Inspiration is the most fickle and unpredictable little shit I have ever encountered. You give her a lovely welcoming environment, make a big mug of tea, put on your comfiest sweater and get all strands of hair out of your eyes. But she’s checked out for the week, probably off on some Insta worthy holiday taking poolside selfies with a mojito in each hand. When your trecking home in 10 degree weather however, blasting walking on sunshine and practically trotting to stay warm there she is, waving her pretentious little wave just begging you to forgot the fantastic thought before you can get it down on paper. Well not this time missy, some inspiration hit and i will attempt to articulate that and file it away for future use.
So you know a few weeks ago I did a burlesque show. Birthday cake and tits out on stage, remember. If you seriously don’t here’s the link to get all caught up, then pop back here once your situated. So of course since that glittering moment of stardom sans clothing all of my spare brain space has gone to mulling over my next act. Now i have playlists a foot long of songs that could make great, normal Burlesque acts. Some sultry boa shaking, gloves the whole shebang. However as my first act demonstrated, which I know you haven’t seen yet the video and photos they are on their way i swear, I don’t do things completely ‘normal’. My song was from a musical of course, you will learn i am a total musical theatre freak of the highest order, and it was big, fast and i was in a faux leather corset with a riding crop. So for my second act I had to come up with an equally ‘interesting’ concept, at the very least something that spoke to my personality at least a little.
All of the best burlesque performers ooze their own brand of joi de vivre through their numbers. Mae De La Rue wraps herself in mink, sparkles and tiaras and grooves to her favourite tracks which range from classic Hollywood glamour to Elvis hits. Surely Knot in all of her electric energy pulls out the most bizarre concepts, including and not limited to stuffing her face with Oreos on stage as the cookie monster, with goggly eyed nipple tassels no less. So you understand my desire to ‘ooze me’ as it shall here to for be known as. Shut up not in a sexual way, but also a little bit, it is Burlesuqe after all.
So as i bounced along the road bundled up in my most adorable scarf and 60’s inspired wool letterman jacket, i thought about what essence of me i could ooze this time. Baking maybe, it’s been done and could get messy Im not quite game to douse myself in edibles just yet. No i had just the thing, something simple yet luxurious, both innocent and very sexy. Pyjamas. Lesson I’m-not-sure-what-number-we’re-up-to-lets-call-it-5 about me is that my ultimate pleasure, my one true love in life is the glamorous gloriousness of Peter Alexander pyjamas. Since I was exactly 11 when i was gifted my first pair i was in love with how beautiful yet comfortable they were. I didn’t know such a combination could exist in this amazing package, yet they do and they have never lost their magic. Anyway more on my time in bed with the scrumptious Peter for another day, i have settled on pyjamas for my next performance theme. I desperately want to tell you the songs I have picked, but I think in true burlesque fashion i want to tease you a little. All in good time mes petite chou fleur, but you must all be wondering what on earth this has to do with todays blog title.
Well the aforementioned dish, a simple vegetarian breakfast wrap was also a product of some inspiration, as a lot of my dishes are. i’ll often have something delish out, then attempt to recreate it in my tiny kitchen. This one was based on the amazing vegan wraps my local cafe makes, that have saved my ravenous arse at 5: 30 in the morning when i barely make it out the door and into the Uber that i definitely cannot afford to take me to the train station. So i thought it would be appropriate to share this recipe along with my burlesque musing, as it seems to just be the day for a good helping of inspiration. Enjoy and let the #inspo goddess smile down on you, although she probably wont because she’s moody that way.
One step at a time,
Ginger Snap xxx
Vegetarian breakfast wrap
- Large wholemeal wrap
- 1/4 tin of chickpeas
- Lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- Handful of baby spinach
- 1 tomato sliced
- Handful of grated cheese
- Sliced mushrooms and zucchini, baked or sautéed
- 1 tsp garlic
- Mash chickpeas and mix with lemon juice, salt and pepper and garlic
- Spread on wholemeal wrap
- Layer veggies and cheese
- Toast, cut in half and enjoy!