A few months ago, I referred to myself as a “practical princess”. My fiancé got a nice chuckle out of that, but what he may not realize is…my self-proclamation has some truth.
God blessed me with an eye for detail, creativity, excellent taste and an appreciation of the finer things. However, I fell short with the abundance of cash to satisfy all those blessings! I have to work hard for every penny, so necessity forces me to be a bit more…practical.
Not to say that I haven’t spent money on things that may not always be practical. I mean, a girl can only sacrifice so much! But, when there is something I can do myself, as opposed to “buying” a service to do it for me, I can be very self-sufficient.
For example, a woman can spend quite a bit on herself just with monthly trips to the salon. I happen to know that regular hair & nail services can set you back a few hundred dollars a month. Before you freak out you men out there, keep in mind that almost every woman I know spends at least this much just on hair, beauty products & clothes each month, just to maintain herself to a decent standard. And, you guys expect us to look good all the time, so HUSH!
Having high standards typically comes with a price. Either you have to have some impressive skills, or you need to cut corners whenever possible. If you have a balance of both, you are golden.
Making some practical choices can keep you looking fabulous without landing you on the streets. Two of my favorite DIY practical appearance choices involve my hair & nails. I was introduced to a hair color product several years ago by a hair designer friend of mine. She helped me determine the best solution for me and gave me some of her product and a few tutorials, so I could do it myself at home. Over the last 6 years I figure I have saved quite a bundle as a result. Thank you, my friend and Kuene Tinta Color #9.2!
Recently, after admiring a friend’s beautifully manicured nails I decided I would try my hand at doing manicures myself. There was a time when I had invested a small fortune in getting my acrylic French nails done every few weeks. But that was before I had two children and faced a Recession. After finding out what products my friend used, I decided to give it a try myself, and Voila! Professional looking gel nails at a fraction of the cost! Not to mention all the time saved. Thanks to you too, my dear friend and CND Shellac, color Satin Pajamas!
So, Ladies…if you consider yourself somewhat of a princess, you don’t have to remove those tiaras and sacrifice your high(ness) standards! Wear your self-proclaimed status proud! Just try a practical approach sometimes.