Lucy Luxe does Viva Las Vegas! Post 12: The Viva Experience! 

It’s time to wrap up my Viva Las Vegas 20 experience and I’m thrilled to recap all the fun I had at my very first VLV!

The last I left you I was just about to head on down to the car show and meet and greet some Viva goers and boy, was it fun! Naturally my ladies and I (in our matching pink outfits) gravitated towards a perfect ’59 pink caddy owned by lovely Lorraine and John *insert drool here! It must have wound up looking intentional because before we knew it, we were a photo opportunity for lots of people passing by. It was a great way to meet and interact with lots of different individuals which is something the journo in me really enjoys! It really was incredible to see how far and wide people had come from to be a part of VLV!


Photo by Abe Lojero 

Special mention must be made to my amazing Aussie support crew: Katrina, Kirsty, Diamond, Dan and my David who all got in on motivating the masses and encouraging people to vote for their favourite pinup! I couldn’t have done this without you guys. Kirsty: I didn’t know about your spruiking skills but girl, you owned it!  

The morning just flew by and before I knew it, it was time to head on back to the room and get changed into my gorgeous contest dress. Katrina headed back with me to ensure everything went to plan and no stressful moments occurred! I popped on my beautiful Cappella Jane Glamour gown all my gorgeous burly girls back home had made for me while getting ready just so I could feel the support of them all there with me!

Dressed and ready, we headed back down to the car show to check in with all the other finalists and prepare to head up for our shiny moment on stage. Speaking of shiny, Rockwell had arrived in what can only be described as a diamond of a dress. This woman would sparkle even in a potato sack but damn, she looked stunning. Rockwell briefed us for what was to come, gave us our order of appearance and provided us with our question. 

My question was why I had entered the contest again for a third time and I knew exactly what I wanted to say and was just hoping it would come out similar to what I was thinking in my head. I found out after the contest that my friends could see me going over it by the side of the stage which they thought was cute and I thought was embarrassing! But I wanted to ensure I used my moment and said what was important to me! I felt incredibly nervous (which is odd as getting up on stage certainly isn’t new to me). The lovely Lily asked me whether I still got the butterflies and the answer is most definitely yes! 

It was finally contest time as I watched Rockwell head on up to the stage to introduce the judges before welcoming me up as the first finalist. I was nervous about my sneaky dress reveal and hoped it would go to plan and judging from reactions of people in the crowd it shocked and delighted as I’d hoped it would! 
Coppelia Jane did such a marvellous job on my transitional gown and my request to have a dress that changed in both silhouette and colour! I figured if I only had a few seconds on stage, I wanted to do something unique and really me and I was so pleased with it coming to fruition after a lot of planning and creating care of Coppelia! 

Photos by Tim Hunter.

Next up was the question answering to which I responded:

“Pinup allows me to transform so much like the dress you’ve seen me wearing today, pinup helps me go from subtle and soft to sexy and strong! So standing here today and re-entering Viva is not only a huge personal achievement for me, but it also helps me to show women all around the world that this need not be just a dream, it can be a reality for them as well.”

Photos by Tim Hunter 

Thankfully no word vomit came out and I was able to say what I was hoping to which was important to me.

I then had the pleasure of watching all the other ladies appear on stage and answer their own questions and I found myself thinking how glad I was I wasn’t a judge! How do you decide from such a bunch of beautiful women who all have so much to offer?!
For this reason, I was incredibly honoured to be awarded best wardrobe! What a huge compliment to my designer Coppelia for bringing my vision to life! 

The lovely Lily White was awarded Best Hair, Heloise Bow Flapper with Best Makeup and then our leading ladies: 2nd Runner Up to the Dutch Pinup, 1st Runner up to Dariel Dearlove and Miss Viva Las Vegas 20 Miss Monique Sweet! 

Photo by Tim Hunter 

At this point I already felt so sad it was all over despite the feeling of excitement. How had it all come and gone so quickly?! Both the Contest and almost Viva too! I think the only thing I’d want to change would be getting to spend more time in person with my fellow finalists. The experience came and went so quickly and despite conversing with all these wonderful women for months in the lead up, I didn’t get enough face time with them! This is something I really want to do my part to change within my own local group! So often we only ever see each other at events when there is so much else going on and not much opportunity to actually catch up or get to know one another better on a deeper level. 

Thank you to all the amazing people in my life who really got behind me in my Viva Las Vegas dream. There were so many people who bought a shirt, shared my posts, gave me gifts, wished me well and were in general just so supportive of me and it is because of you all, that this became a reality. Thank you all so much.
Special mention is also required for the diamond dame, the one and only Rockwell who makes this experience possible. You are queen! 


Photo by Abe Lojero 

As for Viva as a whole, all I can say is WOW! Attending an event of this scale just reiterates how important pinup and rockabilly culture has become for me over the years and it really feels quite special to be a part of something this big and this awesome. I can’t wait to attend again already! 

One component I particularly loved, was being able to wear and showcase some of my vintage gems that with all work and no play, don’t get the out of closet time they deserve! 

As I mentioned earlier in the blog, I’d prepared an outfit spreadsheet so I could pack wisely and not run the risk of leaving that perfect matching accessory at home! It also took the thought and stress out of it at the event when every moment is precious! I am an avid planner so this is just how I like to roll.

Viva, it’s been an absolute blast! I hope this blog acts as a useful resource for any other ladies considering entering the contest or maybe even considering getting involved with pinup in any capacity. I still remember buying my first repro style dress and now pinup has brought so much positivity into my life and helped me grow into the woman I am today. The growth just keeps on coming too and this is sometjing I want other women to have the pleasure of experiencing for themselves. If this little Aussie lady can do it, anyone can! 

*Check out all the outfits I sported at Viva below, including the cute bathing suit I wore in the swimsuit contest held the one and only pool party. 


Day 1 – Day wear

Vintage Dress- an eBay score! 


Day 1 – Evening wear.

Tiki time! Dress by Red Ruby Vintage. 

Day 2 – Day wear. 

Vintage Dress from Vintage Hippy.


Day 2 – Day wear 2!

Vintage Dress borrowed from my beautiful friend the Sapphire Siren! 

Day 2 – Meet and Greet Evening wear from Butchwax Vintage.


Day 3 – Car Show Lucy’s Ladies Matchy Matchy! 

Shirts designed by David Gatt.

The Lucy skirt designed and produced by Diamond Dubbellyou.



Day 3 – Contest Outfit.

Transitional dress by Coppelia Jane. 

Day 3 – Evening wear 

Prom pretty dress from Etsy.


Day 4 – Pool Party wearing the Pretty Dress Company 


Day 4 – Swimsuit Contest

Catalina Swimsuit and matching swim dress from Ooh La La. 

Lucy Luxe does Viva Las Vegas! Part 6: Learning from the loveliest of ladies!

Knowing that I’m attending Viva has given me the perfect opportunity to finally take a leap and do things I’ve been thinking about doing or been wanting to improve for a long time! For example, you remember me mentioning earlier in my blog how much grief my long locks give me? Well, I thought what better a time than to try and learn some skills from the talented women around me, then right now?!

I remember watching my very first Cherry Dollface hair tutorial video gosh…maybe around five or six years ago after her channel was recommended to me by a fellow uni student. These videos turned my half-arsed attempts at hair into something much more inspiring and I’ve definitely gotten better with practice and watching further videos. I also remember the first time I was really happy with how my victory rolls looked thanks to the guidance of one of Cherry’s videos! I’ve always been grateful for that recommendation and am hoping I might have the pleasure of getting to Cherry’s workshop at Greazefest later this year so I can see this babe work her magic in the flesh! It’s also dawning on me I may be lucky enough to meet her a week from now at Viva! :O

Given that for me, my main issue is my length, I thought I’d invest some time with the one and only long-locked temptress that is Jacqueline Furey! Jac welcomed me into her home and spent a couple of hours going through some styles really useful to long-haired ladies. 

A lot of the vintage styles you see really are suited to shorter locks and I always find it hard if I pop some pretty rolls in the front, then what do I do with all my length at the back! 

This session with Jac was definitely a good investment and one I’d recommend to other local, long-locked ladies! Jac’s hair always looks amazing so I knew she was a sure-fire bet. Pretty sure she is actually a real like mermaid…


*Photo by KTB: @ktbsaysrelax

Follow Jacqueline at: @jacqueline_furey

After the session I actually made some time to just sit and fiddle with my hair (which I always TALK about doing and never actually do) and even that felt good! I have a small pool of styles I can pull from for the different Viva events. I’m trying to just go with the flow and see what the hair feels like doing on any given day!

As for makeup, I’ve always been one to do my own from quite a young age. I was a little dancer growing up but I was somewhat late to start at age 11. Though this was a bonus, as I was old enough to experiment with my own makeup. I totally did not have a typical dance mum and I’m glad I was able to learn these skills myself. I will admit there was a point I actually used a glue stick to adhere glitter to my eyelids…It would seem the obsession began from a young age! 

Sadly nowadays, I tend to do a few very similar looks on repeat and find myself wishing I could spend hours on YouTube watching videos and learning new skills. But its always a matter of a lack of time to fit it in! 

After having my makeup done on two occasions by the talented Melody Caitlin, I was so happy with the result! This woman’s cut crease is to die for, so she was the person I went running to when wanting a lesson! 

Melody came over to my place and walked me through both the process and the products she recommended and uses. Naturally, I’m a process kinda gal so I found this incredibly handy! Melody even made me a hand out after the lesson so I had a step by step guide to practice with. If you want to up your skills, book a session with Melody. I highly recommend it!


*Melody’s magic! Shot by Belle Vous Boudoir: @brisbane_boudoir

Follow Melody at: @melodycaitlinmua

Now, here’s hoping I can make myself look half decent with these new and developing skills! If all else fails, you’ll hear me cursing from a bathroom near you! 

 

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Lucy Luxe does Viva Las Vegas! Part 5: In the News!

The big event is fast approaching! Just one week from now I’ll be departing from Aussie soils and heading over to the glorious U S of A for my very first Viva Las Vegas experience! I can’t believe it’s actually happening. It’s all very surreal after having dreamed about attending this event for so long now!

Today is an exciting day as I’m lucky enough to be featured in my local paper celebrating my selection as a finalist in this year’s Pin Up Contest!

I had the photos taken a few weeks ago and decided red, white and blue would be a fitting colour scheme given the destination I am headed off to! Trying to make myself as much like the American flag will totally translate in the image, right!? It worked well that upon arrival at the news studio, Ric had already selected a red background. He must have read my mind I think!

 

Selfie

I was called by a journalist for the interview a few days after the shots were taken. Having been interviewed for the paper a handful of times now, I’ve noticed they often call around 4PM which tends to be when I’m finishing up at work for the day and relatively scatter-brained. I like to ensure there is a lot of thought going into my responses so I was hoping I’d made sense to the journalist even at the end of a long working day! Reading the article I can see I got the most important message across: That message being how truly awesome it is to be a part of an event that brings pinups together from all over the world! I still cannot get over how amazing this element is going to be! Definitely the thing I am looking forward to the most. I can’t wait to do lots of meeting and greeting of festival goers and just day a giant hello (or gday) from this little Aussie!

I am now counting down the days until I fly out and cannot wait to meet these beautiful women and many more individuals I have idolised very soon!

Until next time, enjoy the article!

 

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Lucy Luxe does Viva Las Vegas! Part 4: A Special Surprise Gift

There are now only SIX Mondays left until I’ll be boarding a big jet plane and crossing the seas to arrive on the shores of the United States ahead of Viva Las Vegas 20. I can’t believe it! If time could just slow town a tad, that would be great.

Although I’m feeling a wee bit nervous about it all, on Friday evening I was gifted something very special that I can bring along on my trip that I want to tell you about.

On Friday, the wonderful Bombshell Burlesque Academy I attend had its annual Bombshells Ball. This regular event showcases the routines each different group and individual soloists have been funneling their energies and efforts into throughout the six week term.

Funnily enough, it was actually pinup that brought burlesque into my life. After being lucky enough to take part in the Garterbelts and Gasoline Pinup Contest and then being even luckier to call myself Miss Garterbelts and Gasoline 2014, I received a term voucher to the Bombshell Burlesque Academy in my winning prize pack.

I headed along to my first ever burlesque class a few months later in late 2014. Despite being somewhat skeptical and scared at the realisation that burlesque would involve removing articles of clothing on a stage in front of a bunch of people I didn’t know, I came back for more. I finally took to the stage in early 2015 and now burlesque is very much a part of my life and one that I am proud of.

Burlesque has brought a whole lot of sparkle into my life. But rhinestones aside, the best part of burlesque has been the wonderful bunch of truly inspiring and encouraging women I have become surrounded by. It’s wonderful to be in the company of women who are creative, motivated and determined and I feel truly privileged to call these women my friends.

Recently, I had the pleasure of spending lots of time with a select group of these lovelies as we prepared the Premiere Season of our show A Brief History of Burlesque. Headed by our director Lila Luxx, it was something I felt very honoured to be a part of.

So on Friday as the show drew to a close, I was surprised to hear my name called and be beckoned to the front of the stage by our lovely MC CeCe Shabam. What followed was a complete surprise announcement about my upcoming trip to take part in the Viva Las Vegas 20 Pinup Contest and if that wasn’t enough, a surprise gift too! It completely caught me by surprise and I was very aware of how awkwardly I was standing there not knowing what to say as a result. As the show ended and everyone began filing back to the change rooms, Evelyn, Diamond and Kira all told me that I simply had to open this mystery gift there and then on the spot.

Opening the box led to me immediately losing it and bawling/babbling like a baby at the gorgeous and incredibly thoughtful contents inside. Lila had organised for the amazing Coppelia Jane to hand make me my very own personalised signature Glamour Gown to take to Viva to which all of these beautiful women (Lila, Ella, Evangelene, Jacqueline, Kira, Evelyn, Diamond Cello, and Evie) had contributed too. David had even been in on the action because Lila managed to get a copy of my logo so it could be embroidered on the gown. This is hands down, the most beautiful and thoughtful gesture that I have ever been on the receiving end of and still now, I cannot find words to adequately express how much this means to me.

Upon thanking Lila for initiating such a beautiful plan, she said it was “a little bit of us to take with you”. I feel so blessed to have such a supportive posse of women behind me and I’m so chuffed to have this beautiful gown to bring with me on my travels and remind me of you all! In all honesty, I owe the level of confidence I have today to doing classes with the Bombshells and being constantly supported and encouraged by these beauties. I can see the growth and changes in myself and to these women I say thank you. Thank you for constantly having faith in my abilities and assisting me to have faith in them too! Special mention to Lila Luxx who is my Beyonce: A fierce and intelligent woman who knows what she wants and just goes out and gets it.

Now I leave you with some shots of this beautiful gown I speak of. Also, 10 points to all of these people for managing to keep this a secret for several weeks! Yet another thing about you all that impresses me! ❤

 

 

 

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