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    April Cherry Doll

    April Cherry Doll

     Please Welcome My Cherry Doll For The Month of April - Miss Katie Kaleidoscope

     

    Vintage bombshell Miss Katie Kaleidoscope is a huge supporter of not only my business but many other Aussie small businesses. She embodies what Cherry La Blaze is all about and that is a love for all things vintage, supporting women and pinups in their own journeys and following your dreams. This is a way for me to give back to my amazing customers, so I hope you have a read and love getting to know my amazing customers as much as me!

     

    1. Who are you and what is your pinup persona?

     Katie Hall aka Miss Katie Kaleidoscope


     

    2. Where are you from?

    Melbourne

     

    3. What do you love about pinup?

    I've always loved old Hollywood glamour so pinup was a no brainer for me! I love the fashion (particularly 40s styles), the hair and how timeless the pinup look is. Pinup also gives me a chance to be use my creativity and allowed me to make lifelong friends with some sensational people.

     

     

    4. How did you find out about Cherry La Blaze Vintage and Rockabilly?

     

    Initially I knew about Cherry La Blaze the store from shopping online. Then I met THE fabulous Cherry La Blaze herself at Ballarat Beat in 2018 and have continued to be a customer and friend since.

     

    5. What is your favorite product that you have purchased from our store so far?

     

    Oooo tough question! I love vintage hair styling and have purchased some great hair tools and accessories from Cherry La Blaze. I also love the What Katie Did seamed stockings and look forward to splurging on some Charlie Stone goodies soon!

     

    6. What do you do for work?

     

    I'm an Event Coordinator at Festival Hall in Melbourne.

     

    7. What/who inspires you and your personal style?

     

    I've always loved the glamour of the 1940s and Hollywood legends such as Jane Russell. There's no denying I take some of my styling inspo (particularly my hair) from modern glamour icon  Dita Von Teese but I also have a love of punk/rock and the grungy pin-up styling of the late Amy Winehouse.

     

    8. Sweet or savory?

     

    Definitely savory. Hot chips for life!

     

    9. Favorite quote/advice and why

     

    "The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humour and style and generosity and kindness."– Maya Angelou

     

    I think this quote resonates with me as we all have the power to be kinder to one another. Be a beacon of positivity for yourself and others by not engaging with toxicity. Something as simple as smiling at a stranger could brighten that persons whole day. We owe it to the world to be more peaceful and loving toward each other.

     

    10. Anything else you would love to share?

     

    To anyone thinking of becoming more involved in the pinup scene, definitely do! It is a fun, inclusive and fashionable community of like-minded people. In Victoria we have a pinup social group called the Vic Vixens. If you'd like to learn more, feel free to add yourself to the group and stay up to date with everything pinup!

     

     

    Thank you so much Miss Katie Kaleidoscope!

    It was so fun getting to know you more and I hope you enjoy being my April Cherry Doll!

     

    XX Miss Cherry La Blaze

    DRESSLILY COLLABORATION

    DRESSLILY COLLABORATION

    I was recently contacted by Dresslily to not only try some of their super cute 50's inspired dresses but to also do a live review on their Face Book page!

    I jumped at the opportunity straight away because they really do have some adorable vintage inspired items that won't break your budget and because I love trying new things and going live is something I have never done.

    So after a few issues with my kiddies and some technical updates we are now set for the live review later this week. I will be announcing the day and time in the next couple of days so stay tuned and make sure you are following the Dresslily Face Book page below.

    https://www.facebook.com/Dresslily/

    I was lucky enough to receive four different vintage inspired dresses, one being classic 50's, rockabilly/diner style, tiki and a floral piece for the cooler months. I wanted to show the wide variety of styles that are available from Dresslily. I have to admit I do have a favourite! Which is the Retro Gingham Bow Knot Flare Dress pictured below which screams classic 50's housewife. However all in all I do love every one of them for different reasons which I will go into more depth in the live review.

    If you are a pinup on a budget and you are looking for some vintage inspired dresses then I recommend giving this brand a go. I was really happy with all of the dresses I received, they were all stretchy and super comfy and would love to try some of their themed dresses too.

    Miss Cherry La Blaze wearing Dresslily, image by Brookleigh Photography.

     

    Miss Cherry La Blaze wearing Dresslily, image by Brookleigh Photography.

     

    Miss Cherry La Blaze wearing Dresslily, image by Brookleigh Photography,

     

    Miss Cherry La Blaze wearing Dresslily, image by Brookleigh Photography.

     

    I hope you can all tune in and see me live on the Dresslily Face Book page later this week!

    XX Miss Cherry La Blaze

     

     

    March Cherry Doll!

    March Cherry Doll!

    Please welcome my very first Cherry Doll for the month of March - Miss Vintage Orchid!

    This lovely lady is not only a VIP customer but a beautiful soul inside and out. I feel so proud to be a part of her pinup journey and I can't wait for you all to learn more about her. Miss Vintage Orchid is a huge supporter of not only my business but many other Aussie small businesses. She embodies what Cherry La Blaze is all about and that is a love for all things 50's, positivity, self love, body confidence, supporting women and pinups in their own journeys and following your dreams. This is a way for me to give back to my amazing customers, so I hope you have a read and love it as much as me.

    Miss Vintage Orchid wearing Hearts and Roses skirt purchased from Cherry La Blaze!

     

    Interview -

    1. Who are you and what is your pinup persona?

    Sheereen (Reenie) / Miss Vintage Orchid (The bubbly pinup) 😄🌺


    2. Where are you from?

    Singapore 🇸🇬 hence the Pinup name - The Orchid is the national flower of Singapore 😊


    3. What do you love about pinup?

    The positive love & respect for the female beauty. I love the fact that it promotes positive body image for ladies of any size & shape and diversity. It encourages and promotes self-love & acceptance for one's self & most importantly the confidence within 🌟


    4. How did you find out about Cherry La Blaze Vintage and Rockabilly?

    When I first started Pinup in August 2018 I went into it full force - go hard or go home right? Thank god for Afterpay! 🙊 Lol I googled for stores that I can start up my Pinup wardrobe from and your beautiful store came up as a recommendation. I bought a few of my first ever Pinup outfits & accessories from you then and I've been coming back often since 😄💜


    5. What is your favorite product that you have purchased from our store so far?

    Hard to pick! I love them all! If I have to pick just the one it'll have to be the Banned Red heart basket handbag - I've worn that bag a lot ♥️


    6. What do you do for work?

    I'm a freelance makeup artist (although I'm not doing that much now because I'm so busy with Pinup 😆). I mainly work full time as a Motor Claims Case manager for a large insurance company doing the 9 to 5 🚗  Love the fact that I can still dress Pinup into work every day! 😄


    7. What/who inspires you and your personal style?

    Amanda - Modern "June" Cleaver & my Pinup bestie Miss Mon Mon ♥️ I love the quirky bright retro colours that Amanda brings into her style & I love the way Mon picks & wears true vintage so beautifully - she has great taste in stuff lol ♥️


    8. Sweet or savory?

    Hmmmm... some days sweet but most days savoury. Can I say both?? Hehe 😬


    9. Favorite quote/advice and why.

    I love positive quotes and words of inspiration as I use them daily as affirmations. I do a lot of #quoteoftheday posts on my Instagram profile under my photos. It's hard to choose but if I have to pick one it'll have to be, "Have Courage and be kind" by one of my favourite Disney movies - Cinderella 👑 

    The quote has great meaning and no it isn't just some corny quote from a kid's movie lol Here's why - Kindness helps you to love and appreciate others, even when they don't act in a way that deserves kindness back. Courage helps you live with integrity at all times - Integrity is very important to me. We need to have both of these in our lives and often times we need them both at the same time. It can sometimes take courage to treat someone kindly especially when that someone hurts you.  It will also take great courage to know when to walk away from situations or people that are negative and bad for you. And of course it will take lots of kindness to forgive and walk away without hate. From there courage comes back into the mix to help one to continue moving forward - onward and upwards ♥️ 


    10. Anything else you would love to share?

    Yes - I'd like to firstly thank you Miss Cherry La Blaze for inviting me to do this as the first ever Cherry Doll to be interviewed. It's such an honour to be participating in this. I'm very lucky to be involved in a great community that is super supportive - a place that allows us to do fun things like this and to grow and develop to be the best Pinup we can be. I've learnt so much since starting my journey and I've come so far since then. My sincerest thanks to everyone who have showed me support and taught me well. You've all played a very important part in my journey and I will forever be grateful to all of you. With that - "A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."—Yoko Ono 💗

     

     

     

    Miss Vintage Orchid looking amazing with her Banned Wicker Heart Bag purchased from Cherry La Blaze!

     

     

     

    Thank you so much Miss Vintage Orchid! It was so fun getting to know you more and I hope you enjoy being my March Cherry Doll!

     

    XX Miss Cherry La Blaze

    Grace Karin Review Part 1

    Grace Karin Review Part 1

    To start off the new year with product reviews is super fun and exciting for two reasons!

    1. I love trying new products, sharing and promoting brands.

    2. I will take any opportunity I can to create more beautiful pinup photos.

    I was recently asked to review a couple of items from Grace Karin. Being Amazon's best selling vintage reproduction store and knowing the brand of course I was more than happy to be involved. Founded in 2008 the team pride themselves on creating high quality affordable garments for every occasion. From bridal to vintage they have every style and body shape covered.

    https://www.gracekarin.com/collections/new-arrivals

    So I got my wiggle on in the Sexy Mermaid Wiggle Dress which is something a little different for me but still has a vintage/pinup vibe. This little number retails for $28.06 and I ordered a size small, however a size extra small would have fit me better but unfortunately this dress was not available in this size. This is not reflected on the brand but rather my body type, I do have small hips and legs and find it hard to get a true wiggle in any brand. Despite the fit the dress is super comfortable and the fabric felt very nice against my skin which was a mix of

    * Fabric:95%Polyester+5%Spandex. 

    The off the shoulder was a nice detail and the fact that it was plain allowed me to accessorize however I pleased. I simply added a brooch and along with the flower crown it gave me a simple yet polished look that would be amazing for Spring Racing. This dress would also look amazing with a necklace and a bangle stack also being black any colour accessories would look fab.

    This style is also super versatile and could easily take you from work to evening with some simple accessory changes. This dress has an invisible zip up the back along with some buttons to keep the off the shoulder straps in place. There is no belt provided but you could add your own for that extra waist cinch.

    For a budget conscious pinup this brand is perfect for you and even for those pinups looking to fill their wardrobe with a heap of cute seasonal essentials. There are heaps of styles and prints to choose from so you will be sure to find something that tickles your fancy. Delivery took around 2 weeks and the team made it super easy to address any inquiries. For the price I was very happy with the quality and I'm looking forward to reviewing some more dresses in the coming weeks.

    What are you waiting for.....

    Shop with Grace Karin now!

    https://www.gracekarin.com/collections/new-arrivals

    Miss Cherry La Blaze wearing Grace Karin, brooch Erstwilder, sunglasses Catch That Thief, flower crown and image Brookleigh Photography.

     

     

     

     

    Ballarat Beat Pinup Competition 2019!

    Ballarat Beat Pinup Competition 2019!

    The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival only happens once a year and for that one weekend in February people from all over come together to celebrate all things 50's.

    Among the the music, market stalls, dancing and cars is the annual Ballarat Beat Pinup Compettion https://www.facebook.com/BallaratBeatPinupCompetition/

    Hosted by Lana-Rose Fashion stunning pinup girls and guys from all over the state and now the country can apply to take part in one of the biggest pinup competitions in Victoria and one of the biggest in Australia.

    https://www.facebook.com/LanaRoseFashion/

    Now this isn't just another pinup comp, but rather a community of passionate people promoting positivity, togetherness, friendship and a love of vintage and rockabilly. The team behind this event are remarkable from the get go and are there to support you the whole way. The preparations that go into organizing such a big show are mind boggling and really go on for the whole year leading up to the next one.

     

    The competition takes place on the Saturday of the festival at 2pm in the beautiful Mining Exchange Building on Lydiard Street. It always draws a huge crowd and the building fills up pretty quick so it's good to get there early to snag a seat or three!

    This is a family friendly event so bring the kids along, they love to see us all dressed up and there are photo opportunities too!

    There are 5 categories with 5 contestants in each and all perform a 3min routine with a minimum of 3 poses held for 5sec. You can choose your own music as long as it matches your category/theme.

    Categories

    - Glamourbilly { true vintage attire }

    - Rock-a-billy

    - Psycho-billy

    - Geek-a-billy

    - Couple-O-Billy

    Having such a wide range of categories allows pinup gals and guys to really express who they are and what they love about pinup. This year I was selected for Geek-a-billy which is not my usual style, but I had a fab idea that would represent everything I love about the 50's but would still fit the category requirements. For those of you that don't know the term Geek-a-billy is when pop culture and pinup collide. The inspiration comes from comics, movies, books and video games and it sure is a treat and fun to be a part of.

    This year I said to myself " I'm going all out with everything" and I really did. From my costume to my routine I really went above and beyond and I had so much fun with it. So one of my favorite movies is A League Of Their Own which is about an all American women's baseball league back in the 40's and 50's. I have always loved their uniforms and they all had that classic pinup hair and makeup plus it's a movie so perfect for Geek-a-billy. My only concern was the costume, I had ordered one online but once I received it I realized that it wasn't going to stand out enough. My brain started ticking over and I had a light bulb moment "latex"!

    I had been following an admiring the work of local latex designer The Polished Pinup for a while now, so I thought what better way to collaborate with her, promote her brand and have a stand out costume like no other. We quickly got working together to get it done in time and Eliza was just amazing and so talented. Check out her work below.

    https://www.facebook.com/misselizamay/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARBLb2abUBrpWXAD31BZ0h4UVNfdAEIjifC5gIXe0CJiavMH1MmVtkJ_f1bBWGmNrnwVT54N8Pifwm2d

     Everyone looked amazing and worked so hard and backstage was a buzzing room full of support and excitement. We all nailed our routines the best we could and encouraged each other and congratulated each other after our performances.

    Standing on stage with all of these talented individuals made me feel super proud. We were all happy for each other no matter the outcome because just to get up there in front of a room full of people is an achievement in itself.

    Drum roll please......

    The winner of the Ballarat Beat Pinup Competition is ME!!

    Miss Cherry La Blaze!

    I literally screamed with disbelief because not only did I win overall but I also won my category too!

    The amazing category winners are as follows

    Rockabilly Category: Miss Kandy Von Kisses
    Glamour-billy Category: Lucky Dip
    Psycho-billy Category: Becca Bam Bam
    Geek-a-billy Category: Cherry LaBlaze
    Couple-I-billies Category: The Schnapps Sisters, Ginger Schnapps & Brandy Schnapps.
    Social Media Price to : Pearl Del Rey
    Photographers choice: Tamara Hartley
    Best newcomer: Miss Emerald Emmerline

    A huge thank you to the wonderful judges Shelley Minson , Daisy Peach , Mark Sheard , Julia Zass and Helen Berting

    Of course this comp would not exist without Miss T and her team so from the bottom of my heart thank you so much! One of the main reasons I came back this year is because you are all so lovely, kind and supportive so keep it up!

    Last but not least a massive thank you to all of the sponsors. I was literally blown away with all of your generosity in the prize packs and I hope we see you all next year!

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2282353498720313&type=1&l=8e610e3d8d

    Final words from me please enter next year!

    If you have thinking about it for a while but haven't been able to for what ever reason please just give it a go! We will all be there to support and cheer you on and it really is such a fun experience. If you have any questions or if you need help with any ideas I'm always available too.

    XX Miss Cherry La Blaze