Embrace is a documentary created by Taryn Brumfitt that deals with the issue of body image in today’s society. The Irish premier took place in Dublin in January and I unfortunately missed it, so I was very excited to hear that my good friend Avia from Lady Lilith Vintage was hosting a screening in Limerick. As part of her screening Avia decided to hold an open casting call to look for women to take part in an Embrace photoshoot, to bare it all in front of the camera in the name of embracing your body. When I saw her post on Facebook I immediately messaged her saying I would like to take part. I had been struggling a little with my body image at the time and saw this as a great opportunity to get back on track and hopefully to help others.
The day of the photoshoot I wasn’t as nervous as I had thought I would be. I was looking forward to pushing myself and experiencing a new way of shooting. The wonderful photographer Anna Hurkowska made me feel very comfortable and we had a wonderful time chatting and laughing, over the course of the shoot all of my insecurities melted away and I felt like a new woman. I was very excited to see the final images. We also recorded a little interview to incorporate into a short film of the experience.
Receiving the images was exciting but I couldn’t hold back that little voice in my head that said “Wow I didn’t think I had that many rolls”, it took viewing the images a few times before I started to accept them, this was what I had signed myself up for, this was my body and I remembered how great I had felt on the day of the shoot. I concentrated on my smile and I began to love the images. I put one up on my Instagram page and received really wonderful feedback, I don’t know what I was afraid of.
At last the day for the screening came and I headed down to Limerick on again, this time with my love in tow for support. The movie was incredible, I laughed and I cried and when it was over I felt inspired and uplifted. We headed over to the Killmurry Lodge after to screen our short film and reveal the photos. This was scary. I was sitting in a crowd of strangers and my photos were projected on to the wall, large and very very real. My hands were shaking but it was kind of exhilarating at the same time. When the film was over a woman sitting next to me turned and said “Thank You”. This made all the fear worth it, I hugged her with tears in my eyes and I felt so proud that this had made an impact on her and that I had a part to play in helping.
This movie is so important, every woman needs to see it and every woman needs to follow Taryn’s steps to self love. We have hated our bodies for too long and enough is enough. It’s time to fight back, it’s time to Embrace and it’s time to start loving our bodies because it’s the only one we’ve got.
I want to say a huge thank you to Avia, Anna, Natalia and Andre for such an incredible experience.
In August 2016 I traveled to Dublin to take part in the first ever Miss Pinup Ireland competition. It was held at the Dublin Tattoo Convention and was organised by the UK company All About Pinup. I travelled up by train with my gorgeous friend Poppy DeScrace, she also took part in the competition. The Tattoo convention was held in the Convention Centre in the city but we stayed in the Malton hotel out in Tallaght, it was significantly cheaper than hotels in the city and the Luas goes all the way out (top tip for staying in Dublin.)
The format of the competition is a talent round and then a question round. The wonderful thing about the All About Pinup competitions is that your talent can be absolutely anything, as a result we had a variety of talents showcased on stage such as Pole, Poi, Singing, Painting and Hair Styling. I sang for the talent section, preforming Why Don’t You Do Right? There was a technical glitch with my microphone and as a result I sang half of the song into a broken mic until I was handed a replacement, I didn’t let it get me down though and carried on. Click here for a video of the talent round. After a break and a costume change we all headed back on stage for the question round, each contestant was asked 3 questions, one by each of the judges. The judges were fabulous and really lovely women. Anna Quinn and Alison Raven came over from the UK and Aine Awol from Galway completed the trio.
As it was the first year the number of finalists was admittedly quite small with two girls unfortunately dropping out the week of the competition, but we still had a great time backstage, we all helped each other out and had a great laugh. Later in the day we were joined by the cast of The Death Do Us Part Danger show as they were preforming in the evening, this was one of the highlights of the weekend for me as I’m completely in awe of these beautiful people.
We were once again called back on stage for the winner announcement. I was delighted to have placed Runner Up with the gorgeous Rhian T and the beautiful Sue Kelly was crowned Miss Pinup Ireland 2016. As part of her prize she won a golden ticket to the Miss Pinup International competition held in London, I had previously entered this myself so I was delighted to know that we would share the pinup stage once more.
As I came Runner Up in 2016 I was delighted to be asked to return this year as a mentor. I’m so excited to meet all of this years beautiful entrants and help them on their pinup journey. Entries for the 2017 competition are open until March 31st and I would highly recommend anyone who is interested to enter. You can enter here. Feel free to comment or private message me on Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions.
On Friday the 5th of February I attended The Peacock Parlour’s 3rd burlesque event held in the Comedy Club in Cork City. This was a very exciting event as La Beti winner of the International Crown at The 2015 World Burlesque Games was a speical guest. There was a whole host of other incredible performers including Miss Burlesque Dublin 2015 Shir Madness.
The night was hosted by Irish comedian Breda Larkin who did an absolutely wonderful job. There was a prize for the Best Dressed Male and Female and great fun was had by all who joined in.
I met the beautiful Brenners McGoo at the Absolutely Fab Les Boutique swap and shop fair in Limerick back in November, she was selling her handmade all natural skincare range, Saraki Skincare. I had heard great things about this range on Facebook and wanted to try it out for myself. I have sensitive skin that seems to react sometimes to natural creams/lotions so I was cautious and just purchased the mini 10ml pots, at only €3 I knew I wouldn’t have wasted money if they didn’t suit my skin. I bought the Night Owl Balm and a Lemongrass Lip Balm and Brenners sweetly added a free pot of the Lavender Day Cream and a tester of her new body scrub.
I thought these would only last me a short while as they are small pots but honestly it’s been about 6 weeks and I’ve only just finished the day and night creams and I have not been applying them sparingly. I was quite shocked by this, talk about bang for your buck!! I absolutely love both of the creams, the night cream is a beautiful blend of essential oils designed to soothe and moisturize skin and relax you. The day cream is a fabulous soft moisturizer that is light on your skin. I suffer from dry skin especially during the winter and this combination of day and night creams have given me the softest skin I’ve experienced in a long time. I can’t imagine going back to my old moisturizers now. The Lemongrass lip balm is a wonderful scented balm that works wonders on my dry lips. You can see all the ingredients in the photos below.
On Friday the 18th of December I attended a burlesque event in Cork at the Comedy Club organised by the truly wonderful Foxy P. Cox, one of the leading ladies in Irish Burlesque.
There were some stunning performers there on the night including Santina Spitfire, Bella Agogo, Harley Sparks, Legsy La Rue, Azaria Starfire (creator of Miss Burlesque Ireland) and many more. There was a variety of acts including Burlesque, Pole Dancing and Hula Hoop.
I had the most incredible time and even won “Best Dressed” the prize was two tickets for the next show which I just can’t wait for but sadly won’t take place until February. I’m planning my outfit already. Everyone should check out Foxy P. Cox on Facebook and follow her wonderful burly adventures.
This year was my second year taking part in the Vintage Secret Santa organised by Jessica from Chronically Vintage. I signed up as soon as I saw the post as I had such a wonderful experience last year.
This year I sent a gift all the way to Serbia to lovely lady named Marija who runs a lovely blog called Purple Pinky Honey. I really hope she received her gift in time for Christmas as I wasn’t quite sure how long it would take to get from Ireland to Serbia. I spent quite a bit of time sourcing her gifts so hopefully she really enjoys them too.
I was delighted to receive my gift in the post more than a week before Christmas but decided to wait until at least Christmas Eve to open it. I usually open one gift on Christmas Eve so this year of course it had to be my lovely package sent all the way from France.
I received a fabulous rose printed shawl, an incredible brooch (this type of brooch I have recently become extremely interested in) and a beautiful pair of red gloves.
I also received a wonderful card from Laurence, my secret Santa, she also included her business card and I was delighted to find out that my gift had come from Lost in the 1950s who I already follow on Instagram. Small world isn’t it?
I want to send a huge thank you out to the beautiful Laurence for my fabulous gift, I love it so much, and a huge thank you also to Jessica from Chronically Vintage for organising this wonderful gift swap, hopefully it will continue for many years.
Today I attended an event in Limerick organised by the wonderful Lesley Anne of AbsolutelyFab Les’ Boutique in the Absolute Hotel. This was an intimate fair with various clothing, skincare and confectionary vendors. I was lucky enough to have won a €25 voucher for HazelNuts about Vintage’s stall in a Facebook promotion. I was also lucky enough to have my lovely sister drive me down form Cork for the event,we did a little Christmas shopping in The Crescent Shopping Centre beforehand.
There was a fashion show and a Best Dressed Lady competition held on the day also. I entered the best dressed competition and made it to the final 5, the prize went to a lovely lady who had added a very festive design to her hat herself.
I picked up some lovely skincare products from Brenners McGoo so look forward to a post about those soon.