Monday, August 21, 2023

Stuff 6

By J.J. Atwell

Yet Again

There seems to be no end to stuff. This is the sixth installment and I’m grateful to Stana and especially those that follow her blog, for the positive feedback that I’ve received for my contributions here.  

Taking Pictures

How many of us take pictures of ourselves when presenting as female? I’d guess just about all of us do that. Just like it is hard to pass by a mirror without looking when dressed, I think we all want pictures so we can remember the occasion.  

Pictures also help us in improving our feminine presentation. We can study the pictures and see things that are a bit “off” and then work on ways to compensate. I like to keep my pictures in a special folder that I can use to look back on. Having this collection also helps me decide about what outfit to wear for different outings.  

Along that same line, I also have laid out my clothes and taken a picture of all the tops, skirts, pants/jeans, dresses and shoes. Essentially a picture inventory of my stuff. That way I can think about various outfits and how they might look together without actually having to go to the closet and pull them out.  

I’m sure that most of us take selfies. It’s always difficult to do. You can just do a regular selfie holding the phone out and pointing the camera at you. Or you might try to take a picture in a convenient mirror that way. I usually have to try several times to get it right. But the best thing I’ve found is to get a mini-tripod (AKA Gorilla Pod) and a remote Bluetooth shutter release. I can set my phone up on something convenient and pose for the picture. Once I’m ready, a click on the remote is all it takes.  

A word about backgrounds. Well, actually several words. One is you want to be the focus of the picture. Having a plain background is the easiest way to do that. If you can’t then try to put some distance between you and the background. Another consideration is to avoid having things in the background that would identify you if you’re still in the closet. Perhaps avoid having your picture taken next to your car or things like that.  

Where do I keep these pictures? I keep them in a separate hidden folder on my computer. It’s my own personal computer and it would be very unusual for anybody else to access it. Even if they did, they wouldn’t be able to access the hidden folder. Be sure you take precautions if you are concerned about pictures of your girl self being found. That could lead to a lot of other stuff. 

I’ll be back

As before, comments are welcome either here on the blog or by email to Jenn6nov at sign gmail dot com. JJ is always looking for more stuff!

Source: New York & Company
Wearing New York & Company

Before and After: Rhonda of Rhonda’s Escape fame, circa 1983


  1. Oh Rhonda you look so good what a contrast. Between the male and the female. Oh and I remember those styles I came out of the military where women dress in the same uniform we did. The started work in a large corp where all the women dressed like this. It blew my mind. I could write a whole article about that--- Paula G

    1. Hi Paula - I too worked in a professional environment with mostly women. I authored and sold a PC-based personnel system. The HR departments I worked with were many times female-led and professional. The professional female look was my touchstone and envy.

    2. I miss those days when women dressed like women. No wonder I enjoy dressing up in pantyhose, skirts, handbags, power suits and high heels. Today this has become a style of workout wear, camel toe, thongs and flip flops. No wonder the drag queen look is becoming the new femininity with over the top shock looks and not understated glamour. Thanks to us crossdressers for keeping femininity alive! Brenda

  2. I love all of Rhonda's 1980's outfits and looks. I tell her that all the time on her blog. What a wonderful decade for style!

  3. Good article - "Please remember to enjoy the journey". So true.