After the festive cheer....
How have you all enjoyed your Christmasses? Did Santa bring you everything you wanted? Today feels like one of those really depressing days where it's all over. You spend weeks getting ready for Christmas then all of a sudden - poof - it's gone! Back to reality... a little tubbier, a little drunker and a lot poorer than a month before.
To ease myself back in to day to day life I have been compiling a list of the top things that go with red lipstick and I thought I'd share them with you, helped with a few choice quotes from a few well-known women.
"A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future" – Coco Chanel
I love a good perfume, for Christmas Mr P bought me the perfume created by Dita Von Teese and I adore it. No matter what I’m wearing my perfume always makes me feel instantly more glamorous and ready to face the day.
Perfume is one of those wonderful accessories that does nothing but compliment you. It still fits when you've put on a few pounds, it matches whatever you put on and it is the one thing you can put on which will instantly get you in a party mood.
So - whenever the post Christmas blues threaten - spritz on your perfume and claw back your festive spirit. Even if it's only to sit on the couch eating leftover Toblerone and watching recorded Christmas re-runs.
"I have got two reasons for success, and I'm standing on both of them." - Betty Grable
Now this one – for me at least – is most definitely not an everyday thing. I am not one of those girls who can walk for miles in heels without feeling the strain. However, whenever you need to walk tall and confident what better accessory than a pair of heels? They make your legs shapelier, your chin higher and give you the most delicious wiggle.
And yes, I know, none of us want to be ogled. But come on - a little ogling makes any girl feel good.
“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” - Elizabeth Taylor
We all go through hard times without exception. You cannot change this, but you can change how you react to it. And – let’s face it – if Elizabeth Taylor could still do it five husbands later we all can.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
― Mother Theresa
― Mother Theresa
There are a million ways to show love and not all of them have to be big grand gestures. In face some of the most beautiful ones aren't. It’s making a cup of tea for someone unasked. Reaching out for someone’s hand. Laughing at a joke you've heard a thousand times before.
Once you've started practicing small tokens of love why not extend it? Why does it only have to be for those close to us? Smile at a stranger, volunteer a little of your time, check in with someone you know to be vulnerable. Being selfish is easy. Don’t take the easy route.
“Ignore the critics… Only mediocrity is safe from ridicule. Dare to be different!”
“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there's still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”
― Dita Von Teese
― Dita Von Teese
I love Dita Von Teese. There is a lady who is most definitely not scared to be different.
You have to have belief in yourself because otherwise, who will? You can't expect to go through your life with cheerleaders, sooner or later the buck will stop with you. So stick on your lipstick and believe in yourself no matter what you want to do. Even if you only believe that you will manage to stick to your new post-christmas gym routine. Or that this year you really will take up knitting. Unless you believe it you will never achieve it.
A Good Book
"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet." - Lady Montague
Read, read everything, everywhere. Knowledge is power and a well-informed argument is always more likely to triumph than not. But more than that, reading is a gateway to new places, new experiences, adventures far beyond anything here. Who wouldn't want a piece of that?
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anais Nin
I know some amazingly brave people. Far far braver than me. Whether it's dealing with illness, travelling alone or standing up for themselves some of my friends are the bravest and strongest people going.
That doesn't mean they're not sometimes cowards though. Everyone is. Everyone has that one thing that terrifies them - whether it's trying something new or opening themselves up to be vulnerable with a new person. Why not use your red lipstick as an excuse not to be scared.
Think to the best moments in your life. Now imagine what would have happened if you had been too scared. Maybe if you had been scared of doing something on your own you wouldn't have discovered that amazing new hobby or met those new people. Or if you had been scared to accept a date, maybe you never would have fallen in love. Think of everything you could have missed by being scared. Even if the risk goes wrong, surely that’s better than wasting your time in nothingness? So don’t be scared. Put on your lipstick and try try again.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Everything starts with a dream. Never listen to those who doubt yours.
"You can't move mountains by whispering at them" - Pink
Talk. Have opinions. Share your opinions. Be decisive. Be loud. Be anything but silent. The one thing that people struggle to remember is silence.
“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.”
- Marilyn Monroe
I have always hated my smile. I blame the Hollywood identismile that seems to be everywhere these days telling us that beauty cannot be achieves without a perfect straight, glow-in-the-dark set of gnashers. My teeth aren't white enough and, perhaps more prominently, are crooked as hell. I’ve dreamt about straightening them for years. So wearing red lipstick was perhaps not the most obvious choice for me as it automatically draws attention to your mouth.
But saying that, you cannot ever underestimate the power of a smile. The big genuine smile you give to someone you love or the cheeky grin you give to someone you’re trying to win over. The rueful smile when you’ve done something wrong or the shy smile when you feel those butterflies beating in your stomach. There are so many smiles we can use, each of them with their own cadence and power.
So what better way to celebrate a smile than with a beautiful vibrant lipstick? No matter how crooked your teeth.
I plan to look for all these things in the New Year!
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