My Instagram feed is flooded with lovely beautiful sexy women who look wow all the time. Perfect bodies, glowing skin, nails polished and manicured, hair freshly blow-dried and cool sexy clothes. I see all these pictures while I’m on the couch in pajamas and tee, with my hair tied up, one nail broken and two chipped. These ladies wake up on crisp white sheets with pretty tresses flowing from the bed and a coffee mug in their hand. I…. ahmm, I kinda try waking up with a straight face and I am not going to talk about my hair.
Most of the popular Instagram fashion bloggers/inspiration accounts like @inspocafe @fashion_influence @women_with_style with a high following that feature other bloggers have a very similar kind of feel. That’s my personal observation for the past 5-6 months.
One, What I see is a skinny girl with ripped jeans, super high heels, a Chanel bag, 12-15 rings and long pointy nails. As much as I love what I see, I fail to understand why something so common has become so popular. I mean I wouldn’t even recognize which blogger it is if the face is cropped.
Two, I don’t see people dressed like that in winter. I walk through New York city very very often and don’t see anyone dressed like that. With no socks on, ripped jeans, only a shirt and an unbuttoned coat I would die of hypothermia in 10 minutes.
Three, I will have to be rich, and I mean very rich, to post a picture every second day with a new bag. Not just any new bag – An LV, Prada, Chanel, YSL type of bag. Most popular bloggers have very expensive stuff featured.
For all of you who are cringing and thinking I’m silly, I totally get it that it is inspiration, style, possible styles for a piece of garment or jewelry or whatever. I also know they get a lot of expensive cool free stuff. I just want normal people, like me, to know that it is not real. Maybe some people do dress like that everyday. I personally do not know any. Magazine shoots, advertising and fashion photography is different and posting for a blog is different. The whole point of a blog is keeping it real. Well, I had all my doubts but still those pictures are so believable that I couldn’t think otherwise.
So I decided to give it a shot! I kinda have been passionate about cafés and coffee, or I should say coffee at cafés and started posting pictures of my coffee rendezvous on Instagram a few months ago (@kaur.coffee). We took a few professional shots to experiment and to get that cool Instagram feel. I am sharing a few here.
Now, I love this picture. I mean I really really love it. It looks nice and sexy, but did I wake up like that? Nope! Are these the possible ways of having coffee? Nope! Do I drink coffee like that in bed? Nope. So these are just the artistic, aesthetic, imaginative, creative and expressive ways to express my passion. Thats it. They just portray my minor obsession and the photographer's patience and talent. So do not feel bad when you see pictures of pretty ladies on social media wearing Christian Louboutins walking the dog, I am with you.
We were actually away for the weekend so we used the hotel bed. Obviously, coz I would have to spend an hour just having the correct white sheets and making the bed at home. I have some make up on (eyeliner, blush, a little bit base) and I used the correct angle for the hair and face. I forgot my other makeup pouch at home so no mascara, no eye shadow and no contouring and no hair styling at all. Haha that’s me.
I do not sit like that at home. I do sit with coffee, but all curled up and funny.
I do not sit on my bed with heels and shoes on!
I would love those pictures every time I pretend its so natural. But our super passionate photographer at Fashion Pickle – Aman Bedi Photography (who is also my husband) has demonstrated to me that all of those pictures we see are professionally shot and most of them are edited like crazy.
And trust me those angles aren’t easy. While taking these pictures he actually almost fell on top of me. My back was starting to hurt in that weird position. And obviously I would choke on coffee and die if I drink while laying on the bed like that. (ah, well at least I would die drinking coffee).
Since I have my own fashion business with my sister, I had to research all this and had to post some nice pictures too. We had decided right in the beginning that we would have believable models for all our products, clothes and jewelry. So we decided to showcase our clothes ourselves for a start and also decided to post selfies and normal unedited pictures. Our products are for the stylish diva on a budget, whose style swings between super casual yet trendy to sexy yet elegantly accessorized.
Although it would be fun to look like a diva everyday, it is hard work. So since we've started Fashion Pickle I try and keep it fabulous (coz the paparazzi run after me all the time.. lol). Here are some of my self learnt tips and tricks that will help you feel like that blogger chic on Instagram.
Now, Effortless clothes never go out of style. Wear your pajamas, stay in shorts and a tee, but do “casual” in style. Invest in good-looking pajamas. Please ditch the ones that have a couple of holes in them. (Check out our gypsy pants. You will thank us for them.) If you are like me and love gypsy pants, pajamas, yoga pants or boho genie style pants then fear not. You can pull them off nicely if you know what to wear with it. Tank tops and sweats all look nice but experiment and try to find the exact style that suits you.
In winter it can get a bit hard to accessorize but it’s not that difficult. Wear a statement necklace on top of your cardigans. Wear those stylish leg warmers, hand warmers to throw in some color.
So to sum up, don’t try and be someone you are not. Just make what you have look pleasing, neat and cool. It is easy to copy someones style, but even easier if you just follow your own. Wear what brings a smile on your face when you look into the mirror.
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