Jane Plain Shorts – Bright & Beautiful

I’m not normally much of a shorts kinda gal, but the Jane Plain Shorts by Bright & Beautiful were game changers!

I think what sets these beauties apart is the girly flare and fit that made me question “Wait, am I wearing a skirt?” The best kind of question when it comes to shorts, as far as I’m concerned.

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Bright & Beautiful by Collectif is very much influenced by the swinging 60s and 70s, aiming to bring you all of the fun and colour but mixed with a modern twist.

This particular style ticks all of those boxes. The shade of green is simply gorgeous and complimentary to the vast array of skin tones out there. On the topic of green, it’s really doing things for me this season and is a big leap away from the usual pinks that fill my wardrobe. Change is as good as a holiday right?

The Jane shorts are high waisted allowing you to showcase that nipped waist before they flow out in all the right places. I’m shot sporting these in the (albeit, mild) Brisbane winter and their floaty nature meant a nice little breeze: I can imagine this would be welcomed ventilation come summer!

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The shorts do up at the front with both a button and zip and here comes the part you’ve all been waiting for….JANE. HAS. POCKETS! The fabric is 100% polyester and a quick steam was all that was needed to get this pair of pretties ready for an outing. I’m lazy and couldn’t tell you the last time I actually ironed so if it can be steamed, I’m on board.

Dress Jane casual with a plain tee or knit as I have here, or doll her right up with heels and a strapless top for a night out. The options are endless.

Bright & Beautiful sizing is the same as Collectif ranging from XXS through to 4XL. I’m wearing an XXS (UK 6) here and found the measurements to be bang on for my 24” waist. There’s no give in the fabric, so you want to use the size chart as a guide to ensure a good fit.

Bright & Beautiful offers International shipping so no matter where you are in the world, their beautiful threads can be yours.

Check out all the shorts Collectif has on offer here. 

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Cakes by Judy C – Ashgrove, Brisbane

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Looking for a cake for your next big event or just looking for a place to get your sugar fix on the weekend? Look no further than Cakes by Judy C.

Just out of Brisbane CBD in Ashgrove, Judy C runs a specialty cake store and coffee bar that will satisfy all your sweet cravings.

With over 25 years of cake making experience, you’re in safe hands with Judy. She’s an absolute sweetheart…and DAMN can she make a good cake!

Check out my video review and I can guarantee you’ll be itching to get yourself to Judy’s.

In the meantime, you can peruse her Instagram feed (@cakesbyjudyc)
Though, this comes with the warning that you may need to mop up the drool off your phone screen!

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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!

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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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! Post 12: The Viva Experience! 

It’s time to wrap up my Viva Las Vegas 20 experience and I’m thrilled to recap all the fun I had at my very first VLV!

The last I left you I was just about to head on down to the car show and meet and greet some Viva goers and boy, was it fun! Naturally my ladies and I (in our matching pink outfits) gravitated towards a perfect ’59 pink caddy owned by lovely Lorraine and John *insert drool here! It must have wound up looking intentional because before we knew it, we were a photo opportunity for lots of people passing by. It was a great way to meet and interact with lots of different individuals which is something the journo in me really enjoys! It really was incredible to see how far and wide people had come from to be a part of VLV!


Photo by Abe Lojero 

Special mention must be made to my amazing Aussie support crew: Katrina, Kirsty, Diamond, Dan and my David who all got in on motivating the masses and encouraging people to vote for their favourite pinup! I couldn’t have done this without you guys. Kirsty: I didn’t know about your spruiking skills but girl, you owned it!  

The morning just flew by and before I knew it, it was time to head on back to the room and get changed into my gorgeous contest dress. Katrina headed back with me to ensure everything went to plan and no stressful moments occurred! I popped on my beautiful Cappella Jane Glamour gown all my gorgeous burly girls back home had made for me while getting ready just so I could feel the support of them all there with me!

Dressed and ready, we headed back down to the car show to check in with all the other finalists and prepare to head up for our shiny moment on stage. Speaking of shiny, Rockwell had arrived in what can only be described as a diamond of a dress. This woman would sparkle even in a potato sack but damn, she looked stunning. Rockwell briefed us for what was to come, gave us our order of appearance and provided us with our question. 

My question was why I had entered the contest again for a third time and I knew exactly what I wanted to say and was just hoping it would come out similar to what I was thinking in my head. I found out after the contest that my friends could see me going over it by the side of the stage which they thought was cute and I thought was embarrassing! But I wanted to ensure I used my moment and said what was important to me! I felt incredibly nervous (which is odd as getting up on stage certainly isn’t new to me). The lovely Lily asked me whether I still got the butterflies and the answer is most definitely yes! 

It was finally contest time as I watched Rockwell head on up to the stage to introduce the judges before welcoming me up as the first finalist. I was nervous about my sneaky dress reveal and hoped it would go to plan and judging from reactions of people in the crowd it shocked and delighted as I’d hoped it would! 
Coppelia Jane did such a marvellous job on my transitional gown and my request to have a dress that changed in both silhouette and colour! I figured if I only had a few seconds on stage, I wanted to do something unique and really me and I was so pleased with it coming to fruition after a lot of planning and creating care of Coppelia! 

Photos by Tim Hunter.

Next up was the question answering to which I responded:

“Pinup allows me to transform so much like the dress you’ve seen me wearing today, pinup helps me go from subtle and soft to sexy and strong! So standing here today and re-entering Viva is not only a huge personal achievement for me, but it also helps me to show women all around the world that this need not be just a dream, it can be a reality for them as well.”

Photos by Tim Hunter 

Thankfully no word vomit came out and I was able to say what I was hoping to which was important to me.

I then had the pleasure of watching all the other ladies appear on stage and answer their own questions and I found myself thinking how glad I was I wasn’t a judge! How do you decide from such a bunch of beautiful women who all have so much to offer?!
For this reason, I was incredibly honoured to be awarded best wardrobe! What a huge compliment to my designer Coppelia for bringing my vision to life! 

The lovely Lily White was awarded Best Hair, Heloise Bow Flapper with Best Makeup and then our leading ladies: 2nd Runner Up to the Dutch Pinup, 1st Runner up to Dariel Dearlove and Miss Viva Las Vegas 20 Miss Monique Sweet! 

Photo by Tim Hunter 

At this point I already felt so sad it was all over despite the feeling of excitement. How had it all come and gone so quickly?! Both the Contest and almost Viva too! I think the only thing I’d want to change would be getting to spend more time in person with my fellow finalists. The experience came and went so quickly and despite conversing with all these wonderful women for months in the lead up, I didn’t get enough face time with them! This is something I really want to do my part to change within my own local group! So often we only ever see each other at events when there is so much else going on and not much opportunity to actually catch up or get to know one another better on a deeper level. 

Thank you to all the amazing people in my life who really got behind me in my Viva Las Vegas dream. There were so many people who bought a shirt, shared my posts, gave me gifts, wished me well and were in general just so supportive of me and it is because of you all, that this became a reality. Thank you all so much.
Special mention is also required for the diamond dame, the one and only Rockwell who makes this experience possible. You are queen! 


Photo by Abe Lojero 

As for Viva as a whole, all I can say is WOW! Attending an event of this scale just reiterates how important pinup and rockabilly culture has become for me over the years and it really feels quite special to be a part of something this big and this awesome. I can’t wait to attend again already! 

One component I particularly loved, was being able to wear and showcase some of my vintage gems that with all work and no play, don’t get the out of closet time they deserve! 

As I mentioned earlier in the blog, I’d prepared an outfit spreadsheet so I could pack wisely and not run the risk of leaving that perfect matching accessory at home! It also took the thought and stress out of it at the event when every moment is precious! I am an avid planner so this is just how I like to roll.

Viva, it’s been an absolute blast! I hope this blog acts as a useful resource for any other ladies considering entering the contest or maybe even considering getting involved with pinup in any capacity. I still remember buying my first repro style dress and now pinup has brought so much positivity into my life and helped me grow into the woman I am today. The growth just keeps on coming too and this is sometjing I want other women to have the pleasure of experiencing for themselves. If this little Aussie lady can do it, anyone can! 

*Check out all the outfits I sported at Viva below, including the cute bathing suit I wore in the swimsuit contest held the one and only pool party. 


Day 1 – Day wear

Vintage Dress- an eBay score! 


Day 1 – Evening wear.

Tiki time! Dress by Red Ruby Vintage. 

Day 2 – Day wear. 

Vintage Dress from Vintage Hippy.


Day 2 – Day wear 2!

Vintage Dress borrowed from my beautiful friend the Sapphire Siren! 

Day 2 – Meet and Greet Evening wear from Butchwax Vintage.


Day 3 – Car Show Lucy’s Ladies Matchy Matchy! 

Shirts designed by David Gatt.

The Lucy skirt designed and produced by Diamond Dubbellyou.



Day 3 – Contest Outfit.

Transitional dress by Coppelia Jane. 

Day 3 – Evening wear 

Prom pretty dress from Etsy.


Day 4 – Pool Party wearing the Pretty Dress Company 


Day 4 – Swimsuit Contest

Catalina Swimsuit and matching swim dress from Ooh La La. 

Lucy Luxe does Viva Las Vegas! Part 8: Pinup flying high!

It’s finally here! Time to blow this joint, jump on a plane and get my butt to Vegas for the biggest Rockabilly event EVER! My bags are packed, I’m bringing more than my own weight in luggage and I am ready for the best four days of my life meeting lots of incredible new people!


I’m not going to chat for long but I’m going to use this post to talk about a few random travel essentials I have on board my flight with me today!

I’ve only flown long haul once before this and I made the mistake of wearing jeans. This time, I’m being smart! In a bid to be both comfortable but still stylin’, I’m rocking the worlds most comfortable leopard print pants. They could pass as PJ pants but I’m hoping the fact they are leopard print saves me. To team with the theme, I’m also sporting my leopard print neck pillow and my leopard print eye mask: MATCHING!


I strangely like to sleep with a pillow over my head (don’t even ask me why because I can’t make sense of it) but when I travel, a large scarf works better to wrap my noggin up like a burrito. Said scarf is also leopard print today because all leopard print, all the time.

I’m actually intolerant to a bunch of foods (yes, even some cake ingredients despite how much I still insist on eating it) so I’ve packed some safe snacks and have requested a special “bland” meal (sounds appetising doesn’t it) on todays flight. Im hoping this will mean I arrive feeling fine and fabulous!

I positively HATE sitting still (I will be walking circles around the airport just to keep myself occupied for two hours) so I need some things to keep me occupied; I’ve loaded Tara Moss’ book onto my ipad as well as a couple of movies and I’m thinking I may use my ipad do to a bit of writing and keep my mind active as well. I’m hoping this will also tire my hyperactive mind and I’ll be able to get some sleep on this flight!

This is also my first opportunity to introduce you to Lucy doll who’ll be joining us for the festivities on the trip! Often small children like a toy to accompany them on their travels and I am no exception!


That’s enough random travel facts for you! I’ve got a flight to catch! See you in Las Vegas!

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