A “Canadian” Weekend with Miss Victory Violet

When Miss Victory Violet first announced her Canadian Workshops tour, I was beyond excited and knew there was no way I was going to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. Ella and I have known each other since 2011 when she first got into the vintage lifestyle and it is simply incredible to see how far she has come…now a household name and inspiration in our community. The Canadian Miss VV Tour included workshops in three major cities; Montreal, Port Dover, and Edmonton. With Port Dover only a car drive away, I signed up for the Beginner’s/Intermediate Hair and Makeup Workshop being held at the spectacular Clonmel Castle hosted by Suzie’s Bombshell Boutique.

The Port Dover stop on Miss VV’s tour was pretty special since the organizers put together a whole weekend event which included the workshops, wonderful accommodations at the Clonmel Castle, High Tea, and Vintage Spring Fling Party. Originally I was only planning to attend the Sunday workshop and high tea but when Ella asked me to be her hair model for the workshop on Saturday, I thought why not enjoy all the festivities and book my stay at the Clonmel. Seriously, I am so thrilled that I did as the weekend was truly spectacular from start to finish.

Upon arriving early Saturday morning, I was greeted so warmly by the owner of the Clonmel Castle Lynnee. The Clonmel Castle is so unbelievably beautiful, words cannot adequately describe all the intricate details and history in this unique bed and breakfast. Each guest room is named after its colour theme. I quickly got settled into my room known as “Black & White” since Ella had to set my hair for the first workshop that was about to start at 12pm. This gave us a wonderful opportunity to chat and catch up before the attendees began to arrive.  During this time, I spotted this gal wearing the most divine Vintage Lilli Ann princess coat down the hallway. Not a short time later, she walked into the workshop and I didn’t shy away at gushing over her coat and fabulous green jumpsuit from Emmy Designs.

The Miss VV classroom was all setup for the Beginner’s Set and Brushout Workshop. Attendees were be spoiled with the most incredible goodies bags that I have ever seen (more details on what was inside coming up in a bit). Unlike most Vintage Hair styling classes, Ella keeps her workshops small limiting them to 10 attendees for an intimate and a very hands on experience with the instructor. The ladies started to arrive, some traveling all the way from Michigan, Toronto and surrounding area. Seeing the excitement and radiating smiles was pretty incredible. You could just feel the positive energy from the room. Ella welcomed everyone and the class was well underway.

By the end, we all knew who was staying at the Clonmel or close by and convinced an extra few ladies to attend the Vintage Spring Fling that evening. A few more guests arrived in the afternoon at the Clonmel, including the lovely Jackie that I had met at another local vintage event a couple years ago along with her friend Julia. With a few hours left before we had to get ready for the evening festivities, Lynnee treated us to an immaculate spread for High Tea. Everything not only looked amazing, it was all absolutely delicious. My first High Tea experience is going to be tough to beat.

Once we were all pleasantly stuffed, everyone went up to their rooms to get all dolled up for the evening festivities. The soiree was held at Double Olive, with the Vintage Spring Fling taking place on the upper lounge level. As we arrived, the Hellbent Rockers were playing and getting people up on the dance floor. I was pleasantly surprised to see the room was packed with guests of all ages, it truly reminded me of being at Viva but in my own community! We grabbed our cocktails (or in my case a soda) and headed over to join crowd. Remember the Lilli Ann gal, that was the lovely Dana who I ended up chatting with all evening long. She is the epitome of vintage fashionista’s, wearing the iconic Betty Draper floral dress that is so utterly breathtaking. Ella, Jackie, Julia and tons of guests were up on the dance floor, even I went up for once song with Dean…the gentleman who makes every lady look graceful on the dance floor even with two left feet like me. The night went by quickly and everyone had such a wonderful time.

The following morning, the guests staying at the Clonmel gathered in the sitting room for coffee before being treated to a lovely breakfast in the dining area. I said goodbye to Jackie and Julia as they were heading home for the weekend and went to prepare for the afternoon workshop. Dana and I had traded places, today she was the model and I was an attendee at the Beginner’s/Intermediate Hair and Makeup Workshop. We saw a few familiar faces, some ladies came to both workshops to make the most of this opportunity with Miss Victory Violet. Of course everyone was thrilled over the goody bags filled with an exclusive Miss VV Shazaam purple Hair Flower and Splendette bangle, Dirty Works Nude eyeshadow palette, and full size Kenra products ( 2 hairsprays, thermal setting spray, dry volume & pomade).

First up was learning how to create classic pinup makeup look. I finally learned the secret to achieve soft eyeshadow blending along with simple contouring and highlighting. Ella is a wonderful teacher, she provides you with simple everyday techniques and doesn’t over complicate them using some fancy method. These are the same methods she uses everyday…who knew it could be so easy! Once our faces were all made up, we moved onto learning a basic brush out and creating the signature vintage front swoop. Seeing as everyone has very different types of hair, Ella helped each one of us with tricks on how to best work with what we have. By the end of the class, we all looked quite glamorous and learnt how to achieve this look on our own. Before everyone said their goodbyes, we took some group photos and some with Miss Victory Violet. A bunch of the ladies stayed for High Tea but it was sadly time for me to head home after the most incredible weekend.

 

It is difficult to put in words what this unbelievable weekend really meant to me emotionally. Little did I know there was such an incredible group of ladies with like interests in my community. Dana nailed it when she said “I found my people”, that truly expresses the feeling that I felt over the past two days. These women come from all different walks of life; nurses, publishers, emergency dispatcher, mothers, etc. but are united with by their mutual interests in vintage and pinup. I cannot thank Ella enough for not only coming to Canada but to include me in her workshops and be a part of such a memorable experience.

A special thank you to Suzie’s Bombshell Boutique, Southside Vixens, and the Clonmel Castle for organizing such a fantastic weekend for all of us.

 

Winter Tartan Chic

The one thing I am not fond of living in Canada are our cold and snowy winters but luckily they are becoming slightly milder in recent years. As the chillier temps set in, I am quickly reaching my frocks with long sleeves to keep me warm and still looking fabulous. When I heard the news that Miss Victory Violet collaborated with Voodoo Vixen for their Autumn/Winter collection, I knew we would be in for a real treat. Her love of  tartan was the inspiration behind the beautiful monochromatic designs that are perfect for the season. I must admit, I could not resist buying several pieces from this magnificent collaboration including the spectacular Veronica Tartan Pencil Dress.

Available in sizes S-2XL ~ MSRP £55.00

Being a longtime customer of Voodoo Vixen, I find their sizing to be quite consistent with each design. Normally I wear a size Small but knowing the Veronica Pencil Dress had little stretch, there was absolutely no way my hips were going to fit. Based on my current measurements (bust 36″, waist 27.5″, hips 41″), I rolled the dice and ordered a size Medium as the size chart still said the hips maxed out at 38″. The true test was shimming in and trying to sit without feeling crammed into a sardine can. Thankfully the size Medium fit well in the bust, waist and shoulders with a little shapewear help needed for the hips. If you are not prepared to wear a girdle, I definitely recommend sizing up to fit your hips comfortably. The Veronica Pencil Dress features a square neckline with shoulder bow detail, 3/4 length sleeves with contrasting cuffs, a sexy pencil skirt with dipped pleats on the back hem and zipper back closure. The monochromatic grey tartan print is a true classic and very chic. At 5′-4″, the hemline falls a couple inches below the knees.

The Voodoo Vixen and Miss Victory Violet collaboration is truly one of my favorites to date. Ella and I share similar tastes which is sure to result in fabulous new frocks that I simply adore. Normally I instinctively shy away from wiggle dresses but the Veronica Pencil Dress had such exquisite design details that made it simply irresistible. The back dipped kick-pleat is my favorite element of the dress. The  combination of beauty and functionality, suitable for the cold winter days ahead. I did find the sleeves to be a bit loose for my liking but I know many ladies would surely appreciate them not being overly tight. In order to feel more comfortable and have a little more room in hips, I paired it with the Rago 1294 girdle. The Veronica Pencil Dress can easily transition from daytime work wear to evening attire.

In keeping with the monochromatic scheme, I felt any accessories should be a basic black or grey to not take away from design. I paired the Veronica Pencil Dress with silver  confetti earrings, bangles, vintage 40s handbag, the matching grey belt, seamed stockings by WKD and black round toe pumps. The thick tartan fabric conceals your underpinnings and shapewear flawlessly.

The Veronica Tartan Dress is a classic with subtle flair that really gives you an air of confidence to make you want to strut your stuff. I highly recommend checking out the entire Miss Victory Violet collaboration with Voodoo Vixen, you are sure to fall in love with one if not all designs. I simply could not resist the Ella Tartan Flare Dress and the Celine Black Top as well.