Okay, okay. Let’s not get carried away here. I have the same nose. And hair. Teeth, eyes, fingers, toes – check. All present and correct. But when you look at the wider picture … it’s not all quite as it comes across.
Let’s take the shoes. I hardly ever wear anything that isn’t a trainer or extremely well-supported and strapped in. Mary Janes from Ecco, for sure. My most wonderful Duo boots that I have worn non-stop since purchase? Without a doubt! My much-admired yellow suede shoes? They’ve barely been out of the house. Great for photos, much less great for the schlep to the tube station.
And on the subject of feet, I don’t normally stand pigeon-toed. I just do it sometimes for photos. I can’t explain it – I look less gormless.
I spend a lot of my life with my mouth open – talking, laughing, eating. You know, all the essential things. But my teeth are of the heinous British kind, so I tend to keep my lips firmly shut in photos. It’s either that or spend thousands of pounds on corrective dentistry. (I say ‘corrective dentistry’ as though I know what I’m talking about. I don’t – I’m British. Our version of corrective dentistry is buying a slightly more expensive brand of toothpaste.)
What else? In real life my skin’s usually turned shiny from the commute, my hair is wind-blown, I’ve licked all my lipstick off and I might actually be scowling because I’m already late for work. If you bumped into me, I’d probably be carrying a Starbucks cup – and I’ve never, EVER been photographed for my blog with a grande skinny latte in my grasp. I’m such a liar!
The jewellery… Nah, I’m not gonna claim that! I wear all that jewellery and I love my jewellery. Very little of it costs anything substantial. I am a magpie for cheap stuff. I don’t have a jewellery box; it’s a jewellery drawer.
So, what about you? Is the ‘you’ in your blog shots the real person – or a mirage? I’m not going to cringe too much around this confession, and neither should you. Why shouldn’t we show our best face to the world? I mean, would anyone really want to see the alternative!