Sounds like they where just trying to be nice, i get what the OP is saying but it doesnt seem like this example fits the biil.
Now as for what everyone else is talking about, women don't dress up for men.
Women usually dress up mostly for other women.
Men appreciate it, but all the label talk (Gucci, Prada, etc) and the High Heeled shoes and the huge obsession with bags and stuff, thats for other women. Women like to stunt on each other, they like to be the woman that other women talk about.
Not all women are like this, but most of the ones I know are or at least can get that way depending on the situation.
I think you are only part right. Me and my best girl dress up for the fella's not the bitches. We spend time on our appearance to ensure we will be the center of attention when we're on the dance floor, but
yea we also want to rub it in other girls' faces when we're the ones surrounded by dudes and they are over in their corner coming up with a slutty idea on how to steal the male attention. Its very satisfying for some reason.
And now we're swimming in the waters of gender stereotyping *Theme from Jaws*
I think it's very narrow to say that all women are completely vain and care more for their apperance than, say, things that actually matter. Of course, the majority certainly do (particularly my generation), but not all of us. Maybe it's because I've grown up surronded by men but shoe shopping and fancy dresses and all that other bollocks don't interest me.
I have some makeup and a hair straightener. I'll use them when I need to look formal. I have about three dresses and three pairs of shoes. I don't read fashion magazines, or any magazine aimed at women. I'd rather watch something on the crime channel then the latest Twilight movie or what have you.
I think these kind of women put so much focus on outer beauty because they don't have anything else going for them. It's apparent that they're not very smart otherwise they wouldn't be so vain.
They can't think for themselves either, they need the media to tell them what colour to dye their hair, which make-up brands to use, how to wipe your ass and so on. Why think when someone else can do it for you?
I grew up around guys. I'm a total tomboy, but I'm also a girly-girl. I love guys and I don't play well with other girls. I love to go camping and wrestle around but my hair is done up and I've got pretty bows in it. I love muddin' on 4-wheelers and big ass trucks I need a ladder to get into but I spent an hour getting ready for it. I like climbing trees but I'm climbing it in heels and manicured nails.
I watch wrestling, I'm the first at the bar on UFC PPV nights and the loudest, drunkest trash talker of the whole place. I watch baseball, soccer, and I love getting defensive about my favorite football teams. I love getting trashed off my ass and taking everyone's money in a game of darts or pool.
I've always been like that. When I was little I went around climbing trees, making mud pies, riding my bike in my Sunday dresses and frilly socks double daring any boy I'd eat a worm before he did.
I don't see a problem with wanting to look good. You won't get a man if you're ugly and that's the great thing about being a girl. If you're ugly, make up and hair dye make you pretty and the boys will come a' runnin'.
And you're comment about not being smart is a very ignorant thing to say.
But anyway, OP, her friends were just trying to be nice and cheer her up without bringing attention to her asthma attack which obviously she recovered from well.