A great opportunity to get all dressed up and laugh your panties off!
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By Harvey Fierstein
Directed by David Lee
By Harvey Fierstein
Directed by David Lee
Continued from Shopping & Dinning.
On Friday the transformation process started at 9:00am allowing for a leisurely pace leading up to lunch with a longtime friend Donna. Ashley and I met Donna at Scala an Italian restaurant located in the Sir Francis Drake hotel a block from Union Square. After catching up on each others latest news Donna took us to an awesome custom leather shop where they did their best to sell us jackets and coats in the 2 to 5-thousand-dollar range. They did not succeed so we were off to an eyeglass store in the hopes of finding something truly girly to fit my prescription but nothing lit my fire. After saying goodbye to Donna who had other appointments we got down to the really fun part, Macy’s. Ashley and I started together in the shoe section then each went to different destinations in the store. Ashley is more svelte so she went to the second floor lady’s department while I being more stout went to the chunky chick or Women’s floor. I scored some bargains on a couple of jackets that I can pair with skirts and tried a few gowns that did not do the trick for me. Then it was down to the jewelry section to meet Ashley before going back to the hotel for a glass of wine before getting ready for dinner.
After glamming it up a bit we again met in the hotel bar for some champagne to start the night before calling Uber for a ride to the restaurant. Tonight’s dinner was at Epic Steakhouse on the water’s edge below the Oakland Bay bridge which, was beautifully lit with a light show. We got a table with an awesome view of the water and bridge. Needless to say steak was the reason we selected the restaurant so after a pair of crab cocktails bone in Filet was our selection along with a glass of Pinot Noir. Desert followed and then we pinged Uber again for a ride to our hotel for a night cap.
To be continued
For the past fifteen years Duke and Rocco which are the code names for Micki & Ashley have made the trip to the city by the bay twice a year for dinning, entertainment and shopping fun. January’s trip was no different with Duke arriving first followed by Rocco about an hour later. Both of us vanished upstairs to our rooms to shed the cowboy boots and sweatshirts in favor of more feminine attire. The process takes several hours which gives the long time front desk staff who know us well time to explain to newer employees the wonderful process that just before happy hours ends two butterflies will descend from upstairs dressed to the nines. So it was a bit early that the gurlz graced the lobby at 6:30 for some champagne to toast the adventures beginning. San Francisco trips are always a dress up affairs especially in the evening where dresses, skirts, heels, and hose are mandatory.
Through the magic of Uber and Micki’s I phone our black car arrived and we were off to Restaurant Gary Danko for dinner. It has been a few years since we dined there and they have expanded but, it is still a challenge to get a reservation being one of the top restaurants in town. After checking in with the Maitre d’ they took our wraps and escorted us to the bar for yet more champagne. About half way through the glass they came to escort is to our table which could not have been better. Right in the corner with our backs to the wall where we could enjoy all of the action.
Switching to wine for dinner we sipped as we studied the menu before our server came to explain the offerings that night. She scored points immediately addressing us as ladies which is typical in the city but not 100 percent so it is always appreciated. We started with Risotto with Rock Shrimp, Dungeness Crab, Shimeji Mushrooms and Root Vegetables for the appetizer. We followed with Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Braised Cheeks, Squash, Apples, Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts. Its not my fault because Ashly is a bad influence but we finished with a sinful Trio of Crème Brûlée with Assorted Cookies. The whole meal was fantastic and we won’t stay away so long next time.
Uber appeared once again and took us back to the hotel for a nightcap. With shopping on tap for the morning and lunch with an old friend we allowed others to close the bar that night. To bed at midnight to rest up for day two of the adventure.
To be continued
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The ladies of CHIC strutted their stuff once again for the annual club Christmas Party. There is nothing like being out on the town in a floor length gown to make you feel like a lady. Ashley stood out in her red lace gown along with Susie in deep blue followed by Micki in her black sheath with rhinestone sparkling over it’s length. Others chose knee length cocktail dresses and all were festive. Hot The Hors d’ Oeuvres floated around the room leading up to the full buffet complete with carving station. The champagne flowed all night long.
Well not really but, if you want to stretch your shoes without over doing it with mechanical shoe stretchers you might try this. After my first attempt the right shoe was awesome but the left needed a little more so, I will know in the morning. I took zip lock sandwich baggies and after tucking one of the corners into the pointed toe of the shoe I added just enough water to fill the lower area of the shoe.
I then placed them into the freezer over night. Anybody who lives in a cold climate knows that when the water freezes it will expand and in this case evenly and gently. It will not break the shoe because with significant resistance the ice will expand out of the shoe instead of popping the seams.
Sometime back I discovered pore fillers for that porcelain smooth complexion and have tried several which all work pretty well. I also paid anywhere from $14.00 to $40.00 dollars and the good news is the $14 NYX works great so you don’t have to spend the extra money for a good result. Get mine from Ulta but you can get it anywhere the sell NYX Cosmetics.
It was almost 100% attendance for the August meeting with close to 20 members and guests joining in the fun. Joanne once again hosted the pool party with her usually fare. There was abundant food and beverage with Sabrina working her magic on the BBQ while others sun bathed in their bikini’s . Embarrassing tan lines were avoided thank goodness while others opted for sun dresses.
With summer in full swing and some of our ladies traveling the world attendance was down a bit but, the food and ambiance made up for their absence. Those attending were treated to a night of opera and Italian food along with plentiful wine for all.
14 ladies of CHIC enjoyed a wonderful evening of fun and chatting in our own private dinning area this month. It was not the same cast of characters though with two prospective members attending their very first CHIC meeting. By all accounts they had a great time and will be back for more next month.