I've been thinking about pretty lately...and then I read on Wendy's site about a celebrity face match site you can go to, and you upload a picture of yourself, and they find your celebrity match. I tried it, and I used the picture over there to your right. I got Jason Biggs, 70% match. In better news, Matthew McConaughey came in at 67%. He's pretty, right? (Now you know why you like me, Lynn!) It took about 4 matches to get to a female. And one of the female matches? Margaret Thatcher. Sigh. Wendy gets to be Brittney Murphey, and I'm Jason Biggs? Just not fair.
So, I was thinking about pretty for several reasons. MIM's post from last week, which caused so much fuss that she had to shut off her comments, got me thinking about my hair. In her post, one thing she discussed (and I believe is SICK of discussing by now) is hair, and how some women grow their hair long when trying to attract a man, and then cut it off after they get married, which doesn't seem fair to her. Ignoring the main point there, since it's already been discusses ad infinitum on her site, I was thinking about how when I was younger, in my early 20s, it would not have occurred to me to keep my hair a certain way to attract men. For one thing, I honestly didn't know that many men prefer long hair. Never talked to any about it. I had my first boyfriend when my hair was long, and my second when my hair was a lot shorter, and so on. I chopped my hair so many times and in so many different ways, that at one point when I worked at a hotel in SF, an elderly Japanese tourist looked at me for about a minute, then asked, "You boy, or you girl?" I mean, I was wearing earrings and makeup, but this WAS San Francisco, so he had probably seen that look on some men outside. And the uniforms for men and women were the same. And I confess, that may have been the beginning of the end of the super short, shaved sides of my head look. I eventually did start growing it out. But it was for me, for me wanting to feel pretty, not because Ted would have cared one way or the other (he prefers me with short hair, poor guy). Which brings me to today...sometimes I think about getting my hair cut short. Not, "You boy, or you girl" short, but a bob, or a cute flip or something. Then I look around at other women in their 40s, and it looks so....mom-ish. Now, I do realize I'm kidding myself if I think I don't look mom-ish. I'm a mom, and there's nothing wrong with that. But short hair, which used to look so cool and cutting edge and funky to me, now looks so...practical. And who wants that, really? So for now, it's long hair. But I did have two or three inches cut off yesterday. ;)
The other thing, thinking about beauty, is an update on the skin care treatment I've been trying. So far, I really like it. Do I look more like Princess Diana or Julia Roberts? No. I look like Jason Biggs. But my skin does look better, fresher, and it feels great. I guess you could consider that an endorsement. Makes me wonder what the $1,000 salon treatment could do...Julia Roberts? No, probably not. But look at Jason...his skin looks fabulous, right? Maybe that's something at least.