About the Team
About the Blog
I’ve been a creature of the internet since my parents bought me a desktop computer as a teen. I knew about YouTube when it was unfathomable that you could watch videos on the internet without downloading them (see here). I was on Tumblr before 2010 when there was still a distinguishable difference between “indie” and “hipster.” I’m not trying to brag (this is obviously a blatant lie) but I’ve been blogging for a decade. I even made a documentary in college about blogging--a testament to my nerdy tendencies and unabashed love of the internet.
The first real blog that I had was called Be Fabulous, Dammit! and I wanted to inspire people to live their most fabulous lives. That brand went on through half a dozen reimaginings over the years before before I finally settled on Fab Feminist.
During the Fab Feminist days, Giuls, my write-or-die (this is a pun because she is both my best friend and a writer. Get it? Do you get it?), hopped on board and helped contribute to the cause, but we realized after a while that we were trying to be all the things to all the people. If there’s anything we’ve learned as women, it is that ONE CAN NEVER BE ALL THE THINGS TO ALL THE PEOPLE.
With this realization, we began considering what we really wanted to accomplish in our corner of the internet, and thus, Untrendy was born. What we settled on was this:
We want to live our lives with unabashed abandon and encourage others to do the same.
We want to share the tools we discover that help us navigate life with mental illness.
We want to let go of the pressure of perfectionism.
While it took a few years for the name Untrendy to hit me, it was never a foreign concept. I’ve always willfully chosen to be different and have never prioritized being trendy. To this day, I feel downright uncomfortable, disingenuous, and inauthentic when I’m done up like an Instagram model. Call it impostor syndrome, but I’d just much rather be in a funky t-shirt or something that’s a little outrageous.
Untrendy is more than just dressing for your own enjoyment, though. It’s loving your body even when you’re thirty pounds above your goal weight because sometimes life is tough and also you just DO NOT CARE about being skinny because that’s just fatphobia anyway. It’s loudly and publicly chastising someone for harassing you. It’s drawing a circle around yourself and saying to society, “THIS IS MORE SACRED THAN YOUR EXPECTATIONS.
Giuls and I know that ~being trendy~ is not the path for us. We have always led unconventional lives and careers, and when it comes to anything that’s in popular demand, we want to feel like we’re enjoying it purely because it speaks to us and not because it's a la mode.
Untrendy is here to be too loud and too different for the sake of personal growth and independence. It is here to empower you to live your life on your own terms. It is a lifestyle of the bold and it is the motto of every artist.
About Our Team
ALEXA, Founder. She has an inclination toward strong language, strongly held opinions, and strong coffee. She believes that we have a moral responsibility to educate our community, respect our youth, and stand up for the disenfranchised. She created Fab Feminist in 2015.
GIULIANA, Partner. Giuliana is a New Jersey journalist and digital marketer with a creative writing degree from Eckerd College. When she's not snuggling her little black cat, on the phone with Alexa, or bopping around New Hope, PA, Giuliana's exploring her home state of NJ and its many surrounding areas and documenting them for her blog, New Jersey Nomad.
SHAYNA, Editor. Shayna and Alexa met in Mr. Mart's sixth-grade class. Although they barely keep in touch, they both love getting brunch and turning down for they don't know what and being "about it." They're tight like the pony tail your mom tied for your 1998 recital. Shayna is a bigwig New York City journalism gal. She got a cat in 2016. Sometimes Alexa adds gratuitous commas just to piss her off.
Working with Us
We are ALWAYS looking for writers and contributors from diverse backgrounds! If you have one post or a series or some artwork or a video or something totally different and you want to see it on our blog, let us know. We would LOVE to have you.
If you would like to sponsor our blog, advertise with us, or promote your product or services, we would LOVE to hear from you.
For all business inquiries, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sister Blogs, Channels, etc.
New Jersey Nomad is a blog by fellow Fab Feminist, Giuliana, who's passionate about travel.
Trail Mixed Media is a space by created by fellow Eckerd College alumna, Andrea. She uses multimedia storytelling to explore the human relationship with the natural environment and to capture the wonders of our place on this wild planet.
The C-Word is a feminist climate podcast run by two Utah Environmental Humanities graduate students. Cleo, a host, is ALSO a fellow Eckerd College alumna!
The Princess and the Shriver is a YouTube channel run by a good friend about Disney films, intersectional feminist issues, current movies, and more.