Sunday, September 28, 2014

See You in a Month!

I'm still alive and well! I seem to have inadvertently taken a little blog break in the last few weeks. Work. Again. You know the story.

I'm actually tired of shopping. Seriously.  (photo source)

Just to give you a flavour of my life right now, my weeks are playing out like this:

Sunday: Two show day for Cock & Bull (I'm home before 10pm thankfully)
Monday: Shopping for TV series from 9-5 (day off from Cock & Bull)
Tuesday: Shopping 9-5. Drive to the venue. Prep & Performance for Cock & Bull 5:30 - 10:30pm. Drive home, write show report, do show laundry. Fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow (12-12:30ish).
Wednesday: Repeat of Tuesday
Thursday: Repeat
Friday: Repeat
Saturday: Morning & Day off. Performance for Cock & Bull in the evening.

My next ACTUAL day off is October 5th. And on the 6th I start prep for my next stage managing job (while working my last week shopping for the TV series). I'm already running on empty...I've discovered I'm now too old to work two jobs at the same time. This may very well be the last time I do this to myself....always gotta learn the hard way, don't I?!

So I'm officially calling it a mini blog break and I'll see you fine folks in about a month when I've recuperated.

I'm posting regularly (almost daily) on Instagram if you miss my face. I miss you guys, but I've got nothing else to give right now...


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Keeping Busy with Work (as usual..)

Sorry for the radio silence folks! Work and life has kept me away from the computer for the last week or so.

These are what my days are looking like as of late:

photo snagged from my Instagram account

I've been stationed behind my prompt book calling cues as we have our dress rehearsals for Theatre by the River's production of Mike Bartlett's COCK and BULL.

And we open this Saturday!!

Plus I start another job buying costumes tomorrow for a Canadian sketch comedy series being shot in Winnipeg right is gonna get a bit busier...ah!

If you live in Winnipeg, come see COCK and BULL. They are amazing shows that I am incredibly proud to be a part of.
For more info and to buy tickets go here.

Sooo...things might be staying a little quiet around these parts for the next week or two...if you miss me you can always stalk follow me on Instagram in the meantime.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wishlist: Dita Von Teese Black Dahlia Balconette Bra, Panties & Garter

After too many years, Dita's lingerie is finally available to ship to Canada.

I am lusting after the Black Dahlia Balconette Bra, Panties & matching Garter.

It's naught and nice...perfect combo.

buy them here!

Have you bought any of Dita's lingerie? How do you like it?


Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Link Love #13 (Lucky 13!!)

  • Two new-to-me blogs I can't get enough of right now:


  • These incredible dioramas called MINIMIAM of miniature people in a world with giant food.  


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Winnipeg Vintage Reviewed: The Ruby Slipper Vintage & Trendy Consignment - St. Anne's Road Location

The Ruby Slipper Vintage Vintage & Trendy Consignment 370 St. Anne's Road

*** out of 5

The sign outside of Ruby Slipper's St. Anne's Road location reads: "The Ruby Slipper Vintage & Trendy Consignment". When the store was located on Sargent Avenue it was called "The Ruby Slipper Vintage Shoppe". The subtle change in name, in my opinion, is no coincidence. There is a significant increase in the percentage of modern and designer consignment for sale versus vintage for sale at their newer location (the shop moved about a year and a half from the time this post was published).

This is not to say that there is no vintage available. Most of the clothing I spied while sifting through the racks hailed from the 60's, 70's and 80's. Good news for you if you love the fashions from these eras. If you adore the 40's and 50's, like I do, or even earlier eras, then Ruby Slipper may disappoint. The shop does seem to get older pieces in occasionally - as always, the trick is to know when to shop at Ruby. Following them on Facebook is the best way to snag the best vintage. The shop still updates their page frequently with photos of new items, sales and other goings on.

The new store is brightly painted and has great natural light. They have much more retail floor space than the Sargent store, so the stock doesn't seem to be rotated seasonally anymore - there was a rack of fur coats for sale when I went in July. The pile of shoes is still there (if you've been to Ruby before, you know what I mean) and their selection of vintage jewelry is still very impressive. 

So if you're into used modern designer duds or "newer" vintage Ruby Slipper is the place for you. If older vintage fashions get your heart racing then this shop might not make the top spot on your shopping rounds - check Facebook first before making the trek to St. Anne's Road.

See the Sargent Avenue location review here.

UPDATE: My spies tell me that Ruby Slipper is for sale. If you're interested check out their ad on Kijiji.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Inspiration: Micheline Pitt

Model, makeup artist and production manager at Pinup Girl Clothing - Micheline Pitt.
I love this lady's edgy, pinup style. I have a serious girl-crush on her.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Outfits: Navy and Black Totally Go Together

I threw this outfit together today. I had some errands to run in the afternoon and rehearsal this evening. I have been wearing dresses all week, but wanted to put on something a little more casual. Plus, I wanted to wear my new Miss L Fire Bluebird Sandals (!!). Yup. I bought them. No. Regrets.

I bought this navy blouse at a sample sale way back when I worked at Ricki's. I have worn it less than 10 times since then, but for some reason I never want to get rid of it when I'm culling my wardrobe. It never fails, I put it on and I remember how much I love it.

And I must mention my sailor shorts as well. I have been on the hunt for a pair of navy or black sailor shorts for years now, but I have A) been too cheap to pull the trigger on an expensive pair online B) haven't been able to find a pair with the right rise in a local retail store. This summer, as usual, Value Village came to the rescue and I bought these shorts there. And I paid $3 for them!!! You heard me. Patience and persistance paid off as usual and I got a very nice pair of sailor shorts at the thrift store for less than a Starbuck's coffee!! I had to replace one button and take them in at the back, but that took very little time. I've worn these shorts SOO many times this summer. They just seem to go with everything.

Navy Atomic Print Blouse: Ricki's
White Flower Brooch: Ricki's
Vintage Metalwork Butterfly Brooch: Etsy . The Paris Carousel
Black Sailor Shorts: Thrifted
Black Metal Bracelet: Le Chateau
Vintage Straw Purse: Thrifted
Cat Eye Sunglasses: Rhymes with Orange


Friday, August 1, 2014

This Dress Needs Love

In my early days of collecting I would often buy pieces that had some serious flaws. I did this partially because I just wanted vintage - any vintage - in my closet and buying less than perfect vintage fit my university student budget much better.
These days I rarely buy vintage that is severely damaged. Don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to minor flaws, that's just part of the deal with clothes as old as I like them, but I NEVER buy things that have serious flaws.

Today I made an exception for an exceptional dress I believe I needed to rescue.

I know what you're about to say. That this dress looks fine. And from the front it does. However, the back of this dress is ripped. The bodice buttons up in the back (It's missing one button) and the entire skirt is ripped. So you can put this poor dress on like an apron at the moment. I'm not showing you the back because I'm not really keen on showing my underwear to the internet, so you'll have to use your imagination. 

I believe I can repair this dress. I bought it for a song at Vintage Glory today. It spoke to me. It's not my usual 50's style, but I love it. I'm going to try and sew the split in the back shut. I'm hoping the pattern is busy enough it will distract from the seam. Failing that I will make this into a peplum blouse. 

I also couldn't help but think of Sara from Lilies and Remains' guest post on By Gum by Golly: F***ed but Fabulous. It's all about loving and wearing vintage underdogs (go read it!).

Well, this is mine. :)

40's Rayon Novelty Print Dress: Vintage Glory
40's Black Suede Peep Toe Pumps: Vintage Glory


Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Next Show(s): COCK & BULL

Here's the official plug for my next work project:

Cock and Bull are two different plays by the same playwright. Theatre by the River is presenting them in repertory, which means the plays are being presented on alternating nights by the same cast and crew. We are, however presenting both plays in one night for four days throughout the performance run. 

I'm excited to be working with Theatre by the River. I am a founding member of the company (I'm no longer a company member) and I performed in many of their early productions. I haven't worked with them since I left the company in 2009, so this is a bit of a homecoming for me. 

Here's what Theatre by the River has to say about the plays:
Cock & Bull
Two plays by Mike Bartlett
Performed on alternating nights, in repertory
Directed by Rodrigo Beilfuss
Featuring Kevin Anderson, Derek Leenhouts, Mel Marginet and Karl Thordarson
Design by Daina Leitold | Stage Managed by Lisa Nelson

Winner of the Olivier Award
John has been in a long-term relationship with his same-sex partner, M.  When they break up, John finds himself falling in love with W, a woman he sees on his daily commute. When he goes back to his relationship with M, he has a hard time leaving his connection to W.  What does this mean? Is he gay, straight, bisexual? Who will he choose to spend his life with?  When M suggests they settle the unrest over dinner – and invites his father along for support – it’s an evening that will forever change the way you look at a love triangle.

A National (Canadian) Premiere
Three employees wait to meet their boss. After the meeting, only two will have their jobs.  In 2014 the cost of living has increased exponentially, while income has remained stagnant. The chronic under-employment faced by Millennials means this play is full of high stakes, low morals and a need to win at all costs.

Cock and Bull are two stand-alone plays, which we are performing in repertory (same cast and crew, alternating nights).  Come to one for $20 ($15 for students, industry, underemployed) and see the second for just $12 (Repertory Special!) 

Seating is limited in our venue, so if you live in Winnipeg or in the surrounding area and would like to purchase tickets click here.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Dog Days of Summer

via my instagram

We snuck off to the lake for the last four days. It's been quite stormy this summer and we were blessed with pretty good weather all weekend. The best day was on Tuesday afternoon. It was quiet - being mid week and all - and the weather was just perfect. We spent the afternoon laying on the dock with the dogs, swimming and drinking cold beers.

These are the days I wait for all year. The dog days of summer....

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