I went to see burlesque queen Dita Von Teese and her lovely friends on the second of their two night tour stop in Portland. Needless to say, it was a feast for mine eyes! I’m still processing all of the glam and glitter…. and pasties.
These type of shows ignite a lot of feelings in me. Part of me is tense watching women parade around in silly costumes as nothing more than spectacles of desire; equally though, I adore the glitz and glamor, the make-up and hair, the SHOW BIZ. I’m not of the belief that the feminist and feminine must be mutually exclusive. This particular show made a concerted effort to showcase a wide range of body types, races, and even physical disabilities. All of the performers, no matter what size, were up on stage, completely owning their power as sexual beings… and appearing to have the time of their lives doing so.
I had a great time and Dita & Co. gained a new fan. Many thanks to my friend SB for taking me along! xo
Had to show my Indy pride on Race Day!
Wall of beautiful boots at Centerville Western Stores
Bolts of perfect prints at Pendleton Woolen Mills Outlet
Kitschy Heaven at SC’s
#nowplaying Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates
Ideas, articles, and photos swirling in my head and documented here have been connecting in a weird & wonderful way lately. Case in point, the “Downtown Girl” post about my love for the ease and shopping in that area of PDX and then reeding the flourishing West End the very next day on Oregon Live, an article highlighting many of the shops and reasons that shape my positive views. Yet again this morning, I was catching up on Tavi’s Style Rookie since, ya know, I just wrote “Princess Tavi” about how much I like her, and I found a post of hers, “a hodgepodge, if you will” from January 15, 2012 where she mentions MissRepresentation, the documentary I also just saw and wrote about. CRAZY! I was very happy to reed that her school [somewhere in Chicago] screened the film and I’m glad that it’s getting seen by teenagers; hopefully it got through to some of her classmates.
Earlier this weekend, another connection in the form of open idea sharing with a dear-yet-far-away friend. She felt a creative spark and sought input, as we have always had a deep understanding of each other. We are very different, but appreciate and notice the unique aesthetic sensibilities of our respective minds. Encouragement and advice from a friend who “gets you” is so valuable, as he/she is able to give a perspective that you are usually too deep invested in an idea or plan to notice. I am excited to see how she channels this energy!
No Earth-shattering realizations going on here, but it is fun to be reminded of connections across the vast sharing avenue of the Interwebz. Finding common ground in whatever form is so rewarding and helps to quell those moments where loneliness & isolation creep in. Document copiously and share often; we’re all in this together!
PS: “Mad Men” TONIGHT!!!! I enjoyed this article from The Atlantic “The ‘Mad Men’ Double-Standard: Why do Fans Hate Betty but Love Don?”
#nowplaying Blouse, Blouse
I’m off to glittery-fabulous-decadent LAS VEGA$ in the [early] morning; my first time there outside of the airport and I’m going with my four best lady friends/former college roommates. I suppose there’s no better way to do it up right in Sin City, eh Liberace?
My goals for the weekend, in no particular order: laugh, gamble, catch-up with friends I rarely see, give & get advice, wear lots of jewelry, avoid marriage, see some nudity, eat, drink…. mostly just everything I normally try to do, plus the gambling bit.
For more on this sort of trip, please see: Vegas “With My Girls” via Thought Catalog. Genius, as per usual.
Also: First peek of the Miu Mui Spring/Summer 2012 ads today via Fashion Copious
I love them so much!! Hard to believe, I know.
FLOTUS tweets: Mrs. O joined the twitterverse! Let’s hope for lots of fashion tips. -MO
Have a safe & happy MLK Jr. weekend!