Monday, September 29, 2014


I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
I, along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!
 Headshot from the talented D'Arcy Benincosa

Headshot by Lindsay Black

The day before the video shoot, I had photographed a wedding and I was very tired. I missed my kids, I wanted nothing more than to stay home and snuggle with them. Earlier in the week I had shared Megan and Cobi's project with my 8 year old daughter Emmaree. When I told Emm I probably wouldn't go to the video shoot, she did nothing but encourage me to go. "Mom! This is so important!" So, I went for her. I ended up having the most magical evening surrounded by friends and women whom I admire and look up to. I hope in some small way this project will show my daughters how beautiful and strong they are, especially in this world who would make them think and feel otherwise. I am grateful to be a small part of such a beautiful project.

share your natrual beauty -
Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<
women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on -
Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful
Natural beauty untouched photos
raw natural beauty - join the movement
beauty and bravery - women wearing no makeup -
#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful
Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
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Heather @ Raising Memories Blog said...

Aw, I love it that you shared this with your 8 year old daughter. I haven't even mentioned it to mine, but now I will! :)

Your Sister Circle said...

You are so pretty!!! Love your natural look. We are so grateful to be included in this fun campaign!! #womenneedwomen #hugstimesfive

Unknown said...

Love you and you are absolutely beautiful!

Kaylynn Young said...

I'm so glad you came girl. It was so fabulous to see you and you look awesome. Love you!

Unknown said...

Look at how beautiful you are with and with out make up on! I love your blue eyes. I'm so glad you went and had such a great time!

Nicole Carpenter said...

Those eyes!! Oh those Eyes! You are so wonderful! I admire you from a distance.
xoxo, Nicole Carpenter

Pam from Over the Big Moon said...

You're gorgeous girl!!

Hi, I'm Aleisha! said...

Mama Orlandini! You are BEAUTIFUL and I love you! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Unknown said...

What a brilliant, insightful little girl you have. I just want to squish her. I was so thrilled that you were there. You are stunning on the video. In real life you fill my spirit with joy. I love you so much. I know I don't get to see you much but when I do a simple hug uplifts me. Thank you for sharing your beauty wherever you go.

The Pennington Point said...

So glad you did it! This is such an important project. Lisa~

Kami @ Sweet Charli... said...

AWE! I LOVE THAT YOUR DAUGHTER MADE YOU GO!! I know that I am super-glad you came because I loved being able to chat with you and just be around you in general. You are as sweet as they come! I hope that we see each other more often! Can we, can we? You are so beautiful inside and out and your photos are gorgeous!

LuckyRedHen said...

I freaking love you and your face no matter what.

Ashlee Marie said...

I simply adore you, and not only are you a beautiful person inside but stunning outside as well, your eyes, amazing!

Emily said...

I am SO glad Emmaree made you go. If only I'd known, we could have made a day out of it with my girls because you know how much the three of us ADORE you. So glad we are friends. So glad we love Pizzeria Limone. Some of the best convos happen there.

Megan/BrassyApple said...

Oh my goodness! I am so glad that you listened to your daughter!!! I am grateful that you were there and the pieces you added to the film were beautiful. thank you :)