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14Jun/13

June Corset of the Month

June Corset of the Month from Maya Hansen's Cupcake Collection

June Corset of the Month from Maya Hansen’s Cupcake Collection

June’s corset of the month is from Spanish designer Maya Hansen. Maya’s cupcake collection is absolutely adorable! We love the colors ! How fun would it be to wear this to the next fetish party?!

Maya has some fantastic designs from the colorful in her cupcake collection to more everyday styles.  Look for more corsets of the month from this awesome designer!

Check out Maya’s website here: Maya Hansen

08Jan/13
Tweety - Purple Mojo Moxy

Jewel’s Top 6 for Unique Heels

Hello, I am Jewel and here are my top six most favorite unique heels. Are you ready for the bold, interesting, unique, and even a little bit weird?? Well, we are all strange around here and most of us do march to the beat of our own drummer, here are some unique looking shoes I would wear despite what society thinks.

 

Iron Fist Multi Color Pump

Woah, I think I almost went blind with the colors and the sparkles! Whether or not it looks like the 80’s came back and threw up on these shoes I really like them, I’m a sucker for animal print, sparkles, with a little touch of metal studs. They could make a big POP! With some skinny jeans or a nice skirt, I would wear these in a heartbeat I really love these shoes.

 

Demon Donkey Platform - Pink Iron Fist

Demon Donkey Platform – Pink Iron Fist

Did a four year old come up with this design? Ice cream, unicorns, pink sparkles? No, Iron Fist just has some very unique designs! I like these shoes, I know if I wore these my inner child would be one happy camper it has all things girly. Pink, unicorns, ice cream, owls and sparkles oh my!

Emma - Fuchsia Ed Hardy

Emma – Fuchsia Ed Hardy

Ed Hardy never seizes to come out with some unique looking shoes I mean these are pink with a freakin’ koi fish on them! What gets better than that? They’re fun and will look great with a pair of skinny jeans.

Tweety - Purple Mojo Moxy

Tweety – Purple
Mojo Moxy

Peacock was the first thing to mind when I saw these. I know that if I wore these I’d get the magical ability to salsa dance. I love these, they remind me of peacocks. I like peacocks they’re colorful and look like they know how to party.

Bow Me Platform

Bow Me Platform

I honestly would feel like a secret crime fighting Japanese anime school girl if I wore these puppies. They’re bright, in your face, and these a pretty little bow that adds a feminine touch.

 

 

AbbeyDawnLeopardPrintPlatform

Abbey Dawn Leopard Print Platform 

 

 

Whoa these are pretty hot shoes not going to lie! I am not being sarcastic either!  I personally am a fan of these shoes they’re pretty awesome.These are interesting looking, they have a faux fur feel that’s hot pink leopard print, it has lips and a mustache on the top and the bottom is red?

We all should feel the need to express our inner Lady Gaga when it comes to shoes. Dare to wear unique shoes that society may find ugly, When you wear them you can show that society can shove their “normal” boring opinions up their poop shoot. Normal is boring, be unique and march to the beat of your own drummer. Never let anyone dull your sparkle people!!

24Dec/12
Lalique Velvet Morticia Corset

January Corset of the Month

January always seems so cold and bleak.  But you can certainly warm things up with this beautiful velvet corset from  What Katie Did.

Not only is this corset beautiful, but for under $350 affordable as well.

 

Lalique Velvet Morticia Corset

Lalique Velvet Morticia Corset

About What Katie Did:

What Katie Did is the world’s leading brand of vintage inspired lingerie. Their retro underwear is inspired by designs from the 1940s and 1950s and the patterns are often adapted from vintage pieces. All of their corsets are handmade by one skilled corsetiere.  Custom designs are also available.

 

24Dec/12

Contour Corsets

The Premium Locking Ultimate Leather Redresseur Style Hobble Corset

The Premium Locking Ultimate Leather Redresseur Style Hobble Corset

One of the best resources for beginning tightlacers is Contour Corsets owned by corset designer and tightlacer extraordinaire Fran Blanche.   Fran’s corsets are not only beautiful but infinitely practical.  They are ideal for those serious about corseting and especially those who wish to begin contouring their bodies by tight lacing.

Fran has been kind enough to let us republish many of her articles on tightlacing. Please check out Fran’s website at: http://www.contourcorsets.com/

Or contact her at:

Contour Corsets 
Fran Blanche, Owner and Designer

Phone/Fax: (610) 265-5367
www.contourcorsets.com
The Contour Corset Company
114 Crockett Road
King of Prussia, PA  19

 

24Dec/12
Petite underbust summertime corset in shimmery Pearl polyester mesh and powder pink cotton twill. - 2011

Breathing and Sleeping In Your Corset

by Fran of Contour Corsets
(Jan. 2011)

Copyrighted and used by permission of the author 

One of the best ways to shape with the least impact on lifestyle is to develop the habit of wearing your corset in bed. Sleeping in the corset will do a lot for shaping, and even if you have to be out of your corset for daytime activities you can still hold your ground and keep your shape by taking tightlacing to bed with you.

One of the keys to comfortable sleep in the corset is to follow my Cycle Method and gradually bring in the laces just where it is conformable. If you typically wake at night for a bathroom visit you will find that you can take it in a little more then. Keep the routine going nightly and as the evenings go by you will find the laces getting a little closer to closed every night.

There are some pointers for keeping this routine, and first on my list is to avoid eating late. A couple hours before you plan to retire it is best to not eat solid foods, and this will allow you to lace down with the least impediment. Another tip is to get into the corset more than an hour before bed, which allows you to settle in and get comfortable, and in doing this you can have the laces adjusted to where you want them before you sleep. As a habit, I keep a full glass of water at my bedside and if I am up for any reason I take a drink so that I stay hydrated too.

The one thing that is essential to sleeping soundly in the corset is proper breathing. “I can’t breathe!” some say when they first wear a tight corset, but of course they are breathing, it is just an impulse from the compression that people can experience when they first start lacing.

By nature, all of us breathe with the diaphragm – it is the large muscle that separates the abdominal and chest cavities. The feeling of ‘not being able to breathe’ is a natural reflex of restricting the motion of the diaphragm, but of course you are still breathing in the corset, and in order to breath ‘naturally’ when laced you have to learn to do it differently. Breathing is controlled by the autonomic nervous system, along with heartbeat, digestion and peristalsis, and blinking. But like blinking, breathing is not completely automatic. Breathing has selective override which allows you to take over control as you wish, or to just forget about it and it will go on automatically. But another aspect of breathing that is controllable is not just when, but how you breathe, and making this change in your natural responses is one of the keys to tightlacing as a discipline.

Changing the way in which you breathe, from the natural low position of the diaphragm to high in the chest is key to living and sleeping well in the corset. Chest breathing is the norm for tightlacers, and with time and patience the body does adjust to adopting this new breathing method. Usually the greatest impedance to sleeping in the corset is that the individual is not yet trained, and as such they are still naturally trying to breathe from the diaphragm. When you sleep you will breathe of course, but it is necessary to have developed autonomic chest breathing to sleep through the night. If not, then you will wake frequently with that feeling I described earlier. If you train for chest breathing during the day and make it a natural part of you then sleeping will be a lot easier to adjust to. It can take several weeks or months to reprogram your body’s life-long tendency to breathe low in favor of high chest breathing, but it does happen.

After years of tightlacing I found that whether I was in or out of the corset that breathing high was always automatic for me. Believe it or not, the body does adapt. This is after all what tightlacing is all about – changing the body, having it adapt to what we impose, and making a new natural state of being. That is the relationship between you and the corset, and it is your dedication and discipline that brings about these changes which transform your body – not just how it looks, but also how it functions and reacts to the world.

Sleep tight everyone!

Petite underbust summertime corset in shimmery Pearl polyester mesh and powder pink cotton twill. - 2011

Petite underbust summertime corset in shimmery Pearl polyester mesh and powder pink cotton twill. – 2011

Please be sure to check out Fran’s custom corsets at http://www.contourcorsets.com/

24Dec/12
Red cotton twill Tulip style underbust corset with black grosgrain stays and black trim. - 2011

Ready! Set! Sit! ~ Figuring Out How to Sit in a Tight Corset

by Fran of Contour Corsets
(Oct. 2008)

Copyrighted and used by permission of the author 

The first thing a tightlacer discovers when they embark upon this unusual journey is the challenge of determining where and how to take a load off on the way. Figuring out how to sit down comfortably in a tight corset can take some planning and some getting used to, particularly when you are sitting in a car for a while, but I have some simple pointers for you.

First, if at all possible choose a tall chair with a straight upright back. Having to lean back in a well cinched corset can be very uncomfortable and stress the back of the wearer, so do sit up straight. If your seat is low enough that your knees are higher than your hips you will probably suffer for it, so I recommend that if there is no good tall seat it is usually better to fashionably stand.

Learning to drive your car in a corset can take some practice, especially when you have a clutch to contend with, but again it is really just a matter of relaxing. If you are new to the corset remember that you can always loosen it up to do tasks that require you to use your back such as when driving. If you have a long way to drive and want to arrive looking your best, by all means wear the corset, but wear it open a bit. This will give your back muscles more room to enlarge and you will not get cramps as a result of over tightening. When you get where you are going plan a discrete trip to the powder room where you can tighten up to your heart’s content and make your appearance looking your absolute whittled best and no one will be the wiser.

If you sleep in your corset as I usually do then you may find that sleeping on your side will be more comfortable than laying on your back, particularly when you have a lot of reduction in your waist. I find that sleeping in the corset is the best way to maintain your shape when you have to be out of the corset for long periods during the day for doing very physical tasks. Despite what people like to write about it is really not possible to do everything in a corset. To do real exercise or labor of any kind it is best to leave the corset off unless you are very used to doing so while cinched or are otherwise required to wear the garment for medical reasons, such as a hernia or scoliosis.

I find that relaxing in a very well made corset is one of the most sublime experiences in life. So to all of you I wish happy lacing and comfortable resting. And if you can’t find a seat anywhere just remember what Fernando always used to say…. “It is always better to look good than to feel good. You know what I am saying darling….”

Red cotton twill Tulip style underbust corset with black grosgrain stays and black trim. - 2011

Red cotton twill Tulip style underbust corset with black grosgrain stays and black trim. – 2011

Please be sure to check out Fran’s custom corsets at http://www.contourcorsets.com/

24Dec/12
Beige and tan leather redresseur corset with hidden zipper closure- 2011

The Ins and Outs of Tightlacing – Eating, Drinking, and Bowel Movements

by Fran of Contour Corsets
(Nov. 2010)

Copyrighted and used by permission of the author 

Caution: potty talk ahead!

It is important as a tightlacer to be mindful to control your daily intake of food, salt, and water. The pressures of the corset will often hinder the urges of hunger and thirst, so regardless of whether or not you are thirsty or hungry you have to make sure that you still eat regularly and drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. You also need to avoid salty foods and snacks, because higher salt will make you retain fluids, and you want to avoid that for the reasons I mentioned before.

When you eat, don’t be afraid to let it out a bit on the top. It is important to allow room to accommodate your food and your digestion will be more complete. Too much pressure on the stomach can accelerate the passing on of the food to the small intestine and it is not good to have that going on all the time. If you get heartburn, or develop a bitter taste in your mouth after you eat then you have stomach acid getting past your esophagus and you need to take the corset off for a bit. Your stomach will get used to functioning normally while compressed, but it takes time for that to happen, and even very experienced tightlacers have to take off the corset if they intend to eat a large meal, so don’t be reluctant to take the corset off during the time of day that you have your larger meals.

It is very important to maintain regular bowel movements when you tightlace, and you must never allow yourself to become constipated. You need to get your body trained into a cycle of no longer than 24 hours from eating to passing it out, so you develop habits that will keep things moving right along. Staying regular is essential, and the biggest factors are drinking plenty of water, restricting your carbohydrates, emphasizing a higher protein and low fat diet, and eating plenty of vegetables and fiber. I find that having a cup of yogurt each day helps maintain the necessary fauna in the digestive tract, and this assures better digestion too.

Wearing the corset while going to the bathroom is a fundamental tool in repositioning the digestive tract in a healthy and natural way. Your bowel is made up of a system of muscles and chambers. As peristalsis moves your waste along, the rhythmic contractions of the large intestine also move the colon around. In this way the colon will change its shape by itself over time to acclimate into the space and location you are giving it in the corset. All the more reason that your corset must be made in a way that takes this process into consideration in providing you with the proper shape for this to happen safely.

You will find in a regular daily schedule that you will be most comfortable lacing down the tightest after your bowel movements. Conversely, you will have the corset let out the most when your food is in transit to the colon. As a tightlacer you will be more in touch with

Beige and tan leather redresseur corset with hidden zipper closure- 2011

Beige and tan leather redresseur corset with hidden zipper closure- 2011

these processes than most people, but with good reason. Tightlacing is all about control and self discipline. Control of your body functions is an essential part of your lifestyle as a tightlacer. The more you establish control, the sooner you will reach your goals, and the healthier and more content you will be.

Please be sure to check out Fran’s custom corsets at http://www.contourcorsets.com/