|Nice shoes on sale at Marks|
First I popped into Marks and Spencer. I hoped to find some items I had seen on line and thought I might like but this clearly wasn't a big enough store to carry those items. There were two minor incident while I was in this shop, while I was browsing through the lingerie department I am sure that I saw a "sister". I have been working n getting into the habit of not avoiding eye contact, but acknowledging people who notice me with a smile. Well I noticed this large woman with strong features also browsing through the knickers, so I gave her a smile, she avoided my eyes and moved off without acknowledging me. It was only then that I realised that this is exactly what I would have done a year ago. As I watched her from behind I observed the slightly too short hemline and the narrow hips. I'm sorry she did not acknowledge me clearly she was rather nervous, I kept an eye open for her as I continued shopping (wasting time) it might have been nice to share a coffee. After this I had a look in the shoe department they did have some nice burgundy pumps on sale, as I was trying on a pair, a very nice and friendly young female assistant engaged me in conversation. There was no pressure to buy the shoes, just a friendly offer to help, which led to friendly conversation. I liked the shoes, but wasn't sure when I would wear them or what I would wear the with. This never seems to happen to me in drab, but often when I am Paula, I embrace it as an indication of my femininity.
|More nice Burgundy shoes from Marks|
After Marks I popped into Costa for a latte, before going into a Debenhams. I was asked by the Clarins rep. if she could help me, I just told her honestly that I was just wasting time since it was raining, we had a bit of a chat before i admitted that I had never used Clarins. You rose to the bate and offered to show me their range. I have never been quite sure of which foundation and concealer to use so I admitted as much and was immediately offered a colour match. She quickly found a foundation that worked with my colouring, then asked about what I wanted from a concealer. I admitted that I wanted something that would cover the darker areas around my chin, she understood and found something that would do the job. As I had not planned to do any shopping I did not want to spend the money then and there, so she gave me her contact details and offered a "make up consultation". I fully intend to take her up on this, possibly first thing in the morning before going out somewhere............
I then went upstairs to have a look in the lingerie department, ever since I got my new boobs I seem to be obsessing about bras. Again they had quite a few items on sale, as I was going through the racks I nice assistant again asked if she could help, I told her I was looking for something in a 38 C or D in the sales, she went through them all trying to find something for, and told me she never has these problems being a 34 C, I couldn't believe that I was discussing bra sizes with a strange woman!
This was an excellent little outing, I had a lot of fun, learnt something and had some really positive contacts. I wonder how much of the friendliness I experienced was down to wearing trousers. Very feminine trousers,and with very nearly full make up ( I am trying to see how little I can get away with) there was no mistaking that I was presenting as female but everyone I encountered, staff and customers alike all acknowledged me with a smile and a friendly disposition