As a voluptuary, I’m always looking for creature comforts everywhere I go. That’s probably why I’m so fascinated by the self-care amenities some hotels offer their guests.
Last month, when I was at the Grand Hyatt in NYC, I was
bemused by a little “kit” in the bathroom, called the Pampering Vanity Kit.
Despite my not needing anything I thought would fall under that name at that
moment, I had to open it and see what it contained. It held a few cotton balls,
two cotton swaps, and an emery board. Verrrrry pampering, that.
In truth, I would rather have a well-made bed (something
Hyatt hotels can’t seem to do to save themselves), than a vanity kit—especially
one filled with necessities that aren’t pampering. But it led me to think about
presentation, and spin.
Everyone, I suspect, would prefer to make a good impression
on others. Even people with a “you see what you get” attitude about themselves
vis a vis the rest of the world probably hope, deep inside, that more people
than not appreciate their genuineness. So the question came up for me as to why
so many people in the professional world talk about authenticity, yet
completely spin who they are, and what they do? Is it that, like Hyatt,
spinning the mini grooming kit as the Pampering Vanity Kit, they feel they have
to seem better, or bigger than they actually are, for people to find them interesting or appealing?
Or is it that we, as a society, expect
the grandiose version of absolutely everything?
What do you think? I'd love to hear your comments!