Gift Guide for the Barbie Girl

Are you a Barbie girl, in the normal world? It's a pretty dull place to be, when your head is full of dreams for pink homes, great fashion, and trendy accessories. Alas, there is a way to bring your Barbie World love back into the normal world. And that's by grabbing as many pink items as you can!

Make your life a little more Barbie Pink with these awesome items! You’ve got barbie shoes, pet care, and even closet organization! We could all use a little more glam in our lives. #barbieshoes #barbieclothes #shoppinglists

1. Sneakers 2. Makeup Brushes 3. Barbie Necklace 4. Barbie Backpack 5. Pink Sunglasses 6. Barbie Purse 7. Pink VW Beatle 8. Lip Stickers 9. Dog Bone Bowls 10. Pink Glitter 11. Dog House 12. Fling Tumbler 13. Bow Heels 14. Pink Planner 15. Heart Hangers

Sneakers- We all know Barbie loved her shoes. Unfortunately, she usually did it Cinderella-style, because we somehow managed to lose one them. With these sneakers, it's almost as if you found those missing doll shoes. Plus, this counts as wearing heels, right?

Makeup Brushes- Barbie wore a lot of makeup over the years. With these brushes, you can have that flawless look too! They’re perfecting for trying out the newest trends. I don't know how well they work, but they sure are pretty! 

Barbie Necklace- Since nameplates and Barbie were all the rage when I was younger, this seems like the best of both worlds. Wear it when you need a pop of color, to show your affiliation with the Barbie brand, or to convince creepy bar guys that your name really is Barbie.

Barbie Backpack- A teeny pink Barbie backpack to hold all your cool essentials. I remember the days when tiny backpacks were the “in” thing. They need to make a comeback! We don't need half the things we carry in our oversized purses. Who do I talk to about this?!

Pink Sunglasses- These sunglasses are so ridiculous to me because they really remind me of the cheap plastic sunglasses that came with Barbies in the 2000’s, and I love it. I had several pairs of sunglasses with funky colored lenses, and I wore them until they weren’t cool anymore. Ah, the good old days.

Barbie Purse- for those of you that aren't willing to embrace the tiny backpack trend, try this purse! It’ll hold all your essentials, and then some. It’s got a girly shape and sporty stripes, so it’ll match with any outfit, plus it adds a pop of color!

VW Beatle- I think Barbie cemented our tweenage desire to own a VW beetle. This car was THE car to own back in the days. Now you can commemorate it and enjoy the beetle without, you know, having to drive it everywhere. 

Lip Stickers- Barbie is known for her iconic pink lips, and now you can be, too! Just place these stickers on everything and everyone you interact with and they'll be sure to remember you. 

Dog Bone Bowls- What else would your purse pooch eat from? This has one bowl for food, one for water, and one very cute bone-shaped tray to keep your floors clean. Because although Princess is adorable, she’s pretty sloppy sometimes.

Pink Glitter- Everything is better when it's covered in pink glitter. That is a fact! Use this pink glitter to add a little sparkle to note cards, tea light holders, and just about anything, really.

Dog House- Barbie has had lots of pets in her lifetime, but I imagine her favorite must have been some sort of small puppy. With this, your pampered pooch can have her own Barbie Dream House. Dream car not included.

Fling Tumbler- since Barbie is getting married to Ken every few years, I bet she would love this tumbler. She puts the Kardashians to shame with the sheer quantity of weddings she’s had. Oh Barbie… never a bridesmaid, always a bride.

Bow Heels- Barbie loves her heels, and so do we! They’re pink and have a bow, which is all you need in my book. Plus they’re Kate Spade! I mean, if Barbie could walk in heels with her disproportionate body, you can too, right?

Pink Planner- This planner is perfect for jotting down all your hopes and dreams, like Barbie and her very many career paths. I feel like if Barbie taught us anything it’s that you can have any job you set your mind to, and look damn good doing it!

Heart Hangers- These hangers are amazing because they remind me of some doll ones that I had way back in the day. Barbie would clearly hang her clothes on these! It might be a little much to get a whole closet full of these (or not) but I think hanging your party clothes on it would be a perfect use for them.

So which one of these items do you like the best? Do you have any items you own that stem from your Barbie collection? Let me know in the comments below!

Painted Corkboard and Barbie Push Pins

I have a sliiight obsession with desk items. I've got a whole bunch of pens, some cute tape dispensers, and even a cute felt cactus on my desk. Hoarder is one word that can be used to describe me, but I prefer collector. Luckily the differentiator between a hoarder and a collector is how your items are presented and stored. As long as it's neat, there's nothing to worry about, right? 

I tend to hold onto papers and fortune cookie fortunes that are all too relatable, so I needed somewhere to keep them where I could actually see and use them. In addition, I wanted to have it be something really fun! In what is one of my easiest tutorials to date, I'll show you how to make your very own painted cork board and Barbie push pins!

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial! #deskorganization #barbieclothes #corkboardideas
I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!
I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

You will need:

Corkboard/magnetic whiteboard combo (here)
Small magnets (here)
thumbtacks (I used gold, but these are nice too!)
E6000 glue (here)
pink paint
toothpick
painters tape (here)
Barbie Shoes (authentic vintage ones from Ebay, or similar here)

Directions:

1. Tape off the sides of the corkboard.

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

2. Paint the corkboard pink. I used Martha Stewart Satin Paint in Pink Dahlia.

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

4. Peel off the tape while the paint is still kinda wet. Touch up the paint and use a toothpick to remove any extra paint from sides.

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

5. Space out your magnets on the whiteboard and place a small glob of glue on each. Let cure for 2 minutes (or according to instructions) then place the shoe onto it. Hold for 30 seconds, then let dry for 24-48 hours. Please note that not all whiteboards are magnetic, so make sure you find one that is!

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

 I did the opposite for all the thumbtacks, putting a small glob of glue onto the shoe itself, then placing a thumbtack on after it cured. Hold for 30 seconds, then let dry for 24-48 hours.

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!
I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!
I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial!

Now, gather up all your cutest photos and postcards, and hang them up!

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial! #deskorganization #barbieclothes #corkboardideas

You can also scribble notes on your whiteboard, like dinner dates and brunches with friends!

If you want more Barbie fun, be sure to check out my Barbie Shoes Tote Bag and Gift Guide for the Barbie Girl!

I decided to use my slight obsession with Barbie to create this awesome pink cork board with matching Barbie shoe magnets and thumbtacks. Click for the full tutorial! #deskorganization #barbieclothes #corkboardideas

I know I'm way too old for this, but I still really love Barbies. I peruse the doll aisle at Target every once in a while to see what they have. This cork board is a fun and nostalgic way to show off your Barbie love. So what do you think, will you be making one of these for your desk? Did you love Barbies as a kid, or were you over her faster than you can say "Barbie Dream House"? Do you still have a soft spot for her? Let me know in the comments below!

Things I'd Tell My 8-Year Old Self

As a kid, you always imagine what it'll be like to be an adult. You get this image in your head of what you'll look like, or act like, or even who your husband will be like. A lot of it comes from watching tv, or the things you see and people tell you. As you get older, you realize that there's so much more to the world than your small mind ever could've imagined, but you can't help but let your childhood preconceived notions affect things. There are things I wish I could've told my 8-year old self, so that I could have been better prepared for growing up. Things I wish I hadn't gotten so hung up on, or things I wish I would have let go. Some are silly, and some are important, but they all affected the way I grew up and perceived the world.

There are things I wish I could've told my 8-year old self, so that I could have been better prepared for growing up. Things I wish I hadn't gotten so hung up on, or things I wish I would have let go. Click for the full post.

You never get boobs.

As a kid, I always imagined myself getting boobs and looking womanly. But I don't look (or feel) womanly. Sometimes I can still pass for a high school kid, definitely a college kid, and people are shocked when I tell them I'm getting married. You don't really get to a point where you feel like an adult. You just kind of are one. How do you know? Well, there are bills you have to pay, or a lease in your name, or things you don't really have to do (like go to college) but you do it anyway since it will make your life better. The things that you thought would make you an adult (like boobs, or looking womanly) actually have no impact on whether you are one or not.

You can be whatever you want.

When people ask what you want to be when you grow up, it's a very limiting question. You're 8. They only teach you about the common careers- teachers, lawyers, doctors. No one tells you about engineering, or marketing, or dog walking. You don't see a franchise owner on your little flash cards. The truth is, there are SO many careers out there that you won't know about as an 8 year old, or an 18 year old, or even an 88 year old. There are limitless possibilities, so don't fret if you can't decide now or even when you're an adult. Career choices are meant to shift and adapt to your changing life. And being a superhero is always an acceptable answer. Because although you can't wear a cape and fly, sometimes you are saving lives (even in just a metaphorical sense).

You'll still be scared sh*tless.

As an 8-year old, you're afraid of the dark, or dogs, or the house full of "witches" on your block (true story). And you think that adults are brave, so when you grow up, you won't be scared of anything anymore. Well guess what kid? You'll still be scared of stuff when you get older! Fear is a part of life. It's human nature. Being able to get over your fears, or finding the strength to move forward in spite of them, is what happens when you grow up. 

You're still annoying.

When I was a kid, I was really annoying. I always wanted things my way, and I never understood why I couldn't get it. I was insanely stubborn, ruled by my emotions, and kinda whiney. At almost 28 years old, I'm the same way, just the grown up version. You don't grow out of being yourself. Yes, you evolve and you mature, but deep down you're still very much like that 8-year kid, just the grown-up version. For me, wanting things my own way means that I am independent and like to try to find my own way of doing things, even if it means failing. I'm still ruled by my emotions, which means I can get really mad at someone about something trivial, but also means I'm extremely empathetic and try to help people in every way I can. I'm still whiney, and I wish there was something good to be said about that, but hey, sometimes you gotta take the bad with the good. I've tried to change myself, but it doesn't work, because I am me. Which leads me to....

There are things I wish I could've told my 8-year old self, so that I could have been better prepared for growing up. Things I wish I hadn't gotten so hung up on, or things I wish I would have let go. Click for the full post.

Don't let people try to change you.

There will always be people who try to change you. I think this happens the most when you're starting to date or make friends, but it can even be from your parents. People will try their hardest to change you and this will make you really sad. It's hard to feel like people don't like you for who you are. And wishing you were someone else is never the right feeling to have. So don't let people try to change you... but allow them to try and improve you. What's the difference? Changing means being someone who isn't yourself. Improving means finding a new part of yourself that you didn't know existed. This is important, not only for your well-being, but for others as well. Don't try to make people into what you think they need to be, but instead try to find their hidden magic. The stuff they won't allow themselves to be. That's the only way to improve their life.

It's really not that bad.

As a kid, I would throw fits over the most ridiculous things. Like not getting the toy I wanted in my happy meal, or the name-brand brownie snack I wanted, or getting to see Titanic at 8pm when it's a 3-hour movie and my dad said he'd take me tomorrow morning. To me this felt like the absolute end of the world, and I wish I can say I grew out of feeling that way. I wish I understood then what I know to be true today. Whatever "crisis" you are facing right now, it really isn't that bad. There are always people who have worse situations. And they will tell you that. Sometimes, this isn't meant to belittle your situation, but just to give you some perspective. Life doesn't go your way. You have to put on your big girl pants, get over it, and move on. Sad but true.

No one gives a sh*t.

My parents are those parents where everything you do is considered amazing. I can draw a line on a paper, say "look mommy, I made art!", and she'll say "wow that's amazing!" and keep it forever. Like, probably even if I drew that today, I would get a similar reaction. The sad truth about life is that not everyone will see your potential. For some, painting the next Mona Lisa will garner an "ehhhh" response. The truth is that most people don't give a shit, because they're so wrapped up in their own lives. You won't get a lollipop for doing a good job, or a raise for being the best, or a pat on the back for helping out. Sometimes you don't even get a "thank you" for holding the door open! You have to find a way to be proud of yourself, and stop relying on outside influence. It's great when someone tells you that something is amazing. What's even better is knowing yourself that it's amazing.

Stop living according to your expectations.

As a kid, I had this picture in my head of what it meant to be an adult, what high school would be like, my wedding, etc. As I got older, I found things to be very disappointing. My high school wasn't full of cool people, and even if it was, I sure wouldn't be considered one of them. We didn't have lockers, I didn't feel happy, and some of my friends turned out to be terrible people. Guess what? Life isn't like the movies. To this day, this one still baffles me. I still expect things to go like my preconceived notion of them, and I'm constantly allowing myself to be disappointed by that. Some people's lives mimic movies, some people's don't. Life is what you make it, and life is real. This means that situations aren't perfectly set up and scripted. They're complex, messy, and unpredictable. If you live according to your expectations, you will always be disappointed. Learn to see the good in life, instead of what you're missing out on. 

There are things I wish I could've told my 8-year old self, so that I could have been better prepared for growing up. Things I wish I hadn't gotten so hung up on, or things I wish I would have let go. Click for the full post.

An elephant never forgets.

When I was a kid, I once really wanted a pair of shoes from Payless. My parents didn't have money, but they promised to come back and get them for me. I threw a fit- I needed them now. My uncle said he would take me back to get them. Not good enough either. I had to be picked me up, kicking and screaming, and taken out of the store. Now another story- in high school, we went on a class trip and someone wasn't feeling well. I stuck with her, asking her how she was doing, walking slowly and staying behind with her, even when her so-called friends ditched her. She was so appreciative of it, and we still remain great friends. In fact, she's the one performing our wedding ceremony! What's the common theme? I know these things happened because I've heard the story, even though I don't actually remember it happening. People don't forget what you've done, even if you have. That can be good or bad, as exhibited in these two very different stories. Always be careful what you say and do, because it'll stick with people.

Always be true to yourself.

Listen, there will always be people out there who try to change you. It's your job to know what you want for yourself, why you want it, and to be strong in your decisions. It'll be hard, but try not to let other people put you into the so-called "box" that society has. Some people can't fathom a person that doesn't fit in becoming successful, but of course it can be done! There is a place for everyone. So if you like to wear bright colors, go for it. If you want to dye your hair purple, do it! If your hobby is dressing up your pet in funny outfits, buy the best ones. And don't let other people try to tell you that you can't be who you want to be. In the words of the great Dr. Suess "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." It's by being yourself, and standing out, that you will be remembered.

Phew! That's a lot of preaching I just did there, but I think it's really important to know these things, even as an adult. They're still really important! So, what would you go back and tell your 8 year old self? Do you have a piece of advice that you were given, something that's stuck with you all these years? Let me know in the comments below!

Barbie Shoes Tote Bag

So lately, I’ve been talking a lot about being comfy in the warmer weather. One of the biggest parts of that is wearing comfortable shoes. However, sometimes you really want to wear that cute-but-uncomfortable pair. Or, maybe you just got a brand spankin’ new pair of shoes and you just can’t wait to wear them for the first time. Before you know it, you’ve got a blister situation happening and you’re wishing you had an extra pair of shoes to save you. Don’t worry- I got you covered! With this Barbie Shoe Tote, you’ll be walking on Easy Street in no time. As a Barbie collector, fan, and self-titled Barbie Girl, I could not WAIT to create a Barbie Doll themed DIY. I think I've got this one in the bag ;)

This tote is as easy to make as you want it to be. If you’re looking for a no-sew project, just print the design onto transfer paper and iron it on your bag. If you want to give your bag a fun look, sew some new straps on it. I also think this would be great on a drawstring shoe bag too, or even a t-shirt!

As a Barbie collector, fan, and self-titled Barbie Girl, I could not WAIT to create a Barbie Doll themed DIY. This tote bag features a pink Barbie shoes iron-on. Click for the DIY and free printable! #barbiedoll #totebag #barbieclothes

You Will Need:

As a Barbie collector, fan, and self-titled Barbie Girl, I could not WAIT to create a Barbie Doll themed DIY. This tote bag features a pink Barbie shoes iron-on. Click for the DIY and free printable!

Tote Bag (here or slightly larger here)
Ribbon (from Michaels, similar here)
Sewing Machine
White Thread (here)
Iron-on transfer paper (here)
Shoes Printable (FREE! See below for more info)
Color Printer (I have this one and love it!)
Iron

As a Barbie collector, fan, and self-titled Barbie Girl, I could not WAIT to create a Barbie Doll themed DIY. This tote bag features a pink Barbie shoes iron-on. Click for the DIY and free printable!

 

Psssst. If you want this to be an easy no-sew project, skip to step 4. 

1. Cut the straps off your tote bag.

2. Use your cut straps to measure out your new ribbon, and add a little bit extra.

3. Following the little bit of leftovers from the old straps, sew your new straps onto your tote bag.

Can we talk about how excited I am that I remember how to sew?! I took a free sewing class 2-3 years ago at Mood Fabrics, where we made a tote bag. I had to consult my sewing manual a little, but I was giddy over actually remembering what I needed to do haha. Anyway, moving on...

The printable is available in my resource library, which you can get totally FREE access to, just by signing up. What exactly do you get? Access to all my printables, including party planning guides, checklists, and my projects. By signing up, you'll have access to all projects- past, present and future! 

As a Barbie collector, fan, and self-titled Barbie Girl, I could not WAIT to create a Barbie Doll themed DIY. This tote bag features a pink Barbie shoes iron-on. Click for the DIY and free printable!
As a Barbie collector, fan, and self-titled Barbie Girl, I could not WAIT to create a Barbie Doll themed DIY. This tote bag features a pink Barbie shoes iron-on. Click for the DIY and free printable!

4. Carefully cut out your Barbie shoes iron-on transfer paper. Get as close to the edges of the lettering as you can.

5. Run a lint roller over your bag to remove any stray hairs or lint. Otherwise, they'll get permanently embedded under your iron-on transfer.

6. Place your iron-on transfer paper onto your tote bag where you would like it to go. I decided to have mine go diagonally across the center. It felt very 90's this way!

7. Iron the transfer paper onto your tote bag according to the directions of your iron-on transfers. Let cool completely before peeling.

As a Barbie collector, fan, and self-titled Barbie Girl, I could not WAIT to create a Barbie Doll themed DIY. This tote bag features a pink Barbie shoes iron-on. Click for the DIY and free printable! #barbiedoll #totebag #barbieclothes

And there you have it! An awesome tote bag for toting around your real-life Barbie shoes. It's perfect for the 90s Barbie girl in you. It's also great for kids and Barbie collectors, if you wanted to use it as a doll tote! It is a Barbie bag, after all. Or, use it to hold doll clothes and accessories. 

As a Barbie collector, fan, and self-titled Barbie Girl, I could not WAIT to create a Barbie Doll themed DIY. This tote bag features a pink Barbie shoes iron-on. Click for the DIY and free printable! #barbiedoll #totebag #barbieclothes
As a Barbie collector, fan, and self-titled Barbie Girl, I could not WAIT to create a Barbie Doll themed DIY. This tote bag features a pink Barbie shoes iron-on. Click for the DIY and free printable! #barbiedoll #totebag #barbieclothes
As a Barbie collector, fan, and self-titled Barbie Girl, I could not WAIT to create a Barbie Doll themed DIY. This tote bag features a pink Barbie shoes iron-on. Click for the DIY and free printable!

The printable is available in my resource library, which you can get totally FREE access to, just by signing up. What exactly do you get? Access to all my printables, including party planning guides, checklists, and my projects. By signing up, you'll have access to all projects- past, present and future! 

I'm loving this Barbie tote bag for carrying around an extra pair of shoes! Sure beats a plastic bag. Do you usually bring an extra pair of shoes along with you, or do you tough it out for the day? Let me know in the comments below!