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The Artists Corner – Angelique Houtkamp

Posted 11th May, 2010 by

Last year, the lovely boy and I purchased a house.  An adorable little weatherboard affair built in 1927.  Sadly the poor dwelling had fallen into a state of disrepair and we have been diligently restoring it to some of it’s orginal splendor.  We have always been renters so it’s really quite exciting to be able to make changes and have everything exactly how you want... • read more •

Swingcopation!

Posted 7th May, 2010 by

As I type, the lovely travellin’ ladies Adora Derriere and Sapphire Demure are heading back to our shores via auto-gyro or some other contraption from the London Burlesque Festival (sans Trixi Tassels who has decided to leave as for adventures in the world beyond – BOOOOOO!).  They have been teasing us with little postcards of how much fun they have been having via the bookface and the... • read more •

Betty with a Y not Bettie with an IE.

Posted 5th May, 2010 by

Betty and her million dollar legs in the greatest pin-up shot of ALL TIME! I know I’ve only just posted about Bettie Page but when I was trawling youtube for some clips I came across this enchanting little number by Betty Grable.  I used to love her (still do!) and completely forgot she was a song and dance lady as well as a great actress. ... • read more •

The Queen of the Pin-ups

Posted 3rd May, 2010 by

I would be surprised if you hadn’t heard of Bettie Page.  Like quite literally like “OH MY GOD! You don’t know who Bettie Page is?????”.  But then again I would have the same reaction if you told me you hadn’t read any Terry Pratchett books “You WHAT!!? Quick, take my copy of The Colour of Magic and read it immediately!!!” (I’m such a nerd *sigh*).... • read more •

nihongo o hanashimasu ka?

Posted 29th April, 2010 by

Minasan!  Konichiwa!  O genki desu ka? In English that roughly translates to “Hello everyone!!!  How are you?”.  Why all the Japanese you ask?  Well I thought I’d share with you some little tidbits and (a sneak preview if you will) of a costume I am working on. When I started performing with Sugar Blue, I knew I wanted to do a Geisha act.  I’ve always... • read more •

Does Want!

Posted 27th April, 2010 by

So as I have previously stated, I am trying very hard to reduce my consumerism this year by only buying vintage or making it myself.  But being the avid online shopper I am (I think I would have been addicted to buying things out of catalogues if I lived in the 1920s), I just can’t stop browsing the endless aisles of of the world wide web... • read more •

Making Old Thing New Again

Posted 23rd April, 2010 by

Image courtesy of Sense and Sensibility Patterns My goodness!  It’s well into 2010 already!  Over a quarter of the way in as a matter of fact. I am thinking it is going to be a pretty spectacular year in my opinion.  I have so so many things planned already.  I’ve already made many a list in my diary on lovely lined postits (my new favourite thing in... • read more •

Ginger Footed

Posted 21st April, 2010 by

I absolutley LOVE this clip of Ginger Rogers doing the charleston. The scene was cut from the original movie.  I am normally all about the big crazy wacky charleston but something about Ginger’s precision and girliness just fills me with dancing delight! Isn’t it wonderful!? So cute it kills me! I used it as inspiration for some of the choreography in a new rountine I did for our Per>Lon show.  More... • read more •

Why Hello There!

Posted 19th April, 2010 by

Hello my lovelies!  Clara Cupcakes here, resident hula hooper, fan thrower and aficionado on all things baked and sugary.  I thought I would start my string of postings by introducing you to my delightful namesake and how I came to decide on my bejeweled alter ego. I spent forever trying to decide on what my burlesque name should be.  I trawled through old movie starlets, character from... • read more •
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