I distinctly remember the first time I consciously rebelled at the tender age of 6. My father had taken me to buy my school supplies and we needed to pick out a fountain pen for homework (a cruel and unusual exercise in developing perfectionistic tendencies by the Serbian school system whereby children must write their homework in ink from Grade 1 to discourage the mere thought of ever making a mistake). The shop-keeper held out a pink pen with little umbrellas all over it and said "of course she will want the pink one, because all girls like pink". Oh yeah?!? I remember wanting the pink pen - but just to spite her I chose a purple one instead. Imagine my surprise when I discover, 20+ years later, that my closet is filled with all shades of purple and violet - by choice..
(dress, BCBG; sunglasses, Valentino; bracelet, Swarovski; earrings and bangle, Social Butterfly boutique; bag, Coach; shoes, Christian Louboutin)