Lady Luck Festival 2017

The Blue Mountains knows how to celebrate history, vintage style and alternative culture. On Saturday the streets of Katoomba were alive with visitors, vintage lovers and the strong Blue Mountains community, and Katoomba Street was lined with gleaming classic cars once more for the annual Lady Luck festival. Live music and performances brought cheers to be heard for blocks, and the always stellar Sydney Swing Katz blew the crowds away with their swing dancing (even inspiring my little one to take to the chequered dance floor.) From live performance to custom hot rods, vintage stalls and handmade rockabilly-style wares, there was something for everyone.

It was a privilege to be asked to help judge Miss Lady Luck and Little Miss Lady Luck again this year, alongside last year’s winner, Miss Vee Dub, and performer Porcelain. Once more it was near impossible to narrow down the group, particularly among the young Miss Lady Luck entrants, who were all truly marvellous (With the turn out this year perhaps it’s time for a first, second and third placing, as with the adults?) It’s good fun, and for me, all about the promotion of vintage and appreciation of social history, and most especially, the value of community. Each entrant shone and had fun with the audience, as you can see below.

Therese Dabboussy won the Miss Lady Luck title in perfectly tailored head to toe vintage (and underthings!), with the beautiful Kate Maree, AKA Kat Coupe Deville in 2nd place and lovely Miss Jade Serpentine, the current Miss Pinup Australia in 3rd place. The tiny and adorable Celeste Bigeni won Little Miss Lady Luck, in an outfit matching her mother. Congratulations to all of the winners!

The Diner and Dance event at the majestic Carrington Hotel was a blast, with impressive rock and roll and swing dancing, live music and a dance competition. I was asked, quite unexpectedly, to choose a best dressed man and woman, along with Penny, and we chose a gorgeous vintage-dressed pair, who also really knew how to cut up the dance floor.

Thanks for another great day, Lady Luck.

Who knows, maybe I’ll get enough courage up to hit the dance floor next year?

Here’s a gallery of photographs by my husband Berndt Sellheim of our Lady Luck experience this year. Thanks for having us.


  • All photographs copyright of Berndt Sellheim.


  1. I have been trying to get hold of a pair of the black and white wingtip shoes in one of the pictures above!

    Looks like it is a fun festival. Might have to rock up myself sometime. 🙂

  2. Victory

    Ross, you’ll have to come to the next festival and snatch up a pair x