Friday, December 1, 2023

Hallmark Styling

By Paula Gaikowski

I just can’t watch the news anymore with the constant stream of war and political distress. Considering that, it’s not surprising to me how my wife's recent choice of watching Hallmark Christmas movies has become a comfort. While I'll admit they may appear hokey and predictable, there is an undeniable charm to them that pulls me in. Their simplicity and predictability that is often criticized, offer a sense of peace. 

Amid the chaos of the world, these movies transport us to a holiday setting, a small town where all problems find resolution and the spirit of Christmas prevails. The crafted settings and characters make these movies not just enjoyable, but an escape from the overwhelming headlines that dominate our lives.

As a transgender woman, they also have a certain appeal to me. The protagonist is not only someone relatable, but also a person whom I might aspire to be like — an attractive and accomplished businesswoman. She returns to her hometown, no longer the ugly duckling of youth, but a triumphant figure of success. She carries herself with poise, dressed in elegant, well-tailored outfits that effortlessly complement her figure. Her fashion choices, whether it be a power suit or a chic dress, show a keen sense of style that commands attention. Her radiant and well-groomed appearance, from her meticulously manicured nails to her polished hair, adds to her overall charm. It is not just her physical beauty, but also her intelligence, professionalism and the impression of capability she projects.

Although she has lost the meaning of Christmas, she now has some type of special gift or skill that will save the town’s festival or solve some other impending disaster. In a word, she has undergone a remarkable transition, a metamorphosis that doesn’t fail to captivate and inspire. Once disregarded and underestimated by her peers, she is now accepted as the accomplished and beautiful woman that she has become. Now, tell me, Femulate readers, how can this not resonate with us?

The movies atmosphere is infused with a palpable aura of femininity, from the snug and inviting sweaters, stylish business clothes and the most cute and cozy pajamas that the ladies elegantly lounge in while sipping cocoa. There is always a Christmas dance or special dinner, where every woman wears the most exquisite and stylish gowns or dresses. 

The end of these movies always features that classic, heartwarming kiss — you know, the one that is everyone’s not-so-secret guilty pleasure. I mean, come on, Femulators! You're all dolled up in your most glamorous gown, rocking those fabulous shoes, nails, hair, your best lingerie and makeup on point. It is a slightly chilly evening and a charming gentleman offers you his coat and pulls you closer. I won't name names, but there might be a few of you out there who secretly dream of a swoon-worthy smooch at this moment, even if you won’t admit it. 

What happens here stays here.

Source: Ann Taylor
Wearing Ann Taylor

Bretman Rock
Bretman Rock


  1. I could be dolled up with a beautiful dress, heels, and impeccable makeup but the last thing I would want is for some "charming" man to hug and kiss me. I would inform him is a voice reminiscent of Johnny Cash that I'm not interested. Now if some beautiful lady embraced me and hugged me that would make my evening.


  2. Ok, I'll admit it. I dream of that swoon-worthy smooch😘

    I'm glad to read that I'm not the only one who watches those movies and dreams of being the lovely, well-dressed, confident female protaganist who is adored and admired by some handsome beau.

    I never considered the parallels between her metamorphosis and our own, so thankful for this wonderful insight!

  3. I am a sucker for Hallmark Christmas movies. I don't know why because I truly dislike the Christmas season. There is so much stress in my home about getting the "right" gift or sewing the latest creation and ornaments for the masses. Ugh! I get grief from my wife, although she will admit she has liked several. Otherwise, it is too predictable for her tastes. She rather watch some crime drama/recreation about a murder on one of the cable stations. What a switch; hubby likes Hallmark, wife loves murder.

  4. I am a fan of the sweetness and innocence of all the characters on Hallmark. Yes the plots are predictable, but still fun to escape into a very female oriented story, and genuinely find much that is relatable. Tami

    1. I'm with you Tami! Despite these movies being very easy to dislike, there's just something very comforting to me about the predictable feel-good ending...especially during this hectic holiday season. And getting to dream about being the lucky lady in those lovely clothes in some scenic locale isn't a bad way to spend a few hours🥰

  5. The only Hallmark Christmas film I ever watched was the one that they filmed down the street from me.

  6. Really a shame. Waste of talent and acting. If you seen the one you seen them all They were starting around Thanksgiving till Christmas. Now it’s Halloween till New Years. My wife loves them I can’t stand them. By Xmas I’m ready to poke my eyes out. No writing no directing but people watch them??

  7. Sorry for the late comment but I can't tell you how many times I've wished to be Lacey Chabert