The Perks of the Vanity
When I was a little girl, I used to envy women in movies who had vanities. Watching them at their "dressing tables" surrounded by all their beauty essentials seemed so exotic and sophisticated to me. From Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Carole Lombard and Sophia Loren...seeing them at their vanities fascinated me.
It wasn't until later in life that I purchased my first vanity. If I had known how much the rituals performed there would change my life in tiny but elegant ways, I would have purchased one a lot sooner. Having a place to sit and apply makeup, do my hair and adorn myself with jewelry is so much more enjoyable than standing at the bathroom sink, bending forward to try and get as close to the mirror as possible to apply mascara and lipstick.
A couple of years ago, after I abandoned my old wooden vanity when I moved back to the Pacific Northwest, I decided to indulge in a beautiful, glamorous mirrored vanity with gold trimmed mirror and drawers. Just sitting down on the matching seat to prepare for my day is pure decadence.
Having my favorite makeup (Chanel) and French perfumes all within reach brings me back to those childhood dreams of what it must be like to be a woman with a dressing table.
I keep a pretty pink candle next to my grandmother's pearls, and light it in the evening to scent my room for reading in bed after I perform my nighttime ritual of removing makeup, applying moisturizer and eye cream, and brushing my hair.
There's something about having all these beautiful things on hand at the beginning and ending of every day while "getting ready" that adds a simple pleasure to the ins and outs of everyday life.
When doing design for my women clients, I always suggest adding a vanity to the bedroom or dressing space...not necessarily for the "look"...but for the satisfaction of making space for daily rituals that are both practical, pampering and empowering.