A few months ago I wanted to start a zine, and I got a little bit of interest but most people never ended up sending me anything, so that never happened. It’s alright though, I have a few other plans to get to anyway. I did have the chance to interview two lovely ladies, and I don’t want to waste their well thought out answers, so I decided to publish them on the blog. The first one I’m sharing is by the charming Meagan. I’ve been following Meagan’s blog for a while now. I adore her mature, almost enchanting style, with clothes and words. I really admire the way Meagan writes on her blog, all the words fit together so well, always complimenting the mood of her outfits perfectly. I could tell Meagan was a special one from reading her blog, but after reading the answers to the questions I asked, I gained a whole new level of respect for her. This woman is amazing. I’m sure you will all agree.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING?
The wonderful people that i’ve been privileged enough to meet. Nothing about blogging is as enjoyable as making with other like-minded, creative, strong feminist women.
DO YOU EVER FEEL PRESSURED, IN ANY WAY, BY THE FASHION ‘BLOGGING WORLD’?
Of course! You’d have to have the steeliest backbone ever to not feel at least some pressure, and who has that? Most the pressure I feel comes from the fact that I’m older, and most bloggers are very young. Also I’m not super skinny or tall, and while I passionately believe in body politics that accepts all body types as part of the human experience, I can’t help but feel a tiny bit pressued by the slithe little creatures that populate the blogosphere. It’s something I struggle to reconcile with myself, and I’ve gotten better about it, but it’s there.
YOU HONESTLY HAVE INCREDIBLE STYLE, I’VE NOTICED THAT RECENTLY, YOU SEEM TO HAVE THIS DESIRE TO LOOK ETHEREAL. DO YOU HAVE ANY MAJOR FASHION OR STYLE INFLUENCES, WHETHER THEY BE INDIVIDUALS OR OBJECTS, OR ANYTHING ELSE?
I do? thanks! I personally don’t think my style is anything major, but it makes me happy and that’s what matters! I’m very inspired by music; I enjoy capturing the moods of music I’m listening to. shoegaze and dreampop are my primary source of inspiration. that style of music is heavily distorted and otherworldy with whispery vocals and transcendential moods. It’s music that is meant to envelop and cradle you, and create worlds that are not like this one, where your mind can can lose itself in a wall of sound. I try to express that with hazy prints and interesting textures. I’m slowly getting away from wearing all black and am excited to see my style evolving.
SPEAKING OF ETHEREAL, IT’S DEFINED IN THE DICTIONARY, AS BEING SOMETHING HIGHLY DELICATE, ALMOST TOO PERFECT FOR THIS WORLD. HOW DO YOU INTERPRET THIS MEANING, WHAT DOES DRESSING IN AN ETHEREAL WAY MEAN TO YOU?
Ohhh, interesting question! I like the idea of that space between sleep and wakefulness… maybe that place is a void of your innermost desires, or when you close your eyes and see swirling colors and project your thoughts onto those colors, maybe it’s a place that exists only a cocteau twins song (see: lazy calm on their album victorialand), but I like going to that place. I’m a very practical, hard-nosed person in my day-to-day life, so going to that place in my thoughts and outfits makes the most sense to me.
I’VE HEARD YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT OUR CONSUMERIST SOCIETY IN VIDEOS YOU’VE POSTED ON YOUR BLOG PREVIOUSLY, YOU ALSO OCCASIONALLY BRING IT UP IN YOUR POSTS. BEING SOMEONE WHO IS SO OBVIOUSLY INTERESTED IN SELF EXPRESSION THROUGH STYLE, DO YOU EVER FEEL BAD, OR A SENSE OF GUILT, WHEN PURCHASING CLOTHES?
No and yes.
I was forced out of my home when I was 17 and was completely financially indepedent at a very early age. My parents never help pay my rent or bills, never bought me groceries, never covered the cost of any practical expenditures. As a result, I spent my late teens and most of my twenties living in absolute poverty. It’s hard to be completely self-sufficient at the age of 17! I went hungry. I lived in squalid conditions simply because the rent was cheap. I stayed in an absusive relationship for way, way too long because my ex tended to my basic needs as a way to keep me from leaving him. Today, I have a great job that makes me very happy and pays me enough to buy things I need, and things I want every now and then. but It took a LONG time to get here, and it took many hungry nights and tearful days.
When I feel a twinge of guilt for spending my money on something expensive, I understand that it conflicts with my morals, but I also recognize that it’s a symbol of how far I’ve come. (Magnet’s note: I found this very inspirational, good on you Meagan!)
I REALLY LIKE SOME OF YOUR MUSICAL TASTES, DO YOU REMEMBER WHO THE FIRST ARTIST YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH WAS?
Sure do! Wilco, specifically the album yankee hotel foxtrot, when I was a senior in high school. I was obsessed with beck at the time, and a friend handed me the CD saying “oh it’s twerpy, kind of like beck. you’ll love it.” and I did. and I still do! and I credit that album with ingiting my love for music. (Haha, I had a phase of being obsessed with Beck too!)
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN EVER WORKING IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY, OR WOULD YOU RATHER ENJOY IT AS AN ‘OUTSIDER’?
Probably not! though I’ve learned that life has a funny habit of throwing you curveballs when you lease expect it. For now I am very happy working in low-income housing and making a difference in my community. Realistically though, I don’t have a college degree, and if a fashion job with a good salary/benefits presented itself to me, I’d probably take the job, if for no other reason than for more financial security.
YOU LIVE IN CHICAGO, WHAT’S THE GENERAL STYLE SCENE LIKE OVER THERE? DO YOU THINK YOU’LL EVER RELOCATE IN THE FUTURE?
Boring. Chicago is still the midwest, so people here are more conservative and follow the stereotypical midwestern ethos of “not causing a fuss”. I get gawked at a lot in public. I’d like to move to NYC, not for fashion reasons, but because my two closest friends live there and i miss them dearly.
LASTLY, IF SOMEONE HANDED YOU A MILLION DOLLARS IN CASH, RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Move to NYC. Buy a tiny condo. Quit my job and go back to school to get my bachelor’s degree. Donate/invest in affordable housing for low-income families and organizations that combat homelessness.
Thank you so much for answering all my questions Meagan! Hopefully you all found her answers as enjoyable to read as I did. To finish this post off, I’ll add one image of an outfit I wore, seeing as this isn’t really about me. I don’t know how I feel about this dress, I really loved the idea of it, but on… I’m not sure about the hole thing at the top. What should I do? Sell it, or turn the bottom half into a skirt? Help me decide!
All the photos used for the gif and images of Meagan were taken from her blog
I’ve been waiting to publish this interview for a while now. I was hanging out for a moment that I’d have enough time to make siiiq imagery for this but alas, that time never found itself to me. So, as per usual, I quickly rushed everything and the images aren’t that amazing. Not a big deal, nothing is that amazing on Dark Vice. I’m sure a lot of you have already heard of The Fabulous Stains. It’s a pretty awesome website run by the famous Bebe Zeva, Jessi Jae Joplin, Chelsea Rea, Misha McKagan, Violetta Ell, Norelle Rheingold, and the newest members Laura Cherrygrove and Lucia Ribisi. Some of the girls kindly agreed to answer a few of my questions.
HOW HAVE YOUR STYLES DEVELOPED SINCE YOU FIRST BECAME INTERESTED IN FASHION?
I feel a lot more confident in expressing and creating my own personal style. I’ve been getting really in to DIY lately too.
I first expressed interest in fashion when I was 8 or 9 years old, so my style has progressed about as quickly as the trends have since 2002! In middle school, I desperately wanted to be popular, so I dressed in a style I assumed would get me noticed by the ‘cool crowd.’ Sadly, that entailed a lot of Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, and American Eagle. In high school, I went through a hundred and one rebellious phases, ranging from wannabe-mall-goth (think Avril Lavigne as a moody fourteen year old) to Woodstock hippie to Williamsburg hipster. To this day I can’t commit to a theme, that’s why each of my outfits represents something different: a decade, a movie character, an attitude, or a runway trend.
I’ve always loved experimenting with colors and shapes. Even when I was a child, I selected my own clothes and added buttons, patches, stickers, etc. to make them awesome. My parents were very liberal. They never prescribed me what to wear. Sometimes I mixed a ninja turtles blouse with a yellow-red dotted leggings and pastel pink ballerinas! I must admit that I looked a little ridiculous. But today I’m more stylistically confident! My style is now a mixture of Thrift store chic, Kitsch, Grunge, Pop-culture, Futurism ,Goth, Punk and DIY.
YOU ALL SEEM TO HAVE A LOT OF COOL ACCESSORIES, MAKE UP AND CLOTHES. HOW DO YOU AFFORD THEM ALL?
JESSI JAE JOPLIN
Many of my accessories are DIY (I make my own headbands and bracelets, etc) and I also get a lot of my jewelry at Halloween costume shops (mostly the goth, punk and hippie sections LOL). I’m not really into spending loads of money on makeup, other than MAC cosmetics, so I get a lot of that stuff at drug stores, and actually wear face paint instead of eye shadow (it’s much brighter and stays on way better).
I am fortunate to have so many incredible sponsors… most of my clothing is gifted to me from brands who believe my style parallels their vision and want to give me an opportunity to intrepret their garments. I rarely shop, and when I do, I try not to spend more than $15 on a vintage item. Not having a steady source of income means that I’m more price-conscious than the average consumer! I don’t take a good sale for granted.
I always look for sweet deals and sales. I only splurge on things I REALLY love. And I get the majority of my clothing from thrift shops, which tend to have 50% off sales every couple of months.
When I go shopping, I always look at the price and quality!
WHERE ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO SHOP?
JESSI JAE JOPLIN
Other than flea markets and thrift shops, I pretty much do all my shopping online, eBay, NastyGal and the sales at Urban Outfitters.
I imagine all five of the Stains will tell you that we LOVE secondhand (we do have an online vintage shop, after all!) Even though it’s a chain, I’m a huge sucker for Buffalo Exchange. It’s not the kitchiest thrift store in the world, but our Vegas location has some amazing options – especially in the shoe department.
Thrift stores, Forever 21 (great for basics and cheap accessories) and Cherry Bomb.
My favorite places to shop are vintage boutiques, second hand shops, flea markets and thrift stores. The fact is you can find outstanding, unique stuff at very low prices, and each piece has its own history.
I love second hand stores and flea markets. You can always find something original to buy there.
YOU ALL SEEM TO HAVE A VERY UNIQUE WAY OF DRESSING YOURSELVES. I NOTICE A LOT OF STARES AND EVIL GLARES FROM PEOPLE WHEN I’M OUT, DO ANY OF YOU EXPERIENCE THIS? IF SO, HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH IT?
Smile, duh! It makes people immediately feel guilty for having such a rudely visceral reaction to something as innocent as self-expression. Having a fearless sense of style doesn’t make you a bad person, it makes you a CONFIDENT person. I guess people get confused when they see someone as comfortable in their own skin as we are, insecurity is all too common!
Luckily I get more compliments than rude comments. When I catch someone glaring I just glare back or stick out my tongue, it usually scares them away.
If someone provokes me, I stay cool. Because I’m self-confident and I know I look good. I think people who harass others are stupid and intolerant!
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE BLOGS? WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BLOGGING?
Oh god, so many favorites but I’ll keep it short and recommend only these two: jean greige and VintageVirgin
The best part about blogging is literally having somewhere to put your creativity. I’d put so much effort into my outfits during high school, but they could only be appreciated for the 12 or less hours they were on my body. Style blogging gives me the opportunity to immortalize my art (my outfits) and also to inspire anybody seeking ideas. That’s what’s so great about the Fabulous Stains; our only goal is to share our influences with the rest of the world so that they can feel as giddy and excited about fashion and movies and music as we do. Spread the love.
My favourite blogger of all time is NYané. I love everything about this girl. When I look at her I feel I’m in the 80s or early 90s and I love it!! The best thing about blogging is the opportunity to meet a lots of amazing and inspirational people.
ARE YOU ALL ASPIRING TO WORK IN CREATIVE FIELDS?
JESSI JAE JOPLIN
Yes, I think that’s what draws us all together. I am equally passionate in fashion and music so I plan on bridging that gap in my future endeavors.
I can’t even imagine there being an alternative… I’d love a career in coolhunting since I’m so observant and obsessed with trends. Trend-spotting is essentially what we do on the Fabulous Stains blog, so it comes naturally!
Fashion is my passion and I’m dreaming of becoming an immortal fashion designer.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR INSPIRATIONS WHEN IT COMES TO THE WAY YOU DRESS?
JESSI JAE JOPLIN
I get most of my inspiration from films, such as Desperately Seeking Susan, Ladies and Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains (obviously), Modern Girls and Smithereens. I also draw a lot of inspiration from sub cultures of the past – punks, club kids, hippies, bohemians and grunge, although it was not a culture as such, rather a fan base for alternative rock.
Faded photos of friends getting drunk in the desert, someone I don’t know’s Road Trip 2009 facebook album, headshots in high school yearbooks from 1999, youtube videos of parties recorded on fuzzy camera phones, flash photos of a backyard in Hollywood Hills at night time, candid picture of two people snorting cocaine in a posh nightclub, a girl sitting on the curb at sunset, eating a cheeseburger with her sunglasses on.
Rock ‘n’ roll, sequins, pizza, polka dots, 50’s/60’s, John Waters movies, Edie Sedgwick, stripes, punks and Halloween.
My inspiration mostly comes from movies and music videos from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I also get a lot of inspiration from art, photographs, series, comics and japanese street fashion. I have a fondness for clothes with bright colors and dark elements!
I’ve always found a lot of inspiration in my favourite movies. I grew up watching olsen twins movies. I consider Ashley Olsen as my first ‘role model’.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed that interview All the photos I used were found on each individual’s own website and are credited to their respectful owners. I take no credit for the photos I used. If there is anyone in particular you think I should interview, please do tell.
It wouldn’t be a proper dark vice post without some sort of indication of what I’ve been wearing now, would it? I’ve been at work for the last few days and practicing driving in the free time I had, so I’ve basically been wearing the same boring outfit for the last three days straight.
This is literally it. Purple galaxy leggings with the pictured t-shirt, my work shoes look almost exactly like that, except there is no heel at all. They’re completely flat, I wear them when I drive because I can’t drive in heels, it feels weird and dangerous. I’m hoping to announce the winner of the giveaway tomorrow or the next day.
Daniel is a friend of mine, back from the Monash University days… which ended a few months ago. T_T I’LL MISS YOU MONASH. Sorry about my emotional outburst. Aaaaanyway. If you ask most girls about fashion, most of them will reply with some interest in the subject. However, with most guys, it’s a completely different story. Most guys don’t seem to really care. My boyfriend is one of them, he doesn’t really care about fashion at all, (sigh) it kind of sucks sometimes, but hey, we all have our different interests and that is totally fine.
My friend Daniel is nothing like my boyfriend when it comes to fashion, he is almost exactly like me! Actually, I’d say a little worse. Our styles are definitely influenced by entirely different things, but we’re both obsessed with online shopping to the point that we admit, it’s an addiction. A dangerous addiction. Still, better than gambling, or drugs, am I right, or am I right? I’m interested in Daniel’s addiction because I personally, don’t know any other guy just as obsessed as I am. Come to think of it, I don’t think I personally know any other girl just as obsessed either. Actually, I think I know a few, but that’s beside the point.
I wanted to ask Daniel a few simple questions about his fashion, or rather, style obsession. His answers are quite entertaining, I could definitely relate to them, I’m sure there’s a few of you that can too. I also took a few photos of him in some of his favourite pieces. Enjoy
Ever since I got my first debit card several years ago I started getting into the habit of online shopping for clothes. At first it was things that I could only buy online or things that had great deals compared to most stores. I’m now 21 and as I’ve grown older I guess I can say that I’ve become wiser in terms of fashion and I’ve narrowed clothing and accessories into what I do and don’t like. I have this need to always look my best, to stand out from the crowd. I’m not going to lie, I like getting the looks! Haha! I always try to stop myself but for some reason I get really anxious and I can’t stop thinking about what to buy next. I’ll normally have multiple packages delivered to me each week. I tell myself not to, but I keep checking my favourite online sites almost every hour whilst at home to see if they’ve added any new items. After I make a purchase I feel relieved and calm. The worst thing about it is that I should be saving up for a car but for some reason I can’t stop. Everyone knows I have an addiction and I do too myself!
Daniel with his brand new Opening Ceremony x Levi jacket, which is… pretty damn awesome, huh?
I would describe my style as predominantly urban, but I like to mix my urban wear with rare/limited designer pieces. To be yourself during this day and age, which is constantly trying to make you conform is one of the hardest things to do. Everywhere I look people are trying to dress like their favourite music artist, so much to the point where they become a cloned replica. This is why I tend to only buy one-off or limited pieces so that I can stay somewhat unique, although I believe the idea of originality is dead now. I think what’s cool is the fact that I can flip my style up. One day I can be wearing a denim jacket with a snapback and the next I can be fully suited up. It really just depends on how I’m feeling on the day.
Pharrell Williams (Music Artist, Producer & Designer) is definitely someone who influences me when it comes down to fashion. I think male fashion is very archetypal in the sense that all men dress the part to whatever their profession may be. But when it comes to stepping outside of this, I think Pharrell really peels off from the bunch and has unquestionably earned my respect in the world of fashion. Other than that I usually browse Tumblr in search of what combinations of clothes complement each other and how I can then bring those combinations into my existing wardrobe.
I cringe at the thought of how much money I spend every fortnight! On average I normally spend anywhere between $100 – $250. Then I have my bad weeks where I’ll drop $600+! I remember back in 2010 I ordered in bulk with one of my close friends in order to save on shipping costs and we spent roughly $1,500! It’s funny though, whenever I receive a package, I just lie to my parents about the real price of the items I purchased. I know they’d disown me if they found out how much I spend! Seriously though, I swear I’m almost at the end of the list of items I NEED to buy! (Magnet’s note: Ah yes, don’t we ALL wish that?)
Daniel wearing a jacket by one of his favourite brands, Pink Dolphin, I’m told it’s a brand based in LA.
I hope you all found that interesting, I personally found his answers highly amusing. I’m not sure why, probably because it sounds a lot like me. To end this post, here is what I wore yesterday. The state library security guard called me Cinderella. Meh, at least Cinderella is kind of cool.
P.S A very big thankyou to my friend Dave, for driving myself and Daniel around for the day