Sunday, August 24, 2008

There Is No Such Thing As Natural Beauty

If you had been with Melissa and me during our trip to the Mediterranean for even five minutes, you would have heard us quoting a line from the movie Steel Magnolias. (Much like the title of today's blog post.)

We could not help ourselves. It never stopped seeming funny to us. We laughed and laughed, as we quoted and quoted.

Here are just a few of our favorite quotes from the different characters.

Shelby: "Relax! You can't screw up her hair. You just tease it and make it look like a brown football helmet."

Truvy: "Oh, come on Spud! I don't want to miss the Nativity made entirely out of sparklers."

Annelle: "I didn't know if you would hire someone who may or may not be married to someone who might be a dangerous criminal. But Ms. Truvy, I promise you that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair."

Ouiser: "I don't see plays, 'cause I can nap at home for free. And I don't see movies 'cause they're trash, and they ain't got nothin' but naked people in 'em! And I don't read books, 'cause if they're any good they're gonna make 'em into a miniseries."

M'Lynn: "Well, I must have missed the passage in Emily Post that says, 'All abuse is heaped on the mother of the bride.'"

Clairee: "Well you know what they say: If you don't have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!"

I could keep going, but if I did, I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to stop myself. ;)

What got me to thinking about all of this again was my hair appointment with Melissa this past Wednesday.

Like Truvy, Melissa knows that..."There is no such thing as natural beauty." That's how she makes the big bucks. She helps women improve on whatever hand nature dealt them.

Take me for example. Every eight weeks, or so, she helps make my roots the color that God intended for them to be. ;)

I've said it before, but I'll say it again, "Melissa is a miracle worker!"

I entered the salon looking and feeling like this....

Clairee Belcher: "The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize."

Ouiser Boudreaux: [after knocking Clairee off the bench and pulling some of her hair] "Get your roots done!"

But Melissa, got out her wand, waved it around my head three times, while saying, "Bibbity, bobbity, boo!"

And she turned me into to this.....

Ouiser Boudreaux: "My God, you look different. Have you shrunk?"

She makes it look easy, but trust me, it's not!

Melissa has her work cut out for her with clients who need a lot of help like me.

Shelby: "Truvy, you know what you need in here? You need a radio, takes the pressure off of everyone feeling they have to talk so much."

Truvy: "I had one once, but I threw it up against the wall when I couldn't figure out where the batteries went. I know now I was suffering from pre-menstrual syndrome."

Truvy: "There's so much static electricity in this room, I pick up everything but boys and money."

Annelle: "Does your dress have to go over your head?"

As Ms. Truvy says, "It takes a lot of effort to look like this." ;)

Truvy: "Smile! It increases your face value."

Proverbs 31:17
"She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks."

One more thing, I wanted to let you all know about Allie's vet appointment Saturday.
Most of the fluid is gone from her lungs now, enough so, that the vet could finally prescribe her some medicine to help offer her some relief from the pain due to her torn ACL. He said that she will have to continue on the heart medication for the rest of her life. Shannon and I are both so thankful that she can finally get some relief from her pain, and that the heart medication is finally working. Thank you all for your prayers for her.
God Bless,


Mia said...

Truvy: "I'm going to have to change my name to Elizabeth Arden...I don't know what to charge for a whole day of beauty!"
There is just nothin' like going to the salon. I am so glad you got to be pampered with the magic stylin's of Melissa : )
I'm also so glad to hear that Allie girl is getting better.
Have a great day Amy!

The Boyds Family said...

Mia must have a buzzer on her hip that goes off whenever you post...

Love the new do...Melissa did a great job (as usual). Thanks for the laugh this morning w/ all of those great quotes - now I'm gonna have to pull out my Steel Magnolia's movie and watch it again.

How exciting about Allie getting better, I know you are all thrilled with this fabulous news. I will continue praying that she (and you) continue to heal and feel better. :)

HUGS to you all!!

Dianne said...

Ah ha, so the mystery unfolds. Actually I'm due for a hair appt myself, my bangs are getting out of hand.

So who was doing all the picture taking BTW?

See now agreeing that Melissa is a miracle worker would suggest that you have no natural beauty and saying it's all you, would be like saying Melissa doesn't do a good jub, so how about I say, a perfect blanace of nature and science. :o)

Mari said...

I lvoe Steel Magnolias. I'm not q fan of watching a movie over and over a million times like my husband does, but that is one where I can break my onw rule :)

I'm so overdo for some hair help. I prated my hair today and almost gave my 12 year old a heart attack with all that gray and grey hair! I cover it well when I take my time getting back to the shop for my touch-up but I still wonder if my husband dreads having to sit next to me each Sunday. Maybe I'll go this coming weekend after payday. At least hairdos weren't covered in Proverbs 31 :D

My Goodness said...

Great news about Allie!

Great hair!

Great movie! I really need to see it's been awhile and I need a refresher! :)

Have a great day friend!

Kelly said...

That post was soooo worth the wait!
Your hair looks great with those sparkling blue eyes of yours!
I went back and forth between smiling and laughing out loud while reading your post.

On a totally unrelated said you homeschool your boys, right?
How long have you done so and do you feel it's been well worth it? Do they enjoy it as well?
I ask because my Lily will be 4 in October and I'm seriously considering starting to teach her for preschool here at home. It's a big commitment and if I'm going to do it, I'm going all in.
Just thought I'd ask your opinion.
Any words of wisdom would be helpful, Amy!
Thanks in advance!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Everyone needs a hairdresser for a friend. If not for the hair, then certainly for the gossip.


Paula (SweetPea) said...

I can tell you really like ya some Steel Magnolias. Wow. I've never been able to quote one line of a movie let alone this many.

Ellie said...

Oh, goodness. You look gorgeous! :D Loving it! Hopefully the braces will pay off, and I'll be sure to check out your "links to lurk". Thanks! :D

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Your hair looks great! I've never seen Steel Magnolias...maybe I should check it out soon.

Kellan said...

You have beautiful hair and she does a great job!

BTW - if you want to make your letters LARGE - when you are creating/editing your draft - highlight the word you want to enlarge and go to that little button on the draft tool bar that is right next to the "font" button - the one that has the "Tt" - click on it and there is the choice of several sizes - from tiny to largest. If you want something to look really large - use the larges choice and also use the bold button too. Hope this helps. It's fun to use this tool as I think it helps emphasize the "voice" in a story. I use it a lot. Maybe too much.

Have a good day - Kellan

hulagirlatheart said...

I FREQUENTLY tell people that if they can't say something nice about someone, come sit by me. It's my favorite. I love that movie. Really. Oh, and I don't know about the rest of you, but your hair's holding up just great, honey.

Sharon said...

Heyyyy, First let me say Your Hair looks beautiful, I love the color, it is so uplifting.
Allie~~~~yeahhhhhh I am so happy for you, this is great news, for sure....
We need a new updated picture later.
Hugsss & Blessings to you

Michele said...

Oh I loved this post! You're hair is just fabulous, girl! :)

Hey stop by my blog when you get a minute I have bestowed an award upon you! Well how could I not with all that fabulous hair!

MereinSC said...

i love steel magnolias!! that is one of the movies i could watch at least once a week for the rest of my life!

my favorite line is from shelby:
"I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special."

Doran & Jody said...

I am going to have to rent the movie. I love the saying from Fried Green Tomatoes....Face it girls. I'm older and I have more insurance.

And nice hair. Everytime I go in to get mine 'cut long' it keeps getting shorter. I would offer to gather up the cut hair on the floor to glue on mine, but the color isn't the same. Hmph.

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

Great hair, lady! It looks fab! :) Fun post.

Tricia said...

Just this morning I was freaking out from all of the gray that starred back at me from the part....thank goodness I am visiting "kelly" on Friday!Praise the lord for wonderful hairdressers!! LOVING all the SM quotes!!

Denise said...

Steel Magnolias is probably one of the top 5 best movies of all time to me. Boy, have you got a gift to be able to tie all those movie lines in to your hair appointment. You look marvelous! I'm going to watch Steel Magnolias tonight!


Beandip71 said...

I love your new "do". I wish I had a friend like Melissa to make me look pretty. :)

Michelle said...

Oh, what a fun little post! I love this movie one of my all time favs!

Alex Horton said...

Steel Magnolias is actually a really good movie, even though a lot of guys would see it as just a chick flick.