Sunday, 26 October 2008

Please vote for me!

I'm in the first ever 21st Century Pinups contest!
Sorry to one of those annoying people, but if any of you gorgeous things that read my blog happen to have a moment, would you mind awfully going here and voting for me to win in the Pinup Queen category? You don't have to enter your email or sign up for anything, and luckily it's not one of those 'vote once a day' type affairs, which drive me barmy.

You do have to vote in the other 3 categories too though, I think. There are some truly great models in my category, so I need all the help I can get! Thank you all!

In other news, I have been having a go at making my own photos look vintage. What do you think?

In other other news, my cats are annoying! Not only do they have fleas (and I've run out of Frontline), but they will NOT keep their collars on. I bought them both a new one yesterday, a new stretchy but buckled type (the snap away ones just, well, snap away!) and new ID tags, and when I woke up, one had lost his, and by the time I'd finished my breakfast, so had the other! Furry little blighters!

I have some more shoot pictures and some recent purchases to post, so please check back soon!

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Home sweet home

I'm back from my ten day adventure in the Colonies! Did you miss me? I know my kitties did, they've hardly left me alone since I've been home, bless them. So I'm back to a mountain of washing, a mountain of work and rather a lot of cleaning to boot. But luckily no jetlag to speak of, thanks to British Airways and its half full jumbo jet, allowing me to get some decent sleep for once.

My holiday was a combination of two extremes, in terms of events, activities...and weather! It got off to a bad start on our arrival at Dallas Ft. Worth, where we had a 4 hour layover before going on to Reno. It was lucky we had 4 hours, because just as we joined the queue at immigration, the entire computer system went down, and we were left languishing in that queue for over an hour and a half. No one even apologised or kept us apprised of what was going on, in stark contrast to the usual friendliness I associate with Americans...except for border control staff, so I'm not sure why I was so surprised. Either way, it was not what one needs after an 8 hour flight with another 4 hour one ahead.

The next thing to go wrong was having a lady tell us on the plane to Reno that it was due to snow the next day. Well, great! Served us right for not checking the weather forecast and just thinking, 'Oh, it's the desert, it's bound to be hot!'. And snow it did...I had no coat and my poor mum had no trousers or closed shoes, so we went off to Target to buy cheap jeans, cardigans and socks! The rest of the trip and the conference went well though, and the trip to Pyramid Lake was particularly spectacular. I will post some photos I took as soon as I have uploaded them.

Arizona, in contrast was boiling hot, and so relaxing. We stayed in the Hilton, who looked after us so well, and I met up with some wonderful girls I know through various forums including The Fedora Lounge, who took me vintage shopping and out to see a band. Here we are in Hollywood Regency, where I bought a lovely 60s handbag and a stunning red 40s jacket.

L-r: RedHotRidingHood, Lolita Haze, Pink and me in my prized NOS Swirl dress.

Hopefully I'll have more to post later when another girl uploads her photos.
It was wonderful to meet the ladies pictured, and I also had the pleasure of meeting Miss Amanda Lee, aka Jitterbug Doll, though sadly we didn't get a picture together. Sad face.

I also have a lovely dress waiting for me at the post office.
Although the rotters have charged me £11 (and didn't say that on the card, so I've already left once empty handed) even though the blasted thing cost only £1 more than the minimum amount. Well I have dodged fees on many things so I have to be caught out sometime, better to do so on something cheap! If it's clean, I shall wear it on Halloween, with black seamed fishnets and a witch's hat. What are you dressing as?

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Ah go on then...

Have a couple more! I was going to wait until I had a load and then update my site and direct everyone to there ... but I am just so over the moon with these. I am a lucky girl to work with such a marvellous photographer.

You can also read an interview with me in issue 5 of 21st Century Pinups magazine, which came out today!

Monday, 6 October 2008

Tired but happy

This weekend was an adventure alright! Up at dark o'clock and on the train to Wales, where it was raining cats, dogs and elephants all day. But Rebecca Parker was an absolutely perfect hostess and I had a simply wonderful day in her studio. Back to my B&B and I discovered the pub it's attached to was having a karaoke party. Thank heavens for ear plugs! One sleep and a full-english later, I was on the beach with Rebecca in the gorgeous sunshine. It couldn't have been more different to the day before.

She's lightening-fast and has sent me two incredible shots already, one from each day. I am so, so pleased with them.

I love this suit!

Click to see them bigger!

If I'm not making much sense, it's because I am feeling completely zombie-fied and have so very much to do before I go away, including washing, cleaning, going to the library, getting currency, packing of course... and finding my passport would probably be a good idea. See you on the flip-side!

PS. If you head on over to Mademoiselle Robot's fantastic blog, you will find 10 tips I wrote for people interested in dressing vintage, whether in part or head-to-toe like me. I hope they are of interest to someone ... I'll be republishing them on my blog at some point!

Friday, 3 October 2008

In the swing of things

I really love swing dancing. Love it, love it, love it. I wish with all my heart I had started learning it five years ago as I could be so good at it by now! However, my best friend Gemma and I are apparently doing extremely well for people who've only been learning for a few months. We went to our first dances a fortnight ago, and actually danced with people not from our class ... and managed ok! So we were very proud. We also dressed up, and I did Gemma's hair for her. It was the first time she has ever 'gone retro'!

I did discover that it's impossible to take good pictures of people dancing, when you're new to photography. Particularly when you have your finger over the flash! ;)

See what I mean?

I'm going to miss it terribly for the next two weeks as I am off to America for a holiday. At least that is a good reason to miss it!

I'm off to Reno, Nevada and Phoenix, Arizona with my lovely mum for 10 days. Mum is an author of esoteric books, mainly about angels and self help/healing. If you're interested in such things, please do check out her website. She's attending a course in Reno while I check out the sights, and then we're off to Pyramid Lake, which is a Native American sacred site of some kind. Then to Phoenix, where I'm hoping to meet up with some vintage online friends and do some shopping and relaxing by the pool!

But before I go, I am busy, busy. I am off at 7am tomorrow morning to shoot with the incredible Rebecca Parker, who is one of my absolute favourite photographers, and I am SO excited about it. Worth the early start, for sure. Check out her stunning work on her site, and read her blog.

Then on Wednesday, I am sort of attending, and sort of modelling at the launch party for Nina's Hair Parlour's brand new salon. Nina's been kind enough to mention me in the press release so I am going to be networking my proverbial off. Next step, world domination! I'll try to update again before I go away. Toodle pip!

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