the ritual of getting ready

I really believe that every woman should have a functional place of her own to perform the ritual of getting ready for the day (or night) as the case may be. However, many of us have to share counter space with others. One way to create your own space is a make-up vanity. It doesn’t have to actually be a vanity. It can be a desk or table with a mirror over the top, but it should be a place you can sit down, spread out and store your things. Having that space makes the whole process of getting ready more enjoyable.

Years ago, I found a make-up vanity at a flea market, painted it black and painted the interior hot pink (the only place I can get away with that color in a house with five males.) Until I discovered the vanity, I did my make-up standing at the bathroom counter rummaging through drawers for make-up bags and spreading everything on the counter (much to the chagrin of my husband.) I now sit at the vanity every morning to get ready. It houses all of my make-up and gives me my own space to prepare for the day. I can’t imagine having it any other way now. So if you’re still standing over your bathroom counter every morning, think about trying to find a spot for your own vanity. Every day will start a bit more relaxed and feel a bit more special.

Here’s a peak at my vanity!


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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

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Alexandria, VA 22314



  1. Avatar alexandra says:

    not much room in our little apartment, but i took over the bottom shelf in the linen closet that has a full length door mirror on the outside. it is kind of nice having my own “nook” … i know the vanity will happen one day ::sigh::

  2. Avatar Gee gee says:

    This article is so timely. I am in the process of redecorating my bedroom. I have a vanity that I found at a thrift store years ago. I basically use it as a dresser since my room is small. I’ve never used it for my personal make up space and have always parked in front of the bathroom vanity. I was actually trying to give it away. I’m totally rethinking it now! I could certainly improve upon the space in my bathroom. Thanks!

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