The Australian Burlesque Festival is Coming – Get Your Tickets Now!

Now entering its fifth year, the Australian Burlesque Festival’s upcoming lineup has been set and announced and tickets are expected to sell like hotcakes. Whether you are a huge fan of the genre or are new to burlesque, this is an event that you just should not let yourself miss. And, if you have never seen burlesque live, the Festival might be the very best place to make that change.

Fanciforia Foxglove

Fanciforia Foxglove

Founded by performers, Dolores Daiquiri and Rosy Rabbit, the Australian Burlesque Festival has toured Australia playing at different venues and bringing a whole new world of entertainment to people who might have otherwise missed it.  For those who do not know, burlesque is not just a fancy word for “strip club” in fact, the performers often only give the subtle illusion of being nude. Some do shimmy out of some of their garments, but in such a way that you will be charmed by it and utterly enchanted by burlesque for the rest of your life.

The Festival will open on June 5th with a performance called “Baby Bombshells”. This opening night is special because it features all of the emerging performers in a contest that will be judged by the industry’s top names and performers. All of the featured performers on the stage that night will have had two years or less experience in burlesque. Other shows will continue for the entire run of the festival with different performers and themes for each venue.

While many of the performers you will see are from Australia, there are many other “imports” that will be on stage in different shows. Look for some of the top names from Italian, German and American burlesque as well as performers from New Zealand as well.

For those who have more than just a passing interest in burlesque, there is something special during the run of the Festival as well. Different performers will be available during special workshops in the various cities – with some cities even offering more private, one-on-one workshops as well. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to take your special someone to a performance and then on the way home whisper that you have a special surprise- a home burlesque performance with you as the one and only star? It would be a special moment for both of you, without a doubt.

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Sexy vs. Scary: Vampire Edition

Vampire Costume

Vampire Costume

In this corner, dressed in a short black dress and stiletto heels, Sex-Kitten Vampira, the vampy vampire that makes the deadly bite an invitation that you cannot refuse.  And, in this corner, wearing a long, black dress and black cape is the Countessa, a traditional vampire scaring everyone before plunging her fangs into their tender throats. Who will be the winner as the two costume types duke it out?

The vampire costume is a classic choice for both men and women. For women, there are some unique considerations like whether they will be a sexy, sultry siren vamp, luring people to their deaths with their come hither stares and their impossible to resist stares or if the costume will be more traditional and infinitely more scary. Like other  debates, this one is not an easy one to settle nor is there any one universal answer.

Both are great costumes, that much is a given. Both are typically based on black or red clothing and similar makeup and hair styles. The sexy vampire costume is often shorter or lower cut or may have some “cute” aspect to keep it a little on the lighter side. Women who make this particular choice often soften some of the makeup so that their real appearance is still discernible and so that they can still effectively flirt. This is often the look used by younger women who are single or going on a date to their dress up event. It may also be worn by women who do not want to scare the other guests or those who are just too nice to pull off the scary vampire look.

Vampire Adult Costume

Vampire Adult Costume

The scary vampire costume is usually a full length black dress and cape. Capes can be black on black or lined with another color. Spider web capes are also another option. The makeup is definitely more severe and may make the wearer look even more Undead. The more shadows and hollows you create, the scarier the effect will be. Another good trick for really scary vampire makeup is to add glow in the dark cream to the final layer.

No vampire worth their bats would ever be seen without their fangs. The sexy vampire costume might go with brightly colored or flashing novelty teeth while the scary vampire might choose to go with the professional quality fangs that attach over the natural teeth. Sure, you can’t eat or drink with them in, but a vampire nibbling cheese doodles and drinking a soda really ruins the effect that has been so hard won. Make your choice and then own your choice-if you are a sexy vampire, flirt and bat your dead, cold eyes. If you are a scary vampire, sulk in the corner and hiss at the lights. Either way, you are the winner in this costume vs. costume war.

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Costume Choices for Men: The Walking Dead

Zombie Costume

Zombie Costume

Men are often left out when it is time to discuss costumes. That is a real shame because many men actually enjoy wearing costumes and there are some really cool options for them.  To get an idea of some really great costume options, you need only look to one of the most popular television series of recent times.  The show is not only being replayed on services such as Netflix but the complete DVD for each series also sell very well.

Rick Grimes, the leader of a group of survivors of a zombie apocalypse is a fairly easy character to dress as. All that you would need is a sheriff’s costume and some creative touches like tears, dirt smears and possibly some blood. His friend and rival for his wife’s affection, Shane Walsh would be another easy costume to pull off- virtually anything could fill the bill here.

One of the most popular characters on this show though, is Daryl and that might be for a wide range of reasons. First, Daryl is good at what he does- he can kill a Walker with virtually anything that he can get his hands on. He is ferocious as a fighter but has shown that he has the ability to be quite tender when he is forced into it. And, of course, it does not hurt that Daryl is played by the very popular Norman Reedus who brought a substantial number of fans with him from his Boondocks Saints days.

The costume for Daryl is fairly minimal. Bare chested, with dirty and torn pants, a barely there vest and a bow and arrow across his back, smudges on the face and matted looking hair makes you look like a Walker’s worst enemy.

Of course, there are the Walkers as well. Some men are not big fans of dressing up in a costume that is “somebody”. Instead, they want to create their own identity and be their own person. To that end, the chance to dress as a shuffling, stumbling, decaying zombie costume might be ideal. That way you choose what you wear, how “dead” you will look and how far your decomposition has gone.  The more talent that you have with the makeup and the other touches you add to the costume, the better the effect will be. There are no rules for creating a zombie costume and that might make it the best of all choices here.

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Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Ask a group of people what costume they plan to wear for an event and many will be drawing a blank. If you suggest Cassandra Peterson, they will probably be even more confused. For those people who do not know, Peterson is an American actress and her most famous role ever does not look a single thing like her. That role is Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and she is one of the campiest and vampiest of them all. For this, everyone loves her.

Even people who are way too young to be fans of Elvira love to dress up as her. They may even pull up videos of her performances so that they can mimic her speech and master her mannerisms. And of course, they will buy the sexiest costume so that they can get as close to that fabulous figure as possible. The look starts with the perfect dress.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

There is no denying that the Elvira costume is meant to be a bit snug. After all, part of her allure is the scandalously tight, low-cut dress that she barely wears at all times. However, don’t make the mistake that tight is good so tighter is better- if it you buy the wrong size costume that is exactly what everybody will notice. You want the dress to be snug and a bit cleavage baring. You do not want to be gasping for breath and apologizing to the offended all night long. Make sure that you get the right size even that means adjusting it here and there to make it perfect.

The dress is just the start. To actually look like Elvira, Mistress of the Dark there are two more things that you will need. No. Not those  things. You will also need the right makeup and the right hair. If you already have long, jet-black hair that is also super shiny and super straight, kudos. If you do not, you will have to do what the lovely Ms. Peterson does and get yourself a wig. In fact, there are several that are marketed specifically for the Elvira costume. The second thing that you will need is the right makeup.

Elvira’s face is ghost-white pale with darkly rimmed, heavily lashed eyes and full, pouty lips. Those lips are usually deep red but you can go with a glossier color if you would like to make it look more flirty.  A word of caution here: if you do the paper white makeup for your face, make sure that you at least attempt to get the same look for your neck and chest because it looks odd to see a deathly pale face on a healthy looking body.

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Super Sexy Superhero Costumes for Women

Not that long ago, people gathered around their television sets to watch Wonder Woman fight bad guys. Lynda Carter played the role of Diana Prince, the alter ego of Wonder Woman with heart stopping intensity and of course, heart pounding sex appeal. Is it any wonder that the costume quickly became a favorite among women? When looking for a costume that is sure to catch the most appreciative glances, most women go for sexy superheroe costumes and they usually go for their childhood favorites.

Of course, Wonder Woman is definitely not the only sexy crime-fighter out there, there are plenty of others to choose from.  Take Susan Storm from the Fantastic Four for instance. Sure, she is the Invisible Woman, but when you can see her, she is incredible!  This is also a chance for you to be creative because you can be “undercover”  in nearly anything that you want.

Captain American Womens Costume

Captain American Womens Costume

For a superhero costume with a little bit of an edge to her and a lot of darkness in her personality, there is Natasha Romanoff, also known as the Black Widow. Whether she is crushing skulls between her thighs or tricking an enemy into revealing his secret plots, she is not only a total butt kicker but super sexy at the same time. Her costume is usually one that is sold out at local costume shops so you might need to order yours online and quickly. With the release of Captain America: the Winter Soldier, the Black Widow will be on the minds of many people once again.

Storm, the X-Men heroine that can control the elements is another super sexy choice whether you choose to style her costume after the comics, the animated series or the film version. From that same series you can also choose Mystique or Rogue, both just as sexy.

Fans of the classics will want to stick with Batgirl or Batwoman and may even drift away from the purely good “heroines” to toy with the costumes of Catwoman and Poison Ivy. What could be sexier than the Halle Berry inspired Catwoman costume? If you have the guts and the body for it, go for it.

Finally, there is the option to create your own super sexy, superhero with just a little bit of creativity and maybe a cape. You could slip on a tight red dress and top it with a short, red cape and call yourself Super Hot Woman, able to spice up dull evenings in a single step. Whatever you wear, make sure that you remember that no matter what, your greatest weapon and your most important accessory is your confidence.

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