Living the Hot,
Hip, Now Life
Sometimes I think I get so bogged down in fashion and beauty that
I let the other parts of my life slip. Seasons pass and even though
I had every hot handbag, high heel and halter the spring had to
offer, I find myself listening to Whitney Houston in my car. (Of
course, I love a little Whitney; but when I Wanna Dance With
Somebody is the last CD you bought, it's time for some attention
to be paid.)
This is particularly
true in the winter. It's so easy to be a hermit, to lose sight of
all things hip. Summer forces you to sit on the beach, listen to
hip tunes in your girlfriend's convertible, read best-sellers on
the beach. Everyone's hipper in the summer. But winters can be tough.
Still, with frigid temps outside and nothing interesting inside,
what's a girl to do? When the going gets tough, what should
I just don't
buy into the the tough go shopping thing. For, sadly enough,
it is often shopping that gets me down this time of year. Especially
in February. What am I supposed to buy? Sandals?
My toes will be frozen for two more months. A bikini?
But I haven't even eaten my Easter candy yet. No one works on bikinis
until they've conquered Cadbury's. A sundress?
My skin is the color of applesauce. Retailing is just not in the
cards for me. And so, when the going gets tough for a twirty in
February, where does she go?
Well, to be
frank, she leaves her house. It's hard to do, I know. It's cold
outside, and your skinny jeans
don't fit. Such is February. But once you leave your house, you
can begin to address something often neglected, but alas, equally
important to your fashion style - your LIFEstyle. Indeed, when the
going gets tough, the tough get living - stylishly.
Ways to live
stylishly in February 2005:
- Get outside.
It's amazing what a little fresh air can do for your mind, body
and soul. Plus, it's cool (no pun intended, but
aren't we clever?) to have a wind-kissed blush to those
- Get cinematic.
The Oscars are around the corner. Be hip and see the hottest flicks
in Hollywood. Million
Dollar Baby, Finding
Rwanda and Sideways
all get top marks. Other fun ones on the radar: Armed
and Fabulous and Be Cool.
- Get floral.
Find out the location of your city's flower
district/mecca and take a little jaunt to check it out. (There
are also fabulous flower
shows this time of year.) It's a fun (and fresh) outing, and
a small bouquet by your kitchen sink does wonders for February
- Get smart.
Go to your local bookstore and hang out for a spell. If nothing
else, it's a great place to people-watch. Beyond that, take time
to check out subjects outside your realm of expertise. Peruse
investigate new things. (I actually got hit on by a rock-climbing
hottie while reading some outdoor
adventure magazine.) Then, take home a yummy novel to help
pass the last weeks of winter. Books to make you hip in February
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Prep:
A Novel, The
Right Address, The
Time Traveler's Wife, and Middlesex.
- Get musical.
Nothing changes a mood like new tunes in the car and home. Take
cues from the Grammy
awards. Anything Ray
Charles is très hip at the moment, and also consider
Diary of Alicia Keys, It's
Time by Michael Buble, Moby's
new album Hotel, Tambourine,
by Tift Merritt, Interpol's
Antics and Lonely
Runs Both Ways by Allison Krauss. All are very 'now' and will
make your February lifestyle 'hot'.
- Get loose.
Every gym, studio, Y and dojo is offering some form of funky-fun
exercise class. I PROMISE that if you get a girlfriend to
go try some new dance moves with you, the laughter will be worth
whatever the one-time fee. Shop Girl almost choked trying to suppress
her laughter at my 'moves' in our Hip Hop Class.
Now you can
head back home. After a week like this, you'll need the rest. Plus,
spring is just around the corner and you need to rest up for the
shopping in store.
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