Dec
03
2014
1


Why Did You Wear That: On the Six

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When I actually published my first post is debatable (as I made a switch from Tumblr to WordPress very early on), but it was six years ago, give or take a few days.  That first post wasn’t prolific or groundbreaking and at the time I had not one clue as to what I was doing or where it would lead me.  WhyDid has evolved as have I over the past six years.  It even underwent a name change (from Why Did You Wear That) to encompass the expansion of topics from celebrity cameltoe (most popularly Katy Perry‘s) to all things fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.  I came pretty close to a name change myself, but fortunately dodged that bullet.  There have been times when I wanted to just scrap the whole operation and revert back to normal.  One of those times came from a nasty commenter who told me my blog was just like “some dumb diary” where I recorded my life and outfits.

denim-shirt-scotch-and-soda-nyc-whydidI guess she (he?!) was right.  This is kind of like my diary, except I share my stories and my troubles and my outfits publicly not for any narcissistic reason, but so anyone who stumbles upon my site finds a place where she/he can spend a few minutes a day laughing, or feeling understood, or getting inspired to try something new.  The fashion world and the world wide web can be very scary places, but I wanted to create somewhere safe.  Somewhere kindred spirits could meet and know that they are not alone in the world and that any silly life trauma we might be going through isn’t that serious.  Sharing my life is not only scary, but also therapeutic.  By sharing so much, I open myself up to people who are negative and feed off of knocking people down, but by sharing I also open myself up to people who may need to hear exactly what I have to share.  So, I let the good outweigh the bad.

why did blog kirsten smithAs someone who hates having her picture taken (though all evidence would suggest otherwise), it was pretty uncomfortable to start posting photos of myself and one guy I dated told me fairly early on that I looked incredibly uncomfortable in my photos (I was).  I’ve been told my eyebrows were too light (enter Anastasia of Beverly Hills), my boobs appeared saggy, and that I looked like just another Southern California girl (even though I’ve lived 97% of my life on the East Coast).  If I said that I didn’t initially feel incredibly hurt by these comments, I’d be lying.  I nursed my wounds for several days each time and confirmed with friends that my breasts were, in fact, as perky as those of a 19 year old over topless chats on FaceTime.  Being dissected by people I’d never met was painful, but it opened my eyes to the scrutiny that we put celebrities and each other under all the time and it changed my perspective.

kirsten-whydid-nyc-dog-walkingRealizing that was helpful, but sometimes stopped me from expressing what I really wanted.  Over the years, I found myself censoring… myself.  I played it safe at times so as not to offend or alienate people.  Sometimes I had to dilute stories or descriptions because I knew my parents were reading or because I was worried someone I cared about might get offended.  What I learned was that people appreciated it more when I crossed the line.  When I said something outlandish or because I was being myself, I allowed my readers to feel comforted or validated in their own lives, to feel a part of something bigger.  There are plenty of people out there playing it safe and repeating what the media and society has programmed us to think, feel, wear, watch, and say.  I didn’t start WhyDid to be just another brick in the wall.  That’s the wall I wanted to knock down.

top-knot-crop-top-whydid-blog copyI didn’t write this post to pat myself on the back (though I certainly hugged myself earlier), but to thank you and to promise to continue sharing my life and my authentic self and to encourage you to do the same.  Know that as scary as it can be to just be yourself, it’s the safest thing you can do.  So, don’t be afraid to shine.  You can be weird.  You can be emotional.  You can have different opinions.  You can march to the beat of your own damn drum, but don’t you dare ever hide the beauty that is you.

And in case you were wondring, Katy Perry’s cameltoe is still the most searched term that leads to WhyDid.

xx,

WhyDid

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Apr
06
2012
1


The List Volume LXVIII
Written by: WhyDid | The List

katy perry leggings cameltoeIt’s no secret that I love checking the crazy things people Google to find WhyDid.  Sometimes they are just simple things like “what to wear to Soho House” or “what to wear to the airport.”  Other times, the topics are a bit more obscure like “hardest nipples in Hollywood” and I have to stop to ask, “You touch your mother with those fingers?”  This week was no different.  As per usual, cameltoe tops the list and you guys really, really love Katy Perry.  Well, I’m here to do what I do best and that is give the people what they want!!  Here’s ten of this week’s more Googled topics:

  1. Can I wear black to a garden wedding.  I mean, you can.  But do you really want to be that morbid girl wearing black at such a joyous event?  Try these for guidelines instead.
  2. White girl weave.  Not only have I worn one, I’ve expressed my great love for them.
  3. Gladstones MalibuLove, love, love this place.  And yes, yes I did go there when in LA a couple of months ago.  bloody mary gladstones
  4. Kirsten Smith Maxim.  As it turns out, I might have made an appearance.  If you can find it, congratulations.  You’ve got too much time on your hands.
  5. How to do a top knot.  I love a good top knot.  Here’s a step by step tutorial… but I think I’m going to have to make a video soon.top knot
  6. Celebrities wearing sneakers.  Everyone from Ann Hathaway to Alessandra Ambrosio was seen sporting stylish sneaks.
  7. Kerastase Cristalliste.  There has been so much interest in this line.  Stay tuned for a veeeery exciting contest…
  8. Girl wearing glasses.  I guess people really dig girls who wear glasses.  Just please don’t be one of those people who wears fake ones… girl wearing glasses
  9. Chalking hair.  Did a little tutorial on that.  I might add spraying hair with hairspray to set color as well. chalk hair
  10. Explanation why you stupid.  I got nothing.

The search continues.

xx,

WhyDid

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Oct
07
2011
0


The List Volume LV
Written by: WhyDid | The List

 I always get a kick out of checking my Google Analytics to see what people are searching.  Some of you are real freaks.  Then again… I’m the one with the blog that people Googling land on.  That’s neither here nor there.  So, what were you fine folks Googling this week? Let’s have a look.

  1. Slutty Halloween costumes (specifically slutty Tinkerbell and slutty schoolgirl).
  2. Motorcycle hand signals. 
  3. Anal bleaching (in several variations of the words).
  4. Black and white engagement rings.  FYI- Wedding Chicks just did an awesome piece on these. 
  5. Fishtail braid, Blake Lively mermaid braid, Serena fish braid.
  6. Ombre hair.
  7. Hedgehog bites, hedgehogs, hedgehog saying you’re stupid.
  8. Cute ways to curl your hair for a date.
  9. Rainboots, Hunter rainboots, Burberry rainboots, celebrities in rainboots.
  10. Cameltoe
You guys need to get hobbies…
xx,
WhyDid

 

 

 

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Dec
26
2010
3


“Jeggings” Are Also Not Pants
Written by: WhyDid | Why Did You Wear That?

Sophia Vergara is undoubtedly a beautiful and sexy woman, so if there ever was a time to build a winning case against “jeggings” this would be it. I present to you, Exhibit A:

I mean, first and foremost, her cameltoe just poked my eye out. I can see the the painted on “stitching” that she is pretending is a “fly.” Not convinced? Let’s move along to Exhibit B then:

Pardon me, Sofia, but I can see through your pants. The stress your buttocks is putting on your spandex/acrylic/manmade jeggings is proving to be too much. One foul move and your jeggings won’t live to see another day. Um, your honor, ladies and gentleman of the jury, I think I have proven my case.

xx,

WhyDid

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Nov
28
2010
4


500 Posts and Two Years Later. Thank You.
Written by: WhyDid | Uncategorized

When I wrote my first post two years ago, I had very little knowledge of blogging, but had quite a bit to say. I started writing as a creative outlet as a disgruntled employee crunching numbers on excel sheets and placing re-orders on Hanky Panky thongs.  Originally, I had wanted this blog to be completely anonymous so that I could simply talk about tragic wardrobe malfunctions without suffering any backlash. In reality, I had no idea (and doubted) if anyone was even reading. Writing was just something I really enjoyed and had forgotten how much so.  Then something funny happened.  People would tell me they really liked something I wrote. They started suggesting I write more. People were reading and paying attention to what I wrote.

About a year ago, I wrote a few posts that were much more personal. They were about me. When I did this, people responded. They were the most viewed posts written up to that point.  I realized that I had more to offer than just making fun of ugly outfits and bad hair do’s. WhyDid has grown into something more than I ever could have imagined and I am so thankful to have people reading what I write and actively participating in what I do. Whether you are a loyal fan, friend, stumbled upon the site after Googling cameltoe, or just someone who hates WhyDid and reads it to poke fun, I want to thank you. I couldn’t have done it without you.

That said, I asked you guys to send in photos of your in your favorite outfits. I received some awesome photos, but have narrowed it down to the top five (with a special bonus entry). Now, it’s up to you to vote on your very favorite! The winner will be announced next week.

1. Paulette from New Zealand

2. Lauren from Santa Monica, California

3. Katie from Orlando, Florida

4. Elizabeth (and dapper gentleman friend) from New York, New York

5. Sonja from Los Angeles, California

And a little something extra for you, ladies….

6. Andrew from Toronto, Canada

xx,

WhyDid

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