January 2014 Benefit Betties Newsletter
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Keepin' Up With The Betties - January 2014
In this Issue:

  • 2013 Year in Review
  • January Events
  • Let's Talk 50's Fashion
  • January Birthdays
  • Featured Bettie
  • Bettie Pro Tip
  • Queenisms
Contributors: Reina Von Rock, Jacky Oh, Grace Wright, Mrs. Queen, Roxie Gee, Jessie Rox

2013 Year in Review

By Jacky Oh

Start with a BANG!
    The Benefit Betties kick started the year of 2013 off with a bang fundraising with a kissing booth full of beautiful Betties at the Houston Burlesque Revue Valentine’s show and an old school bake sale at Nouveau Antique Art Bar. Shortly after The Betties achieved a great accomplishment by being granted non-profit organization status officially in March!  April brought upon celebrating and fundraising for the year at the FIRST annual Benefit Bettie's Ball. We hosted a masquerade ball which filled Avant Garden to full capacity with masked Betties and a wonderful supporting crowd who brought in $3,900!  These profits have been used throughout the year to help fund care packages for troops, our furry friends, and a humanitarian portion supporting and helping women and children in need.
          Here is a fun bit of information: WWII was the birth of the modern pinup or cheesecake photo! Soldiers "pinned up" celebrities to keep entertained and some were kept by soldiers as good luck charms. The Betties work to keep that tradition alive and give a little extra encouragement to our service men.

Summer Sweatin’
    At the Psychobilly Swap Meet in May the Betties were able to collect more donations for upcoming care packages by getting a little sticky with cotton candy sales!  On June 2nd care packages were put together and shipped to arrive just in time for the 4th of July. The packages included goodies like magazines, hygiene products, snacks and of course pinup pictures of Betties donated by all of our lovely members. June brought record breaking heat as the Betties helped put together a float for Houston's Pride festival in Montrose helping support C.A.P. (Citizens for Animal Protection). The nautical themed float was filled with puppies wearing sailor hats and Betties fully decked in vintage nautical outfits that distributed Bettie bandanas and threw glow sticks to a large number of the Pride crowds.
     In July, the Houston weather graced us with rain for the Rock Baby Rock It Rockabilly Festival. Despite these conditions Betties were still able to run a booth at this event. Additionally, in July The Benefit Betties were asked to be on the Deborah Duncan Show for vintage week! Betties were featured in a fashion show and our President, Al E. Cat, was able to give the community some information regarding our volunteer work.
     During August, Betties partnered with W.O.W. (Women of Wisdom) to contribute to women and children of a local community by hosting a dance and hula hoop class to encourage fitness. Betties also volunteered near Halloween to make crafty costumes for children. Trick or Treaters were able to be princesses, Spiderman and other various superheroes with the help of glitter, basic craft supplies and lots of love from Betties. October also brought Bootleggers’ Setting the Woods on Fire in which allowed for another opportunity to collect pet food for local animal shelters.

Photo Finish
     The Benefit Betties have a soft spot for our furry friends, so we have worked closely with Texas Litter Control to fundraise and donate time to help accomplish their mission. Ashley Connor Bounds, the Benefits Betties’ own The Bella Rush Photography worked diligently for months to put together a calendar in which all of the proceeds went to TLC. The calendar features many of the Betties and of course animals that are available for adoption. The calendar release and signing was in November at Nouveau Antique Art Bar.  To close the year the Betties collected toys and clothing donations for women and children in support of WOW at the Houston Burlesque Revue Show on December 20th.

January Events!

1/25 - Petticoats & Pomade, It's Retro Prom Night! 
Outlaw Daves is the place to be to bring your best handjive and the chance to run for royalty!  We will also have live entertainment and even a hula hoop contest. 

1/30 - Meet the Betties and Shop at Langford Market
A portion of the sales during the event will be donated back to the Benefit Betties! 

For the most up to date information about each event visit us on Facebook. 

Let's Talk 50's Fashion!
Laura and Mike from Replay on 19th Street were kind enough to style each Bettie for 50's day on Great Day Houston. To help prepare you for our Fabulous Petticoats and Pomade- 50's Prom Night at Outlaw Dave's we thought it would be a great idea to go over a few styling tips outside of the beloved poodle skirts and saddle shoes.
  • Hourglass Silouettes - From FULL TO PENCIL SKIRTS, show off your shape! Be sure to pick up necessary foundations such as BULLET BRAS, WAIST CINCHERS, and GIRDLES to help emphasize your lovely curves.
  • Femininity - Post WWII sent women back into the home and out of the workforce. The economic boom allowed women to once again entertain and attend social gatherings. HATS, GLOVES, and MATCHING ACCESSORIES are a must. The creation of steel shoe supports popularized the STILETTO HEEL; in either tall or kitten they accentuate women's legs and calves.
  • Make-up and Nails - RED or pink (if you are a Audrey girl) LIPSTICK, Soft Eyeshadow, MASCARA and winged LINER. RED, natural, or french tip nails are most common for the 50's. If you would like to try a couple shades that have been around since the 50's look for Revlon Fire and Ice or Cherries in the Snow. They even have matching lipstick!
  • Menswear - Make it a SUIT! Pick out your favorite pattern or two, add a skinny tie and suspenders. Go casual with pleated trousers and a cardigan.
Of course this is a very brief overview and there is so many more options to explore! You may already have the perfect attire in your closet, but if you don't or maybe just want to go shopping, take a trip to 19th Street. Replay on 19th is a wonderful shop and they are always ready to help. There are quite a few other shops on 19th, so I highly recommend you take a stroll.
Replay on 19th
373 W 19th Street
Houston, TX  77008

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Featured Bettie:
Ashley Connor-Bounds of the Bella Rush
By Grace Wright


You know the Betties are beautiful and generous but did you know that the Betties are also a gifted group of ladies, in a variety of fields and disciplines? This month we are shining our spotlight on the talented and gorgeous Ashley Connor Bounds. Our Bettie Fundraiser chairwoman and new Social director sits at the helm of the sought-after pin-up pick, The Bella Rush Photography.
Ashley provides a decadent pampering experience, including glamorous make-up, airbrushing, hair artistry and styling that can turn anyone (this plain Jane reporter included) into the picture of pinup perfection. The Bella Rush Photography caters to women of all shapes and sizes, offering a wide range of outfits and styles to unleash every woman’s inner glamazon.
With a background dripping in artistic expression, including her first love of writing, her NYC film and theatre education and her love of the art world, Ashley relished every opportunity to create and explore beauty in its many forms. When we sat down with the multifaceted photog, she offered a glimpse into how she became the vivacious woman she is today. "I always had a penchant for the industry and long before training and working at my first photography companies, I excitedly snapped photos throughout high school and college on whatever secondhand or borrowed equipment I could find.” She giggles to herself recalling distant memories and adds, "My love of studio portraiture can be traced back to those nights of high school sleepovers. I would transform them into evenings of beauty class, pilfered wine and portraiture in a makeshift bed-sheet studio. Each guest needed only to repay me by feigning attention as I screened the movie "Cry Baby" for the umpteenth time". “The business presented itself very organically to me and seemed like that Cinderella glass finding its way to my heels. I noticed women would often compliment my makeup and I would insist that they find their way to my chair. Long after I outgrew the PJ's & pigtails, I still held the notion that there was nothing quite like the excitement of a makeover!”.
Ashley officially started shooting under the name "The Bella Rush" in early 2010. A moniker she had adapted in honor of the middle names of her two children, Gavin Rush & Gillian Bella. I first met Ashley the afternoon of our scheduled photo shoot and I have to say that while the pictures are gorgeous (all self-deprecation aside, they truly are) the experience alone was just as valuable to me. The last time I intentionally sat in front of a photographer was in high school, oh so many years ago, so saying that I arrived with a certain amount of anxiety would be an understatement. However, I ended the afternoon feeling like I had just spent an afternoon getting makeup tips and some much needed ego fluffing from a life-long friend. Ashley truly has a gift for connecting to her clients and seeing the beauty in every woman. The connection she shares with her clients is obvious in the photographs that result from their time together. She echoed those very sentiments explaining, “There's no comparable feeling to seeing that look of esteem that grips a woman's face when she takes her first gaze into the mirror after her 'glamsformation'. I know it sounds trite, but it's truly a wondrously satisfying feeling to know that you had even a small hand in helping her feel beautiful, confident and empowered.”

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By Reina Von Rock

Which of the beautiful Betties are kicking off the New Year with a birthday? 
Amber Ostrander and Jackie Oh - that's who! We checked in with these babes and asked them to share a few fun facts and/or accomplishments from this past year, and here's what they had to say:

Amber Ostrander - January 14
"I would say one of my accomplishments is making it through 2013. It's been a rough year, but with the support of family and friends I have not only made it through, but I know I will be stronger than ever!!"
Jacky Oh - January 31
"This will be my dirty 30 b-day. I am working on my second degree; this one is in accounting, the first is in applied science. I'm a make-up artist as a side gig. I paint and write blogs as a hobby."

Let's give a round of applause and send tons of birthday wishes to our gals.

We will have a monthly birthday spotlight, so watch out for our newsletter and keep up with all the "Benefit Betties" action!

Bettie ProTip
Beauty Tips By Jacky Oh
Falsies: The Bigger the Better!
We’re talking lashes. Pinup makeup 101, lashes are a necessity! You can thank 60’s fashion icons like Twiggy, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Sophia Loren for starting batting lashes so seductively on the silver screen

Tips for easy and successful eyelash applications

  • Flex the band for 30 seconds to allow lashes to fit natural curve of the eye
  • Choose eyelash glue that works best for you. I recommend Duo Lash Glue
  • Apply a thin layer of glue directly onto the lash band and let dry until tacky
  • Use your fingers and a waxing stick to press the band down to the lash line. Brush additional glue onto edges if they are not sticking. Press for 10 seconds
  • Use liquid eyeliner AFTER application to hide the edges of the lashes by extending slightly beyond the ends of the eye.Pre-applying the liner may cause smudging during application
  • A coat of mascara helps achieve blending between your lash and the false lash
  • You can easily remove lashes with waterproof makeup remover or steam

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By Karina “Mrs. Queen”

Dare to cheer for one another.  There is not a limited amount of joy in the world.  One person’s happiness does not mean there is less happiness available to you.  In fact, it’s just the opposite.  Happiness and success grow exponentially as more and more women feel safe, comfortable, fulfilled and supported.  Be a part of that growth, won’t you?  Always wear your invisible crown.
“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the being of a happier life for ourselves”
Helen Keller
Queen of the Month
Mary, Queen of Scots, daughter of James V of Scotland was born at Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian, Scotland, on 8 December 1542, and became Queen of Scots when she was six days old.  She was first promised as a wife to Henry VIII’s son Edward who was born in 1553, but no sooner had the treaty been arranged than Catholic Scottish nobles opposed the plan and she was betrothed to Francis son of Henry II King of France.  They were married in Paris on 24 April 1558, and Francis became King of France in 1559 but his reign was brief as he died the following year

Mary returned to Scotland which, although she was Catholic, had officially become protestant following the religious reforms of John Knox.  She ruled successfully but extravagantly with her French styled court frowned upon by the Calvinist Scottish nobility. In 1565, Mary married her second cousin Henry Lord Darnley, but he was used by her enemies against her.  Her secretary David Riccio was murdered when he burst into her chamber with a group of conspirators.  Mary and Darnley’s son James was born in June 1566, but their marriage was turbulent and he was found murdered at Kirk o’Field near Edinburgh on 10 February 1567.  She was generally believed to be behind the crime.

Her subsequent marriage to Earl Bothwell, who was possibly Darnley’s murderer, brought conflict with the Scottish nobles who imprisoned her in Lochleven Castle where she was forced to renounce the throne to her infant son James VI.  Mary escaped from Lochleven, but was defeated near Glasgow at the battle of Langside in 1568.  She fled south to England where she believed that Queen Elizabeth I of England would support her restoration.

However, Roman Catholic plots against Queen Elizabeth led Elizabeth's ministers to demand Mary's execution: “So long as there is life in her, there is hope; so as they live in hope, we live in fear.”  Elizabeth was reluctant to sign the death warrant, but Mary was executed at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire on 8 February 1587, at the age of 44.  She was buried in Peterborough Cathedral.  In 1612 her son by then James I of England and James VI of Scotland had her body exhumed and placed in the vault of King Henry VII's Chapel in Westminster Abbey.

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