Thursday, June 9, 2011

i'm looking for something in red



i used to have a little change purse. a vintage one with blue and white swirls and a pretty tortoise shell zipper pull. in it, i kept all my lip goods. my high-shine glosses and creamy balms. my mama's tube of the now-discontinued revlon exotica. the lip stain i wore on my wedding day.

a few days ago, i left the purse on the back of robert's car while doing a photo shoot for my etsy shop. robert reminded me about it as we walked inside and i shrugged it off. i would get it later, i figured.

but then i didn't. and then we drove away.

and somewhere, my little change purse sits on the side of the road. we did many drive-arounds but never found it. and with it, i lost something else.

my femininity. because nothing in this world makes me feel softer, sweeter and more put together than a good swipe of lip color. as i walked around with just burt's bees on my lips, i felt not only naked but un-prepared. i read somewhere that victoria beckham said she can't think when she wears flats. that's how i felt about my missing lipstick.

so i went to the drugstore, and bought the cheapest, brightest lip color i could find. a deep magenta perfect for summer. a shade that looks like i just drank about fifty strawberry slushies. and so what if it doesn't really last longer than about ten minutes? it was $2.50 and i can always get another.

so i drove to work today. my windows down and my sunglasses on, and as i rubbed my lips together, i smiled. because whatever it takes to make you feel like you is entirely worth it. worth more than $2.50 actually. worth driving around after supper for hours looking for a little change purse. you know it when you lose it, and recapturing it feels like such a victory.

p.s. you think lipstick will help that awful cowlick/horn that i've got going on with my hair? goodness gracious.

20 comments:

Jennifer Rod said...

well that was a good investment. looks great on you!

Melissa said...

i hear you...& again- lovely to have stumbled upon you blog...

melissa x

Amanda said...

There is something to be said about rubbing that color over your lips, isn't there? We just feel a little more feminine...

I did just want to say to you how much I enjoy reading your blog. I just recently (like in the past two weeks) started reading and you have since become a daily read for me. The way that you write about the most everyday occurrences in such an eloquent way just strikes a chord with me. You have beautiful thoughts and you write them in a way that leaves me feeling like I know you a little better.

Have a wonderful Thursday, Courtney!

wilybrunette said...

so beautiful! both you and your words. a real treat this morning to read this.

kimbirdy said...

there's nothing like that one thing which makes you feel totally invincible as a woman. take that world! :)

Lauren said...

you are so cute :) I didn't see the cowlick at all until you mentioned it. So yeah, I think the lipstick works. It looks so pretty on you!!

Nadiine said...

you looks so pretty :) love that skirt!
all that glitters ♥.

Blondie's Journal said...

I'm sorry about your little purse, but I do like the shade of lipstick you bought. Maybelline makes a long wearing lipstick that I have been using and love. Once my daughter borrowed it and I felt like I lost my right arm!

You look wonderful in the pictures...what cowlick?!

XO,
Jane

Stephanie said...

sorry for your loss! but hey, glad you were able to get a lipstick replacement :) love the outfit!

Have a great day!
xo Stephanie

chambanachik said...

The lipstick looks great, and you look simply gorgeous!

Daydream Living said...

Well, I'm not a lipstick girl at all....you could call me naked girl... But it looks good on you! And what is wrong with your hair? I don't see it.... Bye hon,
Maureen

Amber Blue Bird said...

this shade looks so pretty on you. I love lipstick to but I NEED mascara, weird i know.

Jill said...

It is the smallest things that make us feel pretty. I always wear lip gloss even if the rest of my face is bare.

Janette said...

You would be aghast at my lips..I love lipstick, but hate reapplying...and it gets everywhere cause my lips are gigantic..lol

And I think your cowlick is cute.. Adds character!


Janette, the Jongleur

Jenna said...

aw, that is terrible! i would be so upset, too. about the cowlick, i recently got the same thing in that exact spot and my hairdresser said it is common to get them late spring because our hair breaks and grows back during this time. strange huh?

Shay said...

You look gorgeous- cowlick and all:-)

Eleanor said...

:)! xxxx

Anna said...

I would be almost heartbroken if I were to loose such a precious purse =(.

I remember when my angel mom first gave me her favorite lipstick to put on my lips for our Christmas shopping extravaganza. It is bright pink and smells a tint of raspberry. After that day, I felt--like you said--naked if I did not have any lipstick on. Because I could not feel like a woman--feminine, sweet, and pretty.

My dear sister, Courtney, you are so beautiful and gorgeous in every way! I love your bright new lipstick color and even your "cowlick" hair! I adore you both inside and out.

Your blog adds another beautiful brightness to my life, and you are such a blessing!

Much love and prayers always,

Anna

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

Courtney,

i love this post and seeing you radiating like that - you are such a beautiful girl! cowlick horn ain't no thang when you're sporting your new awesome pucker punch. you chose well love but i was sorry your special little pouch went missing. sounds like it was almost more about your momma's lipstick and how you can't get it anymore. that's too bad, time to start a new collection of specials. good start! ♥

charla beth said...

This was soo sweet, pretty lady.

I’m sorry you couldn’t find your little purse,
but that new color does look great on you. :)

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