embracing red lipstick.

Darling Be Brave >> Embracing Red Lipstick

I'm sure that any of you following me on instagram and facebook have noticed a slight change in my appearance...

Bright red lipstick. 

And if any of you have been reading this blog since the beginning, you may remember that one of the things I wanted to be brave about was wearing red lipstick. 

So high five, me!  Good job.  Only took four months ha ha.

I named this website (and changed my etsy shop name to) darlingbebrave because I have a natural tendency to want to be a wallflower.  I like to blend in.  Not be noticed.  I can be incredibly shy and sometimes awkward. 

And recently I've come to the decision that I'm not too thrilled with my style. 

I went for a couple of months where I kind of stopped doing my hair, just washing it and letting it do it's own thing everyday which is kind of okay because my hair is somewhat naturally curly.

My makeup routine has always been incredibly basic and simple. 

And even though my heart longs to wear cute dresses and skirts, I chicken out and wear a t-shirt and jeans.  Every.  Single.  Day.  I even get self-conscious wearing button up shirts.  What is wrong with me? 

So yeah what I'm trying to say here is that wearing red lipstick around is kinda a huge deal for someone like me. 

I was just super ready for a change so last week I kind of got drastic. 

I originally was trying to grow out my bangs (the forever internal struggle am I right?) and as much as I think girls with long hair and no bangs are total babes, I think that my face personally is better suited for bangs.  So yep.  I chopped a couple inches off.  Then I took the time to curl my hair, dug through my makeup drawer for some kinda crappy lipstick I had bought a long while ago (beautiful color, just doesn't stay on my lips very well), and started trying to dress the way that I actually wanted to dress.  No more trying to blend in/fit in. 

  So in order for me to be more committed/comfortable with the new look, I decided to find a better, long lasting lipstick.  I did some research and decided a liquid lipstick would probably be best suited for someone like me who wants a low maintenance make up routine.

I found Kat Von D's liquid lipsticks online and couldn't find anything but good reviews about it so I made the splurge and bought me a tube in the color Underage Red (I was secretly hoping for the color Outlaw but it was out of stock so Underage Red it was and so far I'm really loving it).

Even though I totally love painting my lips red, it's been kind of a challenge for me to wear this drastic of lipstick. I get so nervous when I'm about to leave the house and I run and check the mirror to make sure I don't have any on my teeth or it hasn't smeared across my face or something. 

(This lipstick is supposed to last all day and I can't find anyone else online complaining about it smearing but I'm combating oddly crazy oily skin right now so I don't think it's lasting like it supposed to.  Any help?  Please?) 

But so far so good when I'm out about in public!  I haven't noticed any double takes or anyone staring at me awkwardly so I consider that a success that this lipstick doesn't look too out of place on my face.

I'm absolutely loving my new look, embracing my pale skin, red lips, and a simple cat eye.  I have an old soul so this new look is totally tapping in on a retro vibe which makes me feel so excited.  I grew up watching Audrey Hepburn and Doris Day and loving any and all black and white movies.  Those ladies had class, let me tell ya. 

So yeah I'm continually learning to embrace my inner self.  I've never been one to keep up on the trends anyway.  I tend to long for a more classic and retro look and what's wrong with that?

I've always always always loved style from the 50's and 60's and would love to be able to embrace flowy skirts and polka dots and fancy dresses someday.  I stumbled across ModCloth and this clothing store is absolutely fabulous, totally the look I want to go for.  I may or may not have been spending hours the last several days looking at every product they have to offer and making forever long wish lists.  If I had a million dollars I would just dress in ModCloth outfits all day every day.  I made a small order yesterday and am SO excited for my purchase to get here!

I've had so much fun getting all dolled up this last week even if my days have mainly consisted of me sitting stretched out on my living room floor, surrounded by piles of yarn and watching way too many tv marathons on hulu (anyone else dying over the Bachelorette this season?).  Ooooh yeah.  Living the dream.  Sometimes I even get crazy and venture to Walmart, the post office, or the craft store which makes actually getting ready a little more worth while ha ha.

Anyway, the point of all these ramblings is that I've decided that I'm giving myself a make over.  I need to follow my own advice and be brave and wear what I want and do my make up and hair how I want.  It's gonna be a slow process due to lack of funds slash change kinda scares me but this is going to be the best thing ever!  I'm so incredibly excited for this change! 


How about you guys?  What's one style change you've always wanted to try?


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P.S. If you'd like to try the same lipstick that I'm wearing, here's a link.  (This is an affiliate link.  If you're wondering about how affiliate links work, please click here.)

throwback to my trip to alabama.

Back in February, I got a random phone call from my husband while he was at work and he asked me if I'd be willing to make a road trip to Alabama with him.  He had gotten an opportunity from his work to travel down there to pick up some new equipment and needed a travel buddy and naturally, I was all for it.  I had never really been on a road trip before and I thought it sounded super fun.  Plus, it was the first trip we had taken just him and me since our honeymoon so it was much needed.

Darling Be Brave - Road Trip to Alabama

Let me start out by saying, road trips kinda aren't as much fun as you'd think they'd be.  Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved all the extra time with the hubs and it was so incredibly awesome seeing new places.  It's just the sitting in a truck for up to thirteen hours a day, gas station bathrooms, and a different hotel room every night that can really wear on a girl. 

I still had the absolute best time ever though.  I'm an easy going lady and honestly, as long as I'm with my best friend, I'm good to go. 

Darling Be Brave - Road Trip to Alabama

These stunning photos of us are on Navajo Bridge in Arizona.  If you're ever driving by, you have got to stop and take a look out from this bridge.  So beautiful.  Photos don't do it justice.

Darling Be Brave - Road Trip to Alabama

It was so fun to be a total tourist and stop at all the touristy locations along the way.  This, my friends, is supposedly the worlds largest piece of petrified wood, located in Holbrook, Arizona.

Darling Be Brave - Road Trip to Alabama

And what's a trip to the south without some authentic southern bbq?  Gonna be honest, I was the tinciest little bit sketched out driving to this place.  But once we got inside, it felt so homey and cool and these guys seriously make the most delicious food ever.  I'm craving their pulled pork sandwiches as I type this.

Darling Be Brave - Road Trip to Alabama

Since we had made it to Alabama with a few days to spare, we decided what's a few more hours?  And we headed on over to Georgia.  We got up early and hiked Kennesaw Mountain one morning.  Surprisingly challenging.  I was a fool and was teasing about how it wouldn't be much of a hike but man it kicked my little out of shape butt.  (I only had to sit down two times on the way up and zero times on the way down so that's pretty good if you ask me.) 

In case you don't know (and are wondering why I'm standing next to a cannon at the top of a mountain), Kennesaw Mountain pays tribute to a Civil War Battlefield and is a National Battlefield Park located in Georgia.

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This little area right here in Atlanta, Georgia was probably my favorite part of the trip: the Georgia Aquarium (which is one of the world's largest aquariums) and the World of Coca-Cola. 

Driving in Atlanta though?  Majorly scary. 

The aquarium is seriously amazing though.  There's this huge underwater tunnel you can walk through where the fish swim right above you and it's such a magical feeling.  And there's even a whale shark that swims in there right above you!  And big ol' sting rays.  I was in heaven.  I'm a total animal lover so getting to see penguins and turtles and fish all day?  Sign me up.

Darling Be Brave - Road Trip to Alabama

The World of Coca-Cola was also fabulous.  Super crowded (can you see the slight panic in my face?  I don't do well in large crowds) but totally worth it.  There's this fun room where you can taste different Coke products from all around the world and I drank so many flavors I made my self sick (still totally worth it).  The best flavor you ask?  Fanta Melon Frosty from ThaiLand.  Mmm mmm mmm.

I love my home state of Utah but if I ever have to move (and magically get to choose where I have to move to) the south is definitely a contender.  It has such a cool vibe and I had the best time there.

And now that it's pretty much officially summer, I'm already itching for another trip.  We tried to go to my husband's family reunion last week which is where we go on a camping trip up the mountains each year but poor Jake got way sick and we had to come home the very next day.  Kinda a bummer but luckily, he's feeling better and hopefully another trip (even if it's just camping) is in our future.

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