Sunday, December 2, 2012

marlena and the pastels

(I originally conducted this interview a few months ago for my zine, now defunct, and thought that it would be nice to post here.) 

Britney Franco: I understand that you have a blog called Self Constructed Freak. What inspired you to start your blog?  
Marlena Pope: At the time I started my blog I had been a follower of the style blogging community for a few years (around ‘07, I believe). By ‘09 I really just wanted my own little corner of the interwebs where I could talk about clothing and music and diy’s that interested me. The one person who really inspired me to start blogging was Isabel of Hipster Musings. Her blog was the very first fashion and feminism-focused blog that I ever read and it definitely made me want to start one of my own. 
BF: When did you first begin creating your DIY crafts? 
MP: I’ve been a bit DIY-obsessed ever since I was little! I started making stuff like clothing and accessories as a ~serious~ hobby when I was around 11 or 12 years old. 
BF: What first got you interested in fashion/pastel things/zines/everything lovely on your blog?
MP: I think I’ve always been interested in fashion, as far as personal style goes, since I was young. Putting together outfits has always been my favorite thing to do! But as far as actual ~fashion~ goes, like designers and stuff, I think all the great designers of the ’60s (Rudi Gernreich, Betsey Johnson) are what got me into that sort of thing. My pastel obsession came about in 2008 when I discovered Tavuchi Sayuri and the Spank! shops in Tokyo. 
BF: How would you describe your style? 
MP: I suppose I’m a bit of a pastel punkette. Though, I don’t consider myself to be ‘punk’ in the least bit! ;)
 BF: Who inspires you the most? (This can consist of multiple people) 
MP: Tavuchi Sayuri (she is my queen ♥)
BF: Where do you usually get your amazing clothes? 
MP: My wardrobe is made up of mostly thrifted items and handmade stuff. I buy new pieces occasionally, but not too often! 
BF: Favorite websites/blogs?  
MP: My friend Kailey’s blog, Mermaidens, is my absolute favorite as of right now (and forever, tbh.) I’m also really loving and too! ^.^ 


Marlena Pope is an expert on all things pastel and DIY. She has a blog called Self Constructed Freak, where she posts lovely outfits complete with lace, glittery socks and tights, & basically everything amazing. She also contributes to  Rookie Mag


  1. wow those stockings !!

  2. Hi Britney How are you ? I'm really glad that you came in my blog . I really like yours :P
    I have a new post so if you like my blog and you have the time go see it !


    Ps: nice post it's inspiring

  3. aw i love self constructed freak ^.^

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