Nostalgic Memories – Barbie & Hello Kitty Cafe

Barbie - 60th Anniversary

Barbie 60th Anniversary, Unique Vintage 60th Anniversary Edition Tag, Kindness Hot Pink Necklace, Barbie Sugarfina Candy, You Can Be Anything Barbie Pen, Parade Barbie Magazine

Barbie by Mattel was first introduced in March 1959 in New York at the Toy Fair. Since the original pony tailed, black and white clad swimsuit doll with slip on high heeled sandals and gold earrings debuted- she has gone through many fashionable and cultural changes through the decades.

LIKELY Manhattan Dress in Pink Flambe Color, LIKELY Manhattan Dress in Pink Flambe Color and Moda Luxe Black Striped Barcelona Clutch

In homage to the original classic Barbie’s black and white stripe outfit I created my own modern day millennial look.  Take the look from day to night by adding a jacket or switching up you pair of heels.

Likely Manhattan Pink Flambe Dress and Moda Luxe Black and White Stripe Clutch
Barbie Pink Dress by Likely Manhattan Dress in Pink Flambe with a Blank NYC Jacket and Moda Luxe Barcelona clutch

Barbie Pink Sheath Dress: Likely’s Manhattan Dress in Pink Flambe. Other reviewers said this dress ran small so I knew the 00 would fit me perfectly and is petite friendly.  The dress comes in many different colors. I got mine through Amazon Prime where the price was significantly reduced at $58.40 from $168. The dress is also sold numerous places at various prices and colors from Revolve, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th, Bloomingdales, and Likely’s own website.

Clutch: Moda Luxe Barcelona Clutch. I love the black stripe pattern! (It comes in other colors too.) The clutch comes with an adjustable and detachable strap with inner pockets (1 Zipper Pocket And 1 Slip Pocket) and an exterior snap front pocket to easily store your phone, cards and lipstick. Enjoy 25% off your first purchase for signing up for email updates.

Jacket: BLANKNYC Faux Leather Fitted Moto Jacket in Black (comes in a blush pink too)

Career Barbie
You Can Be Anything

Barbie Goes to Work Fashion Outfit
Barbie Work Outfit Inspiration
Barbie Work Attire

Kohl’s has excellent prices and I was excited to get two versatile black pieces.
Blazer Jacket: Kohl’s Candie’s® Ruched Lace Knit Blazer in Black. The jacket is lightweight with 2 faux pockets for extra style added to the comfortable fabric.
Skirt: Kohl’s Joe B Zipper Pocket Pencil Skirt in Black. I like the skirt’s pull-on-styling making it is easy to take on and off with no buttons or back or side zippers. It has just the right amount of stretch to look flattering and ready for work.

Bodysuit: J. Crew Petite Stretch Tailored Perfect Bodyusit in Black Stripe. This bodysuit was perfect to go under my pull on skirt because it does not add any extra bulky material to tuck under.It also comes in a blue stripe pattern.
Top: Barbie x Unique Vintage Black Magic Block Art Illustration Women’s Top. The slim fitting top is both comfortable and stylish that can be tucked into a pencil skirt like mine or slim black pants.

Notebook and Pen: Barbie Limited Edition Moleskine Notebook & Pen Box sold by Unique Vintage. This black and white chevron notebook has about 240 lined pages and a pen that reminds you “you can be anything.” It comes in a beautiful collector’s box with 24 original Barbie illustrations from the past.

Barbie 60th Anniversary Career Dolls

The branding of Barbie has evolved dramatically and this year in honor of her 60th anniversary there are numerous career dolls representing diversity. Mattel has also made an intentional effort to also honor real life young women around the word as role models and inspirational heroes called “Sheroes” with a special likeness to themselves as dolls for purchase. These dolls are unique in that they have varying complexions and body dimensions.

The purpose statement of Barbie in 2019 is “to inspire the limitless potential of every girl.”

Malibu Barbie
Vacation

Barbie x Unique Vintage Light Blue Barbie Vacation Adventure Swing Skirt, Collectif Ivory Sweater Knit Short Sleeve Wendy Top, Kate Spade Pineapple Straw Hat and Clutch
Malibu Farms Green Kale Drink, Unique Vintage Collectif Ivory Sweater Knit Short Sleeve Wendy Top, Nomination Bracelets

It’s time for spring vacation in this 50’s inspired swing printed skirt in Malibu Barbie green from Unique Vintage. I paired this with a retro inspired white lightweight knit top purchased from Unique Vintage in Burbank. My pineapple accessories (hat: similar from Nordstrom or Kate Spade) (pineapple clutch: similar at Kohls, similar at Francesca’s ) are from Kate Spade’s pineapple collection.

Check out this store in person (free street parking or parking in the back) or shop online to see the entire Barbie collaboration and other vintage finds. Sign-up through email and you can get 10% of your first purchase.

Enjoy a daycation to Lido Marine Village for some healthy and delicious food at Malibu Farms where you can relax and enjoy the views of the ocean and boats docked.

Malibu Farms: Fresh, Organic and Local
Malibu Farm Lido Menu
On the waterfront in Lido Marina Village, Newport Beach

Malibu Farms acacia bowl and breakfast
Photo Credit: Malibu Farms Website
Malibu Farms Breakfast
Food Photo Credit: The Purposeful Plate
Malibu Farms in Newport Beach Interior
Photo Credit: Malibu Farms, Lido Village

Barbie Hanging Out
Kitchen 24

Kitchen 24 Gluten Free Oatmeal, Raspberry Mint Smoothie, Barbie LA Pin, pink tabletop
Kitchen 24 Raspberry Mint Smoothie, Gluten Free Oatmeal and Pink Barbie pin

Kitchen 24 is a bright, fun and a modern updated take on a classic American Diner experience. Be greeted with a pink atmosphere and a menu labeled with common allergens at their West Hollywood and Hollywood locations. I love there gluten free oatmeal with added fruit. Click here for my Top Five Friday post that includes Kitchen 24 for favorite nostalgic dining.

Coffee and Conversation at Carrera Cafe

Barbie x Unique Vintage Black Magic Block Art Illustration Women’s T-Shirt, Francesca's Evelyn Double Gold Hoop earrings
Barbie x Unique Vintage Black Magic Block Art Illustration Women’s T-Shirt, Ted Baker Pink Envelope Cersei Clutch
Carrera Coffee pink phone on Melrose Ave, Barbie x Unique Vintage Black Magic Block Art Illustration Women’s T-Shirt
Carrera Coffee Pink Drink, Francesca’s Evelyn Open Metal Drop Earrings, Barbie x Unique Vintage Black Magic Block Art Illustration Women’s Top
Barbie Ripple Design on a Carrera Coffee, Barbie LA crystal pin
Barbie Ripple Design on a Carrera Coffee, Barbie LA crystal pin

Carrera Coffee is one of the few locations that offer you the ability to send in your own foam design! You can upload your own design whether it be a selfie or an image to the Ripples app after downloading it and selecting the nearest participating cafe. I had fun getting my own Barbie foam coffee and seeing it within minutes.

Earrings: Francesca’s Evelyn Open Metal Drop Earrings in Gold. I wanted to find some gold earrings that gave a modern update to Barbie’s signature double hoop gold earrings!

Top: Barbie x Unique Vintage Black Magic Block Art Illustration Women’s Top. The slim fitting top is both comfortable and stylish that can be tucked into a pencil skirt like mine or slim black pants.

Clutch: Ted Baker Cersei Envelope Clutch from Nordstrom

Pins: The sparkly crystal Barbie LA pin was bought from eBay and the smaller light pink Barbie pin was a free gift with purchase when I bought my Vacation Barbie Skirt. You can buy the gold version here.

Sugarfina and Barbie

Barbie Sugarfina Candies celebrating Barbie's 60th anniversary featuring different candies with Barbie career women

“Achieve Your Sweetest Dreams” with the Sugarfina’s Barbie candy collection celebrating Barbie Careers!

100% of net proceeds benefit StepUp, an organization empowering girls to achieve their dreams.

Enjoy flavors and career pairings such as the original 1959 Barbie as Birthday Cake Caramels or the news anchor Barbie as strawberry sparkle pops! You can buy the treats in the mini clear boxes online or on sale in stores.

Skirt: Storets Hera Tweed Classic Skirt-Pink (on sale now!) // Top: Topshop’s Contrast Tipping Lettuce Top in white with neon edges // Necklace: Ordered through Nordstrom by Moon and Lola ‘Script Font’ Personalized Nameplate Pendant Necklace‘ in hot pink and gold. My necklace says #Kindness.

Storets Hera Tweed Classic Skirt-Pink, Topshop’s Contrast Tipping Lettuce Top in white with neon edges, Moon and Lola hot pink personalized necklace saying #Kindness outside Sugarfina store

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe Bow Room at the Irvine Spectrum
The Bow Room hosts afternoon tea and an evening cocktail hour at the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe at the Irvine Spectrum in Irvine, CA, (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Hello Kitty Grand Cafe Mocktail named Small Gift
Mocktail: Small Gift in the Bow Room
Hello Kitty Afternoon Tea in the Bow Room at the Irvine Spectrum
Photo Credit: Hello Kitty Cafe Website

Another pop culture icon that I grew up with was Hello Kitty. I remember carrying to school Hello Kitty twist up crayons and merchandise. Today, adults can enjoy nostalgic memories of Hello Kitty in a whimsical way. Visit the one and only Hello Kitty Grand Cafe located at the Irvine Spectrum to experience the cafe and the special pink bow room. For more information about the bow room and how you can make reservations for afternoon tea or cocktails ( 2 mock-tails are on the menu) please see my Top Five Friday post or the website.

Hello Kitty Cafe Mug, Gluten-Free Hello Kitty Macaroons, NCLA Pastel Dream Pink Barbie Nail Polish
Hello Kitty Cafe in Irvine with Hello Kitty drinks, Ted Baker Pink Envelope Cersei Clutch, Hello Kitty Macaroons
Hello Kitty Cafe Coffee with Hello Kitty design and Hello Kitty Macaroons, NCLA Pink Barbie Nail Polish on toes
Hello Kitty Cafe Pink Bow Headband, Hello Kitty Mug, Parker White Barcelona Dress, Morning Lavender Betty Bow Long Gold Necklace
Hello Kitty Cafe Coffee with Hello Kitty Design, Gluten Free Macaroons, Barbie NCLA Pink Nail Polishes
Hello Kitty Grand Cafe Pink Bow Room Counter

NCLA Barbie Nail Polish

The nail polish featured on my hands and feet throughout this post is from NCLA’s Barbie Collection. NCLA’s products are vegan and cruelty free. The polish does not contain many of the harmful toxins found in other polishes. To read more about NCLA’s product click here.

I love the Barbie collection. On my hands is the color Pastel Dreams and on my feet is the color Barbie Pink! The packaging is very retro. To see the entire line of Barbie products offered by NCLA please click here.

NCLA Barbie Pastel Dreams
NCLA Barbie Pastel Dreams
NCLA Barbie Pink Nail Polish
NCLA Barbie Pink Nail Polish

For $10 to your first NCLA purchase please click here to enter your email on the screen pop-up to claim your gift!

NCLA Pink Pastel Dreams Barbie Nail Polish and Ted Baker Pink Bow Envelope Cersei Clutch with Nomination Charm Bracelets

During spring cleaning I uncovered some of my stretch charm Nomination bracelets.  Many trends and nostalgic references are making a comeback. I love my stainless steel bracelets with individual charms that remind me to be myself and to enjoy wearing them!

Necklace: Betty Bow Long Gold Necklace from Morning Lavender // Clutch: Ted Baker Cersei Envelope Pink Clutch (now 40% off!) // Lip Color: Sweet Stx Satin Matte Lip Color in color Tempting by Beauty by Pop Sugar

What are your favorite nostalgic fashion pieces or memories that you would like to celebrate today?

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