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Being a twenty-something has changed a lot over the years.
For our parents, at 24,/25 they were engaged or married, with a house and a steady-ish job under their belts. Maybe they had even had us.
The 90s were a different era and some of our favourite childhood movies show that – take a beloved classic like The Parent Trap.
Lindsay Lohan made her screen debut as twins who were separated as babies and each lived with one parent.
Cue 11 years later, they meet at camp and plan to get their folks back together.
But one thing stands in their way…their vineyard-owning dad has a gorgeous young fiancee.
When we were kids the villain of the movie was Meredith Blake, a perfectly coiffed and successful publicist who was set on marrying Nick Parker.
But now we're not ten anymore, things look…not as they seemed, let's just say.
Meredith is only TWENTY-SIX, has an unreal career, a killer wardrobe and is marrying a millionaire who is also a bit of a ride.
And we're sitting here with barely enough money to buy a coffee.
Meredith Blake had it all figured out and we are kinda in awe of her.
She knew what she wanted – a hot rich husband – and who are we to judge?
It seems we're not the only ones with delayed admiration for her.
When the flick hit its 20th anniversary in 2018, fans flocked to social media to sing Meredith's praises.
can you imagine being first of all, a publicist for a gigantic vineyard, AND as sneaky and bratty as she is?? when you’re a kid watching it 26 is so grown up. when you’re 25 and watching it you’re like pic.twitter.com/9THP0xyNMQ
— Samantha McNaney (@samburch08) June 2, 2019
One said, ''The older I get, the more I relate to Meredith Blake. A child-free baddie with a career and a ring, what an icon.''
While another wrote, ''So, apparently Meredith Blake in Parent Trap is 26. I am currently 26. If any rich vineyard owners want to hit me up and get engaged, you have four months before my birthday.''
Lesson learned – Meredith is a queen and the older we get the more we want her to Nick and ship those brats off to Switzerland.
From spaghetti strap crops and tiny coloured sunglasses to ankle bracelets, velvet headbands, butterfly hair clips and scrunchies; the 1990s were the days when fashion was born and bred.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were dating, Charmed, Friends and Sabrina the Teenage Witch were on our screens and Mary-Kate and Ashley launched their careers. Times were good.
What was one of the many gifts the Olsen Twins gave us? Hair bandanas, of course. In paisley print, to be precise.
The bandana is officially the nostalgic hair accessory making a major comeback this summer, and we're rejoicing from the throwback heavens.
Back in 1999, the world and it's mother was donning headscarves from Christina Aguilera to Dionne in Clueless. The paisley print was where it was AT.
Fast forward a couple of years, and the accessory has been spotted on the high street once more. Vintage stores are also stocking up on the style staple.
Brands and designers from JW Anderson, Kate Spade and Max Mara are using scarves for their bold catwalk looks, with signature printed ensembles and monogramming included for SS19
One perfect reason for sporting the look is that it can cover up a dodgy hair day, or unwashed hair with enough grease to cook a double cheeseburger. Unwashed tresses are concealed with ease.
Fold your square scarf diagonally in half to create a triangle, place it over your hair and tie at the nape of your neck. Fix with some bobby pins or hair clips to secure it all day, and voila. You're fierce.
You can even wear the scarves as a crop top if you tie it correctly at the back, which blew our minds. An accessory and an item of clothing which embodies a past era of our lives? Sign us up.
Bad Gal RiRi even used one for her Wild Thoughts music video, looking out of this world incredible as always. We all know that anything Rihanna touches turns to gold, so it's time we joined the trend.
The humble headscarf bandana wasn't just graced on the heads of 1990s royalty like Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls. Male celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Tupac even wore the edgy accessory.
While some of the trends from the nineties have earned their spot on the World Dressed lists nowadays, we simply must throw our support in for the bandana kerchief. It's both lazy and hip at the same time.
If you need us, we'll be hunting Temple Bar's vintage shops for more old-school baggy sportswear, coloured hair clips and tiny sunnies for festival season. Wear your bandana with pride, ladies and gents.
Feature image: Instagram/@marykateandashley_br
Festival fashion is one of the most sought-after gems in the style calendar, but trends have most definitely shifted in 2019 into a more sustainable environment. Rightfully so.
Rather than buying entirely new wardrobes for each music festival attended, the rise of the rental is upon us as well as the overwhelming popularity of vintage clothes.
The billion-dollar festival fashion scene is a whole new ball game since the rise of apps like Instagram, capturing celebrity fashion at Coachella, Reading, Parklife, Electric Picnic and Glastonbury.
A fast fashion extravaganza has been the result, with millions of euros spent on clothing for festival wear each year. The fashion industry is the second-biggest water polluter on earth, after the oil industry.
Outlandish, aesthetically-dramatic outfits which normally wouldn’t be worn are donned, but with the rise of ethical and sustainable fashion, what are this year’s trends?
Vintage styles are setting the trend agenda this festival season, as shown by global fashion search engine Lyst.
The company identified the major trends for festival season by gathering analysis on the shopping behaviours of over five million people based on social media metrics and search data.
It discovered that the 1990s are well and truly the decade to be apart of. Search results for staples from the time such as neon, bucket hats, tie-dye, chunky sports sandals and graphic t-shirts have all increased.
“Sustainability is an issue that more and more customers care about on Lyst,” the organisation’s insights reporter, Morane Le Caer, told The Independent.
1. Biodegradable glitter
Some festivals have already taken action when it comes to the harmful effects of glitter on the environment by pledging to ban glitter from their sites as part of a wider outlaw on single-use plastics.
In case you aren’t aware, glitter contains micro-plastics which take hundreds of years to break down, so can cause a phenomenal amount of damage (despite it’s small size).
However, you simply can’t remove glitter from the festival landscape so a solution has been created; biodegradable glitter.
As it turns out, you can be savvy about the environment while dancing the night away in a field simultaneously.
There are a huge amount of fantastic brands emerging which promote sustainability and recyclable materials, but our faves include;
EcoStardust, Dolls Kill ‘Go Get Glitter’, In Your Dreams, Festival Face, Primark P.S…Festival collection, BOD Mermaid Body and Eco Glitter Fun.
2. Tiny ’90s sunglasses
With the coming of summer brings iconic vintage trends, predominantly from the nineties this year. What was one of the greatest aspects of that era? Tiny sunglasses, of course.
Style icons like Rihanna, Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez have caught on to the trend, which was based around cinematic veterans from the 90s sporting small sunnies in films like Notting Hill (Julia Roberts) and supermodels like Kate Moss.
Are you even a fashionista if you aren’t wearing teeny, tiny sunglasses? Probably not. If Kendall Jenner is copying 1999 Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Britney Spears, then you should probably try it too.
You can normally find the best pairs by thrift shopping or visiting places like Dublin Vintage Factory or Nine Crows vintage, but ASOS and ASOS Marketplace also do great coloured oval sunglasses.
Sequins as a festival trend will most likely never change.
It’s the perfect way to grab the spotlight from the artists and firmly place it on yourself, and it’s distracting in all the best ways if you haven’t washed your hair at Electric Picnic in three days.
Vintage shopping for sequins is one of the most fun activities in the land, and you can find some sparkly gems in most places.
ASOS Marketplace has an extensive selection, and we can’t get enough of the co-ords.
All that glitters may not quite be gold, but they can give you a killer look for the next music festival you attend with your gal-pals.
Fashion will always have an obsession with sparkle, with major couture designers utilising sequins with precision. It trickles down to the festivals, where everyone wants to have the most eye-catching apparel.
4. Attention-grabbing hats
From ’90s bucket hats and cowboy hats to sequinned military-style caps and printed beanies, when you’re having a festival hair day with unwashed tresses; hats will be thy saviour.
Black leather baker boy hats have been spotted on the Nine Crows website, and ASOS Marketplace has an array of velvet and sequinned berets to get your hands on.
Depop is also your best friend when it comes to items like these. The clothes-selling app has millions of users, and is a brilliant place to buy and sell second-hand clothes and vintage goodies.
Somehow, summer always grabs onto the trend of bucket hats every single year. We’ve seen countless boys at Longitude (RIP) sporting branded Kangol bucket hats, but the vintage headgear remain cool.
While fast fashion brands will bring out their own lines of bucket hats and eye-catching caps, there’s nowhere better than vintage stores to get the original ’90s vibe.
Temple Bar has numerous shops to rifle through, but some are better for accessories than others. Online stores like Beyond Retro in the UK have a great collection too, and Depop sellers have gorgeous options.
5. Sportswear (cycling shorts, chunky sandals, windbreakers)
The Kardashians and Kanye West are partially credited with reigniting the luxe sportswear trend, and the nineties ‘athleisure’ fad is officially back.
Sportswear that doubles up as festival wear is definitely on the rise, with cycling shorts and chunky runners seen on high-fashion runways and in high street stores alike.
We’re fairly sure the Tour de France wasn’t intending on beginning a cycling shorts trend, but here we are.
It’s got nothing to do with exercise or physical performance, but everything to do with looking festival fierce in a flash.
Princess Diana’s mid-90s style and Yeezy’s obsession with form-fitting athleisure have both caused an influx in people searching for leggings and patterned cycling shorts online.
Labels like Fendi, Dior, Chanel, Nanushka, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh all showcasing stylised riffs on cycling shorts in their runway collections recently, with the addition of neon to prove peak 90s.
Wear with an oversized blazer and statement belt if your shorts aren’t eye-catching enough at Electric Picnic.
With vintage and sustainable shopping on the increase, nailing these five festival fashion trends in the 2019 season will be easier, and cheaper, than ever but with a less negative environmental impact.
You don’t need an entirely new wardrobe to slay the styles. It just takes some dedication and creativity, and the knowledge of the best second-hand places to shop.
Do yourself a favour and download Depop while you’re at it. The ’90s will be all over your campsite aesthetic in no time.
Consider the weather and location – this might sound like an obvious one, but it’s also one of the most important. Festivals can be totally different experiences depending on the location and the time of year. Keep an eye on the forecast during the week running up to the festival and be ready to change your festival shoes options at a moment’s notice.
You should also do a bit of research on the type of ground the festival is set on. Fields can get muddy, beaches can get hot and street festivals can be hard on the feet, so you’ll need to adjust your Blundstone shoes choices accordingly.
Most festivals are heavy-going on your footwear, even if the weather is kind, so we recommend choosing something sturdy and strong to take the brunt of the wear. Leather is always a good choice as it’s strong, comfortable and easy to clean, but plastic and rubber are also good choices.
Feature image: Purple lens sunnies by Vintings at ASOS Marketplace, €11.76
Depop is one of the greatest tools in your arsenal when it comes to buying and selling items of clothing.
The legendary buy-and-sell app is getting increasingly popular by the day, especially with the rise of sustainable fashion and ethical shopping.
Buying pre-owned and pre-loved styles will hopefully keep on rising in popularity, otherwise the planet may just burn to shreds at an even faster rate (not even joking!?).
— Depop (@depop) August 6, 2019
Depop has many lovable traits. The search bar allows you to find gorgeous vintage pieces within Ireland for an incredibly affordable price, and you can also extend your search party worldwide if you're willing to pay for shipping costs.
A seller can also make a pretty penny from selling your old clothes that you NEVER wear anymore (we've sold about 34 dresses we haven't even seen since our Wezz days for a great profit).
The explore page when you first enter the app also has top picks based on your likes and preferences, and also the Depop app's own favourite shops they've got their eye on.
Without further fashion ado, here are our Depop top picks for today. Nab them before they're sold:
1. Vintage deadstock 1990s flare jeans
Size 6, Price: £30 (€32)
2. Vintage pink pastel mini-dress
Size 10, Price: £39 (€42.55)
3. Early 1990s vintage designer mesh dress by Betsey Johnson
Size XS, Price: £150 (€164)
4. Faux fur cow jacket
Size 8-10, Price: £50 (€54.60)
5. Baby blue plaid Nike Air Force 1
Size: Womens 8.5, Price: $100 (€90)
6. Vintage Jane Norman chainmail shoulder bag
Price: £20 (€21.80)
7. Vintage Karen Millen baby pink suit
UK size 8, Price: £45 (€49)
8. Vintage patchwork frayed denim jeans
Size UK 10, Price: £95 (€103.60)
9. Upcycled linen Topshop midi dress
Size: UK 12, Price: £27.50 (€30)
10. Hippy style Miss Sixty flare jeans
Size: UK 8-10, Price: £110 (€120)
11. Rare 1980s vintage Adidas originals sweatshirt in purple and turquoise
Size: M, Price: £75 (€81)
12. Vintage Richards bolt blouse with stunning button details
Size: 8-10, Price: £35 (€37.90)
Shop to your heart's content knowing that you aren't causing damage to the environment by adding to the textiles industry, it's a good feeling.
Feature image: Instagram/@depop
Remember those egg-shaped digital pets that everyone had and didn't care proper care of?
If you don't, then you most likely weren't born in the 1990s…Those were the days. With the Spice Girls and Westlife touring, not to mention all of the live-action Disney flicks, nostalgia is in vogue right now.
The cherry on the cake: Tamagotchi digital pets are coming back into our lives, whether you like it or not. They're the EXACT replicas of the ones we knew and adored in the 90s.
Tamagotchi digital pets are now on sale on Amazon, and the general public and internet communities have lost their damn minds, understandably.
The description on Amazon's website reads: "The Original Tamagotchi digital pet you loved back in 1997 is back with the original programming!"
"Feed it, turn lights on/off, play with it, give it medicine, flush after it's used the bathroom, check it's health and discipline your Tamagotchi if he bothers you when he's happy, fed and all cleaned up."
It continues; "Raise your Tamagotchi from egg to child to adult and how you take care of it will decide which of the seven adults you'll get." What an absolute chore…we want them all.
Japanese company Bandai created Tamagotchi's 20 years ago, and first released them in 1997. They became one of the most popular toys of the 90s at rapid speed, and taught kids about basic responsibilities.
Pretty much every one of us had to deal with the digital death of our pets, but all was grand because of that sweet reset button at the back. Reborn and rejuvenated…here we go again.
Peter Jenkinson, resident toy expert, was interviewed by LADbible a few years ago and said;
"It was the first truly 'real time' toy – you didn't need to make it do stuff, it did stuff that you then had to react to. It was always on, always with you, you had little/no control over it and it was without doubt the first truly virtual pet that behaved like it had its own personality/destiny. In a way, a very early example of how AI might pan out."
"It was ahead of its time and although tech has evolved hugely this past two decades, our love of nostalgia hasn't diminished."
Dive back into your childhood and check out the multi-coloured options available online, with prices starting from around €22. It costs to go back in time, evidently.
Feature image: Instagram/@elyos72
When it comes to marking the passing of a special occasion, be it a birthday, an engagement or an anniversary, there is nothing that resonates more thoughtfully as a gift than a stunning piece of jewellery.
So, when a jewellery brand themselves is celebrating a landmark birthday, the only way to immortalise the milestone is to launch a collection that emulates everything the brand stands for – and what their customers love them for.
Thomas Sabo is one of our go-to brands when it comes to gift giving – and when it comes to receiving, there’s nothing more titillating than peeling back carefully folded wrapping paper to reveal a sleek, black jewellery box etched with the Thomas Sabo moniker.
So as Thomas Sabo celebrates their 35th Birthday this year, they couldn’t let the occasion go by unannounced. As part of their new seasonal collections, they have created a very special Heritage Collection.
The collection redefines what ‘classic’ jewellery means – while many may have a picture in their minds eye of chandelier earrings or embellished medallions, the Heritage Collection proves that classic can mean contemporary, paired, back, minimalist, while remaining a talking-point.
The 90s have been a huge trend over the past few years, with everything from bum-bags and sportswear to scrunchies and skinny sunglasses making a comeback.
However, Thomas Sabo’s aesthetic has always had its roots in the clean, pared-back and elegant stylings of high-end jewellery pieces from the time frame.
The designs echo the 90s era and reflect an iconic identity – all as a tribute to the brand’s monumental 35-year success story.
The re-interpreted and re-imagined signature pieces are represented by the sparkling precious metal 925 Sterling silver, which the collection also seeks to celebrate.
‘The crucial factor for the success of my brand is certainly the fact that our signature and existing design language has always remained visible,’ founder Thomas Sabo said.
‘Even after 35 years, it gives me a lot of pleasure to help design each piece of jewellery myself.’
A stand out piece from the collection in this medium in particular, which again pays homage to the 90s minimalistic approach to luxe jewellery design, are the stud Heritage Earrings.
Created in a striking curved silhouette, they are reminiscent of climbing flames, while hinting at a Celtic influence – perfect for spicing up a daywear outfit or completing an elegant evening look.
While the collection includes a selection of rings, the interlocking design of the signet ring is particularly striking, and is the perfect balance of timeless, classic design, and on-trend, medallion style statement hand jewellery.
The collection includes rings, necklaces and bracelets, all cast in 925 Sterling silver and gold.
It is available now from House of Fraser Dundrum, Brown Thomas Cork, Arnotts, BT2 Blanchardstown, Weir and Sons Grafton Street, Kildare Village, independent jewellers and online at www.thomassabo.com.
We were obsessed with Polly Pockets as kids.
We could carry that little woman around in our pockets all day, and not to mention all of the contents of her house, too.
We haven't a clue why the toy has made a resurgence (and why we're still so into it in our 20s), but alas, a Polly Pocket bag is being released to the market, and we want one.
Yes, we may be adults now, but look how cute it is.
The perfect night out accessory, right?
The '90s bag of dreams will be on sale on June 8 from Truffle Shuffle and you can get yours here.
We're sure you all remember the teen heart-throb and sandy blonde protagonist of Saved By The Bell.
The absolute hunk that was Zack Morris was played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who is now hoping that the show will have it's reunion on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Hold on to your nostalgia hats, because Saved By The Bell is set to have it's 30-year-anniversary, so we suddenly feel infinitely older.
Jimmy Fallon previously had the cast-members back for a mini-reunion on-screen in 2015, which the internet was DELIGHTED for, and the star is hoping for another TV celebration.
The 44-year-old actor shot to fame back in 1989 playing the main character of the show, and it's now renowned as one of the biggest treats of the 1990s.
The 90s fashion alone has remained iconic, but we haven't seen much of the cast since the show ended, except for Mario Lopez and Gosselaar.
Lopez, who portrayed AC Slater, has remained in the TV business through his penchant for presenting. Mark-Paul has also stayed in the industry, playing roles in NYPD Blue, Franklin & Bash and now The Passage.
Gosselaar recently spoke to Metro, and stated that there are currently no plans to get the crew back together for the anniversary; "No, we haven’t discussed anything."
"I think the last time we did something for the 25th was with Jimmy Fallon, so possibly he might have something up his sleeve which would be great."
"I think we’d all gladly take up the offer if it was there to reprise that role with them."
PAY ATTENTION JIMMY. Give the world what it wants, and deserves.
The Spice Girls are officially reuniting to work on new projects, so if any year was going to channel the 90s era, it seems like 2018 is the year.
There are a few things that completely defined the 90s for us, and we wouldn't mind having around these days to go with our new Spice Girls album:
If there was any show that we rushed home from school to watch, it was Pokemon.
A real life reboot would be more than welcome, but who would play Ash?
Gameboys revolutionised the handheld gaming concept, and ours were filled with the likes of Thew Sims, Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and Final Fantasy cartridges.
We wouldn't mind one nowadays to entertain us on the commute.
7. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
One of the 90s most iconic shows – we still stream it to this day.
6. DIY Hair wraps
There was always some one in our class who came back from their holidays with a hair wrap – the absolute pinnacle of primary school glamour.
Their popularity led to the development of DIY hair wrap contraptions that more often than not ended up with us having to get our hair chopped off, but if they could improve the technology, we would nit be opposed to a cheeky hair wrap.
5. Mr Freeze
Okay so obviously Mr Freeze's are still in existence, but somewhere around the early 00s, the flavours changed.
We reminisce on the days where you had to absolutely wrestle your sibling for the last blue ice pop in the box.
All 90s kids will remember the horror of getting your Tamagotchi confiscated in primary school, only to get no sympathy after choruses of "but he'll die, Miss" from your teacher.
3. The X-Files
The 90s was the heyday of supernatural TV dramas, and The X-Files captured the imaginations of sci-fi fans the world over.
With all the reboots of vintage TV shows happening at the moment, we wouldn't be mad if The X-Files was among them.
2. Dairylea Lunchables
We had to absolutely beg our parents to buy us these for our lunch boxes, and while we were very rare;ly successful, the few times we were we felt like absolute chefs building our own cheese, ham and cracker towers.
Okay, finally one thing on the list that actually HAS made a comeback.
The supernatural adventures of Prue, Piper and Phoebe are still as epic today as they ever were, although the graphics might seem a little primitive.
ODEON and Pigsback.com have partnered up to bring another huge classic cult film to the big screen, Pretty Woman.
The iconic 1990 hit, Pretty Woman, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere will have an exclusive screening on Thursday, November 29 at 6.30pm, ODEON Cinemas Nationwide – Dublin (Blanchardstown, Charlestown, Coolock, Point Square, Stillorgan), Cavan, Limerick, Naas, Newbridge, Portlaoise and Waterford.
This is the perfect opportunity to get the girls together, tickets for the screening of this classic rom-com are priced at €15, which includes a cinema ticket, popcorn combo (medium combo with a dispensed soft drink or bottle of water) and one small tub of ice cream.
Cinema lovers can purchase tickets from www.Pigsback.com.
Paul Wren, Commercial Manager for ODEON cinemas said: "After screening previous 90’s chartbusters in partnership with Pigsback.com, Pretty Woman was the obvious next choice. With such memorable and iconic performance from Julia Roberts and Richard Gere – this film deserves another run on the big screen."
Pretty Woman hit the silver screen in June 1990 and gained immediate critical acclaim and huge box office success. This unusual take on the traditional fairy tale story captured the hearts of many and has become a quick cult classic.
Gather up the gals and head to your nearest ODEON cinema to watch this classic rom-com.
Craving some summer nostalgia?
Rugrats is returning with a new 26 episode series AND a live-action film!
Finally, we can binge watch one of our favourite childhood shows again!
What crazy adventures will these babies have next?
Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, and Angelica will be returning in this revived film and series, as well as a whole new world of characters.
Can you believe it has been almost 30 years since the series original air date? The hit cartoon won four Daytime Emmy Awards and six Kids’ Choice Awards.
But don’t worry, the show will still follow the same mischievous adventures we know and love, as the original creators will be returning to work as producers on the set as well.
Paramount Players have announced that the official Rugrats film release date is November 13, 2020.
And we cannot wait to take a trip into the past with the new movie.
— Santikos Entertainment (@mysantikos) July 17, 2018
“Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans," commented the president of Paramount Players, Brian Robbins.
Nickelodeon has focused on reviving loads of other classic series as well, including the 2017 Hey Arnold series.
It has also been announced that there will be upcoming specials of Invader Zim and Blue’s Clues.
So get out the sweets and buttered popcorn; the next few years are going to be epic!