My brother James and I with our puppy J.J., back in the day. My brother is wearing some pretty funky pants, and I have on one of my favourite dresses (which are usually worn with turtleneck shirts, right?) Pretty sure my mom made the dress!
From the cassette vault: Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme), dedicated to my bro, of course. Sometimes he’ll call me just to throw out some one-liners from the movies (usually IV – my fave). I love that.
I was a young one in this picture: 20 years old! Hard to believe it was so long ago. This was taken during our whole family’s trip to Israel. Fashion of the times: layered hair and bangs, tortoise-shell glasses, necklace by an Israeli artist. I remember loving it because the gems looked like candy. This trip was during my first year of dating J.P., so I am pretty sure I was thinking about him all the time!
From the CD vault: All That She Wants, by Ace of Base. This song was in rotation on the airline “radio” channel during the flight back to Canada. I had my earphones on during most of the flight, sleeping on and off, but always waking up for that song (and thinking about J.P.).
My brother and I, returning from a summer at Camp Wahanowin (near Orillia, Ontario). I can remember loving this outfit: Esprit button-down shirt, untucked, with baggy belt, plus some stylin’ earrings, which are hard to see. I still have my entire collection of crazy earrings from the 80’s, except for the huge silver thunderbolt-in-a-circle – I lost those (which is too bad, because they were the best!) This was the era of Roots and Beaver Canoe sweats, which I’m betting most people in the background are wearing.
And here’s my bedroom from the same year. I love this shot. It’s a total time capsule for me. Where to begin? The Duran Duran poster, of course. What you don’t see is the 6′ poster of John Taylor (also known as Corey Haim Duran – haha!), and the 3 or 4 filled scrapbooks of Duran Duran magazine clippings, the large John Taylor picture on my desk that I probably drooled over rather than do any homework. Not to mention all the pins… over 100… not kidding. Then there’s the nasty clown paint-by-number that I was proud of – ugh! There’s also my floral piggy bank, and the satin rainbow heart mobile (I LOVED that thing, and I still remember buying it with my grandparents in Florida). See the photo of Barry Bonnell on the wall? To be honest, I can’t remember why I even have that – perhaps my brother knows! Then there’s the floral desk blotter (always seemed to get in the way), the lamp with some completely useless glass bottles, and the wizard on a stick. I wish I could inspect the drawers and see what silly things were in there!
From the LP vault: “The Seventh Stranger” by Duran Duran. This was the year of their album, “Seven and the Ragged Tiger”. I’m choosing one of my favorites, even though it wasn’t a radio hit. The video is their live version, which is undoubtedly, embarrassingly, lip-synched (I’ve listened to it enough times to know, that’s without a doubt). Almost 30 years later and I still love their music as much as ever. Yay for Duran-squared!
My brother (pssst! He’s a new daddy!!) and I on a trip to Wisconsin with my dad’s fast pitch team, the Toronto Gators (short for Litigators). Fashion of the times: pale denim shorts, Birkenstocks, layered hair. Kind of boring. This is the summer I reunited with JP after a year apart (yay!!).
From the CD vault: Rant and Roar by Great Big Sea. It wasn’t released in 1996, but this was the year I learned about all things Newfoundland. A big shout-out to Andrew for that. He also deserves the credit for the photo above, I believe.
I love this picture – it just screams 1987, don’t you think? The big Madonna black sunglasses (inside, no less), the big white phone, big hair, slouchy sweatshirt, gold chain, and OH!OH!OH! those baby-pink nails (OMG!!). Like, gag me with a spoon! Nice ghetto-blaster, too. This was taken during one of several “photo shoots” I did with a friend, where we tried (oh, so hard) to be models.
From the cassette vault: “Never Let Me Down Again” by Depeche Mode. Quintessential 80’s music, Bel style.
Back in October, 1992, I met the love of my life. I knew he was for me the moment I saw him. Somehow I knew that we would end up together that night – just ask my mom if you don’t believe me; I called her right away to tell her so! I can hardly believe that we have known each other almost 20 years. I’ve almost known J.P. (I call him by his last name, though) longer than I haven’t known him!
Happy Birthday to the man who makes me laugh, really listens to me, knows me better than anyone, is the best father three kids could ask for, is patient, kind, gorgeous, loving, fun, funny, and my partner-for-life.
So in honour of his birthday today, I am bringing you a photo from when we first met. Fashion of the times: dark tortoiseshell glasses, layered haircut with bangs.
From the cassette vault: the Waterboys! JP and I used to listen to this album (plus Sarah McLachlan) over and over again, during our endless hours staring at each other.