I was recently reading the blog of another part time girl and she wrote that it took her 2 hours to get ready to go out. Another blogger mentioned that she took 4 hours to get ready. Now both of these ladies looked very nice and of course there are endless jokes about how long it takes all women to get ready but it seemed to me that these times were rather excessive. My typical “get ready to go out in public time” is more like 15-20 minutes (although Denae does call me “Robin the speed dresser”). Given one has already decided what to wear, I don’t know how I could fill up 2 hours getting ready. I recently timed myself and it worked out as follows:
- get naked – 30 seconds
- underwear and padding – 1 minute
- top and pants – 1 minute
- foundation (Revlon Colorstay Minerals – my new favorite foundation) – 1 minute
- socks and shoes – 1 minute
- brushout and style wig (I usually keep it in curlers) – 3 minutes
- foundation cleanup, mascara and a little blush – 2 minutes
- jewelry – 1 minute
- apply nails (press on) – 5 minutes
- general “get act together” – 3 minutes
That is about 19 minutes. The thing that takes the longest is applying the nails as I have to apply adhesive and then the nails.
If I am wearing a skirt or dress for the symphony, I could take another 2 to 5 minutes. Still that is a long way from 2 hours.
I have always suspected that for some tgs, the getting ready part is a big part of the life and lets face it, some of us are a little obsessional about getting everything exactly “right.” For me, the goal has always to get out the door as quickly as possible and spend as much time “out” as I can. While of course I want to look nice and presentable, for me getting ready is sort of time wasted that I could use exploring the world and interacting with people. I don’t get nearly enough femme time and I don’t want to spend it in front of mirror making sure that every item is exactly right. Acutally looking about half put together makes me fit right into how the most rest of the women that I know look, at least those who don’t come from Texas..
So how long does it take you to get dressed?