Well, it’s been quite a year. I am not usually one to look back and reflect; instead I’m always three steps ahead, looking at what I’m doing next. When I do look back, it’s usually only to see what I didn’t accomplish, so I can add it to the never-ending to-do list. However, seeing as that’s probably not the healthiest way to go through life (though it does keep me productive), I’m going to flip back through the calendar and see what this past year was about.
To start with, I traveled a LOT! There were only 2 months where I didn’t travel out of state for gigs, which is part of the reason why I am trying to stay home as much as possible this year. Here’s the breakdown:
138 burlesque shows
36 cities (not counting multiple visits to each)
34 classes9 countries visited (3 new to me)
No wonder I’m so tired! It was so great getting back to Europe and perform, seeing old friends and making lots of new ones too. It’s fascinating to see how the burlesque scene is growing around the world, and the different directions people are taking the art in their communities.
I also focused on improving my photography and delved more into video this year. I was invited to show my photography in Brooklyn and Asbury Park, NJ. After working in digital for so many years, it was nice to get back to my roots and finally see my newer images in print.
I also finally completed and self-published my book Everyday Bombshell. It’s been a work in progress since 2006, and ever since I moved to New York a few years ago, it’s been at the top of my ‘projects to finish’ pile, but I kept pushing it aside until this summer. I’d like to thank fellow burlesque photographer Francine Daveta for spending a day shooting all the step-by-step hair and makeup instructional photos to help me illustrate the book, and all my friends who either contributed images, read through my draft, and helped me design the layout. I couldn’t have done it without you! And a special thanks to everyone who purchased a copy and put in wholesale orders, it means so much to me, and I hope you find the book useful. I love having one-on-one time with my students to help them learn how to be a fabulous bombshell, but I can’t be everywhere I want to be, and I also wanted a more affordable version of my class. If you have a copy already, I’d love to hear your feedback about it. If you want to find out more about the book and how to order your copy, click here!
To everyone who booked me, hosted me, photographed me, performed alongside me, helped me find vegan foods in their town or has otherwise been awesome in 2014: THANK YOU!!!
I’m going to start off 2015 fresh, doing a juice cleanse to kick-start a healthy year, and starting today, doing a 21-day yoga challenge to get into good habits and take care of this body that I push to the limit every day. What are your goals this year? I’d love to hear them.
Oh my goodness, I can’t believe it! I’ve been wanting to redesign my Bettina.ca website for a couple years now, but as a self-taught web designer, I was stumped on how to easily upload images AND have it looking nice on desktop AND mobile phones. On Saturday I finally found the right platform to incorporate with my site and decided to redo it over the weekend. It took longer than I hoped (I always set unrealistic expectations. Why should a website redesign realistically take less than a day? But I WANTED it to be done so I was mad when I encountered some bugs in switching over last night.), but launching it Sunday night when I only started it Saturday afternoon is pretty good, I guess. It’s so satisfying that it actually looks how I’ve imagined it in my head for two years, since so often my imagination exceeds the capability of reality. If you have a moment, please poke through the sparkly new gray and pink design at Bettina.ca, the colour palette inspired by Technicolor musicals. Let me know if you encounter any broken links or pages with the old black, mint and pink design.
Now to eat some chocolate and watch a little Netflix. This week is another busy one, starting with my monthly show tomorrow night at Beauty Bar. If you are in the NYC area, come see my free show, the cast this month is INCREDIBLE!
Happy Monday!! I’m getting back into the swing of things now that I’m home in Brooklyn, after being away on a West Coast tour for most of August. Today I met a dear friend for lunch in the East Village, ate delicious vegan food at Caravan of Dreams and now I’m feeling revitalized and excited to keep doing what I love.
I’m super excited to share with you the last episode of the Hijinks In Helsinki series I made with nordic beauty LouLou D’vil earlier this year. We had so much fun making this!
I’m going to spend the rest of the summer editing photos from all the fun shoots I’ve done recently, some of me, but many more of NYC performers. I’m also busy booking my touring schedule for the month of October, with bookings so far in Alaska, Iowa, Seattle and more to be announced.
Enjoy the last week of August! I’m hoping to make it out to the beach before summer’s end, fingers crossed!
I’m enjoying the last couple days of tour in the Pacific Northwest, chilling with my sister and her family, with one more show left before heading back to NYC on Wednesday. If you happen to be in the Seattle area tomorrow, come say hi and see me perform with a live band at Tuesday Tease! I’ve been a busy bee out here, getting in much-needed hang time with friends and family, and also did a drastic hair colour change! It’s time for a break from red, we’ll see how long it lasts! I’m loving my new brunette and blonde though, still not used to seeing it in the mirror. Thanks so much to Karen Mantell for helping me go back to an old favourite! I think the last time I had my hair like this was around 2004!
Right after getting my hair done, I booked a series of photoshoots, first with Al Smith in Victoria, wearing some of my favourite Secrets In Lace lingerie, and Bernie Dexter clothing. Then I headed over to Vancouver to teach my Pin-Up Class, and stayed a few days longer there so I could shoot with Shimona Henry of Pin-Up Perfection at Lace Embrace Atelier in their fabulous corsets.
I also made some fun videos with my friends Lily Fawn and Virginia Newton-Moss, which I will be sharing here in the weeks to come. All this traveling and cavorting means I haven’t had time to edit more videos, too busy making them! To make up for it, this week I’ll be sharing a couple oldies but goodies with you, from the video archives.
This first one is one of the first studio Glamour Films I made, starring LouLou D’vil in a lovely Bernie Dexter skirt.
This other video is a fun one I made with a little help from Jonathan Joffe who also made Burlesque Assassins the movie. This one stars an international cast, with Las Vegas’ Ms. Redd, British bombshell Banbury Cross, Finland’s LouLou D’vil and The Baron, and little ole me from Canada!
Ok, now it’s time to shut down the laptop and soak in a little more of this west coast summer! Have a great week!
To make up for not posting last week, and my lateness this week, I’ll post two videos for you today! This summer has sure got underway and carried me off with it. Last week I was busy getting ready for my trip to Canada, and this week I’m trying to relax a bit at my parents house (or more like get chastised every time they see me working when I’m supposed to be on vacation so I have to sneak in computer time). Also I’m dealing with amazing West Coast sunsets like this business:
Not too shabby, and really worth unplugging from life for a little bit. Regardless, a promise is a promise, so here is a video I made of my dear friend Francine The Lucid Dream, frolicking in her bunny suit in Manhattan.
Before I tuck into some homemade blackberry pie and watch the Vikings series and bask in Nordic pride with Mum and Dad, here’s an oldie but goodie of LouLou D’vil and I at my old pin-up studio.
Have a great week! Hope your August is sensational!
Whoo-eeee!! What a busy weekend! I can’t believe it’s already Monday, and only for a few more minutes, so I’m really cutting it close in getting this up! As promised, here is this week’s video, shot by my dear friend Lily Fawn in a vintage school house in Seattle, WA when we were on tour together last year.
I usually have Mondays off, unless I’m doing my monthly show at Beauty Bar, but tonight I was performing at a special even in Times Square, for the opening of a new restaurant called Urbo! I got to perform with the lovely and talented Veronica Varlow, dancing for a wonderful crowd while DJ Questlove played the best music! It’s one of those nights where you can really appreciate living in New York City.
This month has been a busy one, and this week is no exception. Tomorrow I’m performing at Victrola Burlesque with Ula Uberbusen and Legs Malone, so if you are in the Lower East Side, pop over to Hill & Dale on Allen and Delancey after 9:30 for a free show and really nice cocktails and food. On Friday I’m performing twice, first at Hotel Chantelle at 10pm, and then up at The Metropolitan Room for The Sophisticates! Check out my website for more details on these and all other shows.
Hope you had a lovely weekend! I went upstate for a family barbecue and rode my bike around north Brooklyn with friends, generally getting my fair share of vitamin D! After that long, cold winter, I’m not taking summer for granted one bit this year.
As promised, here’s another installment of the vintage video fun I had with LouLou D’vil in Helsinki earlier this year! Us nordic gals always find some way to stay warm! For the record, LouLou gives a great foot massage.
If you like these videos and want to see more, feel free to use the ‘Tip Jar’ feature on Vimeo, all funds will go towards better video equipment, music procurement, and of course making more videos! If you are a model or performer who would like to be in a video, please get in touch! If you are a band making music that might fit with future videos (60s Garage and 20s jazz are my favourites), let me know too!
If you are in New York City this week, I’d love to see you out this Wednesday to help me celebrate band leader Dandy Wellington‘s birthday! Fellow burlesque performer Perle Noire and I will be unveiling OUR birthday suits for the occasion, and it is guaranteed to be a great time!
For this and all other events around town this week, check out my calendar for more info!
I also have a bunch of classes coming up on the West Coast next month. If you live in Victoria, Vancouver or Seattle, and love pin-up style, I’ll be sharing all my style secrets and giving makeovers and photoshoots there in August.
For dates, info and to register, visit PInUpClass.com!
Have a lovely week, and see you next Monday for more video fun!