Friday, July 10, 2009

Burlesque Beautiful with Purple Lab and Veronica Varlow!

* Group Pic L-R: Me, Sharon of Purple Lab, Karen Robinovitz, The Beauty Chick, Aly Walansky, Shoshi, Dee of Purple Lab, Morgan of Purple Lab

About 2 weeks ago, the gorgeous beauty superstar known as Karen Robinovitz invited me to attend a Burlesque Lesson. For those of you who don't know her, Karen is the creatrix behind Purple Labs, and founder of Huge Lips Skinny Hips (which I reviewed and LOVED). I have had the pleasure of getting to know Karen a bit, and the women is a powerhouse. Her journey to success is incredibly inspirational, and I hope to one day be as successful as she is. As it turns out, Karen is good friends with the also gorgeous and incredibly talented burlesque dancer, Veronica Varlow, who not only shared her story with us, but also shared some of her smoking hot signature moves. In between hip pops and glove dropping, Veronica taught us some amazing life lessons as well.

Burlesque is a type of dance that features a slow and exaggerated striptease performed onstage. I have always been fascinated with pin-ups and burlesque, and was super excited at the prospect of learning it for myself! Unsure of what to expect, I headed out to The Gates in the fashion district, and embarked on my journey to bring out my inner vixen.

The class itself was so much fun. Veronica taught all of us the classic burlesque walk, the feather boa drop, sexy ways to remove gloves, and hip pops. Those of us who started off shy quickly warmed up and let loose, and it was fabulous! There is truly nothing hotter than a smoldering gaze and a slow tease, and Veronica taught us how to accomplish both! It was so much fun bringing out my inner burlesque beauty, and of course sharing the experience with some of my favorite New York City beauty bunnies.

Here is a shot of all of us, complete with boas and gloves. I am third from the left

The highlight for me was hearing Veronica's story, which is truly an inspiration. Ten years ago, Veronica was working a boring 9-5 and generally hating the situation she was in. In December of 1999 she stumbled upon a burleque show at a club downtown, and was immediately drawn into and inspired by that world. From that moment, Veronica dreamed of becoming a burlesque dancer herself, but was too worried of what others would think. She went about her usual business for another 3 years, all the while continuing to hate where she was in life. It wasn't until 2003, after being attacked by a rottweiler and nearly blinded, that Veronica realized she needed to stop worrying about what others thought and needed to start chasing her dreams. 6 years later, Veronica is a world famous burlesque dancer, living her dream and inspiring others to do the same.

What I learned from Veronica:

When you walk into a room, stop at the door and scan the room slowly as if you are looking for someone. This way, you are assessing the situation and demanding all eyes on you. People are naturally drawn to look in doorways, and the longer you stand there searching, the longer people will notice you.

Sometimes getting things done and conquering your day is as simple as fully immersing yourself in your morning beauty routine. When you are putting your lipstick on, or brushing you hair in the morning; it is important to stop and really look at yourself in the mirror. Get lost in the motions, and really think about all you want to accomplish that day; you will be fabulous and get it done.

Asserting yourself and demanding attention is sometimes as simple as holding your bag in the crook of your elbow, and slowly strutting down the street. By doing this, you take up all of your personal space and demand all eyes on you.

A slow tease doesn't have to show much, the allure is in the timing, the body language, and the look in your eyes.

What I took away from the experience:

Besides learning some hot new moves, I found within myself a sense of confidence that I didn't know existed. Veronica and Karen are both so inspiring that you can't help but soak up some of that positive energy. This new energy, combined with some of the lessons I have learned, has definitely changed the way I think. Oh, and if you see someone strutting down the streets of New York City with a purple boa around her neck, its probably me. Just sayin'. ;)

Another pic for prosperity: The gorgeous Miss Varlow and me:


Miss Yaya said...

fab pics! i wish i was there!!

Valerie Valentine said...

how fun! i'm so jealous! looks like you had a great time :) i've been dying to try the HLSH lipgloss!

Crissy K said...

Cool! Sounds like a lot of fun. I'm glad you feel more confident and positive. By the way, to add to your confidence level your legs are standing out in picture #1 they are really pretty :)

krista carlson said...

Oh wow sounds like so much fun and what an inspiration....

madame b fatale said...

Looks like a fabulous time :)

Krasey Beauty said...

Miss Yaya, it was so much fun! I am now inspired to learn burlesque! ;)

Krasey Beauty said...

Valerie, you should definitely try the gloss, its great! And the event was a blast :)

Krasey Beauty said...

Crissy, thank you sweetie! You are amazing!

Krasey Beauty said...

Krista, I am glad you enjoyed hearing about it :)

Krasey Beauty said...

Madame B, it definitely was!! ;)

Anonymous said...

You are deee-vine! Thank you so much for that juicy post. Veronica will freak out over it. she is amazing and you were some seriously hot - and haute! - stuff!

Purple Lab Creatrix

Krasey Beauty said...

Karen, thank you so much for having me! Meeting you and the gals of purple lab, and Veronica was such an inspiration. LOVE!

Veronica Varlow said...

Adina -

Thank you for such an amazing write-up! I'm glad you enjoyed the class - you were fabulous.
Veronica Varlow

Krasey Beauty said...

Veronica, thank you so so much for visiting my blog, I had such an amazing time! You are the best, and gorgeous to boot!

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