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Published on April 17th, 2011 | by thevyne

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Grown Woman-isms: Part 2

Several months ago we wrote an article on Grown Woman-isms– a few tips to manifest your “grown woman-hood.” Let’s face it, there are things we do in our twenties that are just not appropriate to do when we become more “grown.” And, if you are in your twenties, keep these tips around to prepare you for what’s to come. Here are just a few more learnings that have helped us realize we are bonafide “grown women”:

1)    New Wardrobe “Stand-bys”: We’ve noticed that stores that used to be our “old stand-bys” in cases of crisis shopping and last minute “going out” wardrobe needs (e.g., Arden B, Bebe, Express, and the likes) no longer appeal to us anymore. There’s just something about those loud, skin-baring “party-in-the-front” AND “party-in-the-back” dresses that are not even a consideration anymore. We may not be ready to be card carrying members of Chico’s, but we’ve definitely moved on from Charlotte Russe’s of the world.

2) Improving Closet Quality: In our twenties, it seemed like $100 was the threshold for any item in our closet. Anything over that price felt like it was falling into the “luxury” category. Now, not so much.  We’ve noticed that a couple/few hundred dollars feels reasonable, especially for a quality piece of clothing or accessory that will last a long time.

3) Off the “1’s and 2’s”: Live music now seems way more appealing than a DJ. Getting your “dance on” doesn’t stop when you’re a grown woman, but grooving to some live music from a local band or visiting performer beats out listening to a good DJ in a club any day.

4) 2 Drink Maximum: Remember when you’d go out with your friends and would lose track how many drinks you had during the night (especially if someone else “sponsored” those drinks)? When grown women reach drink #2, it’s generally a wrap (usually because somewhere around drink #2 the sleepies start to set in).

5) Stepped Up Vacays: Nothing against these places, but South Beach and New Orleans are just not a preferable vacation default for grown women. Instead, you start visiting places like Paris, Bali, Vail and Rio to get your vacation relaxation on.

6) Stand-By Appointments with Stand-By People: You have a “person” for all of your major needs: hair, brows, waxing, nails, cleaning, personal shopping, etc. That person knows you by name and has your standing appointments in their book.

7) Bags, Bras and Shoes (BBS): Instead of Guess, Victoria’s Secret, and Bakers, your BBS wardrobe includes Gucci, Wacoal/La Perla, and Jimmy Choo. Since these items are essential “foundation” pieces, you want to make sure they stand the test of time. Payless won’t do that, but Prada will.

What “grown woman-isms” would you add to the list?

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