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 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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