Reblog: I’m Starting to Wear Lipstick

Okay so this isn’t EXACTLY a reblog, but it’s inspired by a post from a friend of mine, so I need to give credit where it’s due.  Plus it’s a great entry, so other people should read it!

My dear friend and college roommate wrote this over a year ago, but I stumbled across it the other day: I’m Starting to Wear Lipstick.  It was really bizarre to me to be reading this because I myself had been tempted lately to start playing more with makeup.  Matt loves when I look natural, and for the most part I prefer it as well, but sometimes when I go to parties I like to mix it up with a bit of lippy and some eye shadow.

Kat was the first person to show me that makeup can be fun.  I’m not even embarrassed to admit we used to plunk down in front of her full-length mirror and just raid our makeup kits and experiment.

Yesterday I put on lipstick before heading out to work.  It was a subtle color and though it was noticeable I was wearing it, I didn’t think it was much of a change.  I also put on eyeliner.  Normally I just throw on a bit of mascara and I’m out the door.  Everyone commented.  All my coworkers asked where I was going after work; all the customers the same.  Matt says I just have a face where even a little makeup is really noticeable.  Funny experiment really, but I’m not sure I’d repeat it for work.

I started thinking a lot about Kat over the weekend because I’ve started catching up on Pretty Little Liars again.  It’s a very girly, very dramatic mystery show, and I can’t get enough!  The girls on the show are all dressed to the nines including full makeup, loud jewelry and heels everyday.

Now I’m not even sure Kat watches PLL, but she and her sisters resemble the character of Aria (Lucy Hale) a scary amount (third one from the left).  I always think of her immediately when Lucy comes on screen.  Whenever I watch this show, it makes me want to throw on a pair of heels and just ENJOY being female.  I realize this is totally unrealistic, but I can’t help it!

I got my temporary residency a little over a week ago and it’s completely thrilling.  When we get back from America I’ll start applying for a grown-up job.  When I think about our upcoming trip, I can’t help but squeal with excitement knowing I can soon stock up on smart feminine clothing for my new professional life.  I think I have problems…

28 and in her honor

Today’s outfit draws inspiration from one of the most radiant women in mythological history.  Greek mythology has always been an avid interest of mine.  Artemis is my favorite of the Ancient Greek deities.  She is confident and strong and doesn’t need a man to define her worth.

Artemis (or Diana to the Romans) is the goddess of the hunt.  She is the purest of the goddesses and lives in the forests of Ancient Greece.  I think in these modern times, Artemis would roam the woods in something like this.

My braided ponytail and sturdy brown riding boots give that aura of the huntress.  I always wear my hair this way when I play sports or go running.  It’s one of the reasons I wanted to grow my hair long years ago.  I love the tough yet graceful look of a high swishy braid.

The billowy floral top is from Bardot.  I loved it the instant I saw it.  This is the element that really says “modern-day Artemis” to me.  The Ancient Greeks were all about drapery, and this is the only element of the outfit that nods to that style.

The H&M jeans are perfect for running around.  They are nearly too big for me, so I’ve got a strong belt holding them up.  To be a hunter, you need to be able to move!

I love pretty socks!  Like undergarments, socks are special because they can be your little secret.  I love cute things that no one sees but me.  Wearing fun socks is one more reason why wearing boots is so fun.

Along with Artemis, I also found inspiration in a dystopian future.  Katniss Everdeen makes hunting sexy and stylish without even trying.  (Though I suppose the stylist team for the movie gave every element of this outfit heaps of thought.)  I loved the character in the books, and the movie did her justice completely.  Katniss would totally wear my boots if she lived in this universe.  Bonus tidbit: Liam Hemsworth (shown above) is an Australian actor! He and his brother are HOT.

I love this photo.  It shows how one of my new favorite celebrities can pull off the Greek look as well.  What a beautiful woman.  I love that there are so many up and coming actresses who are strong and beautiful.  No wonder I find her inspiring.