I have a dilemma. It isn’t Earth shattering and it only affects me. But it has been wearing on my mind for a few weeks now since I made the appointment to have our 25th Anniversary portrait taken. How do I wear my hair in ten days for our portrait sitting?
I know, it’s very shallow of me to worry about my hair. But this picture will probably hound me for the rest of my life–and even after. It being propped up for all to see at my funeral reception–40 years from now, god willing.
Is it wrong of me to want to look good? Young and beautiful is out of the question, but pleasing might be within my realm of possibility. If only the world viewed me with rose colored glasses as my dear sweet hubby does. Sighhh!
And then there is the issue of what I wear for our portrait–only small prints was the suggestion from our photographer, which I took to mean solid colors. My favorite navy blue dress with an asymmetrical overblouse jacket in the same pattern as the dress is a mass of small randomly shaped dots similar to this image at upper right, that would probably be overpowering in a photographic sense. Bummer! So at the moment, my teal blue rayon dress that I wore to my 20th High School Reunion several years ago is winning out with its monochromatic vertically ruched look (if you look really close, lower right) and scooped neckline–tastefully not showing the breast crevice of my girls, and hopefully, drawing the viewer’s eyes away from my chins.
And no amount of dramatic eye makeup will counteract for my chins. But I’m willing to try. Ha! Would heavier eye make-up and false eyelashes be too bold? Ha! I’m willing to try them. These eyelashes (right) looks gorgeous!
So I have been searching for hair styles that will allow me to retain my hair length–since I have been growing it out for several years now and I’m about a year away from getting it chopped off for Locks of Love–and still look flattering. And I have searched the internet for similarly chubby ladies who look great for my style icons: the talented actresses Melissa McCarthy, Queen Latifah, and Kathy Bates.
1) First to Melissa McCarthy: What is not to love here? Melissa (right) is eleven years my junior at 44 years, so she has no wrinkles to speak of on her pretty face. She has a dynamite sense of humor. And she has really great hair–full and flowing in soft curls about her shoulders. I have bangs, but I might be able train them to one side. Nah! I wonder if the photographer would be willing to put Melissa’s head and hair on my body in portrait poses with my hubby? Would that be too misleading? Hmmm.
2) Then we have Queen Latifah: She is also eleven years younger than I am. And I have already posted about her being my style icon, here. She proudly wears beautiful gowns that she looks stunning in (right). I wonder if George Chakra Couture would make me an outfit for my portrait sitting?
3) Finally, there is Kathy Bates: At 68, she is thirteen years old than I am. But I found this stunning image of her with bangs and great makeup (lower right). And her makeup here is flawless! I have to wonder if this is just a good makeup job–please let me know who did you, Kathy–or if she has been freshened. Either way, she looks great! I should be so lucky. Ha!
Anyway, back to my hair and such. Below are various hair styles for long hair and makeup that I am considering wearing for our 25th wedding anniversary portrait. I seek your help in choosing the right style for my round face and chubby cheeks.