Felicity Had the Right Idea

In the fall of 1998, a new show hit the WB that changed my life forever. That show, was Felicity. I loved that show. I laughed with Felicity, I cried with Felicity, and when Felicity chopped off her long locks, I too scheduled an appointment with my hairdresser.

curated photo from styleblazer.com

What I love most about Felicity, though, is how the whole crux of the show (in my opinion) is not who she loves or how she looks, but the fact that she follows her heart, no matter what.

Through all four seasons, Felicity does things and gets herself into situations that aren’t alway comfortable, but they are true to who she is. As a result, the risks she takes and the relationships she develops make her into a truer version of herself then even she knew possible.

The show’s theme song (which yes, I wrote a huge paper on for my Freshman Comp. class), asks: “Can you become, Can you become, A new version of you?”

Also happening in 1998… I had this notebook. It was’t really a scrapbook per se, it was more of a style book. In it were photos of clothes I liked, ripped from magazines; movie tickets to  films I loved; and photos of me and my friends that I felt were particularly “stylish.” Here are a few gems from that book. (Please keep in mind these are items coveted by a 13 year old me….although I guess I’d still go for most of them. So yea, never mind. They are still a pretty accurate representation. Judge away).

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This 90s trend is so on point it’s scary. I literally wore something just like it last week. And loved it.

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Cozy, bulky knit sweaters were are huge part of 90s fashion, and are making a big comeback this year. Thank goodness, because I never stopped wearing em…

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The knit sweater, casual hair, and choker. All 90s fab, all things I would wear now…ok, not the choker.

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I have no excuse for including this in my notebook, other than to say- just cut my little 13 year old heart some slack. All the cool kids were wearing wide leg jeans.

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A potpourri of things I loved at the time. Basically, these were things I felt the cast from “Clueless” would have in their bedroom.

In case you haven’t heard, the 90s are back. More importantly though, I’m completely loving it. One of my favorite blogs to follow, Hey Natalie Jean, just did a post on her affinity for the 90s. You should check it out. She references some of my favorite tv show, movies, songs and fashion trends from the decade.

There are a lot of things from the 90s I don’t plan on trying out for the second time. Case in point:

My big-big-hair

My big-big-Felicity hair

Choker-no Weird knitted hair scarf-nooooooooo

Chopping all my big, big hair off- no
Choker-no
Weird knitted hair scarf-nooooooooo

Bonus! Here I am-sporting the choker trend-with my always trendy cousin, Jarod! I only show this picture because we both turned into adults who make much better fashion choices.

Bonus! Here I am-sporting the choker trend-with my always trendy cousin, Jarod, also sporting a choker! I only show this picture because we both turned into adults who make much better fashion choices.

The trends that are back that I love, and truth be told, have always loved:

Big, boyfriend blazer (this one I've kept since 9th grade, just cause I love it that much.)

Big, boyfriend blazer (this one I’ve kept since 9th grade, just cause I love it that much.)

Plaid flannel (true grungy at heart), dark lips, and what do you know! A choker from the 90's just for kicks! But please notice the big, untamed hair the is pulled into a ladylike bun. See, I've grown!

Plaid flannel (true grungy at heart), dark lips, and what do you know! A choker from the 90s just for kicks! But please notice the big, untamed hair that is pulled into a ladylike bun. See, I’ve grown!

Midi, fit and flare skirts.

Midi, fit and flare skirts.

boyfriend jeans, chambre, and pointy toe shoes.

Boyfriend jeans, chambray, and pointy toe shoes.

Bulky cable knit sweaters.

Bulky cable knit sweaters.

That plaid flannel again.

That plaid flannel again.

So what does all this have to do with Felicity?

While I am super excited that some of my favorite 90s fashion trends are back, and of course, I never stopped watching my favorite 90s movies or listening to my favorite 90s bands (bonus points if you can name at least one of em!), the thing I’m most excited about is revisiting the things that Felicity taught me, way back when.

After binge watching old episodes of Felicity for a few weeks, I now feel ready to share with you my favorite life lessons gleamed from watching Felicity, and hope to make a current “trend” in my life:

  1. Follow your heart, even if it doesn’t seem logical, even if people don’t agree with you and even if it means leaving your old life behind and moving to New York.
  2. Pursue people. It might be hard work, but it’s worth it to maintain and grow your relationships with people.
  3. Sometimes the people who appear to “have it all together” are actually the most selfish (and therefor not that enviable), and sometimes the people who might appear “aimless” or “impractical” are actually the ones with the biggest hearts (yes, I’m team Ben).
  4. When good things happen, celebrate with friends.
  5. When bad things happen, cry with friends.
  6. If you have a big, big secret, do not attend a dinner party with friends. Nothing good will come of it.
  7. Pursuing your passion doesn’t always make sense to others. Do it any ways.
  8. Standing up for people doesn’t always make sense to others. Do it any ways.
  9. Giving people second chances doesn’t make you weak, it makes you brave.
  10. Don’t be so uptight that you miss all the fun. Sometimes you just need to tp the library. Or go out dancing. Or swim after-hours at the University pool. I’m just sayin…

So here I am, in 2014. No longer a teenager and now (gasp), officially a 30-year-old. I’m finding myself, much like Felicity, finding a new version of me. I’m taking the old and reinventing it into the new, making some brave decisions, and becoming a better, truer version of myself. And, looking decidedly 90s chic while I’m at it.

You know what they say. You can take the girl out of the 90s, but you can’t take the 90s out of the girl.

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