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

Haha a couple days! Took a bit longer than that, but I want to make sure I documented it all because it was that fantastic! Ok here goes….Official Day 1…

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 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

 

 

VLV20! Day 0: Tiki Time

You read that right. Yes, I am starting with day zero! Haha. 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.

This year we decided to go big and arrive 1 day prior to the events and depart a day after the festivities ended. I am SO glad we did! Every day was 100% worth it! Let’s jump right into Day 0. Can you tell we were excited? : P

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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!

First order of business was Frankie’s Tiki Room! One of the best spots for strong drinks, Frankie’s is known to get pretty packed when the rockabilly crowd comes to town. We made a point to stop there the night before hoping to avoid some of the crowd!IMG_5057

His amazing vintage shirt was $20 on Etsy, and my super comfy leopard dress was $17 on Amazon! Bangles were thrifted for around $2 a piece and hair flowers were $3 for a bunch at Jo-Ann Fabrics, simply attached with bobby pins. Skull earrings were gifted to me by my love a few years back. Check out our amazing souvenir mugs from the night!

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It really was too much fun! Met some great people and left so excited for the upcoming weekender!

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Check back in a couple of days to see what trouble we got ourselves into on Thursday! Hint: There were some Marilyn moments…

The weekend is just getting started 😉

-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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Vintage Trouble: Something about that sound!

A couple of weeks ago Tanner and I, along with his younger brother and his brother’s roommate went out on a Wednesday to go see my favorite live band of all time. Yup. They are fucking great.

It was Labor Day weekend around 2 or 3 years ago that a group of us went up to Seattle to attend Bumbershoot; a 3 day long music and arts festival located at the Seattle Center. When we went it was the cheapest festival around and a smokin’ deal!! As per my usual routine before a festival, I went ahead and did some research looking up every band that I had never heard of that was going to be playing there. How else do you expand your musical horizons?!

While listening to one particular band, I found myself wanting to get up and dance. They had this blues-y/rock thing going on that had me hooked! I took note of when they were going to be playing and moved on to the next artist on my list. Later that week we left on our mini-road trip up to Seattle.

Mid afternoon I pulled out my list and noticed that the “blues-y/rock-make-me-wanna dance” band was going to be playing soon. I quickly turned to the group and said that this was my one request for the trip and we needed to head to that stage NOW! They all hesitated for a second and threw out some “but I’ve never heard of them!… We could just go grab a beer… We could just go see [insert boring, popular, not that good band here]” I said I was fine if we all split up, but I WAS GOING TO SEE THIS BAND! Needless to say my determination swayed the group and everyone headed there with me ; )

Go ahead and click THIS link, then we can continue.

The lead singer Ty Taylor is reminiscent of Otis Redding, with the moves of James Brown and a contemporary vibe all his own. At our first concert he ripped is suit jacket he danced so hard! The man is a performer, hands down.

Guitarist Nalle Colt, (who may or may not remind me a tad of Viggo Mortensen, who may or may not have been a crush of mine when I was 15) is an incredible guitarist. (Tanner’s little brother and I we able to snag a photo with him at Bumbershoot later that night! Thanks dude, if you ever happen to come across this!)

Bassist Rick Barrio Dill’s style and groove is soooo good. My biggest pet peeve in most bands is when bassists stand like statues with an “F my life” look on their face. Not sure why that is? I know they are playing some mad riffs, but really? I want to see them having fun too! Dill brings it. Nuff said.

Drummer Richard Danielson is fantastic and as an added bonus a nice little old wild west eye candy too if you know what I mean. Tombstone anyone? ; ) Click on his name to checkout behind the scenes of his drum set-up!

All in all, this band is ridiculous. To check and see if they are  coming to a city near you, follow this link: Show Schedule

Happy listening!

-Pennywise