Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What I've been reading lately

Although I don't have a regular 'links' feature, I thought I'd share a few inspiring things I've been reading this week:

Lolita Charm posts a great many things of interest - even if you're not into the Lolita scene there's a lot of relevance to standing out from the crowd, the joy (and occasional pitfalls) of being different and dressing the way that makes you feel happy. She recently wrote about how to be alone, which (just substitute the word "Lolita" for "vintage") contains some great advice for anyone who's still working up the courage to go out in public in full victory rolls or crinolined circle skirts.

Also on the subject of dressing differently, Lindsay recently posted about public reactions to the way she dresses, and how easy it is to misinterpret a stare as a negative reaction when in fact it may be simple fascination, even admiration. I'll be honest, this isn't a problem I have as when I go out feeling fabulous in a pretty vintage frock I tend to assume that everyone else also thinks I look marvellous, though I rarely get any comments (perhaps living so close to Brighton no-one bats an eye at eccentrics like me!).

As I get more and more into crafting and making, I'm devouring DIY how-tos online. A current favourite (that I actually plan to put into practice) is the DIY teacup pin cushion - how cute!

When Casey linked to Kendi's 30 for 30 challenge last week it gave me the reminder I think I needed that you don't have to have a wardrobe of thousands of clothes to choose from to be stylishly dressed. I - along with a lot of you, I'm sure - sometimes get carried away wishing for a closet full of pretties, and get bored of what we already have. The challenge encourages you to see with new eyes what you already own. Since I don't actually own that many clothes (although more than 30, admittedly) I don't feel compelled to cut it down to 30 items, but I'm trying to keep in mind the essence of the challenge to remind myself that my wardrobe still has plenty of potential.


  1. love these links! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great links,

    but why would anyone need to "work up the courage to go out in public in full victory rolls or crinolined circle skirts."?? I shall give the artical a read to find out.

    I personaly dont have an issue with being seen in public with a full skirt and a vintage hair do, but i have been heavily tattooed for years and am used to being stared at!


  3. A lot of people do find it difficult to stand out from the crowd, and get uncomfortable being stared at. You and I obviously aren't bothered, but many are, and it stands in the way of them dressing the way they wish they could.

    xx Charlotte

  4. Thanks for the link to the Lolita Charms blog! Even though that particular style of dress isn't my thing, I've always admired Lolitas since they are so extravagant and confident. :)

    I think Lindsay's article hit on a topic that is far more of an issue for the majority of us who choose to dress differently. Especially in less-than-cosmopolitan areas. Though I live near a sizable city, standing out from the usual "FL bleach-blonds and spray tans" look means I get a lot of feedback from people--including negative. As confident as I feel (I really don't give a darn what people think of how I dress!), it can be discouraging that people sometimes don't realize how they are coming across to those who look different than the rest of society. They may mean well, but staring and giggling (and pointing--I've had people do that) is never polite in any circumstance. ;)

    ♥ Casey

  5. Thanks for the links! I'll check them out, too :)
    I admit to dressing down day to day. Mostly because I'm beauty lazy. But whenever folks stare I just choose to take it as a shy compliment :)

  6. Just read the links and love them all! Thank you so much for sharing them.

  7. The first link in particular has made a big impression on me. Thanks for posting.


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