You HAD To Have These In Order To Be Cool

How did trends happen before social media was here to spread them?  In the age of the Teen People and J-14, we would hang posters of our favorite celebs on our bedroom walls to use as style inspiration- copying them to the smallest detail- ie the Kabbalah bracelet everyone started to wear a la Madonna. Or the LIVESTRONG bracelets created by Lance Armstrong which now seems to take on a new meaning.   Are these trends due for a comeback or are they best left in the past?

Slap Bracelets: we all had them, and we all broke them. They hurt but we wore them anyway.
Slap Bracelets: we all had them, and we all broke them. They hurt but we wore them anyway.

 

Jelly Bracelets: Plastic, ugly and had to have it. Anything jelly was a must.
Jelly Bracelets: Plastic, ugly and had to have it. Anything jelly was a must.

 

 

Neon Cord Bracelets: Sporty yet fashionable, and cheaply made, but somehow I still think these look cool. What is wrong with me?
Neon Cord Bracelets: Sporty yet fashionable, and cheaply made, but somehow I still think these look cool. What is wrong with me?

 

 

Toothbrush Bracelet: It was cool because you had to make it yourself. Also calls to mind the plastic bottle top stretch bands we made out of the caps.
Toothbrush Bracelet: It was cool because you had to make it yourself. Also calls to mind the plastic bottle top stretch bands we made out of the caps.

 

 

Fake Tattoo Bracelet: The full set was what it was all about and it is making a comeback now. a 90s girl style requirement.
Fake Tattoo Bracelet: The full set was what it was all about and it is making a comeback now. a 90s girl style requirement.

 

 

Power Beads: I guess they are supposed to have some spiritual influence but to me they were just what I scored when I took a trip to China Town in DTLA.
Power Beads: I guess they are supposed to have some spiritual influence but to me they were just what I scored when I took a trip to China Town in DTLA.

 

 

Tiffany & Co Heart Bracelet: A Bar Mitzvah or gift for a 13 year old in the early 2000's. It was basically a right of passage, and if you didn't have one, you weren't stylish.
Tiffany & Co Heart Bracelet: The standard for a  Bar Mitzvah or gift for a 13 year old in the early 2000’s. It was basically a right of passage, and if you didn’t have one, you weren’t stylish.

 

 

Kabbalah Bracelet: You were fools if you spent money on an actual one, because I just used one of my old friendship bracelet strings to make this. None of us 13 year olds new what Kabbalah was anyway, we just saw Britney and Madonna wearing it.
Kabbalah Bracelet: You were fools if you spent money on an actual one, because I just used one of my old friendship bracelet strings to make this. None of us 13 year olds knew what Kabbalah was anyway, we just saw Britney and Madonna wearing it.

 

 

Livestrong Bracelets: By Lance Armstrong, for the fight against cancer in 2004.
Livestrong Bracelets: By Lance Armstrong, for the fight against cancer in 2004.

 

Now we just need to bring by the china town net shoe:

The K does Hello Kitty

Need something fun to do today?  Head down to Little Tokyo and check out the Hello Kitty Exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum. The Exhibit will be open until April 2015, so no immediate rush, but as the weather gets colder and us Cali kids need something indoors to do, I highly recommend checking Miss Kitty out!

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Everyone loves Hello Kitty! It is hard to be sad when you are surrounded by sparkly, shiny, rhinestone covered, bright pink purses, wall art, and kitchen ware. Hello Kitty really is a LIFESTYLE! Everything is just so fun in at the exhibit, it is no wonder that Hello Kitty has been a hit since 1976. What started out as one little coin purse with the signature mascot and the word “Hello” printed, became  multi billion dollar industry that has shaped much of not only today’s fashion, but also trends in the last 30 years. It is amazing to see that not much has changed with the brand. The stuff that was made in 1976 still looks like the stuff that I was buying from Sanrio at Westfield Fashion Square back in the 90’s. Hello Kitty has always been culturally relevant, and they definitely make it apparent by showing you all of the different celebrities that has sported the signature look.

HIGHLIGHT: Lady Gaga’s Hello Kitty stuffed animal dress is on display as well as some of Katy Perry’s crazy kitty couture moments.

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Did you ever realize Hello Kitty doesn’t have a mouth? Seems interesting since Sanrio’s business motto is “Social Communication”… Thoughts?

The whole exhibit screams fun, but what makes it worth the day trip is walking across the street to the plaza with all the delicious food and  interesting shops. Get a bowl of Udon, and people watch. Or do you want a sweet colorful snack after seeing all the almost edible looking Hello Kitty paraphernalia? Head across the street to Lette Macarons– I recommend the freshly made salted caramel- SO DELICIOUS!

I will say the one thing that bothered me is that I was all amped up after seeing all this fun, pink, sparkly stuff, I wanted to go on a mini shopping spree. I imagined they would have a vast assortment of fun souvenirs to buy, but the museums shop had a few books and a couple key chains… You will have better luck heading across the street to the Plaza where there is a whole Sanrio store.

Hello Kitty!

After you exit the exhibit, you have to walk through the rest of the JANM museum, which lends me to think the Hello Kitty exhibit is part publicity stint to get more traffic and visitors- but hey it worked! Call a couple friends, grab some Udon, go see the Kitty, and top it off with some shopping. I promise you won’t be disappointed, you might even forget you are just in downtown LA!!!

Lincoln Kitty

Hello!

Sparkles

Kitty!