Thursday, April 24, 2008

Dita Von Teese 'Be COINTREAUversial'

This past Tuesday night, I attended a private party in honor of Dita Von Teese's 'Be COINTREAUversial' US debut performance in NYC. Dita is the new new brand ambassador for the French liqueur and has a drink named after her~ the Cointreau Teese. This drink is quite delicious! 1 ½ oz. Cointreau ¾ oz. apple juice ½ oz. Monin violet syrup ½ oz. fresh lemon juice. Shake and strain into a martini glass with a ginger-frosted rim; garnish with a violet.

I was fortunate enough to see Dita perform a few years ago in Los Angeles, so I was very excited to see her perform again! This time, I was up close and personal. Burlesque performer and costumer Catherine D'Lish outdid herself on Dita's orange rhinestones and feathered creation. There were touches of 50's glamour with Liz Taylor's Cleopatra-esque costume details, and an elegant bejeweled up do that would make the transformed Eliza Doolittle green with envy. Celebrity hairstylist and Dita confidant Danilo told me excitedly that "they had never done a 50's or 60's theme with her before..." Her whole look was truly exquisite~ right down to her rhinestone encrusted garters!! Her makeup was flawless as usual.

Dita did not fail to mesmerise the awestruck crowd with her tantalizing movements. After disrobing down to silver glitter pasties and G, she deftly danced with giant orange ostrich feather fans before moving on to a Cointreau Teese violet bath. Up and in she went~ into her giant cocktail glass while her porcelain skin glowed like moonlight. Miss Dita is one of the finest entertainers I have seen! Her gratitude and passion for her craft is evident. Her face was luminous; her smile contagious. At the end, she indulges herself with her signature drink while the audience does the same.

If you ever get a chance to see her perform, I urge you to pawn something or sell a kidney~ whatever you have to do to get there and see her. You will not regret it! Dita has been performing most of her life as a dancer, fetish and pin-up model and burlesque teaser~ even before it was mainstream. She helped bring these dying art forms back to life and is the undesputed Queen of Burlesque. Her hard work and love of Old Hollywood Glamour has turned her into a top style icon, an extremely in demand artist and my absolute favorite idol.

Thank you to Dita, Melissa, and George. xx (Danilo)

Saturday, April 5, 2008


Thank you to all who submitted for the 'Thank You Giveaway'! The winners receive a MAC Lipstick and Lipglass. The winners are:

Katie from New Carlisle, Indiana
Caroline from Northampton, Massachusetts

Caroline receives a bonus MAC Eyeshadow because she submitted a beautiful pinup photo. Loving the cat eye winged eyeliner and flower in the hair! Little details like these add Old Hollywood Glamour to any style!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Thank You Giveaway

I have had my blog for a little over a year now, and have had some great responses and feedback! As a thank you, I wanted to do a giveaway of some new product to my loyal readers! (also a good excuse to clean out my makeup kits!)

I am giving away a new MAC Lipstick & Lipglass to the first 2 people who do the following:

1) You must EMAIL me with your name & address
2) How you came across my blog
3) State your preference of classic red or neutral rose for your choice of lip products

As a bonus, if you include a picture of yourself (in the body of the email, not an attatchment) dressed up in your finest Old Hollywood Glamour and agree to let me post it on my blog, I will include a new MAC Eyeshadow!

This will run from now until Sat. April 5 10:00am EST, so good luck and THANK YOU!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Sherry Britton

One of the most glamorous Burlesque performers of the past, Sherry Britton has passed away. She was most recently featured in Liz Goldwyn's HBO documentary 'Pretty Things'.

From the 'Pretty Things' synopsis page~
Sherry Britton - Among the most stunning of yesteryear's burlesque stars, with jet-black hair and an hourglass figure to die for, Britton is remembered by Zorita as "without a doubt the sexiest broad that I ever met in my life... You take Sherry Britton, honey, and you can ride along in a taxi with her and she'll pop your cookie." In her heyday, Britton had her share of rich admirers. She's now a wealthy widow with a law degree, and lives in New York with her poodle, "Miss Rich Bitch."

NY Daily News~
Burlesque legend Sherry Britton dies
Wednesday, April 2nd 2008, 7:03 PM

Sherry Britton, a brainy, sexy stripper who was the queen of Broadway burlesque in her 20s, was barred from the World's Fair in her 40s and graduated from college in her 60s, has died.
"She had an IQ of 165, lived on Gramercy Park and aged gracefully," said a cousin, Karen Britton.
Britton, dubbed Great Britton and once made an honorary brigadier general by President Roosevelt for her work entertaining World War II troops, died Tuesday in Beth Israel Hospital of natural causes. She was 89.
The irrepressible Britton was singled out in a recent HBO documentary as "among the most stunning of yesterday's burlesque stars...."She had 'jet black hair and an hourglass figure to die for.' "
The documentary said Britton "had her share of rich admirers" and lived in Manhattan with her poodle, Miss Rich Bitch.
In a succession of foster homes after her parents divorced when she was 2 1/2, the precocious and photogenic Britton became a stripper in early teens.
Some newspaper stories claim she graduated from Tilden High School in Brooklyn at 13, but she told interviewers that was just some press agent hyperbole.
She did, however, enroll in Fordham University Law School late in life and graduate pre-law magna cum laude at age 63.
In her prime, she starred in Minksy's Gaiety Theater on Broadway and became a national celebrity.
She was quotable and controversial.
"I strip but I don't tease," she once said.
As late as 1958 she was making headlines in Washington by performing at a club two blocks from the Eisenhower White House.
"One of the world's 10 best undressed women currently is performing one of the oldest arts of the American theater," Daily News Washington columnist Gwen Gibson wrote. "That would be Miss Sherry (Fabulous Body) Britton."
Robert Moses barred her from the 1964 World's Fair because she was too risque. She later became a cabaret singer and performed in dozens of theater productions.
She marked her 75th birthday by performing at Broadway's Marriott Marquee hotel, which sits on the site of the old Minsky's.
Britton was divorced from her first husband; her second marriage was annulled.
She is survived by a sister and several cousins. A private service will be held today at Riverside Memorial Chapel in Manhattan.