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SUMMER! LONG T-DRESS.

HELLO FROM DENAE DOYLE IN SANTA CRUZ. GOSH, WHAT A FASHION CHANGE FOR WOMEN…THIS SUMMER
PUT THE JEANS AWAY, AND PURCHASE A COUPLE OF MAXI DRESSES. THEY ARE A LONG COTTON SLEEVE-LESS T DRESS— CUT
SHORT IN THE FRONT SO YOUR SEXY LEGS SHOW AND THEY WEAR COOLER. THE HELM IS UP TO THE KNEE— THEY HAVE ALL SIZES, AND ALL COLORS. ADD ANY JEWELRY WITH THEM, ANY ACCESSORY. SANDALS LOOK BEST WITH MAXI T SUNDRESSES, THEY ARE NOT MADE FOR HEELS AND CLUBS. OOOHH, WHAT A RELAXING NEW LOOK FOR SPRING AND SUMMER, AND MANY SELL AROUND $ 20.00 TO $30.00
CHECK THE WEB FOR PHOTOS, AND GET LOTS OF IDEAS OF WHAT TO PUT WITH THEM. IF YOU WANT TO WEAR THEM IN THE WINTER, YOU CAN ALWAYS PUT A SHORT SWEATER WITH A SCARF AROUND THE NECK. THE SIZES IN T-DRESS GOES TO 3W.
HAVE FUN, THEY ARE GREAT TO WEAR AT THE BEACH, IF YOUR NOT READY TO SHOW IT ALL!
A BAG STRAW HAT, AND LARGE SUNGLASSES AND YOU ARE GOOD TO GO!
DENAE

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NEW LEGGING ~ TRY SHOPPING AT NO NONSENSE ON THE WEB

HELLO EVERYONE- I FRIEND KEPT TELLING ME ABOUT THE NONSENSE WEBSITE, WHICH AS ALL THEIR LEGGINGS, JEANS, AT THEIR DISCOUNT PRICE. YOU WILL LOVE THE COLORS, AND THEY HELP YOU MIX AND MATCH. I SUGGEST THE JEANS OR LEGGINGS WHICH HAVE THE STRETCH SPANDEX TO THEM.
THIS YEAR, THEY ARE MIXING AND MIXING SOME MORE. FOR EXAMPLE ON THEIR WEB SITE PAGE–THEY HAVE BLACK AND WHITE DOTS WITH RED T SHIRTS. I BOUGHT LEGGINGS FOR $12.00 UP TO $18.00 AT LEGGINGS TODAY. TO LARGE, SO THEY STRETCH.

JUST REALLY TAKE YOUR TIME AND GO THROUGH THE SITE, THERE ARE SOME MORE EXPENSIVE….BUT MOSTLY YOU ARE GETTING THEIR PRICES IN JEANS, SHORTS, T-SHIRTS,…I TRULY CAN’T LIST ALL THE ITEMS….AND THE PRICES ARE FABULOUS!!!
SO TRY: WWW.NONOSENSE.COM

SUMMER IS SOON OVER AND ALL THE STORES WILL BE PUSHING ALL THE SUMMER CLOTHING OUT OF THE STORES…STARTING THIS WEEK UNTIL BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO BEGIN A “BARGAIN? SUMMER SECTION FOR YOUR CLOSET AND A WINTER SECTION. EVEN IF THE SUMMER THINGS ARE SOON TO BE LEAVING, PUT THEM IN YOUR SUMMER SECTION AND NEXT SUMMER YOU WILL HAVE FRESH, HIGHLY DISCOUNTED CLOTHES IF PRICE IS NOT A CONCERN, BEGIN “CAPSULE” SECTIONS IN YOUR CLOSET. I LOVE THE CAPSULE WAY OF ORGANIZING MY WARDROBE…IF I DON’T DO CAPSULES (GROUPS PUT TOGETHER) THEN TRY COLORS. HAVE A FUN 4TH OF JULY, HERE IN SANTA CRUZ CA, WHERE I LIVE AND WORK….IT IS A BEAUTIFUL OCEAN TOWN SOUTH OF SAN FRANCISCO. IT IS A FUN VISIT TO SAN FRAN, AND DRIVING SOUTH A FUN BEACH TRIP.
TAKE A HAT! SUNGLASSES! AND MOST OF ALL….HAVE FUN IN A CUTE PUT-TOGETHER FEMME OUTFIT. MARSHALLS, KOLHS, TARGET AS TONS OF DISCOUNTED SWIMN WEAR. THIS IS NOT AN AREA TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY IN. NOW, GO…PICK UP SOME GUN-SCREEN AND SOME DRINKS…AND HAVE FUN!
DENAE

Thank-you Elaine ~ She described part of a makeup session, with me!

Hello Everyone, this is Denae of FemImage. By accident, I found this clients (Elaine) account of a session she had with me several years ago (2002). This describes, the details I arranged during one of my “learning” sessions. Now, the wonderful makeup artist, she describes, is no longer at Capitola Mall, in Santa Cruz, CA. But, I AM HERE (smiles) to TEACH YOU EACH STEP YOU NEED IN all feminine areas important for any TG woman…such as: how to apply your makeup, and help you find supplies. In addition, in a consultation, we study VOICE which is so important for any serious TG woman…I use a computer software program which allows you to SEE and HEAR your Pitch and Resonance scores, Wardrobe colors and styles, how to move in a feminine, sensual photo poses, to moving in a feminine way with a few simple tips on feminine movement or sexy sways …to my favorite subject… SENSUAL MOVEMENT IN ALL AREAS…FROM WALKING AND STANDING TO GETTING IN AND OUT OF CARS, TO PUTTING A COAT ON AND OFF, TO GOING UP AND DOWN STAIRS GRACEFULLY. Please don’t hesistate to call me, at 831 479-1252, or email me at DenaeDoyle@femimage.com to discuss your private consult with me (Santa Cruz is about 1 hour 15 min South of the San Francisco airport.
We can put together a consult which will include everything you need, and discuss a fee depending on how many hours you feel–you will need.

So, herewith a clients story, of how feminine she felt, during her day with me. Again, I just found this article on the Internet today!
Enjoy!
Denae

I Love Chanel Cosmetics And My Consult With Denae Doyle!

A lot of us girls (Trannie, like me, or Genetic) have questions about makeup. Colors, brands, how to apply.. my goodness, there is a lot to learn. The best thing I ever did was to go the Chanel counter and let the professionals show me. It wasn’t cheap, but it was certainly worth it to me. Let me tell you about it.

Like many of you, I learned about makeup through various resources. There are great web sites like http://www.transformation.co.uk/easy-make-up.html. Detailed instruction and examples can be found in books like Color Me Beautiful by Carole Jackson (which Denae recommended and is such an eye opener to what colors to wear, Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces, and Jane Campsie’s Hair & Make-Up. And of course there’s Oprah–I happened to catch a great segment on eyebrow waxing one afternoon, for example. These resources are wonderful for explaining it all and showing beautifully made-up faces that I would die for, but they don’t talk about my particular face. (An egregious oversight on their part!) I thought I was doing pretty good with a look for clubbing etc., but when I decided to transition to living as a woman full time, I began to worry about achieving a more natural look for everyday wear. My color sense just isn’t very good, so I needed help.

Fortunately, I knew where I could get that help. I had recently spent a gloriously fun afternoon with Denae Doyle of FemImage, working on my feminine poise and deportment. I remembered that Denae had mentioned a makeup expert she worked with from time to time, and that I might consider consulting her when I was ready. Now I was ready! I gave Denae a call. She told me she was thinking of Debi at the Chanel counter at Gottschalks in the Capitola Mall near Santa Cruz, where Denae’s business is headquartered. I thanked her and said I would go there and see Debi, but Denae generously offered to accompany me and oversee the process. We arranged to meet at the mall the following Saturday. (Denae called ahead to be sure that Debi would be available.)

We planned to meet at Chili’s restaurant at the mall’s main entrance for lunch. I arrived a little early and did not see Denae, so I took a quick tour around the mall. Quick is right! Compared to the fabulous Silicon Valley malls like Westfield and Standford where I usually shop, this seemed like a toy mall, just a little playpen of a mall. It only took 10 minutes to walk the length and breadth of the criss-cross layout, ducking my head into a few shops, but moving along quickly so I wouldn’t miss Denae. We eventually linked up, and it turned out we must have just missed each other several times. But all’s well that ends well, and we had a nice relaxing lunch at Chili’s, with lots of girly chit-chat.

After finishing with our lunch, we sauntered down to the Gottschalks end of the mall, window shopping along the way. We got to the Chanel counter in the department store, and Debi and her young porcelain-skinned comrade-in-cosmetics Linse greeted us with big smiles. At this point I began to understand the wisdom of trekking all the way down to Santa Cruz for this venture. I’m sure charming and talented makeup pros can be found at Chanel counters everywhere, but here in this little mall I received the undivided attention of these two lovely ladies all afternoon. At Westfield Macy’s, it’s an effort just to get enough attention to replenish my foundation.

Denae introduced me to Debi and Linse and they seemed genuinely happy to meet me. Other T-girls have reported similar warm welcomes at other cosmetics counters as well. I suspect the clerks spend so much time helping little old ladies select just the right shade of blue eye shadow, that they’re sincerely glad to work with a fresh new face, especially one that is eager to drink deeply from the fountain of their expertise.

Denae and the ladies got caught up on their gossip a little bit, and then the focus turned to me me me! Debi sat me in the tall makeup chair in the aisle and used some potions to clean off the light cosmetics I had applied that morning. She applied some magic “restructuring” creams and moisturizing lotions which use the most modern chemical technologies to extract huge sums of money from my pocketbook, and may possibly help me achieve softer, more youthful skin. (On the serious side, I figure that if good skin care delays the need for a face lift some number of years, it will be a worthwhile return on my investment.)

Starting with this fresh palette, the first and most important task was to select a foundation. This was the part that Denae had particularly wanted to watch over, as it so important to get this just right. She had confided to me that she had gone back and forth with Debi with some “slight” differences of opinion working on certain girls, and sometimes this process could be quite lengthy. As it happened I was easy, and Debi hit my color just right on the first try with Soft Bisque Intensity 3. Denae didn’t have to fight her a bit. We all agreed this shade looked very natural on me. Debi applied the foundation with a medium size brush, and I watched her technique closely as I had not been a brush-user up to this point. I was impressed with how smoothly the brush applied the foundation, and how it filled in all the pits and crevices that I deny having. I decided I would use a foundation brush from now on.

Debi dusted my face with a silky powder using a large puffy brush, just removing the shine from my skin. She used a little bit of concealer and highlighter to cover what remained of my upper lip stubble, most of my facial hair having been eradicated via laser at this point. I was amazed at how little concealer and powder she used, because I had been caking it on rather thickly. But I realized that I had developed this habit when I still had quite a bit of facial hair, and no longer needed to do that. The light application of makeup gave me a much more natural look. (The cost of Chanel’s liquid makeup has also encouraged me to go lighter and lighter on the foundation lately!)

Debi selected an auburn pencil to fill in and define my eyebrow arch, and she and Denae decided I definitely needed a waxing there. “Yes! yes!” I eagerly agreed, as this was something I had been longing to do but had not felt comfortable about as long as I was still doing guy-mode. Denae and I ran over to her manicure parlor and got this done right after we finished at Chanel that afternoon.

From a Tamises Trio eye shadow kit, Debi used a light, almost invisible shade over my whole eye-lid all the way up to the eyebrows to set off the arch. Then she added a dark blue–almost a gray–on the lower portion of the lid, just on the outside halves to make my eyes look a little wider apart. For eyeliner, a dark purple shade replaced the black that I had been using. Debi made a much thinner line than I had always done, and smudged it so that it was nothing more than a shadow. I thought this would not leave enough color to bring out my eyes sufficiently, but when she curled my eye-lashes and coated them with a dark brown-black mascara, I had to agree with the ladies that my baby blues looked plenty cute!

I think I mentioned to Debi that I had never been able to find a mascara I was completely pleased with. They never seemed to go on quite right, being too clumpy, or gluey, or too thin, or whatever. I was pleased to find out that I love the Chanel mascara. It seems extremely thick, yet it goes on very smoothly and looks quite natural. The Chanel foundation also strikes me as substantially richer and nicer looking and feeling than what the ladies disparagingly referred to several times as “drugstore cosmetics”. As for the rest of the products, I haven’t really formed an opinion as to whether they are or are not substantially better than less expensive alternatives.

Denae had previously cautioned me against red red lipstick, which had of course been my idea of “with it” up to that point. Debi chose a light sienna lip liner and lipstick for me. I noticed that the lipstick matched the liner exactly, and I recalled that Kevyn Aucoin claimed that the dark liner/lighter fill look was out of style. (Of course Kevyn also says there are no rules!) I also saw the control Debi was able to achieve using a tiny brush to apply the lipstick, and I resolved to become a brush gal in this also.

Debi finished me off with blush high on my cheekbones of a gold hue with peach undertones. She swept the blush up higher toward my temples than Denae thought prudent, but when we saw how subtle the shade was, we agreed it worked well. Finally a deeper plumb blush was used to sculpt in my cheeks just a bit. Debi blended the blush thoroughly with her fingers, so that it transitioned smoothly and looked simply like a trick of the light.

The girls all picked at my hair to fluff it up a bit, and declared I was a beauty. I wasn’t inclined to argue!

When I got home that evening I snapped a few photos to get a record of my make-over. Unfortunately I am lousy photographer, but the accompanying photo (the head shot with the rose jacket) can give you some idea of the results. I like all of the colors and products Debi helped me with that day, and that is what I continue to wear now, several months later. However I thought that Debi overdid me just a bit, for my tastes. A little too much blush, a little too much extension beyond my natural lip lines. So I tone things down somewhat in my daily wear, more like the photo of me in the gray suit. For clubbing, especially on Goth or fetish nights, I go back to the red red lipstick and black black eyeliner!

All this expertise, attention, and love did come with a price tag. Actually you are not obligated to buy anything when you have a makeover at the cosmetics counter. But the ladies work on commission, so it would be rather rude to take up their time and not compensate them. In my case I had deliberately let my makeup supply run down in anticipation of this event, and I let Debi know that as we got started. When we finished, lovely Linse presented me with a big drawing of a face which she had annotated with the exact descriptions of all the products which we had used as we went along. Debi asked me what, if anything, I wished to purchase. I told her, “I need everything. Load me up!” In this, I was not to be disappointed! I had been forewarned by a girlfriend that this could be a pricey experience. She told me she had spent $300 at the cosmetics counter on one of her initial trips. So I thought I was prepared. I asked Debi to ring me up but don’t even show me the bottom line–I just signed off the credit card slip. So it was not until I got home that I saw the damage. Are you ready for this? It was several hundred dollars–but it did reach that by the time I picked up a couple of things that they had not had in stock just at that time! I was glad that I had not seen this bottom line in the store, because it did rather shock me! But I decided that I do not regret a nickel of it. Let me explain that this included not just cosmetics, but a complete set of brushes, and the complete line-up of those very pricey high-tech skin care products. Also Chanel is no doubt the top of the line, most expensive cosmetics you can get and Denae Doyle and the girls at Chanel are the best and I am fortunately in a position where I can afford it, so why not the best? I figure it is like cooking–use the very best ingredients, until you get good enough that you can achieve the same results with more economical ones. I would encourage other girls to take advantage of their local make-up counters, Chanel or others, and don’t be put off by the money. You don’t have to spend anything like what I spent–but do buy at least a few things to compensate your gals (or guys) for their time. What color “foundation” is difficult, so getting help in what shade, would be my suggestion.

This little adventure took place over Christmas break last season. If I had any regrets about the money I spent, they would have disappeared once and for all at 8 am on January 2. That was the moment when I walked into the lobby of my new job, working for the first time as a woman, and told the receptionist, “Good morning, I’m Elaine!” Because whatever other doubts and uncertainties were facing me that morning, at least I had confidence that my makeup was fine.

Luv,
Lannie
4/2002

Shaving Your Legs

Hello from Denae. I hope all of you had a Happy Thanksgiving. I went to Pebble Beach for lunch with my best friend, there were beautiful women with beautiful clothes!

Herewith an article on shaving your legs…in response to Catherine’s email.

TIPS FOR SHAVING YOUR LEGS!
What is the best way to shave your legs to prevent a rash? For TG’s who do not have a lot of experience with shaving their legs, underarms and bikini area, this is a wonderful question!

First, I have found out how important it is to exfoliate your skin before shaving. It gets rid of all the dead skin cells that could clog up your razor, preventing a close shave. I exfoliate my face with a hand pad, and with a good exfoliating lotion, from the drug store. I also exfoliate my arms and legs with a hand pad from the drug store. This also removes sun spots, or liver spots. (This is a very important step, if you’re going to use any tanning product, as dead skin will cause the tanning product to show these spots even more).

The trick to shaving is to wet your skin and let it soften from the heat and moisture. You don’t want to shave dry skin. Shaving is a natural exfoliator and you’ll clog up the razor with dead skin while putting yourself at risk for nicks. I sit in a very warm bath with yummy soaps I purchase from a soap store. There’s no need to waste your money on shaving creams formulated especially for women. They are virtually the same as the creams sold for men, unless you enjoy the smell of women’s shaving creams. Same goes for your razor; you can use men or women’s razors. You are going to have to experiment with razors until you find the perfect one for you. Look for a razor with lubricated strips, pivoting heads and spring-mounted multiple blades. I’ve sampled several types and varieties and was amazed at how different each feels. With trial and error, I have found the Schick Quattro for Women, which has four super-thin blades and a pivoting head, works best on my legs.

Be sure to change razors or cartridges on a regular basis, a dull blade can lead to nicks. Also, it’s best not to use the razor you use in guy mode, on your face.as your facial hair can be coarser and will dull a blade.

Since your leg hairs grow down, you’ll want to start at your ankles and shave up. For your underarms, you’ll need to shave in every direction since the hair there grows every which way. When finished, apply oil or moisturizer. The skin on your legs has few oil glands and has a tendency for dryness. Don’t forget to put lotion on your feet! And, shave any hair on your feet, or toes. (Please clip those toe nails as men have thicker toe nails, and this can be a giveaway).

Ingrown hairs are caused when the hairs curl back under the skin. Avoid ingrowns by exfoliating daily and using a glycolic acid body lotion. You can purchase this, at your local drug store. (Be sure and get a glycolic acid for your face also, as a man.you will be shaving your face closer to apply makeup).

If you tend to get a few ingrown hairs try Tend Skin –an over-the-counter lotion for ingrown hairs, applying it in the morning and at night. The bumps should disappear within a couple days.

If you’re full time, consider opting for waxing, at least on your legs. You’ll find that men do have coarser hair; it won’t grow back as fast. If you’re a CD, consider purchasing a good electric shaver, which has three blade sizes. Take your leg hair down, leaving some hair for guy mode.

When you wear hose… they cover the light amount of hair you left on your legs. You can use your electric shaver, for your arms or legs. If your hair is really dark, try “Jo Lynn” body hair bleach, from any drug store. Simply rub it on, (it is like tooth paste) and wash off in 5 mins. Your hair will be lighter. This can be done, in the summer, when the sun would normally bleach out your hair. (Okay, it sounds good, right)?

Regards,

Denae Doyle

Kinky Boots ~ In England

Hello All, this is a very interesting story! The man who owned this shoe business, was not making it–with making mens’ shoes. He somehow started making really HOT, sexy boots…and now he is a best seller for sexy boots and he works mostly with the TG (who wants something over the top). You can find the long version of his story, on the Internet. However, take a look at some very beautiful boots,and some regular boots for day or night wear!
http://www.kinkyboots.com
Perhaps for your up-coming New Years Eve Party!
Smiles,
Denae Doyle
FemImage
831 479-1282

Dressing Your Age

Hello Donna, thank you for your email…which I will share on my blog.
Your are dressing to young, to long of blonde hair, to short of dress at 65
You can still look Hot, with shoulder length wig….which is brown with lots of blonde highlights. The low color will bring out your eyebrows and lashes. Dark “roots” can really help also, as they keep one from having a washed out face when you go all blonde. Now, for in guy mode, the same. When we look at Anderson Cooper, few things are more noticeable about him than his perfect hair. While his personal style is excellent from the waist up, oftentimes his bottom half leaves a bit to be desired. However, his hair and desire to ‘age gracefully’ certainly helps him stand out. There is no denying that Anderson Cooper is the perfect example of people aging gracefully. What can this tell us about keeping up our image later in life?
Best of luck Donna, I enjoyed working with you.
Denae

Kertain Hair Treatment

Hello Everyone, I have very hard to control hair, and spend lots of time blow drying out my curly hair. I went to a salon today, where Larry Zellers at Inspire Salon in Santa Cruz, CA (fabulous hairdresser who occasionally dresses in drag) put a new product called Keratain on my hair. OMG, my hair was instantly smooth and silky, and I have had to try a million products and have had to deal with my difficult curly-frizzy hair for my entire life.

I had heard about this new Keratain product for frizzy hair for over a year, and since I have an important TG event coming up, I decided to try it;, but deep-down inside I was really thinking it would be yet more wasted time, effort and money. What a wonderful surprise. Smooth, silky hair, and the frizzy hair was gone! You do want to find a stylist who has worked with Keratin products before, so they can explain the process to you.

There are two types of Keratain treatments.
The first-(heavier treatment)- will help frizzy, or really curly hair straighten and be more smooth. The second type -(less strong)- is simply a hair “smoothing” treatment. This has to be done in a salon and is truly miraculous. This will last for several months. Yea!

For TG women, if you’re using your own male hair or hope to grow it out one day (and not wear a wig) and you also have frizzy, curly guy hair… check the yellow pages/or do a computer search and locate someone who does Keratin treatment (for men and women). You will not believe it is actually YOUR hair.
Also check prices, as every salon is different. Another plus, is I do not have to style my hair, the next day. The new, straight, smooth hair…stays for days! I love, love, this hair product! If you test out using Keratin on your male or female hair, do blog me and let everyone know how it looks!
Denae