Up Your Selfie Game Part 1: 10 Tips for Better Selfies

It’s 2015 and the selfie isn’t going away.  So, in the interest that you’re remembered in the most awesome and beautiful way, it’s time to up your selfie game! I’m not writing history with this post but I thought it’s about time I pull something like this together.  I’m practically a ‘Selfie Expert’ after 10 years of self-photography.

Have a tip or trick I haven’t added to the list? Share w/ me on Twitter @casiestewart. Next week I’ll share Up Your Selfie Game Part 2: Apps & Accessories.

Here’s a collection of tips to take better photos of yourself:

  1. Find your best angle. Know your good side. For most people the best angle is just above eyeline.
  2. Check your lighting. A good light source is your friend. Natural light is great. In a dark space, look for light to shine on your face so the photo isn’t dull. If you have a front facing flash I advise against using it as it will give you a forehead glare and redeye.
  3. Watch for shadows. If the sun is shining your way make sure you don’t get the shape of your phone on your face. Also watch for the shadow of your camera in your hand blocking the light. Rectangle on your face isn’t a good look.
  4. Be yourself. If duckface isn’t you, don’t try to be like KimK or someone from MySpace in 2004 (that was me). Show your smile, focus on those great lips or beautiful eyes.
  5. Do a background check. Make sure things aren’t in the way. Ex. bathroom selfie w/ toilet paper or toilet is not cute.
  6. Freshen up. Touch up your lipstick, make sure your eye makeup isn’t messy.
  7. Look into the camera or away, not at yourself. Remember where the camera is, that little black circle!
  8. Strike a pose or a couple. Make your photo cute, do something! Or take a few photos and make a collage with different faces. Show some personality, baby!
  9. Full body selfies? Have a clutter free space. Laundry and/or dirty dishes look sloppy, clean up first. S-shape is your friend. Lean a shoulder forward or turn sideways a bit for a more svelte look.
  10. Relax. Take a deep breath, chill. You don’t wanna over think it!

That’s all for now. Remember practise makes perfect. I’ve taken THOUSANDS over the years. Tweet your selfies to me at @casiestewart. 🙂

Have an awesome day! 

<3 CASIE

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Check Out The Collection! ANDY WARHOL X Converse Spring 2015

Two Three of my all TIME favs, Converse, Andy Warhol, Tomato Soup. Did you know I have tomato soup ALL the time. It’s always been a fav, especially with some buttered toast. I JUST got these images today and have my fingers crossed I can snag a pair. Scroll down to see the whole collection and read the press release.

What ones are your fav? These Tomato Soup hi-tops have my name all over them!

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The Converse All Star Andy Warhol Collection will hit retail shelves on Feb 7th and is available at Get Outside, Gravity Pope, Groovy, Little Burgundy, Zelen Shoes, Baggins and Galaxie Bleu. They’ll retail for $75-110 CAD.

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE

Marrying Warhol’s distinct vision with the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, the partnership between two pop culture icons celebrates creative self-expression and pays homage to the visionary artist. The new collection features bold Warhol imagery across an array of expressive Converse footwear for men and women.

Hailed as the preeminent artist of the 20th century, Warhol was an iconic visionary whose legacy continues to inspire rebels and artists everywhere. He creatively merged pop culture, film, music, screen printing and performance, opening the door for millions of artists and performers. Since 1987, Warhol’s vision and creativity lives on through The Andy Warhol Foundation, who fosters innovative artistic expression by supporting work that is challenging and experimental in nature. To help further the non-profit’s mission for the advancement of the visual arts, a portion of the proceeds from the Converse All Star Andy Warhol collection will support The Andy Warhol Foundation.

“With this collection, we aim to celebrate and foster the innovative artistic expression that’s intrinsic to both Converse and Andy Warhol,” said Damion Silver, Converse All Star Design Director. “Andy Warhol famously created art inspired by American pop culture icons, and was a pioneer in utilizing the Chuck Taylor All Star as a blank canvas for his work. From this shared creative history grew our collaboration with Warhol.”

 

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Winter Doesn’t Have to Suck: How to Make Snow Paint + Some Stuff to Watch

Woke up early yesterday and made myself breakfast in bed. Spent some quality time on my computer quietly typing away and chatting with other early risers. Our roof top patio extends from the loft bedroom upstairs and the morning light is so lovely. I like making the most of a cold winter morning all cosy up in the bed reading or writing.

My Lost My Marbles laptop skin is quite a hit. The Apple cutout gives your laptop a sleek and classy look. If you wanna add some marble to your gadgets (iPhone, Android, computer, tablet, gaming system) visit nuvango.com/casiestewart. They don’t offer the apple cutout on designs but if you email barbara@nuvango.com with your order and request it they’ll make sure you get it. TBH this design really looks better with the cutout.

We got some pretty gnarly snow in the middle of the day. Thank goodness we have new tires on the truck. EmBot really wanted to go play outside with the snow paint so I put on the hot pink 80’s 2 piece I inherited from Sean’s mum and got ready to roll.

These exact paint things were a Christmas gift for her but making something like this to do with friends or kids is super easy. We used to do this heaps when I was little.

How to Make Snow Paint

  1. Get some type of squirt bottle ex. old shampoo, dish detergent
  2. Mix food colouring + water (careful it WILL stain your clothes)
  3. Go outside and have a blast!

Sean picked up this little snowball maker from the dollar store and it works awesome! After we coloured snowballs and drew all over the hill we went across the yard to make a snowman.

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I absolutely love playing in snow! You probably forgot how fun it is because getting all bundled up seems like a burden but it’s NOT.

The snow turned into rain mid afternoon so we packed up and went inside for hot chocolate. Next snowfall I really wanna go sledding. I’m not one for skiing and I really don’t like snowboarding but don’t mind sliding down a hill. Weeeee!

How cute s this little guy? I’m sure there’s a whole whack of things to do with them on Pinterest.

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Discovered these at Loblaws and they are SO GOOD. This is your warning that you’ll eat the whole bag in one sitting.

Sweet chilli Pistachios, so yum!

Dad gave us a bunch of meats from his shop Gone Local Meats & More for Christmas so I cooked up some delicious free range chicken breasts with a ton of roast veggies.

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If you’re in the KW area go check out the store in Breslau. They’ve got TONS of local meat, bread, jams, produce, and other stuff from local farms close by. Their logo is an illustration of my dad and his wife Cheryl. Cute as!

Gone Local Meats & More, local, organic, free range, produce & meats

If you’re looking for something to watch on Netflix Iliza Shlesinger is HILARIOUS. We watched her standup for the second time last night and it was just as funny. Also watched Top of Lake, a mini-series based in New Zealand from BBC. It’s a crime/drama and well worth the 5 hour binge.

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Day 3/365; ate well, played in the snow, had some good laughs, and a great sleep. Day 4 is workout and de-Christmas the house. Here’s hoping the tree doesn’t make a huge mess!

<3 CASIE

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Artist Designed Hitsu Socks! You’re Late, Order Nate!

People need presents. You haven’t checked off your list. It’s ok. Check out hitsu.com or Order Nate.

I’ve been a friend /fan of Nate Kogan for a long time now and I’m happy to support his latest venture, Hitsu Socks. There’s a surprise in every box! They make a great gift. I’ve gotten Sean a few pairs already. It’s ok, it wasn’t a surprise.

Here’s an old snap of Nate and I as Elfster & Santa 🙂

<3 Happy Christmas & Hanukkah! All the cheer!

CASIE

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Life | Domestic Success, A Sign!

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I found what I thought was a passport on a ledge. When I turned it over the pages flew open to this page. It must be a sign I’m on the right track. Have been doing more domestic things lately and spending time at home. This weekend I made holiday shortbread. Sean had to take it to the office so we didn’t eat it all!

It’s the little things that make all the difference. You have to be open to catch them with your eyes, or they will pass you by.

❤️ CASIE

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UPDATE: When I got some there was a DOUBLE RAINBOW!

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Artness is All Around You

Saw a bunch of artistic things around today as I was out walking. One kinda crazy thing I saw was this let of kids mannequin legs out for the trash bin. Naturally, I snapped a photo and posted on Instagram. My friends at the AGO regrammed my photo as part of their #isartalien pop up.

As I was on my way back to the office after lunch I saw that a mad had picked UP THE LEGS and was taking them somewhere. I creepily snapped this photo to document. You know how I do! Hopefully he is using them as a sculpture or something artistic…


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This table is at Ravi Soups, I thought it looked lovely with the chairs and floor pattern. The floor in there was super slippery from the rain so I was concentrating on it quite a bit.

These guys are workin’ on the railroad near our house. All the live-long day.

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My rose coloured glasses seem to add a brightness to everything despite the dreary rainy day. I’m really looking forward to the weekend. More than ever, really. I feel like I need a vacation, even if only for a few days.

Sending sunshine your way!

<3 CASIE

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Life Imitates Blog, Art Imitates Life

This is my life in a blog it is art, in many forms all at the SAME TIME.

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Love poems, love and poems. I have written so many poems over the years, it’s really about time to publish a second book. I wrote an anthology that was published back in 1996 called ‘JEANS’. Find it on Google Books here. 

Made this rad ‘BITCHES AIN’T SHIT’ laptop skin for Cameron at Untitled & Co. this week. Working on some stuff with fashion peeps and GelaSkins. Pretty exciting. Loving this new job heaps. 

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Look at this cute stud. Signed Sean up for Frank & Oak this week. I’m always getting new things so I thought it’d be nice for him to get some new clothes in the mail. I get to pick them out though. Moohaha!

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Stopped by Hermann & Audrey this week for a chat about summer projects. I’m really stoked about things guys. That’s all I can say about that.

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Hope today is treating you well. Let’s give three cheers for the weekend, ok?

<3 CASIE

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Emily’s Ice Cream + Canon’s Blogtography Program

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Last night I had dinner with the other 4 Canadian Canon Blogtography Ambassadors and some great people involved in the program from Edelman Toronto and Canon Canada. We arrived at The Drake Hotel not knowing what they had planned for us. Each of the Canon sessions we’ve attended over the past six month have had a different theme where we learned tips and tricks from professionals to try with our cameras.

Over the last six months I’ve really learned how to take photos. I mean, I’ve been using a camera as long as I can remember but snapping shots is different than knowing how to use a camera outside of auto. I took that photo above.

We were on the trolly in High Park this summer and Emily had just gotten this massive ice cream with sprinkles, it was hot and about to drip everywhere. I cropped it and used one of the filters in my Canon Rebel SL1 then sent it off to Canon as part of my 20 favourite photos. Last night they gave each of us one of our prints, blown up and in a frame.  The image was printed using a Canon printer which, in true Oprah style, we each got one.  (Imagine “You get a printer and you get a printer”, it was kinda like that.) We were all amazed by the high quality, shocked by the generosity, and extremely grateful.

After almost a decade of blogging, the world of social media has blossomed and I’ve been fortunate to be part of many ambassador programs over the past few years. I’ve carefully only chosen to take part in ones that offer products or services that I honestly like and have purchased or would have given I had the money.  This is most certainly the case with Canon (and of course Ted Baker!).  Back in 2004 I shipped off to Australia for school, I got my first digital camera ever, a Canon Powershot. I loved that little thing and took it everywhere. I’ve never owned a fancy camera and my Rebel SL1, the worlds smallest, lightest DSLR is my very first.  I’ve always wanted one and more than bring an ambassador for a great brand through this program,  I got to learn how to shoot.

I’m extremely thankful to have been in unofficial photography school over the past few months. Now that I have a pinter you can expect to see more prints of my photos as I perfect my craft. It’s also what everyone on my list will be getting over the holidaya!

Canon and Edelman, thank you. 

Check out my posts from the last few months and feel free to share your photo tips and tricks below. I’m always up for learning and sharing!

Have an awesome day, soak up some of that sunshine. 🙂 

<3 CASIE

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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone, Find Magic

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Been loving my walk to work the last week. It’s great to be in a creative office surrounded by art and internet.  Our building is about 10 minutes from my door, major score! Greeted by this sign when I walk in. There’a all kinds of creative, vintagey things around here. Will give you a tour one of these days.

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I did not wear the right shoes for snow! Doh. Shoudl really know better.

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Yesterday I took my mentee to the AGO for his first visit and to see the Guggenheim exhibit. We walked around and talked about her future eventually coming up with a plan and some actionable items. Vanessa Grillone won the HTC One contest earlier this year and part of the prize was mentorship from me. See her post about winning here and a guest post on my blog here.

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I absolutely love the AGo and have been a member for a few years. It’s an amazing place to go and get inspired. Many times I’ve just walked through for 15 minutes and stopped to visit a few favourites. I never miss Andy Warhol or walking through Gallery Italia (above).

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Saw this art on my way to work today.

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Made this before I left the house 🙂

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One of the things I chatted Vanessa about yesterday was stepping out of your comfort zone. That’s where the magic happens guys. This is an excellent time of year to reflect on the year passed and think about where you want to be this time next year. I don’t even know where my comfort zone is anymore I step out and do the unexpected so often! Don’t be afraid to try something new, you’ll most likely be surprised at the opportunity it creates!

Have an awesome day!

<3 CASIE

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(I drew this a couple years ago!)

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There’s Art in My Heart and It’s Beating Rainbow Bright

I love this weather and time of year for the sheer beauty of photos. I can’t wait to get out in the wild with my new Canon DSLR at the cottage this weekend and snap some photos. Have a new Canon post coming up next week.

Saw this beauty new mural in progress near Queen and Niagara. It’s full of bright colours and even on a rainy day, was a beauty to see.

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Dripping and bleeding with rainbow bright colours.

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I’m decked out in lots of colours and leopard print today, there’s no rain on my parade, honey. Pants are from Gap, jacket and hat H&M, scarf Ted Baker London, shoes Sperry Top Siders, smile, natural. Umbrella was picked up on that fashion trip to  Calgary last year for Paul Hardy’s 10th anniversary. rainbow bright

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In other news…

I have been telling you about Lorde for nearly a year, so happy the world recognizes her now too. New Zealand is talent baby!

Happy Friday 🙂

<3 CASIE

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It’s All About Me – Global Premiere Retrospective

VIP Reception at Hot House Cafe. Casie Stewart and Antoine Gaber, Producer/ Director of It's All About Me - Feature Documentary

Last month was the Global premiere and this month the film is making the rounds at the Ottawa Film Festival. Above I’m at the VIP Reception at Hot House Cafe with Antoine Gaber, Producer/ Director of It’s All About Me. See what you missed in the short retrospective film below of the Feature Documentary ” It’s all about ME” from the world premiere screening at COMMFFEST Global Film Festival on 14 September 2013.  See all photos from the event here, some of my favs below.

Jenie, Mum, Sean, and I had a blast at this together. So cute!

VIP reception at Hot House Cafe. Stewart Family members(left), with Casie Stewart (center), Sean Evans(right)

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I spoke on a panel with some of the lead people in the movie after the film premiere.

Red carpet at the screening. Christianne Cruz and Casie Stewart ready for the screening of It's All About Me - Feature Documentary

Christianne Cruz and myself ready for the screening.

Mum & sisters, love you so much!

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Thanks everyone for your support!

<3 CASIE

 

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