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Wednesday, September 14

Soul Searching.









The last couple of weeks I've been having some doubts about who I am and who I want to be, but due to recent events I've learned a lot. The first thing is that I know who I am. The second thing is that regardless of knowing who I am, I haven't been that person that I am or I want to be. So I've been digging inside myself to figure out what I need to do to help that person escape and I've figured it out. Step one: get more involved with my friends and my college community; I've joined the psychology club, I'm going to try out for a school play, I've made dates with my new friends to go get gelato and go to a Jazz club, and tomorrow my new group of friends, my boyfriend, and I are going to play laser tag. :) The second equally important thing is the way I dress. Now don't get me wrong, I love how I dress, but there's no denying that I don't let all facets of myself show through it. So I'm going to embrace my hipster-side as well as my 90's grunge side. let me explain:

You may not agree but I feel that the 'hipster' movement was heavily inspired by the 90's grunge movement. Don't know what a hipster is? Don't know what 90's grunge is? I present to you definitions of both, brought to you by the inter-webs, followed by things the two have in common. :)

Hipster, N. :
Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. The greatest concentrations of hipsters can be found living in the Williamsburg, Wicker Park, and Mission District neighborhoods of major cosmopolitan centers such as New York, Chicago, and San Francisco respectively. Although "hipsterism" is really a state of mind,it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses. Both hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons, and are usually too "edgy" for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumer. The "effortless cool" urban bohemian look of a hipster is exemplified in Urban Outfitters and American Apparel ads which cater towards the hipster demographic. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities
Source, Urban dictionary

Grunge, n.; adj.:
A genre of music that originated in the 90's, a sort of relative of punk and alternative rock. Popular grunge gods include Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Rage against the machine, Temple of the dog, Motherlove bone, Black Market Radio, and countless more. People who follow the grunge crowd tend to look like this:
-Take as little effort as possible on appearance and dress for comfort and affordability (Second hand shops, tattered clothes)
-Reject the idea that one must always purchase the things that one wants or needs from others
-Like obscure indie bands, but disown those bands when they sign to major labels
-Never follow trends

Sound a lot alike, huh? Things you should do to dress like this:
  • Don't feel like you have to shower everyday. If you wake up and really don't feel like it, don't! Who cares if your hair is greasy?
  • Wear little or no make-up, or go dark and edgy, hell you can even go soft and feminine if you want! Who cares?
  • Band tees, cardigans (preferably with patches on the elbows, ripped jeans (preferably skinny), baby doll dresses, stripes, sweaters, tennis shoes,vintage clothes, whatever you feel like wearing.
So now it's time for my favorite part, pictures of inspiration. :3 yay! I will also post what I wore today! :D Except I took these pictures yesterday and instead of wearing the stockings I wore garters under my shorts so that the lace was hanging down and looked like part of my shorts, and I wore cut stockings for socks that hung out from the top of my boots. I did a metallic silver eyeshadow and plum eyeliner with powdered face and nude lips.

May I introduce you to the goddess of grunge, the widow of Kurt Cobain, the inspiration behind it all, Courtney Love!






















Gosh! :D it's so great, I don't know why I've been refraining from wearing this gorgeous style (which I've had the hugest crush on and love the music, plus I'm a hipster. :P ) But I shall no longer refrain.

                                                         

                                          

So this is my outfit, but the pictures aren't great and you can't see my kick-ass combat boots D:










So yeah. (:

Along with the grunge kick I wanna try to embrace my vintage side too, however grunge is a lot cheaper. lol. So at a fleamarket I recently found this gorgeous clutch and double-string of champagne color pearls. I <3 fleamarkets!!


So enjoy. Oh and check out mookychick.co.uk for great advice on how to live and how to dress for the alternative modern woman. :D

~~Lissi~~