Wednesday, December 12, 2018

FYI: Links

Source: Wikipedia
It has come to my attention that some readers are not getting the full benefit of this blog. In particular, the links in the Femulate Her and Femulator slots below.

Femulate Her links typically go to the website of the seller of the item(s) worn by the Femulate Her model. Occasionally, the links go to the webpage of the actual item the model is wearing.

If the Femulator is an individual, there may be a link to Wikipedia or another website that describes the individual. If the Femulator image is from a film or television show, there may be a link to a video (typically on YouTube) that shows the femulation.

For example, today's Femulate Her goes to the Veronica Beard website. And today's Femulator link goes to YouTube where you can view the entire film, This Is the Army.

What alerted me to this issue was a comment from a reader who said she had never seen a femulation from television's Your Face Sounds Familiar and wondered if the performers lip-synched. This surprised me because whenever Your Face Sound Familiar is in the Femulator slot, I usually include a link to a video of that television show's femulation. By the way, the Your Face Sounds Familiar performers do not lip-synch.

And while on the subject of links, if you click on any link in this blog that takes you to Amazon and you make any purchase during that Amazon visit, your purchase helps to support this blog. So thank-you for your support.

Source: Veronica Beard
Wearing Veronica Beard (Source: Veronica Beard) (I love this skirt suit!)

This Is the Army
Alan Manson femulating in the 1943 film This Is the Army.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Triumph or Downfall

Wearing high heels can lead to a girl’s triumph or downfall. Over the years, I have experienced both.

High heels make your legs look shapely and are so darn sexy. That is why I have a closet full. The problem is that you can never tell whether a pair will be your friend or foe in the long run. Will your feet be happy in heels all day long or will they be screaming in pain after an hour or two?

The height of the heel is not a reliable indicator. Some of my most comfortable shoes are four-inch skyscrapers, whereas I own flats that I wore once and will never wear again because they were so uncomfortable.

I often use inserts in my heels to alleviate any problems. Insolia and Dr. Scholl's are the brands I have used successfully. Then again, I own many comfortable heels that don’t need inserts (like Janine and Karmen from Payless and Predictions).

Speaking of heels...

Remember the gunmetal mesh dress I wanted to purchase to wear to my former company’s Christmas party. I ordered the dress from Dress Barn in the largest size they offered (Misses 14), but it was too small, so I returned it. After searching the Internet, I found the exact same dress in size 16 at Rue Lala. I ordered it and USPS delivered it today. And the good news is that it fits me like a glove! Yay!

What’s that got to do with heels?

You may also recall that I was considering two pairs of heels to wear with the dress. The majority of you who commented preferred the metallic platform pumps, but Tanit commented that I might consider pairing the dress with heels in a color that pops.

Now I am thinking the same thing.

Wearing Madison
Wearing Madison

Charles Demetri
Charles Demetri

Monday, December 10, 2018

Films to Femulate By: The Thomas Crown Affair

Friday evening, TCM showed The Thomas Crown Affair starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.   According to IMDB, McQueen plays a debonair, adventuresome bank executive, who believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with an insurance investigator, played by Dunaway, who will do anything to get her man.

This 1968 film has a lot going for it: interesting plot, good dialog, excellent cast, cool use of split screens and it was filmed in Boston, my old stomping grounds (it is nice to see scenes of Boston as they were when I was stomping around up there). But for me, the best thing about the film was Faye Dunaway.

Dunaway is not my favorite actress, not by a longshot, but as a budding femulator, I wanted to wear the outfits that Dunaway wore in that film. Her Vicki Anderson was just my style. So much so that I did something that I had not done since I took scissors to my Katy Keene comic books years earlier — I cut out photos of Dunaway in those outfits and hid them in the pages of a Red Sox yearbook for future inspiration.

I never achieved a drop dead lookalike femulation of Dunaway's Vicki Anderson, but I had a lot of fun trying and learned a lot in the process.

Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair

Not quite Faye
Not quite Faye

Friday, December 7, 2018

Gift Selfies

I, as Stana, do not receive any Christmas gifts, so I have to take matters into my own hands and self-gift. And this year, I might have gone a little overboard!

I purchased a new dress, skirt, blazer, necklace, bra, Spanx, heels, flats and wig. Still waiting on delivery of the new dress and wig. I'm sure the wig will be ok, but I am not so sure about the dress. It is very nice and you folks selected it as the best outfit I put together for the holidays, but the fit is still a question mark.

The dress is supposed to be delivered on the 12th, one week before my company's Christmas party. If it fits, then I am all set. If it is too small, it goes back for a refund and I will have to go to Plan B.

Wearing Gabor wig (Source:

Janek Traczyk
Janek Traczyk femulates Anna Wyszkoni on Poland's version of Your Face Sounds Familiar

Thursday, December 6, 2018

For the Holidays

Here are three outfits I am putting together for the holidays. What do you think?

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

Asifa Lahore
British femulator Asifa Lahore

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Putty in My Hands

My body is like putty. With my large collection of shapewear, I am able to mold my "baby fat" into a reasonable facsimile of a feminine figure.

When I was more weighty, I had a pretty good handle on what shapewear to use to rearrange the furniture, but now that I am quickly approaching my goal weight, what worked before no longer works as well when I was a full-figured gal. Twenty-five pounds makes a big difference, so I have been experimenting with different combinations of bras, girdles, corsets, waist cinchers, Spanx, etc. to create a female figure out of my less voluptuous bod.

I don't want to lose much more weight because then I will have too little fat to mold. I will probably settle with losing two or three more pounds and then maintain my weight.

By the way, it has been interesting how my body lost weight. It seems that most of my weight loss was in the trunk of my body, so now I look leaner and my wife has taken to calling me "skinny." On the other hand, the size of my breasts has not changed and my girls still fill a B or C cup depending on the style and/or brand of bra that I wear. But with the weight loss of my torso, I can feel my girls bounce...  something that wasn't there when my torso was fuller. (And I love it!)

Source: Unique Vintage
Wearing Unique Vintage (Source: Unique Vintage)

The always classy and beautiful Rhonda of Rhonda's Escape fame.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Sizing Me Up

One week ago, I mentioned here that "I fell in love with this Dress Barn outfit and had to buy it when I discovered it was on sale (40% off) on Cyber Monday."

It arrived on Saturday and I immediately tried it on to see how it looked and fit.

The dress looked absolutely gorgeous and fit perfectly from the bust down, but it was too small from the bust up; there was no way I could zip it closed.

Usually, I go to the local Dress Barn store to try on potential purchases, but this dress was an "online exclusive" and not available in brick and mortar stores, so I had to order online size unseen.

I bought it in size 14, which normally is a good fit for me with Dress Barn clothing, but in this case, I needed a size 16. Problem is that 14 is the largest size available, so I packed up the dress and shipped it back to Dress Barn for a refund.

Interestingly, the dress did not have a Dress Barn label. Instead, it had a Julia Jordan label. After a little googling, I found the exact same dress in size 16 on sale for $59.99 at Rue Lala.

Do I take a chance and order online, size unseen again?

I hemmed and hawed for about 15 minutes and then decided to go for it. My fingers will be crossed until it arrives and I can try it on!

By the way, the dress in the video above is the dress I ordered except the color of mine is gunmetal and not navy blue.

Source: Pinterest
I recently found this lovely skirt suit on Pinterest and had to share it with you. 

Candy Darling
Famous femulator Candy Darling accompanying her mentor Andy Warhol 

Monday, December 3, 2018

Good News

I want to thank you all again for your condolences regarding my dog's death.

It has been a very bumpy road the past two weeks, so it was great to finally receive some good news. Mid-morning Friday, out of the blue, I received an e-mail from the administrator of the CEO at my former employer inviting me to the company's annual Christmas luncheon.

Last year, I was invited to the luncheon after my mid-year retirement and I attended en femme leaving no doubt in my former co-workers' minds that I was trans. (Where did they get that idea? Maybe going to work en femme five Halloweens in a row had something to do with it.)

It was anticlimactic last year. It was as if I showed up in boy mode. Except for one female co-worker, who said she loved my skirt, no one mentioned my feminine outfit or the fact that I was presenting as a woman. Everyone called me "Stan" and socialized with me as they always had in the past.

I expect the same when I attend later this month and I am looking forward to seeing my old friends again.

Source: Bebe
Wearing Bebe (Source: Bebe)

Norman Wisdom
Norman Wisdom femulates in the 1963 British film A Stitch in Time.

Sunday, December 2, 2018