Marie did a little Q&A with the late, great Tasi Zuriak of Sisterhouse. Sadly, it never saw the light of day, until now….
What is the secret to great style?
I believe there are three cornerstones to great style and they each begin with your own confidence, openness to experimentation, a flare for color and imagination.
What is the one thing you would spend a lot of money on?
A glorious Princess Neckline Ballgown has always been a dream of mine. It has always to be a Princess. Guess I watched too many Disney Princess movies and of course Scarlett in Gone with the Wind. Still looking but hard to find although still searching.
What is the one thing you wouldn’t spend a lot of money on?
Expensive jewelry! One can get a great look and with multiple variations to go with your mood without breaking the bank or buying the store!
However, a quality piece if you really love it and it has universal utility can be a great investment both financially and emotionally. Do you reach for it almost every time you get dressed? There is one piece that I do. – “My” diamond crowned silver engagement ring. Am so used to wearing it that a few times have neglected – forgotten to remove it and only discovered it when driving away. Fortunately, it has tendency to roll over with the diamond ending in the underside of my finger.
How do you balance new trends with a more timeless look?
Am always open to new trends and evaluate new “looks” against timeless standards. – Clean lines, femininity, multiple applications/setting and pleasing to the eye. I ask myself “Is it fun and does it add another degree of fashionable femininity (business, social or casual) to my (your) psyche or wardrobe”.
What is your current obsession?
Being as natural and feminine as any of my GAL girlfriends, making them as comfortable with Marie as they are with each other. I just want to be accepted as one of them and interact as they do with each other. I just want to be one of them. I often mentally repeat my own private mantra – “I just love being a girl.” Particularly when viewing my image in a mirror or in front of a camera. This seems to be an affirmation of my interior sense of femininity.
Who inspires you?
Open question: Image wise easy to answer but substance wise very difficult to select as do not “know” the real person and personality of any public figure.
Must fall back to the multiple images of femininity that I have witnessed, although superficially via the cinema and TV.
Names include icons such as: Elizabeth Taylor – she of diamonds and husbands, Deborah Kerr of high class fashion, Doris Day of the light hearted romantic comedy and currently Kim Kardashian- a successful business manager, mother and TV personality – in a recent TV interview seemed so natural and relaxed as well as extremely well grounded.
Do you have a signature piece or style?
Not that I am aware of — But know I like items that enhance or highlight genuine femininity. Harking back to the jewelry question above –I guess I would have to say “My” Engagement Ring – It makes me recognize my inner femininity.
What’s your secret to making yourself stand out?
Simplicity, shapely style and color/contrast without being cheap or garish. These are the enhancement on posture, carriage, movement and grace and the sparkle of the open smile. Another key is intent — Do want to blend in without attracting attention but still present a pleasing ladylike/womanly image – Or do you want to present a very noticeable? And if so what is your desired visibility and remembrance impact?
The one piece of advice most crossdressers need but don’t get?
Dress and present one notch below your inner desire and you know you will have achieved a satisfactory level of confidence (Appearance and Psyche) regardless of the extent/nature of your attire from casual business, glamour or lingerie with absolutely no thought of any physical masculinity.
Key will be when you start thinking routinly as your femme persona would – Give the circumstance you are in, or about to enter. Do not be an actor/actress on stage. You are HER or perhaps said better “She is your”!
What’s the best piece of style wisdom you’ve ever received?
Never have received any — I assess five aspects – Appearance, comfort, femininity, flexibility and sustainability as the cornerstones of style. Beware of blindly following a trend. Evaluate it from several aspects and modify it to match your own personal comfort level, psyche and pocket book.
What is your favorite trend?
The apparent slow return of the DRESS – Noticed this locally within the past ten days. Have been seeing more women in dresses (skirts included) rather than jeans out and about. Happy to see it. Hope it will continue. Although it may be only a brief summer trend phase because a light airy dress or skirt is cooler than tight fitting jeans or slacks.
What would you not be caught dead in?
Baggy house dress!!! A stylish bath robe would be a far better choice any time.
What are your favorite websites?
Only have a few that I check daily. These are: Femulate, Kandi’s Land and Sister House. However, depending on how much time I have will venture to other sites that extend from these core sites.
How would you describe your personal style?
I try to take a young and forward-looking view of my wardrobe and presentations – A combination of freshness and classical views.
Who are your style icons?
This response is essentially a follow-on to my thoughts as stated in response to the earlier question- “Who is your INSPIRATION?”.
My expanded list includes Reese Witherspoon, Christie Brinkley, Jennifer Garner, Cindy Crawford, Sarah Jessica Parker and the very classical beauty and versatile movie actress – Catherine Zeta Jones of among other settings – The Mark of Zorro.
HOWEVER, as beautiful as all these Ladies are I must readily admit there are three of my small circle of GAL friends whom I must include in any list of INSPIRATION Models: These are my Girl Guide (Phyllis – Owner of a Costume Studio), Hair Dresser (Tanya) and Cosmetic Specialist (Joanne). All of them are not only superior artists in their specialties but even more so absolutely fabulous friends and warm persons and most importantly Marie would not exist or fully be Marie without their friendship, skills, supporting chit-chat and understanding,