dressed up like a lady: Boho hobo: My dubious history dressing like a Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Dec 6, 2012

Boho hobo: My dubious history dressing like a Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Remember when I mentioned in a post last week how I've been guilty over the years of dressing in that homeless-Punky-Brewster-on-shrooms style of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl? Well here's the proof. The batshit insane combinations, the children's jewelry, the crazy hair colors, it's all here.

I'd say this is embarrassing, but I take too much joy in laughing at it myself. So by all means, laugh with me!

Fall of 1999, in dorm room. Neon orange velour bowling style baby tee with purple hair streak.

Later in Fall of 1999, with random dorm friends. Ever wonder what I'd look like 20 lbs heavier? Well your curiosity has been sated. Thank you, Freshman 15!

Summer 2003, outside local arcade Pinball Pete's. Blue streak and a shirt I think was actually JCrew. Go figure.

Summer 2003, band practice. Kooky scarf belt and blue streak.

Fall of 2004 with baby Chi in a house I shared with 4 roommates, one of whom recently photographed our wedding. Rock and roll shag and lots of knitted stuff.


Winter 2004, playing a show at local dive the Elbow Room. Shaggy hair and hoodie.
 

Later 2004, messing around on my friend and roommate David's bed. Shaggy hair black/neon pink ensemble.
 

Also 2004, more baby Chi in that house. Paul Frank hoodie I bouht when I was cold in Auckland.
 
Early 2005, with teenage Chi in that same house. Shorter hair, added pink, clunky winter boots.

Spring 2005, preparing to go to party. Deplorably insane in every way.


Summer 2005, having just opened a package sent by my friend Christy containing a pair of arm warmers she knitted for me.
Summer 2005, in my cube at work. Look like an anime character.

Summer 2005, preparing for a party. Apparently sticking to a teal and black theme. Cause that's smart.


Summer 2005 again, which was apparently a big moment for me looking like I live on candy and Lisa Frank stickers.

Summer 2005, modeling some weird, fabric carootnish flat boots my BF at the time got me.


Summer  2005, Main Street in Ann Arbor. Made knee socks into over-the-knees myself by attaching a lace band.

Spring 2006, looking comparatively tasteful in some JCrew calf length boots.

Fall 2006, retention pond near our office. Excited about a shortwave radio. As if this post wasn't nerdy enough already.

Fall 2006, baguette fight in the office parking lot. Combat boots and tie dyed skirt.

Fall 2006, muppet coat, shorter hair.

Winter 2006, cotton candy looking pink puffball sweater.

Winter 2006, with Powerbook and Wii controller, "home sick" at my BF at the time's house. Shorter hair, green sweater, air of laziness.

Fall 2007, with bassist/friend Ryan, playing a set at my birthday party with my old pop punk band, Bulletproof. Old Jessica McClintock for Gunne Sax prom dress and multi colored tutu.

16 comments :

  1. Wow, it's incredible how much you've changed over the years! It's incredible but the older you get, the better you look :)

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  2. I just came over here to post a link to this article about the decline of the MPDG. How timely that you reprised your post from last week with pictures today! I for one love the MPDG's look, even if the character is problematic. These are fun pictures. http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/12/05/manic_pixie_prostitute_video_is_the_latest_critique_of_the_manic_pixie_dream.html. How

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  3. I just came over here to post a link to this article about the decline of the MPDG. How timely that you reprised your post from last week with pictures today! I for one love the MPDG's look, even if the character is problematic. These are fun pictures. http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/12/05/manic_pixie_prostitute_video_is_the_latest_critique_of_the_manic_pixie_dream.html. How

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    1. Hey Sandy, I just looked at this comment thread again and realized the reply I originally left you isn't here! Probably timed out after I hit Publish -- which is what I get for commenting from my phone. Anyway, it just said that you're awesome for posting this. I hadn't seen this video, which definitely made me laugh. I also think it's kind of funny that the article calls out Zoey Daschanel for having given up on those kinds of roles, but makes no mention of how she was in 500 Days of Summer in 2009, which, while not universally liked as a film, was still in and of itself a comment on the MPDG type. The male lead in the movie fails at his relationship because he sees Zoey's character as a concept -- as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. His idealized portrait of her offers nothing in terms of actual compatibility, let alone appreciation for who the heck she even is as a person. I guess I'll just have to write about that myself! ;)

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  4. Hey, where am I in any of these!? Feels like I've known C-Bird my whole life and before. I think she always looked beautiful and always will.

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    1. You're on the other side of the lens, silly! Every picture I've ever taken has been for you.

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  5. Ever since your post last week I've tried to use MPDG everday, or at least spot some. I watched Sweet November that night actually!..... (I'd seen it before but still, mistake). I hope you still have the Princess Mononoke poster :)

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    1. HA! That's awesome! I've been meaning to watch the Barbra Streisand movie 'What's Up, Doc?' in which I heartell she plays a HARDCORE kooky MPDG. Of course.

      And I totally still have that poster up! It's actually in German, which is pretty cool. It actually belonged to my ex BF, but there's no way I'm getting rid of a poster that cool just cause I broke up with that dude. ;)

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  6. Laughing so hard at your comments, and at little baby chi!!! xoxoxo. love you guys.

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  7. And how! But the rock and roll shag is sooooo good.

    I've been thinking about this MPDG concept since you posted about it, and even did a bit of my own research. I relate to the archetype because many men have attempted to make me such (a muse, the Answer to all life's magic and mystery, etc etc barf). But here's the thing. The words "manic' and "pixie" would never, ever be used to describe me. So I decided that my one-dimensional cinema self would have to be an offshoot. The "Introverted Amazon Dream Girl"

    Doesn't quite have the same ring though
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  8. And how! But the rock and roll shag is sooooo good.

    I've been thinking about this MPDG concept since you posted about it, and even did a bit of my own research. I relate to the archetype because many men have attempted to make me such (a muse, the Answer to all life's magic and mystery, etc etc barf). But here's the thing. The words "manic' and "pixie" would never, ever be used to describe me. So I decided that my one-dimensional cinema self would have to be an offshoot. The "Introverted Amazon Dream Girl"

    Doesn't quite have the same ring though
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  9. you were always sweet with a great body figure!
    nice post my dear!
    love your unique style!
    :)
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  10. That was a fun post. :)

    Yes-- What's Up, Doc? is pretty funny.

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  11. I'm so glad I waited to read (nay--savor!) this post! I still would wear the top you are sporting that has the sailor collar. I love me a sailor collar. It looks so good on you!

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  12. So neat to see you style transformation over the years...that Jessica McClintock prom dress with the added tutu crinoline, STILL GREAT!

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