6 Ways Your Birthday Party Was Different in the 80s
Feb25

6 Ways Your Birthday Party Was Different in the 80s

Whenever my birthday rolls around, I tend to get a little nostalgic. I find myself thinking back to the good old days, to parties of yesteryear, from childhood and teenhood in the late 70s and 80s. Is it me or do some parents today go reeeeallly over the top in planning parties for their kids? Semi-trucks pull up to their houses full of video games, artsy (read: CRAZY expensive) cakes from bakeries, and theme parties where every...

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Valentine’s Day, 1987
Feb11

Valentine’s Day, 1987

Let’s step back in time – how about February 14th, 1987? Imagine you’re 16 again; it’s the most romantic day of the year, and you have several guys (or girls) you have serious crushes on. You don’t have a date for tonight – yet. But again, it’s the most romantic day of the year! And today, the possibilities, like your love, are ENDLESS. 6:30 a.m. The alarm goes off on your pink Conair alarm clock with the bright green numbers. Heart...

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Strawberry Shortcake Dolls
Feb09

Strawberry Shortcake Dolls

In the early 80s, we sure loved putting perfumy-fruity scents on things: scratch-and-sniff stickers, chunky erasers, lip balms and magic markers were all kissed with the scent of buttered popcorn, pink lemonade, pepperoni pizza and Dr. Pepper! But ask any girl what her favorite strawberry-scented object of affection was in the 80s, and I bet she will tell you this: Strawberry Shortcake.  She was the doll that smelled like...

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Goodbye to the Legendary Lip Smacker
Feb04

Goodbye to the Legendary Lip Smacker

Whenever I find out something from my youth is going away I always feel a pang of sadness mixed with some sticky-sweet nostalgia. So many 80s things that were important have passed on but are not forgotten: RIP Jello Pudding Pops, Sassoon Jeans, Planters Cheez Balls, Shine Free cosmetics, and Original New York Seltzer.  But when I heard the news about this next product going bye-bye, I have to say it made my pre-teen heart ache just a...

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Call Me! Phones of the 80s
Feb01

Call Me! Phones of the 80s

Since my teen years in the 1980s, phones have changed immensely. They have gone from big, clunky, curly-corded devices to sleek, tiny, talking computers that you can take anywhere with you. Where you were once tied to the kitchen chatting endlessly with your B/F/F or nervously hanging up on that boy you had a crush on after he said hello, now you can blab away while in your car, walking down the street, grocery shopping, trying on...

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The Fizz of the 80s
Jan22

The Fizz of the 80s

A sip or a taste of something can be a great little time machine. In fact, just seeing the packaging of a favorite food or a drink from childhood can make me thirsty for the 80s. Picture that giant can of Hi-C Ecto Cooler, makes me think of trading baseball cards, roller-skating, endless bike riding and being a kid. But it’s the following sodas that send me back to the mall, the convenience store, or to “laying out” on the beach with...

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The 80s Most Famous Feline – Garfield
Jan05

The 80s Most Famous Feline – Garfield

Think of 80s icons that were so famous, so totally popular, that you know them by just one name. For instance: Madonna, Sting, and Bono. Now think of cartoon cats of the 80s who were so famous they went by just one name – I bet only one comes to mind: this guy here. Garfield was so insanely popular in the 1980s that it was rare to attend a sleepover party where one or all attendees were not accompanied by the fat, orange, big eyed...

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In Defense of Band-Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
Dec22

In Defense of Band-Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

In 1984, an instantly classic holiday song tried to save the world.  Thirty years later, it seems the song needs to be saved from itself. I originally intended to write a piece outlining how the 1984 version of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is infinitely superior to the 2014 version. (Sorry, One Direction guys, but it’s true.) But after some initial research, I realized the 1984 version is not quite as beloved as I...

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5 Ways Christmas Was Better in the 80s
Dec18

5 Ways Christmas Was Better in the 80s

When I think back to Christmas as a kid in the 80s, things seemed a lot less complicated. There was the glow of the television screen — not of the iPad/iPhone screen — with the yule log burning or “Emmet Otters Jugband Christmas” playing on a loop on HBO. When we wanted to watch our annual Christmas specials, we had to check the TV Guide to make sure we were home in time for Rudolph or Frosty; there was no On Demand back...

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A true Christmas Lifesaver – The Life Savers Sweet Storybook
Dec13

A true Christmas Lifesaver – The Life Savers Sweet Storybook

Growing up, there were a few items I knew I would always get in my stocking at Christmas: A pair of cute, kitschy holiday socks (cats wearing Santa hats come to mind). During my teen years, I would get several cans of hairspray — thanks Santa!  A girl can’t have too much AquaNet. A chocolate Santa that I was allowed to eat before breakfast. All of these holiday treats were awesome, but no 80s Christmas stocking would be...

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Jingle Bell Rock: Five 80s Party Dresses Perfect For The Holidays
Dec04

Jingle Bell Rock: Five 80s Party Dresses Perfect For The Holidays

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and it’s officially the start of the holiday season. Lights are going up, trees are being decorated, and invitations to holiday parties are going to start pouring in. What ever will you wear? Ditch the boring LBD and go for something fresh, with a little more sparkle, and a lot more retro glam.  Amy Rose of Red Rose Vintage has scoured the web to find the perfect vintage 80s party dresses to ensure that...

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80s Holiday Gift Guide 2014
Nov18

80s Holiday Gift Guide 2014

The holidays are just around the corner, and if you’re starting to think about the perfect gift for the 80s fanatic in your life, look no further. Your friends, family and loved ones will open up a big box of nostalgia this holiday season with these ten totally tubular gift ideas. Retro Cell Phone Handset Do you know someone who longs for the long, curly phone cord from the kitchen of their youth? This is the gift for them! A kitchy,...

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Then and Now: Judd Nelson
Nov11

Then and Now: Judd Nelson

When you think of classic movie endings, what comes to mind? Citizen Kane? The Wizard of Oz? The Empire Strikes Back? Or, maybe this? Yup. There he is at the end of The Breakfast Club: fist in the air, screen frozen on my favorite “criminal,” John Bender. He’s just finished serving the most epic day of detention ever, followed by a sweet make out session/diamond stud earring exchange with Molly Ringwald. The Simple Minds anthem “Don’t...

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Passion for Posters
Oct21

Passion for Posters

Walk into any drug store or mall in the 80s (and we spent A LOT of time in malls), and you’d be sure to find one of these bad boys front and center, getting lots of traffic and attention. Remember, these were days before Pottery Barn began designing teenagers’ bedrooms. In the 80s, teen bedroom décor grew organically out of the tastes of the room’s owner. The walls served as a medium for self-expression—no fancy “themes” needed. My...

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80s Halloween-Themed Music Quiz
Oct16

80s Halloween-Themed Music Quiz

It is officially the season– when grizzly ghouls from every tomb close in to seal our doom, when we bark at the moon and speak of the devil, when people across the country ponder the eternal question of “Who ya gonna call?”   And so, Like Totally 80s would like to present our first-ever “80s-Music-Halloween-Themed-Quiz.” (Still working on the name…) 80s Halloween-Themed Music Quiz Time limit: 0 Quiz-summary 0 of 31 questions completed...

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