2017 06 30
Hmmmm. The last day of June, the last day of cool weather, entering the more difficut CDing weather July, August, September.
I had a level four day the other day!!!!!
But now what to do? I have 90 pictures to go through, crop as needed, and decide. OMG it is getting more difficult each time!
Back to 7:00am that day. I had to a rush parts gathering and Bill of Materials for the outfits first thing in the morning. It is late June and the forecast turned out to be cool, sunny, and a breeze. Instead of cool, rainy, and a breeze. Normally I get things ready the day before, but this was a gift from nature I HAD to take advantage of! Why? Because I had a NEW (to me, from GWs $3.00 at half price !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) hot pink satin double breasted BOB MAKIE spring coat that I was dying to wear!!!!! And PRESTO! Here was the day! And soon to be followed by HOT. As a person attempting to become curvy where there are none, it requires a layering and binding and attaching of parts. All not conductive to keeping cool. Plus a fine strand not-knitted stringy kinda stocking-hat-head-insulator —— a wig. Not a good BoM for a hot day. But HORRAY! Yesterday was PERFECT! A one person National Holiday!
Out the door in a pink with white trim linen blazer ($4.99 @ GWs), white knit (heavy but DREAMILY soft) skirt (Pennys $12.00) Bob Makie coat, pink purse (free), white shoes that were gray at one time, and white hat ($1.50 GWs). Bliss! That skirt is so soft, cool, yet thick and heavy. It bumps on my knees when I walk.
You can’t tell by these photos but there are lots of people passing by on foot and in cars. No one bats an eye.
So out I go to my FAV hamburger joint: One Stop Coney on Fulton. OMG! The BEST burger you ever had, the best fries, and my soda of choice. THAT alone is enough for most restaurant choices, but added to the great burgers! Swoon! A meal for the paltry sum (in today’s dollars) of $9.11 Tax Title and Plates. And you are buying from the owner!
Then to Elegance Wigs. This is THE place in GR to buy a unknitted-insulating-stocking-hat —– wig thingie. I purchased a hand tied wig last time. THE LEAST HOT WIG I OWN. PLUS since each fiber is hand tied to the mesh cap, the fibers don’t comb out like a wig that is machine made, ie: welfting. So although the hand tied wig is WAY more expensive it appears that it will last a LOT longer. And it is cooler, and it has a disappearing mesh at the hair line. So you can see my natural scalp through the wig. Very realistic.
So about a year ago I bought a hand tied wig and decided on brown because it would not only be cooler but add to my color choices. I already had a bunch of lace cap (nice looking but kinda cool only in the winter) and machine made (wiggy looking and never ever cool but cheap) blonde wigs and a couple brown machine made too. But none really suited to summer. Except the new, a year ago, brown one.
I have sorta got a signature look with the darker root, streaked blonde, a bit longer than shoulder hair. After buying and wearing the brown one, I see that the darker color, brown, works better with some colors and the much lighter blonde works better with others. This is why I test run everything a day or so before and make my BoMs.
Sue at Elegance is checking on that wig for me. If I take the plunge I will take and post some (less sweaty) pictures in a few weeks.
So after Elegance I took some pictures outside and stopped in a boutique on the Mall to ask if I could as a trans person be in one of the fashion shows they do. Now I am not trans in the level that I am interested in SRS. But I believe that everyone is trans to some extent except the full on cis people, those who never ever even considered trying on the clothing from the other gender. Yep, most every little boy tried on his momma’s heels once and experienced the feel of stockings too. Anyway the boutique said that they had never even thought about it. I asked them if they would think about it. That it would be done in a way that was respectful to their audience. And to answer NO is OK. That the people who will ultimately decide if it worked or not would be their customers. And since we have no control over their preferences, that it is better to err to the safe side. It may should like I am setting myself up for defeat, but this is likely the first time the boutique had contact with someone trans and besides, I owe the LGBTQ (specially the T) community a positive and ice breaking result. Anyway we are to email and see. Not a big chance I suppose but there are two items on my bucket list: #1 To Be A Bridesmaid, #2 To be in a real fashion show in front of GPs.
And off to GR Pride to change in to a mall(ing) outfit. As much of a LOL (little old lady) look as I do. A linnen pink sheath dress and blazer combination with embroidered flowers at the neck. And a surprise. See if you can guess the surprise.
Walked the mall. Found nothing that screamed out to wrest my funds away from me. Thus far expenditures for the day were at $9.11 and $3.00 for parking. If they ever want to know why the downtown stores can’t compete against the outlying ones with free parking, I have an answer.
Back to GR Pride on my way to the west side of town on an errand for my SO. Changed in to a pastel pink linen skirt suit with a small pleats skirt ($4.99 GWs). Then off to a GWs my SO and I hit on Sunday to buy a basket that she told my daughter about. It was still there, deal done, and out.
Needed to change in to clubwear. A hot pink sheath dress with some spandex. Not tight, just moving with me. Just above mid knee length. Until I sit. Then whoop! Up it goes exposing most of my thighs. Oh well. I know how to keep my legs together, my knees pointing away from people, and park them under a table. But I got some good pictures. Dress $4.99 at GWs, shoes $7.00 at GWs (!!!!!!! there was a bunch of size 11 platform shoes there! I bought five pair!!!! All brand new!!!!!), Bob Makie coat (bliss!), and hat $5.73 at Burlington. Now this hat has a story. I was in a Burlington Coat Factory store a few months ago. I like to look at the shoes in the hope(less) that a pair of the multicolor sequin Mary Janes I saw a couple of years ago would show up IN MY SIZE. Jammed on one of those rod type hooks projecting out of the slat wall was this BIG black floppy hat. But it was ripped at the seam for nearly 3/4 of a turn. The hat is made up of a narrow strip of flat rope wound around and around and sewn. When I find damaged gods in a store, I usually drop them off at the Service Counter so that an unsuspecting customer doesn’t get a surprise when they get home. I just hand it in and say I found this and it is damaged, not by me though. They are always appreciative. Turns out the store manager asked me if I would like to buy it, probably whish full thinking on his part. He said he would give me the max discount. So less than six bucks with tax for a floppy hat bigger than any big floppy hat I had thus far. I had a project. The seam was ripped so far around that I had to hand sew (baste) it together. Then I started at the brim and sewed around and around and around . I completely sewed up the whole brim. And now I have a better than original BIG floppy hat!
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