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It’s nothing a pretty dress and lipstick can’t fix…

4 Aug

Warning: This post involves a bit of self-pity. If you choose to continue reading, know the purpose of sharing this sobfest story is to share my  brilliant solution to a bad day.

Yesterday was a bad day. I was soooo tired by the end of it. I was so exhausted by the badness (I know that’s not a word!) that I found it difficult to do the simplest of things. I stroked my hair with a brush a few times and then gave up.  I looked in the mirror at my ratted hair and my haggard face. I didn’t even think about the effort it would take to wash my face and brush my teeth. I finally resorted to my bed and flopped lifelessly into it.  I was still fully-dressed.

You’re exhausted now just reading this, right?

This morning I decided I had to do something; anything to ensure that the curse of the bad day didn’t follow me into today.

So, what did I do you ask?

I put on a pretty dress and my favorite lipstick

The effect seemed immediate. I don’t look tired today. I don’t look disheveled. I don’t feel like I’m going to have a melt-down and lie on the floor and kick and scream and cry. I feel better. Interestingly enough, a coworker shared with me this morning that she ALSO was having a bad day yesterday, and what did she wear today? A gorgeous, flowy skirt of course.

Ya see?

And because I love you, here are some tips to wearing lipstick from the adored celebrity makeup artist, Robert Jones.


May or May Not Be

24 Jul


These may or may not be shoes found in the kids section.

These may or may not be shoes for boys.

These may or may not be for me.

Hello world- My name is Carly.

11 Jul

I’m a twenty-something, divorced, single mama trying to survive in this big world- and finding love,  joy and excitement along the way.

I march to the beat of my own drum.

I consider myself an artist, but not in the conventional way. I don’t paint. I don’t draw. I don’t sew. I don’t design. I don’t photograph.
I DO see beauty in all things.

I am a makeup artist and a licensed Master Esthetician. Believe me when I say, I am thee Brow Master!

I am a novice organic gardener. I’m currently a pescatarian, although I have experimented with veganism, raw foodism and vegetarianism. I take pleasure in cooking – I especially love to cook vegan meals.

I’m not a professional writer. I barely graduated high school (I blame my self-diagnosed ADD!). However, I’ve always enjoyed writing and writing has a way of finding me. I currently work for a company promoting literacy through easy-to-use software that teaches reading. Previous to this, I wrote beauty articles and content for a celebrity makeup artist.

I love sushi.

I love fashion. Regrettably, I don’t always execute my love of fashion well.

I love to dance. Specifically hip-hop. I was training to run a half-marathon (my body refused!) and have decided a bike tour to Yellowstone is more suitable. I enjoy physical activity- walking, hiking, biking, rockclimbing, doggy-paddling swimming and strength-training.

I adore motherhood (albeit I feel as though I may end up institutionalized at times!).

I am a great story-teller.

I enjoy alternative rock and folk music. I can appreciate most all genres of music.

I love people. I hope to travel the world someday and provide philanthropy and relief along the way. I enjoy politics and am passionate about global issues. I compost and recycle and reuse.

I daydream about finding a kind, compassionate man to share my life with.

I am grateful for my life.

I am a Gemini (source of self-diagnosed ADD). I am a great starter… not so much of a great finisher (working on this).

I believe in God. I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that people are mostly good.

I realize that I may not have anything to contribute to the information super highway (internets) beyond what’s already available. Due to my Geminitity (is that even a word?), sharing my thoughts, feelings and inspirations via blog with you (you= my mom and grandma and maybe a sprinkling of cyber-stalkers) is a good way to organize my ADD drifting mind.

Thanks for stopping by.