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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Atomic Bombshells: J'Adore

We're Back!

Come see our delicious annual J'Adore Valentines show. The perfect gift!
This February 12 and 13th, 7 and 10 pm shows.
Tickets available at:
www.thetripledoor.com


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Super Mario Obsessed!

Talk about your nostalgic Bathroom themes:



Friday, November 19, 2010

BURLESQUE: The Movie. My review

Last night I went to a pre-screening of BURLESQUE, which opens next week.
I'll admit, I was skeptical about the film, as I'd seen the previews and thought, here is Coyote Ugly meets Showgirls, with Cher.
But I was wrong. It's more like Flashdance meets Cabaret, with Cher.


The Burlesque:
I was thoroughly entertained. I knew this film was going to focus on the Burlesque stylings more that of the PussyCat Dolls, than that of Dita Von Teese. Lots of hair tossing and jazz-90's style dancing. But I was pleasantly surprised at the respect for the vintage that was in the film. An adorable fan dance (by Xtina), retro styled Bump and Grind, and the use of some vintage music (I heard our Voodoo act in there!). I was right in making my bet that I wouldn't see one set of pasties, but I now believe that was to attain the PG-13 rating.
With three of the movie's songs using the film's title, I imagine a slew of burlesque gals designing routines to them. I have dibs on Cher's song though!

The Acting:
The plot is predictable. You probably already know it from the previews. But no one is going to this movie for the plot line. And, remarkably, it was pretty entertaining. The story of a 'small town girl trying to make it in the big city' is one we've seen time and time again...but I like it.
All the actors did a great job of working with the script. It was charming and sincere, and you really feel for the characters, despite the story line's lack of depth.
There are some genius one liners delivered brilliantly by Cher, Christina, and Kristin Bell. Stanley Tucci was smart in making his 'gay side-kick' character understated, so much so, that I didn't realize that he wasn't Cher's husband in the film, until half way through. I'm thankful for that, as it could have been played over the top and flamboyant. One bad note: More Alan Cumming! He is perfection, I wish he'd been in more scenes.

Cher:
Cher is funny. She's brassy, ballsy, and looks amazing for 64. The one liners that were written for her and Christina were delivered brilliantly by both actresses.
Cher has a few Torch Song moments, and as I was watching her, I was picturing all the Drag Queens who will be emulating the songs in years to come.

Christina:
Ok, I thought she was going to be the worse thing about this movie. I'm tired of her persona in the press, I'm tired of her vocal gymnastics. But DAMN! Girl can dance, girl can act, and wow she can sing (but we knew that). She steals the show, and you really remember that this girl is gorgeous in a close-up with no make-up. (It's easy to forget that because sometimes she looks SO done up on the red carpet). Her character is sweet and charming, and you really like her.
For a Disney kid turned pop star, A+ in the acting department. Way better than the Mariah Carey 'Glitter' and Britney 'Crossroads" fiascos.

All in All, I'm glad I saw this movie. In fact, I'll probably buy it when it comes out on DVD. It's a great movie to see over the Holiday Weekend, if you like razzle dazzle. However, it does make you want to get to the gym and workout 7 days a week (Those girls' bodies are fierce.)
So it might not be the best thing right before the Thanksgiving gluttony.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Miss Bermuda Triangle

Kindra Meyer as Bermuda Triangle

Wig: Ben De La Creme
Make-Up: Art Star
Costume: J. Von Stratton

MAGIC!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

More Betsey!


Ah. Ah! A lovely attendee of the Betsey party caught my magic moment with Queen B herself in a photo. I'll never forget this moment.
She hugged me as said, "You made this?!? You're amazing!"

B, it was such an honor to be a part of the festivities and to meet you. I am humbled. You make fun clothes that are affordable. THAT is truly amazing. You're making high fashion fun and wearable and within reach of the every-girl. Sure, we'd all like to own a $5000 Louis Vuitton handbag, but that is only reality for a small community of people. Althought that is wonderful; making a collection that is chic, interesting, fashion-forward, and accessible is more valuable to women everywhere.

You're fabulous, beautiful, and I just simply adore you.
(We listen intently to you!....)
(We *heart* Betsey!)

Friday, October 15, 2010

I love you Betsey!

Oh. My. God.

What a day. The Atomic Bombshells danced in the window of the downtown Betsey Johnson store, and throughout her appearance at the location. Immediately upon arrival, she hopped up in the window and danced to Gaga's Telephone with us.
She hugged me, and said, "You made this! You're amazing!"
Le sigh.....*I'm twitterpated.*

She was so gracious and wonderful, telling us how happy she was we could be there.
Oh B, it is us that are thanking you. Thank you for being so innovative, and lovely, and fabulous. It was such an honor to be in your presence.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Betsey Johnson AND The Atomic Bombshells: TOGETHER AT LAST!

Dreams do come true!
The Bombshells are officially working with Betsey Johnson and her Seattle location on this event:
Featuring Queen Betsey herself!

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Atomic Bombshells Every Saturday in November!

Every Saturday night this November 2010, at the historic Columbia City Theater.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Beats 4 Boobs: A Breast Cancer Research Fundraiser



I LOVE a fundraiser, and who could resist one that has:

1. A Fashion Show
2. Aerialist and Bellydance performances
3. A gaggle of Seattle area dj's
4.....ahem...did I mention FASHION SHOW
5. Boobs
6. IT'S FOR CHARITY


Everyone wins!
J.Von Stratton is showing a few fun pieces as part of the fashion show, and I'm kicking off the event, so if you'd like to know more info, and purchase tickets, head to:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/129808

And check out the online flier:

A Mother/Daughter Photoshoot Like You've Never Seen Before

My mom called me about a month ago, and said, "Jamie, I want us to do a Photoshoot. Like, a Mother /Daughter Photoshoot, but not cheesy. I'm looking pretty good for my age, so I'll wear whatever as long as I get really big hair."

Oh yeah. So I enlisted the help of the genius JiJi Lee Photography, and we spent an evening shooting some glamourous, and some hilarious photo sets.









Mom is such a good sport when she comes into the city and plays dress up.
Here's a few snap shots of fun things we've done in the past:






I LOVE YOU MOM!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Success!

Thank you all who donated to Team Von Stratton for the Seattle AIDS Walk 2010. We had a blast walking dressed up as a flight crew.




Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A MAJOR weekend for Von Stratton Clients!!

One was married in a hand made Von Stratton couture dress...and the other won the crown at the 2010-2011 Le Femme Magnifique International Pageant.

Let me begin with the bride:

Jenny and I met because she'd hit up Google for a dress designer in Seattle. She wanted something poofy and girlie, but structural (she studied industrial design) and futuristic looking. She came to my studio loaded with images of McQueen, Jill Sander, and other examples or things she liked.

I will admit, it was a challenge making something really poofy and big, but modern and structured. Inevitably, I whipped up a dress she was more than happy with. AND to top it all off, turns out I knew her fiance in High School. So she invited me to the wedding, and I can't even begin to tell you how much fun it was. I missed my ten year reunion, and this made up for that! Many of the attendees I knew from High School, and everyone was such a blast to chat with.

It was a lovely ceremony, and I can say that I'm a lucky gal to have such wonderful working relationships with clients that end up becoming friends.

Here are a few snap shots from the wedding (the pro pics coming soon!)






...and now...

Ladies and Gentlemen, we present your 2010 - 2011
Le Femme Magnifique International WINNER:

LILY ARMANI!!!!







I wish I could say I made all her gowns...but I was privileged enough to make her First Look Black and White presentation.

Bows. It's all about Bows.







CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!

So glad I was here to help you both (in two totally different ways) on such big occasions.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Seattle Tattoo Expo

What a fun Weekend! The shows at the Expo went off without a hitch, and everyone seemed to be having a great time. I know I took advantage of the Expo's accessibility to so many amazing Tattoo artists from around the world, by getting some new work. Thank you to Cris Primm at Sleeping Giant in San Diego for your artistry.




*Photos courtesy Mattie Bamman

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Official Northwest Sailor Jerry Rum Girls!



Myself, Kitty Baby, and Ruby are your official Sailor Jerry Rum Event Girls!




Not only is the Sailor Jerry brand infamous tattoo artwork (Originated by the sailor, Norman Collins), but it's branched out to become a wearable and quality clothing line...and, this is the good part, RUM!

Indeed, it is delicious, strong, flavorful, and is GREAT mixed with Ginger Beer.

Visit www.sailorjerry.com for more info




Keep your eyes peeled for Sailor Jerry sponsored events in your area, and we'll be there!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fashion Video Montage!

I spent the good part of a day, putting together a fun and silly video collection of photos taken from shows and at photoshoots over the past few years. It's a Fashion Montage!!!




Special Thank you to all the Photographers, Models, Stylists, and Performers who make my designs look so fabulous!

SEATTLE TATTOO EXPO 2010

If you plan on partaking in the Tattoo Expo festivities, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Burlesque Show. This year it's:

Fuchsia FoXXX




Bunny Monroe





Lucky Penny (ME!)

(www.jamiestratton.com)



And Featuring Miss Kitty Baby

(www.thepinupangels.com)



With Special Guest at August 12th Opening Night Party
Fanny N' Flames

(www.theatomicbombshells.com)



More information and Tickets to the Expo at:
http://www.seattletattooexpo.com/event-details/

Friday, July 9, 2010

Summer Shinanigans!

Summer is Here SEATTLE!!! (Um...Finally!)

Here's a few summer treats for you to indulge in:

Ben DeLaCreme: Terminally Delightful in 3D

Ben is one of the only people I know who could put on a one-queen show, and have people get REALLY excited about. I cannot wait. For you fashion fans: You'll get a kick out of the sequin madness we created for him.

Runs every Friday for the next 3 weeks at the Rendezvous. $15. 8pm
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/114192





Celebrate French Independence Day ALL DAY!

ST. BASTILLE DAY Wednesday July 14th!

Start your day off by popping down to Seattle's Post Alley (next to the Pike Place Market), to Cafe Campagne (http://www.campagnerestaurant.com). Every year on this celebrated day, they fill the historic alley with chefs cooking up French cuisine, rivers of Wine, and entertainment. That's where I come in:

Myself, Miss Indigo Blue, and Babette La Fave will be dancing the Can Can periodically throughout the afternoon starting at 3pm. Also performing is The Shanghai Pearl.








After Enjoying yourself in the Alley (now THAT is a sentence that could sound wrong if out of context), head on over to the Triple Door for a different take on Bastille Day:



Burlesque Producers Extraordinaire Kitten La Rue and Lily Verlaine come together on this night of entertainment utilizing all the sexy french music from the 50's and 60's. Serge Gainsbourg anyone?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Seattle PRIDE

Miss Gay Seattle: GLAMAZONIA
(http://www.facebook.com/glamazonia)

Dressed for the PRIDE Parade by Von Stratton:





I marched in the Parade too with the Seattle Burlesque Community float!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

It's my Birthday!


A Happy and Joyous 31 Years!...ur, I mean 21...hehe.
Thank you to all my family and friends. I appreciate and love you dearly.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

VICELAND.com

Jamie Von Stratton's designs were featured in VICE Magazine's online site (www.viceland.com)
in May.
Mention and Photoshoot spread here:

http://www.viceland.com/blogs/photos/2010/05/25/free-candy/

Friday, June 4, 2010

More Iva Handfull by Fiona Minx Photography

Iva Handfull in Von Stratton
Shot by Fiona Minx Photodgraphy