If you are a regular reader, you know that I try to keep it real. My reason for doing this blog is to encourage women to dress in a way that makes them feel more confident about themselves.

Today I want to talk about my pictures. The reason I put lots of trial-and-error and what-not-to-do photos on the blog is to show you that there are things you CAN do to look better. Sometimes just seeing what not to do, can help you figure out what to do.

I also want you to understand that one photograph does not define your look; how many of us have gotten depressed after seeing a picture we don’t like, and thought “Well, I should just never go out of the house if I look that bad?” HAHA   Every woman I know has thought that, or freaked over an unflattering unauthorized Facebook post 😉

You will notice that the pictures I put on Instagram or as my featured photo are flattering. Wouldn’t you do the same? But I want you to understand that to get these flattering pictures, I have to try on several outfits, find accessories, take a shower, blow-dry my hair, put on makeup, set up the camera, stand in a certain way, and delete all the ugly pictures.

And I promise you that every person on the internet has to do the same. Please don’t let a bad picture of you ruin your day! Instead, analyze the photo and see what you can learn from it.

Some bad ones:

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I laugh when I see these, because I think, “Who on this earth would read a “fashion blog” by this woman?????  And please understand–the fact that I can laugh is huge progress for me. There have been times in my life when I would have cried, and thought there was no hope.

But after a lot of experimenting, and reading about fashion, I have gotten to the place where I can say, “Oh well, it’s just a bad picture. I don’t look that bad all the time.”

Just so you know, this picture:

And this one were taken a week apart:

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Hmm, I think I will change out the white shoes for some nude ones after reading a blog post about white shoes this week. 😉

And as for the Wet Head photo, WHO CARES??? I was having a wonderful time playing with my Cousin Camp kids. But I did not put it on Facebook 😉

Life is not a blog, or Facebook. Life is for living and having fun and trying to bring joy to others. You cannot enjoy life if you are constantly worrying about how you look, or about how your pictures look.

But I have learned that I love to put outfits together, and it is fun to try to look better….at least some of the time. It is a challenge that I enjoy. I encourage you to do the same, but don’t take it too seriously.

Keepin’ it real.  See you next time. Thanks for reading!

If  you would like to see pictures of most of the outfits I have put together, click on the page for the category you would like to see. On a mobile device, click menu to access the pages. You can also follow me on Instagram@over50under20.



10 thoughts on “WHAT IS REAL?”

  1. Very courageous of you to share the ‘bad’ pictures. You are one of three very-different-over-50
    fashion bloggers that I follow; (I purposefully limit myself to three) however, I relate more to you than the others because we are close in age and size, and we share a love of God and music. I’ve learned from seeing both your bad and good pictures. Thanks and Happy Belated Birthday.

    1. Thank you, Terrie. I feel truly honored to be one of the three. Thanks for you comments, and thanks for reading. 🙂

  2. So what is wrong with white shoes? What on earth did someone say to change your mind about those pretty white sandals, the mark of summer in the south? Your pants are white, what is suddenly wrong about sandals to match?

    On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with skin/pink sandals either or a light beige or yellow to bookend with your hair.

    I truly enjoy your blog, especially when you show a sort of before and after getting the tops, bottoms and accessories in sync.

    1. Well, Jean, like you, I did not know there was anything wrong with white shoes, and thought they looked pretty good. Then I read a blog where the blogger said she never wears white shoes anymore and that nude shoes are much more flattering with white. Don’t know if she is right or wrong, but thought I would try the nude and see if I like better. Still trying to learn! And thanks for your observations and comments. You really have a way of seeing things I don’t see sometimes!

  3. You are such beautiful, refreshingly honest lady, Susan. I love your blog and that’s probably why. I recall a blogger saying that she takes about 70 photos get 5 useable shots so if we get 5 OK shots from the far smaller number I guess most of us take, then I guess most of us are doing pretty good!

    1. Ditto to you, Mary. Yours is one of my absolute favorites. Some blogs are just so perfect, and I find it hard to relate. And I am vain, but I am also lazy, so I would never take 70 photos. 😉

  4. LOL Happy birthday and YOU LOOK AMAZING ! WOW! I hope to look that good in 10 years (I just turned 60). Thanks for sharing the “good” and “bad” pictures, it’s true when I see some bloggers they always look amazing and I assume they naturally look that way.

    But given my own experiences you are correct, it takes me about 10-20 pictures and a very patient husband to get one that I find is flattering. Thank you for being so honest. You are one of my favorite blogs !

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