Zhush Up Your Zoom

Bloomingdales cultured freshwater pearl earrings on sale. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

We’re staying connected with video conferences and FaceTime more than ever, and I think we’ll continue to do so even after stay-at-home restrictions are lifted. In fact, I’m “seeing” some friends more oven now via video chat than I did IRL before. I’ve come to think of these get-togethers as bona fide social events, and enjoy getting dressed for them.

Whether it’s a work meeting or a social gathering, here are a few tips to look your best on a video call:

  • be sure there’s some light on your face, and that your camera is placed high enough to angle down toward you rather than up.
  • wear one of your best colors near your face, whether with a top, scarf or accessories. (Be sure that it doesn’t blend in with your background.)
  • add accessories where it counts: around your neck and face.
  • you don’t have to do full makeup if you don’t normally wear it, but some lipstick will help you look more “present.”
  • if you wear glasses, try to minimize glare by shifting your light source or camera angle.

Earrings & Necklaces On Sale

If your “headshot” accessories could use a refresh, I’ve spotted some great video-conference-ready pieces on sale. At top, those freshwater pearl drop earrings aren’t too overwhelming, but will add a finishing touch. Currently 62% off.

Gold hoops with blue topaz drops. Details and more earrings on sale at une femme d'un certain age.

These gold hoops with blue topaz drops are so pretty, and currently 62% off. (Other stone colors available as well, just scroll down on the page. )

Eliou Paxi shell pearl bead necklace. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If your style leans more casual or Bohemian, this colorful necklace with shell and pearl charms is the kind of piece you could wear every day.

Margaret earrings with azure quartz. Details and more earrings on sale at une femme d'un certain age.

These hammered gold hoops with azure quartz drops are lovely, and not too large.

Bauble Bar mint button earrings with crystals. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If you prefer styles that don’t dangle, these sparkly button earrings have a fun vintage vibe.

Hoops with mix and match charms. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Mix-and-match charms give these hoops lots of styling options. These are available in silver or gold and there are several different charms to choose from. They were such a good deal, I ordered a set of the smallest hoops and a few of the stone charms to mix and match! (Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the product page and hit the More From This Collection button to see all available options.)

Best of This Week’s Sales

Bloomingdale’s – Memorial Day Sale, 30-50% off a large selection of regular priced items, extra 50% off clearance items.

Chico’sMemorial Day sale, including 40% off select linen pieces.

J.Jill40% off full-priced linen styles, code UNWIND.

Lands’ End – up to 50% off your order with code SHINE

Talbot’s – all sweaters, shirts, & blouses for $30. And 40% off everything else. (Only through 5/15.)

Vince25% off sitewide with code MAY25

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6 Comments

  1. Mary Hamilton
    May 15, 2020 / 6:54 am

    Hi Susan – loved this post. It’s so timely and you provide suggestions and advice that I didn’t think of. I also love the products.

    Thank you!

  2. Leoni
    May 15, 2020 / 7:14 am

    Exactly what I have been trying to do! So glad you thought of this. I have blue hoop earrings, a bright green jacket and sweater, a pink/green/blue scarf, light green earrings, etc. i have tried to wear bright colors and interesting shapes since texture doesn’t Really show. We Zoom from our kitchen table in natural light during the day. A whole new set of interesting challenges!

  3. Trish
    May 15, 2020 / 9:10 am

    Hopefully your suggestions re proper lighting and view from above rather than below will be heeded. Looking up someone’s nose is ugh. Not a good look!!

    • Janet D.
      May 15, 2020 / 5:58 pm

      LOL! That is so true! And I wish people would sit back from the camera a bit, too. I don’t need to see every pore on your nose & that whisker on your chin you forgot to pluck. As my grandmother was fond of saying, every woman benefits from a bit of mystery 🙂

  4. Susan M
    May 15, 2020 / 11:39 am

    If your background isn’t camera-ready you can use a photo backdrop from your favorite travel spot even on the free Zoom account. Mine is an Irish castle. The edge of your image may be a bit fuzzy, but this does the job of masking your real background.

    Here’s how:
    In the Zoom video screen where your image shows up, on the upper left corner, you will see a tiny shield with a check in it. Click this for settings. Half-way down in settings, you will see “virtual background”. Click. You can choose one provided or go to the box on the right with the + sign in it for options to add your own image or video. You can choose from your photo library, or elsewhere on your computer or device, and that image will show up in your background.

  5. Jan Whichard
    May 16, 2020 / 10:01 am

    I adore this blog and you but I have to disagree with substituting RL with video. We lose a very critical component of who we are by decreasing human RL interactions. What we are experiencing now is an aberration and IMHO should be viewed as a stop gap measure only. I have always stayed in contact with my friends and family who are all over the world and video capability with them these last many years has been terrific. Looking forward to being amid people again.

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