Thursday, July 24, 2014

What Do You Do?

In my last post, I invited suggestions on how my outfit could be more feminine -- and you were wonderfully helpful.  Your ideas are sound and I learn from them.  I'd like to build on that response in another direction.

One thoughtful commenter suggests that, in addition to clothing, I explore activities to feel more feminine.  Her suggestions are things I already do -- with great enthusiasm.  I started incorporating these activities into my life during the past few years and find deep joy in them.  The expression, "Fake it 'til you make it," has some application here.  Diving into feminine activities makes me feel "normal" even when I'm inept at them.  Opening doors to female life is immensely fun for me.  Plus, I will eventually get better at them and growing mastery is pleasing in itself.

The commenter suggests (1) wearing perfume, (2) mani-pedi's, and (3) watching Fashion Police.  I replied to her and said: "You're right -- and I'm pursuing them with enthusiasm. I found and wear a wonderful scent (Harvey Prince's Hello); I paint my toes every week; and I not only watch Fashion Police every Friday, I bought my own Joan Ranger t-shirt." 

When I went to the Fashion Police website to buy the tee, I was surprised to discover that they only sell the shirts in women's sizes.  Are there no men in America who want to buy a FP t-shirt?  I guess I'm the only one.  I ordered the largest size they offer and hoped for the best.  It fits, barely, and shows off every muscle in my chest.

The commenter's kind suggestion makes me wonder if there are other activities out there that I would enjoy.  My vision on such things is not as broad as yours, so I'd like to ask you for help once again. What do you do that makes you feel feminine? 

There are some things that are not available to me (e.g., birthing a baby), but those are actually very few; most activities are open to everyone and just require desire and effort.  For example, I've always wanted to learn how to sew.  I plan to embrace that activity soon.  Several of you display masterful sewing creations on your blogs and I admire that skill.  Plus, knowing how to sew would actually improve my outfits since most thrift-store purchases would benefit from some tailoring.

What else is out there?  What do you do and enjoy?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's Not Easy...

Contemplating this outfit, I wanted to look feminine.  Or at least create an illusion of femininity.  That's a bigger job than you'd expect.

I envy you guys.   With your naturally curvy bodies, smooth skin and long hair, you toss on a pretty dress and look instantly beautiful.  Sure, adding makeup and accessories takes effort but the process isn't unusually hard for you.  It is for me. 

To look feminine, I need to carefully plan how to create curves that aren't there, minimize certain physical attributes and focus attention on others.  Most critically, I need to generate a mist of poise and charm that real women (like you) possess.  Believe me, it ain't easy to do this with my raw materials.

But I'm up for the challenge.  I gave it a shot here with three thrift-store purchases (dress, belt, shoes).  How close did I come?  Any suggestions for how to look more feminine?




Saturday, July 19, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

White Nail Polish?

Some trends in fashion and beauty surprise me.  I initially hate them but later become converted and end up embracing them.  I suspect this may be another example of one.

White nail-polish.  What do you think?  Good or bad?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blog Awards

I use Bloglovin to keep track of the blogs I follow and I find it useful.  I saw today that Bloglovin is giving awards to fashion blogs at a ceremony in NYC this September.  There are several categories of awards, such as Best Street Style, Best Personal Style, Best Lifestyle, Best Photography, etc.

If you know of any good blogs, nominate them for an award.  If you're open to bribery, tell me how much it would take for you to nominate me.  :-)

This picture is from my all-time favorite blog post

Monday, July 14, 2014


I love fresh flowers and bought some today.  In truth, what caught my eye was not the flowers but their pot.  What do you think??

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Throw Back Thursday

Despite my love of the past, I've never done a TBT post.  Didn't realize what they were until I saw some of you doing them.

The most important person in my life was my mother, Barbara Jo.  She was born in 1936 and came of age during the Fifties.  She adopted the fashion and styles of that period.  I find them amazing to look at.  Many vintage-loving gals of today relish this era.

Here she is...