I've been meaning to write this for sometime, and what better time than right now? So here goes. A few months ago I saw an announcement for a pinup shoot with Holly West with hair and makeup by Micheline Pitt and Erika Reno. I thought dare I try it? Could I? So I inquired and lo and behold booked a shoot. I'm so glad it worked out because it has been part of my journey of healing. So thankful for PUG and the amazing community of women from all over the world. Your words and encouragement have helped me more than I can begin to express. You've helped me to realize and awaken to the beauty in me, and to let go of what I need to let go of. So my beloved PUGster big virtual (((hugs!))). 
On the day of my shoot I came with 2 PUG dresses the polka dot l'amour and the red Ava. I purchased the Ava from Maria Nadine Simpson, and in some way I felt extra lucky that I had a dress from a fellow PUGster  in another part of the world. I knew you would be there with me in spirit and encourage me toward health,wholeness, and trying new things. :) I was incredibly fortunate to have my hair and makeup done by Micheline and Erika. They  did an astounding make up and hair job. I've never looked so glamorous, but they may not have realized a major make over was going on as well in my heart. I've struggled with allowing others ugly words to shape how I see myself.  I've let those ugly words have to much power, but not anymore. I choose to let go of the hurtful negative words. I am not the ugly words that were spoken to me, and neither are you my lovely. We are majestic gorgeous powerful women and it's time we realize it. I challenge you as well as myself in this New Year to awaken to this . There is beauty in us  that has yet to be discovered, and realized but I  believe it will be and can be. With each dab of make up each stroke of the brush I felt myself letting go of years of ugly words. If there are any ugly words you need to let go of I encourage you to do it ladies!  There is wisdom in knowing what to let go of and what to hold onto, and I knew that I had to let go of  alot of toxic waste words! Micheline and Erika are not only gorgeous but immensely talented women. I literally was amazed at my eyebrows. Micheline is an eyebrow genius! Also my hair was done gloriously by Erika. Thank You ladies you helped me more than you know! I was and still am amazed at the results! :)
Now I'm ready for pictures with Holly West. Holly is a pro and an amazing woman herself. She coached me and directed me through it all. Let ,me tell you ladies so much work goes into those stunning pictures we see on the PUG website. I really had no idea, but after this shoot I have more of an idea, and definitely have a new found respect for the whole process!
To top off this wonderful day I was invited to see Natasha Estrada (aka Viva la Cholita) perform at Cicada. She was epic and divine in her performance, and everyone from team PUG was stunning. I was honored to be there.  I saw beauty all around me. In the music, song,  ,dances, and in everyone. Perfect way to end a glorious day <3
ps  I would also like to say thank you to lovely Margarita and Justine who were working in PUG Boutique the day of this shoot. Your presence was special to me, and very much appreciated.
Pictures are in the comments of this blog.:)

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Comment by Michelle Pia on January 12, 2013 at 9:32pm

My baltic amber jewelry is by my lovely friend Krys of creations by Krys http://www.creationsbykrys.com/index.php

I invite you gorgeous women to like my page I love to encourage women to see and embrace their beauty https://www.facebook.com/michellepiadiscoveringyourbeauty

Comment by Nadine Maria Simpson on January 12, 2013 at 11:30pm

Michelle you are a wonderful creature and I too am honored by the relationships with people around the world that pug has helped foster. Bringing women together with acceptance is so empowering! To acknowledge me in your journey is amazing, you are so beautiful!

Comment by Jessica Maria Montalvo-Anderson on January 13, 2013 at 11:12am

Thank you so much for sharing Michelle!! These photos are amazing! You look so beautiful! I wish you happiness on this beautiful path you are taking toward positivity and happiness. I am so happy to be a part of it. I know we have not met, but I truly consider you to be a friend, perhaps a long lost sister! I will get myself to CA very soon in hopes to meet you and the other wonderful women I've been thankful to meet along the way.  I have found that it only takes one thing that you haven't imagined ever doing to set off a world of new ventures. This is only the beginning. <3 

Comment by Brandi Shuey on January 13, 2013 at 6:05pm

Beautiful pictures :)

I know exactly what you mean about ugly words from the past. It took me a long time to realize the ugly things that were said to me since the time I was little, were not true. Cutting the negative out of your life is therapeutic and makes you look at things in a whole new way over time. It did for me :) Before you know it, the positive things you tell yourself push out the negatives words of others. You become stronger. You see the beauty in yourself and in others, which can lead to even more positive energy as made evident by this awesome site :)

Comment by Tahitia Belle Fille on January 15, 2013 at 2:20am

Thank you so much for writing this post Michelle. You've really captured the best of what Pinup Girl Clothing and this community can do for the mind, body and soul. You are a beautiful woman in every way a woman can be beautiful, and it was so wonderful to read about how PUG and it's makers became a part of your healing journey.

I hope that it's an easier journey form this point on, and that those hurtful negative words never hurt you again.

Comment by Michelle Pia on January 15, 2013 at 12:25pm

Thank you for reading my blog and for your comments. You ladies mean so much to me.I think there is strength and healing in the sharing of our stories. I''m so inspired by the beautiful women here.<3

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