I have heard about the City of Portland Oregon being very TG friendly from folks I reached out to on YELP last year but, did not have a solid feel for it. I became a member of the Vanity Club this year which opened new opportunities to me giving me access to VC members in the area which, I took advantage last weekend. I reached out to a local member Carolyn who graciously agreed to meet me for diner on Friday night and gave me some pointers on the area.

Deluxe Front


I stayed at a hotel I had been scoping out for sometime and was not disappointed at all because it lived up to my expectations.

The Hotel Deluxe was built in the early 1900’s but is meticulously maintained and promotes a theme of the glory days of Hollywood throughout the facility.

From the lobby to the halls on every floor old Hollywood is the prevailing  thought every where you look. Pictures adorn every available wall and speak elegance everywhere.

The food was excellent and the service was quick in addition to friendly.

Once the doorman opens the front entrance you are greeted by impressive stairs leading to a more impressive maim lobby where the Hollywood theme takes over.


I was as usual over dressed for the occasion but I think given the theme of the hotel I should be looked at as an example of properly attire for a lady in the hotel. The weather was in the 50’s but most ladies were casual in booties and quilted coats but that dosn’t work for this kid. It’s dress up time for Mz Micki.












The Driftwood Room bar was of course my favorite room in the hotel with a very friendly staff who made sure that I never had an empty glass. ( God I love that) They also make a great Cosmo. They take the time to chat and make sure that you are having an enjoyable experience which is one of the big reasons I stay in Boutique hotel almost exclusively. The room reminds me of the fancy restaurants I went to as a kid in Hollywood.


 I just thought this elevator was so cool with Mother of Pearl inlays made from Abalone shells and deep black lacquer walls. I felt like such a star!


Stay tuned more adventures to follow!

Micki Finn








Moto BarThis is kind of a back to back post coming only one day behind the other one but I have been quiet for  awhile. I just returned from a trip to one of my most favorite cities San Francisco with my BFF Ashley. We met up with two of my Vanity Club sisters Kelli and Diane that live in town for dinner at Waterbar. The company, the restaurant, the food, especially the table were great as was the service.

I don’t do pictures too often but this one taken in the hotel lobby with the bar in the background. I bought the Moto jacket this last summer but had the skirt already and fortunately the zippers matched.


For years my wife and others suggested my wearing a shorter wig for various reasons and a few decades back I purchased one from a wig store ostensibly for my wife. (WINK WINK) The woman dutifully sold me the one I liked in the wrong size and color for me but, then again it was for my wife right? I took it home, tried it on and scared the hell out of myself. Had I been honest with the sales person she might have told me that a jet black page boy would show every wrinkle in my pale skin not to mention it was too small. She would have measured my head for the correct size and chosen a color to compliment my skin tone but I would have been embarrassed to tell her it was for me back then so I did it the hard way. Also the wig was parted down the middle so the hair covered part of my eyes and the curved ends kept falling in my mouth. I tried again some years later with a color that was better but the style looked like a football helmet on me.

Fast forward 30 years and I found one that I liked so I bought another one in a different color. The style is Freedom by Godiva’s Secret Wigs located in Southern California but they have a website.




What I like about the wig besides the cut is it comes in a large size (23 inch diameter) which gives me the length I want. The nape down the back is is about 2.5 inches and there is enough hair on top to style it high. Increased height adds length to my face and gives the appearance of narrowing it. The wig is also their own brand and very good quality. It is the only brand that they sell.