Getting a Compliment
Posted By: Tara Witt, Arlington Heights, IL
I’m going to New York for the first time this weekend. Beside the fact that I’m outstandingly excited, I was also posed with the awesomely fun task of putting together an adorable New York weekend wardrobe. I’ve got my long dresses, camis, jeans, and sandals, but what I really needed was a gorgeous new dress.
My boyfriend and I and two of our friends are going to see Lion King on Broadway, so I’m thinking… “Class.” I shopped and shopped and it came down to two. One is a trendy black lace number with a sexy little zipper from top to bottom in the back. It’s just an anomaly that it even fits me so perfectly, so I had to get it. Then there’s blue. I call her blue. The most perfect royal blue dress! It hugs every curve and accentuates every asset worth accentuating! I tried on that dress and was like, “damn, that’s classy.” Girls, you know that feeling.
However, I still can’t decide between them. I tried them both on for my boyfriend hoping he’d have some brilliant bit of fashion advice … he didn’t… but he did offer me just about the best compliment a girl’s ever gotten. He loved the black dress and could hardly keep his hands off me, which is a nice sentiment when I know it’s deserved vs. biological. Then I tried on blue and with his jaw dropped and eyes lost he said the best thing he could have ever said to me: “Tara, you look like Kate Middleton.” That’s right ladies; we’re talking the Kate Middleton in her classic blue engagement announcement dress. I have a MAJOR girl crush on the Duchess of Cambridge, so much so that the compliment nearly brought tears to my eyes. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not superficial, but my bf happens to know how much I love the Duchess, so this particular compliment struck me deep.
It’s nice to get the, “hey, I like those shoes,” compliment from a co-worker, but those are just meaningless when they stand up against being compared to your idol. We all know that compliments are nice to give and get, but I’d like to make a new resolution here and now stating that all my compliments will be thought through, so that all people leaving my presence will feel as euphoric as I did after being compared to Kate Middleton. There’s nothing better than a self-esteem boost and I think everyone deserves this in their day.
When I was asked to guest write on this blog noting the positivity in each day, I couldn’t help but envy those writing on the opposite side. It’s so easy to note the negative things in our days. But I decided to accept guest writing on this blog as sort of a preliminary life challenge. Not only am I going to be writing about things I love, but I’d like to take this project one step further and actually project these new found loves into my everyday life. I would like to end each entry with a, “what I learned” and a “pay it forward.”
What I learned: A good old heart felt compliment fits just like a great blue dress.
Pay it forward: Jay Stone, thanks for giving me the opportunity and forum to write again. You have a particular knack for really seeing inside a person and I have always appreciated your forwardness in not just knowing who I am, but helping me to share that. From junior high plays to now, you are a truly trustworthy friend.