Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Poll

I'm going to try this again, in hopes that Blogger fixed the poll problem. First off, here's the one I chose as last week's winner (because it's my favorite):

Now, here are the choices for this week (eight, because I'm trying to clear out a backlog before the year-end review at the end of November):


Choose the image you think belongs in the year-end review and vote in the poll to the right (if it's working).

Monday, October 29, 2012

Wedding Party

Some new Archie material to tide you over...

So far all is OK here...if I disappear for a few days, figure power went out due to Sandy.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Some Thoughts on Archie

Given the amount of time and effort I've given to feminizing Archie around here, you all might find this little piece by comics artist Ty Templeton amusing:

Double Digest Bun Toon!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Octoberfest 20

Having run through all the pants I own, for today's afternoon session I pulled out my hobble skirt. I was very surprised at how all the blues in these pieces ~ blouse, skirt and shoes ~ matched perfectly.

The skirt is by Cape Cod Sportswear, a thrift shop find in May 2011; the navy polka-dot blouse is from Kmart's Basic Editions line, bought in June 2012; the shoes are Fioni "In the Mix" navy felt peep-toe pumps by Payless, purchased in February 2011. Other accessories are pearls, white belt, and natural hose.

More pics on Flickr; some special postings over the weekend; and when I return to dressing (date dependent on a "girl" named Sandy), I'll be pulling out some season-appropriate sweaters and sweater dresses.

Octoberfest 19

Here's the final black-and-white posting. I love this fits perfectly and it works in so many settings.

This t-bar pattern dress is from Fashion Bug, purchased in January 2011; The shoes are Steve Madden "P-Echo" black patent pumps, bought on a great discount at Famous Footwear this past May. Other accessories are shiny bow, silver jewelry, belt, and natural hose.

Lots of folks compliment the portraits in the short wig. Do you agree?

More pics on Flickr; another outfit later today; I'll keep an eye on whether the polling widget gets fixed.

Plans Change

First of all, I will be dressing today, after all. It looks like Hurricane Sandy is going to hit right near my area and that means the wife may be working from home on Monday, so I'm using today to make up for missing that one.

Second, I'm suspending the poll. Something is definitely wrong with Blogger's polling widget ~ every time a new vote is cast, it wipes out all the previously recorded votes and only shows the new one. Until that gets fixed, I'll just have to pick the new additions to the year-end review myself. Sorry!

See you later in full Dani mode.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Fascinating Essay....

...from a Harvard professor who sometimes chooses to wear women's clothes. In many ways, his experiences and feelings seem a lot like my own, as in his opening paragaphs:

Maybe I just want to be pretty.

Maybe I just want to feel pretty, or to look pretty. Some of those goals seem impossible, or incompatible, or prohibitively difficult; not worth what I would have to sacrifice. I’m a man, but I like dressing up as a woman, in women’s clothes, wearing lipstick and bracelets and bright rings and women’s shoes. Given my tastes, at the moment, it might be better to say that I like dressing up as a girl. I like to wear costume jewelry, and pastel nail polish, and I do that all the time. I like to wear skirts and tights, or dresses, too, in private sometimes, in public fewer times, and in company when I can find an appropriate occasion, which I rarely can.

That’s been the case for a while. In my twenties I found the perfect social circle, and the perfect set of dance parties and rock clubs, where I could dress up like a girl and my friends didn’t mind—or found it charming. Then my favorite club closed. Then Jessie and I got married and moved to Minnesota, and my space for cross-dressing dried up. I minded, but not very much, because I liked the rest of my life. I even stopped wearing nail polish and sparkly rings for a while, though the poetry I published made its commitment to girlish identities, feminine alternate selves, all but unmistakable.

And now I have started dressing up again, every so often—I think all I want is every so often—and I’m ready to write about it in disjunctive and maybe all too self-conscious prose.

Read the whole essay here. And don't forget to vote in the poll (details here)!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New Poll

As usual, pick the image you think belongs in the year-end review:


At a guess, you all will overwhelmingly choose E or F. At any rate, vote in the poll to the right.

Poll Results

Something weird happened with this poll today; about two hours before the poll was due to close, all the votes were wiped out. Fortunately, I know which picture was clearly in the lead at that time, and I'm declaring it the winner:

Vote in the poll to the right; and hopefully this won't happen again.

Octoberfest 18

A more colorful pair of pants ~ the bright orange crepe palazzo pants, worn with a pale yellow blouse.

Those very feminine pants were part of Kmart's Jaclyn Smith line back in April 2009; the blouse is by Laura Scott and was found in a thrift shop in July of this year; the Fioni "Knotty" yellow canvas sling-back peep-toe pumps from Payless were boubght in June 2010. Other accessories are a yellow bow, scarf and gold jewelry.

The black wig looks better today than it has in quite a while.

More pics on Flickr; the last dressing for this week, but I have a bunch of special postings for the coming few days; and you still have a few hours to vote in the poll (details here)!

Octoberfest 17

More black and white, with this stylish animal print dress.

I bought the dress at Fashion Bug in May 2010 and the shoes (Dollhouse "Harlot" croc-print pumps) at Shoe Dept. in January 2010. Other accessories are shiny bow. silver and chunky jewelry, and natural hose.

Am I right that the black wig looks best in black-and-white photos?

More pics on Flickr; a very casual pants look later; and don't forget to vote in the poll (details here)!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Octoberfest 16

Oddly enough, today's pants outfit could also qualify as a black-and-white ensemble, but I decided to do only one b&w photo session each day. Here's an elegant white pleated blouse paired with a subtly pin-striped pair of slacks.

Like yesterday's, today slacks are from Larry Levine Woman, purchased at Burlington Coat Factory in March 2008; the blouse is by Apparenza, found at a thrift shop in January 2011; the shoes are Dollhouse "Margaretta" black pumps with metal heels from Shoe Dept. in January 2010.

Other accessories are blue bow, blue and gold jewelry (new!), and patterned tights.

Isn't this a lovely portrait?

More pics on Flickr; two more outfits tomorrow; and don't forget to vote in the poll (details here)!

Octoberfest 15

Black-and-white continues with this cute little shirt dress with tiny polka dots.

The dress is part of Target's Merona line from back in January 2010; the shoes are Fioni "Kassie" red patent t-strap pumps from Payless in January 2009. Other accessories are polka-dot bow (isn't it cute?), silver jewelry, scarf, silver belt, and patterned tights.

The black-and-white portraits continue to look good.

More pics on Flickr; more pants this afternoon; and don't forget to vote in the poll (details here)!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Octoberfest 14

The afternoon pants collection continues, combining this very feminine pair of cuffed trousers with a ruffled print blouse.

The slacks are Larry Levine Woman from Burlington Coat Factory in March 2008; the blouse is by a company called S.L.B., found in a thrift shop this past April; the shoes are Dexter "Lynx" mary-janes from Payless in February 2010.

Other accessories are a print bow, gold jewelry, and natural hose.

A pensive portrait:

More pics on Flickr; dressing continues tomorrow; and don't forget to vote in the poll (details here)!