Monday, February 8, 2016

Guest Blog - Valentine's Day Night Out

Today on the blog, I'd like to introduce Kyri. She is a 10th grade English teacher who is married to a chef. In her guest post she's explores what it's like to be taken, yet alone on Valentine's Day (and Burlesque!). If you'd like to connect more with Kyri, you can check out her blog HERE and follow her on twitter @landmermaids.

Valentine's Day is a day made for people in love and people celebrating NOT being in love. But what about the people in love who don't get to be with their significant others? We as a group are forgotten. And that's sad.
This is what my face looks like.
This is what my face looks like.
This is the 5th Valentine's Day that my husband and I will NOT spend together. When you marry a person in the service industry nobody tells you that there is a high probability that you will spend a majority of all holidays ALONE.
The bright side of this is that you get to choose how you spend all your holidays. If you want to spend Christmas eve stuffing your face with candy and binge watching every claymation Christmas movie in existence you totally can.
The down side of this is that I have to spend the day of love without my love. However you can't really hang out with your single friends because they're all super excited about being single or super depressed about it. Either way it's not much fun to hang out with them.
So I make my own plans. This year I am going to enjoy boobs.
A few months ago I took a beginner's burlesque class taught by Adele Wolf and I caught the bug. Burlesque is the best thing.
Dita Von Teese
Dita Von Teese
I love the body positive message that burlesque supports. Burlesque performers are all shapes and sizes. One of the things I love about Adele Wolf's shows is that there is always a performer who I can look at and say "I have that body": the cellulite dimples, the belly rolls, the less than perfect breasts. But even though there are people who are terrified of putting their bodies on display these people (women AND men) get up there and smile and OWN IT!
Burlesque is so accessible and lovely. It's the best show out there. The sparkles, the lipstick, the music, the costumes, it's like 2 hours of an alternate universe where everyone accepts their body and loves it deeply.
I encourage everyone to see a burlesque show. If you're in the Oklahoma City area the best one by far is Adele Wolf's Burlesque and Variety Show.
If you're looking to learn more about Burlesque here are some resources that I have found entertaining and helpful.
A Wink and a Smile - a documentary following some Regular Janes as they explore their sexuality and confidence through Miss Indigo Blue's Beginner's Burlesque class. This documentary is a great example of the accessibility of burlesque. ANYONE can do burlesque: for a crowd, a SO, or just yourself. You can watch this for free if you have Amazon Prime.
Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America by Leslie Zemeckis
This informative book  really digs into the history of burlesque (which is hella interesting). I really enjoyed it, and I'm not a huge non-fiction reader.

There's also a wonderful documentary connected with the book featuring so many burlesque legends. This one is a little harder to watch. You can buy the DVD or get a subscription to Sundance Doc through Amazon and watch it for free.

So on Saturday night I am going to lace myself into a red corset, put on some red lipstick and watch some of the greatest performers in Oklahoma ooze confidence and sex.

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