Sunday, January 31, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
THE MODERN WAY TO WEAR LEGGINGS AFTER 50
From Jennifer @ A Well Styled Life
Our world has changed dramatically in the last year and the way we dress has changed with it. More and more women are working from home which means their wardrobe needs have changed. You may need to dress professionally from the waist up for Zoom or Skype calls but you still want to be comfy and can include leggings. How to wear leggings after fifty has been an extremely popular post so I’m updating it with some new ideas and fresh resources to find great leggings.
Leggings are hugely popular and one of the easiest garments to get wrong. We’ve been reaching for leggings since they became streetwear in the '70 and ’80s. They now have style details and shapes that resemble pants, so they don’t all look like workout gear.
Are they still in style? You bet. Can I wear them and still look polished? Absolutely! Can any woman [man] wear leggings? Yes!
Here are some ideas and tips to keep in mind to get the look you want....
Leggings look great worn with:
- tunic sweaters
- long line blazers
- tunic-length shirts
- thigh-length blouses
Read more... At The Well Styled Life
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
|Maureen Whelihan, |
Pam Beach County, FL
At Elite GYN Care of the Palm Beaches, Dr. Whelihan provides a comprehensive array of services, including well-woman visits, Pap smears and HPV testing, hormone therapy, teen gynecology services, menopause treatments, and treatments for vaginal dryness and pelvic prolapse, as well as complete sex education services and treatments for low libido. Dr. Whelihan also specializes in transitioning hormones for transgender male and female patients.
Dr. Whelihan received her Doctor of Medicine graduating Alpha Omega Alpha from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She completed her Residency training at University of Florida Shands Jacksonville. She has received "Top Doctors in America" and "America's Top Obstetrician and Gynecologists." Dr. Whelihan was the recipient of the "Women in Leadership Award" from the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches and "Woman of the Year" from Palm Beach Illustrated and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She remains committed to the legislative side of medicine acting as the President of the Palm Beach County Medical Society and the Florida OBGYN Society from 2009-2010. She continues in a leadership role in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for District XII, Florida. She has practiced medicine in the Palm Beach area since 1997.
|Dr. Whelihan book|
Available on Amazon
Dedicated to helping patients of all ages enjoy better health and wellness and develop a greater understanding of their own sexual health, Dr. Whelihan is also a successful published author of the hugely popular book, Kiss and Tell: Secrets of Sexual Desire from Women 15 to 97. Dr. Whelihan welcomes new patients of all ages, from puberty through menopause, and the practice accepts most major medical insurance plans.
The Palm Beach Daily News describes the book:
Dr. Maureen Whelihan, a West Palm Beach gynecologist, Kiss and Tell unashamedly tackles every aspect of sexuality a woman might want to explore. And the experiences shared in the book should make women feel validated and men feel encouraged to raise their sexual bars a little higher.
I am proud to state that I became a patient of Dr Whelihan 10 years ago. She saw me regularity for nearly three year and now again I have the pleasure of her expertise. Last week, I had a consultation and we discussed my medical history and desires going forward. She listens, makes suggestions and is a resource for transgender care. She mentioned that about 10 years ago her practice would see seven transgender individuals a week, now she typically sees seven a day.
Since my visit, I have had specific blood work done, and a much needed mammogram. My last mammogram was over 8 years ago; too long. My family history certainty warrants one more often.
I highly recommend Maureen and suggest if you are unable to visit her office you look into virtual consultations. The practice accepted my insurance, and her medical staff worked with me on the confidential nature of my records. I am very pleased to be back under her expert care.
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Friday, January 22, 2021
|He has signed the "most substantive, |
wide-ranging LGBTQ+ executive order
in U.S. history" among other things.
By: By Dave JamiesonOn his first day in office, President Joe Biden issued an executive order strengthening anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community, marking a quick turnaround from Trump administration policy.
Under the new executive guidance, federal agencies are to assume that laws forbidding discrimination apply to sexual orientation and gender identity, not just race, religion, sex and national origin. The measure was part of a slew of orders Biden signed shortly after his swearing-in, as both a substantive and a symbolic rebuke of the Trump era.
The order suggests that enforcement agencies under Biden will be open to pursuing discrimination complaints on behalf of LGBTQ people in a way the Trump administration was not.
The Human Rights Campaign called it “the most substantive, wide-ranging executive order concerning sexual orientation and gender identity” ever issued by a U.S. president.
“Today, millions of Americans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their President and their government believe discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is not only intolerable but illegal,” the advocacy group’s president, Alphonso David, said in a statement.
The Supreme Court issued a landmark decision last June ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects workers from discrimination related to sexual orientation and gender identity. But that ruling applies explicitly to discrimination in the workplace, whereas Biden’s executive order makes clear the safeguards extend to other areas like housing and education.
In a fact sheet released Wednesday, the Biden administration said the new order will “build on” the protections cemented by the Supreme Court.
“All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation,” the White House said in a statement.
The Trump administration had urged the Supreme Court to rule that gay and transgender workers were not covered by Title VII, and after the ruling came down this past summer, the Trump administration tried to limit its reach.
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the Justice Department’s civil rights division had recently issued a memo stating that the Bostock ruling, as it’s known, should not be applied to education and housing. The memo also argued that employers may still be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ workers by citing religious beliefs.
The executive order issued Wednesday was one that LGBTQ advocates were hoping to see immediately from the Biden administration. It should clarify that the federal government as an employer adopts the broader view of the Bostock decision as to what constitutes “sex discrimination” ― that it includes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity ― while applying that interpretation to other laws like the Affordable Care Act, the Fair Housing Act and other parts of the Civil Rights Act.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
By Alexandra Klausner
March 29, 2017
A transgender World War II veteran proves it’s never too late to live life truthfully.
Patricia Davies, from Leicestershire, England, didn’t decide to transition into a female until she turned 90 years old.
Davies — born Peter — has known she was a woman since she was just a toddler.
“I’ve known I was transgender since I was 3 years old. I knew a girl called Patricia, and I decided I wanted to be known by that name but it didn’t stick,” Davies told Caters News Agency.
Davies kept her identity a secret for most of her life for fear she would be shunned by her peers or forced to undergo electric shock treatment.
“The atmosphere [around being transgender] was not safe. People did not understand what transgender was,” Davies said.
Davies — who served in the army between April 1945 and 1948 — said coming out as transgender would have categorized her as a homosexual, which wouldn’t have been accepted in the army.
Despite losing friends and cheating death while serving in the armed forces, she says she’s glad she got to have the experience.
“I feel quite proud having served during the war and having done military service, in particular during the trouble in Palestine,” said Davies.
Davies, who married when she was 21, eventually came out to her supportive wife in 1987. Her wife, to whom she was married for 63 years, bought Davies jewelry and dresses that she could wear in private. Sadly, her wife passed away six years ago.
“I was 60 when it all came pouring out to my wife, she was very sympathetic and helped me all the way, but we agreed to keep it quiet,” said Davies, who first learned about transgender identity from a TV show sometime in the 1970s.
When Davies first came out to her wife, she decided to wear high heels but was deterred when teenagers saw her and threw eggs at her window.
Now a nonagenarian, Davies has begun taking estrogen to move her transition forward and has come out to her community.
“It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I was living a lie,” she told Caters.
“I have been keeping quiet. I have slowly started to tell some of my neighbors. Everybody said, ‘Don’t worry, as long as you’re happy,'” she added.
Patricia was inspired to make the big change from male to female after seeing the romantic comedy film “Boy Meets Girl,” which features transgender characters.
Now that transgender people are portrayed often in film and on TV, Davies feels more comfortable being herself.
“It’s not 100 percent safe now but it’s much better than it was. People that I have told seem to be very accommodating and haven’t thrown abuse at me,” she said.
“I joined the Women’s Institute. I socialize with them and have a natter [long chat]. I’m having a great time. I have a new lease on life,” she added.
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Biden Selects Transgender Doctor Rachel Levine As Assistant Health Secretary
By John Wagner, Teo Armus and Samantha Schmidt
|Doctor Rachel Levine|
Assistant Health Secretary
January 19, 2021
President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he will nominate Pennsylvania’s top health official, Rachel Levine, to be his assistant secretary of health. Levine, a pediatrician, would become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
“Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” Biden said in a statement. “She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts.”
Levine serves as Pennsylvania’s secretary of health and has been leading the state’s public health response to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden’s transition team noted that Levine — appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf (D) in 2017 as acting health secretary — was confirmed three times by the Republican-controlled state Senate to serve as secretary of health and the state’s physician general.
At the time, she was one of only a handful of transgender officials serving in elected or appointed offices nationwide. If confirmed as assistant secretary of health, Levine would be the highest ranking transgender official in the US government.
A Fresh Start!
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021
I wish we had more opportunities to dress up. I miss my Business Guild meetings, Second Sunday Meet-up and Thursday night at the Colony, Palm Beach. I still subscribe to the "better safe and sorry" program.
I am in a clinical trial for a Covid vaccine, but not sure if I got the real deal or placebo. Once my vaccine gets emergency use authorization I will be told and if I received the placebo will be offered the live vaccinate. I am thinking this is about 30-45 days out. Until then I am continuing a cautious protocol; being safe.
As they may be, my few daily outing involve jeans, t-shirts and sneakers; a simple androgynous look.
I love the fit of side zip pants/jeans. The flat front and typical fitted rear send just the right amount of Feminine Differential feel/look. The above jeans are "LEE Women's Relaxed-Fit Side Elastic Tapered-Leg Jean" from Amazon. Lee makes a great feminine cut jean that I wear often.
The white t-shirt is Boston Proper's "V-NECK CASUAL TEE". A wardrobe stable that can be found most anywhere. The other items above you have seen before in various post.
What ever you do, be safe. Let's not risk a dangerous outing. We know that in just a few months the vaccines will be widely available.
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Stand Down. You’re outnumbered. There’s a fucking million of us out there, and we are listening to Trump — your boss.
When the insurrectionists breached the Capitol, they called out for blood. “Hang Mike Pence!” they shouted after Trump tweeted that his own vice president would not violate the U.S. Constitution and dismiss the electors from enough states to install Trump for a second term. Pence reportedly escaped running into the mob by a matter of seconds.
Friday, January 15, 2021
For those of you anticipating snow this weekend, I provide you a Mental escape. I found this adorable swimsuit on a site called "Beach Candy". It is incredibly cute and it has already been delivered to the Beach house. By Floridian standards, it has been too cool to wear yet, but there should only be a few more weeks before I am doing my beach walks again.
I have tried it on and it is totally as cute as the photo. For those interested - "LIZ Ruffle One Piece Swimsuit" (20% off).
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Why We Don't Correct
When that happens, we thank the complimenter but we rarely correct them. I suspect that’s because, especially at my son's age, gender doesn’t really matter. I don’t want Declan to grow up drawing lines between boys and girls, and masculine and feminine. I don’t want him to grow up associating long hair with girls and short hair with boys. I also don’t want him to think that being mistaken for a girl is, on any level, insulting.
I don’t want him to see gender from the perspective of stereotypes and preconceptions, if he sees it at all.
Now I’m not proposing that I'll raise my son in some sort of progressive post-gender utopia. That would be impossible in a country and a culture that, for all its social advances, still tends to see things in starkly blue and pink terms. But I do love that he lives in a world where he can wear his tutu for hours at school and no one thinks anything of it.
Then again, he’s only 2.
Thankfully, the world has changed an awful lot in the past 30 years, so hopefully it'll be easier for him than it was for me.
I was nowhere near as pretty as my son when I was a boy, but I had a high-pitched voice and some feminine mannerisms. I consequently grew up super self-conscious about whether I was masculine enough. It played havoc with my fragile self-esteem, and the pressure to conform to our society’s idea of masculinity grew throughout elementary and high school and only really lessened during college, when conforming to rigid gender stereotypes stops being considered a universally positive quality.
There's a good chance that my wife and I will have tough conversations about gender with our son as he grows up, and that the same pressures I faced will also affect him. Thankfully, the world has changed an awful lot in the past 30 years, so hopefully it'll be easier for him than it was for me.
But at this point, we’re loving living in a world where he doesn't seem to know or care about gender differences, and we’d like to sustain this period of dewy innocence as long as possible.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Britain's First Transsexual Reveals: Elvis wanted Me, Michael Hutchence Had Ne, But I Fancied John Prescott
|April Ashley MBE, a former Vogue model|
"I can see why his wife Pauline fell for him. He was more than dapper– he was strapping. He was just a lovely young man.”
Over the years April and John, now Lord Prescott, have kept in touch.
But they had not seen each other for many years before he opened an exhibition of photos covering her extraordinary life this week.
Speaking of the incident when her old pal thumped an egg-throwing protestor, she reveals: “I was dying to tell him that if someone threw an egg at me I would have decked them too. But I’d have done it with my handbag!”.
April’s still-elegant appearance in her late 70s gives no clue to the struggles of her early life when she was born as George Jamieson in the slums of Liverpool.
“It was a tough life at the beginning, very tough indeed,” she says. “I couldn’t tell anyone I felt I should have been born a girl.
At 20, after working in a Welsh hotel with John Prescott, she moved to Paris– and became April. She was the compere of a drag club, Le Carrousel, and won the attention of famous men.
Artists Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso wanted her as their muse, and Elvis Presley bought her champagne every time he saw her.
Still, it hasn’t been an easy life. You have to be resilient. You can’t let people crush you. - April Ashley
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Source: *The Paw - West Morris Central High School
By: Evelyn Oravez, Staff Writer|January 5, 2021
Harry Styles, former member of the boy band One Direction and accomplished singer and songwriter, made history this year as the first male to appear on the cover of US Vogue magazine. This by itself would be a significant step for gender equality in fashion. His outfit, however, is what has drawn the most attention to the shoot. The cover of their December edition features Styles wearing a flowy, periwinkle blue Gucci dress with an accompanying black jacket. According to The Guardian’s André Wheeler, “The image felt representative of a growing exploration of gender-fluidity and non-binary dressing taking place,” adding that this idea of gender fluidity is growing more popular among the younger generations, which is who Vogue caters to.
In this way, Styles has become a catalyst for the modern gender debate, fueling the anger of the conservative right over traditional gender roles being muddied and the liberal left stepping in to defend these new modern ideas of gender fluidity.
|Harry Styles at the 2019 Met Gala. |
Source Vogue Magazine
Styles has been known for wearing less than traditional clothing in the past as well. At the 2019 Met Gala he wore what his stylist described as “taking traditionally feminine elements [..] but then rephrasing them as masculine pieces.” He is in many ways representative of the new wave of gender-neutral clothing and fashion developing today, fueled by the more liberal ideas shared by a large portion of the younger generations.
Critics argue that while this was a good step for gender-fluidity in both fashion and everyday life, it was not the huge progressive leap forward that some may think. At the end of the day, Harry Styles is still a rich, famous celebrity, and this gives him the ability to press gender norms in a way that the average person might not be able to.
Whichever way you stand on the debate, there is no doubt that this conversation needs to be had, both in the United States and the rest of the world. As our society progresses, how do we discuss the way that gender plays into fashion? How can we balance progress and tradition within gender roles without angering differing groups of people? Harry Styles and his periwinkle gown have become the face of this debate, and it is one that is going to become more important as time advances on.
|Play Time with Harry Styles - Vogue|
*Wow: What a well written article - Evelyn is a Sophomore at West Morris Central and a Journalism I student.
Monday, January 11, 2021
These pants will look great with any sweater, graphic tee or paired with the Amazon tunic tee shown.
A great every-day fashion find.
Sunday, January 10, 2021
|Sen. Josh Hawley|
Salute to mob attacking The Capital
Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ted Cruz of Texas, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming and Rick Scott of Florida.
After the vote was finally certified [for Biden], Barry C. Black, the Senate chaplain, said a prayer in the chamber that acknowledged the violence.
These tragedies have reminded us that words matter and that the power of life and death is in the tongue.
|Rick McKee-Counterpoint - Source Politico |
Thanks Velma for this one
Huffington Post: Trump Was ‘Delighted’ His Supporters Stormed The Capitol, Says GOP Sen. Ben Sasse
Friday, January 8, 2021
|Selfie with holiday decoration still there|
Being stuck at home doesn’t stop us from dressing up. In fact, there are lots of reasons to get out of jeans, sweats and pajamas – zoom meetings, hair cuts, grocery runs, getting the mail, car club, beach walks and mirror selfies for the gram! Just this week I had my hair styled, and blow dried.
After returning to the beach house, I wanted to remember how my stylus did my hair with a hope to be able to recreate her master-piece. Not having years of experience with hair I am lost. Sometimes, I just let it air dry after shampooing and occasionally attempt to blow-dry it myself. I can never make it look as good as the salon does.
The mirror selfie is fun and a reason to get dressed. Yes, check out our new outfits. Above is a mirror selfie I took a few day ago.
The EverPretty Blog has a post - Why Mirror Selfies are So Popular and How to Take the Perfect One.
Mirror selfies have been around since the dawn of the camera phone and may even be responsible for the rise of the #ootd phenomenon. Before influencers hired professional photographers, most started their journey posting low quality mirror selfies. For the last few years mirror selfies became a bit passé as the quality of smart phones as well as fashion influencer content proved. But lately we have been seeing a resurgence. Why? The reason is very simple. Taking a mirror selfie is easy. You only need a smart phone and a mirror, then you can take it anytime, anywhere. No more concerns about bad weather, too many miscellaneous people, or impatient photographers. What’s more, you can just cover your face or a part of your face with the phone if you don’t want to show it or don’t know what facial expression to make.
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Quora: I want to look more feminine because some women say that feminine men are cute.
Julie Reece a Quora top writer in clothing and apparel provided a wonderful list that is good advice for us all.
#1 - First, learn how to use skin care products. That will make a noticeable - and an almost immediate difference in your complexion. I personally use skin care products like makeup. I use three to five skin care products on most days, and on some days even more. My face starts out squeaky clean right out of the shower, then I use one or two serums, followed by moisturizers on my checks, neck, and eye area (three separate products). When I’m finished, my skin is glowing and definitely looks more like a woman’s skin than a man’s.
#2 - I occasionally wear makeup too. The photo you see at the top of this answer is similar to what I wear myself, and I typically add a finishing powder like this one: Bobbi Brown brightening finishing powder bronze glow.
#3 - I get my eyebrows threaded every two weeks into a feminine arch:
#4 - I get my nails manicured every week using the Essie nail color you see below:
#5 - I wear women’s clothing every day - and everywhere. I typically wear women’s designer jeans, women’s leggings, women’s tops, and women’s underwear. I have a full wardrobe of women’s clothing, including accessories.
#6 - I carry a woman’s handbag when I go shopping:
#7 - I use women’s personal care products: deodorant, shampoo, etc.