Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mmm, Candy

I'm not going to lie. I like candy, but I also have serious germaphobe issues. This makes enjoying candy stores that have those big bins of unwrapped candy that kids can scoop into bags with little silver shovels difficult for me.

I see the candy. It looks sugary and good. But in my mind I also see the thousand sticky-fingered little hands that have dipped in there before me.


So my visit to New York's Dylan's Candy Bar was not a successful one. It included standing in front of the candy bins, wanting the candy in the bins and then collapsing on the floor in a germaphobic fit before I could get myself to fill a bag.

But perhaps you will have better luck. Dylan's is celebrating Barbie not only with cute candy but a Dylan's Barbie.

Seriously, chocolate high heels? Awesome. And they look individually wrapped, which is good for me.

The Dylan's Candy Bar Barbie is available Aug. 1.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses

The Barbie Dolls of the World exhibit is underway at Ellis Island in New York. From pictures, it looks like the displays and styling of the exhibit are similar to the What A Doll! exhibit last year at the Mall of America in Minnesota.

I like that Barbie's new line of dolls that incorporate global landmarks is at the center of the display. (Look closely. Do you see them?)

In honor of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, please enjoy this poem.
It's carved on a tablet within the pedestal on which the statue stands.
(Now go and impress your friends with this random bit of knowledge!)

The New Colossus
By Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Simple Kind Of Life

I spend more than 40 hours of my week in front of a computer at a desk fielding e-mails and phone calls, shuffling paperwork and trying to ignore the incessant noise of gridlocked traffic on the street below. Then there's the time-suck that is social media and my love/hate relationship with Facebook, a hungry husband at home who forgets to eat when I'm not around, a ringing cell phone, friends, family...all these things vying for my attention!

I feel like the Grinch: "One thing I can't stand is the noise, noise, noise, noise!"

The frenetic lifestyle is not without its affects on all of us, according to a new book by Nicholas Carr. In "The Shallows," he argues the Internet has rewired our brains to where we gobble more information like computers and lose hold of our grip on what it means to be human, according to the NPR review.

But M.J., you say, are you having a nervous breakdown? What does all this have to do with Barbies?

Maybe, and I'll tell you.

Some of my happiest childhood memories include sitting in my parents' basement playing with my dolls. It was just me, the dolls, a bucket-load of dresses and accessories, and a few plastic brushes. That was all I needed to by happy and content. No video games, cell phones or Internet.

To be able to find that kind of time again to spend hours quietly with my dolls (or anything, really)–unimaginable.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Ken's Big-Screen Debut

Get ready Toy Story fans: In addition to a new movie debuting today, a new Toy Story Barbie and Ken gift set will be hitting toy-store shevles.

Mattel will release a Barbie & Ken Toy Story 3 Gift Set with Barbie and Ken from the movie.

In the gift set, Barbie will be sporting a blue all-in-one workout leotard, finished with pink leg warmers. Meanwhile, Ken will be wearing one of several costume changes from the movie – a blue outfit complete with matching scarf and deck shoes.

According to Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich, “The idea of putting Ken in the film just felt rife with comic potential. Ken is a guy who is ostensibly a girl’s toy, and he’s also really nothing more than an accessory for Barbie. He is no more important than a pair of shoes or a purse. We figured he had to be pretty insecure about those things, and tried to tap into that as much as possible. He’s really into clothes, being the ultimate fashion maven. He wears a different outfit in every scene in the movie.”

Michael Keaton provides the voice of Ken, a character he connected with from the start. “He’s fantastic,” says Keaton. “I love this guy. He’s emotional. He’s crazy about Barbie and he’s got a lot of outfits—a lot of outfits.”

The first Toy Story film was released in 1996 and the second in 1999. Barbie first made her debut in the second film.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


And now for a less sensational view of "Busty Barbie":
"Barbie is first and foremost an inanimate plaything. To make her anything more would be to chalk up responsibility to the fire instead of the arsonist," says the author of a recent Highlands Today article.
Read more here.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Barbie's 'Best' Man

Barbie designer Robert Best dishes about his love for Barbie and her lack of diva tendencies in an interview with Gold Coast Bulletin, an Australian publication.

"Barbie is quite affable and shows none of the diva tendencies that are the hallmark of such fashion legends. She is really quite normal, very much a meat and potatoes kind of girl who is as comfortable in a T-shirt and jeans as she is in a couture frock with Louboutins," says Best in the article.

Speaking of Louboutin, Best also talks about working with Christian.

Check out the full article here.