Yes, I’m sorry, but I’m writing a post that might be about women’s underwear

Every morning I do two things at breakfast: I eat a bowl of cereal and check Flipboard on my tablet. While I can hardly profess to being a news junkie or, for that matter, current with just about anything, I’ve come to enjoy Flipboard’s quirkiness in which stories it aggregates and chooses to show. I have the app set up in a way so that I can quickly scroll through my own curated topics: top stories, world news, U. S. news, business, sports, technology, celebrity, science, fashion, and food. In ten minutes, I’m informed (or “informed,” if it’s slow news day) and on my way.

But every now and again, Flipboard likes to throw in a curve ball, and they usually throw it into the “top stories” section. Things like…

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Dumb Clothes

It’s okay, you can say it…I don’t mind. Really.

I know that my current wardrobe is…

boring.

There’s no two ways about it. Though kind people might say my closet is full of “staples” or “classics,” the truth of the matter is that my current cast of clothing options is dull. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy color or prints or a nicely-designed and classy pair of jeans, it’s simply to say that I’m not very trendy.

Anymore.

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Totally 80s: Pegged jeans

Welcome the next installment of my year-long look back at the decade that was ruled by big hair and bigger egos. Every other week I’ll be covering pop culture tidbits from the 1980s, sharing memories, choking on the ridiculousness, and maybe offering an insight or two into what made the 1980s so great/bad/silly. Serving as my inspiration are two lists from Buzzfeed, and I’ll include links to the original list items in each post. So throw on your neon windbreaker, lace up your hi-tops, and adjust your Wayfarers, because this DeLorean is taking off! (Ugh. Did I really just type that? Gag me with spoon, seriously.)

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List item #23 from 50 Things only ’80s Kids Can Understand

Taking that little extra time in the morning to get the perfect peg on your jeans.

Sorry, but this trio needs at least one pair of slouch socks to be legit.
Sorry, but this trio needs at least one pair of slouch socks to be legit.

It’s been said that influence in fashion occurs in thirty-year cycles. So in sixties fashion you’ll find influences from the 1930s; in seventies fashion, you’ll find influences from the 1940s; and so on. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, and every generation has its outliers and trendsetters, but I kind of believe it when it comes to the clothing and styles with which I grew up. Not that I was a fashionista (one was not going to find the latest trends in thrift store and Sears), but there was definitely a time when the clothes of my 1980s peers had 1950s flair. Blame it on the tenth anniversary of Grease in 1988, maybe? Whatever it was, from poofy ponytails to penny loafers, the 1950s was in, and yes, that, in a roundabout way included pegged jeans.

Thank god for instructions!
Thank god for instructions!

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Totally 80s: Jem and the Holograms

Welcome the next installment of my year-long look back at the decade that was ruled by big hair and bigger egos. Every other week I’ll be covering pop culture tidbits from the 1980s, sharing memories, choking on the ridiculousness, and maybe offering an insight or two into what made the 1980s so great/bad/silly. Serving as my inspiration are two lists from Buzzfeed, and I’ll include links to the original list items in each post. So throw on your neon windbreaker, lace up your hi-tops, and adjust your Wayfarers, because this DeLorean is taking off! (Ugh. Did I really just type that? Gag me with spoon, seriously.)

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List item #4 from 53 Things Only 80s Girls Can Understand

You knew being a rock star with a secret identity was the best job ever!

With the recent announcement that a Jem and the Holgrams movie is in the works, it only seems appropriate that I cover it here. Also…c’mon…it’s JEM!

While Jem has a ways to go before reaching the levels of revitalization of My Little Pony, she was king of a small big deal when I was a kid. I say “small” because, at least in my neck of the woods, Jem dolls were never quite as popular as Barbie and the Cabbage Patch Kids. But all of my friends then them, at least one. I had one — Pizzazz, the leader of the “bad girls” band and rival of the Holograms, the Misfits (no relation). And she ruled over the Barbies in my house, with her single knee sock and electric green hair.

Pizzazz
You want “badass” in plastic and polyester? You got it right here.

 

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