Great Book, Great Look, Great Gatsby

Namaste, Bratzies!

Don’t you just love reading? I adore the written the word. There is nothing like cozying up to a good book and rewarding yourself with the reverie of reading. One of the most OM-mazing stories I read this year was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It chronicles the journey of a young man moving to NYC, his affluent cousin and the lovelorn neighbor he befriends. The book is full of twists and trysts and is one of the greatest American novels ever written. I adore it!

I was super excited when I heard Baz Luhrmann and Leonardo DiCaprio were bringing the book to the silver screen. I saw it opening day! I love seeing novels adapted to screen because of the creative freedoms explored by the directors and actors. It’s like reading a whole new book!! The film indulges all of the fabulous opulence of the Roaring ‘20s, but the music was modern and edgy. Such a fantastical flip to the feature! Buzzing with true Brattitude, the sets were blinged out in glitz and glam, but nothing compares to the OM-azing fashions! I was so jazzed to see the jazz era fashions come to life!!

This is one of the reasons I HEART watching film adaptations. The Great Gatsby novel has been around for decades, but its revival on the big screen has re-emphasized the fabulous fashions of the twenties! Drop-waist dresses, retro-print head scarfs and strappy sparkly sandals are totally zensible summer-ware!

The look flows into evening flare, as well! I know I am going to indulge my literary side and my lavish side by buying long strings of fake pearls and a sparkling headpiece! Even guys can get into the fashion action by boasting a bowtie or a pastel vest.

Now I’m even more obsessed with The Great Gatsby! The novel had already pulled on my heart with its romance, honesty and hopefulness, but now that its flick influenced fashion world-wide, the story has won my heart for life! I highly recommend reading the book. Then treat yourself to movie tickets, a bucket of popcorn and a string of pearls. You won’t be sorry.

XoXo

 

Happy Memorial Day!!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, my bestie HOBles!!

If you’re like me, you love this fabulous 3-day weekend for the barbeques, fireworks and get-togethers, but we should totally remember that the real meaning of this holiday deserves our love, too!

Memorial Day is all about celebrating those AH-MAZ-ING men and women who served in our military. This weekend, I wanted to give you Bratzies something fierce to think about while catchin’ rays poolside, so I decided to honor Memorial Day by highlighting a total military Real Bratz: General Ann E. Dunwoody.

General Dunwoody is the first woman in U.S. military history to achieve a 4-star officer rank!! When she earned her fourth star, General Dunwoody became one of the most senior commanders in the armed services, a status only held by men in America for centuries.

What makes this story even more sweet is that this Real Bratz isn’t the only fab female warrior in her family! The Dunwoody women are breaking barriers all over the world! General Ann E. Dunwoody’s sister, Susan Schoeck was only the third woman in the Army to become a fighter pilot! Way to go, Susan!! And General Dunwoody’s niece, Jennifer Schoeck is a U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilot! I’m OB-to-the-SESSED with these amazing women. They are totally game-changers and totally fabnomenal!

General Dunwoody accredits her awesome family for raising her to be the trailblazing groundbreaking rock star that she is! “I grew up in a family that didn’t know what glass ceilings were,” Dunwoody says.

She also pays tribute to all the fabulous that came before her. “I recognize that with this selection (to become the first woman to achieve 4-star officer rank), some will view me as a trailblazer, but it’s important that we remember the generations of women, whose dedication, commitment and quality of service helped open the doors of opportunity for us today.”

We HEART you General Ann E. Dunwoody! We hope your Memorial Day is as fabtastic as you are!!

XOXO

 

Sasha’s Prom Night Survival Kit

Yo, Bratzies!!

I am so totally jazzed! It’s my fave time of year: PROM SEASON!!! Going to Prom is a total dream come true, but it can turn into a total nightmare if you’re not prepared!!

Introducing Sasha’s Prom Night Survival Kit. Throw these diva-licious items into your clutch for a surefire fab night of fun and friends!!

Sasha’s Prom Night Survival Kit:

FOLD-UP FLATS: You Bratzies know how much I love my fierce heels, but it’s hard to rock that look and keep pace with a full night of dancing! Even a diva like me won’t pass up on fun for the sake of fashion. Luckily, we don’t have to! You can buy totally adorable flats that fold up to fit into any purse. Bring these along to ensure your feet don’t get tired before you do!

BLOT PADS: Girls, I know you spent a ton of time perfecting your prom make-up. Last thing you want to do is have it smudge and smear while wiping perspiration from your brow! Save the flawless look you created by bringing along some blot pads. You can blot away the sweat without any cosmetic fret.

BOBBY PINS: Let’s be honest, by the end of Prom, your hair will be a mess. Keep your lovely locks in presentable order – at least until you take your Prom photos! – by stashing away some extra bobby pins.

GUM/BREATH MINTS: You will spend the night trying to chat with your BBFs by screaming over the band or DJ. Make sure your friends are happy to get up close and personal by keeping mints handy. Double bonus: your breath will be fresh when talking to boyz!!

STRING: When you’re tired of wearing your corsage or flower crown, a little bit of string can go a long way to preserve your Prom memories! How you ask? Use that string to hang your fab Prom flower pieces upside down and dry them! Remember to do this as soon as you take off the floral pieces. A wilted flower is way harder to dry and preserve!

CASH AND I.D.: Even if you don’t plan on going anywhere after the dance it’s way smart to stash some cash and your I.D.  If you’re anything like this Drama Queen, you will be totally famished and dying to get some grub before heading home. Bringing your wallet ensures you won’t miss out on any post-Prom fun, or get stuck eating mom’s meatless meatloaf leftovers as your midnight snack.

EVER PURSE: 27-year-old Real Bratz Liz Salcedo has come to our Prom aid with a promtastic new clutch! Her EverPurse (https://everpurse.com/) has a built in phone charger!! Now you can promenade without worrying about losing tabs with your besties because of a low battery life or tripping over silly charger wires while trying to boogie down with your BBFs!! Plus, the clutches are totally adorbs!

And lastly, PHONE PLAYLIST: Make a totally rockin’ Prom Playlist on your phone. Not only can the fun jams help get you pumped while prepping for Prom, they can keep the fab energy going while hangin’ with your besties after the dance.

BONUS TIPS:

Drink plenty of water. Perfect the “selfie.” And, MOST IMPORTANTLY, do not be afraid to dance like the rock stars I know you are! Dance like no one is looking! Dance like everyone is looking!! Just dance!!

This is YOUR time. YOUR year. YOUR memory for the rest of YOUR life. Love your friends. Love yourself. And I know you will have a totally fabtastic evening.

I can’t wait to hear all about your totally amazing Proms!!

XOXO,
Sasha

P.S. If you’re NOT going to Prom this year, consider throwing an ANTI-PROM or DUCT TAPE PROM!!! Make your DIY prom into anything you want it to be!! It’s a totally fun way to spend a night with your BBFs!!

House of Bratz 5.12.13

TOP SECRET:

Hiya HOBles! This Monday we will all be wearing flowers! Rock out a flower headband, flower printed tie or flower earrings. Any type of flower will do! Let’s celebrate this May in full bloom!!

By the way, we LOVED seeing the pictures Bratzies took of their HOBle Monday outfits and put on Instagram with the hashtag #HouseOfBratz. That was SUPER cool. Thanks soooooo much!!

 

HOUSE OF BRATZ UPDATE:

This week was also kept CRAZY busy by the launch of Real Bratz.  We even launched our brand new Real Bratz commercial!! Check it out!!


Another SUPER FAB thing that happened is that Yasmin responded in the SUPER SECRET SHARED NOTEBOOK to Sasha’s question.  What do you think of her response?

 

 

Do you have any other advice for Sasha? Have you started your own Super Secret Shared Notebook yet??

In other FABTASTIC House of Bratz news, we are releasing our FIRST EVER  ”In The Wild” Bratz comic next week!!!! It will probably be a little while before we can load it on to the blog, but we will get it here!

In the meantime, here are some SUPER CUTE “In The Wild” animals advertising our new comic book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s everything this week, HOBles!!

If you haven’t yet made us a video telling us why YOU are a #RealBratz, get to it!! We totes CAN’T WAIT to see your videos!!

For all the info on what we are looking for and how to send it in, click here:

http://blog.bratz.com/real-bratz-movement-video-submission/

Stay Fabulous, HOBLES!!

XOXO

P.S.  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE BRATZIE MOMMAS AND THE M.O.B.S OF MOTHER OF BRATZS!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Mother’s Day

Whatz the hapz, Bratz? Who’z stoked for Mother’s Day?!

I think this Mother’s Day is going to be the fabbest and fiercest ever!! Do you know why? Because we Bratz are all about giving some real attention to some #RealBratz, like our moms!

We all know #RealBratz lend a hand, stand up for their passions and encourage others to do the same.  I know a LOADS of moms who totally fit this rockin’ description, don’t you?

Everyone should honor the woman in his or her life on Mother’s Day! In addition to loving our own moms, we wanted to give a special Mother’s Day shout out to #RealBratz momma Jennifer Garner!

We all know the actress Jennifer Garner from her fierce roles in “Alias,” “13 going on 30” and “Juno,” but this momma is so much more than just a performer!

I LOVE watching old episodes of “Alias” on Netflix. She was totally the most butt-kicking spy on TV ever! Aaaaand, she totally broke barriers by being the first FEMALE to rock such a fab role!

The totally crazy thing is, she didn’t even know martial arts before she took the super side-kicking spy role!! Krazy kool, right?! I read that she was really insecure about whether she would be able to pull off playing the part, but instead of giving in to fear she studied hard, got a trainer and kicked butt at kicking butt! She totally pushed the boundaries of what she thought was possible for herself, and won a Golden Globe for all her hard work!

But what REALLY makes Jennifer the coolest momma ever is that she is an activist. She travels the country pushing the importance of early childhood literacy and education. As Save the Children’s Artist Ambassador, she is working to ensure that early education services are established in the most impoverished parts of the U.S.! In true #RealBratz style, this fierce momma-bear is changing the world by bringing her innovative, game-changing agenda all the way to the U.S. Senate!! (And she looks stylin’ doing it, too!!)

Way to rock, Jennifer! We love you, and we think you’re a total #RealBratz!

How is YOUR mom a #RealBratz? Tell us in the comments, and then make sure to go tell your mom, too!!

XOXO

 

Advice from Real Bratz Jasmin

Namaste, Bratzies!

It’s Yasmin here, and I just had the most totally fabnomenal convo with #RealBratz Jasmin Larian, creator of Cult Gaia. Jasmin is only 24 years old and ALREADY has a booming company selling handmade flower crowns. They are soooooo pretty!

The best part about Jasmin is that she is totally a zensible girl! (Aaaaaand is one letter away from having the cutest name ever, if I do say so myself!!!) She is super chill and had a ton of fab advice for Bratzies unleashing their passions, like us!!

Jasmin says you should, “Do what you love and success will find you.”

We Bratz couldn’t agree more!! (See, I told you this gal was OM-mazing!!)

She also says to never let fear hold you back from unleashing your passion. You don’t want to be the thing that gets in the way of your own success. Jasmin admits, “I didn’t have any fear. I just did what I liked. Not having fear gives you the certainty that you will do.”

This chica is totes zen about her success. When I asked her secret is, she said it’s her BBFs!!!

“My friends are why I do what I do. It’s why I got started.”

Jasmin never set off on a mission to build her own company. She began by simply making flower crowns to give her friends on their birthdays. They were so beautifierce that boutiques couldn’t help but take notice. “I always made gifts for my friends. When I was little I used to design and decorate their birthday cards instead of buying one.”

It’s totes OM-Mazing how doing something so small, something that we ALL do — like designing a bday card or gift for a friend — can turn into a lifetime of doing what you love!!

And Jasmin has her fabnomenal friends to thank. They have been her biggest supporters and her most inspiring role models.

“There is so much success to be had in collaborations, between like-minded people. Having supportive friends is everything. You need people to bounce ideas off of and create from. Good friends inspire each other. The friends who have been influential in my own personal growth are the ones I look up to.”

We totes agree.

With Jasmin having such rad success at such a young age, I asked her what she hopes to still accomplish later in life.

“I want to keep doing creative things in one form or another. I want to stay positive and keep my zest for life so when I’m 90 I can say that I have lived my whole life to its fullest.”

We love you, Jasmin!!

xoxo

P.S. Don’t forget to prove to us why YOU are a Real Bratz. Check out how to send us a video and become the next Real Bratz hero we honor here:

http://blog.bratz.com/real-bratz-movement-video-submission/

 

House of Bratz 4.15.13

 

SUPER TOP SECRET:

On Monday, April 15, members of the House of Bratz will show their allegiance to our club by wearing FUNKY SOCKS! Don’t sweat it (haha, get it?) if you don’t own funky socks, you can always mismatch a pair or regular socks!!

For those Bratzies who have to wear a school uniform, funkify your shoe laces with charms like these!

Send us pics of your rad HOBle Monday looks!!!!

 

 H.O.B. UPDATE:

Huge news this week in the House of Bratz:

Cloe wrote back in the Super Secret Shared Notebook!!!! Check out what she had to say to Jade:

 

We decided we would all make HOB friendship bracelets. This way, you can identify the HOBles near you!!

http://pinterest.com/pin/287386019943548116/

Extra points go to the amazing Bratzies who can figure out how to turn those hearts into the letters: HOB     Send us pics of your bracelet designs!!

We also decided to have Pic A Day May on Instagram. Everyday we will be posting another picture of something YOU BRATZIES suggested!!  Do any of you have rad ideas for what we should take pics of?

Some good ideas we have already been given are: dollz out in nature, flowers, a pic of your BBF, fierce shoez, etc.!  Give us your awesome suggestions!

Lastly, we wanted to share with you this week’s House of Bratz quote:

SHARE THE LOVE, HOBLES!!!

xoxo!

Representin’ Advanced Style

Yo Bratzies, it’s your queen, Sasha!

I keep hearing pledging members of the House of Bratz asking me how to dress like REAL BRATZ.    My answer is simple:

DRESS LIKE YOU!!!

Clothes, make-up and hairstyles are just a fun way to show the world who you are on the inside. They are a fabtabulous way to express yourself. If you’re a naturalist on the inside, there’s no need to wear make-up on the outside. If you have a flare for the dramatic, like yours truly, rock out in electric colors and ask your parents if you can put streaks in your hair!

The trick to being a Real Bratz is to always be true to you. There is no need to look or dress like anyone else. Who you are is totes FAB enough!!

The super awesome thing about being a Real Bratz is that ANYONE can become one, at any age!!

Real Bratz super star, Ari Seth Cohen, is on a mission to celebrate and recognize the older Real Bratz population. He finds grandmas on the streets of NYC who exude a true passion for fashion! These older ladies have fierce fashion sense! Whether their clothes are DIY, funky kool, or sleek and chic, they show the world that they are true passionistas. Solid proof that age just refines your fab stylin’s.

Check out Ari’s rad blog. He shows a ton of pics of these Advanced NYC style icons!!

http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com/

I plan on ALWAYS rockin’ my most fabtastic looks! Even when I’m 100!!  Do you plan on being fashionably TRUE TO YOU well into your golden years?  Why wait? Why not start right now?!

Keep stylin’ and smilin’
 

I Believe in Mermaids

Namaste Bratzies and HOBles alike!

Did everyone have a zentastic Spring Break? My break was OM-mazing! I went to the beach, did yoga on the sand, collected seashells and just inner peaced with my rad self.

I love going to the ocean! It is so peaceful and inspiring. When I’m at the beach, I love watching the horizon and keeping my eyes peeled for dolphins, whales and mermaids. Yes, mermaids!!

Did you know that scientists believe we have only discovered about 70% of the world’s sea creatures? There are still so many mysteries buried deep in the oceans. Under the blue seas reside the deepest caverns and the tallest mountains on the planet! Perhaps, hidden away in one of those deep-sea caverns, lives a handful of mermaids. You never know!  And it doesn’t hurt to believe.

When Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas he wrote in his diary about mermaids that swam along his ship! He even drew fabtastic pictures of them in journal. Later, Columbus decided that he didn’t see a mermaid but had actually seen a manatee. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s pretty hard to confuse the two! Maybe he just second-guessed seeing such a mysterious and mythological creature.

I know I may seem silly to believe in mermaids, but it is fun to believe that Mother Earth still holds some magical secrets! One of my total fave movie quotes is, “Don’t overlook those lovely intangibles. You’ll discover those are the only things worthwhile.”

 

I’m not saying mermaids exist. I’m just not saying they don’t exist.

I didn’t see any mermaids on my spring vacay, but I had a fabtabulous time lookin’ for them!

Do you believe in anything wondrous and unseen, like mermaids?

Stay believin’!

P.S. Don’t forget to come back to the blog on Sunday to see what members of the House of Bratz will be wearing on Monday!!!

Vote for the New Bratz Club Name!!!

Hello, my Bratzies, my loves!

It’s Cloe! I cannot be happier that you all dig my idea to start a new club. It’s, like, totes the coolest thing that has ever happened in my life!!

Thank you all for the AhhMAZING Bratz club name suggestions! We were so surprised and thrilled by how many of you shared your ideas with us! They were totes awesome-sauce! It was crazy hard to narrow the list of names down.

 

In fact, we STILL can’t pick a winner. That’s why we want YOU, our fab Bratzies, to pick the club name!

We’ve narrowed it down to these THREE:

1. Club Passionista (like Fashionista)

2. House of Bratz

3. Secret Bratz-ciety

VOTE for your FAVE club name in the COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS BLOG!! And please only vote once. We want to make sure the voting is fair. A Real Bratz always does what ‘s right, even if she doesn’t love the outcome.

Get all of your friends to vote! We will be accepting votes until Friday, when we will pick a winner! Be sure to come back to the blog after school this Friday to find out the BRAND NEW name of our totes rad Bratz Club!!!

This is going to be soooooooooooo awesome!! I can’t wait!!

Love you all!