Today is my 27th birthday. And yes, I still get obnoxiously excited about my birthday. Why not? An entire day (or week…ok maybe month) dedicated to me? Yes please. I’ve always loved the number 7. Probably because my birthday is August 7th. And seeing as today is my 27th birthday, I thought it would be fun to keep with the “7” theme and travel way back to when I was 17 and give myself some style, beauty and life lessons.
1. “Stop tanning so much.”
I was that girl who was always so tan. And looking back, it was not a good look. A healthy glow is one thing. But leather skin is quite another. Eventually I wised up in my early twenties and became obsessed with skincare products. And I started to tan less and less to eventually not at all.
2. “Ease up on wearing that Abercrombie.”
Sure it was the look 10 years ago. And I rocked a polo and denim skirt like no other. But I spent way too much money there. Look around today…I haven’t seen anyone wear polos. But denim skirts are creeping their way back. And Abercrombie is a failing brand. Sad, but that’s how the cookie crumbles. Luckily I would discover Anthropologie, Free People and Nordstrom not too long after I turned 18. And my style would get much better. Phew!
3. “Take that study abroad option.”
I was presented with a study abroad option my freshman year of college and I did not take advantage of it. I could have studied in London for half a year and I said “no” because I was too afraid. Silly, Kelli. What were you thinking??
4. “Enjoy that greasy food…”
“…because in about 3 years your metabolism is going to slow down significantly.” I wish I would have developed better eating habits when I was younger. It’s far more difficult to eat healthy when you’re an adult. But when you’re young, you can get away with eating that shit.
5. “Maybe join a few clubs in college.”
I commuted to college and was pretty disconnected to the “college life.” I had no desire to join clubs or go to events. And why not? I have no idea. I guess since I didn’t live on campus, I didn’t feel the need to get too involved. Eventually I went to some sporting events on campus, but that was about it.
6. “Stop worrying so much!”
Something I still continue to tell myself. For whatever reason, I’ve always been a worrier. About many different things. It really intensified when I was 17. It got better throughout the years. But I still worry to this day. And I need to always remind myself to just chill out. Everything will be just fine.
*This photo-purple polo and all-was from my 17th birthday! What is going on with those curtains?? Eek.
7. “Take it easy on the eyebrows.”
A common theme I see around many girls of all ages. Most of us over-plucked and over-waxed our eyebrows. Yikes! Not a good look. And guess what? One day they stop growing back.
So there you have it. Wouldn’t it be nice if we were given notes from our adult-self when we were younger? But then we would never learn. So just enjoy life! And take care of your skin. In case you’re wondering, I still have the car. I actually was a responsible teen and young-adult and took care of it.