What does beauty look like to you?

What can I say, I love Dove. I love their expressions of valuing natural beauty and appreciation of each person’s uniqueness. It also doesn’t hurt that I am from generations of a “Dove family”. My grandmother, a natural beauty herself, used two beauty products that I can remember- Dove soap and Ponds cold cream (seriously, that’s it…oh and the little gold perfume locket she wore around her neck). The curvy white bar with the imprinted dove still adorns even our showers and baths. The scent makes me nostalgic and I couldn’t be prouder of the brand’s ad campaign. As a mom to three daughters, a woman, and frankly just a human being, I can’t imagine a better message. I am completely guilty of complaining about how tired I look some days or the wrinkles that are multiplying around the geography of my face each year, but this video is perfect. A perfect message. It is important to teach our daughters (the next generation) to have confidence, to love themselves, to see their beauty.

 

 

You are beautiful.

Taking Chances…A compilation of my meaningful.

So here it is, that moment when the band says, “We’re taking a break”…Then they come back on stage and say, “We’ve enjoyed playing cover for you this evening, but now we’d like to share some of our new stuff. It’s very personal to us. We wrote these songs. They tell our story (well, some of it anyway). We hope you love it as much as we do.” Usually, this is where the crowd grumbles or exits stage right t0 grab another beer. They want the familiar, the popular. So, I get it. You may look at these and say, “These are nice, but we want portraits. We want happy all the time.” For better or worse, I wear my heart on my sleeve. Things aren’t happy and perfect all of the time. Mostly, they are perfect in their own wonderfully broken and imperfect way. I have had the good fortune of meeting some amazing people and talented artists over the past several years-Deb Schwedhelm, Leah Zawadzki, Cig Harvey, just to name a few. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend Cig Harvey’s opening in the city at Firecat Projects. It was my birthday that day. I was excited to arrive early and get to hang out with her, before the opening. We talked about her journey, her inspiration, her work. She looked at me and said,  “I know you are doing portraits mainly, but what are you doing to feed your soul. Your personal work needs to feed you.” I was stumped. I know, I love what I do and truly enjoy it, but has it really been a true source of self expression? Since that night, I’ve been pondering it, dreaming about it. I know my story. I continue to learn, grow and understand what makes me happy, sad, fearful, ambitious, fulfilled and most importantly- alive. I look forward to adding more to this body of work over the coming months. This is my story. Part I.

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.”
-Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)

 

Better Late than Never…

I know Easter was this past weekend, but I found this great idea on Martha Stewart Living and I figured better late than never. Good ideas are ideas worth sharing. This is an easy way to decorate eggs without all the mess of PAAS dye. It’s a nice twist on an old tradition at our house. I boiled the eggs, rinsed them with cool water and let them sit for about 10mins. While they were still warm, I used the kids non-toxic Elmer’s glue stick to cover the bottom half of the egg. Then the kids dipped them in these pretty sprinkles from Target, several times until covered. I let them dry in mini sundae glasses, sprinkle side up. Once dried, we laid them on pink Easter grass and voila! Perfect Easter centerpiece or basket decoration. The images below were taken with my iPhone 4s, edited with PicTapGo and posted to Instagram. You can follow my day to day images via Instagram “karenforsyth”. Happy Spring! xo