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Lisa Frank vs. Sanrio

January 19th, 2011

My poor dear husband caught the flu, and I think I might have gotten it too. Ah, at least I work from home and can turn in homework online—wait, those things aren’t really good in this case! I just went back to school yesterday after a two-year hiatus, and I think I need to do a better job juggling my work, chores, blog—and now—classes. Being a housewife is a tough job especially once the kids come, but I must say, I’ve never been happier. All the load in the world seems insignificant in comparison to all the love I get from a husband with whom I share my life. If I am sickening any of you yet, I also want to add that I have an awesome dog who just lays around, looks cute, and does nothing. I love him, too. What I Wore: Attention blouse from my mother – Vintage necklace from eBay – skirt from Fashion District – George boots
I am wearing pink with purple, which I think might be the girliest of all color combinations. Purple is also my least favorite color (sorry populous purple lovers), and as far as pink goes, I wear the color very sparingly. Having these two colors on me in these photos was something out of the ordinary. When I was about thirteen and shopping for what I believe was my first blue eye shadow, one of the girls I was with told me that she thought purple would look good on me. Of course, I shrugged off that comment and bought the blue eye shadow.

Pink with purple also reminds me of my vicarious childhood exposure to Lisa Frank paraphernalia. The rich girls from elementary school seemed to have a collection of those epileptic Lisa Frank hologram stickers in their Lisa Frank sticker books and Lisa Frank stationary stuffed in their glittery Lisa Frank backpacks.  I don’t remember really getting into anything Lisa Frank especially since they were quite expensive and also because I was into the Sanrio scene more. No, I never had Hello Kitty as one of my favorites even though she is incredibly cute. My favorite Sanrio character has always been Bad Badtz Maru. One of the guys from my high school who used to like me got me a whole bunch of Hello Kitty stuff, which I have since gotten rid of. Not all (Asian) girls like Hello Kitty the best or like pink. He really did shoot himself in the foot with all that money he spent on me. Very sad indeed.

See how much cooler Bad Badtz Maru is?

Here is a neat list I found of all (or most) of the Sanrio characters with pictures. I also remember liking Pochacco, Spottie Dottie, and Kero Kero Keroppi a lot.

Before I go, I thought you might like to know what I’ve been reading for leisure. You’ll find a photo of  the four books I am currently working on, none of which are my textbooks:

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30 Responses to “Lisa Frank vs. Sanrio”

  1. Heidi

    Nice outfit! You look great in purple! :)
    I saw that Pride and Prejudice book in the store and laughed. I thought it looked quite interesting. haha

  2. Natasha Atkerson

    Very cute outfit, Rachel!
    When I was little, all the little girls loved pink(as most do now!) but I was the odd ball, pink was NEVER my color! I was earth tone, blues and black! Very funny, since I too wore a pink skirt recently! I only own two pink items in my whole closet!

    I have to say I got the…age gap thing here! I don’t even know what those characters are! Aside from Hello Kitty…shes okay I guess…LOL!

    You should put C.S Lewis’ Screwtape letters on your to-read list, its a very good book, and quite amusing at the same time!
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  3. Anthea

    Your pink and purple combo looks very pretty!

  4. Krystal/Village

    Lisa Frank, haha…I remember those – I had so many of her folders! And I’m loving being a housewife too ;)

  5. jemina

    You look so gorgeous girl, LOVE your outfit, and I LOVE Sanrio too, especially My Melody :)

    Sorry about the flu and I hope you get well soon


  6. arnique

    I remember the Lisa Frank craze! Everyone had the planners and pens and bags, while I only ever had one measly sheet of unicorns-on-acid stickers. :))

    C.S. Lewis is definitely a keeper. My favourite Narnia book is ‘A Horse and His Boy’ which isn’t about Narnia at all, though the last I read was ‘Til We Have Faces’ which was hauntingly beautiful and I think best parallels my own belief re: Catholicism.

    Hope your husband gets better soon!

  7. Penny Dreadful Vintage

    I had never heard of Lisa Frank, had to look her up! Sanrio is more my thing too, Kero Kero Keroppi is my favourite. I did use to love Kitty chan too, but she is too ubiquitous nowadays.

  8. Tashrin

    You actually look really pretty i purple although you don’t like it much. :)

    And thank you so much for letting me know about those crocs…I never thought I’d find comfortable footwear that also looks cute. :)

    Last of all..I love the photos of all the sanrio characters you posted. My dad used to live in Japan, so growing up I played Japanese video games and had a lot of stationary and cute things with these characters on it…but as I could not read Japanese I did not know any of their names except Hello Kitty’s which I came to know later. :)

    Look forward to hearing from you


    Tashrin – A Toronto based personal style blog

  9. Victoria / Justice Pirate

    Kerropi has always been my favorite, but then again I am a lover of frogs, so that’s why. hehehe. I hope you and Rob get better soon. The flu is awful to have. . granted any sickness is!!!

    I think the pink and purple look wonderful together. I like the outfit.

    I think The Weight of Glory is in my To-Read list. I don’t remember because I think I only put it on there on October. hehe.

  10. Victoria / Justice Pirate

    I have a Twin Star folder because they are my second favorites. It is where I keep all my stationary in!! hehe.

  11. Alicia

    I loved Sanrio too! Pochacco was my favorite, though I also love Cinnamaroll. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an excellent book! I’m also a huge Scott Pilgrim fan, did you see the movie?

  12. Laura Connell

    Glad to see you back blogging so soon! You have a full plate and it all sounds very fulfilling. Have fun with it! I love the colour of you bubblegum pink skirt. Very happy and pretty; it makes a bold statement.

  13. Rachel @ à la Modest

    Screwtape Letters is a great book! I started reading it last summer :)

  14. Rachel @ à la Modest

    Pochacco I think was my second favorite! :)

    Yes yes, before getting all the comic books, I did see the movie. My husband and I also soon after got the game, the movie soundtrack, as well as the game soundtrack. They were all really fun to go through. You should check those out too, if you are interested in expanding your Scott Pilgrim fandom :)

  15. Jamie

    I love the pink with purple! That skirt looks like it would be very fun to twirl in

  16. Victoria / Justice Pirate

    You know what. . . I really think you’re great. It is okay if you tell me that you got my letter and will respond soon. haha. I have done that too. i don’t know if there are “snail mail rules”. hehe. I look forward to your next letter!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    one thing, if you would like to update the picture link on your site here to Ruby-Eyed Okapi. . we updated our share links and there are tons to choose from now. Also it would be great to get your opinion on my latest entry I wrote on there. http://rubyeyedokapi.com

  17. Vicky

    You look amazing! love the outfit!

  18. Love

    so in love with the skirt… you look lovely :)

  19. Annebeth

    that skirt is amaaazing and I love the sweater with it! amazing backdrop too :)

  20. Fash

    such a pretty skirt

  21. Sha

    Awesome skirt <3

  22. Rodica

    love your skirt

  23. Shey

    Hi Rache, just wantedt thank you for your honest comment on the post about my convictions on modesty. I really appreciate all the honest feedback especially when I might be making a different impression than what I intended, today as I was studying my bible I read in Romans 14:3-5 which is how I could explain what I’m working towards. Being a recovering legalist it’s hard for me to notice when I’m saying or doing something that can offend others. Thank you also for the opinion on the jeans hehe I knew they were okay to wear believe me, I’m a mom and I’m very careful about the way I dress for my son too. =D

  24. Shey

    By the way I like that you wear your mother’s shirt, my mom used to have all these shoes and clothes from the 70’s that we used to play dress-up with as little girls and everything got lost of thrown away. I wish I had something from her like you do from your momma. =)

  25. Sher

    Aww, I don’t mind the mushiness at all!

    And I’m in love with that pink skirt of yours! Pink and purple are so sweet together, they’re actually part of my wedding theme colors, so definitely I’m loving the combination:)


  26. My Republic of Fashion

    That skirt and that blouse are just so beautiful.:) SarahD

    Ugh, the flu, hope both of ye get better soon. :)x

  27. Cheryl

    I experimented with all colors I think when I was growing up. hahaha! Like you I didn´t go fr Hello Kitty, I was a Kiki and Lala fan, the Little Twin Stars I think. ;)

    I love your pink maxi and purple blouse combo, Rach! I has that boho-elegant look in it. :)

  28. Lyddiegal

    I really liked spotty dotty. I’m pretty sure I still have a note pad with her somewhere in my desk. I also still have a hello kitty check book holder. It was super fancy from Hello Kitty World in Boston. Haha.

    Hope you don’t get the flu!

  29. Dressed 4 Success

    Lovely blouse!!!
    http://www.dressed4success.blogspot.com >;-D

  30. Bree @ The Mom with Moxie

    Love the skirt! Such a pretty color.

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