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 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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Lucy Luxe does Viva Las Vegas! Part 3: Final 6 Announcement & Pinup Posse goes International

Today is my birthday! Which is an exciting day, for a cake lover like myself! But it’s also got me thinking.

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During the years since I’ve become involved in pinup, I have met some truly gorgeous and inspirational women. I’ve been thinking about it these past few days after a gathering with a small handful of these ladies ahead of my birthday to devour cake and bask in their beautiful company.

As I’ve ventured down the fun path that is adulthood, I’ve found myself slowly drop out of touch with quite a number of friends I was once very close with. To be honest, I’ve found this process really quite difficult. Though it’s certainly natural for this to occur (something I’ve realised when talking to other people about how it’s bothered me), that doesn’t mean that it’s an easy thing to process or deal with. I’d love to hear your thoughts an experiences in this adulthood vs old friendship arena!

With a birthday on the cards, I’ve been reminded  how many amazing NEW people have entered my life over the past few years! Most of whom, I have pinup (and also burlesque in more recent years) to thank for. These last few days have seen me showered in all of the love and cake a girl could dream off and I’m feeling like one incredibly lucky lady!

Late last week the lucky 6 ladies who topped the public voting for VLV20 were announced and It’s amazing to see women of so many diverse backgrounds in the top 12! There are women representing New Zealand, Russia, Belgium, Italy, the USA, the UK and the Netherlands! Oh, and little ol’ me representing Australia. It’s just amazing!

Upon entering this contest over the past three years, the thing that appealed to me and excited me the most was the prospect of being united with women who all share a common passion and interest. Women from all around the world coming together for a shared love to experience something special together! The prospect of growing my pinup pal posse internationally makes me feel even more grateful and excited! Now THAT is a prize!

A huge congratulations to all of this year’s entrants! Everyone always puts up a massive campaign and it really is anyone’s game. It takes time and effort too which should not be discounted! I’ve thrown the idea out there that we should hold a contest where every entrant can take part and we could try and set a new record!

Well done to the top 6 ladies: Dariel Dearlove, Ginger Heartbreaker, Helouise Bow Flapper, Lady Lipstick, Miss Monique Sweet and The Dutch Pinup! These ladies make up the Top 12. I still can’t believe my mug is pictured alongside all these stunners!

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I can’t wait to meet the entire top 12 and also any of the other entrants who are still attending VLV! This time, 9 weeks from now I’ll be prepping for my flight over and I know that’s going to go so quick!

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