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Diana Loves her Keystone Look

Diana made her first trip to The Keystone Conference last month in Harrisburg, PA. On Friday, she got a makeover from me. We used a range of browns and coppers to bring out the blue in her eyes. We used black gel eyeliner and fake eyelashes to add drama that would carry her from afternoon seminars into the evening. She selected Pink Cherié lipstick with a touch of icicle lipgloss for shine. For photos, we used natural light and a bounce flash with a white backdrop. Diana’s favorite photos from our shoot are below.

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Posted by on April 12, 2014 in Images, Makeovers

 

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My First Drag Look: Rhiann goes Goth, Leather, and Chains

Rhiann decided on a dramatic drag-style makeover this time, requesting big eyes, a Goth look, and photos with black leather cuffs and metal chains. Unlike my typical genetic girl-inspired looks, I blocked Rhiann’s natural eyebrows and recreated them just about her upper brow lines. I used the reclaimed eye space to create drama with black, silver, and white eyeshadows. We added more drama with thick, black gel eyeliner, double thick fake eyelashes, and dark merlot lipstick. We skipped blush entirely and went just with bronzer and highlight powder for contouring to ensure she kept with her Goth motif. She added to the intensity of her look by donning black leather cuffs and silver chains. She couldn’t help but smile when she achieved her desired look. I had to remind her not to smile for every photo if she wanted to maintain the Goth-image. Though Rhiann loves to go out to lunch with friends, she politely informed me that she couldn’t go out during the day with this dramatic of look.

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Posted by on April 12, 2014 in Images, Makeover Studio, Makeovers

 

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Saint Patrick’s Day Party, March 14, 7 pm

Hi, ladies and allies! I’m hosting a trans-women & allies St Patrick’s Day Party at my DC Metro Area makeover studio on Friday, March 14, 7 pm. Bring Irish/UK beer & either an Irish-inspired or green food item to share. Wear something green or risk getting pinched!

I have hosted 2 other themed parties since January & guests have had a fabulous time to meeting & socializing with other TG girls & people supportive of the trans community. Let’s make it 3!

Ladies are welcome to get changed at my place as early as 6 pm. Let me know if you would like to attend!

Caveats: 15 guests max, wait list applies, makeover clients and my friends only please

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Makeover Studio, Parties

 

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Halloween: The Crossdresser’s Favorite Holiday

It’s the happiest time of the year here in my tgirl world! Halloween is just around the corner with tons of fun opportunities to dress, including a perfect time for many first-timers to debut.

The excitement starts tomorrow, Oct. 26, when the DC Trans Ladies Meetup group heads out in two groups. The Classy DC Sisters will be hitting up four straight bars in Chantilly with their Tour de Force while Diane, dressed as Malificent from Sleeping Beauty, leads the way to Town Danceboutique for a 10:30 p.m. drag show and midnight costume contest. I have two girls coming for makeovers for the big night plus two more girlfriends coming to get ready at my place before we head to meet Diane and friends at Town.

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People show off their costumes at DC’s 2012 High Heel Race.

On Tuesday, we have the DC High Heel Race, where genetic males dress as women, don high heels, and run two blocks while surrounded by throngs of onlookers. Participants include drag queens, gay guys in dresses and other costumes, and trans-women both in dresses and in costumes. What a great opportunity for the closet crossdresser to dress and blend in! I attended last year and loved all the pageantry, excitement, and throngs of onlookers. This year, I’ll be giving a makeover to a client who will be attending the race with me, and she may even decide to run in the race! Then I’m pregaming at a friend’s condo in walking distance of the race before I meet up with my client to walk over together.

Thursday is officially Halloween! I originally had a client who wanted to go out dressed for the first time but she’s had to reschedule due to work. I hope another brave girl will decide to debut on Thursday!

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Three of the 2012 High Heel Race contestants show off their looks.

Saturday I’m hosting my next makeup party where girls can come practice their makeup and create a new look for fall. My makeup party has a waitlist already! I have one guest who hopes to have a total makeover before the party and then attend so she can meet some girls in a safe, laid-back environment. This will be my second official makeup party that I will have in my upstairs studio instead of at my dining room table. The lighting is so much better in the studio than downstairs and all the makeup and skincare is in arms reach.

Happy Halloween and Happy Dressing everyone!

 
 

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All eyes on Kim after her latest makeover with Elizabeth Taylor!

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Corsets, Images, Makeover Studio, Makeovers

 

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Sexy, sultry Kim enters the Scene

Sexy, beautiful Kim entered the scene this summer.  She is showcasing a red, curly wig accented with green eyeshadow and green mascara. More to come!

Sexy, beautiful Kim entered the girlie DC scene this summer. She is showcasing a red, curly wig accented with green eyeshadow and green mascara. More to come!

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2013 in Corsets, Images, Makeover Studio, Makeovers

 

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My First Southern Comfort Conference

I returned late Sunday night from my first Southern Comfort Conference (SCC) after driving over 600 miles from Atlanta, GA, to Washington, DC. My mind is still whirling from four days of total immersion in the trans* community.

Beth dresses in a black top and skirt, black wedge sandals, silver jewelry, and Mulberry Forest Glossy Lip Stain to head down for her first night of networking at SCC.

Beth dresses in a black top and skirt, black wedge sandals, silver jewelry, and Mulberry Forest Glossy Lip Stain to head down for her first night of networking at SCC.

I arrived late Wednesday night to a bustling patio filled with trans-women. My minivan was packed full of Riedel wine glasses, wine, Mary Kay demos and products, Ardyss corsets and shapewear, and one small suitcase of my clothes. After three bell hop carts delivered my wares, I changed and went downstairs to mingle with the ladies, including several I’ve met before in the DC area. I went to bed early by SCC standards between 1 and 2 a.m.

On Thursday, I was completely consumed by preparing for and running my wine education seminar and wine tasting social. Twenty guests attended my wine education seminar and gave me excellent feedback on the information I presented, my presentation style, and personal appearance. Yes, I love getting compliments and trans-women never cease to compliment my appearance! 🙂 We tasted three United States wines during the seminar and used a simplified Court of Master Sommeliers tasting grid to analyze the wines together. The guests enjoyed this so much that one girl even asked for permission to take a photo of my slide!

After my seminar, I had to hurry to set up for the wine tasting social in the bistro area. The hotel graciously provided tables, ice and ice buckets, and standing cocktail tables while SCC volunteers helped me move 15 dozen wine glasses and three cases of wine from my room to the bistro area. My friend Laura and SCC volunteers helped me with many set-up and logistics details. We tasted six wines from the lands of the Romance languages (Spain, France, Italy, Chile, Argentina, Portugal). I’ll post more details of the wine tasting on my zindiva.com website soon. Guests had a great time and many thanked me as they left. After tear down, I was exhausted and went back to my room and fell asleep by 11 p.m.

Beth and Kristin Beck both attended the trans-vets reception on Friday. Kristin recently published the book "Warrior Princess" that described her time on Seal Team 6 and life as a transgender woman.

Beth and Kristin Beck both attended the trans-vets reception on Friday. Kristin recently published the book “Warrior Princess” that described her time on Seal Team 6 and life as a transgender woman.

On Friday, I slept through the seminar I planned to attend on trans-veterans but did make it to lunch, Kristin Beck‘s talk, the trans-veteran’s reception, cocktail hour, dinner, and the Jungle. I met some awesome people at the trans-veteran’s reception including veterans from the Korean and Vietnam eras up to the present and all branches of service. I really hit it off with Christine, who is also a Mary Kay consultant who works primarily with trans-women but also has some genetic girl (GG) clients. She also took photos of the conference and I loved posing at her portable studio on Saturday night. At dinner, I sat with a couple of cute girls, Markee and Raven, who had attended my wine tasting.

Beth had a blast dancing and flirting with trans-women at Jungle, the largest LGBT club in Atlanta.

Beth had a blast dancing and flirting with trans-women at Jungle, the largest LGBT club in Atlanta.

Later that evening, I headed with the SCC ladies via shuttle bus to the Jungle, the largest LGBT club in Atlanta, though about half the size of Town Danceboutique in DC. I had a blast at Jungle, the best night out at a club for me in quite some time. I loved dancing and flirting with the trans-ladies and before I knew it, it was 3 a.m. and time to take the last shuttle back to the hotel. Did I do the smart thing and go to bed? Of course not–it’s SCC! I had a few girls up for some wine and hanging out and stayed up til 6 a.m.!

On Saturday, I slept through the SCC lunch and ate at Maggiano’s across the street.

Laura looks fabulous with her Mary Kay makeover. Despite her hard work on video production and lighting, her makeup stayed put all night!

Laura looks fabulous with her Mary Kay makeover. Despite her hard work on video production and lighting, her makeup stayed put all night!

Then I had a Mary Kay makeup makeover for my friend, Laura, who wanted a simple yet elegant look for the ball. After applying skin care and liquid foundation, I set to work on the fun part–color! Her soft blue eyes invited me to use beautiful golds, browns, and coppers (Honey Spice, Gold Coast, Amber Blaze, Copper Glow) for eyeshadows along with black eyeliner, lash primer, and Lash Love Lash-Lengthening Black Mascara. We created light pink cheeks (Shy Blush) and subtle contouring (Bronzer and Highlight Powder). We finished off her look with the Enchanted Mauve Glossy Lip Stain and the Finishing Spray. I love the limited edition Glossy Lip Stains! The stain stays all night long and into the next day unless removed with eye makeup remover!

Beth gets ready for the ball and the last night of SCC.

Beth gets ready for the ball and the last night of SCC.

After that, I took a nap, applied my Fantasy and Fairytales makeup, then went to dinner, danced, and socialized.

As the final official SCC event, the dance and bar areas drew lots of trans* people.

As the final official SCC event, the dance and bar areas drew lots of trans* people.

With it being the last night of SCC, I made sure to talk to lots of girls and dance with a few too.

It's time to get silly! Beth helps Tiffany, a first-timer, smile for photos by being her silly self.

It’s time to get silly! Beth helps Tiffany, a first-timer, smile for photos by being her silly self.

Then I invited a couple girls up to my room for some wine and I stayed up til 4 a.m. chatting. Yikes–this SCC schedule is nuts!

Sarissa loved her new look and how easy it is to apply.

Sarissa loved her new look and how easy it is to apply.

Sunday morning, Sarissa invited me to join her for breakfast and then she came up to my room for a makeup makeover before my late checkout. She loved her look and the tips she picked up.

I finally got on the road to leave SCC close to 3 p.m. Sunday when there were very few trans* people still at the hotel. I felt like I was leaving almost a ghost town compared to the bustling venue that greeted me when I arrived.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Makeovers, Parties

 

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