90’s Fashion Trends That Are Cool Again

Though 90’s kids are inarguably the best, fashion in that time period was questionable. Crop tops, bermuda shorts, shell necklaces, and platform flip-flops (yes, all in one outfit) were some of the things I remember wearing as a child (thanks, mom).  Here are five 90’s fashion faux pas that have made a comeback, and for your convenience, I have included links if for some reason you feel like buying something on the list. You’re welcome.

1. Jelly Sandals

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I was a huge fan of jellies growing up because they were awesome and cheap enough to convince my parents to buy me one in every color. The original company started to sell them again after the resurrection for about $35, whereas American Apparel charges about $45, which isn’t surprising. In the 90’s, jellies were worn without socks if you wore them to school and with socks to make them fancy enough to wear to church or something. Now, jellies are paired with opaque nylon tights for the most hipster effect. The higher the heel, the cooler you are, apparently.

2. Bucket Hats

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Yes, bucket hats were worn by my favorite boy band members, but this trend faded out for a reason. I blame Justin Bieber for bringing this one back. I’ve seen mostly men wearing bucket hats with a large variety of outfits. Paired with a fancy outfit or not, these hats look ridiculous. In my opinion, bucket hats should only be worn by pale babies or adorable grandpas who are trying to avoid a sunburn.

3. Tattoo Choker Necklaces

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What used to cost a quarter at one of those little bubble gum-looking machines is now being sold for $5.50 at Claires, with the description, “Get an edgy retro look with this double tattoo choker necklace.” Retro? Really? That doesn’t make me feel a million years old at all.

4. Crop Tops

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Clearly crop tops have been popular for a while, but the 90’s style crop tops have been making a comeback. A 90’s style crop top features a high neckline (maybe even a turtleneck), but leaves the midriff visible. It is more “modest” than other crop tops, and is usually paired with high waisted jeans and a flannel for an ultra-grunge look.

5. Birkenstocks

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Birkenstocks were introduced to the US in the 1960’s but according to 90’s 411, they gained the most popularity the company would ever get during the years of 1992 and 1994. I’ve been seeing mostly women wearing Birkenstocks, usually paired with floral dresses or a simple jeans and t-shirt type of outfit. Either way, I’m just going to say it: these are seriously the ugliest sandals I’ve ever seen. I am greatly confused as to why this company has survived since 1774. But hey, maybe they’re comfortable.

A Review of Disney’s Cinderella (Yes, the 2015 One)

This week I was fortunate enough to score some tickets to an advanced screening of Disney’s newest live-action retelling of the classic, Cinderella. Though Cinderella is not my favorite OG Disney princess (shout out to Princess Jasmine), this rendition of the beloved film was spectacular. Cinderella is truly amazing: it’s family-friendly, features more details about the characters, and has a very handsome Prince (whoever casted him seriously deserves an award). My only criticism is that I wish they had incorporated some of the Grimm brothers’ version, Aschenputtel. In their action-packed version, the evil stepsisters chop off their toes and heels to fit the glass slipper, and have their eyes pecked out by doves at the end. Oh, the drama.

Now, for the review. *SPOILER ALERT*

Cinderella starts out with beautiful little Ella happily frolicking about in the countryside with her family, which is of course torn apart in the first fifteen minutes because her mom gets sick and dies. I don’t understand why Disney feels the need to have their protagonists either lose their parents or their only living relative; maybe they figure the orphan-ness makes you want to cry just enough to reel you in.

The storyline essentially parallels the original version. What you see in the 2015 version is more of Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella being extra rude to Ella. It’s mildly uncomfortable to watch because Cate Blanchett’s laugh and demeanor is so evil, but at the same time, you can’t help but appreciate how striking and fierce she is. It’s ironic because you’d think her daughters would try to emulate that, but they’re pretty much the female equivalents to Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.

Despite Ella’s efforts to live by her mother’s last words, “have courage and be kind,” she cracks and apparently copes with her feelings of despair by venturing to the woods on horseback. There, she meets the Prince, who is on a quest to hunt a majestic stag with his army of trusty knights. Right when we see his perfectly coiffed hair, we are also shown more of the Prince’s character. After all, he’s more than just a pretty face. Upon their accidental yet destined meeting, he introduces himself as a royal apprentice named “Kit,” in hopes that he’ll be able to interact with her as a normal guy. Their horses literally prance in a circle for about five minutes before she finally runs off, without even saying her name.

It’s love at first sight for both of those hopeless romantics. But there’s just one problem: the King will only let him marry an eligible Princess, meaning someone who can add treasure and land to the Kingdom. Oh yeah, and the King is also dying (what is with this movie and death?). Kit’s solution was to agree to this, but only if he’s allowed to open the traditionally elite ball to the public. His secret goal is to have his father meet the charming girl he met in the woods, which would force him to have a change of heart because she’s so great.

Word reaches Lady Tremaine, who of course forbids Ella from attending the ball. Ella is heartbroken because she has no interest in the Prince; she only wanted to see the apprentice from the woods again. Ella’s tears are the queue for her fairy godmother to show up for once, and she grants Ella’s wish to be able to go to the ball—but in style. Equipped with a special spell to protect her from being noticed by her jealous stepmother, Ella also gets a golden pumpkin carriage with mousy horses, lizardy henchman, and a goosey coachman. The dress was magnificent, and the effects made it feel like it was going to pop off the screen and whip you in the face with fairy dust, butterflies, and yards of tool.

She arrives fashionably late to the ball, and enchants the whole ballroom with her grace, beauty, and fabulous dress. She reunites with Kit, now revealed as the Prince, and has a jolly old time on a swing in his secret royal garden until the clock tragically strikes midnight. She dashes off, and he fails once again to get her name. Classic Kit.

A search for this mysterious beauty begins, but not before Lady Tremaine gets to the Grand Duke and blackmails him into only letting her daughters try on the glass slipper. He agrees because he’s a horrible person, and almost succeeds in hiding her from his team. Kit tagged along because he didn’t trust him (his instinct was right– the Duke was #fake), and he hears Ella upstairs despite Lady Tremaine’s attempts to disguise her angelic song. Ella tries on her own glass slipper which obviously fits her, and she and Kit live happily ever after while the Duke, Lady Tremaine, Drizella, and Anastasia are banned from the Kingdom.

I would give Cinderella five out of five stars. This movie was amazing. I don’t know how I was planning to wait to see it until the release date.

*Princely gasp*

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Country goes pop?

I’ve always been a big fan of collaborations in music, especially if it involved several artists that I loved. Even if I favored an artist over the other, collabs always just seemed to work– Eminem and Rihanna, B.o.B. and Hayley Williams, Lana Del Rey and A$AP Rocky, and the latest, most successful collaboration: Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande. All of these artists accommodated their different styles and worked together to create music that ended up being more than just a duet, which attributed to the success of their work.

A seemingly popular collaboration series when I was younger (circa 2001) was the Punk goes… albums, which centered around punk bands covering music from the genres of pop, classic rock, “crunk”, and acoustic music. All types of bands from the All American Rejects to Rise Against agreed to do their own rendition of songs that seemed out of their realm (aka choosing to cover Bieber). These albums hooked me even more because of the drastic differences between the bands and the artists they were covering.

What has caught my attention lately is the genre of Country music. I’ve noticed that many of the singles released by the most popular Country artists have more undertones of a pop influence rather than just the plain ol’ country-bluegrass feel. Country music now is noticeably less “twangy” than the music of Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, and Trisha Yearwood that I heard growing up.

The biggest example of this Country-Pop crossover is, of course, Taylor Swift. Her first album with the most notable pop influence was her last album, Red. I wasn’t the biggest fan of that album (among other reasons), but even the most die-hard Swifties I knew didn’t consider Red their favorite album either. On the release of her newest album, 1989, where she officially declared her transition from country to pop, I was hearing the same thing among my friends: they felt that she was “selling out,” as many artists end up doing for profit reasons. But is it really selling out, or is it more of a convergence between the two genres?

This is evident in last night’s broadcast of the annual Country Music Awards. Normally there’s nothing too exciting or different, but this year, the headliners definitely were something new: the CMA team announced that Ariana Grande and Megan Trainor would be joining Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town for special performances.

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Well, that happened! It was an interesting collaboration to say the least. I wonder what country veterans like Dolly Parton or Tim McGraw think of this prominent pop influence on current Country music. I honestly can’t figure out why this is happening (and also why Ariana Grande is everywhere) or for what reasons. Not that I’m against pop music, but I would like to be able to a classic Country song rather than the stuff I already hear every day. And to also be able to tune to another station to get a break from Ariana Grande would be nice! I mean kudos to her and her success, but she’s been popping out singles one after the other as if she’s a Duggar (19 Kids and Counting reference just in case nobody got that).

Watch Little Big Town and Ariana Grande perform her pop hit at the Country Music Awards below!

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Halloween movie #tbt (90’s kids only)

With Halloween just around the corner (literally. It’s tomorrow), I thought I thought I’d compile a list of the classic Throwback  movies us 90’s kids used to look forward to watching every Halloween. Some things never change, because I still can’t go through Halloween season without watching at least half of this list. Maybe I’m too festive, or maybe I’m just too attached. The world will never know.

Some of these movies still air every Halloween season on Disney channel, and there are some that scarred me as a child and are now the reason I am afraid of clowns. Regardless, Halloween wouldn’t have been the same without them! Take a look at this #tbt movie list to get into the Halloween spirit.

1. It

Introducing the movie that started my fear of clowns: Steven King’s It. Though I watched this movie recently and I realized how bad the scary effects were, growing up this movie petrified me. I treated the title of this movie like how every one in the Harry Potter world felt about “he who must not be named.” No one could ever utter the words, “it” or “Pennywise” around me without me freaking out. I’ve gotten a little better with that, but it was only a fifteen year recovery process. No big deal.

2. Hocus Pocus

Anyone who was born in the 90’s and has never seen Hocus Pocus is either lying or has had an unfortunate upbringing. In my opinion this is the one of the most iconic Halloween movies EVER. This movie has it all: a teen romance, villainous witches, a suspenseful plot, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

3. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Yet another Disney film has made it on the list. But how could Jack Skellington not get some recognition? This has got to be one of my favorite movies of all time, and a film I watch from Halloween season all the way up to New Year’s. It has that “holiday spirit” element that keeps you counting down the days to Christmas even when it’s October. Sandy Claws may not be a fan, but Nightmare Before Christmas has remained popular with the fans since 1993.

4. Halloweentown

Who doesn’t enjoy the classic Disney Channel movie Halloweentown? I definitely wished I was fortunate enough to have a grandmother who passed down her witch powers down to me like Marnie Piper (I still love you though, Gma!). This is another Disney flick that you just can’t not watch! Halloweentown and Hocus Pocus are definitely a duo worth watching in a Halloween marathon!

5. Saw

Last but not least, a movie that is actually gory compared to the aforementioned flicks: Saw. I know it was released in 2004, but I had to put it on the list! I am a big fan of all movies that are scary, gory, and a psychological thriller. I actually mentioned this on our Tuesday broadcast of What’s Brewing with Anna and Janine (Tuesdays at 11 am). People have this negative view of Jigsaw and think he’s this horrible person, but I think otherwise! He was just trying to teach ungrateful people to appreciate their lives and live them to the fullest. I do admit, he went about it the wrong way, but hey– nobody’s perfect!

 

I hope you enjoyed this list of #tbt Halloween flicks! Happy Halloween everyone– stay safe!