Chic V Neck Long Sleeves Mini Floral Print Mini Dress

i couldn’t resist sharing this Chic V Neck Long Sleeves Mini Floral Print Mini Dress which is a bargain at just $11.79 from Tidestore.  The dress goes very well with the platfrorm sandals that are also a bargain at only $31.19, also from Tidestore.

A very sexy look combining the Chic V Neck Long Sleeves Mini Floral Print Mini Dress with Nude Peep Toe Ankle Strap Stiletto Heel Sandals.

Ebay Lingerie Roundup: Fairy Tales

My readers will know already that i am an avid fan of sensual, feminine lingerie and so will not be surprised to see yet another post here on exactly that theme.  i came across the following article in “The Lingerie Addict” (a term that could just as easily describe me as it does the web page).  Being also a corset lover, my eye was first caught by this gorgeous corset from “Agent Provocateur”.  i simply adore corsets and lace and this combination is so ultra feminine i couldn’t help but fall in love with it.

What dreams are made of…

So, having started the ball rolling, here below is the rest of the artice.:-

Ebay Lingerie Roundup: Fairy Tales

The inspiration behind this week’s roundup comes from the fantastical pieces I came across this week (truly, some great listings), and also from finally seeing Into the Woods. Fairy tales in their original form were intended for adults as much, if not more than they were for children, and I loved how the movie tapped into the darker, more adult side of the stories we’ve all grown up with. The pieces in this post are all fantasies that tap into that in their own way. Whichever story captures your imagination, I hope it puts a little magic into your top drawer.
 
Happy bidding!
-Sarah
 
Notes: As always with ebay, check the seller’s feedback rating (I read reviews for anything less than 98%), read their return policy in full and remember to check shipping prices when dealing with international sellers.
BN  Buy it now. You can purchase and pay for this item immediately.
OF  Best offer. Seller will consider up to 3 offers lower than the asking price from any 1 buyer.
* Price at time of post.
All prices are in US Dollars and don’t include shipping.

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Gretel 32D + Thong 2 (S) + Brief 3 (M) $96.64* 5/21/15

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Gretel 32D + Thong 2 (S) + Brief 3 (M) $96.64* 5/21/15

BORDELLE Roxelana Black & Gold Dress L $442.16 BN, OF

MYLA Monique Black Lace 34C $78.94 BN, OF

MYLA Monique Black Lace 34C $78.94 BN, OF

LA PERLA Black Rose Bodysuit 2 (S/M) $79.99 BN

LA PERLA Black Rose Bodysuit 2 (S/M) $79.99 BN

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Emenuelle Navy Silk & Red Lace Bra 32A $55.26 BN

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Emenuelle Navy Silk & Red Lace Bra 32A $55.26 BN

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Pink Floral Lace Bra 34B + Briefs M $388.88 BN, OF

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Pink Floral Lace Bra 34B + Briefs M $388.88 BN, OF

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Zuri Embroidered Bra 32B + Brief 2 (S) $102.50* 5/17/15

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Zuri Embroidered Bra 32B + Brief 2 (S) $102.50* 5/17/15

LA PERLA Kabuki Blue & Green Embroidered Bodysuit 2 (S) $99* 5/19/15

LA PERLA Kabuki Blue & Green Embroidered Bodysuit 2 (S) $99* 5/19/15

STELLA MCCARTNEY Quilted Blue Silk & Lace 32B $60 BN, OF

STELLA MCCARTNEY Quilted Blue Silk & Lace 32B $60 BN, OFSTELLA MCCARTNEY Quilted Blue Silk

AGENT PROVOCATEUR SOIREE Mei Blue Lace Bra 32B + Thong 2 (S) $102.50* 5/17/15

AGENT PROVOCATEUR SOIREE Mei Blue Lace Bra 32B + Thong 2 (S) $102.50* 5/17/15

LA PERLA Ivory Leavers Lace Tie-Back Short 1 (XS) $239.99* 5/18/15

LA PERLA Ivory Leavers Lace Tie-Back Short 1 (XS) $239.99* 5/18/15

CARINE GILSON Pale Pink Silk & Lace Bra 32B $177.50* 5/18/15

CARINE GILSON Pale Pink Silk & Lace Bra 32B $177.50* 5/18/15

LA PERLA for JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Marin Strapless Lace Bra 34/36B $396.99 BN

LA PERLA for JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Marin Strapless Lace Bra 34/36B $396.99 BN

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Stephanee Cream & Black Silk Waspie Suspender 3 (M) $5.05* 5/24/15

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Stephanee Cream & Black Silk Waspie Suspender 3 (M) $5.05* 5/24/15

AGENT PROVOCATEUR SOIREE Gardenia Silver & Black Lace Corset 5 (XL) $552.70 BN

AGENT PROVOCATEUR SOIREE Gardenia Silver & Black Lace Corset 5 (XL) $552.70 BN

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Krystalana Black Lace Basque 34B $118.44 BN, OF

AGENT PROVOCATEUR Krystalana Black Lace Basque 34B $118.44 BN, OF

Hair Removal: The Get-It-Done Guide To Making It Easy

Male to female transgender people like me will all have experienced the need for and dilemmas associated with hair removal at one time or another and so when i came across this article in Lucky Mag, i thought it might be useful to share.  For my part, i have tried all of the methods listed except sugaring with varying degree of success.  Undoubtedly, laser works but is expensive.  i managed to afford 3 treatments which has reduced my body, arm and leg hair enormously and weakend those hairs that are left.  However, i really need another 3 treatments but would need to save up some more money to afford going to a salon so i have bought a small home device which i will try soon and let you know how it goes.  Waxing is my next best option because it lasts longer than shaving which in my opinion beats depiliatory creams because it is less messy although i have had success and prefer the smoother finish i get with the creams.  In the end, i guess it will come down to individual budgets and preference.
The article is by Gray Chapman and is reproduced below:-

Hair Removal: The Get-It-Done Guide To Making It Easy 

Dealing with unwanted hair on our bodies sort of ranks somewhere between getting a car wash and taking a multivitamin: not exactly a top day-to-day priority, not really a form of self-care anyone finds particularly indulgent and most definitely not crucial to living out our full and busy lives.
But for some of us, it’s just a way to feel a tiny bit more self-assured, particularly as the temperature rises and the surface area of our clothing shrinks. Plenty of hair removal methods exist, and some of them actually work—so we set out to determine which ones are worth your while. And if you prefer to embrace — nay, rock — that luscious body hair? Well, that’s perfectly fine, too. (Not that you need us to tell you that.)
Read on for the CliffsNotes on the most popular hair removal options out there, how effective they are and whether they’re worth trying to squeeze into your busy day.

SHAVING

This one’s for the instant gratification-lovers: Of all the options out there, shaving is undoubtedly the quickest and most accessible. Equipped with a good-quality razor, your legs or underarms can go from stubbly to smooth in a matter of minutes, and unlike waxing or lasers, you don’t have to carve out time for an appointment. However, shaving can also be irritating (especially in the bikini area), and those occasional nicks aren’t exactly an improvement upon stubble. (Also, does anyone out there actually know how to successfully shave the entire knee area at first pass? If so, can you teach us?) In short, it’s a good quick-fix option—but with the required upkeep, you may want to look at other options if you’re searching for a long-term solution.

WAXING

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By removing hair at the root, waxing keeps stubble at bay for longer—anywhere from several days to a couple weeks. On the other hand, well… how’s your pain threshold? Of course, it’s not exactly traumatizing, and with a talented aesthetician, it’s often over before you know it. But there’s no denying that applying hot wax to your skin to rip hair out by the root isn’t the most pleasant. If you can tolerate that, plus a day or two of redness and having to book regular visits to a salon, waxing may be worthwhile. Just be sure to time it right, since waxing won’t work on recently shaved areas. (A note to anyone on potent skin meds like Accutane, retinol, tretinoin, and so on: Waxing is probably a no-go for you. Check with your derm.)

SUGARING

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The process of sugaring is similar to waxing, minus the whole “wax” part. Instead, a honey-like sugar formula is applied to the hair and removed with paper or cloth. The process is said to be less painful than waxing, since the formula only adheres to the hair and not the skin. (It’s also applied at room temperature, so no risk of burns.) However, sugaring doesn’t always remove all the hair on the first go, which can mean either multiple passes at one area (i.e., a longer appointment), or stray hairs left behind. It can also be a bit pricier than waxing services.

IN-OFFICE LASER

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Laser hair removal is, hands-down, one of the most effective ways to rid yourself of unwanted hair. And even though the treatment works best for those with light skin and dark hair, in-office treatments can be adjusted for just about any candidate. But, while the idea of a high-tech magic wand rendering you instantly and permanently hairless may be appealing, that’s not really the way it works, according to the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery’s Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi. “Everyone assumes laser hair removal is permanent,” she says, “but that’s not true. Most people will need touch-up or maintenance treatments.” If you’re willing to invest the time and the cash (an average of $300 per treatment), though, it just might be the best option out there.

AT-HOME LASER

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It’s 2015, and while we may not have our jetpacks just yet, we do have the rather amazing ability to laser off our hair in the comfort of our own homes. Products such as the popular Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x have made it possible to mimic the results of in-office lasers, minus the four-figure price-tag of multiple treatments. But do these products of the future really work? “As compared to the in-office laser treatments, they are a lot slower and in my experience, not quite as effective,” Dr. Tanzi says. “The treatments can take a long time and many treatments are required,” she says, “but with a little effort, the results can be good.”

DEPILATORY CREAMS

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Hair removal lotions and creams rank pretty closely to shaving in terms of their effects’ longevity: You’ll get a couple days out of it, and then you’re back to square one. These products work by chemically dissolving the hair, so they’re only working at the surface level. And most of the time, they come with a pretty offensive stench. So… why are these still a thing? Well, it’s much easier and safer than using a razor (as long as you don’t leave it on longer than instructed), and far less expensive than any salon or in-office treatments. Just be sure to plug your nose.

BLEACHING

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Rather than removing, bleaching simply disguises any otherwise conspicuous hair, typically used for upper lip or other sneaky facial follicles. It works quickly, the effects can last several weeks, you’ll never have to worry about ingrown hairs and you can do it in the comfort of your own home while catching up on Mad Men. However, it’s mostly only effective on fair-skinned types, and it won’t leave you with a smooth surface. Just a very blond one—not so great if your skin is any shade other than pale.

EMBRACING IT

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These days, sporting luscious locks of underarm hair or going au naturel in your nether regions can be a sociopolitical act of gender-nonconformity… and it can also just be the way some of us ladies choose to roll. Body hair is becoming less of a taboo, and more just part of, well, being human. And with zero cost and virtually no upkeep (save for the occasional trim, if needed), it’s easily the most low-maintenance way to go. Don’t fear the follicle—Sophia Loren didn’t.

An outing with Mistress Ana

Last Friday, Mistress Ana returned home after working away and i managed to find an excuse to get out of my house and go and visit her.  i arrived late morning, not long after her return and after a brief chat, i changed to  “en femme”, applied make-up and wig and we then went out to a shopping centre with a coffee/restaurant strip.  Mistress wanted an ice cream and i ordered a coffee for myself and paid for both.  We then sat outside on the pavement/sidewalk and enjoyed a delightful hour or so just chatting and catching up.
Roxie sitting outside the ice-creram parlour.

Roxie sitting outside the ice-creram parlour.

Roxie sitting outside the ice-creram parlour.

Roxie sitting outside the ice-cream parlour.

It was quite a windy day so my hair didn’t stay in place too well but Mistress nevertheless complimented me on my look and remarked how much my application of make-up had improved and how feminine i now looked these days.  She also complimented me on my breasts which are all mine with no padding!
Over the ice cream and coffee, our conversation ranged over a number of topics including how things are now at home with my wife, a topic that is now a much happier one than it was at the turn of the year.  My wife now knows what i do on Tuesdays when i go to Mistress’ house although she doesn’t know about Mistress or where i go to be Roxie.  Nevertheless, she is now relaxed and accepting of me on Tuesdays and the atmosphere in the home on Tuesdays is no different from any other day of the week and is calm and happy.
Another topic that we discussed was that of prosthetic vaginas.  i mentioned these to her in an email while she was away, seeking her opinion.  i was particularly interested because one of the issues i have with my male CB-6000 chastity device is that it is bulky and not only spoils my feminine outline if i wear pants or shorts or a bikini for example, but it also ruins delicate lace panties.  i have considered buying a gaff but would not be able to wear a gaff with a CB-6000 so it was not really a solution to the issue of appearance.  So, i wanted to know what she thought about the prosthetic vaginas combined with a female chastity belt and she was very much in favour of the idea so, i am now saving madly to find the money for this particular version.  
It will tuck away my male parts beautifully, giving me a perfectly natural female appearance without the chastity belt while at the same time making access to my male parts impossible when wearing the chastity belt.  i will be able to urinate while wearing it with or without the chastity belt but will of course be forced to sit down to pee.  
We did discuss other topics and the time just flew by.  It was wonderful to be out and about “en femme” with Mistress and hopefully it will be something we can do more often in the weeks to come.

Seven Buzzy New Shoe Brands That Are A Step Above The Rest

An article by Elena Fishman published in Lucky Mag caught my eye and so i am re-blogging it here.
In the pantheon of fantastic footwear designers, there are a few names that are positively iconic at this point: Manolo Blahnik. Christian Louboutin. Jimmy Choo. Then, there’s the next generation of shoe maestros, like Charlotte Olympia, Nicholas Kirkwood, Gianvito Rossi and Tabitha Simmons—labels you’ve probably perused and perhaps purchased already. The seven brands in the slideshow above, on the other hand, you probably aren’t as familiar with—but I suggest getting acquainted now, as their swiftly selling stock and growing group of celebrity supporters suggest they might just be the next Blahniks or Louboutins. From a direct-to-consumer source for classic heels to a New Yorker who’s redefining the skate shoe, see below for seven super-cool footwear designers worth discovering ASAP.

M.Gemi

The Mezzo ($198) designed by M.Gemi.

TheFiero ($278) by M. Gemi is a super sharp, single-sole pointy pump with sleek lines, a hint of toe cleavage, and a wearable but slick mid heel.

The Ninna ($298) by M. Gemi is light and delicate but also profound and solid. It’s modern and youthful and at the same time classic and sophisticated.

Raye

What Does “Luxury Lingerie” Really Mean?

I came across this interesting article in “The Lingerie Addict” and found it to be an interesting assessment of many of the lingerie brands that i have seen and taken a fancy to and posted here on this blog.  Not all of the assessments are flattering so i thought i would share the article as a guide to what purports to be and what actually is “Luxury Lingerie”.  The article is written by Quinne Myers, a fashion and textile designer living in Brooklyn, New York. She currently designs for she and reverie, an oh-so-sweet loungewear line made in NYC’s Garment District.

Chantal Thomass

We use the term “luxury” all the time in the lingerie world. It’s applied to lingerie labels across the board, from low-end to high-end, to give items more value, and it seems to have lost so much of its meaning. “Luxury” can apply to the stretch lace of a $46 Calvin Klein bra, or a $182 Fleur of England bra made of French Leavers lace.
When I was writing about Trousseaux Lingerie for the Etsy Lingerie Spotlight last month, I kept referring to the pieces as “luxury lingerie,” but ironically, I felt like I was cheapening the level of detail and work that went into them. I couldn’t help but wonder: has the term “luxury” lost its meaning in the lingerie world?

Gilda and Pearl

I turned to some of my fellow TLA columnists for their opinions, thinking that perhaps I was simply misunderstanding what “luxury” means in the lingerie industry. My background is in women’s apparel, and in the ready-to-wear fashion world, “luxury” is almost a proper noun; it defines a certain price point classification that includes brands like Chanel or Prada. I’ve learned that things are different in the lingerie world. Even my loungewear label is sometimes defined as “luxury”, and I never thought a cotton-and-silk slip dress for under $200 could be considered “luxury!”

With the most carefully-sewn lace appliques and four-digit prices, Carine Gilson is 100% luxury, no matter how you look at it.

As it turns out, none of us could define true “luxury” in one simple phrase. So many aspects are taken into consideration when deciding if a piece of lingerie is “luxury” or not. Attributes could include the finest fabrics and trims, pieces sewn in small lots, hand-dyed fabrics, high-profile photoshoots, or simply a remarkable aesthetic.
Sometimes, it is just a price point category. Karolina, who runs a handmade and bespoke lingerie label, writes almost exclusively about luxury lingerie for TLA, but still finds it’s difficult to define the category. “I actually use the word ‘luxury’ to define a lot of lingerie brands that I actually don’t personally view as truly luxurious,” Karolina says. “It’s just the most useful word to get other people to understand what sort of market level they are.”
Exceptional quality in every aspect is the one thing everyone mentioned, from materials to construction to fit. However, in a world where sewing is no longer a common skill, most consumers don’t know the difference between a decently-sewn bra that sort-of fits and a beautifully-sewn bra that fits perfectly.
That means it’s easy for companies to mislead their customers by marking up their products and claiming “luxury”. For instance, Agent Provocateur is self-described as a luxury lingerie brand, but as we’ve seen in past reviews, the quality isn’t always up-to-par with the price. Laurie, former luxury lingerie designer, was disheartened by this discovery. “As a designer, I was shocked to go into Agent Provocateur and find silks that felt like polyester and shoddy stitching,” says Laurie. “I agree that the ‘luxury’ label is used profusely, and is used to justify a higher price point.”
Kristina, who worked in the mass-market lingerie world for 10 years before starting WonderLust Lingerie, notes that regardless of price point, foundation garments require sturdier materials than other apparel, so they are already seen as high-quality. “I think lingerie is an easy sector of the fashion world to market as luxury,” says Kristina.
Another piece of the “luxury” puzzle could be visibility. Because most of the world hasn’t adopted the lingerie as outerwear trend for everyday life, anything other than basic lingerie could be seen as luxury, as many people don’t want to spend more than the bare minimum on apparel that they can’t publicly show off.

I.D. Sarrieri

“Luxury” is a highly personal idea in the end. Kathryn, a lingerie garment technician based in Sydney, says that the idea of “luxury” lingerie seems to change based on country. For instance, luxury lingerie from the UK is often finished with zig zag stitching, while in Australia, consumers see visible stitching as a sign of lower quality. “A person’s view of what is luxurious is based on life experience and knowledge, availability where they live, and their income,” says Kathryn.
So has the word “luxury” lost its meaning in the lingerie industry? I think so. The word is used to describe anything from a certain price point or a certain level of overall physical quality, to a brand’s aspirational image or any piece of lingerie that’s not considered a necessity. Overall, there really isn’t one definition for “luxury” in the lingerie industry, and its broad definition probably will not get more specific.
Since it is so subjective, should our side of the lingerie industry stop using the word “luxury” as a descriptive term? I think the word is still useful in context, but should be taken with a grain of salt when making purchasing decisions. If you’re looking specifically to purchase luxury lingerie, decide which aspects of a luxurious purchase are most important to you–quality of construction, beautiful fabrics, unique styles, a well-respected name, or an extravagant shopping experience–and indulge yourself accordingly.

11 Makeup Questions You’ve Asked Yourself In Front Of Your Bathroom Mirror

i know from my own experience that one of the most difficult things for transgender M2F people to get a hang of is make-up and so many of us make the mistake of going over the top in the early stages and it can take quite some time before we master the art of applying not just the right amount of make-up so that we look natural but also the art of using make-up to enhance our appearance so as to emphasise what is good about our face and dimininsh any of the more unfortunate areas.
I cam across this article in Lucky Mag and thought it might be worth sharing here for even though it was written with genetic women in mind, it still contains some very useful information for we transgender women.  The article is written by Sarah Ferguson and can be seen in full on this link:-

11 Makeup Questions You’ve Asked Yourself In Front Of Your Bathroom Mirror

 
BEAUTY / APR 28, 2015, 10:00PM