Style and Beauty Icons
I have always loved beauty and make-up products. My mother Nancy worked at a family owned department store called McCurdy’s. She worked at the makeup counter, and she was (and is still!) a glamorous woman. She used to keep these huge pallets of makeup under her bed (They must have been used to do makeup at the department store) and I would sneak and use them every chance I would get.
We had an entire closet full of perfumes, lotions and potions, and I was the envy of all of my friends! I am not talking about the Love’s Baby Soft, kissing Potion and Bonnie Bell that filled my caboodle…these were vats of UltimaII, Elizabeth Arden, Elizabeth Taylor’s White Diamonds, Shesiedo, Este Lauderduring the Paulina Porizkova days, Guerlain Meteroites….
As a child my mother would take my grandmother to Wegmans, an amazing grocery store in NY…perhaps the only thing that Summerville is missing…although Harris Teeter is a decent substitute! I distinctly remember getting glam to strut the catwalk…which were the shopping aisles at Wegmans, or the carpeted hallways Eastview Mall, and thinking I looked quite fabulous when I saw my reflection in the store front windows.
I would overhear hear my mother and grandmother discussing my full face of makeup, and how they might need to do some blotting. It was the overdrawn lip liner that seemed to put them over the edge. I get the whole, enhance what already makes you beautiful with a touch of color here, or a hint of this or that. I do this sometimes, and sometimes I wear no makeup….especially if I am basting in some new potion! Makeup and beauty products are one of the pleasures of being a woman, and I intend to celebrate womanhood with vehemence!
MY Style ICONS…I will forever be OBSESSED with!!!! These women are the epitome of what Style represents to me. Timeless. Fearless. Gorgeous. Feminine. Powerful.
1. Auntie Mame
The hair colors, the parties, the fur and feathers…she IS EVERYTHING!!! “Life is a banquet, and some poor suckers are starving!”-Mame
Words to live by!
I grew up wanting to BE Gem and Jerrica Benton. She was OUTRAGEOUS…truly truly truly outrageous! I LOVED watching JEM, and when I wasn’t watching, I was playing JEM, listening to JEM and singing JEM. She had her own record label “Starlight Music,” was the leader of The Holograms, and ran “Starlight House,” a foster home for girls. I can still sing many of the songs word for word!