So here we are, today is my 30th birthday! I feel pretty excited about what this decade will bring - I'm only 7 hours in as I write this but I've already got a feeling this will be my best one yet. I like to get all reflective on my birthdays and special birthdays are no exception. I've had three decades of life and so much good stuff has happened - not least this blog (and all the friends and opportunities that have come with it) coming into my life.
But what led me to this point where I'm posting pictures of how I dress myself for the world to see...? I had originally thought that the desire to be a blogger was a recent thing, inspired by reading other peoples' blogs for years, however, it actually turns out I've been a fashion blogger in the making almost since birth. Seeing as it seems to be tradition to share pictures of when you were much younger and cuter for landmark life events, what better way to explore my path to outfit posts than to look back...
I've been nailing poses since I was 1
Speaking of looking back, how's this for a backwards glance (to show off the back-of-outfit details) and not to mention the perfect model pout? And you know what else? Look what's on the TV in front of me. Me. I've been staring at myself on screen since long before I took photos for this blog. No doubt I was reflecting on that mega-cute ruff and planning what I'd next wear it with.
I wore whole outfits based around cute novelty-wear
Take a look at that Christmas jumper and tell me if you own a better one now? And check out that perfectly coordinated skirt. Even my tights and slippers match the jumper. I mean, I like matching now, but I don't often match my slippers to my lounge-wear. This might actually mean I was a better fashion blogger before I became a fashion blogger.
I knew how to work a prop and a background
What a pro - the model gaze, the delicately-placed fingers, the one leg to the side and the matching prop, for that pop of mustard. I still like a floral backdrop to this day for adding some romantic whimsy and colour... It's just that now the flowers aren't usually above my head.
I was re-mixing clothes at 2
That's right, this is the dress from the last photo. You can hardly recognise it, can you, with that striking pink, over-sized bow and those knee-high socks? This dress has suddenly gone from the pop sock 50s styling of before to something altogether more 60s. Although, even then, I liked to mix my decades, judging on those Bettie bangs.
I knew an awesome skirt when I saw one
The adult me loves nothing more than an outfit composed of co-ordinated separates, especially one based around a fun, statement skirt. Does it get more statement than a pink, patterned ra-ra skirt? In fact, why don't I have one of these now? Just look how cool I was. I even have a matching ribbon. In fact, as you're probably gathering, I have always been a fan of matching. I've also always blinked in photos, apparently.
Told you I've always liked matching
Funnily enough, red and white is still one of my favourite colour combinations. I also still have a thing for stripes. Great photo location here too - why has the adult me never thought of taking photos on a swing? It's playful, it's cute and it manages to show off the whole outfit. Nice work, young CiCi.
I wasn't afraid to revisit poses
You're just rubbing it in now, younger me. I get it, you were a pro. You knew that if you found a pose that worked for you, you just keep working it. Also, you look good in bunches - the adult me certainly couldn't pull that off. Note I was all about the tea length even at this age (we'll come back to this).
I was rocking nautical before it was cool
Er, shall we just overlook the fact I'm sitting in Ronald McDonald's lap when there's a whole bench I could have sat on to the side there? Thanks. Because really, this photo is all about the outfit again (and not my dubious choice in men). Little did I realise my love of nautical dresses with great necklines started at such a young age. Thankfully, after experimenting with hair crimping I left it firmly in the early 90s where it belonged. Good to get those hair mistakes out of the way early...
I was years ahead with tea-length floral dresses
Told you I was all about below-the-knee even back in the day. This was largely accidental; child me was a great beneficiary of being below average height - every dress that was meant to be knee length was altogether more vintage appropriate on me. However, did I complain? No, I worked it.
I've always believed in the transformative power of make-up
I really did like a good face paint in my youth. Probably a lot more than my mum did, who had to get it all off my face at the end of the day. This love of face painting has carried right through to adulthood - only now I'm the one scrubbing it all off at night. And I go in less for the tiger look, these days, but I stuck with a catseye (ba-dum tish!).
I liked a good costume too
Speaking of cats... Surprising that I'm such a dog lover when you look back through old photos where I'm dressing like a cat every 5 minutes (although hats off to my first dog, Sam, who has managed to photobomb another photo here). Anyway, you thought Daphne was good? Yeah, I had some practice at the costume thing. Even if I'm a bit confused about my animals, as I think I'm actually doing a bunny pose. Those ears are kind of bunny too... but not the tail. Well, like I say, get those mistakes out of the way while you're young.
But above all else, I've always loved vintage (and fashion generally)
This top (along with the matching black trousers you can't see), is the first memory I have of having complete freedom to choose my own clothes. I'm fairly sure this was my 11th birthday and I remember the pure joy when I got this top. Which has a rather 60s, Mary Quant vibe to it, don't you think? Nice bob, too. It seems a fitting photo to end on (especially as it was my birthday), particularly as no one wants to see me in my teenage years. Two words for you: 'puppy' and 'fat'.
So there you have it, my formative years were just practice for being the blogger I am today. With this much early natural talent, how could I have done anything else...? Here's to the next 30 years...
Oh and yes, there will be a birthday outfit post, so stay tuned :)
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