In which I did a series called The Pinup Platoon (interviewing the 10 finalists for Miss Pinup New Zealand) and gave away not one, but two Erstwilder Flamingo necklaces; chatted with the fabulous Flo Foxworthy and talked about Annah Stretton’s RAW (Reclaim Another Woman) initiative. Most popular post:Pinup Platoon: Agent Bluebelle My favourite pic:
Wow … so it’s been a year since I finally got my act together, stopped procrastinating and started a little blog called MumptyStyle.com.
Having MumptyStyle has bought some fabulous people and lots of new knowledge and experiences into my life and I’m very grateful for that. Having a blog is a lot more work than I expected, but also a lot more fun!
So for this little Happy Birthday post I’ve decided to do a quick prize-giving. A prize-giving you ask? Yes – a prize-giving. So, without further ado, here goes:
These are the things Mumpty loves this week – 15/05/2015
It’s been AAAAGGGEEESS since I did a MumptyLoves, so here we go with a few of the things I’m loving lately!
♥ New handbag
Mumpty is a handbag FANATIC … but only likes/uses one brand, ‘cos she is obsessive that way! Here is my new baby – the Louis Vuitton Cluny in black epi leather. Squeee.
♥ This frock; the Jenny dress
in Mary Blair Commuters print
From Pinup Girl Clothing … it makes me feel a little bit like a vintage princess, which is rather pleasing. Something that is also pleasing is that my nieces HATE it when I use the word “frock,” which greatly increases my use of the word “frock.” This frock was a Mother’s Day present – such good taste they have!
♥ Into the Gloaming – by Alexia Sinclair
I LOVE Alexia Sinclair’s work – it is quite simply, superb (read my post about it here.) If Mumpty were to win Lotto this weekend, she would most definitely buy an Alexia Sinclair piece. But even if she doesn’t – there is a slight chance of one of these gracing her walls, because Alexia has released this special edition piece, entitled “Into the Gloaming” and has priced it, for a very limited time, at $350 – and you can pay it off over a three month period – brilliant. Details of how to buy it are in the post, or you can just click the picture and it’ll take you there.
♥ Besame lipstick in Red Hot Red …
This was gifted to me completely out of the blue by my gorgeous friend Miss Monique Sweet, who is one of the kindest girls I know. Anyway, it is the.fabbest.red colour; goes on well, stays on well – the works really. I really love the packaging too – the gold bullet is so decadent and vintage-feeling. Anyway, recently it has developed a very satisfying rattling sound and I can’t for the life of me find out what has come loose, but it does not affect the lipstick in any way – so I like it; it’s mysterious.
♥ This photo of me, some cool girls I know and … ya know, Dirty Martini
Because I’m still fan-girling from when I met her recently – you can read about it here.
♥ Reading books on my iPhone …
Because I’m a cheapy, I get the free ones! I really love having a book on my phone because I must confess, I do tend to sneak out most days to a cafe and have a coffee in my lunch break. Having a book on my phone means I am never caught out when the said cafe disappointingly doesn’t have the latest Woman’s Day for me to update myself on the essential information one needs!
♥ Red ballet flats from Shoes of Prey …
Yes I know – I normally include an unobtainable pair of Louboutins at the end of MumptyLoves, but this time I’m mixing it up and including this GORGEOUS pair of red patent ballet flats from Shoes of Prey. If you don’t know what Shoes of Prey is, click here and get designing your own custom-made shoes. Sooooo cool.
And see those nude patent heels in the background? Wishlist.for.Mumpty.
What are your favourite things this week? And if you enjoyed MumptyLoves, there are more editions here.
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.
It’s not often that an international burlesque performer of Dirty Martini’s calibre shimmies her way into town, so when I heard she was coming to Glamilton I signed up for the “Meet’n ‘Greet” with a squeal! And whilst I was there, I must admit, I behaved much like a groupie – I took endless selfies and photos galore and listened to her every word like a little sponge! Sorry everyone, but I couldn’t help it – and also, I wanted to write this post because OMG, Dirty Martini!
If you’re not a burlesquey kind of person and you don’t know who Dirty Martini is, just Google her – you’ll understand my groupie-ish behaviour then! In the meantime, let me just put this pic here to give you an example of Dirty’s fabulousness:
As one would expect, Dirty is a huge character with a great deal of pizazz. Having met her in person and observed the massive presence she has, I am pretty much on the edge of my seat waiting to see her perform in person – which thankfully is tonight!
A group of about twenty of us Glamilton ladies were lucky enough to have dinner with Dirty at Good George Dining Hall & Brewery in Frankton and it was a fabulous evening where the girls all dressed up in typical Glamilton BurleyQ fashion and so did Dirty! Her trademark Marilyn wig; a lamé dress and eyelashes you could shelter from the rain under made up Dirty’s attire, not to mention fabulous shoes. It was most certainly not an understated outfit – as you would expect! Not that it really matters, but for the record, I wore my new Pinup Girl Clothing Snow White Jenny dress. It has Snow White and The Wicked Queen and poison apples and stuff …
Anyway … whilst we were having dinner I was fortunate enough to sit opposite to Dirty, and so was able to enjoy her conversation most of the evening. She has the most fabulous laugh which comes out all the time, her happiness is infectious and she is incredibly generous in sharing her knowledge and performer tips.
Dirty had taken some classes in Glamilton over the last couple of days and we were discussing some of the things she had taught the ladies. Did you know that when you have a “prop” such as the swan (up there in Dirty’s pic) you have to create a character for the prop; you have to ensure your own character shines through; there needs to be a relationship between your character and the prop’s character and there also needs to be some kind of conflict and resolution in the act? And you just thought it was a performance right?! Well I must admit I didn’t know a lot of that and that’s why it is so incredibly valuable for performers like Dirty to come to NZ and to share that type of knowledge. (Special thanks to Catherine Smith for bringing her here.)
Amongst other things we discussed with Dirty, we talked about her fabulous curves and how they had affected her dance career throughout her life (she did ballet for years and a degree, I think, in performing arts – sorry if that’s wrong Dirty) – it was interesting for me to hear that Dirty has not always been as confident as she is now in her body and in fact has suffered a lot of emotional turmoil over the years because her body doesn’t fit the “typical dancer’s” mould (bear in mind what most ballet dancers look like.) It seems though, that her struggles helped build the person she is today. They say great things come from hardship, and it seems like they might be right.
It struck me several times throughout the evening that Dirty is 100% comfortable, and in fact joyous, about her body. The way she moves; the way she presents herself; the way she talks about her body – it’s amazing. One conversation we all had was how important it is to ensure our daughters don’t grow up hating their bodies. Dirty, I am right with you on that one.
By the way – the only time Dirty ever “worries” about her body she says is when she follows Dita von Teese onto the stage! Dirty performs in Dita’s “Strip Strip Hooray” burlesque show and she says when Dita comes off stage, completely wet and glistening after her martini glass act; gives Dirty a wink and says “good luck” – well, Dirty does feel slightly insecure going on stage after that! But we can totally understand that – because, Dita. (According to Dirty by the way – Dita IS that bloody perfect!) But Dirty says she’s never met an audience she hasn’t been able to win over, and I can well imagine that!
Dirty says she does occasionally get nervous still and a while ago in Paris, she was actually “shit scared!” And that show, she says, turned out to be one of the best of her life! While she is incredibly prepared and puts a huge amount of effort into her acts, Dirty confirmed that she does ad lib up there on stage and tailors her routine to the audience – as every good performer does.
So that is my roundup of a fabulous evening with one of burlesque’s gems … Dirty Martini – you were spectacular and it was an absolute pleasure to meet you.
I will end this post with a quote from Liberace that Dirty loves and that, for me, sums her up perfectly: