Friday, January 28, 2011

Light as a feather

 Dress: Hannah Hardy, vintage, thrifted; 
Jacket: Aeropostale, thrifted; Boots: Target; Tights: Simply Vera;
Skeleton keys necklace: vintage, from Minx.

When I was 12, I had a couple neighborhood girl friends who were really into the movie "The Craft." You know, that movie starring Neve Campbell and Fairuza Balk about teen witches who realize they actually can invoke magic to do whatever they want until it starts to backfire (Come to think of it, it was the late 90s mash-up of "Heathers" and "Now & Then"). I kind of identified with the plot, feeling like an outsider in middle school. I got into that phase too, and spent the better part of 6th grade skittering between our treehouses reading up on spells (the love kind featured in teen magazines at the time), mixing things that looked suspiciously like potpourri, and developing an interest in amulets and candles. 

I didn't see much in the way of magic that year. I ended up doing rec cheerleading the following summer.

So remembering all of this makes me squirm a little, in the kind of queasiness you might get when re-read old yearbook signings that include cheesy acronyms and inside jokes that you no longer understand. Because you realize that your younger self was actually young and wide-eyed, despite wanting to desperately believe that you were already a hardened, infallible old soul at that age.

I think my 12-year-old self would covet this outfit. It's slightly grungy, and the skeleton keys I recently found seemed otherworldly.

So even though I'd rather not be in that pre-teen's proverbial sneakers again,  I  like paying homage to that time of my life, where orange soda, movies and twirling around with girl friends in a treehouse was the answer to Friday night boredom.

Spill: What would your 13-year-old self be wearing?

Happy Friday,

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