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In Defense of Prada

July 28th, 2015

Recently, while getting dressed to have dinner with friends, I pondered the look I was going for and settled on a buttery rich leather jacket.  The jacket was a fairly new addition to my overstuffed wardrobe, an acquisition made possible by the good folks at American Express.  In these troubled economic times, austerity is good and should be practiced as much as possible, but every so often it’s equally rewarding to indulge in something that, while frivolous to the naked eye, makes you feel good.

Sitting down to dinner there were a few “oohs” and “aahhs” regarding my jacket, until my dinner companion chimed in that it was a ridiculous expense, and as beauty and character come from within, the luscious leather jacket was not going to make me a better person.  That is where I beg to differ!

Once upon a time on SNL Billy Crystal pronounced “It is better to look good than to feel good!”  When you look good you carry yourself a little taller.   Your swag is swaggier and your attitude is, in all probability, better.  When you look good, you feel good.  When I feel well adorned I’m happier, and that makes me a nicer person, and when I’m a nicer person I am more generous in spirit, which of course is a major key to spreading love and happiness and making the world a better place.11780061_10206845655117588_7808217049063879412_o

Another member of the dinner party jumped on the swag bandwagon, proclaiming that he had invested in a pair of Prada loafers a while back, and knew that every day that he wore those loafers, something wonderful was going to happen because his feet just felt so damn good.  Attitude, my friends.  It’s where it all begins.  From the ground up.

Yes, beauty does come from within, but so too does good attitude, positive spirit and a relentless desire to go out there and make the world a better place.  And if a healthy dose of that inspiration comes from a fabulous pair of shoes or a jacket that makes you feel like a rock star, well I say go for it.  Wear it proudly, do it boldly, and be the change that we all want to see.  And if you look good doing it…well, you can’t beat that!


  • Monday, December 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm
    Angelique said:

    The way you feel about that buttery leather jacket, I feel about Botox. A few mL’s of that magical toxin and my brow no longer furrows – literally and figuratively – at this aging process which is taking me by surprise. When I look in the mirror, I don’t wince at the crows feet at the corners of my eyes not just because I can’t, but because they are slightly diminished by the blessed botulinum. God bless feeling better about yourself whether it comes in the form of a leather coat, a pair of Prada shoes, or a syringe filled with clostridium from the good folks at Allergan Pharmaceuticals.

  • Monday, December 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm
    Sara said:

    I LOVE it! Good for you, for not only choosing something that makes you feel better but for not being afraid to fly it proudly! That’s what this blog is all about…be it in the form of retail, cosmetic or unfiltered thought therapy!
    Thanks for the comment…

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 7:19 am
    Angelique said:

    Perhaps what I am going to say will be controversial, and perhaps it is properly the subject of another post, but I view NOT chemically or surgically repairing the ageing process the same way I view natural childbirth: WHY??? You don’t go to the dentist for a root canal and tell him/her to “forget about the Novocain, I want to do this naturally.” So why do women feel compelled to push a watermelon out of their vaginas without the benefit of pain relief? Similarly, when gravity and time ravage the human body as it does (perhaps overstating the matter with the word ravaging, but you know what I mean), why not get a little help from your friendly Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon without being embarrassed? I have a patient who works for a Dermatologist doing Botox injections and she is 57 years old; however, she easily looks twenty years younger, and not in a scary cat-woman kind of way. No one looks at her and says “Oh, she hasn’t aged naturally,” in a condescending, judgmental way. Rather, people look at her and say “I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU’RE 57!!!” The point I am circuitously trying to make is that while ageing is a natural process, there is no shame in trying to reverse it unnaturally. If it makes you feel better about yourself, feel more confident, feel more youthful, what could possibly be shame-inducing about it?

  • Monday, December 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm
    Linda said:

    Truth: When we look and feel good, our confidence exudes and radiates.

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