Friday, February 3, 2012

Down To Business



I would encourage anyone with slight body issues to photograph themselves more often. Day after day of editing photos of myself and I've noticed that 97% of the time I'm a perfectly fine-looking person. (ed: as in normal fine, not fiiiiine.) Not a supermodel, but not the collection of parts that need fixing that I can reduce myself to when in front of the mirror.

I recently discovered that I have diastasis recti after baby #2. Yes, it took me 18 months to get past the squicky feelings and check for it yesterday. I had noticed that my stomach, no matter how strong my abs were getting, had kind of a domed appearance from the side. I'm worried about preventing further injury during workouts and I'll admit I'm a little sad that I won't have the body I once did. But scrolling through photos prevents me from wallowing too much in self-pity. I can't hardly see it in pictures. The huge pooch is mostly in my head.

I think it's weird, I would have thought that this little hobby of mine would amplify flaws. That I would sit and pick myself apart but that hasn't been the case. At least not as far as my body goes. . .

Stylemint tee
The Bellwether Shop earrings, Etsy
I Heart Ronson skirt
DV by Dolce Vita shoes
thrifted purse

17 comments:

two birds said...

i have my good days and my bad days when looking at pictures. but i think you are right...most days i can find at least 3 pictures that i don't hate! i love this skirt on you! and i was just thinking (before i read your post) how amazing you look, especially after having kids!

raspberry creative said...

I was in love with this outfit before I read your comments; from the stripes to the cute skirt and those shoes! I think you are super adorable, but I know that we are often more critical of ourselves than others are of us. I’ve always been very self-conscious about my weight but after taking photos of myself daily, I’ve come to see that even though I’m not a Victoria’s Secret model, I’m not totally disgusting like I tend to think I am either.

Rachel said...

I have definitely learnt how to "pose" for a picture now, I used to pull the most ridiculous faces LOL! I have what I call my mum tum issues from having my son, but I am still learning to dress and not emphasize it...
You always look great and I can never see what you see with your tum.
your skirt is so fabulous!

About Last Weekend said...

You know that is a great thing that it hasn't made you more critical... And you always look so wonderfully natural and relaxed in front of the camera and I think that makes the viewer more relaxed too.

The Jones said...

Effortlessly adorable as always. Love the striped top and the shape of that skirt is so cute on you! I know that I have mixed feelings when looking at my blog pics...sometimes I find myself comparing to other bloggers (bad girl!) with skinnier bodies, longer legs, nicer hair...but then other times I'm so amazed that I don't actually look half as bad as I sometimes think when looking in the mirror :) It's a good thing to just "get over"...just post no matter what and learn to not care what others (or your nasty side) happens to think about you.

<3 Cambria
jupefashion.blogspot.com

rlutz said...

I too feel better about my body and self once I started taking photos so often...Flat abs are highly overrated, at least that is what I tell myself so I don't feel bad about my baby pooch...
Hope you have a good weekend.

Lonestarcasie said...

I often, OFTEN have to resist the urge to talk about all of my faults in my photos. It is hard. From this side, I assure you that you are SUPAH cute. And lots of fun too!

www.stylinggame.blogspot.com

Jill McFee said...

I love this outfit and you're completely right! I always feel that way after I take photos too. It's not a model body, but it's mine, and it's working for me!

peace&love, Jill
Favor the Brave

Julie Spitler said...

I feel the same way. Good days and bad days. My obsession are all my wrinkles on my face. UGH! I know it is part of life but UGH!

Love this outfit. I am obsessed with stripes right now.

Julie

Torrie said...

you're absolutely right. i'm glad that it's nothing serious, and really- i would never. even. notice. :)

Dawn said...

Jenn, what I like about you is your honesty. You are a real woman who is not afraid to tell about it. If it were not for cropping and editing photos, I would not be a fashion blogger. You have great style and taste, I love this nautically inspired outfit. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo

Carolyn said...

ahhh amazing thrifted find!

Carolyn said...

ahhh amazing thrifted find!

E said...

Oh i love your earring! It's the perfect finishing touch to this outfit!

The Closet Shopper said...

I think this is one of my favorite looks of yours. You look amazing. And you can tell you feel amazing in it.

I have those days where I feel positive looking at my photos but other days when I'm all, HOLY COW, girl! ha.

You are gorgeous.

xo,
Tracy

Val Fox said...

You always look beautiful! I assure you no one notices any flaws that you feel you have. We are always our worst critic! Anyway, I never knew it had a name, but now I realize I have diastasis recti too. It's soo weird to feel the gap between my stomach muscles. I hope it will go away with time!

Cathy said...

You are so cute! Glad I stopped by!! :)