Remember the good old days when you’d be passed out on a bottle of cheap cider in the middle of a field (ahem, me neither)? Well these are 20 more innocent things I remember about being a teeny bopper and newly fresh made teen. Basically before the blink 182, passed out in a field stage…
1. Groovy chick
Own up. Who else owned the bean bag, bedding, curtains, mugs and everything groovy chick related? You were totes groovy if you owned this stuff and even cooler if your bedroom was matching with this modern theme.
2. Love Calculator
Would you and he get married? Damn only a 20 percent chance? You’d better spell your names differently for a better chance.
Every Saturday without a doubt where Ant and Dec were just as annoying as they are now but a little less unnoticeable seeing as you shared the same mental age of 13.
4. Tammy Girl
Only true rock chicks shopped here for the tshirts with cute slogans printed on or your first pair of heels that were about an inch high.
5. MSN messenger
Your name had to resemble you so this was important. Add a million emoji’s and a mysterious ‘I heart ?’ and you’re all set. Oh, nobody talked to you when you appeared online? You’d better go off and back online again just to double check that your friends HAD noticed you after all. I mean it’s not like you had just seen them 30 minutes ago…
6. Jacqueline Wilson
Her books were LIFE. Especially the girls out late trilogy because they were just so relatable right? You’d learn EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO EVER SURVIVE LIFE with these books and were a teenage girls bible.
Our Facebook equivalent. But if you didn’t make it onto your friends ‘Top 8 friends’ then there would be hell to pay.
8. Funky mobile phones
We had cameras and occasionally we could download a couple of songs onto our phones. We had everything we needed. The girls who had mirrors attached to their phones were usually popular but you secretly envied their organised gadget. I had a round pink mobile phone. It was shit but IT WAS ROUND.
9. Fishnet vests
We learned our lesson from wearing these in the sun and gaining a spotty sun tan though.
10. Mizz and Shout Magazine
Packed full of quizzes, tips, kissing techniques and brightly coloured make up tips. How could I not have got a boyfriend after these fabulous magazines prepared me for womanhood?
11. Fluffy Secret Dairy
It usually came with a crap padlock that you could easily break into and you’d promise to write in it every single day until the next christmas when you’d gain a new Fluffy diary and remember you didn’t use your last one. This time you definitely would. The cycle continues.
12. Glittery jeans
They had no back pockets but they were fabulous on many levels.
I’m sorry I gave our family computer multiple viruses, mum.
Those chunky, dodgy highlights that’d be in patches on your head. I have visions of me and my best friend covering strands of our hair in bleach in her kitchen and saying how amazing we were going to look. We didn’t.
The game that would decide your fate. Would you live in a mansion, an apartment, a shed or a house? Who would you marry? How many babies would you have? Thankfully I don’t live in a shed with a rockstar and one million babies.
16. The struggles of the Internet
Whether that was the AOL dialling tone or your mum was telling you to come off the Internet because she needed to make a phone call using the landline. The struggle was real.
17. Flared jeans with patches
Teens these days have no idea what shit we wore back then and how utterly awesome we felt doing so.
18. Circle belts
You even wore these trusty belts with a dress. Accessories were everything.
19. Long beaded necklaces
They had to match the circle belts and both items would complete EVERY outfit. #fashiongoals
Our first drunk experience was mainly on this sickly, brightly coloured liquid substance that you shared with your mates and then proceeded to act drunk for five hours. WILD.
To be young again when all you had to worry about was practicing snogging with your hand (we all did it, do not even try to deny it) and how often your MSN name changed. I’m going to hate having teenagers one day aren’t I?