Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Self Expression? Narcissism?

Recently, a friend of mine sent a mass text asking several people how they cheer themselves up when feeling down. I didn't have to think long before I answered "Update my blog." When I'm feeling down, it helps to dress up and go out to photograph...myself. See how narcissistic that sounds? But hey, it works. It's a creative outlet that takes more work than you'd think at first: putting an outfit together, setting up my tripod, trial and error with different poses and exposures, editing the photos, and compiling the images and my thoughts into a blog post. I feel that this hobby of mine has also improved my photography skills, which is very important to me! I think that it helps to try out different poses yourself in order to more easily direct your models. You're your best model when it comes to any form of art because you're always with yourself. (Get it?) Why do you think so many artists have multiple self portraits? (Well, maybe they were too poor to hire models (Van Goh), but so am I!) 
Blogs. They're funny things. Who knew I'd end up being a blogger? I would have been too shy a few years ago to be regularly posting photos of myself on the internet, mostly for fear of what others would say if they called me out on it. I mean, it is a little embarrassing sometimes, but I've learned to get over it because blogging has brought so many cool people into my life that I never would have met otherwise! 
(Oops, my pocket is turned inside out^) 
In other news, I've dyed my hair. Can you tell from these photos? It's got a reddish tint now. A couple of my friends and I had a hair dye party last night. My hair is so dark that it's never that noticeable whenever I try hair dye. But it's ok, it actually turned out better than I imagined! 
shirt&skirt: thrifted, belt&shoes: Target, necklace: Splendid 


  1. Great post, Beverly! I love your heart for blogging, being creative, and always looking for ways to improve your craft :)
    This outfit is adorable, too, by the way! That skirt looks killer on you, and the colour is one of my favourites!

  2. Hi Beverley! You look beautiful in these photos. Thank you stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I noticed that your url ends in .PT. Are you from Portugal?? I'm in Portugal now!

    I think it's great that you use your blog as a creative outlet. I've found that with my blog I've learned to be a little more confident in myself; I've had some major self esteem issues over the years and I think blogging has helped me think better about myself.

    I'm planning on following you on Bloglovin' so I can keep up with your updates.

    More Modern Modesty

    1. Yay for confidence!!
      I am not in Portugal, but in New Mexico. My url ends in PT?
      And thanks so much for the follow! I've been following you since the post you made about "Why modest isn't hottest." I'm actually planning on writing a similar post and will more than likely be quoting you/making a link back to your post.

  3. I noticed your hair!!! It looks really good with that blue skirt.. Do you have a similarly colored top.. I think if you did, the hair color would pop even more..



    Janette Lane Blog

    1. That's a great idea! I do have a top in that color. thanks for the advice :)

  4. Lol at this post. I feel the exact same way! Like, getting all ready and stuff is so soothing to me, but i just feel stupid taking photos, because i'm scared people are going to be like, "her outfits aren't even cute". lol. so i'm glad i'm not the only one. i think i shall start though, because my life is quite boring, also i got endowed, so now i feel proud of my outfits lol.

  5. you can totally quote me/site me on a modesty post. :)

  6. you look awesome ! lovely outfit
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  7. I'm so glad blogging does that for you! It has helped me SO much.
    Like you mentioned, it's a great way to hone your art! Have you seen this?:

    Whenever someone criticizes selfies I just think of all the great artists who did it before. And remember that they too were under appreciated in their time. ;)

    1. Yes! I have seen that selfies thing! I was thinking a bit about that as I was writing this. Also, have you read this??

  8. Also, LOVE the hair! It was the first thing I noticed and I got so excited to see red! ;)

  9. First time visitor to your blog, I love reading your posts (you speak true words dear)! Lovely outfit too, I absolutely adore your necklace and skirt!

  10. Great post!! I love this outfit, you look fantastic!! Thanks for linking up with Sit Down Style Session.

  11. i love your skirt! i thrifted a purple one this summer that has the same fit :)

    C's Evolution of Style


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