Allison M.

A crossdresser's thoughts on life, fashion, fabulousness, and (oh yeah) dressing up


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Some thoughts on TDOR 2017

While I’m still formulating a post about my performance at Trans Monologues last Friday (I promise to you it will come in due time), I want to mention something held in that same venue (Madison Public Library) immediately after the event.

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The group of five you see above are from the Mad City Sisters.  Yes, I know they look quite peculiar to some of you, but it’s their trademark look.  Though they are usually a joyous group, you can tell behind that fancy dress and all that greasepaint that they had serious looks on Friday night.  That was because they were presenting the vigil portion of the event.  Just as Trans Monologues was meant to coincide with Transgender Awareness Week, the vigil was to acknowledge Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is today (November 20).  Together, the Sisters presented a list of trans people lost over the past year to senseless acts of transphobic violence, complete with a mourning bell and words of divine prayer.

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Allison’s Jukebox: “Diamonds and Pearls”

While I’m spending part of my Saturday morning bathing in the euphoria from and thinking up a post documenting my poetry performance Friday night (an awesome evening all around), I want to make a quick addition to “Allison’s Jukebox.”  Have a listen to “Diamonds and Pearls,” the 1991 hit by Prince and The New Power Generation.

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Three years into this blogging thing

It’s Friday as I write this, and I have the entire day off.  A good thing, yes, since it gives me a three-day weekend.  But it’s an even better thing for me since it’s been a major bummer of a week, thanks to taking my (supposedly) sweet little car into the shop not once but twice.  The first, unplanned visit was because of a flat tire.  On my drive into work on Monday, I had to dodge a little yet quite noticeable something that the construction site across from my place of employment did not sweep up.  However, I heard a little “pop” in the back of my car.  While I had dodged what I had to dodge, I wasn’t expecting something else in the road — a nail, which I didn’t realize I had run over until my work day ended and I came back to my car.  The good news is that there was a tire place literally two doors down from my place of employment, and they were able to replace my tires and get me back on the road that night. (I say “tires” because they got me with the up-sell thing and replaced both of my rear tires, since they didn’t have a single tire in stock that matched the size of the good rear tire.)

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Allison’s fashion summary (11/14/2017 edition)

Time to catch up on a subject I have embarrassingly left fallow on here:  Tidbits about fashion.  Or, at least this time around, tidbits about clothing that you can get some mileage out of.  A question for all of you:  Do you tend to wear clothing that could be well suited for spring or summer into the fall?  And more germane to the below photo, do you tend to buy something usually more suited for the warmer months but are not found in the markdown racks at at least 50% off?  Those questions were percolating in my mind when I spotted this Liz Claiborne display at JCPenney over the weekend.  Note the floral patterns on the shirts at center and right.  Usually, when you think “floral patterns on clothing,” you’d presume they would be only for the warmer months.  But the colors featured on this shirt are clearly not as bright as you’d expect for a floral pattern.  Not that color or pattern would matter when you’re in need of a casual top to wear.  Oh, this is definitely casual in style, perfect for cleaning house, running errands, or just lounging and relaxing with friends.

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Fifty-two weeks after

Okay, I must apologize at the outset, because I’m going to get politically serious on this post.  So with that being said, brace yourselves:

For those of whatever persuasion who are big on anniversaries, you probably are aware of the chilling anniversary being marked this week:  One year ago, a man who is vain, egotistical, lewd, misogynistic, hateful, womanizing, racist, and chauvinistic was elected President of the United States.  It was an election outcome not very many at the time expected would happen, but happen it did.

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Blah!

Okay, a real quick post for all y’all about how I’m doing.  First off, it’s all good.  I’m busy at work, and during one of the busiest times in our department.  And I’m in the midst of a five-week, one-hour-per-week volunteer commitment, which I’ll pick up again tomorrow afternoon.

However (and you were sensing a “but” coming on, weren’t you?), all isn’t fun because… well, for the 2nd time in a month, I’m fighting off a rough cold (hence the title of this post).  Last month, a day after attending the OutReach Awards Banquet and while taking part in my trans group’s support meeting, I suddenly got a nasty sore throat.  Later that evening back home, I started getting the aches and stuffiness, which led to a not-so-restful sleep that night, what with waking up every couple of hours with aches and stuffiness.  It was so bad that I scrubbed my usual Sunday morning plans to head to the gym, rather just taking a mid-morning catnap.

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Some well-past-Halloween thoughts about Halloween

I know I’m asking this is a few days late, but how was your Halloween?  I imagine many of you, as I did, celebrated Halloween the previous Saturday since the actual Halloween landed during the week.  My actual Halloween Tuesday was spent doing the adult thing:  Working for a living during the morning, volunteering during the afternoon, and doing all of it in the costume I wear on an everyday basis, that of a responsible adult male.

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My night at the Halloween party, 2017

[*cue rumble of thunder and eerie organ music*]  Salutations, ghosts and goblins and non-conforming.  I’ve gone on the record on here once or twice about not getting into the whole dress-up thing for Halloween very much.  Since I’m a crossdresser and normally appear as my usual male self before the public eye, any day of the year can be a day when I can put on that “costume” I call “being Allison” and bring my feminine character to life.

But that’s not to say that I’ve never dressed up for Halloween, at least as an adult.  Matter of fact, this past Saturday night, I dressed up to the nines for a Halloween party.  And here’s proof:

Black gown on Halloween

This dress may look familiar to you regular readers of this blog, and it’s true, you’ve seen it on here before.  This is the very same black lace-and-beads dress and accompanying bolero jacket I found several years ago at the Savers thrift store and have had in my closet ever since.  At first, I didn’t have any thoughts about attending any Halloween party this year (more on the party in a little bit), and even when I decided to go, this outfit wasn’t my first thought for a costume.  Instead, the first thought of a costume that came to my mind was a certain yellow-and-black sexy taxi driver outfit, an homage to a friend of mine on Facebook who occasionally wears such an outfit as part of her work.  Alas, I could not find such an outfit that was in my size.  And with the party coming up very quick, I went with Plan B (and, no, I’m not talking about the nightclub) and got all formal and classy.

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Random stuff: The cast of “Pose”

Just a quick post to highlight some awesome news from the world of television.  Earlier this month, I had mentioned in this post news about a a series of open casting calls for trans actors put on by the Casting Society of America (CSA).  Part of the reasoning for the CSA-staged events is to help stem the bias (conscious or otherwise) in Hollywood toward casting cis-gender actors in trans roles; to counter the belief that there isn’t enough trans talent in show business; and to help spearhead a commitment toward a newer, more diverse generation of showbiz talent.

Apparently, Ryan Murphy was way ahead of the CSA.  If you’ve watched or read about any bit of TV over the past decade or so, you’ve certainly heard about Ryan Murphy, or at least seen his name in the producing, writing, or directing credits of such prominent series as Glee and American Horror Story.  And he’s not resting on his laurels, for word came earlier this year of his latest proposed project for the FX cable network, a dramatic series called Pose.  What will it be about?  Well, here, as first reported back in March, is Pose‘s premise:

Set in 1986, Pose looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York:  The rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene, and the ball cultural world.

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Allison’s dream wedding

A question for the single people out there:  How many of you have imagined getting married?  No, I don’t mean being married and actually saying of “I do” with the one you want to spend the rest of your life with.  No, I’m talking about the flowers, the fancy formal wear, the reception, the dancing… you know, the getting married part.  Or, rather, the wedding part of getting married.  Perhaps many of you, at least once in your lifetime, have thought about how you would want your wedding to take place.  I admit I have as well, and those thoughts percolated back to the top of my mind during my recent experiences at my youngest sister’s recent wedding (the subject of my last post).

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