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Competition Time: Blue Ribbon Beer Run - Bombshells Contest

This past Saturday was the Blue Ribbon Beer Run Bombshell Contest up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In it's third year, it really is becoming a very popular car event in the city.  I love any excuse to get up to Milwaukee, so I was really excited to participate in this contest and check out the event.  I had heard about it after the event last year, so it's was on my reminder list for a year!

When I arrived on Friday, we had a quick check in and walk through to become familiar with the space - where we needed to be in the morning, what the stage looked like, etc.  I also took the time to take a quick peek at the cars that were already there.  I love great classic cars!  The Historic Pabst Brewery is a fantastic location itself, so much history!  I was born and raised in Milwaukee, and my dad's family has lived their all their lives.  We have a rich family history in Milwaukee and several family members worked for the breweries there.

Friday night was an early birthday dinner at Joey Gerard's Supper Club with my aunt (the perfect retro dinner) and then prepping for Saturday. 

Saturday morning, my aunt treated me to her famous french toast - which was just what I needed to start off the morning.  I finished getting ready and then headed over to the the Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery.

Quick pose in front of the PBR truck - photo by my aunt

Quick pose in front of the PBR truck - photo by my aunt

I had a little bit of time to walk around the event and check out the cars before we had to line up for the contest.  While wandering around, I ran into two gentlemen that were at the World of Wheels event back in February.  They recognized me from that contest, which was so nice.  I enjoyed getting to chat with them a bit and take a few more photos with their amazing cars!

With this gorgeous pink caddy... owned by one of the guys who I met back in February.  Photo by my aunt

With this gorgeous pink caddy... owned by one of the guys who I met back in February.  Photo by my aunt

There were 23 lovely ladies in this contest and it was fun to see some people I've met before and meet some new folks.  The contest was really well put together and it seemed like everyone really enjoyed themselves.   Each lady had her own bubbly personality and style - which really highlighted the diversity of the pinup community.

Thanks Jessica for the contest photo!

Thanks Jessica for the contest photo!

I didn't place, but it was a wonderful event - full of terrific people, awesome cars, and beautiful weather!  I highly recommend this car show if you are in the area next summer.

So many pinups! Photo by  Sockdollager Photography

So many pinups! Photo by Sockdollager Photography




2016 Pinup Calendar Project

Ada Atomic, myself, and Bettie Bellini sharing a shocking secret

Ada Atomic, myself, and Bettie Bellini sharing a shocking secret

Since late last year, I have had the pleasure of being a part of The Retro Pinups.  The Retro Pinups is a community of models, photographers, and artists dedicated to celebrating the classic pinup art of the 1940s.  Right up my alley, right?

So I was thrilled when I was asked to help organize a Classic Pinup inspired calendar for 2016.  I gathered a few of my favorite pinup friends - Ada Atomic, Bettie Bellini, and Sadie North - and we launched a kickstarter campaign to help fund the project.  Check out the adorable video from the promo.

In addition to the social media publicity of the calendar project, there was also an article written in the Chicago Tribune.  We were elated when we reached our funding goal and could get started with the calendar project!

Those that helped fund the kickstarter campaign will be receiving so many goodies - in addition to a signed copy of the calendar.

Last weekend, we all got together and shot images for the 2016 calendar.  I had a blast with the ladies and our fabulous photographers.  I can't wait until the images are completed and we can get the calendars out to everyone who purchased already.

Here's a great image that won't make it into the calendar.  It will be available as a print this summer.

If you didn't get a chance to purchase a calendar during the promotional period, don't worry!  There will be plenty of opportunities this summer to come see The Retro Pinups at an event and get your calendar signed in person!  I'll be posting all of the events I'll be at on my Events page.

Get to Know Ruby: Her Favorite Modern Day Pinup

Photo from  Dita's Website

Photo from Dita's Website

Since I started this blog series last week with my iconic pinup, I thought it only fitting to follow that up with my favorite modern day pinup.  Pinup is seeing a surging revival right now and I think a big portion of it can be accredited to Dita Von Teese.

She is spectacularly fabulous - in every way!

Photo from   Dita's Website

Photo from Dita's Website

A midwesterner, like myself, her love of vintage was fostered by her mother... not unlike mine!  (Are you seeing a theme here?)  She has a self-proclaimed obsession with vintage lingerie and a legitimate classic car collection.

Dita is famous for her 1940s glamour look and her collection of vintage.  She's always known for bringing back the classic style burlesque.  If you ever get an opportunity to go and see her show, I highly recommend it.  It is worth the price!

Photo from   Dita's Website

Photo from Dita's Website

She looks flawless all the time and I'm truly inspired by her.  

All photos from her website and you can find more Dita information on her Wikipedia page.

Get to Know Ruby: Her Favorite Iconic Pinup

Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell - Born June 21, 1921; Died February 28, 2011    Source:   IMDB.com

Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell - Born June 21, 1921; Died February 28, 2011  Source: IMDB.com

I love a good brunette bombshell, so of course, my favorite iconic pinup would be Jane Russell.

Jane is gorgeous - just look at that photo (one of my favorites of her)!!

Her first film was thanks to Howard Hughes - The Outlaw (1943).  She was cast into a character designed to show off her "ample" assets.  It was actually filmed in 1941 but took two years to pass the censorships!  With curvy measurements (38D - 24 - 36), she definitely did have assets.  She was 5'7, which made her more statuesque than most of the other silver screen sirens.   Being 6ft myself, I can sure imagine how she felt - towering over those petite ladies.

This picture (below) is the famous promotional image for The Outlaw that made Jane a favorite among servicemen during World War II.

Source:   IMDB.com

Source: IMDB.com

 She was in more than 25 films, but is best known for her role as Dorothy Shaw  in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)with Marilyn Monroe.  This is my favorite film of Jane's because it showcases a very funny, sarcastic personality.  She plays perfectly against Marilyn's "ditsy" character.

Source:   IMDB.com

Source: IMDB.com

Jane, always appealed to me in that "I'm different from anyone else, and that's ok" vibe.  She was smart and driven and took care of her family.

She is the sassy, leggy brunette that I try to emulate.  

Biography information and photos source: IMDB.com

Miss Detroit Autorama Competition

Immediately following my whirlwind weekend up in Milwaukee for the Miss World of Wheels Competition,  Ada Atomic and I drove up to Detroit to participate in the Miss Autorama competition.

This competition was put on by Nikki Forte again and I was really looking forward to a pinup event in Motor City.  I had a feeling the following would be spectacular and it did not disappoint.

This competition had 46 lovely ladies - that's a lot of ladies!  The Autorama car show is two stories worth of cars and merchandise in the heart of Detroit.  

Madalyn Knebel, Ruby Spencer and Ada Atomic   Photo Credit: John Froelich

Madalyn Knebel, Ruby Spencer and Ada Atomic   Photo Credit: John Froelich

I had a lovely time meeting a whole bunch of new pinups from the Michigan/Ohio area and the crowd during the contest was incredible!  It was certainly an adventure.

I'm looking forward to my next competition which will be closer to the summer.

During the competition - Photo credit:  Steven Jon Horner

During the competition - Photo credit: Steven Jon Horner



Miss Milwaukee World of Wheels Competition

On February 21st, I headed up to Milwaukee to participate in my first pinup competition for the year.  The event was being held in conjunction with the Autorama World of Wheels Car Show.  I spent the first 6 years of my life in Milwaukee, so I look forward to any reason I can to get up there.

My pinup friends, Ada Atomic and Sadie North were able to join me and 10 other ladies for this inaugural competition.

Ruby Spencer, Sadie North, and Ada Atomic at the 2015 Milwaukee World of Wheels Car Show.

Ruby Spencer, Sadie North, and Ada Atomic at the 2015 Milwaukee World of Wheels Car Show.

The ladies in the competition were all wonderful and the car owners and spectators were so welcoming.  It was a fantastic show! 

After a couple rounds of introductions and question and answer segments, the panel of judges selected their two runner ups and their 2015 Miss World of Wheels.  I feel so truly honored to have been selected as the very first Milwaukee's Miss World of Wheels!

A special thank you to Nikki Forte for putting together a terrific contest and for taking amazing photos of all of us ladies during the event.  I had such a great time walking the aisles with the gorgeous pinup ladies and doing a little dancing with Elvis.