Since I was a very little girl, I have always valued the art of grooming. I’ve always taken great pride in looking good. As a child, I would put on elaborate dress-up clothes and 8 layers of mascara and then head to the grocery store with my mom. When my friends would come over – friends who played outside and got dirty like normal children – I would insist that they sit in my “beauty parlor” all day while I brushed the knots out of their hair. When I was in first grade, my 4th-grader boyfriend (Yes, I dated an older man!) had a birthday party, and I showed up in a pink, frilly party dress, only to find everyone else was in shorts and t-shirts. Did I care? Of course not! It’s better to be over dressed than under dressed, right?
As the years wore on, I found myself in jobs that allowed me to play with cosmetics and do makeovers on people. Mary Kay, Avon, Origins, L’Occitane…they all provided opportunities for me to get discounts on grooming materials for myself, and to help others achieve their best look.
However, as aesthetically-obsessed as I am, I very much understand that beauty is truly only skin deep. One of my favorite movies is “Shallow Hal,” starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow. In the movie, Jack has a spell cast over him, so he can only see people as they are reflected by their true spirit. It isn’t until the end that we realize the Gwyneth Paltrow character is 500 lbs, for Jack could only see her as the beautiful person she truly was inside. If you haven’t seen the movie, I suggest you do. It’s great fun!
So, to prove to you, dear readers, that I am more than just a pretty face (ha!), I’ve decided to treat you with one of my favorite pictures of myself. This was taken in a Starbuck’s bathroom at 6am after spending the night outside of Target waiting for the xBox 360 to go on sale (oh, the things I do for my husband!)…
So there you have it…Scary Jerr! And just because a little vanity may lurk somewhere deep inside of me, here’s a picture of what I usually look like 🙂
Hopefully, even if you saw me looking like the first picture, you would still see me as I look in the second picture…probably not, but I can hope, can’t I?