Saturday, May 31, 2014

Having a blast with my friends!

I have many many many (Lassard anyone?) wonderful pictures and stories to show and tell about my visit to the UK, but this blog is not just about my holidays overseas.. it's also about my fun times on the mainland, either somewhere outside or at home! :P

Do you know what I'm really thankful of when I think of my Tassia situation? 

Not just the fact that most of my friends know about Tassia...  not just the fact that I've lost exactly zero friends over this. The thing that really brings a lot of joy to my life is the fact that quite a few of my female friends really think it's cool.. and actively participate and join in the fun!

Some friends go shopping with me, some friends lend or give me their clothes, some friends go to bars, restaurants and festivals with me.. and some love to dress up together with me as you can see in the two pics above. Both the animal print dress and the LBD are mine.. but we all wear the same size dresses, so it all works out fine!

In this case, two former colleagues of mine whom I know for roughly 12 years.. and who have become very good friends of mine came over for dinner. And after seeing my walk-in closet, we more or less did a sort of dress-up/make-up/model/photo-shoot session. To say that this was the start of a great evening is quite the understatement of the year. :P

We all tried on several outfits and for most of the evening, I was wearing my bordeaux red dress with matching boots. Not a super complicated outfit.. but still quite elegant in its simplicity, if I say so myself.

Needless to say, a well-stocked walk-in closet.. means more outfits! This is the type of LBD that I would wear to work. Perhaps not with these heels and perhaps with some stockings or hose.. but you get the general idea. Wouldn't want to attract too much attention, eh?

This cute LRD is definitely more suited for a party and these cute colourful shoes have a low heel.. so they're quite comfy! I think I need to wear this dress for the next time I'm going out for cocktails!

Looking at the previous blog post with the ladies in the UK, I now realise that we were wearing glasses.. so this looks like an appropriate way to end this post as well!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Tassia in the UK - meeting the girls in Essex

Almost 10 years ago, when I started dressing properly again after a long hiatus, I never thought I would go out in public openly.. you know.. shopping, restaurants, clubs, stuff like that. And what I definitely didn't think I would do, was meeting up with like-minded ladies! Since then, I have had the pleasure of meeting my on-line friends in a lot of places.. both in the Netherlands and abroad.. countries like Iceland, the US, Belgium. And since this month, I can add friends from the UK to that list! :)

My main reason for visiting the UK was to visit some friends of mine whom I know from when they lived in the Netherlands. Since I was travelling by car on a ferry to Harwich, I thought.. let's see who actually lives in those regions.. i.e. Essex. So I contacted Kay and Helen.. and soon Kay told me that Janet was graciously offering her house as a meet-up place and that she would also prepare a wonderful lunch!

While Janet and her partner were busy preparing the lunch,... Helen (on the left), Kay (on the right) and I were comfortably lounging around while getting to know each other better. When meeting people for the first time, one never knows how the whole atmosphere will be and if there will be a click... but I think I can safely say that we all hit it off and the whole day was spent chatting and having a laugh!

As you can see, we were given the 5-star treatment by Janet.. and I must say.. it was a delicious and plentiful lunch! On the right-side, Kay and Helen were acting silly pointing at a leaflet saying "The tastiest pork". :-P

Of course, having travelled to visit my friends, I also wanted photos together with them.. so we took care of that. It's a good thing that we all love dressing up and that we all love getting our photos taken :)

After having had our wonderful lunch, we all miraculously still fit in our clothes.. and seeing as it was splendid weather outside, we quickly went outside to the beautiful garden for some gratuitous photography. There's no shame in admitting that we all have our little narcissistic tendencies.. and they need to be fulfilled! :P

We had our shades.. we posed.. and with all the cameras present, I have no doubt that some of you might already have seen other photos on Facebook and/or Flickr of this impromptu photo session!

I actually don't think this little blog-post really succeeds in conveying how great this day was and how much fun and laughs we were having while we were chatting, eating, posing, photographing each other. Trust me, it was wonderful!

So ladies, thank you all so much for having me there! :)