melle_chantilly: (Valhalla)
It's been a while ! Wow. Here's what's happened lately :

I've started preventive meds for my migraines. The first week was rather hard because I was drowsy as hell/saying nonsense but was sleeping like a log. The drowsiness has worn off but I still sleep well (not waking up a zillion time) and WITHOUT EARPLUGS ! I had been sleeping every night with earplugs for years now and honestly, I didn't think I would ever be able to do without them. I've also had a couple of short headaches, instead of migraines. Nothing too long or too painful. I have a new migraine drug for the actual migraine attacks but I've been migraine-free so far.

We have an oven ! It's amazing ! I'm still working 4 days a week and having more energy on my days off so I've been cooking and baking quite a lot (compared to the past months since we've had the flat redone). With Math, we've made lasagna bolognese, raspberry and white chocolate muffins (twice), a carrot cake, burgers... I love cooking, I've missed it so much. Now that we have the oven, I seem to be able to find my marks in the new kitchen. Now I'd love to make another cheesecake (only ever made one at [livejournal.com profile] anatsuno's), kaab ghzal (Moroccan pastries that I have already made a few times), salmon lasagna, a grapefruit tart (lemon tart style, no idea how this would turn out), quiche lorraine, a chicken pie...

I've had an electromyography. It was not terribly unpleasant (having electrodes pinned into your hand side with needles isn't the nicest thing but it was okay). And I'm fine ! Nothing wrong with my nerves or muscles. The neuro said my leg pains might be related to my blood circulation. So I'm back to see my doc in a week and we'll see.

I haven't been wearing my corset as much as before because of my migraines and my general state. It might not be a bad thing since I was also unable to do yoga and I need to keep toning my tummy and back muscle when corseting. I have received the mock-up from Electra, sent an email about a few things regarding the fit. I am so excited ! I can't wait to have the final corset (although it turns less and less likely that I'll have it in time for my birthday).

I'm having a hard time reading. The migraine meds made it impossible in the beginning and even now, I'm slow and confused. But it'll pass, I'm sure. I'm 10 pages from the end of All Tomorrow's Parties and I can't seem to read more than one page at a time, so it's a bit frustrating lol.

I've started training a new (third) girl at work. She's a classmate of Clementine. She's keen and she's already showing some skills (after a couple of sessions).

I've started doing my make-up again almost ever day. I'm now sporting a brown pixie cut which makes it easier. I honestly felt like a clown with anything more than blush with my turquoise or pink hair. Not that I regret having bright-coloured hair, I sort of miss it but I like being able to blend in for now. I've treated myself and bought a bright red moisturising lipstick from Yves Saint Laurent and I wear it very often. I've also started painting my nails during weekends, while watching series. I've never been to keen on nail polish, except when I was a goth. It's fun ! My favourite colours now are a dark teal, a lime green and a mid grey. I might give myself a grey manicure today.:P

I'm still avoiding sugar as much as possible as an « experiment ». I'm having cheese for breakfast, no dessert most of the time, no more chocolate in the evening, unless I'm craving it (which is less and less since I've reduced my sugar intake) and a treat when I feel like it. I don't want to deprive myself or get frustrated, but the less sugar I eat, then less sugar I crave. I still bake and love eating my baking.:) I think I've only had one « hypoglycaemia » attack in a month (we're not sure it is hypoglycaemia, hence the quotation marks).

I've been watching : the IT Crowd (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mirjaand [livejournal.com profile] x5nder) and I love it, despite a few annoying episodes, Unforgettable, whose main actress reminds me a great deal of Bianca Beauchamp (the show is ok so far, nothing ground-breaking), Prime Suspect, which is a chauvinistic-fest with an interesting female lead (mixed bag much), SVU without Meloni (*sadface*), The Field of Blood (a British 2 episode serie that I'm really loving. I still have to watch part two), Fringe (AWESOME!), House (season premiere was cool ! I love House, even now that it's getting crappier. The latest seasons I might not watch 5 times, I'll watch the first 4 ones a sixth...), Castle (it's fun, although I had totally missed the season finale, started watching the premiere and was all « Whut ??? »), Law and Order UK (Jamie Bamber \o/), Law and Order CI (as mind-numbing weekend marathons) and finally, I've started watching The Good Wife. I'm still at the beginning but I'm already completely hooked. I'm trying to resist the urge to marathon it, so I can make it last.

Today, I might bake, and watch a bunch of stuff while doing my nails. I'm off tomorrow too. I don't know what I will do, but I need to rest. I gave 12 people a latex crafting workshop yesterday. It was fun but super tiring.
melle_chantilly: (Corset)
 By the way, here's the photo I used to make my new avatar. Found it by browsing Google, comes from a site called Lilith-ezine.
melle_chantilly: (Corset)
 I've worn my corset all afternoon including at the workshop two days in a row. Loved it. It is long and sometimes a bit much, but when I'm busy, I just forget I have it on. It's been a couple of easy days though, with only small items to make. We'll see how it turns out when I have to lug latex rolls around.

Took the corset off an hour ago and I must say I was happy to do so. My ribs were a bit sore and my spine had to adjust to the sudden ability to move again. Now, my body is back to “normal” and I want to put it back on lol. I'm crazy.

The truth is wearing a corset is really addictive. The sensation is. The fact that I'm, in a way, overcoming my body is even more.

Wearing a corset makes me dress differently. I have to wear stockings if I want to wear some kind of hosiery because tights won't do. I wear belts (on which I had to punch tighter holes) and items that enhance my waist, when I generally tend to try to conceal it. I hold myself differently, straighter, taller.

Math ties me in and unties the corset and I enjoy sharing this experience with him.

I'm not looking forward to the heat coming back because I don't think it's realistic to wear a corset when it's 30°C outside. :/ (I know, there are summer corsets, but those things are expensive!)
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I've been quite into lingerie for a while now, purchasing at least one ensemble a month. I'm buying mostly from bargain websites which is quite perverse since everything is so cheap I rarely think twice. I do wear everything I've purchased very often so I don't feel too silly about buying so much. A part of me thinks that I've been so broke in the past, and for quite a long time, that I don't want to restrain myself any more.

I'm trying to be reasonable though and tell myself I don't “need” more lingerie, since my drawers are about to explode. A direct result of this is that I'm shifting to other objects of lust, namely nylons and vintage wardrobe. Lately, I have been searching the web (mostly Etsy) daily for great findings (bargains again, I'm the cricket and the ant at the same time) and read an incredible amount of material on vintage nylon sizing and care. I have bought 3 beautiful vintage dresses (2 for every day wear and one party dress).

I have started wearing nylons pretty often (not everyday though, mostly because many of my dresses are too short). I like the sensation and I find stockings way more comfortable than tights and way more secure than stay ups. I am just horribly self conscious in the street because I would hate if someone spotted that I wore a garterbelt. Also, nylon stockings seem way more sturdy than modern stretck stockings. I've never been able to wear fine hosiery before because I can almost rip sheer stockings by looking at them.

I have received that amazing vintage party dress from the 50's, which measurements looked ridiculously small. I was determined to let the seams out a bit and wear it over my corset, but it turns out it fits like a charm as is (over my corset still)! I have a burlesque party I'd like to attend in a couple of weeks so I'm trying to get used to my corset. I've had it for 6 month and haven't really worn it except one day at Fetish Evolution. It is surprisingly comfy (I am a complete corset noob)! I went out and about yesterday while wearing it under my clothes and it was lovely.

So, since I might become a more regular corset wearer (we'll see) I have started browsing corset websites to drool. Provided that I don't get turned off for some reason, this might become my next obsession. *sigh* I am now drooling on [livejournal.com profile] sparklewren's work. Recommendations are welcome! I like vintage looking corsets, pastel colours and cording. This image makes me swoon:


(via www.denisenadinedesign.com)

It's weird how everything I am passionate about is so overly feminine when my sex drive is such shit. And how everything can be seen as a way to constrict the body, when mine is already so fucked up. Hmm... Is it bad, doc?
melle_chantilly: (Glossy Red Lips)
When we visited Berlin a few months ago with Math, I acquired a beautiful corset from To.mTo. It is my first proper corset (I only own a Vollers) and it is a beautiful piece of craftmanship. I haven't worn it outside yet and I was wondering earlier what to wear with it. I might make myself a simple brown latex dress to go with it, although I feel more and more like adding a little diversity to my party outfits, and not wearing just latex anymore.

 <- Here it is, lovely lovely! :)

I also have bought some fancy eye patches at Gothfoxdesigns. They have just arrived yesterday. I actually bought them to wear when striken by migraine. I have recently had strongly one sided migraines and blocking my hurting eye was quite helpful. One of them matches my corset. ;)

I have been lusting after a few items from Artifice Clothing too, but I don't own anything from them. It's quite new for me to want to buy alternative clothing since I can make my own stuff. But I realize how much I love well made alternative clothing, and I love to purchase at another independent designer.

Anyway, earlier today, I thought that maybe one day I could branch out and open a shop where I would sell a selection of items by designers that I really love. Not just my stuff anymore, but a variety of corsets, jewels, clothing and accessories. If it were to ever happen, it would be in a long time from now, of course. And it will most likely remain a fantasy.

But I noticed that it is the first time since I started HMSlatex that I have thought of ever doing something else than just making and selling my own latex. The thought took my by surprise, I must say. I guess it's the sign that I finally feel confident now in my business, financially and mentally. I can afford a workshop, an assistant. I know that it won't collapse tomorrow, even if there will be ups and downs. There are loads of stuff to accomplish. It is in fact just the beginning, but it's getting there. I don't know where, but it's getting somewhere, steadily.

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