18 December 2012

At Play

Sorry for my inadvertent bloggy absence this past week, but I'm finding myself short on this thing called time lately, between trying to fit in the last few work projects before the break and getting things squared to celebrate the holidays with my family and friends. At least I can check gift shopping of my list now - thank goodness.

red birds

As exciting a month as December typically is, it also is a pro at making me a little sad and reflective. December seems to speed by with activity, a great exclamation point near the end and then - poof - it's all over and we've got to start another year again. So it wasn't that surprising to me when I watched Toy Story 3 for the first time a few nights ago that the last five minutes of  it made me bawl like nobody's business.

I know that I'm a lucky one to have the privilege of growing old. But I also appreciate and cherish those carefree years that I had as a child - being able to run wild with the other kids on my block as we tested the boundaries of what our parents actually meant by "sundown"; having no inhibitions and being able to just go up to another kid and ask if they wanted to play; reading some of my favorite library books to my mom (Berenstain Bears was a fave); building forts in the living room on Saturday mornings while watching cartoons and wrestling while it was still WWF; standing on a chair so I can reach the kitchen counters and "help" my grandmother mix together meatballs or knead dough.

red birds  red birds

And the toys ... I envied my cousin's real metal Transformers and Voltron - he had all five lions that really snapped together to form a robot! But I had a Jem doll - with the light up earrings - and my all-time fave was She-Ra. Female actions figures! Girl had a bomb-ass fit body, kicked butt in a short white mini while fully accessorized in gold - including her sword and blinged out shield, had a buff male side-kick and a flying horse. Take that G.I. Joe.

(Unfortunately my dad is a clean freak and it wasn't long after I stopped playing with my toys that they disappeared completely from our house. Bye-bye Barbie, hello Huffy bike ... until I outgrew that and it got tossed/donated as well).

So I'm going to ask you ladies to a take a moment and reflect. What are some of your favorite memories or activities from childhood? Are there any toys from your childhood that you're sometimes still nostalgic for?

red birds  red birds

Sweater: F21 soaring bird print (worn here - sim as blouse, sim w/ cats, crosses, hearts)
Top: Modcloth petal patch (worn here - same in purple, sim black)
Skirt: Limited high-waist (worn here - sim, sim, steal in a bright)
Bracelet: J.Crew wildflower (worn here - sim-ish, pink)
Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff (worn here - sim, tech sleeve, sim)
Shoes: Zara cap-toe court (worn here - sim, textured, slingback, luxe)

47 comments:

  1. LOVE the nautical color palette! The bird sweater is really cute.

    When I was younger, I loved reading books and doing gymnastics. My favorite toys were dolls...Barbies and then later, Magic Nursery babies.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Dec. Group Giveaway!

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  2. I have barely even started on Christmas shopping! Ack! I am so behind!!

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    1. Oh girl ... but I bet if you do some now, the deals are awesome!

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  3. My favorite toys growing up were my Teddy Ruxpin, Barbies, and later American Girl Dolls. I remember being heartbroken when my cousin poked out Teddy Ruxpin's eyes, but apparently they've made a little comeback because my mom ordered me one a few years back!

    Fizz and Frosting

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  4. the best toy i had as a girl was this doll my mom made out of a towel, string and some thread. she showed us how she and her sisters made them when they were girls and i thought it was just the coolest thing ever. it is one of my most cherished memories. i can't find the doll anymore.. but i remember how fun it was "building" it with her.

    i love that sweater with the red skirt. just adorable! xox

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  5. I still need to find my Eeyore stuffed animal. He was my bedmate for many, many years!

    I do love Christmas and all the fun that comes with it. However, as I've grown older, the time just passes by way too fast!

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  6. I do still have a stuffed animal from when I was young - a kitty named mork. ;)
    I miss big family dinners and fresh made pasta sauce from my grandparents.

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    1. I think my parents may have kept a shaggy stuffed dog from when I was like three - funny thing was I never named my stuffed things!

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  7. Christmas always makes me think about childhood too. I loved "helping" my mom in the kitchen with chicken noodle soup and Christmas cookies. I remember one of my favorite Christmas presents was a box of "dress up" clothes my mom made for me out of fabric scraps. I loved dressing up...maybe it was a sign I was going to be a style blogger :)
    Oh, and PS I love this outfit!

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    1. The box of dress up clothes - that sounds awesome!

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  8. it's the MOST hectic time of the year Lisa! hahaha glad you got all of your Christmas shopping done. i just completed mine and i must say VERY happy about it. the holidays seem to pass so fast nowadays. i was a Barbie girl! i loved my dolls, the clothes and ahem messing up their hair. i couldn't style it worth a darn. LOVE your sweater, skirt and clutch. they look awesome together. you look so beautiful. catching up with your posts doll.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Barbie hair was terrible, wasn't it? Once you snarled it, that was it, there was no going back to normal silky hair.

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  9. OMG I always loved the BBears books too! And, I got to pass mine along down to my daughter. I love that. Having kids makes you feel both incredibly young again and way older than you are LOL Love your sweater Lisa!

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    1. If my dad kept anything I had from childhood, I'd love to save it for my future-maybe kids. I think I may still have a stuffed horse from Rainbow Brite somewhere ...

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  10. Love this outfit. It's very...you guessed it...Jackie-O :)
    And I took a moment to reflect and the first thing that popped into my mind was the Pogo Ball. I used to LOVE that thing.

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    1. I totally had to Google pogo ball - but yes! I never had one, but some kids down the block did, that was awesome!

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  11. Lisa, I so want what I've dubbed a "critter" sweater. Yep, even one with birds on it falls into that catagory. Our F21 is so wildly disorganized that I will only go in to look at jewelry, but this one's with checkng out online. You look fabulous, and you always have the best sweaters.

    Fave childhood toys? A mineature kitchen set (ironic since I hate to cook now). My stuffed giraffe that went everywhere with me.

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    1. Oh I totally only shop F21 online. I get overwhelmed when I try to step foot into a real store - not to mention I start feeling really old!

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  12. She-Ra - my sister and I were obsessed!!! Also, Rainbow Brite dolls and Teddy Ruxpin were fond faves. One of the best things about being a parent is reliving your childhood thru your kids.

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    1. I'm no parent so it's not like I have a lot of experience with kids' toys nowadays, but I swear the toys now are nowhere as cool as toys when we were all kids. Cartoons too - what is this Sponge Bob BS!?

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  13. Love the bird sweater! I was a big reader, so everything from classics to babysitter's club. I always wanted clothing for Christmas, so that was always a must for me:) I preferred books and clothes to toys. And Toy Story 3? Gets me every time. Every dang time. I have leave or my boys look at me like I am crazy...

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    1. Disney cartoons know how to tug my heart strings. The opening sequences for Up, Finding Nemo and Wall-E had me bawling, as did when Mufasa died in the Lion King, when Mulan went to war to save her dad, etc., etc.

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  14. I'm so in love with the print of your sweater...adorable!

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  15. you look adorable! so love the sweater and red! I bawled at Toy Story 3 too - thinking of my kids growing up!

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  16. Hmmm, I don't think that I really had any favorite toys. I'd play with a little of everything. I do miss the piano tho. That counts, right?

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    1. I did piano for about a year when I was little and gave it up. Also violin. Now I wished my parents pushed me to learn at least one of those instruments, at least then I'd have a talent!

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  17. Hand down my fav look on you yet!! Love the pattern with the bright red and stripes!! What a perfect combo!!

    oliviamoone.blogspot.com

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  18. I love that sweater and the collar of that shirt! So cute together! I just remember playing outside... A lot. I feel like you don't really see that anymore? I blame video games!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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    1. I know. I feel like a lot of little kids nowadays are pale and kind of chubby with really good hand-eye coordination! ;o)

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  19. Hello! thanks for the comment on my blog :) I could still remember the tea pot set that my mom bought for me when I was 3 or 4 years old.There were plates and knives and forks included.I felt like I was a princess haha! Snow white was my favorite character.Yes, time flies so fast.The important thing is the memories we always treasure and the feeling of being a child.I am still a child at heart so as not to forget my youth LOL!

    Loving the sweater and the skirt,cute combination!

    xoxo

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    1. I got a My Little Pony tea set when I was real little - I was convinced it was from Santa, even though it was wrapped in old newspaper, hehe!

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  20. ohmygosh, you are so totally right! december is always exciting and there's a ton of stuff going on and then you suddenly find yourself starting a brand new year -- it is crazy! ;)

    <3, Mimi

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    1. Busy busy busy, then - boom - it's January and we all sit around twiddling our thumbs. Or maybe that's just me, hm.

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  21. I haven't heard Berenstain Bears in forever! You just brought me back to my seven year old self:) I loved those books! I am also loving you adorable outfit today! Perfect mix of colors and prints, you look great:) xo

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  22. You look fantastic and classy in this outfit!! love the red collars!! Oh and yes, Toy Story 3 gets to me every time I see it....the last part is so touching!!

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  23. I love the bird print :) Childhood memories - just being able to play outside all day and playing with barbies and cabbage patch kids

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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    1. Oh CBK ... I have two bobo ones with pink yarn hair and one real one with long brown hair. I think I may still have the real one around somewhere if I can get to my parents' attic.

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  24. Such a cute outfit! Love the sweater and the collar of your shirt! So cute!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  25. I get really emotional around the holidays too! I'm 3784927498372% with you on She-Ra! My brother had Skeletor's castle and I loved playing with She-Ra!

    I love your outfit, as always!

    xoxo
    Kerry

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  26. I love the way the shape of the collar works with the print! And the colours, of course. mad props.

    I had a bizarre love for this little male 'barbie-ish figure that I bought at a yard sale- he had a leather jacket and long dark hair and for some reason I never noted the odd facial features until years later when I saw Planet of the Apes and realized where my doll was from!

    I thought masters of the universe was neat, but hated the way the girls dolls were made. I kinda got sucked into buying some of the recent re-releases- yep, I've got She-Ra now as she was meant to be, and uh, Swiftwind too! (nerd alert...)

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    1. Wait a sec, She-Ra got re-released?! I may have to go Google hunting now ...

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  27. I recall having an all-metal Transformer and now every time i see the new ones in store I'm always like "these things look so cheap!" My favorite childhood toys would definitely be my Barbies. Oh and I loved my Popples too.

    Maggie
    lovestylehappiness.blogspot.com

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  28. She-Ra was my fave too!! And Scarlett from G.I. Joe, of course. I spent a lot of time with my Barbies & My Little Ponies in the Barbie mansion - complete with jacuzzi..haha! Aw, I miss those days too!

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  29. the colors in your outfit are lovely. Your sweater is great.
    Thanks for visiting :)
    XO
    The Fashionable ESQ
    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

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  30. I love how 2 unusual pieces (the collar and the print of the sweater) come together and look so classic.

    I think my favorite childhood memory is running around my grandma's huge backyard. we didn't get to visit her often since we were in the states and she in Germany, but it was always special :)

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  31. Great outfit, love the collar of your shirt!

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