tbt irl

Translation (for those who aren’t fluent in the chatspeakz): throwback Thursday in real life. Throwback Thursday is an instagram term for posting old photos of yourself—which everyone loves to do, because everyone loves to say “thank God for puberty” or show off adorable photos of themselves as babies. (Also, shaking my head at the people who think posting week old photos are valid throwbacks. That’s called a latergram. Get it right.)

Most of you probably don’t know, but Seagull and I were bffs when we were in elementary school. That’s a looong time ago, people. In honor of that, here’s my throwback Thursday, starring the two of us.


old school Seagull and Albatross ❤ (in a play, hence the obnoxious makeup)

Given our ultimate throwback friendship, I’ve themed today’s post around tbt and recreated some of the greatest outfits of my childhood, circa the era of when I first met Seagull.

Outfit #1: Cotiliion

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When I lived in North Carolina, I attended monthly dances called ‘cotillion’ (how Southern were we). On the left is a hand-crafted, eight year old Albatross special, which I have recreated with a somehow nearly identical sweater (some things don’t change?), a brown patterned skirt and striped knee socks with brown Mary Janes. Also, shout out to the piano for being set up basically exactly the same.

Outfit #2: Mountain Adventures

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Many an Autumn of my elementary school days was spent in a cabin in the mountains—we hiked, we went exploring, I learned cursive (long story) and played a lot of Settlers of Cataan. With this outfit, I wanted to recapture the more innocent time of my life that contained the early 00’s trend of long sleeve short sleeve layering. With these tracksuit pants I have transported myself back to days of excitement and exploration.

Outfit #3: Palm Sunday

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 9.45.38 PMThis outfit comes slightly before my days with Seagull. As I’ve mentioned before, I used to live in England—this ensemble was created by uniform restrictions and apparent cold. As someone who now lives where it’s entirely valid to wear a scarf like this around your head around Palm Sunday, I’m questioning the validity of wearing a scarf like that in Cambridge where it was probably 60 degrees at coldest. I digress—this outfit embodies the personality of a classy, church going lady who follows the rules and is BRITISH so drinks tea and stuff. Am I saying that I’m essentially Kate Middleton? Well, I can’t say for sure. But yes.

That’s all for me tonight! Share your own tbt irl—tag us @_fashun_birds on instagram! Maybe if you guys want I can do a tbt irl post recreating outfits from my infancy; of course, finding velvet overalls could be difficult. But I’d try. For you.

Albatross x


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