I live in NYC where beauty can be a full-time sport (or occupational hazard.) But with things getting tight, everyone I know is making little adjustments, including beauty maintenance.
Lots of women I know are stretching out trips to the colorist. (A new trend in roots?) I’m blowing out my own hair. (Look for more curly tops on the streets any day.) Manicures? It’s a case by case basis. The derm, though-not giving him up on your life! Of course, what’s necessary to one woman is expendable to the next.
What’s getting the axe first: your roots? craggy cuticles? botox?
Is the economic meltdown pulling couples closer together, or pushing them apart?
Every time I see the news, there’s another bit on how the crisis is affecting relationships. People dating more because they are looking for comfort. People dating less ’cause it’s expensive. Married couples arguing, hiding spending. And then we find out that more men are being laid off than women.
Are gender differences exacerbated in tough times?
Did you see this piece in the New York Times Style section about trying live on $500,000 a year? I know, boo hoo!
So in Best Intentions, Lisa knows she has a pretty darn good life: husband, two kids, a job in PR (though she’s terrified she might lose it any second.) But her kids go to a very chi-chi Upper East Side school in Manhattan where almost everyone seems to have a gilded life. She feels like she’s “in their world on a visa.” It’s not that Lisa is so jealous of the things, second houses, designer clothes, but she does fantasize about their freedom from worry. Sometimes she feels envy, sometimes (okay, often) distaste. Which is pretty much how I feel. It’s complicated.
Sometimes I feel like I’m visiting a foreign country…