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DC Trans Ladies Leadership Change & Upcoming Events

Greetings! The DC Trans Ladies’ Meetup group is alive and well, and we would like to introduce you to the new management team. Most of you know one or more of us. Lead Organizer is Michelle Boyle. Co-Organizers, in alphabetical order, are Suzanne Freed, Monica Miller, and Elizabeth Taylor.

First, we want to recognize the accomplishments of past leadership. This team has assumed direction of the Group following the retirement of Christine McLean, our Founder, who has been the Lead Organizer of the Group from its inception. We thank Christine for her considerable efforts in managing the Group for nearly seven years. She has done so much for the community and we are indebted to her!

Second, we want to talk about the future of Group activities. We are excited to announce our plans to take the Group’s marquee event, the Soiree, to new upscale locations and with new, more sophisticated or playful themes. Much of what you like about the Soiree will continue, but there will also be fresh, new elements that make it feel just a tad different every time out. Stay tuned for postings of our soon-to-be-announced upcoming Soirees and special events.

Third, we need to reaffirm our commitment to the principle of inclusion and rededicate ourselves to the philosophy of interaction—both within the community and externally with the mainstream.

Inclusion means being an umbrella group, catering to trans-women who dress only occasionally, to those who live full-time 24×7, and all of those in-between. Having more experienced trans-women and allies actively engaged in the community provides invaluable expertise and resources to those who are interested in improving their presentation and getting out in the world more often. This group is about not just socializing and having fun (although it is a primary goal)—but also enhancing the emotional health of this diverse community and affording opportunities for networking.

This leads to the theme of interaction. Interaction means going everywhere and sometimes leaving our usual comfort zones. We grow through stretching our boundaries—bit by bit. The Soiree will always be a place to enjoy camaraderie with, and draw support from, one’s peers. But it should also be a place to grow and not a place to stagnate. We are recommitting the Soiree to involve more mingling with mainstream society and not roping ourselves off. We are also recommitting to scheduling more small-group excursions to public venues that encourage members to step into new spaces and experiences such as new-to-us restaurants, shops, bars, clubs, and more.

Finally, our Group has an expanding membership—and that is a Good Thing. As a result, expect to see familiar faces at our events – but also be primed to meet fresh faces, visit new places, and build memories based on new experiences. Join now!

We are recharged and embracing an exciting future. We are the Same Community—Just Better.

Your Organizers,

Michelle, Monica, Suzanne, and Beth

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2018 in Parties

 

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Join the DC Trans Ladies for our Summer in the City Soiree!

Hi ladies! We are so excited to invite you to our “Summer in the City” Soiree in bustling downtown Bethesda on September 15!

The full-service bar at Doubletree Bethesda

We will be hanging out at the Doubletree Bethesda bar, lounge, and restaurant from 6 p.m. ’til the bar closes around midnight to 1 a.m. Our own Monica Miller will be our in-house DJ, piping tunes through the bar’s sounds system. Crash at the hotel, and be sure to book using our group rate.

Rooftop Deck Sunset

Sunset from the Bethesda Doubletree Rooftop Deck

Scope out the hotel and neighborhood ahead of time at our August 25th Girls’ Night Out on the rooftop deck of the Doubletree followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Here’s the scoop on our signature soirees. We invite trans-women, their partners, and friends to socialize, network, and relax. We encourage new girls to come out to help boost their confidence and garner tips from those more experienced. And of course, we love having our regulars join us too!

New to this soiree, we are kicking off the evening with a hosted happy hour especially for new girls in Elizabeth (Beth) Taylor’s hotel room. Sip complimentary wine, ask any last-minute questions, get a final zip-up of that dress, and make sure you’re all set for your first soiree. We would love for experienced girls to join our happy hour and help our new girls feel confident.

The restaurant at the Doubletree Bethesda

If you’re not feeling ready for girl mode in public, you are still welcome to attend in guy mode. When you arrive, introduce yourself as a member to one of the organizers, and we will welcome you warmly. Please consider joining us at the Pre-Soiree Dinner in the hotel’s dining room. It is an opportunity to sit with your sisters and get to know them.

We look forward to seeing you all at our Summer in the City Soiree!

Your organizers,

Michelle, Monica, Suzanne, and Beth

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2018 in Parties

 

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The Mermaid

The Mermaid

The Mermaid

Poem written by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Model: Kimberly Moore
Photographer and Makeup Artist: Elizabeth Taylor
I

Who would be
A mermaid fair,
Singing alone,
Combing her hair
Under the sea,
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?

II

I would be a mermaid fair;
I would sing to myself the whole of the day;
With a comb of pearl I would comb my hair;
And still as I comb’d I would sing and say,
‘Who is it loves me? who loves not me?’
I would comb my hair till my ringlets would fall
Low adown, low adown,
From under my starry sea-bud crown
Low adown and around,
And I should look like a fountain of gold
Springing alone
With a shrill inner sound
Over the throne
In the midst of the hall;
Till that great sea-snake under the sea
From his coiled sleeps in the central deeps
Would slowly trail himself sevenfold
Round the hall where I sate, and look in at the gate
With his large calm eyes for the love of me.
And all the mermen under the sea
Would feel their immortality
Die in their hearts for the love of me.

III

But at night I would wander away, away,
I would fling on each side my low-flowing locks,
And lightly vault from the throne and play
With the mermen in and out of the rocks;
We would run to and fro, and hide and seek,
On the broad sea-wolds in the crimson shells,
Whose silvery spikes are nighest the sea.
But if any came near I would call and shriek,
And adown the steep like a wave I would leap
From the diamond-ledges that jut from the dells;
For I would not be kiss’d by all who would list
Of the bold merry mermen under the sea.
They would sue me, and woo me, and flatter me,
In the purple twilights under the sea;
But the king of them all would carry me,
Woo me, and win me, and marry me,
In the branching jaspers under the sea.
Then all the dry-pied things that be
In the hueless mosses under the sea
Would curl round my silver feet silently,
All looking up for the love of me.
And if I should carol aloud, from aloft
All things that are forked, and horned, and soft
Would lean out from the hollow sphere of the sea,
All looking down for the love of me.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2018 in Images

 

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Triple Summer Savings with Makeovers with Elizabeth Taylor!

Triple Summer Savings with Makeovers with Elizabeth Taylor!

Save during these sizzling days of summer at Makeovers with Elizabeth Taylor with three different discount options on your total makeovers, photographs, fantasies, makeup lessons, outings, and more through August 31!

This is the perfect chance to check out my beautiful Cabin John studio near Bethesda, Maryland (new as of September 2017). I have two floors of studio space including a large walk-in wardrobe, hardwood floors, a “fainting couch” chaise lounge, a traditional studio space with seamless backgrounds and studio lights, fantasy furniture with dedicated fantasy room, outdoor locations in the front garden and backyard, and more.

 

Sizzling Summer Triple Savings

  • $10 off a Makeup Lesson, Professional Headshot, or 3-hour Total Makeover & Photoshoot*
  • $25 off any 4-hour or longer session*
  • $50 off any 8-hour or longer session*

You can go online anytime and make your next appointment at http://makeoverswithelizabethtaylor.fullslate.com/. Be sure to use the Coupon Code “SUMMER FUN” to save on your session. I look forward to seeing you soon!

To being fabulous!
Elizabeth (Beth) Taylor

Makeovers with Elizabeth Taylor 
Email: elizabeth.taylor.makeover@gmail.com
Voice: 202-803-3231

*Use Coupon Code “SUMMER FUN” when you book to save $10 off makeup lessons, professional headshots, and 3-hour Total Makeover & Photoshoots; $25 off any 4-hour+ service; and $50 off any 8-hour+ service in July or August at my Cabin John location. You may use the coupon as many times as you like during the promotion including on back-to-back days; however, coupons may not be applied to gift certificates or packages. Regular deposit policies apply. Savings is off the balance of session when you book and show up to your session by August 31, 2018.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2018 in Makeovers

 

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Check out Desi!

Check out Desi!

Desi came to her makeover and photo shoot ready for some serious fun with posing and a simple prop: sunglasses. What would be your dream look for a photo shoot with me?

Model: Desi
MUA & Photographer: Elizabeth Anne Taylor

Book your total makeover and photo shoot with Beth today. Check out my makeover menu for pricing and availability.



 
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Posted by on March 29, 2018 in Images

 

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Vivian Davis, Vinyl, and the Beat Generation

Vivian Davis, Vinyl, and the Beat Generation

Vivian Davis loves the 1950s Beat Movement aesthetic, often characterized by berets, bongos, vinyl records, and books that challenged publishing norms of the time.

Vivian requested smokey eyes with strong eyeliner wings and a soft, pink nude lip. To keep the feel of the 1950s, we shot Vivian in black and white and pumped up the contrast in the resulting images. Vivian and her wife, Jes, rounded out the shoot cuddling together while listening to vinyl.

Models: Vivian Davis and Jes
Makeup Artistry for Vivian: Elizabeth Anne Taylor
Photographer: Elizabeth Anne Taylor

Do you have a hobby or special interest that you’d like to incorporate into your shoot? Bring props like Vivian did and make your photo shoot uniquely your own. Check out my makeover menu and book online here.

Vivian reads during a winter snow.

Vivian watches the snow fall.

Vivian

Vivian loves playing vinyl records.

Vivian loves the aesthetics of the Beat generation.

Vivian listens to her vinyl albums.

Vivian has killer eyes accentuated by Beat-inspired makeup.

Vivian and her bongos make for a fetching winter portrait.

The Beat generation often brings to mind bongos and berets. Vivian embraces both.

Vivian and Jes are a perfect match!

Vivian and Jes listen to vinyl on a midwinter day.

Romance is in the air with these lovebirds.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2018 in Images, Makeovers

 

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New Makeover Menu Options—Friends, Gift Certificates and Package Deals

New Makeover Menu Options—Friends, Gift Certificates and Package Deals

Hey girls! I hope you’re having a most excellent winter. I’ve added a few new services and options to my makeover menu. Check them out.

Bring a Friend and Multiply the Fun

Bring a friend with you for a makeup lesson, Total Makeover and Photoshoot, or a Fantasy Feminization experience.

Joint Makeup Lesson

Learn makeup skills with your bestie at this joint makeup lesson. You and your friend should want to achieve similar looks (daytime/natural, evening/dramatic, club/smokey eye) and have some experience applying makeup. I will demo on my face and you will copy me. I’ll coach you both each step of the way and touch-up your look as we go to make sure you’re ready to go out and continue your girls’ day of fun.

Book here: Joint Makeup Lesson for Two–Side-by-Side–3 hrs

Add your Friend to your Total Makeover and Photoshoot

Want to bring your friend with you for total makeovers and photos? With this add-on, your friend can also get a total makeover including makeup application and use of wardrobe for length of stay. You’ll both get SD cards with original photos.

Add your friend to your makeover here: Bring your Friend & Make it a Girls’ Day Out

Multiply your Fantasy—Bring your Friend

Want to bring your friend with you to enjoy your fantasy? With this add-on, your friend can also get a total makeover including makeup application and use of wardrobe for length of stay. You’ll both get SD cards with original photos of your fantasy experience. And you’ll get to design your fantasy with both of you involved from start to finish. (As always, we must discuss your fantasy prior to booking.)

Add your friend to your fantasy here: Multiply your Fantasy–Bring your Friend

Packages and Gift Certificates

Give a gift to a loved one with my gift certificate options. If you see a service you’d like to gift that’s not under gift certificates, let me know and I’ll add it.

Plan amazing femme adventures with my packages. Each package groups together commonly used services at a discounted rate. Check them out!


Gift Certificates

3-hour Total Makeover with Full Photoshoot $225

Makeup Lesson–2 hours $150

2 hour hands-on makeup lesson at my studio

 


Packages

The Makeup Makeover Fix $450

Buy 5 makeup makeovers and get the 6th one free with this package. Package includes 6 makeup makeovers for use during the next year.

 
The Confidence Builder $1,200

Schedule these sessions on back-to-back days or throughout the year to build your confidence in how you look, feel, and present as a woman. We’ll start with a 4-hour Total Makeover and Photoshoot so you can see how gorgeous you can be. At our next session, we’ll get you confident in going out in public as a woman such as for a shopping excursion or manis/pedis and dinner during this 8-hour Total Makeover with Full Day Immersion. During your third session, we’ll make sure you know how to get yourself ready for going out with a hands-on 3-hour Makeup Lesson and Starter Makeup Kit.

Save $110 compared with booking a la carte.

 

The Weekender, Standard Edition $1,125

Take a standard 2-day weekend and make it special with this weekender package. Get a Total Makeover with photos and an outing Friday (6 hrs) followed by a full-day in girl mode Saturday (12 hours) where we can shop, dine, get pampered, go out on the town, and have a blast. On Sunday, drive home after a Makeup Makeover to put you in your happy zone and wear your new clothes home.

Save $90 with this package—that’s like getting a makeup makeover for free. Hurray!

 

The Weekender, Extended Edition $1,575

Live full-time for 3-days in a row with this Weekender package, which includes three 10-hour days for the price of three 8-hour days. We will structure our schedule in advance so we can make sure to hit your favorite attractions and check off those bucket-list items. Don’t have your own wardrobe? No worries. You can borrow wardrobe items for your consecutive 3-day experience and return them the final night or the next morning.

I recommend hotel accommodations in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, or Bethesda, Maryland.

 

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in Makeovers

 

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