Posts tagged inspirations
Posts tagged inspirations
Is it wrong that when I see this, I think “ooooh! Ideas for my coming livingroom!”? XD
I literally have been thinking about not buying trad livingroom furniture, since I won’t have a big apartment w/multiple rooms to divvy up practice space in. My original thoughts were to wait to get pieces in, bit by bit, until I find pieces that I -really- love, instead of just buying Stuff to Have Stuff. ..But about a week or so ago, the idea donned on me..: ”Yanno, you -could- just get or make that hideaway entertainment center you’ve been wanting, & refrain from getting the livingroom furniture entirely (since I barely use couches anyway, thanks to my vision & needing to be close to the TV), and just make your whole li’l livingroom a dance studio…”
..Is it a bad sign that my eyes started to gleam maniacally and a strange cackle emanated from somewhere nearby when this thought occurred..? ;D
More and more I’ve been falling in love w/the idea, ‘cause for the past year or so I have been -so sick- of having nowhere to practice. So this just adds fuel to the fires. ^_^ I’m totally going “oooooh, mirrrrorrrs! And NO FREAKING CARPET!! XDXD” *lol* But in all actuality, I really could just drape my LR windows in luscious, light-blocking red velvet curtains, cover the walls in mirrors like a funhouse p0rn0 set (as in LOTS of mirrors, nothing else, you naughty people, you), lavish the floor w/a few skooshy pillows here n’ there, maybe rescue a sexy little low table for a place to have tea and biscuits in the morning.. or maybe hookah at night.. and.. and.. and.. *drools* voila! OOOH! Plus I’d need some fun materials n’ art on the walls, maybe a swank chandelier or two, and I’ve got my own luxurious Café Danza Marviliosa! ^_^ Squee!! *happy shimmies* Arright, bring on the decorating crew!! *bounce bounce*
For my gothic bellydancers out there- perhaps a bit of costume inspiration..? :)
Have y’all seen these..? Dewd.. that thing is HUGE! o.O
I’ve found a cheaper version on the Wally-World website (‘cause I’m a girl on a budget- and someone mentioned them on YT as well ;D), but if you don’t like WW, you can also find one @ Target, and surely other places like Sally, or other beauty suppliers. :) This one’s by Revlon, and atm, it’s on sale @ Wooly-Mart for $19.99, :D (Plus Revlon has one of a similar type and price, which I’d like to learn more about as well. They look the same, but have different names, so it makes me wonder if they’re any different in actual performance or design.)
This one seems to have some great reviews on YT as well as WM (and I chose the one of the two that’re similar that had the best reviews), so now I’m -really- curious! ^_^ Those waves create -exactly- the kind of hair I’ve always dreamt of having (yanno, that epic mermaid look ;D), and I think this thing would be -perfect- for Cabaret dancers; who want that bouncy, romance-novel heroine hair as well. :D
I think the only thing I’d be afraid of is burning myself while I did the back and top of my head- buuuut, that’s not too much different that what you go through w/a curling iron, no..? (I don’t use those much either though, in part for that reason.) -But man, how cool IS this thing..? It looks like a medieval torture device, but from the looks of it, could do your hair in waves pretty darned fast! :D ..Now I’m like “hmm.. I might be able to get ahold of one of those pre-ShimmyMob…” ;D
So, have any of y’all used one of these..?
If you ever work w/fire (literally or figuratively- beit mentally and/or spiritually) as you dance, this could be a SUPER-nifty image to hold in your mind as you work/perform/move. ^_^ ..Fire-dancing magick..? Why yes please!! XD
Thanks, it’s an original design by Cinna
so fuckin cool.
The girl on fire.
Mmm.. makeup!! ^_^ While I’m not the kind of girl who wears makeup daily at home, I -adore- all the possibility makeup can have in the bellydance world. ^_^ You can be dark, elegant, sparkly, vibrant, peacock-ish, subtle, natural, futuristic, tribal, vixen-y, coquettish, angelic to all-out terrifying, and I adore that! :D With just a few strokes of the brush, a great makeup job can take a dancer from tigress to vampire, with no particular costume change at all. Got a black bedlah and skirt set? There you go. You’ve already got 2 looks, and with some color variation and a little inner narrative, your choices can be nearly endless. :) Wanna be a dark elf or a naga? How about a traditional Cabaret dancer? With that same bedlah, you can still obtain -all- of these looks- using makeup. :) How amazing is that?? ^_^
Alongside the right music, costume & inspiration, makeup can be that last (or first) step into becoming -anything- or -anyone- at all. :) Whether you’re portraying a goddess, a warrior, a courtesan, a pussycat, a priestess, a mermaid or a bird, makeup can help you and your audience make that final leap of imagination & spirit; transporting you from simple earthbound dancer to awe-inspiring, mythical creature. :)
I’ve seen makeup transform dancers into Borg soldiers, demons, medicine women, wood sprites, jubilant spirits from faraway villages and SO many other incredible things that it nearly boggles the mind. ^_^ The possibilities really and truly are only limited by your imagination, and to some extent, your means. :) (But you by NO means need everything to be super-expensive to create a wonderful look!)
My only suggestion/request is that dancers just THINK FIRST about their venue, music, character, storyline, or whatever outfit inspires them, and THEN get down to the nuts & bolts of creating their pieces. (And yes, that means even if it’s fictional- but ESPECIALLY if you’re dealing w/peoples’ cultures, religions, heritages or personal paths!!) But seriously- all it takes is a little logic. Chunky glitter near the eyes? Yeah.. bits of sharp metal near my softest inny bits.. not such a good idea. ;) Going to “La Marakesh” family restaurant with grey skin & tubes coming out of your face..? Mm.. perhaps a Borg dance may not go off so well at a traditional Moroccan establishment. :) Wanna be a vintage fan-dancer? Sure! Just add a little blood or spooky makeup, and THEN go to the horror-themed Halloween show. ;D
In essence, I guess my biggest thing is always; please, try to be mindful of your audience, and don’t censor yourself necessarily, but try to at least stay respectful of your chosen venue and the event in which you’re performing. ’Cause even with certain rules & guidelines (like some restaurants do not permit dancers to have tattoos), and even around the bases of some themes, you can still do a LOT! For instance; how many MILLIONS of looks can you do with the directive of “tribal???” ;D
So sit back, relax, HAVE FUN, crack open a book or do a little research online if you need, but most of all; ENJOY yourself! All you need is a little imagination, a little practice, a few colorful pigments (and maybe a visit to the hardware, thrift or craft stores ;)), et voila! (Ooh, but a relatively steady hand never hurts, either. :))
Hope you enjoy!
Images Courtesy of:
TemplaSimpina on DeviantArt.com
Serafaery and http://sanderfeinberg.com/sdf/events/fun/morefun/vampire-ball-2012-5.shtml
And for more costume, hair & makeup inspirations that have to do with bellydance, you can find my Pinterest board here. :)
(Please Note: If you or someone you know is the creator or subject of any of these images and you’d like me to either credit or remove anything, please let me know. I always try to give credit where it’s due, ‘cause I respect the people and works I feature, and after all- I’m a struggling artist too. ;))