Project 52

52 Wednesdays :: Red

November 21, 2012

I’m Marla
Sprinkled throughout this journey are the little joys, moments of inspiration, and snippets of life that add color to our human experience. Join me as we embrace the beauty of imperfect perfection, the magic of a beautiful moment, and the endless possibilities of creativity.

I often feel like I don’t fit anywhere, that the composition of myself is too varied or that too many things within myself are in direct opposition of each other to place me in the world.  Someday I should write a post about all of my oxymorons, it would be humorous.  With consideration to the fact that we are all completely different individuals inhabiting the earth, perhaps it is a secret of the universe–that we are all this way.

For instance, I love red.  Like really, love red.  I would say it is my favorite color since my other favorite colors aren’t technically colors at all (white & grey).  To me, red is elegance and comfort all in one package, and it is quiet and enduring.  Psychology says that people who are attracted to red are bold, aggressive, powerful, and attention seeking.  I am none of those things and my idea of red is somewhat opposite of what the world says it should be.

I am quiet and internal and I struggle to get my words out.  I feel overwhelmed in groups, tend to be a wallflower, and I really have to push myself and work hard at engaging with others when I meet them.  I am not an attention-seeker.  Yet I love red.  I thoroughly enjoy wearing red lipstick, my favorite nail polish is red, and I adore wearing beautiful red clothing.  Red will get you noticed, I have noticed.  I often think, “Why couldn’t green have been my favorite?”  Green is red’s opposite.  My personality perfectly matches green–yet it is red that has my heart.

This is me today.  Imagine I am wearing a red scarf and red lipstick, because I was.  This looked significantly better in black & white, so I am leaving the red to your imagination. 😉

But I did take a lovely photo of one of my classic literature books.  I have a collection of beautiful vintage books, and this one fit our theme perfectly:

DH Lawrence and red lipstick go well together.

Next in our lovely blog circle is Ms. Heather Robinson from Durham, North Carolina.  You can find her post here:

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  1. Laurie Schultz says:

    Marla this is stunning! I can totally visualize the red in your portrait and I also have to mention how incredibly gorgeous you are!!! I have a hard time believing that you struggle to get your words out because your blogs are always so well written and engaging! And that photo of your literature book is beautiful, the colors are so inviting.

  2. Pamela Joye says:

    I think red fits you in every sort of way. I see you as vintage glamor – old Hollywood, quietly understated with a pow of a presence. you’re beautiful (that goes without saying) and I am in love that you chose your portrait in b/w – for i can fill in all the blanks with beautiful RED color in the most amazing way. I too cannot believe you struggle with words – your posts are always eloquent and honest. And i adore your vintage book – fits you perfectly!

  3. Carrie says:

    I can see the red in your beautiful black and white portrait:) Your red is a good color for you!

  4. amy grace says:

    marla, i love you more all the time. it’s so hard to believe the words don’t flow like water, because every time, they are perfect. perfectly you. i swear i have known you for thirty years. the images this week work together so beautifully…xo

  5. Heather Robinson says:

    I feel your words. I too am a wallflower and do not like to attract attention. And words used to come easy for me. But after having two kids, I feel like my brain has turned to mush. I must say that the words that you have chosen even if they did not come easily are just as beautiful as the images that you have paired them with.

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