Throwback: Prom Edition

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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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  • Marianna Papagiannopoulou

    Such a cute post!!!!!

    Sometimes I think about my high school years too, it was an amazing time!!!!

    http://the-haute-strawberry.blogspot.gr/

    • Thank you so much Marianna! :)

  • How cute! You were adorable (and still are!). I’m loving the playlist lol so 2006!

    • Thank you Angel! It was so fun to put together this throwback playlist :)

  • heather

    OMG you were (and still are) so adorable. HAHA Get Low! Every time I hear that song all I can think about is High School. That song was popular when I was a senior in HS and every time in our gym yoga class (yes my gym class was Yoga) when the teacher would tell us to stretch towards the window everyone would break out into “To the windowwww! To the WALL!” LOL

    <3
    heather
    fashionistanygirl.com

    • Thanks Heather! :) Haha, I know exactly what you mean about “Get Low!” Wait, that’s so cool that your high school had a gym yoga class! That sounds so much better than regular gym class.

  • These songs are definitely throwback worthy. Loving this playlist. Haha, I’m inspired to go dig up my prom photos!

    • Thank you Jourdin! Oh, I’d love to see if you do dig up your prom photos!

  • Aw!! that is so awesome. We don’t have proms here, but i always dreamt about spending the whole day getting ready to go to one, gowns and feeling like a princess! :) You look so adorable!

    • Thank you Corina! I’m curious- is there an event similar to prom, or other dances where you grew up?

  • This is so greta, Nnenna! You both look so cute! This is the perfect playlist to look back at some great memories :)

  • You two were so cute! I didn’t go to my prom but my high school experience was definitely defined by certain songs.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • Thank you Rowena! Isn’t it interesting how music can play such a big part in our memories? :)

  • I had the best time at my high school proms because of my friends! High school would not have been the same without them, and even to this day (and even though we’re scattered all over the globe), we’re all still best friends! Sounds like you had an amazing time, love the play list!

    • Thank you Jessica! I still hang out with my core group of high school friends too- in fact, two of them were in NYC last week! They are the best and I’m so glad we’re still friends :)

  • Allie Mackin

    I didn’t go to the prom itself I was a rebel haha. But I did go out that night with my “guy” friend we went to an underground bar that featured 60s style mod bands and then my friend and her boyfriend who was in a band met up with us in the city (they did go to the prom) and then we all went to underground clubs. It was a great and memorable night.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    http://www.allienyc.com

    • That sounds like an amazing night! It’s fun to look back on those good memories :)

  • Love this!! Adorable photo :) Prom was always so fun, but I mainly just LOVED dressing up for it!! Great playlist

    • Thank you Natalie! Oh yes, the outfit for prom was a big deal- my bestie and I were discussing it several weeks in advance! :)

  • E

    Aww N, this post is so sweet! It made me miss you tons! I can definitely remember all those texts the day of (and all the weeks prior!). We didn’t leave out any details!! and I think the playlist is awesome– great choices! It made me smile to listen to those again after so much time….I may have even busted out an old mix CD you made me back in the day…hehe. Your CDs were the best!
    P.S. I think you gave me too much credit, though– your amazing dance moves came out all on their own (I will never forget!!)! :) Te quiero muchiiisimo amiga!

    • Aww, I miss you too all the time- why does CA have to be so far away from NYC? Thanks again for helping me put together this playlist- good times, good times! :D

  • Jenmarie

    You look so nice! Getting ready all day is fun, I remember doing that on my wedding day. I was homeschooled so I didn’t have a prom to go to but I definitely would’ve liked to dress up!
    stylethroughhereyes.com

    • Thank you Jenmarie! Well your wedding day is like the ultimate dress-up day! :)

  • Nikki Odeluga

    Man, oh man!
    This is just the study break I needed!

    • Yay! Little study dance break? ;)

      • Nikki Odeluga

        You know how I do!