Silky

petite, bohemian, feminine goth lady, femme fatale, and sexy trollop of wild abandon...
prostitute of the streets, kept woman, whore...I am all of these...with total abandon

'in truth…she is a salamander, she is a nymph…she is a bacchante of the menelean mount.'

My Desires:

all of France, especially Paris
Italian men
sultry dark eyes
the seductive feel of black velvet and black silk
black garters and black silk stockings
esoterica
the occult
blood vampirism
erotica
the night

Venus

Venus

Friday, January 29, 2010

Vintage Courtesan

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"Sexual pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken." (Simone de Beauvoir)


Friday is sacred to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty...The beauty of woman's sexuality was depicted exquisitely in vintage images from times gone by...

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Cleopatra


Luxuriating in beauty treatments is essential to the courtesan; she knows this is a wonderful way to celebrate her sensuality.

Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, was known for her beautiful complexion. One of ancient Egypt's most effective skin treatments is still in use today: milk and honey.


Cleopatra's Milk And Honey Bath

1.) 2 cups of milk
2.) 2 tbls honey
3.) rosewater

Pour milk, honey, and rosewater into a warm bath before stepping into the water. Soak for at least 20 minutes. The honey will soften and the milk will exfoliate your skin.

Cleopatra's Milk And Honey Cleanser

1.) Half cup honey
2.) Half cup plain yogurt
3.) 3 teaspoons rosewater

After mixing, apply a small amount to the face and neck and massage gently.

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The eyes are the most captivating feature, and a courtesan knows this well. In ancient Egypt, kohl was used to accentuate the eyes. Kohl is powdered antimony, a brittle metallic elementary body of bright bluish-white colour and flaky crystalline texture. Artemis Imports, a belly dance mail-order supply house, sells both light and darker grades of kohl of fine quality: http://www.artemisimports.com/

To apply kohl you need:
1) a small stick or large toothpick which has both ends rounded off. Place this in olive oil overnight so that it soaks into the wood. You may also use the olive oil to clean your stick after use.
2) a packet of kohl powder.

Hold stick in right hand to apply to right eye. Dip tip of stick into kohl powder. Hold stick parallel to eye, and starting at the inner point of the eye, run it between the eyelids. Re-powder stick, hold in left hand and repeat on left eye.

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The secret to being a courtesan? Always pamper yourself: you deserve it.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Orleans: Courtesans In The Big Easy

A few years ago, I purchased "Storyville Portraits", a fascinating book containing the pictures of New Orleans prostitutes taken by photographer E.J. Bellocq circa 1912. Between 1897 and 1917, New Orleans had numerous legalized brothels, ranging from elegant establishments to seedy rooms known as "cribs", within Storyville, the city's red light district.

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Some of the prostitutes who posed for Bellocq were dressed in formal evening attire, some were naked, some were clad in their undergarments. He had developed a comfortable rapport with these ladies and allowed them to pose any way they wished.

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Bellocq's beautiful and haunting photos provided the inspiration for Louis Malle's 1978 film "Pretty Baby".

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While a few of the photos might be considered a bit risqué by some, they are not exploitative, and in fact, depict a loving and even somewhat poignant view of ladies of the evening in a more innocent and gracious era.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Veronica Franco - Courtesan of Venice

"So sweet and delicious do I become,
when I am in bed with a man
who, I sense, loves and enjoys me,
that the pleasure I bring excels all delight,
so the knot of love, however tight
it seemed before, is tied tighter still."
— Veronica Franco (Poems and Selected Letters)

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It is always inspiring to read about other courtesans. One of the most famous courtesans was Veronica Franco, who was born in Venice in 1546 and learned the art of being a courtesan from her mother, Paola Fracassa. Venice has always been a city of great culture and refinement, and Veronica Franco fit right in; in addition to being a courtesan, she was also a poet and musician and was also knowledgeable in Greek. These attributes served as her entrée into the ranks of the Venice nobility.

To be a courtesan of refinement and elegance will serve a woman well in her quest to engage in fulfilling relationships with men, since this enhances the passion generated by the deeply sexual and erotic nature of male-female intimacy.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

The Art Of Being A Courtesan

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Courtesan: the word conjures up images both exotic and erotic. And this is definitely the case. While "sacred prostitution" is a myth (in ancient times, there were no places of worship devoted to prostitution, despite claims made by some in the New Age movement), it is entirely possible for a woman to connect - or perhaps reconnect - with the erotic aspect of womanhood vis-a-vis her relationships with men. It is a way to bring joy and beauty into the male-female relationship. It is entirely appropriate to begin this blog on a Friday, since this is the day devoted to Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

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"So sweet and delicious do I become,
when I am in bed with a man
who, I sense, loves and enjoys me,
that the pleasure I bring excels all delight,
so the knot of love, however tight
it seemed before, is tied tighter still."
— Veronica Franco (Poems and Selected Letters)

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