Saturday, November 5, 2011

blast from the past!

I'm not a girl who saves things for ever and ever. It's possible I throw away birthday and Christmas cards a week after getting them. I mean, please, can someone tell me what exactly you're supposed to do with those? Look at them with longing and nostalgia? Ack. Well somehow something stood the test of time...


yeah. i said it. not only is it a Caboodle is a KIDZ Caboodle. When I was little my sister had this amazing black and turquoise one with so many compartments! when you opened it there was a mirror and then the sides stacked THREE HIGH on EACH SIDE to reveal tiny drawers, little compartments, and areas of imminent surprise. and then the BOTTOM was CAVERNOUS... filled with anything you could DREAM of! Make-up, hair accessories, more hair accessories and old bobby pins! *wipes tear* man. you never know how good you have it til you don't have a Caboodle anymore. Luckily I still have mine. It's pink and orange with a yellow handle. A 90's girl's DREAM. No joke I still use it to hold hair stuff but I think the last time I cleaned it out was circa... 1994. because I got my Caboodle in 1994. yeah.

Since deciding to go natural I picked up a few things at the store and realized most of the stuff in my Caboodle (man, it's ridiculous that I still use that word AT ALL) is pretty outdated. I had no idea.

BEHOLD. figures 1-7.
1. the category of the butterflies. this was right around 7th to 8th grade for me. I got butterfly hair accessories as birthday presents, I had a butterfly that changed from clear to purple in sunlight, they were in my barrettes i mean they were EVERYWHERE. and i friggin LOVED IT. What I would do is put my hair in a bun then stick a winged butterfly at the top of the ponytail/bun and it would flutter... all day. in my hair. people would compliment me. I no joke started hair trends in grammar school. Private school kids are NUTS.
2. Ribbons. i don't even understand why I have these and then I remembered high school band. *shakes head slowly* I mean I know where I'm going with this but man do i NOT wanna go there! I was super into pig tails and two pony tails. When we had games I would wrap the ribbons all up in my hair and feel amazing. People would marvel. People would MARVEL. (in a good way! for shiz!)
3. Headbands part 1 - people still wear headbands today. I still wear headbands all the time because of my CRAZY HAIR but these in particular made me look like I was trying out for a coveted part in EVERY EXERCISE VIDEO EVER MADE. Look at your life. Look at your choices.
4. Tiny trinket trends - here lie three things that were made to make your hair look awesome and cool but I never used. Those little jeweled pony holders there? Okay somehow I must have forgot about being black but those things NEVER held my hair. I couldn't get them around a ponytail not even once. Why. When did I forget that my hair is NUTS. The flowers... omg those flowers. They came in a pack of 400 I swear to bob I maybe used one. They were supposed to hang at different points in your hair and like... i honestly don't know. I don't even remember or understand what the little "u" shaped things are. I made no sense!

5. a torture tool - this handy dandy thing is supposed to help you learn how to french braid. also I really wanted the Topsy Tail. this was the next best thing. I used it on my dolls all the time but never on myself. I just... figured out how to french braid my own hair without pulling out my own hair because of this thing. that counts for something right?!
6. SCRUNCHIES - they DOMINATED the 90's. this is only a sampling of the amazing selection I had. I used to layer them, I perfected the sock bun WITHOUT USING A SOCK (heck yes). Side bun? SCRUNCHIE. Low ponytail? SCRUNCHIE. Naked wrist?? PUT A SCRUNCHIE ON THAT WRIST.
7. Headbands part 2 - this one is made from a bra strap. i bought this with that knowledge. this was a paid for product. i can't say anymore about this cuz it hurts too much. it hurts. too. much.

not pictured:
clips! i used to LINE the pockets of my school uniform of clips of all shapes and sizes. no joke this started a trend. girls everywhere at Calvary Academy were wearing clips on the pockets of the skirts and the pockets of their shirts. I was the REAL DEAL y'all.

For a girl that really never holds onto things from her past, this was a hilarious journey I went on. Turns out, I was pretty awesome back then. w00t!

p.s. - Happy 300th post to me! aaah! haha


  1. OMGEEEEE Abby, we clearly should have been childhood best friends. Let me note....

    1. I HAD A KIDZ CABOODLE. It was PINK and ORANGE!!!!!

    2. BUTTERFLY PINS. OMGOMG. I still have that sparkly pink bobby pin somewhere (and a blue sparkly star) AND I had the same one in the lower right corner. Mine was yellow/blue/green. Let's not even start on the frosted white clip... I would twist cornrows and section off each one with a colorful butterfly clip.

    3. The tiny flowers? I actually used them. I would make a diagional line with them, or clip two small chunks of my bangs with them. Yeah. It was so awful.

    4. Totally put a scrunchie on it. All the time.

    5. Brastrap headband. I had several, but my mom thought they were inappropriate for my 6th grade self, so I had to hide them and would fix my hair on the bus. hahaha.

    6. Also, referring back a few posts, I LOVED Superchic[k]. Was obsessed with them. so there's that.

    Like I said, childhood best friends.

  2. I do believe this is why the three of us are friends today. Our elementary school selves were kindred spirits and we just kept it alive.

    Not only did I have a Caboodle, I had TWO Caboodles. One was turquoise and purple, the other was translucent with silver glitter and a pink handle. Wowwwwww. I kept hair accessories in one Caboodle and rocks in the other. Seriously...ROCKS.

    As far as the hair accessories go, having waist length hair for most of my life allowed me to have tons and tons of accesories.

    1. I, too, lined the edges of my pockets with butterfly clips. I preferred to part my hair in the middle (ew) and sweep back a twist on either side and fasten them with matching clips.

    2. Those exercise handbands? That's how I managed to grow out my hair after I got "The Rachel" haircut and had ridiculous mullet layers.

    3. I definitely had the EXACT same sparkly butterfly clip. I also had the sparkly flower clips that attached to single strands of hair. I also had the plain rhinestone ones, like Britney Spears wears in that one music video. I vividly remember going to a jr. high dance wearing a blue striped shirt, dark blue OVERALLS that had baby blue flowers embroidered on the pockets and then fastening every single baby blue or dark blue sparkly flower clip I had.

    I am going to work diligently to find the picture from this monstrosity.

  3. I have no idea what a caboodles is but that's pretty nifty things you can make from it! Found your blog while hoping! Cute!

  4. @sarah and Katherine, i love you guys. truly, madly, deeply. (what WHAT 90's reference?! amen.)

    @mrs. pancakes - first off, awesome name! secondly, thanks for finding my blog! i'm glad you think it's cute : ) hope you'll stick around! and thirdly - how was your childhood not impacted by the presence of a Caboodle?! it is the CATCH ALL of girls accessories. truly amazing. which is why i totally still have mine haha



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