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Join the DC Trans Ladies for our Prom Night Soiree!

Join the DC Trans Ladies for our Prom Night Soiree!

Hi ladies! We are so excited to invite you to our first “Prom Night” Soiree in bustling downtown Bethesda at the Doubletree hotel on November 3!

This is the first time we have hosted a Prom Night and we know that the theme resonates on many levels. Clearly, proms offer a fantastic fashion platform for all of us to explore and revel in. Rather than recycling old Halloween cliches (been there, done that), we wanted this season’s soiree to combine the best of 20th Century traditions and 21st Century sensibilities.

The restaurant at the Doubletree Bethesda

Prom Night lets us focus on our inherent femininity inside and out, the passions of youth, the desire for elegance, and dreams of romance. As adults we can and do fully appreciate such things but constraints may not have permitted us to enjoy our prom as we would have liked. Ah—but now we can create memories and do Prom Night the way it should have been—with all the joys of strutting your feminine side.

The full-service bar at Doubletree Bethesda

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.

We will enjoy our Prom Night Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by our Prom Soiree ’til the bar closes around midnight. Our own Monica Miller will be our in-house DJ, piping tunes through the bar’s sounds system.

Crash at the hotel to make your life easier. Be sure to book using our group rate of $99/night by calling Brittany (or Zak) directly at 240.235.1663. Tell her you are part of the “DC Regional Trans Ladies” and she will give you the rate. If the rate drops later, you’ll get the lower rate. If you are members of Hilton Honors, AAA, or AARP, you can get potentially get discounts for those if you choose to book online instead of using the group rate.

The Doubletree Hotel staff are eager to host us and build on our successes from our Summer in the City Soiree.

At our signature soirees, we invite trans-women, their partners, and friends 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 come out too!

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

If you’re looking to get your Soiree makeup professionally applied, our very own Elizabeth Taylor (Beth) will be offering makeup makeovers at her room in the hotel (http://makeoverswithelizabethtaylor.fullslate.com). She is now booked for this event. Other makeover artists are listed on our Meetup’s discussion board.

Guest photographer Matt Anderson will be taking event photos during dinner and the Soiree. Matt will also be available for a limited number of private, 20-minute mini-shoots in Beth’s room for an additional fee. Check out his work at http://www.dvj.photography/ He can be reached at dvjphoto@yahoo.com and 301-661-2291. Or you can contact Beth to arrange/ask any questions.

We look forward to seeing you all at Prom Night: A Soiree to Remember!

Your organizers,

Michelle, Monica, Suzanne, and Beth

RSVP for each Prom Night Soiree event here:
Hosted happy hour especially for new girls in Elizabeth (Beth) Taylor’s hotel room
Pre-Soiree Prom Dinner
Prom Night: A Soiree to Remember

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2018 in Parties

 

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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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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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Erica 2.0

Erica 2.0

Erica Fremont has been through a lot of changes since I met her at my makeover studio in 2013. Just search for “Erica” in the search bar on my site, and you’ll see what I mean. Here’s Erica’s latest look, which she is affectionately calling “Erica 2.0.”

I took these photos in my updated studio spaces in Alexandria! I love my new layout!

Model: Erica Fremont

Photographer & Makeup Artist: Elizabeth Anne Taylor

Book your own transformation online at http://makeoverswithelizabethtaylor.fullslate.com

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2017 in Images, Makeover Studio, Makeovers

 

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Ask Beth: I’m considering transition. How can you help?

bethiecard1Question: Beth, I am a transgender woman presenting to the world as a man. I’m considering transitioning to live full-time as a woman in the next few years. I’m still in the closet and not sure of what resources are available or how to proceed with living as my authentic self. How can you help me with my transition, Beth? (adapted from recent conversations with clients)

-Changing Times

Answer:

Dear Changing Times,

Congratulations on beginning your journey toward living authentically! Many of my friends and clients have transitioned since I’ve known them, and transition can be a long, challenging but rewarding process. Everyone’s transition is different and advice can differ dramatically. I don’t have all the answers and am not an authoritative source, but I have worked with many people during their transitions and can point to you to many resources.

Many of my friends tell me there are three aspects to transitioning: a social transition, a medical transition, and a legal transition. You may choose to do none, some, or many/all of the options under each of these broad categories. If you choose to get involved in social or support networks in the area, you’ll quickly learn about many of the resources. A lot of my friends regularly attend MAGIC in Falls Church and Second Friday at MCC in Fairfax. Second Friday encourages spouses to attend as well since transition affects the whole family. I have listed several groups and resources in my links session in the right toolbar (bottom of the screen on a mobile device).

Some transgender women have never dressed or presented as a woman even though they have internally felt female for a very long time. I recently had a client like this who had already come out to her wife and family members but had never seen what she looked like with a femme presentation. More commonly, clients will be completely closeted and want to see how they look presenting as a woman. Many of my full-time friends presented as women on a part-time basis for some time prior to coming to me. In all these cases, I would suggest starting with the 3-hour or 4-hour Total Makeover with Photoshoot so that you can build confidence in your feminine identity and presentation. Take a look at my ideas for people new to presenting as a woman for follow-on sessions.

How I can help with your transition goals

Going forward you may be interested in medical procedures like facial feminization surgery (FFS), permanent hair removal, hormone replacement therapy, and other surgeries. Before visiting surgeons for FFS consultations, you may want to see what the range of options looks like with an FFS Visualization Service. I can take photos for the FFS Visualization Service as I describe below. Legally, you may wish to change your legal name, legal gender, and related legal and work documents. Socially, you may wish to update your clothing and makeup presentation for the workplace and daytime, especially if you’ve mainly been going out at night. You may also choose to come out to friends, family, and coworkers, and you may wish to share a photo of you presenting as your true self. As you transition in the workplace, you may want an updated professional headshot for your LinkedIn profile, resumes, and other professional documents.

Facial Feminization Surgery Visualization

If you’re curious about feminizing your face with surgery, then you may want to see how each procedure could potentially enhance your feminine appearance. In conjunction with the UK-based Virtual FFS service, I can help with that! Check this out:

Makeup Makeover with FFS Virtual Visualization Photos $150

This session starts with photos en femme (you wear/bring your own clothes) but no wig or makeup to submit to an FFS Virtual Visualization Service such as Virtual FFS. We’ll do a makeup makeover and take the same photo poses with makeup and your wig. After you work with the unaffiliated Virtual FFS service, then you’ll be able to compare no makeup, FFS visualization, and with makeup looks to see what makeup achieves compared to surgery options.

Makeup Lesson for a daytime, work-appropriate look

You may already know how to do a glamorous, evening makeup look but you should be prepared to dial it back for the work environment. We can go over both the basics for a 15-min out-the-door, just-the-basics look and a full-scale, daytime look

Makeup Lesson–2 hours $150
Makeup Lessons includes hands-on skincare and makeup application. I will apply makeup to half your face and you’ll apply it to the other side with my guidance. You’ll leave with a complete list of your formulas & colors along with written instructions for application. Makeup is available for purchase at my studio and online at http://youniquebyelizabethtaylor.com

Professional Headshot

Studio photography available for your professional head shots for your business card, avatar, and LinkedIn. Images will be lightly retouched with Photoshop and delivered via email within 7 days. Add on a makeup makeover ($90) if desired.

Other Services of Interest

Feminine Deportment

Shopping Companion (or use a personal shopper at Macy’s, Nordstrom, or similar)

Photos (from a Total Makeover + Photography or similar)

Other Service Providers

Hair Removal

Many transitioning and full-time transgender women tell me you should start permanent hair removal as soon as possible even if you don’t have a complete plan toward transition. Hair color and density of hair follicles determines what permanent hair removal options could work for you. Many women tell me it takes two years of laser and electrolysis to eliminate their facial hair. I have a couple of options in my Hair & Nail Services links session that come highly recommended from friends and clients. Kimberly Moore and Giselle both have had great results and value from Fay (Forugh Irani), who can be reached at 202-706-4848. She has offices in Vienna and Arlington.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

If you are interested in hormone replacement therapy (HRT), then you should typically start by seeing a gender therapist such as those listed under my Therapists section of my links or a therapist at Whitman-Walker Health in DC. Some providers, such as Signey Olson in DC, use the informed-consent/harm-reduction protocol, which gets you started on gender-affirming hormone therapy faster than using the WPATH protocol.

Get Professional Help Growing out your Hair

See SanDee in Fairfax City for help growing out your hair in a way that you can style in both guy and girl modes. My friends and clients rave to me about her and I have sat through a session while my friend, Tracy Lynn, got her first girl hair cut and style.

Best wishes on your journey!

I wish you the very best on your journey to discover and express your authentic self. I look forward to being a part of it.

To being fabulous!

Elizabeth Taylor (Beth)

Phone: 202-803-3231 (voice only)

Email: elizabeth.taylor.makeover@gmail.com

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2017 in Images

 

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A Handsome Stranger

A handsome stranger strolls the Alexandria waterfront. Who wants to give him some company?

Photography by Elizabeth Taylor
Model: Forrest

Book your photoshoot online today

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Images

 

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