Though I've been a fashion blogger for quite sometime (7 years to be exact), there was a certain attribute held by the girls who were doing it well that I didn't quite have myself. Posing for pictures sounds like a simple task and for most people it is. However, once you get older a permanent document of what you happened to look like at the very moment an image was taken is not always something you really want to see...or others to either. That has been especially true for me over the past year. It's the primary reason there had been only an image or two of me across any of my social channels. I didn't think the world needed to see what I looked like in order to understand me. I chose instead to present the Internet with words that expressed how I felt and scenery that inspired me.
It took some time for me to be comfortable in my own skin, with my curly hair, my Jewish nose and thick figure. I'm suddenly okay with taking pictures to a point where I get made fun of a lot by people who know me for pulling a Kim Kardashian and taking selfies in the most random settings. I realized recently that I actually am not depicting my true self online if I don't show people what I look like. It's not an act of narcissism, it's showing you what I care about. I've loved fashion since I even knew what it was. I can only show people that through wearing the clothes that I feel good in. More recently, I have fallen in love with makeup. It's one of the things that makes me feel the most beautiful and confident. I can't show you how happy wearing a new color lipstick, perfecting the art of contour, or finally nailing a cat eye makes me feel without showing you my face when it's all made up.
So here's to taking photos of yourself and not being ashamed of it.