Interview: Marlena from Self-Constructed Freak

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I am elated to say that Marlena, the genius behind SELF-CONSTRUCTED FREAK, has agreed to be the first blogger questioned for our new Interview Feature! At her blog, Marlena shares her original style, awe-inspiring sewing skills, and excellent taste in music. Marlena has been a huge inspiration ever since I came across her blog, and I am so excited I got the chance to interview her!

I love your Little Mermaid dress - do you have a favorite Disney movie?
Aw, thanks! Pocahontas is my all-time favorite Disney movie. I totally wore out our VHS tape by watching it over and over and over again when I was little! A close second would be Beauty and the Beast.

What is your favorite part about the blogging community?
I love how even though we're all different--in terms of dressing, what types of music we love, writing styles, etc - we still somehow manage to inspire and influence each other in one way or another. I really like that.

Describe the adverage day in your life.
I go to bed late, wake up early, go to school (I take online classes so I'm basically at home or the library all day). In my free time I like go rummage around in thrift shops, alter & make clothes, and blog, of course! Other than that there's really not much to do where I live. My life is pretty uneventful, for the most part.

Do you remember what your first sewing project was?
The first thing I ever made (by hand) was one of those denim handbags that were sorta popular in the early '00s. You know, the ones that were supposed to look like a pair of jeans? If you watch the first couple episodes of Lizzie McGuire you're bound to see one. Anyway, I made one out of an old pair of jeans and wore it as a bookbag on my first day of second grade--my classmates thought I was so weird!

You are hosting a dinner party, and can invite anybody, living or dead. Who would you choose?
I'd love to have a tea party with the Bromley Contingent! ;)

How did you discover Siouxsie Sioux's music?
Well, it was more like I discovered her before I even heard her music. Years ago when I was a dorky little tweenager I checked out this book from the library by Lauraine Leblanc (it's about women and the "punk subculture") and she was mentioned in it a couple times. I looked her up, heard the music (Kaleidoscope to be more specific) and I've been a fan ever since!

Do you have any role models?
My mom! (wow, what a generic answer, right?) I always find myself hoping that I'll be even half as strong and intelligent as she is when I'm her age.

What are five things you are really loving at the moment?
The 'Halloweenie' episode of Pete & Pete, Vintage Polly Pockets, the first Nina Hagen Band album, gray lipstick, and Apple Cider tea. (kinda random but these are all off the top of my head! haha.)

What has been a highlight for you, blogging wise?
Hmm, I guess getting to make a tutorial for ROOKIE was pretty rad (and it wouldn't have happened without my blog!) I'm still OMG-ing over this. I can't help it! -.-

Who is your favorite JEM character?
I love Jerrica/Jem to bits, but, I'd have to say that Kimber and Aja are my favorites!

Do you ever have days where you just feel like wearing your pajamas?
Of course! But if I'm gonna be lazy with my outfit I always try to put on some sort of weird make-up (green lips, pink brows, etc.) to counteract the boring-ness of whatever it is I decide to wear. Or I just put on my hot pink boots. You can't look boring when your shoes are so bright!

Want to see more Marlena? Visit these links!:
Self-Constructed Freak
Marlena's Detachable Collar Tutorial

♥, Kailey


  1. This interview was fantastic, very interesting :D Her blog is one of my favourites!! + Siouxsie Sioux and Nina Hagen are the best.

  2. She's so sweet and down to earth! I must check out her blog. Thanks for the introduction.

  3. oh wow, i've never seen her blog before but i love it! yours is really great, i really like how you do your makeup. i'm so terrible at makeup hahah.

  4. I've never seen her blog before, but thanks to you that is about to change asap! Thanks for sharing her with us doll!

  5. Fabulous interview! Enjoy the beautiful weekend, Kellie xx

  6. I usually don`t find interviews that interesting, but this one is so good! the questions are the sort of questions I myself would ask Marlena! Thank You! I`ll link this in my blog, want everyone to know about this! xXx

  7. Ohh great interview! I love her short hair and handmade clothes. :]

  8. Such a good interview--great questions and great answers! Thanks for sharing, I love finding new people to follow :)

    Also, thanks for stopping by my blog! Appreciate it so much <3

  9. Such a lovely interview,I found this via her blog-and I'm pleased to say I've now found mermaidens! Yay,another great blog to follow! ^.^

  10. Awesome interview :) I also found this from her blog. She inspires me to be weirder, which I think is always a good thing because why waste life being boring?

  11. Oh gosh I love her. What a sweet interview! And we lovedddd having that DIY on Rookie.

  12. she's just SO cool. so down to earth and lovely! xoxo

  13. I adore her quirky style, and this interview was a wonderful read! :) Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

  14. I abs love this interview! I am a big fan of Self Constructed Freak so this is kind of thing excites me. Its just brilliant. I hope that someday I will interview someone as successful as Marlena or you or Tavi ^^ :D

  15. I just loved her interview! She sounds like an amazing person and that best is that she likes Siouxsie and The Banshees!

  16. What a fantastic interview! She sounds so cool, and so inspirational!

  17. You have a great blog! I love this interview-- her style is so cool!

  18. thats such a good interview you should do some more! x

  19. Wow, she is awesome! I love your style :) x

  20. "You are hosted a dinner party.."

    I think you meant to put "hosting". That kinda bothered me. Other than that, alright interview.

  21. OH MY GOSH SHE IS AMAZING. Her style is so wonderfully wacky JUST LIKE IT SHOULD BE. Amazing interviewww!

  22. Great interview, i think you thought of the perfect questions. i enjoyed reading it!

  23. Awesome interview! I learned a lot about her, which is just what an awesome interview should do. ;)

  24. adorable!!


  25. no one ever loves Shana :'(

    WHAT AN AMAZING INTERVIEW, i never knew of this girl before BUT I IMMEDIATELY LOVE HER, so cute! and this was such a quick and easy read, it was belabored like some online interviews, great job Kailey ;D

  26. Sigh...Polly Pocket being vintage makes me feel so old. I have a trunk full of them in my attic <3 childhood.
    This interview was fantastic, it was perfectly conversational.

  27. Marlena's interview is so interesting! I came to your blog through her's and I love how sweet she is in this interview! :)

  28. i interviewed marlena a while ago to..have a look at my interview over at!

    nice lil blog too b.t.w!

    x x x


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