It’s a good thing Barbie over there has many swinging things to say, because I have some swinging memes to do!
Cen of Cen’s Loft and Tricia at papercages (sadly, no more, so I can’t link – miss you, Tricia!) passed along the seven-random-things meme at the end of last year, and now my dear pal Kris of Lily’s Licorice has given me the six-random-things meme, too. That makes a total of twenty random things, I think. They are supposed to be things about me, but I like to make up my own randomness. SO….the next couple of days will be a festival of odds and ends (cue the punchline: so what else is new around here?)
Also, I might have more than 20 things, because I have in front of me a guide to all things Hip from 1966. There’s a lot of ground to cover, all right. All of it so funny that there’ll be plenty of leftovers for tomorrow. Just like the best kinds of dinner, in my opinion!
For our first episode, the lovely New Talking Barbie over there is going to talk to us about Looking Hip. Her source is film critic Rex Reed‘s splendid Hip (?) Girl’s Directory (the little question mark is Rex’s, not mine – and I have no idea where his doubts lay, either). It appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine in April 1966, which was around the time of Barbie’s bendiferous heyday (that was 1965-67, to be exact).
Barbie always wants to talk about hair and clothes, after all, so here you go, this is what’s IN:
1. White stockings
2. Rings on toes
3. Bell-bottom trousers
4. Party pajamas
5. Dynel hair switches
6. Shoulder makeup
7. Lacquered triangle bobby pins
8. Vinyl raincoats
9. White eye-liner
10. Positive lipstick colors
In other words, Barbie’s 1966 clothing line from that famous couturier, Coco Mattel. And as a bonus, here are five hip expressions to use while you are wearing all that plasticky stuff:
1. Blow your cool
Warning: DO NOT say things like Raunchy, Swinging, Too Much, Groovy, Pussycat, Fab, Super or Get Serious! Rex says they are not hip. And perhaps that is where the question mark comes into it. For he has no control over what Barbie, or you, are saying. Why would he? Get serious, pussycat!
And so much for yesterday’s post title, I guess. But I won’t blow my cool over it or go crackers or anything. Peace out, man – and more to come tomorrow.
And a thousand thanks to my hip and cool friend Heather for the Barbie ad!
P.S. What in the world does Mippy mean? Anyone? Urban Dictionary says it now means “Modern Hippie” but I don’t think that’s what Rex Reed had in mind. It sounds like what you might name a little cat – perhaps that’s where the Mousing comes into it.