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Weekend away at Chritmas Gala

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(@paulahere)
Reputable Member     St Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Joined: 4 years ago

Hi Beautiful ladies,

This past weekend was the annual Chritmas Gala for Xpreaions.  A crossdressing meet up group in the Toronto Ontario area.  This was my 3rd year attending.

The weekend starts with Friday night dinner.

So I left work an hour early to go home and change before the 2 hour drive to the hotel.

It was cold out side and I needed gas in the cat before the trip. So I opted for lined tights from just Cozy, and a sweater, runners, knitting hat with a pom pom.  Well tucked so nice and smooth.   I intended to change before dinner but traffic had other ideas.  I arrive at dinner. There was 9 of us at the table.  I knew 3 of the girls from previous meet-ups.  I got to know the new people.  It turned out for one couple I was the new person as they had been long time members but had stayed Way for the last 3 years to avoid Covid.  So much great conversation.

After dinner got my bags from the cat and checked into the hotel. I registered with my male name, as that matched the credit cat and ID.  The clerk ask for the name I wished and then continued with the corrected name.

The hotel was the home to a few hockey teams in town for a tournament.   The played were all young boys about 10 years old.  They were I  the halls, the gym the pool.

Riding up the elevator I was with 10 you g boys.  They called me ma'am and ask for my floor so they could push the button.  When the elevator got to my floor we all got off.  I went left they went right.   About 10 feet down the hall I hear the " that was a man" from one of them.

To my room and text a friend that will be at the party Saturday night.  Them spend 2 hour changing my nails from Blue to red.  Down to sleep I go. 

In the morning is Breakfast with some of the girls

Today is my purple plaid kilt and black top. 5 inch knee high boots.  Break fast was with 3 old friends, and a new girl from. The dinner the night before.

Then off to shop.

I go to Laura first.  The sales associate walk over to me and state, " Love those boots, the kilt, the while Fit looks fabulous. So how long can you walk in those boots?  We chat about heals for a bit and I look around. Two more women coment on my outfit.  I leave the store and head to another store.  Same reactions. 

Next stop the mall.  I stop at Le Vie n Rose. The associate were over talking to be like we were old friends.  The kilt and boots were a hit.  Down the mall lense Crafters to get new nose prices on my safety glasses.  While they were being fixed, I looked at some new frames. Then to Best  buy to purchase my wife's Christmas present.  

I have now walked 2 floors of the mall been into every gaaion store.

Time for the LCBO. Purchase a bottle of wine for later that night.

Back the the hotel.

The president of Xpresions had arranges for two make up artist to come to the hotel and provide free make up as part of their college course.  So I had my makeup done for the first time.  She did dark dramatic eyes with false eye lashes.  Felt so great.

My friend arrives and I take my bottle of wine to her room and chart with her and her wife for about an hour.  We finished the bottle of wine.  The I head back to my room to change and aak if they could come up to help with zipper.  Just not enough flexibility in my shoulders.

Out side the ball room a group of hockey parents was sitting on  couch chating. I made a comment a out the fashion show that must have walked by. They commented how great every one looked and said it looked like a great party.

We get to the ball room.  Is seem more old Freinds from Yeats gone by.  We start socialize.  A local Fasion Boutique brought in a rack of fasions for us to try on with a changing tent. Many of the girls tried on the cloths and the paraded around the hall. It was a blast.  

Met more new people. 

Two of the girls put on a drag show. With 3 costume changes each.  We all sang alone. Got up as back up dancers. More fun. 

As the night wound down the group of 25 was down  to 10.  C

Great conversations.  Way too much to drink for the night.

The bar closes and we all head our separate ways.  My friend and her wife come up to help me with the zipper and say good night.  I was asleep in only a few minutes after removing my make up.  

Morning comes and it is simple  black dress day with a cardigan.   Down  to break fast with friend and wife and a other new person.

Time to pack the bags and head home.

Didn't change when I got home until bead time.

I woke this morning and the fantasy has broken as I put on my work uniform. 

A weekend away with all the positive energy from strangers, new and old friends.  So much love this weekend.

I just buble thinking about it.

Thank you for reading a out my adventures. 

Love and hugs 

Paula

 

 

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Ambassador
(@ellyd22)
Joined: 8 months ago

Famed Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
Posts: 2001

@paulahere Paula ... I loved every moment of this account! 

OMG - what an incredible weekend. Honestly ... I am sooooooo envious.

Heart

It's midweek, and work commitments are consuming me, but this deserves a fuller response. I'll try and write one when I have time.

Go girl!

Hugs

Ellie x

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(@bianca)
Joined: 7 years ago

Noble Member     GB
Posts: 1260

@paulahere Thanks for sharing Paula, sounds like you had a fantastic time, love it.

B x

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Baroness
(@amylove2dress)
Joined: 5 years ago

Famed Member     South Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2471

@paulahere 

  Paula, thanks for the great write up about the weekend Gala! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

 (I'm the aforementioned Xpressions President Paula referred to}

 For me it was so much stress trying to take care of all the details so it all would come together, plus I was one of the drag performers, so that stress too.

 Reading this lovely report from Paula makes all the work and stress worth it to me!

 Amy

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Lady
(@paulahere)
Joined: 4 years ago

Reputable Member     St Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 345

@amylove2dress Amy it was a fantastic weekend.  

Thank you so much for arranging it.

It is the event I look forward to every year.

See you again at the next event I can get to.

Paula

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Baroness Annual
(@secretpassions)
Noble Member     Wisconsin, United States of America
Joined: 2 years ago

Hi Paula,

Thank you for sharing your beautiful weekend! Sounds like an amazing time. How great that everyone there for other events were so accepting. 
Glad that you got out, and had so much fun!

Heart Lara

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Duchess
(@carolcorbett)
Reputable Member     WNY, New York, United States of America
Joined: 7 years ago

Thank you so much for the write up on the event.  It’s one that I would like to attend but it falls on Thanksgiving weekend here in the states so I likely will never be able to make it.

 

So glad you had so much fun!

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Lady
(@harriette)
Joined: 10 months ago

Noble Member     Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1738

@carolcorbett Xpressions should pay attention to the date conflict.

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Lady
(@paulahere)
Joined: 4 years ago

Reputable Member     St Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 345

@harriette The weekend is chosen to give all of us in Canada the most time together.  With Black Friday many of the girls take the day off work and head shopping before the event as well.

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Lady
(@harriette)
Joined: 10 months ago

Noble Member     Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1738

@paulahere I haven't worked for so long that I didn't know that taking Black Friday off was a thing here.

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Lady
(@paulahere)
Joined: 4 years ago

Reputable Member     St Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 345

@harriette I work at a Canadian Manufacturing company with most of our customers in the US so very slow on black Friday.

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Baroness
(@amylove2dress)
Joined: 5 years ago

Famed Member     South Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 2471

@harriette Thank you for your comments, but that's the tough thing with choosing dates, there will always be conflicts with some people. This is the typical date, the last weekend of Nov, and yes many take advantage and go shopping at the nearby plaza.

  We always discuss whether or not to change the date in the planning of this event as we will next year!

 Amy, Xpressions President.

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Hostess
(@cdsue)
Noble Member     Delaware, United States of America
Joined: 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing about your fabulous weekend. It's wonderful that you are able to enjoy doing that. The acceptance of others in the hotel is nice to hear. 

XOXO
Suzanne

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Duchess Annual
(@robertaf)
Prominent Member     Louisiana, United States of America
Joined: 4 years ago

Thats what going to Keystone has been for me. Its just such a wonderful time enjoying all of the others that go too.

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(@emilysouthern)
Estimable Member     Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States of America
Joined: 3 months ago

Wow, what a amazing & memorable weekend Paula.  Great description.. felt like I was there.  Hope you remembered to get some great pictures.

Wish I lived closer, my kind of event..

Emily

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