guinevere

Feb 142016
 

I have always been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. It is strange I hate chocolate (yes I know that is weird lol ) and I am not big on flowers. I tell Sir every year that I do not need a showy act of love in the middle of February. I feel his love for me every day. The thing I really love about it is that Valentine’s Day is one to celebrate love in many different ways. Most of us know that Valentine’s Day is a mash up between both Christian and ancient Roman traditions. Now I am all for a good fertility festival, and a cool priest who gives it to the Emperor by marring people who have been outlawed to do so. This year however I found about a cool new version of this holiday.

In Japan there’ll be millions of men hoping to receive chocolate from girlfriends, wives, daughters, and the other women in their lives. Yep just the men you read that correctly. Valentine’s Day has a really neat twist there, women are expected to give chocolates to each of the men in her life, even the ones she doesn’t care for. There are two types of chocolates that girls give. First is Giri-Choco which roughly translates to obligation or duty chocolate. It is given to bosses, teachers, colleagues, and male friends. There is no romance with Giri-choco.

Next you have Honmei-choco, Honmei means favorite or best candidate. This is given to boyfriends, lovers, and husbands. It is considered to be true love chocolate. In Japanese culture effort is greatly valued. Many women in Japan prepare the Honmei-choco from scratch as too many it is not thought of as an act of true love to just buy them. Others will spend in the several hundred yen range on store bought Honmei-choco.

Pretty cool tradition and some fun trivia knowledge, hope you enjoy!

~おめでとう
omedetou (Happy) Valentine’s Day!

Jan 062015
 

Join us tonight for the NLA General Meeting!

Jeffrey Payne will be sharing his Leather Wisdom with us on the Mr & Mrs. Texas Leather Contest.

Then after the brief meeting Master Jim will be teaching Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About a Master/slave Relationship But Were Afraid to Ask!

Guests and Visitors are always welcome!

Dec 242014
 

Meet Briar 


1. What first brought you to NLA?
Current members who approached me, as I had been seeking someplace to fit in where it didn’t feel as though I was consistently having to watch my back and justify myself.

 

2. What is it about NLA that makes it feel like home to you?
After attending meetings on and off for about a year, it was natural to commit to an organization which not only embraces growth yet continues to be involved as a whole. I have personally experienced on many occasions someone stepping in to ensure my safety and well being were protected.

 

3. If pressed, I’d identify myself as…
A leather woman growing on her leather journey.

 

4. Define what “Leather” is to you?
Leather in my world is a way of life, it is living with honor, respect, truth, humility, grace and having a servant heart – where actions speak louder than words.  Respecting those that have paved the path before me.  It is discipline and structure.  It is my chosen family.

 

5. What are your top 3 Leather/kink passions?
Bootblacking
Volunteering
Being a part of the bigger picture and health of the community as a whole

 

6. What are your top 3 Vanilla passions?
My biological family
Naps
Sons Of Anarchy

 

7. What was your first experience with Leather?
…openly…the Pride Parade 4 years ago.  I was fortunate to help with the NLA float and ride it during the parade, it was definitely a good experience.

 

8. What is your most memorable Leather moment?
At a WILL event, Spending more than half my time hanging at the Bootblack chairs.  This is the weekend I finally decided that I wanted to Bootblack in public.  I had been doing it in my homes for the last 25 years however that weekend was monumental for me.

 

9. What do you feel NLA is doing well?
NLA perspectives has been such a value add, I strive to make all the presentations as I have learned a lot from each one.  Being part of the BV committee, I have to say has been an eye opener.  The amount of work associated with this group is phenomenal. I am in awe of the amount of behind the scenes work is done with NLA.

 

10. What changes would you like to see in NLA?
It would be nice to see a lot less ranting and perhaps more productive conversations.  I get it that families will have disagreements, yet heated arguments during business meetings are unsettling.  I have been present during two of these this year alone.  Keeping in mind that we would encourage membership and not chase newcomers away with sessions such as these.

 

It would also be nice to know if a quorum has been met before the meeting begins, should there be any voting during the business meeting, it would be more productive to know this in advance of voting.
Dec 092014
 
Date & Time:in 28 days Tuesday, January 06, 2015 · 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  
Location:
Resource Center

2701 Reagan St, Dallas, Texas 75219   @ map

Cost: Free to all
Dress code: Come as you are!
Description:

Come Join us for the NLA Dallas General Meeting.

Jeffrey Payne will be sharing his Leather Wisdom with us on the Mr & Mrs. Texas Leather Contest.

After the brief business meeting Master Jim will be presenting Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About a Master/slave Relationship But Were Afraid to Ask!

Guests and Visitors are always welcome!

https://fetlife.com/events/303339

https://www.facebook.com/events/672381506214463/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&sid_reminder=2292948207426076672

Dec 092014
 

Date & Time: Saturday, December 13, 2014 · 9:00 PM

Location: The Dallas Eagle 5740 Maple Ave, Dallas, Texas 75235

Cost:Depends on what you are drinking : )

Dress code: Come as you are!

Description: Come Join NLA for an awesome night at our home bar, the Dallas Eagle. The fun starts at 9. Guests and visitors are always welcome! This is a great time to socialize, and ask questions.

https://fetlife.com/events/303342

https://www.facebook.com/events/1570116516559008/?sid_reminder=2292948207426076672

Dec 032013
 

Members please remember that tonight will be the vote for the open position of Male Co~Chair. The meeting start promptly at 7pm, and is held at the John Thomas Resource center in Dallas.

After the NLA D meeting where there will be pictures taken with our Sexy Leather Santa (Major), his elf (beau), & Mrs. Claus (Lex Divinia)! Pictures will be emailed to you and will be free of charge, courtesy of Oblivion Images!

We will also have the hot International Puppy Trainer Titleholders, Daddy Rose and pup Rylee as well as the wonderful pup Maximus join us for a Leather Wisdom piece explaining What is Puppy Play and what does it have to do with Leather?

Gonna be an awesome night! Come on out!

Sep 242013
 
Beyond Vanilla is just days away! The excitement is building, the toy bags are getting packed, and the boots are getting blacked. This is an event that many of us look forward to all year long. There are classes galore, amazing contests, old and new faces, and fun for all.
For many people in our community BV is their first encounter with NLA. This event is a a great time to highlight our strengths as a club and engage possible new members. This is a wonderful time for all of us to reach out to people interested in the Club, and what we do. It is also the time for all of us to go above and beyond to make non members feel welcomed.
At this event i feel we should go above and beyond to show an outpour of NLA Dallas hospitality. It is a time to introduce ourselves to new faces, as much as It is a time to encourage people we do not normally see at the meeting to stop by and check it out. For years BV has been NLA’s most visual outreach tool to the greater whole of the Dallas Kink Community, lets not waste this valuable opportunity!
Remember a heartfelt personal invitation is often times what gets people to make their first visit to, or their second chance visit to a group. Remember how it felt to be new and that the 1 – 3 minuets you spend talking to a stranger could make all the difference in the world to them. Our mission statement includes not just promoting education but a support network for all members of the Leather/BDSM/Fetish community.    
I challenge each member to make at least 3 personal invitations to 3 different people to come to an NLA meeting, and to BE an ambassadors for your club all weekend long!