Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Topless Vlog #22

Here it is!

In this episode I sleepily chat about Monday Night Tease, costume construction for a top-secret Hollywood project, and shopping for rewedding rings.

Monday Night Tease

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Topless Vlog #21

Here it is!  I chat about performing and teaching at the Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa Regional Gathering, having a crafty birthday hoo-ha, giving herself a gel manicure, and creating a mermaid tail for Burlesqueland.

Make Meaning
Gel manicure kit

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ass Wednesday

It's time for the holiest of days, Ass Wednesday.  Inspired by my friends on Facebook, here are some awesome ass pics and links to ass.

First, I invite you to enjoy this gem from BCJ Photography.  This is a fantastic view of my ass and the audience at the Monday Night Tease Gallery Retrospective.

Here is a shot by Modern Noir Studios of me viewing my feature in Bachelor Pad Magazine.  No panties!

This is another one from Modern Noir.  This is my current Facebook profile pic.  Yes, I'm dressed.

This is from the audience's perspective at the Monday Night Tease Gallery Retrospective.  This is the only one of the shots from Jason Kamimura from that night that you get.  (This is why it's a good idea to get on the list for the events where I tell you there are NO vice laws.)  Note the fantastic look on Lili vonSchtupp's face.

Here's one from SH Photo of Evie Lovelle painting my ass blue at Monday Night Tease.  That's what friends do for each other.

This is from the first time I performed at House of Blues New Orleans as part of New Orleans Burlesque Fest.  Photo by Charlotte Treuse.

And here my ass from the second time I got naked at House of Blues New Orleans for the festival the following year.  Photo by Charlotte Treuse.

Here's a photo by Crazy White Lady Photography.  I'm so modest because I'm holding a veil.

Finishing off the theme, here's a shot by Pez Photo of my first time performing in Chicago.

Happy Ass Wednesday!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Topless Vlog #20

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This week I chat about two photo shoots that involved the pets, the worst king cake ever, birthday shenanigans, and another way to dress up those nipples for Valentine's Day.  Mr. Snapper has hiccups.

Wild Things: Burlesque Beauties & the Pets They Love

Saturday, February 2, 2013


The more money you spend on a costume, the more important it is to get swatches before you buy your fabric.  (The amount of money you spend is relative.  If money's tight then anything can seem expensive.)  In an effort to be a smarter shopper -- and to keep from adding yards and yards of spare fabric to my ever-decreasing storage space at home -- I went swatching this morning.  It was a skill I learned in the costume shop in college, and I've improved on that technique over the years.

Grab some index cards, a marker, and some double-stick tape.  (I use carpet tape or office supply tape for this because Topstick is too expensive for this sort of thing.)  Write down the project/costume name, cost, store, width, and cleaning instructions on each index card.  Slap a piece of double-stick tape on one edge of the card, leaving the protective covering on one side so you have a place to stick your swatches.  (We used to do this with staples in college, but they snag other fabrics.) I'll also write down the fabric content if I expect it to go through any laundering or ironing.

These are my swatches from today.  I was shopping for two different projects.  You can see I titled them "tail" for my mermaid tail and "robe" for my robe project.  I didn't make notes about cleaning instructions because none of these things will be able to be washed at all.  I knew that going into it.

Get the clerks in the fabric stores to cut the swatches for you.  Sometimes they scrimp, giving you a sliver that will only give you a color sampling.  It's important to be able to test the hand (feel) of the fabric, stretch,  transparency, and texture.  The shops in LA tend to give decent swatches.  If they're stingy with the swatches or if you need a little more fabric to test the drape, buy the least amount you can form the vendor.  I bought a yard of the robe fabric because I needed a larger sample and it was only $3 a yard.  (I stuck the business card to the tape over a swatch I cut from my purchase so I'd have a reference when it was time to shop for real.)

This is the yard of fabric I bought.  I needed enough to examine the drape and to see how it would look with the boas I have.  In fact, I have enough to get naked and see how sheer it is on other parts of my body (besides my arm).

I need to start keeping a rolodex of swatches because I've gone back and purchased fabric I swatched for other projects.  It would save me time when I go hunting for that one fabric a good six months after the original project is complete.