I’m sure you hear the world selfie regularly. More than likely, you probably take part in committing the “celfie” act at least once a week in the room that offers the best lighting to showcase your latest lipstick obsession. Maybe it’s your bathroom that gives you a gorgeous glow, or your car that offers the best angle, either way most of us are guilty of being part of the modern day celfie society. Some people have become so good at taking a killer celfie that they may as well add it to their professional resume.
But to me, the celfie society is more than just a culture obsessed with taking pictures of themselves, it’s about the society we have become; a culture that is constantly connected to the umbilical cord of media, myself being one of those people.
I would be lying if I told you that I don’t love to be part of this new wave. I love to spend time on social media checking out the latest fashion trends from around the world on Instagram. I love to sit front row for the latest celebrity catfight on Twitter. I love to connect with my family and friends on Facebook– minus the toddlers popping pictures; I could really live the rest of my life pretty content without another one of those pics. I love to find tasty new recipes on Pinterest on Saturday mornings, only to find out that have spent the last three hours pinning to my “Little Susie Homemaker” board. Either way, you get the point—this social media stuff is a pretty big part of me.
Before you start thinking that I’m just a girl that can’t get away from that bright little screen, I should mention that social media is part of my job, not just something I do to pass time. If I had to guess how many hours a week I spend on social sites, I would stay well over 20.
But here’s a little secret about Social Media Sahily. Sometimes being so connected with the world makes me feel like I’m disconnected with myself. When I start to feel like my life is being defined by my Twitter handle, I realize that it’s time to take a selfie—no it’s not what you are thinking.
Selfie is a time for me to spend enjoying all the things in life that I enjoy, without social media. Things like heading downtown to check out the latest murals. Picking up fresh flowers at the farmers market. Going to the movies. Playing indie board games with friends. Most importantly, spending time my boyfriend and our dogs at the dog park.
Detaching from digital realm used to give me anxiety and always made me feel like I was going to miss something. Who would have thought that at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter if Snoop Dogg called out Iggy Alazea on Twitter! Thankfully, I finally learned to accept that I don’t always need to keep up with every social beat. Ironically, I found out that taking time away from media is really refreshing and relaxing. I now make it a priority to disconnect to spend time doing the things that I love, which makes me who I am.
// Outfit Details //
Celfie Shirt (c/o)- H&M
Midi Skirt (c/0)- H&M
Zipper Cutout Heels- TJ Maxx
Pink Velvet Sunnies (c/o) – Italia Independent
Lips Purse- Ross
Do you ever feel like social media consumes you? What do you do to selfie?