Contrived

by Leandra Medine
October 23, 2012
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Indeed, this was totally staged.

Geographic relocation is one of the great things about blogs. It’s a concept adapted from books. It doesn’t require you travel very far beyond the prosaic confines of your computer screen but in a series of illuminating photos, boom: familiarity, routine, comfort zone, eliminated.

This particular series of three photos was taken on a side street in the 6th Arrondisement in Paris last month and while I may not be able instigate your imagination as rigorously as I’d like, I will debunk the wildly brilliant and famous American literary rhetoric of a certain Brittany Spears.

For, what you see is not what you get, baby.

Figure A suggests I’m looking at something, I’m not.

Figure B suggests I’m happy about something and what’s more, while nonchalantly standing on street sidewalks, I always strategically have my arms up and my left leg bent slightly for maximum photographic potential.

Not the case.

In figure C, I’m not walking anywhere. That street is so micro it’s unlikely anyone has actually got to cross it. In the event one does though, it’s cogently impossible that a camera will just…be there. Watching, snapping, clapping. Clapping?

This particular gesture actually almost got me run over by three different Vespas which would have made for three very interesting stories but my reflexes are pretty good and hey, that flailing shoe lace at bottom right looks pretty…majestic.

Ah, personal style blogging, what are you?

Equipment blouse, Isabel Marant pants (butterfly patches, people,) Ferragamo heels, Zara vest (identity crisis in tow here: it thinks it’s a. Celine, b. Balenciaga, is neither) Valentino purse. Photos by Bridget Flemming, my knight-ess in shining cape.

REPLIES
  • kcomekarolina

    that is so fab!

    xoxo from rome
    K.
    kcomekarolina.com

  • Perry

    Perhaps you can evaluate it yourself.
    thevintagescene.blogspot.ca/

  • saanieh mirza

    Leandra, you’re my idol <3 http://www.pintsizedfashionista.com

  • Kay sealedwithakay

    You made one of the top 25 blogs of 2012! How exciting! I just saw this article today (sorry if I’m a little late!) I just wanted to say congrats and I’m so glad that you’re being recognized for your awesome Man Repelling ways ;)

  • Howtocookfashion

    what a lovely vest! it is soo coool!!
    http://howtocookfashion.blogspot.com/

  • Natali

    Fabulous bag and shoes!! I like this outfit very much :)

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/BunnyMySweet BunnyMySweet

    Love this look, great blog!
    ( /)( . .)c(”)(”)http://www.bunnymysweet.com/

  • http://dallianceswithsuitsandskirts.blogspot.com/ blue roses

    avoiding vespas on the sometimes very uneven and cobble-stoned streets of paris, while in heels, is an impressive, and potentially the stuff of fiction!

  • monse

    i love your pants and shoes!

    El blog de Monse
    El blog de Monse
    El blog de Monse

  • MONEASYWARDROBE.COM

    OK… don’t know what to comment anymore, just wanted to leave a note of sympathy, i enjoy your blog and read through it and you make me laugh xoxo

  • Izzaura Abidin

    perfect combination! unbelievably creative.

    cheers,

    THE FAD
    MADNESS

  • alisaverde.blogspot.com

    All of your posts make me smile. Your wit and unpretentious style are always refreshing!

  • rhodawong

    love this look! each makes their own statement but all together? bammm!

    http://www.styleandshades.blogspot.com

  • lavieenliz

    such a great look! I love it! can I please live in your closet? I can be your own personal closet elf!

    doing a giveaway on my blog!

    http://lavieenliz.com

  • http://www.lelalondon.com/ Lela London

    Hahah we will never knoooooow. Glad you didnt die via Vespa, though.

    xo,
    Lela
    http://www.lelalondon.com

  • lauramach23

    I so love those pants! The fit, cut, and colour are just perfect. Have been obsessing over them ever since I laid eyes on it for the first time! x

    Paint me in the landscape

  • http://www.thankfifi.com/ thankfifi

    so true and so well written as always – I do love the look though

    ♥ ThankFifi

  • Brooke Allen

    bahaha and this is why i love you…..
    brooke @ what2wear

  • Kate

    love this post and your outfit, especially the shoes!:)
    xx Kate

    http://style-department.blogspot.com

  • http://pinksole.com/ Rachelle

    lol let’s all be honest we are never walking anywhere. Just one of our many poses. My faves is when we pretend not to be looking at the camera and trying to look all nonchalant. Who are we kidding we are POSING! lol oh by the way FANTASTIC shoes.
    xo
    Rachelle
    http://pinksole.com

  • Gabrielle

    I’m a regular reader of your blog, a happy fulltime mom, writing a little blog that no one reads, a woman that used to work crazy hours and now enjoys life and loves your outfits and your writing!

  • thais yoshioka

    Hilarious as usual,, its true though style blogging is kinda ridiculous with all that posing in random places with meaningful looks…
    Gorgeous outfit though, so chic but casual too and I am in LOVE with your shoes!
    xxx
    http://nosmilenostyle.blogspot.co.uk/

  • monkeyshines

    stunning!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • Kate

    Haha, I love this…fashion blogging summed up for all the reasons it confuses us and makes us fall in love with it :)

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  • http://savemywardrobe.wordpress.com/ Marle

    Great outfit, I think it’s among my favourites from you! Nothing but love for those gorgeous pants.

  • Fey

    I love the black vest without sleeves!
    http://theyellowbalconey.com/

  • Dia Vale
  • http://dipitblack.com/ Dip It Black

    Beautiful outfit!
    Your pants are stunning
    and love your heels!

    X
    http://dipitblack.com

  • desssie

    You pose with the coolest natural awkwardness ever.
    I applaud you for that, and wish I had stumbled upon you photoshooting in the 6th arrondissement…

  • http://pantherstophat.com/ The Panther’s Tophat

    The best thing about your blog is that you never take yourself or fashion too seriously. Love everything except those pants.
    xoxo

  • http://twitter.com/InformedStyle Informed Style

    Eventually the ante in personal style blogging will have to be upped…and that’s when photos of you in confrontation with a Vespa driver will be must-haves.
    Devon
    http://www.informedstyle.com

  • http://www.injackiesshoes.com/ Alexandra

    Well, first things first: you look fabulous!! Unfortunately, there never are hidden cameras waiting to capture our best moments, so we have to make it happen. And you certainly did. I love your mixture of prints, plaids, metallics, etc.
    xo,
    Ali

  • http://twitter.com/etsiwear ETSI wear

    Such an effortlessly stylish look! Love E&J

  • Jessica

    “identity crisis in tow here: it thinks it’s a. Celine, b. Balenciaga, is neither”, it made my day

  • Stephanie Lam

    Your Valentino bag and Ferragamo heels are amazing. I love “fake walking” shots, by the way! x)

    -Stephanie@LaminLouboutins.blogspot.com

  • vittoria gallacci

    You’re always super cool, love the light in the pics!

    Vittoriahttp://vittoriafiveinthemorning.blogspot.it/

  • mckenzie.collins
  • AshleyOlivia

    You misspelled Britney’s name… which makes me love you more.

    • Leandra Medine

      fuck, you are right! it’s too late to turn back now though

      • http://twitter.com/looksharpWI Look Sharp Sconnie

        I thought you did it intentionally as a meaningful commentary on society. Wield your power wisely.

  • Jennifer

    I love your pants :)

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • chelsiemoss

    work that updo!
    chelsie | mossypants.com

  • http://www.commecoco.com/ JenniJP

    this is hilarious! I feel the exact same way when editing my pics….

  • ohkate

    Love love love everything you are wearing. And you managed to pull of a “personal style photo” effortlessly, as per usual. And for a moment, I must admit, I was in Paris also wearing gorgeous Ferragamo heels.

    http://grey-buzz.blogspot.com
    @ohhmytash

  • Amalie Espeland

    you are funny. and this is stunning xxxx

  • Eva

    You always make me laugh and love your outfit! xx
    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/JennySueMakeup JennySueMakeup

    your elaborately contrived photos are what makes people want to check in on your site every day!! keep it up girl.

  • A Couple’s Gallery

    And still it looks so natural :-) Great outfit! Even though I am not the biggest fan of this Marant pants.

    http://acouplesgallery.blogspot.de/

  • B.

    Love the bag and photos ! I actually wonder often where exactly bloggers take their photos. often the backgrounds are very cool, but they never mention where it is

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.net
    new post : brussels fashion days

  • XeanaFashion

    Beautiful accessories. Excellent images!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

  • http://twitter.com/_FoodFashion Fanny B

    Love this Isabel Marant trousers, and the pattern of the shirt, really Dries Van Noten style.
    It looks really cool.

  • kat woodside

    love!

  • silvia

    I love the shoes. The Zara vest is such a clear replica! http://loulouclouclou.blogspot.com.es/

  • krisbliss

    Haha oh the blogger poses. I’m guilty of that too. Fantastic shoes, and I’m debating whether to pick up this Zara coat, because I definitely can’t afford Celine or Balenciaga at this point lol!

    http://thekrisbliss.com

  • http://twitter.com/ayyorivera Alexandra Rivera

    your posts never fail to make my day! You’re like a vitamin, take once daily (but usually more, if they’re gummies). You are a gummy vitamin.

    http://www.themessy-bun.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/elenavasilieva Elena Vasilieva

    love that checked shirt with a pair of IM pants

    http://www.vasilievablog.com

  • Elli

    I just found your blog and wow you really do know fashion. I also like it how lively you write, I’m not a native English speaker so it’s good practice.

  • Maria Onorio

    YOU’RE PERFECT !!!

    Maria Onorio
    http://www.thelastillusion.blogspot.com

  • Stephanie

    Never dissapoint! love it!

    xxx
    StephC

    steointhecastle.blogspot.com

  • Nelya

    Loving your blog, style, and most of all your humor :)
    xNel
    -ontheedgeofblue.wordpress.com

  • Guest

    VIC. TIM. Oh man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1033981551 Adeola Naomi Aderemi

    You are one of the little amount of blogger, who make great pictures and actually magazine worthy look so effortless and simple!
    You look amazing and this pictures totally are telling a different story if you didn’t break it down for us.
    Keep posting and being the incredible you!

  • julianna

    very cool as always!!!

    http://sosaioassim.blogspot.com.br/

  • dany

    great outfit, never thought embroidery and plaid when together until now, mr.

    xxo, dany

    http://lovesprettythings.blogspot.com/

  • McKenna Shuster

    i love your blog so much! I actually recently made one, and i am trying to get more followers:
    http://snapphotographymns.blogspot.com/

    enjoy!

  • Katya

    Do I spy one entirely bare arm?!?! I suppose this is solid proof of the death of the arm party! :O

  • wmw style

    wahh thats a crazy look, buut i like it!!!

  • Cylia Herbertson

    still loving this outfit of yours! Did you know I made a fall layering series dedicated to your idea of fall layering? (http://cyliaaaa.blogspot.nl/2012/10/fall-layering-part-ii-3-looks.html)

    I’m definitely guilty of the following blogger poses: ‘staring into the horizon’, the ‘pose with your phone’ and the ‘gently going through my hair with my fingers’. (source: http://cyliaaaa.blogspot.nl/2012/10/gudrun-gudrun.html)

  • Stacy

    These heels are in my head now)))
    http://tastyrumors.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/EmmaLouiseeexo Emma Louise Westbrook

    Absolutely love those Isabel Marant pants & Valentino bag!
    http://www.feathersandfringing.blogspot.com

  • lau

    I want to be youuuu jajajaj your the best

  • Catherine and Greer

    This post was nice and simple and still funny to the bone :) I like light changes like that from you little New School graduate, you!

    Oh and one more thing… PONYTAIL?!

    http://girl-hunting.blogspot.com.au

  • Kesly

    This is awesome. Period.

    http://fashionxfreedom.blogspot.com

  • Unique Allure

    J’ADORE your blog, personality & style! sooo hilarious!!
    Big bisou from Paris xX
    Verena
    http://www.uniqueallure.com

  • Madalina Tita

    cute shoes! love the outfit…

    xoxo
    Mady

    thegirlfromthemirror.blogspot.com

  • laima hareer
  • s

    soo funny! i’m a personal style blogger and find this absolutely true most of the time.. hey, gotta do what you gotta do!
    xx
    http://spoonfulofdiamonds.blogspot.com/

  • Maite

    So funny&beautiful!

  • www.therealestategen.com

    This outfit is really doing it for me! But alas, fooled by the shots like you said. Well done, well done.

    xx
    G

  • http://www.facebook.com/guta.virtuoso Guta Virtuoso

    YOU ROCK !

  • http://twitter.com/CaptiveLouise Captive Louise

    So, the point for all this text is just to say that you’ve been prancin’ around Paris, pshh. The internet is no place for text, only pretty pictures and cats.
    The flailing shoe lace is indeed amazing though, like it’s saying “oh hey there camera person, I am just as unaware and surprised by your presence as the chick wearing me!”.
    https://captivelouise.wordpress.com/

  • http://inwonderunderground.blogspot.com/ Camille

    ah, i know the feeling. pretty contrived.

  • Lubna

    But then again, that is what makes each blog unique from another? You have to invent your own poses :)

    Lubna | http://www.ellevox.blogspot.com

  • Marielle Henderson

    you should have a reality tv/movie plz plz plz when does the book come out?

  • Natalie

    hahah, this is great!

  • Brenda

    Fucking love your style of writing.

  • Amber Lucas

    I once nearly twisted an ankle while taking personal outfit shots. Dangerous shit, blogging is.

  • LeatherSatcheldotcom

    Shoes and pants, and bag are to die for.

  • http://twitter.com/indySere Sere

    Beautiful outfit ♥ and you are radiant and spectacular as ever!!!
    indySere

  • Cynthia Brizuela

    Leandra you’re an amazing writer, I admire that VERY much, your blog is unique and the fact that you are so honest and real makes it even more perfect. I love how this post breaks the aura of fantasy that surrounds street style photography without making it boring. I’d like to see the confrontation with vespas, thank you very much.

    http://www.isayinspireme.blogspot.mx/

  • thelittleworldoffashion

    Great pants!

  • Syahira

    You write so well. Loves it!

  • TalesonTrends

    Love the shoes…and the figure C! :)

    Tales on
    Trends

  • www.nimoca.blogspot.com

    That flailing shoe lace! Love the Valentino purse x
    http://www.nimoca.blogspot.com

  • mmems

    Girl, it’s Britney with one “t”…. come on.

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