Out to Lunch

March 5, 2012

A friend of ours is leaving town today to go out on the road with Usher.  We met in town for lunch, and it was cold enough for me to be able to wear my upcycled jacket, boots, and thrifted pencil skirt.  Joey was kind enough to snap a few pictures as we headed out the door.

I’ve been thinking though, as I approach my 59th birthday, that years ago I could pose for a photograph without a smile, looking serious or contemplative.   Nowadays, without a smile, it seems I look either really exhausted or angry, neither of which I am for the most part.  Yes, I am contemplative, which I like.  I can also be serious, thank God.  These are good things.

Caught off guard by the camera, my aging features would probably interpreted as “tired” or “angry” when really, it’s just gravity.  All I was thinking about was where to eat!

I’m not averse to artifice; bring on the soft lighting, great camera angles, and a little photoshop maybe when I learn how to use it.  In the meantime, I’ll say “cheese” willingly, knowing I’ll look a little brighter, but for real?  How ’bout we just have lunch and smile about that; I like that picture.

P.S.  It’s Monday, which means you must check out Patti and the cornucopia of great bloggers!




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26 Responses to Out to Lunch

  1. Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell on March 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I totally understand what you mean about taking photos without smiling. If I don’t smile I look like someone having a jail photo. That is one cool jacket. Did you do the upcycling?

    • Jean on March 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Yes, I do the upcycling. It keeps me out of trouble, financially and otherwise! Thank you for your comment. I have visited your site numerous times with great pleasure; I’m just now getting the hang of the whole commenting/networking thing. I’ll be back to see you soon!

  2. The Style Crone on March 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    You took the words right out of my smiling mouth! Your upcycled jacket is so unique, and an interesting focus on black background.

    • Jean on March 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Your smile is so beautiful, including in profile! Please, keep smiling.

  3. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style on March 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I have the same experience with pictures of me not-smiling, Jean! I look angry or sad, and I am most definitely not. It’s the wonders of gravity, I believe you are correct. Well you look fabulous, could easily pass for ten years younger, and thanks so much for sharing your look with Visible Monday!

    • Jean on March 5, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      It’s a pleasure to share, and thanks for your compliment. I decided some time ago that I’d rather look good for my (real) age than not so good for a pretend age (i.e. pretending I’m younger etc.) Hopefully we’re the last ones (generationally speaking) to deal with the residue of this misogynistic cultural mindset.

      Um yeah, but back to fashion…!

  4. Melanie on March 6, 2012 at 1:46 am

    You look beautiful always. Your sum of your upcycled jacket I’m sure outshines any of its parts, and I love the combination of the knit with the denim. I often glaze over when I’m not smiling, and I’m experimenting with camera height to find that anti-aging sweet spot – I don’t think there is one!

    • Jean on March 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      I think lighting is the key and it appears that you’ve got that together. Either that or you’re really young, just trying to pretend you’re one of us older kids.

      The jacket was fun to make. The trim has special significance in that it came from a skirt my mom bought the year I was born. I used most of the fabric for another project (soon to be featured!) and this was left over, too precious to waste. I liked the result.

  5. Rose on March 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Hi Jean, Yes, love artifice. Can’t have too much of it as far as I’m concerned! It is unfortunate that our features sometimes tell a different story than the one we intended. Our features might say, “I’m not angry, I’m wondering where the bathroom is!”

    Incidentally, I think you look ever so glamorous. You have a Catherine Denieve look about you. (That’s a good thing!)

    Much love from England,
    Rose http://www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.com

    • Jean on March 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Rose, with your “new” hair, you could scowl and be glamorous!

  6. Vix on March 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Jean! Found you! You are absolutely gorgeous and I adore that upcycled jacket. I know what you mean about smiling, I hate it if I catch sight of myself in a shop mirror without a big grin on my face, it’s scares me! I’m adding you to my favourites list so I don’t miss any more of your posts. x

    • Jean on March 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Wow. You know how you feel when you meet an idol or a celebrity you’ve adored for years? …um…I’ve been following you for quite awhile and you’re one of the people I reference in my “About Me” section. You’re one of my influential bloggers!!!

      So glad you’ll be checking in (hope I don’t disappoint!). Thank you for inspiring me to embrace my inner and outer bohemian. More to come.

  7. megan, the frugalista diaries on March 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    that jacket is amazing, and 59? I thought you were in your 40’s!

    • Jean on March 6, 2012 at 11:45 pm

      Most days I feel like I’m in my 40’s! Thank you.

      P.S. Your orange dress is great, though I’d have to wear it as a tunic! ( I’m taking notes for the summer.)

  8. Sheila on March 7, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Jean, Hi. Thanks for stopping by. I know what you mean about being caught on camera when not smiling. I thought that only happened to me! Well, you look fabulous for 59. Please tell me your beauty secret!

    • Jean on March 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      Ummm, smile? And try to mean it? Maybe the secret is to find some great comfortable shoes, like the Fluevogs you were modeling! Comfort, in every sense, goes a long way I think.

  9. Rosalind on March 7, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Excuse me while I just choke on a sip of coffee – you are approaching 59? Really? Did your finger move too far to the right and hit the wrong number on the keyboard? I was just having a quick browse here, following your lovely comment on my ethical styling post. Anyway, it just proves how completely irrelevant age is when it comes to looking great.

    • Jean on March 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      I’ve been fortunate to have many great role models, starting with my mom. To this day, she takes the time to do her makeup and select her outfit with great care, and it shows. She’s beautiful and an exemplar.

  10. WendyB on March 8, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I’ve ALWAYS looked sad or angry in pictures when not smiling — no matter what age! So just pretend you’ve always been that way :-)

    Lovvvve the jacket.

    • Jean on March 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Excellent advice, didn’t think of that! Thank you.

  11. Glamamom on March 12, 2012 at 12:01 am

    That jacket is fabulous!

    • Jean on March 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Glad you like it! I enjoy it because it enables me to wear at least some wool, a textile I really love, in this temperate climate.

  12. mary jo on March 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I can’t even believe how great you look–age is truly just a number! You look beautiful!

    xo mary jo

    • Jean on March 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Many thanks! Thank you as well for all the artistic inspiration that your blog provides. It’s food for the hungry eye!

  13. Tamera Beardsley on May 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Oh my Jean, I also just recently realized…if I don’t smile in a photo…well, let’s just say…a little scary mean looking…gone are my days of looking contemplative…Loved this post…I thought it was just me!! I am taking a dinner break from designing for my show…and so enjoying having the time to properly peruse your enchanting blog!!

  14. Rachel {Rachel} on May 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    The smiling thing… that is so true! When I was younger it looked chic when I didn’t smile but now I have a mean look when I don’t flash the teeth. And the thing is, gravity makes it harder to smile! They say it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, but that must only been when we are young. I have to push the smile now. Darn gravity… :-)

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