Leave it up to the fairy godmothers / aestheticians who will do your kid’s hair, makeup, nails, and supply the gown, wand and shoes so they can really live the Disney dream for a day. Princesses-in-waiting can choose to “be” Belle, Tiana, Snow White, Cinderella, or Brave’s Merida.
Ok, so it sounds like a pretty fun way to spend a day at D-land – but would you splurge on a makeover of princess proportions for well over a hundred dollars?
“Having a fairy godmother make you into a princess, that’s as real as it gets,” said one mom as she watched the transformation of her two daughters. “You can’t put a price on it.” Read more...
2. The New York Times Room for Debate shares an opinion about why you shouldn’t feel bad about going out sans kids this summer: “when we carve out “me time,” we reconnect with ourselves in a way that pays enormous dividends for the entire family.” Do you have some proper me time penciled in this summer?
1. Sephora makeup devotees can now look as fierce as Cruella de Vil (or as angelic as Tinkerbell) – the Disney femmes just got themselves a beauty line. The makeup, fragrances, and nail products are aimed at grown-up Disney fans who want a little more animation in their look.
3. American salon chain Uni-K wax salons just ran an eyebrow-raising promotion: 50% off wax jobs for girls under 15. The salon urges young girls to “celebrate freedom and independence All July.” Girls as young as 10 are partaking. Now that’s a painful thought.
Have you noticed the absence of moms in Disney movies? The heroines, with the exception of Sleeping Beauty, either have a wicked stepmother, or their dad just hasn’t found a new wife. But Princess Merida from Brave seems to have a very present and loving mother in Queen Elinor. Could this be why Merida promises to kick so much ass?
We very much enjoyed this new Mother’s Day spot from Brave and June 22 just can’t get here fast enough.
1. Gay-straight alliances were seen as too political for Catholic schools, but they’ve given the OK to “Respecting Differences” clubs. If it gets the job done, we’re on board. That said, we can’t even imagine how tough it must be for a teenager to come out, so to not even acknowledge their gay identity when they’ve have the guts to do so seems pretty crummy. Make it better, Catholic board!
4. Hipster Disney Princesses. What do you think? Accurate? Ariel looks like the kind of hipster we avoid at all costs, but Belle looks like she’d work in our building. Actually, we think Hipster Mulan does work in our building. Read more...
Meri Perra blogs about the challenges she and her partner face in trying to raise their girls with feminist values
Our daughters are joyfully riding the wave of a well-meaning but definite over-abundance of Disney Princess gifts they got for Christmas.
Part of the infestation includes a very big, very pink Disney Princess story book, the complete princess series, in point of fact, which comes with an infinite number of stickers that are now scattered all over our house.
The book is not all horrible, it’s just mostly horrible. Mulan is a brave hero who goes to war, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast gets trapped when she goes off to rescue her dad. (By which I mean, Mulan and Belle are less bad than the other stories.)Read more...
3. Artist Claire Hummel creates historically accurate versions of Disney princesses. (Historically accurate ≠ totally accurate as Hummel’s Pocahontas wears period clothing, but is a fully adult woman, whereas the historical Pocahontas was 12 when she met John Smith) Via Buzzfeed