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10 Year High School Reunion + Fashion Talk

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Nothing says like you are getting old like getting the invitation to your 10 year high school reunion. Has it really been 10 years? Already? I would like to say that it felt like yesterday, but looking back to my high school self, I realized how much I had changed over the years. I am almost a completely different person now then I was 10 years ago. My core values haven’t changed, but my perspective, my way of thinking and the way I see the world now… all that is different.

The one memory that sticks out the most to me at 18 was a conversation I had with my mother. I can’t exactly remember what we were talking about – something along the lines of life decisions – and my mom said something that surprised me. She said, “You will change the most between the ages of 18 and 25.” I remember thinking, no I won’t. I will still be me, I will still want the same things and my plans will never change. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It is funny to look back at the years and see yourself change. But I like the way I have changed. I haven’t accomplish everything I thought I would, but the life I have now is better than I could had ever dreamed. 🙂

Before heading to the reunion, we did a quick photo shoot of just the two of us.

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And yes, I planned our outfits to match because I am cheesy like that! We got Randy’s shirt last year from Banana Republic. It is both of our favorites! 🙂 And it looks so good on him!

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I got this dress online at Ruche. I love, love, love the colors! Of course, you all know how much I love mustard. The shoes were my birthday present this year from Modcloth, which are no longer available. But they have tons of different options!

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I found the purse at an antique store in Hendersonville. I bought it for $12!

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My favorite picture from the whole night! Thank you Randy!

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And for my jewelry… the necklace is an antique and my gold bracelet was my high school graduation present from my parents. Seemed only fitting to wear it to my reunion. 🙂

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Our 10 year reunion was at a new brewery in Boone, the Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Coming from the beer capital of America, I was pretty impressed with their beers. Good job Boone! For dinner, they had a local food truck called From Farm to Flame. They made wood-fire pizzas and they were out of this world amazing! I will be on the hunt for this truck every time I go to Boone now.

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The night was a little awkward at first. It is hard to start up conversations with people who you haven’t seen in 10 years. But an hour into the night (after everyone had some drinks) it got easier.

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It was so nice catching up with old friends.

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Especially with these two. We have all been friends since we were 4 years old!

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First thought regarding reunions – Facebook can make it hard to have these, “I haven’t seen you in 10 years. How are you doing?” conversations. Mostly because you already know where they are and what they are doing. But seeing people in the flesh, being able to hug them and talk to them – it is so much better than seeing pictures on Facebook.

At the end of the day, I have to conclude that our parents did a pretty awesome job with all of us. We are lawyers, doctors, judges, engineers and small business owners and living all over the country – not bad for a tiny town in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Just goes to show you it is not how you start, but how you finish.

Overall, I am glad that I went to my reunion. I had a great time catching up with old friends and making new connections with those who I didn’t know as well in high school. Until next time WHS… see you in 10 years!

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