'90s Fashion Sins We All Committed

'90s Fashion Sins We All Committed

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Ahhh, the 1990s. For those of us who were at the height of fashion back in the day, the '90s were a time of some regrettable fashion choices. Looking back on photos of myself taken when I was the coolest middle schooler, I feel bad for making fun of my mother's high cut swimsuit from the '80s. Here are five fashion sins we all committed in the '90s.

1. Super thin eyebrows

Cara Develgine would definitely not have been as popular with her statement brows back in the '90s. It seemed like the beauty law of the land was super-slim, overplucked-and-then-drawn-on eyebrows. This probably wasn't the healthiest trend, and all of us who basically ruined our eyebrows now have to draw them back on with sharpie these days. Thank god this one is gone -- I can't take any more plucking and my wallet is loving the natural eyebrows trend.

2. Spaghetti straps

This was one of those trends that you had to basically beg your mom to let you wear. I was never allowed to wear these to school without a sweater over it. In seventh grade, I was once sent home from school for wearing spaghetti straps, even though I thought I looked amazing. I guess all the boys were way too excited about my beautiful, sexy preteen shoulders.

3. Crop tops 24/7

This was another trend that I begged my mom to wear, except this time I lost. They're definitely back in style now though, so maybe I'll give it another try.

4. Those weird colored sunglasses

What even were these? I remember them being some kind of unholy alliance between regular sunglasses that you might buy at the dollar store and those God awful transitions glasses that my mom made me wear. So much fighting. So much crying. These didn't look good on anybody.

5. So. Much. Glitter.

I'm pretty sure every makeup company operating in the '90s was legally required to add glitter to every one of their products. Every lotion, blush, eye-shadow, mascara, eyeliner, pretty much anything had to have glitter in it. Glitter is like the herpes of the craft world -- you can get it, but once you do, it's pretty much impossible to make it go away.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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12 Things That Happen When Your Best Friend Is Also Your Name Twin

Double the Sarah is always a good thing.

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I feel as people, we either really like people that share the same name as us or we completely hate them. But when you find somebody who you like and has the same name as you, what happens? You become best friends. And some pretty unique things come with sharing the same name as your best friend. So here are 12 things that happen when your best friend is also your name twin.

1. When you talk about them, people assume that you're talking in third person.

Listen if I was talking about myself I wouldn't use my name.

2. You have to use middle and last names in certain situations.

In band, cheerleading, school, work and around our families, we've been Sarah S, Sarah W, Sarah Maria..and so on.

3. You fight over who gets to be "Sarah 1" and "Sarah 2".

I'm slightly older so I feel like I'm the alpha and get the Sarah 1 privilege.

4. You get referred to as the "Sarahs."

Or whatever name you have.

5. You get to caption your pictures as "Sarah Squared."

Basic but necessary.

6. Their parents call you "their other daughter Sarah."

or their other son and whatever your name is lol.

7. People ask you if your only friends with people who have the same name as you.

No, but it's a bonus lol.

8. You get to confuse people when you introduce yourself.

The looks we've gotten when we say that we're both Sarah are great.

9. But you make it easier for other people to remember names.

I mean come on, there's only one name to remember.

10. They feel the struggle when somebody spells your name wrong.

Sarah with the h= the good Sarah, and Sarah without the h= the bad Sarah

11. You both look and respond when somebody says your name.

Uhhh we're going to need yo to be more specific.

12. You have a name twin, and one that you actually like.

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