Selfies and Such

April 27, 2014

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Now that taking pictures with our phones is commonplace throughout much of the world, the human tendency to be self-centered has given rise to “selfies”, as many of you know.

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For those of you who don’t know, here’s a perfect example.  I’m sitting in the car on my way to Joey’s show.  I hold the phone out in front of me and take my picture, smiling at the thought of a wonderful picture of…who else….ME!!  Voila!  A classic selfie.  If you post the picture on Instagram, you get the added bonus of filters taking 10+ years off, which usually looks better, especially to us narcissistic types.

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The selfie serves another function, which isn’t talked about much.  For those of us with busy lives and failing memories, it serves as a panacea for WHERE IN THE HELL DID I GO YESTERDAY?-itis.  Oh right, I went shopping for Leslie’s birthday present.

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We’ve been friends for 20 years and it was a joy to attend her 50th birthday party last night.


Having a photo diary also helps you remember what you wore on which day.  Can’t have those embarrassing repeats!  Even better though, is having pictures with friends, like this one with Emma.


In addition to being a ray of light in my life, she likes to go thrifting!!  She gave me the beautiful stone egg from Kenya.

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I’m still trying to master the wrist selfie.  It’s not pretty as I contort myself in an effort to get just the right angle.

God forbid anyone should snap my picture.  XXOO


Outfit 1) Hat, Eileen Fisher linen jacket, scarf, and kelim bag-all thrifted, snake-print jeans-H&M, boots-on sale at a consignment store.

Outfit 2) Suede fringed vest-Goodwill, turquoise/black print maxi dress-local boutique, stilletto boots and pony print bag-thrifted

Outfit 3) Cognac suede vest, bellbottoms, balloon sleeve shirt, gold sandals-all Goodwill, turquoise bag-discounted at consignment shop

Outfit 4)  Turquoise silk jacket, black and white clutch, satin Vaneli pumps, necklace, v-neck top-all thrifted, beaded trousers-end of season sale at a consignment shop.

I made the pocket square for Joey out of fabric in my stash and the jumble of bracelets is mostly thrifted, with the exception of a couple of the silver ones from my collection.

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So there you have my week in outfits.  Oh yeah, the earrings in this picture were thrifted.  Good thing I had the picture to remind me.

There’s a lot going on in blogdom this week and I hope to enjoy some of the fun.  I just linked up with Bella at The Citizen Rosebud.  We are of the same mind when it comes to second-hand first!  I’m also trying to get over to see Judith for Hat Attack.  I wanted to put up a brand new post, but it’s not looking good.  Guess this will have to do.

37 Responses to Selfies and Such

  1. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on April 27, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    hahaha…yes, selfies are excellent record keepers! It looks like you had a fabulous week! You got yourself some really good finds here Jean! Both of Joey’s pocket squares {including the pink one in his handsome photo} are a riot of colour! Love ’em!

  2. Jean on April 27, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Took a second look at that photo and yes, I made that one too! :-)

  3. Curtise on April 28, 2014 at 6:22 am

    We are such a documented/photographed generation, aren’t we? I look back at my old photos, from childhood and young adulthood, and realise that I take more pics in a week than we did in a whole year, when we had to buy film and get photos developed (and then half of them were rubbish!)
    I often think of you rocking earthy, warm shades, like your classically Jean-esque suede waistcoats, jeans and funky hat. But seeing you in that gorgeous turquoise silk jacket – wow! Disco Diva! You look amazing. So good to see you with your lovely friends, and of course Joey is Mr Handsome.
    A very stylish week, Jean! xxx

    • Jean on April 28, 2014 at 10:42 am

      I really did have to laugh at myself for all this picture taking stuff, but it IS nice to have events and friends “on film” so to speak. I enjoy looking at old photos and I wonder if having digital images will be as pleasurable down the road for an old-schooler like me. Of course I could have them printed out, but I’m not organized enough for that or I just plain forget. Haha. :-) XXOO

  4. Suzanne on April 28, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Loving that last look! Boho hippie : )


    • Jean on April 28, 2014 at 10:43 am

      I think that’s my comfort zone on a day to day basis. Glad you like!!

  5. Jazz on April 28, 2014 at 8:05 am

    So gorgeous at every turn, and the most glamorous selfies I’ve ever seen! You really have the cool factor down :-)

    • Jean on April 28, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Appreciate the compliment! Of course, you don’t see all the other shots…:-)

  6. Pam@over50feeling40 on April 28, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Fun post, Jean! I really like every single one of your looks here…you did a great job with this…and I am drooling over the blue jacket!!

    • Jean on April 28, 2014 at 10:47 am

      I thrifted that jacket well over a year ago and this is the first time I’ve wore it. I fell in love with the color!! I knew it would be the perfect piece for some event, someday.

  7. PinkCheetahVintage on April 28, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I love what you’re wearing in the full mirror selfie!!

    • Jean on April 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you! I love the fact that virtually everything in that outfit came from either Goodwill or the Salvation Army thrift store. XXOO

  8. Val S on April 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Love that turquoise jacket, and the pocket squares!

    I was stunned when I first started looking at blogs and saw people taking pictures in mirrors, with their phones as the centerpiece of the composition. And maybe they were in the bathroom, too! I guess I’ve gotten used to it, but I still think bathroom backgrounds are tacky (except in really fancy public restrooms).

    The problem I have with all my digital pictures is organizing and backing up. And I really should print the good ones!

    • Jean on April 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Organizing and backing up? What’s that? :-)

  9. Forest City Fashionista on April 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Yes, this generation is no doubt the most documented in history, and I’m curious as to what percentage of those photos are Selfies. I have been known to take a few, especially if I’m trying something on in a store that I love, but can’t afford to buy 😉 I love the last photo of you in the cool cap and vest. It strikes me as a classic Jean outfit.

    • Jean on April 29, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      I haven’t really considered the pictures I take of myself with a “real” camera and tripod as “selfies”, although I guess they are. When I use my phone, I usually ask someone else to take a quick shot or two. The picture in the store was a first for me, and I felt really silly. However, I like your idea of capturing that expensive item before you put it back on the rack.

  10. sandra on April 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I think I may be a fan of the selfie! I like the photographic evidence of forgotten days and I also use my blog as a visual calender! you look amazing in all of your selfies and photos, I always adore everything you wear and your outfit in pic 3 and the final one is just gorgeous! x x x

    • Jean on April 29, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      I like that phrase “the photographic evidence of forgotten days”! It’s poetic and I have to agree with you. XXOO!!

  11. The Style Crone on April 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Gorgeous ensembles all! Your variety astounds me and you definitely have the wrist selfie down. It made me smile, as I can relate to the contortions and fine motor skills that it requires. Your thrifted hat looks great with both outfits!

    I can also relate to the documentation of pieces that I’ve worn together in a composition. Sometimes I have to pull up a blog post to repeat the outfit down the road. xoxo

    • Jean on April 29, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      I find myself revisiting Summer posts, both mine and other people’s, to refresh my memory and get some inspiration for the weather ahead. It helps!

  12. Señora Allnut on April 29, 2014 at 7:28 am

    you’re right!, to take some pics makes easy to remember what the hell I was wearing last week!, and it helps me to manage my wardrobe!
    Fabulous outfits, and love particularly number 3, the vest, the bellbottoms and the pretty blouse create such a beautiful color combo, lovely turquoise and cognac!, and also love your hat and bijouterie!

    • Jean on April 29, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Many thanks!! I love this outfit too, especially the colors and bohemian vibe. It just feels better, and that’s how i tend to dress when it’s just for me. XXXOOO

  13. Jan Graham-McMillen on April 29, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    You look as beautiful in a smart phone selfie as you do in a professional photograph, I’ll bet. Lovely you! With the selfie, I see the narcissistic side of our new, personal fixation with technology, and I also see the value of the ability to capture time in ways we couldn’t before.
    What staggers me is that photos are flying around the world by the gazillions, many of them record keeping. But many are art! The fundamental human urge to make ART and the ability to have an open and waiting and free audience. I’m stunned at the ideas.
    Don’t have a smart phone, Dan doesn’t even like to allow texting charges, so I don’t, but one of these days I will …

    • Jean on April 29, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      See my comment below. :-)

    • bella on May 3, 2014 at 11:46 am

      I agree with Jan- you look as gorgeous by phone as any Nikon. Love the joy you bring. I agree selfies can be momentos of where you were, at that time. Do share this post in todays #secondhandfirst link up- I’d be so thrilled

      • Jean on May 4, 2014 at 2:35 am

        I’m going to try right now. :-)

  14. Jean on April 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Your observation about art is so interesting, and I am often amazed when I scratch the surface of what’s out there. There are many incredible images, for sure. I love creating the little pictures I put up on Instagram. I try to pay attention to composition, and I’m aware of how each picture flows in the mosaic of all the pictures on my feed. It’s a tiny little art moment every day. I love that aspect.

  15. Feda on May 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    hahahahha this post was hilarious!!! you go girl! take those selfies! love them all and love your outfits and smile! Can’t wait to see you soon!XO

    • Jean on May 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Glad I could make you laugh!! Can’t wait to see you too!! XXOO

  16. Natalia on May 5, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Gorgeous outfits, Jean! I especially love the last one – so uniquely YOU! Have a wonderful week, and I can’t wait to see what you’ll wear. :)

    • Jean on May 6, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      The last outfit is one that I pulled together when I could wear anything I pleased. Glad you like it too. :-)

  17. The Style Crone on May 5, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing your hat love with Hat Attack, Jean. I was so happy to see your smiling face. xoxoxo

    • Jean on May 6, 2014 at 9:31 pm


  18. pao on May 6, 2014 at 10:15 am

    You’re right, Jean. The difference from when we were kids and now with photos is night and day. I don’t have the cell phone/instagram/picture taking abillity, but just going digital has changed everything. Even just documenting artwork – not having to take slides and waiting for them to develop and then redoing them, etc., etc. My goodness.

    I love your completely different ensembles and the looks you create for yourself.

    • Jean on May 6, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Do you remember negatives,along with proof sheets and using a loop to inspect them? I still have those, plus plastic pages with slides inserted in the little compartments etc. It was expensive too!! I also remember manual typewriters and carbon paper, phones with cords and party-lines. We could go on and on. And we’re not even “old”…umm…right?

  19. Jazz on May 11, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Hi Jean, Just to let you know I mentioned you in my latest blog post “Cossack Influences” because I made some armlets inspired by you! Thanks for the inspiration. Jazz

    • Jean on May 15, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you!! I know I’m late, but I’m on my way over to check them out!!

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