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Hotter Than July Bellydance Extravaganza, Saturday July 9th at 1pm, Berkeley, CA [Jul. 3rd, 2011|12:46 pm]


The Hotter than July Bellydance Extravaganza is a celebration of the Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Summer Program.  The event will be held July 9, 2011 at 1:00pm at the La Peña Cultural Center at 3105 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley.  Now in its second year and led by Raks Africa, Girls Raks is a fun and engaging summer program for girls ages 13-19.  The goal of the program is to provide survival tools for girls of all sizes who may struggle with body image and self-esteem issues.  The two-week program gives teenage girls an opportunity to have a body-positive experience, free of judgment and competition.
A $10 to $20 donation at the door is suggested.  The Extravaganza features Bay Area bellydance treasures Nanna Candelaria, Ahava, Monica Berini, Khalilah, Queenie TT, Asata Iman, Zadiyah, Raks al Khalil, Shabnam’s Ooh La La Dancers, Monica McCartney and a special performance from summer program participants, Girls Raks and event producers, Raks Africa.

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Ideas? [Jan. 18th, 2010|05:12 pm]

If you were asked to create a "carnival/sideshow freak/horror" costume.. what would you base it off? For both male and female.
I'm having a mind blank, the obvious would be clowns, ring master etc.. but does anyone have other ideas?

X-Posted a bit, sorry.
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New Episode of FemmeCast NOW AVAILABLE! [Jan. 28th, 2009|11:55 am]

"Asking for help takes its own strength and bravery."--Genne, Epsiode 7 of FemmeCast

Asking for help is a skill--how do we learn it?

Episode 7: Asking for Help. Running time: 69 minutes.

In this episode host Bevin Branlandingham and FemmeCast contributors discuss their strategies for learning to push past the Steel Magnolias facade and receive help.

We debut our newest contributor, our Femme Shark Correspondent Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha!
"You can be a mess and still be a powerful Femme. We're not going to cut down one another when we're vulnerable."

Self-Help Correspondent Genne discusses being the partner of someone with a bad drug addiction and how that taught her the importance of asking for help.

We debut the Femmes of Color Roundtable series, moderated by Fatshion and Beauty Correspondent, Tara Shuai.
"My experience of how my race, my fat and my femmeness intersect is that I think that people don't expect fat East Asians. I feel like a bodily contradiction, simultaneously desexualized and hypersexualized."

Bevin interviews Jenny Lowery, aka Pidgeon Von Tramp, Queer Fat Femme Burlesque performer with the Von Foxies of Seattle, writer and founding board member of the Bent Writing Institute.

FemmeCast: The Queer Fat Femme Podcast Guide to Life is a FREE audio newsmagazine for Queer Fat Femmes, Fatshionistas of all sexualities and Queers of all genders. Hosted by Bevin Branlandingham with a cadre of regular contributors, we're discussing dating, fat fashion, social justice, friendships, sex, gender, tranny talk, culture, travel, community and feature new music by Queer artists. A whimsical This American Life meets a radical queer how-to novel with MTV generation timing, FemmeCast will keep listeners laughing, connected and inspired. Available for download 24/7 at Femme-Cast.com

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Fyrinnae + Aromaleigh [Sep. 7th, 2007|07:38 pm]

[mood |confusedconfused]
[music |Midnight Oil]

Hey guys,

I love bright bold, insanely loud in-yer-face colours? Oh, and I'm pasty as hell and don't wanna change that.

Which leads me to this question: Anyone have any reviews on either Fyrinnae and/or Aromaleigh?

I've looked up both, with mixed results. First: Aromaleigh. Can't find much on your typical review sites, but from the few blogs I was able to scratch up, pretty good. Now for aromaleigh: I managed to find one whole review section for it: http://www.epinions.com/pr-Online_Stores_Services-Aromaleigh

Okay, I'm a little weirded out. MOST of them seem really great...but then one reviewer claims that there are "mavens" that are just giving good reviews for some sort of goodies or something. And more than one reviewer claims they'll never shop from there again...

Basically the main complaint is about customer service. Now it's nice to have a good product, but if the costumer service sucks as much as some people say it does, I really don't feel like trying it out.

So...what are your opinions? I practically never wear foundation because your average foundation company doesn't make their foundation pale enough. Also, I love the eyeshadow shades I see at both sites. I'm really hoping that at least one of these online stores are pretty good.

By the way, if any of you know of another similar makeup brand I'd be interested, please let me know.


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Fall makeup, here we come! [Sep. 4th, 2007|09:27 pm]

I'm gearing up for fall here, and that also means having fun with makeup looks!

I feel like I spent all summer trying to figure out how to keep my face from melting off, so I am very much looking forward to (more) dramatic looks and fall colors.

Here are two!Collapse )

What about you? What excites you about fall makeup looks?
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(no subject) [Aug. 13th, 2007|11:33 am]

Best eyeliner/waterliner?
We have Australian choices of:

Max Factor

Is there an amazing product lurking in one of those product lines?
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bliss eyeshadow fastener? [Aug. 9th, 2007|12:14 pm]
i'm a novice with the bare minerals powder eye shadows
i bought the sephora kit, love the colors but hate how the powder falls away.

i saw someone here post about eye shadow foundation or primer.
has anyone tried the bliss eyeshadow fastener?
bliss is having an extra 15% off sale items special and it was a featured item and for about $5, i thought it might be worth a try.

would it work with bare minerals powder?
bliss eyeshadow fastener
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Hello, Glittery God/desse/s! [Jun. 8th, 2007|09:04 am]
[mood |crushednot too glittery]

I have a dilemna. Yes, it is dire and urgent and absolutely critical. ;)

So, I bought these lovely shadows from Fyrinnae and they're beautiful. Unfortunately, they're sitting neatly arranged in my makeup case because I can't seem to master the art of loose pigment. It gets everywhere and doesn't go on smoothly.

I'm pretty good with the pressed pigments using brushes or sponge applicators, but this loose stuff is a mystery.

Any tips?
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Fresh Face of LUSH - casting call [May. 25th, 2007|10:32 am]

[mood |giddyfresh faced, more or less]

You know you wanna...


Sounds like they're choosing a handful of internet winners PLUS one per store on June 2nd, so entrants would have a better shot going in person. Unfortunately the closest one to me in all the way in Boston. Woe, woe I say!
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Three fashion maintenance questions! [May. 22nd, 2007|10:33 am]

Hi glitterati!

I know this community has been quiet for a bit, but I'm hoping y'all can help me out with a few fashion upkeep questions that have been perplexing me.

1. Is there any tried-and-true way of getting oil or grease-based stains out of clothes? I have a big rack, and whenever I spill food, it tends to be on my shelf, so things like grease stains can ruin an otherwise fabulous shirt. I know that putting baking soda on it immediately helps keep the stain from setting, but unfortunately, baking soda isn't always available.

2. I hate socks. I hate wearing them, I hate how they look, and I try not to wear them whenever possible. As a result, lots of my shoes are smelly. I've tried deodorizing foot spray, but the smell always comes back and renders the shoes virtually unwearable. Anyone have any solutions?

3. I use a MAC foundation brush everyday to apply my primer and foundation. The sales person recommended that I clean the brush daily, which I do with warm water and antibacterial soap. Then, I leave it sitting upwards in a cup overnight to dry. Recently, though, I noticed that it smelled kind of mildew-y, and I'm not quite sure why this would happen. Is there something I should be doing differently?

Thanks, everyone, for your sage advice!

[x-posted to my journal]
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