Since turning 26 last April, the opening monologue of Jack Nicholson’s character in Something’s Gotta Give rarely leaves the background of my thoughts:
…the younger woman, He describes,
(is) that fleeting age when everything just falls into place.
It’s magic time, and it can render any man… anywhere… absolutely helpless.
He’s talking about the women he dates. The much younger women, between that “magical age” of 25 and 30.
While on a break at work a couple months ago, I made a list. And then I went to Walmart. A disheartening outing when I discovered they don’t sell The New Yorker. *sob. But, where I was able to purchase Glamor. And Allure. And Real Simple. All magazines suitable for executing the project my list seemed to demand. Especially the one with Lauren Conrad on the cover. Allure, you rock for that one.
The list itself, titled “What it Means -to Me- to be a Woman in her late 20s” contains the following:
- Lauren Conrad Hair
- Essie Immaculate Nails
- Runner, Weight Lift, Yoga
- Lululemon Pants
- How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Cast
- Something’s Gotta Give opening monologue about younger women (see above)
- Sex and the City or just SJP in general
- Vespa- preferably white
- Ray Ban Aviators
- Sleep in sassy nighties/lingerie slips
- Classic Wardrobe
- Catechism, Bible & Daily Devotional by my bedside
- Car w/ keyless entry attached directly to the key
- Hair & Makeup EVERY. DAY. (specifically fixed and applied in the morning)
- Great Boyfriend (got this one covered… love my man!)
- Belts… for seemingly every imaginable outfit
- Holly Golightly
- “Grown up” swimsuits and sunhat
- Potted herbs in small terracotta pots situated quaintly upon a kitchen window sill
- Clean and Organized Car
- Moleskin Notebooks
- Career… not a Job
Reviewing the list, with my newly purchased magazines and poster board spread across the floor of my boyfriend’s studio apartment, I cut and glued.
So here it is:
After reviewing the results, I realized my list is, of course, incomplete. There are so many other things that represent being a woman with her life in order. At least for me. And there are clippings I felt were associated with my list that I now really question. Like “Vicious Circles”… what is that about? Or “Real.” Or “Out of the Blue.”
Maybe conquering that list isn’t what I’m searching for, but the poster is tangible. As is perfecting that Lauren Conrad side braid thing. And for another thing, that blue poster project is something I set out to do and something I actually completed. Pretty much the first thing of that sort since my Master’s Thesis Project almost two years ago. Hurray for progress.