The difference is that while I have at least 8 different shades of lip gloss in my make-up bag I don't have a single LBD.
I know. It's shameful. Every woman who can afford food and indoor plumbing practically has an obligation to have a LBD hanging in her closet even if it's the only half-way decent thing in there. But the last little black dress I had was a maternity dress...and my son's ten years old. I didn't intentionally give up on the must-have-garment although I admit that my love of black suffered a few knocks when I was going to college in New York. I distinctly remember sitting in a coffee shop in the middle of winter with another woman from California during my last few months as resident of the city that never sleeps. I was gazing out the window when I finally said what I had been thinking for over a month, "The sky is gray, the buildings are gray and everybody's wearing black. There's no color! This city can be so depressing!" My friend nodded and scooted forward. "It's true," she agreed, "but you can't think about it. You won't be able to make it here if you think about it."
Well I didn't make it in New York. I need my pastel Victorians and salmon colored store fronts. I need evergreens and people who don't always hide under black overcoats. Of course I love New York in the Fall and Spring (I'll skip the humidity of the summer, thank you) but I can't stand New York in the winter and for the last few months of that winter, which ended up being my last winter there, I wore pinks and purples and violent orange shades just so I could be the one bright spot among my black and gray-clad New York friends.
But now that I'm in California what's my excuse? I don't have one. And I'm planning on going on a book tour to promote this next novel and it seems appropriate that I wear a LBD. So after I'm done with my most recent round of edits I'll be hitting the stores. I may buy one black dress or I may buy five but I'll be damned if Sophie is going to get a LBD before me. It's the principal of the thing.
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