Thursday, August 3, 2017

AllyCat On The Prowl

I'm happy with the outfit I wore today. And have two things to tell you about it.

First, I never would have bought this dress if Suzanne and Patti hadn't given me the courage to try it on in a store dressing-room. The dress doesn't stretch so buying it without a try would have been too risky. What a pleasant surprise in the dressing-room when I discovered it fits!

Second, I realize that lately I've been lazy with my makeup. Makeup is usually the last thing I do for a photoshoot and, by that time, I'm tired. I tend to slap on the minimum and get going. But my face deserves -- and needs -- better than that. To transform my masculine features into feminine ones takes work. I should do that work. I know I should. Hey, I'm talking to myself here...  :-)

Thoughts?















35 comments:

  1. Gorgeous and glam---luv the hair and sunnies :)

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  2. I'm so happy you bought this, "Liza Minnelli" dress as you nicknamed it.

    The extra effort on the makeup does pay off. I find the same for myself. I really don't like to go through the hassle of putting on makeup but it makes such a huge difference in the end.

    Your joy of showing your authentic self shines through in the sequins on this dress.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. You get the credit for this.

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  3. I completely and utterly LOVE this dress on you, Ally! You are a lovely glamourpuss in it!

    Make-up is part of my self-care. When I'm tired I don't bother. When I go to work, it's part of my work routine. But doing my make-up for ME, for a special occasion or just because I need a lift or to feel better about myself, is part of taking care of myself. It's like shaving my legs or plucking my eyebrows or getting a haircut.

    I look at make-up as doing a painting. I'm putting on a base coat, accentuating and creating shadows, adding highlights and lowlights, and generally just bringing out the best in my features. I splurge and buy good quality make-up (mostly by MAC, because it's a Canadian company and is ethical, and also funky!) and I buy new brushes for applying it every few years. Brushes are what really elevate make-up from a chore to an art for me!

    Anyway (/ramble), you look gorgeous, sweetheart. Hugs.

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    1. That's a good attitude, Sheila. I believe if I could wear makeup in public, I'd be more serious and diligent about it. I need to remind myself that it's important even if I can't do that.

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  4. It's Lovely and you did a smashing job with the make-up! I so suck at doing make-up, my Grandson does it better than I, once he becomes a well known Cosmetologist and after I put him thru Cosmetology School I told him he shall have to do my make-up and hair forever and ever... winks.

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  5. your make up is AMAZING,
    you definetly have Talent. It gives you such an natural and yet glam-glow. Lovely.
    And I really adore the Dress, the perfect one for every classy Event. yYou look amazing.

    with love your AMELY ROSE

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  6. I think it suits you extremely well Ally!

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  7. That dress is so pretty!!!! Love the sparkles :) And makeup takes work and SO much practice... you'll get there (I say this though I very rarely wear any myself... though the other day, I made the effort to put on some mascara. Sometimes that's all that's needed!).

    XOXO

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  8. Great job on makeup and I love that cocktail dress. It fits great and looks wonderful.
    I do however understand and appreciate our shared feeling of being 'all dressed up with nowhere to go'.
    I must confess that you have inspired me to do my makeup this morning. I have taken the day off from work and have a doctor's appointment this morning but I did get up and do my makeup and I do sit here in a wig, heels and a flower print dress. I do need to change to go to the doctor which is sad.
    It is always a case of finding a way to shoehorn in a dressing session whenever we can.
    Pat

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    1. Yay! Good for you, Pat. I share your sadness at feeling stunted in our activities. I manage that by contenting myself with the most that I can do -- and hope things improve in the future. My wishes to you for the same.

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  9. HOTTIE ALERT!! My goodness do you look amazing in this dress! It is beautiful. I love anything that sparkles! And I think you might do a better makeup job than I do. I am such a minimalist with my makeup.

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    1. Aw, Beth, you don't need makeup -- you're beautiful the way you are!

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  10. You look awesome in your little black Liza Minelli number ... Just missing the fedora!

    Your make-up looks lovely ... I have to wear make up most of the time otherwise I scare little children! LOL!!!! I am OK at it but do it out of necessity not because I want to.

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    1. A fedora! And I actually have one! You've put a great idea in my head, Lynn. Thanks!

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  11. I am sooooo glad you tried it on because WOW you look fabulous in this dress woman! I think its become one of my faves !

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  12. I'm so glad Suzanne made you try on that dress, as it is utterly divine on you! Your make-up is great too, that lilac eye shadow really makes your eyes sparkle!

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  13. I love your dress. The glasses are so cute too.

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  14. I feel like these photos should be titled "A Sequins of Events" hehe. :) Beautiful dress.

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  15. That's a great dress and I love the accessories you paired with it. You look fabulous!

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  16. I had to come back to see if my comment came through and it looks like it didn't - my apologies if this is a duplicate! I have to say that I adore this entire outfit top to bottom. The sequins and all. I love LOVE purple so the eye shadow is on point! I am never bold enough to wear pink on my lips. One day though I will! I think you look absolutely lovely! Glam but not over the top!

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly! Feedback like yours gives me courage -- and that's invaluable.

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  17. Your dress and shoes are stunning! Your make up goes so well with the outfit. You look great!

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  18. I am glad your were pushed into buying that dress.!, it is gorgeous on you and it is a forever dress, too, if I may say so .
    I like your make up here! So yes you were talking to yourself , which is something I do daily...
    Xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

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  19. Fabulous and Fifty Nine! Full stop!

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  20. I feel you about make up. I think if you don't really fid your strong point it gets harder. However the makeup you are wearing here is lovely! I don't know if you should do more with a makeup (I mean for casual situatuation, you know). And you do look feminine here, Ally! There is something in you tender soft face telling me you are a female, you don't have to work for it, you have it! It's just need a little more shine to highlight tops.
    The dress is lovely! it's perfect fit. I think what you really should work under is trying out clothes more often before buying.

    Have a fab weekend and don't worry about stupid numbers!

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    1. Thanks, Lyosha. I accept what I have, and don't have, in terms of femininity. Can't change a lifetime of hormones and male development...

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