Blog Version of Me

A constant chronicler, my harddrive holds seven years of photographs. I had a hard time finding photos of me by me in 2004 and 2005. Ones that exist are mostly of my body and clothing, but rarely of my face. In my adolescence, I strongly identified as a photographer. I had a personal website and a livejournal for my friends, where I posted most of my photos from 2001 to 2005.

In 2006, my photography of myself changed with the acquisition of a Facebook account. These angle specific face shots dominated 2006 to 2009 at the height of my Facebook usage.

In 2010, when started this blog and deleted my Facebook account permanently, I became more interested in photos that showed my face and body including my outfits and makeup.

Onto the Questions!

Since you started blogging has your image of yourself changed?
Blogging in all ways, shapes and forms has affected the way I see myself. I started my first website in 2000. I’ve had LiveJournal for ten years. I started this blog about seven months ago. I can’t imagine how I would see myself without the existence of the internet.

Are you self-conscious about any aspect of yourself? If so, do you go out of your way to avoid it or do you post it/talk about it anyway?
Oh definitely! If we’re talking appearance only, there’s many traits I would alter about myself. Don’t most people feel that way?

On a deeper level, I do not try to hide parts of my personality on this blog. However, there are definitely times when I hold back certain political and cultural beliefs in favor of keeping friends. I do have a private blog where I express strong thoughts and opinions freely but would find it difficult to do publicly in a forum without much context to a new reader.

Based on how you are feeling now, what do you think the future holds in the evolution of your body image?
I encourage people to accept themselves and not care about size of what makeup they wear. Yet, I worry about those things daily. Can I lose the last 5 pounds? Do I really need new eyeshadow to feel pretty? Who cares! is how I feel sometimes. I hope my body image will eventually evolve to catch up with my self confidence. Sometimes my words have to work hard to convince my thoughts.

Do you photograph yourself for your blog? If so, how do you feel about the experience when you’re having your picture taken?
I take photos of me for my blog and also use photos of myself that either I or someone else has taken in the past. There are definitely times when I feel frustrated that I don’t look a certain way or photograph how I see myself in the mirror or in my head. Then there’s times when I find myself pretty in a way I’ve never noticed before, which overpowers feelings of negativity.

What would you want every person who struggles with body image to take to heart?
The best advice I can give is to do something you’re passionate about that doesn’t encourage you to focus negative energy on yourself. Fill your life with meaningful activities that aren’t all about you. Find friends who support you and don’t bring you down. Make your life busy and filled with love so when you are feeling down, you have support.

Thanks For Reading! Please come back again and have a great weekend. Leave a comment on what your think about this post!

5 Minute Makeup for Work

The past two weeks have been filled with sleeping until 7:30 in the morning and rushing to get ready leaving little time for lip gloss and eyeshadow. Here’s a few looks I managed to pull together.

NYX Natural Look

As mentioned above, NYX Cosmetics sent me products to test out. After I’ve used each product at least five times, I’ll be providing a review as I think it’s important to always give products a fair trail time.

Naked Palette and Some Other Things

If I don’t write down what I used, I forget within a week. That’s pretty much what happened, but here’s my best guess:

Eyeshadow
Primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original
Basic light brown shadow (Urban Decay Naked Palette)
Basic dark brown shadow (Urban Decay Naked Palette)

Face
Mineral Foundation (Bare Escentuals Mineral Foundation in Medium Light)
Translucent Powder(Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil)

Lips
Light pink lipgloss (Pixi Lumi Lux Lip Palette)

New Years Eve: The Fixed Version

It’s very rare that people point out what they would’ve done differently or how they made mistakes with makeup (and with life, for that matter). This is how I would correct my New Years Eve look if I tried doing it again.

Tomorrow, Tomorrow

Tomorrow I’ll be writing about how my sense of self image has changed throughout the years. I just went through seven years of photos and pulled together what I’m calling a “Selfies Retrospective.” I realized that it wasn’t blogging that changed the way I viewed myself and the photos I took–it was Facebook. The transformation was interesting to say the least. I’ve been Facebook Free for seven months and I honestly couldn’t be happier. Check back to find out more tomorrow!

Black and Pink Valentine’s Day Dress

Wrap Dress by Glam (Thrifted)
Basic Black Leather Heels by Etienne Aigner (TJ Maxx)
Whenever there’s a holiday that falls on a work day I make a point to dress on theme. Valentine’s was no different. For whatever reason, I do most of my outfit posts on holidays.

Me and my hubby-to-be cooked homemade pad thai. Originally we were planning on going out, but I thought it would be more fun to stay home and cook. And, on the plus side, I now know how to make pad thai. It was almost perfect but couldn’t locate Tamarind sauce or pickled oriental radish so maybe it would’ve tasted a bit different with those ingredients on hand.

Ironically enough, once I returned from work, I put on jeans and a sweater. Isn’t that the opposite of what you’re supposed to do?

Wearable Marilyn Monroe Look

This look came from Kevyn Aucoin’s Face Forward. A version can also be found in Aucoin’s Making Faces as well as other makeup books.

Please note: All NYX products featured were provided by NYX for consideration. No compensation was received.

Getting Back on Track

I got kicked off track when my wireless internet went buh-bye last week. Ever since, it’s been a constant game of catch up to stay on top of blogging. It’s been such a long time that I’ve even posted at night but I just needed to get this post up!

On Thursday, I’ll be resuming my 30 for 30 makeup posts as well as Friend Friday. As you may have read last week, this blog is taking a new direction to incorporate feminism, fashion and my love for both. I’ll begin to incorporate posts that I hope you find interesting!

Thanks for sticking it out with me.

Show Off Your Fashionable Feminism

I’m very excited to announce an event created by Feminist Fashion Bloggers (FFB), a coalition of bloggers who are feminists. On March 16, 2011, we invite you to post in response to:

How do you express your feminism in the way you dress?

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the Feminist Fashion Bloggers will host a series of discussions on pertinent topics to women and society. You can easily join FFB by leaving your name, email and blog address in the comment section of this post or by emailing me at courtney[@]thosegraces.com.

Roundtables, Icons and Lipstick, Oh My!

Throughout March, you can look forward to the following topics every Wednesday among others:

  • Virtual Roundtable Discussion
  • Our Personal Feminist/Fashion Icons
  • Hot Button Issues

Current Fashion Feministas

Feministified
For those about to shop
Mrs. Bossa Does the Do
Oranges and Apples
Those Graces

Anyone is invited to join in the conversation whether you are male or female, blogger or reader. Hope you enjoy the feisty conversation to come!

Remember, our group is still growing and we are always open to new ideas!

Feminist or Bust

For those who argue fashion and feminism are separate, they are wrong. The fashion and beauty industry** are a reflection of how society views equality between men and women. Those Graces will investigate the connection between fashion and feminism. Are you in?

The Post Heard Round the World

Two weeks ago, when I wrote On Being a Feminist Beauty Blogger, I never expected to get such a positive response. Many bloggers rallied around the topic by forming working groups, writing their own posts and speaking out on social media.

People are hungry for an examination of the link between fashion and feminism.

While there are blogs that focus solely on body image, feminism or fashion, there are none that combine the three. Until now.

Feminism, to me, isn’t about hating men and it isn’t about whether I choose to wear a bra or not. It’s about examining issues that challenge the equality between men and women. Whether it’s environmental issues, hazardous chemicals found in makeup or the lack of racial diversity in fashion magazines—it’s all feminism.

The content of Those Graces won’t change drastically as I’ve been progressively moving in this direction for quite some time. I remain “A woman on a mission to live passionately,” and that’s not going to change.

Future posts will feature a strong connection between important issues and feminism.

Why Feminism? Why Now?

I write what I like to read. And, as I’ve come to discover, there are no feminist fashion blogs. Try looking for them—they don’t exist. I want to read about this topic! And the only way that’s going to happen is if I write about it. I hope you’ll like reading it, too.

Please continue to comment, agree, and disagree. I look forward to this journey together!

**Deliberately broad terms to encompass many topics.