Next minute a shooting star shot across the night sky. It interrupted a sea of stars so numerous that it looked like a salt- shaker had spilled across the dark inkiness of the night. Make a wish, they say, but what to wish for? Wishes are like shooting stars, fleeting and misnamed. While a shooting star isn’t a star it’s perhaps just a chunk of rock, then again it could’ve been part of a planet, or an asteroid that had traversed the galaxy for 6 billion years… That shooting star had quite a history!

While I wrote about the day,  David sat by the fire occasionally poking it with a stick. It had been lit earlier in the night with a pink lighter that had been gifted early in the trip by other campers, who seemed pleased by the clip on koala given to them in thanks. The lighter had lit many a fire on this trip, but this fire had a special majesty. Away from all signs of civilization it was a beacon that in a way protected and formed a home in the vast space of the wide valley. A primordial thing warming, life giving and protective.

If only a fire could warn of the future, I think looking back. The peace and calm of that night in a valley called death, where the only thought on my mind was telling the story of the day and where we would travel the next. The luxury of choice and a world to explore. Out of interest we had been travelling for 2 weeks at this stage. Putting up the tent was automatic and simple, the rhythm of the days a pleasant routine.  The only worry finding a camp spot and which direction to head next. At the time it did not feel life changing. It was part of a simple plan for my life. The plan, which like the fire warming the night, within a year would be ashes. Looking back now this simple night holds a space that is extraordinary.

I can’t remember the first time I was entranced by fire. It had been a feature of my childhood that made my parents worry I would turn into a fire-bug. Mesmerized by the flames of the bonfire or the spinning Catherine wheel sparks on Fire Cracker night. The smoke and smell of my father burning off rubbish and the almost religious experience of burning candles, dripping wax, molding that warm wax into shapes.

It was brilliant to be able to take a year off to travel. An amazing privilege that we worked hard for. Sometimes, despite the hard times and trauma I’ve experienced in my life, I think “aren’t I lucky”. Like fire there are many elements needed to bring that life into being that eclipse simple luck though. A fire needs clear ground- (opportunity), it needs fuel (work) and it needs a spark (imagination). Until finally the fuel is used up and the fire dwindles to embers that only need more fuel and a breath of wind to bring it back to life.

Thinking back to that night, I’m glad I knew nothing of what was to come. For if I did, I would probably still be out there wandering the desert…









Back when I was little the phrase was Carpe Diem-Seize the Day!

A good friend of mine is always saying YOLO so it is stuck in my head: You Only Live Once.
So simple yet so very true.


If you take any notice of what I post on instagram and Facebook you will see I’ve been travelling a bit lately. In fact right now I’m on a yacht in the Greek Islands. Sounds amazing and it has been, but today the weather is bad and we are stuck in the main cabin so I have some time to write! 🙂
Last year I was offered the chance to take voluntary redundancy from my State Government day job where I was an Environmental Manager. A job that bored me into mental numbness. A job where my skills where not being used well and I spent a large amount of time thinking about burlesque and singing and absolutely anything else that would stop my brain turning into mush. I had tried to make more of my job but the public service can be very limiting and my job was a dead-end. Some of my colleagues in the same role had been doing the same job for 10+ years… The redundancy payout was good, and it seemed like a lifeline. A chance for change. Change has been a big part of my life for the last 5 years. I live in a different area, dress different, look different and do different things but that is another blog post. My job was the only thing that hadn’t changed.
So I applied and was accepted to take redundancy and negotiated a leaving date that was 8 months away, July 2013. It seemed like forever but I knew it would leave me time to plan.
So what to do next I thought?.
I could get another job in my field and have a great deposit for a flat.
So I started looking for a flat to buy. But… it was like something in me baulked at this decision.
I thought about other options. Perhaps travel. A change of career. Study.
What to do?
I thought about what I am good at. I am a good communicator, I am a confident public speaker and I am a good teacher. These are useful skills to set me up for a career change.
But first I thought TRAVEL! For the first time in my life I have Energy, Money AND Time. The trifecta and I plan to make the most of it.
When I get back from this trip I don’t really know what I will do. I have a trip to South America booked for autumn 2004 but beyond that is the unknown.
But exciting!
I see so many possibilities. So many paths and doors that have exciting plans beyond them. For the first time in over a decade I have no idea where I am going or what the future has in store for me.
I am excited about what that future may hold.
But like I said Carpe Diem: I am going to enjoy the now! Summer in Sydney.
What a fabulous plan! 🙂

How to get a Bikini Body

I was recently in the Northern Territory at Litchfield and Kakadu National Park  and one of the things i loved was swimming in fresh water rivers and under waterfalls.

Sitting on the riverbank I noticed something. All the thin young women were in bikinis. They looked so free and happy in them.
However all the bigger women and older ladies were in navy (navy blue is the new balck?) swimsuits and even shorts and t-shirts. I suddenly got pissed off. I was in a navy swimsuit, that didn’t really fit and I wanted to wear a bikini!
So I was determined to get a bikini but my efforts to buy one in Sydney were thwarted because of a lack of time and so I went shopping in London at Bravissimo. I must have tried on every one in the store and in desperation the girl even broke out the new stock but I found 2 I liked!
Yesterday in Croatia I finally got to wear it.
What a JOY!
I also noticed many women around me; young, old, thin, fat, tan, etc etc all wearing them and in bright colours.
Amazing. For the first time I was wearing a swimming costume (or cossie as we call them in Australia) that fit and supported me!
So here are some pics and a video.
Pics! (Yes it is blue- but it is cute and I also have a pink one) 🙂
Krka Waterfalls Croatia
And as those memes all say-
How do you get a bikini body. You simply buy a bikini and put it on your body!

USA & Burlesque Hall of Fame trip

Oh my. I’ve been meaning to tell you about my USA trip but I have only just recovered. In brief it was all, Boobs, Bums & Booze.

I’ll try. But this is the edited version what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas… 🙂


My trip started in LA and after a long flight preceded by little sleep due to a gig the previous night, I hit LA exhausted. A cat nap and I was ready to go out and hit my first burlesque show!

It was a pleasure to finally meet Mercury Troy and Mae Lust who I knew from facebookland. Mae was performing at Victory Variety Hour and I was placed in the hot seat and given a lap dance by the cute as a button Squirrel. Such a delight. Jessame Thunder was on fire with a 70s inspired number which made my heart rate go up. But my heart was stolen by the one and only Hedo Luxe. Such a character and costume. I won’t describe his act as it would ruin the surprise but he comes onstage to a wow, and it just gets better and better…

The next day Mercury and Mae took me shopping to the LA Fashion District. A combination of jet lag and excitement had me completely overwhelmed! It was amazing. So much fabric and trimming and so cheap! Despite it being a holiday weekend much was open, but I vowed to return!

On Monday I decided to play tourist for a day and did a tour of LA. To me it is a place of wealth and despair… One area abundant in riches and a few miles away dozens of homeless people.

That evening I joined up with the Diamond Dahlia, Strawberry Siren  and then Alyssa Kitt flew in and we went to Monday Night Tease. It was wonderful to see Alyssa and hear all about her tour and to see many of the performers I had enjoyed seeing at VVH. One addition was Russell Bruner  . He and did a marvelous routine to 2 ladies with his lovely ladies and then he did a solo- the very number that won him King of Boylesque later that week. Such a lovely charming man as well, he had many a heart a fluttering that week

The next day the 4 of us set out shopping firstly in Hollywood then returning to the Fashion District. Many a pretty thing was bought!

Then I took the intrepid step of hiring a mini-van to drive us and our luggage to Santa Ana. The hire company would not hire us a GPS though!!! &^*&%^%)!!!! so we had to rely on maps as our phones GPS would not work. I did it ! even with LA’s notorious traffic jams (6-8 lane highways getting traffic jams!! that is 6-8 lanes each way too!!!) and getting a little lost. Totally crazy.

On Wed Alyssa, DD and I made a pilgrimage to Wal-Mart! 😀 Oh the fun. So many cheap things in such a huge building. I stocked up on makeup, allergy medication and other tidbits. The difference in prices made me really question how the retailers in Australia justify the prices. A Loreal lipstick that costs $18 in Aus for $5? moisturizer that costs me $34 in Aus here cost $18. It really makes no sense, even with our smaller market and expensive rents. I think retailers will really have to take on the wholesalers if they want to survive.

That night we got all dressed up in our new Betty Page dresses to celebrate Alyssa’s birthday and to see Dita Von Tease’s Strip Strip Hooray! I was curious to see Dita live as I had never enjoyed videos of her performances. AND best of all I got to see the absolutely fabulous Dirty Martini!!!

I went in with lowish expectations of Dita and have to admit to being pleasantly surprised. I was not a fan of her last act but her cowboy act was a lot of fun. The costumes and production values were of a level I’ve never seen before. It was also one of the most diverse shows I have ever seen. So much so that it must have been planned that way. It is really a credit to Dita that she puts on a show of that caliber. I can’t say I am a fan, preferring her photos, but it was a worthwhile trip.

After the show Dirty came up to us and after hellos and hugs gave us wrist bands for the after party. It was wonderful to meet most of the performers from the show, talk to Dirty (mostly about clothes!) and even Dita. Yes I must admit to getting a little celebrity struck. When she walked into the room all eyes were on her.

Bleary eyed we woke up ready to head to Las Vegas! Our chauffeur arrived and miraculously packed all our suitcases into the van and we were off! Doc from Dr Sketchy’s Byron was surrounded with some of the Eastern seaboards loveliest performers: The Strawberry Siren, Bella de Jac, Alyssa Kitt, the Diamond Dahlia and I. Lucky man. He teased us with pictures of baby animals and Alyssa dared him into mean game of Rock Paper Scissors. I mostly enjoyed the view, the Desert landscape can be beautiful in its desolation.

A highlight of the trip was a stop at Peggy Sue’s Diner- saur Park.

We arrived in Vegas and scattered off to our rooms to get ready for the first night of BHOF.

All glammed up we headed to the first show of the weekend- Movers Shakers and Innovators. Our own Briana Bluebell was performing which made the night extra exciting. I finally also got to meet the lovely Vava Vunderbust and April O’Peel, two performers I had seen only on You Tube but admired. I sat amongst them with their Canadian contingent and almost went deaf from their enthusiastic whoops and hollers, especially when a Canadian was onstage 🙂

The rest of the weekend was an absolute blur. There was shopping, eating and drinking as usual, and so much burlesque!

Friday nights show was The 55th Annual Burlesque Reunion Showcase. It was amazing to see so many legends get up on stage and the next day I got to meet some of them in person, including the riotous Camille 2000. I hope I am so fabulous at that age!

Saturday night was the big night where our own Imogen Kelly was competing for Miss Exotic World, 2012 Queen of Burlesque. It was a fabulous night full of amazing performances.  So many great performances. When it was finally time for the Queen to be announced we all held our breath and then I almost fell over when Imogen’s name was called out! It was so exciting to be there all us Aussies were so proud of Imogen. I gave Imogen the little koala I had put swarovski crystals all over and we celebrated to the early hours.

My final day in Vegas was taken up mostly by the pool party. You have never seen a more colourful, glamourous pool party! SO much fun and not to be missed. The last show Icons and All Stars had a dream lineup, including our own Mark Winmill (Captain Kidd) farewell performance as King of Burlesque. It was a wonderfully enjoyful weekend.

San Francisco

If you’re going to San Francisco they say to wear some flowers?? Well we were bright enough when we arrived at the Vegas airport, but 3 hours of delays and a flight and we arrived bedraggled and tired. We checked into the lovely San Remo guesthouse, and napped. I spent a lot of this holiday grabbing a nap where I could!…

We all got ready in the confines of our cute but tiny rooms to head to Hubba Hubba to perform. It was my first international performance! 🙂 Jim who runs it had been super friendly from the moment I wrote to him asking to perform and it was exciting to be there. It was a lot of fun, but I discovered that the bar staff free pour spirits!!! So I was a little less steady than usual but made up with it by being even more outrageous 😉

When the bar closed we all headed off to another bar. Who proceeded to give us free drinks… All night! Heading home as the sun rose I was glad I had already been to San Fran before! We all slept off monstrous hangovers and a few of us headed out to the touristy (but I like it) Fisherman’s Wharf area for needed foods. In and Out burger was a godsend! I met up with an old friend for dinner and drinks that night and headed back for more sleep.

On Wed Bella and I made our way to Guiardellis for some chocolate then headed to Haigh St for some shopping! San Francisco is so beautiful that a tram ride was a delight.

That night we all got ready to perform at Red Hots at the El Rio bar. I had met Dottie on Facebook and had got to know her in Vegas. She had also been super welcoming and the night was a blast. Fabulous crowd and a lot of free drinks came my way… Do you see a theme forming here? Hmmm Yes that night I went to the airport drunk, not having eaten. And could find NO food places open!!! I ended up begging one of the shops that was closing to buy some food and then something strange happened- I found a bag of Cherries. Beautiful sweet California cherries someone must have left behind. It seemed providential! 🙂

So with a belly full of Cherries and booze I headed to NYC on the Red eye…

I arrived in New York and headed straight for my accommodation to sleep off the over night flight.

It was soon time to get ready for The Peel New York City! I went for a walk along the boardwalk before the show and took in some of Coney Island. It is a mad little world!

The show was too much fun. Lauren La Rouge and Holly Ja’ Doll  held the Peel away from home, and having performed at the very first Peel it was an honour to be there. Joined by fellow Sydney Sider Ember Flame, it had the fun of the Peel with the quirk of Coney Island.

The New York ladies were lovely and RayVelenz was a hoot.

We all went onstage at the end in our Peel T-shirts and poured wine over ourselves in a giant bath! 🙂

That night I went with some of the audience members to one of Brooklyn bars. It is a fab place really, lots of great places to go.

The next day after a little sight-seeing and shopping I met up with Holly Lauren and Ember. We found a bar that served 5 shots for $10. Then a tiki bar, with a vintage photo booth. Once again the bar tenders free poured and taking a liking to us all we had way too many drinks.

As you can imagine the 20 hour flight home the next day was not much fun.

But now my liver had recovered I can’t wait to go again! But can someone please shout me a first class ticket next time 😉


Going to America!

Well as some of you may know I am heading the the USA for a couple of weeks! This Sat! I can’t believe it. Who wants to drive me to the airport 😉

First stop I will be a few days in LA and will finish be seeing Strip Strip Hooray. It will be great to make up my own mind about the hype that is Dita.

Mostly I am looking forward to seeing my favourite performer Dirty Martini perform again! Eeeeee!

Then I am really excited to go to the Burlesque Hall of Fame, especially to see the legends perform! I have a feeling I will not be getting much sleep and will undoubtably punish my liver. Over 25 Aussies are going to BHOF AND TWO will be performing, both Sydneysiders! Our own Queen of Burlesque Imogen Kelly competing in the MISS EXOTIC WORLD 2012, REIGNING QUEEN OF BURLESQUE  and Briana Bluebell in the Movers, Shakers and Innovators.  Las Vegas doesn’t know what is about to hit them!

After LA myself, Alyssa Kitt, The Diamond Dahlia and Bella De Jac will be heading to San Francisco. One of my favourite cities! I am looking forward to heading back to the Ghiradelli Square for some free chocolate samples- and stock up on one of my fav chocolates (and the only American Chocolate I like), eat some seafood chowder on the wharf, shopping and much much more.

AND i will be making my international debut at none other than San Francisco’s famous Hubba Hubba Revue! Monday the 4th June at Uptown Nightclub in Oakland. I hear it is a mini Aussie Invasion also featuring Alyssa Kitt, Bella de Jac and The Diamond Dahlia. I am not sure what San Fran has done to deserve such gorgeous ladies but they are in for a treat! Jim Sweeney you better prepare your crowd well 😉

Then a couple of days later I at Red Hots Burlesque run by the lovely supportive gorgeous Dottie Lux. I received such a warm response when I first enquired about performing for her that I am excited just to meet her!

THEN I will be performing in none other than the Peel in NYC!!! Yes one of the shows I started at (I performed at the very first Peel) is on at Coney Island- Burlesque at the Beach. It is on the 7th June. My excitement levels are at near explosion point even typing all of this!

SO if you are anywhere near San Francisco or Coney Island you will have to get to one or all of these shows. Trust me. Book your flights etc NOW! 🙂 If you mention my blog I promise to give you a big hug 😀

Whew. So I promise to try to keep you up to date as the trip progresses. Well you can at least catch my drunken ramblings that are sure to be made on my FB fan page here: https://www.facebook.com/mscherrylush Better like me if you want to hear it all!

My last few days in Sydney are jam packed as well. Wed night I will be the door bitch with the mostest at The Peel – I love NY. So many lovely newcomers to the scene will be performing- and this is on of the places I started so you might just see the next Cherry Lush.  Well who am I kidding there will never be another Cherry Lush… 😉 Oh by the way I hear The Peel has a new website that features lil ol me! http://thepeel.net.au/ Check it out.

Then on Friday night I will be performing at the one and only Pretty Peepers Cabaret.  https://www.facebook.com/events/162752463851663/ As they say this is a untraditional cabaret so you never know what you are going to get. All I can promise is that I may make you wet. No not that way!!! Well maybe… 🙂

Yes a lot of !!! are in this post- but if you can’t tell I’m a bit excited 😀

See you my lovelies! XOX

Upcoming Gigs April & May

I have been trying to write a post telling you all about the great time I had in Adelaide but it is still not finished yet! 😦

So just to keep you updated here are my upcoming gigs for April and May. Then at the end of May I head to the USA to the Burlesque Hall of Fame! Just as an audience member this time 🙂 I can’t wait, it is going to be a blast. Don’t worry I will tell you all about it. Well maybe not all- because as you know: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!” 

Back to the shows: I have had a little rest and am ready to hit it! It is a very mixed bag and it starts tomorrow night Friday 13th April at one of my favourite shows 34B. Leave all your impressions of Friday the 13th behind as this show is going to be a bevy of, ah behinds! 😉

34B Sin City https://www.facebook.com/events/341161945920618/

Then on Sunday 15th April is another show that is rather special to me Ruby Revue. It was a few years ago now that I was dobbed in to sing at the end of one of the shows as they do every month. It was the first time I had been on a stage since high school. Once the spot light hit me and the crowd started cheering, I knew that being in that spotlight was where I wanted to be (I won that night of course). It is the last show at the Arthouse so come on down watch me and buy me a drink! 🙂 https://www.facebook.com/events/310695865667661/

Later this month I will be performing a brand new very dirty number at Moist at the Imperial Hotel. It is on Friday 25th April. If you want a clue about what the show is about watch this video 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2MHlmesdoA

On Monday the 21st May I will be modelling and performing at Dr Sketchy’s- Newtown. Now Dr Sketchy’s when I model is no serious event. Expect me to be naughty and talk back- I am never a silent model 🙂

Finally I will perform at another of my favourite shows! Pretty Peepers Cabaret at the Imperial Hotel on Friday May 25th. Another naughty show! Oh I think I sense a theme here? Am I a bit naughty??? 😉

Hope to see you at one or more of these!!!