Thursday, 5 May 2016

Born to be a blogger - the making of CiCi Marie

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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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...

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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.

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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!).

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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.

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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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30 comments:

  1. Hahaha! What a brilliant post! It slightly scared me when I saw the ra-ra-skirt as you look about 4 there and I was about 14 (!!) when they were the height of fashion (I had two a pink one with white polka dots and a shiny red taffeta one with black trim on the edges of each ruffle!) My, I feel old! Anyway, a very happy birthday to you. I hope you have a wonderful day xx

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    1. I'm pretty sure I also had a shiny green one with black velvet spots ;) Ah, the 80s... Thank you :) x

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  2. Happy birthday! Those are such cute photos. (And you must be the only Brit i've come across who genuinely had a Christmas jumper 20 years ago.)

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    1. Oh yes, you better believe I had a Christmas jumper. I'm sure I probably had several... And thanks!

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  3. Happy birthday!! I can't believe you're 30 - I never would have guessed that! Fabulous pictures too, and brilliant commentary :D I'm going to have to get my mum to pull some of mine out now!
    xx

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    1. That's been a common theme for when I've told people what this special birthday is! I have to say, I do not mind looking young for my age!! I spent ages going through dust-ridden albums to pull these gems out. It was kinda fun though (for me, I don't think B was as happy about it!) xx

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  4. Happy Birthday! Such a funny post! Kx

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    1. Thanks - and glad you liked it! x

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  5. Happy Birthday to you. Love the pics of stylish mini Cici! Love your blog, Elaine.xx

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    1. Ha, glad you liked them :) thanks for the lovely comment x

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  6. Happy birthday CiCi! Such a cute post!

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  7. Happy birthday! This was a fun and funny read : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I'm just glad it was fun for people to read as I had a blast putting it together :)

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  8. This post warmed my heart through and through! What a beautiful look back at your childhood and earliest fashion roots, sweet CiCi. You are such a gem of a caring, sweet, smart, stylish, incredible woman and I feel so blessed to know you.

    May your birthday week, and each day of this exciting new decade of your life, be filled with joy, love, fun and vintage!

    Tons of hugs, my darling friend,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Yay, thanks Jessica :) And what a lovely comment - as usual you've really touched me! It's been a very good start to this new decade indeed - I have tonnes to catch you up on!! xx

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  9. Happy belated Birthday! How cute are these "pictures of you" (naming here a very famous song of the group The Cure :-) ) it is really nice to see where you come from (talking about fashion of course). Have a wonderful weekend and lots of blessings for this wonderful beginning of a new decade for you. Eva (from Luxembourg/Germany)

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    1. With great fashion sense like this, how could I not talk about it (though maybe not the hair crimping!)...? Thanks for the lovely birthday wishes :) x

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    2. The hair crimping is sooo 90´s! Thanks G*d I did not fall for that, lol! Enjoy this wonderful weekend, sun is shinning here in Germany :-)
      Eva (from Luxembourg/Germany)

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  10. Happy Birthday CiCi, such a lovely blog post and very cute photos x

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  11. I'm a bit late to this particular party but I'm sure I'll be hearing all about your birthday soon! This was very funny and sweet, I don't look half as cute as you in my childhood photos (you can blame NHS glasses for that!). Another 30 years of blogging eh?! I'm sure we will have moved on to some other technology by then, maybe we'll be posting 3D images that get projected into people's rooms or something xx

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    1. Well, that frankly sounds terrifying! You can do that, I'll just stay here writing a blog no one reads anymore!! xx

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  12. How did I miss this post? This is so cute and clever, I love that you found so many childhood photos and captioned them so perfectly. You were indeed born to be a blogger.

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    1. Probably the same reason I'm missing so many right now - life!! Glad you like it, I actually spent way longer than I should have writing it...

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  13. These photos are so cute. Happy birthday ! (I'm late)
    It reminds me of my childhood too because i'm 32:-)

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    1. Thank you :) and I bet some of those fashions are very familiar to you in that case...!

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  14. I hope you had a great birthday. This is such a fun post, fashion blogging was obviously always meant for you! Loved that first model pose photo in particular. I have been raiding my parents photo albums recently as I realised knitwear has always been a theme in my life and I'm going to look at it in a blog post.

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