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Blast from the Past
September 6, 2015

A lot happened within these past 4⅓ years, but it’s expected considering how there was a transition from high school to college. A conversation came up about how my love for American Muscle cars started a long time ago and I remembered about a picture that I took next to a Mustang back in high school. When I looked at the picture, it hits me that it was taken almost half a decade ago. Putting two different time periods together can bring out some interesting results as far as pointing out what’s new, different, and same.

Blast from the Past

This picture was taken back in April of 2011 when I was 16, which corresponds with this post (my blogging style was different back then, so don’t mind it too much; also holla at Chynna & Georgie for sticking it through since then ♥). I remembered saying that I wanted a Mustang, so there I am, having a picture of me standing next to a 2008 Mustang GT.

I was in 11th grade and I was a cool clarinet chick™ with a random sense in style. Maybe I didn’t care too much about what I wore and threw on whatever I thought was comfortable, but a t-shirt and zip-up hoodie will do. It was a pretty rough time for me due to a couple of external things1)No, it’s not what you’re thinking. But nice try., but it was eventually conquered a couple of months later. I was starting to lean towards the computer field, except I wasn’t fully aware of the existence of “computer information systems” yet.

At the time, I wasn’t with my boyfriend or even had a crush on him yet2)No #ManCrushMonday’s yet!. We met a year and a half ago, and we talked once in a while. At least we were “apparently married husband/wife” to each other as an inside joke3)Remember the class ring story?. My favorite food at that point was sushi even though I would eat it sometimes when an opportunity strikes. As far as blogging goes, I was still on my previous domain since this site wasn’t created until the end of that year. My layouts had patterns all over the place and I still had 2 columns back then (sidebar + content); I kept on tweaking my layouts to find my inner chi. Several months before, I cared more about the post quantity rather than quality but I’ve been trying to progress into quality posts (slowly) throughout the years.

On to the Present

This picture was taken last month and apparently the car in the background makes a big difference 😹! I still have my love for Mustang’s and Camaro’s, but I adopted an interest for Mercedes-Benz this past year. Now, I’m a bit conflicted with what my next car is going to be. At least I scaled my options down to 2 cars at this point and have a year to fully decide 😹.

I’m entering my 4th year of college and I’m excited for what’s in stored this school year! I dropped from being a cool clarinet chick™ and became a cool computer-information-systems chick™ instead since I don’t have time to commit to playing music anymore. I can say I’m happy where I am right now; I have a lovely boyfriend, education, and relevant job (along with other things that fulfill my basic needs). Things can always be better, but I am thankful for where I am now. Oh, and I’m finally comfortable with wearing dresses now… Maybe because I finally can’t stand the heat while wearing so many layers. As far as looks go, I haven’t grew an inch (I’m still 5’0), I let my hair grow out without letting others cut it short, have braces (which I’m happy about), and my boyfriend said my facial structure changed a bit. I don’t wear makeup aside from lipstick once in a while, which is good on the wallet because I can buy food instead.

My favorite food is still sushi and I eat it more often thanks to some independence. I can even prepare them too if I wanted to ;). This blog name has been around for 3¾ years now and I’m hoping to keep it going for a while longer. I ditched the patterns + two columns and went for a simple single column layout. I suppose I like it this way because I was never satisfied with how much content is enough for a sidebar (plus making the layout responsive is easier this way).

At the General View

Growing up isn’t too bad, maybe because I’m constantly trying to make something out of myself for self-satisfaction. I don’t know how I would be happy being a couch potato for endless months/years. I think I grew in a way where my character and personality is more developed now while some interests stayed the same. If I had a chance, I wouldn’t go back in time at this point. It’s too much of a hassle trying to fix a couple of minor mistakes and relive through everything again. I’m happy with where I am now and have high hopes of a brighter future.

References   [ + ]

1. No, it’s not what you’re thinking. But nice try.
2. No #ManCrushMonday’s yet!
3. Remember the class ring story?

17 Responses

  1. Tara ☆ September 6, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post! Seeing the comparison between 16-year-old Nancy and 21-year-old Nancy was awesome. You’ve stayed the same in some ways and changed in other ways, and I think that’s good!

    AND YES! I am not a big car person, but I do like the Mercedes along with BMW XD I hope that whatever car you do get in the future, you’ll be happy with it!

    I had to giggle at your makeup = foodie comment because the cost of makeup is definitely one of the reasons why I don’t wear them. I’d rather spend that money on other things like good food and on my hobbies, haha!

    I’m trying to remember when we started following each other. I want to say that it was probably around 2012? Or maybe even 2013. Either or, I’ve enjoyed following you for the last couple of years, Nancy! It’s been awesome getting to know you more!

    • Nancy ☆ September 6, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Your first comment on this blog was back in November 2011 :). Do a comparison post too~~

      Makeup is so expensive!! The MAC lipsticks I bought were ~$13 per stick @___@. Skin care over makeup anytime of the day. The only BMW models I like are the 6 series, but they’re so expensive brand new.

  2. Michelle ☆ September 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I admit that my growing up was difficult due to my mental illness, and the fact that my family totally kind of sucked but also rocked in other ways. It’s weird, but I knew what I had to do and stuck with it. I won’t say why they sucked, but know it had to do with drugs and alcohol and the fact that they weren’t there for me.

    So initially, I had to grow up fast, and so did my sense of style. My fashion choices. Now, I do what I want regardless, but I always try to stay closest to myself. I’m proud of myself for being in college and eventually, I’ll have a little family in the next few years, which is awesome. It’s something that I want so bad, and so much, but I have to get more “functional” as my therapist says, and I’m trying to do that as hard as I can. As best as I can, too.

    I’m happy to see you kept the same positive happiness that you always have. May that never leave you. May you always find happiness in the darkest of places, no matter how the stars dim at times. It’s nice to look back and realize how much stronger you get from challenges and bad things.

    You now know how to avoid those situations and at the same time help others. That’s how I look at it. I don’t see it as disappointment or sadness anymore, but rather an opportunity to learn and grow from it. Mature and help others, as well as myself.

    Keep the light shining in you <3 Always!

    • Nancy ☆ September 7, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Despite the difficulties, it is really good that you pushed beyond that. Everyone deserves happiness in some way. I see dark places as an opportunity to grow from it these days as well, or at least to show that you can conquer it. ☺

  3. Georgie ☆ September 7, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Woooaohhhh! You have had Colorfulistic for that long? I feel… old. LOL. At the same time, I cannot believe it has been that long either. I think I moved from Heartdrops to Hey Georgie at the end of 2012, so that was about three years ago. Puts everything into perspective…

    I am still 5 foot 2 and I am sure I have not grown much in the last three years either. It’s cool to see that some things haven’t changed, at the same time you have had some significant personal developments in your career and life in general. It’s always exciting going back and seeing how far you have come. I have read a lot of posts from you and Holly lately and I’m just amazed that I remember old posts you guys wrote or when certain incidents happened in your lives. And although I don’t remember all the details I am just surprised that it’s often something that happened further back than I remember.

    I wouldn’t say I have a dream car but I am happy with my Mazda 3 for now! Some expensive cars look super nice and I wouldn’t mind a ride in them, but I’m happy to just look at them and not own one. 🙂

    I used to have a style similar to you, I think. I wore casual skirts, casual t-shirts, and looked quite nerdy. Now I dress more girly and wear more girly skirts and dress up a bit more.

    This post put a lot of smiles on my face! I mean, put a smile on my face a lot. I only have one mouth so I can only have one smile at a time… XDDDD It’s crazy seeing how much has changed (and how much hasn’t). 🙂

    • Nancy ☆ September 7, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      It’s amazing when domains are up for a long time! “Wow, ___ have been up for this long??”

      When I read people’s posts for a while, my brain randomly makes a timeline of general events. I remember that old post was around the time when you got your bachelor’s! ~Amazing~ how time flies but people develop further and further in good ways :D.

      I feel the same way about Maserati’s, it’s nice to look at them and I don’t mind not having one. On the other hand, the muscle cars I want are in a reasonable price range so that’s good. I love the styling of the new Mazda 3 and 6. Their hood wins my award for clean and sleek design ;). There are some expensive cars that makes me question why people like them. Mercedes G class is one of them except I’m going to assume people like it because of the exclusiveness.

      Dresses are FTW :D. Thank youuuuuuu, Georgie ☺♥

  4. Pauline ☆ September 7, 2015 at 7:17 am

    This makes me so happy! I wish I could’ve kept all my old blog along with it’s content in order to reflect as you’ve done. I just work from memory and remember writing differently with a over the top website layouts. 😛

    I loved seeing the old Nancy and new Nancy, you certainly have grown up and you’re happy! Thats great and I’m so happy for you <3

    I think it's easier making responsive layouts with just one content too 😉

    • Nancy ☆ September 7, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      There’s nothing from archive.org? I went through it to get info from my really old site, or at least something text-based :D.

  5. ariane ☆ September 7, 2015 at 8:18 am

    You’ve changed a lot during those 5 years. You’ve gotten so pretty! :> Its good to see you grow mature and independent but still have your past interest in check 🙂

  6. Chynna ☆ September 7, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    As I mentioned on Twitter, I can’t believe we’ve been blogging buddies for so long! I remember when you taught me blog etiquette – can’t believe I was ever on that comment for comment train. So gross D:

    16 year old Nancy is styling~

    I never really cared about what I wore when I was 16 either. Literally the same with jeans, t-shirt, hoodie. Sorted. Nowadays, I’m a bit more conscious – I guess that happens when you get older and you style develops. I remember I used to make my own layouts! I definitely need to go back and look at them. If I can find them!

    Nancy Smoak~

    Food > Makeup, all day, errday SON!

    Nancy is all grown up. It’s been nice to see how you’ve grown through your blog. That’s one of the things that I love about blogging – getting to know people you probably wouldn’t encounter in real life! You’re so cool 😀

    • Nancy ☆ September 11, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      I still feel bad about telling you that!! At the same time, you went from a seedling to a permanently beautiful flower that doesn’t ever wilt :D.
      $16 steak > $16 eyeliner
      $25 sushi > $25 concealer

      Blogging is so awesome, happy 5 years cutie pieeeee~~

  7. Pam de Guzman ☆ September 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    I’m glad you’re happy with where you are right now! That’s the nice thing about looking back, you always realized how much you’ve changed (for the better) and how the things that you were stressing about before didn’t really make that much of a difference now.

  8. Cat ☆ September 8, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I thought it was fun to see the two photos of you from different time periods! It’s interesting how different your clothing is between the two 🙂 I went through something similar going from high school to college. I stopped playing violin and my interest moved into the computer fields instead. I haven’t really grown either, haha. I’m still just a little over 5ft.

    I’m really glad that you’re happy with where you are! It sounds like you’re in a great place in your life and know what you want out of it!

    • Nancy ☆ September 11, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      My first reaction when I saw the picture from 2011 was, “omg, did I really dress like that????” My reaction in 5 years or so would probably be the same for the current time period X’D. Hurray for music nerds turning to computer nerds!*~*!~* (supposed to be some kind of cool confetti)

  9. Kya ☆ September 9, 2015 at 2:47 am

    This is a really great post. It’s cool to reflect back on where you have been. Having a photo is also great as well, because you have a way to visually see how things have changed too. Such as the car and your appearance. Although you have hardly aged at all! You’re still a cutie. 😀

  10. Fai ☆ September 9, 2015 at 11:28 am

    wow, this is what we call a real throwback haha~ I remembered visiting your site around..2012? and *confession* I refer you as Nancy the Clarinet blogger so that it is easy to remind which Nancy it is haha XD sorry if it sound weird lol~

    I really admire BMW X series, especially X5 but it is way beyond my budget lol The oil price is rising higher and higher here in Malaysia T_T so I love my Honda City since it is fuel-savvy~

    It is nice to step back and reminisce about what has changed about us or things around us..and yours seems to get better and better~ ^^

    • Nancy ☆ September 11, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      That’s so cute X’D. I tried making “cool clarinet chick” my title line or something :D. Totally not weird at all~

      The BMW X5 is the top of the line of the SAV’s after all ;). I see X6 as a SUV-coupe kind of thing (really sporty). Still great cars nonetheless ;).

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