Luxury Just Pours Out in This Blog

by Kristie LeVangie

Water is water, right?  We buy it by the bottles due to convenience as we trek off to the gym, running errands, or to the office.

There are tons of brands to choose from in your local supermarket and a case could run you between $4 and $10 in most cases.

Sure, we’ll have concern about landfills and how our bad consumerism will ruin the environment, but it’s not stopping us.  As of 2012, Americans were consuming nearly 9.1 BILLION gallons of bottled water and spending a whopping $21.7 BILLION.

Just imagine how that number would be affected by the following list.

Luxury isn’t just for cars, handbags or exquisite dinners.  Luxury has also hit the bottled water market.

And assuming you have a few hundred, or even a few thousands, to kick around on some pure liquid libation, a little googling could have you drinking in style.

Here’s a list of 8 of the most expensive luxury bottled waters in the world.

8. AquaDeco – $12 per 750 ml

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We start the list at a mere $12 a bottle.

Aquadeco, awarded the 2007 Gold Medal as the best non-carbonated water and another for its bottle design, is sourced from unspoiled and untouched springs in Canada.  The aquifer from which this brand comes was created on an “undifferentiated glacial till with a predominantly sandy silt matrix during the last ice age, some 18,000 years ago.”  With it’s retreat, it left layers of sand that, acting as a filtration device, were able to remove pollutants and ions at the atomic level for some of the most pristine drinking water on the market.

7. 10 Thousand BC – $14 per 750 ml

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Inching up in price, our next entry registers in at $14 a bottle.

10 Thousand BC is sourced from a location off the Canadian coast so remote, it would take 3 days just to get to there.  First, you would begin up the Coastal Glacier Mountain Range, through the Desolation Sound, and finally to Toba Inlet, just 200 miles north of Vancouver.  Only accessible by the ocean, it is unspoiled by man.  From the former glacial location, it is transported by stainless steel water trucks to the bottling plant in Kelowna, British Columbia.

 

6. VEEN – $23 per 750 ml

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Coming in at #6, we go to Finland.

Finnish brand, VEEN, offers may variations and is sourced from many unique natural springs, including Finnish Lapland and Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.  The name is derived from “Veen Emonen” (or Mother of Water).

The “wave bottle”, designed by Antti Eklund, has been nominated for a number of awards and won the 2007 Best Bottle in Glass Award at Global Bottled Water World.  The first VEEN bottle can actually been seen in its Helsinki Design Museum home where it rests today.  Eklund used the first wave that Veen Emonen raised as his inspiration.

5. Bling! H2O – $40 per 750 ml

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Still not sure I’m assaulting your checkbook too much, #5 is starting to make a dent.

Bottled at it’s English Mountain Spring source located at the base of the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, this water is the brainchild of Hollywood writer-producer, Kevin G. Boyd.  Bling H2O can be found in the hands of sociality Paris Hilton and throughout the Hollywood scene.  It was featured at the MTV Video Music Awards and at the The Emmys.  Winning the gold medal for Best Tasting water at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition, Bling H2O is certainly attaining its mission to “offer a product with an exquisite face to match exquisite taste.

And considering each bottle stands as a work of art, jewelry-like in nature, it’s surprising it doesn’t cost a bit more.  From the Goldilocks version:

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to the 10,000 Swarovski Crystal version that will set you back $2,600:

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It’s almost too beautiful to drink.

4. Fillico – $219 per 750 ml

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Next we fly to Japan for our #4 listing.

Fitting of royalty, all Fillico bottled waters are topped with regal crowns.  Each bottle is produced by hand, so production is limited to just 5,000 bottles per month.  Sourced from the highly regarded Nunobiki spring located in the Rokkou National Park in Kobe, this water is so pure it also used by a Sake producer in its hometown.

And just like Bling! H2O, their bottles are essentially jewelry-like in nature.  In fact, they advertise as such on their website.  Crystals not your style?  Try out their rock-and-roll version:

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Perhaps something a little more cutesy and Asian-inspired?  Why not their Hello Kitty branded bottle?

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3. Kona Nigari Water – $402 per 750 ml

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For #3, we stay in the Japanese market.  This time exploring Kona Nigari water.

Gathered 2,000 feet deep below the ocean’s surface just off the island of Hawaii, this water is quite literally marketed as the Fountain of Youth.  They claim it helps you lose weight, reduces stress and improves your skin tone and quality.  Made of desalinated sea water and said to be so potent, this is sold only in 2 oz. containers.  It’s suggested you mix a few drops with regular drinking water.

To achieve a gallon, it will cost you just over $2100!

2. Exousia Gold 

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Ironically, the entry at #2 isn’t taking the gold– although it does contain it.

The atomic properties of Exousia Gold contains real gold (24 carat) and is supposed to give this water anti-aging properties.  Of course, it comes at a price– $24,000!

I can’t provide you with the source or distillation process on this one however.  It’s a well-guarded secret.

1. Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani – 750 ml

 

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And coming in at #1 and THE most expensive bottled water on Earth is Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani.  Almost as extravagant as the bottle is this one’s name.

This time the bottle is made of 24-carat gold and designed by Fernando Altamirano.  You may know that name as a designer for Tequila Ley, one of the most expensive spirits manufacturers in the world.

Sourced from locations all around the world, the water inside the bottle gets virtually little attention despite it also containing 5 milligrams of gold dust.  It’s the bottle itself that steals the show here.  Based on artwork by the late Italian artist Amedeo Clemente Modigliani, this sold at auction in Mexico City in 2010 for $774,000 pesos, or $60,000 U.S.

Is $60,000 out of your price range?  Perhaps you’d like to downgrade to versions at more affordable $3,600?  You can try their versions in gold matte, silver, silver matte and crystal.

 

So…what you are waiting for?  Go hydrate yourself!

INTERVIEW: Lady Monster

Lady Monster

Official Website: http://www.ladymonster.com

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I’ve had the tremendous pleasure of sharing the stage with her talent and beauty.  Libidacoria Magazine is proud to present this interview with Lady Monster, a woman with seemingly no limits.

What do you do:

burlesque performer, a Satan’s Angel-sanctioned Queen of the Fire Tassels, producer, co-founder of The Columbus Burlesque Collective, syndicated sex advice columnist, performance artist, actress, model, radio DJ, recording artist, workshop facilitator, and voted as one of the Top 100 Burlesque Performers in the World by her peers in the 2010 21st Century Magazine poll.

How did you find yourself here?  What’s your story?

I used to perform a striptease to my stuffed animals when getting ready for bed– undressing from my regular clothes into my pajamas. I turned it into a performance, and I was maybe 10 years old. It’s just come naturally to me.

I was a known sexual performance artist in town and told about a new burlesque troupe starting in Columbus, Ohio (1999) – Miss Kitty’s Hot Box. I was told secondhand that I had to have dance training and fit into a certain size of costuming. I believed it and didn’t pursue it.

When I moved to San Francisco in 2001, I found out about the Big Burlesque/Fat-Bottom Revue troupe in 2004. They were the first all plus-size touring burlesque troupe. I started going to all of their shows, talking to their performers, asking to audition and learning the art of burlesque. One of their dancers told me, “You’re not big enough to be part of our troupe.” I continued to pursue them though and finally talked to the troupe leader. She asked, “How do you identify?” I said, “Voluptuous, thick”.  She responded that I should audition when they decide to bring in new members. I waited on pins and needles for that day. Finally in May 2005, I performed burlesque in front of an audience for the first time. Heather MacAllister, the director and founder of the troupe had Stage IV Ovarian Cancer. She eventually succumbed in 2007, disbanding the troupe in 2006. I continued as a solo performer.

What was your moment—the moment you realized you “made” it?

Seeing that Al Jourgensen made one of my poems a song, a really kick-ass song, and put it on the Revolting Cocks album, Cocked and Loaded. I received the CD in the mail, from him personally. He asked to record me reading some of my poetry. I didn’t go to a recording studio, we did it right through the landline at Jello Biafra’s house. I started listening to the CD to see how/if he used any of my lines of poetry within the tracks. Then I see it on the track listing, Revolting Cock Au Lait. He asked me to read my poem/punk rock song, Cock Au Lait with Revolting tacked on. I did, and he had to stifle his laughter. I’ll never forget hearing him bust up as soon as I finished reading it. When I heard that song on the CD, saw my name listed on the credits, I cried, screamed, jumped up and down, turned it up loud, danced, cried, screamed…

Lady MonsterWhat’s your sexiest turn-on?

Teasing. I love it. Performing burlesque turns me on.

Are all men as sex-crazed as we think?

I have a stronger sex drive than any man I’ve ever met. No one has yet been able to keep up with me.

 Are women as sexually graphic as men in your experience?

More so.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Music, art and other performers and artists.

What makes a good story?

Cohesion, paying attention to the elements of the story, build-up, and bringing all your element together for a conclusion.

What’s your cure for creative blockage?

Being social. I’m an extrovert and am my most creative when surrounded by others’ energy.

Have you embraced technology or are you still a pen and paper writer?

I love pen and paper. I am much more creative when sitting down in the dark somewhere, scribbling out my deepest thoughts, not worrying about writing it straight or legibly, just needing to get it out. I also love technology and learning new ways to incorporate it into my acts.

What 3 people have influenced you most?  Why?

Don Pavelcik, Jello Biafra, Satan’s Angel

Don Pavelcik was my partner in crime with our regular event, Circus of Cool. He gathered jazz musicians and produced the show. I gathered poets. Together, we read poetry to the Beat. He called me The Feminist of All Feminists. Don believed in me, encouraged me, and put me high on a pedestal. He loved me and helped me grow in many ways. He was called “The Pope” because he was a mentor to a lot of people. I was going to stop being a performer all together, but he brought Lady Monster back to life in 1995.

I met Jello Biafra in Chicago in 1999. We started dating the next year. I moved in with him in 2001. We broke up in 2006. During that time, I did a lot of work for him, researching articles and news stories, transcribing performances being used for his spoken word albums and more. He was my first burlesque coach. He has a vast collection of Something Weird videos, and we watched the Tease-A-Rama tapes. Jello also has an enormous, world-class vinyl record collection. He poured through it, finding cool burlesque-y music for me to use in a routine. When we found a song, he’d begin dancing and performing a striptease, showing me what to do. He has a theater background and so many years of performing onstage singing for the Dead Kennedys, acting out the lyrics to his songs. I was continually learning new things from him and cherish that special time in my life with him. We continue to be good friends.

When I joined the Fat-Bottom Revue/Big Burlesque troupe, I was given history lessons. Heather told about Satan’s Angel and her fire tassels. I saw her perform this act at Tease-O-Rama in October 2005. I screamed and was floored by her presence. We met, but she wouldn’t remember me until spending time together at Miss Exotic World in 2007. She taught me how to twirl fire tassels in her home in Palm Springs in 2008. I traveled to her for the privilege. It took less than a half an hour. She said I was a natural and crowned me A Queen of the Fire Tassels. As soon as I left her home, I cried on the drive back to the airport. I knew my life was forever changed. Who knew that at age 39 I would find my given talent?

She and I became fast friends and soon were talking a few days a week on the phone for long periods of time. Angel mentored me, and I became her protege – The Spawn of Satan’s Angel. Even in 2007, before she and I got to know one another, I had other performers telling me I was channeling Angel onstage, that I looked and moved just like her. It seems no matter what I do, it comes off looking like a tribute to her.

I am honored that people are so moved by my performances to provide such high praise.

Any awkward moments where people recognize you?

Never awkward. I love my fans. I wouldn’t be a performer without people that appreciate my performances.

If you could go back, would you do it again or take another path?  And what would that look like you think?

There are things that I would do differently as a burlesque performer.  I have gotten caught up in others’ drama, and I wish I’d stayed out of it. I advise anyone who is a performer to keep it positive. Respect fellow performers. Never listen to gossip or shit-talk. Stay out of drama. Never create drama. All of your fellow burlesquers are your family. Respect and love them for sharing the love of the art and perpetuating it. For those that decide to start rumors, talk negative or create a negative vibe, I am staying away from you (and so will most others in the burlesque community).

Worst assumptions made about you based on what you do?

If someone makes a poor assumption, I’m there to educate them. Some people feel that it’s wrong for me to perform burlesque at my age and my size. They obviously don’t know what burlesque is, and that it has no limits regarding age, size, gender. The one thing that keeps it burlesque is the tease. It is the Art of the Strip Tease, after all. Being an example and inspiration to others that are older and bigger in size has meant a great deal to me.

 

Check out Lady Monster’s appearance at the 2013 Texas Burlesque Festival here:

 

And check out her YouTube channel to catch even more of her performances.

 

IFYou can find out more about Lady Monster by visiting her official website at www.ladymonster.com, her facebook page, or you can also find her on Twitter.

Planning a visit to Columbus?  Find out more about The Columbus Burlesque Collective,  by visiting their site here.

 

I Want to Turn Your Cream Into Butter

by Kristie LeVangie

Okay, you with the dirty mind.

Unfortunately, I’m not talking about your “man juice.”

In fact today, I’m not talking about you at all.  But you are welcomed to hang with us ladies for a bit.  I may turn you onto something new.

And no, Pitmaster Jimi, I’m not stealing your thunder today either.  This isn’t an article about food.

This IS an article about a great new product I quite discovered by accident and now use religiously!

I’m a big fan of convenience.  With a busy life, I like to get shortcuts anyway I can, and one of my big kicks lately is subscription products.

Subscriptions these days are more than just magazines and newspapers.  I have scheduled deliveries of organic vegetables to beauty products coming to the house…and everything in between.  I’m a big fan of spending less time in stores with crowded lines, limited selections and navigating through unnecessary clutter to find what I’m looking for.  To me, it’s worth a few bucks to save the hassle.

So when I ran across a subscription service for my man that delivered shaving supplies to the house, I was on-board immediately.  And when I found out it was a fraction of the cost, I was ecstatic!

If you haven’t heard of Dollar Shave Club, I suggest you click on this here hyperlink right after you finish my article.  With packages ranging from $1/month to $9/month, there’s a level that fits right into your budget for sure.  (Compare that to mainstream store replacement blade prices!  Savings of about $4 PER BLADE.) And while it’s marketed to men, I actually have and use The Executive on all my various lady bits.  It’s a dream.

But even that isn’t why I’m here writing this article.

I’ve been a user of shave gels and creams since my teen years.  I just prefer the added lubrication it offers, particularly with the frequency in which us women have to shave our legs.  And because my skin in general tends to lean toward the drier side, it’s sometimes aggravating to my leg skin to use only soap.

But I also have teen girls.

So a few weeks ago as I was in the bathtub and reaching for my shave cream– you know where I’m going with this, right?– it was completely empty.

But…he had ordered some Shave Butter from Dollar Shave Club to try it.  So I had a handy substitute.

Dollar General Shave ButterI had encouraged him to give it try after seeing the natural ingredients touted on their website: Golden Barley, Organic Prickly Pear Cactus, Pacific Sea Algae, Black Willow Bark, Vitamins A, C, E, and Oat Extract.  And I especially enjoyed their advertising messaging, “TRANSFORM THE DREAD OF SHAVING INTO THE JOY OF SOFTLY WIPING WHISKERS OFF YOUR FACE.”

Ladies, I’m here to tell you that after that one “seeing the light” experience, I will NEVER go back.

The formula is safe for sensitive skin and actually leaves my legs feeling more moisturized.  I feel like I’m doing something great for my skin.  I have yet to cut myself shaving and love the smell.  Best part is that it’s only $8 for a 6-ounce tube that quite frankly lasts longer than my creams ever seemed to.

Now…I just have to keep it a secret from those damn girls.

RECIPE: World’s Best Goulash!

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by Pitmaster Jimi James

As a youngster, my Grandma (my mom’s mom) always had great food. Our heritage is Swedish, German and Native American. With that being said, Grandma made meals that were in bulk and would feed 10 or more people at a time. Our Swedish ancestors were heavily influenced by Italian cuisine, so our Great Grandma from Sweden added her own twists on Italian dishes.

Now, in case you don’t know anything about goulash, it is NOT an Italian dish. Goulash is actually a stew or soup that is from Hungary.

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If you were to travel to different regions of America, you would see just how different dishes, like goulash, can get– depending on family background and favorite flavors. Goulash can be like different variations of chili around the country. You will see ground meat, chopped meat, veggies, and sauces. It can be sweet, savory or even burn your face off hot!!!

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Here is how my family makes our Goulash. (Guaranteed to keep your face in tact.)  Give it a try.

As always, let’s start with what you’ll need.

 

Ingredients:

12     ounces of elbow macaroni

2       lbs ground chuck 80/20

1      45-ounce jar of tradition spaghetti sauce

2      14.5-ounce cans Italian stewed tomatoes

2      4-ounce cans drained mushrooms

1      large onion of your choice, diced fine

2      Tbsp Sweet Basil

2      Tbsp Oregano

2.5  tsp Garlic Powder

½   Tbsp to 1 Tbsp sugar *** OPTIONAL to take tartness off tomatoes

¾   cup Parmesan-Romano cheese

1      10-ounce can tomato soup

1    cup water, plus water to rinse out tomato soup can

 

Directions:  

1.  Start off by browning the ground chuck and draining it.

2. While that’s going on, dice your onions and open all your jars/cans.

3. In a 5-quart pot (or larger), put 6 cups water and 2 teaspoons of salt. When the water comes to a rolling boil, add your macaroni noodles. Cook about 7 minutes, drain and wash off with cold water to stop the cooking process.

4.  Now once meat is drained, put it in a large pot.  Add all ingredients– except the tomato soup, water and macaroni noodles– and make sure you combine and mix well.  Let this come up to a good simmer on a medium-low to medium heat. Once you start seeing little bubbles in the sauce, it’s time to add the last 3 ingredients.

5.  Add the one cup of water and stir in.  Let temp come back up (until you see little bubbles again).

6.  Now add the can of tomato soup, and– this part is very important!– you ONLY want to put enough water in the can to rinse what’s left of tomato soup so the can is clean. Put that in the pot and let it come back up to temp.

7.  Lastly, add the macaroni noodles, and in 15 to 20 minutes, you’ll be ready to chow down on my family’s Italian-inspired GOULASH!!!!!

8.  Enjoy!

 

Stay Hungry, My Friends!!!!

Caught! “Hot” Yoga Gets This Chick High

by Kristie LeVangie

For today’s story, we go to Ocala, Florida, where police found a woman doing yoga…

in the middle of the road…

with her truck still running…

and her pants around her ankles…

and a nasty little drug problem.

Michele Rene CernakPolice in Ocala, Florida, picked up Michele Rene Cernak on Wednesday afternoon after they found her doing yoga half-naked just blocks away from a middle school.

Witnesses claim that in-between stretches, she was removing articles of clothing.  By the time they got to her, she was in the middle of the street with her pants around her ankles.

Michele Rene Cernak, who is 51 and a resident of Texas, parked her gold Chevy GMC pickup truck on the side of the road, left it running and decided to do a bit of “hot” yoga.  (Okay, maybe not so hot judging from this picture.)

Hey, when you gotta stretch…

When officers searched her pickup, they found a syringe, heroin, 3 types of prescription medications, and a crack pipe.

How was she even able to drive???

Shame, shame, Ms. Cernak.

She is currently being held in the Marion County Jail on $5000 bond and is being charged with a “few” counts of possession.

Not to stretch this story even further, but…

I have to try this yoga thing out.  It must be wonderful.

 

The 2017 Porsche 960

by Kristie LeVangie

Yes, I know.  We’re still in 2014.  But automobiles, much like dogs, have their own quirky time measurements.  And while still in development, it’s our job here to keep you updated on the latest, most lavish ways to spend your cold hard cash.

…And spend you will with its likely $250,000+ price tag.  But it’s a beautiful machine perhaps worthy of the expense.

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There was a time when Porsche was the ultimate in sportscar luxury.  A moniker of success and driven by the affluent, the 911 Turbo and the GT3 were Porsche’s most popular models.  However, today Porsche has slipped into a niche brand rather than a supercar competitor.

…But Porsche is hoping the 960 will change all that.

The mid-engined 960 is being positioned between the 911 Turbo and the 918 Spyder models.  Some sources say it’s a slightly bigger and more powerful version of Porsche’s Cayman model.

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Made mostly of aluminum and composite, the 960 can be tailored for mid- or rear-engine applications, will likely house a flat-8 cylinder engine, and will generate a surplus of 650 horsepower, or in girl terms, it will go 0 to 100 km/hr in just 2.5 seconds.  With all-wheel drive and quad turbos, the Porsche 960 is looking to take on its competition, like the Audi R8, Ferrari 458 Italia and the Lamborghini Gallardo.

Porsche is coming full-force on this one with estimates suggesting 3000 to 4000 cars a year starting in February 2017 and running for about 6 years.

So the good news is…there is time to save.

Bad news is…you have to wait a bit before you can slip into the seduction.

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Something To Think About

by Kristie LeVangie

The Human BrainThe U.S. military announced this week in a July 8th news conference that it has chosen two universities to help develop brain implants to help veterans who suffer from brain injuries restore their declarative memory. The universities chosen were UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania in Philly.

The initiative, called Restoring Active Memory, or RAM, will attempt to develop wireless neuroprosthetic implants to help vets recall memories from before their injury and aid in their ability to form and retain new memories.

TBI, or traumatic brain injury, affects more than 270,000 U.S. veterans and almost 1.7 million civilians each year. There are currently very few options for the injured, but the use of implanted electrodes has shown success in treating Parkinson’s as well as other brain conditions.

According to LiveScience.com, “The UCLA team will focus on studying memory processes in the entorhinal cortex, an area of the brain known as the gateway of memory formation. Researchers will stimulate and record from neurons in patients with epilepsy who already have brain implants as part of their monitoring and treatment. The researchers will also develop computer models of how to stimulate the brain to re-establish memory function.

The University of Pennsylvania team will focus more on modeling how brain circuits work together more broadly, especially those in the brain’s frontal cortex, an area involved in the formation of long-term memories. The university is collaborating with Minneapolis-based biomedical device company Medtronic to develop a memory prosthesis system. [Flying Saucers to Mind Control: 7 Declassified Military & CIA Secrets]“

As I read the coverage, I can’t help but think we are on the verge of Gattaca or perhaps, Men in Black.

While THIS research focuses on restoring memory, if successful, I can see follow-up research to alter or even destroy memories.

Think about it.

Would you pay to forget your last relationship? How about to erase a traumatic childhood? Or a traumatic rape?

Conversely, would you pay to access certain memories that may lay dormant?

Imagine the power for a minute, and what if it fell into the wrong hands?

What if you could alter someone’s memory to take the blame for something they didn’t do? Or at the very least to provide yourself an alibi?

These scenarios are far from fruition as so much mystery still surrounds how the brain actually functions, but these are all things our grandchildren or even great-grandchildren may have to deal with.

I was shocked to learn that the RAM program is part of a broader BRAIN Initiative launched by President Obama in 2013. With $4.5 billion in backing and a 12-year plan, it’s either going to be a horrible waste of money or a monumental technological leap.

…But it’s definitely something to think about.

Learning the Ropes

by Johnny Jackhammer

More and more, I am into the “B” that fits into BDSM.

Recently, my eye has been caught by some amazing rope work.  You can see some incredibly intricate designs at fetish events, internet sites, and local gatherings.  They are masterful and can take hours to perform, especially if they involve suspensions.

INTERLUDE:  Before you grab some clothesline to wrap up your lover, be sure to put some thought to safety.  You want to get kinky and have fun, not end up in the emergency room or jail. 

A good rule of thumb is to make sure you can put that thumb under any of your bindings.  If you can’t slip two fingers under the rope work, then it’s too tight for safety.  Be particularly careful around pressure points and major arteries.  Watch the tightness around wrists, necks, ankles, and thighs.  Trust me, your bindings do not have to be pulled tight to be inescapable.  And keep safety scissors close by.

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What attracts me to rope play?  Three things:  the performance art, the power exchange, and the challenge.

The Performance Art

Rope masters are true artists.  They include multiple ropes of exotic colors.  They often incorporate suspensions and danger in their work.  And they produce amazing photographs of their results.

Shibari is perhaps the highest rope art being practiced.  Shabari translates as “to tie” from the Japanese, and it invokes a Japanese sensibility in rope bondage.  For a treat, browse the galleries of David Lawrence’s Shibari Art Photography website.

The very best rope art creates patterns and utilizes the natural curves and features of the human subject being tied.

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Power Exchange

It is hot to have somebody give herself or himself over to be tied up by you.  Be sure to discuss limits and obtain full consent.  Don’t betray their trust.  There’s trust involved in giving oneself over.  And, if you have the right partner, they allow you to take advantage of their vulnerability.  They surrender the power to you.

Don’t ever ignore the established “safe word” – everybody has the right to stop play at any time for any reason.

Do things they cannot see.  Elevate things.  Create wrist cuffs and secure them to furniture.  Take the power.

Take the power by making them harder to access.  If you will fuck them, bind their thighs together to create a struggle for entry.  My lady particularly likes that tight restraint, followed by my weight to pin her down.

Once fully tied, be sure to check in frequently.  Whisper in their ear, tease them.  But make sure that you also check in to make sure they are still enjoying themselves.

My lady, GoodWitchNorth, enjoying the afterglow of a rope scene.

My lady, GoodWitchNorth, enjoying the afterglow of a rope scene.

The Challenge

Anyone can do a quick cuff, but how do you make it appealing as well as functional?  Can you create a corset or decorative tie that restricts and binds your partner so that they can’t escape?  Rope as a craft is a challenge.  But its beauty can be found in its simplicity.  Keep ties simple when you are starting out, and you’ll be very happy.

I have a book recommendation:  Two Knotty Boys Showing You The Ropes.  It’s a nice primer of what rope to start with, how to do basic ties and knots, and ways to play safe.

One helpful point from the book is not to worry about the type of rope.  Your local hardware store has nice nylon or jute rope that is inexpensive and effective.  If you do want to add an extra special element, I recommend a nice bamboo silk rope from deGiotto Rope.  You’ll pay a premium, but the colors are vibrant and the rope is soft, yet strong.

Have fun, and take photos if you can!  We would love to see them.

Burgers-palooza

by Kristie LeVangie

It’s the 4th of July this weekend and there’s no better way to enjoy the summer season than cookouts.  With hamburgers and hot dogs topping nearly everyone’s menu, we thought fireworks shouldn’t be the only thing exploding this season.  Why not explode some tastebuds as well?

We know your guests would appreciate it.

Everyone does the standard– tomato, lettuce, onion, pickle, mayo, mustard and ketchup.  But try some of these variations on for size:

1.  Take some direction from The Blind Burro in San Diego, California.

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The meat is a mix of hamburger and chorizo.  The burger lays on a cilantro pesto mayo slathered bun with Oaxaca cheese and poblano peppers.  (WARNING: This burger packs a wallop of a flavor punch.  Adventurous souls only.)

2.  Pitmaster Jimi will enjoy my next selection as we take a pointer from the School Yard Bar and Grill in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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The secret to this burger lies in the combination of pulled achiote-seasoned duck, queso fresco, roasted corn relish and adobo sauce.  (I can visualize a slight modification involving Pitmaster Jimi’s latest BBQ recipe. Mmmmmm….)

3.  Next for inspiration, we go to the Big Gun Burger in Charleston, South Carolina, for a burger that embodies everything Southern.

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Topped with pimento cheese, a fried green tomato, chow chow, and smoky bacon, this variation is sure to have you talkin’ about how good it is in your best Southern draw.

4.  In the mood for something a bit more upscale?  Let’s go to David Burke’s Primehouse in Chicago.

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He tops his burgers with garlic spinach, crispy shallots, and bacon mayonnaise.  Considering the meat is 40 day dry-aged prime steak and the classic bun was exchanged for a toasted potato bun, this burger is sure to please even the most discerning palettes.

5.  For the last entry, we go to one of my favorite local hamburger joints, Patty Burger in West Chester, Ohio.

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For those who love to stack their burgers with a little bit of everything, the Stacked Patty features Swiss, Provolone AND Cheddar Cheese, Sauteed Onions AND Mushrooms, avocado slices, tomato, onion, Applewood bacon and their special Patty Sauce.  (You can substitute tartar sauce, Thousand Island, mayo, or aioli when making it at home.)

Here’s to hoping your Fourth is filled with fireworks both IN and OUT of the kitchen.

From all of us here at Libidacoria Magazine,

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Male Fashion: A Brogue By Any Other Name

by Kristie LeVangie

We all call them “Wingtips.”

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They are one of the markers of a successful man.

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Or a gangster…

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What was I saying???

Oh, yeah!

The shoes.

Did you know that Wingtips aren’t really Wingtips?  They are actually a type of Brogue shoe.  Brogue shoes are “a style of low-heeled shoe or boot traditionally characterized by multiple-piece, sturdy leather uppers with decorative perforations (or “broguing”) and serration along the pieces’ visible edges,” says Wikipedia.

This style of shoe has Scottish and Irish roots and was originally constructed with perforations to allow the moisture to escape when trekking through wetlands, like bogs.  What was once an outdoor shoe has transitioned today to be the height of male fashion and a moniker of success and power.

Brogues are most commonly found in one of four toe cap styles (full or “wingtip”, semi-, quarter and longwing).  Here’s a great graphic I found on the web to illustrate the different toe cap styles.

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They can have one of four closure styles, including:

Oxford - shoelace eyelets tabs that are attached under the vamp, a feature termed “closed lacing”.

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Derby - Also called the Blucher – shoelace eyelet tabs that are sewn on top of a single-piece vamp, also known as “open lacing”.

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Ghillie - thick soled shoes with no tongues and long laces

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And Monk - no lacing, closed by a buckle and strap

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We usually see these in solid colors, but sophistication and swag come into play when the vamps, or uppers, vary in color, pattern or texture.

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These look great with your favorite suits or with jeans and sweater for an ultra-sophisticated date night look.

Don’t have a pair in your closet yet?  I went to Zappos.com, my favorite guilty window shopping site, and found these for you.  From dressy to casual, they are only a few clicks away.  (Click on the picture to be taken to Zappos to purchase.)  Just think of me as your personal shopper.  ;)

Cole Haan LunarGrand Wing Tip – $228

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Steve Madden Virgo – $100

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