Part two in my pin-up series.
Part two in my pin-up series.
New skirt from the gap, urban outfitters cardigan. Dalek tee. Nice casual Saturday look.
I get google alerts for “Crossdresser” which usually ends up sending me results for stuff that I wish it didn’t, but this one I got yesterday actually interested me. It’s written from the perspective of a Japanese man who spent Halloween in drag (and looking pretty good, in my opinion.)
Being perfectly honest and forthcoming with my ethnocentric attitudes, I’ve always sort of imagined Asian countries as being sort of a haven for those of the transgendered ilk, having read articles of maid cafes staffed by crossdressing men, or game shows that transform men into women, and the concept of “kathoey” in Thailand that tends to recognize almost a “third sex”, leading to an all-transgendered airline that ultimately wasn’t as sound a financial decision as it sounded like to… nobody.
But to the author of this article, a night putting the girl on in Japan doesn’t seem all that different than it would here in America.
It’s nice that he (I’m using the male pronoun here because the author does not identify as transgendered) starts off with a positive note, about how great it actually does feel when someone calls you pretty. Even though I exist somewhere in the middle of the gender spectrum, I do like it when people compliment me the way they would a woman. Sure, it’s also confidence boosting when people tell me I’m brave or compliment me on my confidence, but to me sometimes I would like to just get complimented on my actual look which I’m often very proud of.
He then observes the same thing I get annoyed with, which is the complete lack of any tact or human decency that people will use when reacting to me and how I’m dressed. Essentially people tend to forget that unusual people are still people and still have ears and feelings and dignity.
Another big shock was hearing passersby comment on our group of three dragsters, loud enough for us to hear. That was hurtful. If you have to say something, fine, but couldn’t you at least lower your voice?
Exactly. Or, you know, grow up and recognize that people are different and you don’t have to say something to begin with.
Finally one more thing I wanted to note was the author’s hair removal strategy:
I plucked out my beard using tweezers. It took more than 2 hours to get all of those pesky hairs, but then I could be sure I was hair-free for a least a couple of days, with no Cinderella beard to bring an early end to festivities.
Damn dude. Mineral foundation over some concealer. Works wonders.
(P.S. I’m aware the article’s author uses the T-Slur that got me into trouble a couple of months ago, but I’m willing to cut him some slack as he is likely not that initiated into transgender issues, and also it may be a cultural thing where it isn’t used as severely in Japan.)
Will try to take a better picture later but I felt so good when I looked in the mirror I wanted to document it. Happy with the outfit, the accessories and the makeup.
Doing a basic but fun combo at The Daily Grind. Trying to take and more out and about shots.
Performed stand up during the Giggle N Grind burlesque show at the Improv Lab tonight hosted by Lucky Deluxe, so I felt I had to step my game up a little bit with some textured tights and some heels added to one of my favorite outfit combos.
It’s kind of a running joke that I’m often dressed up more than actual women on the shows I do, but tonight with burlesque dancers performing on the bill it was a rare show where the women actually were more decked out than me. Well, until about halfway through their sets when that started to change a bit.
Decided to lady it up tonight for a late dinner and drinks with a friend who is about to leave town for a month. Unfortunately this bathroom mirror self portrait is the best shot I have of my look for the night. Based on a request I promise to do an entry explaining my current technique for building that cleavage.
So far it has been a great week.
Skirt - DKNY (consignment)
Tank - Old Navy
Belt - Gap, Men’s.
Cardigan - Dream Society, (thrifted)
Sandals - No clue.
Pendant - Old Navy
Not sure my phone is doing it justice but I’m very happy with this makeup job I did today.
Continuing the trend of actually doing some posts this week, here’s an ensemble I put together tonight. I wore the skirt today to work but wore it with a black t-shirt and tennis shoes for a look that isn’t all that dissimilar to the one from this recent entry. After work I decided to dress it up a little, so I added the shirt in this picture, a tank from Charlotte Russe that I bought last fall. It is a little too flared at the bottom for me to wear it often because I think it widens my hips and doesn’t tend to layer well over skirts, but I liked how the cardigan sort of plays it down. The necklace is new, got that this week at Old Navy. Shoes are Toms.
I have worn a skirt now every day since friday. Interested now in making it sort of a game to see if I can keep it up and for how long. I didn’t post a picture of yesterday’s look but it was just my purple kilt with a black v-neck t-shirt which is a pretty common look for me.