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Do you Selfie? By Holly Barker

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Hi, my name is Holly Barker and I’m the FitnessPreneur from www.thefitnesspreneur.com and I’m excited to share with you my tips on how to step up your selfie game!!

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few years and have not had contact with the outside world, you probably know what a selfie is, you’ve probably attempted to take one and you’ve probably wondered what the secret to mastering the flawless skin, the sultry pout and the beautiful glow is….you try, try again and, well, lets just say you’ve given up and put yourself in this category of well I guess I’m just not as naturally beautiful as that girl is!

Wake up call!! You are beautiful and you are capable of an amazing selfie!!! Its just a few easy tips away:

  • Lighting is everything
    Lighting is the foundation to any great photo, selfie or not. And natural light is best! Do you ever wonder why so many selfies are taken in a car… specifically the drivers seat? Its essentially the selfie lovers best window box, allowing a natural glow and blowing out skin imperfections…the posing is limited though and, well, there are only so many car selfies you can take before the posts become redundant. To get that glow and perfect selfie lighting sans driver seat, stand in front of a window and face the light….always face the light…and test the light by looking at yourself in your cameras selfie mode and circling around until the light is hitting you in just the right spot. If you do not have access to natural light, try creating the best light by finding a lamp or lighting that is close to nose height and snap away. Top down will create a harsh shadow so unless you are looking for that look, try to bring your height in line with the light. Yellow bulbs are not my favorite, a bright clean light will show your beautiful self the best.

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  • Position and angle
    Whatever the reason for the selfie, the positioning and angle will change, but lets say you are selfieing for the sake of, oh hey! This is me at my best! The best positioning and angle will be a bit of a tilt to your heads, shoulders, chin down and the camera at an elevated angle. Try to avoid straight on images unless it’s theatrical or edgy, but for a fun friendly hey there! Keep it off center and explore your tilts to see which side and angle flatter you best.
  • Filter
    I agree with the theory that over filtering can take away from the photo, but editing the photo is a given these days. If you have captured amazing light and your perfect angle, you will not have to edit at all, but fun filters or edits to bring out different tones, features and contrasts is at our disposal and can take a normal selfie to an epic selfie portrait.
  • Background
    Make sure the background is appropriate and in line with the vibe and message you are sharing. You don’t want to share a selfie about health and wellness and have a big cupboard of chips behind you… Whatever the selfie is for, make it interesting. Although some may view selfies as narcissistic, it really does only become that way if you continually post without contributing. Share you story. Take us with you and let us know who you are and what interesting adventures life has for you!!! That’s the ultimate point of a selfie right? Proof that you were present during this epic adventure or to share your thoughts on whatever you are facing that day, at that moment.
  • Emote, Express yourself, Have fun
    Share all of your sides!! We all have many different expressions and personalities and sharing who you are is ultimately in your expression. Change it up and experiment with new makeup, glasses, sunglasses, a new lip color, a new hairdo and share your review. Most important, don’t take yourself too seriously… its just a photo and you will take 50 more tomorrow.
  • Include others, include groups
    Don’t just be a solo selfier, include your friends and family and share the experiences you are having with others.Nothing brings out the playfulness in someone and yourself more than being included and taking a great photo together.
  • Include products, promote what you use
    If your followers are tuning in for your words of guidance, your beautiful selfies, your amazing adventures, they will naturally want to know what products you use in all aspects of your amazing life. Nothing brings an inanimate object to life better than a smiley beautiful selfie captured along side it!! Shout the company out while you are at it!You will be noticed and respected and will reach a new audience to share your passions with!
  • Practice
    Practicing in the mirror is different from practicing with selfies!! You may see yourself in the mirror and think oh that is a great look and then you capture that same great look in a selfie and it looks totally different. Serious, to smolder, to sexy, to fun, to cute, to happy, to over the moon excited. Know your face, know your message and know the audience. Learn to smize. Smile with your eyes. Sometimes we get so caught up in looking sexy or strong, our faces end up looking angry or old….Yikes!!! When mastered, the power of a strong face and a smize is undeniably Selfie girl material.
  • Serious about selfies product, app and reference guide
    >> Lumee Camera Case – this phone case has a built in light for selfies. Pretty cool!
    >> Selfie stick – this allows you to angle up or further out, including more in your selfie and allows you to click a button on the stick to snap away!
    >> VSCO and Snapseed are amazing apps to bring your selfie up to a professional selfie level.
    >> FlipBelt or Z-Case makes adventuring with your phone possible hands free
    >> Coco Rocha has been famed for limitless expressions. Research her, google her, watch her videos and you will add at least 10 new selfie expressions to your arsenal!!

There you have it! The quick and dirty on selfie perfection! Now that you have the tools, what will you use your selfie for?

For more from Holly Barker
IG @hollsbarksfitness
Photo by: IG @HarryLhgfx

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Thor Ragnarok Prediction Movie Review

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Marvel films yet again bring Thor to the big screen with Ragnarok. Sporting a new short haircut, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to this action-packed film. Thor is imprisoned across the universe without his hammer from his homeworld. He must fight in a gladiator style duels. He fights one battle against his former friend the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to win his freedom and return to his homeworld of Asgard. His brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has control of Asgard. That is until Hela (Cate Blanchett) the goddess of death comes to seize control of the Asgard throne from Loki. He must return to Asgard to stop Hela and the impending doom of Ragnarok which would result in the complete destruction of the Asgard people and the Asgard civilization. She is more powerful than both Loki and him combined. Will they succeed in stopping the goddess of death?

The fast-paced film takes the hammer-wielding character films to a whole other level. Ragnarok is once again another solid addition to the epics that Marvel brings to the big screen with their multi-verse of superhero films. Fans of the character and the multi-verse of comic book characters will enjoy this race against time adventure. On November 3, journey across the universe and time to see the survival or the collapse of Asgard society. This film will be worth it for those new to the Marvel-verse and those who are longtime fans.





The Beautiful Women of Thor: Ragnarok


Cate Blanchet as Hela
Cate Blanchet has established herself as one of the preeminent actresses and fashion icons of the last 25 years. She has starred in numerous performances and won several awards. Her new role in Thor: Ragnarok is somewhat of a departure from all the roles that she has played before. However, she brings with her a level of sophistication and beauty rarely seen in comic book movies, ensuring that even though she plays the villain, Cate Blanchet will no doubt be outstanding.


Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie
Tessa Thompson is one of the most beautiful up and coming actresses who star is on the rise. Garnering critical acclaim for her roles in ‘Creed’ and ‘Selma,’ she has vaulted her way to stardom and now features as one of the leading ladies in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. Even though she is a classical beauty, she brings a ferocity and underlying charm to one of the greatest warrior roles in Marvel Comics. Tessa Thompson is definitely an actress to watch because her star can only continue to rise.


Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif
Jaimie Alexander has a beguiling beauty that underlays a strong edge that makes her an excellent actress in any kind of role. Having been an actress for the past decade, she has quickly established herself as one of the most beautiful action stars of the modern age. Now she’s back in her role of Lady Sif in Thor: Ragnarok. She’s played the role more than three times in three different movies and shows. Jaimie Alexander is one of the best physical actresses today and her inclusion in Thor is sure to be exciting.

It’s GO time. Get your tickets now to see Marvel Studios’ #ThorRagnarok in theaters November 3: [link in bio]

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Victoria’s Secret Angel Josephine Skriver is the sexiest member of Raider Nation

The Danish fashion model shares her LOVE for the Silver & Black

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Josephine Skriver is a Danish fashion model. She is a Victoria’s Secret Angel and since her modeling debut in 2011, she has walked in over 300 fashion shows, modeled for some of the world’s biggest fashion brands and been on the cover of and featured in magazines such as Vanity Fair, Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar… but she’s a HUGE Raider! Making Raider Nation a much more beautiful place.

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Megan Fox back for Frederick’s of Hollywood

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We love the partnership of Fredericks of Hollywood and Megan Fox. We do wish they would use her all over the place a little more. But here’s an incredible shot. She has one of the best bodies in Hollywood.

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