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Class Reunion 101- Makeover

Updated on November 27, 2011

Everyone has one... every...10 or 20 years!!

Class Reunion time is here. Since I have gone to both my 10 and 20 year class reunion, and the fact that I was on the reunion committee, I would like to share my helpful hints for attending yours!  I want to share with you some ideas on getting ready for your big day.  We all want to look our best or even better than we did in high school.  Old girlfriends, old boyfriends, old rivals.   This article chronicles a friend of mine from work, Kimberly, who will be going to her 20 year class reunion this summer and what she will be doing to get ready for the big weekend.   She is a graduate of Yelm High School.

 Please take note:  Because I am recommending procedures etc., does not mean that Kim needs this.  She is beautiful just the way she is.  All written text is my opinion and not necessarily Kim's. 

Reunion Makeover - Checklist

  • Start an exercise program. Getting in shape feels so great. Just walk every day. Push up's help tone your arms, back and chest. No extra equipment needed for push ups. Lunges and squats; good for the buttocks and thighs.
  • Check out Hairstyles; get rid of your gray if you are a woman (going to your reunion with the same hairstyle as high school is NOT a good idea) I think gray hair on men is sexy. Men, if you have "balding" hair, how about cutting it really short...looks great! Trust me!
  • Drinks lots of water. This is great for your body and helps plump the skin cells making lines less visible. Sip water throughout your day. It helps hydrate deep into the bones & muscles. Drink about half your body weight in ounces. For example: if you weigh 120 pounds drink 60 oz. (8 cups=64oz) That's a good starting point. In hot weather or exercising you may need more. Is your urine pale yellow or dark?
  • Get contacts if you wear glasses or what about Laser?
  • Find a spa pedicure/manicure salon. Try it out. It's really relaxing and if you like the place you should get your hands/nails/feet done the day before your reunion
  • Buy a self-tanner like "Coppertone Sunless Tanning Moisture Mist Tan for Light/Medium." I have successfully used this product. Practice now using it and see if its the correct color/darkness. Slow exposure to the sun has many healthful benefits; don't overdo it. Just get a little each day.
  • Get your teeth whitened. Over the counter products really work! Like Crest Whitestrips. This is my easiest, cheapest, and fastest working tip!
  • Get a facial. Or at least buy a good facial exfoliator. This will brighten your skin and take away dead skin. Don't use this "Day" of the event just in case your face gets red. Cheap tip: Use baking soda on a wet cloth, gently rub. Do this the day before.

Things To Do:

Classmates.com

Get in shape.

Dress Styles

Hairstyle

mani/pedi/facial....oh fun!

Guys can get a pedi too!

Take a deep breath...

think positive...have fun

I was on my class's reunion committee. Signing up with Classmates.com, for example, really helps the committee find you. Sign up, it's FREE. (Some really nice friends have found me that I did not go to school with...love classmates.com) Find your class president and make sure he/she has your current email address. We found most of our classmates from the internet.

I hear a lot of people say, "I don't want to see anyone." Well, we want to see you!!! That's how I felt so I am sure others feel the same way. UPDATE: FACEBOOK! a good way to connect! Add your school to your profile page.

Your Smile Makeover

Whiten Your Teeth

This has to be one of the cheapest ways to look 10 or 20 years younger. I highly recommend doing this. Look younger and not even have to go to a plastic surgeon.

Check out eBay below. If I didn't have braces on my teeth I would be buying the Plasma Laser Ionic Teeth Whitening System. Read the description. It sound like it would be really easy and inexpensive.

Manicure and Pedicure

See Picture Below of Pedicure The foot Makeover

Kim is still deciding on between the "French Manicure" or painted nails. She is leaning towards painted.

Update: She went with painted.

French is a little more expensive, but oh sooo nice.

What to Wear???

Take Digital Pictures of You Wearing Your Outfit; See How it Looks

Most girls at my reunion wore a dress. Now, I am not talking about baggy Amish looking dress. SEXY, OK! Look in magazines for the latest styles. Celebrity's always look sexy; you can copy their style.

What you wear also depends on where you are going. Are you doing the "informal" reuinion at a bar? Is your class renting a hall making a formal reunion? We had a three day Reunion. Casual at a bar. Rented a hall with catered food and on Sunday we had a "family" picnic.

Have a friend or family member (my 8 year daughter did mine) take some digital pictures of you wearing your outfit front and back. If doesn't look good in the pictures don't wear it!! I am so glad I did this. Pictures last forever (my favorite black dress made my butt look too big in the pictures) didn't want that. You can even practice poses.

Update: Kim's class met a bar in our hometown. Yes, I thought this was a little lame but some "classes" aren't as cool as mine. LOL...she wore a cute top and capris. She was beautiful.

just an idea! lol

And here is what NOT to wear:

Summer PicNic Outfit:

Threading is like getting your eyebrows waxed but better. It is an ancient Indian technique. A beautician holds the end of a thread in her mouth and then uses both hands to make it taut. She quickly winds the strand around individual hairs, like a lasso, twisting and pulling them out of their follicles by the root.

Beauty therapists say the technique, which is usually used on the face, rather than the more delicate parts, is less painful, more precise and more natural than waxing. Threading is quicker and less likely to irritate the skin.

It really works. I get my done every six weeks. It costs around $15.00 depending on what area is threaded. Upper lip and eyebrows are very common areas that woman get threaded. I go to Shingaar in Lacey.

Here is a link with more information:

http://jscms.jrn.columbia.edu/cns/2005-03-15/dekre...

Strike a Pose

Here is an example photo of two women posing.

This picture was taken of two woman in the 50+ age range. I love the outfits..slacks, top, and light jacket. If you are thin, these white pants work great for a summer class reunion OR family reunion. But notice the lady in the white pants. I love her natural pose. Hips are slightly angled away from the camera with knee forward with turned out toe. Practice posing with your digital camera.

Natural daylight is always the best lighting but a "fill" flash hides a lot flaws including harsh shadows caused by the sun. I highly recommend using a flash at all indoor events. So if you are bringing your own camera, turn on the flash.

Another tip: If you are in a group of three try not to be the middle person. The straight on pose isn't as flattering. See photo.

Polling is so fun... - Just thinking about going or definitely going....Answer below:

Do you plan on going to your 10 or 20 Year Class Reunion?

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Take a Poll

Did You GO to Your 10 or 20 Year Class Reunion?

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Poll about your high school - Large school or small? Does it make a difference on turnout?

How large was your graduating class?

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Thank you and Have fun.

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      estella8309 4 years ago

      interesting..great lens!

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      KandH 6 years ago

      Thanks! My 20 yr is next year so I can put all of this info to good use :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Gald to see this topic. My 30 year reunion is in weeks and I'll admit, I'm freaking out a bit!

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      Rankography 6 years ago

      great idea for a lens and very funny stuff

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice to see somebode talking about this theme with love

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      JKF 9 years ago

      I really like your Squidoo! Please visit mine, Id love your feedback about a Squidoo created as a pointer to our Everman Class of '78 30-year reunion ...

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      Dr_Joe 9 years ago

      Very informative.

      Great lens. Rated it 5 stars.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Agreed - Kim looks AMAZING just as she is! (Not to mention EXACTLY as she did in high school... and looking like you did in high school, I think, is a great testament to taking care of oneself)!

      Great tips! GO TORNADOES!!! I'll be there in Aug myself, although not 100% decided whether I'll be going?

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      emaddog 9 years ago

      Good Luck Kim

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I read somewhere JEWELTONES also can make you look younger. I am wearing a maroon silky tunic and brownish dress pants for a homecoming at my church. Keeping it simple!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      My 20 year class reunion is tomorrow. Thanks for your tips. I will whiten my teeth tonight. I have the bleaching trays from my dentist. I was online here, looking for different hairstyles to show my hairdresser. I decided I want to wear my hair up and have a red carpet "look" along with my dress.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I am going to my 20 year reunion this Sat. and and FREAKING out about what to wear. I have never been a dress person, but maybe I should get a sexy one! I am 135 lbs and 5'7" so I should be able to find something. Good tip also about the eyebrows. Never heard of that but will check into it. Thanks!

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      daoine lm 10 years ago

      Some really good tips. Good luck to Kimberly!