Posing for social-media-worthy pictures is a conundrum I can't seem to solve!
With people becoming even more judgmental with their succinct opinions on your pictures and poses, I've been contemplating taking up a photography course and change my camera (possibly invest in a high-profile HEAVY-DUTY lens from the Canon DSLR range) and better still learn Adobe Photoshop for massive touch-ups that are so very required in today's date ;)
I concur wholeheartedly - Being a professional fashion blogger comes with a huge price tag and effort!
In the meantime, (rather, Off late) I have been busy inventing my own language while posing for a picture. It's easier to have your comfort zones and I am sharing them with my readers.
Try and deciphering these posture codes -
Try and deciphering these posture codes -
- Hunchback of Notre dame!
- The Leaning Tower of Pisa!
- Miley Cyrus!
- London's Orbit Tower!
Well, Hunchback of Notre dame indicates hunching a wee bit to give a more flattened appearance to your protruding stomach (if you have one) while posing.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa indicates a slight tilt towards either side adding a lot of character to the posture. The slightest of tilt is actually a pose of a model ;)
30-to-13 is showing a whole lot innocence while posing. The pose entails vulnerability and a child-like demeanor. Flutter your eyes, smile wide and imagine any extra dose of innocence you show will earn you brownie points i.e. extra likes and comments on your social media network!
Miley Cyrus is when nothing else works to bring out the best pictures, use Miley Cyrus's Can't be tamed posture. The idea is to be funny and attention-seeking all at the same time! Check me out in this pose @ Singapore Zoo-
London's Orbit Tower pose is twisting and turning your limbs upside down or in all possible directions to get the desired effect. Wrap your arms around your body and cross your legs or It could be a typical yogic posture with sexual connotations or gestures but it has to be weird and creepy - a sure shot way of getting noticed by your social network!
Why London's Orbit Tower? Sorry, but the structure looks like Batman just exploded the Eiffel Tower and planted it in London! The grotesque and eerie structure is a good example of the twisted posture technique.
Brandama pose is the easiest. Wear top brands, show off some luxury and bling - voila! you got a perfect pose. Showing off your brands can make you a style aficionado and ups your sociability level. Trust that your social network will recognize the tartan pattern of Burberry or the the LV insignia on your Louis Vuitton bag or belt!
Got it :)? I will come back with more interesting literary, celebrity, branded and historical or monumental references for my many many poses!
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and, a very interesting tip and trick->
Today, if you are not shopping online for your favorite luxury and high-street brands then you are possibly a recluse who is like the proverbial frog in the well!
Barring a few, many offline retailers in clothing and accessories segment have also upped their e-commerce ante and have a serious online presence to woo men who prefer shopping online over conventional shopping methods. Infact you have the option of selecting online and picking up the merchandise offline at the store! And, vice versa!
In fact, multi-brand department stores like Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdale's ( an upscale American department store owned by Macy's Inc.), Harrods, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York have strong online presence too!
The point is with so much of variety available to men to pick stuff at awesome rates (sometimes discounted ;)), comfort and ease of transacting, it is foolish not to venture online for your shopping sojourn!
Although, I have my favorite online shopping haunts, I prefer browsing through many many before I make my purchase.
It's good to have favorites but it's not good not to look around elsewhere. Online shopping is quite like a mall now - you browse through several shops before you make your pick!
* My next post will discuss E-Tailers in greater detail. This post should be out by end of this month!
In case you want to see variety in fabrics, silhouette & styles and cuts, quality and prices then click on several e-tailers not just a couple!
My recommendations for men to shop at (in no particular order)-
Clothing and Accessories
Mr. Porter - http://www.mrporter.com/
My-wardrobe.com - http://www.my-wardrobe.com/menswear
Bluefly.com - http://www.bluefly.com/a/men-clothing-shoes-accessories
Luisaviaroma.com - http://www.luisaviaroma.com
Saksfifthavenue.com - The men's store online
Ssense.com - http://www.ssense.com/men
Lifeisgood.com - clothing with a healthy dash of optimism
Endless.com - Men's shoe essentials
Murad.com / Man - http://www.murad.com/mens-skin-care.jsp
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Feng Shui Mall-ing
This is actually more of a tip. I recently met someone interesting who loves the positive energy of a shopping mall so much so that once everyday she makes it a point to visit any shopping mall just to dwell into the buzz and vibrancy of the place. She actually goes there to take a walk! Bonus - Air Conditioner!
She is quite right about soaking in positive energies. A public place where people usually go happily to escape the everyday drudgery of workload, to eat, window shop or just to hang out- the energies are extremely happy in a shopping mall and especially mood elevating and uplifting!
Take a walk? eh? LOL!