Polka Dot Perfection – Red Dolly Swimwear

Things are heating up…Actually who am I kidding, they have been stinking hot for a while now!

The Aussie summer is here, which means it’s time for a dip down by the seaside and the dilemma faced when hitting the beach is of course: What ever will I have wear?!

Lucky I’ve got Red Dolly Swimwear to save the day!

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Behind the label is talented California based designer Heather Stepanik. Heather has a background as a bridal seamstress which she worked as for four years before she decided sweet Swimwear was where her heart really was. Red Dolly doesn’t just cater to grown up ladies either: there’s suits for both girl and babies too!

Heather says she wants women to feel beautiful, comfortable and confident in her suits and I certainly felt all of the above when wearing the light blue polka dot two piece.

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The Light Blue Polka Dot Bikini will ensure you feel super cute when you show up on the sand this summer. I found the classic lines were really complimentary on my figure.

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This original Red Dolly design features a halter neck tie and a gathered centre which is fully lined and you can opt to have option padding sewn in for a small additional fee. My suit pictured here is padding free and given I’m content with my itty bitty, but beautiful titties, it suits me just fine!

My favourite part about the bottoms is that they are full coverage (something sometimes hard to come by when swimmer shopping) and I loved that the high-waisted style accentuates my waist and highlights my curves in all the right places.

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Red dolly stocks sizes Small through to Extra large. Check out their size chart here.

My measurements are 32”-24”-32” so on the smaller side of a small but they are designed to give and stretch so I felt they still fit me really well.

I’ll be getting LOTS of wear out of these pretties this season!

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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.

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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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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