Pin-ups Then and Now: Yvonne De Carlo

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For my mom, Shary, who first introduced me to the subject of this article, and for 30+ years of love, sacrifice, and support. You rock, Mom!

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! I hope you’re all having a great time celebrating and remembering the amazing moms out there (whether by birth or by choice), and enjoying this marvellous Sunday. And in keeping with the swing of things, I thought it would be cool to remember one of television’s most unlikely and beloved mothers…. Yvonne De Carlo!

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Born on September 1, 1922 in British Columbia, Margaret Yvonne Middleton was raised by her mother Marie, who had been abandoned by her husband when she was only 17. In later years, Margaret (or Peggy as she became affectionately known) dropped out of school to earn money for her and her mother as an entertainer. Working nightclubs and stages, she decided to use her mother’s maiden name, and thus “Yvonne De Carlo” was born.

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Many of Yvonne’s early roles in film were as showgirls, harem girls, and beautiful extras. But Salome, Where She Danced, released in 1945, became the springboard for much more substantial roles, leading to her role as Maria of the River Road in Sombrero in 1953. As noted in her autobiography, it was a particular scene in that movie that inspired Cecil B. De Mille to cast her as Sephora, Moses’ wife, in the epic film, The Ten Commandments.

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In 1964, Yvonne, who had been called “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” at one time, was offered an opportunity to revive her career as the nurturing and loveable Lily Munster in CBS’s comedy, The Munsters. Produced by the same creators who made Leave It To Beaver, the show featured a collection of famous Hollywood monsters living as a family in a peaceful Californian suburb, dealing with the same day-to-day activities as you and me. Of course, their approach to the same situations was much funnier. 😉 Although the show only ran for two seasons, it became an iconic part of 60’s television, and developed a cult following that inspired a spin-off series and movies. Even The Flintstones featured characters inspired by it and The Addams Family all the way into the 80s! And if you’re a fan of the neo pin-up scene, you can’t help but notice Lily’s famous visage returning to handbags and other accessories.

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I had seen Yvonne’s performances as Lily Munster long before I had ever seen The Ten Commandments, so it was quite a shock then to put two-and-two together that they were the same actress. And the stories of her life in Vancouver I read in her autobiography just blew me away: living on Comox Street with her grandparents at times; dashing off to Stanley Park with her cousin Ken to buy penny candy instead of going to church services; even performing at the same Orpheum Theatre I saw Nightwish at. I couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe and connection with this wonderful performer of yesteryear when I realized I had been in some of the same places she had. 🙂

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For more information about Yvonne De Carlo, please check for her autobiography, Yvonne: An Autobiography, at your local library. For more information about The Munsters, please visit www.munsters.com, which is run by Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on the show.

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

*Final photo notes: Photographer – Katie Pahara Boudoir Photography; Hair and Makeup – Katt Panic Makeup Artistry.

Pin-up On the Road: An Unlikely Symphony

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Well, I finally made it! Vancouver at last! And just this past Saturday, I had the chance to be part of an awesome musical event at one of the city’s historic landmarks; an “unlikely symphony” you might say.

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Part of the Vancouver Civic Theatres group, the Orpheum is a beautiful gem in the heart of the city’s downtown entertainment district. Built in 1927, it was the largest theatre in Canada at that time with 3,000 seats, and started out as a vaudeville house. Over time, it became known as the Vancouver Theatre, the Lyric, the International Cinema, and then the Lyric again. Also during that time, it fell into the hands of Famous Players, who turned it into a movie theatre after vaudeville had its time in the sun.

In 1973, Famous Players decided to gut the inside of the Orpheum and change it into a multiplex. A “Save the Orpheum” campaign was launched, and even legendary comedian Jack Benny sprang into action to help. Thanks to these efforts, the Orpheum was saved, and the City of Vancouver bought the theatre on March 19, 1974 for $7.1 million. After closing in November 1975, the Orpheum re-opened all renovated and restored on April 2, 1977, and became the permanent home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Plus, it was even designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1979.

In 2006, the Capitol Residences development was proposed for the old Capitol 6 cinema next to the Orpheum. The City of Vancouver gave the developer permission for extra height and density on their site in return for a major expansion to the Orpheum, which included a long-desired back stage area. This was the largest amenities trade in the history of the city, and I imagine it has helped to bring an extensive number of amazing acts to the theatre, including the likes of Diana Krall and Yo-Yo Ma.

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And it hasn’t been just musical acts that have rocked this theatre over the decades. In fact, the Orpheum and its neon sign have been used as a key location in several episodes of the television series Battlestar Galactica, Fringe, and Highlander: The Series. But it wasn’t these things that drew me to this beautiful part of Vancouver’s history. To be honest, you might say that I was craving something with a little more “metallic” taste to it. 😉

Birthed in 1996, Nightwish has become one of the most iconic bands in the history of Symphonic Metal. Founded by Tuomas Holopainen, the band has deftly weaved the driving guitars and drum beats most often associated with Metal with the likes of operatic singing, acoustic guitars, flutes, strings, and other orchestral and folk instruments. Though not the creators of this genre, this Finnish band has helped to expand its influence around the world, and has been a starting ground for many classical fans in introducing them to Metal. The following examples of their work help to demonstrate this quite well.

I was first introduced to the band in much the same way: a good friend of mine, knowing I had a classical music background, thought I would appreciate this genre. He was certainly not mistaken. In fact, his suggestions, and the music of Nightwish, helped me to accept my childhood passion for Metal that was not fully recognized—and even supressed—due to the world I lived in. Even their songs, like “Storytime”, have captured in words things I couldn’t have described better myself when it comes to how it feels to be inspired as a writer, and feel like you are merely a pen for someone else writing a story. Therefore, it only seemed natural when I heard that Nightwish would be performing in Vancouver that I made sure I was part of that event.

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When I first heard that the Orpheum was the venue of choice, I have to admit I found it a little odd of Nightwish to select that location. But then, as I thought about it more, it made perfect sense. It would naturally have the acoustic structure to support the orchestral side of their music, and was located in the heart of the city’s entertainment and alternative scenes. As I waited in line to meet the members of Nightwish, I couldn’t help but be in awe of the sheer beauty around me. The 2006 restoration had certainly paid off, and I gazed in wonder at the crisp, clean architecture of the stairwells and entryways. I could only imagine the countless people who had walked where I was walking, getting ready to see an awesome performance.

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And then it came time to meet Marco, Kai, Emppu, Floor, Troy, and Tuomas. Of course, I came as myself, decked out in my favorite pin-up outfit. Each member of the band was polite and kind, but I wished I had more time to converse with them before the show. However, Troy still made my day as he told me to “boo really loud” because they were filming that night. 😉 Of course I confirmed I would never do that, and treasured being able to have my picture taken with them.

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Once I got inside the concert hall, I was amazed at the splendor of it all. Plus, being surrounded by so many Metal fans, it made me feel very much at home. This was my first big-name Metal concert, and it certainly didn’t disappoint me. The warm-up bands, Delain and Sabaton, kicked off the evening in a progressive wave that was just metalicious. And then…. Nightwish. I had already rocked out to the tunes from their new album, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, several times while working and during my road trip. But hearing them live in concert was a special treat, and being able to see who was actually singing at a given moment during the songs brought it all home. I already knew that Floor and Marco had amazing voices, but I was shocked to realize that it was Troy singing at the start of “My Walden”. And seeing the band members express themselves was a fun experience indeed: Floor with her amazing full head spins, Emppu with his incredible playing and joy, Tuomas with his passionate keyboarding and headbanging, Marco with his sheer mastery of bass and Metal awesomeness, Kai with his intense drumming, and Troy with his versatility of instrument and voice. To top it all off, the band pulled out some classic favorites like “Storytime”, “Sleeping Sun”, and “Last Ride of the Day”, making it feel like the concert was put together just for me.

For those who already are fans of Nightwish and have yet to see them perform with Floor, I would like to say that she definitely is a perfect fit for the band. She did take down the song “Sleeping Sun” by an octave, but that was rather irrelevant. What I couldn’t get over was how she “commanded” the stage. She didn’t have to resort to dressing slutty to get noticed, and her facial expressions and presence during songs like “Yours Is an Empty Hope” made her look like an intense Metal goddess you couldn’t look away from. She switched between operatic and Metal tones very well, and I was honoured to have met this Dutch queen of music earlier that day.

All in all, I was proud to have been able to experience this unlikely symphony at the glorious Orpheum, and would recommend anyone catch a show there, or catch one of Nightwish’s performances. For more information about the Orpheum, please visit http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/the-orpheum.aspx. For more information about Nightwish and their current tour schedule, please visit http://nightwish.com/en.

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

The Vintage Kitchen: Angry Orchard Jell-O Ring

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Hello everyone! I hope you liked the exclusive articles on Katie Pahara’s blog. But if you thought that was the last shout you’d hear for a while on The Canuck Pin-up, think again! As I type, I am on an epic road trip to the Canadian mecca of all things Pin-up… Vancouver! To celebrate, the next set of articles you will see will be presented as part of a new series highlighting some special stops, pickings, and musings along the way. So without further ado, welcome to Pin-up On the Road!

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To kick off this new series, how about a tasty treat to get this party started? Just before I left on my trip, I was introduced to a great beverage called Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider. Made from apples, this alcoholic beverage is gluten-free, but has a delightfully refreshing flavour that “tempts” you to keep coming back for more. And since Jell-O was a popular way to entertain back in the day, why not bring the two of them together for a swell treat after dinner?

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This ring has a sweet, fermented flavour with the use of the Angry Orchard, and the apple taste blends well with the strawberry, banana, and grape flavours too. So if you’re ready, here’s what you will need to make an Angry Orchard Jell-O Ring:

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Ingredients/Hardware

1 package of Strawberry-Banana Jell-O gelatin mix

1 cup of cold Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider

Strawberries and grapes

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Now that we have everything ready, let’s get started.

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1. Dissolve the Jell-O mix in 1 cup of boiling water.

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2. Spray cooking spray on the mould you will be using to aid with releasing the gelatin later.

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3. Stir in 1 cup of cold Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider instead of the cup of cold water listed on the Jell-O package.

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4. Pour the mixture into the mould.

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5. Cut the strawberries in halves or quarters (depending on the size of the fruit), and drop them and the grapes into the mould.

6. Put the mould in the fridge and allow the gelatin to settle over several hours before releasing it onto your serving plate.

For more information about Angry Orchard Hard Ciders, please feel free to visit their website at www.angryorchard.com. And a very big thanks to Anthony for introducing me to this awesome drink, and inspiring this dessert. You rock!

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

*Written on location in Kelowna, BC. 

A Canuck Pin-up Exclusive…

In partnership with Katie Pahara Photography, here is the link to Part 1 of an exclusive two-part series in preparation for my very first boudoir shoot. Part 1 talks about my experience with Katie for the glamour shots you’ve seen on the blog here and there, and what was going on personally in my life at the time. Part 2 will then feature my thoughts and experiences during and after the boudoir shoot.

I will be honest – this is a story I have struggled to put together into words, and it has been one of the most personal and revealing articles I’ve ever written. But if even one person can be encouraged and helped by it, it will make it all worth it. 🙂

http://lethbridgeboudoir.blogspot.ca/2015/03/pin-up-through-pain-liz-laperles-journey.html

Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

Spin It!

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If you love pin-up and vintage, it’s hard not to be a little “animated” at times. I mean, why just dress in all black when there are so many beautiful, flattering colours to wear? Don’t get me wrong—black has its place. 😉 But you throw in there hair scarves, hats, shoes, gloves, purses, and hair flowers in every colour of the rainbow, and you can’t help but become a pop of Technicolor in a dreary world.

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So where am I going with this, you ask? Well, as much as my taste in fashion is pretty animated, I’m also an animation buff on the side. From Saturday-morning favorites to intense Anime spectacles, I love the artistry and talent so many people have put into dazzling us with colourful moving stories that excite our senses, tickle our funny bones, and even inspire our hearts. That being said, you can only imagine my excitement when I found out that the final episodes of the series TailSpin have just been released on DVD. 🙂

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Set in the fictional port city of Cape Suzette in the late 1930’s, TailSpin was a show that took several characters from Disney’s The Jungle Book, and incorporated them into this new world of high-flying, death-defying adventure ala Indiana Jones and The Rocketeer.  Baloo, the lazy but gifted pilot of the Sea Duck, finds his world turned upside down when his laziness catches up with him, and his plane is sold because of his debts to a bold entrepreneur and single mother named Rebecca Cunningham. Dreaming of earning enough money to buy back the Sea Duck, Baloo agrees to work for Rebecca flying the plane for her delivery service Higher for Hire. Add to that the mysterious appearance of a spunky cloud-skimming orphan named Kit Cloudkicker (and the air pirates who are after him), and you’ve got the makings of one heck of an adventure!

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When this show premiered in 1990 and became part of The Disney Afternoon block of cartoons, I was hooked. I liked all the shows, yes, but this one stood out to me. It was much more adult than the likes of Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Darkwing Duck, and Chip And Dale Rescue Rangers that aired with it at the time. The show harkened to a world without television (and later the Internet), and where there were still many mysteries to solve and great things to discover. Finding the glorious Wooby Wings in the ancient caves… Stopping air pirates from destroying the city in a barrage of plunder and lightning… It just screamed of the old serials of radio and comic books that birthed the Golden Age as we know it. Plus, it also featured way more gun-fights and action scenes, and the Sea Duck itself became a character to behold as it swerved and dove in some amazing aerial maneuvers. Kinda like how Elsa’s ice magic became a character all to itself in Frozen.

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From a pin-up perspective, though it is an animated cartoon about anthropomorphic animals, it is quite a good source for late 30’s fashion and style. Rebecca’s signature coif is definitely reminiscent of the time, and the clothes and examples seen with characters like Kitten Kaboodle ooze old Hollywood glamour. Even the suits worn by characters like Shere Khan and some of the gangsters are pretty accurate too. 😉

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The first two volumes of TailSpin were released on DVD way back in 2006 and 2008, so you can imagine my shock when I saw that the final 11 episodes were available for all to see. Took a long time, but well worth the wait. Definitely a set on my wish list for the future, I can tell you that.

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All three volumes of TailSpin are available through Amazon.ca. I have seen the first two in stores like Wal-Mart and Costco, so feel free to check them or other DVD retailers to see if they are available.

Spin it, my friends! Happy flying! 😉

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

Makeup Mondays: Turn Your Shower Into An Exotic Adventure

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As much as makeup is a big part of the pin-up life, basic skin care is even more important. And it’s not just the skin on the face that needs attention. Arms, legs, neck, back… all of it matters! And if you’re anything like me, places like the back of the upper arms are more sensitive to touch than the face is, so of course you want to keep them clean and extra touchable, right? 😉

Now, I know this is going to shock some of you, but hear me out. I was introduced to this line of products a while back, and I have found their items a nice treat among the myriad of things out there. Plus, they are a proudly owned and operated CANADIAN company! What more could you ask for, right? The thing is that… you’re not going to find their products on the shelves of Shoppers Drug Mart or any other regular Canadian retailer anytime soon. My friends, let me introduce you… to SHUNGA Erotic Art.

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…Okay, you can pick your jaw up off the floor now. For all you students of the love arts, you probably already know that Shunga is a term for an ancient Japanese erotic art form that reached its popularity during the Edo period. A very explicit erotic art form in fact. Inspired by that tradition, cosmetic success stories Sylvain Séguin and Manon Vallée decided to create a new line of intimate cosmetic products in the year 2000, but designed for couples. And for those concerned with seeing erotic images on their packaging, don’t worry: most details of nudity have been removed from the drawings, all the while maintaining the heart of the original art form. There are a lot of great products that you can share with your partner from their line that I will talk about at a later date, but that’s not all they have to offer.

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Released in Exotic Fruits and Sensual Mint, the SHUNGA Erotic Art Bath and Shower Gels are a great product you can use during intimate moments and as a daily body cleanser. Loaded with almond oil, grape seed oil, avocado oil, safflower oil, and Vitamin E, they are a treat to the body, and I have been amazed at how soft they have left my skin in the last while. I’m a sucker for mint too, and the Exotic Fruits scent definitely makes me feel like a tropical oasis has blossomed in my bathroom. And the fun part? They are EDIBLE. They are meant so that if you happen to get some in your mouth or your partner kisses your skin, it’s okay. They retail for about $22.00 CAN a bottle, but you get 16 FL ounces of the stuff, and you don’t need too much of it. Plus, for anyone concerned with contact with gluten, all SHUNGA Erotic Art products are gluten-free.

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And now the drawbacks. Many SHUNGA products are sugar-free too, but they end up using aspartame instead. I don’t know if there are any health concerns with using aspartame externally on your skin, but for anyone who is against its use, this may not be the product for you. Also, depending on your preference, the products may have too strong of a scent for your liking. The Exotic Fruits one definitely has a major banana smell if that turns you off. And because of the oil content and the use of glycerin, this shower gel may not be the best for people trying to deal with body acne—unless you’re using a strong product like benzoyl peroxide to counter balance the effects. Lastly, you may want to avoid using this product to wash your intimate areas on a daily basis because of the strong fragrances and oils – best to save a simple bar of soap for that.

So where can you find this shower gel if you can’t get it in regular stores? At the moment, SHUNGA Erotic Art products are mostly available in places where adult products are sold. Canadian chains like The Love Boutique, Just For Lovers, and Luv ‘N’ Stuff carry them, but if you are not comfortable with going into an adult store, you can also buy them discreetly online through Pink Cherry and Well.ca. Please be warned that The Love Boutique and Pink Cherry do have explicit images on other parts of their websites, so reader discretion is advised.

For more information about the Bath and Shower Gels and other products by SHUNGA Erotic Art, please visit their website at www.shunga.com.

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

Missy/Ink Fall 2014 Issue On Sale Now!

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Thanks for your patience while waiting for the new Workout Wednesday article. I had the first vocal performance I’ve had in a long time on Friday outside of karaoke, and had to take some extra time for practices beforehand. 😉

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And to show my appreciation, here’s an extra little bonus for you: the Fall 2014 Issue of Missy/Ink Magazine is now in stores! This one is the Deviant Issue. Oooo…. Plus, it’s got a great article on eyeliners, and some awesome Q&A from pin-up and burlesque princess Kerosene Deluxe. Go get yours today!

Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

Ballet Beautiful

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If burlesque is on one end of the dance scale, it could be said that ballet is on the complete opposite. And yet, ballet dancers have often been popular in pin-up, and even in burlesque routines. Though they are different, both dance styles require a certain fluidity and grace to pull them off. Whether you’re balancing on a chair or en pointe, it doesn’t matter – you have to have the confidence to keep yourself upright! 😉

That being said, ballet dancers have a long-standing tradition of whisking us into the realm of the fantastic and the seemingly impossible. Haven’t you ever wondered how they can stand balancing on their toes like that without showing the slightest hint of agony? Not without a lot of hard work and training for sure. In fact, in the 1970’s, a study was done to find out which athletes were the strongest. All different sports were analyzed and reviewed, and the results were astonishing. Number 1 were football players, but guess who were number 2? Yep. Ballet dancers. The data showed that ballet dancers exerted incredible strength balancing their full weight on the tips of their toes, but it was the fact that they showed no signs of physical discomfort or strain while doing it that shot them near the top. Plus, male dancers also have to be strong enough to lift the female dancers. Just goes to show that beauty and strength don’t have to be exclusive of each other.

Now here’s the interesting part: if ballet dancers are so strong, why are they not typically bulky? Could it be that you can actually be toned and lean yet powerful at the same time? The answer is definitely yes, and with the popularity of ballet-inspired workouts today, many are starting to realize this. Of all of them, there is one series I find I like the most for kicking my backside while making me feel as elegant as the great Karen Kain. Say hello… to Ballet Beautiful.

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Created by Mary Helen Bowers of New York City Ballet fame, Ballet Beautiful is a program that features ballet-inspired workouts to tone muscles all over the body. The sessions are typically 10-15 minutes long, and you can do them individually as part of a weekly regimen, customize the order for your own unique workout, or do them straight through for a total-body experience. And with the birth of her delightful daughter, Mary Helen has expanded her teaching to include prenatal ballet fitness too! And if you still have any doubt of her expertise, consider this: she trained Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan, for which the actress won an Oscar. ‘Nuff said. 😉

The two DVDs I’ve tried from Ballet Beautiful are Body Blast and Total Body Workout. Body Blast contains 4 15-minute workouts for arms, full body, and the butt. Total Body Workout has 6 workouts over the course of an hour focusing on bridge exercises, standing exercises, the outer thighs, inner thighs, abs and arms.  I was definitely aching by the end of the various sessions, and I found the Swan Arms one from Body Blast and the Arms one from Total Body Workout surprisingly to be the most intense. I never would have thought the exercises used in those segments could be so powerful. And the best part? These two workouts usually are not that expensive. I got my copies at Shoppers Drug Mart for like $15.00 each.

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Along with these two DVDs , Mary Helen has written an expanded book for Ballet Beautiful, and has done two ballet-inspired cardio DVDs. You can get the cardio ones through Amazon.ca, and the book through them and Chapters. Your local library may have a copy of the book too, as that is where I got the copy I read. I even found some great stretches in the book that have improved the flexibility in my hips for Kung Fu. Bonus! And if you can’t get those items, no problem! She also offers online classes through her website. For more information about Ballet Beautiful and Mary Helen Bowers, please visit her website at https://www.balletbeautiful.com/.

Again, as with any exercise program, it is always best to consult with your doctor, and play it safe with any moves you feel might be harmful. You alone know your body, and your doctor will be able to help you find alternative moves you can do that will help you achieve your goals without injuring yourself.

Now if you’ll please excuse me, I’ve got some exercises to do. And… pointe!

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up

Canuck Crooners: Shakin’ Up North!

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When I was growing up, my father loved playing classic tunes on the tape deck in our 1989 Dodge Caravan. Road trip after road trip was accompanied by these great soundtracks, and I can attribute my love of vintage music to those precious times with him. And of all the music my father played, my favorites were the rockabilly tunes.

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So… what is rockabilly you ask? Ever listened to Wanda Jackson? Johnny Cash? Buddy Holly? Jerry Lee Lewis? Or Elvis in his early days? Then you’ve listened to rockabilly. Birthed in the early 1950’s, it was a musical style that combined country or “hillbilly” with rock ‘n’ roll. Western swing and boogie woogie (yes, that is a musical style :p) also played a part in its development, and it took America by storm for more than a decade.

Even though it faded out of the mainstream in the 60’s, the seeds of rockabilly could never die. John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles were greatly influenced by the style, and the early Beatles tracks used combinations of things that made their predecessors famous. Even the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin found inspiration from these kings and queens of rockabilly, as did the Stray Cats, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Linda Ronstadt, and the Everly Brothers. Shows like Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley kept the memory live on our TV screens, and c’mon—who could forget the amazing soundtrack to American Graffiti?

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As America heated up with the fires of this swingin’ style, do you think that the flames hit an ice wall at the 49th parallel? Heck no! In fact, several great Canadian artists embraced rockabilly with a passion, and developed successful careers of their own. But… can you name any of them? Thanks to Bear Family Records, now you can! Released in 1999, Shakin’ Up North: Canadian Rockabilly Vol. 1 is an awesome collection featuring samplings from 30 of Canada’s rockabilly legends. Bob and Lucille… Hal Willis… Rhythm Jesters… Jerry Palmer… all here for your listening enjoyment.

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First, let’s take a look at what you get with your purchase. I must admit a pin-up tacked up alongside a fisherman, a fish, and a fly wouldn’t make the cover of Vogue, but it seems to fit this collection. Oh Canada… 😉 Still, they used a beautiful pin-up, and inside, you are greeted with photos of some of the original vinyls, shots of the artists, and a nice booklet telling you more about their stories.

Then, we hit the songs. With 30 tracks to choose from, this is a BIG collection. However, the songs are quite short compared to most songs today. Mary Lou by Ted Daigle & the Tremlos, which is the longest song, clocks out at a whopping 2 minutes and 38 seconds. But because you get so many songs, you can put this CD on and have it going for a long time without having to toggle to another album on your playlist.

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I really enjoyed listening to this at work, especially since its happy-go-lucky lyrics and boppin’ tunes had me ready to jive ‘n’ wail without being too much of a distraction from what I was typing. The one drawback is that some of the songs border more on the country side than rockabilly.  The true rockabilly hits include “Jimmy Boy”, “Eeny Meeny Miney Moe”, “She’s a Square”, “Rockin’ Jukebox”, “Come Along With Me”, and “My Pink Cadillac”. Also, only one track is just instrumental, and that is “El Ringo” by Wes Dakus and the Club 93 Rebels. Even still, I found the tracks a treat, and appreciated getting to know some of our Canuck crooners who helped contribute to the rockabilly legend. If you’re looking for a rockin’ trip down memory lane, put on your bobby socks and your blue-suede shoes, grab a milkshake, and get ready for a fun ride with this collection! 🙂

Shakin’ Up North: Canadian Rockabilly Vol. 1 is available through Amazon.ca. My iTunes is down, but if you can find this album there too, take advantage of it. Stay hip, cats!

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Always with love,

Liz

The Canuck Pin-up