November 23, 2008

the giant noodle and the giant rake will one day prevail




yellow floral tank top, black pencil skirt, and white button down; childhood closet. H&M tights. Forever 21 glasses. Thrifted scarf and purse. Photo by Kate.

You all seem to be commenting and emailing with some interesting but similar questions, and interviews can get somewhat repetitive. I figured I would start doing an FAQ, and answer a question per post for the next few posts. This time we'll start with how I got interested in fashion and blogging, etc.

The three things that got me interested in fashion are all pretty much the anti-fashion. And I don't mean in the cool Comme des Garcons way. Seventeen magazine, America's Next Top Model, and the nu rave trend (aka hipster culture and neon colors) were what sort of kickstarted my curiosity in editorial and runway. I know none of these really have anything to do with fashion-Seventeen is mainly composed of a bunch of BS about "a pop of color!", ANTM is pretty much centered around Tyra and using the word "fierce", and big-lettered, neon, Henry Holland knock-off tees that say things about Going Green and Peace and Partying worn by people who don't know they're wearing a knock-off speaks for itself.
Stephanie of Fashion Robot is my best friend's older sister, and one night back in February or March I slept over there with another friend. Stephanie let us raid her closet and did a photoshoot with us, posted it on her blog, and I finally saw what interesting and stylish clothes looked like. Stephanie knew I was getting a little more curious about clothes and blogging and emailed me some helpful blogging advice, links to other great blogs and sites, which magazines are worth the money, etc. I got very anxious and impatient so just started one myself, mainly out of curiosity to see what the community was like; I had only looked at about 4 or 5 before starting my own, and didn't read any for that long, either. A pretty hasty start, no? That pretty much explains why my URL is so lame/ew/was-I-sugar-high-when-I-made-that, and why my first few posts are rather shaky. It took me a while to get the swing of things, but I don't like deleting my old posts. It's interesting to see how my blog, style, and writing have changed and evolved since I started on the last day of March.

If you have any more questions, feel free to comment. I'll be answering more in the time to come!

49 comments:

Modelizer said...

I think we're on the same mental page about doing a FAQ. I'm been debating one for the last few weeks and I even had a very detailed dream about one last night.

But I think yours might be more interesting than my same 10 questions. haha

stylemagnet said...

I remember that first photo shoot! I'm glad you've continued blogging. Must admit, I hopped off the Tavi bandwagon for a while, but I'm back on & lovin' it.

Love the headband & purseeeee!

KD said...

I love this outfit! Man, you really know how to rock some pearls.

Hannah Cheeto said...

Um, I can pretty much say that the same things got me into blogging! Except I didn't know anyone else who blogged, I just read about it in Teen Vogue and then started one randomly. And I have a regrettable URL too. But anyway the FAQ should be interesting!

I have always wanted a parasol like that.

KD said...

Pearls?!?! What was I talking about?!? For a second I thought the chain on the bag was a string of pearls, haha. Well, still wore the white button-down very creatively, nice!

hazel said...

that purse is KILLER.

okay. mine's a dream dinner party question. if you could have 5 people alive/dead come to your dinner party, who would they be and why.

oh, and what would you serve? yum yum yum.

ginny said...

i can kind of relate. i got seventeen for a while because an actually good magazine went defunct and sent me seventeen for free. i pretty much did the opposite of what they said to do. it's a pretty amazing concept, if you ask me...

but, yeah, love the outfit :) :)

Amelia said...

The glasses, scarf and bag are ridiculously amazing. I love this.

Anna Shapiro said...

I'd just like to say that hipsters made me interested in fashion too, haha

And i love the outfit's 50's vibe, as i said.

Amanda said...

You are AMAZING! I am so impressed with your style and writing talent. My friend just sent me a link to your blog and I was floored to find you are only 12. Keep doing what you are doing. You have a real talent. Just curious...at what age did you become interested in fashion? Does fashion run in your family?

Nadine said...

Awesomely retro. The scarf/glasses/bag combo remind me of the mum in Edward Scissorhands.

Sunset said...

Your style is crazy but that's why I love it.

Derrick said...

You're the next Patricia Gozzi.

letslivefast said...

wow you're really... cool.(for lack of a better word haha)

your blog is amazing! :)

"With her fog, her amphetamine and her pearls." said...

I just started following your blog, and you've got some mad style, missy!

I'm really digging that purse, and I was kind of bummed to see that it was thrifted (because it means I can't get my grubby hands on one).

Great outfit. Love the glasses.

The Stylish Wanderer said...

I think some people wanna know the advice stephenie gave you, and the blogs she recommended.

Malena said...

I love that purse and the parasol. Your outfit is very refined.

by the way, you spelled Macaulay Culkin's name wrong in your profile. Culkin fans unite!

ambiquitous said...

gorgeous. this should be in lula mag.

In-tree-gue said...

this outfit is amazing! I love the glasses

Bimbi284 said...

I WANT THAT PURSE!!! Great find Tavi!

m. said...

new fan.

amazing blog - amazing taste. keep it up.

Lee Jones said...

the umbrella and glasses are fantastic.

The Chiconomist Celine said...

EYELOVEIT.

i am emma... said...

OMG ur r so inspiring and amazing I love your work! I got a Q4U....

whats your favourite fashion hot spot and why? where do you find all your unique clothes? is it chain stores, op shops or labels! please tell me (:

Johannsie said...

owh i really like your blog, very nice pics ;)

Isabel said...

This outfit reminds me of a liberated and whimsical cocktail-drinking woman of the 1950s. In a totally badass way, non?

Bimbi284 said...

BTW, since you're doing this whole Q&A/FAQ thing, I noticed you dabble in theatre. Out of curiosity, in what productions have you performed?

Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer said...

I don't remember how I found you, but I think you are very refreshing :-D

I'm a jewelry designer in Los Angeles and I have to read a TON of magazines and watch shows like ANTM because I need to know who's doing what in the industry when I go to parties but sometimes I wonder WHY they think what they're doing is FASHION.

I work with a bunch of great stylists who are forward thinking and I'm always impressed with what they come up with.

Keep up the great work. I'm enjoying checking in on you.

Kristy

Ana said...

This is like those We Can Do It Posters meets Luella. I likie.

jessinwonderland said...

I can't believe you are 12. I know you are but it seems incredible. You are literally inspiration for me.
xxxx

Bukuroshe said...

You are so right about antm. It seems like those models don't get anywhere. Also I luv 17 mag but its just not ''real fashon'' ya know.

Emily said...

I really like your outfit here. For some reason it reminds me of an '80s Molly Ringwold Movie. You're almost a character in Pretty in Pink.

abeospeaks said...

I just want to say that I think you a very creative, mature young lady. I commend you for celebrating your uniquness and I enjoy reading you blog!! That fact that you have started tapping into your creative side and such an early age and not trying to fit into what society considers "cute", or "fashionable" is amazing!! Keep doing what you do hun!!

Nice and Shiny said...

ARgh, those pictures are Gorgeous!! I want those glasses so very much, fake glasses are my passion.
The headscarf looks equally awsome. You look like a female rebel from the 50's, and pull it off like it's nothing! Sweet!
Are you in a hotel room, btw?
<3<3<3

Blanca Segura said...

Ha ha, nice! This one is sort of Cindy Sherman meets Little Edie.

Tavi said...

Thanks guys!

stylish wanderer-She recommended Style Bubble, Style Bytes, Kingdom of Style, and Flying Saucer, if I remember correctly. She told me not to care what other people think about my outfits :)

ana-I sort of thought We Can Do It too as I was tying the scarf xD Great minds, I tell ya..

nice and shiny-Mmmm, fake glasses are the best. And this is actually my friend's basement, but I think it's hilarious you said hotel room xD

Aysha's Rabbit Hole said...

love the outfit. I've been dreaming with one of those Chinese umbrellas, any clue where i can stumble across one!

cheers!

Tavi said...

Sorry, I wouldn't know, it's my friend's! I think she got it at a street market.

oddgirldiaries said...

hey,i really like your blog and style. you're cute too!

kirsty lee said...

i started my blog with similar haste. hence the silly title and constant layout changes.

i remember reading your first few posts, linked from stephanie's blog.

may do one of these q&a things myself soon

TEXTSTYLES said...

i really love that purse.
i mean really really love.

chlay said...

I love your hair bow/bandana
(sorry I can't think of the name, sleep deprived)
Extremely lovely :)
Chlay x

CupCakeCityDivas said...

adorable

Anonymous said...

You are precious!! So talented, you've got a bright future in fashion:)

Beverlism said...

This outfit = <3. Thanks for sharing.

ariela♥ said...

adorable

Zad said...

WOOW just today found out about your blog!!!
Deeply amazed I am!

poppy:) said...

love the glasses i has some in pink but i lost them :(

tiny dancer said...

Your blog is so original, thank you for bringing something new to the table! P.S. You are so fierce to mix and wear such unlikely combinations. Hope your blog continues :):):)