|This is Taryn! She did my hair reaaaaal nice today.|
B and I both work in the Service Industry. We both like it, though I think I might like it a bit more than she does. Our talks often turn to the superficial aspect of our jobs, and then in turn the superficiality of our lives in general-and how, as (we think) intelligent women, we have some inner conflict about that. I've touched on this before, and it won't be the last time I bring it up. I really like all things beauty related. I love makeup. I have 4 kinds of conditioner in my shower right now. It takes me at least an hour to do my nails because I want them to be perfect. But these things alone do not fufill me. There have been times when I felt utterly defeated by the beauty myth. I have felt like I might as well give in and focus all my energy on looking good, because that's all that people really care about anyway. Then I think about the women that I really look up to. And of course, there are beautiful women amoung them. But what I really admire in other women is their achievements, not their looks. I admire strong, educated(formally or not), accomplished women. And I hope to always keep that in mind when I start to feel bummed about our world being superficial. Looking good is nice for sure. But it's not everything, and it's not the most important thing. B and I talked about being angry at the world for putting unrealistic expectations on us to be beautiful. We also talked about using that anger towards doing good in the world. And I didn't come away feeling angry-I felt ok. Because I think we're smart girls, and we'll figure it out.
And because our conversation got so deep, I didn't feel too bad when we left the restaurant we ate lunch at and went immediately to Mac, where I spent almost $60 on lip products. Because I understand that lipstick isn't essential to my personal fufillment. So it's totally fine.
|Up the Amp & Saint Germain, Magenta Lip Liner not pictured|