Shake it Off Video – Memphis Style
My sister, Kristen, often refers to herself as Taylor Swift‘s Number One Fan. And since I want to be just like my older, wiser, so-amazingly-awesome-sister, I also love Taylor Swift.
Kristen likes to describe herself as the silent stalker type. Just because she hasn’t gotten around to creating a fan Instagram, Twitter account or blog, doesn’t mean she can’t set up Google alerts to stay up to date on All Things Taylor. Nightly cyber-stalking sessions are a must for every Taylor Swift Fan. Kristen’s love for Taylor intensified in 2008 when she had the opportunity to edit “In the Studio with Taylor and Colbie Collait Recording Breathe,” a behind the scenes video DVD for Taylor’s second studio album, Fearless. It’s been love ever since.
For her 30th birthday last year, I even turned lyrics from 30 of Taylor’s songs into an art print, which is framed above her bed.
People can say whatever they want about us, at any time, and we cannot control that. The only thing we can control is our reaction to it.
Being in the creative industry tends to lend itself to variable criticisms. As we take photographs, design new art prints, and write open letters to Justin Timberlake, we know not everyone will like or enjoy our work. The important thing is to stay passionate about what we do and never stop growing and changing.
After receiving an invitation to a coworker’s Halloween party, Kristen naturally came up with the idea for an amazing group costume—the different outfits from Taylor Swift’s recent Shake it Off music video. Naturally. Once we got our friends Audrey and Helena on board, we were so excited about our costumes, we wanted to get a little more mileage out of them than just one amazing night.
An idea was born.
As little girls, we constantly filled afternoons with singing, dancing and just plain acting silly. Kristen remembers specifically dancing to Gloria Estefan’s Conga with friends, while I recall memorizing all the lyrics to Warren G’s I shot the Sheriff so I could rap along to it with my best friend. Sometimes, the older you get, the harder it is to find time to just act silly with your friends. Life gets in the way.
We decided to take some of Taylor’s lyrics to heart.
The night we couldn’t quite forget
When we decided
To move the furniture so we could dance
Taylor Swift, Out of the Woods
We literally turned our living room into a makeshift video studio and invited over our fellow Swifties, Audrey and Helena—in costume, of course.
As a cat owner and crazy-cat-lady in training, I decided to channel my inner kitty Taylor. And yes, I hand drew the kitty cat face onto a cream sweater with a fabric pen because DIY costumes are the BEST.
Kristen decided to channel her inner rapper Taylor. As real as it looks, the stereo is actually just a piece of paper taped to a bookshelf. Improvisation at its best.
Helena channeled her inner ballerina Taylor. It turns out making a tutu out of Hobby Lobby supplies is harder to accomplish when you don’t know how to sew.
Audrey channeled her inner twerking Taylor. Thank you, Citi Trends and gold spray paint.
Without a cheerleading costume, we took a few creative liberties and I decided to rep my alma mater, Mississippi State (who just so happens to be No. 1 in the country because we’re awesome #HailState), with an old jersey, some pom-poms and my trusty cowbell.
Whenever we watch SYTYCD, Kristen impatiently fast forwards to just the contemporary dances because they’re her favorite (she even learned the Bleeding Love dance). Taylor’s modern dancers was a perfect fit.
Then, we rocked our costumes and held a living room dance party on a random Thursday night. It was epic.
Dear Taylor, now that you’ve seen our Swift Loyalty, if you don’t want to meet us, we’ll just have to shake it off (as we cry ourselves to sleep).
– Lindsey & Kristen