Clearing out my burlesque closet

Over the last four years, I have accumulated rather a lot of clothing and accessories that I no longer have a use for. When will I wear nipple pasties that look like Christmas presents? Or a mirrored bra*? Or a corset that has matching satin frilly knickers? Yes, now that Miss Lolly Pops has retired,... Continue Reading →

The end of a Rebel Rebels era

Back in March 2009, I started my second course of burlesque classes. Under the expert tuition of Marianne Cheesecake, a group of about ten of us worked towards creating our on-stage characters and building our confidence as performers. At the end of the course, my friend Cicci (who talked me into going in the first... Continue Reading →

Rarely Wears Lipstick Awards 2013

Back in January, I announced that I would be celebrating my blog's birthday rather than my own this year, and planned to do it by giving out some awards. Ten years of blogging deserves an awards ceremony, don't you think? I asked my readers to nominate wonderful people, organisations and brands - so that the... Continue Reading →

RWL Awards: The Winners!

Last night was the first, and perhaps only, Rarely Wears Lipstick Awards Ceremony. When I had the idea last year to create my own awards bash, I really didn't think it through but - with the help of my nearest and dearest - it turned into a proper polished celebration of the work of many... Continue Reading →

Voting begins for RWL Awards!

Nominations for the first ever Rarely Wears Lipstick awards closed yesterday and I've counted up all your suggestions to come up with eight shortlists for voting. You've nominated some amazing people, organisations and websites! I hope everyone takes a bit of time to check out all the websites and Twitter feeds of the nominees before... Continue Reading →

Join my birthday celebrations!

Today is my birthday. However, due to a general lack of enthusiasm at this time of year*, I rarely celebrate on the day itself and have even written about the perils of an early January birthday before. Last year, I celebrated my birthday 6 months late and had a great time with balloons and fantastic... Continue Reading →

Burlesque versus Page 3

A friend of mine - Lea Rice from The High Tea Cast - posted a link to Laura Bates' article in The Independent on sexist advertising on her Facebook timeline yesterday. The article points out (yet again) why dismissing casual sexism as 'banter' is actually rather harmful, and Lea added the following comment to emphasis... Continue Reading →

Review: Boylexe

If there's a theme running through Boylexe's show, it's that of performance itself. Boylexe makes the act of performance - performing burlesque on stage, as they are; performing gender and masculinity in particular - stand apparent and revealed. "Look at me!" commands Randolph Hott in one act, inviting us to not just stare at his... Continue Reading →

Feminism Friday: Talking shop

Whether we like it or not, feminism is something that touches all of our lives in the Western world. Frequently misunderstood, it's a fascinating topic of discussion and a label for a starting point from which opinions can be formed. I discovered feminism when my disillusionment with women's magazines in my 20s sparked an internet... Continue Reading →

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