Just two days, away, and I still don’t know what I’m wearing this year! Whether it’s my usual jeans and top, or something a little (or a lot) dressier, I’m really excited to be co-hosting this year with FishNETS. See you all there!
As many of you know, I spent about three weeks away from home recently from mid-March through the beginning of April. Don’t worry, it was mostly for fun (with just a little bit of work in there). I started out with the Keystone Conference down in Harrisburg, and from there headed out to visit with my sister in Oregon. I’ve been back a week, and am only just starting to feel aligned with this time zone. Sometimes my vacation self is a little too optimistic with how much I want to tackle when I get home, leading to this extended feeling of jet lag.
One of the things that has really helped me get back in the groove has been visiting and catching up with people! Thursday’s Open House had a great mix of newbies and old friends. I even managed to get a group shot, at least of everyone who wanted to be captured by the camera!
Over the years the Girls’ Day In events I host in my studio have fostered many friendships, and the support and encouragement given to each other through the course of the day warms my heart every time I witness it. Knowing I can create these opportunities for connection is so rewarding to me.
It’s December. The stores have had Christmas decorations out for weeks now (since right around Ghouls’ Night Out, in fact). And that means annual FishN.E.T.S. Hot for the Holidays party!
Hosted at Bobby’s Place in Taunton once again, join the FishN.E.T.S. crew at 6pm on December 15th for dinner at the club, followed by a fun night of dancing, pool, and friendship. The dinner is potluck, arranged in advance (meaning that a handful of volunteers coordinate dishes - no need to bring your own).
Closest reasonable hotel is the Quality Inn in Raynham, which is where I’ll be for makeovers before the party. Let me know if you’d like one of the time slots!
Hope to see you all there!
So you still have three weeks to find a costume and get ready, but just over a week to get the discounted room rate over at the Econolodge. You must call the hotel directly at (508) 865-5222 and mention Scarlett’s Ghouls’ Night Out to get the discounted group rate. The room block and special rate will be released on 10/1.
I’m looking forward to a full night of dancing, laughs, and TONS of pictures at the Dudley Gendron on the 13th! See you all there!
Welcome to September!
I'm still here, and am still available for makeovers, shopping trips, and general presentation help. I'm a bit behind on responding to emails, but I will get to all of them. I'm not ready to declare “email bankruptcy”, and am very grateful for your continued patience while I catch up on business matters.
I unfortunately could not pull off a Maine Event this year. I will revisit planning an event for 2019. But Ghouls’ Night it is definitely a go! With less than one month before the biggest Halloween party, head to the Ghouls’ Night page for all the details!
I have Open House dates posted on the Event page, as well Diva Social dates. Conference dates are coming soon, but you can count on me being available at the Erie Gala, First Event, and Keystone for starters.
Just two more weeks until the annual Spring Bling! Does everyone have their new outfits picked out and accessorized for maximum sparkle?
One of my favorite things to do for an event like Spring Bling (coming up on 4/29!) is go on a hunt through consignment and thrift stores for something new, but affordable. My dress last year cost $35, and fit me perfectly right off the rack.
Here's my top tips for scoring a great deal!
1) Find a Store
Do some research to find a handful of consignment stores that carry styles you like. Many stores have a particular focus (for example home goods or children's clothes) and sometimes that's hard to tell just from a web listing. Additionally, many stores have their own personality based on the items they receive and the neighborhood they're located in. Time of year counts too; with prom season starting in May, stores will accept more formal wear in early spring than they do in, say, autumn. For an event like Spring Bling, call stores in advance and ask what they have for cocktail dresses and formal wear.
2) Try it on!
Go around the store and pull anything that looks interesting. Items may look better on your body than they do on the rack (and vice versa!). Remember that previous owners may have had alterations done, particularly to formal wear. Formal wear is also sized differently from everyday clothing, so just because an item is your size doesn't mean it will necessarily fit you.
3) Have a shopping buddy
Extra important if you are prone to impulse purchases, or will make a bad choice because "it's such a great deal". Bring along a shopping buddy that will keep you to your goal and will be honest about how garments look on you. If you don't have a buddy to come out with you, phone a friend - don't be afraid to take pics of yourself in a mirror and send it off to a level head for evaluation from afar.
4) Be focused, but be flexible
It may not be exactly what you envisioned, but when a great find comes along don't pass it up. If you have your heart set on a strapless, hunter green cocktail dress with beading but no sequins, you're almost certainly setting yourself up for disappointment. Knowing that you'd ideally like a strapless cocktail dress, however, will help focus your search. Being open to that floor length gown that highlights your best features is crucial.
5) Alterations can enhance a purchase
It's great if a dress can be worn right off the rack, but alterations can really make it perfect for you. Just be realistic on what can and can't be done. Garments can usually be taken in to fit better, but not let out. Hems can be shortened, but not dropped. The more layers a garment has, the more difficult tailoring can be. Ask someone working for the store if they think something can or can't be done; they will usually be honest about their knowledge of alterations.
Heather's got a birthday to celebrate....Join us at Partner's Cafe in New Haven on March 11th for another great Diva Social!
FFF #48 starts tomorrow, with programming starting at 6pm. I'm so glad I can attend this year after several years of conflicts on the weekend. I haven't attended the Flea since it moved from Providence to Warwick several years ago, but I used to have a blast perusing the vending area and attending presentations on topics of which I knew nothing previously. What I love most about the Fetish Fair Fleamarket, though, is the environment of total acceptance. Regardless of age, body type, race, fetish, kink, gender presentation....all are welcome.
I'll have my kit with me at the La Quinta near TF Green if anyone needs some makeup. Please call or text (860) 965-5125. If not, I'll just enjoy the weekend meeting new friends!
More information can be found here: https://nelaonline.org/fetish-fair-fleamarket/winter-fleamarket
If you've been looking for some events to attend, or wondering where I'll be as far as conferences and parties, go check out the Events page...I've updated it to the best of my knowledge at this point. Just a reminder, I post the events and parties I'm planning on personally attending to this page. If you're looking for a more comprehensive list that includes parties I may not make it to, you should join my Meetup page. The Tiffany Club also posts a wide variety of t-friendly or t-oriented places and events.
Take particular note of the following eventsin 2017 that I'll be attending or hosting:
I will be available for makeovers before the Fetish Fair Fleamarket February 17-19. I am not an official vendor, nor am I at the Crowne Plaza where it is being held, but I have a room to work out of at the La Quinta in Warwick (about 10 minutes away).
Fish-NETS will be hosting their annual Winter Blues party on February 25th at Bobby's Place in Taunton, MA.
Heather Leigh and I will be co-hosting a Triangles Reunion on May 12 at the Portuguese Cultural Center in Danbury. Make it a double-header weekend by heading to New Haven on Saturday for Heather's monthly Diva Social.
I am please to announce I will be making it out to the west coast for Esprit this year! Super excited to reconnect with the wonderful people I met in 2015.