I spent my entire break feeling like crap. I was snotty and coughing. My head was heavy, and my body just wasn’t working right. I felt like I looked completely gross. No make-up, hair in a ponytail, wearing sweatpants and a fleece. So not attractive. So I decided for my last day off work, I was going to do my best to be pretty.
I fully believe that it’s what’s on the inside of a person that counts and that conventional beauty is mostly smoke and mirrors. But I’m also in favor of a little vanity from time to time. Feeling beautiful can really do a lot to improve my mood. I know I’m never going to be on the cover of a magazine, but looking nice makes me feel more confident. I smile more. It’s easier for me to talk to people. I feel like people will take me more seriously. It gives me power. I encourage a healthy perspective on vanity.
I took my time yesterday getting pretty. I indulged in each step. I put on nice smelling lotion when I got out of the shower. I had fun playing with makeup. I even curled my hair, which my fiancée loves. I chose a fun outfit and wore high heels, even though it makes me look like a giant. There’s something about high heels that forces femininity upon you. They make every woman more elegant. (If she can walk properly in them.) When everything was in place, I spritzed myself with Chanel No. 5. Heavenly. And finally, I went to the nail shop and got a manicure and pedicure. I didn’t feel like a sick person anymore. I felt beautiful and sophisticated. I didn’t care what others thought when they looked at me. I wasn’t dressing up for them (well maybe a little for Geoff). I was doing all this for me. And it felt amazing.
I ended up having a wonderful night. I left the house at 3:30 and didn’t get home until close to midnight. We met friends while we were out, and we had a fantastic time eating and laughing together. I even had enough white Russians to cause me to sing when I got home, which was probably much more fun for me than for everyone else. So…
Indulge yourself from time to time. Get hot. You won’t regret it.