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Like a Band-Aid in the Sun

Porcelain.
Chocolate.
Alabaster.
Cafe au lait.
Tawny.

At one point or another, you’ve read all these adjectives to describe skin tone. (Go on, I know I’m missing some. Feel free to add your own in the comments.) Every time I notice these same tried-and-true descriptions, it makes me wonder what words I would use to characterize my own skin. Tan? Olive? Casey used to describe herself as “unicorn pearl.” Silly, yes, but at the same time both apt and poetic.

Recently I stumbled upon the exact perfect thing.
Yeah.
Not quite as romantic as I’d hoped.

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