Kuala Lumpur, 1994

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The place: Some hotel in Kuala Lumpur

The year: 1994, just before I turned 18

The occasion: College graduation prom, 3 months before I left Malaysia for England for university.

The date: The ex-boyfriend (also first ever boyfriend). Newly broken up, but trying to remain civil. He was trying to get back together. I rolled my eyes a lot that night.

The dress: A blue number with a naughty slit on the side, with a cross back. Size – extra small. Oh the days of being young and skinny.

The shoes: Ugly. My good taste in footwear only occurred when I was 24.

The hair: Surprisingly, my current hairdo at age 35 is remarkably similar to this little number half a lifetime ago.

The eyebrows: Unplucked.

The makeup: Not very well done. I didn’t wear make up normally then. I still remember the lipstick. It was a deep pink, and it smelled of cherries.

The jewelry: A gold necklace which I don’t remember owning. I don’t wear gold anymore. A bracelet which I can’t recognize either.

The thing around my ankle: A friendship bracelet which fit around my ankle, which I did NOT have the good sense to remove before wearing those sheer tights.

The sheer tights: Why, oh why?

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Where were you in 1994?




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  • November 23, 2011 Ericka

    OMG! You have not aged!!! I’m so jealous :))
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    • November 23, 2011 Alison

      Hah! You just can’t see the crow’s lines around my eyes now πŸ™‚

  • November 23, 2011 Robin

    Am I allowed to laugh a little bit? I think I am, if only because a picture of my in 1994 would be worse. πŸ˜‰

    You have always been so damn cute!
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    • November 23, 2011 Alison

      Please do laugh! I laughed when I saw this – what was I thinking????

  • November 23, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    I must say, despite the ankle bracelet and sheer tights, you look great. And you haven’t changed at all!
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    • November 23, 2011 Alison

      Haha, those damn tights!! And thank you!

  • November 23, 2011 Jamie

    Pretty sure I had this dress in red, wore the same sheer black hose, and similar strappy sexy shoes. HOT! Not.

    I wore it to a Homecoming dance in high school, 1995ish I think.
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    • November 23, 2011 Alison

      So it WAS the style back then, it wasn’t just me! Right? Right??

  • November 23, 2011 Kimberly

    It’s kind of not fair that you haven’t changed at all since then.
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    • November 23, 2011 Alison

      But I have – extra pounds, more lines on my face…..

  • November 23, 2011 Kiddothings

    Is your avi picture also taken in 1994?
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    • November 23, 2011 Alison

      Haha!! No, that was taken in 2008?? Yeah I cheated, it’s not a recent picture.

  • November 23, 2011 Laura

    Oh, that is too funny (about the tights, that is). I have some very interesting pics of myself at high school dances. I must say, that is quite the naughty slit, mama!!!!
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    • November 23, 2011 Alison

      Ooh la la slit, right? (that sounds…..wrong)

      No one told me one should not wear sheer tights. Sigh.

  • November 23, 2011 Galit Breen

    Love it! Stunning then, stunning now! xo
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  • November 23, 2011 Ann

    You look amazing! Then AND now! In 1994 I was living in Sicily and spending time with some of the very best friends I would ever meet! We were crawling over every inch of Sicily and absorbing the culture…and the FOOD! *sigh* I guess you could say in 1994 I was having FUN!
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    • November 23, 2011 Alison

      Oh SWEET! Sicily! I have always wanted to go to Italy, sigh.

  • November 23, 2011 Jessica

    Oh la la with that slit.

    I thought the bracelet was a tattoo at first.

    • November 23, 2011 Alison

      So did I at first then I remembered I don’t have an ankle tattoo πŸ˜‰

  • November 23, 2011 Mandi

    I love this pic! So much fun to go back to the past. In 1994, I was 14. I was in the 8th grade at a private school. I loved that grade! Thanks for bringing back great memories.

    • November 23, 2011 Alison

      You’re so young, nuff said! πŸ˜‰

  • November 23, 2011 Mommy Shorts

    We all wore sheer tights back then. The ankle bracelet underneath the tights however, is a Mama Wants This special.
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    • November 23, 2011 Alison

      Haha!! Yeah, that was definitely uniquely me.

  • November 23, 2011 Mirjam

    πŸ™‚ I like this, and I agree that you have not aged, AT ALL!
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  • November 23, 2011 tracy

    I am pretty sure those shoes were totally THE shoes in 1994. Or not.
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    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      I’m going with not. πŸ™‚

  • November 23, 2011 Lola

    Way to show some LEG, Girlfriend!!
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  • November 23, 2011 Kir

    Jeeper’s CATS!!! you were (and still are) sooooo pretty.

    If those shoes were HEElS they would have been awesome, i like the criss cross!!!

    and a size 0..sigh , even at 18 (or 14 or 16) I wasn’t a size 0, maybe when I was 5…LOL

    you looked stunning!!!!!
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    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      They were heels – of sorts, not very high!

      And thank you!

  • November 23, 2011 Mrs. Weber

    You look just as gorgeous back in ’94 as you do today πŸ™‚
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  • November 23, 2011 Erica M

    I’m so glad you explained the shoes.
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  • November 23, 2011 Nenette

    Gorgeous, Alison! Nope, you haven’t changed. πŸ™‚
    You should see *my* 18yo-ish pic (I’ve already inflicted it on my blog readers!) — it’s truly frightening. xo

  • November 23, 2011 SassyModernMom

    Oh how I love this post! How a picture can tell an entire story…and now I am wondering, was I doing anything remotely interesting in 1994? πŸ™‚

  • November 23, 2011 liz

    94 eh? I was halfway through high school. I know for sure that I still had unplucked eyebrows, and I’d guess those same shoes were in my closet, too.
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    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      That’s kinda comforting to know!

  • November 23, 2011 Kimberly

    Eyebrows..unplucked…hahaha…kind of like mine right now
    (Ring Ring…chewbaca calling. He wants his eyebrows back. That was in reference to my eyebrows. Not yours)
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    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      I don’t see Chewbacca eyebrows on you at all!

  • November 23, 2011 Kristin

    That would’ve been 1st semester of my sophomore year of college. Nothing remarkable happened. I pledged a sorority. Which I later un-joined because, as it turns out, I don’t like sororities. And I was dating a guy who looked like D.B. Sweeney from The Cutting Edge. Considering everyone’s always told me I looked like Moira Kelly, I thought that was pretty funny.
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  • November 23, 2011 KLZ

    Oh, ex-boyfriends. They’re just so silly.

    You looked great then but I’m pretty sure you look even better now.
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    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks! If better means bigger hips, boobs and arms, yes I do!

  • November 23, 2011 Natalie

    Look at you showing some leg! I didn’t pluck my eyebrows until I was in college…and whenever I see those high school pics I’m like man would have looked tons better with my eyebrows waxed!
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    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      Right?? I think that now too!

  • November 23, 2011 Jackie

    You really haven’t changed! Back in 1994, I was in high school dating the worst guy ever and losing friendships I cared about. Ya, not a good year.
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  • November 24, 2011 Lady Jennie

    You know it could really be a lot worse! πŸ™‚ My pictures at age 18 are catastrophic. You looked pretty good (anklet and sheer tights notwithstanding). πŸ˜‰

    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      Darn anklet and tights! πŸ™‚

  • November 24, 2011 Jessica

    Oh, Alison I love this! We are almost the same age – I turned 18 in june 95. You were (and still are) beautiful!
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    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jessica!

  • November 24, 2011 Bruna

    Don’t trash this picture. I think you’re beautiful. You can’t blame yourself for the fashion in 1994, c’mon Alison!

    Wow, you were and still are a beauty πŸ™‚

    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      Haha, thanks Bruna!

  • November 24, 2011 Jessica

    I love this! And you look great! I am also not big on makeup, never have been, and probably never will be.

  • November 24, 2011 Always Home and Uncool

    1994 …. looking for a job and a nearly 18-year-old g– oh, never mind.
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  • November 24, 2011 Barbara

    How is it that you still look the same? In 1994 I was 13 and starting high school…that does seem like a lifetime ago!
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    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      Pictures are deceptive πŸ˜‰

  • November 24, 2011 Hopes

    You have not aged one second! Gorgeous!! This makes me want to go up into my attic, dig though my boxes and find my prom picture. OH GOD you should see the hair! HA!
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    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      Oh you totally should!

  • November 24, 2011 Ado

    I’m so relieved you explained the ankle bracelet and nylons look.
    PS: You GORGEOUS THING, you!
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    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      I had to explain it – wouldn’t want people to think I still wear those things πŸ˜‰

  • November 24, 2011 Carri

    Nice legs!! Sexy mama!
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  • November 24, 2011 Cookie's Mom

    Look at you. That’s some slit up to ‘there’! In 1994 I was working as a computer programmer in DT Toronto and looking after my terminally ill mother. Not the best time of my life, but a busy one!
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  • November 24, 2011 Kid Id

    You know in another 10 years, you’ll be saying the same thing about yourself today all over again: I wore THAT? I PLUCKED my eyebrows? And OH those shoes! Heh heh!
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    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      Oh boy, I hope not!

  • November 24, 2011 Desperate Housemommy

    Oh, the days of untweezed eyebrows. I have lived to rue those days and their incriminating photo evidence.
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    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      There are worse pictures which I am NEVER sharing.

  • November 24, 2011 Jen Burden

    I think you looked great. (Keep in mind I’m from New Jersey though!)

    Jen πŸ˜‰
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  • November 24, 2011 Sarah

    You looked good then and you look just as good today! In 94 I was in middle school going through the worst of the dreaded “awkward phase” of early adolescence. Think braces, trying to grow out thick bangs, glasses, ugh.
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  • November 24, 2011 Mama And The City

    Other than the eyebrows, you look exactly the same. Beautiful, young and fabulous.
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  • November 24, 2011 Sweaty

    Wow Alison, you go girl! πŸ˜‰ You totally rocked that blue dress! I bet your date was trying his hardest to get back with you–oh well, totally his loss! hahaha

    You looked just as beautiful and confident then as you are now. Two things which I noticed straight away whenever I get to see your pics. Classic Alison πŸ™‚
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  • November 24, 2011 Stephan Hilson

    This reminds me that I didn’t have pictures when I was in secondary school. But it is a good thing that you have the old pictures, which could give you a lot of reasons to reminisce and remember the good times. I have noticed your friendship anklet, which I earlier thought it was a henna tattoo or something. I agree with the previous comments, you really looked good in the photo.
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  • November 25, 2011 Mommy2cents

    I actually first thought it was a tattoo; but the ankle bracelet under the sheer tights is way cooler! Haha!! You looked so beautiful and it’s crazy how you’ve barely aged! What’s ur secret?

    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      Aw thanks! I have aged loads – you just can’t see that in pictures πŸ˜‰ (editing it’s called)

  • November 25, 2011 Leighann

    Oh Alison.
    What you see and what we see is totally different.
    I see a gorgeous girl, relaxed and confident.
    Sitting appropriately but still giving away JUST a little bit to entice.
    You were and still are stunning.

    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      I love your perspective then!

  • November 25, 2011 Stasha

    You look beautiful and have not changed much. On a day like this in 1994 I was probably avoiding doing homework and skiing.
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  • November 25, 2011 Jen Has A Pen

    I may have been the same girl! Only, my hair was a bit more curled with a small barrel curling iron that should have been outlawed. πŸ˜‰
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  • November 25, 2011 Julie

    That slit is HAWT. And you’re all, “Yeah, these thighs are totally not even touching.”

    I’m mailing you a box of donuts back to 1994. πŸ˜›
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    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      Yes, I totally did not have touching thighs. I miss that, sigh.

  • November 25, 2011 deborah l quinn

    Have never understood the friendship bracelet around the ankle…but the sheer black hose aren’t so bad. Remember the days of sheer WHITE hose? We all looked like off-duty nurses. Funny how the fashions change but the basic hair-do premise doesn’t…I’ve got the same hair non-do that I’ve had for literally decades. Hmm. Keeping the hair, just adding wrinkles.

    • November 25, 2011 Alison

      I myself don’t understand the friendship bracelet on the ankle – mayhaps I thought it was cool?

      Thank goodness I never wore sheer white hose!!

  • November 26, 2011 Dave

    Woo!! ring-a-ding-ding! 1994, 24, fresh out of university, 1986 chevrolet jimmie – free as bird, good job, life was *pretty* sweet (it still is…)
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  • November 26, 2011 My Inner Chick

    –Mama A,

    No matter what. -YOU are Goooorgeous!

    Nice Legs :))

    Btw, I think I have those shoes!! HAaaa
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  • November 26, 2011 Emily

    Love this old picture! You look pretty!
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  • November 27, 2011 Missy

    Damn, girl, you’re hot! In 1994, I was in my first year of law school. Oy. πŸ˜‰
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  • November 27, 2011 Dr. G

    K, now I feel a little old. In 1994 I was working my best ever “real job” and had graduated from college 2 years before.

    You look awesome! It’s nice to know your taste has matured and your looks have only improved.
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  • November 28, 2011 Mama Track

    I don’t even want to think about 1994. I’m pretty sure it involved bangs. Not the good kind.
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  • November 29, 2011 Lanae (

    You are adorable! I note that the things you criticize yourself for, the shoes and the sheer tights were very appropriate for 1994. I looked very similar at that time, I was 24 then. Brings back good memories for me!
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  • November 29, 2011 Nicole

    You looked great! I have a similar dress and shoes from my Senior Prom….LOL.
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  • December 2, 2011 KalleyC

    You look the same, you did not age one bit. In 1994 I was 12 years old and in the 6th grade, private school, and fully into puberty WAY ahead of my class. I was trying to block out that memory…*snif*
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