Hey everyone! Sorry for the delay in blog posts, the holidays definitely got the best of me. I’ve made a promise though to blog weekly and even daily when I can throughout 2019!
With that being said since this is my first blog post of the new year I figured I would pick something cute and fun that most of us probably remember playing with as kids, Briarberry Bears! The Briarberry Bears were a Fisher Price toy that was introduced in 1999 and were designed to stand up, sit and lay down.
These little bears were one of my favorite toys growing up because they were pretty much a cross between dolls and stuffed animals and made a great alternative for kids who didn’t like to play with baby dolls (like me lol)!
Physically these bears were so well made and high in quality that not only did they look adorable but they felt so special and custom. They came with full accessories, clothes and furniture so you could really make it an interactive experience with friends if you wanted. I personally remember playing with these by myself and being fully entertained.
When I was an early teen in the 90’s my fondest memories were roaming the mall on weekends with friends and not having a care or problem in the world. We literally could spend hours there and pretty much close the place down.
One of my favorite stores that was probably at the peak of its popularity at the time was Claire’s. Filled with fun accessories and jewelry it was the ultimate novelty store for girls and still is in my opinion. The first time I ever went inside a Claire’s I remember seeing a fluorescent purple inflatable couch hanging from the ceiling, remember when blow up furniture was all the rage? There was also the limited edition Claire’s diva trinket box pictured below that every 90a girl probably got at some point!
Another classic hot spot for all the “hip and happening” was good old Limited Too. Basically a one stop shop for all the trendiest outfits, pajamas, bathing suits, accessories and even cosmetics! This one speaks for itself I mean who didn’t love this place growing up?!! I pretty much came here anytime I needed a new outfit for an occasion or even just a gift for a friend. They had it all!
Let me know in the comments some of your favorite stomping grounds from back in the day!
It’s movie recommendation time! Now I’m not going to lie, I stumbled on Clueless kind of late in the game. In fact, I actually saw Mean Girls first since it came out when I was teenager and Clueless came out when I was, well, 5 lol. All I have to say is, better late than never. Clueless is definitely a 90’s classic and the original teenage, high school girl chick flick that will never get old.
Released in 1995 the story’s main character Cher is pretty much the epitome of what a fabulous, popular, beautiful, rich girl in the 90s was. With her flowing blond hair, French tips and 90210 address she ruled Beverly Hills High along with her BFF Dionne (also fabulous and beautiful) and eventually a third member of the clique the klutzy Tai who they adopt into their social circle.
In the end Cher ends up finding love, becomes a more humble version of herself and everyone has their own version of a happy ending. Definitely worth ordering on amazon to watch all the details in between! More than the story I just remembered being in awe of Cher’s style while watching for the first time. Can we just take a moment to check out her fabulousness? She’s the nicer, more classy Regina George!
Butterfly Clips: The must have accessory in the 90s and early millennium. Ah how I miss these colorful, sparkly accents to jazz up any hairstyle. I remember getting ready in my bedroom as a pre-teen with friends before weekend day trips to the mall and butterfly clips were always in hand. I remember adding in the larger sparkly ones for special occasions and some nicer ones were actually extremely intricate and beautiful.
Trust me, I wasn’t the only one to exclusively show off my butterfly clips in the 90’s. Tons of celebs were always seen wearing these in music videos, red carpet events, magazine ads, etc. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen always sported butterfly clips in their series “The Adventures of Mary Kate and Ashley.”
Hilary Duff, the star of the ABC/Disney Channel show “Lizzie McGuire”, was a presenter at the 29th International Emmy Awards in New York City on November 19, 2001. photo by Gabe Palacio/ImageDirect
Sabrina the Teenage Witch was and still is one of my all time favorite shows! Anytime I’m home during the day getting work done I always have Sabrina re-runs playing in the background. I feel that the producers saved the best for last with seasons 5-7 by aging up the show. Sabrina graduates high school, goes off to college with roommates and eventually starts working a full time job as a journalist.
In season 5 we finally got a change of scenery from the infamous Slicery (pictured above). The pizza restaurant hang out for Sabrina and her friends, mainly Harvey. Although I always loved getting to see scenes of the Slicery I was excited when we were introduced to the coffee shop.
In season 5 Sabrina starts working at Bean There Brewed That the cute little coffee shop that quickly became the new hangout spot in the show. This is where Sabrina meets Josh her new boss and eventually the second serious love interest since Harvey. Her aunt Hilda ends up buying the shop and renames it Hilda’s Coffee House which allows her Aunts to be more visible and present at the coffee shop which is where most of the scenes in season 5 and some of 6 take place. I really wish this was a real place to hang out!