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It used to be that getting your likeness immortalized in the form of a Barbie was like getting your star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nowadays, plastic reincarnations are being doled out helter-skelter.
Take, for example, the Twilight Barbie collection and the new Hunger Games: Catching Fire collection. They look eerily similar. This should, by no means, come as a surprise: Barbie's entire aesthetic — the fine-boned nose, the cupid lip, the cheekbones — is iconic, and deviating too far away could have negative reactions from the customer base. However, a little creativity (and less favoritism) goes a long way when faced with reimagining a franchise in doll form. Do collectors want a Barbie dressed as Katniss, or a Katniss Barbie?
We aren't claiming to be versed in focus group analytics, but seeing the four new Catching Fire dolls Mattel has put out has us scratching our heads and wishing the designers had consulted Cinna before the big unveil.
Dining and shopping may take up a big chunk of our schedules when we're on vacation, but where we lay our heads at night matters a great deal, too. Sometimes, the hotel is the destination.
Since accommodation is an integral element that can make or break a trip, those hotels with rich backstories and swoon-worthy decor read
Bobby pins, hair clips, and hair bands — these are the practical fasteners for hair styling that we've been using since we were kids. They're the glue that holds all our fancy braids, buns, and ponytails together, and just about every girl's got a stash of them at the bottom of a purse or tucked away in a drawer. While read