The comments you've left the last few days have been fantastic. I'm sorry I haven't been able to get back individually to each one of you, but I've loved them! What a great conversation we've got going on a very important topic.
I don't mean to overwhelm you with posts about the superficiality of Orange County, but it's difficult not to write about it this week. I promise I'll mix in some other topics before the end of the week.
By the way, my sister called yesterday. She lives in Colorado where natural beauty is prized more highly than it is here in Orange County. She's about 5 years older than me. She hasn't had any cosmetic surgery. In my opinion, she looks great.
We talked about my experience with the Cosmetic Dermatologist. My sister told me about a cream she started using on her neck awhile back called Elastiderm. Have you heard of it? She buys it through a dermatologist, but it's now available online. It's not cheap, but it's a lot cheaper than plastic surgery. She swears it's made a remarkable difference in her neck. I can't swear by it personally, but I thought I'd pass on the recommendation for those of you who are interested. I might try it myself. (If I do, I'll let you know what I think.)
Maybe it's a magical cream?
Moving on ….
I was reading the Orange County Register yesterday and I was completely, utterly, appalled by one of the local stories. I found myself questioning why I live here. Then I shut my eyes for a moment, thought about the beach, the ocean, and the mountains in my backyard.
The story was titled, Shoes Fit for a Queen, and it was written by a reporter named Candice Shih. Do you know who Christian Louboutin is? He's a famous shoe designer. His shoes have a signature red leather sole and are worn by celebrities worldwide.
Christian Louboutin visited Orange County recently to promote his exclusive line of shoes. To say Louboutin's shoes are expensive is an understatement. He was specifically here to introduce his new limited edition shoe, the Marie Antoinette, which is priced at $6,295.
Here's a look at this $6,000+ ultra-extravagant shoe:
I don't know if it's possible to love shoes more than I do. I have the potential to develop a serious shoe-aholic addiction. I don't, however, find the Marie Antoinette even remotely attractive.
Not to mention, spending $6,782.86 with tax on one pair of shoes is one of the most wasteful things I can imagine.
Wake up Orange County, the world is in a serious recession! Excessive consumption is grossly out of style. Even if you aren't hurting financially, most people are. Why not use your money to help someone in need instead of buying a pair of shoes you will only wear once in a great while, if at all? (Louboutin shoes are not made for comfort!) If you are too self-centered to think about other people, than at least realize you're making yourself look like an ass with your exorbitance.
Christian Louboutin came and autographed the red soles of his shoes for women who clamored to buy them. Only three pairs of the Marie Antoinette were available that day (all three sold), but Louboutin has plenty of other, pricey, styles to choose from. Women were lining up to spend thousands of dollars on a single pair of shoes.
The most nauseating part of the article was reading about a woman who successfully begged her father to buy her a pair of the $6,295 Marie Antoinette's for her 25th birthday. Why did she think she needs them? Who is she trying to impress? And does she think having her daddy buy her $6,000+ shoes impresses anyone? Why did her father buy them for her? What in the hell was he thinking?
What's wrong with these people?