KingsDay in Amsterdam. Sharing without Caring

The King of the Netherlands (I kid you not) had his birthday yesterday, 27-4-19. The city of Amsterdam always turns into one big fleamarket on Kingsday. Kingsday is always crowded because this is the only day it’s allowed for everybody to sell anything on the streets. We don’t know the origin of this custom, please look that up if you are really interested.

Weather-wise it wasn’t such a good day for shopping and selling outside. Lot’s of wind and rain made sure that the flea-market-fun was cut short. So a lot of people just left their unsold stuff lying in the street, didn’t clean up or anything and went on their way. Most likely to drink more beer because that’s another custom during Kingsday.

You must now that this is all perfectly good stuff that’s left behind. Many clothes, kitchen appliances, lamps, books, jewelry and also lot’s of toys. Vintage records and antique collectables were left in the rain for garbage. The waste-collectors came as early as 7 o’clock PM. Seeing everything just being trown away and not recycled made us sad: it all seems very respectless.

To cheer ourselves up, we managed to save a pair of black pumps, never-worn plastic Primark pumps, which we are never gonna wear, but throwing away new shoes…we just can’t.

A Quick Tour of Amsterdam Noord with Mimi Berlin

Amsterdam Noord

Amsterdam Noord is the Northern part of Amsterdam which is divided by water. You can reach this part of the city by car or by ferry. Mimi Berlin Blogger Team took the car the other week and we made some pictures, because the scenery changes a lot these days in Amsterdam Noord.

Have a Nice Day! xoxo Mimi

We recommend the ‘Amsterdam-Noord Blend’ coffee at Cafe Keppler.

Happy Birthday Dear Barbie Doll

Barbie has her birthday today, congratulations to you, dear plastic doll.

We, at Mimi Berlin can’t believe that you are 60 years old as of today. You don’t look a day over 18, in our opinion.

Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel

The famous 3-D doll was created by Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel, in 1959. She named Barbie after her daughter Barbara.

(all images including desciptions of the dolls via mattel.com)

skepticism

Just like the first years, Barbie is still received with skepticism by both the toy-industry, as well as some feminists all over the world nowadays. Women who hate Barbie do so because she is the stereotype of the so-called ‘perfect woman’ especially her body-measurements, which are out-of-this-world, are preceived to be sexist. But you must know that Barbie has about 180 careers, from registered nurse to astronaut to babysitter. Also, she was created to offer choices to girls and give them “endless storytelling possibilities”. That was of course in the 1960s when women weren’t seen as equal to men as today. Anyhow, we, at Mimi Berlin, love Barbies.

no one-trick pony

The Barbie of today is nothing like the first doll, she’s not the one-trick pony anymore. Modern Barbie comes in all kinds of bodytypes and skincolors. Mattel even produces famous Barbie look-a-likes, like for instance, an X-files agent Dana Scully doll or a Frida Kahlo doll (from the inspiring women collection). Below more examples of which type you can buy, if you are really interested, we suggest you visit the Mattel site to view the whole range of toys for kids and adults.

Barbie® Ibtihaj Muhammad Doll

Designer: Kelley Lindberg Label: Black Label® Release Date: 07/30/2018 Body Type: Curvy Collector Facial sculpt:Ibtihaj Muhammad Fashion: Jacket, pants, bodysuit Fashion Sewn On?: No Accessories: Nike shoes, face mask, glove and sabre.

35th Anniversary Barbie® Doll

The reproduction of the original 1959 #1 Ponytail. The ”35th Anniversary Barbie® doll’ released in 1994 with a ‘vintage repro bodytype’

Barbie® 60th Anniversary Doll

Designer: Caroline DeMersseman Collection: Anniversary Dolls Label: Black Label® Release Date: 1/11/2019 Body Type: Model Muse Facial sculpt: Grace Collector: 55287 Fashion: Removable fashion with snap closures Eyelashes: Painted

Barbie® Busy Gal™ Doll

Label:Gold Label® Designer: Bill Greening Release Date: 3/6/2019 Body Type: Vintage with holes in feet Facial sculpt: Vintage Barbie Eyelashes: Painted Fashion: Top, jacket, skirt, heels Fashion Sewn On?: No Customization: Painted fingernails & toe polish Included with doll: Glasses, earrings, portfoio with 2 fashion sketches

Read and see more about Barbie and Haute-Couture here on this blog

MimiMovies Mimi Berlin’s Moviechannel

MimiMovies

Hello! Did you know we have a YouTube channel? Well, we do: MimiMovies. Don’t be afraid to subscribe, we won’t bombard you with tons of movies. We only make video’s once in a while, and mostly they are very short. The next bunch will probaly be filmed at Milan Designweek this April. We cover topics such as fashion, art, interior and fashion design on an international level.

MimiMovies Mimi Berlin's YouTube Channel

Next to video’s made at all kinds of events like shows, fairs, exhibitions and what have you not, we also shoot our own material. For instance the Mimi Cheerleaders series or an occasional interview. Well enough talk, please have a look and see if MimiMovies is of any interest to you!

Have a nice day!
xoxo Mimi Berlin


Typical Figure Showing Tendency of Student Life

Student Life

Both text and image found on the interweb: “Typical figure, showing tendency of student life – stooping head, flat chest, and emaciated limbs” – from an 1894 book titled The United States of America.”
We, at Mimi Berlin, especially love the way the bodyparts are described!

typical figure student life

This is just one of over 1 million images just released by The British Library to Flickr: The Commons. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1c14JcN