Monday, June 15, 2009

Photo Safari-Game for a laugh?

Verity Vale pool side-By Topher 2009 Exploring we did go, all the way to down town Las Vegas on the Java’s Bachelor Pad Magazine sponsored Photo Safari. Marvolusly managed by Don Spiro I must add.

An ogling oasis of ladies and gents of all different persuasions hunting for that elusive shot. Alot of feather flashing later, poseing under the downtown Las Vegas sign and much tottering about, that had bought amused traffic and even a limo to stop on the curb for a good perve.It was then time to be whisked off on the Big Red London Double Decker bus (of which I felt very much at home being a Brit) off on a hunt for the next location The Aruba Hotel

Ever seen twenty or so women try to change in to bathing suits and bikinis, on a bus in motion before? Let’s just say it was eye popping and one of the funniest days I have had in a long time.

The Aruba former rat pack hang out the that was called the Thunderbird has kept its classic look, it even had a tiki bar at the pool how fab was that and after a scramble off the bus in search of more game and a watering hole we had reached our final destination.

It was defiantly worth the effort of running around London before I left, to try and find retro swim wear, as I was in good company of the many lady’s that had made a really good effort of Verity Vale The Look-By Topherlooking the part, I had swimsuit envy of quite a few. I found this black original 1950's one in Radio Days the Vintage shop in London.

Before we knew it was time to get back on the big red bus to The Orleans Casino Hotel where most of us were staying, it hardly gave a girl time to get dressed.

A big thank you to everyone who made me feel welcome, girls and togs alike. I think next year they might need a bigger bus!

And a big thank you to the photographer Christopher Pettit who took these black swim suits shots of me above, how you got my ivory pasty self to look glam I really do not know.

And a thank you to Holli-Mae from 21:CP for the green retro polka dot shots . I am sure there are more to come and be posted on the net from the togs I met in Las Vegas, but after such a week I am sure they have tonnes to sort through and sleep to catch before they do.
Thank you one and all x

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Wow weekend that was.

Verity Vale at the Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend Sunday Night Gala 2009
Verity Vale at the Burlesque Hall of Fame weekend Saturday Night 2009 Fashion shows and Glam After parties move over baby!

A whole camp cocktail weekend of glamour and giggles at the Burlesque Hall of Fame pageant was had by all, including the bemused casino goers that hadn’t a clue what was going on as we swaned by in our cocktail best. What with a Wedding on stage, Burlesque bowling and trips on a red Double Decker to pool side photo shoots around A Tiki bar were only some of it to tell.

Well I for one, will certainly be going to next years, that’s for sure.

A whole weekend, nearly a whole week of chances, to get dressed up and prance around in nice dresses, surrounded by true glitter arty is not a thing to miss. It's not very often you get the chance to get your frocks on (or off as the case maybe) and have a good time. The lady’s and gents were beautiful and funny in equal measures as sequins not sleaze was shimmied around and that was just the crowd!
I have been to many a celeb event, the odd ball or two around the world and I can honestly say, I have never seen so many nicely put together, well, elegant and imaginativly dressed people before all in one spot. It was visual heaven on and off stage as so many people made an effort.
Even an older casino gambling lady in the bathrooms at one of the intervals,thought we where all there for a fashion show.

Thank you to Holli-Mae from 21:CP for snapping my picture on two of the nights.x

A Big Congratulations really has to go out to this year's Reining ‘Queen of Burlesque’ 2009 Kalani KoKonuts!

Not only did the show girl of burlesque win the crown, but she won Most Dazzling too!
The Debut Winner (The kind of princess of the Pagent a ‘Miss Burlesque’ if you will) was won by Melody Mangler.

The formerly known Miss Exotic World now Burlesque Hall of Fame Winners as follows:

The Reigning Queen of Burlesque 2009 Kalani KoKonuts (Las Vegas, NV)
Reigning Queen First Runner Up: Roxy Dlite (Windsor, ON, Canada)
Reigning Queen Second Runner Up: Perle Noire (New Orleans, LA)
Best Debut: Melody Mangler (Vancouver, B.C., )
Best Boylesque:Hot Toddy (Chicago, IL)
Best Variety:Gigi & Pop(Brooklyn, NY)
Best Group:Aerobella Trapeze (Brooklyn, NY)
Most Classic: Knicker Kittens Burlesque Revue (Stockholm, Sweden)
Most Comical: Little Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY)
Most Dazzling: Kalani KoKonuts (Las Vegas, NV)

Burlesque Hall of Fame Legends Award: Satan's Angel

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Oooh La Vegas

Taken by 21st Century
Off to Las Vegas soon to see the wonderful lady’s at The Burlesque Hall of Fame Pageant (used to be Miss Exotic World, but I wonder if the 'Miss World' people have got all snotty about it?)
No I am not a performer, just a happy spectator.
I don’t think The Orleans knows what kind of glamour bomb is going to go off in their lobby during the weekend.

I haven’t a clue what to pack!

OK that’s a lie, I am taking my two favourite dresses that I got from down the road in the shop Circa Vintage .They might have been expensive dresses and I did have to save up, but they have been well worth it the amount of time and occasions I have worn them (and been asked where I got them from when I do wear them).

Have my eye on a red Dior dress in there, but at £1800! it will have to stay a dream.

They are only some of my favourite dresses in my wardrobe, mixed up with along with the finds from charity shops and car boot sales of the past, so they will have to come with me and a new retro polka dot swimsuit I ordered online for around the pool has just arrived and is coming too.

I try to pack light but it is Las Vegas, the chance to wear my glam stuff and not get too stared at. Ok a little bit stared at.cant be missed.
So two glitter dresses, a gold D and G suit, four evening dresses, day dresses and the list will go on, no doubt.

I do tend to travel quite abit for fun, so packing isn’t normally such a worry.

But what do you pack for two weeks that is going to included going to burlesque shows and a pageant, pool parties 9 take my rubber duck?), burlesque bowling (do you need pasties or tassels for your bowling ball?),pin up modelling safari (do I need a hat?) and a whole host of unknown things that will pop up!

My tip for keeping luggage weigh low might not even help this time.

I normally pack one set of accessories that tend to go with everything. My list normally includes, nude strappy high heeled sandals and a pair of gold evening shoes, a gold and a black clutch evening bag , a cream and one black evening Jacket with a nude pashmina will go with most evening dresses so they mix and match. A plain pair of pool shoes that will go with all my swim and pool wear , a good pair of neutral day shoes and a pair of cream trousers are my basics and tend to keep weight in my case low.
So now all I have to do is pick my dresses, tops and trousers!
Oh dear how long is it till my plane leaves?

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