Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Mini for Target line wasn’t nearly as fiendishly desired as Missoni was it seems. In fact, most stores still have some of the adorbs kids clothes in stock. We’re guessing if Gwen did a LAMB collab for us big girls, things might be very different. (Hope it happens Gwennie!) Anyway, we went the day after the stuff came out and snatched up a couple things for our 5 year old cutie, who models below. And there’s a few more items we wouldn’t mind seeing her get as gifts under the tree… Which got us thinking about the mainstream merch out there that’s actually kind of cool. Ya know, stuff with “hipster” appeal. If you’re sick of the Disney Princesses and Pillow Pets like we are, here are some items you can find at mass retailers that are cool enough to collect if you’re a grown up, even. To the point reviews from our little critic are included.
5. MONSTER HIGH DOLLS
We weren’t exactly sure we were OK with these at first. Their sexy styles were dangerously close to BRAT Dolls, we thought. But upon further inspection their lips aren’t nearly as collegen-ish. The dolls are more like the Japanese Pullip Dolls actually. Plus, they wear groovy, gothy outfits and everything about them seems a horrorific pun-fest. Doll names from left to right: Draculaura, Frankie-Stein, Ghoulia-Yelps, Abbie-Bominable.
Kid commentary: Mommy they are really pretty… and they’re monsters!
4. HARAJUKU MINI
Who woulda thunk the red-hued Target dressing rooms would make such good modeling backdrops? Our little pose-happy princess that’s who. We didn’t get the first two ensembles mainly because they didnt quite fit, but as you can see they are pretty darn cute. The second two we did buy, and glad we did too. LA’s recent cold weather has definitely called for warmer wear and longer sleeves. Both the hoodie and jacket are fleece inside. She also got a polka dot skirt with an apron-like applique that our doll calls “an Alice in Wonderland” skirt.
Kid Commentary: About Harajuki Mini’s hamburger logo: “It looks like Burger King! Is a toy included?”
TD’s pink-haired Barbie Doll was the focus of some controversy recently, thanks to her copious ink. But Mattel had already released a tatted Barbie only a few years earlier (see pic below, not TD) so we don’t get hub-bub now. (That doll wasn’t without its own controversy, but it wasnt from outraged parents. It was because the band The Horrorpops’ lead singer claimed the doll was her likeness). Anyway, Toki Doki’s designs are as iconic as Hello Kitty and Paul Frank’s Julius at this point, so don’t be suprised to see a Target collab in their future. There’s already a Sephora one.
2. EASY BAKE OVEN
Okay so this a singlular product as opposed to a line of toys, but our kid really wants it for Christmas/Hannakuh and we couldn’t resist writing about it based on nostalgia alone. Yeah, we really wanted one of these too when we were a little girl, but we never got it! So our little Slushette will be getting it, and we will get to live vicariously through her as we cook up tiny cupackes. We love being a mommy to a little girl, we really do! Check out how the Easy Bake has evolved over the years in photos below.
Kid Commentary: “Chocolate!”
1. CINNAMON ROLL GANG
Well we couldnt in good conscience write about mass-produced items only. We like all the above, but DIY still rules in our book. Our pal Marcel DuJure’s colorfully cool dolls are the perfect baby/kid gift for those of you who dont want to contribute to the 1%. Mattel (who make Monster High) and Hasbro (Easy Bake) are corporations obviously, and lets face it, Gwen Stefani and that guy who designs Toki Doki are millionaires. It’s unrealistic to buy all handmade all the time, but we think a 50/50 goal for holiday gifts is a great. Get there by attending The Honey Pot Holiday Sale in Silver Lake which DeJure has helped organize for next Sunday after next, DEc. 18. There’ll be tons of jewelry and grown up stuff too. Info. here.
Kid Commentary: Let’s Go!