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Pamper Me Pamplona

December 14th, 2006 at 04:59 am

Pamper Me Pamplona

Okay - Between Flylady's posting about pampering ourselves and my extended family acting all crappy about Christmas I decided that the last two days was a PAMPER MYSELF necessity!

FrugalSon and I went to see 'The Holiday' with Cameron Diaz and Jude Law! A very nice movie that I would watch again and again.

Watching that reminded me that I'd been wanting a haircut and I'd had mine styled similarly to Cameron's before so I went for it -- a cross between Diaz



and Sandra Bullock's.



While at the Supercuts (I wanted to go to a nicer place where the stylist takes more individual time with you - but the budget did not allow PLUS I had a Supercuts coupon!) ...anywazsoz' I decided while there I should do something else for myself that I've been wanting to try. I was up until yesterday an eyebrow virgin. Meaning I never pluck, shape, sugar or do that weird thing with floss.

I had my eyebrows waxed for an expenditure of about 12.50 or so. It was good. The shop was virtually empty so all three of the girls 'did me!' One cut my hair and the other two did the eyebrows. Fortunately both eyebrows match!! Smile

THEN, I went further and went to Cato Fashions. I had been reading my MissusSmartyPants stuff and thinking I needed a fresh look. So while there I got myself a new pair of basic black pants that actually fit me perfectly. As you ladies know that is a Major FEAT unto it's own. There is usually always something a bit off. These were regularly priced at 19.99. And I got a very cute and flattering top to wear to Christmas at my Mom's and will work well with the pants and also go with a long black skirt for church later. My color, a flattering blue/green that makes me ol' hazel eyes blue for the duration. Daring decollatouge' and all. Woo-hoo it was on the clearance rack for $5.99 velvet bodice ribbon and all! A SCORE!

Next up was a trip next door to the Payless Shoe store where I was able to purchase at the BOGO sale and got myself a very nice black flat everyday type (working world) dress shoe and a pair of black tennis shoes.

I know I know I said I wasn't going to buy any more shoes this year so I've blown my Vow (See Thrifty Ray's Vow post). I needed new walking shoes in the worst way. I've had three foot surgeries and shoes that fit and are on sale are hard to run into in the same breath. I promise to only wear them once this year to Mom's (it's an outfit) and then will put them away till January 1, Thrifty Ray!!

Okay, so I went a little wild. But hey, I look hot, and my feet will thank me later!

So a day of pamper me luxury - a very rare thing - and if my internal adding machine is working I'm somewhere in the $99 dollar range. Not too bad - but I don't make a habit of this kinda thing. Matter of fact I can't even remember the last time I did such a thing (maybe four or five years ago) which tells you it was long over due!

Wow -- Broken Arrow - it really does feel good to confess our indulgences! BTW, I love the tea-light lamp!!

Tres' Chic!

Like the 'new and improved' me!

12 Responses to “Pamper Me Pamplona”

  1. tinapbeana Says:

    way to go lux! do you feel all refreshed and rejuvinated? if so, then the money was well spent and you'll be better able to meet future challenges head on. methinks i'm about overdue: my hair hasn't been cut in almost 2 years!

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    And take a picture of it for us when you're done! Smile

  3. LuxLiving Says:

    Yes tinap I do feel refreshed and ready to rumble!! Which I may well have to do w/my peeps if they keep acting all juvenile...and if that doesn't help then B.A. you can look for someone who slightly resembles Cameron Diaz and Olivia Newton John who's about mufflemum years older on Jerry Springer. That will be me and my all of a sudden disfunctioning family. Sorry, that descriptor is about as close to a photo as my personality will allow.

  4. Aleta Says:

    Sometimes the one investment that we forget is ourselves. We maintain our cars, dress up our homes, children, and the list goes on. There's nothing more uplifting than getting a hair cut that is so completely different from what you have had in the past.

    We'll always perform better when we feel better. Consider it your reward for all of your hardwork. It is a one time expense, enjoy it. We never think twice when one of our appiances breakdown or our car. Why should we treat ourselves different. Kudo's to you Max Living

  5. Aleta Says:

    See what you started Broken Arrow? Hee Hee

  6. LuxLiving Says:

    Thanks Aleta - yes, my thinking exactly -- if nothing else I can feel better about myself even if the family isn't up to their normal high standards of good behaviour!!

    Totally worth it! I left the salon (even with damp uncurled hair) feeling like a million bucks! The Glamour Queen! I shopped at the clothing store with a new and improved attitude that I was going to have fun even if I had to try on a million things because we all know sometimes you gotta kiss a lot of frogs before you find THE ONE, the princess of outfits that just screams YOU FABU gurrrl YOU!!!

    Left the shopping center w/my shades on, the lip gloss gleaming, the window rolled down and happy music blaring! A successful outing all around.

  7. Broken Arrow Says:

    See what you started Broken Arrow? Hee Hee

    Foot planted squarely in the mouth again? Doh!

  8. Aleta Says:

    The way you felt tells you that what you did was good for you and you needed it. If it gave you that little extra step or hop, it was worth it. Good for you. I applaud you for treating the #1 as the real #1.

  9. fern Says:

    My holiday spending indulgences to date:

    dishware ($57)

    a Cuisineart toaster/convection oven for $180 (it does it all)

    ...and the unfortunate required expenditures:
    car battery: $70
    front brakes: $232
    timing belt: $550

    Ow ow ow!

  10. LuxLiving Says:

    Fern - SWEET at least it sounds like you got a couple of good ones to make the medicine go down!!

    Ow is right!

  11. kealina Says:

    i know what you mean about family acting kind of crappy around the holidays... good for you for getting out and doing something nice for yourself... i bet you look great...

  12. LuxLiving Says:

    Thank you Kealina! I think maybe I took about 4 or 5 years off. The long hair was dragging me down...think of those BEFORE pics on Oprah's makeover shows. Over 40, long hair, same old outfits day after day because they're comfortable kinda dumpy matronly UGGHHHHH.

    I took the same afternoon to go thru my closet before shopping and pulling out all the dress blouses and slightly festive blouses I had and going thru and seeing if anything would work for the upcoming holiday events. Nothing struck me as wanting to wear to a party, but I did haul out a few things that had been forgotten way in the back and brought them forward to wear everyday.

    Today I'm already up and bopping in a bright blue sweater that makes my eyes pop!

    Perhaps you guys and gals can do a few minutes of thinking about updating your look - even if it's just pulling out some different clothes to put into the rotation!

    I appreciate everyone's positive feedback! Thanks ya'll!!! Smile

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