Could getting naked help you look better clothed?

Could getting naked help you look better clothed?

My Christmas gift was a trip to Olympus Spa (a woman only facility) in Lynnwood. When you enter you are given the ultimate equalizer – a little mini hospital gown to cover your body and a cloth cap to cover your hair. And this is what you wear as you spend your time enjoying rooms of varying temperatures with different themes.

It was interesting to simply be without comparison or judgement of clothes, make up or hairstyles.

Then it came time to try out the water portion of the facility. In this area we are all equalized by the fact that now the only thing we wear is the little cap to cover our hair. No one was worried about or trying to cover up their flaws or allowing their thoughts about their body to keep them from participating in this experience. There was every variation on body size, shape and color represented and it was beautiful to see.

It has been my wish to remember that experience when I look in the mirror. How could this translate for me if I could capture this freedom I felt when naked to when I look in the mirror and try to get dressed? Keeping in my mind this freedom of not judging myself and not comparing myself to the false standard set by a world trying to sell me things so that I am perfect.

Take a moment to appreciate your naked and see if it helps you in loving yourself. How could seeing your perceived “flaws” as simply a part of a beautiful universe of differences change your life? (And help you dress better)

En Vogue event March 12

En Vogue event March 12

Next week is a local fundraiser for Friendship House in Mount Vernon.   The theme is Roaring 20’s. You may or may not know that I chose a vintage beaded flapper dress for my wedding dress because even 30 years ago I was all about reuse. I was super excited about wearing it again to this event because to date I have only worn it once besides the wedding. But then I started researching ideas for others to wear and I got excited about the thought of a new take on it.  Especially since I am really in love with (and realize I have been since middle school) menswear on women. Loved Jo’s look in Little Women. Get a ticket to the show here and see what I am wearing and see if I managed to inspire anyone else to embrace the theme.

You can see my Pintrest board of ideas  to get your own original outfit from today’s clothing. Tomorrow I am going to my favorite consignment store and perhaps a thrift store or two to give you some sustainable ideas for your En Vogue outfit.

Have some fun with this. How often do you get to play with your look? Should I go original flapper or menswear? Any thoughts?

Photo mojo

Photo mojo

How many of you like to have your picture taken?

I hope there are some of you who would say yes but I don’t personally know anyone. And that leads me to ponder why. Do we feel we must be model perfect to have a shot taken? Models aren’t perfect and quite often that photography shot is airbrushed to make them look perfect.

Do we fear having our imperfections captured forever in picture form? (I have news for you – we are all imperfect).

Do we fear appearing self -centered – as in a selfie?

Do we fear judgment by others?

Probably no judgment will be as critical as our own.  In a group shot we automatically look to see if we were smiling or if our eyes were shut or if our stomach is sticking out etc. Yet the thing to realize is everyone else is looking to see if they are perfect also so odds are no one will notice your perceived faults because they are looking for their own.

Is it just that we don’t look the same in a photograph as we do in a mirror?

In this day of photoshop, big brother and our picture online everywhere, should we also fear being turned into something we are not through copying and manipulation of our personal images?

There is so much behind that photograph.

What are some reasons to submit to a picture being taken of yourself or to taking one of yourself?

  • Well those photos taken throughout the school years are super cute to share and look back on.
  • You’ll probably never look better than you do now (most certainly not younger)
  • A photo can help you sell yourself and or a product in a job interview, website or marketing campaign.

A photo ideal way to demonstrate how an outfit goes together. I guess I will work on this hangup.

I have challenged myself to post on Instagram for 30 days. It is an effort to try to understand how it works. A better challenge would have been to post a selfie for 30 days. I did take a few selfies and made sure to include some that were not perfect to begin with. I found it impossible to get a great selfie so maybe my next challenge will be to post till I actually get a selfie I consider “good”. That could be a long and painful journey.

A good photographer is an investment worth making when you can afford it. They know how to pose you and your body so that it looks good. They have excellent lighting and they can help you make the right wardrobe decisions. Take a look – it’s easy to tell who’s the photographer in these 2 shots.

Back to that original question, How do you feel about being photographed?