Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Beauty 101

NOT to say that I'm a colossal label whore or anything, but I sorta am. So sue me. Nothing gets rid of the bitter tang of tragic highway-induced doggie deaths than a goodly dose of Chanel. Am I right? Of course I'm right.

I've been scouring the entire house since Friday trying to find the last ungodly expensive pair of sunglasses I had, also Chanel. I won't lie - I hated that I'd lost the expensive things, but holy crap, I've got a road trip coming up this weekend and I won't be on the road for 4 or 5 days without sunglasses - it's simply not to be endured.

Now, I think having an innate sense of style gives one a great deal of leeway when it comes to dressing and accessorizing. If you're the tiniest bit savvy and very sassy, you can pull off a very smart look with a small amount of dinero and a lot of ingenuity. However, there are a few tiny things I would never chintz out on, and they all fall under the purview of "things worn on or about the face and/or on the feet." Everything else is negotiable.

But I'm chasing rabbits, aren't I?

Anyway, the last I really remembered my sunglasses was at Mama's Daughters' Diner on Friday, and I was thinking I left them on the table, maybe. I drove down there today just to ask, and nope, they hadn't seen them.
I called the office, and Lisa told me nope, I didn't leave them there.

The only thing I could imagine was I'd left them on the table at M'sDs' and someone other patron picked them up. Oh well, back to square one.

So I went to the Lenscrafters (the one by Neiman's at Northpark) which has a superb selection of Chanel. All the little glasses were in lockdown with little handcuffies holding them in bondage. It was never meant to be that way!

Anyway, I chose this pair shown in pink, but in the mostly black version with a bit of pink trim - aren't they the cutest?

So there's a curvature to the lenses that means they had to send them off to a central location to have the prescription lenses put in, so I'll get them in about a week.

I came home and sat in back with the doglet for a while with a good book and dozed.
I came back in and started picking up some things, and I started picking up laundry from the table and guess what was lurking underneath?

Yup. Now I'll have another pair to alternate with my old sunglasses which I didn't lose after all, and it's a good thing they turned up, since my new ones won't be ready in time for the road trip. After all, we are within a month of my 41st birthday, and I strive to make a habit of celebrating birth month. I guess in that sense, I'm running behind. Hmmm, what ELSE do I need???


nongirlfriend said...

I wish I could afford Chanel anything. You bitch.

Ha, not really. I'm just envious.

May I borrow them for say, a year? Please?

phlegmfatale said...

You want Chanel, baby? Go to work for Neiman-Marcus. Employees get a monster discount and they have a special sale day at least 2 times a year where you get your 30% employee discount and then an additional 30% off that price, which comes out to about 50% off. This 30/30 thing works on full-price OR sale items, so you get some real bargains that way. Bargain being a relative term, of course. I know (and love) some people who never pay over $30 or $40 for a pair of shoes. I don't understand them, but I'm happy for them if they're happy. Now, me? If I can get a pair of $400 Robert Clergerie marked down to $200 for about $110? Color me happy as a clam. In all fairness, the only full-price I ever paid at Neiman's for shoes was my wedding shoes (before I worked there) and they were only $325.

Just Another Old Geezer said...

Sounds like you maybe need to put one o' them hand clapper key finder dinguses on your sunglasses.

And I understand the shoe thing. I guess. I'm still wearing several pairs of Florshiems. When I'm not in my $25 sandals from Academy. Or barefoot. God, it's great being retired.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Birth month? Oh what an inspired idea. I think I need to steal that thought.
I am so with you on paying for quality shoes. Do you know how much work your feet do every day? Of course you do, I shouldn't even ask. And as a fellow Libran, I say get the best you can afford - we need comfort and beauty and we deserve it.

Anonymous said...

See, I'd work at NM, but I didn't think they hired anyone not toothpick thin...

Becky said...

Those are cute! I think every person has their "thing" that they splurge on, no matter what. I spend far too much on my hair -- the products and the cut/color.

phlegmfatale said...

myron - One of the most superlative things about a well-made pair of shoes is that you can have them re-soled, or a good cobbler can repair minor damage, and you can wear them for years and years. I dunno about the clapper thing, though, because I'd probably leave it under a pile of laundry or wash it in my jeans or something gooberish. I specialize in creative ways to lose or destroy things. Unintentionally, of course.

barbara - Indeed - we are not simply ornaments, here - we exist to make the world more harmonious, and they owe it to us to make a big friggin' deal over the fact that we magically appeared, oui? Oui!
One famous opera singer when asked what the most important thing do do onstage was, and she advised "wear comfortable shoes." Wise.

sister mj rc - Not true - it depends more on what department you apply for and if you are bringing some mad sales skills and experience along with great personal style *ting!* you, too, could land a job in about any department store.

becky - I agree - SUPER cute. Oh, I spend a bit on hair products, but far from the upper-scale level of shampoo and stuff. Again - shampoo is an on-the-head thingie, so I wouldn't skimp on that, either.

Anonymous said...

Great story. I love a gal that has a back up pair of Chanel sunglasses.
You do have great taste, and I love these little shopping tales!

Heather B said...

Those ... are ... beautiful!

phlegmfatale said...

jacquie - you know, it's not like I splash out on just everything I see - there are just a few things I'm super picky about. Nothing wrong with that.

heather b - Seriously, I gasped when I saw them - I'm SUCH a retard!