Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)


No kicking and screaming this morning. I promise this won’t hurt a bit, even if you, like me, have repressed a lot of your memories from the 90s. I’m gonna take you back in time to 1990…1996 to be exact.  Some of the best music ever to come out of the 90’s, in my opinion, came from 96. Spice Girls went to #1 on the charts with “Wannabe”. (While I was a Baby Spice, I secretly always wanted to be Posh.) Lenny Kravitz and The Smashing Pumpkins were rocking my world. (I still worship both.) And one of the best soundtracks (and movies) ever was released – Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet. Do you remember this epic soundtrack? Do you remember waiting patiently for the movie? For a chance to stare at Leo for two hours? I have vivid memories of being in the high school library, feverishly going through every teen, beauty and fashion magazine on the hunt for these collectible postcards with movie scenes trying to find every single one. I was obsessed. Totally obsessed.





To me, the soundtrack to this movie is unlike any other. One or two of the songs always make it onto one of my running playlists, with the entire soundtrack just a click of my Spotify app away. I played the CD over and over, so much so that a second copy had to be procured when the original wouldn’t play anymore. And while a lot of 90’s songs transport me back to some of the most painful times of teenage angst, the songs on this particular soundtrack only remind me of day dreaming about Leo, wishing I could wear white, glitter and angel wings every day of my life and hopeful one day as an adult I’d own a kickass, wall-sized fish tank. (I can’t say much has changed almost 20 years later. Don’t judge.)

Garbage with #1 Crush. Kissing You by Des’ree. Whatever by the Butthole Surfers. Even some Radiohead. So, so good. I think my least favorite song was Lovefool by the Cardigans because by that time, it had been way overplayed. And I still loved it. But it was Quindon Tarver’s cover of Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) that I couldn’t get enough of. And when a techno version of the song started playing on the BPM Sirius station last week (it’s dance hits from 1990s and 2000s), I was immediately taken back.

So why this post with these pics? Even though I’ve been feeling kinda crappy, I had the best time ever a few weekends ago at a friend’s wedding. I don’t always let myself “go”. I’m reserved. Quiet. I’m not one of those girls that goes full on crazy when she gets excited about something, jumping up and down, fists pumping in the air. Most of my emotions happen on the inside, never full on showing on the outside. But this weekend, I let that guard down and gave that wedding reception my all. Talking to tons of people where I’d normally shy away. Shaking my groove thang on the dance floor all night long. Chatting up the bartenders while being handed another vodka tonic. It was fantastic, and by the end of the night I felt amazing. Until I hit the hotel room and snuggled up to the porcelain god for a few hours like the good ol’ college days. But up until that point, I was invincible. While I’d love to admit it was this gorgeous dress from Asos that made me feel prettier than I have in a long time, giving me that extra confidence boost, we all know it was the x number of drinks I took down. Why the x? Because I couldn’t even tell you how many there were! I just know I felt good. So, so good. Oh and bonus, what I could find of the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack in Spotify is below. Because I know you love it too.

Dress: Asos
Shoes: Report Signature (old) // Similar version here 
Faux Leather Jacket: H&M // Similar version here
Tights: Hue // Similar version here


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  • Jennifer
    March 10, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I’m so with you on the 90’s music. I love it and still listen to it. 🙂
    Love, love your skirt, by the way, it’s super cute.

    • Jenn Specketer
      March 12, 2015 at 10:46 am

      90’s on 9 is one of my Sirius/XM staples! Thank you for your sweet comments!

  • Abigail | A Little Leopard
    March 10, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    The R+J soundtrack was EVERYTHING in high school – I didn’t discover Baz Luhrmann until Moulin Rouge came out but once I did I became slightly obsessed with both that movie and R+J. His soundtracks are always perfection – I think I know what I’m listening to the rest of the workday! 🙂

    • Jenn Specketer
      March 12, 2015 at 10:47 am

      I haven’t listened to the Moulin Rouge soundtrack in ages. That is a good one too! I might have to look that up for this afternoon. I need something to get me through today to Friday!