Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dirty Girls Can Wear Red Too!!!

I am an avid reader of The Bloggess...well let me try that again. I have a crazed like boy band fan love for The Bloggess, Jenny Lawson. I ♥ her writing, her sense of humor, her crazy and not so crazy stories and her Lawsbian Army. Every time I read her blog I walk away with something whether its a new vocab word such as douche canoe (which is still my all time favorite word!) or an idea to try or just a smile on my face. Regardless of the demons she is fighting, she is a survivor and that is something that I not only crazily respect but I can relate to. So you're probably wondering why the hell I'm singing these praises and being all sappy....cause usually the sappy side of this blog is brought to you by ~LK~. Jenny has this story about wanting to wear a strapless red ball gown with no apologies. She does this and photographs the experiences. I could try to rehash the experience she had but I would fail miserably so just go read her post about it.
go ahead I'll wait......................ok you back? good! So this one experience spurred a movement of sorts and it just resonated with me. I'm not an overly girly girl. I'm a sporty girl that's not afraid to get dirty. I'm lucky to get a brush through my hair before I leave the house in the morning. I wear pajama pants to the grocery store without even thinking twice. I'm a jeans and t-shirt girl through and through. I guess you can say I'm the epitome of a low maintenance girl. However there was something about having a red dress moment that I couldn't shake. I had to have one. A lot people don't realize that just because I'm a creature of comfort doesn't mean I don't like to feel pretty & feminine. It just means that there better be a damn good reason to get dolled up. To me the red dress moment was a damn good reason. The women I know and work with are similar to me in that we are 'dirty' girls. We work long hours out in the hot sun and dirt. Sometimes we might work with flowers but we don't necessarily smell like them at the end of the day. Doing this day after day sometimes you start to feel like less of a woman. What better way to celebrate being strong and abled bodied women than wearing red dresses at our place of work. The girls were down with the idea and we picked the day, which was the last day of my internship. It was a great feeling all throughout the photo shoot. Our first pictures we picked a place and our tools of the trade and just threw down poses that would make Heidi Klum jealous.
Yes that's us with our shovels, trowels, loppers and a chainsaw!

For our next backdrop we though we would hang out in the trees....
not a real parrot above my head!!!

For the last backdrop we though we would hit the beach! The wind was perfect. The light was great. 
Kristy's cape kept fluttering in the breeze! It was really cool!

Then we all decided to try an action shot!
Think we succeeded!!!!

Our red dress moment was amazing! It was cool to have the guys look at us and do a double take because we weren't in our field clothes covered in sand and sweat. It was just an all round empowering like feeling. Remember folks...DIRTY GIRLS CAN WEAR RED TOO!!!!

PS regardless of how ~LK~ feels about putting on a red ball gown, she & I are doing this...SOOON!! In fact, first paycheck I get, I'm going over there and we're having a red dress sonic moment!!! so stay tuned....