Insulting Compliment

Two things really: 1) I need some dear motherly, kind advice from someone I trust, and 2) I really did receive and insulting compliment at the mall yesterday.

Here is what happened.

Scene: I am minding my own business trying to find Gracie a Christmas outfit.

Lady with child strapped to her chest (she was very nice): Hi, I'm from Mary Kay and I'm doing my portfolio and I feel so silly saying this, but I think you would make a fabulous before and after. Would you mind if I gave you a facial and a makeover and took your picture.

Me: Uh....no thanks.

Lady with child strapped to her chest: Okay, thanks anyway.

The sad thing is I thought I looked pretty good that day. Apparently, I looked like one of those girls from the teen movies that is a nerd but becomes beautiful after a gay guy does her hair. The whole thing was a really big upper. As I drove home I decided that the only person I will let ambush makeover me is Oprah, because she has celebrity stylists cut their hair and they all come out looking like super models. And they get new outfits, and they get to be on T.V. I think I might let myself go a little bit more so someone will worry and write a letter saying that I need help. I think it might be worth it.

As for the motherly advice, I just caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. Someone I know and trust needs to come and kindly tell me that it is time I start wearing maternity tops. I think if they say it with tact, a kind look in their eye, and possibly squeeze my hand, I will take the news okay.


  1. Aaaaaackkkk! I had the same experience with a Mary Kay rep when I was working in a bookstore. I was a freshman in college. She walked up to the counter where I was working and said, "You are so pretty! I would love to give you a makeover!"

    Um, whaaat?

    Don't worry, you look great. Plus, you have that healthy, gestating glow. Even if it's time to wear maternity tops. I haven't seen you in a while, so I can't tell you for sure. I suggest that you go buy yourself a few snazzy maternity tops and wear them proudly. :)

  2. I think that lady probably forgot her glasses yesterday because you are the most gorgeous girl I know!!! And if it makes you feel any better, my baby is almost 8 months and I'm still wearing my maternity clothes! hahaha.

  3. I don't know that lady, so I can't say anything about her dilluded judgement or serious need for glasses, but I do know you and you are beautiful! Think of it like this: if you were a statue polisher and needed some pics of your work for your portfolio, would you rather work on a Michelangelo or some...thing else? (sorry! pregnancy brain is really limiting me in vocabulary).

    About maternity tops...right now is a great time to have a growing belly-you can totally get away with getting non-maternity maternity tops, if your not quite ready to make the plunge. It's all about the empire waist!

  4. First off - that woman didn't know what she was talking about. You always look fabulous!
    Secondly, no need for maternity tops. Just embrace the empire waist top. Over the past two years some of these have snuck into my closet and everytime I wear them I wonder if people will mistake me for pregnant. No, I just like eating without fearing a growing belly!

  5. You're not the only one who has been attacked by the mary kay lady. I had one calling me for months that just would not take no for an awnser. Get used to the pressure...It seems like everyone in happy valley is in some sort of multi-level marketing scheme!

  6. What a goober of a woman. How tacky. I once was told I should be an actor in one of those movies where they're unattractive and get a makeover and become really pretty. HOWEVER, it was my roommate who said that, not a Mary Kay lady with something to gain. I never was very fond of that particular roommate. Anyhow, I can only add to what has already been said: You are beautiful and I will tell you so over and over when I see you next Monday...yay! I love you.

  7. Autumn,
    Mary gave me your blog address. I am so happy that I get to keep up with you guys and see your new little boy!!! How exciting! We are sad that you are gone. Hope all is well in your new house!