Spring Bling Party – April 10

Bling15Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA, is sponsoring their spring party April 10! Glamour Boutique’s parties have become a popular tradition in the transgender community and are always one of the biggest events of the year.

Glamour Boutique’s second annual Spring Bling Party happens from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am on Friday, April 10th, at the Indian Meadows Country Club (also known as Acacia Functions). The Country Club is a very nice facility and, although on Route 9 in Westborough, it is situated way back off the main road in a very private and safe setting.

This will be a great opportunity for you to put away your winter blah outfits and pull out your spring finery. Then add a touch of BLING to get in the spirit of the new season. What better way than to say farewell to the brutal winter we have had than dancing the night away in your best outfit?

Any and all CDs, Ts, MtFs, FtMs, Admirers, etc are welcome to party and dance the night away.   Drinks are very reasonable at the club and we will have munchies available too.

There will be a Miss Sprint Bling that will be chosen by secret judge vote. Miss Gigi and/or Jackie Diamond who will make the announcement at midnight. Miss Spring Bling and two runner ups will receive tiaras. The criteria for this contest is BLING!

Our hostess of the night will be the vivacious Miss Gigi from Salem. Decorations will be done by the lovely Kelly. Miss Jackie Diamond of diamonddancemusic.com will be DJing for the event. She will be doing a special set of Karaoke Music. Please contact her if interested at: missjackiediamond@comcast.net.

For those of you who have not been to the country club, there are three rooms in the front section. On the far left is a section usually set up for Saturday weddings. In the center is a room with tables where people can sit and talk near the bar. And on the far right is a decent sized room with a dance floor with more tables and chairs for resting or watching the dancers.

If you call or e-mail in a reservation to Glamour Boutique, you will only have to pay $10 at the door. Or pay $20 at the door without a reservation. Parking is free and is within steps of the entrance. Remember the location is isolated away from the main street and encompassed by a huge golf course so there is complete privacy for those needing that security.

To make your reservation or if you need more information, email or call Glamour Boutique at jwarrener@aol.com or 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 toll free. Or drop by the store: Glamour Boutique, 850 Southbridge Street, Auburn, MA.

For party updates please Friend www.tgfashions.com on Facebook at:
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For Makeover Appointments, please jwarrener@aol.com, 508-721-7800 or 888-721-3177 to requiest one of Glamour Boutique’s make up artists.

Glamour Boutique has arrangements with the Econo Lodge for a group rate. They are about a mile away from the country club and have direct access from the room to the car so one does not need to go through any crowded lobbies. The rate is $64.95 for the full room. The number for reservations is 508-842-8941. Tell them you want the “SPRING BLING at Indian Meadows Country Club” rate. To get to the Econolodge from the Country Club, drive west on Route 9 and then take the 20 West exit. The Econo Lodge is almost immediately there after you get on route 20 (on the right side). The address is 380 SW Cutoff, Northborough, MA 01532 .

The closest lodging is Motel 6, within a mile of the Indian Meadows Country Club on the same side of the street. They have great rates: Motel 6, 399 Turnpike Road, Westborough, 508-366-0202.

Directions: Indian Meadows is at 275 Turnpike Road in Westborough, MA. It is on the western side of Westborough. Look for the Wendy’s on the opposite side of Route 9 as a guide point.  There is a Burlington Coat Factory behind the Wendy’s. (Note that there is another Wendy’s near I-495 on the other side of the I-495 junction.) The roadway to the country club is on the west bound side directly across from the Wendy’s and has a red light of its own. For those of you getting off onto Route 9 from I-495, it is 4.7 miles to the west on the right side. You will pass Westborough Toyota, then Glick Nissan, just before reaching the country club driveway on the right. The website for the Indian Meadows Country Club is www.AcaciaFunctions.com.

Please join us April 10 for a great yet safe night!

Bury Your Battered Skin Top Wig and Advance Ahead to a Lace Front

by Nicole Renee, I’m Hot Studio, Amesbury, MA

If it could cry, it would have whimpered one, faint, last snivel.

I stood there in disbelief. . .shock. . .awe. . .and just stared at it.

This lifeless, plastic scalped, chew-toy of a wig was ready for a proper burial.  There was no way I would allow my client, Kathy, to wear this frizzy “animal” on her head. . .to continue on this road-kill path of ratty wigs.

“I’ve had this piece for so long, but I guess it’s time to move forward.”

“Yes,” I agreed, “ You will be SO happy you did!” Tossing the wig to the side, I declared, “We are on a journey to cooler, lighter and more natural looking wigs!”

Many of my clients have started with skin tops when they first venture into the colorful and  endless world of wigs. These are OK if you’re on a tight budget and cannot spring for a new or higher quality hairpiece. When you can conveniently “find” the money to do so, I highly recommend graduating to lace fronts.

Here’s the Difference 101 between a skin top versus lace front wig: A skin top wig has hair punched into a scalp-like material, either latex or polyurethane. A lace front wig has hair attached as small knots into a lace mesh material. Let’s examine the pros and cons of each.

Benefits of Skin Tops

Price motivates buyers to purchase a skin top. They are cheaper and novice wig shoppers often grab the hairpiece that’s easiest on the purse.

Cons of Skin Tops

Skin tops may be light on the wallet but they’re heavy on the sweat. Polyurethane and latex suffocate the skin. These materials make for uncomfortable wearing if you’re a heavy sweater or live in a warm climate. Perspiration trickles down to melting your makeup job as well.

The hair movement is relatively stiff as its restricted by the plastic base, contributing to an artificial look.

Adding hair to thinning spots on a skin top base can be done but good luck finding a ventilator gunning for the job. This is labor intensive, expensive and potentially damages the inflexible cap. Reinvest your money on a quality lace front wig.

Benefits of Lace Fronts

The benefits of lace fronts outweigh the cons. The breathable lace allows for the flow through of air. They part easily, lending to versatile styling options. The hair flows with grace and ease in a lace base versus a rigid, plastic foundation.

A quality lace front, looks like the hair grows out of your head and the hairline density can be tailored. An experienced ventilator can add hair into the lace to cover thinning areas as the hairpiece thins.

Cons of Lace Fronts

Many web shoppers get excited to find a “deal” on a longer lace front ($100 or less) but often when it arrives, the density is thin, sparse in the bang area, or it sheds heavily upon brushing.

Sometimes a square or dense round  hairline needs to be customized.

Quality deluxe lace fronts are pricey but you get what you pay for. You’re paying for labor intensive knitting, a medium or heavier density, rooted or multi-dimensional color, length and hair type.

Questions to Ask When Buying

  • What type of lace is used? French lace tends to be more durable and scratchy for some versus softer, delicate Swiss lace options.
  • What types of knots are used? A well made lace front is weaved with double knots to secure the hair. A weakly woven single knot lace front sheds heavily on the first brushing or balds quicker.
  • How is the cap adjustable? I recommend hook and eye straps. The hair gets caught in velcro straps and pull strings loosen and wear quickly.
  • What is the density? Light density: 80%. Light to Medium Density: 80-100%. Under 100%, why buy a balding wig? lol. Medium to Heavy 100-130%. This is typical stock density. Closer to 120-130%, the better. Heavy: 150%. Mostly for performers who want a super full style

So, that’s a quick, cheat sheet guide. Many online wigs have this information in their descriptions.

As for my client, Kathy, she has officially embraced lace fronts!

When I applied the layer flowing design on Kathy, a smile and blush glowed over her face. “I feel so glamorous and it looks so real!” The chest length, chocolate brown with buttery blonde highlights definitely had that “movie star” quality.

We finished customizing the front and she confidently waved goodbye, with a toss of her hair and a beaming smile, she was ready to conquer her day!

TG Discussion Group Cancelled 3/12

The monthly TG Discussion Group scheduled for Thursday, March 12 has been cancelled. The next meeting should be in April.

My Transgender Life — Transitioning at Age 64

GraceStevensGrace Stevens, long-time First Event co-chair and both Treasurer and Board Member at TCNE, recently published No! Maybe! Yes! Living My Truth, an intimate memoir of her personal struggle to transition and live her true life authentically as a woman. She just contributed a featured article on Huffinton Post: My Transgender Life — Transitioning at Age 64. Check it out!

TG Discussion Group Canceled February 12

The monthly TG Discussion Group scheduled for Thursday, February 12 has been cancelled. Unfortunately, Brenda broke her ankle, requiring some surgery this week. Our best wishes for a swift recovery. The next meeting should be in March.

Leelah

“Leelah”
by Rachel Alter

[Note: The weekend after Christmas, 2014, 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn stepped in front of a tractor-trailer truck on Interstate 71 near her home in Kings Mills, Ohio.   Her parents were hostile to her gender identity and had sent her to their minister for “conversion.”]

Who are you?
Who am I?
You can be you.
Why can’t I be me?

They say I can’t.
They tell me they make the rules.
They tell me who I am.
They. They. They.
Who are they?

They say I must believe them.
Must I?
I can’t believe them.
They say I have no choice.
Don’t I?
I do have a choice.

If I can’t be me, then I can’t be.

First Event Registration Closes 1/16

First Event online registration will close Friday, January 16 at 11:59 pm. After that you must register in person at the conference. After online registration closes, evening meals and entertainment may be sold out since we must give the hotel numbers before the conference begins. Thursday evening is likely to be sold out.  If you want to guarantee that you can come to any one of the evening events you must preregister online. If you decide to walk in and pay at the conference, evening events, if available, will be $70 each. Register now online and they are only $60.  Click here for the First Event Registration Page.

RCC Gathering this Saturday

rccJoin us again this month on Saturday, January 10, at the Randolph Country Club for dancing and fun. RCC, 44 Mazzeo Drive, Randolph, is an trans-friendly alternative club. GPS users beware, the club is behind an unrelated building with loading docks and is not quite visible from the road. As usual, we open TCNE in Waltham starting around 6:00 until 7:30 pm for those who want to dress or car pool. Then we meet at RCC in Randolph to dance the night away until the 2:00 am closing. There is also karaoke and an outdoor patio with pool when it is warm out. The “Friends of RCC” group also meets there that night, so come and make new friends!

TG Discussion Group Cancelled January 8

The monthly TG Discussion Group with Brenda Thompson scheduled for Thursday, January 8 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be in February.

Zukowski Scholarship in Memory of Jessica Garabedian

Dr. & Mrs. Mark Zukowski and family are presenting two community scholarships in memory of Jessica Garabedian, patient, friend, business woman, musician and longtime fixture in the Boston transgender community, who passed away unexpectedly March 20, 2014.

These two awards will go to deserving trans folk who are musicians, since Jessica was perhaps best known for her rock band, Temptress.

The scholarship awards are unrestricted grants. If you are a musician or music student in the transgender community, submit the form on the First Event website to apply for one of the $500 awards. Applications must be submitted prior to January 21, 2015. Decisions will be made by Dr. Zukowski and awards will be presented on Friday night during the Fashion Show.

Click here for the application form at the end of this page.