Sunday, 16 December 2018

One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter

This dress was my latest make, something I finally got around to after the fabric sat in my stash for over a year! I was inspired by a really beautiful mushroom print dress I saw on Instagram, but when I looked it up and saw it cost £200 I thought yikes and found this fabric on Spoonflower to make my own.

A couple of weeks ago I learnt about the closing of Rookie and it got me on a real nostalgia kick. I admit I haven't read Rookie or even checked it's homepage for a few years, which was a really sad realisation as I used to love it. I discovered so many blogs through it's comment section of girls who were simultaneously so relatable whilst also feeling so much cooler than me! Blogging has changed so much in such a short space of time, and for me Rookie really encapsulated the best of it - when girls blogged like it was an online scrapbook, rather than the staged editorial style we get nowadays. So many of my favourite bloggers from back then have given up and no longer update, almost like a foreshadowing that Rookie would go the same way. Not that I'm one to talk, like I said I no longer read Rookie myself, but I found Tavi's final editorial letter moving as it's so easy to lose your voice and your authenticity online today. I've always thought of myself as an authentic blogger, but I realise I'm no where near as authentic as I used to be as I often find myself thinking that my blog needs to be more interesting - because being real doesn't qualify as 'interesting' anymore I suppose?

I dug out my Rookie yearbook 1 & 2, and bought 3 & 4 on eBay for a couple of quid. I always loved the aesthetic of these books, they're like big zines. It's weird reading back over them and realising how much Rookie taught me; it made me realise how universal so many of my experiences were and that there were people like me out there, and also that there are people that are different out there, and encouraged me to think more.

In the spirit of getting back to blogging like I used to, here's a playlist of songs I'm digging at the moment. For no reason other than I want to post it, which I need to get back to doing more of!


  1. Yay, I'm glad you're getting back to blogging in a way that you'd like to do it.

    I just published a post and thought, hmmm, do I really need to post about feeling down today, because I usually post about vintage finds and fun day trips. But I thought, no I'll just post it because I don't want to be inauthentic and pretend that it's all good times. X

    1. That's a big reason why I completely gave up my vintage blog in the end, it didn't feel authentic anymore as I felt so boxed in. Glad to hear you were able to get past it :)

  2. That dress is gorgeous, I absolutely love the trippy mushroom print!
    Funny you should say that, I was reading a couple of blog posts I'd written four or five years ago and realised that I've cut back on my sarcasm and attitude - I need to revise that! xxx

    1. Thank you!
      Yeah it's funny how it creeps up on you! I've always had very firm ideas against being like the usual 'blogger', yet I somehow end up falling into the mindset anyway and scaling myself back to fit. At least now I've recognized it I can stop it in it's tracks!

  3. I loooved Rookie style back on 2013, it was big on tumblr too, kind of petra collins-esque things, I'm also planning on making a little zine for my art school next year, I'm already two years in and I haven't made a zine:(, anyways what did u think abt bohemian rhapsody?? did you liked it?

    1. I always wanted to make a zine at my art school, but I never di get round to it! I've not seen Bohemian Rhapsody yet, not really fussed about it to be honest.


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