VIVA! Part One

Hi dolls! I apologize for the lack of posting recently, but my health has been at the forefront or things and I am now slated to have another shoulder surgery this Friday – this time on the opposite shoulder. I have a torn labrum and a fracture of the humeral head (the part of your upper arm bone that goes into your shoulder). So, I am going in for my sixth time getting cut open. Hence the radio silence! But I wanted to make a few posts whilst I still had both my arms and hands available to do so 😉

Although it has been several months, I have quite a stockpile of great photos and videos from Viva that I am sure no one will mind seeing or re-visiting if you had the wonderful opportunity to attend. This was the last Viva held on Easter weekend – hereafter, Viva will be held near Easter weekend, but not directly during it. I am sure that means numbers of those attending will skyrocket!

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One of my first stops was the Charles Phoenix show. Ever since I randomly decided to attend his show last year, I loved it and had to go back. It’s always pretty packed in the showroom because many others think so too! He was his usual zany self, in his crazy wardrobe, with his awesome shots.

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Check out a little video I took below of his show:

Next up was the Burlesque Showcase, one of my favorites to attend at Viva.

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First was Audrey Deluxe, the organizer of all of the burlesque events at Viva. She always has such cute routines!

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Tara MiSioux was next up, and she is one of my favorites. She always has classy, vintage-styled routines set to jazz-y music.

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Kitten & Lou were next, and they had such a cute and kitschy routine!

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One of my absolute favorites, Roxi D’Lite, was up next. She has such amazing dancing and acrobatic skills, and she is gorgeous!

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The fabulous Ms. Perle Noire followed Roxi. She is known for her energy and spunk and did not disappoint in that!

One of the last acts was one that I had anticipated the most, as I am an avid follower of Lou Lou D’Vil on Instagram and Facebook and I think she is super talented (not to mention beyond beautiful!). She is from Finland and her acts are always fierce and on point!

Warning: NSFW Content (pastie falls off)

“But what did you wear?!” You ask? Well…

  
During the day I wore an amazingly detailed vintage Mexican-style dress from the 1950s, complete with beautiful embroidery and gorgeous lace inlays. Very light and flowy! At night I wore the Tatyana Gold Digger dress, one of my favourite “night out” dresses for sure. Just look at it – it screams “vintage glam”!
Stay tuned for the next Viva post, along with my excursion to California for some Old Hollywood quality time!

The 10th Annual New York Burlesque Festival: The Teaser Party – Part Two

Here we are, the final installment of my coverage of the Teaser Party of the 10th Annual New York Burlesque Festival! I took so many pictures and videos that I did not want to pollute an entire post with it and cause it to take forever for you to see. So let’s get started!

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This next girl had an awesome Theda Bara type costume – it was cool and spooky at the same time.

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Here is the video of her performance…

This next girl had an ode to her home country, France…

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This next girl had a very cool gothic bird type dance. Her performance is below!

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This next girl – she had quite the umm, rare talent for tassels. You’ll see below!

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See! And she made those things twirl in opposite directions, and could make them stop on the drop of a dime and just make one twirl. Now that’s talent! LOL.

This next girl is straight out of Milan, and as a result had a totally Italian-themed performance.

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This next performer is a man – yes, guys can be burlesque performers! They call it “boy-lesque” 🙂 He had quite a funny skit, and definitely was extreme! I think the men have to work a little harder than the women in this area for attention and accolades. He did well, and immediately upon seeing him I saw an Errol Flynn look to him.

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This next performer had a very unique mermaid inspired performance. Towards the end she was wearing a shell-type undergarment, and as you can tell it opened right up to strings of pearls! Definitely a way to end the night!

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All in all, it was a fabulous night. Despite my foot killing me, my back hurting, and being super tired, I just couldn’t leave until it was all over. I left feeling inspired and feeling proud of my body and that – hey – maybe it ain’t that bad. After every burlesque show I feel this way! These ladies are amazing for doing what they do and showing us gals that we need to be proud of what we have, no matter what!

The 10th Annual New York Burlesque Festival: The Teaser Party – Part One

The New York Burlesque Festival is an annual event over several days which celebrates this art in Gotham. Not many people are aware that there is much for burlesque here, but there is! When I first heard about this event a couple of months ago, I just knew I had to go. I wanted to go to every single night, but unfortunately being a student, a lack of funds has limited my ability to do such things. But Time Out magazine must have known my predicament and I was chosen as the winner of two tickets to the Teaser Party at the Bell House in Brooklyn. They must have known I was a desperate blogger! 😉

The venue they held the first night of the tenth annual festival in was quite perfect for the event and had great atmosphere – I may have to frequent the Bell House more on my own, it has a great rockabilly vibe!

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The warm up act was a fabulous old school Naw’leans jazz band, complete with a tap dancer. They are called The Hot Sardines, and man were they killer! Check out some of the videos I took below and judge for yourself!

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Amazing, n’est pas? They really fired up the crowd and had a hot jazz sound. Check them out on Facebook!

Before the festival could begin, the Bishop of Burlesque had to bless it 😉

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The host for the evening was Albert Cadabra. Now usually I find the host to be quite corny and kind of exhausting, but this one was quite funny, energetic, and entertaining! He swallowed a three foot ballon right at the beginning of the show, like it was nothing at all.

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He was giving out some free PBR to the front row of people, so we snagged some and guzzled up! The go-go dancers came out for a few minutes, then it was on to the performers!

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How’s that for only being part one?! I have so many fabulous pictures from all of these wonderful performers that I couldn’t share all of them in just one post. So stay tuned for the next installment coming in the next day or so!