This is me, obviously. I was a sophomore in high school at the time. Unfortunately, I still remember that outfit (pink and cream gingham dress with applique flowers on the empire waist line...the height of fashion of course).
At the time I lived in Birmingham, AL - a great city that I still love and think of as home. Those were the days of homecoming football games and school dances, hanging out at the movies or the mall (can you believe we did that?) and girls nights in, sleepover style. (Thankfully were the days before Facebook and Myspace - every day I am more and more grateful that I didn't have the opportunity to go through the dramatics of being a teenager on the internet for all to see).
My group of friends used to meet for breakfast frequently bright and early on a Saturday morning and we all made something - I forget what I made but I do remember are Jon's cheesy (and garlicky) biscuits - YUM, and Andrea's cheesy eggs! They were fun days. Then, if it were summer, we'd go to the lake (thanks, Ben!) and I'd inevitably burn. Since then I've accepted that I'll never be able to sport a lovely golden tan and I'm okay with that. I've also discovered that SPF 50 and big sun hats make my days in the sun much more enjoyable!
At 15 I was learning how to drive. Doesn't 15 seem awfully young to be legally behind the wheel (even if it is to learn with an adult in the car)? Or does that just make me sound old?! I learned to drive on this sweet ride of my Dads:
image courtesy of www.vehicleserachers.com
That's a 1995 Chevy Surburban, folks. I learned to drive in that bad boy. When I got a Honda Civic a couple of years later it felt like a toy in comparison!
In 1996, you might have been listening to this:
You might have cried your eyes out at this at the movies (like I did):
Or been blown away by the special effects in this:
Or fallen in love with Tom Cruise (again) in this:
If you were a Birmingham native, you might have been anxiously awaiting the opening of this place:
image courtesy of http://saltyhamjam.blogspot.com
You might have also been rushing home to watch this awesome new TV show based on, like, the best movie everrrrrrrrrrr:
Image courtesy of sharetv.org
I was probably wearing this (you might have been, too):
And almost every boy I knew at the time was wearing this:
I remember - for us gals - Mac's Velum was a must-buy, except back then it came in a blush-size container....remember that?
image courtesy of flickr.com
Reddish brown lipstick was one beauty trend that I should never have tried (thankfully my photos of this time period are safely tucked away at my parents house!):
The South was a-buzz because the 1996 Summer Olympics were being held in Atlanta, GA, just a short drive away.tragic bombing in Centennial Park that July.
He had just been re-elected and beaten him:
image courtesy of bloomberg.com
We also paid, on average, $1.22 for a gallon of gas...depressing, isn't it?
Seems like just yesterday. What are your best/worsts from 1996??