Naked Truth

That extremely bare face right there is the inspiration for the title of this post. Hehe, thought you guys would appreciate this shot ;)
Hello there! Hope my excited, naked face didn't scare you too much. At the very least, it got a chuckle, right? For this summer, I'm trying to avoid makeup. Unless I'm waitressing, in which case I've got to make money, and a sad fact is that the better looking the girl, the better the tips. 
It's a shallow world that we live in.

While cleaning out my closet the other day, I came across this crochet dress from Romwe, bunched up in the corner. How could I have forgotten about it!? I snatched it up to my chest, trying to sooth any hurt feelings that might exist between us. Immediately, I imagined a bohemian outfit come together. 
Also, what did I say about this watch and these shoes? You'll be seeing a lot of them!

Anyway, don't be surprised to see more posts in the future of my bare face. It's rather liberating, really. I'm finally comfortable enough with myself that I've decided to take another step in self acceptance by not relying on makeup to feel confident or pretty. 

Now while I love makeup like any other girl, I had become the type who couldn't leave the house without it on, even if it was for a quick errand. Thinking back, I still remember the reason I started wearing liquid eyeliner. It was sophomore year of high school, and I'd started playing basketball. Something my coach had told me was to act confident, even if I wasn't. That was such a huge issue for me! 

So anyway, until then, I'd worn light, minimal makeup. Then I got my hands on a bottle of liquid eyeliner. 
When I swiped on that intense line of black, I couldn't believe the difference it made. I looked...fierce! 
I narrowed my newly lined eyes at my reflection. This girl looked like she was intense. She could be mean. She could hold her own on the basketball court.

Since then, that's how I've viewed my makeup routine. It's been a shield that made me look (or at least feel like) I was strong. But I've come to a point where I know myself and my strengths to not feel as if it's tied to something as silly as my eyeliner.

Sounds ridiculous all typed out, but can anyone relate? I think that's why we enjoy fashion so much. It projects an attitude that we want the world to see! However, I'm not about to give up that. Haha, makeup is one thing, but fashion has become a part of me that's so natural, it'd be UNnatural to give it up! ;)

PS: I was beyond impressed and flattered when I saw a post by nail art guru, Tanya, featuring a nail design inspired by one of my outfits! Check it out here and tell her what you think! :D

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.
Job 12:7-10
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Brae Luedtke said...

Ahh I love this boho look! So you. Also you have fantastic skin! I honestly thought you were wearing makeup in these photos.


Sarah P said...

I wish I looked that good without make up! The crochet dress is lovely, it looks really bohemian :).

Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

Sharon Taylor said...

Beautiful look, you look fantastic without make-up!

I went out with just tinted moisturiser on today, I was going for a long walk so wearing anything other than that felt pointless especially in the heat.

Now I do love make-up, I buy an awful lot but for me it's about having fun and not about feeling that I have to wear it.
I wear it because I want to and not for anyone else, it took me many years until I felt comfortable - really I suppose rather than feeling more comfortable I stopped caring about what anyone else thought of me.

Sharon xx Beauty, Miscellany

Eliza Tanudjaja said...

u r sooo gorgeous! love your outfit babe

xoxo, Eliza
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Rinako Camellia said...

Cute photos!
Great summer look dear! **

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JANICE G said...

super cute :)

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Ali Hval said...

Good for you for going makeup less! I wouldn't even know. Hell, I can never tell when my friends do and do not wear makeup. I guess that's a good thing. XD But ugh, yes, shallow world in that we must wear makeup to get better tips, complements, etc.

Ah, that dress is gorgeous on you, Linda! And I love your hair like this. You always catch the sun right before it sets and it makes for beautiful photos. I HOPE ALL IS GOING WELL IN YOUR LITTLE WOOORLD! Have an awesome start to your awesome week.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Linda! I just wanted to say that this is one of my favorite outfits. That croquet dress is just perfect... I'm sure your dress forgave you hahah! Anyway, good for you for letting your strength shine through and not let your makeup shield you. I on the other hand love my liquid liner and feel that having a strong cat eye wing is now a part of who I am.
xo Olivia


You look great! I think going bareface is liberating at times, especially when I just don't have time to do makeup. Although tinted moisturiser is all I use for summer.
I love the lace dress. /Madison
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Chloe, Wardrobe Quarry said...

That dress is beautiful and looks so damn perfect on you! So pretty and flattering. I love the detail in it. Looks great paired with the brown vest pullover as well. One of my favorite outfits of yours!

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Mili said...

I so know what you're talking about. I used to never wear makeup, but once I started it became like a crutch. Like I couldn't be seen outdoors without it! But like you said, makeup isn't died to a bottle of eyeliner :) Anyways, I'm so glad you found this tank hiding in the bottom of your closet cause it's so pretty! I love how the orange skirt underneath makes it look like a color blocked dress


Mica T said...

That is such a cute little dress, such lovely detail :)

And it's nice to go makeup free now and then! :)

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Alexandra Zakharova said...

Nope, I'm not scared:) Your face is very pretty, you have such gorgeous peachy glow and beautifully luminous skin, which is really awesome:) Those photographs turned out so great, I do love the way you look;) That lacy dress is so wonderful!
Wish you a great day ahead!

dinda belle said...

I thought you still look pretty without make up the most important thing is as a cliche told Inner beauty is more important. Anw perfect brownish outfit , whatta dainty dress

Sam said...

Hi Linda, you are one of those lucky girls that are so naturally pretty and you don't even need to wear a stick of makeup. I honestly can't do without a bit of blush ;) Love the stunning dress and the boho chic styling, those sandals rock! Thanks so much for stopping by, wishing you positivity in your week ahead!

Gems - Fashion Well Done said...

I love that crochet dress, it is so adorable!
I wish I could go bare faced, I just dont have the confidence!

Gems x
Fashion, Well Done

Jessica Mattioli said...

you look really pretty dear!

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Jessica Mattioli said...

you look really pretty dear!

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Sandra Leiva said...

Beautiful dress!!!


Kierra Makayla said...

Your dress is beautiful!

libys11 said...

that crochet dress is perfect on you!!! :D

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By The Shore, Life + Style said...

Oooh, this lace dress is just fabulous on you!! Love it paired with the vest too! And yay, your day of fishing looks like so much fun! I seem to be allergic to chicken/beef and pork, so, totally know the feeling! Hope your week is off to a stellar start, love!! xoxo

ivette said...

looking absolutely adorable in that outfit...I love the boho vibe... epic dress!

Kim Alston said...

that crochet dress is gorgeous!

Tanya Minxy said...

This look is adorable Linda!
Thank you for mentioning me <3

czarianonuevo said...

the vest really goes well with your dress!! i just LOVE the combination! i won't get tired seeing those shoes!! they're perfect for summer!!

i couldn't agree more with what you said! once you know your strengths and even recognized your weaknesses, confidence will really come out from within! fashion and makeup are just nice additions :)

czarina :)

Bojana Djordjevic said...

Lately I've been readig a lot of your posts and you seem like a very nice person. :D It's a rare quality nowadays.
Anyways, love this outfit, on you and in general.

Margarita M. said...

You look great without makeup! But I totally understand what you mean. It gives you a feeling of confidence. To me it's also like therapy, like you are painting on your face: eye shadow is my favorite!

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