In Defense of Vanity

  Sophia Loren

I thought I would take us back to my moment of inspiration for Vanity Week.  Several months ago I was reading an interview with one of my favorite actresses, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and the question was posed on what she likes to do with her daughter, who is four.  Part of her response really resonated with me:

"...We get our nails done at the nail place on the corner, and that is nice.  I didn't do that kind of thing much with my mother; she didn't wear makeup or high heels...the joy of femininity wasn't something she stressed.  But all those feminine things can be wonderful, and I have really enjoyed finding that stuff on my own.  It's nice to watch your mother sitting at a vanity...my daughter loves watching." 

Natalie Wood

For some reason, I was really stuck on that quote:
Being the mother of two daughters myself, I pondered on that for a moment.   I had never really thought of the effects it would have on my daughters if I showed much interest in my appearance or not.  I think a lot of times vanity can get a bad wrap.  It's seen as over-indulgent or vapid.  But why not teach our daughters the joys of being female? 

 Marilyn Monroe

Not only that, but we are showing our daughters (and sons, and ourselves for that matter!) that it is okay to take the time to care for yourself.  We live in such a constant state of motion and stress sometimes, that if we don't take the time to slow down and care for ourselves, we just might lose it!   Let's take it back to the old school, where lovely ladies primped and preened all they wanted-and felt good about it!

Barbara Streisand

Now I'm not suggesting we sit around and curl our eyelashes in the mirror all day-I'm actually pretty low maintenance when it comes to all that- but I do think we should tap into that Old Hollywood vibe and carve out that little corner for ourselves devoted solely to self care. Now is the time to unapologetically rejoice in our femininity. Because if not now, when? Who's with me?

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  1. This was a very thoughtful post. I really enjoyed it and agree with it!
    It's important to have little things to make you feel "pretty", since life can be SO ugly!! My vanity helps me with that...

    And plus, you started out with Sophia, who is my femme icon!

    God love you for that!!

  2. I couldn't agree more! A little bit goes a long way with taking care of yourself. I just LOVE this post!

  3. I 100% agree! When you spend so much time taking care of others, it's important to take some time to take care of yourself.

  4. How sweet! My mom wasn't much of a makeup wearer, but I remember being in awe of all her fun goodies when she did get dressed up.

    I love this post!

  5. It's funny, my mom always compliments my eye makeup and wonders how I learned how to do it, since it wasn't from her. I had to teach her how to apply eyeliner years ago. I KNOW makeup/general primping can make me feel a billion times better so I will always make time for it. Well not for those tri-weekly trips to Target but you know...