The next time you visit The Fairy Princess Diaries will have a brand new and dramatically different look thanks to Erin over at Two Thirds Hazel. This redesign is a big (huge) deal to me. I know a lot of bloggers update their design every 6 months to a year but I’ve had the same Tiffany’s inspired aesthetic since I created this space in January 2013.
My current design hasn’t fit the mood or “vibe” I wanted my blog to encompass for awhile now. When I first began blogging I was fairly directionless. I read The College Prepster & Helene in Between and thought to myself “I can create something like that too!” If you’ve read either blog (I still follow and recommend both) you’ll quickly recognize they’re hardly similar. I just found myself relating to both girls and believed I could also create a space that focused on both my sense of style and my own journey through life. At the time I couldn’t have predicted the way blogging would impact my life nor the purpose I would come to intend for this place.
When I helped create the design I wanted a classic, girly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme. I wanted this space to feel glamorous and feminine like those pretty little blue boxes tied up perfectly with a bow. Those little blue boxes still make my heart flutter but I’ve realized the neatness and luxury of a Tiffany’s box doesn’t properly emulate my life. My life doesn’t fit in a pretty little blue box, nor do I want it to. I needed a new blog design to represent what I want this space to truly be.
I’m the sort of girl who will wear her prized Rockstud flats to do cartwheels in the grass. The daisies growing on the side of the highway immediately whisk me into a daydream. I can’t help but dance when my favorite song comes on in the grocery store. My nails are often chipped and my hair is almost always frizzy. I prefer a morning run to a cocktail party and I’d rather go to a museum than a concert. I scoff at organized sports but will never be too good for pizza at midnight. I truly believe I will never outgrow sleepovers and I haven’t found a problem Taylor Swift on repeat can’t alleviate at least a little of the pain. I don’t possess the effortless elegance of Audrey Hepburn or Holly from breakfast at Tiffany’s, I do however like to believe I possess another type of je nais se quois.
The glitz and glamour of life enchant me but I’ve learned to recognize what’s truly important in the end. As a self proclaimed weirdo I go into panic attack mode at parties. I never felt like I fit in in school and still find myself uncomfortable in a crowd. I created this blog to discuss fashion but found myself spilling much more revealing pieces of my heart and thus discovering the sense of belonging I’d never encountered in “real life”. I am so incredibly grateful for a space I can be true to who I am and the people who have helped me to accept myself for the whimsical, girly, introverted, wannabe fashionista (weirdo) that I am. For some time now I’ve been pondering the purpose of The Fairy Princess Diaries and it sort of came to me in a recent discussion with my boyfriend. We were analyzing my life goals and my future and somehow uncovered that I feel most happy (most fulfilled) when I am able to write about my experience (and most importantly the feelings that accompany them) and those feelings resonate with someone else. I want (more than anything) for this space to be a small reminder (a tiny inspiration) that you should always fully embrace who you are. I want The Fairy Princess Diaries to remind you that being unapologetically who you are is beautiful. If you have turquoise hair and a body covered in tattoos, if you’re a fellow girly-girl or sports lover or ravenous steak consumer or kitten kisser I want you to feel confident in who you are and what you believe, even if that person is growing and changing every day. As Alice (of Alice in Wonderland of course) stated “I knew who I was this morning, but I have changed a few times since then“. I celebrate the uncertainty as long as we can embrace who we are!
I don’t want you to come to this space and feel like you have to be like me (I did just cut my lip with a ziplock bag yesterday after all) but rather I want you to leave this space feeling more empowered and appreciated for who you are. It’s a lofty goal for such a small corner of the internet but it is my hope that by setting such an intention that it will enhance my ability to do just that.
The new design will be live shortly, for now check out this mood board created by Erin. I think it captures the whimsical nature I envisioned all along.