Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Ultimate Feminine Shoe

Does any one else remember these shoes from the '78 movie Grease. Olivia Newton-John playing the character "Bad Sandy" at the end of the move walked, danced and sing wearing these. They quickly became the must have fashion shoe of the year. Known at the time as simply "Candie's".

AKA mules (french word for a backless shoe), slides, disco slides, clogs and the Barbie stiletto mule. You will also see them at times as a sexy high heeled, feather front bedroom slipper. Think Jean Harlow in her silver screen boudoir, silk nightgown, and sexy slipper. Also as a no-heel (ugly) men's bedroom slipper. 

These shoes came to mind because I was at my local shoe repair shop Saturday. For sale the shop had two pair of  3" slides very much like the one below. While I waited, I looked - yes my size.  

Now this was not my first time lusting after this style. They scream elegance and I do occasionally see them out in the wild. In fact, just a few days earlier, I saw a stylish mid-age woman wearing a very similar pair with maybe 2 1/2" heels; the place, Home Depot.  I admired her style and ability to navigate the hardware isles. 

So, sitting, I slipped one foot first into the white pair. Oh, did they make my legs and feet look good. The next shoe went on with equal beauty. Not wanting to break the spell, I crossed my legs, very lady like, and watched as one of the shoes just dangled from my toes.  Sexy!

Let me digress, I am good in heels - 3" is an all day comfort zone and I can still manage 4" heels for short car to restaurant walks and bathroom trips. Heels feel so sexy and I understand the feminine attraction. I get it.

Agent Provocateur Satin Mules
However, as I stood in the high heel slides, the lack of any support immediately became evident. Yes the first step took me right out of the shoes. Now bear-foot, I was looking back at the shoes behind me, wondering what just happened?           

OK ladies, I am open to suggestion? Is this one of those feminine secrets that is only known in the female world? Or maybe a special genetic bone structure that I did not get at birth? 

To save me for further embarrassment, my repaired heels arrived and I placed the slides back on the shelf. Maybe I will try the ultimate feminine shoe again on another day.    


In the 1930's Jean Harlow was one of the most photographed actresses. Her most notable film for boudoir inspiration is 1933’s "Dinner at Eight". In the film we see Jean lounging around on her bed, surrounded by over sized pillows, wearing the most fabulous slinky sequined robe with ostrich feathers and yes note the mule slippers. 
 Source: Lingerie Addict 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Modeling - Will Work for Food

Modeling 1989
This morning I read an article in the Guardian that asked "Where are all the 50-something models?"  Good question. The conclusion is that, “We do need to see more diversity, more wrinkles, more curves, more black models..." My request - and transgender women of age. 

I had a brush with modeling in the last century. Wow, does that me sound old or what? However, I digress. I had just finished a long-term consulting gig in San Diego and was back home in Florida, completely travel weary. My youngest daughter at that time was 6 and absolutely adorable. Photogenic; an understatement. She love to pose and the camera loved her. I cannot imagine where she got that?

We rented a studio for an afternoon, with lights and shot many rolls of film (remember those). We used many change of outfits and had a great fun afternoon. The photos were good. Our next step was looking for an modeling agency and we found one; a local talent agency that was owned and operated by a larger than life beauty contest winner and former fashion model. 

She liked my daughter’s portfolio and we struck a deal. At the time West Palm Beach was not a hot bed of catalog work so there were many trips to Miami just to audition. Much of the Miami work was Latin/South American so my little blond daughter was a little out of place. It was hard on a six year old to hear she was not right of the work, so after a good number of rejections our enthusiasm waned. Still a nice memory for her.  

Digital photography was just getting started, however the electronic storage and photo enhancing was really getting going. I volunteered my services as a computer consultant and did do some computer setup work with the modeling agency. What an awful place to hang out - NOT. The owner of the agency did have a beautiful studio, so it was not long before Rhonda had her own private makeup session and photo shoot. The Photo above is from 1989.  It was just for fun.  

Fast forward - In case there are any talent agents out there that are looking for a "mature" transgender model, below is my modeling card from 2013.  Will work for .......