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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Living with OCD (and Matching Bras and Panties)

Wow! It sure has been a long time since i have posted to this blog.  Perhaps, as part of my weekly life, i should find some time to write in this blog. At least posting from time to time can be therapeutic.

For those whom i have had the distinct pleasure of meeting in person, you know that i am not moving toward a full transition but i do enjoy welcoming the feminine into my life.  What can i say? i am gender fluid and that is the gift that life has bestowed upon me.  A carefully crafted business suit with a tie and matching pocket square? Yes, sir.  Soft smelling candles? Yes please.  A nice perfume? By all means. A lip color that is perfectly matched to my natural color? Of course! Lotions, creams, moisturizers? Bring them on. i love to be able to embrace all of me and often that means going about the feminine in stealth mode. But i still embrace the feminine.

Hanging Secrets
So, yes, that means that i own matching bras and panties. For years, i have worn panties almost exclusively but i have expanded my collection to include bralettes (easy to wear without easy detection) and bras that don't include padding or underwires.  Being slightly (or significantly more than slightly) OCD, this has brought a challenge: how do i store my bras and panties such that the matches are easily pulled together.  i thought that the problem was quickly solved by the Braganizer organizer but, alas, i don't believe that the creator of the Braganizer organizer is continuing sales of the product. [January 14, 2018 update: the creator has some inventory - reach her on Facebook messenger].  Poking around a bit more led me to the Hanging Secrets organizer, which may be where i settle upon. i liked the Braganizer design over the Hanging Secrets design because i have limited hanging space and more available drawer space.

Grey Drawer Organizers
For now, i will simply be using a storage solution from The Container Store.  The Container Store sells Grey Drawer Organizers, which can be used to stack bras over top of their matching panties.  i mean, who really wants to be digging through a drawer full of bras and panties every morning looking for the matching set?  Those panties that don't match a particular bra (worn on days when a bra will not be worn) can be easily corralled into a very similar drawer organizer with small square pockets.

The next project will be figuring out the tights, thigh highs and garter belts but that will be a post for another day.  For now, it is time to start organizing. And if you have any tips or tricks you have learned over the years for organizing your lingerie collection, please comment on this post below! i look forward to learning more from all of you. :) <3




Sunday, December 11, 2016

Secret Deodorant | Ladies' Room | #StressTest

11 December 2016 - Coffee Time

It has been quite a while since I've posted anything to my blog.  I woke up this morning with a thought: what am I doing to make an impact on the world and to live life to its fullest?

While work has been extremely busy and does not leave much time for friends, family, or myself, I think I owe it to myself to pause each day and think a little bit about personal issues.  And so, my Pre-New-Year's New Year's resolution is to spend just 5-10 minutes per day jotting a short note about anything on my mind so that my slow journey is reflected here on the blog.  Effectively, I promise myself to make time for coffee...and for a post.  So here goes...

I know that I have completely fallen off of the diet wagon and I know that I owe myself something better so that is where I will start with these posts.  Earlier this year, I had a goal of 160 lbs. by Christmas - I've completely given up on that by now; I didn't have the drive or willpower needed to get there.  From a starting point of just under 200 lbs. in June, I made it to 187.2 lbs on November 4, 2016 and my weight has steadily increased since then and my most recent measurement was 195.9 lbs., which is only 3.4 lbs. under what I was on June 18, 2016 when I started my most recent attempt to pay attention to fitness.  The weight gain needs to stop...now.

It is time.  It is time for the gut to go.  I cannot dress the way I would like with the gut hanging out.  I need to refocus and get myself moving back down the weight ladder.  I am making that commitment to myself today and it starts this morning.

Anyway, enough abusive self-talk, I need to get back to the grind and, later today, if I have time, I will update this blog post with a breakfast plan for the new me.