…luscious 80s soul that makes me feel rich and elegant, even if I’m wearing no makeup and PJs bought from the thrift store.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, stand up for voting rights for all, give back to your community, and, if you need a laugh, enjoy this vintage funny bit from Chris Rock (sporting one of the most solid flat-tops I’ve seen) who rants on Arizona’s choice back in the early 90s to not celebrate the national holiday. Also, TIL there was a time when Arizona once chose to be racist fucknuts by voting to not celebrate MLK Day (and lose hosting the Super Bowl).
And LOLOL at Rock’s take on Columbus Day!
It’s Throwback Thursday, and like I did last year, here are some things that will reach its Silver Jubilee this year that I enjoyed when they first came out. Pass me a bag of Werthers and my Bonne Bell Lip Smackers as I pay remembrance of fun things past.
–Spice Girls mania! Platform shoes and mindlessly chanting “girl power”–it was fun to be a teen then. Well, until you did P.E. in said platform shoes; then it sucked. How I survived running laps in shoes Baby Spice would’ve approved is beyond me.
–one word: MMMBop
–two words: Da Dip
–three words: Encore Une Fois
–four words: Gettin’ Jiggy With It
(and, look, no autotune in any of those songs)
—Giga Pets. I was the proud owner of a few. I occasionally get awful flashbacks of seeing my pet get its angel wings when I least expected it. I swear, I took care of my tech fur babies and never neglected them!
–the debut of King Of The Hill, I tell ya hwat
—Buffy The Vampire Slayer!!! And the rise of fierce, kick-ass female characters on TV (Buffy, Xena, and eventually Dark Angel, Alias, and, yes, the OG Powerpuff Girls). Incels be damned.
—South Park, which also debuted in ’97
–Mariah’s Butterfly album
–Erykah Badu’s Baduizm album (which spawned a brief period of me imitating her with towels wrapped atop my head and body while I badly sung her songs)
–and the following albums: Supa Dupa Fly, The Velvet Rope, The Fat Of The Land, Middle Of Nowhere, Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival, No Way Out, Share My World, and, of course, Spice World!
–Cover Girl makeup and that unforgettable Noxzema smell from their “Clean” makeup. 1997 was the year I first got into makeup, and thanks to those ads with Niki Taylor and Tyra Banks, I wanted to be easy, breezy, and beautiful. I grew up to be just easy.
–these bad girls:
Tropical Punch and Bubble Gum were my true besties that year.
–Clinique’s Happy, which also debuted in ’97
–Body Fantasies body sprays. Raspberry and Pear were my jams, and, along with Clinique’s Happy, were smells that quickly take me back to junior high. Why those scents got discontinued and got replaced by what-dats like “Twilight Mist” (huh?) and “Romance & Dreams” (wha?!) is a major disservice to us olds who just want to relive our youth through cheap body sprays!
–these movies: Men In Black, Good Burger, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, I Know What You Did Last Summer, George Of The Jungle, Anastasia, Scream 2, and the underrated cinematic masterpiece known as Beverly Hills Ninja!
–that one time a student in my 8th grade class got a bootleg of Titanic and showed it to us during free period. I didn’t get the movie’s hype at the time and I wasn’t into Leo DiCaprio like almost all the other girls were back then.
–shopping at Mervyn’s so I can get the latest pair of ellemeno super flares. By the way, all that hype over Gen Z “bringing back bell-bottoms” needs to cease completely. Their Gen-X parents and us old millenials first brought them back in the 90s, and when we were wearing them, it was a far less polarizing time. Unlike, you know, now.
So much good good that happened in ’97, and I can’t post ’em all here. But I can say happy belated birthday to this fun megamix from Wild 107.7, broadcasted 25 years ago this month. I listened to a lot of Wild 107.7 (which moved to 94.9FM in ’97, I think) back then, so maybe I heard all this when it originally played. Or maybe not. Oh, who cares–just party!
Getting a new mani/pedi! It’s been ages since mah nails got fully pampered, and when I had someone else cut my toenails. The new spa I work at also offers nail services, and us workers get a sweet employee deal for manicures and pedicures. I had some free time after my shift, a nail tech had an opening in her schedule, and the chipped paint on my nails needed to go. I opted for gel polish so my shizz would stay on longer, and while the process took a little longer than expected, the finish was worth the time!
I forgot the name of the polish used, though. It was from OPI and I’m guessing it could be this pretty thing.
Free luxe makeup!! Two weeks ago, I finally received my order for Pat McGrath Labs (that I ordered back in early December), and, since I have all the luck in the world, my Celestial Divinity palette had a broken powder in it (it was that lovely green one at the bottom corner), and the rest of the powders got affected. I emailed PMG’s customer service, and they ended up offering me a free Celestial Divinity palette. A freebie! That baby is worth $78 (and is currently sold out), and the messed-up palette is actually still usable. Now I have two of them! *sniffles in joy*
I’m a few days late in this, but I must give a shout-out to MJ Rodriguez for being the first transgendered actress to win a Golden Globe. Viva Blanca Evangelista! Now can Pose be brought back for just a couple more seasons, please?
I should mention that I was that chick always hanging out in the far back whenever my class played dodgeball in P.E. I usually was one of the last (and sometimes the last) to get hit. Sure, you can say that the “nerds” stayed in the back while the “cool” kids played up front, but those same cool kids got struck first and us nerds were the last ones standing, so who are the real dodgeball strategists?
Aaaaand I hope I won’t jinx myself with this post!
The first black actor to win a Best Actor Oscar and be a major box-office draw. The undeniable talent and handsomeness. That bitchslap felt ’round the world! The Defiant Ones, A Raisin In The Sun, Lillies Of The Field, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, In The Heat Of The Night, To Sir With Love. A trailblazer, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (before it got tainted), a famed battler against Mecha Streisand, and an icon and star in the truest sense. Sidney Poitier was all of it. Farewell and rest in utmost peace, Mr. Tibbs.
Pic courtesy of NPR
Since baseball ain’t coming back for a long while (thank its tyrant commish who you better not speak ill of), I would like to propose a new sport to temporarily take its place: Nad-Kicking. It will involve anyone fed up with overprivileged, unvaccinated athletes kicking the nads of said overprivileged, unvaccinated athletes (see Novax Joke-ovic and Kyrie Irving) and those enabling them. There won’t be any points or playoff rounds or a fancy trophy in the end, but whichever athlete ends up changing their minds and gets their shots after a nad-kicking session gets eliminated from the tournament. Which is a good thing for them and their baby-makers. Since I proposed this idea, I call Commissioner’s spot!
Can this day please be normal? No godawful terrorist attack anywhere, or a disaster or death of a likable celebrity for today. Besides, it’s the born day of mah boo Irina…
*cleans up drool* …and she deserves a peaceful and oh so smoldering wicked hot as f–I mean, fun birthday today.
Siren call: Christy Turlington for W (when W was not a waste of paper like it is today), January 1995. Happiest of birthdays to one of my favorite beauties today!
And I wonder who’s on Louise’s hate list…And who’s Louise?!
OK, I’m not as dolled up as Queen Kylie right now, but you get the idea. Happy New Year, dahlings!
Her many contributions to entertainment shall not be forgotten. Thank you for gracing this earth that didn’t deserve you, Betty! Rest in eternal peace.
Pic courtesy of NPR