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COOL HEADED CROSS DRESSER

Cross Dresser dressing in the heat of summer is always a challenge. Summer is just around the corner and I discovered something pretty much everyone can benefit from. Ladies from the warmer states will appreciate this neat little invention when out in the hot weather. The light weight liner fits inside your wig and a peel off sticky strip holds it in place against your forehead. Call it a cross dresser head gasket! (I could not resist) They inventor says it pulls the perspiration away from your body and absorbs it. With thin construction you don’t even know it is there.

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You can also wear it in your golf cap when living in macho mode to keep the sweat out of your eyes. Helmets, hard hats, pretty much anything that you wear on your head when it is hot out.

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LAVERNE CUMMINGS R.I.P.

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Laverne Cummings passed away tragically this week in Las Vegas after being hit by a car. I did not know her but knew of her from the once every couple of years discovery of magazines with DRAG articles.

In the last century very little was published and what was you found in Men’s Magazines. I saw Laverne Cummings in several and she was an inspiration to my crossdressing.

Getting caught by adults looking at those magazines was bad news in those days. Gawking at Female Impersonators would result in a trip to the shrink or a priest to straighten you out.

By the time I got to Finocchio’s Laverne Cummings was nowhere to be found. It was the mid 1990’s I think and the club as going down hill.

There was certainly nothing of Laverne’s caliber performing that night.

THE ELEGANCE

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By the time I was old enough to drink actually, before on a couple of occasions. I saw the shows at the famous Queen Mary in Studio City California. Located just over the hill from Hollywood they had some gorgeous ladies performing there but I don’t remember seeing anything like Laverne Cummings.

There were others that I discovered once in a great while in magazines and it was one similar to this where I first heard the term Transvestite.

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So I finally knew i was not alone and had a label to boot!

I have to thank Laverne for her inspiring a little boys imagination so long ago that maybe someday I could look like her.

It never happened but I have had a great time trying and she gave me inspiration and a goal.

I will drink a Cosmo in her memory next time I am at DIVA in Las Vegas and another in San Francisco.

Thank you Laverne

RIP

 

 

 

 

 

CROSSDRESSER CLUBS

 

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Over the past 15 years or so I have noticed the decline in the number of crossdresser clubs and or support groups around the country. They don’t go out with a lot of fanfare they just seem to fade away, here one day and gone the next. This at a time when the transgender community seems to be growing with numerous websites and magazines coming online. There are many online groups that are easy to join and have few rules in most cases. The main purpose seems to be chatting or exchanging ideas and sharing photos.

ACCEPTANCE

The media has now taken a greater interest in us and transgender characters are being seen in movies and TV. The public in many places is either more tolerant of us or just ambivalent so we are able to go more public places at least in the bigger cities anyway.

If this perception is true and the Tran’s community is growing with many people leaving the safety of their closet and not just dragging the computer in there with them. Then why are the groups dying? One would think that the number of groups would be growing not shrinking.

The question has dogged me for some time now so I thought I would explore some observations with you.

THE PROBLEM

To say that a crossdresser clubs died because people stopped supporting it by attending the meetings and moved on is to state the obvious. The real question is what happened? Why did they stop and where did they go? In some cases the dynamic leadership left first and without it the group withered then faded away. None of the member’s felt the calling to take the helm and steer the way so everything just stopped.

With other groups it seems like the leadership changed the direction of the club which displeased some of the membership who then moved on weakening the club and leading to its eventual demise. Age seems to play a major role also with younger crossdressers preferring other social outlets.

LONGEVITY

So what are the crossdresser clubs who are still alive doing right and are they too shrinking, growing or just maintaining their numbers. From what I can determine most are not growing and are lucky to maintain their numbers replacing those who leave for various reasons. Most are losing members and not replacing them some say because of the new freedoms we have going out. During the 1990’s the general Los Angeles area had 6 crossdressser clubs two were private and four open to anyone. Today there is 1 which is CHIC a private security conscious group. What are the crossdresser clubs who are growing or maintaining doing right?

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The remaining private group of which I am a member is CHIC (Crossdressers Heterosexual Intersocial Club) which started in 1975. It was spun off from Dr. Virginia Prince’s original “Heels & Hose Club” that started some years earlier.

In those days dressing in women’s clothes in public could get you beaten up, murdered or arrested leading to job loss, divorce and in many cases financial ruin. Being labeled as a homosexual was a certainty regardless of if you were doing anything sexual at the time of your arrest. The early founders of CHIC decided that security would play a crucial role in the way the club functioned and how members were brought into the group. The taking of photographs at meetings was forbidden and member’s real names were never used. Guests had to be cleared by board members and the club president in advance of attending a meeting which was typically held in member’s homes.

CHANGE

Fast forward to the present day 43 years later and CHIC is still functioning although the membership has evolved with members coming and going. Security is still paramount even though laws and public opinions have changed so being discovered does not have the same ramifications that it once did. Members just prefer to keep their crossdressing private between them and their wife and in some cases select family members. Just because being a TG is all over television shows and movies does not mean that everyone is accepting and that it could not do damage to your career if your dressing became public knowledge. You may not care but your wife and family usually appreciate your keeping it a closely guarded secret.

SOCIAL

One big difference between CHIC and other crossdresser clubs is that although the club has helped many crossdressers over the years it has not really been a support group, but rather a social club. The emphasis is on fun and comradely operating sort of like a sorority of men dressed as women. CHIC is also like a business selling a product which is a quality crossdressing experience. Meetings are social events and don’t really have a structure and no business is discussed. The quality comes from the people that you will be with, where you will be, security, and what you can expect that evening. Applicants are evaluated based on how they will interact with other members and enhance the CHIC experience for everyone.

MAINSTREAM

Over the years as members moved on so did opportunities for party’s held in member’s homes. This led to reserving banquet rooms in restaurants until meeting attendance dropped below the 25 person room guarantee making it too costly. Most meetings now are held in mainstream public restaurants where CHIC is welcomed and encouraged to come back often. They have been researched in advance and meetings held with the management/owners. The details such as security, bathrooms, valet parking etc. have been agreed upon in advance. Members and wives look forward to an evening out with friends at a nice restaurant with great food all while crossdressed. They experience the same ambiance and atmosphere that they would if not crossdressed

WIVES

Wives are a treasured part of the CHIC experience and their happiness is a important consideration. Without their support the CHIC experience would not be what it is for the members. Members are expected to dress appropriately for meetings and not bring undue attention to themselves and others. Although wives do not have a direct role in the management of the club they have influence and their concerns are always a top priority. If they are supportive of the club and attend often that increases the husband’s opportunity to dress and go out. Although most members are married some wives opt to not attend and single members are welcome.

MEMBERS

CHIC members typically are married, over 45 with children and sometimes grandchildren who have left the house. They have more time and money now to devote to crossdressing and are typically secure in their career. They have interests of all kinds and are typically involved in sports like golf, sailing, surfing, travel, theater, archery, hunting, fishing, flying, just to name a few. Some have many of these sports in common but most of all dressing and looking their best. It is not uncommon for members to see each other away from crossdressing to enjoy some of these interests.

 

For more information on CHIC please go to the website at www.chicladies.org.

A year ago, I joined the Vanity Club which has been around almost as long as CHIC but has a bit different membership criterion. It is not strictly heterosexual and sexual preferences are not considered for membership along with religion and politics. It is just not discussed period. I am still 100% hetero married for over 4 decades but, travel often and wanted to find other like minded classy CD’s without trolling bars. The Vanity Club is bucking the trend and growing attracting many younger members. The club has over 200 members worldwide. Membership is by invitation only and the process is extensive to be invited to join.

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For more information on Vanity Club please go to the website at www.vanityclub.com.

 

The Rose City T-Girls which is primarily an online group from Portland Oregon of about 180 registered members. They gather at various places in Portland and Salem for dinners.

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For more information on rose City T-Girls please go to the website at https://www.rosecitytgirls.com

1ST TIME DILEMMA

So over the years positive changes have made it easier for those of us comfortable going out dressed but done nothing for the first timer. Even though it is easy to find a group online they still don’t know who they will be meeting or if they will even show up. Nobody to hold their hand and introduce them to going out dressed unless they attempt to join one of the crossdresser clubs  first.

Looking at the age information available online in addition to my own observations crossdresser clubs seem to be largely made up of Baby Boomers ages 50 to 80 with a few exceptions previously noted. The clubs that evolve with the changes are doing better than others but, still must have something to offer younger members.

CROSSDRESSER CONVENTIONS

Although far fewer in number than they used to be it seems like events like Diva Las Vegas are where CD’s can connect. Diva is loosely  organized and billed as a vacation not a convention but they have a Big Sister program for 1st timers. Big Sisters are accomplished crossdressers willing to take less confident dressers under their wing for guidance.

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For more information go to Diva Las Vegas https://divalas.vegas/

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The Keystone Conference in Harrisburg Pennsylvania is on the east coast and  a favorite of many Vanity club girls. It is a conference with speakers, vendors and break out sessions for learning. http://www.keystone-conference.org/

Time will tell but friendship, comradely and the willingness to help others along the journey seems like the right path.

What are you waiting for?

Micki Finn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLOATING ABOVE GROUND!

Micki Crossdressed
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WALKING ON AIR!

Friday night cross-dressed before the February CHIC meeting my usual dinner mates were not able to come out and play. I was going it alone so I picked a restaurant that was comfortable for me sitting by myself. Going cross-dressed solo is not an issue for me because I have done it many times but, security is always an issue no matter where I go. Some places are better than others and I never go anyplace that I consider dangerous but, need to feel safe. I always go to mainstream establishments that I know to be accepting and this night it was a place I gone to for years. I know the owner and most of the staff so there are plenty of people to chat with and Sammy the bartender makes my favorite Cosmo for me.

DINNER CROSS DRESSED

UBER picked me up at the hotel and I was off to the restaurant about 5 miles away. Entering the restaurant the hostess was all smiles and gave me a warm greeting. The bar was full so I took a high table for two by the window and ordered my Cosmo. Not long afterward my favorite spot at the bar opened up so I moved. Mario the owner spotted me and came over to chat and eventually sat down next to me so we could talk a little business. I ordered the sliced steak on an bed of mushroom risotto which is a favorite of mine.

THE CROWD

Several women in their late 40′ / early 50′ were sitting at the far end of the bar and looked me over cross-dressed  but we never spoke. A couple in their 40’s came and sat on the other side of on the other side of Mario whom they new. The woman was wearing a tight dress and 4 inch stilettos so naturally I approved of her style choices. We mad brief casual eye contact a couple of times but I made no attempt to speak with her. They were drinking quit a bit and guy she was with was pretty loud. He could misunderstand my being  cross-dressed if I initiated any conversation so as usual I minded my own business.

COMPLIMENTS 1

Around eleven o’clock the loud guy and his girlfriend were leaving and said goodby to Mario with her in the lead. As she passed me she put her hand on my should and said “you look gorgeous” I thanked her and she walked out the door. Next the boyfriend comes over and says hi and introduces himself and shakes my hand. After I give him my name he says “you look beautiful tonight” and walks out the door. I don’t remember his name because I was still glowing form her compliments and thankful he was not jealous punching me in the nose.

COMPLIMENTS 2

About 11:30 I decide its time for miss Micki to head back to the hotel for my Cosmo nightcap. I say goodbye to Mario and the staff and head for the ladies room to take care of business along with checking my makeup. All systems are go so I head out the door past the ladies who were at the other end of the bar all night. They were taking a cigarette break and we said hello as I walked past to the corner.

I was checking my phone for UBER’s arrival when all four walked down to the corner where I was standing. Each one tells me how pretty I look one elaborating on my whole outfit. She tells me that she loves my entire out fit complimenting me on my accessories and sense of style. She asked who did my nails, makeup, and hair to which I answered I did. All four were surprised at my answer and more compliments followed.

I was wearing my black moto jacket and matching skirt with gold zipper accents on both. The accessories that they liked so much were earring and a gold watch but the chain bracelets were what really caught their attention. The reason she did not recognize them was because I cut down necklaces to make them. You can read more on my BRACELET ENVY POST.

POOF!

Just as I was about to tell them to keep talking I could listen to them all night UBER showed up. I said good night and floated into the car as the driver opened the door. As we drove to the hotel I could not help but to reflect on not only how far I have come but how far society has evolved also.

 

YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY BABY!

CHIC CLUB PARTY

I went to a lovely party last Saturday night hosted by two of my fellow CHIC members in their new home. Their home overlooks the ocean but it was about 40 miles from where I was staying for the weekend. I decided to rent a hotel room close by rather than drive back to where I was staying. Several things contributed to my decision besides drinking at the party. I was wearing a red blazer and high heels which would not help my field sobriety test although I would look great.

CHOICES

The big decision was do I get ready then drive to the party dressed or pack everything I need and get ready at the hotel? Knowing it was a virtual certainty that I would leave at least one crucial item behind I opted to get ready then drive to the party. Where the “You’ve come a long way baby” comes in is that I did it in broad daylight. Twenty years or so back I would never have considered it but, my confidence has steadily grown over the years.

CHIC MEMBERS

I wore a black knit skirt with a black vee neck tank under a red one button blazer. Black patent 3 1/2 inch pumps and nude stockings with an over sized black patent purse. I also wore by Godiva’s Secret short blonde wig with roots. Most CHIC members attending wore red dresses  along with the hosts. After checking the bag of guy stuff I was taking for the morning after the party 30 times to make sure I  had everything  I was off. I strutted through lobby of hotel #1 around 4:00pm waving at the desk clerks as my heels clicked on the floor.

The drive down went great toll booths and all and now it was time for another decision. Do I check in to hotel #2 first then go to the party of wait until after the party. Even though my confidence is at an all time high checking in around eleven thinned out the guests in the lobby and made more sense.

CHECKING IN

After the party I headed for the hotel found a parking place and walked to the front door. I had to stand there waiting for a minute or so because you need either a room key or wait to be buzzed in. They opened the door and welcomed me in saying hello mam can I help you. I replied yes and gave them the name the reservation was under along with a credit card in a fem name. He then asked for me ID and I complied giving him my real driver license. He glanced at them both then returned them saying “sign here sir”. I thought about correcting him but I thought it was so funny that he switched pronouns without missing a beat.

MORNING AFTER

The next morning I showered and left as Duke meeting up with two other CHIC members for a round of golf as guys. I think the hotel staff is still looking for the attractive blonde to come down stairs.

Another fun uneventful crossdressing weekend.

Micki Finn

CROSSDRESSER MAKEUP PAGE REVISED

Makeup is the number one area of interest to crossdresser’s whether they are just starting out or have been at it for a while. I am not a big fan of trying to pass because I don’t think it is achievable for most of us. One thing is for sure though without it you have no chance of passing. After a bit of work I have updated the Crossdresser Makeup page with more detailed instruction and new pictures. I hope the illustrations and procedure make sense to you. I am attempting to give the reader more of a step by step tutorial along with product pictures.

PROCESS

My procedure has sped up my makeup time considerably by simplifying the process. It emphasizes doing the areas that are the most difficult first. The eyes have the most detail with multiple different products and techniques applied in a confined area.  Doing them first allows you to make corrections without screwing up your foundation or contouring.

CROSSDRESSED BIKER SECRETARY?

Moto Bar
My well dressed biker look

Girls night out

I just returned from a trip to one of my most favorite cities San Francisco with my BFF Ashley. We both crossdressed and  met up with two of my Vanity Club crossdresser sisters Kelli and Diane. Diane  lives  in town but Kelli drove some distance to meet us at our hotel for drinks.

We Uber’d up then we went for dinner at Waterbar Restaurant.  Water Bar specializes in seafood and it is the best  along with the service. We got an awesome table next to the window with views of the harbor and Bay Bridge. The ambiance is wonderful with large 2 story column aquariums filled with large salt water fish.

This picture with my new short wig was taken in the Warwick Regis Hotel lobby while waiting for the other girls to meet me in the bar for cocktails.

I don’t do crossdressed pictures too often but, this one taken in the hotel lobby with the bar in the background. San Francisco is a special place so I make an exception while there.

I bought the Moto jacket this last summer but had the skirt already and fortunately the zippers matched. San Francisco is the most friendly place to crossdress in my experience anyway. I am crossdressed the entire time that I am there usually and shop to my hearts content.

Shopping while crossdressed is no big deal with Macy’s and the other stores in Union Square. I would recommend wearing flats though because the hills are killer for heels.

SHORT HAIR

Short Wigs

For years my wife and others suggested my wearing a short wig for various reasons. I know many CD’s that wear short wigs but never liked them for me. 

A few years  back I purchased short wig from a wig  ostensibly for my wife. 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 and told her I was  a CD she might have suggested something else. Maybe she would have told me that a jet black page boy would show every wrinkle in my pale skin. She might have told me it was too small making me look like a gear shift knob.

Do it right

She would have measured my head for the correct size and chosen a color to compliment my skin tone. She might have talked me into a short wig properly sized and shaped for my head. I was too 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. I am now a confirmed CD wearing a short wig all the time.

 

 

 

What I like about the wig besides the cut is it comes in a large size (23 inch diameter) the length I need. 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.

HIGH HEEL COMFORT

I have been wearing high heels for many years and pretty much putting up with the pain.  The toes are smashed together in a triangle like the bow of a boat. My toes  are bent upward until I walk a few feet barefoot.

Pain Relief

A couple of years ago I discovered Vivian Lou Insoles for high heels which, are shown in the picture below.

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Toe Relief

The clear gel pad going from the arch to just shy of the heel back shifts your weight back. It moves your weight from the ball of your foot to the heel. It  more evenly distributes your weight over the whole foot.

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Ice them up

Vivian Lou insoles help a great deal but the old ice trick makes high heels even more comfortable. A couple of years ago I wrote about this technique on my other site www.chicladies.org.  Recently I made a discovery that makes it even better. I was getting ready to go to a Vanity Club outing in Atalanta and had two new pairs of high heel pumps to wear.

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I inserted the zip lock plastic bags with the corner deep into the toe of each shoe pushing it in with my finger. Make sure that the corner is all the way in.  Filled the bags about a third of the way full with water and put them in the freezer over night.

I did this three times on one shoe but the other needed a fourth time. I put them on in between to check the fit. When the water froze each night it expanded gently stretching the shoe a little each time. The high heels pictured above are satin but the ones I did multiple times were black kid and black patent leather.

Give it a try it really works!

Micki Finn

HAVE WIG WILL TRAVEL

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Dukes cloths right side and Micki’s on the left.

I travel every month to various places and most of the time bring Ms. Micki with me along with everything that she needs to be girly. Like any other crossdresser wigs are the number one item I pack on every trip. 

Staying in hotels has its advantages like room and maid service but some drawbacks also. Typically I leave the room in the morning as Duke doing guy stuff returning around 3:00pm to become Micki.

When I leave the room at around 6:00pm as Micki with my heels clicking down the hall hair and makeup perfect I definitely look different. It used to bother me a great deal that the maids would see my wig stands on the dresser which, is the only hint that Duke and Micki are sharing a room. I was worried they might tell other staff and snicker about a crossdresser in the room when they saw me as Duke but not so much any more.

I discovered these hangers on Amazon and tried them out on my last trip.

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They go together quickly and disassemble quickly storing flat for shipping.

Maids don’t go into closets or open drawers so the wigs are out of site hanging in the closet. Wives traveling with crossdressers will appreciate the privacy also.

For help with packing a wig in your luggage so it looks great when you arrive see my March 2017 post https://mickifinn.com/2017/03/

Travel safely and have fun!

Micki