Sunday, 1 June 2014

No, I'm Not Wearing White Tights

I briefly thought of calling this post something about stripping, giggling childishly to myself at how I will suddenly get more hits than normal.  Then I read Jazzy Jack's (find her here) comment to me about my skin in a recent post.  People often comment on my 'porcelain' skin when they see photos of me, and I am learning to say a simple 'thank you' instead of rushing to tell them how it's really not porcelain and the photos are just kind to me.  I didn't completely accomplish that with Jack, but I am getting better at it.  It is a whole new thing for me to have people admire my skin because I spent most of my youth admiring the skin of others and wishing mine were better.  In particular I wished it was not so pale.

I did tan as a child, but something has changed in adulthood and I don't tan very easily now and I don't try to.  I am fortunate to not burn easily either and most sun avoidance or sunscreen use these days is it prevent the uneven tan I would be prone to-forearms, face and tops of feet with a nice sandal pattern-and which here we call a farmer tan.   I could spend all day in the sun and my legs will neither tan nor burn.  After a brief foray into self tanners which are much too complicated and orange for my liking, I decided I would just have to embrace the pale.  Although I am too old to have adopted the look, I think the Emo and Goth trends of the past decade have helped me do that.  I no longer think the sight of my pale skin against black fabric or shoes is a horrendous sight.

Having said that, I did get a bit of a chuckle over these photos when I noticed that a person could be forgiven for assuming I am wearing white tights under that black skirt.  In my mind at least, these photos tie in with the subject of skin.  Skin is for covering us and I tend to like being covered.  I don't feel the need to live under a burqa-like shapeless and identity hiding tent, but rather the need for a second skin which at the same time forms an outfit I feel like myself in.  What Sigmond Freud would say to that, I shudder to think.  Anyone google searching for a strip show will be sorely disappointed with the one I am about to present.


Drs Notes:  The patient reports feeling naked without her glasses on and yet she favours no makeup and short hair.  Strange, dual personality.  Must be a Gemini.  I'm linking her up to Visible Monday for therapy. 

50 comments:

  1. I love the various ways you've styled this dress! I avoid the sun as I am very fair-skinned myself. Healthier that way! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Tina, it has turned out to be a very versatile dress! It actually does have bright pink in it, which is why I put a pink tee shirt with it but the pink doesn't show up in the photo.
      Your skin looks lovely and staying out of the sun probably contributes to that greatly-genetics help too.

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  2. Lovely, lovely dress Shawna. You look gorgeous in the last photo. Couldn't help but chuckle at the doctor's notes. I agree stripping would sure have brought you a big crowd and followers. :)

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    1. Thank you, Elsie. At least the doctor didn't feel a need to cure my paleness., only my weirdness. ;-)

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  3. Oo, that's why I had so many hits yesterday, virtually speaking. I had a mention in Shawna's post! Thanks my friend. And I love your colourful layers here! Hmmm...where have I heard that term mentioned recently? ;-D

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  4. I think you have to take credit for you own hits as I only posted this a few hours ago. But you are very welcome if I manage to send any more your way. I think that one of the things about summer weather that makes me sad is the fact that it gets too hot to layer. I know I should not complain about that! LOL Spring and Autumn are my favourite seasons for many reasons and one is that it is cool enough to layer my clothes but I can go without a coat so my clothes get seen! Perfect. :-)

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  5. I'm like you - my white legs almost surprise me with the glare - but I do manage to get a little tan on them. I'd hate to scare people.

    Your little striptease is funny! I love the color combinations, though, and those great shoes. Are those the Reikers? And you're a Gemini, too? I'm not, but it seems like half the blog world is having birthdays lately! Have a good one!

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    1. I have decided just to scare people. Or blind them. I too have noticed the recent flurry of birthdays. Mine is on Wednesday. Thank you, I do intend to enjoy it. Yes, those are the Riekers. They are phenomenally comfortable-like I'm wearing pillows on my feet.
      After performing that little strip tease I put most of the layers back on- all except the tee shirt-which actually does coordinate with a bright pink in the floral dress which the camera didn't pick up.
      xoxo

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  6. Strip show! Strip show! Finally!! :)
    Love your strip show, Shawna. Naughty girl you are! Lovely floral dress, and it suits you very well. So many combinations - great job, for any weather.

    I too have pale skin. My face burns very easily, but legs seem to be made of some different kind of leather I suspect. :) (We call skin and leather the same in Russian, don't mind my little joke.) I tried to work on tan in my early -mid 20s, but now I am glad that I did not overdo it. I think my skin looks pretty good for my 41. And you look amazing! Porcelain or not, it's beautiful. xxx

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    1. LOL-and that is the closest I will ever get to starring in a strip show! Your skin looks lovely and as I was writing my post I remembered that you also wrote about your skin. Or leather-lol I love that! Leather is created by a process called tanning, whether it's skin from a dead cow or skin on a live person. All of you looks amazing for 41 but as I write that and being about to turn 47 in a couple of days I am now thinking that 41 is very young still. ;-)
      xoxoxoxox

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    2. Thank you dear, I feel young, despite being an old old soul. Hugs! xxx

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  7. You have wonderful legs dear Shawna.
    loving the layering
    Thank you sooooooooooooo much for the lovely comment. it made ma laugh.
    So glad to have found you in the bloggosphere.
    Have a fabulous day
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Thank you, I am going to go out into the world and blind people with them. ;-)
      I'm glad my comment made you laugh. After I wrote it I thought perhaps it was a bit cheeky of me.
      xoxoxo

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  8. hihi :-)
    fun writing and cool boho striptease!!!!
    women who have to constantly justify if you make them a compliment chase me up the palm tree. why in hell could they be just happy about the fact someone find them beautiful? i know i know - it is a deep psychological thing... and i have a vague idea how it works. maybe you can make it clear in a post?
    in my youth i was known as "snowwhite" - could´t catch any tan and almost black hair then (natural).
    but the older i get and with the help of my garden i tan a little bit. i don´t force it, because light-related skin aging. pale girls look longer young ;-)
    xxxx

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    1. Is that a delightful expression of your own making or is it a German expression to be chased up a palm tree? Are you challenging me to write a post on accepting compliments? LOL-be careful, I am inclined to take that up!
      In your snowwhite days you would have been the envy of all the emo and goth girls. You were just ahead of your time. :-) I'm glad nobody gave you a poisoned apple.
      xoxoxoxox

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    2. there were some poisoned things but luckily the prince came to rescue me ;-)
      its a german expression, i think it´s locally in saxonia (where i live).
      cant wait for the post!!!
      xxxxx

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    3. Hooray for the prince! Contemplating the post now.....
      xoxo

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  9. You have lovely skin so love being in it. I can remember years ago someone asking me where my suntan was, so I replied that I hadn't found it that summer! As a fair headed person I don't like to get sun burnt, so if I feel the need I slap on a bit of fake tan, arms and legs only. By the way I love the layers!!!

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    1. Thank you, Sue. I used to get asked about my lack of tan back in the days when I actually did tan a bit. If you saw my tan line you could see I was tanned but without that comparison I was still quite fair. I like your response to the question!
      I think of my layers as my Sue Look. ;-)
      xoxo

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  10. I love the first pic! You look like a model, this pose, so tall and edgy but very tasteful chosen colors and length of the peaces!
    Like also your pics with the glasses :)

    have a wonderful day
    Dana
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

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    1. Thanks Dana! I am now going to think of myself as tall, edgy and tasteful.
      Hugs for you!

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  11. I use self- tanner or tinted lotion on my legs as they frighten even me!

    Your dress is lovely. The print has a 90s vibe.

    Are you a fellow Gemini? Xo

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    1. Yes, I am another blogger who is a Gemini. Amazing! My birthday is this Wed. I tried self tanner once and it was rather awful. I think I am too lazy to apply it properly. I can dye fabric but I cannot dye myself.
      xoxo

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  12. Oh, me too (a Gemini as well) with the milky white skin! I have learned to like it, and avoid the sun. Love your flirty dress! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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    1. I am amazed at all the blogging Geminis out there! I have learned to like my pale skin as well and just embrace it. The last bit that was challenging to embrace was my pale legs.
      Thanks for hosting Visible Monday. It's so much fun to discover new blogs there.
      xoxoxo

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  13. 4 outfits and 1 dress, and I adored them all! very saucy too with your striptease!! I understand feeling naked without glasses, I got a shock the last time I wore contact lenses though, I wasn't used to seeing my whole face - you do have beautiful skin, it is porcelain gorgeous-ness, I'm like tie-dye, from pale legs to a tanned upper body x xx

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    1. I was feeling very clever that day. LOL It is funny that I feel naked without my glasses but I even look peculiar to myself without them. My eyes look little and beady. Oh you are so funny to compare yourself to tie-dye. You could tell people you are taking the ombre trend to a whole other level. That is what we call the farmer tan here. I used to get that when I had a garden because my forearms would get tanned.
      xoxoxo

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  14. I think I like the dress best just as it is, on its own with those fab red shoes. Lovely!
    I am also very fair, and rarely get much of a tan, certainly not an even one. I am also very freckly and prone to burning, so I don't even try to get any colour these days. A bit of fake tan on my legs to reduce the blue-ish tinge, and that's me done, I'm hardly high maintenance! xxx

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    1. I am quite fascinated by peoples' preferences actually. It shows that not only can we not please everyone all of the time, but the flip side is that we can probably always be pleasing someone. Of course, the first person to please is oneself.
      I am not high maintenance either so I can quite relate to you. My one experiment with fake tan on my legs was a streaky orange disaster so now I am just embracing the white glow.
      xoxox

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  15. While I am all for creating outfits you love and feel comfortable in, please note this--- you look amazing in the stripped down version. I challenge you to got out and live a day dressed like this…. and then of course report back!

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    1. LOL-yes, I am working on the challenge to wear high heels but the shorter skirts come next. I will not pair the two or I will feel like a hooker. I must practice bending at the knee in a plie in case I drop something.
      xoxo

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  16. HAHA … love the title of your post. I just posted my first "leg" pic of the season on IG and I'm sure some are thinking the same thing! Cute look!

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    1. We will have to start a white legs club. Embrace the white legs once and for all! Thanks for stopping by with a comment. It's nice to see you. :-)
      xo

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  17. Fab dress in all its incarnations but I think I like the last look best as you look all sexy and smouldering and there's a bit of a come hither about you.
    I'm dark skinned, my Mum was always being mistaken for being mixed race and people often assume I'm Italian or Indian with blue contacts. xxx

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    1. My dad is dark and people often think he must have Italian or Spanish blood. But actually it's all British and Icelandic-lol.
      That smouldring and come hither look it actually shyness but fake it till you make it, as they say!
      xoxo

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  18. I love your pretty dress!!!! And if any consolation, my legs refuse to be anything except pasty white though the rest is ok. Id rather be pale and have healthy skin though!!!
    Sad not to see Scavenger hunt photos, I saw your comment on Val's blog I think!
    X

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    1. Thank you, Kezzie! I think we pasty girls should just celebrate ourselves. Yes, I am sad I lost my photos but I will try for another scavenger hunt!
      xo

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  19. t's funny you should post this today. I'm so white I'm practically transparent (ironic for someone who's half-Cuban), and I try to do the "sun glow" look for Summer, too. But when I see photos of my "tan" it looks horrible. I've decided to embrace my Vampiric hue and play it up for all it's worth. I think your skin looks amazing and you should play it up, too ;-)

    Alicia
    spashionista.com

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    1. We should start a club and call ourselves the glowing girls. We will glow white. :-) My dad looks like he is half cuban and yet is all anglo-saxon. Funny how that happens.
      xoxo

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  20. Shawna, Shawna, Shawna, I was prepared to shield my eyes from the glare. That didn't happen :)

    My top is always much darker than my legs because I insist on driving with the sunroof open. My legs are much lighter. I'm on a mission to darken them. Not by purposefully tanning, but by simply wearing more leg baring attire.

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    1. LOL-I am very glad you don't intend to drive while upside down, your legs waving out the sun roof. That might help your tan but I don't recommend it.
      xoxoxo

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  21. I am the same as you. My version of tan makes most people (including my more olive toned sisters) laugh at me. They are always two shades darker than me, even when I have a "tan". Let's just all compare ourselves to Nicole Kidman and say we're glamorous!!!

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    1. Nicole is stunning so I do like that comparison! Let's do that!
      xoxo

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  22. Definately a Gemini ; ) Like me.

    Be proud of that white skin. I tanned like crazy and now have loads of age spots popping up like bruises all over as proof of what an idiot I was.

    Love the dress all on its own best : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Are we Geminis taking over the internet? It certainly seems that way. Thanks for the vote of confidence for the dress. By the end of the summer I will be wearing it on its own, given all the encouragement I'm getting.
      xoxo

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  23. I'm as pale as can be ... though living on this side of the world means I usually get a little bit of colour ... and a whole lot of freckles.
    xx

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    1. If you move quickly, the freckles will all blur together and look like a tan. I think freckles are very charming.
      xo

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  24. What a strip-tease! Gotta tell you, you look like a teen-ager in the last one. Layers are nice, but just the dress makes you look so ready for summer. Cute shoes, too!
    And you gotz some legz, gurl! Really, long and lean. Excellent look.
    I so identify with you about the lack of color. You only have to look at my recent dress photos to see how white mine stay. I'm just starting to put the slow layers of fake tan, and if you haven't tried it in a couple of years, they have gotten better, less streaky, less orange. I've learned,though, that the recommended version for pale skin doesn't do anything. If you try one again, go for at least Medium, even Medium to Dark. But even though I begin in earnest each summer, it won't be long until I get lazy, and they never get close to "tanned".
    So, with you, I declare that pale is chic.

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  25. That is a really cute and creative outfit. And I see you've pulled out the turquoise sweater too. It's a new color for my wardrobe and I'm really liking it.
    Thanks for finding me and introducing yourself. I'll be following along!

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    1. Thanks, Joni. No matter which post you end up on, I'm happy to see you. :-)

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