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    Ballarat Beat Pinup Competition

    Ballarat Beat Pinup Competition

    The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival is something that can't be missed!

    It runs for four days in February and combines the best entertainment available including international artists with a 1950's street party, smack bang in the middle of Ballarat.

    Lydiard Street becomes the center of a rockabilly festival like no other. Hot Rods, Fashion, Glamour, Music, Dancing, great food and beverage stalls come together from all over Australia to celebrate everything 1950's.

    So you can imagine that the Pinup Competition hosted by Lana Rose Fashion is held in high regard.

    I had been thinking about entering for a while and I finally decided to do it and I'm so glad I did. Not only did I make so many more new friends I had an absolute ball before, during and after. It was also a great opportunity for me to promote my business, by having the opportunity to be a prize sponsor of the competition was a great honor and a great way to get involved and to be a part of something. I'm not going to lie it was hard work, there were meet and greets, heaps of info to remember, promotional stuff to do, raffle tickets to sell and a 3min routine to come up with. But it really was such an achievement and all the organizers and everyone involved were there to help us and guide us through the whole thing.

    For me preparation was key as I have three kids, so the weeks leading up to the comp I was in my Rockabilly/Bettie Boop character and I think that really helped me be confident on stage as the poses and routine became second nature.

    This year the competition was held on Saturday the 10th at 2pm in the Mining Exchange Building. Backstage was a room full of eye lashes, lipsticks, petticoats and nerves  but we were all there for each other. Whether it was a little chit chat, a stocking fix or a last minute hug there was a real sense of togetherness.

    There were five categories Rockabilly, Glamourbilly, Geekabilly, Physchobilly and Automic Couples. I was in Rockabilly and we were first up on stage, which I was completely happy with getting it done so I could then relax. It all happens quite fast and once you are up there you don't have time to worry about anything, you just have to put on a good show. There was a panel of five judges watching your every move, I remember telling myself "look at the judges and smile".

    Everyone did such an amazing job and everyone was so nice and we all cheered each other on, in the end we didn't care who won. But there does have to be a winner and the show unfortunately does have to end. So once everyone had done their routine we were all called to the stage and all the prizes and titles were announced.

    Something new to this year was the Nicola-Zoe Fundraiser Raffle. We all sold raffle tickets to raise funds for Head Space an organization that supports mental health which is such an amazing cause that touches everyone in some way. Whoever sold the most tickets took home a fabulous assortment of prizes and that went to the fabulous Miss Dixie Emerald. There was also a Social Media prize for the pinup that posted and promoted the event the most and that went to delightful Miss Lu Lu Lipstick.

    We then got onto the title winners, so there was a winner for each category and then an overall winner. Starting with Rockabilly, there was a pause then.... "Miss Cherry La Blaze" I actually froze for a second then realized it was me! I was so excited and bursting with happiness as this was my first ever pinup comp, I couldn't wait to see my husband and kids and give them a hug. Glamourbilly went to sweet Miss Bambi Lamour, Geekabilly went to daring Miss Juniper Peach, Physchobilly went to crazy Miss Cherie Blossom Boom Baby, Automic Couples went to  the hilarious duo The Twinups and the overall title of Miss Ballarat Beat 2018 went to.... drum roll  the beautiful Miss Daisy Peaches.

    A huge congratulations to everyone! It was such an epic show and I heard it was the best yet! So we should all be proud of ourselves for having a go and having so much fun together. Also a massive thank you to Lana Rose Fashion for running the event, all the other organizers, sponsors, judges and Brett Allen Photography for catching all of the amazing images.

    I can't wait until next year!!!!

    XX Miss Cherry La Blaze

    Miss Rockabilly Ballarat Beat 2018




    Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival Pinup Competition!

    Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival Pinup Competition!

    If you haven't heard of the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival then you don't know what your missing!

    This is a four day event that begins on Thursday the 8th of February and goes until Sunday the 11th for 2018! This is an event like no other so if you haven't made the trip yet then 2018 is the year. The heart of Ballarat will be buzzing and dancing to the sounds of rockabilly music from local bands and special guest, international musician Lance Lipinksy!

    As well as incredible music there will be market stalls to satisfy your vintage/rockabilly needs, dancing, cars, a Tiki bar, fashion parades and the much loved Ballarat Beat Pinup Competition hosted by local small business Lana-Rose Fashion.

    I will be making my debut on stage in the pinup comp in the Rockabilly section and I can't express how excited I am. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time and I feel very privileged to be part of such an amazing event with so many other like minded individuals. So come and cheer us all on Saturday 10th at 2pm in the Mining Exchange Building.

    Also a massive thank you to all the sponsors of this great event because it wouldn't exist without you.

    Exclusive Cherry La Blaze Pin range!

    Exclusive Cherry La Blaze Pin range!

    If you haven't jumped aboard the pin/brooch train now is the time!

    People all over the world are going mad for brooches and pins. So why not start your collection with one from our exclusive range. Choose from The Vintage washing Machine or The I Miss My EK Pin. Two different styles but both reflecting my love for all things vintage and rockabilly. Also with Christmas coming up the perfect gift for any 1950's enthusiast. This is just the beginning so keep an eye out for some new designs that will be hitting the shelves very soon!

    High Tea With A Famous Pinup!

    High Tea With A Famous Pinup!

    I never thought I would ever get the chance to meet one of my famous pinup idols, so when I heard that Miss Victory Violet had added another class to her Australia tour I was ready and purchased one as soon as they were released. I didn't know what to expect as I have never met anyone famous, but I was honestly blown away. Not only was the event fun, delicious and a great learning experience but Ella AKA Miss Victory Violet was so nice, funny and down to earth.

    We started with a tutorial on Classic modern pinup makeup, which covered foundation, eye shadow, blush, eyeliner and lippy. We got to see the tricks and write down the tips from this very talented doll. What was great to know was that we didn't have to use the most expensive products, you can achieve an amazing look with the right technique.

    We were then treated to a Vintage hair tutorial. From victory rolls, setting a curl to the brush out, we got to see it all and take photos. I was especially interested in the brush out as I always have trouble with mine and it was great to know that Ella's hair is not always perfect and sometimes hers doesn't work out either. Her kind words and her genuine nature I think made us all feel so comfortable and positive about ourselves.

    Did I mention this all took place at Ma'mor Chocolates! An absolutely divine location and delicious too. Indulge was the key word and that we did. From French champagne to gourmet filled pastries it's safe to say that we all left fully satisfied, it was a High Tea like no other.

    If she ever graces our country again I will definitely be buying another ticket and hopefully I will get the chance to have her cut and style my hair. Plus Ella loves doing Boomerangs, she actually did them with all of us and had photos with us too!

    Something I will remember forever! 


    Cherry News Issue #5

    Cherry News Issue #5

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