Me? A girly girl? ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Me? A girly girl?

Today, an acquaintance said that I was a "girly girl."  Now, while I don't consider that an insult, I have absolutely no idea why he would say so!

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First of all, you see all of the feminine things that I do, like sew, bake, and craft.  These are my private creative outlets at home, but I am much different in my professional life and otherwise.  I suppose it's the perception that I'm girly that mystifies me, because I don't see myself that way, even if I appreciate it in others.  When I was a child, I idolized feminine, elegant ladies like Grace Kelly, Ginger Rogers, and Jane Powell.  Definitely the best of of vintage "girly-ness."  :)

Being girly nowadays doesn't necessarily mean the same thing, although I don't see myself in this category either!  I even Googled "characteristics of a girly girl" just to make sure that I wasn't jumping to conclusions.  This may be a little rant-like, but here's a few reasons why I wholeheartedly disagree with Mr. Acquaintance.

Disclaimer: Some of my best friends are girly, so please don't take offense to this list.  They didn't!

1. I don't wear excessive amounts of pink.

The one and only garment with pink that I have sewed.  See here!

2. I could not care less about the Kardashians, The "Real" Housewives of anywhere, or the royal family.

3. I am anything but ladylike to bad drivers.

4. When I go to the gym, I actually work out.  I can even do real push-ups and pull-ups.

I lift a lot of weight!

5. I never liked playing with dolls, pretended to be a princess, or planned my future wedding when I was a kid.

6. I eat more than practically everyone I know, guys included.  On the same note, I cannot subsist on salads alone.  They're what comes BEFORE your meal and dessert.

My favorite salad.  To be followed by soup, entree, and dessert.  :)

7. I only know how to do my makeup one way, and it takes 3-5 minutes depending on if I'm in a moving car or not.  Painting my nails takes forever, so I just don't.

8. My hair is either down or in a ponytail.  I can't braid my own hair or use a curling iron correctly.

9. To me, going out at night means I need to wear more clothes because it's cold outside.  Never a teeny dress!

10. I always forget to accessorize until I'm headed out the door, because it's just not natural for me to remember.

11. I hate big department stores and malls in general.  However, I do love a good swap meet/flea market.  :)

Fabric galore at the swap meet!

12. I don't take selfies.  (On the blog, I don't even take pictures of myself!)

13. I say exactly what I mean because it takes too much effort to play games, let alone figure out the rules.  My guy appreciates this.  :)

14. I haven't read a beauty/fashion magazine since possibly high school.  Thus, #7-11.

15. I don't assume someone will carry my bags at the airport or pay for my drinks.  I refuse to put myself in any "damsel-in-distress" situations where someone has to help me.

Preview of a future post!  Now to just get the thing completely written...

16. There is no such thing as TMI in my world.  Seriously, nothing grosses me out.

17. I'm not scared of sharks or touching all those creepy crawlies like snakes, mice, cockroaches, and spiders.  Still, I wouldn't want to see one of them in my house, because then I would just be imagining an infestation!  THAT'S gross!


Rant over!  That's just off the top of my head, but I'm sure I could come up with more.  Like I said, no offense to girly girls, but I'm just not one, and I'm still surprised someone thought that I was.  I wouldn't consider myself a tomboy either, but if anything, I'm closer to that end of the spectrum.

In fact, I asked myself, "Does having a big chest and long hair and make you a girly girl?"  But then I answered "No!" to my own question, because then Fabio would be considered girly then.  :)

Is it just me that feels stuck somewhere in the middle of the "girly/feminine scale vs. tomboy/masculine"?

Has anyone ever commented on their perception of you that is completely different than how you feel about yourself?


  1. where is how to pack for 2 weeks post please? I'm going to Europe and need to know how and what I can or should take. Thanks

  2. I am definitely with you on this-- I'm also somewhere in the middle of the scale!

  3. I am so feel stuck between the two spectrum's. As a teenager I was the gal on the four wheeler covered from head to toe in mud, now I lean a tad towards the girlier side but not by much.
    I think it's vintage woman ... I like that name.

    Able to get our hands dirty, hang with the guys when need be and still appear lady like for an afternoon spot of tea.

  4. I'm actually working on it and won't have it posted for a while, but if you need advice ASAP feel free to e-mail me at vintagezest at gmail dot com!

  5. Haha...what a neat post. :)

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

  6. I'm in the middle too- probably quite a bit girlier than you though :)

  7. I feel I'm in the middle not much into makeup unless special occasion and hair band and I'm done thanks for sharing have a great day

  8. it depends on when what the day is sometimes I feel really girly girl and other days sweats and my hair pulled back does just fine so yep stuck in the middle like you
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  9. A point for the "Team Girly!" ;)

  10. HA! I loved this post. I guess I go back and forth between the two too. I usually always wear mascara and lip gloss if I leave the house (but rarely brush my hair now that I think about it, lol) but 9 times out of 10, I'm in overalls/jammie pants and a sweatshirt or t-shirt all of which are covered in paint, sawdust and various other grim.

    As for people's perception of me (I learn this after we get to know each other) people are always afraid of me or think I'm mean (usually until I open my mouth). When in fact, i'm totally opposite. I think it's the fact that I'm 6 feet tall and have quite a lot of tattoos but hey, just goes to show you can't always judge a book by it's cover. The mean part I don't get cause I'm always smiling, who knows. Sorry for the "ranty" comment but this really was a great post. Thanks for sharing this, I really enjoyed reading it :)

  11. Oh thanks for the sweet words! And don't worry about the "ranty" comment because obviously my whole post was a rant! :)

  12. What a fun list. I am definitely not a girly girl but I like to create and throw parties, I don't think that makes you girly, just creative. Glad someone else wears their hair down or in a ponytail all the time but I will say braiding your hair is something you should learn, such an easy way to not do your hair. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  13. True! Creativity doesn't have to mean "girlies" at all. Honestly, I would love to braid my hair, especially for 2nd-day hair, but I'm just not able to... Oh well, maybe one day!

  14. I am 2, 3, 4, 6 generally 8, 11 most of the time 12 unless they're needed for something, I've become 13, 14, 15 and should hear the things I've said in front of my dad. :O Hahaha Fabio! Love it! You know i don't think anyone ever has commented on their perception of me.

    I think I befuddle people: I wear girly clothes and lots of makeup and then I lug bags of rocks or other dirty heavy things around when I am shopping and turn down help. I do glare a lot, but when I talk with people I smile and smother them in compliments and niceties. It happens so often that I start talking and people just sort of "hubada ba" I was starting to think something was wrong with either me or them until I realized maybe I was an enigma.

    I lovvvve this post soo fun! And it sounds like we're pretty close to being twinners! :D

  15. I agree with you on multiple statements. Thanks for sharing at Sweet and Savoury Sundays, I'd love you to stop by this weekend and link up!


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