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daily parcels * tied up in string *

daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

March 14, 2006

my authentic self

my pa's sister auntie bertha

the other day, I was at a local fruit market & across the shelves I spotted an older lady *probably well into her '80's*. She had no makeup on * but she was beautiful - well earned wrinkles, sparkling eyes and white hair pulled back into a bun with wisps framing her face. She kind of glowed *a soul comfortable in her own skin* as my grandma would say.

I don't use fancy skin care - I did, but stopped it a few years ago - now I use home-made or natural products and I hardly ever wear makeup * its not that I don't want to 'look my best' - I want to look like me. Natural is definately part of my authentic self. I wear natural rose & geranium lip gloss from Nimbin, no less and sometimes I wear henna lipgloss. I do wear MOR marshmallow body souffle though - so girlie - definately for my inner goddess.
And you know - that is what I want to be when I grow up *comfortable in my own skin* knowing my authentic self. I want to end up a little old lady with my hair pulled back in a bun, whose eyes sparkle and have well earned wrinkles.


Blogger Kali said...

Good Morning dear Robyn ~ Yes, nothing more beautiful than the radiating inner beauty of a woman. Sparkling eyes, which no amount of expensive cosmetics can ever come close to emulating!

8:00 am  
Blogger dolly said...

well good on you ~ I used to use Chanel products all the time, loved the smell and it was nice for my skin but about 4 years ago I stopped using chemicals on my skin and now I use homemade stuff and I reckon Vaseline is wonder-cream ~ I use it for everything now!

I am glad you are finding your authentic self ~~ when I was on that journey I found the opposite, that I feel nicer with just a leetle bit of help from a bottle!

11:23 am  
Blogger Marie said...

Hi - I guess you saw a recent comment of mine as anonymous, so deleted it, but your blog doesn't allow anonymous comments, so how did that happen? - anyway, I visit your blog every day and have one of my own, www.thingswesaid.blogspot.com. Just so I don't freak you out if I comment here from time to time!


3:40 pm  
Blogger Nicole said...

I used to do the whole beauty routine everyday.. then I asked myself why I felt the need to improve my appearance. I came up with alot of answers... and all for the wrong reasons... so here I am, clean skin, but bare of products! Ms*Robyn, although I have never seen a photo of you as you are these days... My imagination sees you as a glowing picture of health... radiating love and happiness... in your garden, under your tree ;)

6:29 pm  
Blogger Kristy said...

I'm the same way.I only wear make-up for nights out. Day to day I go au naturelle as they say,I feel more me.If I wore cosmetics everyday I would feel like I was putting on a mask.It would also steal valuable time from my day.There are other things I would rather do!I do enjoy getting dolled up occasionally though.

6:49 pm  
Blogger VintagePretty said...

It is not an easy thing to be, comfortable in ones own skin, but if we can at some level get to like ourselves as we are, and see that we're where we want to be; it's a grand thing!

9:46 pm  
Blogger Gina E. said...

I've always felt pretty comfortable about myself, Ms Robyn, even after my first husband told me I was nothing to look at, but I had a terrific personality and was a great cook! After I divorced him....
My niece was absolutely mortified a couple of years ago when one of her small girls said "Auntie Gina, you have a mustash just like Nana's!" Without batting an eyelid I replied "Gee, does she have one too? I wonder how long it took to grow hers? Mine has taken me ages, and I am so pleased with it!" My niece nearly choked, and Small Person looked at me suspiciously, not sure if I was taking the mickey out of her!! (by the way, I went home and promptly shaved it off!)

11:56 pm  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

the song you sing comes directly from your heart, Robin you are authentic from the get go! You tickle me with this post!

12:03 am  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

the song you sing comes directly from your heart, Robin you are authentic from the get go! You tickle me with this post!

12:03 am  
Blogger Lady Laurie said...

Dear Robyn,
At one time in my life I used pricey skin care as well,but now I only use natural stuff (wouldn't you know rose soap and rosewater)from a lovely shop I found on the web~I need to post the link. As for makeup I use concealer on my dark cirles and sometimes Garden Botanika powder foundation.

2:51 am  
Blogger Mindy said...

What a beautiful post Robyn...very real! Thats what i love about you...you are true to yourself and transparent..a very authentic soul! I am not ashamed on the little wrinkles showing on my skin...as I have earned them!! Enjoy your day dear...xoxo

5:03 am  
Blogger Sharon K said...

They say as we grow older we only get better and I as a mature women am proud of all the wrinkles I have but being from the old school I still wear makeup. But I say good for you and you go girl.......

11:59 am  
Blogger berriehead said...

yes so natural! It really is the best way to be...but don't forget to wear your red lippy;)xox

12:51 am  

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