Homecoming 2017 | Spirit Week, Game Day, Dance & More!

Hello friends!

It’s been such a long time since I last even checked WordPress, and while I’m honestly so sorry, I’ve been so ridiculously busy that I’ve barely had time to do anything much less blog. And if I’m again being completely honest, it’s so nice to be busy again. I got a little too bored of having nothing to do so running around constantly, although tiring, is kind of a nice change of pace.

This past week especially was incredibly busy because it was Homecoming week! For those who don’t know, Homecoming is an American tradition that takes place in September or October and was initially held to welcome back alumni to a college or high school – although now it’s more of an event for the students rather than the alumni. Homecoming typically consists of a football game (or perhaps a different sporting event depending on the school), a semi-formal to formal dance and of course lots of activities and spirit days during the week for students.

I hope you enjoy this little recap of my Homecoming week, including the spirit days, football game, dance and parade!

HOCO2k17 | SPIRIT DAYS

It’s pretty typical to have spirit weeks for big events like Homecoming. Our spirit week was unfortunately pretty basic, even though our Homecoming theme was Haunted Homecoming, a Halloween theme since our game was on Friday the 13th. We started the week off on Monday with a little rally full of performances from the dance team, introduction of the football team, games and more. Monday’s theme was Merica Monday – and although this isn’t the best picture – my girl Rachel and I showed our school spirit sporting a little red, white and blue. My tank top is actually Matt’s that he left when he went to college, which I paired with black leggings from Target, a red bandana, and (not pictured) blue socks and my black vans. Rachel’s keeping it cute and trendy with an American flag headband, a blue knit sweater, and a red, white and blue striped skirt.

Tuesday was Twin Day! As you can see I didn’t really go all out for this one, mostly because the stuff I share with friends happens to be cheer-related, and I didn’t want to dress like a cheerleader all week. I twinned with one of my best friends, Kate. We’re wearing the green Jamie Top from Brandy Melville. I paired mine with a pair of light-wash jeggings from American Eagle, my checkered slip-on Vans, and a gold anklet from Forever 21. Kate’s rocking her’s with a pair of dark-wash Hollister shorts and her light pink slip-on Vans. Disappointingly, nobody got us mixed up.

Pajamaaaa Dayyy! This one is always by far my favorite spirit day because I can literally just roll out of bed and show up to school and it’s acceptable. Besides, I can never get over how outrageously comfortable I am when I’m just wearing my pajamas. Wednesday was a pretty uneventful day Homecoming wise, but I did end up working all night at the Farmer’s Market, still wearing my pajamas of course. For this spirit day, I wore my favorite pair of jogger sweats from Costco, my navy Theo Top from Brandy Melville, and of course some festive pumpkin socks from Target.

Thursday was Every Which Way Day, or essentially What Not To Wear Day. As much as I love spirit weeks and dressing up, I couldn’t bring myself to wear an eyesore of an outfit, so instead my girl Julia’s helping us out with her crazy outfit. She’s wearing her cheer warm-up jacket with a patterned pair of leggings, mismatched Halloween socks, and of course mismatched Crocs (it is Croctober, after all). She’s rocking the pigtails with a tie-dye headband and some yellow dots across her face!

Finally, Friday was Freakishly Blue Friday! Our school colors are blue, black and white, and every Friday is a blue-out day. But for Homecoming, everybody goes all out with the blue. Since it’s game day, we were required to wear our cheer uniforms, but that didn’t stop us from adding a little extra blue to our looks. Julia (left) paired her uniform with blue socks, clip in devil horns (Blue Devils, hello!), some blue handprints on her legs and blue dots on her face. I stayed a little boring with just my blue dots, and Cami (right) wore her blue handprints and dots with a pair of “I Heart Blue Devils” sunglasses. We all had our warmup jackets and bows to match.

HOCO2k17 | THE PARADE

I’m not entirely sure if this is a tradition in every town, but every year we get out from school early on Homecoming day and go downtown for a parade. There’s a ton of floats for different sports teams, clubs, and then each class gets a float as well. Our cheer float this year was a firetruck, however only the seniors got to ride and the rest of us had to run behind to catch up, or risk getting runover by the football float behind us. The parade was a really fun time; we had Chipotle for lunch before heading out. The weather was a little hot to be running around in long-sleeved uniforms, though. The whole parade lasted about 45 minutes and we finished back at the high school with a blocking practice for our halftime routine!

HOCO2k17 | THE GAME

Our team is definitely not the best in the league. We lost this game, 16-51, making us 7-0 for the season, but it was still a night to remember. Cheering on the sidelines is such an incredible experience and I’m so sad that football season is almost over! We only have three games left; it’s totally flown by. The night was well spent with us nailing our halftime routine and cheering on the boys with my favorite team. And to make things even better, two of my lovely friends, Rachael and Max, came home from college this weekend and it was a complete surprise. We celebrated our loss after the game with In-N-Out, as any Californian would.

HOCO2k17 | THE DANCE

And finally, the dance! Saturday was insanely hectic with the morning starting bright and early with the PSAT. I finished around noon and fell asleep, but slept a little too late and barely had enough time to get ready for the dance! Although it’s a little hard to tell, I actually ended up taking pictures before I had even finished my makeup – I still had to do my eyeliner and add my falsies, but we were running out of sunlight so I had to make do. I went with my bestest and most adorable friend Kaelyn and we were sort of twinning for the night in black dresses, shoes, and nails. We both actually had dates, but for privacy reasons/lack of photos/not wanting to post the photos, I’m only sharing the super adorable pictures of us that Kaelyn’s very talented mother took. The dance hadn’t been organized the best, and they had stopped selling tickets midweek when they thought they sold out, so there was a crazy line around the entire gym. We luckily got in through a back door and managed to skip the line and had a great time.

That’s it for my Homecoming week! I hope that you enjoyed this fairly lengthy recap and once again I’m sorry about my hiatus – hopefully it won’t be too long before my next post.

My love to you.

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  1. November 5, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    This all looks like so much fun. Spirit Week is one thing I miss about being in school. I was never a cheerleader, but I wanted to be. I was just too scared to try out because I’m such a small person that I knew I would probably have to be a flyer, and that scared me. I didn’t want to fall and break something. lol

    • November 8, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      Thanks so much for reading! I’ve flown once or twice and it might be the scariest thing in the world! I don’t think I’d ever be able to do it for good!

  2. November 5, 2017 / 5:28 am

    This week looked like so much fun! Homecoming Week is always a bit hectic, and I bet it is more so since you are a cheerleader! I loved both your’s and Kaelyn’s dresses, they were gorgeous πŸ™‚

    • November 5, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Thank you so much Olivia! It was honestly crazy but totally worth it!

  3. October 30, 2017 / 2:19 am

    Love your and your friend dresses, you girls looked so glam and pretty. xx

  4. October 19, 2017 / 8:43 am

    Pajamas Day should be everyday!!! πŸ˜›
    I miss Spirit Week at school…
    Love the dress you wore to the dance – looks stunning on you!

    • October 22, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      It really should be! Thank you so much!

  5. October 18, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    This sounds like so much fun! my school didn’t actually have Homecoming, just a spirit day, but it was still fun. Your week was a lot more exciting though, with a theme everyday!
    Sounds really great, I hope you find more time for blogging soon πŸ˜‰
    love, elena

    https://outnaboutweb.wordpress.com

    • October 18, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      That’s interesting, I’m so used to Homecomings that it’s hard to think that some places don’t have them! What was the theme of your spirit day? And thanks so much for reading, Elena. Hope your week is going well!

      • October 19, 2017 / 6:38 am

        We simply wore the school t-shirts and had special program instead of school. 😊

  6. October 16, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    Love your homecoming dress and it looks great on you πŸ™‚

  7. October 16, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    Looks like you had a great homecoming week! πŸ™‚

  8. October 16, 2017 / 12:21 am

    All this stuff that you do around home coming sounds so much fun!! Also I love your homecoming dress, it’s absolutely gorgeous 😍 xx

  9. October 15, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    That looks so fun! My school had our homecoming in September! I only went to the rally though. You are so pretty even without makeup! Are you a junior or senior? I’m a freshman. πŸ™‚
    And YES In & Out is perfect for all occasions!!! πŸ˜‹πŸ€€πŸ”πŸŸ

    • October 17, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      You didn’t go to the game? I’m a little biased about homecoming games because of cheer! And I’m a junior. Hope your year is going well!

      • October 17, 2017 / 7:47 pm

        Nope! Haha, yeah! I actually want to join cheer or soccer next year! I’m just a bit nervous because I can’t even do a cartwheel! πŸ™‚

        • October 18, 2017 / 9:26 pm

          I suppose cheer is different in every school but in my town it’s a lot easier to get on the cheer team than the soccer team, considering most people here have played soccer their whole lives. I’m not much of a gymnast either but I do have a dance background which definitely influenced me getting on the team!

          • October 18, 2017 / 9:57 pm

            Yeah, it is. Oh wow, that’s odd! On our school, only the girls who were β€œpopular β€œ in middle school made the team. That’s cool, you had dance experience too! Any freshmen year tips?πŸ™‚

          • October 22, 2017 / 12:50 pm

            I couldn’t really tell you because where I live freshmen year is still at the junior high and not the high school!

          • October 22, 2017 / 1:00 pm

            Oh wow, that’s odd! πŸ™‚

  10. Amy
    October 15, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    Pretty pictures Nata!!!

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