All the Ways We Can Brighten the World

In this world, full of chaos and frustration, sad news and bad news, controversy and confusion, it is more important than ever to choose to brighten our surroundings. There are simple and symbolic ways to do this, through fashion, glamour, and action. Here are a few simple suggestions.

Place a flower in your hair. Pick one from the garden or go to your local florist. This adds a touch of nature and a pop of color to your look. The famous singer Billie Holliday was known for nearly always placing a flower behind one ear for her concerts. She was stunning and mesmerizing, both for her songbird ways and her glamorous charisma. Historically, women originally carried flowers during their wedding ceremonies to ward off evil. We could take a lesson from them, symbolically. Speaking of symbolism, the flower that you choose can reflect a theme or notion that you are trying to express. The Lilly pictured here is known to represent ambition. The Peony represents healing, the Poppy consolation, red and white Roses represent unity. These are all important messages and concepts in light of recent tragedies and world events.

Antique jewelry adds a touch of je ne sais quoi to any outfit. It is more than just bling.  Certain stones and gems represent different emotions, qualities, and even healing properties. Gems, crystals, and precious stones are even a prominent theme in the Book of Revelations, as they adorn God’s kingdom. There is something unique and comforting, for certain, about antique or vintage-looking jewelry. It takes us back to a simpler, innocent time. A time when the news was carried on horseback or via newspaper. A time when social media didn’t inundate our thoughts with negativity. An era when one’s brain was not boraged with catastrophes, videos of tragedies, and blow by blow details of things we might be better off not knowing. A little throw-back brooch, pendant on a chain, or cocktail ring can help us get in tune with serenity and simplicity. It can communicate “one day at a time”.

Additionally, you can brighten the world with a bold shade of lipstick. Classic red, a la Marilyn Monroe, is always liberating and refreshing. To keep the look from being overpowering, keep the rest of your look minimal. Wear nothing but foundation and mascara, or skip the rest of your make-up routine altogether. This will keep things balanced, and  it also emphasizes the pop of color through the contrast on your face. It will  be unexpected, and this contrast can represent the positivity expressed in a sometimes negative world. Like a beacon of light.

Finally, I leave you with the proverbs 31 woman. Not only does the passage communicate powerful visual imagery concerning the use of color and fashion in our world, it emphasizes the most important qualities one can have to alleviate negativity and suffering: unshakeable character, and attunement to the Higher Power.  Sad news and bad news will come and go. But a Proverbs 31 woman leaves an indelible positive mark on the world  forever. 🙂

“Poem On The Woman of Worth”

Who can find a woman of worth? Far beyond jewels is her value.

Her husband trusts her judgment; he does not lack income.

She brings him profit, not loss, all the days of her life.

She seeks out wool and flax and weaves with skillful hands.

Like a merchant fleet, she secures her provisions from afar.

She rises while it is still night, and distributes food to her household, a portion to her maidservants.

She picks out a field and acquires it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard.

She girds herself with strength; she exerts her arms with vigor.

She enjoys the profit from her dealings; her lamp is never extinguished at night.

She puts her hands to the distaff; and her fingers ply the spindle.

She reaches out her hands to the poor; and extends her arms to the needy.

She is not concerned for her household when it snows- all her charges are doubly clothed.

She makes her own coverlets; fine linen and purple are her clothing.

Her husband is prominent at the city gates as he sits with the elders of the land.

She makes garments and sells them, and stocks the merchants with belts.

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and laughs at the days to come.

She opens her mouth in wisdom; kindly instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband, too, praises her.

“Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all.”

Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

-The New American Bible, Revised Edition

~ In memory of Virginia Gunn Blanton, “Ginny Bee” “Grammy”, the best fashion consultant ever, a true Proverbs 31 Woman, and one who once said “I may be an old lady, but I’m sorry, I refuse to wear polyester”.

Beauty Flashback: Billie Holiday's flower-filled hair









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I am a wife, mother, RN, make-up artist, and musician, who also happens to have a mood disorder. Fortunately, I will not let the latter define me. I am also a survivor of suicide loss. This website is dedicated to my brother, Jefferson Joseph Blanton-Harris ("Joey"). This site is to share thoughts about beauty, fashion, and most of all, mental health. Because fabulousness starts with good mental health! ~"I only want to see you laughing in the Purple Rain" - Prince

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