I'm spamming this everywhere, as I'm rather pleased with myself.
After years of inactivity, I feel I am starting to come out of my self-imposed coma and actually start making things again. Mind you, I'm nowhere near as productive as so many other amazing designers, but slowly it's trickling in.
Here's a video from the Danish electro due Electric Lady Lab. The lead singer Stine came to Latexa needing something cool to wear for a TV appearance, and our styles clicked. As you can see in the video link, she's extremely distinctive in appearance, and extremely fashionable. All the styling is her own work. Please don't mistake the beautiful jacket for latex, though, or assume that it's my work as it isn't. The other stuff, however, is mine--a mixture of StrangeLifeForms and Essential Latex.
And no, I have no plans still on making catsuits made to measure for anyone. Just wanted to get that out of the way!
As you might have noticed, my site is more or less gone from the Internets. The time had just come for me to reduce my presence, I felt, for a good many reasons. It mainly seemed silly to keep the site up in its earlier format when I decided 2 years ago that I'd never model or do videos again. People age, and their priorities change, and mine have. These days I'm more interested in securing my future for my remaining years, which sounds morbid, but really isn't, given I turn 50 in September! Time is running out to make sure I have a home and health and creature comforts for my declining years, so this year's resolutions address this worry.
Mind you, I've actually resolved this year to see a bit more of Europe before I move back to the US, if I end up doing that. Oh, and maybe perfect my latex craft a bit more and make moves to a more consistent line and build my Essential Latex brand.
Anyway, that's the current plan. Look for me on FetLife, RubberPal and TheFetishistas.com.
Sorry friends, I had to kill my earlier comments because they've gone pay, and somehow I just don't think I can justify $10 a month for them, seeing how infrequently I update.
@Palekitty, I just sent a response, but not sure if you'll get it. Thanks for staying in touch. I'll check you out in a bit.
I finally took down the sign-up page for the site. It's very safe to assume that my days of fetish sites are long over. Hopefully I've moved onto other things that are still interesting and tied in to latex, such as writing here and there, and creating inexpensive latex clothes for women.
My taste in latex is much less hardcore and old school than photos from the site preview would indicate, so please don't look forward to a MissFuzzyBunny-designed corset or catsuit in the near future.
So I guess I should do some sort of update or something, since old friends occasionally wander in and leave messages.
The site is essentially dead, or will never be updated again. (Weight gain, the natural effects of aging, lack of inspiration and interest, etc. etc.).
These days I am far less in love with Dennmark than in my earlier blog entries, and am in fact very anxious to move back to an English-speaking diverse country. The UK is always going to be my first choice, but it's not even realistic to consider, since I'm an American citizen. New York is a close second, as I really feel the need to live in a real city after these years spent in little insignificant Copenhagen. The plans for the move are going slowly, however, as I will essentially walk away from a marriage without a penny to my name, and as we know, moving costs lots and lots of money, particularly a move to New York.
The plan will probably be to get signed up at as many temping agencies as possible, in hopes of landing enough work to pay rent of some kind. I may attempt to sell some latex designs if space would permit it, but with all the new talent springing up, it's not a sure bet for any extra income, I don't imagine.
I'm thrilled that Barack Obama is in the White House, so I'd kind of like to move back and experience some of history in the making. And oddly enough, it took a move abroad to make me realize some of the really stellar things about the country I left, such as innovation, independence, variety, diversity and humility. I miss all of these things, so look out for me on your shores, fellow Americans!
Instructions: 1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read. 2) Add a '+' to the ones you LOVE. 3) Tally your total at the bottom.
Then tag 20 people and read their responses:
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen x 2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien 3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte x 4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling x+ 5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee x+ 6 The Bible x 7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte x+ 8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell x+ 9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens x+++ 11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott x 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy x+ 13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (only one) 15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier x+ 16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien x 17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk 18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger x 19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 20 Middlemarch - George Eliot x 21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell x 22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald x 23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens 24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh x+ 27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame 31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens x++ 34 Emma - Jane Austen x 35 Persuasion - Jane Austen 36 The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres 39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden 40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne x+ 41 Animal Farm - George Orwell 42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez x 44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving 45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins 46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery x 47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy x 48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood x++ 49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding 50 Atonement - Ian McEwan x+++++++ 51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel 52 Dune - Frank Herbert 53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons x+ 54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen 55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth 56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon 57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens 58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon x+ 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck 62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov x 63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt x 64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold x+ 65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas 66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac 67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy x++++ 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding x 69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie 70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville 71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens x+ 72 Dracula - Bram Stoker x 73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett x++ 74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson x++ 75 Ulysses - James Joyce 76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath x 77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome 78 Germinal - Emile Zola 79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray 80 Possession - AS Byatt 81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens x++ 82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell 83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker x+ 84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro x 85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert x 86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry x++ 87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White x++ 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton 91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad 92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery x+ 93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks 94 Watership Down - Richard Adams 95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole 96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute 97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas 98 Beloved - Toni Morrison x 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl 100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
44, I believe. I thought I counted 47 before. Hmmmm.
My good friend Latex Kitty has created a revolutionary (and sorely needed) blog called MakingLatexClothing.com. I would urge you to bookmark it right away, and refer back to it for all your latex crafting projects.
Post Inauguration Thoughts So I watched the Inauguration speech and some of the ceremonies online at Facebook.com while chatting with old friends from Boston and New York. It was really gratifying to be able to see it as history was being made, and I was very pleased that our new president included non-believers in his address.
It's stunning how much access the Internet has given us to the rest of the world, and how it's changed our daily lives so much. Experiencing the Inauguration the way I did, it became so much more obvious the phenomenal changes that I have witnessed in my lifetime.
It's been such a hard eight years for so many people around the world. Am I sorry now that I fled the US because of my feelings for the administration and its rush into war? No, not really, I'm actually quite proud of myself for making such a dramatic statement and for not momentarily turning into a jingoistic patriot as so many reporters and so much of the media did. It feels nice now to tell people I'm an American, because quite possibly we'll have someone who we can all feel proud of being in the White House.
For now I remain in Denmark, a country I'm really not terribly fond of. Trips back to the US are exciting but also scary, because I can observe so many more things that before expatriating I never would have noticed or thought particularly scary, such as the obsession with crime and punishment, or the level of desperation in so many lives. I miss the opportunities and the readily available convenience and goods, and being able to do things without agonizing over how to get them done, but I also feel very alien in my former country (and of course in the new country where I'm living).
What's the next step? I'm not sure, but last night filled me with more optimism and happiness than I have felt in a long time. May it continue.
I am loath to actually tidy up my study, so I did the next best thing by pruning old blog links. I've been very negligent in doing that this past year, but now my blog just feels more current to me, now that the dead links have been weeded out.
This week I'll do a post on LustLoveLatex introducing a new fetish artist. Since I rarely update my very own blog, I'll post her link here a bit early. Rubbergirl's Fetish Paintings 2008. I like!
What a wondrous thing to wake up to, a landslide victory for Barack Obama! I seriously feel like a long nightmare is over for me, and of course, for the rest of the world. What a difference!
Right now I don't think it's even sunk in, because there have been so many disappointments before this historical moment, but it struck me how absolutely wonderful it is that we've elected a man who is so eloquent and intelligent. I was telling my husband how different the debates were this year. I mean, can you even believe that the monster occupying the White House for a couple more months was hooked up to a monitor and had his answers read to him during his second debate? It doesn't even seem real what we've lived through in the past 8 years, and now to even imagine that it could be over is simply overwhelming for me.
(The downside? Knowing that history is in the making in the country I left, and knowing I am somewhere I really would rather not be, is bittersweet, to say the least. How on earth will I be able to stand it now?)
Hi folks! I'm taking a little break from posting in this blog and a total break from meaningful updates of any sort.
I hesitate to mention that on my sign up page, since it seems to encourage password traders into signing up and posting the information on forums, or posting content. I'm not quite sure how to tackle that, actually.
But anyway, for now this is probably a very dead corner of the latex world. (Just so you know.)
Yes, I'm horrid about updating my own blog these days, and less horrid about updating other blogs, like LustLoveLatex.com, where I've been posting now and then.
We've booked our apartment for London during the Skin Two Rubber Ball weekend in September, and I also booked a cool place for Tony Mitchell's competing event in October, finances be damned! September looks to be nice, as we're sharing with our beautiful PFG model Kes and her delightful boyfriend. It'll be a great boon for our latex designs to have Kes with us sporting them.
Latexa continues to be pretty fun, apart from the visits from sometimes annoying and incredibly impolite Jutlanders. While I'm sure that every Jutlander isn't a terrorizing heathen, the ones who are sort of wreck it for the rest of their tribe. But sometimes impolite brash visitors aside, it's fun helping people learn more about latex and at times expanding their range. Now, if only customers would be a little more adventurous and pick up some of the new Lickorish Latex accessories I ordered.
The bar annoys me when I'm not there, just thinking about the owners' cheapness and short sighted business plans, but usually I can snap out of it once there and enjoy myself and the customers.
We may be heading to RISC later on this week, where I hope to post a few fun photos and videos of the experience.
So life goes on, I guess! Life in my case has been really uneventful, but luckily the summer's been nice and I'm adjusting to being at Latexa all week long.
Actually, I quite like the place. My boss John is very kind and very good about letting me know when he's happy with improvements and things I make. Slowly they're coming around, the improvements, and I have more plans to try and really optimize the store and make it much more of a local latex destination. Soon we'll have accessories from Likorish Latex which is quite exciting, and I'm hoping we'll have a new designer there as well, and maybe a few new Latexa pieces that are sorely needed. Keep your eye on this spot and 3XL's blog, as I'll make him do an entry when the changes are nice and ready.
We're hoping to go to Austria this summer for our vacation, which is very exciting to me. It should be a lovely drive, and hopefully the weather will hold out. I've been told it's been 30 degrees already, which is rather hot for the region. Sound of Music Tour, here I come!
So an update or post of some sort is long overdue, wouldn't you say?
There's not really very much new here, I don't suppose, other than the fact that I have another part-time job working at a local latex shop, Latexa. It's been good, and I've been enjoying getting the place organized and figuring out ways to maximize the business and the shop. What sucks is how many of the customers speak only Danish, but I don't imagine any reasonable person should complain about that, being how it's their native country and all that. Still, it's weird, because nearly everyone at the bar speaks English, but many of the shop's Jutland customers really don't. Most of the time I manage, but the phone calls can be unnerving, and of course the Jutland dialect!
I've gained a massive amount of weight and I'm really not sure when it happened or what the direct cause of it is. At first I thought it could be the antidepressants, but looking back at photos from 2 years ago, the weight started piling on then, and I wasn't taking any antidepressants. I can certainly attribute quite a few pounds to working at a beer bar, but my legendary food consumption hasn't gone up in any dramatic way or anything. Maybe it's just age. Whatever the cause, it's unpleasant and it certainly puts a damper on doing photos and things for the site.
I'd really hoped I could visit the US this summer and stock up on basic necessities and visit friends, but it seems like it's out of the question for now until we can figure out the finances. I learned recently that my ex-boss at Boston Beer is going through breast cancer for the third time. I'd dearly love to visit her and reconnect, and help out, so I'm trying hard to figure out a way to make it happen.
I've been really introspective these days, and not really in the mood for sharing, which I realize makes for a pretty bad blog. Lately I've alternated from feelings of extreme irritation and surliness, to tolerance and patience, and utterly unable to predict when I'll feel either way!
Anyway, not much in way of updates on the site, for which I apologize. One of these days I'll figure out what I should do with it.
I've been finding myself increasingly irritated with the huge influx of latex cross-dressers who seem to be gravitating to almost every latex fetish community, and I'm a bit upset with myself for feeling that way.
Today I started trying to pinpoint what exactly is irritating me, since I usually consider myself a tolerant and easygoing woman in these areas. I'm a bit nervous even expressing my thoughts because I'm friends to many men who dress like women or aspire to do more of it, and I don't want my feelings to be construed as a blanket condemnation of my friends.
No, it occurred to me today that I'm feeling anger at what I sometimes perceive as appropriation of my identity as a woman. Perhaps this is what African Americans sometimes feel when confronted with a white rapper or hip hop artist? I mean, I'm a woman, and in most parts of the world my position is sometimes very precarious just by virtue of my gender. Part of me is angry that a man, coming from a position of power and privilege would set out to imitate my characteristics.
Yes, I know it goes much deeper than that, and that there's usually no malice intended, but for now I just want to sit with my feelings and try and figure out what's stirring this all up.
My apologies if my thoughts have hurt anyones feelings. I'm just thinking out loud or something.
Also note that I am not questioning the very real issue of dismorphic sexuality or gender reassignment, nor do I question that very real need of my friends who may be dismorphic.
Has it really been this long in between posts?!? Yikes, my apologies for my inattentiveness lately.
First off, Happy 2008 to everyone reading! I hope you had a nice celebration, and are warm and off the slippery roads. We spent a very charming evening with 3XL and Latex Kitty at their apartment in Copenhagen, where we enjoyed a delicious meal and nice conversation. 3 of us were in latex, and surprisingly enough, my husband chose woven materials--a very fetching jodphur, tailored shirt, tie and pullover combination.
We were actually pretty zonked due to our demanding travels which started on the 30th, when we drove our rental car back to Chicago's O'Hare airport, flew to Amsterdam, and then hung out at Schipol for a good 6+ hour layover for our return to Copenhagen. Still, the flight was cheap enough, but I suppose one gets what one pays for in this case. Anyway, getting back to Chicago was much more pleasant than leaving Chicago was, when we decided to be thrifty and take a Greyhound bus. Never again, let's just say!
The whole trip, which was to spend Christmas with my dad in Indiana, was rather hastily put together. It wasn't until barely two weeks before our departure on the 18th that we actually knew we were going, which put pressure on both of our jobs finding replacements and the days off. In the end it all fell into place, though, and we left Copenhagen on the 18th with a minimum of stress and rush, except for the fact that K was really suffering from a cold. (A cold, which I have to say, wouldn't have been nearly as awful if he'd gone to his doctor at the beginning, or took cough syrup, Dayquil or any other of the medications I begged him to take. In other words it was own damned fault. Hmmmph!)
We landed in Chicago and took a taxi to our lovely friend Ms Von Livid's house in Lincoln Park. It was really great to see her, and so kind of her to put us up with such extreme short notice. She even gave up her cozy bedroom for us to use. K adored Chicago and the neighborhood, which is full of shops, restaurants, nightlife, bars and all services. It felt so vibrant and efficient compared to poky little Copenhagen!
We mainly hung out at the apartment, chatted, discussed latex design, drooled over her gorgeous creations for her new label, House of Bias, and laid low until our departure for my dad's on the 21st.
It was really good to see him after over a year away! He's remarkably upbeat for having lost his wife a little over a year ago, and he's much more emotionally available. I suspect some of this has to do with his new antidepressants, which I wish he'd discovered years ago, because I believe many of his friendships might still be intact if he'd had a way not to take things as personally as he always has.
The house looked good, much more organized than I'd expected. It's also really fun to see how much he's taken to cooking, and how good he is at it! Between the three of us, we managed to pull off a decent Christmas Eve party.
What remains trying and depressing is anything having to do with my sister, who continues to be almost totally dependent on him for everything, including her rent. My father simply doesn't have the money to support her, yet like my mom as well, feels it's up to him. As a result he's pretty heavily in debt to both financial companies and to his younger sister.
My sister's excuse seems to be that she's trying to raise her youngest child, and finds it easier to do a daycare than find a steady job. Sadly, she lacks clients, so my dad fills in the gaps. We observed Ms von Livid's submissive earlier and how he is pretty much expected to take care of anything she wishes, which is what he craves, but I couldn't help thinking my sister has had two lifetime submissives--my parents. My father literally feels he must drop everything to assist her, from dropping off a car, to picking up groceries, to ferrying daycare clients, you name it.
I could rant for days, but much of it may sound hypocritical, since I've also had my share of problems getting adjusted to living here, and finding a job. Let's just end on a positive note by saying what a nice treat it was to be back in the States, where I know where to find almost anything I want, and where I was able to spend some quality time with my family and friends. Until the next time, happy new year!
It's been pretty quiet around these parts, simply because a viral infection has knocked me off my feet. It started around Nov. 1 or a little before, with a nagging uncontrollable cough, and it's still around with added mucous! As a result, I am sleeping far too long, and abandoning my bicycle on the way halfway home from my shifts.
Friday will mark the first anniversary of my mother's death. If anything, I feel worse now than I did while it was happening, and I continue having dreams where she hasn't really died. It's easier to remember all the kind and really touching things she did, and it's a lot easier to feel a tremendous amount of guilt for being so churlish while she was alive.
I will get back into a routine as I get better from the infection, which I am told needs to go away on its own unaided.
I just checked out a rather elegant latex blog here, Sexy Latex, which has a very pleasing layout and some nice photos from various photographers, some of whom are lesser known and may be considered finds.
In other latex blogging news, I've been enjoying the lively addition of Andre, aka Owner Operator/Pet's husband, on our good friend 3XL's blog. He's got a way with words and an obvious enthusiasm for the kinkier things in life: always a winning combination, in my book.
Less enjoyable is a brief outage on my site and PublicFetishGirls.com tomorrow from 04:00am and 06:00am EST(quite possibly one of the worst times for the majority of our site members, who live in Old Europe), while our host makes upgrades to our server.
Finally! It's so nice being back in London. We got a great hotel deal at a place a bit off the beaten track, but in a very fashionable area, which is fun.
I've missed the vibrance, the variety, the sheer masses of interesting people and the ability to buy whatever one would want. I've missed that so much, actually, living in Copenhagen.
The best thing so far was seeing the beautiful, beautiful actor Colin Salmon walking down the stairs at Notting Hill Gate's District line. Amazing. First of all, he doesn't appear to have aged a year since he first appeared on my radar. And secondly, he's so tall--he just towers above everyone else. I must admit I was really breathless to see him, but K noticed other women were atwitter as well. I think it's undoubtedly a common occurance in his life. ;-)
Torture Garden was fun, and it was super to see our nice friends. The Expo yesterday was quiet, but I really hope for everyones sake that today is really busy with all the guests who aren't privy to the insane dueling expo phenomenon that's ruining the weekend for many people. We got some great deals at Alternative Footwear, and even nicer was running into Anders and Nikki from Social Kink/xPeeps. They're both really swell. I believe K has a new crush, now, in fact.
So, Rubber Ball tonight, and then we have a few more days to explore London, which pleases me to no end.
So my birthday came and went and it was all good We celebrated with a nice meal at Yan's Wok, a local high end Chinese restaurant with very good food. My husband gave me a lovely card and I asked him if we can delay my present until we go to London this week. I've got my heart set on seeing Macbeth, so chances are this is how I'll collect.
I have NO idea what I'm wearing to the Rubber Ball this year, but I will whip something up in the next couple of days. K thinks I should do some of our signature high waisted trousers, but since I have no waist to speak of these days, I'm wondering if perhaps that's a bit ill-advised. Still, his instincts are usually better than mine, so maybe I'll end up in a pair.
The trip to London is making me so happy thinking about it! It's been a year since the last one, and we've budgeted a little extra time to spend in my favorite city. Can't wait! It will be good to see friends from around the globe, as well as explore more of the city.
My husband's new site is live, Public Fetish Girls. Here's a teaser photo of our friend Lila, one of the models. The site features videos and photosets from public excursions in latex and pvc. Lila is someone I know from language class, and she's a terrific model, don't you think?
It's going to feature mostly amateurs from around the area, and will involve latex, pvc, heels and more.
I had a rather stressful week, working several shifts and getting the site together, and helping my husband with a dress for one of his new models. It ended up pretty cute, but still, stressful.
The Manifest yearly party was pretty fun, but what was up with the smoking? Hasn't it been banned yet? Hmmmph, my most cynical suspicions about a smoking ban in Denmark have been pretty much confirmed. Sometimes it's tough being right about everything, I tell you, what with my pessimism about a smokefree Denmark, Madeleine McCann, etc. etc. etc. ;-)
Have you checked out my site lately? If not, do click the buttons above and take a peek at my additions. In the news section is a lovely free new image from a German beach with Britta.
Uploaded today: one muddy video clip from the rains in Denmark. This is a clip which focuses on my muddy waders and lots of splashing, and is part of a much longer clip which you can see inside my members area later this week when it's live.
eBay update: That adorable cape I mentioned earlier? It's been reduced in price and is only available for less than a day more. Pick it up now for the Rubber Ball weekend or for the upcoming Fetish Fashion party at Manifest September 8!
More Fashion News: I've started a little store on RubberBay.com called FuzzyBunny Designs, which will feature basic latex items at a good price probably not offered for sale at Strange Lifeforms. Have you visited RubberBay yet? It's worth a trip, especially for menswear. It's much much cheaper than eBay and of course it's much less restrictive.
I'm a bit clueless about the whole hazmat craze/fetish, I have to say, but it seems we're the proud owner of a protective chemical suit, which is about half a man larger than my husband.
Anyway, can you clue me in on the appeal of these things? And more importantly, if you are aware of Trelleborg products, can you take a look at our auction on RubberBay and let me know if I'm insane to auction it? If it's a collectible of some sort, I guess I ought to know. Right now, it's simply a big piece of clothing in our apartment.