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Costume & Accessory Spring Sale

April 9th, 2014

I recently completed the task of doing our annual stocktake. Fiddly and phaffy? Yes, but actually pretty enjoyable when the stock you’re counting is so gorgeous and sparkly!

It occurred to me that we have way more items for sale than you’ve seen. Only a small percentage of the costuming and accessories that are available are on show at any one time in the studio and online. Many of these items are one-of-a-kind unique pieces, completely handmade and imported from all over the world – largely from Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Afghanistan, India, Turkey, Greece, USA and more.

With any luck, I’ll have more shiny new sparkles and treasures arriving for us in the coming weeks and summer months, some really special pieces, so it seems only fair to create a little extra space for them…

✧ WE’RE HAVING A SPRING SALE! 

✧ MANY ITEMS 1/2 MARKED PRICE

INCLUDING SETS, SKIRTS, PANTS, TOPS, HIPSCARVES, SILKS, JEWELLERY, PROPS, MUSIC

 ITEMS BEING ADDED EVERYDAY THIS WEEK

Come seek out your treasure at Little Egypt Bellydance & Holistic Health Studio before/after classes or during special opening hours: Saturday 2-6pm when you can browse the souk, try things on, chill out with tea, soft drinks, baklava & cupcakes!

Preloved items are also welcome, check out “how to sell your own items” at http://www.bellydancingbarbie.com/shop/belly-dance-attire.php 

Beautiful bargains going fast! 

See you soon,

Lindsey Xx.

COMING SOON | Bellydance Footwear

October 9th, 2012

Bellydance Foot Gloves for comfort, reassurance & added protection where you most need it.

Bellydance Footgloves are made from breathable elasticated fabric, with cushioned soft leather padded soles. Fashioned in “nude” with pretty henna print, they are the best thing I can find for bellydancers, maintaining the natural lines of the foot when traditional barefoot dancing isn’t entirely practical.

Made by one of the world’s leading dancewear specialists. Expect excellent quality.

Coming soon | Sizes: Small (UK 1.5-2.5) Medium (UK 3-5) & Large (UK 5.5-7) | Cost £22

I have many ideas for customising & colour toning which I’ll share with you all later!

For guaranteed delivery before Christmas – PREORDER YOURS NOW

Email sales@bellydancingbarbie.com with a note of which size you’d like.

Also coming soon: Plain nude leather ballet shoes | Sizes (UK 3-8) | Cost £12

September Weekend Sale!

September 15th, 2012

Ladies,

Keep your eyes peeled for costuming sale items appearing this weekend on our website and facebook page… I’ll be adding them one by one…

In the interest of adding new sparkly items to the shop and adding some extra excitement to the september weekend, I thought I’d hold us a little sale! Prices include postage and many items are unique, one of a kind pieces, handmade in the middle east.

To purchase any sale item, email info@bellydancingbarbie.com or on Facebook send a private message, including the item description and I’ll send you a link to pay.

It’s first come first served…

Enjoy!

Chainmail Necklace | Was £5 NOW £2

Egyptian Chainmail Necklace Back

Diamonte & Pearl Necklace | Was £14 NOW £7

Pendant broken. Beautiful without or easily glueable.

Navy Chiffon Harem Pants | Was £30 NOW £10

Egyptian Headscarf | Was £4 NOW £3 each

Length:43″ High Hips:24-40″ Low Hips:Open Size

Turkish Glass Pendant | Was £5 NOW £4

Handmade, Necklace is Cord & Ribbon

Beautiful unique handmade piece. Glass pendant is smooth with a flat back, 2.5″ in length, 1″ wide. Red, sky blue, silver & bronze.

Yellow/Silver Chiffon Hipscarf |Was £15 NOW £7

One coin missing. Easily fixable with supplied replacement

Gorgeous bright yellow rectangular hipscarf with silver coins. This high quality hipscarf is missing a coin due to a little mishap. Can easily be fixed with supplied replacement coin. Comes in organza carry bag. Would make an excellent practice scarf!

Click on images to enlarge & check back later for additions…

New Costuming Stock!

June 16th, 2012

 

On this dreary summers day I’m brightening things up by ordering us some shiny new costuming stock for the class souk & online shop!!

I’ve picked out some gorgeous items from Egypt, Turkey, Morocco & the US and they’ll be on their way very soon… Let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like me to source, I already have a few requests I’m having fun tracking down and found a very special item that I know will be snapped up before you can say “AIWAAAA”!

Discounts again will be available on many items when you purchase in class. Prices shown online in the Shop are inclusive of shipping, pretty hand wrapping & packaging. Costume sets are sent in beautiful glittery storage boxes and hipscarves come in a handy organza carry bag.

Last time I ordered, many items hadn’t even arrived yet and people were contacting me to buy them!!! So as before, I’ll update this post with a list of items we’re expecting and if you’d like to preorder just email or text me with the item name, colour & whether you’ll be buying in class or would like shipped out. I’ll then mark it as on order for you.

As some of you will know, I also accept good quality “Pre-loved” items into the class souk so if you fancy trading for a change up of your BD wardrobe just ask me about this at your next class.

Happy shopping my little treasures!

***MORE ITEMS STILL TO BE ADDED, REFRESH YOUR BROWSER TO CHECK FOR UPDATES***

NEW ITEMS ARRIVING SOON & AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW ARE:

  • Royal blue/ gold velvet hipscarf
  • Berry red/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Berry red/silver velvet hipscarf
  • Berry red/silver velvet bra top
  • Daffodil yellow/silver velvet hipscarf
  • Apple green/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Rosey lilac/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Hot pink/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Hot pink/gold velvet bra top
  • Sunny orange/silver velvet hipscarf
  • Deep purple/silver velvet hipscarf
  • Deep purple/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Deep purple/gold velvet bra top
  • Blackest Black/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Blackest Black/gold velvet bra top
  • Burgundy wine/ gold velvet hipscarf
  • Burgundy wine/ gold velvet bra top
  • Peacock teal/gold velvet hipscarf
  • Peacock teal/gold velvet bra top
  • Royal blue tribal fishnet gauntlet – £4 each | £6 pair
  • Red tribal fishnet gauntlet – £4 each | £6 pair
  • Black lace tribal gauntlet – £5 each | £7 pair
  • Black /gold cuff – £4 each | £6 pair
  • Royal blue/gold cuff - £4 each | £6 pair
  • Lotus flower drop earrings – £8
  • Lilac/royal blue/turquoise/diamonte cuff – £8 each | £12 pair
  • Deep purple feather fascinator headress
  • Various hematite necklaces & bracelets

Haifa Wehbe Make Up Tutorial

December 17th, 2011

I’ve been asked a lot “how do you do your make up like that?” That being my performance make up. To answer this question fully I need to do a video at some point so until then I thought I’d share this with you, a make up tutorial by Pixiwoo in the style of Haifa Wehbe, Lebanese singer, actress & model. Whilst it’s not exactly the way I do my own make up it’s a great tutorial and there’s a couple of really good tips in there… enjoy!

 

Here’s Haifa’s top hit “Ana Haifa” (I am Haifa) performed on LBC. This track is noted for future BellyJams!

Jewel In The Navel..

October 7th, 2010

Jewel In The Navel Belly Dance History…what’s with that?

The jewel in the navel image is believed to have become prevalent between 1930-1970 and particularly around the 1950′s when air travel revolutionised the wests knowledge of the east and as this enthusiasm increased so did the demand for exotic imagery. Hollywood movies indulged this fascination and depicted veiled, mysterious women dancing in luxurious yet skimpy two piece costumes. This caused great scandal as you can imagine for a society with strict dresscodes, courtship curfrews, tea dances, strong traditional views on gender roles and well ..no internet! Even today we have much to thank victorian etiquette for and also much to say no thank you for but one thing’s for sure, it runs deep in society to this day. So, back then something had to be done about this liberation of feminine dance which had gone just a step too far for most and only helped to strengthen the view of Hollywood as Sin City. No one was quite sure what to make of this representation and since the lizard brain of humanity chooses to fear the unknown a protest followed, the result of which was the ‘Hays Code’ or ‘Motion Picture Production Code’ as it is also referred to. This code put in place by the American film industry seeked to raise moral standards on the silver screen stating that *’dancing or costumes intended to permit undue exposure or indecent movements in the dance are forbidden’* and various other rules. The problem with the code was that it was relatively unenforceable but it did work alongside other authorities such as the Motion Picture Association of America so the big boys at Hollywood Studios worked to find loopholes in it and found that by glueing a stone or jewel into the navel of the dancer/actress and choosing romantic costuming they could have their film released and sometimes without any certificate of approval, this undermined the code and resulted in it being more of a set of guidelines, a lesson in movie etiquette if you like!

It wasn’t just oriental dance that the code affected, it ricocheted throughout the world movie industry with offshoots into other industries and its legacy remains. Reportedly it even lead to a redesign of the cartoon character BettyBoop from flapper to housewife! Bettys like Barbie though, she’s strong enough she can turn her hand to anything and do a damn good job!

The other thread to the Jewel In The Navel story goes back hundreds of years with reports of tribal women and daughters practicing moving or dancing with a small round stone placed inside the navel “belly button” and aiming to keep it there using only the contraction of the surrounding muscles of the abdomen and pelvic floor. Puh.. easy!! Well depends on the stone and the body right! (citing to follow when I remember were I discovered this)

So whilst the ‘jewel in the navel’ may not be a traditionally active part of present day oriental bellydance, it certainly has it’s place in its history!

Navel piercings were trendy in the 1990′s in America and the UK, though these have never really been the go in the Middle East. For me personally, growing up I always remembered my mother telling me about how special the navel is, my navel to her, she said “the bellybutton is where the mummy and the baby are attached” and I thought OH YEAH!!.. so I didn’t want to ‘mutilate’ this special thing in the same way my friends were at that point by getting a piercing for the sake of having a piercing and then gradually, very gradually my views on this changed, I began to think WOW WHAT A TRUELY SPECIAL PART OF MY BODY and I thought one day, one special day, I might highlight it for the beauty that it is. Having completed many personal achievements in the summer I wanted to reward myself with a daily reminder of how proud I am of myself and my mother. Knowing how special this was to me my brother and his partner gifted me my navel piercing on my birthday in July. It was certainly heaps sorer than having your ears pierced but not agony, in fact, I think the skin clamp was sorer than the piercing itself, yes there was a little blood, yes I was niggled for a couple of days, yes it can take up to a year to heal but I enjoy the cleansing ritual and am very much looking forward to adorning my beautiful belly with all manner of sparkles!

Why I write this at 5am is completely another story..

here’s dancer Tahia Carioca (many different spellings) – dancer and Samia Gamal – actress in 1950′s Egyptian movie

Picture from Gilded Serpent
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_Picture_Production_Code
* http://www.shira.net/

Hipscarves Pt:1

September 9th, 2010

 

(Female Ancient Egyptian Acrobatic Dancer – but you can call her Anne)

Hipscarf: A length of material worn on the hips often beaded with costume coins. Now most popularly formed of a solid rectangular length, a semi-circular shape, triangular or a square shawl shape and tied in the front or at the side. Fashioned usually in velvet or chiffon with uses of new materials such as lycra and lamé progressing the evolution of hipscarf styles.

The tradition of wearing a hipscarf whilst Bellydancing is longstanding perhaps as longstanding as the movements themselves.

There are many contributing factors that have influenced the type of coined hipscarf we wear today in classes around the world, some of which are:

  • The Ouled Nail tribe and the Bedouins are believed to have attached the family’s wealth to a length of material. If the family came under threat the woman could tie this round her waist leaving her arms free to scoop up the children and the man ready to defend.
  • It’s reported that back in the day, the first performing bellydancers used to sew their tips onto their costumes thus displaying their popularity
  • On the completion of their housework women are reported to dance with other women in the home with a camaraderie and cheeky, showiness of the living their husbands are out working for! ;)
  • The well known dancer “Morocco” claims, when on one of her first visits to Cairo in 1978, to have played a pivotal role in the design of the produced hipscarves we wear today.
  • The paintings found in the tombs of ancient Egypt depict male and female acrobats and dancers wearing a length of material tied round the hips, often with the surplus length draping down in front to maintain their modesty. (The female in the picture – I call her Anne as she looks like the woman named Anne in the board game “Guess Who?” – which incidentally I still own and recently played with my mum. I won 5-4. I made her play it with me of a Sunday evening. Silly fun! ;)

I digress…

..so there are many valid and historical reasons that the hipscarf has become a major part of Bellydancing and there are further more than mentioned here! and I haven’t even entered into the How Does It Make You Feel When You Wear A Hipscarf? aspect yet!! Maybe I’ll save that for another time..

What’s your take on these influencing factors? Which of these ideas engages your emotions most? Perhaps you know of others? Best comment wins a chiffon hipscarf!

Xx.

Freshening Veils

August 29th, 2010

I have been asked again how to go about freshening the delicate fabric of dancing veils. In July I put a little post on the Bellydancing Barbie Facebook page as I carried out this task, it read like this… Read more »

Kohl

August 29th, 2010

Why all the heavy eyeliner?

This is something which has now grown synonymous with bellydancing and the middle east.

The oldest recordings of ‘eyeliner’ being worn are back in the days of Ancient Egypt. It was worn by both men and women and was, of course, organic! Embers are believed to have been taken from an extinguished fire and applied to the upper and particularly the lower eyelids. This served many purposes;  in the sun the sand of the desserts were blindingly bright and the application of black kohl adsorbed this light thus protecting the retina from burning. Kohl is believed to have repelled sand qnats, a member of the Ceratopogonidae or “midge” family from the eyes… ewh! Kohl was also seen in later years of ancient Egypt as a status symbol and something of beauty.

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