I took these selfies while I was a student at Ramapo College – three of which were shot on campus (with an actual digital camera, mind you – camera phones were just starting to come out) – sitting on the grass outside my dorm building, basking in the window light of my shared room, and posing in the dorm bathroom. The odd one out, with my shortest hair cut ever, was taken in my bedroom at home next to my prized Rufio poster that I got for free at a local record shop.
As you can see, I was all about the side-swipe bangs! But weren’t we all? You’ll notice my old labret piercing in three of the photos. The Rufio pic was actually taken the day I got my lip pierced – Christmas Eve! I lied to my mom, told her I was going to drop a Christmas present off at my friend’s house and went to the tattoo shop instead. She wasn’t too happy about that…but I was!
My scene style was a mix of Hot Topic (cardigan in the first photo is Lucky 13 brand from HT – which is now carried at Walmart – really?), DIY painted t-shirts (like the Edward Scissorhands one you see here), and “normal” clothes from department stores like Kohl’s. I rarely ever wore makeup (same goes for today), but I had a brief stint with MAC eyeshadow. I could never actually get the emo black eyeliner right, so I gave up on trying! It kinda worked out in the happy blue-eyed girl photo, in which I also have short-lived, clip-in hair extensions. I remember several boys on campus noticed I was wearing them that day, which surprised me because guys traditionally don’t notice subtle hair changes, right? I took the extensions out and made the boys wear them for a little bit, too.
As far as other style choices from 2004-2007, I didn’t wear much jewelry (ditto on that today also), not even multicolor gel bracelets! Band t-shirts, jeans and checkered Vans slip-ons were staples. I really wish I had kept all my great tees! Skulls were standard (see leggings in Lucky 13 pic), as were comfy hoodies like my “NJ Murder Scene” My Chemical Romance hoodie – another piece I wish I never gave away! I always loved thrifting and would occasionally find a great gem on consignment – usually a vintage tee. Hair bows and flowers were a big deal, too. Overall, my scene style was about 75% predictable and 25% hodgepodge.