Authentic Fashionista


It’s time for a little self deprecating humor.


Please humor me.

When I was a little girl, I was fascinated with my mother’s lipstick: Fire Engine Red.

My curiosity led me to her vanity mirror where I smudged my little face with red.


I can clearly see mother’s reflection and the shocked/angry expression on her face–

her sacred lipstick!il_340x270.626479813_27h0

That was the only make-up she wore.

That, and Chanel #5 and stiletto heels!

(they used to be called spike heels)

Stiletto-Heels (8)


(as I write this in my cozy acorn wooly slippers)

To this day,

Lipstick means Mom.

The Mom that was a beautiful, spirited woman, who died too young, and left a little girl without the best woman in the world to guide her into adulthood.

So, perhaps it is no wonder that I have an affinity for lipsticks, pencils, and glosses.

Reveal:  I count 25 in my kit and kaboodle.

I also must admit,  I do like shoes.

But there is not a high heel in my closet.

Oh, maybe one.

Confession:  Gentle Souls Gladiator Wedge.images-1

(worn once)

Pretty racy, eh?

Well, dear reader, thank you for bearing with my meandering muse on early lessons and lingering influences about beauty.




Love you Mom!

Vox Anima,


Images from Pinterest

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2 Responses to Authentic Fashionista

  1. Wonderful tribute to your Mom – and a smiling image of your little girl with her smeary face 🙂 d

  2. Dear Susan I am not your Moms age but I love my red lipstick. My daughters keep telling me it is too dark for me I need a gentle pink. I try it and feel less pretty also undefended and not noticeable. Quiet shy. So I keep smearing my lips with red and mentally think I look more like the movie stars of my era.I have tried a browner or cinnamon color for day time but a night out calls for red. My husband keeps kissing me so it cant be all that bad. I also have friends who use it who are my age 77 and they look good to me. love Barbara

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