Babydoll Lulu Mist Set – Jools Couture

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Want to look cute as you slink about the house before bed? I’ve got just the thing!

Jools Couture is an Australian designer based in Sydney and boy, does she know a thing or two about producing adorable pieces.

A background in corsetry means all of Jools’ pieces are constructed with precision and care.

Check out the video to see my review on the Babydoll Lulu Mist set which is a Jools Powder Room, Vault Boudoir piece.

Jools Couture doesn’t just produce cute sleepwear: There’s intimates, day and eveningwear and swimwear too.

Available in sizes ranging from an Australian size 6-16 and shipping worldwide, Jools Couture is well worth a look!

Jump on the website and feast your eyes on all the available goodies today!

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Priscilla Pink Gingham Midi Dress – The Pretty Dress Company

 

I’m in a pretty hot and heavy love affair with the colour pink right now, so the pink gingham pretty that is the Priscilla midi dress immediately caught my eye.

A classic Pretty Dress Company style, the Priscilla midi is a really complimentary cut: fitted through the bodice and finished off with a beautiful full and flowing skirt with cute pleat details. Let’s not forget a stand out feature: Ladies, she has POCKETS!

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Fully lined and made of cotton, this is the perfect summer dress for the warmer weather here in Australia.

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I come in at 168cm tall with measurements 32″-24″-32″ and am wearing a UK 8. I had wiggle room in both the bust and waist, which I welcome because it means it’s a dress I’ll be comfortable in (even after a huge slice of cake) The length suited me and I like that I’m able to adjust the straps to best suit my frame.

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This is the perfect edition to my ever growing collection of pink garments. I absolutely adore it.

Fatale Embroidered Prom Dress – The Pretty Dress Company

Want to feel like a princess? I’ve got just the dress!

Introducing to you the gorgeous Fatale Embroidered Prom Dress in the black colourway by The Pretty Dress Company.

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Who am I kidding, this dress needs no introduction! This signature design is iconic to the Pretty Dress Company and is available in both a wiggle and swing version and in a variety of colourways including black, white and navy.

The dress is made from beautiful rose embroidered tulle over a stretch sateen and features an off the shoulder bodice that is both boned and lined. I love the little details on this number, like the shoulder gathering and of course, the beautiful rose embroidery. The full prom skirt promises the perfect vintage silhouette. I’m 168cm tall and love where this dress sits a little below the knee on me.

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I’ve accessorised the dress with patent black ankle strap shoes and black earrings, as well as a red rose for the hair to team with the theme. I wanted to keep it fairly simply, as I feel the dress really speaks for itself and steals the show.

The Pretty Dress Company recommend you check their size chart to ensure you order the correct size, as their sizes tend to run a little on the smaller side.

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I’m wearing an 8 and my measurements are 32”-24”-32”. I found I had wiggle room in this style in both the bust and waist. This dress runs in sizes 8-20. The Pretty Dress Company offer worldwide shipping.

Sirens Swimwear

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Rarely do I hear women express excitement about swimwear shopping. Sure, the new bikini is cute but the experience you went through to find it… Not so much. There’s something about that florescent change room lighting and the mirror all up in your face; neither of which, work wonders for ones self-esteem when trying to choose the togs you’ll be hitting the beach in this summer.

Well fear not! The dream of trying on all of the bikini candidates in the comfort of your own home is no longer just a distant dream. Australian company Sirens Swimwear are bringing their beautiful designs to you in your home with their Try 5 at Home service. Goodbye bad lighting. Hello gorgeous!

It’s as simple at selecting five pairs of swimmers you’d like to try and paying a $199 deposit + $15 postage and handling. Before you know it, an exciting parcel full of gorgeous goodies will be arriving on your door step.

You can read all about the finer details here.

Don’t worry: Your deposit will go towards your togs of choice. If your choice costs less than your deposit, you’ll be refunded the difference.

Choosing five was no easy task in itself, but trying them on was a whole heap of fun!

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The Harmony Bikini in Cocktail Black Gingham.

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Grace Retro One Piece in Lights of Vegas.

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The Marilyn Swimdress in Cocktail Black Spot.

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The Harmony Bikini in Grace.

I’m indecisive at the best of times and found the Try 5 at Home really helpful. I also found it interesting that the pair I chose, weren’t the pair I thought I would when making my selections!

I decided on the gorgeous Harmony Bikini in Bold Bouquet. This is not he kind of colours or print I would normally gravitate towards, but once I saw it on, I had to make it mine!

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The Harmony Bikini in Bold Bouquet – All Photos by David Gatt

The Try 5 at Home service meant I was able to select from a larger pool of options. I could also take my time in doing so because I was in my living room as opposed to in a tiny, hot and poorly lit change cubicle. Winning all round!

As the first days of summer are now upon us, I highly recommend the Try 5 at Home service to anyone facing the scary swimwear shopping showdown. Find the cute bikini without the horror experience!

Check out the full range of beautiful beach wear at Sirens Swimwear.

Miss Wings and Wheels

I was excited to be a part of the second annual Miss Wings and Wheels Pinup Contest held at the Caboolture Warplane and Flight Heritage Museum on September 6 2015.

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One of the things that excited me the most about the contest, was the freedom to get creative with the”My Inspiration” category. The idea of this category was to allow all of the entrants to show off one of their vintage/pinup inspirations or idols…and I knew exactly who I wanted to be for the day!

Miss Wings and Wheels entrants were chosen on a first in basis and there ended up being quite a large number of lovely ladies involved. The more the merrier I say!
It was great to have the opportunity to catch up with some old friends and make some new ones. Despite being fairly buggered from the busy months preceding the event, I wound up really enjoying the day and not really wanting to go home!

We met at the hanger early on Sunday morning and prepared for our daywear round. There were a few nervous first timer pinups among us and I must say, I just love seeing the juxtaposition of thoughts and emotions before and after going on stage! Such a contrast and one of many reasons I just love being a part of events like this. It’s such a thrill to be surrounded by women who are challenging, empowering and surprising themselves.

For my daywear, I wore a cute vintage number I have picked up at Greazefest in August. I carried the pale pink and blue theme through to my props and accessories and had a cute little pastel pinup picnic thing going on. It was lots of fun!

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Photo by Bill Struthers

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A quick outfit change and we were ready to hit the stage again. This time, for the inspiration round. I had drawn inspiration from one of my favourite 50s ladies: Ann Miller!

My blurb about Ann read:
“Ann Miller was known for her performances in Hollywood musicals of the 40s and 50s.  A true triple threat, she could dance, sing and act, and she did so with the utmost beauty and style.
Whether dressed in a sparkly showgirl outfit, or an elegant gown, she was a picture of Hollywood perfection and it is this that inspires Lucy on her own pinup path.”

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I made my outfit based on a costume Ann herself wore in the musical Easter Parade (1948).
I threw in a few impromptu taps in my tap shoes to surprise the audience and truly had a ball pretending to be a glam film star.

Before we knew it we were back out to hear the judges picks and I was both surprised and thrilled to hear my name called for 1st runner up.
I had the pleasure of standing alongside 2nd runner up Ivy Dynamite and winner Terina Smith.
The beautiful Miss Velvet Crush took out best Daywear and Miss Foxy Rocket took the title of best Inspiration (in THE MOST amazing gown ever!).

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All in all, it was a really enjoyable day out with a bunch of lovely ladies!

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Pinup Kittens Management

I have recently had my profile loaded on the Pinup Kittens Management Page.

Pinup Kittens Management  “is an Australian based agency, sourcing the very best established pin up models and burlesque beauties. We offer an array of adorable and approachable, top shelf models for event staff, Extras, promotions and entertainment.”

I’m very excited to be featured on the page! Feel free to pop by and have a peek!

www.pinupkittensmanagement.com/lucy-luxe

Miss Cooly Rocks On Vintage Glamour Pageant, 2014

It’s been a busy few weeks following Miss Cooly Rocks on and I am excited to finally sit down and put fingers to keyboard to write about what was a truly great weekend.

Miss Cooly Rocks on is the third pinup pageant I am lucky enough to have been a part of this year and I think I enjoy them more and more each time.

Contrary to the (often negative) connotations the word “pageant” is commonly associated with, my pageant experiences have been nothing short of amazing. So if you want to know more…please read on 

The weekend started on Friday evening of June 6. I clocked off work early to make my way down the coast and begin the first of many make up applications and hair styles for the weekend. Throughout the week I normally keep things very low key. I’m normally sans makeup altogether and sporting a boring pony tail or bun. I like to glamorise this by thinking of it as “the girl next door” look. Really I’m just a boring plain Jane!

I had a little time to settle into the place my family had booked in Kingscliff before they arrived. I really was grateful they decided to come along and be a part of the weekend with me. My 13 year-old sister even helped me with my hair on Friday evening. Trying to roll my tresses up at the back proved very problematic given I do not possess go go gadget arms, so I was happy she came to my rescue!

I decided to pull out the big guns and flaunt my newly purchased and not yet worn, beautiful dita cardigan to form part of my meet and greet outfit. I teamed this with a full skirt with matching blue trim and my Mary janes of course!

We headed into Cooly to meet at the Coolangatta hotel. My mum was my plus one and it was nice to have her by my side. My mum and I have very different tastes in a lot of things, so it meant a lot to me that she came along and mingled for a while.

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Mum and I – Megan Rizzo Photography

It was great to see some familiar faces (Channy, Nerida, Kate and Jessica :D) and to meet some new ones too! One of the things I have loved most about becoming more involved in the pinup scene, is all the wonderful ladies I have had the pleasure of meeting.
Karen, Donna and Bree organised a fabulous evening for us all and Megan Rizzo was there to snap up every moment from behind her camera.

I think the highlight of the meet and greet was when we were all surprised by…pillows with our faces on them! Sponsors Pacific Pillow Co had been busy printing our piccies onto pillows as part of the prizes for each and every lady selected as a finalist. How lovely is that!

A pillow with my face! Thanks Pacific Pillow Co! Megan Rizzo Photography

A pillow with my face! Thanks Pacific Pillow Co! Megan Rizzo Photography

We strolled up to the marquee to be given our finalist sashes. After a few piccies most ladies quickly fled to get home and start clocking beauty sleep hours before we had to be back at the surf club bright and early for a live television appearance….

Posing with my finalist sash - Megan Rizzo Photography

Posing with my finalist sash – Megan Rizzo Photography

Striking a pose - Megan Rizzo Photography

Striking a pose – Megan Rizzo Photography

5:30AM my alarm went off. Despite being pretty stuffed I knew that it was going to be a fun day ahead so up I got!

Round two of hair and makeup: I opted with pinning all my hair up again. Riding in a convertible vintage car in the parade, I wanted to look elegant, not windswept!

My parade outfit was a gorgeous pink number with a matching hat, black bolero and some cute silver ballet shoes. I wanted something fun, yet comfortable for the day ahead! Heels were out of the question. I didn’t want those around me to be subjected to whining about sore tootsies!

My parade outfit!

My parade outfit!

It was a bit of a mad rush to get ready. My hair is SO TEMPERMENTAL and because there is so much of it, it can be hard to recover from when something doesn’t quite go to plan. I managed to arrive at the surf club only a little late, only to realise I had left my sash at home.
My heart sunk a little as I looked around and saw all the lovely ladies sashing it up.
After a quick sook it was time to get on with things. The TV appearance and parade would go ahead: sash, or no sash. It was time to get on with things!

The lovely finalists and I had a ball being on TV! Got a message from the family and my Nan and Pop to say they had seen us all! They had us walking in a loop beside the reporter (think…. a pinup rotisserie), all showing off our outfits and striking a pose. It was over before we knew it and time to get ready for the parade.

We were swept off in some gorgeous cars to wait where the parade would start in Kirra. We waited here for a little while and then Kristie (Lady Lou) and I were swapped into a different car with Kellie and her Dad.
I had an absolute ball with Kristie. She’s an absolute scream and one hell of a woman. I was pleased to be bunked up with her in the back of the mustang for the duration of the parade.

Now the parade itself was simply amazing. So. Many. People.

I think I speak on behalf of all of us girls when I say I had a sore face and cheeks from smiling for so long! It was truly wonderful, driving along, waving at all those who had come to watch the parade. I most enjoyed seeing the faces of all the children simply light up in awe of the beautiful cars and pinup ladies riding in them. My aunty, uncle and their children had even driven up from Ballina to watch. It was great seeing some familiar faces in the crowd.

Chilling in the back with Kristie with Kellie cruisin' up front!

Chilling in the back with Kristie with Kellie cruisin’ up front!

Getting into the Cooly Rocks spirit. Clearly I'm a real rev head at heart! Megan Rizzo Photography

Getting into the Cooly Rocks spirit. Clearly I’m a real rev head at heart! Megan Rizzo Photography

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Waving to the crowd – Pixelscape Photography

Lots of photos with the crowd. Jillien Knight's son here was apparently pretty chuffed to have his photo taken with a 50's lady! - Jillien Knight

Lots of photos with the crowd. Jillien Knight’s son here was apparently pretty chuffed to have his photo taken with a 50’s lady! – Jillien Knight

My family brought my sash too, and my dad handed it to me as we went past in the car during the parade! Life savers! I was no longer the odd sash-free one out!
Following the parade we were free to wander around, also handing out some pamphlets for our amazing sponsors.
I caught a bite with my family and then headed back to the apartment to sit still for a few moments before re-doing my hair and makeup ready for the big night ahead!

At home I practiced my poses a little so I had some idea of what I was doing once I got out there on the runway. Although I think the ability to improvise is a useful on, I do believe it’s good to go in prepared! I’m a pretty big stress head and work better if I do my best to remove pressure from situations. I think some gals prefer to improvise and that works for them.
Lollies and protein bars became staple food items over the weekend. After gobbling some of these, I went about beginning round 3 of getting dolled up.

My hair really started to misbehave this time around: Victory rolls really will be the death of me.
Luckily, I got all my outfits and accessories organised BEFORE starting hair and makeup. So despite it taking much longer than I had hoped I quickly through all my belongings in the car, gave the family a smooch and tripped it into Cooly.

I haven’t mentioned up until this point that I get major parking anxiety. Despite going on 25, I have only had my licence for a couple of years. I’m much better than I used to be, however I still get slightly anxious about driving in unfamiliar locations, especially when I have to park!

We had been given passes to park under one of the shopping centres, however this still meant driving through closed roads to get to the underground entrance. Through the day it had been fine, but for some reason, the traffic guys sent me to drive through the main street everyone was walking through.
So picture this: Little old me, Wearing all my makeup and hair done, driving along in my little swift…..at 5km so I didn’t run into anyone. Driving this slow, no one can hear you either!
This made me a little late and was definitely a character building experience!

I finally made it to the marquee and our little tent dressing room. If all of us ladies hadn’t become close by this point, this was definitely going to be a bonding experience!

The lovely Bree took us through a walk through on the cat walk and explained where we should stop and pose and for how long. She also did a few funny demonstrations of what NOT to do. Words can’t do it justice…but I think my favourite was the walk….half pose and keep walking….another half arsed pose and a half smile….You get the picture!

After the run through, we retreated to our dressing room tent and started getting into our daywear outfits so we were ready to go. Start time crept up really quickly and before we knew it, it was time to step out onto the stage for the first time.

For daywear, I wore the always gorgeous Pinup Girl Clothing dress in lavender, teamed with a custom made Lady Rowe hair flower, some cute little cream vintage gloves that were an op shop buy, a vintage bag I picked up on eBay and my trusty Mary janes.

Wearing my custom made hairpiece at Miss Cooly Rocks On- Photo by John Gas for Cooly Rocks On.

Wearing my custom made hairpiece at Miss Cooly Rocks On- Photo by John Gas for Cooly Rocks On.

I was a little worried my little compact mirror might slip out of my gloved hands but all systems were go and I managed to keep a firm grasp on it!
The first round at a pageant is always a little shaky. You walk out, not knowing what to expect from the audience. In my case, I didn’t actually have any of my immediate friends or family there to see me so I was sans cheering squad and hoping I could rouse some applause and cheers from the audience!

We didn’t have a lot of time to change into swimwear and it was lovely to see the girls who had more time, helping the girls who were busting their buts to nail the quick change!

For swimwear, I wore a playsuit made by the lovely Amber of Little Miss Riot, teamed with my love heart sunglasses and black wedges. Of course I had my beach towel handy, and a pineapple shaped cocktail drink!

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My outfit for swimwear – Chrome-Plated Photography

Swimwear was fun! I challenged myself by getting done on the ground (another thing Bree had warned us to be cautious about!) I felt confident and had a lot of fun. I enjoyed watching the couple of ladies who were before me as I was waiting to go up on stage…but at this point we began to realise we hadn’t seen a lot of our fellow contestants outfits as we had madly been trying to get changed!

After a quick photo, it was back into the tent for the final change: Eveningwear.

This was without a doubt, the section I was most looking forward to.
Why you ask?

I had a gorgeous lemon vintage 50’s prom gown waiting to be worn for the first time!

I had actually purchased this stunning number for Garterbelts and Gasoline…but didn’t end up wearing it.

I team this with some blinging costume jewellery, a corsage I made myself and some pretty silver heels.
If there is ever a moment where I felt like a princess, this was definitely it!

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I felt like I floated down the cat walk (whether it actually looked like that, I guess I’ll never know!)
The dress made me feel a million dollars….which was probably a good thing considering how many dollars it cost me 😉

Upon exiting the stage, Donna gave me what is possibly the best compliment ever.
“You look like Belle,” she said.

Everyone wants to look like a Disney Princess right?!

I was on cloud nine just hearing that….little did I know what was to come!

When all the rounds in a pageant are complete, there is an overwhelming buzz and sense of achievement that explodes in the dressing room.

This is without a doubt, my favourite moment about competing in pageants.
That moment when you see those around you have may have just conquered a fear, tried something new, and surprised themselves. It’s so wonderful to see that glow painted across someone’s face when they have achieved a goal or taken a step out of their comfort zone. This is definitely something that highlights (as corrrrrny as it is) that everyone is a winner in these circumstances. Sure, someone gets a crown or a sash, but I think it’s these feelings of achievement and being proud of oneself that is the real prize.

It wasn’t long before we were all out on stage awaiting the big announcement.

It was like Garter Belts all over again when I heard my name called for second runner up! The lovely Miss Cherie Amour (Miss Cooly Rocks on 2013) came and placed my sash and crown on me. The crown wasn’t too fond of my victory roll hairstyle, and thus, I tottered down the catwalk for my lap with it vicariously balancing on my head! Shame there wasn’t a talent round!

Doing my lap! Megan Rizzo Photography

Doing my lap! Megan Rizzo Photography

I returned to the line and cheered with excitement as the gorgeous Miss Kitten Darling was announced as first runner up! She looked simply stunning in her long white gown. She’d even managed to whip up an up-do in the short time we had to get changed: impressive!

After her lap was complete, it was the moment everyone had been waiting for!

MISS PETTICOAT POLLY! Miss Cooly Rocks on 2014!

Cheers, smiles and applause filled the marquee as the gorgeous Miss Petticoat Polly was given her sash and crown.

After a few photos, it was back into the tent to pack up. This was, of course, after we had been loaded up with prizes from all the amazing Miss Cooly Rocks on Sponsors.
A big thanks to Pacific Pillow Co, Dead Gorgeous Cosmetics, Megan Rizzo Photography, Parasols with Love, Miz Smitten Kitten, That Shop and PinupSkool Magazine! Also a big thank you to the winners of Miss Cooly Rocks on 2013: Miss Cherie Amour, Tululua Lollipop and Bommy Belmore.

The goodies I received from all the fabulous sponsors!

The goodies I received from all the fabulous sponsors!

The lovely 1st Runner Up Miss Kitten Darling, Miss Cooly Rocks on 2014, Miss Petticoat Polly and I posing after the announcement! Proud moment! Photography by John Gas for Cooly Rocks On.

The lovely 1st Runner Up Miss Kitten Darling, Miss Cooly Rocks on 2014, Miss Petticoat Polly and I posing after the announcement! Proud moment! Photography by John Gas for Cooly Rocks On.

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Megan Rizzo Photography

All the pageant ladies! Chrome-Plated Photography

All the pageant ladies! Chrome-Plated Photography

All the lovely contestants. Photography by John Gas for Cooly Rocks On.

All the lovely contestants. Photography by John Gas for Cooly Rocks On.

It was at this point in the night that I began to wish my family and partner could have been there for the show. Of course, I had had a great time….but it is good to have your own supportive network present for you. This was one thing that was amazing about Garterbelts.

I packed up my stuff fairly quickly and headed back to the apartment so I could show off my gorgeous crown and sash to my family. My partner got a selfie until he could see them in the flesh!

I stuffed my face without every morsel of food available before retreating to bed. I was exhausted, but on such a high!

On Sunday, I went out for a delicious breakfast with my Mum, Dad and sisters. While at the café, I got to hold a gorgeous Macaw. I’m a little bit of a crazy bird lady, so this was a major deal for me! The perfect way to end an already amazing weekend.

Afterwards, I made my way back to Cooly for some final photos with Miss Kitten Darling and Miss Petticoat Polly.

Some photos to finish off the weekend. Just twirlin' my skirt! Photo care of the lovely Petticoat Polly.

Some photos to finish off the weekend. Just twirlin’ my skirt! Photo care of the lovely Petticoat Polly.

By the time we finished up, I was well and truly ready to head back to Brisbane and thankfully the traffic wasn’t too bad.

All in all, Miss Cooly Rocks on was an amazing initiative to be a part of. It was incredibly well organised, all thanks to the Karen, Donna and Bree. At a time when I wasn’t feeling positive about much else, this competition gave me a chance to channel some positive energy, meet some wonderful people and hang out with some amazing people I already knew.
As I said, I thoroughly enjoy seeing people surprise themselves with what they are capable of and I saw this all weekend long.

For anyone thinking about entering next year my advice would be: Don’t hesitate for a second.

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