26.3.10

Ya, I used to be blonde

I had a question or more like request on my "ask me anything" space yesterday about Prom and what I wore to my prom.  I sort of laughed because I haven't thought about all of that in a really long time!  I have all of my photos from high school and my youth up in a vintage suitcase so I opened it up and pulled a few things out.  I will give descriptions from the top down.
  1. My first fancy high school dance, homecoming sophomore year, so like 94.  I went stag.  Strapless lace, so pretty simple accessories, just a little black purse.  My friend went in a similar dress only not lace and in gray.  I cannot remember where we got them but we planned to dress similarly and felt like pretty hot stuff! 
  2. This was homecoming junior year.  Again with the black.  It is velvet up top and super soft.  I got it at Ross.  I kissed this boy like one time.  
  3. Prom my senior year.  I couldn't find a full length photo but this dress was from Windsor and was super clingy and stretchy, floor length with a low cut lace up back.  It flared out slightly at the bottom just at the knee.  I wore it several times actually, once as a "good witch" for halloween. I thought that I had to have an expensive up do for my prom but I really prefer the way I wore it in picture 4.
  4. Same dress, boy and year. different party and way better hair (though more visible acne)  I was with this boy for far too long and you can see the stress of the relationship in those huge covered up zits. 
  5. This was just a throw in of my very first High School dance, the luau freshman year. I just love how seriously 90s we are! 
  6. I wanted to include a couple of regular high school photos too so that you can get an idea of what I lived in during that time.  In this pic I am wearing a blue polo shirt and gray wide wale cords, both from the thrift store.  I was 16 here, junior year, so 96.  As soon as I could drive I began hunting at thrift shops. 
  7. The sweater that started it all.  This is me in my very first thrift treasure, my vintage striped sweater.  I wore this thing every freaking day.  It smelled awful.  All the cool art class girls envied this sweater and I am still scouring the shops to replace it.  I have no idea what happened to it.  One day it just disappeared. 
  8. Sophomore year when I still rode the bus.  Looking VERY 70's here! I had forgotten about this! 
  9. And finally a shot of me and my sis one Easter while we were young and my mom still dressed us and did our hair!  The spots, sailor details, jumpsuit style and saddle shoes are SO HILARIOUS to look at now! 
I have not been online much at all this week.  Just to get these posts up!  Its been a weird week, but I think I will be able to have more of a presence and return more of your emails and comments soon.  Please just bare with me! I have been receiving some really beautiful and sweet blog awards as well and have not been able to accept them here yet, but I have not forgotten them.  Thank you to those of you who thought to include me in the awards!! And thank you so much for all of your very generous comments. So SO sweet, sincere, encouraging and thoughtful.  I know we are all busy people and I am always so grateful to those of you who take the time to comment.  Even when I am seemingly absent.  You are so amazing to me.

COMMENT OF THE DAY:  Kimbrerellie!  Your comments are so sweet and always make me smile!  I think you bring up an excellent point here too about youth and pop culture.  I think girls are way more sophisticated now and I am not sure exactly why.  I have my theories.  I always read that your teens and 20s are the years you are supposed to be in your prime beauty wise, and most experimental fashion wise, but I was really conservative and not very savvy at all.  I am not sure if it's a generational thing or what, but my late teens and 20s were the pits!


Kimberellie said...

You know, you look just so incredibly different! It is amazing. I actually very very much like I did in high school (one day I think I will do this and put up photos, I'll let you know!).
Anyway, I wanted to let you know, you look so much more beautiful now! I mean, don't get me wrong, you were a very pretty girl, but you are a beautiful women. I'm not trying to flatter you here either. I sincerely think so.
I think it's great. So much hollywood etcetera pop culture you know is always YOUNG YOUNG YOUNG. But here you are, and you are just getting more beautiful the older you get!
--I actually feel the same way about myself. I think I am getting cuter with age (and more modest).
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33 comments:

amanda said...

oh, my. this just takes me back to my own high school years. but mine was filled with quite a bit more abercrombie & fitch and the gap. you are quite brave to show us all your pictures. i'm not quite secure enough in my current body to show off the mess that was me in high school. i loved seeing these though!

Alexandra Hoover said...

The guy in your second picture kind of looks like Paul Rudd, who I happen to think is extremely attractive. And you just have such big gorgeous eyes!!!

gina said...

omg! I had the exact same navy polka-dot jumpsuit! It was my easter outfit too! 7th Grade, I think. The year that my birthday
(my 13th) fell on Easter Sunday.

Eleanor-Shopping The Closet said...

I love this post! I actually posted a similar post last Friday but focused on my hair-do's throughout the years!

I cannot decide now if I like you more as a blonde or brunette...

Panty Buns said...

That was a lovely strapless lace dress you wore in the first photograph. The photos of you as a blonde are interesting and so is the start of your fashion career. I do think you are prettier now as a brunette though. Interesting post!

kate, miss twinkletoes said...

Ha - So great to see those pics, reminds me of high school to. Weren't the 90's so kind to us all???

You looked good as a blonde, but the brunette is so flattering on you!

www.twinkletoes-golddangles.blogspot.com

!Tb0n3! said...

The last picture is awesome! Totally takes me back to my day of Laura Ashley jumpsuits.

Chiada said...

Oh my word these pictures are AWESOME! lol I graduated highschool in '96 so I can totally relate to all of those '90's styles. Dude, I need to put up some of my own from that era. Soo so funny! That last one is hilarious! I am busting up laughing here. Ohhhh man.

Ash said...

SO awesome! I love it!

goldleafashley.blogspot.com

Hannah said...

Wow, this is really neat. You look like a completely different person!

Trishna said...

Oh this just induced a trip down memory lane. I sometimes feel really sad because I do not have any photos from my high school days. It's nice to be able to see the transformations through the years.

Trishna

Senorita Fashionista said...

Wow, how cool are these photos! I love it when you get a peek of someone's past. I was a thrift/vintage store junkie in high school too! The trend continues!
xoxo

tess said...

wow you look so different! you're gorgeous always, but it is amazed to see how much you've changed. this really excited me to see how I will grow up

Annebeth said...

hahaha such amazing pictures! I didn't recognize you at first! you are gorgeous both as a blonde and as a brunette, you just are a natural beauty :)

Juliette said...

What a great post! Thanks so much for sharing, I always love looking at retro pictures.

-Juliette from WhereForArtThouRomeo

Anonymous said...

Those pics kind of remind me of my own Highschool year pics (although where I grew up--Indonesia--we didn't have proms :( and it's too hot to wear sweater).

I'm very amused to see you with blonde hair, are you naturally blonde?

Thanks for sharing those pics. You sure have grown up to be an even lovelier young woman!

Eyeliah said...

oh great pictures,you sure look different in some of them with blonde hair!

barefootandvintage said...

ha! these pics are so awesome! i love looking at old pictures from jr high and high school. we were all so gawky and awkward!

thanks for sharing, darlin!

Corie said...

Great post....bold! I probably would never post any of my high school pics up...I was such a tomboy and I looked it! lol

You actually looked a little different, but still pretty.

RETRO REVA said...

How cute you were ! My early 80's prom get-up was like a brides-maid dress . Light pink, ruffles, long ! It got stained with "punch" ;) and thrown out. Another one was white,long and alot like a seventies bridal dress ! Yikes ! I like your hair brunette, too! It suits you well!

Kimberellie said...

You know, you look just so incredibly different! It is amazing. I actually very very much like I did in high school (one day I think I will do this and put up photos, I'll let you know!).

Anyway, I wanted to let you know, you look so much more beautiful now! I mean, don't get me wrong, you were a very pretty girl, but you are a beautiful women. I'm not trying to flatter you here either. I sincerely think so.

I think it's great. So much hollywood etcetera pop culture you know is always YOUNG YOUNG YOUNG. But here you are, and you are just getting more beautiful the older you get!

--I actually feel the same way about myself. I think I am getting cuter with age (and more modest).

heart:

purplestinkindogtoy.blogspot.com

LyddieGal said...

Old photos are so fun! you look really lovely in your black gowns!

Chic on the Cheap

Emma said...

Oh my goodness! These are amazing. Thank you for posting them, I love looking back at what people wore in different parts of their lives. Thank you for sharing these with us!

cocojones said...

great photos! wow, you look so different as a blondie, but you're lucky - you have the colouring to carry off both fair and dark hair. I went brunette for a while, but it was baaaaad! Cute braids in no.8 btw!

Sarah K. said...

wow, you look so different as a blonde! you were so cute as a kid. I love the picture on the bus, you're adorable.

Sarah K. said...

wow, you look so different as a blonde! you were so cute as a kid. I love the picture on the bus, you're adorable.

myedit said...

I feel like I just got to creep a little in your past... I love this post, so much 90's nostalgia...
You in the belly shirt, skirt and headband can easily be reinterpretted into 2010, crazy cyclical fashion.

Jen said...

You look totally different! I love rooting through old photos - nostalgia is such a great way to pass the time! :)

Seval said...

Wow this post is amazing! While looking through the pictures I've realised the differences in cultures... our high school years are way too different! You look amazing and mature in every photo... But I guess I love your brown hair much more! :)

Jessica said...

So fun! Love this post. I used to be blonde too...my hair changes quite frequently actually.

Has anyone ever told you that you look like Jennifer Morrison? I've never noticed it before...but after looking at these photos, I'm totally seeing it!

Delightfully Tacky said...

WHAATT!!!? Blonde! Haha, now I need to dig out all my jr. high/ high school photos...

Martini said...

you look so different, but at the same time you. the eyes are the same and the smile is the same. Thanks so much for posting these! They are great.

Laura said...

Wow looking at those pictures I kinda went down memory lane. being born in '90
I remember the 90's pretty well.

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