The Wonderful World of Stickers!

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I was cleaning out my cupboards and found something that reminded me of the latter half of my childhood: sticker books. This happened during the end of the 90s. I don’t know why, but collecting stickers was the new cool thing with the kids at school.

It didn’t matter what kind of sticker it was (okay, nobody would collect labels or anything but you know what I meant). If it was a sticker and resembled a cartoon, it would go into the sticker book.

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Step One: Collect them all!

Suddenly, the kids discovered a Korean store that sold Korean stickers called Lovely White and others. Those stickers put our western ones to shame! I wanted to own as many of those as possible. I mean look at them, aren’t they pretty? My goal at the time was to fill up my sticker books and hand it to my child/grandchild when I die.

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Lovely White was ranked no. 1 in the sticker collecting world.

After elementary school, I stopped collecting stickers. It seemed everyone was over it, so I left my stickerbooks to gather dust for all these years.

Now I stare at these stickers wondering, why didn’t I use them? What am I going to do with them now?

Instead of having fun and sticking these into the activity book, I decided to keep them. Oh me. So greedy.

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We are supposed to be stuck on a wild west background, dummy!

So now, whenever I get the chance, I will use them. Apparently people still collect stickers. There’s even a whole blog dedicated to sticker collecting. You can enter a competition to win more stickers!!!!111

No! I will not get sucked in again.

Backpack Purses

You know those small backups that all the teenagers and even children used to carry around?

You know . . . they come in mostly black, sometimes leather, sometimes a big smiley face? You could see bubble shaped ones? There were ones so small you could only fit a sandwich in there.

Yeah those. They are called backpack purses. They have never really disappeared. You just don’t see them as a fashion staple anymore.

I was ten years old and everyone in my class brought along their tiny little backpacks to school excursions. I believe American schools call it field trips, and some of these road trips take a few days. We call those camps. When it’s a day trip we call it excursions.

So everyone owned one except me and a few uncool kids (we were the unspoilt ones). I literally whined to my mother until she bought me one and it was the greatest thing I could have ever have gotten that year. I never got any dolls or new toys I wanted, but when my mother saw me wanting a bag, and bags are useful, she made sure I had the best one.

That was of course, a long, long time ago.

Guess what, everybody? I’m bringing them back! I have a black backpack purse, my pale blue jean, plaid shirt, and doc martens! Wooo!

I’m a 90s walking disaster and I don’t care! I love it.

Alright. Honestly, The backpack purse, depending on the style, still looks dorky. Well I have accepted doc martens. Perhaps one day, I will carry around the backpack purse with pride.

Let me know if you have accepted any 90s fashion item into your daily wardrobe in the comments below.

Wedding Fashion Ideas

I was at the thrift store again and I found a bridal magazine from 1994. I thought I should share some of my favourites online. The lasy at the counter thought I was getting married. Um, I’m too young to be anybody’s wife!

If you’re a fashion designer, or you’re looking for wedding dress ideas for your upcoming ceremony, then you might find this post helpful. If you’re just here for the 90s goodness, I assume you’ll be cringing and/or laughing at some of these designs.

The first 90s dress on todays tour has the tight pencil skirt that resembles a mermaids tail, and ruffles. Yes, ruffles. There also seems to be a long ruffled train attacked to the back of the waist.

I included this dress because it obviously took inspiration from the medieval times. This dress shouts PRINCESS and CASTLE. The sleeves remind me of Cameron Diaz’s wedding dress from My Best Friend’s Wedding (which I love by the way). The only part of the dress that ruins it for me are the roses placed in the groin region.

Oh boy. They say in big font that it’s an inspired 60s gown. Please tell me they’re joking.

‘Honey, those flowers you’re holding look more beautiful than you.”

You know you’re a 90s child when all your drawings of girls in formal gowns all look identical to this! Okay, maybe not identical. I never put that much volume into the skirt; it makes your character look short or has a big ass. Luckily, this model is tall so it makes her look like a amazon.

I’m going to end this wedding dress tour with a groom’s suit. I wanted something that screamed 90s. It has to be memorable. It has to be … beautiful.

Okay, are you ready? Are you ready for it?

Are you sure? Okay.

Kablowie!

What did I tell ya? Did I do my job right?

For those getting married, I DARE you to make your fiance wear this. I dare you.

Oh, and if you do, I’d like some photos please. No joke.

Haha.

PHOTOS: Studio for Brides Magazine 1994

Calling Doc Martens

Dr. Martens are back, baby!

These shoes were created in 1945 by Doctor Klaus Maertens for comfortable wear. Apparently almost every teenager had a pair in the late 90s. They’re not the prettiest shoes you have ever seen, but in the 90s, people only cared about comfort. Baggy shirts and jeans are comfortable; throw them on. Now that I mention it, I could really use some Doc Martens. I’m wearing leather shoes at the moment and one of my toes is killing me.

A superb add of classic Dr. Marten shoes 1460 from 1997. Click to enlarge.

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I see students wear them as school shoes. Yeah. School shoes were a huge hit in the 90s.

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I find these knee high ones much more edgier.

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Dr. Martens have released fluoro colours for the new era. I read in some fashion magazine it’s great to wear these with miniskirts. NO thanks. Try wearing them with acid-washed jeans. Vomit. How ’80s would you look, huh? If you haven’t noticed, I don’t like 80s fashion. Especially not the fluoro colours.

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Vintage black is the way to go. For females; wear them with your Little Black Dress or other winter dresses to give the feminine look some edge. For males; try not to wear it with too much black as you will look gothic. Wear them with patterned pants and plain shirt. If you think you can’t pull it off, jeans are always a good but safe option.

Here are some of the latest models/celebrities wearing Doc Martens around.

agydocmartens1[Agyness Deyn]

90224NI4[Emily Blunt]

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Ross: Joey, nice shoes, man.
Joey: Thanks, man.
Ross: [Long Pause] Ehem. What about mine?
Joey: What about yours?

Beep* Beep* I’m Hungry!

The year is 1997 and Tamagotchis are the new craze! It was created and released in 1996 but I don’t know when it was released in our country.

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The Game: You must feed it when it’s hungry. It’s a good idea to play a game with your Tamagotchi pet. There is only one game you can play with it and I still don’t get the purpose. The Tamagotchi waits for you to pick left or right. You press one and sometimes you are right and sometimes you are wrong. Sometimes your Tamagotchi can become ill from lack of care or something. You will need to give it an injection. There is a status section that is the most helpful to check how happy, healthy, and hungry your Tamagotchi is. Whenever it needs you, your Tamagotchi will beep to let you know. Do not neglect it or something bad will happen. You set the time before you begin so your Tamagotchi sleeps when you do.

I really,really, really wanted a Tamagotchi. I never had a real pet when I was in elementary so the thought of an electronic pet is brilliant! Like any other kid that wants a toy, I kept nagging my mom. Everywhere we went I saw one and I didn’t give up.

Then we went overseas and there were so many of those rip-off Tamagotchis. There were toy stands everywhere! I didn’t know the difference between a real one and a rip-off one so I didn’t care.

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We arrived at our relatives place and my cousin gave me her small Tamagotchi because she was going to buy the bigger version. My dreams came true! I was the happiest girl in the world.

After two weeks, the Tamagotchi was a pain! They drive you absolutely crazy! Beeep Beep! Beep Beep! Doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing, that thing will beep until you do something about it. I can’t recall how many times it has woken me up early in the morning for food or something else. I was getting ready for the group photoshoot for a wedding and I actually stopped the process to feed my Tamagotchi. I actually have a picture of that but I’m not putting that up!

My mother was yelling at me of course for making everybody wait. Didn’t they understand that my Tamagotchi was hungry and it was more important than anything in the world? Nope. I don’t understand either. The worse thing was that it beeped more often than the first week I played with it. I didn’t know understand why.

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[Look at how colourful they are. They sure knew how to attrack the kids.]

Finally we came home and I wanted my Tamagotchi to die already! It wouldn’t die! Oh yeah, I found out that it kept beeping because it was fat so it wanted to eat more often than usual. I thought I had to wait until the batteries died for this game to finish. Eventually I found out how to stop it and I did. I felt so guilty.

Tamagotchis are horrible. Don’t buy them.

Yo-Yo Time

If you were a kid growing up in the 90s, you must have gone through the Yo-Yo phase. Now yo-yos weren’t developed in the 90s or anything, in fact, it went all the way back to 1000 BCE, but it was in the 90s that it became so big. Pretty much every child had a yo-yo. If you didn’t have one, there must have been something wrong with you. Everyone was yo-yoing during recess and one time I didn’t have one. It was so boring watching everyone play and do tricks with their yo-yos while I just stood there.

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(I wanted to put a picture of my yo-yos but I can’t find them anywhere.)

Yo-yos were so big that The Simpsons even did an episode about it. I haven’t seen that episode in a long, long time. Don’t remember what happened.

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The only tricks I can remember at the top of my head was the cradle and the dog walker. For the cradle you use the string to form a triangle around the yo-yo and rock the yo-yo back and forth. Not really a trick, just something cute somebody thought. I saw the dog walker for the first time performed by my P.E. teacher. He brought the yo-yo in and started showing off. The yo-yo would keep jumping up and down his leg as if it were a dog. We all thought it was so cool.

If you had any tricks you thought up the top of your head, be sure to tell!

What are Pogs? It’s TAZOS!

What kind of name is Pogs? Tazos sound cooler. I’m sticking to Tazos because thats what I grew up with. According to Wikipedia, they orginated in Hawaii sometime in 1920s or 1930s. They became popular in the 90s. Mainly in 1995 and 1996. They came in chip packets. I still have them now. Check them out.

Look, I have the one where Luke and Princess Leia swing on the rope. That was a weird scene. Anyway, I didn’t know what Star Wars was when I got them. So glad I have them now because I love Star Wars. I’m not an obsessed Star Wars nerd so uh . . . are there female jedi knights? I love the Looney Tunes! In the 90s Looney Tunes were a huge hit and so was . . .

Space Jam!

In the Looney Tunes picture there are two tazos with Cheetos Cheatah on it . . . why the hell did they let him have his own Tazos? Some of them have small line cuts on the edge. You connect them together to make something. I never tried. This is the best thing I could think of:

I’m no carpenter.

The Simpsons!

I have a tone more Looney Tunes one. Gosh! Think of how many chip packets I had to eat! Nah. I think I only had a pile of about five centimetres. My cousins were junk food lovers and had a ton of them. When they stopped coming in chip packets, they gave them to my sister and me which is why I have so many. Those are mine. Not my sisters.

Here’s how you play. This is a two or more people game.

  1. Pile the regular tazos up with the Tazos sign facing up.
  2. Grab your slammer.
  3. Use the slammer and smash it on the corner of the pile of Tazos. You don’t have to hit the corner but it’s the best strategy.
  4. Some of the tazos will flip, as in you can see the pictures.
  5. Take the ones that have flipped.
  6. Take turns. Only collect the ones you have flipped with your own Slammer.
  7. Keep filling up that pile.
  8. When there are no more tazos, count the total of points you have one. On the Tazos sign side, there are points. Some say two points, some say three points.
  9. Whoever has the most points win.
  10. You can play for keeps instead of points, as in you keep the ones that you flipped over.

 I never played for keeps. I’m a collector. Not a gambler.

 Did you collect Tazos? Or . . . Pogs . . . or were you a gambler? Do you still have them?

 Oh, instead of a coin to decide on heads and tails, use a Tazo! Or a Pog!

Is it Back?

Is the 90s Grunge fashion back? Okay, I wouldn’t call Grunge a fashion. It’s actually more against fashion. I see a bunch of people wearing baggy checkered-like shirts and ripped jeans. I think Grunge is cool but I just don’t suit the clothes! I tried one baggy shirt on and I looked like a wannebe or something. Life is so unfair.

I’m just so glad that the 80s clothes are starting to disappear. First it was the bubble dresses which I despised, they went away quickly. Then comes the leather with the metal dangling crap (include the early nineties I guess) which is slowly disppearing. Hey so-called Fashion Designers!!! Stop trying to bring back the eighties! The only thing exceptional is the heigh waisted pants, but they should be flared like these:

This is from blueberries-online. Isn’t it hot?