Welcome To House of Hipsters Substack
A little community for artsy folks who love weird vintage items.
After being laid off in 2017, I had a decision to make. Figure out how bloggery world as a profession or continue my daily commute into Chicago. Both kiddos were in elementary school, and working from home in the ad agency world was not commonplace. Before my layoff, I worked two days from home and could help The Boy with running kids to school and errands.
Since becoming a full-time content creator, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with my blog House Of Hipsters. If you’ve ever turned a hobby or passion project into a business I’m sure you understand how I feel. Creativity was stifled and keywords, SEO, Google rankings, and spreadsheets started to rule my life. I’ve had to hold myself back…stay in my niche…that is until I found Substack.
What To Expect
I learned quickly that when you monetize something, it can lose its personality quickly. And personality is why readers returned week after week. A few close friends and loyal followers recently told me, “You’re not writing anymore.” Wait wut? I am! I swear I am!
They said, “No, I know you’re writing, but it’s not the same as before.” Cue Harry Styles, crooning, “I know it’s not the same as it was”.
So, what will you find on the new House Of Hipsters Substack? OMG, you are in for a ride! Let’s chat all things vintage — I’m talking jewelry to clothes to decor! I want to share all the estate sale scores!
One day, a post might be about decor, and another, it might be about the vintage charm bracelet I found at an estate sale (I’ve been dying to show you all the amazing charms on it—find your next hubby spins and the opposite side is find your next wife).
I just dug out my old Sassy magazines. If you’re a Gen X’er like me, you probably remember this alternative artsy girl publication. After flipping through a few issues, I started to think back to the current events circa 1988 and compared them to today.
For example, according to Sassy, after Sign o’ the Times debuted, Prince (yes, his name was still Prince in the 80s) pitched The Black Album to Warner Records, who according to Sassy, refused to produce it because the lyrics were too vulgar. Thank god for the internet and fact checking because according to Wikipedia, it was a released as a promo-only album in 1987. Wut????? A super secret Prince album?????
Fast forward to 1994, Warner Records re-released it (all news to me), and to hardcore Prince fans, The Black Album is commonly referred to as The Funk Bible. You can listen to this super rare album on YouTube, and let me tell you, it is an absolute delight to the ears for any Prince fan. Merry Christmas. Don’t say I never gave you anything.
Now, is it as naughty as his song “Darling Nikki”? That’s to be determined at a later date. Right now I’m just kitchen dancing, not listen to the lyrics. BTDubs, I have an epic story about Darling Nikki, my dad, and how he broke my 8-year-old heart, but that is for a separate post.
Oh, and I snort laughed at the tampon advertisements in Sassy. Srsly, picture this: two young girls sitting on a wooden porch, and the headline reads, “Will I still be a virgin?” How did the Gen X girls survive periods and sex? Did your teachers and parents talk to you about these things? Mine sure didn’t! I’ll share more about that in a future posts.
Tabs And Tabs Of Cool Shizzz
We also need to chat about the 481 Safari tabs I have open on my phone because they’re full of awesome shit that’s way too cool for me not to share with you.
Have you watched Pretty Little Liars on Max? My friend Ashley told me I had to watch it like ten years ago, but I had little kids at the time and was dead ass tired by 8 PM. Well, the time is now baby, and let me tell you, I’m obsessed with Aria, Spencer, Hannah, Emily, and all things “-A”. What are you late night binging?
Basically, this is going to be a brain dump slash diary of all the random, cool shizz my ADHD brain thinks about. Are you in, or are you out? I hope you’re in, and if you are, welcome!
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