So, being a girl with extremely sensitive skin, major acne issues, I admit that I do not wear cover up or foundation for fear of making my problems even more magnified, and worse, aggravating them beyond their already horrid state. So here I was, on the day of my nuptials to my husband, Friday, March 18th, 2011, at noon, when I decided I needed what else? Foundation. I hopped over to my nearest Nordstrom, and darted to the Bobbi Brown counter, because all I did know was that the reputation of Bobbi Brown makeup is stellar to say the least. By now you are gathering that I am spontaneous too.
Anyhow, I ended up getting the best makeover ever, which included primer, highlighter, foundation, bronzer and blush. I have been a fan of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Bronzer since this day too. I walked out of there with more than foundation, but I didn’t care that I fell into the cosmetic-counter-hypnosis, I was glowing! I raced back home and put on my dress to wear to the courthouse ceremony which was happening at 3:30. We hopped in the cab and off we went, for one of the most monumental and important days in my 28 years. We never did engagement photos, so this was it. This was THE day that our photographer would capture THE moment that we entered our blessed marriage, and I was not at all focused on the acne around my mouth, or the blemish near my hair line. I had my best face forward and I was confident and happy and soaking up every fleeting moment that made up that afternoon between myself and my husband. I was in heaven on earth; kissing and hugging and holding hands with the man I will be with the rest of this mortal life.
I can’t say it was all Bobbi Brown. I am confident in who I am a s a young woman, but this thin layer between my flesh and the atmosphere that I shared with my husband, the photographer, the judge, and my mom that day, that extra, tiny bit of conglomerated minerals and pigment made me forget my small insecurities that day, and allowed me to focus on my biggest SECURITY, a future life with someone who loves me unconditionally. In essence, Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Powerful Campaign supports my sentiments perfectly; that we are all pretty naturally, but a little makeup can make us feel so empowered to conquer whatever we are facing in our lives. We have so many features, uniqueness and angles in our faces that the beauty pulls us in and we find ourselves gazing at strangers on the train ride to work, or have to stop ourselves from staring at that girl in the bathroom who is applying her lipstick, just like a teenage girl who watched me put my makeup on in the locker room this summer at Pirate’s Cove. Woman learn from an early age that this ritual, this process our mothers, sisters, cousins, grandmothers, aunts, and friends do is something of a high importance. Makeup is personal, it is cultural, it is precise, it is intentional and it is POWERFUL! With a swipe of mascara, a blot of gloss, or as in my case, a thin layer of flesh toned cream to even my skin tone, we can really become that much more confident in ourselves.
My momma is a woman who is Pretty Powerful to me. She battled obesity by completely changing her life and making exercise and eating well a lifestyle choice. Growing up in a household of four children, she never used the word “sacrificing” when describing her career as a stay at home mother who gave us a wonderful childhood. She is a uteran cancer survivor and lives life to the fullest everyday by roller blading, taking Zumba classes, camping most weekends in the summer, playing the Dance Revolution game with her four grand daughters and continually crafting, scrap booking and reading. She is a model employee, and works tirelessly at a senior citizen hospice home where she cleans, cooks, bathes, even administering medicines, and caring for several elderly patients with the same amount of care and patience and love that she raised my three siblings and I. A natural nurturer with an infectious laugh and toothy smile, she is always my positive conscious, my honest friend my encouraging voice and my heart. Everyone who has had the privilege to work with her or be in her company knows just how selfless and loving she is.
My momma is Pretty, insert curse word for emphasis, Powerful alright!!!
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Archive for October, 2011
Well, last Tuesday was I experienced my very first Glam Bomb event! This was the second in a series, Glam Bomb Two, the one I had been blabbing about for weeks, and it was well worth the storage space on my blog. It happened to be a absolutely perfect fall day, with sunshine, blue skies, yellow leaves and just enough crisp in the air to wear a vintage black wool dress with long sleeves that I found this summer at a yard sale for one dollar, yes $1. From the minute I pulled up to the location and found myself parked behind my momma and her friend Irina, I knew it was going to be a great night.
One of my favorite meetings of the evening was Cristen Guest, of Rene Guest, from Austin, TX; a pixie like blonde with ringlets and a smile for days, still glowing from the birth of her baby girl (just 4 months old now.) She cuts microscope glass into diamond shapes and presses peacock feathers in between the glass and then sodders copper or other metals around it to seal it off, making incredible earrings and pendants. She also had some really drool worthy semi precious stones like a smoky quartz charm necklace I have my eyes on, or the gold Tiered Copper Leaves earrings that would hit the light just right in my dark hair.
My friends Jen Mericle and Dannell Williams popped in to say hello and shop the Bomb too! We sipped coffee from our friend Noah from Crema Coffee who brewed up a mean french press full of Intelligentsia, and chatted about our goals and the gifts we picked up. Dannell made out and found Christmas gifts for her family, which included dainty tear drop silver dangles by Christy Lea Payne, a long pearl beaded necklace for her mother, and she couldn’t sneak away without treating herself to a necklace that had a vintage skeleton key and other charms nestled in strands of chain by Maddy’s line Black Poodle.
Another stand out designer, full of charisma and with an accent like Sohpia Vargara’s, was Teresa Caballero! Glam Bomb was actually her and Cindy Ollig’s idea a couple years ago over a bottle of wine, and she was launching a line of her own jewelry that will debut in December. I still can’t stop thinking about these earrings of hers with little gold Bambi charms, and she pointed out that they had a little cross and bones engraved on their hips. I love little secret subtleties and nuances about my jewelry; more of a story or life to it, the better.
There were auctions and raffle ticket prizes peppered in throughout the night, free flowing wine and mixed drinks, and a catered spread by Occasions by Sandy that kept the hunger pangs at bay and the guests from getting a little too tipsy. The cheese selection and cheesecake and chocolate mouse dessert spoons were my favorite and always found room on my plate.
Posh Boutique sure knows how to put on a good party, and the sold out event clued me in that I wasn’t the only fan. So many guests were long time customers of Posh and Perfect Petal, and friends of Cindy. Suzanne Brown, the fashion editor from the Denver Post also dropped by to check out the hype. The goal of the event was to raise money for One of 99, a non profit that helps underprivileged youth in Denver with art and cultural activities, and raise money we did! Glam Bomb Two was a huge success raising nearly four thousand dollars! I however, contained myself and kept my debit card tucked away. I thought it best to bring a Rene guest catalog and Teresa Caballero card home for hubby to get Christmas gift ideas from.
If you didn’t get a chance to attend this Glam Bomb event, please do stop by either Posh on Larimer or the Perfect Petal on 32nd and Lowell to check out the jewelry in person.
Why three? Because all good things come in threes!
So to wrap up the twelve days of the #GlamBomb2 event, which is SOLD OUT BTW, giveaway your true love will give to you…
A mauvey-pink multi-strand of natural beads… or…
A purple acrylic Ideal Woman necklace on a silver chain… or…
A blingy cubic zirconia tennis bracelet!!!!
I am so very, VERY excited for tomorrow night’s Glam Bomb event, hosted by one of my favorite boutiques, Posh. For those of you who are on the list and RSVP’d, be sure to check your e-mail as the address for the event was sent out today as well as a link to the site where you should purchase your ticket before hand to avoid waiting in lines. Come early to find parking and get right in to enjoy the evening!!! You should also “friend” Posh on Facebook for updates, news, photos from the event and future events and products. How you can win one of the twelve gifts posted here? Well, it is open to guests who are attending, and just be the first to approach me, say hello, and say the phrase, “on the ______ day of #GlamBomb2 my true love gave to me!” Obviously filling in the blank with whatever day, gift, you want! See you tomorrow, get some beauty sleep!