Did you ever play dress up as a child? When I was a little girl, it was my favorite game. My grandma had a small suitcase kept just for me, filled with fancy clothes and high heels. Even more fun was when she’d let me play in her makeup, so I could “do my face” to go with my fancy ball gown or tea party ensemble.
I carried the habit into my teens, with some unfortunate fashion choices. High heels and ankle socks, army jackets and miniskirts, and one unfortunately memorable semester of harem pants and ballet tops. And, again, that love affair with makeup. I love playing with hair styles and colors, changing looks with the swipe of eye shadow and pencil. This dress up thing is a lifelong love affair.
One of my favorite times of year is the RWA conference, where I get out of my ‘mom and writer clothes’ and get to play dress up for a week each summer. It intrigues me to see how simple things, an attractive hairstyle, clothes that flatter the body and in a style that suits the personality can shift a person’s self-confidence. And in the process, give them enough of a boost to do things they might not have felt okay doing before.
After playing with this concept (oh fine, let’s call it what it is –obsession) for a while, I decided to use the makeover angle for my September Blaze, RISQUÉ BUSINESS. It was so fun to watch my heroine, Delaney, discover what a difference her makeover made. And even more important, how it really didn’t change anything. Sure, a sassy hairstyle and pushup bra gave her a new level of confidence, but she had to work through the repercussions of that confidence... which are quite hot since they include one very sexy erotic suspense author and a very naughty bet.
So how about you? Have you ever had a makeover? Was it a fun experience or a nightmare? Do you do the girly dress up thing in regular life or do you only dress up for special occasions? Share your dress up and makeover stories with me and I’ll pick one person from the comments to win a copy of my September Blaze, RISQUÉ BUSINESS so they can read all about Delaney’s makeover for themselves.