Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Welcome to a flip-flopping blog!

So, this blog isn't exactly new, some months ago I started a Kawaii blog because I wanted to talk a little bit about some cutesy things I liked, and I didn't want them to get lost on my Tumblr, and they didn't fit on my Lolita fashion blog. So I started a blog called Hail Kawaii and wrote a few posts. Quickly after the first post, I realized I wanted to talk a lot about various cute retro things, but stopped myself a number of times thinking "I set out to make a kawaii blog, not a nostalgia blog!" but have finally come to my senses and realized that a nostalgia blog is what I wanted to make all along.

I'll be dragging the couple posts about retro things from there, over to here, and not holding back when I want to gush about something from the 80's and 90's that I was obsessed with, and it definitely won't be confined to just cute things too! I would love to use this space to add some various reviews of things I loved from those decades, from books to movies.

My 1990's
I've always sort of loved stuff from the golden days of the 90's, even very shortly after they ended! I explicitly remember it being about 2002 or 2003 and my friend bringing a bunch of her old teen magazines into school for some collage project we were working on. As soon as she pulled them out, I anxiously dug through them for volumes from the mid 90's. Even before that, back when the 90's were only a few months in the past, I can remember being very excited to find a 1997 volume of Seventeen magazine in a different classes collage magazine pile, and even once I victoriously made off with a 1994 issue of Rolling Stone filled with full page spreads of Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Nine Inch Nails (I still have all those spreads! Carefully pried from their staples and folded away somewhere). Cutting up magazines was apparently a big part of my education, and an important step of keeping the good parts of the 90's fresh in my mind through those awkward early 2000's. For years after I almost exclusively listened to 90's alternative bands and have a pretty impressive CD collection of 90's radio hits that I still love to pieces (Literally! I've worn through The Verve Pipe's Villains album a couple times!)

There's been a recent buzz about the 90's especially places on Tumblr, but I feel like this new trend is exactly the same 80's trend that swept through high schools in the early 2000's and consumed by people who were still in kindergarten when the decade ended. The new 90's trend has sparked a fire in my 90's loving heart, but the trend most people are consuming is not my 90's but rather the later parts of the decade that they barely remembered, or experienced through the hand-me-downs of an older sibling, that I was clearly already mourning before the decade even ended. This blog will be about my 90's, from the ages of 5 to 15, with a little bit of leftover 80's, because that decade was so big that it didn't really end until sometime around 1993.

The name of this blog, Chica Cherry Cola, should be a pretty obvious reference to those of you that lived through this decade, but if you're just passing through and are unfamiliar with the name, it's part of the lyrics from the 1997 Savage Garden hit I Want You. I'm actually a huge Savage Garden, and now Darren Hayes, fan and I was sitting here trying think up an appropriate blog name when that song popped up on my playlist, like a sign from the blogging gods!

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