What Claudia Wore, Almost Three Years Later

by Kim on Thursday, June 02, 2016

This meeting of the Babysitter’s Club will now come to order 
“What do you mean, you’ll be three years late to the meeting, Claudia? This is completely unacceptable. Abby, go through her watercolor kit and find me a Snickers. God, I knew I should’ve given up on you unprofessional yokels when I had the chance to kickstart my inevitable political career with a stint as eighth grade class president.” 

Oh, hey there.
It’s been a while.

Everything Changes
Since I last published an entry here I’ve been through some serious life changes. I started a new job. I got married, and didn't make anyone wear pink taffeta in the process (shout out Super Special #12, Here Come The Bridesmaids). I - like, within the last month - got a mortgage. 

I mean, I get it, this blog isn’t about me. But life moves on, man! (Unless you’re a Stoneybrook-based babysitter caught in a time loop of eternal eighth grade-ing.) My point is, life is what happens when you're busy making other plans to babysit the Rodowsky boys on Friday, am I right?

Like, honestly, who even are these girls. Nice try, Scholastic.
Graduation Day
When serious blogs (that is, blogs that update semi-regularly, take care of their domain names, etc. . . . blogs that are not this blog is what I am saying here) finish, they typically do so with a final entry. I never wrote one for What Claudia Wore, and though this sounds like one, it’s not. Someday I’d love to point to this blog and have it be an archive of every outfit* in the Babysitters Club series. That was the goal that I had in my mind when I started the Book Index, and it’s still a goal, even if not one I’m actively pursuing right now.

What Claudia Wore isn’t over. It may be on an indefinite hiatus, but I still can’t pass an Urban Outfitters without a small lol at today’s Kishi-relevant fashion trends. And even if I never write another entry, knowing that it’s here, at the original URL it launched from in 2007 . . . that’s important to me.

 Even if it’s kinda cheating. Just call me Shawna Riverson.

Kristy's Big News
So what happens after graduation? Well, you move on to the next adventure. 

For me, that means a new medium. I have done a lot of writing on the internet. All the way back to 1997, when 'writing on the internet' was, um, mostly about whether Mulder and Scully were ever going to get together for real. I've been on the internet for more than half my life at this point, and it's a huge part of who I am. I'm an internet person

So let's talk internet. Podcast-style.

Cohosted by fellow internet person Whitney Crispell, friend from the internet will take on topics we love -- some serious, some not so serious, some Sweet Valley Saga levels of serious --  always filtered through our personal lenses of feminism, intensive internet research, and in my case, Rihanna. (What? Rihanna can be a lens.)

In our first recording sessions, we've explored the cult of Konmari (including the crazy amount of privilege inherent in being able to discard anything that doesn't spark joy), our internet histories and that early 2000s livejournal lifestyle, and we're even dedicating an episode to this little blog right here.

We'll be launching next month and I hope you'll consider joining us -- you can sign up for our tinyletter to be notified when we're live.

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Finally, I want to say thank you. I wasn't great at showing how much I appreciated every reader, every comment, every telephone cord bracelet-induced sigh of nostalgia. I loved them all and I've loved sharing this experience with you.

You say goodbye, I say hello (to your friends).

Friends forever,

Blog Officer**

* at least, of every Claudia outfit . . . I don't know how many more of Jessi's leotards I have in me.
** it can be a thing.


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by Stephanie on 9:16 AM. #

I never learned of this blog until after you had put it on hiatus! Claudia was always my favorite baby-sitter, and when I learned that there was an entire blog dedicated to her outfits, I had to sign up...only for this to be the lone entry I've received! It's funny...here I am, now in my 30s, and in love with Urban Outfitters. So when you mentioned that you saw so many Claudia inspired outfits in their fashions, I had to smile, because you're of course right--they are very much inspired by her! It makes me smile knowing that, even in my adult years, the pimply, awkward teenager I was, back when reading the Baby-Sitters Club, has found her own artistic expression through Urban Outfitters' outfits, at last!

It's as you say, though...life does very much go on. Congratulations on the mortgage (and good luck with it!)! And I am overjoyed at the thought of the podcast! I will certainly be tuning in! There very much needs to be, I feel, a voice in which the books of our youth (The Baby-Sitters' Club, Sweet Valley, etc.) are seen through a feminist lense, and discussed in terms of how they have inevitably affected us over the years. I, actually, have always applauded The Baby-Sitters Club as that which lead to my own feminist awakening: a group of gangly, imperfect, wonderful kids, each with colorful personalities in their own right, comming together as females to form a business of their own, in a world where women in charge is still, sadly, not the norm. This, for me, lent a far more feminist edge to The Baby-Sitters Club than was ever held by the Barbie-esque perfection of Sweet Valley High! Others may feel differently, however, and I'll very much look forward to hearing your take on matters come the podcast!

I sincerely hope What Claudia Wore will continue to have a voice, however! Her outfits, as an expression of her, do very much find expression in our adult lives. And a blog dedicated to such a wonderful series was a dream to have stumbled upon...even if I did so just a bit late in the game!

by Stephanie on 10:44 AM. #

Have loved your blog for years and when an update popped up in my feed today I got very excited! Good luck with your new ventures and may Kishi-inspired awesome be every present in our lives <3

by Georgia on 8:18 PM. #

Just by saying this isn't the end, you've taken a huge weight off my shoulders! I've had enormous amounts of fun reading through your blog archives and you've totally changed the way I look at contemporary trends. You don't owe your readers a thing. Don't worry, whenever you decide to make an actual comeback? We'll be here.

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Aww I'm so glad this blog isn't over even if it's way in the backburner. This blog was so much fun and I definitely look forward to your podcast! :)

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