2019: A Magical Year!

2019 has been a wonderful, magical year for me!  It was a year filled with lots of fun, laughter and most importantly, LOVE!  2019 was the year I fell head over heels in love with my incredible partner, Flare, and we began our adventures together!

In 2019 I performed at the Toronto Burlesque Festival, in two PeepshowTO productions, twice at Ladies of Burlesque at the Royal, in a Sailor Moon themed show by Dead Moon Circus, in Lee Vanity Productions‘ Lizzo Burlesque Tribute, at Sinful Sundays, once again with Amplify Apparel, at Nuit North in Hunstville, at Burlesque Wednesdays at the Bourbon Room in Ottawa, at a showcase in Waterloo, and of course, at my favourite place, Yeti Con!  Besides travelling across Ontario, I also visited New York with my sweetie and went to Las Vegas to attend the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender!

I worked hard this year at setting up the Dolly Shots Photography studio, but due to circumstances beyond my control I wasn’t able to open my new business or studio fully.  (Goals for next year!)  I did, however, have a plethora of wonderful shoots and had the chance to photograph some of my favourite performers!  I witnessed two more amazing friends tie the knot with each other in a beautiful Jewish ceremony followed by a dance party complete with Drag Queens and the Time Warp!  I also welcomed two new family members this year, the sweet and rotten kittens; Luna and Artemis!

This year was a trip, this whole decade was a trip!  It’s been fun to look back on all the good times (and bad) and reminding myself how far I’ve come!  Look out 2020, I’m coming for you!

Happy New Year!!

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Photo by Teri G
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Flare and I at our first Pride together
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Performing at PeepshowTO’s Marvel Show with Betty Quirk, Coco Framboise, Zilly Lilly, Charlie Quinn, Sevvy Skellington and Tits Ahoy
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Performing a tribute to Anna Karina at Ladies of Burlesque at the Royal’s viewing of Vivre Sa Vie
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Pinup Photo Safari in Las Vegas
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Toronto representing at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender
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In Las Vegas with Betty Quirk and Zilly Lilly
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Bri and I watching Drag Kings at Pride
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Muskoka Pride after Nuit North with Flare, Brad Puddin, Bon Bon Bombay, Black Swan and Bianca Boom Boom
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Luna and Artemis
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Performing at the Toronto Burlesque Festival with Sevvy Skellington, Zilly Lilly, Betty Quirk and Charlie Quinn
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Performing at Ladies of Burlesque at the Royal with Betty Quirk
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Performing with Amplify Apparel
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In Coney Island NY with Flare
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Go-Go Dancing as an Ewok at the PeepshowTO Takeover of Sinful Sundays
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Performing at Rhapsody Blue’s show in Ottawa with Flare
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Performing with PeepshowTO at Yeti Con
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Kicking back at Yeti Con with Charlie Quinn and Natasha
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Emma Frost at Yeti Con
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At the beach with my baby
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Curtain Call at the Pop Night for the Toronto Burlesque Festival
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At the Big Apple with Flare
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Charlie Quinn and I in Waterloo being Gremlins
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Performing with Charlie Quinn at PeepshowTO’s Trick or Tease Production
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The cast of Drag King Decades, produced by Flare
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Celebrating Betty Quirk’s Birthday on a Party Bus
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My Sweetheart
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Photo by Teri G

 

Aviva the Mirage

The enchanting Aviva the Mirage appeared at the Dolly Shots studio this week to shoot some sultry, pinup photos!  This glamourous, rock n roll burlesquer is a member of Toronto’s Skin Tight Outta Sight!  You can catch Aviva on Wednesday evenings at the Bovine for Pussy Whipped Wednesdays!

Lingerie from Bettie Page Lingerie
Photos by Dolly Shots Photography

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Genie Emerald in Eleganza pt. 2

The gorgeous Genie Emerald is back this week for part 2 in our Eleganza series!

I love Genie’s beautiful burlesque costume, which includes a corset and bra completely bedazzled by Genie herself and a fantastic Tim Burton-esq circus tent skirt made by the fabulous Betty Quirk! Enjoy!

Photos by Dolly Shots Photography

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Mam’selle Dolly with Stacey Naglie

Thanks to the wonderful Stacey Naglie for another beautiful photoset!

Stacey is an incredible lifestyle photographer who shoots everything from weddings and engagement photos, family and children’s portraits, professional headshots and so much more!  I highly recommend her if you are looking to book a session as she is so easy to work with, gives really great direction and produces amazing results!

I hope you enjoy our latest set!

Bra by Playful Promises
Robe by Dottie’s Delights
Corset by Louise Black
Photos by Stacey Naglie Photography

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Glamour Shots with Stacey Naglie

Earlier this year I got together with my wonderfully talented friend,  Stacey Naglie to shoot some very glamourous looks!  I am so thrilled with the results and I hope you enjoy them too!

Photos by Stacey Naglie Photography

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Latex and Glitter pt 2

It’s Hump Day and I’m ready to rock your world with more Glitter Alien looks…

I am so grateful to our amazing team for this photoshoot.  First of all, our incredible photographer,  Jonathan Choi, who made this vision a reality.  None of this could have happened without the fantastic Katherine Bermudo.  And of course our amazing assistants, Rachel and Khristianina!

More Dolly Monroe at www.MissDollyMonroe.com

Latex Set by Raezor Latex
Pasties by Charlie Quinn’s Quintessentials

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Choose Your Path: Star Wars Lipsticks

I had the pleasure of shooting another set of Lipstick photos for the upcoming Nerdlesque Show Revenge of the Strip!  You can purchase Rebel and Empire exclusively at this event.  These amazing matte shades are $20 and will let everyone know if you are a Rebel or if you have joined the Dark Side!

Click the images below to purchase tickets for this event.

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Level Up Your Lips

The producers of Peepshow TO have come out with a fabulous new line of matte lipsticks to help Level Up Your Lips!  Whether you are a Sevvy, Betty or Leelando, there is a shade for you in this new collection.  Perfect for perking up your cosplay or wear everyday to brighten your look!  You can get these fabulous lipsticks at the next Peepshow TO show, Super Smash Bras, which is this Saturday September 25th at the Great Hall in Toronto.

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Dolly’s Favourite Pink Lipsticks!

It’s feeling more like spring everyday and nothing says spring quite like Pink Lipstick!

Every now and then I like to shake up my classic red lipped look and go for something more girly, fresh and fun; a pink lip!  These are my top 3 go-to pink lipsticks.

 Lime Crime’s Pink VelvetMAC’s Flat Out FabulousPinnacle Cosmetics’ Diva

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Pinnacle Cosmetics’ Diva – MAC’s Flat Out Fabulous – Lime Crime’s Pink Velvet

Lime Crime’s Pink Velvet

This is another one of Lime Crime’s longwear lipsticks, which I love.  Again, it’s not the best longwear I’ve tried (it smudges easily when wet) but it definitely stays on better than a regular lipstick.  It goes on wet and dries to a matte finish on your lips.  Pink Velvet it a lovely bright, Barbie pink.  I always get compliments when I wear it.  It’s really something unique that most people haven’t seen before.  The combination of that electric pop of colour and the super matte look makes for a super sassy look.

Pinnacle Cosmetics’ Diva

Pinnacle Cosmetics is a wonderful company based out of Canada, that produces really high quality makeup.  I recently received a couple lipsticks from Pinnacle including Diva.  Diva is a high gloss, high shine lipstick that shimmers on your lips.  It is very soft and smooth to apply.  It has a red-pink shine that is quite beautiful and very different from the matte look I usually wear.  I have used this lipstick a couple of times for burlesque shows, and it really comes across nicely on stage.  I definitely recommend this lipstick and this brand!

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MAC’s Flat Out Fabulous

What can I say?  This lipstick is truly Flat Out Fabulous! It’s a bright pink with a touch of purple and super, super matte.  I don’t know if I’ve ever worn a lipstick that was as matte as this before.  It’s almost tricky getting it on, you really have to rub it hard to get a nice thick coat (wow that sounded dirty).  It’s equally as difficult to get it off, which is why I see this lipstick as close enough to a longwear that it might as well be one.  If all regular lipsticks were like this I would definitely wear them more often.  Can’t say enough great things about this lipstick.  Definitely check it out if you are looking for a fun pop of colour that will last all day!

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From Left to Right: MAC’s Flat Out Fabulous, Pinnacle Cosmetics’ Diva, Lime Crime’s Pink Velvet

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar

In my hunt for new lipsticks I received a few suggestions to try out Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tars.  The last time I saw these lip tars at Sephora there were maybe 6 colours to choose from, but this time when I went to track them down there were so many I was a little overwhelmed!  They now come in a huge array of colours and finishes including metallic, matte and gloss.  I decided to depart from my usual shade of red and go for something a little darker: “Black Metal Dahlia”. This shade is a very dark purpley-red with red glitter in it.

These lip tars come in a little tube with a separate applicator brush.  It goes on pretty easily with the brush but you only need a small amount to cover the lips completely.  The colour is beautiful but way more glittery than I was expecting.  It is definitely more of a “going out” lipstick as opposed to an “every day”.  I also found that it did not dry at all, even though I was told it was a longwear lipstick.  This stuff would definitely not pass the make out test.  It could be that I put too much on or maybe because I didn’t use the lip primer that is recommended on the packaging, but at $22CAD (almost $25 with tax) I wasn’t about to buy another product just to put this one on.

Overall I really like the look and feel of this lip tar (did I mention it smells like mint?) and would like to try some more colours, but I’m not sure if it really lives up to all the hype.

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