I wore a leisure suit to the rink on Saturday… it maybe was a bad decision… it might have embarrassed my kids… looking back the boys told me that they thought it was crazy I was going to the rink in a leisure suit I purchased at Costco but we were running late so they chose to just let me deal with the consequences…

a few things I need to point out about a leisure suit:

1- Am I rich enough to be able to pull off wearing a leisure suit?  I remember growing up I have an Aunt that was quite rich and she always could pull off a great leisure suit… she also owned a jet… I can’t afford to even check my luggage… 

2- Did I really dress up all week and need to take the weekend to dress down?  I feel like weekend’s for me perhaps should be dressing up as I definitely wore jogging pants all week long…  but once you get into the lifestyle and freedom that comes along with comfortable clothing, it is really difficult to bring yourself to throw on a pair of dress slacks…

3 – What comes first… weight gain or wearing a leisure suit?  I’ve been laid up with a bad knee for the past 2 months and have done two things… gained 10 lbs and worn jogging pants… it’s like the chicken and egg… no idea what comes first but they do seem to go together…


and now on to selfies… as I got thinking about them when I took a selfie wearing my leisure suit…

with the amount of selfie’s I see on a daily basis on Instagram, you’d think I’d be better at taking one… now, I am 36 and my generation did not take selfies so it doesn’t come naturally… I can’t imagine taking your roll of film to Superstore to get it developed and you get it back and it’s 24 bad selfies and you’re like, “well I’ll just keep trying”… no… we wouldn’t waste the money on pictures of our faces… but alas, modern technology has now brought in the age of selfies… my 11 year old son thinks it’s great and I found these two pictures on my phone recently…


there are a few points that need to be made for those of you out there that are new to taking selfies… for instance I wanted to but out of respect for my mother did not post the picture of the last selfie she sent me after a visit to the dentist… these are maybe the moments you just text, with no selfie and say “my face is swollen from being at the dentist” …

point #1 – Angles are Everything –  picture up the nostrils showing 4 double chins is not your most flattering shot… delete that, get a selfie stick and get that phone as far away from your face as possible

point #2 – Lighting and Filter – I like to find dark areas in the house to take selfies and then put about 4 different filters on them… as an example, in this picture of the farmer and I in Mexico we were both dripping in sweat and burnt…  

point #3 – Facial Expressions – here’s a few I like to cycle through… cross-eyed (that’s a genetic thing… but it works for me)… confused (when you can’t figure out where you are supposed to look at on your phone)… pouty lip-sad puppy dog face (this is when you want friends to ask you what’s wrong)… pouty-sexy face (sexy face is the hardest one to master and it might take you a few weeks of trying… please send me all of your attempts and I’ll tell you if you are on the right path)… silly-laughing (standing in the bathroom taking a picture of yourself in the mirror laughing… and posting it on Instagram… nothing crazy about that)

 

point #4 – The Foot Shot – my mom told me that long toes were a sign of intelligence so I have no insecurities of taking pictures of my feet..  two of my favourites are – ‘out for a run and had a moment to take a picture of my feet’ or ‘on vacation and thought everyone would enjoy a nice shot of my feet in the sand’  …. I know I’d love to see way more pictures of people’s feet… their face first but then their feet…

point #5 – ‘I’m Driving a Boat/Car/Motorbike’ selfie – this one is dangerous but well worth it… taking a selfie while you are supposed to be paying attention to what you are doing… and people’s lives depend on it… I’d love to see more selfies of doctors performing surgery taking a quick moment to take a picture of themselves or bus drivers documenting driving my kids home from school…

point #6 – Video Selfie – whoever said a picture says a thousand words didn’t realize they could video themselves and put it on Instagram… oh yes you can… and should…

in conclusion… if you have enough time to wander around in leisure suits and take endless amounts of selfies… you need to ask yourself some hard questions… like ‘should I have spent the better part of the morning blogging about it?’ and ‘won’t my farmer husband be proud of me?’ …