The fashion magazines by the checkout in the grocery store may have different movie stars on their covers every month, but they've been recycling the same articles over and over for years.
10 Great New Hairstyles for ____ (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter).
The Fabulous Fashion Issue.
How To Make Your _____ (Husband, Partner, Children, Boss, Pet) Happy.
Our Best Room Makeovers Ever.
It doesn't take a genius to see what's going on here. They're playing on our need to rearrange furniture and be up to date on make up colors. But my favorite articles are the ones that ask important psychological questions like, What Does Your Car Say About You? and How Many Years Beyond Forty Can You Wear Dangly Earrings?
There was an article once (I'm not making this up) titled Earrings Or Lipstick, Which Is Essential? The author had done a survey about which item you wouldn't dare venture forth without and what it says about your personality. Now, unfortunately, I don't remember what it said about personalities, but it did make me think about it and I won't leave the house without earrings. If I do I actually go looking for a store where I can buy some before I go anywhere else, but that rarely happens. Is this a character flaw? Apparently not. Many women suffer under the same affliction and just as many can't leave the house without lipstick or won't let their husbands see them without lipstick. Not me. I keep one in my purse and in my bathroom drawer, but more often than not I go without. Unthinkable to the lipstick girls just as I wonder what's going on when I see a lady going around without earrings. What was she thinking? Should I offer her my extra pair? Maybe she's on the way to a store to buy some.....poor thing. She should just put on some lipstick in the mean time.