When we see our favorite celebrities walking the red carpet or hosting an event, they always look flawless. Hair done, nails done, everything did. Their coifs are perfectly styled, their faces are beat with airbrushed makeup and their ensembles are to-die-for. It seems that these celebs like Beyonce, Halle Berry or Kim Kardashian have perfected the art of looking glamorous.

While regular, hard-working women don’t have access to top hair stylists, makeup artists and designer wardrobes, it seems that everyone wants a piece of the glamorous life. Stars have lots of money to maintain their image so where does that leave the everyday girl who wants to look red carpet ready?

In today’s society, looking good has become the new status symbol. You’re nobody if you’re not rocking the latest Christian Louboutins, premium expensive hair weave and getting diamond facials. Keeping up with celebrities (and the Joneses) can get expensive. Weekly hair appointments, nail salon visits and shopping can be costly over the long haul and lead to unnecessary debt if not kept in check.

While there is nothing wrong with wanting to look good when the price of the glamorous life means living outside of your means then the price is too steep. Instead of chasing your favorite star’s style, why not dress and primp to your own level? Buy the best that your money can afford. Get monthly manicures and do regular upkeep at home. Find a hairstyle that looks good and is affordable and easy to maintain.

Glamour doesn’t have to mean extravagance. What do you think is too high a price for the glamorous life?

-Fajr Muhammad

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  • It’s too high a price when you stop “wanting” to do it, but feel like you “have” to keep up.
    Nothing wrong with being trendy if that’s what you’re into. But you shouldn’t feel like a slave to the trends. If you’re still digging last season’s threads, you should feel free to continue rocking them instead of pressure to overhaul your wardrobe with the latest upgrade.

  • jacquelyn

    A great measure of these celebrities that people feel the need to keep up with cannot afford these same luxuries themselves. Instead they get their clothes, treatments, decorators,etc. in trade – wear the clothes & be sure to mention the designer; rave about your facialist; drop your hairdresser’s name, salon & location as often as possible; get your home featured in an article. Sometimes the Joneses aren’t even keeping up with the Joneses.

  • lola

    People trying to keep up with celebs is ridiculous. These people are gifted so much in terms of bags, shoes, and accessories. Many of them are not paying for this stuff. Use your money to invest in your childs and your own well being. Trying to live like your Jennifer Lopez with Jennifer’s resources or income is stupid as all hell.

  • C in Cleveland

    Beware of the Joneses’ mentality. Like Mary said “it only makes your paper shorter.” Live within your means and make purchases based on what you like, not the reaction you hope to get. Wouldn’t it be a shame to spend $600 on a purse, that no one noticed, but see the $20 Target special get the attention.

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