Monday, September 30, 2013

New Burlesque Act!

So, as I told you before, the International Stockholm Burlesque Festival is going to take place here in Stockholm next weekend. I'll be performing during Burleskloppis 6.0 on Sunday, and for this occasion I have created a new burlesque act, called Moonlight Sonata. It will be a homage to my favorite celestial globe - the moon - and a while ago I teamed up with photographer Jan Persson to take some pictures of it. Here is the result!

There will be lovely music, lots of sparkles, feather fans, and - as usual - pointe shoes. I'll be on stage at 3 pm, so come see me and some other lovely ladies take our clothes off, at the same time you can do some real bargains at the flea market!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Fabergé Friday

There are many Fabergé egg pendants out there, and here comes another one, made by workmaster Feodor Afanasiev, around the year 1900!

This little egg 1/2'' (1.3 cm) high, is covered in white enamel over a wavy engine turned ground. In the center on one side of the egg sits a red enameled cross. If I was a doctor or a nurse, this would certainly end up on my Christmas wish list! It is time to start writing those now you know... The price for the egg pendant is 6,500 USD, and you can get it at John Atzbach Antiques.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Funeral Outfit

And so it was time for funeral number two, for grandma number two, this summer/fall. And this time I chose to go with the traditional black!

The dress I wore is from the 40s, in a pretty heavy, slinky fabric. I bought it from Fanny.

It's a bit difficult to see in the photo, but the back has sort of a little bustle, and at the top there is a small opening that closes with a hook and eye.

On the inside of the sleeves there are zippers, which makes them sit perfectly around my skinny arms. I love this dress! It's one of those pieces that you can pretty much wear at any occasion, and the fact that I wore it to a funeral, won't stop me from wearing it to a party in the future!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Zuhair Murad Fall 2013 Couture

By now it should be pretty clear - at least for the people following my little bloggywogg regularly - that I have a soft spot for pretty dresses. A really soft spot! So let's have some more of those gorgeous gowns! This time they come from Zuhair Murad's Fall 2013 Couture Collection!

PS. I drank Absinthe while I wrote this post. So if anything seems weird with it, it's not my fault. It's because the Green Fairy were playing tricks with my mind... *Hick*...

Friday, September 20, 2013

Fabergé Friday

I know I've posted one or two of Fabergé's frames before, and here comes another one, made by workmaster Henrik Wigström, around 1903-1908!

This diamond shaped gold frame is covered in translucent red enamel over a guilloché ground. The circular opening in the middle is edged with pearls, and the whole frame is bordered by a leaf chased, two colored gold border with rosettes at the corners. The front is decorated by four diamond set fleur-de-lis. The back of the frame is made of ivory, and it rests on a gold scroll strut. It's measurements are 3'' x 3'' (7.6 x 7.6 cm), and the price for it is 95,000 USD! Perfect for framing a photo of your favorite pet! Haha! Get it at John Atzbach Antiques.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Full Moon


One of my favorite authors is J.R.R. Tolkien. He wrote many more things than "just" The Hobbit and The Lord Of Th Rings - often connected with these though. One of his many poems is called The Man In The Moon Stayed Up Too Late, and since this is one of my Full Moon posts, I thought it fitting to publish it today. The picture above is illustrator Alan Lee's vision of the poem. Enjoy!

The Man In The Moon Stayed Up Too Late
There is an inn, a merry old inn
beneath an old grey hill,
And there they brew a beer so brown
That the Man in the Moon himself came down
One night to drink his fill.
The ostler has a tipsy cat
that plays a five-stringed fiddle;
And up and down he runs his bow,
Now squeaking high, now purring low,
Now sawing in the middle.
The landlord keeps a little dog
that is mighty fond of jokes;
When there's good cheer among the guests,
He cocks an ear at all the jests
And laughs until he chokes.
They also keep a hornéd cow
as proud as any queen;
But music turns her head like ale,
And makes her wave her tufted tail
and dance upon the green.
And O! the rows of silver dishes
and the store of silver spoons!
For Sunday there's a special pair,
And these they polish up with care
on Saturday afternoons.
The Man in the Moon was drinking deep,
and the cat began to wail;
A dish and a spoon on the table danced,
The cow in the garden madly pranced,
and the little dog chased his tail.
The Man in the Moon took another mug,
and then rolled beneath his chair;
And there he dozed and dreamed of ale,
Till in the sky the stars were pale,
and dawn was in the air.
Then the ostler said to his tipsy cat:
'The white horses of the Moon,
They neigh and champ their silver bits;
But their master's been and drowned his wits,
and the Sun'll be rising soon!'
So the cat on his fiddle played hey-diddle-diddle,
a jig that would wake the dead:
He squeaked and sawed and quickened the tune,
While the landlord shook the Man in the Moon:
'It's after three!' he said.
They rolled the Man slowly up the hill
and bundled him into the Moon,
While his horses galloped up in rear,
And the cow came capering like a deer,
and a dish ran up with the spoon.
Now quicker the fiddle went deedle-dum-diddle;
the dog began to roar,
The cow and the horses stood on their heads;
The guests all bounded from their beds
and danced upon the floor.
With a ping and a pong the fiddle-strings broke!
the cow jumped over the Moon,
And the little dog laughed to see such fun,
And the Saturday dish went off at a run
with the silver Sunday spoon.
The round Moon rolled behind the hill
as the Sun raised up her head.
She hardly believed her fiery eyes;
For though it was day, to her surprise
they all went back to bed!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Early 1900s Dresses

In keeping with the theme of my last post, where I wrote about my time as an extra in the TV-series Fröken Frimans Krig, that takes place in 1905, here are some gorgeous dresses from around the same time! I can just dream over these outfits for hours. Studying all the little intricate details, and wondering what they saw back in the days when they were worn, in a time when ladies were ladies, and men were gentlemen...


Look at the tassels!!!




Devoré 1910

Paul Poiret 1910

Monday, September 16, 2013

Time Travelling

One day last week I went up at 3:15 am to travel back to the year 1905, for my third and last stint as an extra in the TV-series Fröken Frimans Krig (Miss Friman's War), that will be aired on Swedish television around Christmas this year.

We were quite a few extras this day, and it was wonderful seeing all these people walking around in antique clothes, hats and accessories fit for a museum!

We were shooting in a really fitting area in the south part of Stockholm, with lots of old buildings and cobblestone streets.

It got a bit chilly in the shade, so me and many of the other fine ladies warmed ourselves a bit in the sun - of course while wearing hats and gloves to protect our sensitive white skin. In 1905 a tan wasn't really the coolest thing to have...

Saw this old wheelchair and just had to take a picture of it! It is - literally - a chair on wheels!

And here is me, saying hello to the extremely patient horse who also played an extra during the day, I really liked the carriage, and wish I would have gotten to take a ride in it. But there was no time for that. After waking up as early as I did, and then working for fifteen hours, I was "slightly" tired, but also very glad I had gotten the opportunity to be part of this. 

I instagrammed the above picture in black and white, and I like the result. It really looks like it could have been taken in 1905...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fabergé Friday

I don't think I have shown you any of Fabergé's bracelets yet. But here is one, made by workmaster August Holmström, sometime between the years 1882 and 1898!

This matte finish gold bracelet is made with Greek-style delicately applied wirework with granulation. The central pearl is surrounded by nine antique cushion cut diamonds.

The inner diameter of the bracelet is 2 1/2'' (6,4 cm), and the price for it is 18,500 USD. Get it at Romanov Russia!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The International Stockholm Burlesque Festival

If you're feeling a bit down, and need a big dose of burlesque to make everything ok again, I suggest you come to Stockholm October 4th-6th. Because during these three days the International Stockholm Burlesque Festival will come back to town for the third time!

Photo: John Paul Bichard

Performers will come from all over the world to amuse the Stockholmian audience, and there will be a tassel twirling competition, an art exhibition, a burlesque flea market, workshops, partying, and of course lots of sparkling nakedness! Here is a schedule for what will happen during the different days:

Friday: The Friday Extravaganza takes place at Södra Teatern, and includes a full length show, a surprise performance, great DJs, and a photo exhibition by the Finnish duo Atelieri O. Haapala and the English photographer and artist John Paul Bichard. O. Haapala will also set up a vintage photo booth, where you can have your portrait taken in the most glamorous way possible! Performers of the evening are:

Armitage Shanks (US), Banbury Cross (UK), Minnie Tonka (US), Mr Pustra (UK), Apathy Angel (US), Aurora Galore (UK), Blackbird Burlesque Cabaret (SWE), Burkläsk (SWE) Champagne Sparkles (CAN), Fräulein Frauke (SWE), Honey Lulu (IT), Itty Bitty Tease (FIN), Lady Fransescca (SWE), Lily Deluxe (SWE), Lou Safire (UK), Pepper Sparkles (FIN), Ruby Luscious (SWE), Sir Willy Waterlilly (FIN), Trixi Tassels (UK), Valentina del Pearls (FR), Yvette Les Fesses (SWE).

Saturday: The Saturday Spectacular will go down at Nalen, as a mix of burlesque festival and the popular burlesque event Fräulein Frauke Presents. This will be a huge party with amazing shows, a live band, and the tassel twirling competition Octbooberfest that is a fundraising event for the Pink Ribbon. Ateliei O. Haapala will set up their vintage photo booth this evening too! Saturday's performers are:

Armitage Shanks (US), Banbury Cross (UK), Minnie Tonka (US), Mr Pustra (UK), Akynos (US), Daisy Black (UK), Eliza Delite (UK), Elsie Diamond (UK), Ivoncita and the Matadores de Amor (SWE), Jacques Patriaque (AUT), Lou on the Rocks (SWISS), Mr Gunner (SWE), Strawberry Siren (AUS), Sweety J (IT), Velma von Bon Bon (UK).
Live band - *to be announced*.

Sunday: For the sixth time Burleskloppis 6.0 (the Burlesque Flea Market) opens it's doors to burlesque- and vintage lovers, this time as part of the Burlesque Festival! So come and do some bargains, mingle with likeminded people, and watch some more burlesque performances! On stage you will be able to see The Royal Roses Burlesque Troupe, Kitty Sincane, Mystique Luna, and your's truly. I will premiere a new act called Moonlight Sonata, that will be all about the moon! As usual I will also work all day at the flea market. 


During the festival you will also be able to take workshops with some of the performers. One of them is Mr Pustra, and at least I won't miss that one!

For more info visit the festivals web site here! Or go to the three different Facebook events for the three different days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Monday, September 09, 2013

What Katie Did F/W 2013

My favorite retro lingerie brand - What Katie Did - has just released their F/W 2013 collection, and it consists of two new lines: Dot and Fetique. Here they are!

Dot features a bra, knickers and garter belt made of Swiss Dot lace. The bra has light padding in the bottom half of the cups and circle stitching detail.

Fetique is made from black stretch satin and powermesh, with contrasting red stiching. This collection contains a lightly padded cone bra, a deep pantie, a girdelette, and...

...a corselette with a 50s conical bra top! As usual when it comes to What Katie Did, I just want to get it all!!! For more info about the pieces, follow this link or click on the banner below!

Vintage inspired lingerie by What Katie Did

Friday, September 06, 2013

Fabergé Friday

It's when I write these Fabergé Friday posts I realize how fast the weeks go. Oh well, here comes another one - today showcasing a beautiful brooch, made by workmaster August Holmström, sometime before 1899!

This heart shaped gold brooch, with interlocking scrolling loops, is set with diamonds, ending in a three petal flower set with sapphires. It's size is 1'' x 1'' (2.54 x 2.54 cm), and the prize for it is 17,500 USD. For sale at John Atzbach Antiques!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Fräulein Frauke Presents - Hooray For Hollywood!

Last Saturday it was time for me to get up on stage and throw my clothes off again! And this time I was actually a bit nervous! Most of you probably know about Fräulein Frauke's amazing burlesque events by now, since I blog about them every time they take place. The difference this time though, was that I wasn't going there "just" as a guest, but I had been invited to perform too! The theme of the party this time was Hooray For Hollywood, and Fräulein Frauke wanted me to do my Diamonds Are Forever act.

As usual, the party took place at Nalen, and I was the first one on stage, warming up the audience in a smaller room called Harlem, before the doors opened to the main stage. I had to change my act a little to fit it to the small stage, but everything went well, and I felt really good dancing around in pink light, surrounded by an amazing audience and the beautiful atmosphere of Nalen, which is decorated in late 19th century style.

Next on stage was Yvette Les Fesses, who took her clothes off while singing a song I love - Put The Blame On Mame form the 1946 film Gilda.

On the big stage Elegy Ellem stepped out in a Jabba the Hut costume. But behold! Out of Jabba then emerged...

...Princess Leia! Fabulous!

Fräulein Frauke and Velma Voluptuous did a sparkling duett from the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes...

...La Viola Vixen shook he tassels...

...Coco Belle stapeled pink feathers to her/his ass...

...Fräulein Frauke did her wonderful Carmen Miranda inspired act...

...Comedian Wes Zaharuk made us all laugh...

...and conférencière Ophelia Bitz tied the show together with amazing wit and a wonderful voice!

After performing I changed into what I call my Ghost Dress from the late 40s, and partied away! My mother and here sister came to se me strip for the first time, and they both liked my performance. At least that's what they said... Hehe...

Fräulein Frauke wore a very pretty dress, that I just wanted to rip off her and take with me home! All the guests looked amazing too! Dressed to the nines to fit the Hollywood theme! As usual I can't wait for Fräulein Frauke's next burlesque event, and am waiting with anticipation to find out what the theme for that party will be!

All photos taken by John Paul Bichard.

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