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  • Ah, the year 2009: The Black Eyed Peas were still together,

  • Nigahiga was the most subscribed youtuber.

  • Our parents hadn't found out about Facebook yet.

  • And I was just about to enter middle school aka the most awkward three years of my entire life.

  • Now I never shy away from an opportunity to embarrass myself

  • publicly in front of millions of strangers on the internet.

  • So today I thought I'd do a fun little video where I review my truly iconic middle school style.

  • Now I haven't looked at photos of my middle school self in quite some time because I kind of just wanted to erase those three years

  • selectively from my memory because they were painfully awkward, but recently on a weekday afternoon

  • my mom just sent me like 50 photos of me as a kid.

  • So I thought today would be a great time to dig up those traumatic childhood memories together.

  • Also reminisce about a time before tik tok when 13-year-olds were actually ugly as hell and didn't look hotter than me

  • Okay, so my first photo is ~technically~ from the end of fifth grade.

  • But I just wanted to show this photo because it is such an iconic look.

  • The aquarium t-shirt, the khaki shorts, the Crocs

  • These are actually not real Crocs by the way

  • I think these are fake ones from Payless because they were like 20 bucks cheaper than real crocs like the bougie kids at my school had.

  • You guys will also get well acquainted with this haircut throughout all of my photos. If I'm not wrong,

  • this is like the classic Asian kid haircut

  • every Asian mom for some reason thinks this is the most flattering shape on my bulbous ass head.

  • I remember having to get my bangs cut like every six weeks too

  • and I just hated talking to the hairdresser cuz like I'm fucking

  • 11 years old. I don't have a life. There aren't boys to talk about or like career plans.

  • I'm just sitting there like waiting for the haircut to be over so I could play Nintendogs again.

  • Overall though, this photo is definitely still in like cute little kid territory

  • and I haven't gone into my atrociously awkward stage yet.

  • So. *laughs in fear of what is to come*

  • Let's, let's venture onwards. This is a photo from that same summer.

  • Still rockin' that Anna Wintour haircut.

  • The reason I love this photo is that before I knew how to sew and thrift flip

  • I would draw my own t-shirts.

  • I would buy those like $1 t-shirts from Joanne's and then draw on them with felt-tip markers.

  • And this was one of my favorites. It has a lion and it says

  • rawr.

  • Period. If that's NOT the most fucking 2008 shit you've ever seen.

  • To complete the look, may I draw your attention to...

  • these fucking camo capris.

  • Here is a better photo, basically

  • these were some type of outdoor pant that I got from LL Bean

  • and they were the type that are like, a full-length normally but

  • you can roll up the bottom and then attach them with like little snappy tabs to hold them up.

  • Also as you can see in this picture

  • I did

  • decisively

  • the only thing that could make this situation even worse

  • which is to roll down the top of the pants to make them even more

  • low waisted than they already were and I thought I made it

  • look cuter for some godforsaken reason.

  • God, the 2000s were a weird time.

  • Here is another one of the t-shirts that I drew. This one if you zoom in real close you can see that it's two eggs

  • with mouths and one of them is saying

  • "blimey" to other one.

  • What?! That doesn't make any sense!

  • The funny thing is, I remember making that t-shirt and thinking it was so cool and like "British".

  • Here's a spicy little winter look for you guys. I got this hat the winter of sixth grade

  • I would wear it to school even though it was against the rules to wear hats in school.

  • So I was a little rebel there and when I was feeling extra weird,

  • you know how some kids like pull down their hoodie strings and hide into their hoodies

  • I would do that same shit with my hat,

  • I would like pull down the top flap and buckle the straps

  • so I'd be like enclosed inside my little furry hat.

  • As you can tell I was a really normal kid.

  • This is the outfit that I wore pretty much every single day of sixth grade.

  • I don't know about you guys,

  • but every single year

  • I would go to the mall and I would buy a hoodie and that was like my hoodie for the year.

  • Every single day at school I would wear it the sleeves would get like so worn out

  • that my mom would have to sew them back together

  • no matter what outfit I put together this hoodie was going on top.

  • It was like my safety blanket as a kid. It felt really good to have something

  • oversized and familiar.

  • As a 21 year old I do the same shit, but just with a weighted blanket in the comfort of my own home.

  • I wore a tie-dye t-shirt underneath for a little pop of color and you can also spot my LL Bean pants

  • unfurled in their full glory. I think of all the outfits in this video

  • this one might be the worst not because it's the most embarrassing, honestly,

  • this is one of the most neutral outfits I've seen

  • but just because I wasn't trying at all and I remember feeling really cool that

  • I didn't try it was like a point of pride for me to be like

  • "i'M noT LikE oTHer giRLs who care about how they look."

  • It's totally cool to not give a shit about your appearance or to really give a shit about your appearance.

  • But I think the sad thing is

  • feeling like this sense of superiority

  • based on how you look or dress or like judging other people based on that.

  • Here is me and The Squad at my friend's Bar Mitzva.

  • So, I was just coming up on 13 years old. This was like prom when we were in middle school.

  • I remember breaking it down on the dance floor to teach me how to dougie

  • and there was this like really hot DJ who was

  • teaching us all how to dougie.

  • "Teach me how to dougie teach me how to dougie teach me teach me how to dougie teach me how to dougie"

  • and me and all of my friends thought that if we dougie-d good enough

  • then this DJ would like wanna kiss us or something.

  • We were like all obsessed with him.

  • I borrowed this blue dress from my sister, which honestly, like, as far as middle school fashions go,

  • was not too bad a choice.

  • Even though I don't wear ballet flats anymore,

  • I do like this little t-strap detail around the toe box.

  • So if the shoes were like pointed and a heel and had that t-strap detail, I think I would wear them.

  • So like basically just if they were different shoes I would wear them.

  • This burnt sienna baroque patterned hoodie was from Eddie Bauer.

  • It was actually from one of those fancy hipster like rock climbing brands.

  • So this was the most expensive piece of clothing

  • I owned at the time and on bottom I'm wearing those flip-flops that cost like $2 from Old Navy.

  • You'd get a pair every summer, absolutely destroy them,

  • then you buy another pair the next summer

  • and they were like definitely made in a sweatshop by child labourers

  • but we didn't know that when we were kids.

  • Aww here's a cute one of me posing with my middle school crush

  • (my middle school crush being the President of the United States Barack Obama)

  • I'm honestly scared to put this online because there is a high probability that this gets turned into a meme.

  • This just is the most middle school dance photo I've ever seen.

  • Everything from the floral dress that like would be cute

  • but I covered it up with a cardigan because I was too shy to show my shoulders and best of all the fedora

  • with a little chevron stripe on it

  • and I put a glow stick on top of my fedora.

  • This was the outfit that I wore on the first day of seventh grade and I was so

  • incredibly proud of this outfit.

  • At this point I had finally gotten the balls to start dressing up a little bit and expressing my style.

  • Granted my style still looked really fucking awkward.

  • But I was trying!

  • I thought this gray floral top from American Eagle and it was the first thing that I had chosen out for myself.

  • That was kind of fancy and nice, of course in classic 2000s style,

  • I had this like

  • modesty cami that I got from Aeropostale that I would layer underneath my scoop neck tops

  • so that I wouldn't show too much of my

  • non-existent

  • pre-teen cleavage.

  • Pre-teen cleavage is a phrase I never want to hear myself say again (*internal scream*).

  • My favorite part of this whole look though is my holster of Prismacolor pens.

  • If you were an art kid growing up, you know that Prisma colors were like the Tesla of art supplies,

  • they were so expensive

  • but if you timed it out right

  • you could use your 50% off Michaels coupon and layer it with another 20% off Michaels coupon

  • and then you could get them for kind of a good deal.

  • "I don't need to go to rehab for coupons. You're the one that has the problem."

  • Oh boy. Welcome to eighth grade.

  • This is where things get real awkward. As if they weren't awkward enough already.

  • At this point, I was finally trying to grow out my bangs that my mom had cursed me with when I was a child.

  • My hair looks like 2000s Justin Bieber, an emo girl on tumblr, and a ferret had a baby

  • And it is not a look.

  • Here, I'm sporting my new 8th grade hoodie, which says Aero down the side.

  • In 2010 for some reason fashion was just logos.

  • It was just "How big an Aeropostle or Abercrombie logo can you fit on your clothing?"

  • "And can you have it on your t-shirt, on your pants, and on your hoodie?"

  • Which I guess coincidentally also describes street wear today.

  • I do not know what went on in my middle-school brain.

  • Oh god, you don't think it can get worse than it does.

  • At this point, I was getting far in the journey of growing out my bangs

  • and they were getting increasingly side-swept.

  • At the time I thought I looked like the daughter in The Incredibles with like a mysterious hair swept over the eye

  • but in reality I looked like a hairy pirate.

  • I remember I bought this top full price at a Nordstrom.

  • It was like $35 in 2012 money.

  • I love the nautical stripes and I thought the button detail on the shoulder was like super cool and military-inspired.

  • At the time I also thought that it "draped nicely" when in reality it just

  • fits really really bad.

  • As you can see, I'm following through with my nautical theme. For a period of like 4 years of my life

  • I would buy anything with navy and white stripes on it. I thought it was so cute.

  • These are some New Balance sneakers that I got from Sears spiced up with some bright red laces.

  • Like the fucking Hype Beast that I was.

  • For some reason me and my friends at this point really got into lacing our sneakers in an interesting cool way

  • so we would look up tutorials online of how to lace your sneakers in unique ways.

  • I guess that was like my way of making a fashion statement albeit a very bad one.

  • I thought I would leave you with this final photo

  • which is what I wore to my 8th grade dance to wrap up my middle school experience.

  • Firstly let's address the elephant in the room here, which is my expression in this photo.

  • I used to hate having my photo taken so much, which is just a little bit ironic,

  • now, that Instagram and YouTube like is literally how I make my money.

  • I used to hate it so much when my mom would ask to take a photo of me

  • that to spite her I would make the

  • ugliest face possible so that's what I'm doing in this photo honestly, even if I wasn't making that expression,

  • I think my face would still be pretty ugly so

  • ha, gotcha there mom!

  • At this point I was kind of blossoming into my own style

  • and I was actually really proud of the dress and shoes that I chose for this dance.

  • Back in 2012 color-blocking was the hottest trend hence my choice of this two-toned creamsicle dress.

  • The colors are a little bit 2012

  • but overall I think that the silhouette is pretty flattering and a good choice for, what was I like 14?

  • I wasn't getting too sexy, but I still have a little bit of a waistline going on.

  • Alright, I think I have thoroughly embarrassed myself enough today.

  • Thank you guys so much for watching

  • I hope you enjoyed and I hope this shows you that like no matter how shitty your style is

  • There's plenty of time in your life to improve or to change it

  • I really started from the bottom and now - here I am: slightly above average.

  • Thanks again for watching and I will see you guys next week. Bye!

  • soft jazzy outro music

Ah, the year 2009: The Black Eyed Peas were still together,

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回顧一下我的*icicon*國中服裝 (reviewing my *iconic* middle school outfits)

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