Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Where's A Fairy Godmother When You Need One?

Today the effort begins to tart myself up for the job market. The objective is to look as young as possible without looking like an old lady trying to look young. It's a delicate balance.

Today I'm off to the dentist for a cleaning I've been putting off. And if he can do whitening trays, now would be the time. It's a lousy waste of a precious day off, but dental insurance will vanish when my job does.

Next stop will be my hair salon, to see if we can trim a few years off along with the locks. I've gone to the same woman for years and years; she's the only one I've found who can do anything good with my hair. It's fine and thin, and after years of experimenting we've found a smooth, stacked, chin-length cut that makes it look magically fuller, just the thing for job hunting. She charges $45 for it, which is steep for me right now, so I haven't been there in four months.

She seemed very excited when I called, so I'm guessing I'm not the only one skimping on cuts these days. (When times were better, I got a trim every five weeks. Ah, for the good old days.)

I have been lucky with the color. Most people my age have a lot of gray, but I've escaped with only a strand or two here and there. Still, what's left is a mousy, light brown, so maybe a subtle color rinse wouldn't hurt.

Saturday, I'm getting new glasses. My old ones aren't bad; they're bifocals, but they're no-line and rimless so it doesn't really show. Vision coverage will also be going away, so better now than never. I'll have to get one of those odd little rectangular frames the 20-year-olds wear ... or is that in the trying-too-hard category?

Clothes and shoes will be for next week, and I dread that most of all. They don't make decent clothes for short, fat ladies, and I'm getting shorter and fatter all the time. And with my foot issues, heels are out of the question. I suppose I should do something about makeup and nails, too, though I don't know what.

Well, one thing at a time. As Scarlet would say, "I'll worry about that tomorrow."

If you have any comments or suggestions for this project, I'm all ears.


Nanna Grace said...

I have an award for you over on my blog if you would like to receive it.
I so enjoy your blog.. and you are an inspiration to us all !

Sylvia K said...

I wish I could come up with some great tips -- been looking for those myself, but by now, there aren't any left! Good luck with the job hunting! I'll be holding good thoughts.

sallyacious said...

Dressing so that you feel comfortable and attractive is the most important thing. Knowing your own style helps as well.

What about some ballet flats (not the dance shoes, but really simple flats with a round toe) for shoes? They're cute and fairly inexpensive and look dressy without being heels. They've got a youthful feel to them along with usually being quite comfortable.

Char said...

"tart myself up" that's funny.
The hair cut is the best thing for me. I go when I am beginning to feel "frumpy". I hate feeling and looking frumpy and I'm looking frumpier more often all the time.

MyMaracas said...

Thanks, Nanna Grace! I'm honored. I'll be by as soon as I can to pick it up.

Sylvia, I'll take the good thoughts, and I'm glad to have 'em. I can use all I can get.

Sally, excellent idea about the ballet flats. I'll try to find a pair of those. Thanks!

Char, I agree. The hair cut today worked wonders on my morale. Appearance was a non-issue in my current job AND the one before that, so I'm just frumpy to the bone.

Anonymous said...

Oh gosh..I haven't applied for a job in years and years..back when I had no gray hair. Now I have plenty. I can wish you long distance luck!!!!

spookydragonfly said...

No tips here. I'd have to agree with Sallyacious, though...feeling comfortable and attractive will most likely help your confidence shine through. Oh, I wish you luck, these are such hard times.

~ Lor said...

Isn't it funny how something as seemingly simple as getting your hair done can improve your entire world? Sounds like you've got the right plan there. Something I think I need to do to. Thanks for stopping by and your kind words. They mean a lot. Most of all - enjoy your spa day and good luck with your job hunt!

MyMaracas said...

Hi Michelle, Spooky and Lor! Thanks for the warm wishes.

I'm taking all of your advice to heart and paying attention to what is comfortable for me, but is updated from the styles I used to wear when I had the whole power suit thing going back in the 70's.