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Old school.

Sunday was a wonderful, sweet day. I got to see Nicole for the second time this year (!), which was great in itself, but spending time with her in our Upsate New York hometown, Rhinebeck, was truly the icing on the (belated birthday) cake.

We had a post-birthday (hers, not mine) lunch at Terrapin (ooooooh, roasted garlic soup!), marveled over how different our little town is from when we both moved away 15 years ago, and even spent some time in our favorite cemetery. Cemeteries were, of course, the “photo shoot” location of choice for Young Suburban Goths in the early ’90s, and Nicole and I were no exception!

Our lipstick might not be as dark as it once was, but our hair is just as black as ever. Our waitress even did us the honor of asking if our hair is real! You could not write a better script—well, she could have asked if we were sisters…

And we didn’t see a single person from high school. A perfect day, indeed!

I’m posting this second photo (even though I have buttery croissant-face) just because Nicole looks so beautiful in it!

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20 Comments

  • Reply Adam October 7, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Great pics! Sounds like a wonderful day!

  • Reply Alex October 7, 2008 at 11:46 am

    In the first photo, because of the angle, your hands look gigantic :)

  • Reply Micaela October 7, 2008 at 11:50 am

    I love your guy’s hair!!! I wish I could pull of bangs! happy belated to your bff! :) I LOOOOVE her work! thanks for putting a link to it.

  • Reply Anna at D16 October 7, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    I actually DO have pretty large hands, Alex. Gigantic feet, too. :)

  • Reply Jennifer October 7, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    You crack me up! You guys look great. I love that you’re sporting an actual watch. No one does any more.

  • Reply Michael October 7, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Ha! I was just telling somebody about that cemetery last week! I miss those east coast cemeteries that are right in the middle of town. Lovely photos as well.

  • Reply Cupcakes and Cashmere October 7, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    aw, such a great picture! my uncle owns a nursery around that area i think (the Phantom Gardner). glad you two had fun!

  • Reply Dawn Marie October 7, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    You both look beautiful. It is always a treat to spend a day with a good friend.

  • Reply Kate October 7, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I love how people assume you’re sisters with someone that has a similar hairstyle. My friend has brown hair, and III have brown hair (I know! It’s a rare thing!) so people are always asking us if we’re sisters.

  • Reply lesley October 7, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Ha! Which cemetery is that? I like the one in Rhinecliff…

  • Reply erin@designcrisis October 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Cute pics! I looooove your hair! And I totally think we would have been pals in high school… I spent all kinds of time hanging out in the cemetery and I have the bad angst ridden photos of my teenage goth-hood to prove it.

  • Reply ashley October 7, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    i love that neither of you elected to flash any pearly whites. that old touch of goth is hard to shake! i’m not much of a big-toothed photo subject myself. you both look majestic! brings back memories of my own journey down goth lane. it was a right of passage, wasn’t it?

  • Reply nicole October 7, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    awww. it makes me so happy to see these (even with the humorously odd fun house angle).

    a really lovely afternoon, indeed. i just wish we could do it more often!

    and if you ever figure out how to duplicate that roasted garlic soup, you must share.

  • Reply suzanne October 7, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Young Suburban Goths!
    I too was a YSG, I also kept the hair.
    I guess goth runs deep.

  • Reply lsaspacey October 7, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    A group of us old YSG’s are going to see Sisters of Mercy in Richmond next month! I missed out on seeing Nick Cave in DC this month though, sold out before I knew.

  • Reply Charlie October 7, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    The photos look like still shots from a movie shoot. Was Fields Of Nephilim the soundtrack for the day.

  • Reply Anna at D16 October 8, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Lesley: This is the old Dutch Reformed Church cemetery at the end of South Street, behind the former Kilmer’s IGA (I can’t bring myself to call it CVS, it’s just not right!).

    C&C: Hey, I know the Phantom Gardener! It’s been in Rhinebeck forever, I remember going there with my mother when I was a wee one — they had ladybug chocolates at the counter. :)

  • Reply Vampire Girl October 8, 2008 at 10:46 am

    mmmm… Terrapin Garlic Soup!

    even this vampire girl cannot resist…

    you guys are beautiful… be well…

  • Reply Midwest Farmers Daughter October 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    not sure if alex is a friend of yours, ?
    but that is not a polite thing to say to a lady.
    jeez alex did ya forget your manners?

    not trying to butter ya up anna @d16 but i have a healthy size 9 shoe(and growing?) and my hands are far from dainty and delicate. they are working hands and i am proud! and btw – your hands do not look “gigantic”

  • Reply Anna at D16 October 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    MFD, I don’t know who Alex is, but I doubt he/she meant any harm in that comment. I certainly didn’t take it negatively at all! :)

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