The 7 Stages of Loss–Tom Ford, You’ve Changed


For the record, I am a married woman, but I have a confession to make. I had an affair, and it was sublime. One year and four months of pure ecstasy.

I fell in love with him and he broke my heart. It’s over now, yet I still find myself daydreaming about him all the time.

He looks different now, standing there, all in black. But I can still feel him on my lips. Tom Ford, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

I’m referring of course to your Private Blend lipsticks. How could you do this to me?


I noticed the difference, but at first I thought it was just me. Maybe it’s all in my head. Everyone was so hush-hush about it. No one told me anything. They acted like they didn’t know what was going on. But I knew he had changed. The formula, that is.


There must be some mistake, I thought. Perhaps the new colors just don’t seem as moist and luscious and rich and lasting as the others.


This is so unfair! Finally I fall in love with something so pure and beautiful, only to have it taken from me!


Maybe if I pen a letter to Ford, he’ll reconsider. He must be a good businessman. I know! I’ll implore him–I’ll literally beg him–to bring back that original formula.


I bet if I had written more about those amazing lipsticks–if I had really spread the word about how truly amazing they really were–Ford wouldn’t have toyed around with utter perfection.


It’s hopeless. Where will I ever find a lipstick like that again? The ideal opacity, the consistency, the performance…nothing else compares.

Acceptance and Hope

I have to get ahold of myself, come to terms with this, and move on. There will be other lipsticks. But I’ll never forget that one. I guess I was wasting too much money on makeup anyway.

Tom Ford lipsticks are available at Neiman Marcus stores or

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