Down Memory Lane with My Little Pony

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Who else thinks toys from the 80s and 90s were much more exciting than those available to children now? I can recall gazing wistfully at the toy store walls lined with pastel colored boxes filled with everything I could ever want (at least, that's what I thought at the time!): Strawberry Shortcake, Peppermint Rose, Rose Petal Palace, Polly Pockets that actually fit in your pockets - and of course, My Little Pony!

First released in 1981 as "My Pretty Pony", the toy went through multiple revisions until they settled on a style that stuck: ponies with long, flowing hair that could be easily brushed and styled, with a characteristic symbol decorating their flank. The color combinations were endless, and extremely popular. The huge success lead their manufacturer, Hasbo, to release everything from a bird spinoff - "Fairy Tail Bird", to several animated TV shows and movies. Like most toys, My Little Pony has gotten a few make-overs, and currently have experienced a resurgence of love thanks to "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" - a surprisingly cute children's show that has become a huge success with new and old fans alike.

A couple of years ago I was heartbroken to realize all my old ponies had been given away. Lucky for me, I hit the jackpot when I stumbled upon a antique toy store going out of business - with all of their merchandise 50% off! Purchases included these My Little Ponys ^^

What toys were your favorites as a child?

MAKE-UP LOOK: Une Femme Est une Femme (1961)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

photo source Film Stills

Anna Karina's role as Angela in Jean-Luc Godard's UNE FEMME EST UNE FEMME (1961) has lived on in cinema and fashion history: her character's look - consisting of a wardrobe filled with primary colors, tights, and bows - has bewitched movie enthusiasts for decades. Whilst I am not usually a fan of Jean-Luc Godard's movies, I can't help but be charmed by this one! Anna Karina is undeniably adorable, and I really love Jean-Paul Belmondo's performance as Karina and Jean-Claude Brialy's friend - not to mention the adorable 50s musicals nod! The other day I decided it would be fun to do my make-up in a loosely based take on Angela's signature look in the movie. I pinned the sides of my hair up, put on some bright blue eyeshadow (I used Make Up For Ever's Flash Color Pot no20), applied black eyeliner in a cat eye style, and wore a red cardigan.

What movies to you turn to for beauty inspiration? And, as a side note, Happy New Year everybody! I hope you have an incredible 2012. ^^

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