Wilhelmina Buttercup – Collectif

I bought the plain black Collectif Wilhelmina dress months ago because I knew it would be super versatile. I’d been looking for a plain black wrap because I knew it would be handy to wear to burlesque gigs as a stylish costume cover up that wouldn’t mess up my hair and makeup when taken on and off!

I loved the plain black so much that when I saw it in this cute buttercup print I needed it too!

I love wrap dress styles and this one I find particularly flattering. The cross over v neckline compliments the bust area and can be adjusted depending on how much you’d like to show off and the tie nips you in at the waist. You can tie a bow at the back or front….Have I mentioned versatility yet?! I adore the cute little puff sleeves too.

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The navy base works so well with the yellow floral detail of the print. Navy is my husband’s favourite colour on me, so he was a big fan. This number seems to really suit those like myself who are a Winter season in terms of skin tone and what colours best suit.

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100% polyester, I love that this dress simply needs a light steam to freshen her up and then she’s good to go! If I don’t need to get the iron out, I’m a happy pinup!

I’m wearing an XXS or a UK 6 which suited my 32-24-32” measurements perfectly.

You can purchase your very own buttercup right here.

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Milla Mainline Swing Skirt – Collectif

You can’t go wrong with simple but classic design which is highlighted by the gorgeous piece that is Collectif’s Mainline Milla Swing Skirt.

This is actually something I love about all of Collectif’s designs: I find myself acquiring lots of wardrobe staple items thanks to the timeless and versatile vintage-inspired cuts and lines.

I’m a real sucker for symmetry and border style skirts which was why I was immediately drawn to this number.

50’s inspired, the Milla is a very full skirt that cinches you in at the waist before flaring out in a flattering manner around your curves. Milla is made from a beautiful quality heavy cotton-blend (heavier than I expected actually) and is finished off with gorgeous black velvet ribbon detailing for the chevron trim which I adore.

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The heavy fabric meant I found my little steamer wouldn’t cut the mustard with this beast and I had to bust out my actual iron to eliminate creasing. Worth it though!

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This style fits true to size. I’m wearing and XXS or a UK 6 which I found suited my 24″ waist perfectly (as advised by the Collectif size guide.)

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Collectif offers worldwide shipping so you too, can have some Milla magnificence in your life. Get yours here.

Mint Rose Slip – Jools Couture

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Polkadots and pastel pink detailing? I’m in!

Check out the video to see my review of Australian designer Jools Couture and the gorgeous Mint Rose Slip I’m sporting here!

This piece is a Powder Room, Vault Boudoir Piece but if it’s your style, jump on the JC website to see the other gorgeous styles available.

There’s a wide array of intimates, day and evening wear and even swimwear available.
The thing they have in common is their excellent craftsmanship and appeal to customer comfort. Jools selects fabrics with those who have sensitive skin in mind. No itchy and uncomfortable fabrics to be found here!

Jools Couture pieces are available via their website in Australian sizes 6-16 and shipping is offered worldwide.

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Babydoll Lulu Mist Set – Jools Couture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fatale Embroidered Prom Dress – The Pretty Dress Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucy Luxe does Viva Las Vegas! Part 1: Entry and Announcement

In a vow to remember as much of my Viva Las Vegas Pinup Contest Experience and to be able to share this experience with other women, I’ll be keeping a blog in the lead up to the big weekend in April!

So here’s to the first post! Let’s see how I go at sticking to posting regularly!

Being a judge’s pick for the VLV 20 Pinup Contest is such an honour and one I am so incredibly grateful for! This is the third time I have entered the contest and it’s been a dream of mine to have the opportunity to be involved in any sense for numerous years now. My partner and I had already planned and booked our trip to the USA, so I was excited already and being chosen for the comp is definitely the sweetest cherry on top!

Pinup has become such an important part of my life that has really aided me in growing into myself. I know that comment might sound incredibly wanky, but it’s true! Having a platform that encourages being and challenging oneself has been really beneficial and has played a pivotal role in sharping the woman I am today. I’m so excited to meet other women from all over the world who share this passion!

In this post I want to talk about my amazing experience shooting with Sherbet Birdie who are the talented bunch responsible for my entry photos this year.

Shooting with Sasha and Lucy has been on my pinup bucket list for over five years since first seeing their work. In 2016, I decided what better a reason to finally treat myself than to shoot my entry photos for my third attempt at scoring a very special spot at Viva!

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For anyone tossing up whether to indulge in a Sherbet Birdie shoot package, the only answer is YES and you’re about to find out why!

Sasha’s service (and Sasha as a human) really is second to none. In the lead up to the shoot, you have a wonderful phone call together where you can talk about your vision for the shoot and Sasha can ask you a series of questions to get to know you a little better and to prepare you for the shoot. You immediately feel as though you know and love this woman irrespective of whether you’ve actually met in person as of yet!

Sasha, Lucy and Luna greeted me with open arms when I arrived at the studio down in Sydney after an early morning rise and flight. Then the fun began!

As someone who shoots most weeks, it was so lovely to actually pop my feet up and be pampered. I didn’t have to worry about whether my hair was going to behave, whether my winged eyeliner was even or if my false lashes were going to stick. I just sat back and let Lucy the expert have at my hair and face! Wonderful! This woman tamed my locks like no one ever has. I still can’t believe it’s actually my hair in the shots!

Did I mention I was munching on Sydney’s best macaroons and sipping Moet while all of this was happening? Are you sold yet?!

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Getting down to the actual shooting with Sasha was so much fun. She knows how to make you feel comfortable and really capture you having a good time and being yourself. She’s mastered the art of those little tweaks that turn an okay shot into an amazing one and it made selecting my favourites very difficult…because they were all good!

Seeing the final results, I was totally over the moon and so happy to have achieved something I’d been dreaming about long term. I was super excited to finally release them upon entering the contest.
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I had the entry date marked in my diary and was one of the first ladies to submit my entry form and photos. The entry remained open for a little longer than previous years and it was exciting seeing the pool of perfect pinups grow during this time! I checked back every few days to see the gorgeous new additions and felt myself getting more and more excited with each day that passed. Being added to the entrant group on Facebook meant all entrants could all have the pleasure of getting to meet one another online and start getting to know each other. I found this really wonderful and special to be interacting with other women from all over the world who share a common interest and love.

Once entries closed, it certainly was an anxious wait! No doubt it was an incredibly difficult decision for this year’s judges, who had to choose just five out of around 180 entrants who were all stunning. The 6th lucky lady is actually chosen by all of the contestants which I think would be such an incredible spot to own, knowing how much the other ladies appreciate you already! This year it went to the gorgeous Boston Bombshell (who I’m yet to meet but already know I’m gonna like cause she is just one lovely doll!) Reading the profiles of these gorgeous women makes you realise the amazing stories they all have to tell and the successes they have all achieved. Such an amazing bunch!

We all waited, closing watching our inboxes for the email Rockwell had been telling us to expect! What seemed like an eternity was only a day or two of constant email checking!
It was a message from Australian pinup pal Ivy Fox congratulating me that alerted me to the fact I was somehow, one of the chosen ladies in the top 6! I couldn’t believe it! Checking the email for myself I then swung around in my office chair and exclaimed to my colleague that I was one of the lucky ladies! This day shall forever be known as “Viva Day” (as not a lot of other work got done after the announcement!)

I was truly blown away by the beautiful messages of congratulations and encouragement from people here in my local pinup group. It’s these people that put their faith and belief in me and assist me to have the same faith and belief in myself (something that often, isn’t an easy task for me). I consider myself very lucky to have so many people supporting me and it really showcase the amazing relationships and friendships that have come into my life since pinup did! I think back to the first pinup/rockabilly event I attended and I knew no one…it’s a stark contrast to attending these events now and that to me, is what it’s all about.

Now comes the fun and excitement of knowing I’ll be attending my first international event where I’ll have the pleasure of shining on stage with 11 other beauties from across the globe in an even organised by one serious boss lady whom I truly idolize: The amazing Miss Rockwell DeVil . I can’t wait to meet the beautiful five ladies also in the top 6: Lily White, Radmila Rocky Zombie, Miss Lillian Love, Daria Tarasova and Boston Bombshell and am excited to see who the other beautiful ladies will be to make up the top 12!

Don’t forget: There is a pool of babes waiting for your votes, as the remaining 6 places will be determined by public voting. Go and vote for your favourite pinup lady here!

Stay tuned for my next post and thanks for reading!

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Miss Wings and Wheels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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