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Happily Ever After

Dear Sugar
I have a friend who is on my last nerve. She recently got engaged to a man who struck it big... really big in the stock market. At the time they were dating and ever since their engagement, he had money, but nothing like what he has now. Post engagement, my friend quit her job and started living the life of a rich housewife, almost throwing her new found money in all of her friend's faces.

Recently, her husband got transferred to New York to work on Wall Street. They bought a penthouse apartment in an extremely fancy neighborhood, and she continuously carries on about who her decorator is, what kind of furniture she is buying, and how great her new life in the big city is.

I am from a middle to upper class family. I work very hard everyday, and I live with my fiance who also takes his job extremely seriously. I have never gone without, in fact I consider myself quite spoiled, but I am finding myself beyond irritated with my friend's new lifestyle. What is wrong with me? Vain Valerie


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Dear Vain Valerie
It sounds to me like you are a little jealous of your friend, which is a completely normal reaction to have. Has she changed the core person she used to be before coming into this money and new way of life? Does she still take interest in her friends and the things you used to do?

Are you the only one that feels this way? Jealousy is a tough emotion, but hopefully your pal's attitude is temporary, and it won't be long before she puts a stop to her conceited ways. Many women suffer the curse of bridezilla the year leading up to their wedding, and often times they are unaware how their actions come across to others.

Sometimes you just have to give brides a little more leeway than usual during this time in their life as many women feel entitled to be the center of attention. If you feel like you are at a breaking point, try distancing yourself until things calm down a bit. If her attitude doesn't subside after the party's over, sit her down and have a heart to heart; sometimes people need their loved ones to keep them grounded.

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