Barbie Dolls, Art, and Other Misc. Things

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8.16.10bSo I call this my ‘museum curator’ outfit. I’ve worn it a few times before (different variations) to the office without blogging it. Do you feel betrayed? I bet you thought I went without clothing on the days that I didn’t blog. That’s only half true, my friends.

For some reason I always put different occupations with my outfits. I have the professional, the rocker, the cool professor. And this one, the museum curator. I don’t know why I think that this is a curator outfit, it most likely is not. But there is something free and creative about this, which I guess in my mind equals curator. Maybe it’s the influence of playing with Barbie dolls for 14 years. (Yeah, I played with Barbie’s till I was 14. My husband knew this and still married me.) It’s like I created these false ideas in my head that an outfit defined an occupation. But after working in the professional world for a few years now, perhaps Barbie wasn’t too far off with that philosophy. I mean doctors have uniforms, right? But maybe there should have been a few tweaks in the line up. Perhaps Casual Friday Barbie with stirrup pants and an oversized t-shirt from a 1993 fun run. Or the Not My Job Barbie who wears crocs with jean capris and a crazy Hawaiian button-down, so you never know quite what she does all day at work. I don’t think that I ever played with the museum curator Barbie, but I did have a McDonald’s Fun Time Barbie complete with a McDonald’s drive thru. I’m not even kidding you, she had a uniform, headset — the whole shebang. This is what dreams are made of, people. Well at least my 10 year old dreams.

Looking back, I’m okay with the way things turned out. I’ve learned that it’s not realistic to think that every outfit will come with a new job, coordinating accessories and an oversized hairbrush. And although I never got to live out my barbie doll dreams of becoming a doctor, a lawyer, a princess fairy, a gymnast, florist or aerobics instructor, nothing stops me from dressing like someone else’s profession from time to time. Today a curator, tomorrow an astronaut. You see? Dreams can come true.

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08699817357994017602 Kjrsten

    you and your barbies, and your outfits, and your window doodles are freaking adorable!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12098744323184143823 Angeline

    Love it! This outfit is great, and maybe I'm crazy along with you, but I totally get the museum curator connection. I often feel like I'm dressing up to play a part at work (not always the actual one you're doing at work).

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12217703808886269753 Keira

    I had the Barbie fast food set-up, too! And I played with my Barbies well into the adolescent years… and I refused to let my grandmother give away my Barbies, their dream house, or their assortment of hot rides (Ferrari, a pink Cadillac, and a Jeep Wrangler) until I was in my 20s πŸ˜‰

  • http://interrobangsanon.wordpress.com Katie from Interrobangs Anonymous

    Ah, hon, we don't actually dress like that (says the museum curator)!

    I don't tell you to burst your bubble, but in reality we all look much more like Indiana Jones, bullwhip and all. However, if you keep dressing like that and telling people you're a curator, and myself and the teeny tiny handful of other stylish curators I know keep dressing the way we do, someday, SOMEDAY, we'll rid museums of the polyester pantsuit. You're a part of this battle now – fight wisely.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02191945598716357761 Heather

    Challenge: Dress like all of your barbie doll dreams. You're Kendi, if anyone can do it, you surely can :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09983851866746267097 Shelby

    i love the picture frames. they remind me of that Microsoft commercial here peoples dreams come true from using windows.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09817938803692118239 katie

    Creeper alert: I had a dream last night that I met you and we became instant BFFs and you were shorter in person :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01580360298771611534 Rhonda

    Yeah, so I played Barbies till I was 16. I still want to play them. I can definitely see the curator!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09215514408102098662 ag.

    i love this post, kendi. i think i spent more time dressing my barbie's than i did actually playing with them.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12182749192772958952 five foot something

    I love the doodles; do you have a tablet or a very very steady hand with your mouse? Cute either way.

    I also love the outfit, of course. I love the pop of color that the shoes bring against the otherwise rather monotone color scheme.

    – Patricia
    fivefootsomething.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11586906392961841298 Best Foot Forward

    Cute outfit! I have this cardigan…its part of my 30 for 30! As someone who played with barbies far longer than was socially acceptable, I'm loving this post.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09953878745968853304 Melai

    Love your red shoes!

    hearts,
    Melai of Style and Soul

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03622135594086160005 Michele

    Museum curator, for sure! I play dress-up games, too. My favorite is Aging Ballerina.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08626323070081159883 Eli

    I love that last photo! You've really put things about dressing, into perspective for me. Im starting to realize I dress for work, instead of dressing for myself

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09450654612532155167 MONKEYFACE

    I love the creativity in the words/images of this post – both you and your hustographer are so artistic!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03952587013223920906 Elizabeth

    Speaking of having Barbie dolls until an inappropriate age, I actually ordered a Barbie recently. This year's career Barbie is "computer engineer", the first time she's been an engineer. I'm so excited, hopefully girls will dream of being an engineer now!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02142398462068516943 Krameymartin

    Love this! Camel and red are great together.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16041367795022030697 Healthy and Homemade

    I too played with Barbies for freakishly too long, we're just cool like that.

    I'm loving the outfit miss curator, very snazzy.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05722177586033297780 Jeanna

    I LOVE this, and I agree that it has a sort of minimalist artsy feel to it likea museum curator!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15475343411738599102 Sidewalk Chalk

    I love these photos, and the fact that you assign careers with your outfits. And I love the little paintings you're looking at in the last photo.

    PS I actually played with my Barbies in my teens. Mostly I was just jealous of their awesome outfits.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08511118462274490508 Lovers, Saints & Sailors

    You know I do the same thing? Yup. I went through a period last summer where I wore a lot of "librarian" outfits. Oh and a lot of things that made me think of relaxing on a chaise longue with a panther in the 1930's. Yup, that specific.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04217017076625610135 Destined For Now

    I always imagined curators with glasses…hmmm. I love the pop of red in all the neutrals.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08692185152280995368 Erin

    Ohmygoodness I had the McDonald's set, too! I remember feeling a twinge of horror when I came home one weekend during college and found my beloved drive-thru in the basement. It deserved so much better than that. *Sniff*

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16649962909178801134 Justine

    Adorable Kendi.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00129193806089803877 Charlie

    what a lovely post! you are adorable! the outfit looks great as always, and I get what you mean with the curator outfit. :)

  • http://amaturecouture.com amaturecouture

    hahaha this is museum curator!! great pickss!!

    xxx

    http://amaturecouture.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08854721394804813770 Emily

    It's highly important to have a theme when dressing! I mean my bow belts would have looked ridiculous had I not been pursuing the 50s housewife thing a few years ago! As would most leopard pieces, when I'm going for single french girl about town!

    Emily

    http://stylishdistractions.blogspot.com/

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17262378808160680148 ciupa

    I played with Barbies until I was 13 and am not ashamed to admit it. Barbie Adolescents Anonymous unite!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09610387859243958602 April

    This outfit is soo lovely! I totally get the whole feeling of dressing like an occupation sometimes.

    Loveee the location btw! The pictures are amazing! :)

    xo April
    everydayforgotten.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14274814250327817122 Chloe Trayner

    That last photo is a great touch. A very sophisticated and feminine outfit, I can see where you get curator from for it.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13988003316018583580 Emily Kennedy

    So funny, I was totally just thinking about this last night. I played with Barbies till I was 12, and it would have been a longer relationship, but my Mom made me give up my stash. When you accumulate barbies and outfits for 12 years, it's quite a stash, and I guess there was some other little girl she knew that needed my toys. Wow. That seems unfair now. But hey, an early indicator that I loved putting outfits together!

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02902994438684155567 Melissa

    I love the red and turquoise pops in this!

    And I am highly, highly anticipating your astronaut outfit tomorrow.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16355951932792696160 megannielsen

    Love it Kendi! I love the nude pallet with the pops of colour. I think you would be a very chic curator. ps Barbie would be proud :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03703150053201639138 Courtney

    I love your writing style–it's so conversational.

    Courtney
    http://BeautyandtheRecession.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05316749500678318719 Sal

    You're the queen of neutrals with a pop of color.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10610538836646535287 FASHION BUTTER

    Great outfit. Love how te color pops.

  • http://likeunexpectedsunshine.blogspot.com Hope

    My classmates always told me that I would be a librarian. I would take museum curator any day. :) Still love those shoes!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01278580644661528225 Fancy Pants

    LOVE the tone on tone with splash of color. Genius & beutiful. :)

    –Katie
    http://www.redlipsandbardothair.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02849953735750635138 Clare

    That last photo is just incredible, Kendi! It looks so serene and introspective, but I love how it becomes just a bit silly when you know the context. All the same, it's gorgeous. And this outfit couldn't be more fantastic.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15768359135537714700 Jodi

    I love the color combo and the backdrop. I didnt have barbies, instead I had the Sunshine Family- they were kindof an earthy version of Barbie and Ken. These ones were Steve and Stephie and the baby was Sweets. I even had the Grandpa and Grandma. In fact they are still sleeping in a box in my moms basement!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/18395485008922188511 jinks

    Is your dress still available at Target?
    Barbies were great and all, but Legos, don't get me started. Space ships, underwater bases, Egyption pyramids, native infested swamps, ridiculouly dangerous mansions with plenty of secret hiding places, overly elaborate citys complete with multi-storied buildings. Good times, good times.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08175095427264813448 Courtney H.

    Kendi, this isn't related to your outfit (which I love, btw) but since you are a shopping gal again, you should head to Loft.

    All their sale stuff is 40% off and some of it marked down to $5. I got 2 shirts, 2 skirts and a belt for $15. How awesome is that?

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17063625646638661919 Kelly

    I love the pop of color! You are too cute in those pics!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05702757062423348331 Becca

    I can totally see this being your galler-ina outfit. Maybe I was influenced by Charlotte York and watching too much SATC during formative high school years, but my work style has always been a little influenced by the "museum curator" look. Sometimes it verges a little more on "crazy art teacher" territory though!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08575345245880329712 Veronika

    fabulous blog! just started reading and love your style :)
    veronabrit.blogspot.com

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04051995201751655377 style underdog

    I do that too.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01767844492151339118 Lauren

    I'm not going to lie, I am not one of the bunch who played with Barbies at an inappropriate age. Seems I missed out πŸ˜‰ Very cute outfit!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01700861489513811406 Elle Sees

    just love this outfit! so how does it feel to be done with the challenge?

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01368145710452826385 Carly Findlay

    Museum creator outfit is great. I imagine a museum creator to wear all black (I live in Melbourne, everyone wears black!) with a big stand of bold beads and a brooch and some funky specs.

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16240844093906777715 Breenuh

    Hilarious Barbie ideas! I had the McDonald's Barbie & drive-thru too! I do wish I would have gotten my hands on a Museum Curator Barbie instead :.)

    I must say, I'm loving the doodles, too!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03077464173493509063 The Paper Blog Princess

    Perfection, as usual. Mad photoshop skillz adding in those "paintings." I guess you're curating a very modern exhibit :)
    And I am so with you on ascribing occupations to outfits — it's like getting to be a whole new person every day!

    http://thepaperblogprincess.blogspot.com/

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17054686256991598688 Kendi Lea

    Jinks —

    I got it before the 30 for 30, so late june? When I went back the other day I still saw it there, so I'm sure it is still available. It's about $20-25, so quite the deal! :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04088103005025176008 Nikki

    Kendi how long ago did you get that dress at target?? I love beige πŸ˜‰

  • http://basiccravings.wordpress.com/ basiccravings

    This IS the same dress! We are so going to be twinkies at the next brunch.

    Can you come to my blog and teach me how to draw on my pictures too?

  • http://riotersbloc.wordpress.com/ riotersbloc

    You can curate my museum anyday!

    Haha. But seriously, rocking outfit.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13939580074038829920 Melissa

    I'm new to your blog and completely love it! This museum curator outfit is so gorgeous, especially those fantastic shoes!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09802400292584899246 Santina

    I love this neutral look with pops of color!

    Santina
    http://stylebysantina.blogspot.com/

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04500824333653482953 Elaine

    I love the monochrome outfit with the red and turquoise.

    clothed much, a modest fashion blog

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16760047577627058692 Pineapple

    Dear Kendi,
    I woke up today, found a post on a friend's facebook about your blog, looked it up . . . and now I've spent hours (more than two, fewer than three) looking through months of your daily posts. Here's what I have to say:
    I'm addicted, probably forever.
    Thank you for the sarcasm!
    I wish my Target was as awesome as yours seems to be. *sigh*
    -New devotee
    P.S. I will probably need some sort of software installed on my computer, allowing me to read only one post per day. Or at least not hours and hours of them at a time.