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When Fashion Gets Ridiculous: The Best Outtakes of 2017

Ahhh yes…the fashion blogger. She curates a blog and Instagram full of drool-worthy, jealousy-inducing fashion shots. Everything from the “perfect twirl” highlighting her Olaplexed hair, to her prancing across a busy Manhattan street featuring a Chloë Nile Bag in cognac leather. The one that she – beyond any comprehension – managed to snag the week it was released.

She wants you to think that this is her life…full of dreamy destinations, gorgeous clothes and millenial pink. But we are all learning that this isn’t the case. Like, AT ALL. For every Insta-worthy shot, there are 50 of her in various stages of embarrassment and imperfection.

I can speak to this personally. The open flys ruining shots (close up shop, genius!), the boogers hanging out of my nose on those -30ºC days, the weird facial expressions, toddlers and animals photobombing, the food shots that are more disgusting than “Bon Appetit” and so on and so forth. In my almost three years of blogging, I’ve seen it all. And you know what? These candid shots are good. They are way more entertaining than the head to toe perfection. So that’s why I’m treating you today to my own fabulous ridiculousness. Enjoy!

The “I Look Drunk and Overheated” Shot

This shot was taken on a late summer day. It was hot, it was blindingly sunny, and my friend Tara and I decided to treat ourselves to some refreshing sparkling wine. She took this snap to test the light. It all converged to create a ridiculous storm.

The “I Have No Idea What’s Happening Here” Shot

Nuff said. LOL!


My friend Alyssa of Ms. Beltempo is one of my fave people to collaborate with. She’s a trooper…always wanting to take the best shot and up for shooting in any condition. This day was windy and cold. I’m laughing as I type this as I believe that day was about 10ºC. It’s is now -38ºC with the windchill.

The “I’m Having Way Too Much Fun At Fashion Week” Shot

Here I am with my sister Erika at Toronto Fashion Week FW2017. I’m Zoolander, she’s Hansel.

The “You Can Stop Shooting Now!” Shot

Tara makes me laugh. She keeps shooting once you think you are done just to get shots like these. My husband does the same for the sole reason of making fun of me afterwards.

The “Are My Boobs Still There?” Shot

Just checking to make sure they didn’t disappear.

The “You Betta WEEEERRRKK!” Shot

Haha! That was a good day. A bus load of tourists watched on bewildered as I marched across the street to my husband who then pretended to not know me.

When A Pigeon Knows He’s Hotter Than You

This adorably chubby pigeon wanted in on the action. He knew he was hot with his colourful feathers, great waddle and compelling looks. “I’m the one dominating style, Style Domination. Move over.”

The “Try Something Different With Your Legs” Shot

This picture was sooo ridiculous, sooo awkward and sooo unnatural that it still makes me bust out laughing. What’s wrong with my legs? Why am I half-asleep? Am I half-asleep or drunk? Who knows???

The “It’s Too Cold For This Shit” Shot

The weather in Ottawa went downhill FAST. This popular street in Ottawa is like a wind tunnel. With its somewhat close proximity to the water, it’s constantly windy and freezing. Tara and I froze our buns off that day and made a promise to each other to take it indoors for the rest of the season. I’m still thawing out from that shoot.

The “You Can’t See My Underwear, Right?” Shot

Alyssa and I thought it would be fun to take a few shots sitting on the curb, which stressed me out because this ain’t no dress! It’s a long top. And the good citizens of Ottawa don’t need to see that much of me.

The “I Don’t Really Drink Red Wine Shot But It Looks Good On Instagram Soo….” Shot

In all fairness, this shot was taken the morning after I had one too many white wines. Ugh.

The “You’re Going To Have To Tase Me To Get Your Dog Back” Shot

I’m considering having this shot framed. That day was a lousy one. My Dad was really sick after his transplant, I was in a foul mood, I had to get this shot done for a campaign and I was stressed and feeling rushed. This sweet girl saw us shooting and wanted to know if we’d like to photograph her pup to “up my IG game” – her words, not mine. Bless her.

Little Poe saved that day. I was in tears, he was so cute. So soft, so cuddly and he smelled good. GOD.  As you can see, I didn’t want to let him go. My husband had to wrestle the poor little guy away from me.

The “Beauty Blogging At Its Ugliest” Shot

More concealer!!! MORE CONCEALER!!!

The “These Weights Are Wayyy To Heavy” Shot – Part 1

My husband who takes the bulk of my blog pics has turned into quite the perfectionist. This translates into me holding poses forever…like this shoulder press where I was clearly dying. Yeah, those are light weights. SO???

The “These Weights Are Wayyy To Heavy” Shot – Part 2

Dave wanted a natural look which meant a few thousand takes. I was dying at that point.

Master Boob-Checker Shot

I’ve done so many photoshoots at this point that I’m immune to people looking at me while the shots are being taken. I don’t care anymore. I just want to get the best shot possible and be on my way. So, don’t be shocked if you see me out and about cleaning my nostrils, checking my boobs and obsessively ensuring that my zipper is up while being photographed. Yep. This is my life now.

The “Make Love To The Wall” Shot

I’m a goof. What can I say?

Hope you liked this real look into the photography of Style Domination. Hope you guys feel like you know me even better now! LOL!

Happy New Year!

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. December 29, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    This was the best!! I have enjoyed following your blog this year! Glad our paths crossed!!

    • Dominique
      December 29, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Thank God for Instagram, right? LOL! Thrilled we virtually met. Wishing you and your adorable family a healthy and fruitful New Year!

  2. December 29, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    Hahah thank you, I am cracking up. Happy New Year girl! Xx

    • Dominique
      December 29, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      LOL! So glad I could make you laugh, Torey!

  3. December 29, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    ahaha i loved all of these! SO glad to be one of your photography buddies! 🙂

    • Dominique
      December 29, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks for allowing me to let loose, Alyssa! Lol! Happy New Year, babe!

  4. December 29, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Happy New Year’s my gorgeous friend! You look fabulous still in each and every shot!

    • Dominique
      December 29, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Ahh Debbie! You’re the best. I can’t thank you enough. Wishing you and your beautiful family a fabulous 2018!

  5. December 29, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    ahhh I love this! I have so many outtakes that I can relate to! especially the ones after you think your photographer is done shooting but they aren’t haha!

    xo megan

    • Dominique
      December 30, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      Hahaha! Those are always the best/scary! Happy New Year, Megan!!

  6. December 30, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    These are all great! Definitely put a smile on my face and made me laugh out loud. The pigeon and the puppy are two of my favorites. Love your sense of humor. 🙂

    Happy New Year!!

    • Dominique
      December 30, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      Hey Lora!! Your kind comments mean so much! Thank you! I love these sorts of posts where I really get to let loose and speak my mind. I think I’ll be adding that to my list of attainable resolutions for 2018. Hope to see you around my blog a bit more in the New Year. Thanks for reading and all the best in 2018!

  7. December 30, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    I love the real ness on this post girl! The weights picture is the best and all of these are so true!


  8. December 31, 2017 / 2:05 am

    I adore this post! I sometimes have more bloopers shots than shots I’ll use on the blog and this is fun way to showcase them. Have a wonderful NYE babe 🙂

    -xo, Azanique | https://wwww.lotsofsass.com

  9. January 1, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    OMG these are great and SO TRUE! I need to round up all my bloopers!

  10. January 1, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    Haha, I loved your outtakes, especially the “it’s cold, hurry up and take the shot” pose. I do that one all the time in the winter.

    • Dominique
      January 3, 2018 / 11:30 pm

      Hahaha! Sigh! Such is the life of the blogger!! Thanks, Cheryl!

  11. January 1, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    Outtakes are always the best– loved these!! 😀

  12. Jessica
    January 2, 2018 / 6:08 am

    These are so fun!! Loves that you shared them.

  13. Cristina
    January 2, 2018 / 9:26 am

    Oh man, the struggle is so real for us fashion bloggers. Thank you for sharing this fun post.



  14. January 2, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Seriously, I didn’t know how much I needed to see this post until now! SO hilarious and what a great way to end the year with humorous jabs at yourself. What a refreshing post to see.

    • Dominique
      January 2, 2018 / 4:07 pm

      WOW! Danasia! Thank you for your kind feedback! I got such an insanely positive response from this post. Me thinks I’ll have to do some more! Happy New Year, babe!

  15. Cheryl AR
    January 4, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    I can’t believe I’m late to post! Awesome 2017 fashion Dominique. Looking forward to 2017 hauls, tips and fun!

    • Dominique
      January 4, 2018 / 3:56 pm

      Thank you so much, Cheryl! LOL! I love seeing your comments! xoxoxox

      • Cheryl
        January 5, 2018 / 12:25 pm

        And you know I meant 2018. I think I didn’t have on my readers. haha But you get me … xoxoxox right aback at ya!

  16. January 10, 2018 / 11:21 am

    Hilarious! I keep trying to follow you, but it does not seem to work. It could also be that I lack the requisite level of intelligence….

    • Dominique
      January 10, 2018 / 11:38 am

      Hey Jeff! When I moved over to a self-hosted site, I lost that awesome “Follow” feature on WordPress.com. You’ll have to subscribe via email if you want to follow my lipstick-covered adventures…but totally understand if that doesn’t interest you – ha! Keep up the awesome work over on Drunken Cyclist!

    • Dominique
      January 18, 2018 / 3:01 pm

      Ha! Thank you!

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