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2013 February 22
by Emily Hill

This post is long overdue considering my 20th high school reunion (go, JFK Titans!) was last October. It was a whirlwind trip—fly to the Bay Area Friday afternoon and return Sunday night. But it was oh, so fun.

JFK 20 year high school reunion

From left to right: Bret, Kelly, me, Kasie

I stayed with Kelly, one of my dearest childhood friends and partner in honors-class crime. Along with some great reminiscing, we cheered at her daughter’s soccer game, ate at a fabulous local bagel shop, got manicures, helped her kids get ready for a Halloween party (I pumped up the volume on Ursula’s hair), and chatted as if it had only been days since high school graduation.

Three or four days, not closer to 7,500.

Of course, there was some serious prep work before my high school reunion. I had to do three important things:

  • Secure a dress.
  • Whiten my teeth.
  • Lose a few pounds and tone up the body.


After hours—and I mean hours—of searching for a dress, I finally found one thanks to an Anne Klein sale online. Though it was a final sale item, I did my research and knew I could sell it on eBay for the purchase price so I totally went for it. And I totally loved it. Unfortunately it didn’t fit as snugly as I would’ve liked and I needed to find a seriously good tailor.

Thanks to a recommendation from my friend @Tekwani on Twitter and a 5-star rating on Yelp, I took that Anne Klein beauty to D’Antii tailoring in downtown Salt Lake City. The space was super cool, the service was awesome and the dress? Absolutely perfect—a hard thing considering she took in the entire side of the dress.

Thank you, D’Antii. And thank you, Spanx, for helping smooth any unwanted lines due to the clingy nature of that fabric.


JFK 20 year high school reunion

Next up? The teeth. Thanks to the wear and tear of everyday Diet Coke drinking use, my teeth needed a little whitening. This is where Dr. Kelly Faddis comes in, our dentist since we moved here over 12 years ago. Also the result of a recommendation, Dr. Faddis is awesome. He has only a couple dental assistants because he does all the work himself.

Dr. Faddis inspects, cleans, flosses AND provides entertainment via flat screen TVs on the ceiling. His assistants take the x-rays and pass the instruments . . . and that’s about it. Did I mention he is super into forensics and often called in as an expert to determine stuff about dead people? Yeah, he’s that cool.

Dr. Faddis set me up with some pretty intense whitening gel and flexible trays that didn’t push the gel over my gums. That stuff can wreak havoc with my gum line. After just a couple weeks they were the right kind of white (i.e., a couple shades below celebrity white).

Thank you, Dr. Faddis, for making my smile look younger than its 38 years . . . kind of like this:

Photo by Justin Hackworth Photography

Photo by Justin Hackworth Photography

Last but not least, the whole tone-up-the-body thing. Though I’m in much better shape than I was 20 years ago, I wanted to look my most fabulous. After seeing my friend Jill looking all fit and fierce thanks to some LeanMoms program she kept chatting about on Facebook, I entered a contest and won a 12-week meal and fitness plan.

I spent the next 8 weeks (okay, only 2 weeks on the meal plan because I’m a rebel like that) focusing on more weight training and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) to improve my muscle tone and lose body fat and inches. And it worked. When all was said and done, I accomplished all three of those goals.  Having a fabulous LeanMoms support group on Facebook totally helped.

Thank you, Lacy Arnold and LeanMoms, for helping me rock that Anne Klein dress and sport some muscle while busting a few moves on the dance floor.

And no, I won’t show you the before and afters but I will show you a couple more awesome snapshots from the reunion.

JFK high school reunion

Greg, my calculus buddy and Kelly (because matching dresses are awesome)

Of course the award for Best Photo of the Night—aka What Exactly Was I Doing on the Dance Floor?—goes to this baby right here:


JFK high school reunion

Thank you, Allan V., for the reunion photos. I couldn’t have written this post without you and your trusty camera. And Peter? Thank you for being my dance partner. Good times, my friend. Good times.


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  1. Jennifer permalink
    February 22, 2013

    What a hottie you are! I am sure all of the other girls there were envious of one beautiful Emily…

    And I literally laughed out loud at that last picture! Think of how we looked on the dance floor all those years at BYU!!

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Jen, we rocked the dance floor at BYU. Seriously. No one could dance to Rock Lobster or 500 Miles like we could.
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  2. February 22, 2013

    You are stunning! I just had my 10 year h.s reunion and did NOT look nearly as stunning as you! I want to check out this Leanmoms program!

    I love your blog and can’t wait to dig around! Ps. saw your feature on Taste & Tell, you are the cutest!

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Kristy, you are my new favorite friend. Wish we could have chatted more yesterday. Let’s see each other again soon!
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  3. February 22, 2013

    You look so fabulous!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    You are so very nice!
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  4. Christy permalink
    February 22, 2013

    How fabulous are you? SO FABULOUS.

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Totally unbeknownst to me…
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  5. February 22, 2013

    Emily! You rocked that reunion, and you were definitely THE blue dress to watch! All of your careful preparations certainly paid off!

    The “before” shot should be you in that amazing Jessica McClintock from prom!

    xoxox

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Oh my gosh. I so need to find that photo! I still have that dress. Perhaps I should wear it to our 25th?

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  6. February 22, 2013

    I only wish I could go to a reunion looking that fabulous.
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I need to see more of you, my friend. I might not be able to wait until the Girl Scout cookies arrive…

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  7. February 24, 2013

    Small world! Kelly Faddis lives in the ward I grew up in.

    You look fabulous, Emily!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Very small world! I will have to ask him about you next time we go in for checkups. ;)
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  8. February 24, 2013

    You look amazing as always my friend. It was my 20 year this year too of course we didn’t have one because I have loser friends from high school who all still live in my home town and don’t need to see any one I suppose. Oh well maybe we will get together later this year……
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I really only went to see a handful of close friends, but it was still worth the trip. Nothing like dancing to the hits of the 90s!
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  9. February 24, 2013

    Work it Em
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I always do! ;)
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  10. March 7, 2013

    You know what you are doing in that last photo? Being a stone cold FOXX.
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Hahahaha! Thanks, Linds. :)
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  11. April 21, 2013

    reunions are nostalgic and bring in so many memories. lovely dress <3
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    And that’s why I love reunions!

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