The receipt that started it all…
New Years Day: I was on a mission.
I feel the need to clarify here, that it was a non-hangover related mission. That’s right, I WAS on a non-alcohol (sort of) related mission the morning after New Years Eve–IT IS POSSIBLE. My mission: I was going to make Sparkling Champagne Cupcakes. What made my mission possible, impossible was that I was missing the bubbly & the sprinkles. Both, keystone ingredients in what would be the “sparkle” & the “champagne” components of the cupcake recipe. So, I threw on some yoga pants, a wifebeater, & both a hat & dark sunglasses to deflect all attention: me & my hangover (yes, I had one) were going INCOGNITO. 5 stores later: I FINALLY found a store that had both the champagne & the sprinkles that I needed. In retrospect, I should have gone to a supermarket right off the bat, but alcohol impairs judgment–even more so, after the fact.
Later, while enjoying the cupcakes & retelling the story of my ridiculous adventure. My friend, whose male (I feel like a woman may have been more understanding), asked me: “What type of person does that?” THAT got me thinking. My train of thought eventually ended at the famous question immortalized by one of my favorite Mad Men episodes: Are you a Jackie or a Marilyn? Would you have seen Jackie or Marilyn combing the aisles for champagne & sprinkles New Years Day? My conclusion: Marilyn would have done it & done it in STYLE.
At that moment, my fate was sealed. When asked if I was more of a Marilyn or a Jackie personality, the answer forever more would be a MARILYN.
To be a Marilyn requires a certain balance of ridiculousness & class. You have to own your eccentricities/absurdities & present them with dignity and humor. Being outrageous isn’t a bad thing, rather, it’s a quality that people find endearing & lovable about you. You are confident, brave, impulsive, willing to take chances, & adventurous to a fault. And, you are known for your strength of heart & willingness to fall in love–over & over again, sometimes just because of the experience, other times because its truly love. And, when you do fall in love, you are addicted.
This blog is dedicated to my addictions as a Marilyn: I’m a food, fitness, photography, adventure, sports, love, cooking, humanity, travel, fashion, soul JUNKIE (just to name a few). I’m also a gluten-free, dairy-free, non-red meat eatin’, non-vegan (whatever that means) trying to navigate how to be fashionably social & eco. If that’s got you interested, let’s celebrate our addictions–together!