Play Ball!

It’s that time of year again: baseball season! One of America’s iconic pastimes, baseball games are a national favorite. From delicious hotdogs with a side cracker jacks, to singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” baseball games are quintessential to American culture. Not to mention, a cute, simple outfit and your favorite team’s baseball cap remains such a classic ensemble. I hope you get a chance to cheer on your team this summer. Go Nats!

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Unrealistic Icon or Role Model?

Perusing my childhood bookshelves, I stumbled upon some of my most prized possessions as a young girl: my Barbie books. “Barbie: What a Doll!” and “Barbie Millicent Roberts: An Original” were the two books I begged my mother to read to me each night. And by “read” I actually mean flip through page after page, displaying the evolution of twentieth century Barbies. My four year old self was enamored by Barbie’s clothing and accessories, but my now seventeen year old self realizes Barbie’s controversy.

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Is Barbie an unfit role model for the young girls who constantly attempt to emulate her?

This poignant question is the current controversy involving Barbie and her brand. From racial discrimination to scandalous clothing, Barbie has faced many charges. Although, one controversial topic continues to surface year after year: Barbie’s body. Her well-endowed chest, in contrast with her itty bitty waist and tall, thin legs have sparked discussion on body image for young girls. Speaking from experience, I constantly changed Barbie’s clothing as a girl, but never noticed anything strange about her proportions. In reality, “Her 16-inch waist would also be four inches thinner than her head, leaving room for only half a liver and a few inches of intestine” (Golgowski). Clearly, Barbie’s physical attributes are extremely and utterly rare or even impossible. Despite these shocking characteristics, Barbie’s external appearance does not determine what kind of doll she is.

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Aside from her unrealistic body, Barbie lives each day as the perfect role model for young girls. As many Kindergarteners would know, Barbie has tons of different outfits (which they ask for each year at Christmas). Not only does Barbie have a wide array of ball gowns and bikinis, but she also has every kind of work attire ever imaginable. According to Barbie, “From secretary to executive, model to fashion designer, dancer to rocker, I have never been afraid to try new things. In fact, in 1986 I even wore a glittering pink spacesuit with a clear bubble helmet: the sky’s the limit for us women! Which is why I’ve made a point of playing so many different roles” (Jacobs 81). Barbie emphasizes how a woman is capable of anything she puts her mind to. In addition, With more than 130 careers on her resume, Barbie continues to take on aspirational and culturally relevant roles while also serving as a role model and agent of change for girls” (Barbie). Constantly climbing the career ladder, Barbie shows young girls that women can perform the same work as men, in super stylish outfit. 

Click here to learn more about Barbie’s different careers.

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Works Cited

“Careers.” Barbie. Mattel, Inc., 2012. Web. 19 May 2014.

Golgowski, Nina. “Bones so frail it would be impossible to walk and room for only half a liver: Shocking research reveals what life would be like if a REAL woman had Barbie’s body.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers Ltd, 13 Apr. 2013. Web. 19 May 2014.

Jacobs, Laura. Barbie: What a Doll! New York: Abbeville Press, 1999. Print.

Yates, Mel. Barbie’s Body Image. Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc., 3 Feb. 2014. Web. 19 May 2014.

 

Raising the Hier

In honor of Mother’s Day, not only will I be celebrating my very own mother, but also new mother who is constantly in the spotlight. No other than Kate Middleton, or the more official title of the Duchess of Cambridge. This fabulous momma always looks stunning, as she cares for little George. It must be easy task raising a child who will one day rule the country; no big deal. To the contrary, being a mother is a lot of work, and Kate is constantly under public scrutiny, which adds immense pressure to her motherly duties.

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Kate must always make sure that George shares with other children at playgroups, eats his vegetables, takes daily naps, behaves at royal events, and visit his grandmother (at Buckingham Palace, of course). I thoroughly enjoy picking up an issue of People, to peruse an article of Kate’s flawless fashion and adorable little George. I cannot wait to see the prince grow up!

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Tick Tock: The Countdown Is On

Where will I be headed in only thirty more days? Well, the biggest event of the season, of course. The Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale!!! Ever since I was a small nugget wearing oversized bows and monogrammed bloomers, going to the Lilly Sale has been a family tradition. My three older sisters, my mother, and the occasional aunt or family friend have piled into the Suburban at the wee hours of the morning in order to make it to King of Prussia, PA before the doors open. Let me tell ya, we are no rookies at this sport. We have stayed hotel rooms, camped out in the mall, or even driven from 2am-5am all to upgrade our closets.

Although, it’s not all about the clothes. The Lilly Sale is a one of a kind experience. In my seventeen wonderful years on this planet, I’ve probably been to about seven Lilly Sales. Each one better than the next. Along with scoring some serious bargains and bonding with other Lilly lovers, I simply love the chaotic day. Keep your credit cards handy ladies, we’re going shopping!

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Xoxo,

MKD