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80s Movie STAT!

Every now and then, I need a break the proverbial hamster wheel of design, selling, blogging, teaching, never-ending dieting and answering emails from shirtless men holding fish claiming they are far younger than they clearly are, to recharge. I’m pretty sure I am in need of an immediate creativity defibrillation as I have felt over the past few weeks as if  the imagination and inspiration from the right-side of my brain has been oozing out my ears.

How do I recharge, you ask? With an 80s movie, of course.
Life always needs an 80s movie. I mean, I feel like I am a walking 80s movie most of the time.

You know, the female lead, trying to break away from the pack to stand out and be different as constant wacky, slap-stick events keep tripping her up from her unacquainted love for the older, college all-star as high school’s nerdiest outcast keeps trying to make her regret ever turning him down … but that’s another story for another time.

80s’ film  hold such classics as:
Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)
Valley Girl (1983) — an ALL-TIME fav
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)  — another ALL-TIME fav, I mean it stars SJP. Need I say more?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
• The Lost Boys (1987) — the beginning of my Kiefer Sutherland obsession
Pretty in Pink (1986)
• Breakin‘ (1984)

Growing up in the 80s, I have great fondness and severe nostalgia for such things as neon clothing and excessive accessorizing.
Coincidently, Netflix delivered, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984), for this weekend’s viewing. PERFECT.

I loved every minute. The stunning asymmetry of this past decade’s fashion made me gasp with elation.  I had forgotten about wearing one big earring in one ear and one small earring in the other, wearing one cuffed earring, wearing one glove – either  sequenced or lace, all while wearing one bandana tied around your ankle of choice. It was breathtaking.

Everything back in the 80s was excessive – especially the accessories. Everyone sported multiple versions of the same accessory and wore them all at once. SWATCH watches (of which, I had three), hand-cuff toggle belts, different colored socks – tucked over the pants, of course. It all brought a tear to my eye.

As the credits rolled, I felt the pulse of my creativity start to beat again. Although, faint, the 80s once again has revived my mojo.

Now to resurrect my love life; i’s acute and in need of a full transfusion. An IV of foreign films, perhaps.
In the meantime, I’m wishing for a Sixteen Candles (1984) type of 40th birthday, sharing my cake with my own Jake Ryan.
Like, that would be pretty rad fur sure.

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Please enjoy watching Breakin’ (1984) in its entirety above.

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