Tips & Tricks – on POSING.

I don’t know about you girls ….but me, I am always freaked out by pictures. I don’t like the way I look, I don’t like how fat I look, I don’t know how to stand or sit or smile! the result? mostly ugly pictures.
So that’s why I’m here today, ‘cause … it’s all about posing! whether you are a fashion blogger, a wannabe plus size model, or just a cutie posing for holiday pictures, you should know how to rock that camera.

1. first thing first … move those legs! we don’t have extra-long, super-skinny, model-like legs – so let’s get a move on, twist & curve them! & no more scary “I have chunky legs” thoughts.

2.  don’t face it, take it sideways! don’t you understand? you wouldn’t have those curves, if you weren’t supposed to turn & twist your body following them. So whenever you can, don’t face the camera standing or sitting directly towards its flat face – move & flirt like the big winding snake that you are.

3. direct the attention wherever you like. You can manage the viewer’s attention however you like – you have this kind of power. Show your best feature, or a part of your body that you don’t mind showing – & that’ll capture the eyes more than any of your flaws.

4. be silly, play around! this is one of the most important tricks – if you don’t want the viewer (including yourself!) to focus on your fat or thighs or whatever, let them focus on how much fun you’re having! smile, show your clothes, lean on something, make faces, play-play-play! you’ll have fun, & you’ll be fun to see!

6. walk-walk-fashion baby – just like Lady Gaga would say: WALK! if you can, don’t stand still: MOVE! the results are immediate & amazing.

5. strike a pose. Obvious, uh? not really. Hands on your hips, & you may feel a little ridiculous – but it works! models don’t stand in certain positions because they like it …they do because they come out better in photos! so do the same. look around, grab inspiration wherever you like, & do it.

this is it, at least for our first post about Posing … hope you liked it!



Things I Liked – STOP! it’s SPRING TIME!

Good morning Spring buds! it’s your time to rise & shine!
Finally the calendar says it’s spring time (21st of March=Spring equinox) – the weather may or may not agree with this, but hey, I want to believe!

♥ So to start it, let’s take the dust off of some old goodies (like you do with sundresses & bathing suits!) – this post by Gala Darling is a little bit old, but it popped out on my facebook dashboard a couple of days ago…so let’s enjoy it again! 50 Alternative First Dates Ideas! I have to say, I’d love to go on 90% of them (the watch the sunrise date is my fave). Now that Spring is coming, don’t feel like …love? then I guess it’s a great idea to plan all sorts of first dates: invite your best friend out, plan a fabulous date with your lover, set the alarm to remind yourself of an important meeting you have…with your own adorable self!

♥ still in mood for dusting yourself off? see if you remember some of these old-but-good movies & the fashion inspiration within!
♥ & one more feel good thing: it may not be the top post on my tumblr, but it’s one of the posts I like the most…! there’s so much meaning inside it, so much kindness & sweetness…I think it even moves me a little.

♥ finally, it’s the big moment: Top of the Tops! Top Post on Tumblr, y’all …of course, it’s the lovely Girl With Curves! isn’t she amazing, everyone: back from pregnancy with even more style than ever, beautiful as she could be, & perfectly classy. Love her!

♥ & Most RePinned Pin on Curvy is the Way – thank you very much: neither you not I could resist to Pierce Brosnan & his wife Keely Shaye Smith, right? so I went a little further & got some gossips for you: she’s in her 50s, married to the gorgeous ex-007 & Mamma Mia! co-protagonist since 2001, a journalist, a mother, & what more…oh yes, she’s amazingly curvy! here some more pictures.

Tips & Tricks 01 – Pose for Pictures !

Do you have a problem, when you need to pose for a pic ? I do.
I never like how the pic comes out, & a lot of times it’s because I look worst than I thought (well, we could discuss for hours about having the wrong perception of your appearance…but we won’t).
Then I found out one simple, pretty straight-forward thing: it’s all in the pose !
Yeah, I know, sounds obvious – but it’s not, ‘cause us curvy ladies don’t have an obvious body …so we need not-obvious poses ! & that’s exactly what I’m here for.

Sincerely, I don’t want to talk about modeling; I have a section for it on my TUMBLR, that you can visit anytime you like & check all the gorgeous plus size models around. What I’m talking about today is real life posing – pictures you take while traveling around the globe ( or, better, your city! ), pictures with friends, boy/girlfriends, relatives, puppies … anything included in your day-to-day routine.

& that’s exactly what I’m going to show you …

the first 2 poses are offered by the super stylish blogger behind The In Between Girls; as you will see, an arm on your hip is basically fundamental – really shapes up your silhouette. Here she picks ( probably because of the shoes, which are SO important when posing ) this half-crossed-legs pose: I like it ! looks a bit retro & a little bit model-esque …so I think it works, when you’re posing all alone. let’s move on to next one!

 still my girl The In Between, as I said. But look at the completely different pose ! the shoulders are a little “contracted”, if you notice: you’ll look totally smaller, just don’t overexagerate, ok? & the legs opened like that look nice & strong & long, but you need to have heels on to strike this pose: it won’t look the same with flats, believe me.

 Curvy Girl Chic is one of the BEST posers I know on the web. & that’s totally a big compliment ! she always looks adorable, no matter what she’s wearing. Arms crossed? well, psychologically speaking, they mean closure towards others … but photography-wise they look nice!

 Mmmmh that’s one of her favourite poses ! Head down, legs crossed. & surely she looks good ! crossing your legs makes them look longer, no doubt about it. I have to say, it’s easier if you’re wearing heels … but give it a try anyway.

So now … to sum it all up, I’ll make a list of my fave Tips & Tricks to come out well in Pictures:

  • cross your legs or bend one of them a little – this looks better if you wear heels, but in any other case you can still practice until it comes out right (mirror mirror on the wall …eheheh) OR you can ask that the picture will be taken …while you walk ! (think about it: it’s perfect & actually natural!)
  • put one or both arms on your hips – this will make a nice hourglass shape come out, even if you don’t have it !
  • hunch your shoulders – squeeze them, shrug them, make ‘em tighter ! (useful to strike a funny pose, too, if you like)
  • cross your arms – not right below your boobs, honey, but a little more downside (see picture below); hold your clutch, if necessary, & look all preppy.

Still having doubts ? well, my real, biggest, surest advice is: play silly ! & when in deep doubt … strike a DIVA POSE ! or a totally SILLY POSE ! & you’ll be amazing, to infinity & beyond.
Believe me: you ARE amazing.