As a very new blogger, I'm so delighted and surprised to be nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by the lovely Janey at Atomic Redhead, one of my very favorite blogs. I'm so honored she thought of me, let alone that my tiny, baby blog could inspire her! The icing on the cake-- among the wonderful blogs alongside which I was nominated are Jessica of Chronically Vintage and Lizzie of The Vintage Traveler, two ladies whose work I read religiously.
So! The rules of the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are: share seven random facts about yourself, and then nominate seven bloggers who inspire you.
Fact 1: I'm obsessed with lists and calendars.
This calendar is the order around which my life turns. I'd like to think it's just responsible and necessary, but the amount of time I spend planning and mapping things out on it points to just plain insanity. (I blurred some stuff out but just trust me, it's my best friend.)
Fact 2: I'm baffled by Pinterest.What do you do here? Is it an electronic Vision Board? What is the purpose?? I have no idea how to use Pinterest, and for far, far too long, I thought it was one of those unnecessary, made-up words like "jorts" to describe an interest in Pinter.
Really though, were we not all doing okay with the phrase "jean shorts?"
Fact 3: I'm a vegetarian... but I like fur.
Fact 4: I love learning languages.
|A view of the Middlebury campus, |
one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.
|Middlebury students in the 1920s!|
Photo courtesy of Lizzie at The Vintage Traveler--thanks Lizzie!
Fact 5: This guy here owns me.
This is Jack, my year-old grey cat. I was never an animal person--I don't want to eat them, but I never took to any of my family's pets growing up. Then this guy curled into my lap at the ASPCA and, well, now he owns me.
|Even when he chews my sister's sunglasses, he's cute.|
Probably not so much to her.
Fact 6: I'm just not that into Bakelite.
|image courtesy of bakelite4you.com|
*I'll also admit, until a few weeks ago, I thought it was pronounced Bake-lite.
Fact 7: This blog is named after Samuel Beckett.
|I mean... this looks like a funny guy, right?|
Or, more precisely, a line in one of his plays. Endgame is one of my all-time favorite plays, written by the Absurdist playwright Samuel Beckett. Though it deals in despair and existential suffering, it's actually a very funny comedy, if you do it right. The first lines in the play, spoken by Clov, are--
Finished, it's finished, nearly finished, it must be nearly finished. (Pause.) Grain upon grain, one by one, and one day, suddenly, there's a heap, a little heap, the impossible heap.
I promise it's a comedy!
Now I nominate:
1. Lisa at Mrs. Fox's Finery & Fancies. The profile of her wedding on Queens of Vintage actually helped give me the courage to start this blog, and to talk openly about being a queer member of the vintage community.
2. The simply stunning Louise at Pandora, for her insanely high-quality photos, her prolific posts, and her French-language view of the Paris style scene.
3. Fellow performing arts lady Frances at Polka Polish. I love her dual interest in vintage and nail art, and she wins for Woman Whose Wardrobe I Would Steal in a Heartbeat (sorry Frances).
4. Emma at The Fiercest Lilliputian, whose style is terrific, and whose beauty tutorials have helped me figure out the vintage beauty scene.
4. I can't talk about tutorials without mentioning Ashley at The Lisa Freemont Pages. I first learned how to set my hair through her videos, so I owe her an immense debt of gratitude!
5. Riikka at Harlean's Heyday is a definite inspiration. In addition to being a vintage style maven, she's also a member of the LGBTQ community, and even did a queer vintage photo series, to address queer visibility in the vintage scene.
6. Samantha's blog, The Couture Courtesan, is a new discovery (to me), and I've really enjoyed getting a broader view of fashion history through her 18th-19th-century lens. Plus, as a newcomer to sewing, it's amazing to see her creations!
Finally, I'm going to stretch a little outside the vintage community with #7:
7. Nikki Elledge Brown, The Communication Stylist. I went to high school with Nikki, who was and is just about the nicest, sweetest person you could meet, and her business has taken off in the last year. Her blog is chock full of help and encouragement for young entrepreneurs, and I've gotten more than a couple ideas from her work.
Go forth and nominate!