Friday, May 14, 2010

Lady in Red

I'll be the first to admit that I am, by no stretch of the imagination, edgy. Sure I have a tattoo and I got my belly button pierced in college, but that's about as "on the edge" as it gets around here. Oh, and I have the cartilage on my left ear pierced, which is totally edgy. But, I digress.

I'm an all-around conservative gal: from my political beliefs to the way I dress, I'm not one to really put myself "out there" in any sense of the word. I want things to be peaceful, I don't want people to gasp at what I'm wearing and most of all, I don't want to be criticized. Or cat-called. Or judged.

So, I play it safe. I wear my hair in a ponytail on humid days so my lion's mane can be tamed. I wear cardigan sweaters over my tank tops. I wear the same eyeshadow configuration each and every day and I typically stray away from showing off my body.

But lately I have felt the need to be different, to take a chance when it comes to the way I approach the world. I'm not saying I have a strong interest in dressing like a hooker, I just see no problem in taking a few risks here and there. Maybe it's all in my head, but I find myself yearning to throw myself out there without caring about the results. Why should I care about what everyone else thinks?

Answer: I should not care. So, I'm learning to stop caring so much and to start living. My first foray into this new outlook may seem pathetic to my fellow Earth inhabitants, but it's a humongous leap for yours truly: I'm wearing lipstick. Not just any lipstick: the brightest, craziest lipstick I can find get into my grubby hands. I'm wearing it, embracing it and loving every minute of it. It makes me wonder how I have managed to live a practically lipstick-free life for approximately 26 years.

While perusing the aisles of CVS lately, I stopped at the Revlon display and snapped up two tubes of loveliness thanks to their current "Buy one, get one 50%" deal. I slapped 'em both on and immediately felt like Gwen Stefani:

Really and truly, the best part about my purchase is the names attached to my newest conquests:

Red Lipstick #1: Wine with Everything
Red Lipstick #2: Certainly Red

I think Red Lipstick #1 is my new BFF considering that it is most definitely a good idea to have Wine with Everything. Also, it reminds me of the fact that I enjoy Whining about Everything while drinking Wine with Everything.

It's a good thing I'm so interested in not caring what people think because the moment I walked into my place of employment I was tested. A particular co-worker who rarely hides their feelings took one look at me and screamed "HOLY LIPSTICK!" as though he had just been smacked in the face with a 2x4.

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