Thursday, February 18, 2010

6 feet 1

Hey all you crazy kids, I've kinda been taking a holiday this week. Mainly, my daily activities have consisted of; drinkin' tea, eatin' candy, watchin' the Olympics (but only the figure skating, and only for the sequin costumes), knittin' a sweater and doin' some homework.

So here is a story. When I was in high school, I would obsessively cut up magazines, take out my favourite pages and create these huge 'inspiration' books. I managed to fill up four of these composition books with amazing photographs, and they are so much fun to look back on. I can see just how much my tastes have changed and grown, as well as remember some of my favourite stories and editorials as a teenager. Sometimes reflecting on these things makes me feel old, but most of the time it just makes me nostalgic and happy. Here are some of my absolute favourite inspiration pages.

Sequins and Elizabethan ruffs in Teen Vogue

Meghan Collison for i-D magazine

My favourite editorial from i-D of all time.

Frances Bean Cobain in Teen Vogue

I had a brief yet strange obsession with jet packs in Grade 11.

Part of an ELLE Canada Valentine's spread and Iekeliene for Marc Jacobs.

Eisley, Kate Bush, Death from Above 1979

I was in looooove with this guy from the Marc Jacobs ads.

34 comments:

Marlena said...

Thanks to the guy in the last picture I want to shave half of my hair off now.
But I probably wouldn't look half as good as he does -_-

And OMG POCKY!
I love that stuff.
<3

Hannah said...

oh man you don't even know how much this makes me want to cut up magazines! i always save them with the intentions of creating similar inspiration pages but get too lazy...

Audrey J. said...

nice pictures, all of them are so inspiring what a great idea. THe guy is cute actually. Have anice weekend!

Bunny said...

I use to make inspiration books top but tours are amazing
Xoxo
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Mark said...

You're so talented, Izzy. :)

Hey, speaking of talent, I don't suppose you'd like to show off your violin-playing talent one of these days? If you don't keep your violin at school, it's no prob.

The question, of course, is what sequins you'd wear while you're playing. ;)

mckenziepaige said...

This is great, because I was seriously just considering making a book like that. Oh, the joys of having less than 40 days until your seventeenth birthday(:

I would also like you to know that I have officially became addicted to your blog. I read it religiously.

Thank for for providing such amazing inspiration. You're great(:

K said...

oh my god its that picture of PATRICk from that mj ads --i had him framed on my wall thru highschool--i was so smitten haha...thanks for putting it up -good memories!

Leah said...

amazing isabel.

Anonymous said...

This is random but I might as well put it down anyway. I went to high school with Meghan Collison, she's just as peculiar-looking (in a good way!) in real life.

Diane said...

You. Is awesome. And this is awesome.

It's like a little time capsule you can look back on!

And what, a jet pack obsession?? That's simultaneously hilarious and epic.

Urooba said...

OHE HEY NOW.
That scrapbook is suuuch a nifty idea.

S-laith 青 said...

You are brave. I never have the courage to chop up my magazines.

Aïcha b. said...

haaaaa i love this ! this makes me want to do thousands of those ! and i wanted to say to you that i was in love with your new pull form the post under this one and even more in lvoe with devendra <3 hihi

bisou

Landice Anderson said...

I tear up magazines with the intent of doing this, yet somehow thy end up it unorganized piles on my floor for months at a time before I shove them away in a box. Perhaps I should work on being more applied?

diane said...

Inspiration books are always fun. I see some trends in yours that are still here, so that reflects staying power in your fashion choices. I think my favorite trend is grunge, I guess because of my hippie roots.
Thanks for sharing these with us Isa. :)

Þomeline said...

Love it! So weird though, beside the Jet Packs there's an add for End Hits, I live a block from there!

lyris said...

this blog is amazing. i love the 90's like you, and i love your style. i can't handle it. i'm glad i found your blog. i'll be checking it every day from now on. stop by mine please, i just started it on wednesday!

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Peacock's Hat said...

I have a couple of books of magazine cutouts as well- however, I only did it because my parents were fed up of three huge boxes of Elles and Vogues taking up a load of room in the attic. However, I just couldn't rip up the Vogues and they're hiding in my room- shush, no-one's supposed to know! Damn you Isabel reading my mind, I was thinking of doing a post with mine. I've got the issue of Teen Vogue with that Frances Bean article in, I actually used that first picture for an art project because it was so damn pretty.

gabriella said...

these are wonderful.

not to mention that you have a sconewitch menu. yummmmmmmmm.

Cole S said...

Wow. These books are amazing! I don't know how you did it though, I can never stand to even cut out a single ad out of one of my magazines.

Robyn said...

Those are so lovely! And such a good idea too~ My art teacher had us all make our own handbound books and mine is beginning to look like some strange magazine as well~
The man with the half-shaved head is awesome! I don't think I've ever seen someone who could pull that off before.

-Robyn

eliza said...

sounds like a great holiday & i've pretty much been doing the same stuff this weekend bar the knitting & homework!

www.messyourhairup.blogspot.com

Margaux. said...

I love the inspiration books. I put editorials and ads I love in a binder or a scrapbook

olivias-pizzaz said...

wow that is so cool!! what a cool idea
olivias-pizzazz.blogspot.com
xx

Crystal said...

I still have the images I scraped together from middle school. It makes me "awww" every time I look at them. It's awesome that you're sharing yours!

Xu Box said...

Your inspiration pages inspire me (sorry for the redundancy). I hardly read magazines, but now wish that I had so I can could've made scrap books I can look back on. I kept my old journals though, they are sort of like pictureless scrapbooks. Though they do not serve as sources of inspiration if my writing skills improved at all since then.

Stephanie said...

I used to do this, too! It seems you were more successful, though. I don't even know where all my books ended up!

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bee said...

haha i did/do this too... and one of my notebooks contains that very same teen vogue clipping of the Eisley kids' chuck taylor/stipey outfits! 6+ years later I'm still rocking them both ;)

Rachel said...

I have been so into making things with my hands these days. Collages are really appealing to me. These images are great.

Damsels said...

what kind of tea are you drinking?

MarishkaRI0tkhsiram said...

I love this idea! I've done a similar thing but I made in into a collage though I really like your idea! :D

Anonymous said...

I remember a lot of those articles....I even had that quad picture of Zooey on my wall! <3

Anonymous said...

I remember that first picture from teen vogue!
i still have that magazine....