Category Archives: Events

Help us meet our Instagram Challenge to sell via PASSIONAL Boutique Instagram!

We want to be able to sell directly on the PASSIONAL Instagram to offer our fashions but to do that, we need 10K followers, so please tell your best Instagram buddies!

We would  like to meet the same challenge and sell Sexploratorium toys, tools and classes directly from the Sexploratorium Instagram, ,  so while you are following and reposting, please make sure to follow us on our individual networks!

 

New situation… working on a new website!

Since we have been online only for a month, we have been working toward creating a brand new website. But we need your help!

We have created an online survey with incentives of $20-$100  and we would appeciate it if you would visit http://PASSIONALboutique.com click the banner that looks like the one above and complete our 3 question or longer 6 question surveys (or both) to help us make sure that our next version is an improvement over what we  have!

 

Stay home, post your PASSIONAL persona & win!

#EveryDayIsHalloween and every month is #PrideMonth here at PASSIONAL Boutique, even when the store is shuttered.

It may be weeks or even months before it is safe to open out doors to the glamourous beings that keep our party going all year long. While we continue to deliver online and special orders, we have created a #OnlineChallenge for you to join across your favorite social networks: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

It’s easy and it’s fun!

  1. Take photos or videos and post them using the hashtags #PASSIONALboutique and #PASSIONALpersona
  2.  Share your posts wherever you may wish with friends, group members, fans, etc on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  3. At the end of April, we will tally all the likes you received, and will have each of our active team members rank all the entries in the order of fantasy fashionability, assigning each submitted photo or video a staff score that will be added to this total to determine our winner
  4. Winner receives e a $100 gift certificate to purchase any items they might want to add to their style arsenal from the store when it reopens in Philadelphia or at conventions or online!

We cannot wait to see what you post! Stay safe, play safe!

HALLOWEEN is screaming! Looking for a party?

Philly has so many places to party with creative and kink creatures, especially this week! Check out our PASSIONAL party recommendations:

THRU 10.27 KILLJOY CASTLE– Tired of the old haunted tropes? Bring the whole family to a haunt that  Lesbian Feminist Haunted House at Crane Arts in Philadelphia (all ages, wheelchair accessible). Stereotypes are broke, but we are woke, don’t miss the uprising!

FRIDAY 10/25 Amateur Drag Attack – doing drag this Halloween? Strut your stilettos into Tabu TONIGHT  to watch contestants show you how it should (or shouldn’t) be done!

SATURDAY- 10/26 Hallowqweens invite you to join the queer and the allied for a colorful party that is sure to inspire @FringeArts!

HALLOWEEN THURSDAY- Philadelphia is famous for keeping the raw, real trusted and true Halloween Celebrations on 10/31 come hell or highwater.

10/31 Dracula’s Ball will sell out, if it hasn’t already so make sure to get your tickets ASAP! Live goth industrial music, high dark fashion and deejays without boundaries make this all ages party (with an adults only bar to drink/play in) an annual ritual for adults and young adults in your family to dress up and get your (dark and fashionable) dance party on!

10/31Henri David’s Halloween Ball attracts theater folks, politicians and perverts alike with the biggest, baddest costume contest in town. It’s the 50th (that’s right, count ’em) anniversary so it should be HUGE. If creative kinky costumes are your true love, you won’t want to miss Henri David Ball

10/31 Visit Asylum 13 at Bar 13 Wilmington on Halloween or any Thursday of the year!

11/1 PEX Halloween Ball is a costumed extravaganzaa of burner-fueled audio, visual and sensory overdrive. An absolutely inspiring and inspired dance event with performances and more!

 

GET TICKETS NOW for Diabolique Ball 23: Fetish Asylum before they price goes up on Oct 31

 

BARS… Mild play like parading with a collar and leash or light bondage is not illegal and is generally tolerated in adult-only environments like bars. IF it’s in your neighborhood, you might want to check with your neighbors before exposing your interests in that way, but as with any recreational activity, a little diplomacy goes a long way. And if you want to hang out in an unpretentious leather bar in Philly’s gayborhood where any body can express their kinkiness within the confines of Pennsylvania Liquor Law, we highly recommend you visit The Bike Stop anytime you are in downtown Philly. We especially recommend Vice Philly night every Second Thursday and Philthy Pups night every third Saturday– any time of year!

Holiday BLACKOUT SALE November 21-30

THANK YOU supporting our efforts to provide body-positive fashions for decades!

To celebrate all the lovely bodies and souls we serve during the darkest part of the year, we are throwing a storewide BLACKOUT SALE through November 30th!

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Save big on the gifts of self-expression and self-discovery from the bottoms of our blackest hearts – extending well beyond black Friday to the end of the month!
PASSIONAL has slashed prices throughout the store on holiday looks – the majority of styles in PASSIONAL Boutique are now 20% -70% OFF for 9 days only in store oronline 20% OFF sitewide!

JEWELRY 20-50%OFF  From High-tech Wiccan couture accessories by The Rogue and the Wolf to handmade fetish inspired pieces Pandora and Pendragon, Axsmar and Willow,  you will find all the decoration you need for the sexy people on your gift list at the best prices ever!

 

CORSETS – Wrap them up in out our select styles of $50 corsets (reg 129.99) from Black Iris and take home any in stock imported Corsettes 50% OFF.

GET KILTED 30-50% OFF – In-stock Stumptown brand kilts are 20% off. Additionally, all PASSIONAL and Amerikilt brand kilts, as well as  SPORRANS & KILT POCKETS including leather, mini, and contrast pleat cargos are 50% OFF in store. This includes Men’s kilt styles as well as Women’s kilt styles

JOIN THE EURO RUBBERLUTION and take advantage of discounts on  DeMask SkinTWO, Honour and Latex 101 brands 20-75% off in store or 20% OFF online.

 

GET IN THEIR LEATHER SKINS ! Men’s leather vests, shirts, and jeans are 30% off in store. Additionally, Femme leather mini skirts and tops are 20-50% off in store.

 

WETLOOK FOR WINTER Save 30%  in store for all Patrice Catanzaro wetlook and PVC styles for him, her and them!

PLUS GRAB & GO  SALE
More looks for less money on our end-of-year clearance racks sizes XS-8X (final sale no returns)

KEEP GIVING ALL YEAR. 
In the spirit of giving, Passional Boutique and Sexploratorium are launching an exclusive pay it forward program and binder collection for those in need.

PASSIONAL Recommended Halloween Events 2018

We are nearing the end of October and you know what that means: time to bust out the costumes for Halloween! Passional Boutique would be delighted to not only aid in helping you look your very best, but also to ensure that you stand out this Halloween and more to come! After your costume is decided, it’s time to step out for a night on the town. Honestly, what would this spooky holiday be without a few places to boogie down and share spirits…and perhaps see some…with your costumed companions?

Of course, any excuse to dress up during our outside of Halloween season is worth exploring from the perfectly fun seasonal  all ages Halloween recommendations for all ages from  The Philly Voice – But we have created a PASSIONAL list of parties close to our home for young and old adult fashion thrill seekers:

Philadelphias Dark Arts Festival
Featuring workshops by PASSIONAL Boutique & Sexploratorium alumni educators and entertainers, we would be remiss to not mention this festival of shadows, spirits and sensuality.
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Hallowqueens
The folks who created and hosted the infamous Cut N’ Paste Halloween Balls of Queer Philly Fame have rallied to invent an overload of costumed queer creativity for this year’s HallowQueens Ball. Read some background HERE but get your TICKETS HERE

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HENRI DAVID PRESENTS: HALLOWEEN THE BALL 50th ANNIVERSARY
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Philadelphia’s longest running Halloween tradition returns for it’s 50th Anniversary when local theatrical icon and jeweler Henri David of Halloween is celebrating his 50th drag-alicious, dramatic costume party with prizes (gift certificates and grand trophies) for Most Hysterical, Best Comic Book Character, Most Horrifying. Best Sensual Fantasy, Most Original Couple, Best Celebrity Lookalike, Most Beautiful Female Impersonator, Most Believable Female Impersonator, and Most Unbelievably Spectacular! Held at the Sheraton at 16th and Race streets, ticket prices  at the door or the jewelry store (cash only) at $25 for those in costume or $75 for voyeurs the costumes are the focus and they are indeed some of the most creative in the area each and every year.

 

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday thru Friday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/events/150863465858703/

 

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Dracula’s Ball

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Goths and industrial music lovers converge on Trocadero for Clan of Xymox, Ego Likeness and Curse Mackey perform at Dracula’s Ball on October 31st, 2018. Our DJs are Amelia Arsenic (formerly of Angelspit) and Danny Red. Tickets are on sale now. This event will sell out; get your tickets as soon as you’re able to.

Dracula’s Ball is all ages to enter, but you must be 21+ with proper ID to enter alcohol service areas. Note that some ticketing sites may indicate the event is “18+” but **it is an all ages party**. The Trocadero Theatre is located at 1003 Arch Street. Doors open at 8pm (1 hour early!) and the event ends at 2am.

Scheduled performance times for bands (Doors open 8pm)
8:50pm Curse Mackey
10:00pm Ego Likeness
11:20pm Clan of Xymox

Tickets are available in person through The Trocadero and Digital Underground (215-925-9259) as well as online through Ticketfly and IsoTank.com
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1725820
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As with last year, we will be *limiting* the number of tickets available to approximately 2/3 of the Trocadero’s normal “sold out” ticket number, so that you’ll have extra space to dance and stroll around. It will be pleasantly crowded, but not uncomfortable.

As this is our Halloween event, costumes are strongly encouraged (although not mandatory). Please use common sense with prop weapons – anything that might pose an actual danger to another patron, including non-functional but realistic-looking replica firearms, may not be permitted by venue security. We’ll have plenty of candy on hand, jack-o-lanterns, decorations, and everything you need to have a stellar Halloween.

Bring your personal photo camera if you like (no video cameras allowed, and no huge pro cameras allowed without advance permission.)

Dracula’s Ball is a Dancing Ferret Concerts event.

See you on Wednesday the 31st!

https://www.facebook.com/events/420203298459775

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PEX (The Philadelphia Experiment) 13th Annual Halloween Ball: “A Wrinkle in Time”

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On this day November the Second, Two-Thousand and Eighteen:  Some 70 odd years after the end of the War, The Philadelphia Experiment Community gathers on Hallowed ground.

The Battleship New Jersey doesn’t just represent the hopes and prayers of one State, or even OneCountry.

Her survival represented the Future and Freedom of Humankind.

On the WW2 Battleship itself, heroes fell and flags were raised, cries of valor and victory only hoped to weather the storm.

A place where in the end, sailors rejoiced at the possibility of being reunited with family, friends and lovers.

As she sailed back into the safe harbor, crowds of non-combatants gathered along the battered wharf to greet the USS NJ, hoping and longing for a glimpse of a familiar face and the sense of relief that comes with the realization of a day that might never have come.

Truman announced to the crowds gathered:

“This is the day when Fascism finally dies, as we always knew it would.”

Life magazine stated it was “as if joy had been rationed and saved up for three years, eight months and seven days.”

Celebrations were simultaneously held across the world, from New York’s Time Square to Sydney inAustralia.

So come join the PEX community as we gather once again aboard the Vessel that has served us all so well.

Join us to celebrate the joy of victory realized, of reunification with family and lovers, and step through the wrinkle in time with us.

We will see you there… somewhere….around November 2nd 1945.

And so it is:

PEX H a l l o w e e n B a l l  #13 :: A Wrinkle in Time

Friday November 2, 2018
aboard the Battleship New Jersey

9pm – 3am
21+

For a full lineup of acts and FAQs visit: http://www.thephiladelphiaexperiment.org

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Diabolique Ball 21: A Magical, Mythological Style Guide

Looking to make a grand entrance into the mysterious world of Myths & Mysteries at Diabolique Ball next week? Our PASSIONAL purchasers have put together some fantastical fetish-inspired style options in keeping with this year’s theme. Regardless of which tribe, pack or species of magical of creature you wish to invoke in your quest to be bad for a good cause, here are some style inspirations:

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Deities and Demons. As you enter the mysterious mists next Saturday, remember that you are not going to church- at least not in a typical sense. You will enter a world where supernatural archetypes are invoked for the purpose of celebrating and enhancing the enchantments of carnal pleasures! Many pantheons of supernatural superheroes and supervillains have parts to play in this passion play. Both feminine and masculine versions of these archetypes have not only roles in battles of good vs. evil, but are flanked by armies of colorful creatures who aid them in their endeavors.

Masculine: Fetish Harnesses and Warrior Kilts

 
Feminine: Goddess or She Devil

Warriors. From legendary Amazon fighters to Spartan soldiers to any human archetype that wields weapons to protect their spirit-tribes, a warrior can take the shape of an active fighter or a behind spiritual spellcaster that provides protection through indirect means.  Whether your weapons are a spellbook or a sword, check out these looks.

Masculine Kilts or Feminine Kilts and Armor

Mischievous magical humanoids. Fairy princess, Elven King or Queen, gnome or forest sprite, there are myriad magical folk that posess mostly human features from demigods to djinns from wish-fulfilling genies to jokesters who would turn a human head into an ass. For the chaotic neutral invocation, try these styles:

Hybrid human and animal species. Many are familiar with Greco-Roman renditions of creatures that share human bodies with the heads or legs of horses and goats and fish, such as Cantaurs, Minotaurs , Fauns and mer people- but these options merely scratch the surface of the possibilities from multiple cultures. Winged creatures and bird with human heads, reptilian features and even insect characteristics are yours to incorporate into your dream character:

Bestial Guardians. From mythical horses with wings or a horn to all manner of muti-headed guard dog breeds the supernatural world inspires a surfeit of spectacular nonhuman creatures whose features and gifts are not human in nature. Gargoyles, seraphim, hell hounds, Pegasus, unicorn sand other creatures from cruel to cuddlesome create a charismatic realm of playful possiblities.

Debauchery in the Details
All purpose dramatic Cosplay Accessories will add the extra elemental enigma to any look from glowing eyes to glowing hair and masks.

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http://www.passionalboutique.com/theatrical-fx-contact-lens-5130250.html

 

Today is our 21st Anniversary!

21 years ago today (ish), PASSIONAL (then known as Fetishes Boutique) began a home-based catalog business. Two decades and a year later we have all kinds of new opportunities on the horizon including a new website and a ton of upcoming projects!

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Bring us an anniversary card to the store today, and save 21% off an item of your choice. Or post an anniversary greeting to the PASSIONAL Facebook page for an online discount code. If you are feeling especially celebratory,  treat one of our staff to a beverage of their choosing!

We will be celebrating all day in-store til 8PM. Come by and say “hello”

Diabolique Ball 20: Futurotica

Philadelphia fast forwards to the erotic future for Diabolique Ball 20: FUTUROTICA Saturday, Nov. 19th 8pm to 1am Voyeur Nightclub. 

Native and alien species will swarm to Voyeur Nightclub in Philly’s colorful Gayborhood on November 19th to be bad for a good cause, as they have for every year for twenty years.

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This year, FUTUROTICA brings to life dreams of a glossy sexy future of sensual streaming of cybernetic fantasies, electronic erotica and hybrid human and engineered mechanical life. FUTUROTICA invites beings and peoples of all pervsuasions to indulge in an erotic utopia where all are welcome to enjoy the naughty possibilities that the future holds: voyeuristic views, decadent dancing, lascivious libations, prolific play, creative kinky costuming and exotic entertainment. In all corners of the omniverse the mission is unified: raising fun and funds for a wicked good cause!

Two decades after Philadelphia’s first Diabolique Ball, this fun-filled fetish masquerade is returning to its traditional date, the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Diabolique Ball has never borne any resemblence to the charity events of former generations.  A cosmic combination of costumed anonymity, sinful soundtracks and mischievous merriment make this event famous for fetishists and voyagers alike.

The future  kicks into high gear with unforgettable performances from Sapphira Cristal, Josh Schonewolf, and Los Angeles based headliner Jewel Marceau. Mid-Atlantic fashionista’s Passional Boutique, Delicious Boutique, and BabyLoves Latex will all showcase their next generation collections on the catwalk. Ball attendees will be able to do the Robot to DJ sets from Totentanz in the Lux Lounge downstairs, and magnetic music of Mighty Mike Saga on the main floors.

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Diabolique’s infamous dungeon will satisfy even the most salacious appetites. Open improvisational interaction is encouraged on equipment provided by The Aviary.  Charity play stations operated by local players and professionals allow guests can try out anything from spankings and tickling to  electrical play and more in exchange for donations to Trans Lifeline charity.

Fashion warriors of the future will enforce the famously strict Diabolique dress code of fetish, fantasy, or formal, but that doesn’t mean that it will be tough to find the perfect outfit. Outer space leather gear, futuristic metallic vinyl or latex, androgynous adornments, LED trimmed cat suits and as much chrome and metallic as you can stand — all of it’s perfect for this scifi-inspired event.

Super cybertronic souls, generous contributors and celebrity guests who desire an additional dose of decadent debauchery can purchase upgraded VIP tickets to the ball that include exclusive access to the VIP balcony lounge seating  til 1am, complimentary hors doeuvres and two hours of open bar from 9pm to 11pm.

Although Diabolique Ball officially ends at 1am, guests are invited to keep their dance going with members of the nightclub at the Exhibitionists After-Party, that will last until Voyeur closes at 3am.

Each year, Diabolique tickets raise thousands of dollars for charities that provide vital services to Philadelphia’s diverse communities: This year’s beneficiary is the Trans Health Information Project of GALAEI.

For complete ticket prices, performer info, guest list, dress codes and rules, etiquette and inspiration, visit the official FUTUROTICA website at www.diaboliquephilly.com.

Tickets, are available online or at PASSIONAL Boutique at 317 South Street $50 for until November 18th, $60 November 19th. VIP Tickets are an additional $50.

Who: Diabolique Foundation, Inc

What DIABOLIQUE BALL 20: FUTUROTICA

When: Saturday, Nov. 19th 8pm to 1am

Where : Voyeur Nightclub 1221 Saint James Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Why: Be Bad for a Good Cause! Tickets benefit Trans Health Information Project, Play Stations benefit Trans Lifeline

More info : www.DiaboliquePhilly.com

Tickets : $50-100 www.DiaboliquePhilly.com or from PASSIONAL Boutique, 317 South St., Philadelphia

Haute Fashions for Warm Weather

Our PASSIONAL lives have been active here in Philadelphia, with ongoing road shows and festivals where we have introduced some fun new styles and a whole collection of summer looks, and it is high time that we promote the new goodies to the world on our blog and in our store!
There is still time to dress up in our summer 2016 collections
(click text links to shop online):

For colorful fashion rebels:

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We acquired a new kilt style with a removable apron that we featured with a Rainbow bib for starters- we can special order any solid color (or rainbow) bib. Also worth checking out in store (no photos on line yet) is our Denim Deluxe Kilt and a fully restocked collection of tie-dye or dyable kilts locally crafted by our hometown kilt hero Amerikilt. If your summer burns you though creative and colorful festivals like Burning Man, these are great options for all kinds of fun in the sun!

For Devotees of Dark Fashion:

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Summer is still here, and the vampiric amongst us are active all  the night. Check out the occult-inspired summer styles from Kill Star and @TrippNYC that will not compromise the blackness of your summer spirits.

Leather Lovers: We can do it!

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The new lambskin Warrior Corset is a functionally femme-tastic armored hourglass that  features a detachable toolbelt for just $159.99 in sizes 20-42.
Is it  a kinky binder or classic formalwear? Our brand new lambskin Men’s Corset Vest  gives a fetishistic twist to menswear and is ready to integrate into cosplay, fetish or even formal looks for just 199.99.
The great news for leather lovers:  these leather styles hold up in outdoor settings for SCAdians, festival fiends and exhibitionists at an affordable price! If leather is your first love, make sure to join our PASSIONAL Fashionista group on Fetlife.

 

For drag divas, burlesque babes , campy kings and kinky cosplayers:

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PASSIONAL  has reinvented our selection of legwear, lashes and wigs including a great new stylable selection from @RockStarWigsaccessories, gloves as well as human hair stashes  for those wanting to butch it up a notch. And while we are on that subject, don’t miss the upcoming 10th Anniversary Show with Liberty City Kings this October who feature performances by the alter-egos of our  favorite PASSIONAL people who perform by the dark of nightclub- bring your own alter-ego in costume for their fantastic tassel twirling competition!

Exhibitionist Fashion Fantasy: 

 

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For those whose fashion philosophy falls along the lines of “less is more,”  PASSIONAL has just acquired three different campy and functional underwear styles sizes small – 6XL from BearSkns, a jock strap that serves more as leather decoration that athletic support and have restocked classic Bodystockings for exhibitionist summer adventures while the sun is still hot.

Queer casual:

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Pride month kicked off our presentations of new  gender-affirming styles (both at the Trans Health Conference and online, and now in-store) including affordable new tube binders,  summer binders and cotton tank tops with sewn-in binders at more affordable, and therefore more accessible price points, as well as customizable summer-weight tanks and T-shirts that allow you to express your tribe affiliations.

These collections of summer styles have debuted in our store or on our website at www.passionalboutique.com as well as the PASSIONAL Merchant tents  at Camp Crucible,  Fusion (June 22-27),  PEX Summer Festival ( July 1-4) ,  and Leather in the Woods II  (July 25-26) and will make appearances at Fetishcon (Aug 11-14 ) and DO Summerfest before Summer 2016 is over !