Hannah Conda is originally from Perth, Western Australia, but she has now taken Sydney by storm working all over the city and at many of the venues on the iconic rainbow strip that is Oxford Street. Boasting a massive following in both Perth and Sydney, Australia, Hannah is a shining example to so many young people out there that hard work and a leap of faith can pay off massively! She has been doing drag for about 6 years and it has become a huge passion of her's and one can tell Hannah lives and breaths this amazing art form!! But Hannah had another crazy path that she thought she was going to follow... that of becoming a Priest!!!!!!! Hannah was very religious as a young boy and felt that the Catholic church was going to be her calling in life. But as you guessed....drag won out. Her best advice to people all over is to just to live each day as if it’s your last day. Live it to the fullest and allow yourself to experience everything that you can. Enjoy all that the world has to offer and allow yourself to be loved and to love.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
The Pride Ball at the Raven
As you can tell by the Mistress's tone, I am yet again thrilled it's Monday. I'm just a wee bit exhausted from being out and about this weekend with Pride festivities. It's the first one I attended in two years' don't go every year to the festival and parade since there are so many to go to around here. On Saturday, May 21, was the big day..... the fraternal twin cities of New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Lambertville, New Jersey, hosted the New Hope Celebrates Pride Parade. The nationally recognized parade is the gem of the Annual Pride Festival, which drew an estimated 15,000 people this year and is said to be the only Pride event that crosses state lines. This one was really a good one and probably my favorite to attend as New Hope recognizes and celebrates diversity and different everyday. The vibe on Saturday was one of just that — a multidimensional celebration of diverse identities free from discrimination and celebrated in the streets. Bands, motorcycle clubs, floats and more sashayed their way through the streets of Lambertville and across the Lambertville-New Hope Bridge into Pennsylvania. Although rain was in the forecast, participants and viewers alike came out to celebrate as if the only possibility was sunshine all day. Their energy was enough to stave off the bad weather for the duration of the parade, which ended in cheers and a breakout moment of dancing in the streets under a light drizzle. Followed by ample cock-a-tails around town, a huge drag reception, and a the Raven's legendary Wet and Wild Pool Party and Show. Seen around town.....
This year the HUGE 15'X25' Pride flag and all the flags around town were placed this year in honor of it's creator, the late Gilbert Baker.
Two YES boys from the Raven!!! Who needs NO boys?
Even Thunder Showers helped keep away the rain
There's always time for a cock-a-tail or three at the Mansion
Diva extraordinaire Dorothy Bishop entertained at the drag reception. Loved her Hillary verses Trump !!!! You should see wear she pushed the pins!
A parade goer who we met, and later joined us for drinks and hopefully a new friend. The trans community turned out in huge force and it was nice to see the reception they got....and deserve.
The town love Miss Richfield 1981!!!!!
I even throw on some old frock with China Cup for one of the charities shows last week.
While the town frowns on any chain business, it's a cold/warm relationship with Starbucks, there in the background. But they are huge supporters of the town, gay community, and most of the events and drag shows. There's their flag that will fly all month long.
New Hope's Grand Dame Miss Pumpkin, huh, in a Pumpkin
The Fabulous Sherry Vine at the Raven
Some of the Mistress's Clan
Even the horses around here get into the act
Our Pop-Up LGBTQ Community History Exhibit also put together this amazing video of the town, the Raven and it's pass characters together. It was so cool to see and a bit sad, as so many colorful people are gone. But worth a watch. You can just sense the community
Hat tip to the hunky Preston for helping take some of these photos.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
The Mistress is still out and about enjoying pride festivities in town, so in the mean time let us enjoy the music of the fabulous Dusty Springfield. I can't imagine were Lady Bunny got her hair inspiration from, can you?
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Yet another specimen of the perfect guy with the perfect body all wrapped up in a nice little finger licking good package called Erasmo Viana, who hails from San Paulo, Brazil.
This breathtaking experienced model has assets that are truly stunning, and has quite the muscular and toned body on him, sporting those deep soulful eyes and fierce jawline, he so delicious I could just have him for dinner, and I don’t mean over! Erasmo is breathtaking in a lot of his photos. His look is stunning and hard to ignore, which makes me oh so happy to bring you some of the best of this scrumptious candy for your enjoyment. Erasmo seems to be getting me in the mood for my upcoming South American trip, and if the mens are like this....I'm in deep trouble.....
Friday, May 19, 2017
IT'S THE WEEKEND!!!!!
That means let's get this weekend started with one of the Casa du Borghese's famous Cock-a-tail Hours!!!! Grab a seat and a cock-a-tail.....and soak in this lovely music and enjoy the collection of late 50's and early 60's interior design .....or just ogle the houseboys.
We have lots to celebrate this weekend with our version of pride... New Hope Celebrates!!!
Thursday, May 18, 2017
The Mistress had a very lovely Mother's Day weekend , as I planned to be at the ancestral home for a couple days visit, and had several good dinners for my mother in addition to helping her get some things done around the house. Well, you know, we supervised the houseboys getting things done. One of the things I had been meaning to do for some time, was polished the silver set that my mother packed away after my fathers death. She was never fond of silver sets...she's more modern than I, and she has told me repeatedly to take the set to the Casa du Borghese for entertaining with high teas. Mind you, the set hasn't seen the light of day for at least 15 years...packed away in the china cabinet. Needless to say is was tarnished black as night when we got it out. But nothing the Mistress couldn't spit shine. It was good as new again and ready for happy days.
The set was actually my great, great grandmothers on my father's side. The set was made in 1895 we do know, and was made in Hartford CT, by two brothers who had a silver company, Barbour Brothers Co. The tray is even initialed with a "V" for our families last name. I also know, that all of the grandmothers did indeed use it. My mother recalls when my father took her home to meet his mother and grand, she served coffee with the set. My father's parents were very formal and great entertainers at home. So it was a nice surprise to see it brought back to glory again, I was worried...... such artistry and detail......
Even a gravy boat! I did some more research over the weekend about the pattern only to find that not many sets where made with this floral and grape pattern, and some collectors had pieces, but not a whole set, which upon further reading, said it's hard to find a whole set still together.
I'm thinking this is a family heirloom to definitely be cherished. If anyone is interested, I'll be serving low tea on Sundays, with light disco ....of course!