Clara Cupcakes from Sugar Blue Burlesque

The girls from Sugar Blue are on board with us Vintage Vixens at our next event in October. We had a chat to Clara over tea...and cupcakes...

What inspires you to get out of bed in the mornings/afternoo
I don't know if "inspired" is the right word but my cats are generally what gets me up in the morning. Gretchen, the bigger one, likes to sit on my bladder and Tabitha pokes me in the face. I wake up pretty quickly with all this happening. They are just as good as an alarm clock (but much cuter).

Burlesque. How did you start? How long have you been performing?

I knew Adora Derriere, the owner of our troupe, for years through lindy hop.

I found out she was starting the troupe, I told her (while slightly tipsy at a party) that I was going to learn to hula hoop and join the troupe. Well, that's pretty much exactly what I did. I've been performing with Sugar Blue for about 2 years now and haven't looked back. If you had have told me 2 years ago that I would be doing burlesque and hula hooping I would have thought you were crazy!

Who are you listening to at the moment?

I'm listening to a ton of Helen Kane and Flether Henderson. Their music makes me so happy! I'm also really enjoying Janelle Monae's "The ArchAndroid".

Whats your favourite era?

I adore the 20's. It was just such a change in both lifestyle and fashion from the previous era. I can't even imagine how scandalous the young, impetuous flappers must have been to their Victorian parents. I love the music and the fashion, it was so decadent. Unfortunately, I look terrible in a drop waisted dress so I prefer the 40's and 50's for clothing.

Where can we see you perform next?

We have the Martini Club happening at DeVilles on the 22nd of August and then we have our next big show "The Speakeasy" on the 11th of September at the Fly by Night. I'm so excited about this one! It's going to be fabulous.

Five words to describe yourself:
Kooky cupcake lovin' cat lady!