Back In My Day

Just last week I wrote a little bit about my time in high school, but I didn't want to miss out on this fun link-up from my blog pals! 

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This time I'm bringing you all the way back to 1993, when I started 9th grade. This is my yearbook photo.

I woke up around 5:30 to shower and get ready for school before my brother and sister got up and pushed me out of our one and only bathroom. I don't know why I needed so much time though, my beauty routine was really easy. Noxzema was my favorite thing ever. It was refreshing and moisturizing and the scent totally brings me back. I loved using Sun-In to get my brunette hair that perfect shade of orange and Aussie hairspray was the best way to get that little wave above my bangs. That's another nostalgic scent. It was like rubbing alcohol and grape. The only makeup I used was neutral eye shadow, mascara, and LOTS of black eyeliner for my lower water line. Oh, the '90s. I wish someone would have told me how it made my small eyes look even smaller! Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers was my signature scent. My mom was allergic to it, so I had to keep it in the mail box and spritz it on the front porch before walking to school. 

This was the year my fashion transitioned from being a little bit preppy to a whole lot (poser) skater. I basically dressed like a dude. In the fall, when it was still warm and sunny, I wore my jellies, but a few weeks into the school year I traded them in for Vans or Converse. I had about five Champion zip-up hoodies, wore Levi 501s, and too big Stussy, Mossimo, and Quicksilver tees. What. A. Loser.

I painted my nails with metallic Hard Candy nail polish and wore a yin yang necklace often. I slapped a scrunchie on one wrist and my Burger King Nightmare Before Christmas watch on the other. I packed my generic Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses into my JanSport backpack just in case the sun made an appearance. I ended up with four of those backpacks because I wanted a new color every year.

I used a Sanrio Keroppi tin pail as my purse with a change pouch for my ABS card and money. I kept a CoverGirl compact, a mini brush, an eyeliner pencil to touch that sh*t up a few times a day, and a whole lot of lip options in it. My favorites were Rolly Lip Smackers lip gloss, Candy Kisses watermelon lip balm, and Lip Lix in some shade of brown or burgundy that smelled like baked goods or coffee.

I lived about four blocks from my junior high so after school my friends and I would take a detour to 7-Eleven to grab a nutritious afternoon snack of sugary drinks and candy, then head to my house. We'd watch reruns of Saved by the Bell on TBS, hang out in my bedroom listening to CDs on my CD player, and use my see-through phone to call friends and probably prank call boys. Tough life.

I had always listened to Top 40, but thanks to the new alternative station (107.7 The End), my taste in music was also evolving. My favorite songs were Weak by SWV, Cryin' by Aerosmith, If I Had No Loot by Tony Toni Tone, What's Up by 4 Non Blondes, If I Ever Fall In Love by Shai, and Hey Jealousy by Gin Blossoms.

I got my first CD player in 1992. It was a large boombox with detachable speakers so I felt really fancy. My very first CD was the Aladdin soundtrack, but I quickly bought more: janet. by Janet Jackson, Everybody Else is Doing It... by The Cranberries, The Chronic by Dr. Dre, Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins, Very Necessary by Salt-n-Pepa, and The Bodygaurd soundtrack. I still love each of these albums!

I had a 13-inch TV in my room, though I don't remember watching it very often. The only show I was addicted to was Beverly Hills, 90210. In 1993, Melrose Place became another show I watched every single week. Otherwise I caught episodes of Roseanne, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Full House, and American Gladiators with my family in the living room every once in a while.

I was into YA horror fiction books. Christopher Pike, R.L. Stein's Fear Street series, and the Point Horror series were my favorites to read. I'd stock up on these little paperbacks during our school's book fair and trade with my friends. I feel like I should go back and read a few.

I also subscribed to a ton of magazines. My absolutely favorite was Sassy. It just didn't feel like a typical preppy, glossy teen magazine. (If you were a fan too, I recommend reading How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time.) But I also got YM and Teen magazines. Love those quizzes!

Movies were my jam. There was really nothing else to do with your friends in junior high besides have your parents drop you off at the mall, eat a crappy snack in the food court, check out the new Sanrio stuff at the Hallmark store, then walk two blocks up to the movie theater. My favorite movies that year were What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Sandlot, Addams Family Values, Rudy, Free Willy, Benny and Joon, The Good Son, Son In Law, Matinee, and Jurassic ParkJurassic Park is still one of my all-time favorites and I'm embarrassed to admit how much I currently quote some of these! They must have left an impact.

So, that's what I was like back in my day. Please tell me I'm not alone in all this nerdiness!


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

AHHHHHHHH. Yes to Sunflowers, Noxema, Teen Spirit, Aussie hair spray. I started using Noxema again at night a few months ago and I love it...mainly for the scent.

I really want them to have Lip Lix cherry coke back again.

Clearly Canadian was so cool. I wonder how it tastes now?

Hey Jealousy remains one of my favorite songs. I almost got in an accident in 11th grade reaching for the tape on the passenger floor of the car as I was driving.

Sassy. How could I forget Sassy. It totally changed my life.

Thanks for linking up!

Jen K said...

This brings me right back. Everyone was obsessed with sunflowers. I thought it stank but wore it anyway. And yes the wave! I did that to my hair too. Such fun memories!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

haha remember french formula or Dep gel that came in neon colors?? so much awesome in this post.

Vodka and Soda

Lynsey @ Eternally Wanderlyn said...

Ahh! I love this! I remember all of this. My friends and I used to hang out watching 90s TV shows or trying to record the music videos on MTV with our VCRs. We also sang along to a lot of boy band music. :)

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

Can I just say ditto to all of this? I didn't watch Roseanne or Melrose Place though.

I seriously love Pauly Shore and Son-in-Law. And Encino Man!

Sunflowers was my jam. And I used nearly a whole bottle of Sun-In on my senior trip to the Bahamas. I came back to school so blonde. It looked so great... until it turned green a few months later.

V @ X-tremely V said...

I remember so many of these things. We could have easily been BFF's back in the day! lol!
BH 90210..never missed an episode!!!!

ErinMSW said...

This post brings up a lot of questions for me. Why did we prank call boys so much? Why was it so cool to have detachable speakers from our boom box/stereo? Why scrunchies? Why did our shirts have to be so big? Why did they ever stop making Clearly Canadian? Why, 90s....why????

Karen M. Peterson said...

I was in high school, so just a couple of years ahead of you and I LOVE ALL THESE THINGS. Still.

This was a great post!

srjones03 said...

I completely forgot about Sanrio Keroppi - I had ALL of that stuff. And I refused to use half of it - just set it on my dresser and admired it. I also forgot about Rolly Lip Smackers - those were the BEST! Thanks for linking up!

Jessica K said...

I still use the pink and green mascara. It works. TO afraid to change hahaha! Oh and the Sun-In! ANd Sanrio. I used to love that store! I love this link up!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

THIS IS EVERYTHING. Holy crap does noxema still exist? I am going to check at the store tonight! Also, Clearly Canadian was my jam! And New York Seltzer. Sparkling water just isn't the same!

Jo said...

How do you remember all this stuff? I think I might have blocked out a lot of it :)

Elle Sees said...

you're about a year younger than me i think! loved all of these. i had a caboodles that i was obsessed with. no surprise, right?? and i will always love siamese dream. i still have the tape!!

Marcie said...

I think your post took me back the most! TOTALLY awesome ;)

Dee said...

What an awesome list! I do remember waking up so early to get ready too! Nowadays I can't even get up before 7am. @__@

I have almost the same Jansport backpack that you posted. It's purple but a bit on the bluer side of the purple hue (am I even making any sense). It's past tense because I actually still use it. Uh oh.

Suze said...

I still and will always love the Aussie scent. I forgot about Lip Lix- I loved that stuff! And a change purse?! The kids don't even carry those anymore.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Gahhh... SWV, Weak... still listen to that song to this day!
And sun-in?! We had a love/hate relationship, haah!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

No joke I had/watched/listened to at least one item on each of these lists. I legit have that Keropi case/tine thing. The exact one haha! And I STILL wear Old Skools - the only "tennis" shoes I'll wear haha.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Isn't it nice to take a stroll down memory lane without having to move from ones seat

Carly said...

Oh I love all of these...Sunflowers was amazing back in the day. I remember being so excited when my grandma bought it for me. I am sure if I smelled it now I would gag. And the Jansport backpacks...so damn expensive, and for what? It wasn't a magical backpack!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I initially commented after clicking on this post from Twitter. Saw it again today in my Bloglovin' feed and had to come back.

I loved and still love The Cranberries so much, especially that album.

I had subscriptions to YM, Seventeen and probably a few others.

Maddie~The Whimsy One said...

to this day I refuse to like hello kitty because she took over keroppi. I was all about him, I still have the mirror compact with him on the front. hahaha

alicia said...

omg! lol this post is perfection.

Jana @ The Townhouse Pioneer said...

I think this is my favorite back in my day post I read. It literally brought me back to high school (in 1993 I was a junior). I smelled Aussie hairspray the entire time I was reading :)