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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Self-Portrait with Lipstick


I'm practicing wearing lip color. I'm not sure why I feel compelled, after five decades of indifference, to make friends with lipstick now. It's may simply be my small reinvention to mark another birthday.

I have been largely absent from blog world this week, as we have a friend in town and are dancing in a whirlwind with her. She leaves tomorrow, and I will miss her infectious laughter, her come-as-you-are generosity, the camaraderie that extends to my husband and folds him in like one of the girls. She is the woman who introduced my husband to me. She grew up with him in Antigua and decided when she met me that I would love him. She was right. She is now my husband's lawyer as well as our friend, the kind that feels like family, and she visits a few times a year. In advance of her arrival, boxes begin arriving from Nordstrom and Amazon and other favorite places. I love when we come home and see yet another box addressed to her leaning against our door. It means she will be traveling north soon, and we will once again take the city by the shoulders, and twirl and twirl, and we will laugh while doing it.

And some day soon after she leaves, this Saturday perhaps, it is possible I will stay in bed most of the day, finding center again in a quiet space. And that evening, we are invited to a party to celebrate the birthdays of two dear friends. I think I will wear lipstick.


12 comments:

  1. Lipstick is our friend! God, you have beautiful skin.
    I'm so glad you're having a great time with your great, good friend.
    Always loving you, Angella...M

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  2. You are so lovely. Look at your picture carefully. Its beauty will take your breath away.

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  3. Oh, Angella. That is a gorgeous photo of you. I mean, REALLY!

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  4. I agree with Birdie. Your eyes are intensely beautiful. This is a blog-worthy day in all the amazing writing I'm reading. I love this post. Sweet Jo

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  5. Beautiful, yes. You, that picture, the lipstick and the good friend. I hope you had a wonderful visit.

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  6. I love the lipstick! Have you been wearing more makeup in general or is it just a lipstick focus?

    Either way, put it on and feel beautiful, because you are. (With or without lipstick, but why not decorate sometimes?)

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  7. wow, what a knock-out. yes, I agree lipstick is wonderful, but those eyes!
    gorgeous.

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  8. You are a fabulous looking woman. Enjoy your lipstick.

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  9. Gorgeous, lady. Lipstick or not, though I'm glad you've found something to have a bit of fun with.

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  10. Thank you all for the kind words! I do feel compelled to note that the photo is kind of soft focus and cropped in a particular way so, there is that. But thank you for the generosity with which you look.

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  11. Keep this going please, great job!

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