Boy, time goes by quickly. In my mind Tavi will always be the miniature girl who took the fashion world by storm with her youthful (but knowledgeable) prose and her penchant for granny chic at such an early age. Admittedly, I wasn't one of those who had jumped on the Tavi bandwagon. I looked through her blog and couldn't distinguish that beguiling voice that had readers riveted and high fashion designers ushering her to front row status. She sounded like exactly what she was: a young girl exploring fashion. Certainly much of her appeal came from the fact that most girls her age didn't care about Chanel, much less Karl Lagerfeld, but I wouldn't say she was more than just a girl having fun with the way she dressed. I couldn't see that maturity or worldly insight she apparently had.
But while I was personally not swayed by her words, I was inspired by her life (and also a teensy bit...ok insanely...jealous). Here was a girl who, years younger than me, was already doing everything I had only begun to work towards. It was Style Rookie, along with Sea of Shoes and The Sartorialist, that inspired me to start my own blog. I saw how they created their own community around their passions, and I realized that the freedom of being able to speak my mind was something I was missing in my fashion-obsessed life. I needed a conduit for ideas that were, at that point, simply broiling over in the solitude of my head (a recipe for madness). Sure, I jumped on the bandwagon late, but at least I caught its tail-end.
Sadly, blogging has now quickly been replaced with Tumblr, Pinterest, and Twitter - condensed, visceral, efficient forms of information exchange. Traditional bloggers may no longer have the prominence they once had, but I will never forget those who inspired me daily by taking the time to spill their hearts and minds into cyberspace.
But anyway, back to Tavi. The purpose of this post was to congratulate her on...everything, basically. She's a magazine editor, she sings, she's dappled in acting, she's applying to college, she has a boyfriend, she's exploring life outside of fashion, she has a new style...she's growing up. From an adorable girl in her granny knits and gray hair, to a young woman with Scarlett Johansson's sultriness, Michelle Williams' self-assuredness, and the Olsen twins' cool. She's a rookie no more.
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