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A peek into another side of me – Roxy

As you all know by now, one of the things I love to do is design and make jewellery; however, that’s only one of the ways I choose to express my creativity and I thought today I’d share with you another.

I’ve always loved fashion, particularly shoes, but really the whole picture has always appealed to me. Putting together an outfit from accessories to the dress to the shoes, how to do my make up and hair. I enjoy the process.  I also happen to be lucky enough to know a few very talented photographers who love me dearly and were quite keen to help me out when I proposed to them we do a photo shoot together.

My first shoot was an afternoon picnic with Ashely Green last Spring in Edmonton. We had lots of fun together. I then shot with my cousin’s wife, Kristen Lebel, in Winnipeg last August.

Kristen Lebel Photographer
Kristen Lebel Photographer

After I moved to Winnipeg this winter, the owner of The Foxy Shoppe, Pamela, asked me if I would be interested in modelling for her boutique. A pinup/rockabilly boutique? Oh. Yes. Please! I was quite excited.

Dano Tanaka Illustrator
Dano Tanaka Illustrator

Since all these modelling opportunities surfaced, I decided to create a fan page on Facebook for my modelling to keep it separate from my regular self. As all models for the Foxy Shoppe have a “fox” related nickname and because I’ve started training as a fire performer, I opted for the name FieryFoxRox! Please feel free to follow my page if you’re interested in seeing more of what I do in the future!

Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of working with her in-store photographer, Dano Tanaka, on a number of pinup-styled shoots for the boutique. You may remember him from our Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery line photos because he shot all of those for us! Here is a recent image for The Foxy Shoppe featuring our soon to be released triple strand swarovski peark design under our Vintage by Drakestail label!

Dano Tanaka Illustrator
Dano Tanaka Illustrator

I’ve also done two more shoots with Ashley Green. The first was a modern take on Little Red Riding hood shot in a wintery snow covered forest. The most recent was very conceptual – we discussed dark, sad and somewhat angry. It was a lot of fun!

Photos With Ashley
Photos With Ashley

I also recently shot with Jamey M, from Edmonton. Jamey is a good friend of mine and this was our first collaboration together. We rented out the historic Garneau Theatre in Edmonton and I posed as a marionette. I really like the single spotlight effect he created with lighting as it make my shadow really stand out.

Jamey M Photography
Jamey M Photography

Each shoot is very different and I’ve really enjoyed working with all 4 of these talented photographers. I look forward to sharing more with you this Spring as I have a few other shoots in the works! 🙂


What a weekend for Drakestail Jewellery!

Our display at The Foxy Shoppe
Our display at The Foxy Shoppe

Last Saturday, September 28th, The Foxy Shoppe held a special event to promote their new Fall stock and to announce new products and services coming to the store. The Shoppe now features Whipped Cosmetics (locally homemade soaps and bath products), The Polished Pinup Parlour (manicure and lash extension services), Dano Tanaka Illustrator (pinup photography studio) as well as the new Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery! It was great to see so many great people bringing their passions together to collaborate on such a fun and exciting event.




Roxy at The Foxy Shoppe's Fall Launch Event
Roxy at The Foxy Shoppe’s Fall Launch Event

The Foxy Shoppe was buzzing with energy and excitement last Saturday and the response to our new line was fantastic. I was even lucky enough to get a fancy picture in front of the familiar Foxy Shoppe pink wall, wearing a dress from the Shoppe, photographed by Dano Tanaka!

Our first design set for Vintage is available in 5 colours (white, black, light gold, lavender and rosaline – pictured below), made of 8 mm Swarovski pearls and high-quality silver-filled findings, with our signature stardust beads. Our first sets have been such a success that we’re already planning our next vintage-inspired pieces.


For now, Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery is exclusive to The Foxy Shoppe.  Contact them to order yours or stop by to see their fabulous shop.  They will be available in our Etsy store in late October, and we may soon have news about our next retail location. Stay tuned for more!

– Roxy

Our vintage-inspired necklaces

Our vintage inspired necklaces

Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery promotional poster

We’ve teamed up yet again with Dano Tanaka Illustrator to create this fantastic promotional poster for our brand new Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery line.

Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery
Our brand new Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery poster.

We’re extremely proud of our new line, and are excited to launch exclusively at The Foxy Shoppe this Saturday, September 28th.  Will you be in the Winnipeg area?  Visit The Foxy Shoppe for their special fall launch event, featuring their new fall fashions, along with Whipped Cosmetics and The Polished Pinup Parlour, and of course, us!

Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery at The Foxy Shoppe!

Vintage Inspired Pink Set
Vintage-inspired necklace, bracelet, and earrings in Rosaline Swarovski Pearls

Robyn and I are very happy to officially announce that, as of next week, our new vintage inspired line, Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery, will be available at The Foxy Shoppe in Winnipeg, Manitoba!

This is the first time our jewellery is available in a physical store and we couldn’t be happier. The Foxy Shoppe is an upscale pin-up/retro boutique and we feel our vintage inspired line will fit right in there.

The Foxy Shoppe has some exciting new Fall inventory coming at the end of September and is taking this opportunity to announce new partnerships with The Polished Pinup Parlour, Whipped Cosmetics, Dano Tanaka Illustrator as well as with us, Drakestail Jewellery!

So if you are in Winnipeg on September 28th or can get there, please come by and visit all these great local businesses. See the event poster below for details.


Photo shoot!

We are a day late with our regular Wednesday blog post this week, but we are sure you will agree it was worth the wait!

In studio photo by Dano Tanaka.

We were thrilled to sponsor a photography session with Dano Tanaka Illustrator this week.

Of course, we love how our jewellery looks in studio shoots, as pictured here, but sometimes it’s fun to change things up and see how they would look in a different setting and on an actual person!

Shot at Dano Tanaka Illustrator studio in Winnipeg Manitoba.

I paired this stunning dragonskin jade pendant with base metal dragonfly beads and translucent tree agate rounds that vary in colour from smokey white to dark forest green.

We are very happy with how this shoot turned out. The landscape really sets off the colour of the dragonskin jade stone.




These earthy stones and dragonflies photographed in a natural background in warm neutral colours really give this necklace a different feel from the studio shot. It is amazing to work with such a talented photographer who really understands a client’s vision, and brings it to life!

Drakestail Jewellery Photo Shoot
Our Dragonskin necklace was featured in a professional photo shoot by Dano Tanaka.

Please don’t forget about our giveaway contest. See our blog post from August 6th and enter to win a gift certificate to our ETSY Shop! Contest closes on August 19th, 2013.


What a week! Giveaways, photos, and more

We’ve had quite the week!  For starters, we finally reached our goal of 100 items in our Etsy shop.  To celebrate, we’re giving away a $25 gift certificate for our Etsy store.  Sign up for the giveaway and you could be our big winner!

We had the fortune this week to have some of our jewellery professionally photographed by Dano Tanaka.  He does beautiful work, and made our jewels sparkle!

Agate leaf necklace

We’ve also used the gorgeous photography as an excuse to do a little redecorating.  We’ve got new banners up on Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, and even our site here.  These feature a great new photo, and our new logo.  We love the clean, distinctive look.


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