to travel and see other places as others get to see us.

Surprisingly a third event came to light while cruising FB. There was to be a Rockabilly Rumble Event in Hythe AB.  My husband and I planned to attend alone for our Anniversary.  I decided to go in my PUG Heidi – Mint Green and Black with my Femme Fatal Lux de Ville.  I planned on wedges and quickly put on flip flops when the location of the rumble was in a field.

We arrived and we were not sure what was what. We had a look at the couple of cars entered in the show n shine and then headed into the venue to watch the cars at the track as my hubby knew one of the drivers.

The smell from the food vendor Motley Que persuaded us in through the gates.

There were a couple of vendors set up so we headed to where they were. First we had a good catch up chat with Elaina Tuttle and Andrew Triebel of The Buzz Bin out of Dawson Creek.  The most recognizable shop in the North, they produce quality work and are seen regularly show casing their work at the Tattoo Conventions such as the up coming Alberta Bound Productions “Calgary Convention” held in the BMO center.

Next to them was Al Gervais Photography from Grande Prairie AB whom specializes in fabulously lit portrait styled photos of very polished and the like vehicles.

A good opportunity was had talking to both these vendors.

Unfortunately we were unclear of the lay out of the day so we left almost as soon as we arrived.  I would later find out that later into the evening 2 bands had played, The Dodge City Rockets whom I was really wanting to see perform again and Six Inch Lift .  There was also a fire performance by the Circus of Hell and the Sisu Belly dancer.

Thanks to Al Gervais Photography I was able to check out what I had missed online.

This day was not a loss for us as we ended up at Stuie’s Diner having some Beautiful pie.

FB Pages to the Vendors and Entertainers that I look forward to seeing again..!

Mile 0 Cruisers



Dodge City Rockets


The Buzz Bin


Andrew Triebel


Al Gervais Photography


Motley Que


Six Inch Lift


Circus of Hell


Sisu Belly Dancer


Stuie’s Diner


Pin Up Persuasion ~ Contest Entry

Pin Up Persuasion was having a Contest and so I decided at the time to enter about what I know and swear by.. Here is the contest entry..

I decided to jump head first out of my comfort zone to participate in your contest, unsure of my body size and style for many years I came across Pin Up and discovered how it made the bits about me I am insecure about shine.

When I was younger my Grandmother would tell me the success of an outfit was dependent on what was underneath. Since then I have always been strict on myself by making sure I did my part in trying to slim and smooth the lumpy bumpy parts of me I could.

My insecurity of myself kept me in the shadows, I was awkward in dressing my body and I tried desperately to hide myself. Until now, wearing Pin Up has put me front and center as I stand out in a crowd. Shape wear has become an even greater asset to me, it is the one item that I could absolutely not have in my wardrobe to pull off this sexy style. I am different than the rest in my community and because of this and to be comfortable styled like this, I need to know I have made the pallet of my body primed and ready to wear my dresses as well as I can.

I am a plus sized girl and have an ample chest. I have always found it a challenge to get them to sit high and pretty. I also live in a small town which presents the challenge of retail help and because I am weary of internet shopping due to my size (wanting to try it on first) and location I have had limited options unless I get to a larger city center.

The day that I found my main piece of shape wear that I am going to share with you, was like the heavens opened and I heard angels singing. To some this may sound dramatic yet it is nothing short of the truth, this one item really changed my head space about my body and gave me the confidence to walk with my shoulders back and my girls held high.

I have two parts of my body I want to camouflage. One, when wearing a bra I want to reduce any bulge that develops under my breast line as I already have allot up top. The second is that after three children I have a flap of skin that is evident at my pelvis from a c-section scar that I want to reduce.

The Spanx open front Tank Top has done both for me.

It is a long flesh colour tank top with an open front, you wear your bra and there is a cut out that gives your bra extra lift and the side straps give a little push as well. The tank is long enough to go to my hips and cover my second problem area.

The slinky fabric is great as my dresses fall or slip off the fabric so I do not experience bunching. This product does not have allot of compression so it does not cause bunching or bulging out of other areas. The back of the tank has full coverage and also minimizes back bulging. This product is great to wear for casual wear as well, I find if I wear it with jeans it helps the waist band lay flatter and you do not get too hot with this additional layer.

I would say there is only one flaw in this product and that is the straps. Unfortunately my larger chest weighs allot putting pressure on the cut out below my bra line, this causes the straps to dig in a little and because I cannot adjust them I make do because of what it does do. I also use tape to tape the straps to my bra straps as they want to go further off my shoulder due to the extra pressure the tank is under.

I have yet to see a product that could do similar and cover my 2 problem areas until I saw your contest and looked into your shape wear Sponsor Orchard Corset and found a product I am excited to purchase, similar in design it has adjustable straps and greater compression. I had considered a corset yet not sure how I would get it on. I also found other pieces I would like to purchase as I have a wiggle dress I have yet to wear in public as I am conscious of my lumps and lines.

My photo is credit to my 13 year old daughter Hudson whom was photographer and made the collage.

Never in a million years would I imagine submitting a picture of me in shape wear yet I appreciate your contest and feel there will be others that have great pieces to share about.

Lux de Ville

If you love your retro and vintage inspired dresses the only way to complete your look is with a handbag that matches..

I first laid eyes on a Lux de Ville bag at my regular tattoo shop, there were a couple of styles for sale and at the time the bags in the shop had more of a tattoo alternative look.

I purchased a red bag with black spades and a chain across the front.. Once I was home with the bag I decided to track LDV down on the computer and I was beside myself with what I had found..

Why did I not know of these sooner..?

Since that time my collection has grown.. I also do not see an end to purchasing either..! With every season a NEW collection is offered with colours and styles this gurl cannot resist..

My second LDV was bought for me by my hubby at a Tattoo Convention.  The 1/2 moon Swallow Print Clutch that is my go to bag.  With Leo fur on the bottom, black bag with white sparrows it is versatile and easy to hold.

My collection would then grow to include the Sin city Motor Tote in Green Sparkle

Black and White Kiss Lock

The Getaway White Sparkle Kiss Lock

The most recent addition to the collection is the Femme Fatal in Black

They are one of a kind type bags and I found the quality fair and the price point is in-line with similar type retro pieces.. I remember receiving my first Pin Up looking LDV in the mail and I swore I would never buy another type of bag again..

I have always been someone that is keen on the details.. I appreciate the small things and my eye is attracted to symmetry which you get when an outfit is completed head to toe with complementary accessories..

I am committed to my Pin Up look when I am in public, I feel I cannot wear just any bag and that my LDV’s are my cherry on top..

I often get allot of comments on the bags and it is handy to have a few to coordinate with my dresses.. They clean up nicely with a quick spray of Vinegar..

I have purchased all but the one bag from Rowena’s in Edmonton..

Check them out.. ❤