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Fall looks #backtoschool #backtowork

Posted in Miscellaneous on September 7, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Vacation is over but the fun is just beginning this season  with warmer fashions that sizzle! 

Naughty grown up kids have new styles and colors of uniform to wear while they play hooky or hanky panky thatns to Tripp.

Everyday adults can always be ready to work it in comfortable wetlook styles  from Patrice Catanzaro and Coquette or classic strempunk crossover pinstripes from Hilary or  Black Iris Corsets (up to size 42 with an unbeatable lifetime warranty) Anyway you look at it PASSIONAL Boutique has you covered for fall!

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A Wizard behind the screen of Geeky Philly

Posted in Community, Costume Carnival, Events, Miscellaneous on May 20, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Cosplay Prom is this Saturday, and  Philly’s geeks will celebrate with a party created by local geekster Jason Richardson. To celebrate this annual occasion, PASSIONAL interviewed Jason about all the geeky inspriationthat helped make this an annual event! Born and raised in a Jamaican family from Philadelphia, Jason Richardson grew up geeky and worked as a graphic designer for a solutions company for 10 years before  turning freelance. Now he produces local events, runs J1Studos and hosts geek talk radio show called Black Tribbles Thursday nights on 106.5 and Philly CAM internet radio

He credits his Mother, who worked at UPenn bookstore in the 80s for introducing him to all things geeky when she brought home books on science as well as comics and other nerdy reading. In the ramp up to his Cosplay Prom this weekend, we interviewed Jason about his history, exploits and future plans.

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What was the first nerdy event you attended? My first event was Otakon in the early 90s, an anime convention where for the first time I met massive amounts of other people with similar interests. Was exciting to meet other nerdy people- especially other nerdy people of color. Which when I was young nerdiness you were told was a “white thing.” Just going and seeing that there were other brown folks that were nerdy was amazing- When I was in West Philly I was told I was a sellout trying to be white because I was into comic books .
Since then there has been more people of color getting comfortable expressing their nerdiness , even though there is still racism and sexism sometimes when POC and women “represent their geekdom”  at conventions and other places.

What wast the best party geeky you ever attended? I go to quite a few cons as a guest, supporter or contributor even as a fan and they are all great. My best experience was an anime convention in San Antonio Texas Antarctic-Con  when I was 16 I skipped school bought plane tickets and flew with a friend to Texas to meet al to of my my favorite artists who worked for Antarctic Press. I was even given a job offer to work on a manga (anime inspired graphic novel) called Robo-tech but I chickened out because I was young and didn’t think I was good enough… I have kicked myself ever since for not going for that opportunity so now I try to take any opportunity I can.

How did you start throwing parties? When I started J1 Studios I wanted to create events to bring people out and I loved the idea of conventions and I wanted to create small events where people come together to be nerdy with me. In 2009 I a started video game tournament and people came out to compete and win money playing fighting games like Street Fighter. All of my events are funded out-of-pocket

Tell us about the Cosplay Prom: Cosplay is so cool and people are passionate enough to be the characters that they love so much. We held contests at our (early)  events for best cosplay and I liked the idea of creating a cute safe prom setting because traditionally prom is a place where introverted people like nerds and geeks have a hard time expressing themselves.  I know that there were lots of nerds out there that were afraid of prom and didn’t go to prom so I created this event to cater to that demographic.
Did you miss out on your prom? Want to go to a nerdy prom? Was your prom “meh”? Want to cosplay and dance?” (My event is an) ALL AGES prom where you get to show up in cosplay to dance and have a great time- in a gym, with dance lights, a DJ, and balloons!! Mingle, eat, party, and dance!
The first cosplay prom I started three years ago with 40 so nerds at a South Street pizzeria. Last year it moved to Old Pine Center and brought out almost 100 people in spite of April snow on the day of the event. This year we won awards that have sparked the interest of more people because folks loved the performances, snacks and gymnasium setting of the prom.  A photographer is also included in the price of a ticket with a backdrop.   As much as possible with my limited budget I try to create a nerdy prom experience for the people who go.

Tell us about this year’s event on Saturday:
We got Snacks from D’Emiloi’s Old World Ice Treats
DJ Tygermouth  with Traps and Trees will be doing the dance floor.
There will be a live performance from from singer, songwriter, cosplayer Racheael Rota
Photographer Shinob-E will be posing and taking prom pictures.
There are prizes from  Philadelphia’s Sanrio retailer Asia Crafts who have donated 2 gift baskets with action figures and more for the two winning cosplayers at the Cosplay Prom and a raffle winner will get tickets to this summer’s J1Con.

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This year guests can opt to enter a raffle to win FREE TICKETS TO THE NEXT J1-CON!
ONLINE (add $5 for ‘at door’ prices):
$15 for Standard Ticket
$20 for Standard Ticket + 1 J1-Con ticket raffle
BUY TICKETS HERE

****** A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, the rest will go towards J1-Con *****

SAVE THE DATE FOR J1CON: This August 26-7 J1 con will be happening at 820 Spring Garden St in Philadelphia.

Valentine’s corsets for a lifetime!

Posted in Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Gift Guides, Miscellaneous on February 12, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Looking for the parfect gift for yourself or a loved one? If you want a firm fashion foundation that is guaranteed to last, pick up one of these brand spaking new styles from Black Iris corsets. All of these styles are backed by Black Iris’ Lifetime Warranty against defects- If your corset breaks they will repair or replace it, and you can conveniently handle warranty claims through us here at PASSIONAL.

FINAL DAYS to spend your rewards

Posted in Miscellaneous on January 30, 2017 by Kali Morgan
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Happy New Year!  Redeem rewards thru 1/31/17

Did you shop in our store during 2016 and give us your name? If so, you get 5% back to spend for up to a 50% OFF discount on a purchase (or you may choose to spend 100% of your rewards on our clearance rack of final sale items for FREE merchandise)now through January 31, 2017.

Stop by our store or look over our newly unified website to see what you want and need. If you are a member of an organization that is a PASSIONAL Affiliate,  make sure to mention it to our cashiers you will receive an additional 10% off your entire purchase.

To redeem your rewards in store, simply ask  our cashier to look up your account, and we will apply your rewards to your purchase. If you find merchandise you would like to acquire online, email Kali a link to the item you would like to purchase with your rewards. Kali will email you a Paypal invoice that indicates the final price of your purchase with your rewards applied. Once you pay the invoice, we will ship your order or hold it for pick-up in store for up to 30 days.

**Please note that all 2016 rewards must be redeemed by January 31, 2017 or they are forfeited**

If you have any general questions about rewards, please call PASSIONAL at 215-829-4986 and we will find you answers.

We wish you only the best in 2017, and are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Fettered Fashion Fantasy from Ellen Durkan

Posted in Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Gift Guides, Miscellaneous on December 16, 2016 by Kali Morgan

With regular features in Numinous Magazine and other features ingested by couture connoisseurs , local artist Ellen Durkan merges traditional blacksmithing with fetters-inspired fetish fashion for an exclusive collection of gifts that range from glamorous accessories and adornments to bondage equipage

12 days of Corsets giveaway!

Posted in Miscellaneous on December 13, 2016 by Kali Morgan

12 days of Corsets at PASSIONAL‘Tis the season for gift giving and once again, PASSIONAL wants to reward you for being nice…or naughty with 12 amazing days of corset give-aways* (and more)!

Not only are corsets and cinchers gifts that keeps giving — but what better way to wrap yourself and offer what only you can offer as a gift this holiday season?

Not only will we be offering nearly insane discounts on one-of-a-kind corsetry each day exclusively via our social networks: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook (while supplies last) but we will also be giving away a corset a day to shoppers in store!


For the next 12 days, PASSIONAL will be giving away a free steel-boned mesh cincher (or alternate in-stock item from our Holiday Value rack) to one lucky customer every day until X-MAS!

Starting Tuesday the 13th, the customer making the 12th purchase can choose a free mesh corset or other sale item from among a selection of amazing colors and styles!

On Wednesday   the 14th , the 11th customer will be our daily winner; The 10th customer will win on Thursdaythe 15th, and so on until the first purchase is made on Xmas Eve (note: we close at 6pm on December 24).

The sooner you shop at PASSIONAL, the more prizes you’ll have to choose from, so stop in soon and stop in often!!

*purchase required

Cyber Skins: Leather by Eirik Aswang

Posted in Miscellaneous on December 8, 2016 by Kali Morgan

Does your household have shapeshifting human pets? Do you love femmetastic futuristic fetish fashion? If so, This collection of goodies by Eirik Aswang makes a perfect gift option  (or opportunity for you to release your inner totem animal) for the holidays, or any day!