Upside Down

Upside Down Beauty. Beauty is an elusive concept. It may lie in the eyes of the beholder, but even those eyes have a change of heart sometimes. According to science, symmetry is perceived as beautiful. The more symmetrical somebody’s facial features are the more attractive they look to others. But what about love, and hate?

Upside Down Often our feelings for a person determine how beautiful we find them. People I like tend to look much more beautiful to me than people I dislike. This phenomenon (all driven by hormones of course) becomes even more pronounced when our feelings for a person change dramatically – I’m sure we’ve all had that one Prince Charming in our lives that suddenly turned into a frog.

Upside Down Upside Down So yes, while beauty is a super complex subject that is inherently difficult to define, we usually find it quite easy to agree on the things that are rather unpleasing to the eye – huge concrete blocks, crooked teeth and monobrows being some of them.

Upside Down But what if things turned upside down for a change, and we suddenly found beauty in the most unlikely of places? Some people, creative minds mostly, find this incredibly easy. They look around and all they see is beauty. Others find it much harder. I used to belong to the latter group, but since I started my blog I have definitely developed an eye for ugly beauty.

Upside Down It’s usually the “ugly” backdrops that produce the best pictures. Finding beauty in ugliness – even if the ugliness is not necessarily aesthetically pleasing on its own – is hope. It’s finding the light in the darkness and transforming tragedy into triumph. It helps us to see beyond the huge concrete building and someone’s crooked teeth, and it allows us to accept our own human flaws.

Upside Down

The Look

Blouse – H&M (similar here)

Trousers – Zara (similar here)

Coat – Zara (similar here)

Booties – Reiss (similar here)

(Pictures by Marlene)

  • http://www.fashionbyemina.blogspot.com/ Emina
    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks so much Emina! Glad you liked it :) xx

  • #byLily

    Oh my.. This must be my favorite B & W look of yours!!! <3 So elegant!! Love your perspective on life and how your articles always make me think. A true inspirator!

    X Lily
    http://www.hashtagbylily.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Awe thanks Lily…I literally just threw it together! I’m sooo glad you like it though :) xx

  • http://www.stylevanity.com/ Alyssa Martinez

    Cool look! I like your pants :) I’ve been looking for a style like that.

    STYLE VANITY

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks! I’m sure you’ll find a similar pair some day :) xx

  • http://www.eyeseeeuphoria.com/ Eye See Euphoria

    Wow! You look incredible and the photography rocks.

    Eye See Euphoria | http://eyeseeeuphoria.com/post/eye-adore-avenue-camilla

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you! My best friend is such a talented photographer, isn’t she? :) xx

  • http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk sprinklesofstyle

    I agree – beauty can be found everywhere, we just have to learn to see it and not only look at ‘pretty’ things – you look absolutely stunning in this post and I love the backdrop considering it may not be the prettiest it really does offer the photos a unique feel and gives it an editorial look! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I love the word “editorial” in it 😉 xx

  • http://www.balgarka.co.uk/ Lubka Christova

    There is so much beauty in asymmetry! Amazing photographs xx

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      I couldn’t agree more :) My bestie did an amazing job! xx

  • http://cvetybaby.com/ Cvetina Cekova

    Amazing look as usual Jasmin! You are so good in b/w combos! I love this one!

    xx

    cvetybaby.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much Cvetina. B/W combos are simply the ones I feel most comfortable in :)

      Jasmin xx
      http://www.whatdefinesus.com

  • Rafaela

    I love your trousers so much!! I totally agree whit you!!

    http://fashionwalkinbrussels.blogspot.com/

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Rafaela :) xx

  • http://www.bibigoeschic.com Bibi

    Couldn’t agree with you any more ! Loving your outfit too, you look so tall !! x

    http://www.bibigoeschic.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you! I do, right? It’s the pants and the angle 😉 xx

  • Elena Dal Maso

    You’re right, a great artist can show you beauty where normal people think there’s only ugliness. It depends on the soul, I think :) A different sense and sensibility???
    You look always beautiful!

    xoxo
    http://www.belezzefelici.blogspot.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Yeah, I guess you’re right! Thank you so much Elena. I’m happy you like the look :) xx

  • http://365hangers.com/blog/ 365hangers

    Love, love, love this post and you’re so right, some of the ugliest spots create the most incredible backdrops and photos. We love the magic of art, it always works that way :)

    xx 365Hangers

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Absolutely! It’s great isn’t it? :) xx

  • http://www.reveriesanctuary.com/ shanaz@ReverieSanctuary

    The upside down cars are playing tricks with my mind – what are those, actually? I’m curious as I think they are beautiful in an unexpected way! I had a chuckle at the bit you mentioned about the Prince Charming that turned into a frog but I think frogs are pretty in their own ways too. But I get what you mean – once the facade dissolves and the ‘ugly’ surfaces, it doesn’t matter how the person looks like on the outside, he/she just stops being appealing. Btw: your outfit, though! It is oh so chic! Light and flowy layers are back, I see! =D xo

    Shanaz | Fashionista NOW

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Haha…I don’t know actually. They were probably created as some sort of art….I find them quite cool :) Thanks dear! Yeah…even a beautiful outside can’t hide an ugly inside…xx

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    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks dear :) xx

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    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you :) xx

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    ahhh love this shot !

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    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you :) xx

  • http://www.floortjeloves.com Floortje van Cooten
    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Floortje :) xx

  • http://www.laurajaneatelier.com Laura Jane Atelier

    I love your white pants

    xo

    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Laura :) xx

  • a possible fantasy

    great pics!


    a possible fantasy

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you :) xx

  • Naelle Oip

    Well written! and a great outfit and photo series!!!

    Bisous bisous! :)
    http://www.once-in-paris.com

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Naelle! That’s very sweet of you :) xx