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Got Serious

In the past, when my only outings en femme were support group meetings and Halloween parties, I was not fooling anybody, so there was no need to make an effort to pass.

Not that I looked like a guy in a dress – I have always been a perfectionist, so I learned how to apply makeup, style wigs, and dress to impress. Yet, passing was not important because my public forays were next to none, so what I did then worked.

However, as my outings en femme increased, I realized that I had to do better. What worked at a support group meeting would not work on the streets of Gotham City.

My weight has always been on the heavy side with 20 pound swings from one year to next.

I decided to end the roller coaster ride. I lost a dozen pounds and two dress sizes. For the past few years, I have managed to avoid the 20 pound fluctuations and have lost even more weight since then.

Now, there are 2 or 3 pound fluctuations and they set off an alarm to alert me to watch my diet or my figure will suffer.

In addition to a smaller dress size, losing and maintaining a lower weight had some other benefits.

Gone are the uncomfortable heavyweight foundation garments. Comfortable and lightweight Spanx-style support is all I need these days to create the semblance of a girlish figure.

Also, my toes got thinner! Before I lost weight, the fourth and fifth little piggies on my left foot were not getting along. They overlapped, which caused friction, discomfort, and severe irritation. It was so bad that I planned to see a doctor about the problem.

After I lost weight, the toe problem went away. I assume it was a combination of thinner toes and less weight pressing down on those toes.

Whatever – my feet are happier in heels these days!

Source: Bebe
Wearing Bebe.
Andrej Bičan
Andrej Bičan femulates on the Slovakian version of television’s Your Face Sounds Familiar.

Old… Not

Some things never get old.

After doing my hair and makeup, that first reflection of a woman I see in the mirror.

Being referred to as “she” and “her” while I am out among the civilians.

Wearing high heels.

Hearing the click of my high heels.

When a gentleman holds a door open for me.

Touching up your hair and makeup in the ladies’ room.

When a civilian female engages you in conversation.

Smoothing the back of my skirt as I sit down.

Carrying a purse.

Taking my compact out of my purse to touch up my makeup.

Being called “Ma’am.”

Even better… being called “Miss.”

When a complete stranger stops to say, “I like what you’re wearing!”

Shopping.

Dangly earrings.

Wearing lipstick.

Admiring glances.

Realizing that while I am presenting as a woman, it comes so naturally that I don’t have to think about it.

Source: Lulus
Wearing Lulus.
Forces in Petticoats
British soldiers femulating on stage in Forces in Petticoats, circa 1952.

We will all be women soon!

The future is female, so as my blogging friend Juan once said, “Gentlemen, put on your skirts and high heels, fetch your purses, and head to the future.”We may not all be women soon, but I believe that in the future, being a male woman will be as accep…

Sexy, as I like them

 

Hey Cossdressers, Does Your Bra Fit?

Hey Crossdressers, Does Your Bra Fit?

ImageEighty percent of women are wearing the wrong bra size.

Whether you’re wearing a ratty old friend you’re reluctant to replace, a fashion-y brassiere you like the color of or one in the size you’ve simply always worn, there’s an overwhelming probability you’re wearing an over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder that’s wrong for you.

“A lot of women stick to the number in their head from when they were first fit,” Kay-Lin Richardson, director of sales and spokeswoman for Panache Lingerie explained. “They’ll say, I’m a 34 B or a 36 C. I’ve been guilty of that. I couldn’t imagine that I would ever be a D cup because that wasn’t in my head and it wasn’t my size.”

But what most women don’t realize is that their bodies are constantly changing. A bra size could change with as little as a five-pound weight loss or gain, changing physical activity or even age. “You should probably get fit every year — just go and check in to make sure you’re still wearing the right size,” Richardson told StyleList. “You probably are, but you probably wouldn’t even realize that your bras aren’t fitting anymore because that’s just the way they’ve always fit you.”

It’s a societal epidemic that women need to address. We’re heavier than we’ve ever been, many women are augmenting their assets, and hormones in the food chain have changed the shape and size of assets. Consequently, there is a demand for sizes starting at 28 in band size and going up to FFF cups. The good news is that better data, improved engineering and manufacturers working with the changing bodies of women are creating choices where once there was none.

“If you went online now and were a 30 FFF, you’re not going to find the 34 B assortment, which is everything, but there’s probably 100 styles for that customer,” Richardson explained, which wasn’t the case even five years ago.

And that old rule of thumb about measuring your rib cage and adding five inches is pure malarkey. Each brand fits differently and a well-versed fitter will know what brands are true to that measurement and which ones you need to size up or down for.

“Go to a store that has a good reputation for fitting women,” Richardson said. Better specialty stores and a department store like Nordstrom usually have very good fitters. And if you have to shop online, follow the site’s fit guide, but keep an open mind — most of these sites have great return policies so you can try a couple of sizes and return what doesn’t work.

In case you’re not sure if you’re in the majority or minority, check you bra’s fit against these guidelines:

The band: Should be firm against your body to provide most of the support.

The shoulder straps: Should not be taking the brunt of the weight. If they’re digging into your flesh, you need a firmer fitting band.

The underwire: Should encapsulate the breast and should tack firmly against the body.

ImageAnd sports bras are no different. They’re usually sized XS to XL, and knowing your size gives you a good starting point. “Take several sizes into the fitting room,” explained LeJean Lawson Ph.D., chief scientist at Champion, who helped invent the sports bra. “We don’t come in specific sizes — we’re all on the continuum — and the more atypical your body is, the more important it is to try different sizes.”

Lawson also stresses you need to take into consideration what you’ll be using the sports bra for. “Not all sports bras work for all sports. You might need flexibility, do a lot of running, reach up like when playing basketball or if you’re cycling, you might want more ease across the back. There are different design elements for each of these movements.”

There’s one big misconception that’s still out there, though, “Many women think of a sports bra as a compression, uni-boob thing,” Lawson said, clarifying that there are sports bras that offer encapsulation, compression, spot comfort and more, but all deal with the most important performance needs: managing sweat, managing chafe and providing support without hardware that will hurt you.

“At the end of the day, it’s about being comfortable, looking and feeling good,” Lawson concluded.

 

9 Ways to Highlight Your Assets (MTF Transgender / Crossdressing Tips)

Highlighting your assets is the secret to being a super hot crossdresser or transgender woman.
It’s impossible for people to notice your “flaws” if they’re too busy looking at something else – like your sexy legs, breasts, or behind.
But it’s NOT about wearing the tightest, shortest thing you can find. It’s about attracting attention in a classy and tasteful way.
Here are 9 ways to highlight your assets:
If your LEGS are your best asset …

Choose your best skirt length

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The most elegant and flattering skirt length is generally 1-2 inches above or below the knee. (Notice I did NOT say crotch length!)
Here’s a simple test for finding the best skirt length for your body:
  • Stand in front of a mirror wearing the shoes you normally wear with skirts or dresses.
  • Hold up a piece of fabric and raise and lower the hemline of the fabric in front of your legs.
  • Notice which length make your legs look best.

Wear pantyhose

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Although pantyhose isn’t as popular as it used to be, hosiery adds polish and definition to the legs. It’s also a great way to cover up imperfections.
The secret is to wear the sheerest pantyhose you can find for a sexy, modern look.

Try D’orsay pumps

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D’Orsay pump with a high heel D’Orsay pump with a low heel
The D’Orsay is a shoe style where the sides are cut away to reveal the arch of the foot. This is an elegant shoe style that’s perfect for showing off beautiful legs.
While high heels give your legs maximum definition, the D’Orsay is also flattering in flats and low pumps.
If your BREASTS are your best asset …

Go for deep “v” necklines

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The easiest way to show off beautiful breasts is to wear a low cut top – and v-necks are especially flattering.
But how low is too low? A good rule of thumb is to show off 20%-40% of your bust. This gives you sex appeal, while keeping it classy.

Look for tops that frame your breasts

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Another flattering option is to wear tops that frame your breasts. Think halter tops or tops that have shirring or trimming at the bustline.
The more defined the bust area, the more “the girls” will stand out.

Apply a bit of shimmer powder

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Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Luminizer Stila All Over Shimmer Duo
A final way to make your bust pop is to apply a bit of shimmer powder to the visible part of the breasts. This highlights the breasts, similar to the way eyeshadow highlights the eyes.
Just be sure you aren’t using anything too glittery or shiny. A shimmer powder like Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Luminizer or Stila All Over Shimmer Duo will give you a subtle glow – not make you look like a disco ball.
If your BUTT is your best asset …

Wear skirts or dresses with ruching in the back

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Ruching (i.e. gathering along the seam line) adds volume to your curves and highlights your assets. It’s one of the easiest ways to make a great butt look even better.

Look for bottoms with a sweet heart or “v” shaped back yoke

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A yoke is a piece of fabric located below the waistband of a skirt or pants. The shape of the yoke has a major effect on the appearance of your butt.
Sweet heart and “v” shaped yokes are most flattering. Stay away from straight yokes (they make your waist look larger) and wide yokes (they make it look like your pants are falling down).

Try butt-enhancing shapewear

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Foxy Fanny Silicone Padded Brief Caboost! Padded Panties The Tush Cush
There are tons of butt-enhancing undergarments on the market now – ranging from butt-lifting shapewear to heavy-duty padded panties.
Here are 3 top-reviewed booty enhancers:
Even if you are already blessed with a beautiful behind, the right shapewear can give you added oomph under your clothes. Think of it like a push-up bra for your behind.
So girlfriend, which body part if YOUR best asset? Your legs, breasts, butt … or maybe something else?
Please take my poll and leave me your comments below! Better yet, why not upload a photo and show us?
Source: http://feminizationsecrets.com/highlight-your-assets/

Pair of beauties

11 Easy Ways to Winter-Proof Your Makeup (Crossdress)

Is wintry weather wreaking havoc with your looks? Don’t despair—with these tips and tricks, your makeup can withstand everything the season throws at it.

Defeat dull, dehydrated skin

In the dead of winter, dry patches can build up on the surface of the skin, leaving you less-than-radiant no matter how much makeup you apply. The remedy? Once a week, use a gentle exfoliant and then follow that up with a layer of moisturizer while your skin is still damp. And be sure to hydrate from within by drinking lots of water. 

Cleanse carefully

If your face feels taut and parched when the weather turns cold, switch up your cleansing routine. Instead of using a foaming, gel-based cleanser, use milky or creamy cleansers since they have fewer skin-stripping detergents. Massage into dry skin, then remove gently with a facial tissue or cotton pads. If that doesn’t help, consider using a humidifier to combat dryness in the air. 

Moisturize while you beautify

A heavy layer of foundation can smudge in the snow and accentuate dry patches. Lighten it up by mixing equal parts moisturizer and foundation before applying, or use a tinted moisturizer instead. 

Don’t skip sunscreen

Skin-ravaging UV rays are present year-round. Add in the sun-reflecting properties of snow (and outdoor activities like skiing) and it’s clear that your summer SPF routine is just as important in the winter. Get in the habit of wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 daily, no matter what the season. 

Prevent windburn

On the most blustery days, create a barrier between your face and the wind by applying a richer, extra-moisturizing emollient or salve. For more protection, put up your parka’s hood, or wear a hat and a scarf that you can bundle up around your neck and nose. 

Reduce redness

If the icy cold or wind has left you with an inflamed, red face, camouflage it with a green-tinted moisturizer. If the redness is confined to smaller areas, just apply a color-correcting concealer to those spots.Look for moisturizers with calming ingredients and treat truly painful areas with a 1% hydrocortisone cream. 

Tear-proof your eye makeup

Wintry winds, sleet, and snow can cause makeup meltdowns. Fight off sooty smudges and smears by applying waterproof mascara, and use eyeliner and shadow on the upper lids only to reduce the risk of makeup migration. 

Fight flakes

Get rid of dry, flaky skin overnight by applying a creamy, hydrating mask (or a rich night cream) to your face for 5 to 15 minutes. Press a facial tissue on your face to absorb any excess, and then head to bed. 

Set it and forget it

Does your makeup tend to rub off on your coat, scarf or hat? Keep it in place by applying a layer of translucent pressed powder. It’s less messy than loose powder and can help keep makeup where you want it—on your face. 

Perfect your pout

If you have cracked, flaky winter lips, stick with a tinted lip balm that contains sunscreen. If your lips are in good shape you can opt for moisturizing lipstick, but avoid matte or long-wearing lipstick formulas as they can be drying. 

Wake up your complexion

Don’t forget blush: it’ll make a washed-out face come to life. Sweep a soft, peachy-hued (for fair skin) or warm, terra-cotta-toned (for darker skin) blush onto the apples of your cheeks and blend towards your cheekbones. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJHMTHS7zQY

The lady in black

 

10 Super Simple All Natural Beauty Tips for crossdressers

The world would have us believe that there are no simple and inexpensive natural beauty tips and source) And according to a UK survey, women will spend well over a year of their life applying that makeup. (source) Ouch. That, of course, says nothing of the toxic chemicals so commonly found (with almost zero regulation) in beauty products. Yep. Seems like the world is telling us that we need to spend lots of time, lots of money, and risk our health to be beautiful. Don’t believe it. For starters, let’s get real about the idea of beauty. To me it’s about unmasking the real person, not covering it up. And there are lots of simple ways to thank your body, feel more beautiful, and not have to pay an arm and a leg for it. Here are just 10. They are easy. They are all natural. And yet, still luxurious. Enjoy.

tricks. What makes me say that?  Well, did you know that the beauty industry is a nearly $300 BILLION dollar empire? And that the average woman spends about $15,00 on just makeup in her lifetime! (

10 Simple All Natural Beauty Tips

1. Banana and Egg Hair Treatment

Looking for a little more shine in your hair? Simply mix one egg and a mashed up banana. Apply it as a thick paste to your hair and leave it on for 10 – 30 minutes. Wash it our doing your usual hair washing ritual (if you usually use a store-bought conditioner you’ll probably only need to condition the ends). And voila!

2. Moisturizing Nail Treatment

Soak your nails in olive oil for five minutes. And then sit back and admire your pretty hands.10 super simple all natural beauty tips. Yes!

3. Simple Honey Face Mask

Raw honey is naturally anti-bacterial and a super quick way to get soft, beautiful skin. Once a week use a tablespoon or so of raw honey (not the processed stuff parading as honey) and gently warm it by rubbing your fingertips together. Spread on your face. Leave on for 5 – 10 minutes and then use warm water to gently rinse it off and pat dry. Then bask in the glow of your honey-awesomeness. This raw honey is awesome, by the way.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Shampoo

For those who are using commercial shampoos: To help eliminate any build up in your hair, mix ¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar (like this) with 1 cup water. Follow with your usual conditioner.

5. Elbow and Knee Exfoliate and Skin Brightener

Cut an orange in half and rub it on your elbows and knees. Helps soften those rough patches. And it smells good. (Rinse off the sticky mess when you are done.)

6. Gentle Body Scrub

Mix a 2 to 1 ratio of olive oil and sea salt to make a quick and effective body scrub. This helps get rid of dead skin cells creating softer, more glowing skin. And this natural beauty tip is much cheaper that expensive store bought  body scrubs.

7. Easy Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

Want super soft, hydrated hair? Use melted coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair and scalp treatment. Massage coconut oil into your scalp and then work it through your hair. Leave it on for a couple of hours and then wash it out using shampoo (no need to condition unless you have really long hair and then maybe just the ends.) Note: For you no ‘poo-ers keep in mind that coconut oil will saturate your hair with awesome goodness… that can be really hard to get out with just baking soda and *some* natural shampoos. You may want to try just a little coconut oil on a little section of hair and see if you can get it out before you do this. Otherwise you might have really greasy (but soft!) hair for a few washes. NOT that I’m speaking from personal experience of anything (*cough*).10 super simple all natural beauty tips. Yes!

8. Simple Toxic-Free Shaving Cream

Use coconut oil on your legs as a natural replacement for your shaving cream. Talk about a simple, natural beauty tip.

9. All Natural Black Head Removal

Place 4 or 5 drops of raw honey on an open lemon wedge. Then rub the lemon on your face for a minute, emphasizing any trouble areas. Leave the mixture on for 5 minutes and rinse with cold water. (Keep in mind that citrus can make your skin photosensitive so it’s best to do this before bed rather than before going outside).

10. Dry Brushing for Better Skin

Dry brushing is a simple detoxification process for your body. It stimulates a number of organs through a gently massage. It also helps the lymphatic system, eliminates dead skin coatings, strengthens the immune system, can eliminate cellulite, stimulates the hormones, and can help tighten skin through better circulation. Best of all, it’s cheap and easy. Learn more about dry brushing and how to do it here. Here’s a great skin brush to get you started!

Take Care

Remember, the best beauty secrets are not quick fixes. They require good sleep, stress managementproper nutrition, and physical exercise. While all these little “gems” above can provide some oomph to your beauty routine, remember that real beauty is a result of taking care (or “thanking”) your body on a daily basis. And by being you. Because you are beautiful. Tell me, what are your “go to” beauty tips?


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