Sugar And Spice And Shoes And LOL Cats

March 27, 2012

When I was in high school, I had a black canvas bag that I adorned with pins. Pins with slogans, pins with the names of bands – The Smiths, The Clash, The The – pins with images, pins that told the world who I was. I was edgy, I was cool, I was dark, I was deep, I read poetry in the hallway at lunchtime and I had a cassette full of mournful Brit-pop on my Walkman. I was signifying my identity.

Which I still do, basically, only now I do it through Pinterest, and I am way less goth about it. I have (as I noted last week) boards on style and humor and food and social media and princesses and treehouses and things that I think are awesome (so awesome that they require their very own board), and every single one of those boards – and every single one of the pins on every single one of those boards – signifies something about me.

Things like…


I like books

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I like books a lot, and I like them in volume. I like lots and lots and lots of books and I would like, very much, to surround myself with them entirely.


So, basically, I’m a shoe-loving princess-admirer who laughs at cats in sunglasses and who aspires to live in a treehouse. There are some nuances missing in that summary, but you can fill in the gaps by visiting my boards and noting that I also love cowboy boots and brownies and cocktails and Audrey Hepburn and bright pink bags and bunkbeds and memes that include animals saying silly things and anything to do with coffee. I CONTAIN MULTITUDES AND I PIN ALL OF THEM.

What do your Pinterest boards signify about you?

(Pin credits, to source where available, or to original pinner: Treehouse, Morpheus Cat, Louboutins, Yellow Shoes, Hipster Princesses, Blossoms, Otter Nails, Books.)

You see how this post is on my Intel Digital Life page? That’s because I wrote it with my Intel hat on, which is totally a little foil beanie that receives satellite transmissions from the galaxy of AWESOME. Or something. Anyway, it’s part of the series that you see here, on this humble page, about living la vida digital, which is also part of this whole storytelling exercise over here, on Facebook. You should check it out.


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    Alli Worthington March 27, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I love this!

    Sam A March 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Gosh, i went to look at my boards and realized how fun and awesome i really am… well, if Pinterest was really my life. But, based on the evidence on Pinterest: I am a fat (i have sooo many recipes and food porn) girl inside a diva’s body, who loves to laugh, craft, take pictures, travel, have elaborate partys (with lots of gourmet food of course) all the while fying back and forth from Paris with lots of bling, makeup and fabulous shoes and outfits at my disposal…. oh and i am NOT a cat lady, so ignore all my cat pins.

    lucy maule March 28, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Indeed like this post! I love cat as well. The picture you shared is just fantastic to watch. That sunglass is great. Thanks

    Lauren March 28, 2012 at 7:12 am

    We just did a big chat about Pinterest on our blog (a collaborative effort) trying to nail down the pros and cons of Pinterest. Mostly I’m a detractor but I think it has potential.

    I like the idea of “curating” a LOT, but haven’t really experienced that feeling when I pin. but worry that Pinterest encourages us to identify with/through products and consumption. I love beautiful things but does Pinning them really express my identity? Or does it just make me feel like my real life is ugly? Is Pinning a reflection of my real self or a performance of who I wish I was?

    Her Bad Mother March 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    You make a great point, although I don’t know that I agree totally with the worry that Pinterest encourages us to identify with products. I see the danger there, but I also see so much identification with the abstract, with words and memes and treehouses and dreams. Still – the performative element is always there. So interesting, to try to parse it out.

    Lisa April 1, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I don’t get product & consumerism angle, but I pin and follow so few products. Projects, some crafts, some up cycling, yes.

    Your Pinterest universe is what you create. You get to play god. I also don’t have all the God pins, though I’m a believer and I steer far far far away from body-issue pins (aka “thinspiration”).

    Pinterests biggest weakness as a reflection of our identity, is that it’s very hard to share complex ideas- they don’t come with cute pics or pithy ecards. I see so little of substance. I guess I could do more to create more more substance myself.

    Maggie S. March 28, 2012 at 10:13 am

    My Pinterest boards say I am a animal-loving, coffee-drinking, shackled-smart alec(see wouldn’t use a**) with a dream of living in a house that’s more functional than the on I live in, right now.

    Leanne March 28, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    And I am Maggie’s twin. Except I’m a tea drinker instead of a coffee drinker and I travel. See? Twins. :)

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