You see a lot of comments about the fact girls nowadays go straight from kid life into glamorous teenage life with no room left for that horrifically awkward stage where you had no idea what your body was doing and made style and makeup choices that the mere thought of now makes you shudder. Anyway that reminded me of all sorts of weird little things I was obsessed with from about 12 onwards until I became a party going teenager and finally came out the other side unscathed and (if I do say so myself) a pretty well rounded person. So I thought I’d share my weird little kid obsessions with you and hopefully, regardless of where you’re from, you could share your weird childhood obsessions that you thought were everything when you were a kid.
Fancy Paper // Can we take a moment to appreciate fancy paper? If you were a child in Ireland in the 90’s you had to have succumbed to the wonderful, mysterious ways of a fancy slip of paper. It was coloured, it often had a little drawing on it and it was altogether magical. You never wrote on them, you just kept them in pristine condition and then swapped them with your mates in class. I actually wish I still had mine.
Waistcoats // Don’t ask me why, they were never even remotely cool or in fashion but I became mildly obsessed with waistcoats and had as many as a pro snooker player. I don’t think anyone else wore them but I always seemed to have one on with a polo neck underneath.
Velvet Hats // Again, they didn’t come into fashion I just got a slight love of hats and had a favourite velvet black one that I refused to take off, even indoors, even in restaurants. Of course this gave me a magical nest of hair underneath which would be itchy and greasy by the end of the day but it was worth it to feel so supremely in love with my jaunty hats.
Bindhis // I’m assuming this was started by Gwen Stefani around the Don’t Speak time but I adored bindhis and would wear them all the time, which considering how crappily they lasted, meant I got through a lot of them and never once looked as cool as Gwen. I still can’t look as cool as Gwen so nothing has changed there.
Rimmel Sunshimmer // I wish I’d never discovered this because as a teenager I thought the only way to look glamorous was with as much tan as humanly possible. Forget the orange hands, forget that it once took me a week of baths to scrub all the layers I’d built up of it off, it was the fact I never really did my face with any sort of long term tan and so relied on something that washes off like Sunshimmer, which would undoubtedly disappear from my top lip first in hot weather leaving me with essentially a white moustache and orange face in school, which I would try and cover up in the toilets with another layer of the stuff. The actual shame. Maybe that’s why I never wear tan now.
The X-Files // Finally, The X-Files was a huge part of my childhood. I was genuinely obsessed with it for a long time, once even drawing a big X on my arm in Tipp-ex in primary school (I know). I still have a huge stash of magazines, comics, videos and other merchandise in the back of a wardrobe because I don’t know what the hell to do with it but maybe one day I’ll be able to sell them for a fortune. I even went to a convention once in the UK with my dad! Morto, but I was a kid and obsessions like that are always gas fun at the time even if they slightly embarrass you now. As I grew up, my obsession waned but I’m really looking forward to the new series coming out and seeing whether it still holds up after all these years.
Ok girls fill me in on your glorious, horrendous childhood quirks, what did you get up to?