About

About me…

As well as being a slow learner, I am a late bloomer. I set myself a goal of getting The Hipsterette blog up and going by the 1st January 2014, but for various reasons the process was delayed. But, better late than never – I officially started blogging 2nd March 2014.

After a year of heartbreak and hardships, I set myself the challenge of setting up The Hipsterette  to find and share the bright, beautiful and bold things that enliven and invigorate the spirit and feed the soul. I have travelled the digital, and physical world to unearth unique and inspiring people, places, and ideas, and share the wisdom, style and innovation they represent with you.

Join me as I share this journey with you.

What is a hipsterette?

Hipsterette: (Hip-star-ette) uses the noun suffix ette which, originally found in French words, where it has been used in a variety of diminutive and hypocoristic forms: coquette, baguette, etiquette, rosette, you get the idea.

Mary Pickford in the film "Coquette"

Mary Pickford in the film “Coquette”. Photo in public domain.

Hipsterettes appreciate the English use of the suffix as a term for the diminutive mainly because they sound nice: bachelorette (so much more empowering than spinster), kitchenette (cosy and can be seen as an equal in the style stakes to the stainless steel chefette’s kitchen), novelette, dinerette, and the list goes on.

Stella McCartney only uses leatherette in her handbags and shoes

Stella McCartney only uses leatherette in her handbags and shoes. Stella McCartney shop in Los Angeles. Photo in public domain.

The suffix ette comes in handy for describing imitation products, and gives them dignity. Take the handbag, there’s no need to feel self-conscious if you are not carrying the latest “IT” bag, when asked about your favourite carryall, you can say “I love my leatherette”. If you prefer not to eat or wear animals, the “leatherette” is your choice of bag and shoe.

The Hipsterette knows the value of etiquette

The Hipsterette knows the value of etiquette.

And, yes, we use ette in its feminine form for the simple reason, it makes sense, it lets the world know you are female, no more no less. A man is an usher, a women is an usherette. It goes without saying that they work the same hours for equal pay but in order to tell the difference, because there are gender differences, we use the ette for women. We would to like see the ette embraced by the professions: farmerettes, surfettes, all further suggestions are welcome.

Crime Queen, Agatha Christie was one of the first Britons to master stand-up surfing - surfette Agatha photographed with her surfboard called "Fred"

Crime Queen, Agatha Christie was one of the first Britons to master stand-up surfing – surfette Agatha photographed with her surfboard called “Fred”. Photo in public domain.

The hipsterette is all about independent thinking, we appreciate originality and modernity but gladly look to the past for inspiration. We are cool, but not too cool, to appreciate and commend what works well and what is beautiful. Finally, the hipsterette is about personal evolution, we may not have been born into the circumstances of our choosing and no matter how humble our beginnings, be it some small speck on the map or some soulless tract in the seemingly endless milieu of suburbia, we do not let this hold us back. We learn what we can from the life around us as well as from far off places, and set out to interpret life on our own terms, and set no limits on our dreams.

The novelette for light reading

The novelette for light reading.

 

3 Comments on About

  1. yvonne
    March 17, 2014 at 2:52 am (3 years ago)

    Keep going with Hipsterette!

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  2. Darren Squibb
    October 3, 2016 at 2:47 pm (10 months ago)

    Bravo!

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  3. Kylie
    January 27, 2017 at 11:55 pm (6 months ago)

    Just found you. Looks like a great blog.

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