I am so privileged to have the most amazing group of female friends and family. I originally posted this a couple of years ago now, but when I was browsing back through my old posts, I decided they are STILL amazing and so I thought I would post it again!
I think you are very much influenced by the people you spend the most time with, so although I try not to be judgmental of anyone and the decisions they make, I’m also aware my time is precious to me and so I choose to spend it with people I admire and love.
So … my gorgeous, clever and insanely talented friends include (in no particular order):
♥ Burlesque performers and showgirls, who sweat nervous bullets before they go on stage and then rock that stage like they were born to be there!
♥ A woman who had an idea one night; created a Facebook group based on that idea and is now the proud overseer of a 43,000-strong group and an accompanying, wildly-successful blog. Her greatest achievement in that regard? Creating an ahurutanga – a safe environment where no one feels judged. ♥ A woman who, with four young children, creates cakes like this (see below) out of her home kitchen! (She also has a double degree and is a trained architect.)
♥ Cancer survivors. ♥ Nurses. ♥ Mentors who help women develop confidence and a positive body image through dance and just generally being sassy! ♥ Amazing mothers who put the hugest amount of time, effort and love into growing beautiful humans – the most important job in the world. ♥ Book editors/proofreaders. ♥ Earthquake survivors. ♥ Business woman who moonlight as sexy pinup and alternative models!
♥ Internationally acclaimed body painter and makeup artists. ♥ Women who write for a living (my dream job!) ♥ Women following their passion and doing what they love to do. ♥ Widows who are brave and strong and are doing an incredible job of bringing up their children alone. ♥ Travellers. ♥ Makeup artists and hairdressers – again, they make women feel beautiful. ♥ My sisters … because they are amazing. ♥ My Mum … because she is incredible and inspirational and wonderful. ♥ My daughter – because she is my world and makes my life SO special. ♥ Grandmothers who give tirelessly of their time and love – not just to their own family, but to others as well. ♥ Photographers who create gorgeous images that make other women realise their own beauty.
♥ Women who volunteer their time at hospitals and schools to help those less fortunate than themselves. ♥ Teachers. ♥ Business women.
So to all of you, and I hope you recognise yourself in there somewhere …
Imagine if you will, someone who, on one of her Facebook pages describes herself as a “retired locomotive engineer” and on the other, as an “entertainer” – more accurately, a burlesque entertainer.
From who she was, to who she is; this is the story of Miss Chevious Cinders and how she became the Grand Dame of New Zealand burlesque.
When she’s not “in character” as Miss Chevious Cinders, she is simply known as Cindy. Born in Takapuna, Auckland in 1936 (yes, she’s 78!) and bought up by her grandparents, Cindy says she always knew she was “different.” And different she is … in the very best of ways!
Cindy now lives her life as a transsexual woman and is actively involved in the NZ burlesque scene. She says she has never been happier, but it wasn’t always that way …
As early as the mid-60’s, Cindy says she was cross-dressing, but only in the privacy of her home – she took photos, but developed them herself, scared to take them anywhere in case she was found out. She started working for the railways in March 1954, where she fired steam locomotives and drove steam, diesel and electrical trains until her retirement in November 1990. Cindy lived in the NZ Rail Hostel for thirteen years, and in 1965 went to her first “vice versa” party where she said she “had a lot of fun.” In 1975 she met her future wife whom she married three years later and fathered two girls – Cindy thought her cross-dressing days were over. Unfortunately for Cindy’s marriage however, they weren’t – she returned to her cross-dressing ways; got found out and got kicked out in January 1994!
During that period, Cindy started to cross-dress more often and when she discovered the internet and typed in “cross-dressing” on her computer, a whole new world opened up for her. She joined transgender groups, re-named herself Cindy and met her long-time friend, Dot. Cindy and Dot started going out together dressed as women, mostly after dark, and mostly to the late night pictures. Cindy felt she’d worked out what had been “bugging” her all those years and in 2002 started hormone treatment as the first step in her journey to becoming a woman. A year later she officially changed her name to Karen Cindy Jane and after selling her home in 2004, found herself with some available funds and decided to pursue sexual reassignment surgery in Thailand. She and Dot flew over on the 20th of March 2005; Cindy had the surgery and they had a holiday together in Thailand. The rest, as they say, is history.
Now, nearly ten years later, Cindy has firmly established herself as one of the most colourful and loveable characters on the NZ burlesque scene and is actively involved in the pride movement too. She says all transgender people really want is acceptance; not to be treated differently or to be changed, but just to be accepted and loved for who they are.
Cindy credits her happiness in the last few years since she had her sexual reassignment surgery to the level of acceptance she’s found from the people in the community she’s created for herself. As a woman who has accepted and embraced her true self, Cindy is finally living the life she deserves. She’s one of the lucky ones too – her family have accepted her as she is and she enjoys the company of her two daughters and eight grandchildren, who call her Gran.
At 78 years old, Cindy is showing no sign of slowing down! She’s a regular performer on the burlesque scene, and not just in Glamilton either – Cindy travels all over the country, and often overseas as well, to perform and to be an extremely supportive and enthusiastic audience member. There probably hasn’t been a major burlesque show in the country that Cindy’s missed for a long time and there’s a photo of her and nearly every international burlesque performer who’s ever visited NZ on her “wall of fame.”
She attends workshops too and this year was invited to perform at the NZ Burlesque Festival in the Promenade event – a performance for which she was proud to receive a standing ovation from her adoring audience. Her Pink Panther routine has reached almost iconic status here in New Zealand, and has been performed for many lucky audiences – I’ve personally seen it several times, and each time, it makes me happy and so proud to be a friend of Cindy’s.
Cindy’s Facebook status updates show a woman on a mission! She’s hopping a bus to a show in Palmerston one minute; then she’s back for a few days, then catching a plane to Australia to attend a festival somewhere. Then she’s off up to Auckland to watch a show and attend a workshop, then back home. She shows up regularly at burlesque class and often has a new set of fans, or another addition to her costume wardrobe to show us!
She appeared in the “Bring Back Burlesque Christmas Show” at the Riverlea Theatre in 2013 and has overseas trips and plans booked all the way out to April next year!
At the NZ Burlesque Festival this month, Cindy earned the title of “Industry Groupie” which was an honour very fitting indeed! Aside from her groupie activities, she spends time with her friends and family and the boys down at the Workingman’s Club! Phewww … I can only dream of having that much energy now, much less at 78!
So all in all, Cindy would say it’s been a good life so far and there’s still lots more fun to be had; lots more shows and workshops to attend and lots more international burlesque stars to be photographed with!
Acceptance and love … they really do make the world go round … and characters like Cindy, aka Miss Chevious Cinders, add that extra layer of sparkle and character.
Extra for experts:
If you’d like to watch the short film Cindy has made about her transition from male to female, you can click here.
Click here to watch Cindy’s peformance at the 2014 NZ Burlesque Festival in Palmerston North.
So … I have been to quite a few burlesque shows over the last few years, and I’ve also been backstage at many burlesque shows as well (by the way … it’s a marvellous place to be!) and so I’ve come up with a few tips which, if you follow them, will make you a stellar burlesque audience member. And I tell you what – as an audience member, you can make or break a show, so get yourself a wine and read on my sparkly friend!
Dress up – this is for your pleasure as much as the performers. You can literally NEVER be overdressed at a burlesque show – the sky is the limit – truly. And that is a very awesome and liberating thing …. think about it – how many occasions are there that you can indulge your love of sequins, fabulous headwear, glitter, tiaras and whatever else tickles your fancy?! PS: there’s quite often a competition for Best Dressed too … so get your fancy on!
Good etiquette … yes these girls (and boys) are here to take their clothes off – and don’t worry, they will. But if you call out obnoxious, drunken and stupid things like “show us ya *****” they more than likely won’t. Their job is to tease, tantalise and seduce you – not bust everything out, give it a shake and walk off the stage. Performers put a great deal of time, thought and effort into their acts, and they don’t need some drunken punter ruining it for them (or the rest of the audience for that matter). Having said that though …
Encourage them! … whoop, holler, whistle, clap, cheer. There’s NOTHING worse than an audience that sits there politely and doesn’t respond to the performers. There’s been many a time when I’ve been backstage and heard a performer come off stage, shaking their head ruefully and announcing “tough audience – hard to get them going.” Honestly, you will get a waaaaay better performance from them if you give them a bit of encouragement and something to play up to! And don’t be scared about them picking on you if you do that … they’re more likely to pick on you if you don’t!
DO NOT KEEP their things! If, during their act, you happen to have a costume piece flung at you, or near you – PLEASE for the love of God, DO NOT KEEP IT! Costume pieces are often handmade, cost a fortune or are difficult/time-consuming to replace. Costume pieces are an integral part of a performer’s act; a lot of thought and expense goes into them and they need them for the next time they perform. Performers in New Zealand don’t get paid much – it barely covers their rhinestones – they do it for the love of the performance and they certainly can’t be replacing costume pieces after every performance. If you do find something; either hand it to the stage kitty, who will be collecting the cast off pieces, or if you can’t do that, hand it to someone behind the bar or to the stage manager.
Embrace the inappropriate – burlesque is bawdy, comedic and sexy and it’s R18 for a reason. If you’re easily offended or have no sense of humour, do us all a favour and stay at home! But if you are up for a good night and can roll with the punches and innuendo (and let’s face it, not always just innuendo!) you are gonna have yourself a blast! One of my favourite MC’s, Piotr from Uzbekoslavia is totally inappropriate and it’s one of my favourite things about him!
Don’t take photos– a) it’s not your job – there is generally a show photographer hired to do that; b) the flash can distract the performers; c) performers have the right to control photographs of themselves in that situation and d) you’ll enjoy the show more, and annoy people around you less, if you just leave your phone in your bag.
Don’t expect Dita von Teese every time – burlesque is a wonderful, crazy, inclusive world where (mostly) amateur performers get to tease, tantalise and shake their booties a few times a year. They don’t have big costume budgets like Dita does; they don’t all have perfect bodies (and that’s the fun of it – they’re ordinary people like you and I) and they don’t have time to practice all day, every day. Burlesque is meant to be spontaneous and fun, and there are often bloopers – and they’re often the most fun parts of the show. Be kind and enjoy the spectacle – I can tell you, many/most performers are literally a bundle of nerves before they go on stage, where they somehow magically transform into the glamorous, confident performer you see. Trust.
So that is my guide to how to be a good burlesque audience member. Hope it’s helpful and remember – support your local performers by heading along to their shows whenever you can. They’re not expensive and you are pretty much guaranteed a fun night of entertainment, sass and the opportunity to dress yourself up to the nines!
So bust out your best burlesque ensemble and hop to it …
Wow … for once, Mumpty is nearly speechless! ** Warning** pic-heavy post – but when it comes to burlesque, those are the best posts right?! For the record, all images in this post were taken by the truly marvellous, burlesque photographer extraordinaire, David Rowe from David Rowe Photography – just book him!
I have been to many a burlesque show over the last few years, but this one, featuring the internationally famous, Miss Dirty Martini, was one INCREDIBLE show! Not only did Dirty herself prove from the very first second she stepped on the stage, why she has the massive following she does, but the other performers sparkled their little hearts out as well! (To read about when Mumpty actually met Dirty IRL, click here.)
FYI, for what it’s worth, Cabaret Royale was held at Glamilton’s premiere burlesque venue, Altitude Bar on the 17th of April!
For the first time I’ve ever seen, there was actually a queue waiting outside to get into the venue before it started – aaaah the power of the international phenomenon that she is, Miss Dirty Martini!
The evening was MC’d by the gloriously, hilariously outrageous Felicity Frockaccino – she of the comic-clad statuesque figure and the towering heels that she managed to haul herself up on to the stage in, more times than I think was safe! The bartender, Zac, was the somewhat unwilling object of Ms Frockaccino’s affections – it was very, very funny to watch him squirm – but actually he handled the attention incredibly well! I wonder how often Ms Frockaccino really does get beaten up after the show though?!
Aside from being a rather superb MC, Felicity Frockaccino also performed a fabulous little number in the second half of the show that had Mumpty and her bestie, Miss Monique Sweet, in fits of laughter!
The show was opened by recently-formed Glamilton troupe, The Gorgeous Glamiltonians, who performed a beautiful, colourful and cheeky Four Seasons routine – which was a tribute to Dirty Martini herself. The Gorgeous Glamiltonians choreographed the piece and took some of their inspiration, particularly for the fan work, from a group fan act Dirty did a while ago.
The routine was fan-based with a troupe feel to it, complimented by individual performances. As one audience member put it later, it was a visual symphony! The Gorgeous Glamiltonians troupe is made up of:
Now I can’t remember the exact order of the routines that followed, so I’m just going to mention them all and hope I don’t get it too far wrong!
The gorgeous Miss Cherry Lashes performed a fabulous, gold-inspired routine – the pièce de résistance of which was when she smeared herself in gold paint – a very theatrical moment indeed! Well done Miss Cherry Lashes!
Belly dancing made it’s shimmy-ing, sexy self well-known in the fabulous routine performed by Leggy Luna Lucy. Now Felicity Frockaccino informed the audience this was Miss Lucy’s last performance – I most certainly hope that is not the case! Leggy Luna Lucy is a brilliant performer and the audience was wowed by a super-funky routine where that booty was shaken and stirred like the very best martini (did you see how I made that link here?!)
We were also treated to a wonderful routine by the lady who was clever enough to bring Miss Dirty Martini to New Zealand; Catherine Smith (Owner; Caburlesque International, Director; Miss Burlesque NZ) who performed as Sadie, a very sexy and somewhat naughty Cleaning Lady!
Glamilton performer, Pussy Gallorez performed her fire-inspired routine and released a shower of red glitter onto the stage (and other places too I believe, but we won’t go into that here!)
Burlesque diva and Miss Burlesque NZ 2012, Miss Bettsy Rose Lee, performed her mega-popular, multi-award-winning Cupcake Odyssey routine – I’ve seen it a few times now and I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it! Any routine that ends with the performer stuffing her face with cake and sprinkles has got my vote!
Queen of the Cards, Cherie D’Bauche, is a Rotorua-based performer, and I have not seen her perform before. I really enjoyed her card-inspired routine and I thought her costuming was gorgeous. I look forward to seeing her perform again some time soon.
And then … and then … it was the long-awaited turn of the magnificent Miss Dirty Martini (and not before some heckling from the audience, which Ms Frockaccino handled with the tact and sophistication we had come to expect from her!)
What can I say about Dirty’s act? It was a mastery of comedic burlesque and demonstrated all the components necessary for a good routine (as identified by Dirty at dinner – see here if you don’t know what I’m talking about.) Aside from all that, it was visually stunning; Dirty is hilarious; her timing is impeccable and she is just THAT.BLOODY.GOOD! A true burlesque superstar! Dirty performed her infamous Swan Routine, and it was, quite simply, brilliant. That is a very inappropriate swan by the way **insert lascivious wink here**
My only complaint? We needed MORE DIRTY!
So that, my friends, was how it was to be in the audience of a Dirty Martini Burlesque Show – in short – fabulous!
It was great to see so many new faces in the audience – obviously Dirty’s fame has spread as far as Glamilton! There were also some familiar faces and it was just as good to see them – and a special mention of our newly-crowned Miss Pinup NZ 2015 – Bettie Rage.
Back in mid-December (and goodness that seems like a long time ago now doesn’t it?!) I was lucky enough to be asked by the fabulous Ms Tittle Tattle to be a backstage helper at her annual Christmas burlesque show; Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge. And, as with all Bombshell Burlesque productions, it was a fabulous night of burlesque, tease and high-spirited fun! I had a blast, and judging by the obvious enjoyment of the audience and their feedback, so did everyone else!
For those of you who haven’t taken yourself along to the The Nivara Lounge in Glamilton … you must! It’s a fabulous, intimate little vintage-styled venue with comfy chairs, a great little bar and although I didn’t try it, the food looked and smelt fabulous.
I was so excited when I saw the lineup of talent; this is the first time I had seen some of these ladies perform, and yay – there was even a boylesquer!
Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge was MC’d by the effervescent and actually, quite hilariously irreverent (!) Miss La Vida. Miss La Vida, of course, is an extremely well-known burlesque performer in her own right and has taken the stage from London to Las Vegas and New York to Sydney! Her MC style is funny, engaging, slightly bossy (believe me you do NOT want to be caught taking pictures or doing any other naughty stuff!) She had the crowd in fits of laughter with her bawdy antics and bogun jokes about Hamilton (clearly someone forgot to tell her we prefer to be known as Glamilton!) Her lightening-fast costume changes between acts were very well received, with the most popular ensemble appearing to be the rhinestone encrusted g-string and bra by New Zealand costumier to the stars, Flo Foxworthy. She posed with a flourish between the stage curtains and sauntered on to much applause – Miss La Vida is, most certainly, a showgirl in the extreme. And that, of course, is what you want in a burlesque MC!
The opening act was the first act of two by the inimitable Pixie Twist, which was later followed by her controversial Lady Cxxt act (if you want to see the pics of that one, visit her Facebook page!) Miss Monique Sweet and I had a rather interesting time helping the Pixie out with her latex and glitter props – ya’ know what – backstage at a burlesque show is never quite as glam as you’d think! I have to say though, burlesque girls (and boys!) are VERY MacGyver-like with their props!
Pixie’s acts were both designed to encourage us to question the wisdom of trying to conform to the mass media’s ideals of physical perfection and what is appropriate behaviour for young ladies. Pixie is very much of the opinion that you should love your body, no matter what it’s shape, and do what feels right for you – and who can argue with that?!
The fiery Ruby Spice was up next with her fabulous Born to be Wild act – I love this one – I remember a while ago when I saw it for the first time with my friend … she said to me “oh, I didn’t know you could do that with burlesque – I thought it had to be all slinky and slow” – HELL NO! Burlesque can be whatever you want it to be! Ruby’s Born to be Wild act is high-energy, raunchy and the audience loves it!
This was the first time I had seen the wonderful Miss Cherry Lashes perform, and what a treat it was … she did a gorgeous, classical routine and I really enjoyed watching her. That girl sure knows how to peel a glove to maximum effect!
And finally … a boylesquer! Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge was lucky to showcase the incredible talents of Mo’ Cachino (Mr Burlesque New Zealand 2013) Mo’ Cachino describes himself as “a velvety hot chocolate, with a double shot of samba for extra shimmy.” Sounds good right? Well he is. You can totally see how he won hearts and the main prize at the Mr Burlesque NZ competition back in 2013. Miss Cherry Lashes – you are one lucky lady!
Fun fact:A “boylesquer” is a male burlesque performer. They’re a relatively rare breed, but their numbers seem to be on the increase on the New Zealand burlesque scene. Hahhhaaaa … I’ve made them sound like a new species that’s been discovered … and perhaps they are?! Anyway, they’re a welcome and wonderful addition to the “scene” – they perform quite differently to the ladies, and it’s always great to have a variety of acts and “new blood” to keep things fresh and exciting.
Well … if you’re ever looking to see a stunningly beautiful, classical burlesque performer, look no further than Coco Valence. Move over Dita … this beautiful girl from Raglan will give you a run for your money! This was the first time I had seen Coco perform and she was a pleasure to watch – fan dances are so beautiful and Coco and her fans were no exception. If you want to find out where Coco Valence and Alegra Fantail are performing this summer, check out their website here. They are both part of the Blue Sapphire – Electroswing Collective.
Seasoned Glamilton performer and audience favourite, Miss Ooh La La Paree – Chic, Unique and Magnifique strutted her glamorous stuff with her lively Samba routine – she’s always so much fun and it’s fabulous to see how much she gives to her acts and how she lights up the stage every time. A true showgirl.
And last, but my goodness, certainly not least (!), was the curvaceous, fabulous bombshell that is Ms Tittle Tattle – producer of Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge. She showed her usual mastery of the audience and gave as good as she got – and managed to ooze old-school glamour all the way. Superb Ms Tittle Tattle – well played!
Guests at Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge were treated to a pre-show and an interval set by awesome Auckland-based DJ Netti Page. She also rounded off the evening with some fabulous after-show dancing – great to see some of the performers – and Netti – kicking up their heels! Performer’s music for the evening was very efficiently handled by the King of the 2014 Burlesque Festival NZ, Mr B Frank.
And would you look at these two huh?! This is a not-so-great photo of moi and a gorgeous-as-always photo of Miss Monique Sweet – we were the stage kitties for the evening, and we had a wonderful time backstage, onstage, around the stage, at the barstage – everywhere really!! Miss Mollie Tov did an admirable job of Door Dollying, and it was awesome to see Ruby Spice, resplendent in Christmas lights and Hershey’s Kisses perched (somewhat uncomfortably unfortunately!) on the bar as a welcoming gambit!
So there you have it … a rundown of the fabulous evening that was Burlesque at The Nivara Lounge – I hope you enjoyed!
All photos were taken by the magical David Rowe from David Rowe Photography. Check out David’s website here and his Facebook page here.
Oh … and here we have a picture of Mumpty on her way to what was clearly very SERIOUS business – I think I look like someone ELF’d me!!
If you don’t know about Mumpty’s Pinup December, you are in for a treat. A stunning pinup, burlesque performer or alt model every day for December; what’s made them proud this year and a charity of their choice. Click on the links below for each individual Pinup December model’s page.
Well, would you look at that … here I am on Pinup December! I hadn’t planned to be, but then I decided I have a lot to be proud of and grateful for this year, so here I am!
What Mumpty is most proud of this year… (in her own words) “Like many of the other girls that have taken part in Pinup December, there have been so many things I’ve been proud of in 2014 … my daughter turned ten this year and she is still the most amazing little creature I know and I love her like you wouldn’t believe. Her achievements well outweigh mine and I love watching her grow and develop her cheeky personality!
I am also really proud that I FINALLY created my blog (www.mumptystyle.com) – I’ve always loved to write and had been meaning to create a blog for so long, but for some reason, kept finding excuses not to start. Finally I decided it “was time” and so far I am absolutely loving having this little space to write in and it makes my little heart swell when people actually read what I write and enjoy it! I am super-proud of my Pinup December feature – mostly because of all the incredible women who agreed to be a part of it – I appreciate it SOOOO much.
This gorgeous pinup/burlesque performer is the recently-married and fresh-back-from-her-honeymoon, Miss Bettsy Rose Lee. I’d like to wish her and her husband a happy and sparkly marriage and all the love in the world! I’m so pleased to feature Miss Bettsy Rose Lee here on Pinup December.
What Miss Bettsy Rose Lee is most proud of this year… (in her own words) “Winning two Golden Garters at this year’s New Zealand Burlesque Festival was a huge shock and honour, especially the award for Favourite Routine!
I was also thrilled with the productions I have been involved in creating this year. Three successful Crazy Diamond Burlesque shows at the mighty Meteor Theatre here in Glamilton which I co-produced with my two best friends and of course, the biggest production of my life – my wedding! (Click here to read about her Hen’s Night – Mumpty)
Bettsy’s Christmas memory: “coming home from Midnight Mass to discover that Santa had been and being allowed to open my presents at about 1am! Brilliant really, as we all got to sleep in on Christmas morning!”
Miss Bettsy Rose Lee’s charity of choice … is Nvader.
I had the pleasure of watching the beautiful Alegra Fantail perform recently at The Nivara Lounge and what a stunning performer she is … she had the crowd on the edge of their seats with her cheeky and sassy act. I’m very, very pleased to feature her here on Pinup December.
What Alegra Fantail is most proud of this year… (in her own words) “Proudest moments? Collaborating with a talented group of artists and releasing Blue Sapphire Electroswing Collective to the world last summer. It is a burlesque electroswing set, with lots of fun and tease – of course!
Alegra Fantail’s charity of choice … KASM – Kiwis Against Seabed Mining … “being a West Coast girl, the ocean is my sanctuary.”
Wow … Ruby Ruin is a busy and motivated lady … check out what she’s achieved in just one year! I am extremely proud to have this stunning burlesquin’ superwoman on Pinup December!
What Ruby Ruin is most proud of this year… (in her own words) “This year really has been a year of all years, so it’s hard to mention just one thing that I’m proud of this year – because really, I’m proud of the entire year! It’s been one of those dream years that you get to the end of and pinch yourself to make sure it wasn’t all a dream … haha!
The highlight reel for the year – in as few words as possible goes like this: I travelled to the USA for the Show Me Burlesque Festival and toured America & Canada; I also performed in both the Australian Burlesque Festival Show in Canberra and the Perth International Burlesque Festival plus I watched the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Vegas on my birthday – all up I was away for 2.5 months!!
I‘ve had some amazing shows with my burlesque partner in crime, Bonita Danger Doll, and our company Tease & Trouble Productions; I got to present a new act which I am incredibly proud of at The New Zealand Burlesque Festival; I won an International Recognition Award, Favourite Costume and Favourite Producers (Tease & Trouble Productions) at the Golden Garters Awards for The New Zealand Burlesque Festival 2014; I’ve just finished 12 weeks of travelling across the country to perform all over the place; I started a new direction with my label Ruination (I’ve added photography and makeup which has been awesome and a lot of fun) and I created Nillionaires Club to raise funds for my fellow starving artists after the struggle of coming up with funding for my overseas trip. Phewwwww!!!
I am sure there are many more smaller things that I achieved career-wise, but those would definitely be the highlights for me.
On a personal note, I married the love of my life and we bought a caravan … as I type this James literally just looked at me and said “baby, we are living the dream!!” We are exceptionally lucky … I think when you find that person in life who supports you and shares common dreams, achieving them comes faster than you ever thought possible.
I’m really looking forward to what next year will bring!!
Ruby’s Christmas memories … “Christmas really is a special time of year – not for the presents – because I really don’t believe in gifting because it is what is expected (I like to gift randomly and unexpectedly), but for the time with family and the reflecting on the year that was; celebrating what was and what will be.
My favourite Christmas memory is when I was little … I don’t come from a wealthy family and my parents couldn’t really afford to buy Christmas presents so they would hand make everything. The year in particular that is my favourite is the year both my sister and I got a giant doll with scraggly hair. My mum had made clothes and accessories for them and wrapped them all separately – we had a lot of fun discovering all the things she had made to go with our dolls and we played with them A LOT! It’s really not about the money you spend, but the thought and love behind the gift when you give it.
I hope you and everyone who reads your blog has a fabulous Christmas with “frailly” (friends, family and the friends who become family) – much love!”
Ruby Ruin’s charity of choice … is the Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust in Christchurch because they are awesome and do awesome work!
Check out Ruby’s social media haunts – she’s a busy lady; there are lots of them!