ON YOUTH AND BEAUTY
Parched from the dry desert heat, I crave the juice now spilled out on the ground around me. My skin dries up. I long for the smooth and wrinkle-free skin of my youth. ‘Youth is beauty,’ a woman once told me, which satisfied me. ‘I’m beautiful because I am young,’ I would think to myself, admiring my skin and my hair, never thinking about the future implications this statement would have. That as I aged, I would no longer be ‘youth,’ therefore, I would no longer be ‘beauty’ either.
I shroud myself in promises. Promises of tighter skin, lighter spots, finer lines. Makeup to brighten, draw attention, reduce. More clothing, I need to hide these arms, my neck, my shoulders.
This harsh world wants me to believe these things. Not just to sell a products, but because it hasn’t learned to celebrate the beauty of life itself. From birth to decay…
For those young now, I want them to know that it’s not true. Youth doesn’t equal beauty. Beauty is kindness, love, laughter, compassion. Not tight skin, thick hair or smooth nails.
How great are these earrings by Lizzie Fortunado?! They are SO HEAVY, but SO FABULOUS that I die of sadness every evening when it’s time to take them off. I’ve rounded up some beautiful earrings by the same designer because I’m absolutely obsessed with them.
I wore my absolute favorite two-piece set by Paloma Wool for this shoot. It’s sold out pretty much everywhere by this point because their items go fast, so I’ve picked out a few similar items so that you can shop the post!
I’m shoeless in this post, but I’m not going to leave you hanging with what to wear with your linen two-piece set. Here are some cute ideas in a wide range of price points.