Friday, November 28, 2014

5 Cross-Dressing Tips on how to Pose & Look More Feminine for the Camera

Crossdressers love to take photographs. Whether you choose to share them on Facebook or you just store them for your own viewing pleasure, there are some easy pointers the top transformation artists know that will help you produce stunning shots. Follow these 5 simple tips to help achieve a more feminine pose. Keep in mind what type of look you are going for before posing for a shot. Always position yourself near natural lighting, such as a window.

1. Negative Space- Create triangles

When posing for a picture, you should pay attention to your negative space. You never want your arms straight down at your sides.  There should always be a gap between your arm and your waist. This will also help make your waist appear more narrow.
If you don't know where to put your arms try to create a triangle or diamond shape with your negative space. Whether your arm is by your side or over your head. Notice below, Paris Hilton's arm creates a perfect triangle shape, making for the perfect pose. Her other arm is in more of a diamond shape.



2. Arch your Back

Stand up nice and tall and slightly arch your back. Make sure your shoulders are back and your chest is slightly out. Have a confident and feminine stance. Whatever you do, don't slouch!



 

3. One leg in front of the other

Notice how Paris has one leg in front of the other. Always stand with one leg slightly in front of the other and slightly bend the front leg. Even if you are standing and want to cross your legs, make sure one is in front of the other. This will enhance the look of your calves as well.


 

4. Perfect your Smile

Practice, practice, practice! Putting on a pretend smile has been proven to actually make people happier, so why not perfect your smile by doing it all of the time? Smile as much as you can and it will show in pictures. Make sure to smile in front of a mirror as well to see what looks best. You also have to consider what type of look you are going for when smiling. If you want to look fun and flirty then make sure you show your teeth.  If you are going for a seductive look you don’t need to show teeth. The seductive smile is all about the eyes with a slightly slanted smirk. 



 


5. Position your Face 
A common portrait problem is the dreaded double chin. To avoid this you need to elongate your neck. Try pushing your face forward a bit and tip your chin slightly down. This is going to take some practice and will definitely feel awkward at first, but will be worth the outcome.  Another very feminine pose is to lean your head back and look at the camera as shown below or the over the shoulder look.      
 

 

When in doubt go with the red carpet pose. I know it sounds cliché but it will help make you look slimmer and is always a flattering look in pictures. Place your hand on your hip and slightly angle your body. Turn your head towards the camera and elongate your face with your chin slightly down. It's basically just putting all of these tips in one.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Different Types of Corsets for CD/TG

There are so many different types of corsets... How are you supposed to know which one is for you? The short answer is to call and ask a Glamour Boutique associate, but if you don't have time to give us a call then take a look at this simple guide to the many styles and shapes of corsets. Each corset has a different function. We have one for every body type- short, long, or average torsos. We have options for small, medium or large body frames as well. Our most popular material would be the satin, although some prefer leather as it is a much stronger. We also offer cotton corsets which allows better circulation, keeping your body a little cooler. Every corset style and material have a different purpose and function. Read on to make sure you choose the best style for you.



Cincher Corset
Cincher’s are a good starting off point for beginners. They are nice and short allowing for your body to get used to the steel bones. If you are just beginning, stay away from double boned, and full cup corsets until your body is used to wearing or training with a cincher/under bust. The cincher allows for more flexibility and movement making the process easier for beginners.  The cincher’s are 10-10 ½ inches long and are ideal for an average body frame. Cinchers are less bulky and are great for wearing under outfits. They are small enough to wear over your outfit as well. Can reduce waist up to 4 inches. 

 
 

Underbust Corset
Underbust corsets are also recommended for beginners. This corset is good if you have a larger belly and need that extra coverage. As you can see in the picture, the bottom comes to a V to cover any extra belly flesh from coming out of the bottom. The underbust corset measures 11 ½ - 12 inches. Most underbust corsets are also cut a little higher in the hip area. This corset is better if you are looking for a greater reduction to your waist, as it is longer than the cincher, it covers more of your waist and belly.

 
Underbust Corset

 
 
Underbust Corset for Longer Torso's
The underbust corset  for longer torso's is great for those that are very tall and need a longer corset to cover their entire torso. It measures 14 inches long. Like the other under bust corsets, this one too comes to a V towards the bottom for that extra support. This corset is for long torsos only. If you have a shorter torso, this one will wind up digging into your leg/crotch area when sitting down, so make sure if you go with this corset that you have a long enough torso for a 14 inch long corset.  



Corset for Longer Torso's
 
 

Double Boned Corsets
The extra strong double boned corsets are ideal for extreme waist training and will allow for a more intense cinching of the waist.  This is also a good option for those who have a larger frame and are a little heavier. This corset measures 13 inches long and has 22 steel bones. The double bones will help with the waist reduction, providing a stronger cinch than single bones. The double boned corsets come as cinchers and under bust corsets. As mentioned before the cincher will target more of the waist area, where the under bust provides more coverage around the hips and below the breasts.


Extra Strong Double Boned Corset



PK1 for Longer Torso’s
The PK1 is another great option for those with longer torsos. This is a full corset with a full cup. This corset shows the full effect of an hourglass figure- slimming your waist and lifting your bust for a voluptuous look. The cup is great if you do not want to wear a bra- the half cup gives enough support to hold you in. We recommend that you order 2-4 inches below existing waist size for the PK1.



PK1



Wasp Cincher
The Double Boned Wasp Cinchers is great for really targeting the waist area. The Wasp is only 8 inches long intending to cinch the immediate waist area. The double bones  and targeted area on the waist ensure a beautifully cinched waist. The Waspie can cinch up to 4-6 inches off of your waist.

 
Wasp Waist Cincher

 

Measuring for a corset:
Using a paper or cloth tape measurer, measure the narrowest part of your waist- for generic females that is 2 inches above belly button, for men that is across the belly button. This measurement is your actual waist size. Take your waist size and subtract 4-6 inches-This is your corset size.

For example: Todd measures around his belly button and finds out he has a 34 inch waist. He is going to buy a size 30 corset.

All GlamourBoutique.com corsets are steel-boned and lace at the back. We have satin, leather, and cotton corsets.
 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

10 Celebrity Look A-Like Wigs for CD/TG

When shopping for a wig you want to make sure you choose the best style, color, and length for your particular skin tone, eye color, and natural hair color. You don't want to take a trial and error approach when shopping for a wig or you will end up throwing hundreds of dollars down the drain.


A simple way of choosing a wig is to look at celebrities hairstyles. They tend to know the best color, length, and style for their face. Try to find a celebrity that has similar facial features and tones as yours. Look through all of the different hairstyles they have and find a similar wig to match that particular style.

To get you started I put together a celebrity hairstyle look-alike for you. So let's take a look at the most wanted celeb hairstyles and the glamourboutique.com wigs that resemble them the most. Whether they are long and sexy or short and chic they all all pretty fabulous.


Long & Lovely

 
1.Reese Witherspoon has the most gorgeous long blonde hair. The hair piece that resembles her lovely locks the most is the Jaela wig, pictured to the right. The Jaela wig  is slightly longer than Reese's and has slightly fuller bangs but is just as fine, shiny and gorgeous.
 

 
  2.The Becky wig has flowing curly layers with plenty of volume and side swept bangs like Carrie Underwood. The Becky wig is made to fit average to larger head sizes. This is one of my favorite celebrity look-alike wigs. The color pictured is light brown with golden blonde chunky highlights.
 
 
 
 3. If you admire Taylor Swift's hair then you will fall in love with the Obsession wig. This very long beautiful hair piece is one length with nice straight bangs that tailor off to the side rather than blunt bangs. This one is perfect for your cd/tg girls because  of it's heat resistant fibers, you can go curly or straight, leaving you many different styling options. 
 
 
  4.If you are looking for the feathery layered look than the Peace wig is your winner. It has side swept bangs and nice choppy layers. This one of Glamour Boutique's best selling wigs. It is nice and light but also has some body to it from the layers and side swept bangs.   
 
 
 

Mid-Length Movie Stars 
 

5.Who doesn't admire Jennifer Anniston's hair? What I would do for that hair! The Skye wig pictured to the right resembles her hair very nicely, it is also very shiny and fine like Anniston's.  This is such a nice wig for cd/tg who want very natural looking hair without having to spend a fortune.  
 
 
  
6. This is one of the most popular hair trends right now- shoulder length hair, longer in the front and shorter in the back. It has that sexy rolled out of bed look. The Jessica wig has nice side swept bangs to add to the great hairstyle. 
 
 
 
 
7.  If you have fair skin like Krysten Ritter than you may want to try out the edgy hair style. If you take the Eternity stretch cap wig to a salon and have them trim the bangs and ends of hair a little it will give this wig a really nice natural look like Krysten Ritter's.


Short & Sexy


8.I love this short and chic look. The Heidi wig is both sexy and classy. The short look gives off a very natural appearance as well. The color pictured is Caramel Kiss.
           
 
 
9. The Venna wig is a very natural  yet stylish look for women in their 40 to late 50's. The color pictures is Caramel Kiss, but like all of our wigs, it comes in a variety of colors.  
 
 
 10.  This hairstyle is so flattering if your facial features are on the petite side. It is also great for cd/tg ladies in their 40-50's but also works for the younger gals as well. The Ellen wig is very classy yet chic, and comes in a similar brown color as well as many other shades.




Which wig is your favorite celebrity look-alike ??


All of our wigs come in various colors. Each style will have a color chart. Happy wig shopping friends :)
 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Life of Tawni Bonds -- Cross Dressing Model & Author

Tawni Katherine Bonds was born at the age of 6 when her older sister and friend were babysitting her. They tied her to a chair, put make-up on her, and then made her dress in a leotard and walked her around. Ever after, she tried to dress whenever possible. Tawni suddenly felt like she was normal and in the right clothes.

For years, Tawni secretly dressed in her sisters clothes, and sometimes her mothers too. She was almost caught once or twice. She suspects that her mother knew all about it but never said anything. One day, Tawni and her mother read the Rene Richards story. Tawni was eleven years old and felt it was a good time to discuss the story with her mother. The conversation did not go as she expected. The violent reaction from her mother caused Tawni to hide her dressing even further. Had her mother been more open, Tawni is sure she would have gone in for the transition at that time.

Tawni blossomed when she went to college and was able to dress whenever she pleased, and she did dress quite a bit- attending various fraternity parties as the mysterious girl no one seemed to know. Because of this, she dressed more and her confidence grew, until the unfortunate event of a near rape occurred. After calling the police, she disappeared for several years.

That was until the day she discovered a group called, Couch Kittens, who she found on the internet. That was the day she was brought back out, and was introduced to the scene for the first time in Los Angeles, where she has been dressing and going out ever since.

Recently, Tawni came out  to her brother and sister, both of whom excepted it freely and even encouragingly.

Tawni has a vivid imagination and has written a number of novel length stories about what might be the most fun nights out for girls like her. They are both erotic, sensual, hot, and very realistic- so much so that many believe she actually lived them out herself and is only writing what happened.

Tawni is also an accomplished model now, thanks to an internet friend who taught her how to pose, and what to do to minimize her male features and maximize her female features- which she is blessed with through no fault of her own. Her waist measures 28'' and she is 5'10'' tall, 135 lbs. and growing!

"My favorite thing to do is wear silk stockings, garters, high heels, a mini-skirt, and tight sleeveless top and go dancing," Tawni says. "I also love to try on new looks and pose for the camera...but yet, I am incredibly shy when out!"


About the Book:


"I have written so many novel length stories about the surprise of being discovered and what happens then... but my newest novel, The Night, was born from a real experience. I dressed at a hotel on a business trip and stupidly got locked out of my room. Yes, a couple of guys asked if they could help me but I was so shy and afraid that I basically just ignored them and fled with nowhere to go for help without revealing my true identity. I stood pondering my situation when the elevator chimed that was in front of me as I froze as two men exited... suddenly this was the busiest hotel floor in the hotel. Eventually was able to get back to my room by calling the maid service from a phone by the elevators. It was harrowing and so very exciting that when I got back in my room I wrote the story of that night as I had wished it would have happened!

I am writing the sequel to the book now-- asked for by popular demand, but I have several other books ready to go that I polishing at the moment as well as writing some chapters for my good friend, Carollyn Olson's forthcoming sequel to, Crowning Glory."




Read Tawni Katherine Bond's, "The Night- A Cross Dressing Fantasy"

To find out more about Tawni visit her page, www.tawnibonds.com

Thank you to Tawni Katherine Bonds for kindly sharing her story and biography with GlamourBoutique.com