Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wishlist // Captain Spaulding

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In honor of Halloween being just a few short days away, here's a quick little wishlist dedicated to my favorite modern villain, the one and only Captain Spaulding.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

In Remembrance

My Great Grandfather passed away early Sunday morning at the age of 92 and was laid to rest yesterday morning in Wyoming beside my Great Grandmother. He was a World War II veteran, a husband of over 70 years, a father of three and one of the greatest men I ever had the pleasure of meeting. His legacy included 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.

Growing up, we would make the drive up to Wyoming at least once a month to visit my Great Grandparents, and I was always in complete awe of how in love they still were after so many years. Even when he was in his 80s and they had been married for over 60 years, my Grandpa was always quick to open the door for Grandma or hand her his jacket and he and would giddily hold her hand when we'd go to the store or out to dinner. I have never seen two people look at each other the way those two did, and I will always remember seeing them dance and laugh in their living room like a pair of newlyweds. Their story was truly unique and I'm so glad they were able to spend 70 years by each others' side. When my Grandmother passed away two years ago, my Grandfather's heart was broken beyond repair and he was never the same again. I have no doubt he and my Grandmother are finally together again at last, along with my Nana and her little sister.

Rest in Peace, Grandpa. I miss you terribly already.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Adventures in Waist Training Part I

I've been dying to try waist training for years, but I've had a lot of difficulty finding a corset that I thought would actually fit my less than proportionate measurements in a price range I could remotely afford. After I'd pretty much given up and resigned myself to having to drop a few hundred dollars on something custom made, my dear friend Josephine (a professional sexy person with a not-quite-safe-for-work blog you can find here) turned me on to a company called Orchard Corset. They have tons of different ready-to-wear corsets to fit pretty much every shape, torso length and size, as well as an incredibly informative blog and Youtube channel to address all your corset care and waist training needs. I spent a few weeks perusing their site to learn as much as I could before taking the plunge, and after triple checking my measurements to be safe, I settled on a size 20 CS-411 in cotton.

I purchased and ordered my corset late one Friday afternoon with free shipping and it showed up on my doorstep the following Wednesday. My package contained my corset, a hand-signed "thank you" card and a little brochure that outlined how to care for it and how to tighten it properly. 

Since I'd done a lot of research prior to my purchase, I knew I had to really ease into wearing my corset through a process Orchard refers to as "seasoning." This step was essential to prevent the corset from getting damaged and to ensure it conforms to my shape as perfectly as possible as I shift into wearing it 6-8 hours per day.

Getting it on and tightening it myself was nearly impossible the first time, even after loosening the corset completely. The front busk was an absolute bitch to clasp and I felt like a T-Rex trying to reach behind me to pull on the Xs to tighten it up. After a few minutes of struggling, I gave up and had Z lace me up, which he was surprisingly not too thrilled with. I had him lace it until it was just slightly snug on my frame and made sure he kept all of the back grommets straight as the directions said to do.

Once I was laced in, I rushed to my hall mirror and was completely blown away by the sudden hour glass figure staring back at me. While I do have ridiculously large breasts in comparison to my height and weight, I have almost no waist and even less hips. I can not emphasize this enough: from the boobs down I am not a curvy person. I had to peek back over my shoulder to make sure Zack hadn't made a mistake and accidentally laced the corset shut somehow, because I felt like I looked like something out of a Sir Mixalot song. However, there was still about 4-5 inches between the back panels, which was pretty exciting since that meant my waist will eventually shrink that much more once I can get it completely tight laced.

I spent the next hour shifting around on the couch and rushing back to the hall mirror to look at myself because apparently this corset has magic powers that turn you into a vain super bitch. Once an hour passed, I had Zack tighten it up for me a little more. I then attempted to eat a quesadilla and drink a soda while wearing it. Spoiler alert: this was a terrible idea for disgusting reasons I will spare you the details of. I kept the corset on for another hour after the tightening and then took it off and hung it up in my closet, lining side out as directed.

On the second day of seasoning, I did a major victory dance when the front busks decided to clasp without giving up a fight and I was actually able to lace myself into it without any problems. Since we just moved, I spent the first hour tearing through boxes trying to find a tape measure. Once I finally found one, I took my measurements with the corset on and victory danced once more to see my waist measuring in at 24" (for reference, my waist is naturally about 27"). 

The past few days, I have been wearing the corset for about two hours per day and can definitely see the steel boning taking to my shape a little better every time I put it on. It's also gotten infinitely easier to lace and tighten by myself, and I no longer have to enlist Z's help with anything beyond smoothing out the modesty panel. I'm planning to start wearing it for 3-4 hours per day next week, and will hopefully be ready to wear it all day long the week after that. I'm so in love with this corset I'm already having to force myself away from buying another. I have my eye on the mesh version of this corset that Orchard sells, simply because it looks like it would be much more comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. 

I've had a lot of friends on Facebook and Instagram ask if my corset is uncomfortable and if it makes it difficult to breathe. The answer is "No" on both fronts. The corset itself kind of just feels like a tight hug, though eating in it was miserable that first time. Honestly, the only real discomfort I've experienced so far has been in my back muscles, because I'm a terrible sloucher and this thing forces me to sit up straight. Other than that, it's been smooth sailing even though I'm a little nervous to start wearing it full-time. 

I still have several inches to go before my corset is fully tightened, and I'm hoping to get to that point by my birthday in February. Ultimately, I'd like to get my waist down to 20" when tight-laced, which doesn't seem unrealistic based on my height/weight and seeing lots of other short ladies lacing down as small as 16." I'm making some major changes to my diet and starting an exercise routine to help me get there, as I've gained about 15 pounds and 2" to my waist this year since my promotion back in January. I'm planning to make waist training a regular feature on my blog so I can document everything from start to finish. I'll check back in next week once I've had the chance to wear the corset for longer stints at a time!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wishlist // Creepy Craft Room

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Zack made me promise I wouldn't try to decorate every room in our new house with black, and I'll admit that's been an exceptionally hard promise to keep. While I've gone out of my way rather unwillingly to choose paint colors and decorations for the house that actually have some color to them, my craft room is going to be the one space I get to do whatever I damn well please with -- and I've chosen to make it a room that looks like Halloween all year long. I'm in the process of painting the walls pumpkin orange and picking out black furniture to fill it with. This weekend I'm hoping to make some major progress on the room so I can actually start using it, and in the mean time I'm having fun finding all sorts of creepy things to incorporate into my decor.

Monday, October 6, 2014

A Little Glimpse...

Zack and I are officially moved in to our new house and I'm writing this post from my super sweet new (to me) vintage Duncan Phyfe dining table! While we've gotten the super essential areas of our home in order, we still have a ton of work to do to get everything the way we want it. My future craft room is currently half-painted pumpkin orange and stacked floor to ceiling with boxes, and our spare room isn't faring much better. Since the house is still a work in progress, I thought I'd share a quick peek at a few areas around our home that are at least moderately put together. I'll hopefully be doing a few home tour posts in the coming weeks as we finish up decorating and getting everything in order, so stay tuned!

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