Hello, dear bloggers! After a much needed and generally much enjoyed respite from the world wi(l)d web, I am happy to report both blog and shop are back up and running. What have I been up to while I've been away? Well, for one thing, at my mother's insistence (!), we saw the movie, Burlesque! I'll spare you a detailed review of the film for now, as my brain is still not fully off vacation mode, but off the top of my head, I can say that it was a campy film, but rather enjoyable in a Broadway-meets-MTV awards kind of way. I liked the nods to Cabaret and so forth. I didn't like some of the costumes or dance numbers. I *did* like Aguilera's rendition of "A Guy What Takes His Time," not to mention her hair, pearl ensemble, and feather fans employed for this number (see below for a teaser pic). After viewing the film, I can't help but wonder: what exactly IS burlesque? Is there a universally accepted definition or are there various meanings? Have the key facets of burlesque changed over the past century? IF you've seen this film and want to weigh in on it, please do post! Okay, I'm off to catch up on my blog roll reading!!