Mondays Love to Hate: Unicorns
Unicorns are every where these last few years, but they’ve meant more to me than a trend since I was little. They were my grandma’s favorite thing in the world. Her house was covered in unicorn decor and trinkets. I hold on to those treasures because she passed away very suddenly from a heart attack in her sleep when she was 53. I was 7, and tears roll down my eyes as I write this. She was my everything, and her unicorns that sit around my house remind me of her every day.
It seems like unicorns are in makeup, clothing, and even food and drinks lately. Glitter and vibrant colors surround the fairytale icon, and that’s sort of what I hate. I’ve been obsessed with these mythical creatures since I was a little girl. They were never cutesy to me. They were majestic and a symbol of strength.
As silly as it may sound, I’ve tucked my love of unicorns away, because I don’t want people to assume I’m apart of some trend bandwagon. It’s been hard to resist some of the amazing unicorn merchandise that’s cluttered the shelves of some of my favorite stores though. I guess the glitzy aesthetic can grow on you too, since it’s very “feel good” and bubbly.
It’s a new year, and I’m starting to not care what people think. Im pretty sure I’m going to let my unicorn flag fly! There’s just so much to love about them.
What’s to Love
- In my mythology class from college, we were taught that unicorns symbolize feminine power and were seen as nurturing. They also symbolize chastity. I also learned that there are ancient myths from all over the world, and they all have different variations of unicorns. The mystery and myth is a big part of the reason that I love them.
- To me, they are cooler than your standard horse. I know that sounds ridiculous coming from a lady who’s almost 30, but hear me out. I’ve been around a lot of horses growing up, and they kind of intimidate me. They are big, beautiful, and filled with personality. A unicorn is like that, but even more incredible. It’s magical.
- Lately, they’re everywhere. I can find makeup palettes and nail polish that are shimmery and considered “unicorn colors.” Not sure who decided on unicorns having pastels, glitters, and shimmer colors as representation, but what’s done is done. It’s really popular right now, so it’s easily attainable.
Not Much to Hate
I can’t really think of too much that I don’t like about unicorns. I do get annoyed by the cutesy portrayal sometimes but only because, to me, unicorns are more than an adorable fad. I loved them before they were popular, and I will love them when the trends change.
As a little girl, I always felt like a loner. I had a few friends, but all of those friends had best friends that weren’t me. I was a little weird and always felt like the third wheel. You never seen unicorns in a herd when they are depicted, so I felt like I could relate. I wanted to be strong and beautiful just like unicorns. As an adult, I still want to be those things, and unicorns still give me that feel good attitude. In the mornings, I’ll look at my grandma’s crystal unicorns and feel empowered. If I’m feeling down, they give me a bit of hope to keep pushing through. They are my happy place.
I got really lucky, because my daughter is in love with unicorns, and I didn’t even have to introduce them. She picks them out at stores on her own. She’s not into a lot of “girly” things besides baby dolls, and I’m totally happy with who she is. She’d rather play trucks and Pokémon with her big brother. I am very grateful she will be able to bond with me over unicorns though. It’s crazy to think about, because she looks so much like my grandma.
Best Unicorn Merchandise
I’m not using affiliate links or trying to sell anything here, I just want to share some cool unicorn finds.
I love mugs. I have so many, so another one wouldn’t hurt.
It’s a bit pricey for me, but I love the colors. I’d probably buy it if I had a gift card though.
My kids are not quite school age yet, but we still have backpacks for them. I’m definitely getting my daughter a unicorn one. They are adorable!
I’d wear this. I don’t care if it’s geared towards girls. As an adult, I’m not into blinged out rhinestones, and this is simple and perfect. I’d also get one for my daughter. I love it.
I love this shirt. I love any shirt that celebrates my love of being a mom and unicorns.
These things may seem cheesy if you aren’t into unicorns, but I definitely love them. You can find so much Unicorn merchandise, but I didn’t want to spend all day searching, I’d never get anything done, and I’d probably overspend. I can’t help it; I’ll always have a love of unicorns.
Whether you find them silly or not, they hold a special place in my heart. I think they are good for the soul. When you grow up, you should always have some childlike wonder and what better way than to love a mythical, magical creature.
Feel free to share your thoughts on unicorns.