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I’m back! I thought I’d dive back into my blogging with a little story … so you can get to know the person behind the pinup a little better!
So rewind some years… quite a few actually … to 20 year old me. On this night, I am starting my first shift as a bikini cage dancer at the Auckland institution of bland sleaze … Showgirls. I am escorted through the smoke machine fog, flashing lights, mirrors and poles to “Backstage”. In my head, I picture something like this…

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I am not prepared for the tiny, fluorescent lit space, where battered utilitarian lockers cover 2 of the walls, and one wide mirror with a bench below is shared by a horde of mostly naked women competing for space. I’m boggled by the boobs, the tans, the long and perfectly straight hair and what seems to be the dress code – teeny tiny bits of glittery lycra. My new “sexy” bikini and lingerie set suddenly seem woefully inadequate, and comprised of much too much fabric.

I am not quite sure where to stand without gawping, or getting in the way. Some kind soul takes pity on my obvious virginal status and asks what I have brought along to wear. Seeing my offerings, she directs me to a breathtakingly exotic beauty, who it seems brings bikinis back from her native Brazil to sell to other dancers. Fishing all manner of tiny slips of nothing out of one of the lockers, she tosses me something tiny and red. I am not quite sure which is the front and which is the back of the bottoms bit. Seeing my hesitation, Brazilian Beauty assists me. First, I remove my knickers.

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Which is when I realise… one of these things is not like the other. Oh god. In my sensory overload, how can I have missed that not one of these women have one iota of a lady garden?? For the first time in my life, I am mortified by my own pubic hair. I am not a very hairy person, I have never really given much consideration to landscaping the region. Brazilian Beauty eyes my now exposed bush with horror… “So… natural!!”. Natural… oh god… that’s bad, right? Because I am, at this point, all natural. No fake tan, hair extensions, fake nails, boobs and my terrible embarrassing… bush. Brazilian Beauty puts the bottoms on me. In case you ever need to wear a bikini bottom like this, here is the trick. Tie the sides and then pull the small amount of fabric at the back RIGHT UP YOUR BUM CRACK. Then you can pull it back out a little, so it looks like it’s hiding in your bum. Perfect. The matching top to this set is pretty much 2 tiny nipple sized fabric attached with bits of string.

The next day after my night of bush shaming… I book my very first Brazilian wax. At some walk up Asian beauty salon off Queen St. I am terribly eager to rid myself of my lady shame. I am willing to part with cash dollars for a stranger to inflict painful torture on my nether regions. A young and attractive Asian woman directs me to a room and a wobbly massage table and happily instructs me to take off everything from the waist down and put my knees up and apart. The room looks like a old office cubicle. I start to wonder if this was something I should have been a bit less budget conscious about. Too late now.

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Young Woman looks under the towel I have draped across my exposed parts and makes a noise. It’s not a good noise. It’s somewhere between a grunt and an exclamation. It is definitely not a noise you want to hear when someone is inspecting your lady garden. She leaves the room. I can not deny I am Worried. She returns with an Older Woman. Who proceeds to also look under my towel and begin pointing and speaking animatedly in a language that is Not English. Then the two of them start yabbering away. I am Definitely Concerned now. Young Woman smiles. Older Woman exits. Wax preparations ensue. Possibly my memory has embellished the moment… but I am certain she almost looks gleeful as she applies hot wax and announces “ONE, TWO, TREEEE!” …

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And so began 10 years of assault on my poor under valued lady garden. Shaving, plucking, waxing … ingrown hairs and itching. Putting concealer on MY DOWN THERE to hide its suffering and render it fit for wearing teeny tiny things I thought of as underpants. A few years back, I’d had enough. I asked myself WHY??? This was not even something I had questioned during my earlier hippy phase, when I used damp rocks as deodorant and didn’t eat anything that didn’t grow on a tree or have dirt on it.

Why indeed? So I reclaimed my lady garden. And I’ve never felt more comfortable. Unrelated, but around the same time, I began wearing pinup and vintage style “full time”, and discovered the bliss of big nana knickers. But that folks, is another post 🙂
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So whether you embrace a full Brazilian and love it (or a Californian, or a Texan) or enjoy having a homage to Linda Lovelace… you own it baby! Whether your carpet matches your curtains, or you prefer a bare floor. Loving yourself means loving ALL of yourself, and that includes your beautiful lady parts ♥

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Love, Lorelei Louise xx

Live and lovely in NZ… The Cherry Dollface!

I was trying to explain Cherry Dollface to my husband, who was looking a bit blank at my epic excitement that she was not only coming to New Zealand for the first time… but that I was booked in for hair and makeup followed by a photoshoot AND one of Cherry’s famous workshops! It’s like hanging out with Richie McCaw and having him give you some pointers, is about as close as I got. The opportunity to meet someone who inspires you, and also have the opportunity to learn from them is pretty special!

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Cherry’s visit here to the Land of the Long White Cloud came at the tail end of another action packed 3 week world tour, where she visited countries from Ireland to Australia! She is truly one very hard working lady, I admire that. Bombshell Clothing in Cambridge sponsored her trip across the ditch, much to the (literally) squealing delight of NZ fans! So Cherry based her operations in Hamilton, at the Classics Museum and Jukebox Diner (managed by Miss Pinup NZ, Miss Bettie Rage) for two busy days…

Ladies could book in for hair and makeup by Cherry, followed by a photoshoot with Katherine from The Undefined Photography on the first day. The second afternoon was set aside for personal hour long bookings with Cherry, followed by a 3 hour group workshop in the evening!

Knowing this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, I booked in with with Cherry for both the hair and makeup and photoshoot and the group workshop. I’m so glad I did!

Here are some behind the scenes shots from Day 1…

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Day 2, I was one of 10 or so lucky ladies who attended Cherry’s hair and makeup workshop. This was so much fun, and I learned so much! The first half of the class Cherry demonstrated a basic pinup makeup, and a 50s style brushed out set with front swoop from pin curls on model Miss Victory Violet.

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I love how Cherry teaches makeup to be something to enhance and make us look our best selves, rather than being a mask to look like someone else 🙂11055398_959860677390821_7497120405087526715_oThe second half of the workshop, Cherry showed us how to do Victory rolls from a pin curl set on model Miss Monique Sweet.

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If you haven’t already, go check out Cherry’s videos on pinup hair, makeup, fashion and more on her YouTube channel here!

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And here are a few tips I took note of from Cherry’s class:

Makeup

  • Eyebrows – Use a pomade, apply with eyebrow brush, draw a darker line at bottom to add depth
  • Eyeliner – Draw line at top of where finished line should end then fill in back to the eyelash line
  • Eyeshadow/liner – always use a primer!
  • Set with translucent powder – but not HD if for a photoshoot as will reflect light!

Hair

  • Using tongs – curl from middle of hair instead of from the end – more curl and less damage to ends
  • When taking out curls, twist forward
  • Use a lower hold working hairspray to mold styles and tame flyaways, only set the finished style with a finishing spray
  • Set a wax or pomade with hairspray
  • Anchor bobby pins into the hair part when doing rolls
  • Use a teasing spray at roots to enhance height and staying power

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Thanks to Shelley Rex, Monique McClennan, Briar Engel and Danya Pavlovich for the photos!

Lorelei Louise xx

Advice to my teenage self…

I don’t know about you, but I do most of my best (or maybe just the most?!) thinking in the car… and occasionally when I’m lying in bed at night and can’t sleep! And I’m constantly thinking about random things I’d like to write about, so why not, here’s a post that keeps popping up!

I drive past the local highschool on the way to pick my 5 year old daughter up from school.
I think about how I felt at that age… over a decade ago! That being said, I’m still a spring chicken. At only 31, if life treats me kindly, I still have two thirds of my life ahead of me!

My own highschool experience wasn’t that great. It was pretty much a matter of getting through it, so I could get the heck out of Dodge.. or the small town I spend my teenage years in anyway. I was the kid who hid in the library at lunch, and then in the last years, I just didn’t care … I had a car, and a few friends outside of the highschool microcosm. Highschool was a means to an end. I wish I knew some of the things I knew now…

Just for fun, here’s me at 17-18…
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  • This too, shall pass. Highschool is a blip on the radar. The best is yet to come.
  • Just because you can squeeze into it, doesn’t mean it looks good! Really – less, is not more
  • Low rise jeans and strapless anythings are just not flattering on your body… NO exceptions
  • Listen to your mother. She doesn’t not understand, she just pretends to because she loves you and doesn’t want you to make mistakes you might regret.
  • You will always be your Daddy’s little girl… try and see it from his point of view!
  • Travel! Forget being responsible, just do it. Life goes by fast, and seeing the world will only make your life richer.
  • Embark on a career in something you could love, not just something you think you are good at
  • Sunscreen is your friend. And shade. Laying out in the sun will just give you more freckles, and wrinkles
  • Embrace your differences, being like everyone else is BORING
  • Depression is a thing. It’s not normal, or just life, to feel sad all the time
  • Love your boobs. Enjoy your boobs. Hell, photograph them and frame the memory. Because post child, those perfect pert bosoms you longed to be larger will be but a distant memory…
  • You are not fat. You are beautiful! I promise!

What would you tell your teenage self now? I’d love to hear your comments! And please please, pictures of your teenage selves!!

Lorelei xx

To Miss Pinup NZ 2015, and beyond!

Well 8 days from now I will be standing on the stage at the Very Vintage Day Out, vying the the title of Miss Pinup NZ with 9 other lovely ladies!10346362_769226946494142_5164684042388143440_n I think I can safely speak for all of us in saying that this close to the big day, there is plenty of practice going on! There are some nerves, perhaps a niggle of self doubt, but also confidence and loads of excitement and anticipation! Maybe some last minute prop making, final outfit fittings and details. Packing, more practising, some promotion! There is much preparation that goes on in the many months beforehand! I know everyone has worked very hard and it’s and honour to think I will be standing up next to such diverse and deserving ladies. And I am very much looking forward to all of the events over the Very Vintage Weekend, as well as the pageant itself of course! rosietheriveter_youcandoit I attended the very first Very Vintage Day Out in 2012. I had been super excited about this event, as I hadn’t been to anything like it before! However only the week before the event, my partner passed away suddenly. I did decide to go anyway, as I thought it might lift my spirits if such a thing was possible, and I had my ticket already. If anything, I thought this was as good a thing to do with myself as any, being at a complete loss as how to fill in days of the devastating reality of being conscience… I held myself together pretty well and it was a good distraction. I did my very first vintage hair tutorial and became very inspired to try new things at home! In the years since, I have become much more involved in the vintage lifestyle scene, and really discovered a whole new world of like minded people. I’ve experimented with new hair colours (pink, purple, blue, red, platinum blonde!), skirt styles (hello swing skirt and petticoats!) and really played with my love of colour, fashion and vintage. I’ve learned how to do vintage hair and makeup. I’ve developed so much self confidence. I’ve had plenty of rough times, and came out the other side more self aware, and with wisdom to share. Entering Miss Pinup this year feels like the culmination of some years of personal change, self discovery and conquering of demons and at the same time a milestone that marks a fresh start. Becoming Miss Pinup NZ, and a role model for something I feel so passionately about would be a dream come true. I feel I would have something unique to offer – a practical and relatable approach to being a pinup. That you don’t have to have a huge budget, or loads of time, have a certain figure, be a certain age to be a strong and confident woman who can look and feel a little bit glamorous every day! That life can get you down, but there are so many ways to pick yourself back up again. I love sharing with others things I have learned on my own journey, and it would be a wonderful opportunity. But regardless of the outcome of this competition, I will walk away with a huge life experience, new skills I’ve challenged myself to learn and the knowledge that I can do something like this! This year I am making the leap to follow my passions – to focus on writing and my blog, to pursue more pinup modelling, to speak out about issues that are close to my heart and to develop my creative side.. and hopefully begin a new career path that combines all of my loves together! If you haven’t yet voted for your favourite finalist – make it count and click on the link below! Take me to voting!  I feel so lucky to be part of such a supportive community, and to have some amazing friends who have been my cheerleaders and offered their practical help from day one! You know who you are 🙂

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After the competition, I have some exciting things coming up here on my blog! I am following my passion for design and colour and starting studies in interior design, so I will be beginning regular features on home style and more DIY projects. AND just a teaser, I have a very very exciting giveaway to announce soon! I hope to see many of you next Saturday! Until then, Miss Lorelei Louise xx

Loving the skin you are in

A bit of Friday feel good fluff for ya. Maybe just one of those slightly rambling, get stuff off my chest kind of posts. Why not, I’m in one of those give no fucks kind of places, and why have a blog if you can’t use it to share what’s on your mind 🙂

Body confidence, loving the skin you’re in, whichever catch phrase you like… I really do believe strongly in the idea behind it. Or should I say ideal. Because let’s face it, sometimes it can be bloody hard. So many factors fight against us in our self image! Our modern westernised paradigm  of what an attractive and healthy woman should look like, firmly reinforced by media, advertising, and so many other subtle ways that we scarcely give a second thought to. In the last few decades, for the first time in history, society’s ideal body shape can not be attained through simply diet and genetics alone. Exercise and some version of strength training are needed to achieve that lean toned physique.

Slowly, ideas do seem to be changing. Real women, on the more “extreme” side of what is viewed as “normal” are challenging the wider public to alter their perception of beauty. The Vintage Doll, a pinup loving lady I greatly admire, doesn’t fit even the supposedly more body accepting pinup world definition of pinup. And she gets plenty of haters along with her legions of followers. Why? Because she is tiny. Naturally. And she is embracing her natural body and rockin’ a pinup look and looking fabulous doing it! Not all thin women starve themselves, why can’t we accept ALL natural body types, without slamming the smaller or larger? Of course, there is the fabulous Tess Holliday, who at a size 22 (which seems to be reported more in media than any other more interesting detail), has become a spokeswoman for a movement challenging traditional beauty ideals, the #effyourbeautystandards campaign, as well as a successful fashion model. Yet despite her beauty and success, many hiding behind the anonymity of the internet deem themselves worthy of making judgements on her health, and worthiness as a role model, saying she is encouraging obesity and ill health. This is the sort of thing that really gets my fire going! The only thing Tess, and the Vintage Doll, and so many other beautiful women out there are encouraging is LOVING YOURSELF JUST AS YOU ARE. Fat, thin, in between, you are beautiful.

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Emily – The Vintage Doll

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Tess Holliday

Today, one of my friends posted a picture on social media, of a younger and slightly slimmer version of herself, in the spirit of inspiring herself to once again become that woman. And that made me think. How often do I do the same? Why do I look at women like Tess and think wow she’s beautiful… then hold myself up to different standards? Because once upon a time, I looked a certain way, means I CAN look that way, therefore I should, right? Hmm, wait. Why am I so hard on myself, when I admire beauty and bodies in others of so many diverse shapes and sizes?

Here is me, at age 25 (6 years ago). Pre-baby, pre many life experiences. Size 8, around 55kg. I had abs. My hip bones and ribs were just visible (I judged myself on how protruding my bones were). My boobs were perky. I thought I was fat, and constantly analysed every last little part of myself… and never saw the big picture.
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It wasn’t overnight, but I started to appreciate my body for the job it was doing, and the precious vessel it was carrying. I loved my big boobs and growing tummy, as I loved the daughter I was growing. After I gave birth, I looked at myself in the shower and was horrified! I still looked 6 months pregnant!  Fast forward a few months and being overwhelmed with new motherhood overshadowed the issues I had with my newly slightly squishy body. After a year, thank to genetics and breastfeeding, I was back to my pre-baby figure. Different, but still me.

My daughter is now 5. For several years after her birth, I maintained a very healthy and stable weight, with little effort. I felt invincible. The saggy boobs, wrinkles and bags under the eyes that came with motherhood could all be disguised. Then life hit me in the ass. I turned 30. I had a serious back injury which greatly limited physical activity for over a year. My depression, which I’ve struggled with since I hit my teens, reared it’s ugly head.

Suddenly it seemed, I was “putting on weight””. And it didn’t just fall off when I took notice and stopped eating a huge bowl of ice cream and 3 beers and a piece of butter toast after dinner like I was used to! It stuck. I had to buy a whole new wardrobe. I struggled with my self image. I looked at what I used to look like, and beat myself up inside.

It was when I became more involved with the vintage, pinup, and rockabilly scene I started to see myself in a new light. The vintage styles I admired and only wore some of the time, even though I had been collected vintage since I was a teen, looked amazing on more curvier figures! Slowly, I have been re-examining both how I feel about myself, and how I view other women.

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Me now!

 

For a start, my “ideal” has shifted. I hope that this will become a cultural change! Instead of a thin, bare bones woman, I strive to be A WOMAN. A shifting weight, curves are awesome, but if you don’t have them that’s awesome too, possibly saggy boobs, maybe cellulite, beautiful smile kinda person. And I think that some padding, if you have it, is womanly and beautiful.

So PLEASE, go look at yourself in a mirror and give yourself a wink… and have that  dessert and a glass of wine!

Miss Lorelei Louise xx

 

 

She’s Dynamite! Q & A with our own Queen of Country, Tami Neilson

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Singer, songwriter, musician, wife, mother, even a Glory Days covergirl… Tami Neilson is one talented lady with a few strings to her bow!

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There can’t be many of you out there that aren’t yet familiar with this Canadian – who now calls NZ home, along with her Kiwi husband and two children, but just in case, here’s a bit of bio from Tami’s website:

“With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has been described as “A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” (-Nick Bollinger, NZ National Radio)
Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past three albums.

Now, in 2014, Tami has been awarded the APRA Silver Scroll, New Zealand’s most prestigious music award for excellence in songwriting, for her song “Walk (Back to Your Arms)”. Tami was also awarded the “Best Female Artist” at the National Country Music Awards and APRA’s “Best Country Song” at the NZ Country Music Awards. The release of her explosive new album “Dynamite!” has been receiving rave reviews, including 5 Stars in the NZ Herald, claiming “This world-class album is a major statement from an artist at the top of her lyrical and vocal game.”, while National Radio NZ states “I don’t reckon there’ll be a better country album released this year.”

Charting #1 on the NZ Music Charts, Independent Music NZ Charts and iTunes Country Charts, the album is well on it’s way to proving them right!

While already having made a solid name for herself here in NZ, Tami’s latest album “Dynamite” and her musical talent are making reviewers jaws drop all over the world. You can check out her banging new video for third single off the album and the title track “Dynamite” below – featuring Anika Moa, Miss Victory Violet and Ria Hall. I love the Tarantino-esque vibe and the never mess with a woman attitude!

One of the things that makes such a fan of Tami’s is her incredible live performances. If you haven’t been along to one of her gigs before, DO IT! The first time I saw her live (very  pregnant, rocking a wiggle dress like nobody’s business!), I was blown away. I had to buy and listen to her album and have been hooked since! Always a huge fan of old school country legends like Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton, I felt like I was really listening to something extraordinary. Tami plays with some of NZ’s best musicians, it’s always a show not to be missed! The originals sound as polished as on the albums, and if you’re lucky you might hear Tami play a cover from one of the legends she invokes, which will send tingles up your spine….

For a lady of such formidable talent, you couldn’t have anyone further away from being a diva! On stage, Tami’s easy going manner and infectious laugh make you really LIKE her, and in person she is just as lovely and friendly, always taking time after her shows to chat, sign albums and pose for photos. In fact, after one show I approached Tami, somewhat sheepishly, with an unusual request. You see, my four year old daughter loves Tami’s music, and seeing as she couldn’t attend the concert (past her bedtime)… she asked me to bring Barbie in her stead. Dressed especially for the show, of course. Tami didn’t bat an eyelid when I pulled Barbie out of my purse, she just laughed and posed for the photo 🙂 And my daughter was thrilled!

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Last year, Miss Tami was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions for me!
With wedding chaos now over, I can get back into my blogging and am excited to share her answers with you…

Who are your biggest inspirations?
My family.

Choose three words you think best describe yourself!
It changes on a daily basis, but, today it’s: Mother. Happy. Tired!

 What book are you currently reading?
 I used to be a 1-2 books a week kinda gal (Ah, so THAT’S what I did with my time before having kid…!). Now I’m lucky to get through one every couple months! I just started “Shoot the Moon” by Billie Letts, after having heard of her passing. I’ve read all of her other books and it saddens me that there will be no more. I love her quirky humour mixed with dark and disturbing situations. Her characters are so memorable and great. (Her son, Tracy Letts, the playwright of “August: Osage County”, definitely carries on her talent!)

 Favourite piece in your wardrobe!
Too hard to choose just one- I am a dress kinda gal, so, you’ll find me wearing one- either from Rita Sue, De Vol Clothing, Pin Up Girl Clothing or, most recently, a custom dress made for me by Devel Men & Women!

What comes into your mind when you picture “happiness”?
My babies laughing.

You juggle your successful music career, which involves plenty of touring, with being a mum of two! Do you have any tips for other multi-tasking mamas for how to make things work?
The secret to making this hectic lifestyle work is the support of an amazing husband, who jumps in and takes over the solo-parenting role and always encourages me to pursue my music. Also, lots of organizing well in advance!

 Is there any one song you enjoy performing most?
I think the sad ones are my favourite! I always love singing “She’s Got You” by Patsy Cline.

What’s your favourite way to relax in your spare time?
Spare time?? Haha. Um…snuggling up to watch a movie with my hubby, reading a book uninterrupted, or a real treat these days- a massage or a pedicure!

If you had to pick your top 5 albums (or artists) of all time, what (or who) would they be?
Damn, another tough one…
Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Mavis Staples, Louis Armstrong, Loretta Lynn

What upcoming plans and projects can we look forward to seeing in the future?
I’m currently writing new material for my next album, being recorded in April 2015!

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Awesome, thanks so much to Tami! I’ll be looking forward hugely to hearing what she has up her sleeve for her new album!

If you want to get along and see this talented and inspirational lady perform next, check out her latest schedule here… I know I can’t wait for the Auckland show at the Tuning Fork April 10th!

Lorelei Louise xx

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman…

Warning, if talking about menstruation offends you, read no further!

 

 

 

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OK, good. So a few years back, I found out about this super thing called a menstrual cup. I won’t go into detail here but suffice to say it saves me a lot of money and makes the hassle of that time of the month so much less! Once a day ladies, yes really! Not to mention it’s more sanitary and better for the environment!

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But WHY am I blogging about this? Other than simply to sing it’s praises, or having gone stark raving mad? Well a few days ago, I came across this great article on Upworthy – They’re skipping school because of their period and this tiny cup is changing all that!

Here is an extract from it:

Menstrual cups are helping girls in developing nations.Not only is the Ruby Cup a sustainable product, the company is committed to education. In many parts of the world, women and girls do not have access to affordable tampons and pads. Because some girls turn to unsafe and ineffective homemade alternatives like newspaper or tree bark during their period, many end up staying home from school during their menstrual cycle to avoid potentially embarrassing accidents. The Ruby Cup founders decided to focus their efforts in Kenya after reading a study on menstrual health in Nairobi.

I was quite horrified to think of any woman having to use tree bark! And equally, missing out on education just for being a woman! Now Ruby Cup donates 1 cup to ladies in Kenya for each cup purchased, or if you don’t want to purchase a cup (or you are, say, a man) you can donate one here.

There are many places here in NZ you can get one for yourself too…

Environmentruals (That has got to be the best name ever!) They also sell other useful products (like Shewees!), and you can donate a cup to Women’s Refuge here

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So do a good deed for the week… and maybe even try one out for yourself 🙂 Because let’s face it, what I would normally spend on sanitary products in a year would be much more fun to spend on say… shoes.

I’ll get off my soapbox now!

Miss Lorelei Louise xx

 

 

Musings on a year past… and bring on the new year!

Well, it has been shamefully long since I’ve posted! I have a few things up my sleeve this year, but I thought I’d like to to start with reviewing this past year… in it’s good, bad and ugly glory!

And I’m going to cheat a little because I’m going to include getting married (January 24th), so it’s not strictly 2014 🙂 But I’ve never been much for colouring inside the lines anyway!

I’ve never had one of those years where I’ve looked back and gone “Wow, what a year! My life is awesome! Everything is going my way!”… but I have certainly had my share of years where amazing, joyful and positive things have happened! And this was definitely one of them.

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It has been a year of change, and a year of firsts…
I started 2014 with something life changing, literally – an operation on my back that has allowed me to once again live a full, normal and happy life – pain and morphine free!
I started this blog, and an online presence on social media, and Miss Lorelei Louise came to be!
I turned 31.
I managed a large renovation project in our house while planning our wedding at the same time.
I was diagnosed as bipolar, after a lifetime of struggling with depression, anxiety and sometimes unpredictable mood cycles, and can now finally take steps to living a “normal” life.
I got married! To a wonderful man who makes me so very happy, when less than 3 years ago I thought happiness was something I wouldn’t find again.
I got published!! Unexpectedly, as a model, in the magazine Kit Kat Club by Retro Lovely – 2 images from a fun photoshoot I did with the amazing Zandy J Photography. Also, I got to see for the first time an article I’d written in print, for Glory Days Magazine.
I quit my respectable, well paid, university education required job… for the realm of the unknown… TBC!
I entered Miss Pinup NZ, and was selected as a finalist!

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Thank you all for reading, and sharing in my journey! I am looking forward to a great year, full of more fun and firsts. What plans or resolutions have you made for 2015?

Miss Lorelei Louise xx

Friday Feature: Delightful Dolly

Happy Friday everyone! Well with wedding planning and kitchen renovations ongoing, it’s been a pretty crazy week! So instead of an interview, this week I am going to share a some quotes and a few fun facts about one of my favourite women ever – the incredibly inspirational Dolly Parton! There are not many people who’s quotes are so well known they have become part of modern lexicon. Or who have simultaneously made a name for themselves both as a larger than life big breasted blonde, modelled on the town tramp…. and a feminist icon.  If I had a theme song, it would definitely be a Dolly Parton track…

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Earlier in the year, Bust magazine published a great article and interview with Dolly (July issue, highly recommended read!). They included an excellent compilation of “Dolly-isms” which I am going to include here, as well as a couple more I also love!

“There’s no such thing as natural beauty.”

“I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb…and I also know that I’m not blonde.” 

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“If you talk bad about country music, it’s like saying bad things about my momma. Them’s fightin’ words.”

“I was the first woman to burn my bra – it took the fire department four days to out it out.”

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” I look just like the girls next door… if you happen to live next door to an amusement park.”

“I like to buy clothes that are 2 sizes too small and then take them in a little.”

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“I have little feet because nothing grows in the shade.”

“After Momma gave birth to 12 of us kids, we put her up on a pedestal. It was mostly to keep Daddy away from here.”

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“I always pattern my look after the town tramp. I swear to God that’s true, but I can’t giver her name.”

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Now if you are a Dolly fan this none of this will be news to you, but here are a few things you might not have known about Dolly…

  • She has recorded 42 studio albums, and recorded her first song in 1960 at only 14. She has had 46 Grammy award nominations and 8 wins.
  • Dolly’s original song “I Will Always Love You” went number 1 on the charts 3 separate times. When first released by Dolly in 1974, again in 1982 when she re-recorded it for her movie “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and of course when it was covered by Whitney Houston in 1992.
  • Dolly has been married to her husband Carl for nearly fifty years, after meeting at the Wishy Washy laundromat soon after she arrived in Nashville, the couple were married in 1966.
  • She was born the 4th of 12 children and lived in a one room cabin growing up in Tennessee – her song “Coat of Many Colours” is autobiographical

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The latest issue of Glory Days features a Q & A with Dolly, get yourself a copy if you haven’t already, it’s a whole country themed issue!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Lorelei Louise xx