Thursday, December 30, 2010

Am I Hot Again?

Once again, I posted a recent pic on the Hot or Not website, just to see what kind of result I got. This is one of my weakest ratings...but, hey, I'm still hotter than more than half the real women on the site.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

More Cartoons

With no dressing until next week at the earliest, here are some cartoons:


Growing Suspicions

Complete Maid Service

Monday, December 27, 2010

Dani's Best Look--Round 2 results

Week 6 winner:

21. Blue pinstripe suit, white man-tailored blouse, black hose, blue patent spike heel pumps

And here's the other five outfits going into the semi-finals:

14 23

40 52


We'll start today putting these head-to-head two at a time. When we've pared it down to three finalists, I'll talk about how the last round will go.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Shopping Hassles

Turns out Kmart does not offer free shipping to the store on all items...only on select ones...and none of them are clothing! So I won't be ordering any of the things I listed in a previous post; I'll have to shop for them in person next week some time.

On the other hand, Fashion Bug still does ship to stores, so I ordered this dress

and a really neat necklace:

I should have them by next week sometime.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Happy Christmas to All...." 2010

[My annual Christmas greeting, first posted in 2007.

...and to all a Good Night!" Clement Clark Moore wrote. (And, yes, he did write "Happy Christmas," not "Merry....")

I'll probably not be blogging very much over the next few weeks, so Happy New Year as well. I thought this was an opportunity to thank everybody who has commented here, who has linked to here, who reads here regularly.

And a chance to talk about how I feel about Christmas. I'm with Charles Dickens, who put these words into the mouth of Scrooge's nephew, Fred: "I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round -- apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that -- as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!"

There is practically no version of A Christmas Carol that I cannot stand to watch at least once, although I have a favorite--the 1984 TV version starring George C. Scott, which I consider closest to both the spirit and the letter of Dickens' work. I will confess a soft spot for The Muppet Christmas Carol, in part because my kids love it so (despite their being college graduates now).

So I will close this post with the immortal words of Tiny Tim:

God bless us, everyone!

Help Dani Shop 2

Here's a look at my possible choices from Fashion Bug:




Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Help Dani Shop 1

Immediately after the holiday, I plan on doing some ordering from Kmart/Sears (they work together) and Fashion Bug. In preparation, I've been going over their websites and putting things in my wish lists. But there's so many things I'd like, I can't decide what to buy.

So, I'm looking for guidance. Leave me a comment on this posting to say which items you think look best. To start here's the stuff from Kmart/Sears:









Monday, December 20, 2010

Dani's Best Look--Round 2, Week 6

Week 5 winner:

14. Black-red-white kimono sleeve two-piece dress, white hose, red patent t-strap pumps

Week 6 entries:

13. Red-and-black crepe dress, dark hose, red t-strap pumps

21. Blue pinstripe suit, white man-tailored blouse, black hose, blue patent spike heel pumps

38. Red satin blouse, black-and-white polka dot skirt, light hose, red baby-doll pumps

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Training of Gwen: Journal Entry #5

I was going to hold this until Gwen got me the entries for the rest of the weekend, but I've decided to get it up now, instead:

December 3

The wife has taken a short trip and Madame has posted three assignments for me to complete before the wife returns. Today, I am to present myself for walk training. Wearing high heels of at least five inches has always been a problem for me. I love wearing the shoes but have never figured out how to walk without for very long without having to brace myself so as not to stumble or almost fall down. For this presentation, I wear the black bullet bra, high waisted black panty girdle and black lace top stockings as basic foundation. The top is a red bolero ruffled blouse with long sleeves. The skirt is a red leather very mini skirt. The shoes are black patent with a wide ankle strap and five inch heels. After about fifty minutes I change to a high waisted red leather skirt. I am making a video so Madame can see and critique my walking and some still posing photos as well.

The walking lasts for about an hour. I walk back and forth trying to put one foot almost in front of the other. I have a long way to go before this seems second nature. I totter and lose my balance frequently. At first, I am acutely conscious of my movements and have no real sense of what to do with my hands or how to gesture. It is confusing and I am so centered on trying to stay upright that everything is mechanical and unnatural. As time goes by I become completely centered on shortening my stride and taking things more slowly. I am still trying to stride with long steps but that doesn’t work. Slowing down, becoming comfortable with a new gait makes the walking a bit easier. But I still don’t know what do with my hips or gestures. It still isn’t second nature. I realize this is just the beginning of course so there is some comfort in knowing there will be progress as the training proceeds. I am slowly realizing just how different it is to slowly become worthy of Stepton’s requirements.

The posing takes me within another problem. How to properly pose and project with a new persona. To inhabit another reality in a sense. I think I am slowly doing better with shaping and trying out new and some repetitive postures for the camera.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Colorful for Christmas

As promised, today's outfits are a colorful contrast to yesterday's black-and white. Let's start with the green henley collared dress:

Accessories are a red fedora, silver jewelry, red belt, light hose, and red plaid peep-toe mary-janes. Does this hat work as well as the black one from yesterday?

And here's a portrait shot:

I followed that up with this out-of-season summery frock:

Accesssories are a yellow hair bow, silver jewelry, white belt, dark hose, and lynx-print strap pumps.

And, finally, one last portrait:

This is almost undoubtedly my final dressing/photo session until after the New Year. But I'll still be posting some other stuff. As always, additional pics are on Flickr.