Wednesday is coming fast (not really, but kind of) and that means I finally–after nearly five months of emailing, texting, and phone calls–get to share the same physical space with him for a couple days. I don’t know what will happen. I just don’t know.
And not knowing is a little difficult for a compulsive planner like me. I’m always projecting, thinking ahead, and making sure I have a game plan for every possible scenario. But with this, there’s really just no way to know. So I wait. And I hope. And I focus on the things I can control like: 1) making sure I have all my work done so I can take a couple days off to play while he’s in town (I LOVE being self-employed) and 2) hair, makeup, clothes, and shoes. And that is what brings us together today my friends.
(Note to the fellas who read this blog [all 3 of you]: This is a pretty female-centric post, so feel free to skip the rest if you want. But come back tomorrow! I have a post written up and all ready to go just for you.)
So. I’ve been so excited to share 3 things I found (or re-found) this weekend that really, really, really added some sass to my step. You know, cuz that’s how you gotta feel if you’re meeting a guy for the first (or 50th) time.
1. Gillette’s Venus Embrace Razor: Seriously. Go buy it. Now. Your legs. Oh my. I’ve never, never, ever in my life had as great a shave (so close and smooth) as I did yesterday morning when I finally broke it out of the package after weeks of waiting to use it. It cost a little more than I’m used to, but it’s now on the list of brand-name-must-haves (kinda like Cottonelle tp or Land-o-Lakes butter … it’s worth the splurge).
2. Velcro Rollers: I’ve used velcro rollers since the late 90s when I saw Jennifer Aniston using them in a movie (remember Picture Perfect?). Anyhow. “Somehow” they got lost in the recesses of my bathroom cupboards until I found them recently and yesterday I got more compliments on my hair than ever. For maximum results, spray your scalp with a root boost before blow-drying. If your hair poofs or frizzes at all during a blow-dry, run a straightener through it. Once smooth and dry, roll hair from end to scalp, keep hair taut and opposite of the direction it normally lays on your head (tip: alligator clips stabilize the curler if it won’t stay on it’s own). I leave mine in for a minimum of 30 minutes, but I’ve been known to wear them to bed* so that I can get maximum roll time (it’s only slightly uncomfortable). If you don’t have a lot of time or any desire to wear them whilst sleeping, then once you’ve rolled your hair, blast it with heat from the dryer and then blast it with cool air from the dryer to set it. Spritz with hair spray. Once the hair spray is dry, take the rollers out. Don’t over brush. You’ll get great lift without teasing and a nice, natural, wave/curl.
*If you do wear them to bed, I suggest wearing a curler-cap … you know like they wore in the 50s and 60s … to keep your hair and the curlers in place. You’ll feel very Doris Day. (LOVE her.)
3. A Good Bra: Oprah was right y’all. A good fitting, well-made bra will change your life. And I am not being dramatic. Frit and I have both always just worn the cheap bras from Target or wherever, and we’ve both commented lately how we’re noticing the effects of gravity on our chests. So this weekend, we turned to Victoria. If she knows the secret to keeping the girls high and happy, we needed to know. And oh. my. gosh. She knows. It was fantastic. The store associates measure and fit you and bring you all sorts of styles to try. They adjust the straps for you so it’s right where it needs to be for proper support. They write your name down and which dressing room you’re in so they know who and where you are and check on you non-stop to offer feedback and help. Seriously awesome customer service. We both walked away with the Body by Victoria Lined Demi Push Up and all day long we kept saying how great it felt. It made all the difference in the world. And a noticeable difference at that.
So there are my 3 tips. I realize they’re very superficial, but I’m telling you, taking the time to “get ready” really boosts the psyche. It does.
But now I want to turn it to you … do you have any more recommendations to add to the list? Products? Rituals? What do you do that just totally makes you feel confident, gorgeous, and unstoppable? Tell me!
p.s. Tomorrow (in addition to a post for the guys) I’ll be posting pictures of straight hair vs. curly hair for your vote.
p.p.s. I. Seriously. Love. Being. A. Girl.