I consider myself to be the epitome of duality, personifying a series of wildly conflicting attributes. Sweet and sexy, electric and macabre, vintage and modern, a homebody and a crazy karaoke queen; I am all of these things.
My fascination with yesteryear and obsession with geekery have influenced my personal style deeply. I am like a flash of luminosity in a sea of grey suits, a pillar of sartorial splendour in a town filled with ugg boots and tracksuits. I have been known to wear head-to-toe vintage one day and then a gothic-inspired ensemble the next. You never quite know what I’m going to wear on any given occasion and I think that’s part of my charm. What you can count on is that my outfit will be unique, complimented by clever accessories and usually sourced from a second hand store or discount outlet. My thrify chic style quashes the notion that fashion needs to be expensive, or that style can be bought.
This blog, Nessbow was created in 2009 as an outlet for me to share my eclectic personal style and penchant for alternative fashion. It quickly grew into something so much more.
Nessbow is about encouraging readers to find themselves, fall in love with themselves and then treat themselves like the greatest lover they’ve ever had. It’s about celebrating your quirks and being proud of your eccentricities. It’s about carving out a haven in a hectic world and filling it with the things that make you happy. It’s about being gracious without losing yourself. It’s about feeling beautiful and being proud of what a miracle you are. It’s about finding inspiration in the most unexpected places. It’s about encouraging self-exploration, self-care and the preservation of self-worth.
Nessbow’s mission statement reads:
“I aim to encourage my readers to dress in a way that makes them happy, to draw inspiration from unusual sources and to feel good about the way they present themselves. I will publish content that encourages my readers to take care of and value themselves. I endeavour to show that you don’t have to spend wads of cash to be stylish, well-groomed and happy. I will use the word ‘geek’ as a compliment and continue to celebrate all the nerdy things that make me smile. “
I love: costume parties, cats, kissing, karaoke, petticoats, to-do lists and day planners, glitter, cult movies, writing with ballpoint pens, crocheting, hand-written letters, a perfect cup of tea, never paying full price for anything, bare feet on soft grass.
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You can contact Vanessa via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.