Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 4

When we attended VLV18, we didn’t realize what we were missing that Sunday and final day of the Rockabilly Weekender. In our minds it was, “we should get back to work” and “it’s just a pool party?! What is the big whoop?” Little did we know that we were missing out on one of the funnest days around!

The VLV pool party on Sunday is the perfect place to wind down your weekend. There are bands, swimsuit competitions, fashion & people watching galore! All the while, you sit in the sunshine and soak your sore dancing feet in the pool. This year, we made sure not to miss it!

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My suit was a vintage eBay find for $20 and my husband is wearing another $20 vintage score from Etsy. My suit is so structured, I hang it in my closet! Haha. His shorts on the other hand are just fine in a drawer.

The view behind us is just a tiny portion of the crowd. We arrived a little after 10am and stood in line for about 40min before getting into the pool area. While it was a long wait, it was totally worth it!

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As you can see my love Courtney forgot sunscreen the previous day! Ooops! haha. After getting our fill of sunshine, we changed and headed back to the Orleans for dinner, bands and the jiving contest!

The lighting was so horrible in this photo, I had to make it black and white! Don’t worry, you will be able to see this amazing vintage copper star print dress in all her glory a little later on! (Etsy find for $50)

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Through out the night, we ran into some amazingly talented people! One, Miss Rockabilly Ruby who is known for her incredible hair styling. I was fortunate enough to be one of her hair models at a Portland class she held a while back. She is so sweet and has such a great style! Just look at this amazing zebra print jumpsuit!?!

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The second person we got the chance to chat with was Lance Lipinsky from Lance Lipinsky & the Lovers. We saw them play the night of Burlesque Bingo, and hot damn! That man has stage presence!

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It was such a great way to end the weekend! Now, you will have to excuse me while I go plan for VLV21…

Stay pennywise!

-Penny La Pêche

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Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 3

Saturday is all about beautiful cars, music and pinups. I absolutely LOVE attending car shows and Viva has one of the very best! The car show boasts of over 800, pre-63 vehicles so you know it’s good! Here are a few of our favorites, of course starting with the VLV car!

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Followed by my husband’s favorite of the day.

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Finally this beauty!

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One of the highlights of the car show is the pinup contest. Contestants are selected in a few different ways. 1) Judges choice, 2) Contestants choice and 3) People choice through online voting. The coolest part of this contest to me, is how international it is! Pinups from all over the world fly in to take part. This years winner was the beautiful Miss Monique Sweet from New Zealand.

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As you can see, style is a HUGE part of Viva Las Vegas and one of the best parts of my weekend was meeting Jasmin of Vintage Vandalizm. She is such a style inspiration and was so sweet in person!

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As for my car show style, I bought this vintage 2 piece off Etsy for $30. Unfortunately I should have practiced more flattering poses in it! 😛 Haha! Oh well. It was comfortable, funky and I loved the print!

Thanks for reading & stop back by for the final day of VLV20 featuring one wild pool party! See you soon!

-Penny

Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 2

Good grief! Day 2 was a damn early one! One of the highlights of Viva Las Vegas 20 was the burlesque showcase headliner Dita Von Teese. If you don’t happen to know who she is, I suggest a google search…buuuuuut maybe not on your work computer. 😉

A group of friends and I saw Ms.Teese perform in Portland Oregon last year and were absolutely enamored! As one of the foremost names in the burlesque world, she draws a crowd and Viva was no exception! Tickets for the 3 showtimes were to be handed out Friday morning, and as 100% of the entertainment is included in the High Roller tickets for VLV, these tickets were basically free… or at least already paid for!

I knew there was going to be a line so we planned on getting up bright and early, but nothing, not even college football student ticket lines prepared me for this! Luckily our friend Dan work up extra early and made it in line by 6:45am with cronuts in hand. The rest of our group met up with him at 7am.

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By the time the tickets began being released at 9am, the line had wrapped its way down a massive breezeway two times over, and throughout the ENTIRE Orleans casino! There were so many in line that people that lined up even a little before 9am were out of luck. We on the other hand were able to get our first choice of showtimes and great seats thanks to the early wake up call, but until then we needed a nap ASAP!..zzzzZZZZZZZ.

After a few hours of rest, we spent the day at the bowling tournament, where Ian bowled his best game ever and kept us, (The Portland Pussies), in the running longer than any of us thought possible! Our locally screen printed team shirts were a hit! Haha. Even earned us a few rounds of beer from admirers!

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After doing a little shopping and visiting the strip once more, we got ready and headed to the show. Too. Much. Fun.

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  • Dress: $70 made by me!
  • Shoes: ~$20 Amazon
  • Purse: ~ $10 Vintage
  • Necklace & Earring Set: A gift from Tanner’s Grandmother, which she wore when she was my age!

Head on back for Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 3 for one of the best car shows in the country, a first-rate pinup contest and when I met one of my favorite style inspirations! See you soon!

-Penny

 

 

Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 1

My husband and I, along with a couple of our good friends, flew into Las Vegas, Nevada for the 20th Anniversary of Viva Las Vegas this past week. If you are not sure what VLV is, I highly recommend checking out my posts from the last VLV we attended which was VLV18. For me, Christmas comes in April.

We flew Southwest Airlines for 3 main reasons; 1) Good price, 2) Good flight times, 3) 2 free checked bags and when you are going to a 4 day long fashion extravaganza, honey, you are going to need them! We arrived the night before the festivities to make sure we were well rested and ready for the amazing long weekend ahead…or at least sort of 😉

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We decided to start the day off with a late breakfast and walk along the strip to take in all the sights. My husband and I had only been to Las Vegas one other time, and that was for VLV of course! ;P That trip was spent mostly at the event, so taking in the endless casino’s and a few of us trying out the mobile booze was an interesting change of pace, but daaauuuummmmnn…..it was windy!

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I about had to turn my amazing $20 vintage dress into a diaper to keep from having Marilyn Monroe moments if you know what I’m saying! Besides the intense wind, it really was a beautiful day.

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After we had our fill we went back to the hotel, attended to our blisters, and got ready for the evening’s festivities. Tonight was burlesque bingo!

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You heard that right. During individual burlesque performances wherever the clothing lands decides what number gets called out! Bet ya won’t see that at your local community center!

It was such a blast and we ended the evening listening to Lance Lipinsky & The Lovers who absolutely killed it! (Make note of that name because he will be coming back later on in our VLV20 adventure.) I’ll leave you now with a quick Pennywise Outfit of the Night recap:

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  • Dress: $56 Vintage find on Etsy
  • Shoes: Steve Madden from forever ago!
  • Tiny Party Purse: $10 at ROSS Dress for Less
  • Necklace: Vintage purchase in high school. I believe it was ~$12.

See you right back here for Viva Las Vegas 20: Day 2, which will include Dita von Teese and some Cronuts. 🙂

-Penny

 

 

Workout, Body Image & Mental Health

As we start approaching nicer, and nicer weather, the pressure to “look good” in a bikini begins crawling out of the shadows. I put “look good” in quotations, because it is all a matter of opinion and 99.99% of those opinions don’t flipping matter.

Growing up I was always active. I began dancing and conditioning at a very young age, which has continued, taking on various forms throughout the years. I always knew that physical activity was necessary for a healthy lifestyle, but it wasn’t until around 2 years ago that I realized for myself, it was just as mentally necessary.

Like many people, I suffer from depression. This depression has played a major roll in my life over the last 6 years. I searched high and low for a “cure.” I have tried therapists, prescriptions, natural remedies, books…Once in a while something would stick, but only for a month or so. 2 years ago I was beginning to give up hope so I decided to switch my focus to getting fit for our wedding. I said to myself if the mental isn’t cooperating, let’s try the physical. Here was my plan:

  • Get to the gym 3x per week. (Crunch is a great place that is completely pennywise! For $9.95/month you get access to not just the gym, but all fitness classes as well. I highly recommend.)
  • Each night, only 1 hour of TV unless you are working out during it. (for example crunches, weights, squats…)
  • No junk on the weekdays. Have fun on the weekends.

For me, this routine totally worked! If I had enough time to be a slug on the couch, I had enough time to do some bicep curls while I watched. I also learned during this Sweating for the Wedding adventure, that weighing myself was bullshit. I stopped weighing after 1 month when I realized I was more obsessed with a number than how much more in shape I had become.

To any one starting a workout plan. I highly suggest weighing yourself as little as possible, hopefully not at all. You are putting in the work. Don’t let a scale make you think you aren’t good enough.

The big day came and I was so happy! It was absolutely perfect. I married my high school sweetheart surrounded by the most wonderful friends and family. It was happily ever after…

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Or was it?

As each week past, I found my depression had taken the front seat again. I contemplated going back through my list of tried and failed “cures” to hopefully find some sort of relief. I examined my life and realized that busy work schedules and the calm after the wedding storm had completely thrown my workout routine to the wind. I needed those endorphins again. It was amazing that something so physical could effect my mental state so intensely. Now while exercise isn’t a cure for depression, it surely has helped me with mine.

If you or someone you know has depression and hasn’t tried physical activity, give it a shot. It definitely can’t hurt. Here are a few of my favorite tools and techniques for a solid home/TV binging workout. *Please consult with your doctor before engaging in any physical activity.

Supplies: 1 yoga mat & 2 5lb weights. (Target has a solid starter yoga mat for $15 & weights for $8.49 each).

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For me, motivation to exercise increases if I have a particular goal in mind. Currently I have decided on Viva las Vegas in April. No scales, no crazy diets, just exercise. Lets start with some arms…

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Core:

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Lower body:

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Total Body:

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Until next time,

-Penny la Pêche

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My 1st Pinup Shoot!

A few months ago, in the perfect sense of the word irony, I was contacted by one of my past models who told me she loved my look and was wondering if I was interested in modeling a pinup shoot for her. Crazy right?! It sounded fun, as I had never done a pinup shoot before, but I did have the wedding coming up so I told her I really couldn’t think about planning anything else at that point in time. We decided the best thing to do would be to get in touch after the big day.

After the wedding (and a few business trips later!), with a 2nd place win in my first ever pinup competition, I was ready to commit. Deedra of Deedra Stephens Photography gave me some inspiration photos and I went to work curating the perfect pinup outfits. I was SOOO nervous! If you have read my previous post on the pinup competition then you know that even though I have been ‘living’ pinup for years, the only pinup photos I have taken thus far were done by me (with my iPhone) for this blog and my @thepennywisepinup Instagram account!

What if I sucked?! How embarrassing would that be? “Meet Penny la Peche! the un-pinupable pinup!” Sounds like a sideshow attraction, don’t ya think? The entire night leading up to the shoot I was nauseous as all hell. I lit my favorite Yankee candle and went to work setting my curls, packing my wardrobe and digging out my falsies.

The next morning I woke bright and early. When it comes to my hair, I leave it in the curls for as long as absolutely possible! My normal primping routine goes something like this…

  1. Set Hair (Either the night before or heat set the morning of and pin.)
  2. Do Make-up (No lips! Your hair will most likely get stuck in them while styling if you do.)
  3. Do Hair
  4. Get Dressed
  5. Put on Lips (That finishing touch, ya know?)

Once I was all ready, I packed up my outfit changes, makeup and poise and headed for the location.

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The day went amazingly! We started out by warming up in her studio. I put on some music because when I work with models it makes them much more comfortable and it sure as heck helped me! After that we headed to Blue Moon Diner.

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Our final location was a special request by me, Harvey Marine. This used to be a boat dealership but now is vacant of the water vessels and deals only in boat parts. Now it’s just good ol’ Harvey. A 26′ tall rabbit statue that I have been dreaming of getting shots with! I’m really excited with how these images turned out. Shooting with Deedra Stephens Photography was casual, comfortable and I highly recommend it!

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Hope you like them!

-Penny la Pêche

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Like a Virgin; My 1st Pinup Contest

Well I did it. I entered my very first pinup competition, the Rose City Pin-up Queen Contest. It was the first year for this competition and the submission was all online.

I was very hesitant to enter, as I wasn’t sure how much I liked pitting myself against other lovely ladies. In the end I decided that it would push me out of my comfort zone, possibly introduce me to some new friends and just perhaps open some doors for future photo shoots.

Though I have being “doing” pinup style for quite some time now and taking my own photos for this blog and my Instagram, I had yet to shoot professional photos that I could use for this contest. So with just days until the submission deadline, I grabbed my iPhone, our wedding photo backdrop and 2 lights given to me by a friend and headed for my backyard. Talk about waiting until the last minute!

Luckily, in my line of work I use Photoshop frequently so I knew I could do some quick editing and adjustments just as long as the lighting was 1/2 decent. Below you will find my 2 submitted photos with their before and afters.

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For the first photo, I was inspired by the old Coca Cola ads and the often traditional plain (but vibrant) backgrounds used in many pinup imagery and photographs.

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For my second photo I went with 1940’s glamour. I had this backless, rhinestone, navy dress that was gifted to me years ago and it screamed for a black & white glamour shot! Some hair brightening, lay on the right black & white filter with some added vignette for drama and voila! 1940’s. (I was also really digging the edgy hairstyles of the time period…can ya tell?!)

With my 2 photos prepped and ready to go, I sat down to write my essay questions…

Question 1: Tell us about yourself.

Growing up in Oregon where you were more likely to find tie dye toilet paper than a pair of rhinestone earrings, I would sit and dream from the comfort of my grandmother’s sofa about a time of sculpted hairdos, ravishing red lips and even sexier cars, all the while the sounds of the man in black and the king seduced me from the background.

From then on I knew what I wanted, and I was determined to never let a lack of funds keep me from living the glamourous life I craved.

Now I preach the gospel of an affordable pinup life, to show ladies everywhere that if you have the desire, determination and a dash of creativity, you too can be the pinup girl of your dreams!

Question 2: What is your favorite pinup or vintage inspiration?

The inspiration that has had the most impact on my pinup journey has been the work of the late Alberto Vargas. The way he depicted such darling sensuality struck such a cord in me that I used his painting of the blonde pinup in pink as the inspiration for my tattoo back piece.

Question 3: How would you represent Portland as Rose City Pinup Queen?

If selected as the Rose City Pinup Queen I would use every opportunity given to me to provide encouragement, support and promotion of this utterly wonderful and underrepresented culture that I know once introduced in a welcoming and non-intimidating fashion can provide ladies with increased self-confidence, poise and daring that is at the heart of each and every pinup.

After submitting, I made sure to post a few photos on my Instagram feed and get the word out to my Facebook friends. They were all super supportive and I am very pleased to say that I received 2nd place! I was shocked! This 2nd place win gave me the courage to set up my first pinup photo shoot and really try my hand at pinup modeling. Stay tuned for my next post to see inside my first pinup photo shoot!

Until next time, don’t be afraid to stretch yourself. You never know what exciting things await you!

-Penny la Pêche (The Pennywise Pinup)

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