Miss Pinup Australia 2015 Post 9: The National Grand Final Wrap Up!

Well the sparkles have settled and now I finally have a spare moment, I want to write about the wonderful experience that was the Miss Pinup Australia National Grand Finale down in Melbourne!

I want to round off my blog with the spectacular three days I spent finally meeting some very important individuals in the flesh, learning a fun routine together and formally completing the MPA journey for this year.

My National Grand Finale experience began with an early start…A very early start indeed.

Day 1:

Up and at em! Ready to fly out to Melbourne.

Up and at em! Ready to fly out to Melbourne.

I dragged my butt out of bed at 3AM in order to be organised to catch my 6:40AM flight. Now when I say dragged, I’m lying. I was awake most of the night as I knew I would be. Bubbling with excitement and a little bit of nerves about the days that lay ahead!
I caught my first uber to the airport successfully and provided entertainment for many onlooking travellers as I struggled with my 52kg of luggage…just shy of my own weight in fact. Needless to say, there was no need for concern about fitting in some exercise on this day!

My 52 Kg of luggage. Come on muscles: Don't fail me now!

My 52 Kg of luggage. Come on muscles: Don’t fail me now!

I was surprised that despite the early hour, lots of people were noticing and actually commenting on my vintage look and hair styling. Nothing quite like a kind compliment to start the day!

The beautiful Miss Roxie Snow contacted me just before my flight took off, to ask me if I would like a lift from the airport. How kind! I jumped on board the pinup wagon and looked forward to meeting both Miss Roxie and also the divine Miss Rouge Pearl who Roxie had also kindly offered to collect.

I kept myself busy during my flight, surprisingly not looking over poses and what not, but preparing for one of three job interviews I was to have in the week following. Never a dull moment!

On my way Melbourne!

On my way Melbourne!

The flight went quick and before I knew it, I was graced with the gorgeous dolled up face of Miss Roxie as I touched down in Melbourne. I still owe this pretty a piece of cake for her kindness and generosity.

Arrived in Melbourne to this beauty: Miss Roxie Snow!

Arrived in Melbourne to this beauty: Miss Roxie Snow!

Miss Rouge was delayed, so we took the time to stop and refuel with caffeine. I also took the time to do a quick mid airport change, eyelash and lipstick application. Hey, I’m a gal on the go!

By the time I was finished caffeinating and dolling up, Miss Rouge arrived! What a little pocket rocket this one is! Just like Miss Roxie, offering to help me with my many bags and assuring me she was used to carrying a million things as a busy mum. Inspiration central right here!

Look who we found! The beautiful Miss Rouge Pearl

Look who we found! The beautiful Miss Rouge Pearl

Time had flown by and it was time to swing past Miss Roxie’s accommodation to pick up Miss Wurple and head on off to our first day of rehearsals at Circus Oz.

Car selfie! Touch down in Melbourne and ready for a big day!

Car selfie! Touch down in Melbourne and ready for a big day!

Arriving and finally getting to meet everyone was so incredibly exciting. It was also strange too, in the sense that it was kind of like we were already old friends in a way. We had all been following each other through various stages of the journey and seen lots of photos, posts and messages from each other.

All the pinups gather at Circus Oz. Miss Cleopatra Portman, Miss Lorelei Jean, Miss Wurple Violet, Miss Roxie Snow, Miss Rouge Pearl and I

All the pinups gather at Circus Oz. Miss Cleopatra Portman, Miss Lorelei Jean, Miss Wurple Violet, Miss Roxie Snow, Miss Rouge Pearl and I

After all the meeting and greeting was done, we headed inside to get down to business and hastily begin learning the opening number.We also talked about how the grand final would run and cleared up any questions ahead of the big night.

We managed to fit in a quick lunch break, where I began filming the personal thank you videos for Miss Pixie. Although we all put in for a gift from all of us, I wanted to give Miss Pixie a little something from myself to thank her for all her hard work and efforts in organising and running the competition for us. What better, then a whole bunch of thank you messages from all those involved in the grand final! A lot of my actual day job centres around video and it pained me to shoot this on an ipad with no proper audio gear….but I couldn’t fit any of that in with the rest of my 52kg so I had to make do!

With the Queen of the selfies Miss Roxie Snow, hiding my personalised headpiece which was still a secret at this point!

With the Queen of the selfies Miss Roxie Snow, hiding my personalised headpiece which was still a secret at this point!

Day 1 rehearsals done! Thanks for the mirror selfie Miss Nasya!

Day 1 rehearsals done! Thanks for the mirror selfie Miss Nasya!

We had fun rehearsing into the evening until it was time for a bite at The Noble Experiment – owned and operated by the multi-talented Miss Pinup Australia 2014 Miss Cherry Fizz! It was nice to wind down together over some delicious food and drinks after a busy travel and rehearsal filled day! Thanks for having us Miss Cherry!

Thank goodness for Miss Roxie and her selfie stick...or I'd have no photos to remember the weekend by!

Thank goodness for Miss Roxie and her selfie stick…or I’d have no photos to remember the weekend by!

I was slowly booting down and the lovely Miss Roxie dropped my luggage and I off at my accommodation. After a quick encouragement call with Dave, I ventured out into the cold to Coles to grab some snacks and supplies to fuel me over the days ahead and retreated home to bed to catch some Z’s before tackling day 2.

Day 2:

This was it! The final day to finish learning the opening number and practice, practice, practice!
My day got off to a good start with hair that I thought had behaved itself and a cute coat to keep me warm.

The only thing I like about gold weather...coats!

The only thing I like about gold weather…coats!

The day took a slight turn when the coffee man was slow and made us late and sans said coffee…and all my hair fell out.

Shortly before my hair completely lost it with Miss Roxie Snow

Shortly before my hair completely lost it with Miss Roxie Snow

But fear not! Miss Wurple to the rescue! She fixed my hair AND I managed to pop out and finally get the coffee I was after during lunch! I returned to quickly whiz through all those still needing to record a thank you for Miss Pixie, trying to get them all done while she was out to lunch herself!

Rehearsal fun!

Rehearsal fun!

How you know when lots of pinups are around...red lipstick EVERYWHERE :P

How you know when lots of pinups are around…red lipstick EVERYWHERE 😛

During lunch, I also presented everyone with their magic wand gifts I had prepared in advance. For states, I had made cupcakes for everyone….but travelling with 25 cupcakes just wasn’t going to fly! I also wanted to give everyone a little something they could keep to remember their experience this year. The response was well worth the hours that went into make all the individuals name tags and putting them all together. I got lots of cuddles and kisses and thank yous and was so happy to leave a little piece of me with everyone.

Miss Wurple shortly after I gave her her wand...I think she liked it!

Miss Wurple shortly after I gave her her wand…I think she liked it!

Pinup Huddle! With Miss Wurple, Miss Von Ruby and Miss Stormy <3

Pinup Huddle! With Miss Wurple, Miss Von Ruby and Miss Stormy ❤

With the one and only Phoenix Divine.

With the one and only Phoenix Divine.

The magic wands I made for all the entrants. Mr Phoenix Divine got a car too, just in case all of the pink glitter was too feminine!

The magic wands I made for all the entrants. Mr Phoenix Divine got a car too, just in case all of the pink glitter was too feminine!

We finished of the opening number and with many a cheers and celebrations we set to preparing and practicing our poses for when each category entered the stage as a group at the end of each round. I think everyone’s brains had long switched off at this point, as we were all struggling to remember what we were coming up with! Absolute shocker!

It was definitely time to call it quits, head home and get pretty ahead of the National Meet and Greet. I headed home and touched up my makeup and set to editing the video for Miss Pixie! I was a little late arriving to the Meet and Greet and this was why… Call off the search party guys!

The meet and greet was held at the fabulous Aloha Sailor Bar, beneath The Noble Experiment. Definitely worth a look if you are ever adventuring in Melbourne town. It was nice to see everyone all dolled up and donning their tiaras and sashes while sipping on a cocktail. It was great knowing that all our rehearsing was done and that as this time the next night, we would all be showing off our months of hard work and preparations on stage at the grand finale! Excitement levels were definitely high!

I really enjoyed getting to meet and spend more time with Miss Grace Ann Divine throughout the competition. She's an absolute sweetheart.

I really enjoyed getting to meet and spend more time with Miss Grace Ann Divine throughout the competition. She’s an absolute sweetheart.

At the Meet & Greet with Miss Wurple.

At the Meet & Greet with Miss Wurple.

With these beauties: Miss Rouge Pearl and Miss Stormy Winters

With these beauties: Miss Rouge Pearl and Miss Stormy Winters

Glammed and crowned on up with Miss Roxie Snow!

Glammed and crowned on up with Miss Roxie Snow!

M\y QLD gals and I representing at the Meet & Greet!

M\y QLD gals and I representing at the Meet & Greet!

Pretty in pink with the gorgeous Miss Snowy Winters

Pretty in pink with the gorgeous Miss Snowy Winters

It was also great to get the chance to meet some of the special friends and other halves of those in the competition. It’s so wonderful to see peoples support networks and how they have helped them get to a certain point.

I too, was excited, as my wonderful man was flying in as I was at the meet and greet!
Once I had said my goodbyes, I shuffled home in the cold (but still looking glamorous due to tiara) to eagerly await Dave!

I set about getting my hair into a wet set, which due to my long locks is always quite a mean feat! Not long after I finished, I was rewarded with the arrival of my beautiful man! I was so relieved to finally have him there. My calm during the storm he is! We both got ready for what I hoped would be a good night’s sleep ahead of the big night itself!

Grand Final Day!

I awoke after what was a surprisingly okay sleep. The night before the Queensland state final had been a rough one due to the overwhelming nerves and excitement and also the discomfort of those cute little pink rollers. Don’t let their cuteness deceive you: they are fairly uncomfortable!

Wet set in and ready for the big day!

Wet set in and ready for the big day!

So I was happy to feel somewhat rested! Dave and I set about getting some of my props set up and organising how we were going to get them to the venue, walking from our accommodation.

I got a coffee fix and some more supplies from Coles (mostly to meet my sugar requirements for the day. Hello marshmallows and party mix!)

After that, I just took my time getting ready. My hair is always a mission. Sometimes it will miraculously behave. Then there are the times it just…doesn’t. It was going to be one of those days. Poor Dave tried to nap while I cursed at my hair and hair tools. Bless him for ducking out to grab me a coffee and try and keep me calm amidst my hair rage.

Although it took forever, I finished right on schedule and we started our short walk to Circus Oz. Mind you, it didn’t feel so short carting all my stuff with us! All of the props! This is something my Dad would refer to as a “character building” experience.

Upon arrival, we quickly got everything set up and labelled and Dave headed off to wait for show start while I got to practicing the opening number with all my other lovelies!

It was interesting mapping it out on the stage for the first time and we only really had enough time to go through it twice in the venue ahead of show start. There were a few moments of stress but we realised we were all in the same boat and as long as we carried ourselves with confidence and conviction, the audience would enjoy it regardless. I always remind myself that the audience doesn’t know how it’s supposed to look, so as long as you carry out every move and own it, you’ll have the audience convinced and transfixed!

We headed in to all attach our beautiful personalised headpieces that Miss Pixie HAND MADE for all of us and started getting amped up for the show!

The gorgeous personalised headpiece Miss Pixie made for all of us!

The gorgeous personalised headpiece Miss Pixie made for all of us!

To be perfectly honest, from here on out, everything is a blur of quick changes, candy fuel ups and a whole lot of fun. I wish I could remember more of it…but I guess the motivation at the time was to get all the clothes on for the next round, make it out on stage and have a damn good time. And that, I did!

Finally got a quick selfie with the gorgeous Miss Jade Serpentine <3

Finally got a quick selfie with the gorgeous Miss Jade Serpentine ❤

Evening wear....

Evening wear….

With the beautiful Miss Roxie Snow before talent round.

With the beautiful Miss Roxie Snow before talent round.

I had a few conversations with my pinup family backstage and many were saying they were happier with their performances at their state event. I had to admit, I did feel the same in some respects. But honestly, I just had such a ball out of stage that it didn’t matter. All the weeks of preparation and planning and hard behind the scenes work were all coming together and for me, that was a prize in itself.

And then, came this feeling of sadness…that it was all over.
Even before presentation, I felt a bit empty…because it was all done. It’s odd, because during all the times of stress and tears, you think it will be a feeling of relief in some respects. Sure, it’s an excited feeling too, because YOU JUST DID IT! YOU NAILED IT! But I was immediately thinking…in a matter of an hour, this formal part of the journey will come to a close.

I guess that right there, speaks for itself in terms of what I have gained from being a part of Miss Pinup Australia and how much it has meant to me along the way.

One thing I do remember and always love seeing, is just how helpful everyone is back stage. Just like states, I needed help getting into my corset (thank you Miss Lorelei Jean) and my suspender clips (thank you Miss Wurple Violet). Anything you needed, someone was there to help. Also, the beautiful Miss Stormy Winters noticed I had been a little stressed throughout the night and stopped me to ask if I was okay. Bless you Stormy, for noticing the slight dull in my sparkle. Damn Stress! Got to thank the beautiful Miss Mae Em too, who also noticed this upon arrival and swiftly gave me a big snuggle!

I got to packing up all my stuff while votes were tallied as we all knew we were required to make a swift exit leaving the venue nice and tidy. I was all dressed in my eveningwear ready for presentation, but that didn’t stop me: I was outside in the car park…in my vintage prom gown…armed with a screwdriver collapsing my props down! Sisters are doin’ it for themselves!

With all the packing up, presentation time snuck up quickly. I was super excited to hear and see the results and it didn’t disappoint! It was so wonderful to see the shock in the surprised faces and the excited tears that followed from a number of the National title holders. It was an exciting moment even for those who didn’t take home a title. We shared in the celebration of the growth of all those awarded and it’s not about the titles anyway.

When the beautiful Miss Vee Dub was announced as Miss Perfect for 2015! We were all so excited for her!

When the beautiful Miss Vee Dub was announced as Miss Perfect for 2015! We were all so excited for her!

A huge congratulations to EVERYONE: Title holders AND all the other entrants. As far as I’m concerned we are all winners and our prize is seeing the growth and change in ourselves, and also sharing in the journeys of those on the path with us.

And of course, I can never say enough of a thank you to Miss Pixie: the woman who drives this whole thing. Thank you for putting all of yourself into this for us. We know this means making many a sacrifice in your own life, missing out on a lot of time with your family among many other things. A special thanks to Miss Nasya, Mr Gage and Mr Aaron for lending us your lady!

Upon reflection, I really did undergo a journey that I could never have imagined.
This was different to the few other competitions I have been involved in, in that you really did funnel so much time, thought and effort into your performance. But through this, you learn so much about yourself and also the support network behind you.

For me, it highlighted the important people in my life who care and really wanted to be there to support me. This is sometimes something I have a tendency to forget. It also holds the power to highlight those who maybe don’t care as much as you thought they did and can show you how much things have changed.
For me, the other competitions I have been involved in were a stark contrast to this one because I went from having a partner who clearly wasn’t very invested in it all and didn’t care too much, to having someone who went truly above and beyond to support me.

This time around, I have seen the incredible difference having a supportive partner makes. Dave treated this journey as though it was his own. He was the one encouraging me to push on through the meltdowns, helping me organise my props and ensuring they were polished and perfected and bringing my brainstorms and ideas to life. I honestly couldn’t have done all this without him and I think although it has been stressful at times, it’s those times that bring you together and actually test your ability to work as a team. Well honey, I think we aced it! We are one hell of a team and I love you more than words can adequately sum up! Thank you.

My calm in the storm <3

My calm in the storm ❤

I have had some incredibly supportive friends along the way too. Special mention to Alex, Evie, Elly and Gen for all your words of encouragement and listening to me while I talked about all this for months on end!

My beautiful friends: Elly and Gen <3

My beautiful friends: Elly and Gen ❤

My family have been super supportive and proud from a distance too, which has really made me feel quite special and loved. And that is what this is all about.

As I said in my poem: it’s not about sashes, tiaras or fame. I may not have brought home a sparkly crown, a blinging sash or a title from Nationals… What I brought home is stowed away safely in my heart and mind:

I have a new bunch of friends who have all kicked some serious butt and challenged themselves in ways they never imagined. Two days spent with these beauties just wasn’t enough and I am already looking forward to an MPA reunion!

I am more aware of how lucky I am have certain people in my life and am even surprised by how proud of me they all are.

I also have a better sense of my own worth and value and just how much I am capable of. I came into this feeling a lot less secure and questioning my capabilities. By no means am I saying that from now on, I’m gonna get up in the morning, love what I see and never question anything ever again.

But deep down, I know that I am one strong and beautiful woman…and I’m never going to let anyone take that away from me again. Never.

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Miss Pinup Australia 2015 Post 8: One week until the National Grand Final!

I can’t believe we are now just ONE WEEK away from the Miss Pinup Australia National Grand Final!

This time next week I will be freezing my toosh off in Melbourne time and full to the brim with excitement and nervous butterflies.

I am FINALLY beginning to feel ready as I tick the last few things off my list and begin to really look forward to the event and the days beforehand!

As per usual, things have been eventful as of late. I’ve been planning and leading some intense training at work and have been on a made hunt to try and find a new housemate after my current one bomb-dropped a two weeks’ notice departure.

One thing I am beginning to realise is that I actually am a fairly resilient person. I look back at some of the things that have taken place in my life (in the past 12 months in particular) and can genuinely say that I am pretty damn proud of myself for the manner in which I have handled some of these things.

I am reminded of this by those closest to me: special mention to family, my close Alex, Elly, Evie and Gen and my amazing boyfriend Dave for always being there to remind me of this on those days where my mind is telling me otherwise!

Now, onto what I’ll be getting up to down in Melbourne.
I will be arriving bright and early on the morning of Thursday July 23.
My flight leaves Brisbane just after 6:30AM…so I’m reaaaaaally excited about getting up at around 3AM. Lucky I’m a morning person who loves coffee!

Thursday will be our first day of rehearsals learning our awesome opening number. The wonderful Miss Pixie has been hard at fashioning handmade headpieces for every finalists and I can’t wait to see her creations! I am also really excited to learn the opening number…not to mention meeting ALL THE GRAND FINALISTS! I feel like I know them all already, but it will be nice to actually physically meet them all.

On the Thursday evening, the lovely Miss Cherry Fizz (Miss Pinup Australia 2014) has been so thoughtful as to arrange a dinner for us all to meet/hangout/chin wag after our first day of rehearsals. I can’t wait to meet the woman herself! One excited pinup right here!

Friday is rehearsal fun take two, followed by the official Meet & Greet at Aloha Sailor. Hopefully a cocktail (or a mocktail in my case) or two will ease the nerves ahead of the big night on Saturday night. My gorgeous man also arrives on Friday night so it’s just one exciting thing after another!

I’m not sure what the proceedings will be on Saturday, but needless to say, anything I do, I will likely be doing in a wet set. Stylin’.

I cannot even begin to express how excited I am to spend Saturday night with a bunch of inspiring and amazing individuals who have all worked so hard in the lead up to the big night. It’s likely I won’t get to see much of their actual performances (always the only sad part about actually being a contestant) but I’m excited for costume sneaky peeks in the dressing room at least!

Tomorrow Dave and I will be attempting to successfully fit all my props into my luggage…I hope he’s good at Tetris, cause I know I ain’t!

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line and ask! I don’t bite!

Enjoy your weekend lovelies!

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Miss Pinup Australia 2015 Post 7: Preparations for National Grand Final Under way!

It has now been just over two weeks after the QLD State Final and my preparations for the National Grand Finals are well underway! I’m nervous…but oh so excited on so many levels: Excited to venture off to another state and meet pinups from all over the country! I am really looking forward to spending a few days with all these wonderful people and seeing their awesome performances that they have poured their heart and soul into!

Following the State Final I had a week outside of my normal routine. I’m a creature of habit and I normally thrive on routine, but sometimes after ticking something big off my list, it’s as though my mind and body rebel against the idea of the norm.

After enduring a stressful week as a result of my…week off, a part of me regretted this time away from structure. Although, I guess I did need it in order to re boot for the busy weeks ahead.

This post, I guess, serves to bring everything back down to earth and highlight that of course, nothing is ever all sunshine and roses (regardless of what social media may have you believe!)

I think a big part of the journey aspect of being an entrant in Miss Pinup Australia is this new and exciting journey of self-discovery, running alongside your day to day, regular one. As much as I’d love to be, I’m not a full-time pinup *insert sad face. I work a day job and am trying to build some sort of career. I have family, friendships and a relationship that are all important to me and many other random commitments- just like everyone else! In fact, I tend to over commit myself in some instances and as I get older, learning when to say no is something I am trying to improve.

There is emphasis placed on the importance of working on your Miss Pinup Australia plans and endeavours and that this should act as you time, but naturally, fitting this in sometimes isn’t easy. Hell, I pretty much need someone to light a candle and draw me a bath and force me to take time to myself. At some points throughout my Miss Pinup Australia journey, I have felt that I need a little push to perhaps drop some less important things and focus on what will make me feel organised, happy and at ease.

This past week has seen a lot of ups and downs: My colleague (who doubles as one of my best friends) got a new job and the transition after having worked together for almost four years has definitely been a challenge. I’m also back looking for a housemate and after jamming so much into last week, this news was a little too much for my sleepy old brain to fathom. I have, quite simply, just had too much to do and not enough hours in the day to complete them… The age old problem right?!

I also have a tendency to focus on the negative which is something I am also hoping to improve, little by little.

Now being in the clear and out of the fog of my stressful week, I’ve had a bit of time to reflect and see the positive in things I could only see the negative in some days ago.

As per usual, Dave has been incredibly helpful, going above and beyond to field all my stupid questions about what hat would go with that outfit, whether we can successfully make that prop and whether I can fit everything I need in my suitcase. So although it was stressful, the silver lining is that I have someone super supportive and special there to help me out in any way they possibly can. Pretty darn lucky I’d say.

I’m a big fan of the clichéd and over-used phrase “What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.”
I think it holds a lot of truth and acts as a reminder that we all hold the ability to surprise ourselves in what we can achieve, whether that be on a big or day to day scale.

In this past week I have been busy on the hunt to source a few outstanding items and planning portable props (I’m so sorry I can’t fit my beautiful dresser in my suitcase Dave). I did also manage to fit in a lunch with some of my MPA pinup pals on Sunday, organised by the gorgeous Miss Kitty Sapphire.

True to form, I have a massive to do list at the moment, and am on a mission to remain as organised and proactive as possible. I also had an interview and photo with my local paper, who wanted to follow up from the report they did ahead of the state finals! I am really excited to see how it turns out!

Stay tuned!

I have this whole weekend set aside to do nothing but get everything organised. I’m resisting the temptation to fill the weekend when I actually have the chance to have some of that me time we talked about earlier!

That’s all from me! I’ll have another update after the weekend.

Enjoy the rest of your week lovelies!

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Miss Pinup Australia 2015 Post 6: The Queensland State Final 2015

I’ve now had a few days to sit back and reflect on what was a truly amazing weekend at the Miss Pinup Australia QLD State final for 2015.

And oh, what a weekend it was!

Returning to work after such an amazing weekend has been a little more on the dull side of things…but I won’t bore you with that! Let’s get to the exciting stuff!

Time to tuck yourself in, grab a cuppa and indulge in a blow by blow of my MPA State experience.

Over the past few weeks, myself and the other entrants have been busy pinups, putting those finishing touches on our routines, buying those last few bits and pieces to complete our outfits and getting a little more nervous and excited with each day.

I am a creature of habit. I like organisation and I don’t really like surprises (unless they are good ones that involve cake). Thus, I had taken it upon myself to be as organised as possible with everything!

Outfit wise, there were only a couple of small last minute things I purchased that I could have gone without in the event they didn’t arrive!

With my routines, I set them all in stone, practiced them for a week and then revisited them again to change a few poses I wasn’t one hundred percent sold on.

My talent routine I had been practicing wherever I got the chance. I live in a small place with a housemate who probably doesn’t want to hear me tapping about the house in the wee hours of the morning (when I tend to be the most productive). I kept my tap practice for when he wasn’t at home. As for my singing, I’d been practicing that in the shower (of course) and anywhere where funny looks are limited (walking to the bus is okay…on the bus…not so much!)

Alas, when Saturday swung round, I was feeling fairly cool, calm and collected.

I’ve had a fair bit going on that has been out of my control of late including changing in staffing at work and a few things catching up on me emotionally. So it boded well that this was something I could enjoy and didn’t have to stress about.

I popped my hair into a wet set on Friday night and prepared myself for what I knew was going to be a fairly uncomfortable night’s sleep. Mind you, it actually worked for the first time in a long time so it was well worth it in the end!

Set and ready to go in my wet set!

Set and ready to go in my wet set!

Saturday morning I spent making a delicious, hearty scrambled egg breaky for Dave and I and then moved onto baking a batch of cupcakes to take along with me in the interest of keeping my fellow entrants sugar and happiness levels up on the night. There were a few testing moments with the icing not being my friend and I nearly threw in the towel! If it hadn’t have been for the love and support of my lovely Dave, there may not have been delicious cupcakes on Saturday night!

MPA themed cupcakes with ALL of the sprinkles.

MPA themed cupcakes with ALL of the sprinkles.

Meanwhile Dave was putting the finishing touches on my amazing dressing room table prop and the thumbtacks were giving him grief too. I had to stifle my giggles a little…but we had a good laugh about it in hindsight!

Before I knew it, it was lunch time and time to start tackling the beast that is my hair. I can see why ladies of the fifties kept their locks short let me tell you! I was pleasantly surprised to see my wet set was a success and I had lovely, curly, bouncy, doll-like hair… #SUCCESS!

I was able to pop three victory rolls in without too many problems and style the back of my hair into the first style for the night. Meanwhile my amazing man had packed the car and was ready to go… #swoon.

A quick afternoon snack and we were on our way ahead of schedule: The best way to be! Miss Pixie had recommended we be prepared and punctual and I was happy to be both of those things.

All cosy and ready for the night ahead in my MPA jacket.

All cosy and ready for the night ahead in my MPA jacket.

Upon arriving at the venue, I know myself and a few of the other ladies were a little thrown as we were in a different room to what we had thought and this meant entering from the opposite side of the stage. I tried not to worry too much about it and focus on telling myself it would all still be okay and to just factor the minor change in.

I was becoming more and more concerned about how I was to go about hoisting my gigantic dressing table up on the stage…but again, tried to think positive and tell myself all my Les Mills Instructor powers would kick in and my muscles would save the day!

A few standard waivers were signed and we had a chat about the running order of the night before retreating to the dressing rooms to get ready for daywear ahead of the guests arriving at 8PM.

Somehow in amongst all this, I missed my sound check. Uh Oh!

Now is probably a good time for me to highlight that before Saturday evening, I had never sung in public or into a mic before…so missing the sound check did make the butterflies in my tummy a little more present! But again, I tried to think positive and accept the challenge!

Starting time swung round and before we all knew it, we were lined up in order and ready to hit the stage for the first time!
I think the nerves were most certainly high at this point! The first time is undoubtedly the worst in terms of nerves and then everyone loosens up throughout the night.

Miss Pixie introduced us all as we entered the stage and we then exited ready to jump straight into daywear.

I was fairly nervous but felt fairly comfortable with my poses for this round.
The music started a little quickly and due to a few tiny hitches (opening and closing a vintage suitcase wearing vintage gloves is never seamless!), I only got 4 of my 5 poses done and I was definitely more rushed than I would have liked to be! Although, seeing the photos today, I am surprised to see I looked like I was having a ball and not a nervous wreck! Winner!

It all went so quick and before I knew it I was skipping off the stage!
I jumped back up with the lovely Satine for the judges to have a good look at our outfits.
(I’m going to save a detailed description of my outfits for my blog following the grand final  )

After exiting the stage, it was a hop, a skip and a dash back to the dressing room for the quickest change ever! Luckily, myself and a few other ladies were smart cookies and had our whole swimwear outfit ready to go underneath our daywear. A gal has gotta save time where she can!

I was concerned about my locks (which always cause me troubles) but I was able to get them up into a do without too much trouble.Then it was back out for the swimwear round.

My main hitch in this round was not being able to keep my balance! One of my poses was on one leg and I just couldn’t hold it for the life of me because my footing was all off. I just tried to make it somewhat trivial and keep on smiling. The least you can do is make the audience laugh!

Off I skipped, back on for an outfit show off and back to the dressing room.
As the rest of the gals performed, we started prepping for the lingerie round which was to begin immediately following the intermission.

I popped my corset on (with the help of the lovely Frankie Mae) and then through my casual clothes on over the top. I was particularly nervous about the next two rounds, as there was a lot that could go wrong that I wasn’t feeling very confident about.

My gorgeous man made my vision came true and helped construct a portable dresser on wheels….that actually lit up! Now as per the rules, any props must be within a certain size restriction and must be carried on and off by you-no help! The stage was a little higher than I had envisioned and the stairs that were originally out of sight were now in plain view of the audience. I could just imagine the audience laughing at my epic struggle to get this beast on stage…all whilst dressed from head to toe in vintage lingerie! Because you do your best weight lifting while wearing a girdle right?!

I took the opportunity during the intermission to get my larger than life prop ready side stage and to psych myself up with the help of Dave.
“I reckon you got this! Just hoist it up on your side and lift it up on the stage.” You’ll have all the adrenalin going and you’ll just do it!” Dave encouraged me.

I also caught up with my gorgeous friends Elly and Gen who had come along to be my own personal cheer squad and I was so happy to have them there yelling Lucy til their lungs hurt!

My beautiful friends: Elly and Gen <3

My beautiful friends: Elly and Gen ❤

I was lucky I headed back to the dressing room when I did, as more time had passed than I thought and I was a little more rushed getting ready than I would have liked to be. Big thanks to the gorgeous Jade Foxx for doing up my back suspender clips and the gorgeous Kitty Von Claws for doing up my necklace for me! Couldn’t have done it without you ladies!

It was go time! Time to get this magical work of art prop up on stage and do my props manager proud! To say I was nervous was an understatement, but I just told myself to go for it.

My name was called and I hoisted that bad boy up on my hip and onto the stage without a hitch. Girl power! I should take this moment to thank Les Mills for my muscles. Hehe!

The amazing dresser that was just a vision, made a reality by my Dave and his Dad! So sad I can't take this beast to Nationals with me!

The amazing dresser that was just a vision, made a reality by my Dave and his Dad! So sad I can’t take this beast to Nationals with me!

The lingerie round went quite well, but a few of the poses I changed quite late in the piece and then didn’t do them as well as I’d have liked. I was just happy to get my prop up and get an awesome reaction when I switched the pretty lights on! Dave and his Dad had been hard at work to get this beauty up and running and it was great to finally be able to show it off!
I should note just how wonderful Dave had been along the way, designing posters, some newspaper clippings, a gorgeous, glittery gold star and my Lucy Luxe printed director’s chair for me. I felt like I’d really put him to work, but he assured me he wanted to help out wherever possible. What a gem!

Okay. Three down and one to go! It was talent time!

As I mentioned earlier, I was pretty worried about singing for the first time in front of a group, but I wanted to set myself with a challenge.

There was a bit of an issue with the music, as it was faded in, which chopped off a whole bar at the front. I was able to just pick it up and start at the right spot which was good. I was surprised hearing my own voice fill the room, but boy did it feel good to exercise my lungs and my tapping toes too! It had been almost 10 years since I had tapped on a stage too and I had an absolute ball!

It was such a relief to have every round down and finally be able to relax and properly enjoy the company of the many gorgeous and talented women surrounding me. The atmosphere in the change room following the completion of the rounds was a much more calm and relaxed one. It was good to see a few gals tuck into the cupcakes I had brought along with me.

The gorgeous Satine and I after finishing the talent round.

The gorgeous Satine and I after finishing the talent round.

Post-talent performance selfie!

Post-talent performance selfie!

We all exchanged some back and forth about how we had gone out on the stage. The only unfortunate thing about BEING in a pageant, is you miss seeing all the pretty ladies for yourself! I only had the pleasure of seeing the beautiful Satine S’Allumer and Miss Kitty Von Claws as they were before and after me. But I only saw glimpses of the other ladies gorgeous outfits and props! Needless to say, I have very much enjoyed perusing the photos and seeing how stunning they all looked under the bright lights!

After a brief break for the judging to be completed, we were back on the stage for the big announcement.

First came the announcement of the runner up..

MISS VONNIE VIOLET!

The look of shock and surprise on Vonnie’s face was just priceless. I felt super proud and happy for her as the crown was placed upon her head!

Next was the announcement of the winner of Miss Pinup QLD 2015.
When my name was called, I’m told my face was hilarious.
“What?….ME?!”

I couldn’t believe it! The gorgeous Miss Mae Em came at me armed with a crown and sash! Yep, this was actually happening! I awkwardly stood there with a big cheesy grin and elated look on my face which Liz, our amazing photographer, captured perfectly.

Wow! What a shock! I had not been expecting that!
I was greeted with kisses, cuddles and huge congratulations from my gorgeous man and friends and even strangers. I was touched by a lovely woman who said she followed me on Instagram and that I had done an awesome job too! How lovely!

A cuddle from my gorgeous friend and one of the first pinups i ever met, Miss Kitten Darling.

A cuddle from my gorgeous friend and one of the first pinups i ever met, Miss Kitten Darling.

With Miss Jade Foxx, Miss Illustrated QLD 2014.

With Miss Jade Foxx, Miss Illustrated QLD 2014.

I did find myself wishing at this point though, that everyone could take home a crown. I know how much effort, time and cash everyone puts into the preparing for a competition like this and it’s a shame that not everyone can win 😦

I do know though, that the experience itself will always trump any crown or sash.

Down to the nitty gritty, this really has been a great experience.

As well as being something I have enjoyed organising and putting a great deal of time and effort to on the side of my normal 9 to 5 life, it has made me feel like I am very much a part of something, a tight knit community.

On the QLD MPA page, it has been great to see all the ladies helping each other out. All of the ladies had been offering advice, encouragement and support to those in need of it and that is such a wonderful thing to see. It also strongly contradicts the assumptions many make about pageants and competitions. That’s the thing about MPA: You are there to build each other up and I think it’s safe to say we look at each other as friends, not as competition.

I also love that everyone brings something completely different to the table. As we lined up to enter the stage for the first time, I looked around me and there was not one outfit or look the same! When I had been interviewed by the paper, they had asked what those coming along to the event should expect to see and I had said …. “Well, there are no set rules as to what constitutes pinup…and so people coming along can expect to see many different interpretations of pinup and what it means to each individual lady.”

At the risk of sounding like I’m tooting my own horn, I think this moment truly exhibited that and it was wonderful!

I’d like to say a special thank you to each and every person that helped this night come together.

First of all, the one and only Miss Pixie who the show could not run without!
This woman puts her heart and soul into organising MPA and I know this is because she can see the huge difference it continues to have in so many women’s lives.
So thank you Miss Pixie. We truly appreciate your time and effort.

To all the volunteers: Thank you for all the things you did for us throughout the night:

Miss Sassie Joan: Thanks for helping us up and down the stairs all night! Couldn’t have done it without you! (Well…we could have, but it likely would have involved lots of face plants!)

Miss Grace Ann Divine: Thanks for fielding all my many questions and for helping all of us side stage throughout the evening. You’re a fabulous props coordinator!

Miss Mae Em: Thanks for so kindly ushering us from the dressing room to the stage at the appropriate times! It definitely broke the ice!

Miss Jade Foxx: Thanks for buying us some extra changing time with your gorgeous performance and again for helping a sister out with her garter belts.

Miss Frankie Mae Felon: Girl! Thanks for showing us what you can do with fire (and for making those changes less quick as a result!). Thanks for helping me into my corset and for just being around to calm the nerves.

Miss Scarlet Tinkerbelle: Thanks for putting up with that noisy radio in order to help ensure the whole night ran smoothly for us and also for your tappa tappa tappa performance!

Miss Kitty Sapphire: Thanks for all your help and presence in the lead up to the big night and for being such a wonderful judge for us on the evening. SO pretty in pink!

Mr Phill Kustom: Thanks for always being your lovely self. Thanks for helping my carry the beast prop down into the backstage area and for devouring one of my cupcakes at the end of the night so I didn’t take it home and eat it myself! Thanks for being a judge for our event!

Mr Phoenix Divine: Thanks for assisting with your burly man power and for being a happy face to have around! You and Grace make for one hell of a team!

Elizabeth of Red Boots Photography: Thanks for being there to capture every special moment on the night. It’s so wonderful to have a record of these moments and we wouldn’t have this without you!

And to my beautiful fellow entrants:

Miss Diamond Divine
– Honey, I know how much preparation you have put into this, a lot of which you have been doing when you haven’t been feeling all that great and your body has been giving you grief. I am so proud to call someone as resilient as you, my friend! You are one hell of a woman and you should be proud of who you are and what you continue to achieve! I will always love you, our shared love for cake and your purple hair!

Miss Hanky Bannister
It’s been so wonderful meeting you through the contest this year and you looked truly incredible on Saturday evening (you gotta hook a sister up with wherever you are plucking those incredible hats from!) Well done on such a creative and awesome theme and for doing something out of the box! Serious kudo’s are in order!

Miss Kitty Von Claws
You were so helpful to me at various points in the evening and honestly calmed me having you with meside stage before each round. You also happened to bring marshmallows and musk sticks to share and that just made me fall in love with you even more! I loved your creativity with the fairy floss in your routine (again, you have won me over with more sweet things). You have a wonderful disposition and I thoroughly enjoyed your company!

Miss Ginger Pop
Okay, so I was amazed that you managed to stay awake after so little sleep. Let alone to make for the cutest pinup in the rain I have ever seen! Good on you for going to so much effort to be a part of MPA, despite the many huge and life altering changes taking place in your life at the same time! That is serious dedication and I hope you have given yourself a big pat on the back for doing so. I think you’ve earned another (fancy) 2 minute noodle packet for sure ;)!

Miss Satine S’Allumer
My lovely Satine! It’s been great getting to spend some more time with you after getting just a taster through burly! You have such a neat personality and I love that you bring such a unique and individual flair to everything that you do. I love that you are down to earth and don’t take yourself too seriously. Go girl!

Miss Trixie La Rouge
You’ve been such a busy bee, jet setting between Brisbane, Melbourne and Darwin! How do you do it! I admire your ability to multi-task (clearly!) and also your approach to things. You were so lovey and calm throughout what could have been a very stressful evening. You’re pretty much just a massive sweetheart. I hope you keep up your jet setting so we can catch up in Brisbane town!

Miss Sharne Deville
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I like you! I love your no bullshit *excuse my French approach to life and I love that you aren’t afraid to ask questions. You also seem to know and understand yourself very well-which is not an easy task and is one to be admired. I hope that in doing this competition, you too can now see what the rest of us see: A beautiful, strong and capable woman!

Miss Vonnie Violet
I am so proud of you and ecstatic I will have the pleasure of your company at the grand finals. I can see you have some such a long way just in the short time I have known you. Here’s to continuing to show yourself up and move higher and higher on the amazing chart, because that’s exactly what you are: AMAZING!

Miss Velvet Crush
You are the definition of sweetheart. I can see you have such a big heart and are one of those rare, deeply kind and caring people: A rare gem. Although I have not known you for a long time, I can see you have come such a long way during your time with MPA and it is truly astounding! I hope you are proud of who you are and how far you have come!
And of course, a big thank you to all of those who were working hard behind the scenes to the point I didn’t see them they were working so hard! Here’s hoping my weary Wednesday head hasn’t forgotten anything! Someone pull me up and give me a slap across the wrist if I have!

Onto some personal reflection now…This has been a truly amazing experience for me in which I have been able to challenge myself and build myself up again.

As much as it pains me to admit that someone so low could have an effect on me, my confidence really took a beating when my long term partner was unfaithful behind my back for several months before I came into the knowledge of it. Instead of questioning him, his poor actions and lack of morals, I was left (thankfully only momentarily) assessing what I had done wrong and whether I was to blame for the situation at hand. Stupid right?!

I took the MPA leap, in a hope of getting that confidence back and showing myself that I am a strong and beautiful woman. While I still need to talk myself into believing this some days, I feel this experience has definitely helped me regain some of the confidence lost and I have come out the other side feeling bigger and better than ever!

I should mention that having an actual man who is supporting, loving and all-round incredible has played a ginormous role in this confidence building. Dave, you continue to surprise me every single day. Cue corny, vomit-inducing call, but you have honestly shown me that knights in shining armor are something not only reserved for fairy tales. I love you!

My gorgeous man kicking back on Sunday after all his hard work was done.

My gorgeous man kicking back on Sunday after all his hard work was done.

The singing for me, was also a huge challenge and one I am so glad I set myself! I really enjoyed it and I guess, blew myself away a little just doing it (regardless of how good it actually sounded!)

With lots of other things going on in my personal and work life, it has been so nice to have something on the side to work towards for me. I am ecstatic I made it through to Nationals, purely as it now means meeting more inspiring pinup women and a whole extra month to keep working on my MPA side project!

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my Miss Pinup Australia 2015 State final experience.
I will keep you updated in my preparations for the National Grand Final which is a month away from tomorrow! Better hop to it!

If you have any specific questions, I am always more than happy to answer! Just drop me a line!

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Miss Pinup Australia 2015 Post 4: 1.5 Weeks Out Update!

Well it’s been a busy week in Lucy land! I can’t believe it is now, only just over a week until the big night where myself and the other Queensland contestants for Miss Pinup Australia 2015 will gather together to put on one hell of a show!

Now I stop and think about it, we’ve had quite a lot of time to prepare…which makes it somewhat more daunting in my head because I figure more time equals greater expectations. Some serious power stances and mirror pep talks are going to be required in order to convince myself that I can do this!

I’ve found that I go through stages of feeling confident vs. feeling like I look like an idiot! I suppose so long as I carry myself with confidence, I can’t go wrong.

I’ve spent this last week gathering the few missing pieces to my pinup puzzle, most of which have just been standard things like stockings and appropriate undergarments. I’ve been told to Hollywood tape the heck out of everything to avoid showing more than I’d like on stage…I’m definitely going to take that advice!

I’ve also had my gorgeous and ridiculously amazing, supportive and helpful man on board to assist me with props (not that I use the term “assist” loosely) *giggles. Thanks Dave ❤

I feel like I have things under control…with only a few things left to make and organise…but at the same time I’m fighting off the internal panic that I have, or will have forgotten something. Times like now I guess you have to remind yourself that it’s only you who knows how something is meant to look…and if something goes pear-shaped or isn’t quite as you envisioned or planned, it’s still only you who knows it!

….This blog post is turning into one major pep talk, did you notice?

I also made use of the public holiday and spent most of the day doing a full dress rehearsal and refining my planned poses while in costume. It’s easy to forget a piece of clothing can really restrict your movement, or that a certain pair of heels can make you wibble wobble (jelly on a plate).

I drew up a pose plan to help me remember what comes next in each round. I’ve always found I’ve got a bit of a photographic memory and tend to remember things better when I have written them out or seen them in writing. I’m trying to make this all a little easier for myself!

I’m trying to do a run through at least once a day of all the rounds and my talent…even if that means half doing the poses and counting to four…while on the bus. I know if I don’t practice, I’ll struggle to feign confidence. My personality type means I’d much rather be prepared for anything…even if the likelihood of that anything occurring is virtually next to none!

There’s so much more I want to say, but as usual, I don’t want to give too much away ahead of the big night! Gotta make sure you all come along and see it or yourself. Following the state event, I am really looking forward to talking about where I collected all my vintage bits and pieces. There’s a few stand out items that I am just in love with and could yap all day about (if I can find a willing audience!)

It’s currently 4:41AM and I’m about to do some form of exercise and head on off to my day job. These last few weeks have been full of some no so pleasant or enjoyable ongoing events in my personal life and it sure has been nice to have something else to focus my attentions to!

I hope you’re enjoying my waffle (mmmm waffles). I hope to have some video waffle for you in the coming days.

Happy almost Friday!

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Miss Pinup Australia 2015 Post 3: Three Weeks Out Update!

Well, it’s been a busy week of MPA preparations as our state final is now quickly approaching! Have you bought your ticket yet?!

I’ve been a busy girl trying to purchase the last few things I need and have also began putting together my routines for each round: day wear, swimwear, lingerie and last but not least- my talent!

Before the workshop I was feeling incredibly nervous and unsure what to expect, but those emotions have since merged into a huge wave of excitement!
This is definitely due to having met all the lovely ladies I’ll be sharing the stage with. All of whom, are supportive and encouraging. It really doesn’t feel like a competitive environment at all (like one may think.)

My routines need a lot of work before I’ll be happy with them…Hell, let’s be realistic: I probably won’t be happy with them as that is just my personality!

But the main thing is I get out there with confidence.
Fake it ’til you make it is how the saying goes, right?

I’d love to share some outfits with you, but I want to keep it a surprise until the big night. Talk about building suspense!
Over the long weekend I am planning on some actual dress rehearsals so I can see if anything I am planning simply won’t work in the outfits I’ll be wearing.
The more I practice, the more I’ll embed the routines in my head too.

As you can see, just a quick post for today. The working week is consuming me a lot at the moment and I’m finding by the time I get home from work it’s too cold, dark and all motivation I feel when I’m sitting at my desk during the day has disappeared!

I’ll have more on the weekend when I’ve had a chance to power through what remains on my MPA to do list! Perhaps even a little video too!

Stay tuned and happy hump day!

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