8/29/2012

been circling around for 27 years

When I first moved to Chicago, I was running away and I don't like to admit that to myself, but it's true. I would never ever advocate running away from your problems but sometimes, sometimes, physical distance can help. I had no friends upon my arrival but quickly settled into a scene that would become my home - Chicago's passionate crowd of Britpop and shoegaze devotees. Each month for almost the past 5 years, I eagerly awaited the Panic! dance party where we could dance to Blur and never feel judged by anyone. And on Saturday my boyfriend and I went to the very last Panic! held at Darkroom, which is sadly closing in a few days. John and I met at Darkroom when I was just 21 and his band Airiel was playing a show, so it's a very special place and we'll miss it dearly.

(mandy coon top, opening ceremony skirt from ebay, venessa arizaga necklace, alexander wang shoes)

Saying goodbye to Panic! was incredibly bittersweet because sometimes the most meaningful things become greater than themselves when they die. Remembering all of the times Morgan and I danced to "Bittersweet Symphony", I took inspiration from the Verve for my outfit. Both that song and A Storm in Heaven which is the Verve's psychedelic debut album and a hidden gem from 90s alternative rock. A Storm in Heaven is hugely inspirational to me because of the way its songs are somber yet full of light, hollow-sounding yet a conjurer of worlds that don't exist, simply through Nick McCabe's haunting guitar.

I fell in love with this skirt because it reminded me of the music video for "Bittersweet Symphony", both in the colors and the way the falling leaves project a feeling of melancholy.





13 comments:

Goo Girls said...

1. WHY ARE YOU SO PERFECT
2. AIRIEL IS LIKE ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITE BANDS EVR omg wow. Well done.
3. A Storm in Heaven is a great album. Why do ppl think the Verve is not a legit band? I have to appreciate all this music alone, there is no scene of fellow appreciators in nyc, that I have found at least.

Goo Girls said...

also just noticed how vaginal the ASIH cover is

Lhizette C. said...

your skirt looks divine. <3

Jasmine Nicole said...

I love the gif!
You looks so pretty with your hair down :-)

A La Mode said...

This is so perfect! Crushhhh

Mat said...

it's quite odd to hear about someone in the states talk so passionately about britpop. i guess i just assume no one outside the uk is that interested in the whole scene (not just one band). never really got into the verve sadly, blue though for sure

Gaby - Hopeless Lingerie said...

Love the skirt, what a find! And love the connection with The Verve.

I just came across your blog recently and wanted to say hello too, look forward to seeing more! :)

Weekdays said...

I love the gif! What a great post. I really like these specific colors

Isabel said...

Sigh, you are so dreamy and perfect! My hero. <3

☯ZERO STYLE☯ said...

meagan this is so great! i love that oc skirt. there have been attempts at britpop nights here in cleveland, but there are probably like, 5 of us that would actually go regularly. not as fun.

Low Couture said...

shoegaze 4ever! love verve. love ride. and the obvious candidates, of course.

very curious how you feel about Catherine Wheel? People say they suck, people say they are on of the most underrated bands ever. I think they are the latter.

x Peter

Maxens M. Finch said...

It looks like stars falling from the sky or fairy dust or something dust.

Emma said...

I love your top!