I think I’m one of the few people who genuinely enjoyed high school. I loved my academics, musical theatre, the art program, everything. I even loved my teachers, save for a few.

Despite my love for high school, I never showed very much school spirit. I skipped most of the pep rallies, never attended homecoming, and wasn’t exactly popular. Our class shirts were ridiculous – they said, “Tap it!” and I still don’t really get what that has to do with colts. I chose to forgo the class shirts, in favor of my mom’s old shirt. They had way better shirts back then!

This shirt dates back to 1976 – it has been passed down from my mom, to my older sister, to me, to my younger sister, and back to me. That is, until Tessa starts high school, in another year (so weird). We all went to Coral Springs High, and horse lovers that we are, it does seem appropriate that our mascot was the colt. As a matter of fact, my pony Shawn was the mascot for Ponytail Camp at CSHS!

I must admit, I’ll be sad to let this shirt go…partially because I love the shirt, but mostly because it means Tessa is growing up, and it freaks me out! I still remember crying when she went to kindergarten.

Outfit Details:
Vintage Fedora – from my mom
Vintage CSHS shirt – from my mom
Cutoff shorts – thrifted
Bow belt – thrifted

-Keiko Lynn

p.s. What was your mascot?

  1. Ashe Mischief says: August 29, 200910:54 pm

    That hat is ADORABLE on you!

    Our high school mascot was the Trojan… not exactly the best idea in a school of dirty minded teenagers…

  2. Teresa says: August 29, 200911:25 pm

    Omg! I actually have a pair of CSHS shorts from one of my friends. I actually live like five minutes away, but went to school in Boca. Our mascot was the eagle…Original, I know.

  3. oni says: August 29, 200911:29 pm

    i loves high school as well. We were the Bruins and i was actually one of the school mascots (which means i had to wear a bear costume, that was stinky and hot, to all the pep rallys games and special events) its was soooo fun!

  4. Anonymous says: August 29, 200911:48 pm

    My high school mascot was Lightning. Which is not really even a mascot. It was very silly.

  5. Tabbatha says: August 30, 200912:48 am

    Hey, Keiko. I wish I could have written here before…
    I wanted to say that I'm really happy that your cat is fine now. My dog, 10 years old, died this week. I felt broken. This feeling is something I think nobody should ever feel, 'cause it's terrible.
    Take care.

  6. Brandon says: August 30, 20091:16 am

    I didn't know your mom went to Springs

  7. kelly ann says: August 30, 20091:21 am

    my high school mascot was a gazelle.
    i'm not even joking.
    haha it was so strange.
    thankfully in college my mascot was a lion, much cooler πŸ˜‰

  8. Erica says: August 30, 20091:43 am

    Hi! I'm new to your blog, and your outfits have been inspiring me! I keep wanting to run down the the thrift stores, but I never can make time… Ugh! Keep up the adorable outfits. :3

    As for high school, we're the Wolves. Now I'm finishing up with college and am a Cougar, and my friends like to joke me about that because my boyfriend is younger than me by three years. Oh well!

  9. Melissa says: August 30, 20091:51 am

    A Piper Bengal, from Sunrise Fl. A former Floridian to another who are now both New Yorkers. We did it backwards and no one understands why…but we do ! I love your blog!

  10. Shoe Gal says: August 30, 20092:28 am

    I completely agree with the idea that high school shirts were a lot cooler in our parents' day. My parents graduated in 1979 and 1981 and when I graduated in 2001 the school let us go through all the old vintage stuff from years past. I got some pretty awesome shorts for $0.25.

    Our mascot was the Bulldog. I was a geek in high school, but I loved it, too.


  11. Dani says: August 30, 20093:23 am

    ours was an indian. they are thinking about changing it now because it might offend real indians, heh.

  12. jillian leigh says: August 30, 20093:25 am

    university cougars in orlando, fl. they filmed an mtv true life episode there once and family members still ask me about it.

  13. A glance at my world says: August 30, 20093:42 am

    High school- Golden Eagles
    College- Tigers

    Colts sounds a lot cooler for a mascot!

  14. Keiko Lynn says: August 30, 20093:48 am

    Ashe: Our rival high school was Taravella, the Trojans. They would often inflate condoms and throw them around at rallies.

    Jillian: That's where Bobby went! Also, our friend Billy was followed around for that True Life thing. He wouldn't sign the release, though.

  15. geektastic says: August 30, 20094:05 am

    oh man. we were the barracudas (coral reef)! weird, i know :p it's better than the fighting pigeons- seriously. new world school of the arts were the fighting pigeons (they didn't have a sports team, though). these were both miami schools.

  16. Kristen says: August 30, 20094:20 am

    I went to Yuba City High School (Yuba City, CA) and we were the Honkers. No lie, look it up! Our mascot, the Honker, is a Canadian goose. What's worse is that our school colors were BROWN and GOLD. How disgusting is that?

    They have since opened another high school in Yuba City (where my traitor brother is a senior now) and I'm sad to say that they get to be the Falcons with green and silver for their colors!

    Oh well, I was and will always be a Honker.

  17. Paige says: August 30, 20094:27 am

    I went to two highschools,
    the first one was the stonewall jackson raiders
    and the second were the battlefield bobcats.

    What lipstick are you wearing? It's the perfect shade!

  18. Keiko Lynn says: August 30, 20094:48 am

    Miami needs to get their stuff together. Miami Heat? Miami Hurricanes? Come on! My grandpa was a Hurricane and is in the hall of fame for basketball there, so I hope he doesn't read that.

    Kristen: Honkers!? That's amazing.

    Paige: Thanks! It's Clinique, Think Bronze.

  19. jillian leigh says: August 30, 20094:52 am

    haha, yeah. i saw bobby at school a few times but never really talked to him. his dad was my orthodontist, though, which amused me.

  20. samantha ezra. says: August 30, 20096:30 am

    i love how there's so much history over your shirt

  21. Nicole's Vintage and Hippy Village says: August 30, 20098:12 am

    The shirts back then were so simple, yet now, they look oh so stylish! I love the bright blue especially!

  22. Aromy says: August 30, 20098:55 am

    Morse Tigers! Haha… I think the felines were the most over-rated and over-used.

  23. Mo says: August 30, 200910:04 am

    no mascots here in France πŸ™ just boring classes…

  24. [Unspeakable Thoughts Unspoken]* says: August 30, 20091:08 pm

    mMMmmm..highschool here in Spain is not as fun as in the USA I guess, no mascot, no oficial tshirt… But I did enjoy it anyway πŸ™‚


    PS: I love ur eyeshadow, which one is it?

  25. Clare says: August 30, 20091:44 pm

    Our team was the Plainsmen, or for women, the Lady Plainsmen. Why we didn't get to be the Plainswomen I'll never know.

  26. The Barely Tattoo'd Artist says: August 30, 20091:50 pm

    My high school colors are purple and gold…and we were the Muskies! That's right, a fish…but during my time there, there was a HUGE legal uproar because our official mascot at the time was an Indian Warrior head because where I live in Iowa, there are huge ties to Native Americans here…even our town name comes from one of there words…

    I guess someone felt that it was degrading and complained, so last I knew, the Muskies were legally the fugly nothern fish (seriously, look up a muskie, it's fugly)…though it was weird because there was an underclassman who dressed up as a gorilla and danced around at all the games and homecoming during my senior year…I still have no clue why…

  27. mom & son says: August 30, 20092:11 pm

    you always have a beautiful pics and
    awesome posts!


  28. Brigid says: August 30, 20093:35 pm

    I love the shirt, too. We were the Braves. Pretty generic and relatively offensive. πŸ˜›

  29. Tori says: August 30, 20095:03 pm

    It is so cool that your Mom went to the same high school.

    This post makes me want to call up my Mom to see if she still has her old stuff. I remember looking through a box of old New York high school (I can't remember which PS#) gym clothes of hers when I was younger.

    I went to Martin County High School in Stuart. We were the Tigers. I don't think I even have one school shirt left. They were pretty lame.

  30. Niomi says: August 30, 20096:39 pm

    We were the Dragons, which was pretty cool actually.

    But the colors were "chocolate" and "gold", which were not very cool, when you think about it.

  31. Lucile says: August 30, 20097:25 pm

    We have no mascot in France, it's a shame, I would love a shirt like that ! (by the way, this outfit looks so 90's, i love it !)

  32. Rey says: August 30, 20099:23 pm

    I was a Pine Crest panther! So that means we grew up pretty near each other in south florida if you went to the CSHS I think you went to. I always borrowed my older, graduated friends' class shirts. Hand-me downs can be pretty cool, no?

  33. Francine says: August 30, 200910:06 pm

    We were the Hendrick Hudson High School Sailors.

    Yes, sailors.


  34. Lizzie Jeanne says: August 31, 20093:01 am

    High School was alright, I have lots of great memories but I think most of them happened either during the summer or with people that didn't go to school with me.

    I went to an all-girl's middle and high school. When I started in the 6th grade our mascot was the polar bear, but then the costume gave the girl hives. Then we didn't have a mascot for 3-4 years. Then one day our athletic director looked up at the spire on top of the chapel and saw a what he thought was a falcon (was actually a hawk). But I guess the name stuck and we have been the falcons ever since.

    School colors were a lot bigger than mascots at my school (silver and blue)!

  35. Lizzie Jeanne says: August 31, 20093:02 am

    even better, my college mascot was the Bees. Nothing scarier than a giant bumble bee with a sword sized stinger!

  36. Kirstin says: August 31, 200912:37 pm

    wow….blast from the past (ghost from the graveyard….heheh)…do you know what's super crazy? we have a 10 year reunion in 3 years….=/

  37. Diane says: August 31, 20091:56 pm

    tap it??? wow that is so inappropriate! hahahaha

    my high school mascot was the falcon.

  38. =( says: August 31, 20092:20 pm

    The school near Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Tx is a UNICORN! A flippin' unicorn! I was sooo jealous!

  39. Misha says: August 31, 20092:33 pm

    Tap it sounds like a slogan for tapdancers… so blogday came and went. I just wanted to let you know I rather than motivating why I linked to you, made a little collage with some of your fantastic photos. Hope you don't mind. I can't get enough of your beautiful visuals. Have a great day!

  40. corrie says: August 31, 20093:34 pm

    We were the Bulldogs, but I had about the lowest amount of school spirit possible. I was the girl hanging out in the art room during lunch working always on some project. It seems like a million years ago!

  41. Jenny Leigh says: August 31, 20095:09 pm

    "We don't burst under pressure!" My high school's mascot was also the Trojans πŸ™‚

  42. Jennie says: August 31, 20095:49 pm

    HAH! If I only I could've been a Honker. That is hands-down the best mascot I've ever heard of.

    My high school mascot was truly embarrassing. I went to Bakersfield High School in Bakersfield, CA. We're pretty much know for our oil industry, so we were the Drillers. Our mascot was a white dude with suspenders and a helmet and our logo was an oil-derek. Real nice. But not as cool as the Honkers.

  43. Pop Housewife says: August 31, 200910:13 pm

    I had two high schools: one mascot was the Yellow Jackets, and our colors were, predictably, yellow and black. The other was the Thunderbirds, or T-Birds, and our colors were red and white.

    I have to admit, I loved high school, too–a geek on the frays of the popular crowd, I pushed myself very hard. Best of all, I just married my favorite high school souvenir a few days ago!

  44. Izzy says: September 1, 200912:37 am

    Meh, i LOATHED high school. i was waaaaay uncool, and i was living in the shadow of my great football player cousin. :c well, farts on that. Our mascot was a Farty Mc, Farterston cowboy or a, "TEXAN". whateve, it was lame. I joined drill team because i liked dancing and twirling and doing girly things that my family, (whom have high expectations) didnt think i was into, and the girls didnt like me so they found ways to kick me out after i made the team. :c oh well….i still have my dignity and my secret fancy footwork. ;D

    p.s. College is waaaaaay more fun!

  45. Anonymous says: September 1, 20091:06 am

    Our school mascot was quite lame.
    We had a Knight. All mascots should be an animal in my opinion.

  46. Miss Alex says: September 1, 20093:03 am

    So, talk about a small world. I have been following you since good ol' Livejournal and was mentioning you to a friend. Turns out she knew of you (I live in Orlando- I was a Boone Brave!) and went to Coral Springs. I guess her brother (or a friend of his) dated your friend, Kim. I was in awe at what a tiny world this really is! πŸ™‚

  47. Ruthiecat says: September 1, 20094:09 am

    My mascot was the Trojan and I too looooved high school. I graduated in 97 but sophomore year I discovered the joys of vintage shopping when my mom brought home a huge bag of "old" clothes. Ah, I miss 50 percent off days at the salvation army. I never got into the whole sports and dances thing either but I was still nominated for most fashionable senior year even though I didn't win.

  48. Erica Leigh says: September 1, 20097:01 am

    that is a cute school shirt!! ours were not cute. the only one i wore was the required PE one…

    it had a big, fat angry-looking bulldog on it.

    umm…yeah. i didn't have much school spirit either. i never attended a football game and ditched the pep rallies (which were during extended lunch periods) in favor of the mexican restaurant 10 minutes away with my friends.

    tacos > pep rallies.


  49. Helen says: September 1, 20099:15 am

    in england we don't really have mascots, but my junior school's logo was an owl, which i loved because it meant wisdom! haha. most schools have a coat of arms instead over here. this was my school's logo http://www.clcnews.org.uk/images/fairfield.jpg

  50. Jacqueline J says: September 1, 200912:51 pm

    Spartan, how bland. Although we did have the "Clearfork Colts" in my area as well.

  51. ...on the brink of something beautiful says: September 2, 20096:05 pm

    I don't think I ever went to many pep rallies either…
    And one of the few shirts I still have from the good ole Coral Springs High days says "Colts, ride the pride".
    Is it just me or did they get dumber each year??
    That's awesome that your mom went there too- and I love the classic CSHS shirt! So much better than what we had!

  52. monkey T says: September 3, 20094:59 am

    i like your soft but hard make-up…(what was i saying?) you look great on it

  53. Caitlin says: September 3, 20093:24 pm

    Love your blog! And as far as my high school mascot goes, it's a packer… a MEAT packer.
    -____- because hormel gives our school money

  54. RachelHall says: December 31, 200910:17 pm

    I can't believe you went to coral springs high school! I almost went there, ended up going to stoneman douglas. Very cool!