Remember that girl in college, the one who kind of blew you away with her awesomeness? For me, that girl was R. She stood out from the crowd of Communications majors in their Birkenstocks and flannel with her flawless complexion, big hair (love some big hair!), and her perfectly turned-out appearance. I was in awe, and a little bit intimidated, too. I couldn’t imagine that a girl who used a seamstress to custom-make her dresses would want to be friends with me.
However, I came to learn that she was one of the sweetest, funniest, most generous people ever. We shared a love of music, clothes, and makeup, as well as a crush on a very talented pianist of our acquaintance. We also shared enough bitchiness between us to criticize the pianist’s undeserving (in our opinion) girlfriend. She introduced me to my favorite red lipstick, Clinique Angel Red, and made me think it might be okay to wear a crinoline under a fancy dress.
The years passed, and we drifted in and out of each other’s lives. R. got married to a wonderful guy and had two adorable girls. She’s in radio broadcasting, so the people she talks to every day can’t actually see her. We finally got to see each other in the flesh over Thanksgiving, and she was still gorgeous and sassy and lovely. But she admitted something shocking: she has slipped into “Zombie Mommy” mode, where so much energy is put into her family that she hasn’t really bothered with herself.
She decided that this year, she’s going to find her inner glamour girl again. To document this journey, she’s started a blog, The Lipstick Gal. So go, say hi, support her in her endeavour, and give her some ideas and challenges. She’s also on Twitter at @TheLipstickGal. She’s just getting started, but I think some of you who are wives or mommies will relate to R.’s life.
And for the rest of you–go be glamorous! You’ll be glad you did.