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Big primping, spending g's 

I hate getting ready to go out -- primping is more like a chore to me. My idea of getting ready is washing my hair then putting the top down on my jeep and letting it air-dry on the drive. I lubricate, er, moisturize myself with lotion that makes me smell like pancakes, apply some mascara in an attempt to not look tired and I'm good to go. Except ... getting ready always seems to turn into a production when wardrobe and makeup are involved.

If only Charlotte had a Beauty Bar like in N.Y.C. I want to go into a venue with all my girls and have my gay boyfriend pick out my outfit, accessorize me, paint my toes, do my makeup, blow my hair out and then hand me a beer and tell me I look fierce.

Last week, Grand Central converted into a Beauty Bar of sorts with Beauty and the Beat, hosted by the always fierce Jacinda of 96.1.

J. Graham & Co. Salon was on hand doing full-out haircuts; plus, they had a chocolate fountain, massages, makeovers, palm readings, jewelry for sale, and a sex toy party. And no boys were allowed in until after 10 p.m., so the party had that beauty-parlor-bonding thing going on. Once boys were permitted, David L. from 96.1 made an appearance. He told me I had flava and I proceeded to ask him which kind, "Mint Chocolate Chip?" He's got to think I'm a nut job. But I like his flava, because he's hosting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's LaughMS Fundraising Event at the Comedy Zone in Lake Norman on April 24. Not to mention he's part of the A.M. Mayhem that prevents me from abusing my snooze button every morning.

On another note, I don't see the point in spending over $100 for a party dress that someone with impaired motor skills is just going to spill some sugary beverage on. For budget bar-hopping shopping, the best stores to find the perfect dress for a night out and still be able to afford cocktails and a cab is Belle Ville, Eileens and pretty much any store in Concord Mills. And then you can go to Epiphany Shoes in Brevard Court and get a pair of strappy open-toes to pair with your dress. But before you do that, please incorporate a pedicure. And for that you can go to Polished on Wednesdays for their Martini and Manicure night. As soon as you walk into the door, you're offered a complimentary cocktail to go with your economical spa service. And with 15 pedicure chairs, it's conducive for a girl's night out.

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