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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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 Cooly Rocks On Vintage Glamour Pageant, 2014

It’s been a busy few weeks following Miss Cooly Rocks on and I am excited to finally sit down and put fingers to keyboard to write about what was a truly great weekend.

Miss Cooly Rocks on is the third pinup pageant I am lucky enough to have been a part of this year and I think I enjoy them more and more each time.

Contrary to the (often negative) connotations the word “pageant” is commonly associated with, my pageant experiences have been nothing short of amazing. So if you want to know more…please read on 

The weekend started on Friday evening of June 6. I clocked off work early to make my way down the coast and begin the first of many make up applications and hair styles for the weekend. Throughout the week I normally keep things very low key. I’m normally sans makeup altogether and sporting a boring pony tail or bun. I like to glamorise this by thinking of it as “the girl next door” look. Really I’m just a boring plain Jane!

I had a little time to settle into the place my family had booked in Kingscliff before they arrived. I really was grateful they decided to come along and be a part of the weekend with me. My 13 year-old sister even helped me with my hair on Friday evening. Trying to roll my tresses up at the back proved very problematic given I do not possess go go gadget arms, so I was happy she came to my rescue!

I decided to pull out the big guns and flaunt my newly purchased and not yet worn, beautiful dita cardigan to form part of my meet and greet outfit. I teamed this with a full skirt with matching blue trim and my Mary janes of course!

We headed into Cooly to meet at the Coolangatta hotel. My mum was my plus one and it was nice to have her by my side. My mum and I have very different tastes in a lot of things, so it meant a lot to me that she came along and mingled for a while.

Mum and I - Megan Rizzo Photography

Mum and I – Megan Rizzo Photography

It was great to see some familiar faces (Channy, Nerida, Kate and Jessica :D) and to meet some new ones too! One of the things I have loved most about becoming more involved in the pinup scene, is all the wonderful ladies I have had the pleasure of meeting.
Karen, Donna and Bree organised a fabulous evening for us all and Megan Rizzo was there to snap up every moment from behind her camera.

I think the highlight of the meet and greet was when we were all surprised by…pillows with our faces on them! Sponsors Pacific Pillow Co had been busy printing our piccies onto pillows as part of the prizes for each and every lady selected as a finalist. How lovely is that!

A pillow with my face! Thanks Pacific Pillow Co! Megan Rizzo Photography

A pillow with my face! Thanks Pacific Pillow Co! Megan Rizzo Photography

We strolled up to the marquee to be given our finalist sashes. After a few piccies most ladies quickly fled to get home and start clocking beauty sleep hours before we had to be back at the surf club bright and early for a live television appearance….

Posing with my finalist sash - Megan Rizzo Photography

Posing with my finalist sash – Megan Rizzo Photography

Striking a pose - Megan Rizzo Photography

Striking a pose – Megan Rizzo Photography

5:30AM my alarm went off. Despite being pretty stuffed I knew that it was going to be a fun day ahead so up I got!

Round two of hair and makeup: I opted with pinning all my hair up again. Riding in a convertible vintage car in the parade, I wanted to look elegant, not windswept!

My parade outfit was a gorgeous pink number with a matching hat, black bolero and some cute silver ballet shoes. I wanted something fun, yet comfortable for the day ahead! Heels were out of the question. I didn’t want those around me to be subjected to whining about sore tootsies!

My parade outfit!

My parade outfit!

It was a bit of a mad rush to get ready. My hair is SO TEMPERMENTAL and because there is so much of it, it can be hard to recover from when something doesn’t quite go to plan. I managed to arrive at the surf club only a little late, only to realise I had left my sash at home.
My heart sunk a little as I looked around and saw all the lovely ladies sashing it up.
After a quick sook it was time to get on with things. The TV appearance and parade would go ahead: sash, or no sash. It was time to get on with things!

The lovely finalists and I had a ball being on TV! Got a message from the family and my Nan and Pop to say they had seen us all! They had us walking in a loop beside the reporter (think…. a pinup rotisserie), all showing off our outfits and striking a pose. It was over before we knew it and time to get ready for the parade.

We were swept off in some gorgeous cars to wait where the parade would start in Kirra. We waited here for a little while and then Kristie (Lady Lou) and I were swapped into a different car with Kellie and her Dad.
I had an absolute ball with Kristie. She’s an absolute scream and one hell of a woman. I was pleased to be bunked up with her in the back of the mustang for the duration of the parade.

Now the parade itself was simply amazing. So. Many. People.

I think I speak on behalf of all of us girls when I say I had a sore face and cheeks from smiling for so long! It was truly wonderful, driving along, waving at all those who had come to watch the parade. I most enjoyed seeing the faces of all the children simply light up in awe of the beautiful cars and pinup ladies riding in them. My aunty, uncle and their children had even driven up from Ballina to watch. It was great seeing some familiar faces in the crowd.

Chilling in the back with Kristie with Kellie cruisin' up front!

Chilling in the back with Kristie with Kellie cruisin’ up front!

Getting into the Cooly Rocks spirit. Clearly I'm a real rev head at heart! Megan Rizzo Photography

Getting into the Cooly Rocks spirit. Clearly I’m a real rev head at heart! Megan Rizzo Photography

Waving to the crowd - Pixelscape Photography

Waving to the crowd – Pixelscape Photography

Lots of photos with the crowd. Jillien Knight's son here was apparently pretty chuffed to have his photo taken with a 50's lady! - Jillien Knight

Lots of photos with the crowd. Jillien Knight’s son here was apparently pretty chuffed to have his photo taken with a 50’s lady! – Jillien Knight

My family brought my sash too, and my dad handed it to me as we went past in the car during the parade! Life savers! I was no longer the odd sash-free one out!
Following the parade we were free to wander around, also handing out some pamphlets for our amazing sponsors.
I caught a bite with my family and then headed back to the apartment to sit still for a few moments before re-doing my hair and makeup ready for the big night ahead!

At home I practiced my poses a little so I had some idea of what I was doing once I got out there on the runway. Although I think the ability to improvise is a useful on, I do believe it’s good to go in prepared! I’m a pretty big stress head and work better if I do my best to remove pressure from situations. I think some gals prefer to improvise and that works for them.
Lollies and protein bars became staple food items over the weekend. After gobbling some of these, I went about beginning round 3 of getting dolled up.

My hair really started to misbehave this time around: Victory rolls really will be the death of me.
Luckily, I got all my outfits and accessories organised BEFORE starting hair and makeup. So despite it taking much longer than I had hoped I quickly through all my belongings in the car, gave the family a smooch and tripped it into Cooly.

I haven’t mentioned up until this point that I get major parking anxiety. Despite going on 25, I have only had my licence for a couple of years. I’m much better than I used to be, however I still get slightly anxious about driving in unfamiliar locations, especially when I have to park!

We had been given passes to park under one of the shopping centres, however this still meant driving through closed roads to get to the underground entrance. Through the day it had been fine, but for some reason, the traffic guys sent me to drive through the main street everyone was walking through.
So picture this: Little old me, Wearing all my makeup and hair done, driving along in my little swift…..at 5km so I didn’t run into anyone. Driving this slow, no one can hear you either!
This made me a little late and was definitely a character building experience!

I finally made it to the marquee and our little tent dressing room. If all of us ladies hadn’t become close by this point, this was definitely going to be a bonding experience!

The lovely Bree took us through a walk through on the cat walk and explained where we should stop and pose and for how long. She also did a few funny demonstrations of what NOT to do. Words can’t do it justice…but I think my favourite was the walk….half pose and keep walking….another half arsed pose and a half smile….You get the picture!

After the run through, we retreated to our dressing room tent and started getting into our daywear outfits so we were ready to go. Start time crept up really quickly and before we knew it, it was time to step out onto the stage for the first time.

For daywear, I wore the always gorgeous Pinup Girl Clothing dress in lavender, teamed with a custom made Lady Rowe hair flower, some cute little cream vintage gloves that were an op shop buy, a vintage bag I picked up on eBay and my trusty Mary janes.

Wearing my custom made hairpiece at Miss Cooly Rocks On- Photo by John Gas for Cooly Rocks On.

Wearing my custom made hairpiece at Miss Cooly Rocks On- Photo by John Gas for Cooly Rocks On.

I was a little worried my little compact mirror might slip out of my gloved hands but all systems were go and I managed to keep a firm grasp on it!
The first round at a pageant is always a little shaky. You walk out, not knowing what to expect from the audience. In my case, I didn’t actually have any of my immediate friends or family there to see me so I was sans cheering squad and hoping I could rouse some applause and cheers from the audience!

We didn’t have a lot of time to change into swimwear and it was lovely to see the girls who had more time, helping the girls who were busting their buts to nail the quick change!

For swimwear, I wore a playsuit made by the lovely Amber of Little Miss Riot, teamed with my love heart sunglasses and black wedges. Of course I had my beach towel handy, and a pineapple shaped cocktail drink!

My outfit for swimwear - Chrome-Plated Photography

My outfit for swimwear – Chrome-Plated Photography

Swimwear was fun! I challenged myself by getting done on the ground (another thing Bree had warned us to be cautious about!) I felt confident and had a lot of fun. I enjoyed watching the couple of ladies who were before me as I was waiting to go up on stage…but at this point we began to realise we hadn’t seen a lot of our fellow contestants outfits as we had madly been trying to get changed!

After a quick photo, it was back into the tent for the final change: Eveningwear.

This was without a doubt, the section I was most looking forward to.
Why you ask?

I had a gorgeous lemon vintage 50’s prom gown waiting to be worn for the first time!

I had actually purchased this stunning number for Garterbelts and Gasoline…but didn’t end up wearing it.

I team this with some blinging costume jewellery, a corsage I made myself and some pretty silver heels.
If there is ever a moment where I felt like a princess, this was definitely it!

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I felt like I floated down the cat walk (whether it actually looked like that, I guess I’ll never know!)
The dress made me feel a million dollars….which was probably a good thing considering how many dollars it cost me 😉

Upon exiting the stage, Donna gave me what is possibly the best compliment ever.
“You look like Belle,” she said.

Everyone wants to look like a Disney Princess right?!

I was on cloud nine just hearing that….little did I know what was to come!

When all the rounds in a pageant are complete, there is an overwhelming buzz and sense of achievement that explodes in the dressing room.

This is without a doubt, my favourite moment about competing in pageants.
That moment when you see those around you have may have just conquered a fear, tried something new, and surprised themselves. It’s so wonderful to see that glow painted across someone’s face when they have achieved a goal or taken a step out of their comfort zone. This is definitely something that highlights (as corrrrrny as it is) that everyone is a winner in these circumstances. Sure, someone gets a crown or a sash, but I think it’s these feelings of achievement and being proud of oneself that is the real prize.

It wasn’t long before we were all out on stage awaiting the big announcement.

It was like Garter Belts all over again when I heard my name called for second runner up! The lovely Miss Cherie Amour (Miss Cooly Rocks on 2013) came and placed my sash and crown on me. The crown wasn’t too fond of my victory roll hairstyle, and thus, I tottered down the catwalk for my lap with it vicariously balancing on my head! Shame there wasn’t a talent round!

Doing my lap! Megan Rizzo Photography

Doing my lap! Megan Rizzo Photography

I returned to the line and cheered with excitement as the gorgeous Miss Kitten Darling was announced as first runner up! She looked simply stunning in her long white gown. She’d even managed to whip up an up-do in the short time we had to get changed: impressive!

After her lap was complete, it was the moment everyone had been waiting for!

MISS PETTICOAT POLLY! Miss Cooly Rocks on 2014!

Cheers, smiles and applause filled the marquee as the gorgeous Miss Petticoat Polly was given her sash and crown.

After a few photos, it was back into the tent to pack up. This was, of course, after we had been loaded up with prizes from all the amazing Miss Cooly Rocks on Sponsors.
A big thanks to Pacific Pillow Co, Dead Gorgeous Cosmetics, Megan Rizzo Photography, Parasols with Love, Miz Smitten Kitten, That Shop and PinupSkool Magazine! Also a big thank you to the winners of Miss Cooly Rocks on 2013: Miss Cherie Amour, Tululua Lollipop and Bommy Belmore.

The goodies I received from all the fabulous sponsors!

The goodies I received from all the fabulous sponsors!

The lovely 1st Runner Up Miss Kitten Darling, Miss Cooly Rocks on 2014, Miss Petticoat Polly and I posing after the announcement! Proud moment! Photography by John Gas for Cooly Rocks On.

The lovely 1st Runner Up Miss Kitten Darling, Miss Cooly Rocks on 2014, Miss Petticoat Polly and I posing after the announcement! Proud moment! Photography by John Gas for Cooly Rocks On.

Megan Rizzo Photography

Megan Rizzo Photography

All the pageant ladies! Chrome-Plated Photography

All the pageant ladies! Chrome-Plated Photography

All the lovely contestants. Photography by John Gas for Cooly Rocks On.

All the lovely contestants. Photography by John Gas for Cooly Rocks On.

It was at this point in the night that I began to wish my family and partner could have been there for the show. Of course, I had had a great time….but it is good to have your own supportive network present for you. This was one thing that was amazing about Garterbelts.

I packed up my stuff fairly quickly and headed back to the apartment so I could show off my gorgeous crown and sash to my family. My partner got a selfie until he could see them in the flesh!

I stuffed my face without every morsel of food available before retreating to bed. I was exhausted, but on such a high!

On Sunday, I went out for a delicious breakfast with my Mum, Dad and sisters. While at the café, I got to hold a gorgeous Macaw. I’m a little bit of a crazy bird lady, so this was a major deal for me! The perfect way to end an already amazing weekend.

Afterwards, I made my way back to Cooly for some final photos with Miss Kitten Darling and Miss Petticoat Polly.

Some photos to finish off the weekend. Just twirlin' my skirt! Photo care of the lovely Petticoat Polly.

Some photos to finish off the weekend. Just twirlin’ my skirt! Photo care of the lovely Petticoat Polly.

By the time we finished up, I was well and truly ready to head back to Brisbane and thankfully the traffic wasn’t too bad.

All in all, Miss Cooly Rocks on was an amazing initiative to be a part of. It was incredibly well organised, all thanks to the Karen, Donna and Bree. At a time when I wasn’t feeling positive about much else, this competition gave me a chance to channel some positive energy, meet some wonderful people and hang out with some amazing people I already knew.
As I said, I thoroughly enjoy seeing people surprise themselves with what they are capable of and I saw this all weekend long.

For anyone thinking about entering next year my advice would be: Don’t hesitate for a second.

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