Recently, I was E-vited (aka, an invite via email) to an event a former boss of mine would be attending. NOT the one I walked out on! This was someone I had looked up to long after we had stopped working together. (As a matter of fact, I thought we had a little mutual admiration society going.) While I do always try to look my best, the fact that this person was going to be there was even more of an incentive. The old me would probably have gone out and spent hundreds - if not more! - prepping and putting myself together.
Not this time.
This time I put myself on a budget. Yup. That B word. There it is. Throwing it out there.
But do read on and find out what I bought and why:
1) New shoes. The old me would’ve gone out and spent $600 or more on a pair of Jimmy Choo or Manolo Blahnik pumps. Luckily, the new me found a pair of designer-looking pumps at Banana Republic for only $59.
Full disclosure: They were taking 40% off all of their shoes (and almost everything in the store) that day. I will shop there again whenever they're running that promo.
2. A new lipstick. The day before the event, my niece informed me that all my lipsticks were boring, so I picked up a lip crayon in Ruby from the Sharon Osbourne for MAC Collection. Now Normally, I'm not a big fan of Sharon, MAC, or red lipstick, but gotta confess I am a fan of this crayon. It has just enough gloss and moisture without being sticky or tacky. (Biggest pet peeve about lipgloss? When it's so sticky, your hair gets caught on your lips. Yucky.) It’s also easy and fun to reapply. My husband actually thought it was a marker. Love that!
If need be, you could even apply it while riding the subway, which reminds me of the fabulous photo of Drew Barrymore that’s been making the rounds online:
Btw, MAC also happens to be one of the more affordably priced department store makeup lines.
3. Hair colored and blown out straight. Thankfully, I’m blessed with thick hair, but it’s also coarse and frizzy, so forget about my going anywhere special without either a Keratin Express or a regular old blowout. It’s just like my mom says: "I don’t care what you’re wearing. If your hair is a mess, you won't look pretty."
Full disclosure: It does help that my sister is a hairdresser who does my hair for FREE. If you don't have a sister who is a hairstylist, invest in an Express or a fabulous dryer like the Buttercup from DryBar, currently available at Sephora. Well worth the money - around $199 - when you calculate how much smoother your hair will look and how much better you'll feel about your now smoother looking hair.
So flash forward to the actual event and imagine my surprise and disappointment (I was po'ed.) when my former boss and mentor spent a total of 1 minute talking to me. #Whatever #OverIt
My (budget) shoes, hair and makeup all looked darn good though and in the end, isn't that what really matters most?
PS - I know for sure my hair looked phenomenal that night because during the time my 'mentor' talked to me, she reached over and pulled on my hair. Nervy? Yup. Rude? You bet. What she was doing was checking to see if I had hair extensions. I do not. 😜😜😜
Photo Courtesy: Nude Pumps photo, Banana Republic; Sharon Osbourne Collection, Mac; Drew Barrymore photo, Drew Barrymore Instagram