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.