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Silver Girl

My favorite color is silver. Second to that is gray. I have a gray house, with gray walls, gray clothes and a gray cat and I used to live in a gray city where I drank a lot of Eary Grey tea. Now I even have a few gray hairs.

I love painting my toes gray or silver; my favorite gray is Essie Chinchilly and my favorite silver is OPI Birthday Babe. One man I used to hang out with thought silver nails were tacky, so I always chose another color if I thought I might be exposing my toes in his presence just to save myself the grief of his criticism.  Personally, I think silver looks elegant. More important it goes with everything and I do not have time in my busy schedule to change my polish color to match my outfit.

I come from a city where it rains 90% of the time. My feet were always in boots so I never saw a need to make them look pretty with polish. It was only when I moved to Los Angeles and my feet were constantly exposed in sandals and flip-flops that I learned to appreciate a good pedicure. Now, I feel naked with out polish on my toes.

I wasn’t always a girly-girl. As a child, I was a tomboy with a mother who was naturally beautiful and never pampered herself. She was not much of a beauty maintenance role model. In fact, I don’t know if she ever treated herself to a mani-pedi. This makes me sad for her. I think every woman should allow herself this simple luxury from time to time, to just put her feet up for an hour, take a load off, and allow herself to feel feminine.

I was transformed by Los Angeles, the land of glamour and façade, and am now a major advocate for indulging in what I call the MPPM – mani/pedi/pussy(wax)/massage. The MPPM is essential beauty maintenance, a weekly ritual that I can do alone or with a girlfriend. Sure, it’s a luxury, but it encourages me to embrace my sexuality and celebrate being a woman, which sometimes can seem like more of a burden than a blessing. 


She was a girlie girl

Caught in a man's world

And as her world turns

She feels so alone

         - Fleetwood Mac, “Silver Girl”

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One thing I have learned from my time in Los Angeles and my friends who live in the city of Angles, is that there is a stark difference between "well maintained" and "high maintenance" and the difference between the two terms shifts based on the region you are in! The MPPM is pretty much a base line standard for women in Southern California or NYC but a dizzying concept for women in the fly over states! Here's to the MPPM...once you have gone there, you'll never go back!

April 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarrie

Well said, Marrie, about both the "well-maintained" and "high maintenance" factor and the never going back... And on that note, I think it's time for an MPPM

April 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterLennie Ross

Can relate to: "One man I used to hang out with thought silver nails were tacky, so I always chose another color if I thought I might be exposing my toes in his presence just to save myself the grief of his criticism."

I had an upscale client from north Scottsdale. Met her for coffee one day wearing a really pretty pearl shade that was somewhere between silver and blue. She asked me, completely deadpan, "Are we experimenting?"

I love that you wear what makes you feel elegant, Lennie! I don't wear silver, as a rule, but I'm inspired to check it out.

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Orsini

Thanks, Laura. You made me laugh. Your client's comment was outrageous and reminds me of the mother of one of the characters in my novel. My character wears a red dress and her mother says "Red? Isn't that a little gauche?" If the silver is too bold, try Essie Chinchilly gray. It's beautiful and goes with everything!

May 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterLennie Ross

So sweet that you wished your mother pampered herself more and that you feel sad she never had a pedicure. My mom is the same. I tried to take her for a massage once and she didn't want one. How can anyone not want a massage? I get what you mean in it makes you feel sad. We women need to treat ourselves with respect so that men will then respect us. I hear you, Lennie.

May 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

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