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Happy Monday! It’s been a doozy of a week, with lots of work, traveling and extra to-do’s added to the never ending list.  I went on vacation over the weekend but it doesn’t quite feel like it.  Carl and I visited Beaufort and spent time with my family.  We had a delicious Lowcountry Broil and Carl learned he shouldn’t drive a golf cart.  Also, does your town’s parades have tractors? Because ours does.

One thing I didn’t do over the weekend was catch up on the 200+ blogs I need to read, but I was lucky enough to come across the Treasure Tromp’s announcement for the Don’t Try So Hard linkup.  Have you seen Colbie Callait’s new video? Most likely yes.  (If not go here.)  The purpose of the linkup is to share a selfie without all the prep work and remind ourselves that we’re beautiful without having to put on all that makeup.

No makeup selfies are not my favorite thing, but I rolled out of bed on Sunday morning after a late night out with the siblings and sucked it up.

I took the selfie.  (It was a bit terrifying.)

Don't Try So Hard-No Makeup Selfie

Loving my face isn’t my strongest skill.  There was a time I wouldn’t leave the house if I didn’t have makeup on.  Bad acne doesn’t exactly make a girl feel beautiful.  If for some rare reason I did go makeup free I would spend the whole time scared I would see someone I knew.  I mean, I have actually scared myself by catching a reflection of my face in a window.  It happened one morning and all I saw was this scary pale thing out of the corner of my eye.  It was a bit depressing.

Finally at 23 I got serious about clearing up my skin and it gave me a newfound confidence.  Thank you Acutane.  (Seriously, break out free going on 3 years.) But the truth is, I was pretty before I had clear skin.  There were qualities I loved (and still love) about myself.  One “negative” doesn’t cancel out the positives.  I’m beautiful, and whether you believe it or not, you are too.  In fact, you’re pretty damn sexy.

What I like about myself.

My tear drop freckles.  Being a ginger, I of course have freckles, but two of them are better than the rest.  They are darker and located right under my left eye.  I’ve literally been asked by people if they were tear drop tattoos.  If you don’t know, a tear drop tattoo is supposed to represent a person you’ve killed.  So yes, people have wondered if I’ve straight up murdered some mo fo’s……and I kinda like it.  I’m little, so I don’t blame people for not noticing, but I’m pretty badass.  I like that for a brief second a person thinks, “holy hell that chick has killed two people AND THEN GOT THE FACE TATS TO PROVE IT.”

My red hair.  People pay a lot of money to get great (fake) red hair, and when I start to go gray, I will too.  But until then I’m an all natural ginger.  I have wanted to dye my hair some crazy color before, but I just can’t see myself as anything but a redhead.  It suits my personality.

My unusual eye color.  I don’t really know what color I’m supposed to say my eyes are.  I usually go with hazel because I feel that’s what you call eyes that aren’t brown, blue or green.  They change based on what I’m wearing, but generally always are close to the color of my hair.  However, I can’t put “red” down as my eye color, that would just scare people.

The more I think about it the more things I find I love about myself.  I feel like listing them all would just be a bit conceited, which I also feel like is another reason women don’t want to acknowledge what makes them beautiful.  But that’s a post for another day.

Don’t worry about being conceited, tell me what you love about yourself. 
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  • Aww I’m so glad you did this! Your hair is gorgeous, and your eyes are gorgeous and your skin is gorgeous. Lots of pretty ladies in blogland today:)

  • Your teardrop freckles are so unique! I didn’t know that whole thing about getting a tattoo like that if you’ve killed someone. Hey, you learn something new everyday! You are gorgeous & can totally rock the makeup-free look 🙂

    • SomethingWinnderful

      Thank you! I used to feel embarrassed by my freckles if someone thought they were mascara, but now I think they’re cool. I used to not know what tear drop tattoos meant either! I remember when I first learned, the person was shocked and asked if they were tear drop tattoos. After I said no they explained why they were surprised by them. I googled it to be sure and they can stand for other things too, but the # of kills is most common. You’re right, you learn something every day!

  • You are beautiful and that picture is not scary at all!!!

    • SomethingWinnderful

      Thank you! I feel really weird without eyeliner or mascara on, my eyelashes are very light so I feel like an alien. IDK, I know it’s silly. Thank you for the compliment!

  • I love low country boils! Your red hair is so beautiful!

  • I love the color of your eyes! So pretty 🙂

  • DUDE. I have always always always wanted to die my hair purple but never have because I know I would hear the cries of a million women for dying my hair.

    And you are absolutely beautiful without (and with) makeup, gurl. Like, fo realz.

    • YES! I want to try lilac or an aqua but I know that will involve bleaching my hair. I just can’t bring myself to do that to my hair.

  • you have gorgeous hair and eyes! absolutely love the color of your complexion. (is that weird to say? haha.)

  • Alex K

    I’m so happy this is a thing! I stopped wearing makeup a couple months ago, unless I am doing something very special. I’ve found that I’m a lot more comfortable with myself and now when I do put makeup on for a special occasion, it’s so much more fun!
    And I’m so glad you love your teardrop freckles, you must have been one bamf in a former life. And I’ve tried to go red before. You are very blessed.

  • You are so beautiful! And that hair is just gorgeous!

  • I’m envious of pretty much anyone with red hair, because I absolutely cannot pull that off and I desperately love the color. I also think your “teardrop tats” are the coolest and that entire portion of your post made me giggle uncontrollably!

  • This picture is FAR from terrifying! In fact, it is oh-so-lovely! I obviously have a thing for gingers — so I am 110% behind keeping your hair natural! Also — THOSE FRECKLES! I am in love with them. Totally wishing my own face freckles were as cool! haha I also happen to think that you have a model-worthy jaw line and cheek bones. Seriously. They are stunners!

    Thank you so much for linking up with us!

    -Kate
    http://www.theflorkens.com

  • Kayla Hollatz

    Your hair is amazeballs. Seriously. You’re very beautiful! I really like your writing style too. Following along now! I’m so glad we could all do this linkup.

  • I love this post so much! As women, we all have this habit of focusing on what we don’t like about ourselves (I know I do it, because my roommate’s always yelling at me for it). There are so many great things about us though, and for some reason it’s frowned upon to say we like things about ourselves and that we are beautiful. We all need to love ourselves a little more, even if it is hard to do!

    I love your hair – it’s a gorgeous color. And you’re right – your eyes are practically the same exact color!

  • Besides the stuff you mentioned, I think your eyebrows look awesome. I know that’s kind of weird. But they have that elegant/dramatic Megan Fox-esque (in a good way) arch. I’m jealous. I love how you say you were pretty before you had clear skin. My experience was the opposite of yours – never had real acne until my mid-twenties – and I was glad it happened to me later in life because I (probably would have cried as a teenager) really learned that it just didn’t matter.

  • thanks for linking up – you look fabulous! and your red hair is gorgeous 🙂

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