at the start of the year I made the nerve-wracking decision to simply offer two lipstick colours at a time. while it felt silly to put some of the favourites into hiding for part of the year, it made sense manufacturing-wise & my inner-minimalist jumped for joy. now I have settled into this rotation & feel excited to curate two shades each season; one bold, one subtle. one for feeling a little fancy, one for feeling more creative.
for this collection, the inspiration came from two places close to home. I was about to head over to the US & was excited to visit my hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado. in the same month, I was also celebrating being in Australia for six years.
for the OG d.a. lovers (much love!), one may recogonise Fort Collins as a combination of the original 970 FoCo & more recent tones to the liking of Bora Bora. a smooth light coral with a sunset warmth, pairs nicely with craft beer of course.
while in Fort Collins, my boyfriend Andrew & I had a wonderful morning strolling through Old Town, & to my delight, he took pictures to capture the essence of my relaxed, gorgeous, & fun-loving home. a big thank you to him.
well the lucky girl that I am, I have had a second home for a long time now too. my family moved to Brisbane in 1998 for a few years (mom & dad wanted an adventure, because they are ‘cool, hip, and with it’) & I moved back here in 2012. while that is another story altogether, Brisbane has held a place in my heart for a long time.
a note for those OGs again, Brisbane has hints of the original BrisVegas & a dollop of West End. an afternoon wine shade, pairs well with a long lunch & catch up with the gals.
the phrase local pairings came at the 11th hour, a tribute to how a wine maker suggests which spread best compliments her pinot noir. the thought of where & how my lipsticks will be worn brings me great delight. perhaps while someone visits their hometown again & feels the rush of happy memories, or while chatting with an old friend & feeling fortunate to have kept in touch over the years.
with that, enjoy & do share where your favourite lipstick takes you.
photographer : Andrew Stephenson
on location : Old Town, Fort Collins, Colorado