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What Does Meeka Onstead Carry in Her Vintage Handbag?

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Welcome to What's In Your Handbag?, a weekly feature that looks inside someone's handbag to answer the burning question, what do you have in there? Want to nominate someone? Shoot over an email with details.

Meeka Onstead [Photos: Jenna Dosch]

Today, Meeka Onstead, one of the burlesque dancers in Bourbon Burlesque by Holly Madison inside 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque at Mandalay Place, gives us a glimpse of what she carries in her handbag. Here, she reimagines what a showgirl would carry in her vintage evening bag adorned with Swarovski crystals. Find out what's inside Onstead's handbag following the jump.

What kind of handbag?
A vintage, hand-made evening bag adorned in Swarovski crystals.

What does your handbag say about you?
I am glamorous, all the time.

What's the most important thing in your handbag?
Probably the Rosebud Salve lip balm. It's dry in the desert so this is a necessity, dahling!

How about the most surprising thing?
A rare Tiffany & Co. pillbox full of Swarovski crystals.

What was the first handbag you carried that was memorable?
A Christian Dior chapeux hat box from my great grandmother.

Name eight items in your handbag and why you must carry them:
1. Vintage brooch — this was given to me by legendary burlesque dancer Josephine Baker. It fixes any wardrobe malfunctions, and can also act as a cute hair accessory.

2. Rosebud Salve lip balm — this works on everything, and I mean EVERYTHING! *wink

3. Pearl necklace — pearls are always appropriate for any situation.

4. Sheet music — as a singer and dancer, I'm learning new music constantly.

5. Yves Saint Laurent Exquisite Plum Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick — this dark vampy shade is altogether alluring…I almost feel naked without it.

6. Tiffany & Co. pillbox filled with Swarovski crystals. Just because.

7. Vintage bracelet — another accessory, to finish off yet another costume.

8. Sexy Glow Bronzer — every girl needs some shimmer before she goes on stage.
· 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque [Official Site]
· All What's In Your Handbag? [Racked Vegas]

1923 Bourbon & Burlesque

3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV