Happy 1000 hits to me,
Happy 1000 hits to me,
Happy 1000 hits dear Champagneinonehand.typepad.com (sing really fast),
Happy 1000 hits to me!
Yep, over the weekend I passed the 1000 views milestone on my blog (who woulda thought I could hit the refresh button that many times?!!). I’ve had readers from all over the USA, Canada and the World (New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, India, Germany, Switzerland plus some places I don’t even recognize!) – it’s super cool seeing all the places pop up and I hope I’ll see many more in the future. To date, my biggest number of hits in one day has been 58. Here's to reporting on 100/day soon - Cheers!! and thanks for reading!
Now, some Dolly news! People cautioned me about working with a model. They warned me that they could be precious, high maintenance and often acted like complete airheads (and let’s face it, Dolly doesn’t have much up top). But Dolly seemed different....it all started off well. She worked her little butt off (and later you will learn how that has presented me with a serious gluteal predicament) modeling many of the 7-day-bikini-challenge bikini tops that are now listed in the Champagne in One Hand...shop on Etsy. Look!!
Perhaps it was the extensive travel to exotic locations, the glamorous clothes, or the mixing with celebrities, but Dolly started to get a bit big for her (figurative) boots. She complained that she was attracting unwanted attention at the clubs dressed solely in a bikini top and requested, nay demanded, that I make her some bikini bottoms to go with those tops. It’s difficult to argue with a torso, and I kinda saw her point. My first bikini customer requested the top alone, so that’s how I continued, but I realize that many people would prefer a full suit, so I set about appeasing her. After a couple of early attempts that quickly began to look like cumbersome, medieval underwear one is stitched into for months at a time, I used one of my own bikinis as a guide for shape and made these.
I just have to add swimsuit lining then I will put them up on Etsy as a set.
Dolly was ecstatic and hurridly put them on. It was not difficult to see the problem….a couple actually. How can I say this delicately? Dolly’s gorgeous, size 0, cellulite-free, good girl legs just wouldn’t separate.
Problem #1: scrunched up bikini crotch resembling an adult diaper.
“Loosen up girl”, I encouraged. "Maybe a sneaky morning glass of Sauv blanc would help?". A bit better...
Problem #2: the girl has no butt. I’m not talking small, flat, needs to do a few squats “no butt”, I’m talking concave, hollow “no butt”.
I can honestly say that if you had told me a year ago that right about now I would be spending my days crocheting and manhandling a plastic torso to get the perfect bikini shot, I would’ve shot you a "she/he's crazy-in-the-coconut" look! If I had been given a heads up, perhaps I would have foreseen the limitations of a butt-less mannequin!! So now I’m on the lookout for a butt double! Kim Kardashian lives close by, but is busy with wedding plans. I would do it myself (not really) but hey I’m trying to sell these things! so it’s back to ebay for me! Either that or ply my friends with copious alcohol tonight as we get together at Toi Tapas bar in Thousand Oaks and execute a late night fashion shoot. Any volunteers?!!
To be continued….!!