Man, I Feel Like a Woman!

he years have gone by. I've turned 27, 28, 29... *muffled voice*... And, yet, I still feel like I'm only a couple of years out of college. I feel like I'm perpetually 26 years old. It's an age when you're not quite a "woman" and not quite a "girl" either. The pendulum swings off the center, but never to one side or the other. To put it in a nutshell, you still think you have a four-year window to make your first million and get all of your sh*t together. Pipe dreams.

'm at an age now where I am officially considered a woman, despite my cereal dinners and lack of a career. So, when do I actually feel like one? 

  1. When someone calls me "Ma'am"
    (No explanation needed.)
  2. When I feel skinny
    When I feel skinny, I feel powerful and fabulous. It says "I have the discipline to watch what I eat and work out regularly" a.k.a. "I've got my sh*t together." Or so I'd like to think. 
  3. When I feel curvy
    When I feel curvy, I feel womanly in the manner of Monica Bellucci. y skirts become that much tighter, which allows my derrière to make its own entrance. Oh yes, I'm here–bam!
  4. When I'm around babies and children
    Sure, I may react the same way around puppies and kittens, but, with babies and children, I impress even myself. I just want to hug them and kiss their boo-boos and teach them things. Could it be because I have, dare I say, maternal instincts? (This may also extend to interns, minus the "kiss their boo-boos" part.)
  5. When a man takes me out
    When you're out of your twenties, dating reaches a whole new echelon and, therefore, you find yourself stepping it up as well. Suddenly, if you're lucky, you're asked out by guys who are interested in you beyond your looks and how many attractive girlfriends you have. What wonderful conversation! How nice to interact with mutual respect! I consider these guys "men." It's a great feeling. Being around a real man definitely makes you feel like a woman. No scrubs allowed!
  6. When I know my way around a kitchen
    I know this sounds controversial, but I really do feel like I'm wielding womanly powers when I make a kick-ass meal. Here, let me show you how it's done, Honey. (This really falls under "When I have expertise in something." Cooking just happens to be one of those things.)
  7. When I wear amazing [Alaïa] heels and walk with a purpose
    ...Especially when I have to rush a little so that I can channel one of those women in the pin-striped skirt suits from 1980's pantyhose commercials.
  8. When I buy something expensive all on my own
    So empowering to feel like you've earned something.
  9. When I bargain shop
    Just kidding. When do I ever do that?

nd I'll just end here for now. If I add a tenth one to the list, it'll feel way too conclusive.

OMG. Let me revisit this... So, basically, I feel like a woman when a man takes me out, when I'm wearing heels, when I'm around children, or when I cook.

*runs for the hills*

Azzedine Alaïa, On Bikinis

Me in Barbados, June 2010

When you are young, you should take advantage of everything to the maximum: show off your body, reveal your cleavage, live everything to the full, because it doesn’t last for long. I had a friend who told me, ‘When I was young, I’d eat an entire Camembert, wear my bikini, and my tummy would be flat at the beach. I had no money, but I could eat what I wanted. Now I’ve got money, and I can’t eat anything.’ You have to enjoy it while it lasts!
— Azzedine Alaia, Couturier and Designer

Cinderella for a Night

Event: The 28th Annual Dream Gala to benefit Look Good Feel Better

Venue: Cipirani 42nd Street

Total transformation time: 1 hour

Outfit:

Herve Leger full-length white column bandage dress
Katayone Adeli black leather jacket
Banana Republic jet-beaded evening clutch 
Alaia black platform ankle-wrapped heels
Pomellato Capri white gold, faceted white opal and diamond earrings
Jennifer Miller rose gold-plated cubic zirconia domed cocktail ring

Post-Event: A walk up Fifth Avenue with my gentleman caller for a nightcap at The NoMad Hotel--a Brandy Alexander for me, please!

Azzedine Alaïa On Living

I don’t try to understand myself. I live more like this: every morning when I wake up, I ask myself, ‘What will I learn today?’ Really, it’s true. When I wake up I am happy to open my eyes, happy to be alive, to feel good, to have no diseases. And then I ask myself, what will I learn today? Who will I get to know today?
— Azzedine Alaïa