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Woman of the Week: Dita Von Teese

3 Jul

I was researching for this blog post about half an hour ago when I stumbled across something I hadn’t seen before. Originally, I was going to feature Christina Aguilera as my latest girl crush, but all of that changed when I clicked on this link:

Dita Von Teese – Guy What Takes His Time

I dare you to watch it. Better yet, I dare you to watch it without being encompassed by her beauty. Watch it without being mesmerised by her flawless make-up, her tiny waist and seriously sexy presence.

Dita Von Teese has been in the business since 1992 and is the biggest thing to hit the scene since Gypsy Rose Lee back in the 40s and 50s.

dita

The more I learn about Ms. Teese the more I idolise her. Having taken her fascination with pin-up imagery and vintage lingerie and turned it into a world-renowned talent is impressive in itself – but now having brought burlesque back into the spotlight and making millions off the back of it, she is now entertainment of choice for high-brow events such as shows for Marc Jacobs, Christian Louboutin, Cartier and Louis Vuitton.

dita red carpet

Currently in the midst of her ‘Strip Strip Hooray’ Summer tour in America, Dita’s perfect performances leave me wide-eyed and open-mouthed. You will often hear me say how there are certain women in the world that force me to question my sexuality – Rihanna, Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian have all left me in a similar quandary before – however there is no question when I watch Dita. She is the official girl crush.

The way she unties her corset to the beat, or rolls her stocking off within a blow of the sax, or how she catches you looking a little too closely – her stage presence is one of a kind. I can’t even take my bra off in a rush of an evening…

CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL ‘STRIP STRIP HOORAY’ TRAILER

Off-stage, Dita comes across refreshingly humble. In an interview on ‘Loose Women’ in the UK she told host Andrea McLean that she does all her own hair and make-up and doesn’t even have a stylist:

dita loose women

“I have no stylist, I don’t use hair and make-up people, I don’t like to have an entourage at all.

When I was little I used to watch a lot of old movies with my mother…I come from a small town in Michigan and I’m a natural blonde. I always felt ordinary and boring.

I kind of like this idea of the big Hollywood make-over and I saw pictures of Marilyn Monroe when she was Norma Jean (Marilyn Monroe’s real name) but it’s totally different when they did all the make-up and the hair and the clothes…I like the idea of creating glamour.”

A girl after my own heart! There’s nothing like wearing a look differently than everybody else – it gives you a warm mix of confidence and anxiety, especially when you live in a small town where the rest of the community prefer the everyday comfort of leggings and jeans!

TO WATCH THE FULL ‘LOOSE WOMEN’ INTERVIEW CLICK HERE

A certified home-grown talent, businesswomen, charity advocate and down-to-earth girl: Do I need anymore reasons to fall in love with the woman?! Here’s hoping she’ll come and perform in the UK soon!

dita performs

Other Dita Links:

Dita Von Teese Official Boutique – CLICK HERE

Official Biography – CLICK HERE

Dita Von Teese Merchandise Available in the UK – CLICK HERE

Photo Sources:

BlueBlood.net

Just Jared

Pop Screen

Zimbio

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The Art of Reduction

13 May

If there’s anything we are all no strangers to, it’s the struggle we face when trying to teach our elders how to use a computer, an iPod or the TV remote control, but what if we went back in time ourselves to learn how to relax?

The art of relaxing doesn’t come freely these days; it’s all high-tech and shiny, expensive and complicated. The idea of going for a stroll in the park might as well be copyrighted to Skechers and to read an actual book would be unthinkable if it meant the Kindle edition wasn’t available. Must everything be an upgrade of what it was? Not according to Georgia Barney, a teenage sketch artist who prefers far less aggro in her down time.

Georgia explains: “I sit up at the table for up to three hours at a time with a clear space around me, with the radio on low in the background.”

Having just turned 16 years old in April, Georgia proves a refreshing example of how simple life can be:

“In that time (up at the table) I focus on one thing and block all other problems out and just relax – I won’t stop until I’m completely satisfied with my drawing. Only then will I return back to reality!”

She continues, “It’s kind of unusual; I don’t know many people who draw anymore as you can ‘paint’ and ‘draw’ when using all of today’s technology! Personally, I don’t think it gives the same effect as putting pencil to paper.”

We asked Georgia to show us her favourite three drawings and to tell us what inspired her to finish each one. Even her reasoning is short and sweet:

fish

“I spent the day with my Dad fishing. I used multi-colours to represent the emotions of our relationship.”

lady

“This drawing represents new experiences and new life. I’ve never been pregnant but my life has dramatically changed and I still do not know what will happen in my next chapters.”

skull

“My Great Nan died in 2010. She was a beautiful lady and she always wore red lipstick which matches the roses.”

Taking time for you is a rarity in today’s daily chaos but we all know it’s vital for our health and sanity. The words ‘recession’ and ‘stress’ are so over-used they are almost unrecognisable, so why bother making such a fuss? When was the last time you pursued an activity purely for the sheer enjoyment of just doing it? Vintage hobbies are back and not a day too soon.

Dawn Porter & Chris O’Dowd: Retro Kool

5 Nov

She’s often seen on our TV screens, he’s making quite a name for himself on the big screen and right now they are my newest celebrity obsession! Dawn Porter and Chris O’Dowd married in the summer of this year and fast became my second fave showbiz couple of all time (after Khloé and Lamar of course…).

Dawn is always someone I’ve looked up to (given that she made her name in the biz as a writer and journalist) but she’s always caught my eye at public appearances too. If it’s not her hair-do, it’s her dress, or her boots; everything she wears gives me a serious case of wardrobe-lust! Having got a little insight on ‘Show Me Your Wardrobe’ (addictive new show on Sky Living) I’m now fully committed to finding the perfect vintage piece for my own closet.

A lot of Dawn’s collection she found on Ebay (amaaaazing!) but others she found in shops like Tesco or online! So I thought I’d give it a go.

Discovering some wonderful online vintage clothing stores recently, this one is amongst my faves; www.candysays.co.uk. I have a particular eye for anything inspired by either the 20s or the 60s for a couple of different reasons;

Dresses like this 60s-style shift dress (from candysays.co.uk £55) will create just enough shape to feel comfortable and sexy and you will always find the most gorgeous shades of oranges, pinks, blues and greens to flatter most skin tones and occassions:

http://www.candysays.co.uk/peach-orange-vintage-1960s-psych-go-go-mini-dress-crochet-trim

£65:

http://www.candysays.co.uk/cerise-pink-linen-unworn-vintage-1960s-rembrandt-sheath-dress-daisy-appliques

This turquoise dress is my ultimate find! £75:

http://www.candysays.co.uk/vibrant-turquoise-vintage-1960s-mod-beaded-shift-dress

For that elegant, vintage-Hollywood 20s look I came across www.leluxeclothing.com. This clothing site was actually responsible for some of the outfits worn in recent blockbuster, ‘The Artist’.

Now, although pricey and based in San Francisco, the site gives you plenty of inspiration of what to look for in a 20s dress:

What excites me about wearing vintage is the feeling of uniqueness that comes with the clothing. Dawn described it perfectly on ‘Show Me Your Wardrobe’; “I don’t go to Fashion Week because I don’t want the fashion industry to tell me that what I’m wearing isn’t cool.”

Obsessed with Dawn Porter because:

1) She’s successful in all businesses I aspire to succeed in myself (ahhhh!)

2) She’s Queen Vintage and always looks perf (ahhhhhh!)

3) Her dog is called Potato (LOL)

What about Chris??

I first noticed him in the film ‘The Boat That Rocked’ wayyyy back in 2009 and actually, if I’m honest, found him the best thing about the whole film (it wasn’t a cracker!). But then it wasn’t until Bridesmaids last year that I noticed him again… in his little officer’s suit…

And in his own gawky, Irish way, he became one of my fave actors (some people say I’m far too easily pleased…)

Currently starring in Sky One’s ‘Moone Boy’ (and doing a particuarly fab job of it according to the reviews I’ve read/heard!) and also in new movie ‘The Sapphires’ I think this is one cheeky chappy we won’t me missing anytime soon.

Yay.

What do you think? Seriously cool couple?!

xxPeacexx

Other Photos & Background Info:

http://thedailyedge.thejournal.ie/

http://www.cinemaseries.es/?p=41448

http://en.wikipedia.org

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