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The Art of the Selfie (And an opportunity to win a Dorothy Perkins dress every month)

The Art of the Selfie

You know that moment when you go to take a photo of something with your camera phone, but you don’t realise the camera is reversed at the time, so when you tap the icon, expecting to be greeted with the image of whatever it is you’re pointing it at, you get to see your own giant face instead, in such close-up detail you can see every single pore, every wrinkle, every blemish? And then you spend the next five minutes alternating between saying to your husband, “Is THAT what I look like? Seriously, do I REALLY look like that?” and researching expensive face creams on Google?

That happens to you too, right? It’s not just MY phone that tells me harsh truths about myself… is it?

Anyway, that’s one of the reasons I don’t like taking selfies. The other reason is that I just completely suck at it. I think I’m somehow missing the “selfie” gene most of my generation seem to have been born with, so when Dorothy Perkins got in touch recently and asked me to take a mirror selfie in one of their dresses, I was worried, to say the least.

You might be wondering WHY Dorothy Perkins asked me to post a miror selfie. Or you might just be wondering why I can’t just stop talking, and show you photos of the clothes, like other bloggers do. Don’t worry, I’m getting to that: you see, I mastered the art of the mirror selfie for YOU, fair reader.  So that you can get free dresses, in fact. Everyone loves free dresses, right?

Well, this week Dorothy Perkins are launching a competition in which you can win a Dorothy Perkins dress every month for a year. All you have to do is snap a selfie in your favourite Dorothy Perkins dress, and post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtag #DPDressSelfie. The best entries will appear on a gallery on the Dorothy Perkins website, which you can see here.

Here’s my selfie;


And here’s my camera roll, showing just how many shots I had to take to get this:

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And that’s just as many as would fit on the screen at one time.

Think you can do better? I know you can, so get selfie-ing, people – and don’t forget to use the hashtag #DPDressSelfie when you do!

[I’m wearing…  Pink pansy pencil dress c/o Dorothy Perkins, Hell Bunny cardigan]

  • I found the secret to the perfect “selfie” is to look at the screen and find a pose that you think looks good on it and then without moving a muscle, flick your eyes up to look at the reflection of the camera lens and take the photo. This technique is 90% effective 60% of the time.


    June 10, 2014
  • When this happens to me the camera is normally pointed directly up my nose with a great view of my 2 chins.

    June 10, 2014
  • Gosh I cannot stop looking at your shoe collection. You have loads of shoes.

    June 10, 2014
  • Oooh, I just bought this dress too!

    June 10, 2014
  • Oh, how I wish I had a Dorothy Perkins dress so that I could enter this giveaway! Well, I guess I can just admire everyone else’s on social media. And, it’s not just you that totally gets taken aback when the iphone camera is reversed. Someone, please tell me that I don’t really look like that… 🙂

    June 10, 2014
  • I am terrible at Selfies, I always look so awkward. And I always do the forget your camera’s reversed take an awful photo of yourself thing. And I immediately delete them without spending a hour obsessing over if I really look like that. Ahem….

    Fashion and Happy Things

    June 10, 2014
  • Damn. I hate selfies, I suck at them and I really don’t want pictures of me all over Twitter. Can’t pluck up the courage to do this one sadly

    June 10, 2014
  • Ooh, I need to dig out a DP’s dress and have a go at this (I hope it doesn’t haev to be a recent one as I don’t think I’ve bought a lot from there in a while).

    June 11, 2014