So much cooler today!

At last this heatwave has broken. It developed into an intense burning heat yesterday afternoon which in turn became heavy thunderstorms.

From a rather horrible 30°C on Thursday we ended Friday with a very pleasant 18°C.

Today I actually felt like wearing leather, and sure enough I did.

I did try latex, which felt great after so long not wearing it, but it was still a little too warm to remain in it.

If you’re a latex wearer, what do you mix in with it?

Don’t sit on your desk!

All through my school life I was told this.

All through my school life I tried to obey the rules set down by the adults.

Now I’m the adult. I’m the boss. If I want to turn up to work dressed in latex and sit on my desk I will!

Leather to a wedding?

I was asked a few days ago if, should the right time and place arise, would I wear leather to a wedding?

Well I can tell you, it’s arisen thrice already! Well twice… The third involved latex!

Both events were in 2009, the first I wore leather jeans with a leather jacket…

Adam, a friend, was fascinated…

The second was a wedding up in the Northeast. This time it was rather nice pleated front leather trousers and a waistcoat… No jacket though.

I also had my sunset coloured Mohican at the time. Nobody messes with you when you’re over 6′ and have a Mohican!

The third event was in 2015… This the the latex jeans came out. Andy thought they were… Strange. But then I’m strange, so nothing new there.

So in answer to the question, of course I’d wear leather to a wedding… Or latex.

Perhaps next time I wear leather to a wedding I’ll go for a three piece… Hmm…

What’s it like to wear latex?

Since I’ve posted a couple of latex images on my public Instagram I’ve been asked about what it’s like to wear latex.

Latex is a true material of contrasts. When you first order latex clothes and tear open the envelope you notice two things.

1. They’re heavier than you think

2. They’re not shiny.

Unless you artificially shine latex up it’s very dull and quite powdery.

A little effort though and it shines like you wouldn’t believe.

Personally my favoured method is to use a product called Vivishine to give it that initial all over shine, but then to maintain the shine through the night you will need the occasional spray top up so I use a silicon oil based spray in a small bottle.

As for wearing, well the first thing to note is that it’s cold and quite clammy to wear. Depending on how shiny you have it, it can also be slimy to the touch, but it is very smooth and extremely touchable.

Anotherthing you notice is you need a bag or locker to carry/store your phone, keys and wallet. Pockets on latex are usable, but decorative art best. Anything you put in them ends up all oily which means if you take photos with your phone during the night it’s important to make sure you have a way to clean your lens.It’s also very important to remember that if you catch latex on anything sharp it will rip very badly, although it is repairable (not quite so if it’s chlorinated).

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I often wear latex jeans with an Oxford shirt because that way you gain a single pocket. It’s handy especially where your phone has a six and a half inch screens for shoes/boots; I often wear patent leather shoes for a similar shine, although the shirt above matches my new rocks in colour perfectly. If wearing new rocks with latex though, remember to always put sellotape over the buckles that are up inside the jeans. If they catch from the inside they will put small holes in the rubber.

Two new suits!

As you probably know if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (@nomenloony on both) I’ve been on a bit of a weight loss kick.

Since September last year I’ve lost 25kg in weight, starting at a rather hefty 113kg with a 50″ chest and 42″ waist, and looking like this:

To a rather svelte 38″ waist, with this general appearance…

There have been no miracle diets. No stupid low carb roles, no starvation. Just a massive cut down on the amount of fat I’m eating, and a little reduction in sugars. I’m not watching my weight as such; I’m just not being a dick.

The problem I’ve now had however, is my stage suits – of which I own rather a lot! I’ve had to buy new ones. The grey/blue one above being a very cheap but very nice intermediate suit from Matalan.

Last week then, I headed out to Meadowhall to get a new suit to add to the one above.

The problem, of course, with Meadowhall is the glitz and the glam of the place get you, and then you become spend blind. Indeed, by the time i had done I had the two beautiful suits below and £270 less in the bank. Even with a big sale on! The darker suit was 50% off (but the material is absolutely gorgeous!).

20180518_155427-017794302755889459113.jpegAlong with the new latex outfit I also bought a few weeks ago which are much smaller, I’ve now made a big commitment to not being fat again. I don’t think I can afford to! Suits and latex are very pricey.

I’m now a 36 to 38 waist (36 if the trousers are a regular fit, 38 if they are slim fit) and I’m getting quite comfortable with my size now. I think I’ll probably try and get down to 80kg and stay around there.