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This past weekend a fellow 4girl wisely stated that if given the chance, every girl should live at least one year in New York City. I agree.

It left me thinking about must dos or must haves for every woman. It occurred to me that the brightest color I have in my closet is camel: an easy and comforting neutral shade of beige. This morning, upon seeing me dressed, my lovely Sophie said, “You are wearing your teacher shirt today.” Yikes! Teacher clothes? Sigh, I am wearing an argyle sweater.

And then the unthinkable happened: My mother, during lunch, complimented me on my outfit. That rarely happens. For the record, my mother, rarely agrees with my sense of style. I have lost my edge. When did I become so predictable, so neutral?

Recently, same said 4girl and former Manhattanite, scandalously strutted her stuff in killer animal print, peep toed pumps at a baby shower — at midday, on a Sunday. By all accounts, she certainly wore them well as the rest of us drowned in soft pastels. How I envy those shoes. They are an escape from the mundane, the expected.

This is why I support the red hooker pumps idea. I’ve never owned a pair and it’s high time I do. I shall splurge on red pumps and red lipstick. Even if I wear them just once, it’s worth the investment. I might be deeply immersed in a sea of Banana Republic cream, gray and black — but sizzling red, that’s power. Real power.

Even if I wield it sparingly, it’ll put my self-confidence (and hubby) on notice.

What about you? What do you do to boost your confidence?

May 18, 2010

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