Honest- I Have a Mean Face

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I love to read blogs that are real. Real people, who are really good at what they do, with real stories. Being real is one goal that I have for my blog, but it’s not easy. So I figure I’ll share a realization blogging has brought me. One of the most real things I have discovered about myself while constantly editing my own photo is... that I have a mean face. On accident.
My husband has told me many times that I give mean looks to people. And apparently I do. A LOT. But I also NEVER mean to. You know how some people have a happy, cheerful, smiling face? I happen to have a scowling, judgmental, mean face as my normal face.  Want some proof?
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How about some more?? This is seriously a problem!! (It was discouragingly easy to find these examples in my outtakes.)
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We used to drive to Utah as a family on vacation every summer. When I was probably 12 we were on our trip and stopped at a gas station for a bathroom break. This is when I caught my first glimpse of this issue. I was leaving the bathroom and a very rough looking teenage girl was on her way in. I briefly looked at her as we passed and went on my way. No big deal. Didn't even make eye contact with her- UNTIL she turned around and half shouted, "What's your problem *@#%??!!?? Do you want to fight???" Um what?!!?? My shy, awkward, glasses wearing self scurried back to my parents van in a nervous sweat as fast as my beating heart could carry me. Was she talking to me?!? What on earth?
Now I am seeing what she may have picked up on…..Anyway since then I have tried practicing smiling as I walk around or drive, just to have a pleasant face on. But it feels so goofy! How do I get over this??

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So now you all know the truth. If you know me in real life and have ever or always felt like that gas station chick, just remember awkward 12 year old me. I never mean it. I just have a mean face- but hopefully not forever!!
(I thought you all would enjoy this last one- just for fun. I clearly was describing something awful when this photo was taken…..but I sure look mean don’t I????!!??)
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Have a great Thursday! Hope this made you smile!

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22 comments:

  1. first time popping in...and I already adore you..how hilarious..
    firstly I don't think you look all that mean...just serious...but I LOVE the gas station story...Ha!
    Following along via google...
    Had a chance to scroll through some of your outfit posts...great style lady! And adorable lil one...I have two lil men who I adore.
    All for now.
    C

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  2. I love your blog!!!

    And I can totally relate! I've been told that I give off the stuck up and stand off ish vibe all the time, unless I'm purposefully smiling. Which is awkward in and of itself!! :)

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  3. Kilee, this was hilarious, besides the crazy girl trying to fight you in the bathroom! In high school, sometimes people would ask me what I was so mad about in the hallways if I wasn't smiling. I guess I usually had a dopey smile on my face... So if people are used to you smiling and you don't, then they think you are mad, too. Sometimes people just aren't smiling! LOL. But I love your angry looking out takes:)

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    1. That is so funny! Who knew there was an opposite problem! I never think you look goofy- people who smile look nice!

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  4. haha...I totally understand! I had many friends in college who told me they'd see me on campus and I just looked ticked off as I was walking from class to class...like so much so that they were afraid to say hi. Nice! I guess some of us are just born with that mean girl look...now I try harder to make sure to smile! =)
    Jenni
    www.foundinmycloset.blogspot.com

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  5. Haha! I totally have a mean face too! I am glad that I am not the only one. I am sure that people think I am a total brat.

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  6. I have the same problem! My husband will come up to me and say my mom mom wants to know why you're mad, or why are you having a bad time? I'm totally not, it's just my face! I've had people ask me if I'm mad at them. What? I even had one lady I glanced at in a Walmart parking lot. She stopped and tapped on my car window and demanded to know what was my problem! Ha! Kind of like your bathroom experience! I need to do what you do and practice looking pleasant! I think you are adorable even if you look like you want to fight a teenage girl in the bathroom!

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  7. Ha ha! That last one is the best. And I have the same problem too. Even if I just close my mouth, my lips make a frown. And I have total scowl lines and squint (and ame confused...) a lot. Whoops! ANY time people catch me off guard in pictures I am embarrassed because I always look like a mean bratty girl! Let me know if you ever figure out how to fix it!

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  8. I have deep wrinkles between my eyes that make me look like I am angry when I am not! I keep telling my hubs he needs to get me some work done!

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  9. Funny post. The last picture reminds of my face when I am "counting to 5" in order to get my little ones to do something. You're definitely workin' the serious face in the 2nd photo- model perfect!

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  10. Knowing you personally, I have seen those faces but they aren't "mean" looks. You are the sweetest person on this planet and I would stick up for you, if needed in the gas station again!!

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  11. Ha, I have the same problem. I remember when I was in 4th grade this 6th grade girl wanted to beat me up because I made a mean face at her. I remembering telling my mom and she told me I always made mean faces at others. I would practice and practice in the mirror, trying to make a nice, happy face and like you I always felt funny. Now that I am an adult, I catch myself making mean faces but seem to have it some what under control, but honestly, it's like you can read my mind by facial reactions....

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  12. This is really hilarious. I love it - especially the last pic!

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  13. Just found your blog and already know I am going to enjoy being a follower! I too have so many "outtakes" that look like I am just ticked at someone! It is reassuring to know I'm not the only one! I end up using some of them occassionally. Stop by and visit sometime if you have the chance - you will see what I mean! http://365daysofsarastyle.blogspot.com/

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  14. This is HILARIOUS. My favorite is the story about the girl in the bathroom. So funny. I can't tell you how many bad photos I have from when I take pictures, so you're not alone!

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  15. Ahhh! Girl I can SO relate! I have always been mistaken for a total snob and random strangers will sometimes pass me and give me "the look" which quickly tells that I must be giving "the look". Ugh I hate that! I have tried to walk around with a purposeful smile and then I feel I look ridiculous! Lose, lose! ;)

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  16. i'm so glad I found this post! I wrote one just like this a few weeks ago and wrote how my husband always looks so happy but that is just his natural face and i just look mad!

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  17. I adore you! you are so real, that's why your blog is the first one i look at every day. You look gorgeous, but you are gorgeous inside, first. Love you and your beautiful family.
    I love the way you dress and your blog is just fantastic!

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    1. Thank you so much! You made my day Caroline! Being called out as real is the highest compliment to me!

      kilee

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  18. Meeting you at SNAP, I didn't even think this. How funny, I always thought you looked super nice!

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  19. OK, I just stumbled upon your post Kilee, and I love it! I'm so glad that I'm not the only one afflicted by this disorder! Seriously! I'll have people that I've been friends with for a while say to me, "when I first met you I thought you were going to be the meanest person ever, but once I got to know you I found it was the furthest thing from the truth." And I've since realized it is because I have a mean face! I'm working on my "relaxed" face, but it's just the way it goes! Geez. LOL

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  20. I read an article in a magazine last year where Anna Paquin called it "B*tchy Resting Face" lol! My kids ask me ALL the time if I'm mad because I seriously have this same problem!

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