My ‘Big Burlesque Day Out’ fun!

Elle Du Jour at Big Burlesque Day Out 2014

Elle Du Jour with her beautiful purple fans

After Lea Rice’s lovely guest blog post about London Burlesque Festival‘s Big Burlesque Day Out last year, I was very excited when one of my Foxy Burlesque students shared a Facebook message about booking a stall at this year’s event.

Me and my Foxy Burlesque stall

Me and my Foxy Burlesque stall!

To be honest I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but booked a stall and decided I needed to make sure what I had on offer was different from everyone else. I wanted to promote Foxy Burlesque courses and workshops etc, but decided to sell a couple of things too, so opted for my Foxy Burlesque DVD ‘Take It Off’ and some gorgeous burlesque cupcake toppers care of my wonderful friend Kirsty Low from CakeyBake Ltd.

Chaz Royal & Betty D'Light

Chaz Royal & Betty D’Light

The day was held at Conway Hall in the Holborn area of London, so really central and I have to say, it was a truly lovely way to experience London Burlesque Festival. You get a hall full of gorgeous burlesque stalls with items to browse through and purchase, plus a great line up of festival performers strutting their stuff on stage.

 

Chaz Royal is the man behind London Burlesque Festival and his beautiful Mrs, performer Betty D’Light, is the lady behind The Big Burlesque day Out. It’s her ‘baby’ and she did a fantastic job organising and hosting.

Artwork by Madams Pinups

Artwork by Madams Pinups

My fellow stall holders had some wonderful things to share and sell, from stunning burlesque art by Madams Pinups, Rian Hughes, Saffron Reichenbacker, to accessories and beautiful sparkly pasties by Yurei, Scandalicious, Noir Collective.

Plus vintage clothing and lingerie by Pimp My Pants, through to bespoke costume designers including NIXON Point, Chameleon Couture and Miss Odelia Opium and even the fabulous Burlesque Baking book by Restoration Cake.

And while supping prosecco and spending a very rare day out with my hubby we met some lovely people and sold a good number of DVD’s and toppers and got to enjoy the fab performances too.

Burlesque Baking book by Restoration Cake

Burlesque Baking book by Restoration Cake

There were 10 different burlesque performers putting on the show of which my favourites were:

1) Elle Du Jour, all the way from Dallas, Texas who came on stage in a beautiful blue satin cape which doubled as isis wings.  She then danced beautifully with huge purple ostrich feather fans, before finishing her act doing the splits!

2) Violet Blaze, who is taking the burlesque world by storm at the moment, literally had us all eating out of the palm of her hands.  She was AWESOME!

Colette of Colette & Willy

Colette of Colette & Willy

3) Colette & Willy, a rare duo, were just captivating.  Willy playing the accordion and telling a story of the beautiful Colette as she tantalised us all with her beautiful fan dancing.

4) And last, but very much not least was the wonderful Bruise Violet. We have seen her perform a few times now and she is always a real treat to see.  A proper cheeky minx! So cheeky in fact that at the end of her dance she held up her fans to cover herself and pulled off her pasties and cstring and threw them off!

Pasties by Yurei

Pasties by Yurei

What a great day!

Thanks so much Betty D’Light!  It was a great success!

So if late night London performances are tricky for you to get to and back from, last train panic etc, I highly recommend you look out for next year’s Big Burlesque Day Out. You really can’t go wrong. xx

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4 of the prettiest things spotted at the Big Burlesque Day Out

Gold fringe Candy Belle corset

Guest post by Lea Rice – www.thehighteacast.co.uk

The Big Burlesque Day Out was the penultimate event held at the ten day long London Burlesque Festival. It’s a burlesque bazaar that brings vendors together to flog their wares to this glamorous performing community, politely interrupting glitzy shopping sessions with fashion shows, comedians and – of course – performances from the best showgirls on the circuit.

Ever the magpie, I have a wish list as long as your arm simply packed with beautiful, sparkly things spied at the Big Burlesque Day Out. If anyone’s looking to treat me to something any time soon, please cast your eye over this list…

Vintage inspired candy Belle corset

Betty D'light candy belle corset

Rocked by the siren-haired host of the Big Burlesque Day Out, Betty D’Light, Candy Belle’s pink and pearl corset was the star of the show.

This event was Candy Belle’s launch day, and considering the attention this £300 beauty received… I think they’re going to be an outright success. Not to mention their gold fringed number was paraded up and done the corset to rapturous applause (see above). Keep your eye on these guys!

Recoco Rock Deco Dress

Recoco Rock Deco dressAvailable in black or red, this dress knocked the socks off of the crowd.

Its gorgeous wiggle shape and cage style straps made it one of my favourite things I saw all day, and the best news is that it retails at a very reasonable £65. Made by Recoco Rock (who incidentally also do a fabulous line in summery watermelon patterned garments), I’ll be investing in this brand next time I need a sexy, eye-catching dress for… well… anything really!

Heart of the Glamazon Tasseled Empress pasties

Cheap pasties break easily, but paying upwards of £30 for them seems really steep if your whole working life isn’t dedicated to cabaret and burlesque.

Heart of the Glamazon nipple pastiesThe latter is the kind of price tag I was expecting from the Tasseled Empress stall, but to my surprise and delight their prices mostly seem to range between £10 and £20. Their website doesn’t do justice to the amount of different pasties and tassels they make so it’s best to catch them at a fayre if you can. They also do bespoke pasties if you’ve got a specific act in mind with a small budget.

Holloway Smith Noir Red Vintage Lace Eyemask with Feathers

 …For those with the luxury of a large budget however, Holloway Smith Noir is the place you need to be.

Holloway Smith Noir Red Lace Mask 2 FeatherKnown for creating bespoke pieces for the likes of Miss Polly Rae and other burlesque superstars, every single item they sell glitters with jewels and drips with class. Their eye masks recently hit new levels of popularity with the burlesque blogger world, and the Red Vintage Lace Eyemask is up their with my favourites. If I were a rich lady, all of my burlesque accessories would be coming from this place. You can’t tell me you’re not tempted…

Need somewhere to show off your sexy new garments? Check out the next Foxy Burlesque class dates and twist those new tassels!