Monday, 26 November 2012

Busy, Busy!

Another lovely few days in Cabaret land!

Espresso cocktails at Cellar Door

On Wednesday evening, I went along to Cellar Door to watch Kiki Kaboom and Pete Saunders performing their show 'Blues, Booze and Complete Country' (genius title!) It was a great show, and wonderful to hang out with so many performers who had come along to support them both.

Hanging out at Cellar Door

On Friday I was performing at the gorgeous Proud Cabaret, with a truly fabulous line-up! Proud is one of my favourite venues - it's a beautiful place, the people who work there are wonderful, and the show always has a stellar line-up: backstage is great fun too!

Saturday was a busy little day - early evening saw me at The Vintage Ball at Volupte Lounge, performing alongside the gorgeous Sophia St. Villier and Bambi - I love Volupte; it feels like being in a cozy living room with a bunch of friends!

Mirror Picture! With Sophia and Bambi

I was performing my 'Cottingley Fairy' act that night - the routine is one of my oldest and I have been performing it for around four years now, however the costume has been through several incarnations to reach the beautiful wings I now use; and those wings made their debut about two years ago the first time I ever performed at Volupte!

All the petals for the act!

As soon as the show had finished, I jumped into a taxi and tore across town back to Proud to perform there again!

Mirror Picture! With Kitty Devine, Missy Fatale, Ben Brown and Abi Collins

I adore weekends like this - full of shows, fun, pink wine and amazing people!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Burlesque and Babies!

I've had such a lovely week!

Friday saw the final 'The Burlesque Show' of the year and it was a fabulous way to end the 2012 tour! The audience of Crawley were incredibly enthusiastic, and they had a line-up to be wild about, also including Mat Ricardo, Elliot Mason and Rod Laver

Mirror Picture! With Jim Devereaux as 'This is Elvis'

Wings Pictures! Beau Rocks and Laurie Hagen

Train Wine! With Dolly, Laurie and Dolores

On Saturday I travelled up to Leeds for the legendary 'The Wet Spot' and it was another wonderful line-up!

Backstage: Millie playing Mr. B's banjolele ** Cherry knitting with Missy

Packed Audience ** Carrie-Ann onstage

Missy on stage ** Cherry on stage

So many friends came to watch the show and the sold out audience were amazing! I stayed overnight with the lovely Dahlia of Leeds Burlesque and her gorgeous cat, Danzig

Spot the cat in the case...

Travelling back to London on Sunday, I made a slight detour to Liverpool as one of my best friends had her son last week and I was dying to meet him as I'm his godmother!



All in all it was a fabulous few days!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Beauty Blog

It's Glossybox time!

As we are in the run-up to Christmas, this months theme was 'Stocking Fillers' and I was really impressed with the items this time!

Glossybox Stocking Fillers

List of Products

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm
I adore BB Creams; they are little lifesavers allowing me to look bright and made-up during the day without the heaviness of a full foundation, and I was excited to find this in the box as I've just run out of my current one!
The description says it is a 'cult product' in Korea, and that it prevents streaking due to controlling sebum production to prevent sweat. Well: I had a busy day today and it has stayed on well, lasting several train and tube journeys and a dance audition, so I can't fault that claim at all! I feel tired but my skin still looks alright! It was slightly dark in the tube but blended well and gave nice, light coverage.

Burberry: Body - Eau de Parfum
I have to confess I'm not a huge fan of Burberry at the best of times, and, in my opinion, this is definitely one to add to the list. I had high hopes given that the scent is described as an 'effortlessly sensual, feminine fragrance with an eclectic combination of green absinthe, rose and cashmeran.' I envisaged the aroma of an opium den with hints of a turkish garden... however it was heady, overpoweringly floral and rather 'old-fashioned' to my mind. Like something my great-grandma would have worn! Not something I'll be wearing again. However the little sample is beautifully packaged and presented - it's a shame the scent doesn't live up to first impressions. 

Alison Claire Natural Beauty: Mango Body Butter
I loved this product - lovely texture; very rich and silky: a little went a very long way and the smell was so divine I wanted to eat it! The only problem is that it is only a sample size so won't last forever and I can see myself using this every day!

Nails Inc: Kensington Caviar Top Coat
Shown here over the top of yesterdays paint-job (my current favorite varnish from MUA at Superdrug - £1! One whole English pound and it's fabulous!) I don't usually use top coats - I hate applying nail varnish so much I don't see the point in adding to the rigmarole. However this was easy to  apply, dried quickly and looks nice and glossy. Whether it makes the colour last any longer than it usually does remains to be seen...

Dermalogica: Daily Microfoliant
I am a fan of Dermalogica - I like their quirky products and even the made-up names (microfoliant?!) don't annoy me as much as you might suppose. This was a little odd to me at first: a powder that, when it is mixed with water becomes a soapy paste that is used in the same way as a regular exfoliator. But, it worked! My tired, morning skin was much brighter, my make up when on smoother and the beginnings of dry, winter skin were banished immediately. Lovely.

If you enjoyed reading this post, why not check out my previous Glossybox Beauty Blogs?

Disney Princesses - CGI Portraits

As I warned you last time; my insomnia drives me to become obsessed with random things for an intense (mercifully brief) time, and right now, it's Disney Princess Art. However it's only a short post this time as I've just stumbled across these beautiful, CGI images by Digital Artist Jace Wallace.

I have to say, I don't really like the Snow White of this series, I think she's slightly creepy... however the Tiana and Ariel more than redeem the small set - I hope he produces more! 

Snow White
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves - 1937

The Little Mermaid - 1989

Princess Jasmine
Aladdin - 1992

The Princess and the Frog - 2009

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Despite only having one show last weekend, it was an absolutely wonderful one, with an incredible line-up!

Mirror Picture! With Abi Collins, Taz Zebrowski, Kiki Kaboom and Lili La Scala

Hosted by Lili, the show also featured Mat Ricardo: we joked that it was an award-winning line-up - Lili won at the Buxton Fringe Festival, Mat and Kiki won at the London Cabaret Awards, Abi won at the Milan Burlesque Festival and I... got my 25 metres swimming badge when I was 8...!

Abi performing on stage at Proud Cabaret

I then had the luxury of a weekend off to relax and catch up on Strictly Come Dancing (!) before my Grandparents arrived for a few days visit to the big city. We walked all around London, visiting the V&A, Harrods (for the Disney Princess Christmas windows), Oxford Street and Regent Street to see the lights, rounded off with a lovely meal and a theatre trip to see 'Singing in the Rain' - complete with a complimentary seat upgrade! Thank you very much!

V&A Museum

Harrods: all lit up for Christmas

Sleeping Beauty ** Rapunzel (Tangled)

 Rapunzel's Peacock ** Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

Jasmine (Aladdin) ** Ariel (The Little Mermaid)

Pocahontas ** Mulan

Tiana (The Princess and the Frog) ** Cinderella

Snow White ** Cinderella's Coach

Yes, I took a video of the glory of the Christian Louboutin Cinderella shoes :) 

Sweets, Cake and Squid in the Harrods Food Hall

Singing in the Rain stage

My Grandma,Granddad and I outside the theatre