Sunday, February 20, 2011

Confronting College Caitlin

Back, back, back from Astoria, Oregon I have come. My best friend and I traveled to the very NW tip of Oregon to attend a benefit which I'll discuss this week. However, there's something to be said for this fine Monday morning: I was visiting a girl in Astoria named Krysta whom I met my Freshman year of college. My best friend (and roommate) and I instantly clicked with her and for the duration of college we traveled together in packs to the Library, to get food... and oh yes, to every single party we could find.

Krysta usually had a video camera in tow (pre-facebook thank God!) and would often idly film parties as the level of intoxication and stupidity eagerly rose. Before departing to come back to Portland on Sunday, my girlfriends and I crowded around her TV and hunkered down to watch some of said videos from circa 2003.


I couldn't quite tell you who the girl on the screen was though she had my same name and looked an awful lot like me.

{Typical college outfits: my girlfriends and I in 2003. I'm 2nd from the right.}

To put it as plainly as possible: the way my friends and I acted in these videos makes me embarrassed to even watch now. We were SO stupid and SO not the same girls we are now. The footage showed us bouncing from room to room, drinking more and more and wearing highly distasteful outfits that likely cost $3.00 from head to toe (and looked the part).

Pushing aside the way I was acting, my clothes alone disgusted me. Everything was too tight and too short: my shirts, my skirts, my shorts... ah, get this girl to Stacy and Clinton ASAP!

The videos were as fun to watch as they were horrible and it was pleasurable to remember these times in our lives. I'm not that reckless college girl anymore but she still helped me become the respectable lady I am now. Everyone has to go through a wild phase and if you do it in college then boom- you made a choice millions of your peers did as well. I don't mind that she's a part of my history... I'm just glad as hell I no longer dress like her.

{More appropriate weekend outfit? Betsey Johnson bag, American Apparel shirt}

Happy Monday!

Coming up this week on Candyfloss & Persie:
The amazing black dress | Soaking up coats | Brown w/ Black | My trip to Astoria


Anonymous said...

Oh goodness, lets just say i'm glad Facebook wasnt around my first couple of years of college!

Diana Smith said...

It's soo funny how much we change! It's a good thing facebook wasn't around like you said. Your betsey bag is fabulous!

Claire Kiefer said...

You look adorable, as always. I love your hair! And the college pic . . . too funny. It's normal to be embarrassed by those years!

Unknown said...

Oh I know all about that, there are so many pics I am embarassed of! Lol

Love the shoes hun, and I LOVE Astoria!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Ha, I so know what you mean!!! Loking back on my own teenage years I'm SOOOOO glad I'm not this person any more!! Esp. taking into consideration that I used to dress like a boy for while and had short hair haha I guess it is indeed important to go through this phase, but it's also important to come out of it a decent person, because I am sure just like me, you witnessed people who never became decent people... I'm sure you know what I mean. Was fun to see a picture of you from back then! I would say you haven't changed except for the hair and clothes - you still look young and beautiful!

P.S. The visa thing is not exclusevely a Russian thing, but us Russians need visas to travel to all of Europe (excluding Belarus and Ukrain since these are former very close Soviet countries) and to Canada, the States, Australia and most of developed Asian (no visa for Thailand but a visa to Japan etc.) and South American countries. As for why... Cold war? And because we can't travel easily (they can always deny you your visa too) most people need visas to travel to Russia too. I know that our gov. is ready to drop those rules but not until Europe does the same for us and Europe will never do that, or at least not any time soon.

Leia said...

In response to the comment you left on my blog, I didn't think your 'celebrity hate' post was unacceptable at all - it was all in good fun and humorous, and I think that's just fine! But the one I read was just plain *rude* and I really didn't like that.

Anywho! LOL at this post. I think we all make choices we aren't proud of later... I never had a wild phase but I CRINGE when I look at my high school photos. Apparently I didn't know what make up was and I had no idea how to dress myself! But it's nice to look back on those days, then look in the mirror and think "thank GOODNESS those days are over" :P


kate said...

It's fun to look back and see how much you grow as a person. Change is a good thing! Love your sunglasses and Betsey bag!

erika sorocco said...

Gah! You look so different back then, Caitlin - still adorable; but I far prefer your current self (and style!). I can't even bring myself to look at pictures of myself when I was younger - I was the BIGGEST tomboy, never wore make-up, and spent my days skateboarding and BMX-biking. It's incredible what a few years will do!! :P

According To Erica said...

You looked so different! And now you look like a successful business woman with your cute Betsy Bag! It's amazing how much we change over the years!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like so much fun! I went to Astoria in 2009 and thought it was absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to see your photos and hear all about it!

<3 Megan

Ashleigh said...

Oh my goodness, my friends and I die when we flashback to those times. Seriously though, F21 and H&M's weren't on every corner, we were slaves to Rave, hahaha
It cracks me up to think that we adored belly shirts, I mean really?! Nothing wrong with a wild phase, as long as it's just a phase :)

Oh and thanks for the blue liner tips, I need to try, I'm sort of an unsteady hand so it'll take lots of practice I'm sure. And thanks for your compliments on the parade pictures, yes I took them, still learning - our camera is more advanced than I am!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I shudder at some of the ensembles I went out in in college. HAHA

Anonymous said...

i think we all have those "back in the day" moments. i love the "current" caitlin photo :)

Business-Industry said...

Now you have a ratio of girls to boys I'm a regular basis. Sounds like you need to have some fun twin xl bedding .

Kara said...

Wow, it's for this very purpose that I didn't use facebook for the beginning couple years of college! I was even super diligent about keeping my photos on lockdown on Myspace, too haha. I very much love the new, improved, mature Caitlin!

And the old us is always around as a good reminder of our experience :)