Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Glamour & Vanity: never useless.


Oh Gagaloo - another hit, though this one comes in the form of merely words sans rockin' beat and insane 9-minute music video.

I read the quote above last night while I got my hair done and it instantly struck me- "what a cool thing to say". As I moved from that page (Lauren Conrad had an article later in the magazine... must flip pages fast!) and eventually left the hair salon, I started to really think about those words.

In my real life (and my blog life), I am surrounded by women who can relate to what she said. Now I love reading a variety of blogs- seriously: Men's blogs, Housewives' blogs, Blogs about crime, etc. but I do also read a plethora of blogs of girls just like me: 20-something, new in career, old enough to be stable and on our own but not (yet) drowning in money. We use our blogs to express what we like, what moves us, what entrances us with its beauty, art and femininity (or masculinity!).

To the untrained eye, these dalliances in vanity whether it be displayed on our blogs or merely the conversation topic at lunch with your friends; can seem to be nothing more than shallow banter among smug circles.

...But to the contrary- our "glamour and vanity" (thanks Gaga) are what we're creatively holding to. We wanted to be Beekeepers, Marine Biologists, Pilots when we grew up but as we aged, we realized that there's great comfort in a secure job and a steady paycheck, even if it's not the job we always envisioned.

So where does the creativity go? How do we bring art into our lives at a time when we have to balance it with our rent payment?

We dress ourselves, we decorate our spaces with the means available to us- we make what we can, where we can and how we can- glamorous.

And the joy that comes from this freedom of self-expression, is so far-removed from shallow and so wonderfully necessary to our very beings that it would truly be a tragedy to deny it.

Dress On...

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26 comments:

this free bird said...

i'm about to zip off to bed and will read your post tomorrow with a fresh eye, but wanted to say i've got to be nuts. it never even donned on me that anyone might think i had seen lauren. i wish because she is so cute. i have, however, seen jessica of the jason/lauren/jessica triangle way back when.

jessica actually served us in a restaurant in laguna and was super sweet. it was crazy to look up from the menu and see her standing there!

JessRaquel said...

Hear hear! Too true girl, I love this post so much! And one day we shall move on from being glamorous and broke to glamorous and rich!

Katie said...

Love this :) Great post!

knk said...

nice outfit

Panty Buns said...

And you do (Dress On)! Still love that photo of you in the scalloped white skirt on the upper right of your page currently. i Love Lady Gaga too - love the fishnets in that photo above. With me it's not so much trying to "Dress On" but rather an effort to be brave like Lady Gaga and have my Dress Off! i really should adopt your fitness regimen, get into better shape, and then take some more photos and videos for blog posts. It's wonderful looking at and reading yours.

the "L" spot said...

love this! i feel so inspired now!! dress on!! :)

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Dress on indeed. She's a nut though lol ;)

shari @ little blue deer said...

Great point! We can't all have glamorous, creative jobs, but we can live glamorously and creatively if we choose to! Good for you, loved this post! XO!

Erika said...

So it's official...Gaga is a genius. I LOVE that quote. Must begin using it in daily life! :)

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Caitlin, this post seriously needs to be a women's mag!!! SERIOUSLY! If I was a magazine editor, I'd put it in my issue. I'm so serious about it. I mean, I might not agree fully with all of what you say, but I love the way it's written and I know it appeals to a enough of girls, women out there. Great job!!!

Leia said...

love this post! and love gaga! :)

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

What a great thought! Happy Wednesday, gorgeous!

xoxo
Rachel

Kata Wagner Berg said...

I also like what Lady Gaga says. I had to read few times :)

I like how you wrote about it...

Hug,Kata

Krista said...

Well said girlie girl! I love to see what you're wearing! Keep it up!

A.Co said...

Yeah. I second the notion.

;)

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

PS - looks like your trip to the 'wilderness' was fun!! Cute bikini.

Kara said...

Love this post! I've always felt like true glamour was all on the inside and that there was just so much, it had to overflow to the outside too!

<3 me some Gaga. I don't know what it is about that fierce bitch. She is so freaking fierce.

Keith said...

Great post. I really like that quote. Thanks for sharing it and your insights with us.

ellinelle said...

..love every word you wrote and how you wrote ..I totally agree with Gaga's words ..vain and glamour is not neccessary just in luxury lifestyle, it's in the woman's will power..let's be honest - it's not easy to work , to be a mum , to study , and all the rest of things and still be glamorous .. it is the women - the strong and powerful even if not in some top job etc ..

Brilliant post Caitlin
Ellinelle xxx

Savvy Gal said...

glam is not about luxurious. It is nice but stylish is how you define yourself.

Sarah xo said...

She's a smart lady that Gaga. I'm with you, I'm not rich (actually, I'm pretty broke) but I am obsessed with glam and all that shiz. It's what makes life fun, non? What's interesting about being confined to your complete reality? Luxury is overrated, glamour is where the party's at :p xo

Kristin said...

Amen sister. Our blog started as just that...a creative outlet...and we are eternally grateful that it's grown into more!

Tamara Nicole said...

Amen girly! I love self expression, and wearing fun things. They don't have to be expensive, just expressive ya know?!

Have a great weekend! Loved this:-)

Holly said...

Fashion should be fun and an expression of yourself. Luckily these days there are stylish and glamorous clothing in all price ranges. I am kind of all over the board...being from So Cal and the beach area, a surfer girl look also has a certain amount of glamour and sexiness to it as does the Hollywood starlet look.

knk said...

hi friend how are i am so happy to see you on my blog
happy weekend

the weldons said...

you have such a way with words! love reading your thoughts about life & and oh-so-glamorous life & style. lauren c. would be lucky to have you for a gal-pal :)

OceanDreams said...

Love your last set of words, self expression is so much fun and I love yours! Mine is definitely very girly with a beach twist...it's so much fun dressing up and having fun with fashion! XO!