Dingaling Vintage : Denver, Co {Local Lovlies}

I’ve decided to resurrect this feature that I started on my old blog and start to feature more amazing local places around Denver because I have fallen in love with Denver all over again and you should too! Shopping local not only gives back to the economy more directly when you buy from local businesses but it also is helping support these amazing women who are pursuing their dreams. (and who doesn’t want to support that!) Even though I always wanted to be a photographer, I never thought I would want my own business. That is why the ladies I plan on featuring here are so much more then just entrepreneurs they are superheros that I look up to for all the hard work. This doesn’t directly have to do with boudoir photography per say, but it does have to do with amazing empowering women.

Boudoir Denver, clothes by Dingaling Vintage

As amazing as shopping local is, so is shopping vintage. Dingaling Vintage is owned by Ashley of Denver, right now the shop is online through etsy but this Saturday she will be opening up shop at an actual shop! What I love about Dingaling Vintage is that there is more than just clothes available, but also trinkets, hats and even to die for suitcase coffee tables. There are items from all different eras, so there is something for everyone.

I also love following Dingling Vintage on facebook because not only does Ashley post her latest clothes in her own shop but she also posts other vintage finds from other vintage shops. It is always great to see what people support each other. She is a great resource for all things vintage.

Boudoir Denver, clothes by Dingaling Vintage

This Saturday swing by Studio Sweet Marie’s to not only buy vintage but also support Scum of the Earth Church, part of the proceeds from sales will be donated.

When: Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 From 11am to 3pm

Where: Studio Sweet Marie  3563 Larimer Street suite A, Denver, CO 80205

Visit Dingaling Vintage Etsy Shop.

“Like” Dingaling Vintage on Facebook.

 

*The photo’s above were taken by moi with some of the fabulous clothes in the Dingaling Vintage shop, they are no longer available but keep your eyes open for amazing finds like these!

 

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A Week With Marilyn & Boudoir Style Icon

Tomorrow is the opening of the new movie A Week With Marilyn staring Michelle Williams as the infamous Marilyn Monroe. The film is based on Colin Clark’s book by the same name and is his observations of Marilyn during production of The Prince and the Showgirl. Like so many people I have obsessed over Marilyn Monroe’s image since I was a little girl and still find her breath taking. But it wasn’t until college that I ever actually saw a film of her’s and I find that many people who love Marilyn had never seen a movie she actually starred in. In a way it’s like loving the artist Pacassio without ever seeing one of his paintings. Please do your self a favor, if you have netflix or even a library card go watch one of her films! Watch a few of them from her career because she was a wonderful actress. My favorite is Some Like it Hot, Marilyn plays her typical “dumb blonde” role but there’s something about it that I just love. I can’t wait to see how Michelle Williams does with this role.

With the opening of this movie I was also inspired to do a series on the blog featuring some of these fabulously classy ladies. About once a week I will feature a new icon and show you how to inspire your boudoir session from them. Have any icons that inspire you or you would like to see featured? Leave me a comment and tell me why you think they are an icon.

 

1. Sequin Shoulder Dress. Remember Boudoir photo sessions don’t always mean lingerie, it’s all about the sex appeal. Marilyn was the queen of plunging necklines! Embrace your inner Marilyn with deep V necklines or halter style dresses.

-Also check out MorningStar84 etsy shop she makes replicas of many different styles Marilyn is most famous for. LOVE!

2. Crystal’s are a girls best friend. Whither it be diamonds or crystals, make sure you sparkle just like Marilyn. I adore this set from Swarovski Crystal’s, they may not be real diamonds but they sure do sparkle.

3. Covergirl Lipstain. For juicy red lips like Marilyn I love Covergirl Lipstain. One of my ladies used it during a recent boudoir session and it stayed perfectly on her lips the whole session! For Marilyn I suggest Wild Berry Wink.

4. Tu-tu Fabulous. I’m sure you have all seen the image I’m talking about with Marilyn Monroe in a tutu, lately everyone seems pretty obsessed with these beauties from Denver local designer House of Arden.  I’ve seen these tutu’s in 303, Couture Colorado and Crave Denver.

 

Happy Halloween! Vintage Halloween Pin Ups


 

Happy Halloween!

 

I love Halloween for all the creative costumes and the pumpkin spice lattes. I also love how Halloween brings out the child in all of us. Here are some iconic Hollywood stars in there Halloween costumes. Class never goes out of style, even for Halloween.

 

Hollywood icon Ava Gardner, star of The Killers.

 

 

 Betty Grable, the blond boom shell before Marilyn Monroe. She often posed for Pin Up’s during the 40’s then starred along side Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionare.

 

 

Janet Leigh, the star of the horror film Psycho and mother of Jamie Lee Curtis. Jamie Lee Curtis started in Halloween , this is one horrifying family.

 

Another photo of the gorgeous Janet Leigh.

 

 

Here is a fabulous photo of a silent film star.

 

 

The sexy Veronica Lake.

 

A sweet pose of Yvonne De Carlo who stared as Lily Munster on the 60’s TV series, The Munsters.

 

     

The French film star Etchika Choureau in a beautiful pinup pose.

 

 

The beautiful Lillian Wells, famous for the Film Noir film Mr. District Attorney and the film Dead Reckoning.

Let’s Celebrate! Boudoir-Denver.com

Today is the beginning. Presenting the new Boudoir-Denver.com Dedicating myself to specializing in just boudoir photography has been a long and sometimes hard battle. I loved being a wedding photographer, I still love the wedding industry and second shoot from time to time but something was missing. When I was first introduced to Boudoir it lit a fire in my heart. I have always loved pin ups like the classics from Gil Elvgren or Vargas; boudoir photography was this hybrid of classy, sensual photography along with a celebration of womanhood.

 

Now that the official site is up, I’m ready to tell all of Denver about Classy & Elegant Boudoir Photography! But I need your help, and your help deserves to be rewarded! I’m GIVING AWAY ONE FREE PHOTO SESSION! Here’s how to enter…

 

1.     “Like” Boudoir Denver’s facebook page.

2.      Follow @BoudoirDenver on Twitter.

3.     Leave a comment here on the blog just saying why you love boudoir photography.

 

I will choose a winner on Monday October 24. Now if that wasn’t enough… I have a second announcement. This year has just flown by so fast! I can’t believe it’s already nearing the holiday season. With out further a due… The First Annual Pin Up Calendar Photo Shoot! Be his Santa Baby this Christmas and give him a pin up calendar that he can enjoy all year round. You will get a one hour session with twelve different looks to complete your calendar. A Vintage Affair has been kind enough to lead some of their fabulous vintage props to make each look unique and fun. Spots are limited … book your session today!

Grandmother’s Corset

 

 

Back from a fabulous week in NYC. Finally saw my favorite painting, probably the painting that inspired me to be an artist A Starry Night in person. Now to get back to blogging, I have two new boudoir photo shoots to show you! Thank you ladies for allowing me to post your photos. I respect my clients privacy first and foremost and never post any pictures online without permission.

 

I was really excited (I don’t know if that’s the right word) to photograph this lovely lady because she is actually a best friend of mine that I’ve known since before we were women. We met in middle school and although we’ve grown apart since the days we spent practically every moment together it was such an honor to photograph a friend. It is crazy to think that we started to become woman together, going shopping and doing each others hair, then starting high school together. When I say doing each others hair I more so mean her doing mine, which is funny now that she is a hairstylist and actually did her own hair and makeup for the photo session.

 

Besides being a dear friend of mine I loved the vintage lingerie she used because it’s not just any ordinary lingerie but actually a corset her grandmother made for her honeymoon. How adorable is that?! I love the red and white checkered pattern on it that unique from the typical lace or satin fabrics used. After seeing it I could tell where my friend gets her individual creative personality from. It just goes to show that class never goes out of style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was such an honor photographing my friend, I can honestly say she has grown into a beautiful woman both inside and out.

 

{xoxo}

Elle Bea

or LBo which was the nickname she gave me in middle school.

Vanity Fair Boudoir Inspired

Hope everyone had a super fabulous fourth. Just thought I would bring you some more boudoir inspired photo sessions that have hit the newsstands. Have you caught the recent August issue of Vanity Fair? Vanity Fair is one of my favorite magazines for inspiration and this month there’s even more to love… a boudoiresque photo shoot! Featuring some fabulous ladies like Gwneth Paltrow, Poppy Delevigne and Olivia Inge. Not only are these photographs tastefully done to show their elegance and beauty but also show off some fabulous jewels. Forget the frills and the lace and instead have simple lingerie paired with big costume jewelry. You don’t even have to be a millionaire, check out some of these fake “jewels” that still add sparkle to your boudoir photo session. What do you think of this latest hollywood gone boudoir photo session?

 

 

 

Faceted Collar Necklace – Forever21 ($10.80)

Faux Diamond Encrusted Earrings – Forever21 ($6.50)

Captivating Curb Chain Necklace – Forever21 ($10.80)

Gradual Beaded Earrings– Forever21 ($4.80)

 

 

 

 

WWII Era Ball : Boulder, Colorado

There are often times where I have been told I have an “old soul”. Maybe it has something to do with my grandmother playing Louis Armstrong and watching movies like The Sound of Music and Gone With the Wind until I had every line (or song) memorized but I still love to get lost in history. There is something extraordinarily special about the 40’s, the whole war time romance that is just tragically beautiful. Pearl Harbor is one of my all time favorite movies, I love the story and the costumes! Pin Up girls originated from this era when soldiers painted them on the sides of their airplanes and “pinned” the illustration in their bunkers to keep them warm at night. I also love the role of women in the forties, classy and elegant while strong and determined as they took on jobs they had never worked before and waited for loved ones to return home.

 

I was pleased as punch when I heard about the 1940’s WWII Era Ball that took place in Boulder, Colorado at the Boudoir Airport and just had to be involved in any way that I could, so I volunteered to be an event photographer for the event. This is one of those once in a life time experiences, beyond all dress up and music was something much bigger than I am. This was a celebration and remembrance of the soldiers and their families from the past and present. War is tragic, there’s many things in life that are but this was about celebrating those beautiful memories that are far more important.

 

 

 

 

 

The ball was set at just the most perfect location, the Boulder Airport. I am a bit of a aviation nerd since my day job I work for an airline, but I didn’t seem to be the only one caught up in the thrill of being surrounded by a variety of WWII aircraft. Their were all sorts of different military vehicles and airplanes that you could even get your picture taken next to. It’s not every day you get to stand next to WWII boomer. The view from the Boulder Airport was also pretty magical in its self, great view of the foothills and just the perfect summer evening. (It only sprinkled on us twice)

 

 

 

 

Everyone looked FABULOUS! Ladies and gents, young and old there was such a variety of people who attended the ball. I loved the younger couples that dressed in the best of forties fashions to the older men who dusted off their uniforms just for the occasions. May hair wasn’t long enough for the Victory Curl but maybe next year I will have to grow my hair out to give it a try. Towards the end of the night there was even an authentic contest for the men and women who dressed the most like the period.

 

 

 

 

I might just have to sign up for some dance lessons before next years ball! But don’t let two left feet discourage you, admiring all the fabulous dancers is just as acceptable (which is what I did behind my lens). There were a couple different dance performances that were held through out the evening… including hula dancers! But my favorite dancer was this older gentlemen in his navy uniform, his spirit and feet acted 20 years young but his beaming smile was truly what made my heart melt. He and so many other Vets that attended the event are what really made the ball so special. Our freedom is because of these fine men, I had to hold back tears when at the beginning of the ball the color guard stood with the United States flag and these men looked so proudly at the nation’s flag. I gained so much respect for our military after attending this event. All net proceeds from the ball support The Wounded Warriors Project and The Spirit of Flight Center. So besides such a great excuse to dress up the money also goes to a wonderful cause.

 

 

 

Then if that wasn’t enough there was the music! Frank Sinatra, The Andrews Sisters and The Hot Tomatoes… OH MY! So much amazing entertainment packed into one evening. I’m pretty sure whenever I get married I’m hiring The Hot Tomatoes to play during the reception.

 

 

I can not thank Khyentse enough for letting me be a part of this amazing event! I hope to volunteer or attend this amazing event for many years to come. This year it even sold out, so make sure to get your tickets early for next year! Check out the 1940’s WWII Era Ball website for more information and their fabulous facebook page for updates and more pictures from some of the other fabulous photographers at the event. Also this winter they will be holding a 1940’s Winter Ball, just in case you couldn’t wait till next summer. Be sure to check out Boudoir Denver’s facebook page for more photos from the ball. Here are a few more of my favorites…