I try to be open to new things and other people's suggestions. I'm not saying I'm very good at it, but I do try. Lately I've been a bit glum and my stepmom, who treated me to a mani-pedi, suggested that I try using brighter colors in my life to help combat my negativity. So, while we were picking out nail polish for our pedicures, she rejected all my standard color choices and asked if I wouldn't consider trying something more fun and summery. Maybe pink? Maybe bright freaking pink? I found one that I thought I could live with...secure in the fact that I wore closed-toe shoes to the salon, took a deep breath and went for it. Once all my toes were painted and I got a good look at the opalescent bright pinkness of it all, I remembered why I don't like opalescent colors (explains why I have none at home), but it was fine. Because it's good to try new things, right?
That pink polish barely lasted twenty-four hours. I thought I could live with it, but I was wrong. It wasn't just the wrong pink for me, I really didn't want to be wearing a bright, happy color on my toes. What makes me happy is looking down and seeing a deep, almost-black blue or a sparkling wine red, or even a sullen stormy gray. I am not one for pink, especially a glittery or shimmery or opalescent one. It is decidedly not. my. thing. But I can say that removing it the next morning was absolute bliss. And even though I suck at polishing my own nails, it still makes me happy to look down and see Rock Star - a shimmery midnight blue. That is the polish color for a girl like me.
However, my stepmom wasn't wrong. Adding a little color when things seem unusually drab or dark is always a good idea. So a big thank you to her and to Sara Lynn Paige, who let me know about Feria Copper Shimmer hair dye a few weeks ago. It is truly an awesome red and just the color change I needed.
A couple of other ways to brighten your day:
Music is another great mood-changer and Colleen from Inspired to Share has put together some great music you should listen to: Music to Motivate (you can listen to each mix on her site).
Melissa from Embody Style is an inspiration to plus-size ladies and cute as all get out. Keep an eye out for her recommendations on Twitter - she has great shopping recommendations - or just admire her style. Meg and I have both had a good time admiring her Tumblr.