February 14, 2012 at 11:25 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
I am 30 years old (almost 31) and I still LOVE Barbies. It’s true. I have three at my desk and play with them during stressful times or when I’m bored (which is rare). So when I got the chance to visit a larger-than-life-sized Barbie Dream Closet during New York fashion week last Friday, I was thrilled! The 9,000 square foot closet included 360 pairs of pink heels and 6 live Barbie fashion models wearing looks styled after iconic Barbies. There was also a Barbie beauty bar and a design workshop for girls to create their own Barbie look. Visitors also got a chance to try on some of her most favorite outfits. (I choose to be an astronaut but here I am trying on a gown… with a Barbie cosmo in hand.)
Yes, I know I was one of the lucky few who got to actually enter the real thing, but everyone can virtually visit Barbie’s dream closet at BarbieWow.com. The site lets you upload a picture yourself and try on different looks and share with friends. It also has a design studio for you to create your own collage/mood board for inspirational looks. There’s also a shop for you to pick up a new doll or some new outfits (love Barbie’s gown on her Happy Birthday Ken Doll).
This just proves (for some of us anyhow), that you’re never too old to play Barbie. Check it out!
October 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm , by Erica Metzger
The last time I played hair salon, I gave my Barbie a tragic bob. In retrospect, my technique was doomed from the start. Just picture it: an impatient seven-year-old yanking Barbie’s hair back with a rubber band and using safety scissors to slice through her ponytail. Needless to say, Ken soon lost interest in Barbie and so did my aspirations for professional hair styling.
When I heard about Redken‘s Busy Scissors, $20, a new hairstyling game for Nintendo Wii and DS, I got to wondering whether things would have ended differently with Barbie if I had practiced some basic styling skills first. This box art alone makes me want to give her some blunt bangs.
In the game, you shampoo, cut, color, perm and style the heads of a demanding Hollywood clientele to advance your career. It sounds a both fun and exhausting, right?
Now I’m dying to pull a Quantum Leap. You know, I’ll play the game for a couple of few days and get my confidence back up. Then I’ll get my hands on a Barbie and nice sharp scissors and finally give her a trim that she deserves. I just have a feeling Ken would appreciate it this time around.