I have a question for the Own Your Beauty Campaign. I have been following the stories, and I even have taken several pictures of myself for the November Challenge. Quite frankly, I was horrified by how I look when I don’t try. Maybe that’s the point. Maybe this is supposed to wake us up. I don’t know, but this morning I got out my hair dryer and my hair iron thingy; took a few extra minutes in the bathroom, and I look like a million bucks. My question is: Is that cheating?
Is this supposed to awaken us to our inner beauty and allow us to feel powerful for who we are inside? Or is part of the challenge of Owning Our Beauty also taking control, and doing something to reclaim the beauty we once had and have let slip because of busyness, motherhood, lack of sleep, etc.?
One morning several years ago, when I was dropping my son off to pre-school, I remember looking at one of the other moms who always looked radiant and flawless. It must have been just obvious from the look on my face that I was raging full of hormones, and completely jealous. She looked at me, placed her hand on her young son’s head, and said, “When your youngest is this age, you’ll have time for yourself again. You’ll be able to do your hair. I promise.” And I was caught off guard. With a heavy baby on my hip, I never had time for me, it seemed. I almost cried. I had forgotten what time in the bathroom to myself was like, and it hadn’t dawned on me that those days would come back!
There was a time in my life when I was well accessorized. I worked at the Philharmonic, and had a closet full of gowns, a different one for every performance. I had fun jewelry and (fake) fur collars on some of my cute jackets. Then I became a mom and my babies urped on me. Little by little that closet dwindled down to nothing as I gave away gowns thinking I would never wear them again.
My husband isn’t into going to fancy occasions where a gown would be necessary, so it’s true, that part of my life is pretty much over. I’m okay with that. I’m even okay with my weight. I’m pretty much where I’ve always been. What I’m not okay with is catching a glimpse of myself and wondering what the heck happened because I look a disheveled mess. I’ve gotten used to jumping in the shower and letting my hair drip dry and just being done. Off I go.
Luckily, my husband does think I’m fabulous. But I’d really like to give him the best part of me possible. I’d like him to be proud to be seen in public with me, not making excuses in his head like, “Well, she’s had a couple babies.” I want to be hot! And if taking a few extra minutes in the morning makes me feel like a million dollars, and gives me a little bounce in my step – I want that again! I want to turn a few heads, and stop traffic and feel awesome to be a woman.
So, I’m just wondering, is Owning Our Beauty about reclaiming those minutes we used to easily give ourselves for pampering, that we’ve lost somehow, that have fallen to the very bottom of our To-Do list, so far down that we never get to it? Or is Owning Our Beauty about looking at our personalities and loving what we see there? Or is it a little bit of both?
Because, I for one, could get used to feeling dolled up like I used to be. My husband spun me around in the kitchen this morning, and my two young sons were asking why I smelled so good. I feel a little ferocious and vivacious today, and I just might get more done than normal because I am energized.
What say you – Own Your Beauty – am I on the right track, or did I just jump ship?
Liesl Garner, Fashion Marketing Writer for the FleeceFootwear UGG Boots Blog
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