8.4.10

Human Mold

Apparently, I mean according to close friends and probably hundreds of strangers (comments all over the web, complete strangers off the street), I look like Maggie Gyllenhaal.  I am so completely and totally OK with this and consider it a compliment since she plays some seriously awesome roles sometimes (ahem, The Secretary) and she has a quirky look that distinguishes her from the sea of other actresses in her arena.  How funny though.  To look like someone else.  I don't look anything like my sister, according to many, her and myself included, but I am the spitting image of my mom (digging up some iconic mom in her 20s photos today.)  To look like someone completely unrelated to you, gets you to thinking though.  Either I have a very generic face, or the concept of Human Molds is true, which is that there are a number of molds that are used to make people (just bare with me) and some get used more frequently than others.  I have found that no matter where I am, people think they know me.  I was the receptionist at Motel 6 in Colorado Springs, I have apparently graduated from like 7 high schools, I work at the espresso bar down the street (I went in to meet this doppleganger and she had been told that she looks like the girl from someone's yoga class, ME!  We saw the resemblance and it was our little joke!) There have been countless other incidents where almost embarrassingly, people have insisted that they knew me from "before."  I guess the cool thing is that no matter where I go or what groups I am with, I have an instant welcoming in! People let their guards down quicker.  Its interesting.

There are a few bloggers I think fit the same mold as me, right here in our blog neighborhood.



Idee Geniale

CREEPY right?  I mean, maybe you don't see it (it could be wishful thinking on my part!), but I have talked about it with Meg and Mel and we agree to being genetically linked in some way.  Do you fit a mold that you are aware of?  Do people tell you you look like someone, or do you feel completely unique?  Any feelings about that either way?  

62 comments:

Dip-tea said...

Ha ha ha, now I see Maggie everywhere! Love the backdrop! Where exactly are you? Its gorgeous(and so are you)! :)

Charmalade said...

That's an interseting concept, and maybe in some parts it's true. You know, I always thought that you resembled Chuck from the show Pushing Daisies (it doesn't help that I'm obsessed with that show), aka Anna Friel. You both have that ingenue look with bright blue eyes. And I have to say, Modern Age Charm is the spitting image of you!

Ramblings aside, I've been told once that I look like the Asian John Lennon. I don't think it was a compliment, but then someone said I looked a bit like Karen O. Which isn't too bad. :)

Toast with Charmalade

Emily said...

Yes! I always thought you looked a lot like Maggie!! And you totally look like those other bloggers too. Weird.

I get Julianne Moore a lot, which is funny, because I really don't see it. But I'll say it and someone will respond with an "OMG you are SO right." I am rocking the Lebowski hair right now, but I've gotten in over my hair stages...

Alyson said...

You and Meg look almost identical... like you really could be sisters and that is odd!

When I was younger, I got told that I looked a lot like sissy spacek. In high school there was a girl that went to my school that people actually got us confused.. which was odd. Our faces were similar but body shapes were totally different. Then, my boyfriend swears I look like Kristen Bell. Finally, at a bridal shop a few weeks ago, someone said I looked almost completely identical to Crystal Bowersox from American Idol.

Personally, I think I look so incredibly American German. From the muddy dark blonde, light brown hair, blue eyes, light complexion, boyish type body... put me in a drindl and hand me some bratwurst! AND... my boyfriend and I look strangely alike, but his heritage is American Indian (Sioux) and Norwegian!

Sal said...

I'd never have made the connection, but wow, you're right. You ladies DO look alike!

It's weird, I get told I look "famous" about as often as I get told I look like a specific celeb. I've gotten Anne Hathaway, Liv Tyler, Mary Louise Parker, many others ... but mostly, people just think I look like someone else. Which is way weirder.

tess said...

I look like no one, it is mildly unnerving, but it does mean I'm unique. that is so funny/odd that so many people believe they've met you before wow

Jammer said...

hahaha omg that is too funny - the best part is that since I've started following your blog, I've been trying to figure out who you look like lol.


http://jammer10am.blogspot.com/

Alexandra Hoover said...

I love these outdoor outfit pictures. That setting is gorgeous! Is this your backyard!???

Anonymous said...

I take the transit daily and love to categorize people in their human molds. I also always get told that I look like someone else. I think it's interesting and that someone should do a study about the different molds.

Rudi said...

That's so crazy! You totally have a "Human: Female" face!!! At least this means that you could work as a princess as Disney. They try to get several women that look alike so no one can tell the difference! I can totally see you as Snow White.

love, rudi
yousmellofapples.blogspot.com

kjlangford said...

Yeah, I've always thought you looked like Maggie, but also someone else- but yeah, it's CRAZY that there are 4 other style bloggers that really look similar.

I've also noticed (and maybe this is just the blogs that I read) that brunette style bloggers tend to outnumber blondes about 3 to 1. there are some great blondies out there, but the majority of style bloggers that I come across are not. Anyway, if that's a true statement, I have a theory on that one.

I actually think the reason that so many people feel that you look like someone they know is because you have a distinct look, not one that people see all the time. Bear with me! I know a lot of people who have kind of "generic" faces (I sound so mean, I'm not)- nothing really stands out and they look like a lot of people that I've seen before, so I don't feel the need to say "Oh you look like susie, and jane, and lauren, and this girl that I knew from camp, and someone I met yesterday"- because that's just like saying "you look like everyone I know who has brown hair".

You, on the other hand, have a distinctive look. And everyone knows just ONE person (and sometimes that's Maggie G) who looks like that, and because we only know ONE we go "OH! You look like Sarah!!!" and flip out.

How's that for a theory?

Trishna said...

I know it may be creepy ut the inherent advantages sound fascinating. However I am totally blown away by your background and outfit. You look like you're vacationing in some kind of hill station.

What is this place

Trishna

Taylor said...

I never realized it before but now that you say it, you do TOTALLY resemble Maggie Gyllenhaal! You're both pretty fabulous :)

grace said...

when i was 8, my 4-year-old self magically appeared on the cover of an mci friends and family brochure that came in the mail. it scared my mom and dad. i wonder where that girl is now and if we still look exactly alike.

Celine said...

Holy crap, I totally see it (with the other bloggers you posted). That IS creepy. I can definitely relate, btw. People tell me ALL the time that I remind them of someone. It's...odd. :)

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jen lainy said...

You do resemble those other bloggers but for me the only people I look like are my family. Other than that I don't think my mold is very common...lucky me!!

Hannele said...

I see quite the resemblance with miss Helmi! it's indeed interesting how we notice familiarity before novelty which I'm sure is very natural.
As for me, I find it almost uncomfortably flattering to be compared to the ones I sometimes am compared too. It's like being compared to the recipe that has similar ingredients but tastes better! hhmm

On a side note, what beautiful setting you live in! It must be refreshingly kind to your soul ;)

kate, miss twinkletoes said...

I totally see it! I get that a lot too, except for Uma Thurman, especially right after Kill Bill. Once even some thought I was her on a plane.

www.twinkletoes-golddangles.blogspot.com

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

Whoaa I never really realized how much you, Chandra and Mel look alike until I see the pictures together! That is fun because you're all GORGEOUS.

Sara Lynn said...

omg I JUST did a post like this yesterday!! NO joke,

http://chubbylumpkin.blogspot.com/2010/04/sara-loves-kyle.html

Natasha said...

Well you once told me that I looked like a younger version of you..and now when I look at all the pictures of these girls I can definatly see similarities to my looks as well. The Human mold is a good theory..but another possibility is that many women are influenced by the same things so they pick up the characteristics that they like from other people such as the way they smile..the way they do their hair and their make-up and also the way they dress...so maybe it's not the way we were molded but more the way we are trying to mold ourselves?!? If that makes any sence at all. Not to say that we're all a bunch of copycats..but sometimes without even thinking about it we do it...it's kind of like an accent...I have a very Canadian cousin who married a man from England and over the course of time my cousin has an extremely english accent which she picked up from being around him soooo much.....wow I'm rambling..haha...basically we are easily influenced people!..

SarahAnn said...

CRAZY! You guys do look alike--and even where the features aren't identical, the "feel" is still the same.

My celebrity look-alike is Kate Winslet. People stop me on the street and tell me that. But it makes me feel weird. What do you say? I just say thank you, because I take it as a compliment, but I don't much know how to respond beyond that!

SarahAnnNoel.com

Amanda said...

You guys do look alike, I guess I never connected it before!

I think I might have been told I look like someone else once or twice...but being bi-racial, I feel really unique. There are so many ads/models/celebrities that supposedly show what a beautiful white woman looks like, or a beautiful black woman, or any sort of specific race. And so many people are rebelling against it now (which is great) and deciding what's beautiful for themselves.But I've had to do that my whole life! Growing up, I had to figure out my own idea of what's beautiful for me since I can't really relate to one specific group.

myedit said...

I've always put Mel and you as blog sisters in the files of my mind... crazy, huh?

Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

Loveeee your outfit! Great socks and cardi! :) And you guys totally look like you could come from the same mold!!

Jocelyne said...

Isn't it funny to look like someone else. I get told all the time that I look like Kristen Dunst. It's crazy that you resemble so many people though. I think you are very beautiful and somehow have that "all american girl" look that can resemble many different people. I love the story about the coffee girl, thats amazing.

San said...

hahah, yeah I've recognized the resemblence. And I really like "The secretary", such a good movie and one of my all time favs.

Cute outfit and fantastic pictures. Cheers

Jen said...

I love Maggie G and I can definitely see the resemblance!

There's a presenter here in the UK called Nicky Hambleton-Jones who is blonde with glasses. When I had long hair people always commented on how we looked alike. Someone even asked me for my autograph once!! :)

Carey said...

You have just been looking so alive and so beautiful in recent posts, it makes me smile. I have been doing scroll down and scroll ups over and over on your outdoor shots---you're beaming! It's the dose of happiness I definitely need in my life right now. So thanks :)

Carey

Annebeth said...

I only see the resemblance to maggy gyllenhaal, and it's more in expression than in features. She has more of a goofy look on her face (don't get me wrong, I think she's really beautiful in her own way, she's got bedroom eyes!), and you are more clasically beautiful :) I used to look like christina ricci when I was a kid, and now people compare me to miranda from satc and katy perry. The first one if my hair is shorter, the second one if my hair is in a bob. I prefer the Katy Konnection, though :D

Kimberellie said...

I do see the resemblance with Maggie G! As for me, no, not really. I've always been told I have a unique face. Which I guess means my mold isn't used so often! I've also been told I look like Audrey Hepburn and I never used to see it. But now I think we may have a similar smile!

Oh, and I hear this outfit. Oh, and THAT'S where you live? Wow. Totally magical. That's it. I'm visiting. Expect a knock (as soon as my son gets up from his nap, that is).

Diana said...

Wow, I never noticed the resembelance between you and Maggie and those other bloggers before, but now I totally see it!

I always used to wish that there was a celebrity that I looked like. Then I had a kid tell me I look like Selena Gomez, who's only seventeen or so. Awkward.

Alecto said...

whoooooa. weird! I guess everyone has a doppelganger? or 3? or 4?

Hannah said...

I'm really loving all the lovely shades of whites you've been wearing lately. They seem so appropriate for Spring.

I never noticed the resemblance with Maggie, but I totally see it now!

I have been told I have a unique face. Since I was a young kid, I've loved the whole acting thing, so being different characters is right up my alley! I have one of those faces that can pretty much imitate anyone, with a little practice. (as well as voices, love doing voices!)

I actually go to a church where there are 2 or 3 girls younger than me who could seriously be my twin and people often come up to me and asked if I'm a) that person, or b) related. I never am. haha

Lel said...

My mum has the same thing as you- people always think they know her. She finds it really funny and always smiles so widely back at them. I think that's sort of why though, she's a friendly smily soul and everyone knows one of those! People always say me, my sister and my mum look the same. But I think they are not really looking and just mistaking mannerisms for our actual faces! Love the outift today and the backdrop is just awesome- makes me want to visit America :)

fashionforwriters.com said...

What an adorable post! I think you bear resemblances to all of these pretty ladies, including Maggie Gyllenhaal, who I think is a kick ass celebrity doppleganger!

I think people always think I look like their younger sister or their friend's younger sister or their friend from high school, which makes me wonder what it is about my face that reminds others of young women who are sort of on the fringes of their social circle (sister, old friend from high school.) And of course, there's the offensive, 'you look like [insert any of the 3 asian celebrities known in america even if it's a a dude]!' which would be funny, except, it's not at all.

xo Jenny

Vanessa said...

I get Tina Fey sometime, but I think it's just because of the glasses. Lame.

However, I really do see Maggie Gyllenhaal for you. Total compliment! I adore her as well.

Kat said...

how crazy! I read nearly all of these ladies blogs and have not noticed until you lined you all up in one post. You really do all look similar! How crazy.

I always get told I look like Kate Cebrano who is an aussie singer.

Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes said...

I've never made the link between you and Maggie Gyllenhaal until you mentioned it just now, but I agree, you really do. I also thought awhile back that Idee Geniale looked like Zooey Deschanel.

Tanvi said...

OMG you all do look alike :)

I love your look. Thank God the sun is shining now :)

tywo said...

It's so creepy. All of you look alike..haha..
I love your photos, and the scenery is gorgeous!

LOVE!

RETRO REVA said...

I totally believe in facial character molds! There seem to be about 10 or so. You DO look like maggie, I thought that when I first saw you!

Lara said...

Hmm. I dont know of anyone that looks like me really. Sometimes people say I look like Sara Evans but that is about it. I think my heritage is too mut-like for anyone to really look like me!

Also, is that where you LIVE?? Oh MY GOD. I want your view!! Chicago is so boring compared to that

Anonymous said...

I also think you look like the actress in Pushing Daisies (link to her picture with your trademark look), that was the first thing that came to mind when I stumbled unto your blog a while ago.

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01385/Pushing_Daisies_1385841c.jpg

By the way, your blog is the most inspiring out of all the ones that I follow. Your sweetness, honesty, and overall personality somehow manages to seep throughout your blog in a very genuine way, which always keeps me coming back.

A. Cruz

barefootandvintage said...

um..love the secretary. i actually just saw it a couple weeks ago!

i feel like i look pretty unique. no one ever says i look like anyone famous...hmmmm...it would be kinda cool to have a doppleganger, but i suppose i like having my own look.

:)

(especially when i'm rockin' my natural red hair!)

MamieGirls said...

Hi Love! Haven't chatted in a while and wanted to make sure you were doing well and to tell you I LOVE this outfit! SO CUTE!

xoxo,
MamieGirls

ps - you and mel do look freakishly alike!

Emma said...

Great observation! I get that all the time too!
Almost every time I meet someone they tell me I look familiar and then they spend a few awkward moments trying to figure out where they've seen me before.

My friend thinks that I was famous in another life and when people think I look familiar it's because they are remembering me from their past lives.

LOVE the outfit today and by the way that's a pretty incredible backyard/mountain range you have! No wonder you have so much style inspiration!

-Emma

{megs in wonderland} said...

woo hoo!!! maggie molds unite!!! i am still dumb founded that you think i look anything like you and these other beautiful women! youre all beauties.

ps i was in paradise bakery the other day, and the man behind the counter went, "excuse me, but what race are you? you have a really unique look."

it was kind of weird. i didnt know what to do or say so i just stuttered and replied, "oh, uhh i'm white?" and walked away. does this ever happen to you???

xoxo

miha, skinny buddha said...

now that you mention it, I can see the resemblance. it's weird, right? people tell me I look exactly like my sister (we both deny this), and way back in secondary school 2 different people told me they saw a guy about my age who looked like me. now that's really creepy. I wasn't even a tomboy, so where did that come from? haha

ChloƩ said...

wow! you totally look like meg! i just came over from her blog and thought those first few pictures were here! you girls are all sooo beautiful!!

Joa said...

Haha, I read all of those blogs as well! And I'm always weirdly proud when a Finnish blogger is mentioned... Stupid or not!

Ps I love these pictures - the outfit, mountains, sun... Lovely!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I couldn't put my finger on it, but once I read Charmelade's comment it popped into place. You do remind me of Chuck on Pushing Daisies! I had never noted the resemblance between you and these other bloggers, but you do have some similar features.

I haven't been told that I look like many celebrities, but I have heard that I have a couple of doppelgangers out there.

Katie said...

I hadn't thought it before, but now that you've said Maggie Gyllenhaal I can totally see the resemblance!

communikate. said...

You totally look like Maggie!

Cute blog!

Tracy said...

What a totally interesting and fascinating post! You do look like the ladies that you posted pictures of, and also like Maggie, but you most certainly still have a look all your own ;).
I've been told I look like a few people, but it doesn't happen all that often. People don't tend to think they know me--but somehow my look has inspired curiosity at times--I've had people debating about my nationality, and have been told by a stranger that I look "foreign". lol. One of my favorite comparison has been to Vivien Leigh, because I love her look and I love the whole old fashioned actress look and style.
My husband gets the 'you look like' a lot....so maybe he's a more common mold? lol I just think he's adorabel :)
Such a long comment, wow! but this is a fun post!
Hugs,
Tracy

hannah said...

so many brunette QTs! i see the similarities, but you are also all unique :)

Alli XT said...

This is so interesting to me - other than my sister (who I don't look very much alike), I have never found another doppleganger in real life. A promoter I worked with recently suggested that he thinks I look like Natasha Beddingfield (I'll take it), but otherwise, I've been on a (I know, weird), search for someone else who fits my mold. All of my friends have dopplegangers, celebrity and otherwise, as does my boyfriend. I want one too! ;)

Dusty Rose Vintage said...

never put it in these terms, but i sooo believe in this concept! not sure who mine is, but i'm sure there are plenty out there!

whimsy said...

just found your blog via megs...and i love it! you are gorgeous! prettier than maggie...but similar!
loves to you!
britt

Kodi Fujii said...

absolutely love the outfit.. shades and shoes and long socks. amazing..

Hayley Bash said...

i am so glad i found this post!

i was seriously thinking 'her and Mel from Idee Geniale have GOT to be related - why isn't she mentioning it?!'

you are soooo alike. same smile and everything. i was sure you were related.

Fia said...

Old post, but since you linked to it recently, I thought it would be okay to comment.

I totally get what you are talking about with the idea of a human mold. It's like even though most people have a unique look, there are types of features and infinite ways of combining those features. Sometimes the prominent features make it possible for people to resemble others. It's like even if they aren't identical twins, the essence of their features are similar and the an uncanny look-alike but not quite. Does that make any sense?

I'm often told that I look like a) Julia Roberts (I've been getting this one since I was 16 and it's the one I get the most), b) Famke Janssen (don't get this one as much anymore since the X-Men movies are no longer current) or c) "You look like someone famous but I can't quite place who."

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