Bling That Thing: Getting Vajazzled
The latest in personal grooming is more personal than ever before. Austyn Ellese Mayfield goes in search of her own vajazzle monologue.
On a cold New England day, Iâ€™m climbing the stairs to the fourth floor of the Dellaria Salon in Kenmore Square. Halfway to the top, I text a friend: â€śIâ€™m on my way to get vajazzled.â€ť Her reply: â€śDid you just say vajazzled?!â€ť
Indeed. I tell her Iâ€™m doing this because itâ€™s the hottest â€śItâ€ť service to be introduced since eyelash extensions. The truth? Iâ€™m curious. As hell.
Vajazzling is the final frontier in personal embellishments: where a va-you-know-what gets bedazzled with rhinestones. The trend was made popular in Manhattan â€” birthplace of all things gratuitously sparkly â€” but caught national attention last year when Jennifer Love Hewitt suddenly couldnâ€™t get through an interview without talking about hers. In my book, Hewitt hasnâ€™t been relevant since her days on Party of Five. And yet here I lie on a paper-covered table, in a moment that feels like a mash-up of MTVâ€™s Pimp My Ride and an annual visit to my OB/GYN.
The procedureâ€™s simple enough: First, the aesthetician preps. (The art form demands a, ahem, â€śclear canvas,â€ť Iâ€™m informed.) Next, a spritz of nerve-searing alcohol is used to aid the application. Spirit gum (of the high school drama-club ilk) is applied to the decal. Thereâ€™s a selection of designs to choose from: ladybugs, anchors, hearts, etc. Iâ€™m in a whimsical mood, and opt for the shooting star. Finally, the crystals are positioned, at which point Iâ€™m happy to be positioned â€” out the door.
Forty-five minutes and $85 later, Iâ€™m doing errands, feeling subversive about my little secret. I canâ€™t help but giggle at the thought that for once, thereâ€™s a party of sorts in my pants. Oddly enough, my boyfriend doesnâ€™t share my enthusiasm. â€śWhatâ€™s it called, again?â€ť he asks, half amused, half bewildered.
â€śItâ€™s a va-JAZZ-le,â€ť I say emphatically, hoping that by pronouncing it more slowly, it will somehow make more sense. He simply doesnâ€™t comprehend the awesomeness. And after a few days, maybe I wonâ€™t, either.
I guess thatâ€™s what happens when you take inspiration from C-list celebs. In 10 days or less, my vajazzle will be a worn-off memory. Actually, the trend itself may well be over long before then.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2011/01/bling-that-thing-getting-vajazzled/