Is it a “Pink Plague” for Girls? Barbie in Burberry and More!

The Princess is excited this morning. Why?

Because we are lucky enough to have been given an award by two different Belles! Yippee! And the timing is sublime, as we just topped 300 posts!

The fabulous Belle in Bloom was kind enough to give us an award yesterday….

Belle in Bloom

Belle in Bloom

And then we learned that the always delightful Tale of a Southern Belle bestowed the same honor upon us today!

Tale of a Southern Belle

Tale of a Southern Belle

We are talking about the Lemonade Award, and we say “Thank You” to both ladies, both of whom are always an excellent read.

Lemonade Award

Lemonade Award

The Award has some rules:

  1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
  2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show GREAT ATTITUDE and/or GRATITUDE!
  3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
  4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Here are the 10 we are nominating, starting with a blog in the spirit of the two that nominated us!

  1. Belle of the Ball
  2. Preppy Pink Crocodile
  3. Jewish Girl in WASP’s Clothing
  4. Monogram Chick
  5. Preppy Pink Lizard
  6. Poetic & Chic
  7. Third Coast Preppy
  8. Lipstick at the Mailbox
  9. Legally Blonde Ambition
  10. Very Busy Mom with Four
  11. Mom x 2

We realize several of the blogs we are nominating may have already been suggested, but wanted to include them anyway. Thank you again Miss Belle in Bloom and Tales of a Southern Belle!


Do you think too many toys for girls are done in pink?  The U.K.’s Daily Mail had an interesting story on the topic, “Pink plague: Stores are accused of making girls’ toys just in pink to encourage pester power.” (The headline reminds us of the film Broadcast News and the line “When all else fails, alliterate.”)

At any rate, a case is made that pink is used in a discriminatory fashion from the time girls are wee little things, quoting Sue Palmer, a ‘literacy consultant and author of Toxic Childhood.’

“‘I’m worried about the “pink plague”,’ she said. ‘You can’t find girls past the age of three who aren’t obsessed with the colour.”

The story’s author, Sarah Harris, shares these thoughts as well as some photos illustrating her point :

“It soon becomes apparent during a visit to a Toys R Us store, that hundreds of girls’ toys come in just one shade: A lurid sickly pink.”

Brent Cross, The Mail on Sunday

PHOTO: Brent Cross, The Mail on Sunday

We are standing by to hear your thoughts on the pink issue.


Talking about this reminds us about the increasing to-do over Barbie’s 50th Anniversary, including her runway show at Fashion Week in February.   Monday’s IHT (International Herald Tribune) has an excellent story about the designers Barbie has encountered over the years, accompanied by a fabulous slide show “Pretty in Plastic.”  TP is fond of the cateye glasses in the outfit below.

1959 Roman Holiday Barbie Doll (Courtesy Mattel)

1959 Roman Holiday Barbie Doll (Courtesy Mattel)

We are hopeful you won’t be aghast to learn TP has more than a few retro pieces in her walk-in.  The story talk about the many designers creating clothing for Barbie.

“From Benetton and Burberry to Versace and Vera Wang, Barbie has been dressed by more than 70 designers, including Giorgio Armani, Christian Lacroix and Monique Lhuillier.”

The story also carries a great three-shot:

Courtesy Mattel

Courtesy Mattel

The look on the far left is Armani, Burberry is seen in the center and on the right it is Benetton. The article and slide show really are fun, definitely worth a peek if you have a spare nanosecond to invest!


Speaking of investing, it will take more than a nanosecond to ingest/digest the latest book on the topic of wealth, “Rich Like Them“.  Released yesterday, the full title is “Rich Like Them: My Door-to-Door Search for the Secrets of Wealth in America’s Richest Neighborhoods,” written by Esquire editor Ryan D’Agostino.

Rich Like Them

Rich Like Them

An excerpt from the Publishers Weekly writeup:

D’Agostino took a more direct—and more entertaining—route: he picked the 20 wealthiest neighborhoods in America and went door to door, garnering interviews with 50 very wealthy, very different individuals.”


A quick couple of hits:

Courtesy CW

Courtesy CW

  • The W Editor’s Blog showcases two lengthy pieces from a former intern detailing her time working on the show in “I was a Gossip Girl Extra,” running yesterday and today. Part 3 will be posted tomorrow. (We had no idea this much could be written about a stint as an extra. No. Idea.)

Until next time!


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15 responses to “Is it a “Pink Plague” for Girls? Barbie in Burberry and More!

  1. am loving the “sickly” shade of pink in the Barbie area of the toystore. Joy!


  2. I have my first Barbie! 1960-61-62 – in that range I think. Stamped on her is “patent pending”…can you imagine? I have all the clothes and accessories in a smart, little black patent carrying case! Her clothes were impeccably made then! I mean stitched in fabulous fabrics. Terry cloth bathrobe! 100% cotton dresses. Nylon undergarments! It is the most fun to look at her from time to time 🙂

  3. Awww, thank you for the award! What an honor!

  4. Oh I own that Roman Holiday Barbie in the original packaging…

    now I am wondering how much it is worth…

  5. GREAT POST!!! Love the Barbies! I may have to find mine tonight! HAHAHA!

  6. Amazing – however did I manage to obtain an advanced degree despite wearing so much of that color du oppression, pink? I’m curious what colors are deemed sufficiently empowering for the modern woman?

    I also adore that Roman Holiday Barbie, but that’s probably just the oppression talking again.

  7. Oh I’m blushing–thank you so much for the cool award. I love it!

    I have also noticed the annoying pink and am very happy I now for two boys 🙂

  8. happy new years, TP! The pink plague, yikes, although I’m not too worried, I was inoculated years ago.
    and i read that extra story, slightly amusing, just enough to keep me coming back for more….

  9. Congrats on the Award! I love the Roman Holiday Barbie!!

  10. Congratulations to you and to all those nominated.
    I LOVE Midge( the redhead) and am delighted that she is the Burberry Barbie. Very cool.

  11. Love the barbies…I actually have an indian barbie in full dress and everything!

  12. Barbie in Burberry?!! I must say this caught my eye and I was not disappointed by her lovely trench & accessories. As for the pink situation….I suppose girls should have their choice rather than being forced in the direction of ‘all things pink’ but at the same time, is it really that big of a deal if little girls love pink? Hasn’t it always been that way?

  13. Congratulations for your award!!! ENHORABUENA!!! i love barbie, the doll with Burberry outfit is so cuuute. I want the same outfit too!!!!

  14. TCP

    Thank you for the award!! I feel that I must improve my attitude to be worthy of such accolades! 🙂

  15. You’re very welcome! No “pink” around here I’m afraid. It’s a boy’s world in my house. Lots of black and grey. (and not in a fashionable way, either.)
    Have a great day!

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