How Fake is Your Smile?


Notice the tequila shot glass…I’m not that unprofessional, but I’m tempted from time to time

Since I seem to be attracted to the world of retail shopping and customer service jobs, I had to think…How fake is my smile? Is it genuine? Is it escapism from conversation? Is it acceptance? What lies behind those pearly whites?

As I stood outside my porch to light up a tartar-inducing cigarette, it came to my mind that people hide behind their smiles. So what is the mystery behind my semi watt smile? What’s it all about? I hear compliments saying, “You have such a great smile,” or “you had braces huh?” What people don’t know is how much I have to strain to let that smile out. You literally have to pay me to do it. That’s exactly why I work in retail…I get paid to greet and service people regularly whether they deserve my kindness or not.

When a customer trots in; smile and greet. When a customer comes to the register; smile and ask how they are. When they finish the purchase; smile and thank them for coming in. I usually don’t have any hang ups about doing all that, but when I have to fake it for the not-so-friendly persons, I feel like I’m wasting good energy.

Yes, I’m not the first to say, but shoppers can be jerks. I know this is turning into a tirade on manners, but honestly, who raised some of the savages that come slumping into my work? Are they trained to view us blue collared workers as though we’re beneath them?  Since, in their minds they believe that the few measly, crumpled, discolored dollars they lob on the counter is what’s putting food on my table. I don’t think so!

But alas, keep smiling Victor. You’ll need it if you’re going to save up for school. And that means dealing with the annoyance of public optimism. That is my mantra. As real or fake my grin may be, it always seem to remedy any issue and allow me to escape unscathed. How fake is your smile?

Dries Van Noten’s Walk of Shame

This collection was inspired by the morning after. Having a wild night and throwing on whatever you can get your hands on. In the event that you have a Dries wardrobe at your disposal, you can be sure to have a high street walk of shame.

I personally leaned towards the collection because of how comfortable it seemed. Sweaters and oversized cardigans(robes pretty much). Just very loose and relaxed. The Dries Van Noten man for next season is still half asleep and semi-drowsy. Even the models’ expressions evoked a yawning ‘I’m still in bed’ and ‘I’m too comfortable to get up.’

This is a great testament to comfortable luxury for next season. Light, but warm enough to go out and buy something to eat(to go of course).

Sweats are Bleak…I wanna play Dress Up!!!

My cousin and I were bored at Urban Outfitters waiting for my sister to try on her ugly xmas sweater, so we played dress up...I miss playing dress up...sweats are so passé

My cousin and I were bored at Urban Outfitters waiting for my sister to try on her ugly Xmas sweater, so we played dress up…I miss playing dress up…sweats are so passé

So lately, I’ve been feeling extra lazy and have really been wanting to dress in sweats 24/7. I’ve been a frequent ‘lazy shopper,’ with my sweats, Steve Madden combat boots and hoodies. In a way, the winter months have really taken their toll mentally and fashionably. I can’t seem to get out of bed anymore. So when I do, I literally just throw on some shoes and a beanie and I’m off to wherever I need to go. Apparently I’m not giving a shit about laundry since I’m stuck in sweats. What’s a boy to do?

I came home from my bleak work hours 12pm-9pm, and sat my little ass(which is actually pretty bubbly I may correct) in our rocking chair and gorged myself on Rips(those sour licorice candies) and Cup Noodle. Then and there I decided that I have hit rock bottom. I’ve fallen into the non-fashion retail schlub of uniformity and lameness. Something needs to change, or I’m gonna end up on the back of a milk carton…meaning I will kidnap my little, juicy ass and take it shopping!

Which I plan to do. Obviously not tomorrow since it is Christmas Eve and all that Yuletide fluff. No, I’ll bide my time and wait for those random crazy sales at the department and specialty stores. I mean the cheaper the better. It is a recession. But irregardless I refuse to recess into the loathsome world of non-matching socks and eternal fleece-lined apparel. Might as well change my website to ‘Everyday Regrets by Me.’ Nope I won’t be an unfortunate soul this year. I don’t have a New Years resolution. Getting dressed is a way of life. Who’s with me?

Sea of Shoes…and iPad cases at Ermanno Scervino 2013

For this post I decided to focus closer on the shoes and bags(iPad cases) as opposed to the clothing and models(that’s next). A lot of times I get distracted by the modelistic males on the runway that I forget completely about the reason they’re in the first place…to show off possible merchandise!

But show they did. The multi colored oxfords and iPad cases were amazing! I want every pair and every bag. I already have feet, so shoes are no problem, but although I don’t find a use for them, I must get an iPad. I wonder if they made some cases for the mini version? Enjoy!

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24 Hour Couture

This is a really old Editorial that I originally saw in American Harper’s Bazaar June 2007. I was never a huge fan of Gisele Bundchen whatsoever, until I saw this editorial. She wasn’t as angular as usual. There was a softness about her, and it was nice seeing her hair straight instead of the usual aqua-netted waves or curls. Either way, enjoy the beauty of Gisele in ’24 Hour Couture’ photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Bazaar.

Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano A/W '06-'07

Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano A/W ’06-’07

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier A/W ’06-’07

Versace Atelier

Versace Atelier A/W ’06-’07

Valentino Haute Couture

Valentino Haute Couture A/W ’06-’07

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier A/W ’06-’07


Givenchy Haute Couture A/W ’06-’07

Armani Prive

Armani Prive A/W ’06-’07

Chanel Haute Couture

Chanel Haute Couture A/W ’06-’07

Original Article via (Harper’s Bazaar)