Why am I smiling? Because I finally mastered how to fake it - even in public with a tripod and people watching. But, really, why?
I suppose because I like the effect. I look happy. Smiling lifts the face and is a welcoming expression. "Oh, she looks fun!" I certainly recoil violently at the idea that one should smile for any reason. Clearly, in high-style/fashion photos one shouldn't smile - fashion is serious - which would make this smile a little toothy finger to the sucked-in-cheeks crowd. Heh.
You must have noticed that you usually only see women smiling/laughing or dancing in media when they're advertising cleaning products and diet yogurt? Would it surprise you to know that my hands are in my pockets to hide the callouses I get from gripping the Swiffer handle (dusting product) and the meat cleaver while preparing gourmet meals for O?
My sleeves are extra long to conceal the effects of gently sponging our dishes to sparkling newness each day and painstakingly Q-tipping the Silver and venetian blinds because that's just what one does in a phantom smile life.
- jacquard upholstery "Mad Hatter" jacket
- mega-over-sized silk blouse
- drop-crotch high-waisted ankle-zip pants
- dangly earrling
- granny shoes from Sheila of Ephemera hee hee thanks
- black knee socks
Usually a happy expression has wider appeal, like a pink pony (bleh), but you can't beat a gritty bitch look in my books. It's another finger to trendy cheek-sucking, although I confess that I enjoy cheek-sucking on occasion as well. Why limit myself?
I wore both of these looks last week. On the day I took these alley shots I was feeling raw and introspective. I tried the big smile, I tried real hard, but even faking failed.
- long black velvet opera coat
- Converse laceless runners
- patched jeans
- tie-dye shirt with studs on the shoulders
- wrap belt from Kunming in China
- maxi cardigan
- big scarf
- magic loup, omnipresent
I'm a vampire again. I don't care if Halloween is over. I took a selfie and there was no one there.
I'm linking this post up to:
- Patti's VISIBLE MONDAY at Not Dead Yet Style;
- Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike at Not Dressed as Lamb;
- Anne's 52 Pick-me-up: Lemonade/Prayer/Clarity at SpyGirl.
FINALLY, although the photo below is too grainy (I was farking with my camera), this is one of my favourite shots of the day, mostly because of the guy in the doorway behind me. Hahaha! Are you smiling? Have a good week everyone!