The Ugly Series: Part 2, Ugly Betty

Did you watch the series ‘Ugly Betty’? I only did once. However, it reminded me of my start as a ‘trimmer’. That’s what the title was of the person who dressed the mannequins and made up the displays of clothing on the walls. I did this for a women’s dress store that isn’t in business any longer but, it was like the dual-sided ‘Dress Barn’ stores.

I started doing this in Orlando and transferred to Memphis. There, I rotated between 5 different stores. One store had 5 mannequins up on a 10 foot high ledge that was only 2-1/2 feet wide! Oh, and it had neon lights ‘waving’ on the wall behind the mannequins. If any part of you touched the light, you’d get a burn. However, what the company REALLLY didn’t want was to have the lights fry out and then have to be replaced.

Look, I took this job because I thought it was glamorous. Gawd, NO! It was terrible. Dressing mannequins is not easy or fun.

A friend, who didn’t work in the retail/fashion business, remarked that I looked like I was having fun dressing the dummies. I must mention, she said this to me as I was wrestling one of the mannequins apart and I wassweating profusely. I promptly set her straight by telling her I had a very ‘close’ relationship with each dummy. Why, yes. I had given each of them names. But, it was all the same name and, it began with the letter ‘B’. And it sure in the hell wasn’t Betty!! And with that, I grabbed the dummy’s boob and wretched her upper torso away from the lower half. Hmpf…Take that ‘Betty!!!’

Thus, my connection, albeit strange, to Ugly Betty.  Here’s the manicure version…

Kleancolor’s ‘Holo Orange’. I used 3 coats and a top coat of China Glaze’s ‘Fast Forward Top Coat.’

I guess it’s orange. But it’s a murky orange. I love glitter and I love holographic stuff, but this one tests my loyalty. I’m thinking maybe it would be either one, better for the fall months or two, as a top coat over a tan or brown. It did become mostly opaque with the three coats.

It does seem a light enough color for summer. However, I’m going to let you tell me what you think.

And as far as the ‘Betty’s’; they deserve that rod up their backsides!