Selfie Shenanigans

I am a member of the Invisalign Advisory Board, and am receiving complimentary treatment. All opinions are fully my own. 


Okay, that’s a lot of photos of my mug in one image. SELFIE OVEREXPOSURE. My apologies.

September is Self-Improvement Month, and I’m on a mission. I’m practicing yoga 3-4 times a week, eating well (despite moving to the land of fast food and big ass portions), and working on keeping a positive mindset despite the barrage of challenges this summer has presented. GO GO GADGET POSITIVE ATTITUDE.

I know a lot of you are taking steps to feel better about yourself because I witness it firsthand on Instagram via your photos, specifically your selfies. Listen, I’m a big fan of selfies. Why do they get such a bad rap? I love seeing YOUR selfies. Love it. I think it’s great to document where you are physically, emotionally, and mentally through a photo of your mug. (Now, I do think there is a fine line between Hey, It’s Me, What’s Up and Excessive Selfie Mode. If my Instagram feed looked similar to the above image, I would personally need to re-evaluate the sitch. I like to keep my Instagram photo feed about 15% selfie and 85% everything else.)

I’m by no means a Selfie master, but I do have a few rules. I shoot from my best angle (I’m certainly not symmetrical), find a good source of light, make sure the background is uncluttered, and frame it up/crop it to keep it visually interesting.

However, here are some tips from the masters:

How To Take a Selfie Like a Supermodel – So, um, okay – actual supermodels who look ridiculously gorgeous 24/7 are interviewed here…but still, good tips!

Five Tips To Becoming More Photogenic – Emily always has the best advice on looking your best and dressing the part.

How to Take a Good Selfie – Karen’s selfies are GORGEOUS. Love her tips.

One thing I’ve noticed in my selfies (and many others) is a closed-mouth smile. Why is that? (Could it be that I watched too many America’s Top Model epsiodes? Look at me! I’m SMIZING.) Since I’m in the home stretch of my Invisalign treatment, I think a wide, toothy smile should be busted out in the very near future. I mean, I need to celebrate this (almost-straight) grill.

Interested in straightening your teeth with Invisalign? Visit Invisalign’s doctor locator or check out the smile assessment. It’s been such a great experience for me!


  1. meagan elizabeth

    September 5, 2014 at 9:04 am

    The best part of all these gorgeous selfies is seeing all your different hair styles! I would love to know what you favour more…dark brown hair or ombre/highlights? I have such a hard time deciding for myself and have similar hair!

    • whoorl

      September 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      I love the ombre and highlights right now because I’ve had my natural dark color for years and years. It’s so nice to have something different, although I’m sure I’ll go back dark at some point.

  2. Jill Will Run

    September 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I have a tendency to keep my mouth closed in pictures because I’m self-conscious of my teeth. Thus I’ve been eager to hear/see your outcome with Invisalign. It intrigues me.

    • whoorl

      September 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      I love it so much. Truly.

  3. Stacey

    September 5, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I like you with bangs! Is that new?

  4. whoorl

    September 5, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Nope! That was a year or two ago. (Although I did have bangs for about 6-7 years before I grew them out this past year.)

  5. kristiina

    September 7, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I think Mindy Kaling is the only person who has successfully broken that 15% threshold…her feed is almost solely her and I can’t get enough LOL (note: she rarely shows her teeth…hmmm, interesting) I think Sundry wrote an awesome response to a follower who criticized her for taking too many shots of herself. I really like seeing the faces of the people I follow–why is taking a selfie such a bad thing?

    (ps–my brother-in-law used Invisalign and I didn’t know until one day I complimented him on his teeth and he told me. Crazy how subtle it is!)

  6. Kristen

    September 8, 2014 at 7:32 am

    You’re adorable. And maybe this seems like a crazy question, but do you have any tips for a good closed mouth smile? Because I’m totally comfortable with my big, toothy grin, but I’d really like to figure out how to smile with my mouth closed and NOT look like I’m furious with the world…