Road Trip Diary: Week Five


Our poster for the trip, photographed by Petra and designed by Kelly.

Los Angeles was our last stop on the Rookie Road Trip, and we dragged it out as long as we could, holding a whole week of events at the installation Petra and I created at Urban Outfitters’ Space 15 Twenty. Before I get all sappy and sad and reflective, we’ll start with last Saturday’s opening party.

Petra and Anna with amazing portraits from a reader!

Petra, Avery, Anna, and I had been working at the space to set everything up till 4 AM the night before, and came back at 8 AM to finish, working basically till the very last minute. The problem with an installation that is of a messy teenage bedroom is that you could add pieces of crap obsessively and never know when to stop—at some point, we had to decide that EVERY BEDAZZLE WAS PLACED THE WAY IT SHOULD BE, and give it a rest. Once the party started, there were too many good vibes to even worry about whether or not a glow-in-the-dark ceiling star was positioned correctly, and it was just gratifying to see that so many people were noticing all the details we obsessed over and appreciating them. Friendliest, non-snobbiest art show ever.

Rookie hero Hunx and pal Johnny Makeup came by.

It was pretty packed, and the punch was delicious, and the ladies from Kleur were at a table outside giving discounted manicures, and a bunch of artists from Petra’s site were uniting, and Clara’s Cakes and Babycakes both brought vegan cupcakes. (Should I write CAKES one more time?) So, that was nice of all of them! P.S. Caaaaaaaakes.

Staffers and contributors uniting! Phoebe, Jane Marie, Lauren, and Marie.

Sunday was the flea market, so people looked through the rack of vintage Urban Renewal sourced based off moodboards we sent and snatched up all the pieces we staffers had been eyeing all week but been too lazy to buy. We also got horchatas and took photo booth pictures, and Clara was back, and I got this INCEPTION cookie, and it was the best thing I have ever experienced.

Clara, from @urban_outfitters on Instagram


Ouija board times! From emmathecarlson on Instagram

Monday we had a Freaks and Geeks pajama party, screening the first two episodes of the series—classic favorites for fans, and an introduction for newbies. There was a perfect mix of both, and everyone was excited and laughing and mouthing lines together. Plus, friendship bracelets!

By urban_outfitters on Instagram

By projecturbanrenewal on Instagram

Then, to complete the night of unabashed geeking out, John Francis Daley, aka SAM WEIR ALL GROWN UP, came for a Q&A. Did you know the blue Parisian nightsuit from the episode “Looks and Books” was auctioned off to a middle-aged man JFD found creepy? YOU DO NOW.

A HARD-HITTING JOURNALIST asking John F.D. something very sophisticated.

Tuesday was crown-making DIY night. Between the canopy in the installation, floral halos, and general glitterfication of everyone and everything in the room, the night kind of looked like heaven. When we ran out of headbands, some girls got crafty and made corsages instead. I’m honored that we have such a resourceful readership.

Photo by Avery

Adorable crowns! Photo by Avery

Adorable crowns, plus a blue tongue!

Zoe and Victoria brought more cupcakes. Never enough.

Wednesday was movie night, and we went with the teen-girl classic Clueless. It seemed perfect, as even the most un-girly girls I know love that movie because it’s just smart and funny and pokes a bit of fun at the girliness without totally losing any compassion for its characters. The costume designer Mona May came just to say hi, and said she was so happy with the mix of ages of girls and women coming to watch, so many of us already knowing all the lines.

"You're a virgin who can't drive."

In other news, I was knighted into a girl gang with this awesome jacket, and Dylan got to town, so a few of us went to IHOP and got physically sick from their pancakes. I took a picture of the pancakes, but deleted it out of anger.

Oh, I don't know, just a perfect embodiment of everything I like, AS A JACKET.

Thursday’s event tied with our closing party for my favorite. Mindy Kaling came for a Q&A, and was so nice and funny and all good things. And I know you’re like, “DUH, she’s Mindy Kaling!” but I just need to emphasize how awesome it is that she stayed so long and answered people’s questions and took pictures with them and talked about her best and worst teen memories and gave advice about getting into comedy. One thing I remember almost word-for-word is her saying that if you want to go into comedy, there will be a lot of cliques, but you don’t need to worry about the social side of whatever industry you want to be in, “you just need to be really good.” Like, good at your job/skill/talent/craft. Then she said it was probably just her justifying to herself why she doesn’t go out, because she’s funny, but proceeded to reassure us all that being a nerd and getting obsessed with stuff and watching movies obsessively is the right way to do research, and trying to join cliques is not. I am SO EXCITED for her show in September. Thank you, Mindy!

The crowd from above. By @space15twenty on Instagram

Mindy getting interviewed and saying hi to people with charm and grace. Photo by @waitwhatnow on Instagram

Friday we held story hour, where writers read Rookie articles we’d written out loud, and the people sitting outside next door at Umami Burger seemed very confused. Here we all are—Dylan, Hazel, Katherine, Lesley, Marie, and two of our guest writers, Shannon and Kirsten. I think it went so well because Marie and I went shopping for good-vibes crystals just before.

Photo by Tara

Now, SATURDAY. Saturday was a magical prom of dreams. People actually danced, for one. Most of them wore pastels, and it matched all the cotton candy, for another. (The people who didn’t wear pastels looked awesome too, obviously. Like, I saw more than one tartan suit.) To top it all off, Bleached played! And to top THAT off, balloons fell from the sky (OK, the balcony) when they started their last song!

Petra and Avery, who found his suit in the women's section of a thrift store.

Petra and me with twin sisters who came to EVERY event, Elena and Sarah. Saying bye to them felt like the last day of camp.

Olivia; her boyfriend, Cooper (who gave us a home in Portland); and Tara. Please note their matching rocket-ship corsages. Photo by @space15twenty on Instagram

I don’t think I can go to a real school dance after this, because none of them will be as fun or as sparkly. Everyone looked great and seemed happy and screamed along to “Cherry Bomb,” started a conga line during “Love Train,” and slow-danced to “Tiny Dancer.” Bleached KILLED IT, and it was the most girls I’ve ever seen in a mosh pit, and a security guy from the space kept trying to break it up, and Jennifer from Bleached was all, “Dude, it’s cool,” and then he finally left after she kept touching his head while she was singing. He let himself smile for a split second. NOT EVEN SECURITY DUDE COULD HELP BUT SUBMIT TO THE BRAINWASHING ABILITIES OF A BLEACHED PROM.

Love train! By @space15twenty on Instagram

By @angstyy on Instagram

Photo by @urban_outfitters on Instagram

On Sunday, we took down the installation, marking the official end of the Rookie Road Trip. It’s very strange to have worked on this “Rookie” thing from behind a computer for over a year now, to be so used to my own private, hermit memories of the experiences—both pop-cultural and personal—that we write about, and to suddenly experience all of that in the most REAL LIFE, 3D, HD, IMAX way possible. This meant meeting our readers almost every day for a month total, and turning a blank space into our dream world.

Uninstalling the show was emotional, and packing up all the souvenirs girls brought us on the road was completely overwhelming, but writing this now, I’m not sad. I can’t remember any of the expectations for the trip that I had before we started because everything happened the way it should have. Obviously, I’m not the only person who works on Rookie, but not even our staff is wholly responsible for making it what it is. Now that we’re almost a year down the road, it’s taken on a life of its own as a combination of our contributions and the amazing community that our readers have helped to create. Getting to hear in person what this has meant to some of our readers was gratifying, but watching everyone talk to one another and seeing friendships begin with Rookie as just the first thing people had in common was more rewarding than I can say.

Talking about feeling lucky and thanking people are both cheesy and overdone, but seriously: we are SO LUCKY and SO THANKFUL. We got to travel across the country and meet our readers and take over an art space for a week to create a place for girls to meet and craft and dance. HUGE thanks to everyone at Urban Outfitters and Space 15 Twenty, also, for entrusting two teenagers with their space for over a week and helping us bring our ideas of a Rookie/The Ardorous dream world to life. Thanks to everyone who could make it. So much of that dream-come-true relied on the attitude of the readers who joined us, so the biggest, fattest thanks to everyone who came, brought their enthusiasm, and spread it around. We know you’re all smart and cool, so these events could have felt really elitist, but they weren’t.

And now, I encourage you all to organize your own Rookie meetups—we were only the hosts, after all, so you can totally pull it off! I try to never explicitly mention the goals of Rookie because I’m constantly terrified that we’re not meeting them. One, however, is just to attempt to suck out even a fraction of the sadness that exists in the world. I don’t know if you’re sad or not, but you guys are always talking about trying to find other Rookie readers, who are probably likeminded humans, where you live, so you have all of our blessings and encouragement in seeking them out. Then, there will be a little less sadness in one corner of the world, and maybe even a few new friendships, and a few new flower crowns or zines or photos. That sounds pretty good to me. ♦


  • kimmi_kimz July 31st, 2012 12:00 AM

    i wish so badly i could have taken part in the road trip :’( but im so glad everything was documented! :) made me feel like a part of it all~

  • marit July 31st, 2012 12:03 AM

    this is so sweet! i wished i lived in L.A. because I WOULD HAVE BEEN THOSE TWINS. literally all of your events sound amazing. the art installment, clueless, mindy kaling… perfect! glad everyone had fun :)
    faux style.

  • JenniferD July 31st, 2012 12:05 AM

    Any readers from Des Moines, Iowa??? Let’s have a meet up!

    • didja July 31st, 2012 12:35 AM

      Not Des Moines, but Cedar Rapids! Which is like…two hours away! Were you at the meetup in Iowa City?

      • JenniferD July 31st, 2012 12:55 AM

        I was unfortunately out of town for the Iowa City meet up, I’m hoping a few people could meet somewhere in Des Moines though!

    • Susie N-W August 1st, 2012 9:54 PM

      I’m from Ames, which is driving distance to Des Moines. I think a meet-up in DM would be fun plus I can bring cupcakes!

  • frenchiethefry July 31st, 2012 12:06 AM

    Words cannot describe how amazing all of this was. <3

  • FlorenceEyre July 31st, 2012 12:07 AM

    Waited for this post for an hour, but it was worth all the waiting! <3

  • Kathryn July 31st, 2012 12:10 AM

    omg stop making me want to cry combined tears of happiness and jealousy

  • lala July 31st, 2012 12:18 AM

    There should be a Toronto meetup!

    • Anna F. July 31st, 2012 12:50 AM

      I’d come!

    • meghanj July 31st, 2012 9:00 AM

      so there!

      • lala July 31st, 2012 3:16 PM

        chyaaa! some totally cool type a person should plan it!

    • awesomelikeapossum July 31st, 2012 3:44 PM

      lol i just noticed the reply button.. :P but yeah, a Toronto meetup would be great. I absolutley love Rookiemag and am moving in about a week to the g.t.a. GO ROOKIE! :D

  • Aubrey July 31st, 2012 12:19 AM

    Never did I want to live in LA more.
    THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR DOING THIS ROAD TRIP. Possibly the coolest thing that’s ever been done. Ever.
    I might be obsessed with hyperboles but in this case it’s not even an exaggeration. The. Coolest. Ever.

    - aubrey

  • kendallkh July 31st, 2012 12:30 AM

    I wish I could’ve come to a Rookie meetup! I hope you guys come down the east coast if you have another road trip. Rookie taught/is teaching me a lot about feminism and self-confidence and power and I’m so thankful that it exists. Thanks to all of you who make it happen and work on it. :)

  • Enri July 31st, 2012 12:32 AM

    I am so glad that y’all came to L.A. The show was amazing and I had such an awesome time making flower crowns, p.s. that is me and my b.f.f. in the first adorable crowns pic!

  • Tara July 31st, 2012 12:38 AM

    this week was supreme. I was so happy to be able to come to almost every event and be surrounded by fellow staff who are all amazing and amazing rookie readers (thank you all with whom I’ve spoken and those who I’ve gotten contact info from we must keep in touch!) having this community of people into cool weird stuff and embracing their eccentricity and all that jazz is amazing. honestly rookie is so great and this series of events made me so happy I thought I would burst.

    a big grand thank you to everyone basically.

  • emilyelizabeth July 31st, 2012 12:39 AM

    the installation was awesome! the crown making was awesome! mindy kaling was freaking awesome! and prom was so awesome! i’m so glad i got to go to some of the events while Rookie was in LA and meet some really awesome people!!

  • SpencerBowie July 31st, 2012 12:48 AM

    Awwwww Tavi, I’ll tell ya, after almost a year of reading Rookie I really just want to thank you for createing it. This article really made me feel like I was apart of this whole rookie world y’all’ve made this past almost-year i’ve been reading. I love reading Rookie everyday and although I didn’t see y’all on the road trip, with all these great updates and pictures I felt like I was there! That was the best part about this whole month, all the articles written by you!

    Tavi, it’s a joy to read Rookie and a joy to to feel part of the Rookie class of awesome!


  • lylsoy July 31st, 2012 12:54 AM

    This sounds so beautiful :) you justr have such a good way of describing things, I feel like I’ve been there
    ROOKIES IN AUSTRALIA- let’s meet up, maybe?

    • victoria July 31st, 2012 1:52 AM

      omg!!!!!! yes!!!! i am in canberra…?

    • dramallama July 31st, 2012 1:55 AM

      sounds good- could anyone else make it to sydney? (or newie but it’s pretty inconvenient)

      • lylsoy July 31st, 2012 2:38 AM

        I’m in Melbourne, BUT planning to go to Sydney sometime soon. We need a rookie forum!

    • Zoe with two dots July 31st, 2012 3:08 AM

      Yesss! I would LOVE that!!
      I live an hour and a half away from Melbourne

      • hillary July 31st, 2012 3:23 AM

        MELBOURNE MEETUP = I AM SO THERE. someone organise it pleeeeeeeeeaaaaassseee!!!

        • whatalife July 31st, 2012 3:57 AM

          we melburnians should organise together a rookie meetup!!! we NEED a facebook group!!

      • Madi July 31st, 2012 3:25 AM

        I only live an hour and a half away too! Let’s do something Melbournites! :)

        • Celiabow July 31st, 2012 5:54 PM

          Hell Yeah!!! Melbourne meet up. I will so try and organise this :)

        • Madi August 1st, 2012 3:18 AM

          Please do!!!

    • ivoire July 31st, 2012 3:19 AM

      omg sydney?! how many are from sydney?

      • Luce July 31st, 2012 4:37 AM

        AAAH SYDNEY!
        We should have a meet-up too!

        • eliza dolittle July 31st, 2012 11:33 AM

          yes yes yes i third that!!

      • sapphirestars July 31st, 2012 10:06 PM

        yess im from SYDNEY!!
        a rookie meet up in the city??

      • ivoire August 1st, 2012 5:52 AM

        what are your facebooks?! or tumblrs? watever!

  • alesssurprise July 31st, 2012 1:04 AM

    Made me cry. Thank you for Rookie, thank you so much Tavi.
    I don’t even know you but you’re a wonderful human being.
    Cheers from Paraguay,

  • krissyt July 31st, 2012 1:08 AM

    thank you Rookie staff and Tavi and Petra and readers for manifesting such a BEAUTIFUL thing!

  • Eryn July 31st, 2012 1:19 AM

    You have totally accomplished your goal. I know at least my corner of the world is MUCH brighter because of Rookie. I wish I could have been in L.A. for all of those amazing events (CLUELESS AHH). But meeting you guys in Seattle was, like, The Best Experience EVER. I can’t even articulate how surreal and amazing it was-I love you all SO much (not in a creepy way, swear), and Rookie is so amazing. Like a beacon of hope, love and Awesomeness in the (sometimes) horrid hole that is adolescene.
    I don’t really know what I’m saying cuz I’m super tired but BASICALLY thank you for existing, Rookie.

    (P.S Victoria B.C Canada readers?)

  • emseely July 31st, 2012 1:22 AM

    TAVI PETRA YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. I loved hanging out with you and getting horchatas and photo-boothing and doing the twist and ahh this was the best thing to happen to me this summer.

  • angusyoung4eva July 31st, 2012 1:24 AM

    Is anyone in the San Diego, California area? Let’s have a meet-up!!! :D

    • lyrarose July 31st, 2012 3:50 PM

      I do! I’m in North County by we should all meetup at the beach or somewhere cool in Hillcrest or something (or here we have Queen Califia park – an area to the edge of the local park that is a maze and sculpture garden where everything is a mosaic, even the ground). I’m so bummed I couldn’t make it up to LA between work and not being able to get a train ticket.

  • Sssophiabh July 31st, 2012 1:24 AM

    I went to the NY meet up and it was amazing but WHY was in not in LA? It looks like it was absolutely perfect

  • ValeCrts July 31st, 2012 1:26 AM

    This was so beautiful. I was so sad because i couldn’t go, but seeing the pictures and reading the articles of how it all turned out makes me feel like I was part of it in a way.

    Thanks for everything Tavi & Rookie,
    much love from Mexico!

  • meggyg July 31st, 2012 2:11 AM

    anybody in the baltimore/annapolis/d.c. area PLEASE help me pull one of these off!

  • Roz G. July 31st, 2012 2:12 AM

    the roadtrip sounds so amazing… I actually wished I was american for the first time in my life haha just so I could go to at least one of your awesome events. Would you guys be up for a mexican extension of the trip? I bet you have tons of readers over here!

  • victoria July 31st, 2012 2:24 AM

    this was such an amazing, wonderful bunch of events – thank you SO much to tavi and petra for putting together the installation. it was amazingly beautiful and a wonderful way of showing people that femininity can mean many beautiful things.

    also a great thanks to the entirety of rookie, fellow rookie readers, and urban outfitters for putting together the wonderful road trip!! i had such a wonderful time meeting you all in LA and hope that the fun continues! xxxxxxxx LOVE 5EVR

    • victoria July 31st, 2012 2:25 AM

      also, did you guys enjoy the cupcakes? ^^

  • Chloe P. July 31st, 2012 2:31 AM

    It’s such a bummer that i couldn’t make it up to LA for any of this. Seems like it was so much fun!

  • caro nation July 31st, 2012 2:33 AM

    I have my own Freaks and Geeks marathon going right now.

    I’ve eaten a total of three hotdogs with expensive cheese melted on them, and an entire box of truffles.

    At risk of sounding tired or like Neil, Tavi, you are a total inspiration……. mmmkay? The best.

    I wanna be Dylan when I grow up. Or Tara. Or Hunx and his cute friend, at the same times. Whatever works.

    I start school in ONE DAY.


    This is totally the episode where Ken gets a GIRLFRIEND.

  • IrinaB July 31st, 2012 3:07 AM

    I’d like to say I’m happy for you, but I’m just sooooooooooo jealous (and.feeling.kind.of.lonely) right now !

  • mustachio July 31st, 2012 3:18 AM

    There should most definitely be a Las Vegas meetup!

    • LuxOrBust July 31st, 2012 2:10 PM

      i’m here in vegas! any others??

  • coleporter July 31st, 2012 3:22 AM

    any new zealanders!?

  • Susann July 31st, 2012 3:31 AM

    The road trip sounds like literally the best thing ever! And the photos prove it!

    Fashion in Pepperland

  • Serena.K July 31st, 2012 3:42 AM

    ahhhhh i wish i could’ve gone to one of the meetups! and the PROM! the decorations and the clothes and just all of the aesthetics look PERFECT!
    any chance there are any Rookies in Saudi Arabia?

  • whatalife July 31st, 2012 3:55 AM


  • TinaBallerina July 31st, 2012 4:33 AM

    It’s actually impossible to not get teary-eyed when you see this, even though I couldn’t go to any of the meetups. Clueless is the best movie ever (the outfits OMG)

    I’ve also been having an intense Freaks and Geeks marathon (on youtube!) these past few days. I’ve watched 16 episodes, and I’m really sad there’s only two left.

    Are there any Rookie readers in Norway or Denmark? Please?

    • Kathryn July 31st, 2012 2:40 PM

      I finally saw freaks and geeks the beginning of the summer and I was so grateful to the people who put all of the episodes on youtube! AMAZING.

    • whatisthis August 1st, 2012 1:46 PM

      Here in Denmark:)

    • Valentina August 2nd, 2012 5:52 AM

      I’m in Denmark too!

  • PZ July 31st, 2012 4:39 AM

    ah this looks and sounds like it was amazing. st louis readers??

  • olive July 31st, 2012 5:22 AM

    You have some how successfully created a wonderful social structure centered around being a girl, happiness, flower crowns, and all that “in-between stuff”.

    Hat’s off to you, Tavi and the rest of the Rookie team. The prom was amazing.

  • karastarr32 July 31st, 2012 5:34 AM

    Ok English rookies, I know we already had a meetup (I couldn’t make it) but let’s have another one SOON yes? (ok calmed down now :)

    • LucyWoo July 31st, 2012 7:20 AM

      Yes! I missed the last one too! We need another one :)

    • EmmaAmerica July 31st, 2012 9:17 AM

      yes please! I think there is some talk of one in septemberish?

      • Luzywoozywoo August 2nd, 2012 12:04 PM

        Where are they talking about having it?

    • mayaautumn July 31st, 2012 10:39 AM

      i think there is another one in September, but i don’t know any more info:/ REALLY WANNA GOOOO!

    • purrr July 31st, 2012 11:10 AM


      • tallulahpond July 31st, 2012 12:51 PM

        Didn’t even know there’d been one! Please pretty please, if anyone organises this can they contact me at my website by commenting? It’s and I would LOVE to meet other rookies!

  • deuxiemesexe July 31st, 2012 7:06 AM

    Brazilian rookies pleeeeeeeeeeease let’s have a meetup!!

    • florans July 31st, 2012 2:50 PM

      Yes,let’s do it! I’ve just created a facebook group called “Rookie Road Trip – Brasil”,tell me if you have any troubles finding it . ps.: my name is Flora

      • deuxiemesexe July 31st, 2012 4:55 PM

        Hello, Flora! I could not found the group page, by the way, my name is Giulia. :)

        • florans July 31st, 2012 7:36 PM

          Hi Giulia ! here it is :!/groups/474677205875802/ . I didn’t find many brazillian readers, do you have any idea of how to do that?

        • deuxiemesexe July 31st, 2012 8:23 PM

          They are out there somewhere, probably on tumblr. As a example, this playlist had many coments of brazilians readers:
          Acho que se for divulgado no tumblr da Rookie, como outras pessoas de outros lugares estão fazendo, elas (ou eles) vão parecer :)

        • florans July 31st, 2012 9:40 PM

          Giulia,can you add me on facebook? (for me to add on the group).Acha que um grupo no facebook é a melhor opção para juntar as leitoras? Adorei os comentários brasileiros ! Precisamos conversar!

  • LucyWoo July 31st, 2012 7:19 AM

    Ahh I wish they could come over to England and do this…

    • reckless-serenade August 8th, 2012 11:43 AM

      that would be the most amazing thing ever, please do!

  • connie. July 31st, 2012 7:40 AM

    It looks like you guys had such a blast! Wish I could have made it but I am out of the country. Any ladies in the Orange County area who would like to meet up independently?

  • Moxx July 31st, 2012 7:42 AM

    aww maaan I teared up :,)
    I wish I could have gone to a alllllll of them! (alas, SAT classes)
    Those twin sisters are road trip queens.

    But I think there will definitely be more Rookie meetups and minimeetups here in New York.

    • July 31st, 2012 6:44 PM

      YES more meetups in NYC anyone else interested? maybe we could organize another one…

  • Elizabete July 31st, 2012 8:21 AM

    SO CUTE ♡
    This sounds so fun – John Francis Daley,vegan cupcakes, Tavi looking great in a prom dress, loads of interesting people…

    Also are there any Latvian rookies here?

    • Caltha August 8th, 2012 6:34 PM

      Glad I’m not alone! Also a vegetarian btw.

  • Esmee July 31st, 2012 8:21 AM

    *channeling*European roadtrip, European roadtrip, European roadtrip, European roadtrip, European roadtrip, European roadtrip, European roadtrip!*channeling*

    • reckless-serenade August 8th, 2012 11:43 AM

      I second this

  • Chelsea July 31st, 2012 8:25 AM

    Lying facedown on the floor right now because I wanted to be there SO BAD. But like, congratulations, super proud of y’all.

  • Nishat July 31st, 2012 8:47 AM

    This looks amazing! I would have loved to see the installation.

    Just as a note: because the road trip never stopped in Boston, I’ve been planning a Boston meetup for October. It’s in October because there are SO. MANY. PEOPLE. coming it’s unreal. I never expected the group to get this big, but there are over 40 confirmed guests. If you’d like details there’s an open Facebook event (Boston Rookie Meetup) JOIN US! (Flower crowns and zines in a little bookstore, not even joking.)

    • Maddy July 31st, 2012 6:45 PM

      Good luck! I could go buuuut…I’ll be busy/I can’t drive/other excuses. It’s still a small possibility, though.

  • haleyybug July 31st, 2012 9:02 AM

    any rookie readers from RI like me????

  • bohowithlove July 31st, 2012 9:16 AM

    Love from sunny Croatia, Rookies :)

  • Fortune_Goddess July 31st, 2012 9:33 AM

    Cleveland rookies! Let’s do this! Anyone? :)

  • LittleMissE July 31st, 2012 10:29 AM

    Oh gosh, this sounds incredibly amazing. I was so upset when I found out I couldn’t go. My family is moving to D.C. (from Hawaii, where we lived for 4 years) and we spent th summer in our own crazy road trip, traveling from Alaska to D.C. in our minivan.

  • mayaautumn July 31st, 2012 10:37 AM

    um, amazing idea: please can the whole rookie road trip be replicated in the uk next year??
    pretty pretty please “0.0″ xxx

    • reckless-serenade August 8th, 2012 11:44 AM

      pretty pretty please

  • purrr July 31st, 2012 11:09 AM




  • cami8 July 31st, 2012 11:19 AM

    im almost crying right now, what the last paragraph says is just so beautiful!

    • cami8 July 31st, 2012 11:23 AM

      oh, and thank you so so much for everything, Tavi and Rookie! Any argentinean rookies?

  • farawayfaerie July 31st, 2012 11:50 AM

    oh this all looks so lovely and i am so so jealous. Will we be able to see the Q&A with John Francis Daley and Mindy Kaling? sooo cool. x x x

  • florans July 31st, 2012 11:54 AM

    BRAZILIAN ROOKIES,let’s have a meet up,PLEEEASE!

    • livvv July 31st, 2012 12:46 PM

      Let’s do it!!! I’m brazilian too!

  • livvv July 31st, 2012 12:44 PM

    Awesome!! I wish I could’ve been there…

  • Dylan July 31st, 2012 1:28 PM

    Oh don’t worry, Tavi…I have a picture of the pancakes somewhere on my roll of film. MUAHAHHAHA HAHAHAHA HAAHHAAHAHA

  • all-art-is-quite-useless July 31st, 2012 1:29 PM

    Wow, all the events you organised sound amazing. So wish I lived on the other side of the Atlantic right now. Rookie has taught me so much about self-confidence and feminism and even fashion… I really hope I can make it to the next UK meet up.

    P.S. I’d love to find out what “souvenirs girls brought [you] on the road”, would it be possible to do a post about them?

    • molly mazahs August 1st, 2012 2:48 PM

      agreed that would be quite dank

  • girlswithsecrets July 31st, 2012 2:00 PM

    This all sounds so incredibly amazing. I’m so sad I couldn’t make it to your NYC meetup, but as it’s a big city I have my fingers crossed that there will be more Rookie events there in the future :)

  • cherrycola27 July 31st, 2012 2:05 PM

    I’m so bummed that I didn’t get to go to any of these. I just missed the road trip gang twice, once in Seattle and then in L.A.
    I can’t believe John Francis Daley was there! Soooo jealous! And jealous for many other reasons, I so wish I could have gone!

  • maddzwx July 31st, 2012 2:41 PM

    Wow! This all looks so amazing! If I could have attended, I am not at all exaggerating when I say I’m pretty sure it would be the best time in my life. So happy I got to see you guys in Big Sur, though. <3

  • guiltfreedonut July 31st, 2012 2:53 PM

    I think my family is glad it’s over so that I’ll end the nonstop begging to go to LA… Loved seeing you guys in NYC, though!

  • Catherine_CC July 31st, 2012 3:08 PM

    Any rookies in South Carolina?

    • MadelinelovesLouReed July 31st, 2012 11:47 PM

      HOLLA GURL. Where in South Carolina? Please say upstate

      • Catherine_CC August 1st, 2012 10:44 PM

        OMG I’M NOT ALONE! Uhhh, Columbia—so that’s like the midlands.

        • MadelinelovesLouReed August 2nd, 2012 1:17 AM

          Say, thats pretty gosh darn close!! I’m in Clemson.

  • Gulddina July 31st, 2012 3:21 PM

    Can we please get a forum for meetups besides the comments? It’s hard to organise anything without a good way to talk to each other? I’d even be willing to help out with figuring something out!

  • awesomelikeapossum July 31st, 2012 3:41 PM

    @lala There should totally be a Toronto meetup! I am moving there in like a week and love Rookie!

  • ViolentDreams July 31st, 2012 5:42 PM

    WHOAAA there needs to be a Richmond, Virginia meetup for reealssssss~

  • indigosunday July 31st, 2012 6:47 PM

    Rookies in Alberta?????? Like call me maybe???

    • Eryn July 31st, 2012 11:40 PM

      Well.. I visit Alberta often. I’m in Calgary as we speak.
      just throwing that out there.

      • indigosunday August 1st, 2012 10:13 AM

        We could plan for a time u r around. I’m moving to Edmonton next week….contact me on and we can talk

  • July 31st, 2012 6:48 PM

    GOD I wish I could have been in L.A, for all the awesome events you guys had there :( but at least I did get to show my creepy fan girl side when I met y’all in NYC (haha). I was just wondering, I saw pictures of Rookie t-shirts on instagram and I was wondering if they will be available online anytime soon?

  • whatnaomiloves July 31st, 2012 10:08 PM

    PLEASE do this again so I can goooooo.
    I love traveling, and of course was not able to be apart of this, but just hearing and seeing what’s been happening with this road trip has made me love being on the road SO MUCH. Driving > flying.

    My family’s trip to NC this summer meant 12 hours driving (going + coming) and I did not sleep one minute of it because I wanted to soak up as much of America as I could. I leave for MI Friday with my BFF and her family and I’m looking forward so much to driving there. I crave the road now, you guys have inspired that. In fact, my BFF and I hope to Road Trip from Kentucky –> Seattle next summer and I hope it happens and I can’t wait if it does. THANK YOU.

  • suburban grrrl July 31st, 2012 10:25 PM

    You guys actually got to DO the conga line to “Love Train”????? When we were about to at the Brooklyn meet-up the DJ shut it off! I’m so jealous!

  • katek August 1st, 2012 12:09 AM

    Any Rookies in Dallas/Arlington/Ft. Worth TX??

  • reabolma August 1st, 2012 12:26 AM

    Anyone from Minnesota want to get together?

    P.S. Rookie, y’all talk about Minneapolis, like, often and you have at least one writer from here, why were we not on the lineup? WHY DO YOU HATE ME? I luv you anyways though, xxxoo.

    • Anaheed August 1st, 2012 12:42 AM

      We wanted to go there; we just didn’t have the time or the money!

      • reabolma August 2nd, 2012 12:59 AM

        I totes understand, pardon my fan girling!

  • chameleon22 August 1st, 2012 12:57 AM

    YES! Minneapolis meet up!

    • reabolma August 2nd, 2012 1:03 AM

      Yay! If you can follow @r_osalia on twitter or something? Not sure how to set this up, but we can start from there.

  • Alexx August 1st, 2012 1:03 AM

    I wish I could’ve been there!! It sound like so much fun – and I can’t even express how lucky you were to be able to interview John Francis Daley! Are you going to post the interview on Rookie? ‘Cause that would be awesome!
    ..And on a sidenote, is anyone here from Miami? I’d love to have a Rookie meetup here :D (probably not, but I still had to ask)

  • ellfang August 1st, 2012 1:50 AM

    All of the events I went to were so so fun!! I was wondering if it would be possible for you guys to post the playlist from the magical prom night. All of the songs were so good and so perfect!

  • Lucille August 1st, 2012 4:47 AM

    Next time I’ll be there!

    love it!

  • Bren August 1st, 2012 8:02 AM

    I love that everyone is planning meet-ups! I wish I was in the states, but I think I saw a few comments mention being in Mexico, so I don’t feel like the lone Rookie reader here.

    I’d probably pass out if I got within 20 feet of Mindy Kaling, she’s amazing.

  • crazyauntintraining August 1st, 2012 11:58 AM

    It was amazing watching the road show go by… but if you ever are to do it again Toronto’s super duper! *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge*

  • back2thepast August 1st, 2012 12:07 PM

    Tavi the photo of you in your prom dress is sooo beautiful. This post made me cry on my train from Nice to Paris (got lots of weird looks from the babe sitting across the aisle…damn) im from Utah but ive been in Europe for the past four weeks and dont get home for another three so i couldnt go to the Salt Lake meet up!! I was so upset cuz its a huge dream of mine to meet miss Gevinson and discuss the importance of glitter with her. And apologize for all my weird fangirl emails!! But seriously-and im sure you guys have heard this a buttload of times over the roadtrip- Rookie has changed my perspectives, increased my cultural knowlege, improved my humor, and helped me through one of the darkest times in my depression. I really dont think i could have made it through my last year of junior high without you guys, ive been here since it was a sperm of an idea in the mind of Tavi on Style Rookie and ive been so lucky to watch it grow and bring in more girls from all over the world!! Thank you so much. I love Rookie <3

  • sternenfall August 1st, 2012 1:07 PM

    are there any Rookies near Asheville?

    • MadelinelovesLouReed August 2nd, 2012 1:21 AM

      Hey, I’m in Clemson, SC but thats a smallish drive from Ashville!

      • sternenfall August 3rd, 2012 10:55 AM

        Cool! Yes! And I saw another girl from Columbia?

        • Catherine_CC August 4th, 2012 12:58 AM

          Yeah! I’m the one from Columbia.

        • sternenfall August 5th, 2012 4:43 PM

          @Catherine_CC awesome

        • MadelinelovesLouReed August 6th, 2012 12:25 AM

          GUYS LET’S GET REAL. ARE YOU THINKING WHAT I’M THINKING? Just to clarify, I’m thinking of a North/South Carolina meet up. PIEDMONT MEET UP, Y’ALL.

  • whatisthis August 1st, 2012 1:45 PM


    I’m in Denmark!

  • molly mazahs August 1st, 2012 2:47 PM

    This looked so beautiful!
    I wish I could’ve gone but L.A.’s.. you know… eighteen hours away..
    I was so happy to be able to go to the Portland meet up and you guys are so wondrous and cool!!!!!!!! Keep on riggedy rolling!!!!
    xx m

  • Franckswife August 1st, 2012 3:23 PM


    and what a beautiful end for this Road-Trip. (even if I’m a kind of jealous about all the amazing events in Los Angeles)

  • whatwouldalicedo August 1st, 2012 5:23 PM

    Tavi, where did you find your dress? It’s uber-gorgeous!

  • Eva Chambers August 1st, 2012 10:20 PM

    My Sam weir photo!

  • foxandrabbit August 2nd, 2012 6:57 AM

    Australian Rookies! If you’re interested, here is a Facebook meetup group for general discussion/organising etc:

    This all looked so, so, so amazing and I’m insanely jealous of all the people who got to go see Strange Magic first hand. Thanks to Tavi and the team for making getting up at 6am in the morning so much more bearable, what with the gorgeous pictures and articles :)

    • unicornconnect August 4th, 2012 3:28 AM

      Yes!!!!!!!!all us Australian rookies definitely should meetup!!!! Please make it in Melbourne or else I may die.

      Yay!! So happy:)

  • Luzywoozywoo August 2nd, 2012 12:00 PM

    But English rookies are from all over ENgland right? :(

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  • Janie October 19th, 2012 6:21 PM

    So can Rookie Road Trip two be a thing? For the people who missed the first one? If so, i would be in favor of John Francis Daley coming again. I might be a little bit in love with him… (and, ROOKIE PROM?! That sounds freaking FABULOUS)