I can’t figure out whether I’m the world’s worst teacher or the world’s worst actor …. but you just gotta love a TikTok “trend” to take you well and truly out of your comfort zone!
The magazines from this video are more than ten years old, rescued from my parent’s house. Can you actually believe they were going to throw away my V O G U E P A R I S and E L L E C O L L E C T I O N S magazines?! I have seen the Vogue Paris magazine selling for £40 on Etsy – I think I will be holding on to mine thank you! And not because of the monetary value, but because these magazines remind me of a time when I was at uni, devouring magazines, recreating runway looks in Zara and Primark and spending my student loan on Gucci handbags.
A time when I was young and hopeful and MY fashion was fun! The places I found my inspiration felt a little more unattainable, more whimsical and romantic than Instagram; the looks I imitated were on models worn down the runway, in magazines and on FTV (fashion TV). For REAL life it was a little bit impractical – I dressed with my heart and soul and not with my mind and I guess that’s the beauty of it. It didn’t matter that I was recreating these runway looks in Primark or ASOS or Zara (those were my go-to shops back then). In my head I knew I was knew I was wearing a full look inspired by Marc Jacobs a/w 2009 runway collection and that made me feel GOOD and a little bit more fashion privy than the norm.
I barely look at runway collections anymore, I’ve stopped reading Vogue and started reading Breathe and seem to gravitate towards magazines about mindfulness. My clothes have become functional, comfortable, practical and mostly suitable for being a Mum who mostly leaves the house to run around after her child. It’s all a little bit bittersweet really, growing up. But I have grown up and that fascinates me for some reason – I guess I never thought I could! And I like growing up and I am proud of the woman I am becoming. However, I don’t ever want to grow up so much that I start to take fashion so seriously that I stop making excuses to dress up, standout and wear the clothes that I LOVE, instead of trying to blend in and get on with it!