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Why I don’t do mirror selfies.

I mostly photograph clothing grids or my shoes and socks for my Instagram page for a number of reasons, including the dilemma of how to pose for a mirror selfie.

Do you look in the mirror, at your phone screen or at the phone viewfinder?  Do you pose with the phone at eye level, therefore obscuring part of your face or down low, which looks weird?  Do you only take a photo of your clothes, therefore cutting off your own head and becoming a faceless figure?  There are too many questions that need to be answered and that is just too much thinking for a fashion post.

Photographs taken by another person are also just more aesthetically pleasing and, since I do not currently have a constant photographer companion, I choose to take photos that I find appealing.  In time I would like to include more photos of me, but they will need to be taken by someone else.

Recently, however, I bought an amazing new coat from Topman so I wanted to do it some justice by showing it on.  My fiancé had already left for work and I was not meeting anyone the first day I wore it so a selfie had to do.  I stood before my bedroom mirror bundled up in coat, gloves, hat and scarf (for full effect) trying to snap pictures of myself that did not make me look like a complete weirdo.  Alas I failed and they all made me look like a complete weirdo:

Still, I posted a selfie on Instagram that day, which has since resulted in 36 likes and two positive comments, giving me some sense of pride.  The process of doing so and the strangeness I felt in posing for myself before a mirror have ensured that this will not be something that I repeat in a great hurry.

Unless, of course, I find that one piece of clothing that makes me look like Ryan Reynolds.

Why I Love Fun Socks!

A gift of socks is often seen as the epitome of being a middle-aged man and is always the dreaded gift from the distant aunt who doesn’t know you too well.  For me, however, three pairs of socks given by friends as one of my presents, was one of the highlights of last year’s 40th birthday celebrations.  Said friends were surprised by my enthusiastic response, but to me it was evidence that they had learnt something about me, about my tastes and had put some effort into selecting a present I would enjoy.

I had been getting some stick from my nearest and dearest for my ongoing obsocksion because I am constantly posting photos of them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  I try to vary my social site posts so that a constant stream of my stockinged feet does not result in a loss of virtual friends, but my love of fun socks is bordering on fanatical.  Continue reading