Tags: beauty, nature
As the old saying goes, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” What may be ugly or uninteresting to others can be beautiful to me and vice versa. I have a different view when it comes to how I see the world. As an artist (Yes, a writer can be called an artist. I have encountered a few people who seem to relegate artists only to those who design, paint, or take photos. Well duh.), I take pleasure in observing things around me. I may not be much of a talker but I observe.
I delight in the simple things in nature. I can get awestruck just by looking at the sea, a blossoming flower, or even a morning dew. To me, that is beauty. I’m an audience not an actor. I’m creative not technical. I’m emotional not mental. I can get inspired by just the littlest of things or ordinary events happening around me. Beauty is symmetry. Symmetry is beauty. Beauty is in a perfectly-shaped seashell. Beauty is watching a dog make fine pawprints on the sand. It is personal and subjective. Some people don’t understand why I delight in taking pictures of a footprint, a tree, or any random thing I find beautiful. These people don’t seem to appreciate nature or the things around them. They grew up seeing things as they are and taking them for granted. They are analytical. They don’t get passionate about the simple things.
Given the opportunity, I would like to try photography sometime. My main medium of communication is a pen and paper — or in this case, a computer. I think it would be neat to take up photography as a hobby. I might be using another medium (i.e., a camera) but the message would be the same — that is to communicate.
I recently came across this great article by Walter Kirn (author of Thumbsucker) on Elle.com (Isn’t it ironic that this article appeared on Elle – a fashion and beauty magazine?). In his article, Kirn basically debunks the popular myth on beautiful women — that just because they’re beautiful don’t necessarily mean they are sexy. He goes on to say that imperfections in a woman are what makes her attractive and sexy to him, not the fully made-up face of a woman or the more-than-three-inches-heels shoes that most beautiful women wear. These “plain” women, whom he likes to call barefoot Cinderellas (Cinderella before the makeover), don’t usually care much about how they look or how much they eat. They are happy just being themselves.
I myself have been struggling with the pressure to look good — wearing the “right” clothes, the must-have trendy shoes (the higher the heel, the better), and eating as little as possible to stay slim. But no matter how much I try to be in fashion or eat less, I usually still end up wearing my comfy jeans and flip-flops and eating that fattening pasta. I guess I can safely say that I’m one of those barefoot Cinderellas. I’m a simple woman who is more comfortable wearing jeans and a baby tee than a skirt or a dress. Though I wear high-heeled shoes sometimes (but less than three inches) I still prefer flip-flops. And believe me, I have physical flaws that greedy plastic surgeons would eagerly want to fix.
It is just refreshing to know that there are still men out there who are not too caught up with the media’s typical definition of beauty. But of course, this doesn’t also mean that all plain women have winning personalities and all beautiful women have unattractive personalities. I think great personality still matters largely on what makes a person attractive.
Tags: birthday, celebration, dining, dinner
Well it’s been two days since my birthday and I must say, I had a fun celebration. But my birthday celebration wasn’t glitz and glamour or anything like that. What happened was a simple get-together with new and old friends alike. Actually, the celebration was kinda unique since it was rather a protracted one. I had a pre-birthday celebration last Saturday. I met with my two friends Andy and Mela and we spent a few hours at the salon pampering ourselves (they each had a pedicure while I had my hair treatment). My plan to get hair highlights was postponed as expected due to the condition of my hair. The hairstylist told me to go back after two weeks. After the trip to the salon, we went shopping a bit and dined out.
Then my actual birthday came. There was a simple gathering with my friends at the office and we had a fun (not to mention boisterous!) celebration. But the celebration didn’t end there. I also met with my other friends for a quiet dinner that night at Gerry’s Grill. The next day was my office friend Lady’s birthday and it was decided before that we merge our birthday blowout on her birthday. So the result was another boisterous gathering at the office pantry. And finally last night I treated my housemates to a pizza as promised. It was a quiet late birthday celebration and I had a good time talking with my housemates. Whew! Talk about a prolonged birthday! Well for me it was worth it since we only celebrate our birthdays once a year and it’s not every day that I turn (ehem, insert age here), hehe. It was another experience for me – a happy and fun one.
My birthday is coming up and I’m thinking of doing something outrageous (well in my case anyway). Last year, I got a tattoo as a birthday gift for myself. This year, I’m thinking of dyeing my hair red (well not totally dye it; I’m thinking more of getting highlights) but I’m still having second thoughts. I mean, I’ve never done this before and I’m not sure if I can pull it off. (*Sigh* Somehow, I can’t get rid of my “sweet” image.) But even if I finally decide to get highlights, that would still depend on what the hairstylist would tell me. I got my hair straightened six months ago so getting highlights could mean my hair might have a reaction on the chemicals. My hair might still have residue of the hair straightening chemicals and dyeing it might damage my hair. I still have to consult a hairstylist about this. But I’m really hoping that I could get highlights this weekend.
Okay, so I’m not really the kikay type. So these are the only things you can find in my beauty kit.
1. Neutrogena lip moisturizer
2. Careline lip gloss
3. Maybelline Watershine lipstick
4. Maybelline 2-way foundation
5. NYC lipstick
6. Avon Color lipstick