While I was off cruising the Caribbean, I was reading a new book to review for my freelancing gig. I won’t say what book yet, but it hits stands really soon. While reading this book (the author’s accent plays in my head while I read, it’s pretty cool, actually) and the quotations that appropriately complement the chapters, I began to ponder how the quotes affected me/spoke to me or otherwise were true of my habits.
“The quickest way to know a woman is to go shopping with her” – Marcelene Cox
This quote immediately stopped me and made me think about how my shopping habits reflected the way I live my life. It’s a shockingly interesting and very true statement about, at least in my case, how I operate. I’m usually very restrained and controlled, so when I shop I usually just window shop; I may try things on, but rarely buy something unless I am on a mission. And if I am on a mission I make sure I’ve done all of the appropriate research. This already says so much about my day-to-day life processes. The only time I break from this is when I’m drunk on a sale (plus the retail discount at my store…), which is a true reflection of my life: I become a tad bit less inhibited and break out of my tightly-wound shell – in a good way, mom – when I have some liquid courage (there are varying degrees of this effect depending on who you are and how much you consume, but that’s really something else entirely isn’t it?).
“Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself” – Hubert de Givenchy
After seeing this quote I couldn’t determine whether I know myself very well or hardly at all. During my freshman year of college, I chopped my hair off to chin length, leaving a good seven or eight inches on the floor. It was cute and flirty at first, but once the “shiny” of the new hairstyle wore off I began willing my hair to grow with everything in me. About two and a half years later my hair is back to the starting length before that cut (my fine hair is prone to breakage and split ends, such a curse!). I would like to think that I’ve let my hair continue to grow because throughout my college years, I’ve been growing also, but it could just as easily be that I’m stubborn and want my long hair back. Ho hum.
“I’m just trying to change the world one sequin at a time” – Lady GaGa
Ok, honest? I didn’t put this in here because it made me stop and think. I burst out laughing instead. This is just what you would expect her to say because coming from anyone else’s mouth, there’s no way it sounds sincere. I love the Lady.
“The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural” –Calvin Klein
If there was ever a quote that defined my approach to makeup in one succinct sentence, this would be it. See, some of my friends (hey, Catharine!) don’t think I wear any makeup. Au contraire. I have a quick regime that can take anywhere between five and fifteen minutes depending on what look I want. That stat usually errs on the lower end, especially day-to-day. I stick to concealer, bronzer, mascara and chapstick (often over a lipstain). Occasionally blush makes an appearance. My face looks fresh and clean, but not buried in foundation and caking creamy things. Ew! So basically my point is that natural is best, it’s my mantra, but it takes a little bit of help from your nearest Sephora.
“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” – Benjamin Franklin