Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Out of the Wardrobe

Most of you are probably familiar with the song "Lola" by The Kinks. It is one of the most famous songs about femulating. But did you know that The Kinks also sung another song about femulating. Titled "Out of the Wardrobe," it was released on The Kinks 1978 album Misfits, eight years after Lola was released as a single. Here are the lyrics to "Out of the Wardrobe."
Has anybody here seen a chick called Dick
He looks real burly but, he's really hip
He's six feet tall and his arms are all brown and hairy
Well, he married Betty Lou back in '65
When you had to be butch to survive
But lately he's been looking at his wife with mixed emotions
You see, he's not a common place closet queen
He shouldn't be hidden, he should be seen
Cause when he puts on that dress
He looks like a princess
The day he came out of the wardrobe
Betty Lou got quite a surprise
She didn't know whether she should get angry or not bat an eye
She really couldn't call up her mother
Mama would positively die
Should she go or stay or should she try to get a trial separation
You see, he's not a faggot as you might suppose
He just feels restricted in conventional clothes
Cause when he puts on that dress
He feels like a princess
He's not a dandy, he's only living out a fantasy
He's not a pansy, he's only being what he wants to be
Now his life is rearranged and he's grateful for the change
He's out of the wardrobe and he's got no regrets
Betty Lou didn't know what to do at first
But she's learning how to cope at last
She's got the best of both worlds
And she's really in a state of elation
She says it helps their relationship
She says a change is as good as a rest
And their friends finally coming 'round to their way of thinking
She wears the trousers and smokes the pipe
And he washes up
She helps him wipe
Cause when he puts on that dress
He looks like a princess
He's out of the wardrobe and he's feeling alright
He's out of the wardrobe and he's feeling satisfied
Now it's farewell to the past
The secret's out at last
He's out of the wardrobe and now he's got no regrets
Out of the Wardrobe lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Source: New York & Company
Wearing New York & Company (Source: New York & Company)

Peggy Sue
Femulate reader and ham radio sister Peggy Sue

Monday, November 12, 2018

All Dressed Up, But...

Shopping this time of year, I often encounter a dress for sale that would be perfect to wear to a holiday party. And I often buy what I find with the hope that I will have the occasion to wear it.

Want to know how many sparkly dresses are hanging in my closet that I have never worn? They are to-die-for dresses and I am dying to wear them if only I get invited to a holiday party.

I did get invited to my former employer's Christmas luncheon/party last year where I did dress pretty, but now that I left the building over a year and a half ago, I doubt I will get invited back this year.

And so it goes!

Source: Boston Proper
Wearing Boston Proper (Source: Boston Proper)

My 2017 holiday luncheon outfit.
My 2017 holiday luncheon outfit.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

I Voted Tuesday

I voted on Tuesday and most of the candidates I voted for won. One exception was my local state representative who was running for the state senate. I wrote about him two weeks ago. He is an advocate of anti-LGBT and anti-women legislation.

I had high hopes that he would lose this time around because there were letters to the editor in the local newspaper decrying his legislative agenda. Never saw that before, but he handily beat the candidate who ran against him.

On the positive side, he probably won’t be able to do much damage because the opposition party won big this year and they will keep him in check.

Source: Pinterest
I love houndstooth and I love this outfit. (Source: Pinterest)

Source: Starla
Young men wait their turn to strut their stuff in a beauty pageant. (Source: Starla)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bucket List Redux

Four years ago, I created a transwoman bucket list, that is, things to do in your life as a woman. Readers suggested additions and I made some additions, too.

Heather recently emailed me the list with the items that she did do, didn't do and did not want to do, so noted. She also had a bunch of additions.

Her email motivated me to update the my list and post it here. [A checkmark (✓) indicates an item I accomplished; X indicates an item I am not interested in accomplishing.]

  • Appear in the media ✓
  • Attend a black-tie event ✓
  • Attend a cocktail party ✓
  • Attend a school reunion ✓
  • Attend a wedding ✓
  • Attend female-only/oriented events ✓
  • Check in/out of a hotel ✓
  • Come out to everyone
  • Compete in a womanless beauty pageant
  • Dance ✓
  • Dress en femme more often than not... ultimately 24/7
  • Drive a car ✓
  • Drive cross-country ✓
  • Flirt
  • Get a bra fitting without breast forms ✓
  • Get a bridegown fitting
  • Get a corset fitting ✓
  • Get a driver’s license
  • Get a girdle fitting ✓
  • Get a makeover ✓
  • Get a manicure and pedicure
  • Get a tattoo(s) X
  • Get a wig fitting ✓
  • Get breast augmentation X
  • Get castrated X
  • Get ears pierced
  • Get hormone therapy X
  • Get other piercings (other than ear piercing) X
  • Get rid of my varicose veins ✓
  • Girls' night out with genetic females ✓
  • Go on a date
  • Go out to eat ✓
  • Go to a casino ✓
  • Go to a concert
  • Go to a hair salon to get a feminine hairdo
  • Go to a movie ✓
  • Go to a public beach
  • Go to a support group meeting ✓
  • Go to a non-transgender convention ✓
  • Go to a transgender convention ✓
  • Go to church ✓
  • Go to Diva Las Vegas X
  • Go to Fantasia Fair ✓
  • Go to the mall ✓
  • Go to the polls to vote
  • Be a juror
  • Go to the theater ✓
  • Go to work ✓
  • Go to work daily, not only on Halloween
  • Grow my hair long
  • Kiss ✓
  • Live full-time for an extended period of time ✓
  • Live full-time 24/7
  • Make love
  • Make-out
  • Model in a fashion show ✓
  • Perform on stage
  • Permanent facial and body hair removal
  • Pluck my eyebrows ✓
  • Public speaking ✓
  • Shop for a dress and try it on in the store’s changing room ✓
  • Shop for groceries ✓
  • Shop for shoes ✓
  • Sing ✓
  • Speak with a convincing feminine voice
  • Take a continuing education class  
  • Take cooking classes
  • Take sewing classes
  • Travel by air
  • Travel internationally
  • Tuck ✓
  • Undergo Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) X
  • Use public transportation (taxi, bus, rail) ✓
  • Use the ladies' restroom ✓
  • Wear a bikini in public
  • Wear a bra and breastforms 24/7
  • Wear a one-piece swimsuit in public ✓
  • Wear fingernail polish in public ✓
  • Wear toenail polish in public ✓
  • Write a book about femulating ✓

Your additions are welcome.

Source: Moda Operandi
Wearing Alexis mini-dress (Source: Moda Operandi)

Simon Cruz
Simon Cuz, male womenswear model

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Brows

Under the category "Something New I Learned Today" is this short article from StyleCaster.com: The Best Eyebrow Shapes to Flatter Your Face.

I trimmed, plucked and shaped my eyebrows years ago without any consideration as to the best eyebrow shape for my face (who knew?). Lucky girl that I am (not), my trimming, plucking and shaping matched what the StyleCaster article recommended for my oval face, so I am good to go.

By the way, early on I hesitated doing much with my brows fearing that civilians might wonder what was that big guy doing with girly eyebrows. I cleaned up the strays, but not much else and nobody noticed. Emboldened, I began plucking and shaping my brows and still nobody noticed.

One day, I realized that the eyeglasses I wore in boy mode hid what was going on. So even more emboldened, I completely feminized my eyebrows and have maintained girly brows ever since. And no one ever noticed or at least, no one ever mentioned it. On the other hand, my hairdresser trims strays without asking, so somebody did notice.

Source: New York & Company
Wearing New York & Company (Source: New York & Company)

This is Mindy's favorite Halloween photo. It represents a remembrance of her Mom, Dorothy. Mindy wrote, "It was personally so much fun for me getting my makeup done at MAC. You are an inspiration to me and others. Thanks for the courage."

Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday Meanderings

Shoe Horse Dept.

Some may call me a "clothes horse" and I won't deny it, but when it comes to shoes, I plead guilty to being a "shoe horse." I stopped counting, but I own well over a hundred pairs of women's shoes. On the other hand (or should I say "other foot"), I own about a half-dozen pairs of men's shoes.

Anyway, I absolutely fell in love with this pair of pumps that I saw in the daily email ad from Nine West. And it comes in my size! And with the online discount, I can save 30% off the list price. But I need another pair of shoes like I need another hole in my head and I am trying to resist buying them.

Be strong, Stana, be strong.

Promises Made, Promises Broken Dept.

In last Wednesday's post, I promised to catch up with answering my mail. Stuff kept happening and I broke my promise, but I hope to catch up before this post appears. 

Tooting My Own Horn Dept.

Actually, Joey tooted about me and the blog yesterday and I am just passing it along to you in case you missed it. (Thank you for the kind words, Joey!)

Vote Early and Often Dept.

Voting en femme is on my bucket list. Can't do tomorrow, but someday...

Anyway, be sure to vote tomorrow!

Source: Ann Taylor
Wearing Ann Taylor (Source: Ann Taylor)

Tina, not out but dressed for Halloween 2017
(Send me a photo of your all-time favorite Halloween femulation and I will post it here, too.)

Friday, November 2, 2018

Halloween Redux

I subscribe to GoComics, which sends me a daily email of comic strips that I like to read. Some are current (Dick Tracy) and some are vintage (Nancy).

One strip I read is The Meaning of Lila, which isn't exactly vintage, but isn't current either – it ran for nine years (2003-2012). For the past few days, the strip had a Halloween theme with Lila and her friend Boyd attending a Halloween party. Here is the strip I received on Friday:

I thought it was interesting in that Friday's strip addressed the issue of girls like us dressing as convincing women on Halloween and as a result, bringing up the question of our sexuality among the civilians.

It certainly has happened to me.

I recall attending a Halloween party at law school en femme. A classmate also attended en femme. His costume was a joke (big party balloon breasts, fright wig, no makeup, etc.), whereas my costume was up to my usual standards of trying to be as convincing as possible.

The partygoers reacted accordingly. Whereas they joked and made rude comments about my classmate's costume, the same people reacted differently to my costume. Most people did not say anything; they just stared at me, seemed to be in awe and were speechless.

One friend did say that he did not realize how feminine my male speech and mannerisms were until I dressed as a woman and now my appearance matched my personality!

Also, I had to fight off the advances of one of the band members who wanted to have his way with me. Not sure if he was a transvestite chaser or he thought I was a cisgender woman, but either way, it was my first encounter with a male admirer and it sure made me think about my sexuality.

Source: Moda Operandi
Wearing Alexis strapless linen romper (Source: Moda Operandi)

Rachel shopping for that perfect Halloween costume.
(Send me a photo of your all-time favorite Halloween femulation and I will post it here, too.)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Trick or Treat

We usually don't get many Halloween trick or treaters. We live in the woods on a dead end off another dead end, the walk from the street to the house is long and the kids in the neighborhood have grown too old to trick or treat. Halloween 2016, we had four kids, 2017, we had none.

Yesterday, I thought we were going to have a shut out two years in a row — 7:30 PM and no kids and then the doorbell rang. I answered the door and found two girls dressed as cheerleaders. I guessed that they were middle-school age — on the cusp of bring too old to trick or treat. They were both very pretty, but when in unison they said, "Trick or treat" I realized that the pretty girls were actually boys!

Great femulations!

Source: Boston Proper
Wearing Boston Proper (Source: Boston Proper)

Betty belly-dancing for Halloween.