Monday, August 4, 2014


I just feel the need to say this because it's been happening for TWO YEARS and it just keeps getting more and more annoying: STOP emailing me and asking me how to write for Rookie. I'm not going to email you back and I'm not going to call you. The website says: submit something. That doesn't mean: email someone on staff who contributes to the site, it means: submit something. I didn't want to post this here but it's a really annoying problem that I'm sick of. My email is on the site for contact reasons, yes, but that doesn't give people the liberty to continuously ask me this. (I'm not overreacting because I've gotten too many of these to count.) So please just don't contact the staff asking how to write for Rookie, unless someone specifically doesn't have a problem with that. -Britney

Monday, July 21, 2014

what a cancer

ACK ACK ACK HI! It is summer and I am blogging again! It finally feels right again and I really like the idea of continuing this blog not only because I truly do love it, but because it feels like a way to motivate myself to break through the barrier of mediocrity put up by summer  and create posts and pay attention to outfits and do something besides endlessly, mindlessly reblogging tumblr posts and listening to "This American Life". I'm fifteen now and in the words of almost any person having a midlife crisis, "I feel ready to live again!" (except the distinction between me and someone having a midlife crisis is not only the age but the fact that I just need to try to blog and get out more as opposed to planning an impromptu Vegas trip with my "posse") I think that was a run-on sentence but I'll get over it and hopefully you will, too. 

Somehow people are still following me even though I don't post or do anything that's really that worthy of posting but I'm not complaining! That makes me happy. It always makes me feel guilty when I log on here to look at new blog posts and see that people are following me because I'm not posting anything so hopefully that will change. I want to post at least 2-3 times a week/have at least 100 posts for the year of 2014. I guess a good thing to do, and a nice motivator, would be to post daily/try to post an outfit daily, even if it weren't the greatest, because then at least that would allow my style to grow in a sense. It's easier to let yourself go (which I've done this year) when no is really watching you. Also, it's been about two years and I still haven't figured out this whole layout thing so that's something to work on.

My personal tumblr; I really like the layout/colors here.

Kurt's notes for the uncreated "Rape Me" video

I cannot contain the love I have for Twiggy Ramirez and Marilyn Manson. These are my favorite pictures of them.

Below, three of my favorite videos:

^This one especially describes me right now, at points in this summer.

This may or may not have been a useless post to some but I wholeheartedly love everything here so I'm fine with sharing this. Stay tuned.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

dharma bum (life update!)


Everything has changed, is changing, and if you had told me that a year ago, that might have terrified me. BUT THIS CHANGE IS GOOD! Classes are almost over and I wish I'd done better but I am also not going to hold on to unchangable things; finals and Regents are coming up and I guess that's a second-ish chance. My close group of friends still persists and I am making friends still. Summer plans are kind of confusing but they are exciting, at least. I've had a huge crush on one of my best friends for months and it turns out that she felt the same way about me so now we're going out, something that I still can't believe but could not be happier about. (You should also be proud of my self-restraint when a "friend" asked me if I was experimenting. I am not even going to go into how angry this makes me, but I would just like to say that this is the most serious crush I've ever had on anyone and if someone doesn't take it seriously, then I do not want to interact with them.) And this isn't even of major importance, but this is one of the best songs I've ever listened to and it is one of my absolute favorites. (So is "Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)"Mellow Gold is heaven and it one of the best albums ever made, I swear. I'm seeing Beck on June 30, which is amazing.

I can't think of anything else! I am totally out of things to talk about! I feel lame because this is called The Style Aviator and all so I should at least post an outfit or something but I will save that for another time. That feels oddly narcissistic even though that was the whole purpose of this blog. I don't know. Oh well. I'll figure it out soon. -Britney

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

frostbite, homespun

Buffalo '66

Fargo movie poster

More small town thoughts; this is a hodgepodge of sorts, and I would have included more washed out pastels but then I thought that this would turn into a kind of winter-y Meadham Kirchhoff tribute. (I had an outfit planned around it that focused less on the washed out pastels and more on the small town aspect-since I have close to no colors in my wardrobe-but there was an issue called my face that was involved.)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

reunited and it feels so good (suburbia kills)

Long time, no talk! I have a lot to talk about (and it does not directly focus on style or fashion despite this blog's name, but bear with me here) and I want to start with how I feel/have felt for about a month or two now, which is a combination of adolescence in a '90s suburban town with the concept of "shock rock" and having those bands (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails-although I view NIN as WAY more than shock rock, this is just an umbrella term that describes how other people see and saw them-etc.) as an influence on life. This entire thing is so difficult to explain but having this mindset and focus has made me so happy. I am also holding back from making an entire series of blog posts about how in love with Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor I am-I have tickets for the NY concert this summer!-and the impact that NIN has had on me and my life; I am comfortable with calling it my absolutely favorite band, next to Nirvana. (If you've read any of my thousands of pieces of work about Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, you'll understand the significance of this.)

My attempt at explaining all of this:

This tumblr, which I made and have not updated in a few weeks but love like a child; it represents almost everything that I am talking about here:



-Marilyn Manson's Portrait of an American Family, especially "Dogma"
-Palo Alto by James Franco (I don't know how good the movie is so I am referring primarily to the book of short stories)
-A '90s suburban town, especially one with a rural area
-The "shock rock" of the '90s and how so many people were scandalized and thought that it signified the coming of the apocalypse (see: "Sympathy for the Parents" by Marilyn Manson, and watch them on the Phil Donahue show)

(I highly recommend watching the other parts as well but I thought posting all of them here might create a bit of a hassle.) 

I wish I had more content that focused on this! If I can extract some more ideas from my journal (I try not to call it that because it's not much of a journal, and assigning it this position will discourage me from using it as much) then I will edit this post because it is incredibly important to me and I feel like any attempt at explaining it will make it come off as a one-dimensional concept. It would be so great if you could just climb into my brain and see exactly what I mean.

I briefly entertained the idea of talking about outfits or something in relation to this but I feel like that seemed trivial. This isn't about clothes our outfits at all, and anything that I wear is influenced by this in some way but is not a primary factor. I don't know how to explain it, but I feel like clothes do not really factor into this. I hate saying this because I'm wary of it coming off as standoffish but I feel like there would be some kind of void in this post if I didn't.

This is one of the best, most chilling songs ever written. Enjoy. 


Saturday, January 11, 2014

it's a question of allure

So I was rethinking the Rodarte Spring '14 RTW collection and I am SUCH. A. DUMB. BUTT. I don't know how I didn't see it before, I think it's because I didn't have or think about the same influences that I do now, but now I am on the Mulleavy train more than because they are absolute geniuses. 


(tacky = i.e. what would be considered tacky on a personal level or compared to our current standards of "trendiness")

I used to really like Axl Rose and it hurt so much to type the words, but the fact that there's an article saved on my computer named "18 Reasons Why Axl Rose is the Biggest Douchebag" makes up for it. (Also, a diehard Nirvana fan liking Axl Rose ends up being problematic. And Guns N Roses.....not worth it.) His influence on this is very obvious in a way that kills me but also makes me proud of myself for knowing this, for some reason. The entire glam/hair metal  scene that ended up essentially parodying itself (causing the birth/uprising of grunge and Our Lord and Savior Kurt ft. Eddie Vedder's heavier than heaven voice that kind of sounds the same in everything but still)  and I feel like the collection is a play on that, in a way. But at the same time, given the Mulleavy sister's California roots and the fact that they incorporate their home state into the majority of their work seems like this is their way of telling history through their work. The fact that so many people are saying, "Do I really want to wear this? Like, realllllllllllly, do I want to wear this fringe skirt? What is this? Is this the 'November Rain' video? Will this turn me into Axl trudging through the snow in shorts and a fur cape?" is SO GOOD because all we do is cut up history and paste the pretty parts into our lives, the ones that fit in perfectly and don't require too many questions. I mean, you can buy a dress and Mary Janes and associate it with kinderwhore but what is underneath all of the smeared lipstick smiles and parodied childishness/ideals is rawness that not that many people want to touch. (I'M SORRY FOR THE '90s REFERENCES IN A POST ABOUT THE 1980s) (I'm not) But back to the 1980s-sorry, Kate and Laura-if we are going to return to these past decades, then we have to acknowledge the parts that make us think, the ones that make some people wonder if that's how they want to look, if that's really what they want to wear. 

More parts of the collection: animal print, the use of flannel (more of an allusion to the Sunset Strip scene than the '90s which most people associate it with), constant use of fringe, leather, baseball caps, chola culture, padded shoulder blazers, denim, color scheme of gray/blue/white/black/brown/red, metallics, lines 


(Sorry if the moodboard is badly made, when it's 3:17 AM my sense of judgment tends to be pretty fuzzy)

The outfit based on this will go up later, or I'll just edit it in! I have to go to bed now because 1) it's important that I have the energy to act like a human being and 2) I am finally-finally-going to see Blue is the Warmest Color today, so I have to make sure that I have the willpower to consume 179 minutes of subtitles. Tell me what you think of this collection! 


(EDIT: Sorry for the bad layout of this post! It's been like that for a while, I'm working on fixing it.)