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A lot can change in five years. Go back and watch old episodes of reality TV and you’ll see exactly what I mean. You don’t even have to watch Rock of Love or The Simple Life or The Girls Next Door to see it–you can pop in on season 8 or 9 of  Keeping Up With The Kardashians during one of the many marathons on E! and very clearly see just how different things were back in 2011. I mean, Instagram was in iPhone-only infancy. McDreamy and McSteamy were still alive on Grey’s Anatomy. The health and wellness industries were both much smaller. I still had a Blackberry. It was a different era, guys! Anyway, re-watching half an episode or so of KUWTK this weekend and seeing how totally and completely differently all of the girls looked and dressed totally and completely inspired this post. Turns out, 2011 me and 2016 me are pretty dif! Here’s how it all stacks up.

2011 Me:

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STYLE

In 2011, I was a wild one. 2011 me was very into embellishments, shine, and print. I was interning for a fashion website, on the board of my university’s fashion and business club, and editing a digital style magazine, so to say that I was ‘trend conscious’ would be an understatement. I cycled through feather extensions, waxed jeans, multiple-finger rings, and embellished shoulders like it was my job {because it kind of was}. 2011 was peak “going out top”, too, so I owned a lot of fast fashion items designated solely for the purpose of going out, the majority of them purchased at Forever 21–perfect, because I WAS 21. Oh oh! Another thing I loved? A bandage skirt or dress, especially in a bright or jewel tone. Short/tight/sparkly/cleavage-bearing? I wore it out. Yeah. I also saved and got my first high-end bag in 2011: A purple Marc by Marc Jacobs totally turnlock hobo with gold hardware. It was a bolder era, and I fully embraced it.

HAIR

After spending the summer with a head full of blonde highlights, I embraced my roots and went to the dark side…2011 was definitely a brunette year. It started off with a super-dark, almost black “espresso” hue, which felt really harsh. By mid-March, though, I had been introduced to the wonders of Sun-In thanks to spring break trip to Puerto Rico, and was sporting decidedly lighter locks. From there, I entered my “wine” stage, rounding out the year with the same purple-y, red undertones that everyone else seemed to have at the time. The wine thing actually worked when it was subtle, but then I box dyed it “chocolate covered cherry” and hated the way it came out. Did I mention that I also had an ongoing a love affair with my flat iron during this time period? That was a thing, too. My poor hair!

MAKEUP

I feel like I wore a lot of makeup in 2011, way more than I wear now. While I mostly shied away from foundation, my day-to-day looks definitely included eyeliner + lots of mascara + blush + bronzer + shimmer powder + Urban Decay eyeshadow in Roach…It was a lot! I watched beauty gurus on YouTube for inspiration and was introduced to highlighting and contouring before it hit the mainstream, so that coupled with a smokey eye was pretty much my go-to for looking glam.

FITNESS

HAHA, jokes–2011 me Did. Not. Care. About. Fitness. Actually, that’s a lie. I MIGHT have gotten a gym membership and purchased a $40 Bar Method DVD in December of 2011, but I didn’t really take fitness or working out seriously until the new year. I ate whatever, got sick a lot, and drank a lot of alcohol for the majority of my undergrad. I weighed a good 30lbs more than I do right now back in March of 2011. It was whatever. I didn’t feel great, but I just didn’t care. You can peep some throwback pics in this post.

2016 Me:

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STYLE

I’ve basically come to the realization that if a top/dress/jacket isn’t black, grey, white, neutral, or MAYBE navy or olive, I won’t ever want to wear it. Weird, right? Day-to-day, I split my time pretty evenly between yoga pants and skinny jeans in colder months, and between dresses and rompers in the summer. I like tight pants and baggy shirts, dresses that are either short OR revealing, not both, and shoes that are mostly flat. Bralettes > push-up bras. Also v into pieces that are drape-y, diaphanous, and unexpectedly sexy. My accessories game has also gotten way less dramatic: I perpetually wear a trio of white gold rings {engagement, wedding, + a vintage deco-style that I inherited from my grandma} and the vast majority of my purses are shades of brown.

HAIR

I’ve been at least semi-blonde for the last two and a half years. Right now, I have a butterscotch ombre thing going on, and I like it enough, even though I regularly entertain the idea of going dark again. I feel like the right blend/shade of blonde lights everything up and makes me feel more like me, but it’s high-maintenance and upkeep is expensive, so that’s annoying. I try to keep heat styling to a minimum, and flat iron my hair MAYBE once a month. The rest of the time, it’s in a natural wavy/curly state. Wayyy longer and less fried than five years ago!

MAKEUP

Makeup wise, I’m a lot more natural in 2016 than I was in 2011. Eyeliner is reserved for special occasions, I never contour, and highlighter has largely replaced bronzer. I still love dramatic lashes, and thus I have dabbled in extensions and own way too much mascara. If I’m wearing any makeup beyond that, it’s concealer set with a little powder just to cover blemishes, some cream blush, and highlighter – liberally applied. Now, my focus has shifted more from  looking really good in a ton of makeup on a night out to attempting to obtain actual long-term attractiveness and vitality via skincare, supplements, and letting my skin breathe. I still bust out that Roach shadow when I’m feeling fancy, though.

FITNESS

As you’ve probably gathered, I’ve done pretty much a complete 180 when it comes to fitness in the last five years! I started going to the gym for cardio super regularly in 2012, and since then, haven’t looked back. I work out 5 – 6 days a week, and am constantly finding new ways to sweat that interest me. I run. I do barre. I like yoga. BBG. TIU. HIIT. It makes me feel good and fit and strong, and I notice that if I’m not consistently working out, things just feel off. Beyond that, though, I have an actual interest in health, wellness, and body love. It’s a mega part of my life now…clearly, since that’s all a major focus of this very blog!

Would 2011 you be surprised by your 2016 life or style?!

xx,

Liza

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