It was two years ago. I was coming down the stairs of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenville, S.C. when I noticed a pretty, smiling, bubbling-with-enthusiasm blond in the lobby below, wearing what had to be the perfect shade of red lipstick. Could it be? Could that really be KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms? One of my favorite bloggers ever?
Without an ounce of self-control I descended upon her and let her know just how excited I was to see her there at the same conference I was attending.
KariAnne shared with me that she was waiting to meet with a publisher to pitch her book idea, and that she’d never done anything like that before, and how she had no idea what she was going to say . . .
Then, in spite of the bundle of nerves she must’ve been (I would’ve been nervous if it were me) she welcomed me into her “Super-star” blogger world and said we must have our picture taken together. And this. This is her telling the photographer that “No, no, no…” he mustn’t take the picture straight on as that wouldn’t be at all flattering.
As a complete aside (something KariAnne is known for inserting into her writings): The photographer was her husband Denny, whom she’d called on his cell phone to tell him he must come down to meet me. As if I were the super-star!!! Because that’s just the way she is 🙂
Now this. This is the proper way to take a picture, whether it be a portrait of others or a selfie. From above, where the under neck wrinkles are less obvious and the body grows slimmer as your eye moves down the picture.
Well that’s all for my photography tip, and now on to the thing I’m most excited about today. KariAnne got that publishing contract, and today is the official BOOK LAUNCH DAY for So Close to Amazing!!!
THIS book y’all (you can click on the link above to order). I received a copy to read as part of the launch team and I’m telling you, this book is more than amazing. It’s written for those of us who have tried real hard, but never quite made it to being quite as amazing as we set out to be. It’s a walk with KariAnne through her own Lucyesque life where, so many times, she thinks she has it all together, only to find out that life is a lot more complicated than those Hallmark movies make it out to be.
I laughed and cried and related to KariAnne’s journey every step of the way. I think you’ll love reading her story too.
By the way, did I mention that So Close to Amazing is the Number 1 best seller in the home decorating category at Amazon right now? Yes!
Here’s a slideshow that touches on some of the key sentiments in the book.
So thank you KariAnne, for teaching me how to take a great selfie so I could pass that on to my readers, and congratulations on your new book. You are a Rockstar!
I hope you’ll all check out the book, buy it for yourself or for a friend who needs to know how amazing they really are, just as they are.
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