Slavery, I am not talking about the Black History or the Blackbirding here. While it’s amazing to Look good and feel good, this post is about the bondage between the prerequisites of looking perfect incessantly and being enslaved to technology at the same time.
Here is why I co-relate looking good and technology together. After spending hours on getting dressed, the foxy #itspartytime selfie is mandatory, even when the boyfriend is screaming his lungs out for getting late. Then there is this whole process of sitting in the car and selecting the right filter till we reach our destination, before the picture makes its way to social media. And no it doesn’t end there, while we are continuously snap-chatting every food and drink item that arrives on the table, we have to powder our nose every hour or two. And while we do that, comes the imperative toilet selfie and then again the whole process of choosing the right filter, etc, well it just continues (Haha). And whether you admit it or not, it could sometimes get a little exhausting!
In our (fashion) world, a Just out of bed look would mean a little messy hair, with no puffy eyes, well covered dark circles and dark spots, plump and tinted lips, light but well done eyes and flushed cheeks. Now, just think of how we all actually look as soon as we wake up in the morning. That’s right!
As a Fashion Blogger:
“Being a Fashion Blogger you have to look your best pretty much all the time.”
Having said that, I am no different than anybody else, and being a blogger makes it even harder. You have to look your best pretty much all the time for there is an image to maintain and also that you have to constantly remind people on social media of your existence. Then there are hours spent on make-up, getting ready and a day or two of editing pictures for your blog after every photo-shoot. But do I enjoy doing it? Yes! I enjoy every bit of being a fashion blogger and being able to reach my readers with my thoughts and ideas. Do I like the attention? Well, who wouldn’t? But do I want to do this all the time? With all my honesty, once in a while sitting at my porch and sipping coffee, without worrying about what picture should I upload on my instagram or twitter next wouldn’t be so bad.
About the look:
“The only thing I can say about my look for this article is that they were taken as soon as I woke up in the morning.”
We women from childhood are directed to looking our admirable best, it’s probably instincts too that we enjoy all the fine things in life. My mother for instance if around, would never let me step out of the house without putting some kaajal on. So for a change, I wanted to do something without worrying about how I look and try the Just out of bed look for real. I am otherwise very particular about my hair, make-up and whether or not my out-fit is appropriate for the post I am writing about. However, the only thing I can say about my look for this article is that they were taken as soon as I woke up in the morning and the only make-up I have on my face is my moisturizer.
I usually spend hours editing my images making sure they have that visual appeal and that they look exactly how I want them to. But these images were done and ready in 20 minutes.
This post was a bold move and as much as I love playing dress up and wearing make-up, I’d be lying if I said it did not feel liberating not doing the ostensible and presenting myself as ME and who I really am.
Before I end the post, all I want to say is, it’s ok to not look as expected all the time. It’s alright to go ahead and take a picture without caring that your left side of the face looks better than your right and more than anything is to love yourself for who you are.
Last but not the least, a beautiful quote for all you lovely people out there.
“Being yourself is the prettiest thing a person can be.”
Concept, Styling, Modelling, Edit: Smita Roy Majumder
Photography: Team S’n’T