Prom 2006 Stockdale High School

Today I have a fun, different kind of post for you guys- a flashback to my high school days. I started this blog when I was a senior in college and I don’t think I’ve ever talked much about high school on the blog. I wanted to share what is still one of the most fun nights of my life- my junior prom in 2006.

I was pretty shy in high school (I think I still am, to some degree, but definitely less so), but luckily I had a best friend, Erica, who is so outgoing and social. She was also good at gently pushing me out of my shell and that’s usually when I had the most fun. In the spring of my junior year, we were so excited to go to prom together, along with our dates.

In typical girl fashion, I spent the entire day getting ready for the prom that night. When I’m getting ready to go out, I love to listen to music that will pump me up. Erica and I used to share music and make each other mix CDs (remember those!) all the time, so that day I listened to one of the CDs she’d made for me. Throughout the day we were texting each other for advice and just because we were generally excited!

That afternoon Erica and I met up with another friend (plus our dates) for pictures. Then we went to an Italian restaurant, where we were joined by more friends and their dates. Finally we all headed to the venue, which was a building on our county’s fairgrounds.

It was such a fun night. Prom was something I’d always looked forward to and just getting to experience that night surrounded by all of my friends was the best. We danced together, we goofed around, we took silly pictures and just generally had a blast. To this day, whenever I hear one of the songs that was played at my prom I get a little nostalgic because it reminds me of good times and good memories. Like any teenager, I definitely had my awkward and overdramatic moments in high school, but the moments I remember most were filled with good music, big laughs, and great friends.

If you want to listen to a high school throwback playlist* I created, I’ve embedded it below. Bet there’s some stuff there you haven’t heard in a while (anyone remember “Dance With Me” by 112?)! Also, if you’ve made any good playlists yourself recently, leave the link below. I always love to discover new music!

*That last song on the playlist is random, I know! I don’t know why, but my high school dances always ended with “Lady in Red.”

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Polka Dot Button Down + Jeans This was a fun-filled weekend- my good friend from high school came to visit me from Virginia. On Saturday we hopped on the L to go to Smorgasburg. It was my first time this season and I couldn’t wait to sample some of the delicious food there!

East River Park Of course I had to eat some of my favorites, donuts from Dough and hot dogs from Asia Dog. After we’d had our fill of food, we grabbed a bottle of wine and headed to a friend’s apartment nearby.

Pouring Red Wine The weather was quite nice, so we took our drinks and headed up to her rooftop. I’m so excited for warmer weather and more afternoons spent enjoying the sun on rooftops.

Friends on a Rooftop Outfit Details: Jacket- H&M // Cardigan- Forever 21 // Shirt- J. Crew // High-Rise Jegging- American Eagle // Chelsea Flat- Payless // Purse- Erin Satchel via Macy’s // photos of me- my friend Siri

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Yay, I’m so excited to share what’s been in the works for a few weeks now! The lovely Latrina of Of Trees and Hues turned 29 recently and as a big birthday blowout decided to giveaway a Canon Rebel T3i (!!!). I helped sponsor this giveaway, along with a crew of other creatives (click on the pictures below to visit their blogs).

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I got my own DSLR camera a few years ago as a graduation present and I love it so much. I’m thrilled that we’re able to give one away to one super lucky person! This giveaway is open internationally and will run until 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, May 6th. You can use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter and I’d love to know in the comments- What do you like taking pictures of?

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Essie Truth or Flare Essie Truth or Flare Swatch Essie Spring 2014 Confession time: I am obsessed with this nail polish color. Last week I saw it on Lily’s blog and then on Tamira’s blog and I had to have it. Normally when I see something I like I add it to my wishlist (aka Pinterest) and then maybe I’ll buy it down the line, or maybe I won’t. This was different though- the very next day I went to three different drugstores until I tracked this polish down. I think it’s the prettiest shade of dusty blue and *I don’t have any other color like it (*justifications of a nail polish addict). I did really nice, thin layers and it took me three coats to get it look like it does in these pictures. I said it on my instagram, but I’ll say it here too- a new nail polish is my go-to solution for a quick pick-me-up. A fresh manicure is always an instant mood booster for me!

Tell me: What’s the last color you painted your nails with?

(nail polish- Essie Truth or Flare)