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I am Brave and Beautiful

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there. Click below for the video>>>

I, along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes, have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!
So, above...this is "going-out-of-the-house-Kristi". Make-up, hair, jewelry...all that jazz. But, I certainly do not look like this all the time...or even most of the time. Working from home, there are days when I don't even make it out of my workout clothes. And y'all, I'm from Texas...we *sometimes* do go to the grocery store like that. 

Here's the real deal:
So, funny story: I worked hard to take a bunch of photos of myself for this post. And hated them all. It just seemed like I was trying too hard in every photo. And then I remembered the above photo that I took on my phone on my morning walk, back one day this past summer. And that's not a filter...that's the glorious morning sunrise! Not only is it straight-out-of-bed, no-make-up, hair pulled back...blah, blah, blah...but it's also sweaty! To me, this side of me makes me happier to look at more than made up me. It reminds me of hard hard I've worked this past year (and am continuing to work) on losing weight. And not just for vain reasons...but because I feel amazing!! Feeling better and being healthier is more important than spending hours on my hair and make-up!

share your natrual beauty - brassyapple.com
Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<
women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup

women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on - BrassyApple.com
Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful
Natural beauty untouched photos
raw natural beauty - join the movement
beauty and bravery - women wearing no makeup - Brassyapple.com
#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful
Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
Also follow our Bravery and Beauty PINTEREST board for more inspiration!


  1. Love this post! You are beautiful!! We feel so grateful to be included in this campaign with so many amazing women!! #womenneedwomen #hugstimesfive (p.s. love your name spelling!!!)

  2. You look so beautiful without makeup!! Love it!!

  3. I love it, there isn't much better than feeling healthy and strong, way to go!

    1. You are so right, Ashlee! Thank you so much for your sweet words and encouragement!

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  5. Just catching up on the Brave & Beautiful posts. You ARE beautiful, - no makeup required, girl!! xoxo

  6. thank you thank you for joining in!!!! xo