I have always tried to keep my beauty routine to a minimum. I am not the kind of girl that won't leave the house unless she has a full face of make-up on. In fact, on the weekend, if I am just running local errands and hanging around the house, you will probably find me in yoga pants with a t-shirt and/or hoodie. My hair will be thrown up in a messy bun. I am probably not wearing a stitch of make-up. Aside from my wedding ring, there is probably no jewelry. There may be some dog hair on me. I consider it a win if the flip flops I pull out of the closet don't clash my my top. This is completely the opposite of my everyday, I-have-places-to-be look, and maybe a little too low-maintenance.
I didn't think my effortless look was getting out of hand until recently. I was at the local nail spa where I am a regular. It is a place I usually visit on the weekends, but I was in desperate need of an eyebrow wax. It was a Thursday. I stopped by after work. My hair was blown out. My work clothing was cute. I had on heels and makeup. I was accessorized. I was also about to get proverbially slapped.
My usual warm greeting was replaced by a blank stare. There wasn't so much as a note of recognition on anyone's face. I asked for an eyebrow wax. And then I heard it.
Me: "Do you have someone available to do an eyebrow wax?"
Her: "I didn't recognize you. You have on nice clothes."
Me: "Yeah, I just came from work."
Her: "Your hair looks good. It's nice like that. Why don't you wear it like that?"
Me: Awkwardly trying to explain that I usually just pop in on the weekends. On my low-maintenance weekends.
Her: "You look pretty today. You should dress up more often"
Me: Laying there completely mortified, wishing the wax was over
Regardless of the appropriateness of the conversation, it made me start thinking. Have I become too low-maintenance? Have I been confusing trying to be low-maintenance with becoming a complete slob? I don't want to be the married girl who lets herself go. I didn't think it was so bad until this little interaction, but maybe it was. Maybe I needed to put a little more effort into my lazy days.
So I have decided that a little tinted moisturizer on a Saturday won't hurt. That I can spend the little bit of effort it takes to change into completely doghair-free clothing before I leave the house, even if I am just running to CVS for some toothpaste. It isn't a complete waste of time to blow-dry my hair, even if I have absolutely no plans that day (and even if my sweet husband tells me that I look completely fine either way).
So I ask, have you ever had one of these life-changing moments? A small interaction that makes you rethink how you have been going about something in your life, no matter how insignificant it seems? Did it encourage you to make a positive change?