March 24, 2020

cottagecore


Well hello friends. As I'm writing this, plans are probably afoot in my state for a shelter-in-place mandate to occur, the governor is due to have a televised speech tonight and all I can say is FINALLY. Last week, I read one comment after another and saw photo after photo on Facebook showing people out and about in DROVES. I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. All I've done for a solid week is read one article after another - at this point, I honestly think I've read ALL THE NEWS about this virus and now I just need a little break. Maybe you do too. I tend to read myself into an anxious stupor, and I just need to back away from it for a little bit. So even though we're living in a real life dystopian novel, I'm going to show up here and try and show you some pretty things. Also, STAY HOME STAY HOME STAY HOME.

After I put the photos together for this post, I realized that maybe right at this moment is not the best time to be utilizing mail and delivery systems for non-essential items, but if you like what you see here, perhaps you can file it away for later or for when you or someone else might really need a treat.

So today I'm going to chat about about this newest form of cozy living I just happened across.

COTTAGECORE.

Except apparently it's not new. My daughter asked me if I had been living under a ROCK. Because she knew ALL ABOUT cottagecore. But if you, like me, remain in the dark about what it all entails, this is a great primer, as is this post HERE. Basically, it's all about a love for the idea of an enchanted and pastoral life lived in pretty, floral dresses, in a country cottage, while baking pies and frolicking with baby goats, in between foraging for wild mushrooms and maybe some fairies.

WHERE IN THE NAME OF ALL STARDUST IN THE UNIVERSE WAS THIS IDEA WHEN I WAS 17??????

I think I might have been trying to live the cottagecore life as a teen without even knowing about it. I kid you not, I was the only girl in my school who ever showed up wearing a PETTICOAT under her Laura Ashley dress. I swear to you that's a true story.

Apparently this aesthetic is very popular with teen girls, so my daughter and the internet tells me, but I think we can all enjoy the idea of pretty things that exist just for the sake of being pretty, and a longing for a return to a girlhood existence comprised of living like the heroine of whatever lovely movie caught your fancy and imagination in a tremendous way when one was young (er). For me, that movie was 'A Room With a View'.

UPDATE FROM MY DAUGHTER: After I showed Julia this post, she said that there is also a sub-category of this theme called GRANDMACORE, the hallmarks of which are chunky knit sweaters, baking cookies, gardening, and crocheting/knitting. I might skip cottagecore and go straight for this. I don't knit or sew though. I'll get back to you after I wrestle with this existential crisis of deciding in which camp I want to place myself.


I've made a little selection of bobbins that I think fit into the cottagecore realm of Aesthetically Pleasing Things. Aren't they all so sweet and springy?? I'm putting the notebook in my daughter's Easter basket. Just the thing in which to write poems about baby goats.

I happened across this set of 'Tea Shop Cozy Mysteries' by Katherine Hayton and thought they looked sweet. I've never read these, but they sound jolly and cute and non-stressful. Good grief, if someone tries to make me read anything heavier than a feather right now I would throw the book at their head. These appear to only be available on Amazon as a digital Kindle download, so that's convenient if you're trying to save space on your shelves. A lady running an herbal tea shop solves crimes in England. That's all you need to know! I'd read these even without the mystery element, I'm just there for the herbal tea shop.

If you or your teen daughter or whoever needs a pretty lip balm that smells amazing and works at really hydrating, let me assure you that the entire line of lip balms from Smith's is fantastic. How pretty is this Mocha Rose flavor??

Every cottage needs a darling teapot OF COURSE. I think this Fitz & Floyd English Garden teapot with the wee butterfly sitting on the top of the lid is perfect.


Last year, I put these socks into a spring things post I put together, and I remain extremely enchanted with these linen/cotton blend floral lovelies. I have a pair of these going into a custom Cozy Box order I'm sending out in late spring, and they are even prettier in person.

I got a pair of denim overalls from Amazon last fall and I wear them at least 3-4 times a week. They've become my uniform, and I think this pair of oversized floral denim overalls needs to be what I wear during the spring and summer months.


This darling magazine was something I picked up several weeks ago - it was one of The Last Outings I had with my daughter before everything became all-COVID19-all-the-time. Julia and I ran out to Barnes & Noble. It really wasn't that long ago, but it seems now like ages and ages.

I rediscovered 'The Ladies of Grace Adieu' by Susannah Clarke, it was hidden away in my bookshelf. I've only read the first two stories and that was about 13 years ago. For some reason I just forgot about this book, even though I ADORED 'Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell'. I'm going to begin 'The Ladies of Grace Adieu' all over again - I think this collection of fairy stories for grownups will be just the thing to read in May or June, when lilacs begin to bloom.

(I already have Clarke's newest, 'Pirenesi', on pre-order. I've been waiting and waiting for her to create another book!!)

While on the topic of cottages, my husband and Julia will both tell you that I've been ready for cottage living since the beginning of time. I mention it pretty much every other day.

I've had dreams of living in dollhouses and cottages since I was tiny. I've been ready to downsize my entire adult life. When 'Escape to the Country' was available on Netflix my family and I watched it every weekend with great joy.

(WHY WHY WHY IS IT GONE ESPECIALLY NOW THAT WE ARE ALL SO STRESSED - WAIT. It appears to be available via Prime video on Amazon!!!) I think that maybe my husband might be a secret cottagecore devotee as well, only his cottage would be filled with video games.


Look at these cuties. Darling jam bookmarks, a charming floral tea cozy, and wee toadstool mushroom earrings. If you do a search on Etsy for cottagecore, you'll have a delightful time sifting through all the cute.


I really think that this particular edition from Vintage Classics of  'I Capture the Castle' by Dodie Smith is pretty much the perfect embodiment of cottagecore, n'est-ce pas? And despite the fact that the heroine of the book, Cassandra Mortmain, lives in a castle - this book is TOTALLY a cottagecore story. A young girl, living in a dilapidated castle in the English countryside, trying to figure herself out while stomping through moors and fields, deciding which boys she likes and writing in a diary? This should be Cottagecore Reading 101.

So there you have it my lovelies. Are we all on board with some cottagecore? I know I am. If my daughter is really going to be away from regular school from now until next autumn, maybe I'll start Melissa's Cottagecore School for Young Ladies, and we'll drink tea, eat cake, and fight about who has the prettiest floral ensemble.

12 comments:

  1. THANK YOU for the Escape to the Country tip! Just what I need...

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    1. It made us all squeal with joy! We were all so bummed that it wasn't available on Netflix anymore!!

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  2. I HAD MY MOM SEW ME PETTICOAT FOR UNDER MY PRAIRIE SKIRT!!! I wore that to Seabury all the time! Plus it was warmer in winter upcountry!

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    1. SUCH SADNESS that we weren't in the same grade. We could have worn our petticoats together!! We could have had a petticoat club!!!!! This is why I adore you.

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  3. Thanks for some new resources as we hunker down at home. Time for tea!

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  4. Please, GIVE ME ALL THE COTTAGECORE THINGS! I must have been under that same rock, because I have never heard the term before and now I have a nice, big, beautiful rabbit hole to dive down to escape from all the news. (I do the same thing you do--read and read until it becomes too much and I have to ignore it for a while.) I'll be happily exploring all the links until such time as I have to return to the real world.

    I have a thing for cottages already--this will just expand the cottage-y love.

    Thank you so much for this post :).

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    1. You are so so welcome, I'm glad you enjoyed it! The idea of a pretty cottage watching nature and reading books is so appealing right now!

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  5. I always called the grandmacore thing "granny chic" - basically, the aesthetic of my living room. We were broke and had a lot of hand-me-downs from my husband's mom and grandma, and we just WENT FOR IT.

    If I weighed about a hundred pounds less (and didn't have boobs) I would live in vintage Gunnysack dresses. That would it into this aesthetic, right?

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    1. Vintage Gunnysack!!!! I forgot all about them!!! And Jessica McClintock dresses!!!!

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  6. Do you have any vintage carpet bags that you could show us? That would be amazing, and if you can could you put any links in that you know of to buy them? Thank you.

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    1. Sadly I don't know anything about vintage carpet bags!

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