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St. Paddy’s Day Party Photos

Celia, Giselle, and Abbi laugh and giggle at my St. Patrick's Day party for trans-women and allies. We had 23 guests attend.

Celia, Giselle, and Abbi laugh and giggle at my St. Patrick’s Day party for trans-women and allies. We had 23 guests attend.

Celia, Giselle, and Abby show off their diva sides. Abby identifies as a drag queen, Giselle as a crossdresser, and Celia as transgender. I love the diversity of expression and identity.

Celia, Giselle, and Abbi show off their diva sides. Abby identifies as a drag queen, Giselle as a crossdresser, and Celia as transgender. I love the diversity of expression and identity.

Abby Cadabra shows off her Stepford Wives look while Benita, Giselle, and Celia duck behind her. My St. Paddy's Day party is the third social party my roommate and I have hosted since January. Save the date for next month's party--April 26, 7:30 p.m.--"Fiesta de España: Vino y Tapas"

Abbi Kadabra shows off her Stepford Wives look while Benita, Giselle, and Celia duck behind her. My St. Paddy’s Day party is the third social party my roommate and I have hosted since January. Save the date for next month’s party–April 26, 7:30 p.m.–“Fiesta de España: Vino y Tapas”

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Images, Parties

 

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Aside

This weekend I’m off to Jen Bryant’s Raven 17: A Fantastic New World in New Hope, Pennsylvania. It will be my first time attending Raven, and I’ve heard it’s a fabulous party! I’ll be offering makeup makeovers and shape wear fittings in my room at the New Hope Lodge. On my down time, I’m hoping to check out the flourishing art scene in New Hope.

Contact me at elizabeth.taylor.makeover@gmail.com today if you’d like to book a makeover or shape wear fitting appointment. See you soon!

Raven 17: A Fantastic New World

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Corsets, 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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One Woman Can…

One Woman Can... accomplish anything she sets her mind to! Mary Kay Sapphire Seminar 2013

One Woman Can… accomplish anything she sets her mind to! Mary Kay Sapphire Seminar 2013

One woman can… give trans-women the skills, tools, and confidence to express their natural and inner beauty! ~Elizabeth Taylor~

One woman can… increase awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of trans-women! ~Elizabeth Taylor~ 

One woman can… live by her core values while running her own business and changing the world around her!

“One Woman Can” was the theme for Mary Kay’s 50th Anniversary Seminar, which I attended last month in Dallas, TX. Our first motivational speaker inspired me to come up with my own “One Woman Can” phrases that embody who I am and why I love my Mary Kay business. National Sales Directors told stories upon stories about how their Mary Kay business changed their lives for the better. I took these ideas to heart.

The King of Personal Sales sits on a white throne that lowered from the ceiling. He is the first male Mary Kay consultant to be crowned King of Personal Sales twice.

The King of Personal Sales sits on a white throne that lowered from the ceiling. He is the first male Mary Kay consultant to be crowned King of Personal Sales twice. His partner joined him on stage for accepting the award.

One woman can… give trans-women the skills, tools, and confidence to express their natural and inner beauty!

As a Mary Kay consultant who works primarily with the trans-women community, I believe I can change women’s lives for the better. I’ve seen client after client who thanked me, hugged me, and cried in front of me after their makeovers, telling me they have never looked so beautiful or felt so good about themselves! I love seeing the huge smile on the girls’ faces as they look in the mirror after fastening their corsets, donning feminine attire, and having their makeup applied. I love coaxing them to pose for the camera and to embrace who they are including their beauty. I encourage them to see and embrace the many beautiful and positive feminine traits that they have.

Many of my makeover clients have become my friends. Yesterday, I went shopping with four girlfriends at Pentagon City Mall, including three transgender clients who have become friends. Two presented as female and the other as male. First, Kerri insisted on introducing us to Belle at Michael Kors. Belle had helped Kerri find a gorgeous pink and black dress when Kerri was in “drab” (boy mode). Then we went jeans shopping for Kerri at Macy’s, jewelry and dress shopping for Allison at Icing and Forever 21, and accessory shopping for Jasmine (in drab) at Icing.

One woman can… increase awareness, acceptance, and inclusion of trans-women! ~Elizabeth Taylor~ 

Because of my makeover business, my team members in my Mary Kay Unit based in Lancaster, PA, have increased their awareness of transgender women. Many of my friends have increased their awareness, acceptance and inclusion my trans-women friends and hang out with my trans-friends with and without me. I will continue to share my story and business concept with others.

One woman can… live by her core values while running her own business and changing the world around her!

Elizabeth Taylor poses on the Lip Couch at the July Mary Kay Seminar.

Elizabeth Taylor acts silly on the Lip Couch at the July Mary Kay Seminar.

I seek to never have to work for someone else again while running my business and life by my core values. My core values include the following: authenticity, rewarding relationships, diversity, passion, warmth, and fun.

Authenticity: I love to be able to be honest about who I am while continuing to explore and learn more about myself. I want to create that environment for my clients as well, especially as it relates to exploring their gender identities.

Rewarding Relationships: I’m a big believer in friendships and community. I love helping girls get introduced to other trans-ladies in a comfortable environment where they can learn from each other.

Diversity: I invite people from across my social circles to parties and events, seeking to build understanding, acceptance, and inclusion across the LGBT and allied communities.

Elizabeth Taylor poses in a signature Mary Kay pink Cadillac SUV.

Elizabeth Taylor poses in a pink Mary Kay Cadillac SUV.

Passion, warmth and fun: These traits really make up much of who I am. I’m excited about life, my work, and people. I love bringing happiness and acceptance to my clients. I seek to be approachable so girls can feel comfortable almost immediately. I love to meet new people and make new friends.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in Makeovers

 

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Total Makeovers near DC

Total Makeovers near DC

I love giving all women (cis- and trans*) skills, tools, and confidence to express their natural and inner beauty. I seek to provide you with excellent customer service while making you feel pampered and relaxed in a warm and authentic environment. Just tell me if you’d like a one-on-one consultation or a party with friends.

I provide skin care and makeup makeovers, body shaping, and total makeovers. I use Mary Kay skin care and makeup products (http://bit.ly/17MjLOz). Total makeovers depend on your desires and goals. You can select from wigs, women’s clothes, shoes, Ardyss corsets and body shapers (http://bit.ly/16ZWg6D), accessories, and jewelry for your makeover session and photos. We will create a custom makeover package just for you.

Contact Elizabeth Taylor at elizabeth.taylor.makeover@gmail.com. I look forward to pampering you soon! To being fabulous!

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Makeovers

 

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