Whilst cross-dressing is my obsession, there are many other things I like besides. One has always been the feeling of being bound tightly. Unfortunately, this is something I have largely had to pursue solo, and my rope skills are not up to much. Just as lockdown began I had found some local Shibari classes I was going to attend. Alas that will have to wait…
Meanwhile, here are some of my favourite images of self-imposed rope work.
One of the best things about becoming single again in late 2017 was the opportunities it gave me to meet new people. And what was the best way to meet new people – well turned out to be Twitter!
It was comforting (and still is) to be able to talk to people freely, without fear of being judged or condemned. I have made some wonderful new friends through Twitter, and I have been lucky enough to meet a few over the last two years or so. Some of them are even still speaking to me after meeting me, lol.
There is one particular meet up that has become almost legendary (in my little bit of Twitter anyway): #ThatLondon.
Back in 2018, I was enticed in to trying chastity.
I have always like the feeling of being restrained, held tightly, and when a friend sent me a chastity cage in the post, it seemed like something I should try.
I started with an adjustable plastic cage with a small padlock. I tried it for a few hours here and there. Then took the plunge and committed to a longer-term and wore it for a week. I had to check in with my “keyholder” daily to ensure no cheating.
Being plastic, eventually the retaining ring snapped in two, and the cage was useless.
There seems to be a lot of talk about selfies and photography today.
Photography has been part of my life for so long. The thrill of picking up your 24 prints from Boots is hard to beat. Though of course this could also be matched by the sense of embarrassment knowing what some of the photos might be of. Hoping against hope they had not been viewed too closely by the photolab staff…
Today, the thrill of seeing your shots is instantaneous, but there is no blushing in Boots.
My one regret is that I never had a model as willing as myself. In part this explains Alice: I love taking pictures of models in sexy underwear and with no-one else to wear it, I wear it myself.
Selfies have been a constant thing throughout my journey as Alice. I started posting pictures to Flickr back in 2012 and have documented virtually every occasion I have had the opportunity to dress up.
These days of course, that means virtually daily. I still post everything I take to Flickr, including some of the less flattering shots. There are now around 20,000 shots of Alice in various states of undress.
Since posting more frequently to Twitter, my style has probably altered slightly: I now take more “tasteful” shots which are acceptable for my timeline. This I think has helped me in my photography as I have to be more creative and the results are more pleasing.
Having access to a much expanded wardrobe and being able to shave my legs has also helped with the appeal of my shots too without doubt.
During lockdown, of course, the opportunities to take pictures have multiplied and I have been doing just that. I started #DressoftheDay in March not knowing how long it might last, but, finally, I am beginning to run out of new outfits to show off.
February 2018. So, at last, freedom! All alone in my new home! Suddenly, for the first time in 18 years I was master (mistress?) of my domain! It was time for Alice to set off on a journey of discovery.
Practically everyday was an Alice day. My wardrobe expanded exponentially.
I have been working from home since the 5th of March, which seems like a lifetime ago. For the first couple of weeks, I was still able to go out and meet people, but living alone, it was still quite an isolating experience.
However, those early weeks allowed me to ease gently into lockdown, I suppose, and when the lockdown began I was already fairly used to my new routine and the lack of personal contact.
Usually, Alice is a fairly part-time hobby: I never present as Alice in public, and certainly not at work! Working from home was an opportunity.
On that first day, I put on my best office-type outfit