Smart, Fun and a Style Icon -Happy Birthday to Barbie!

Happy Birthday to Barbie!

Retro, yet ahead of the trend, Barbies continue to be beloved by many, so here is a collection of books, crafts, fashion and travel for you to enjoy!

This iconic doll has been one of the most celebrated dolls since she made her debut at the New York Toy Fair on March 9th, 1959 - 60+ years of being fabulous!

Being a fan myself, when I found out her birthday was in March, I knew I had to include a post highlighting Barbie !

Read on for fun places, reads and more inspired by this multi-talented fashionista!

Fun Facts about Barbie!

  • Barbie's full name is Barbara Milicent Roberts-she was named after the daughter of Mattel co-founders and creators of Barbie!

  • The best-selling Barbie of all time was the Totally Hair Barbie in 1992-over 10 million were sold!

  • Barbie's signature pink color is Pantone color PMS 219 C

  • Barbie's official birthday is the day she was introduced at the New York Toy Fair-March 9th, 1959-which is now National Barbie Day!

  • According to Mattel, Barbie is from the fictional town of Willows, in Wisconsin- guess she liked the sunshine enough to relocate to Malibu!

  • Barbie wears a lot of hats in the job world! She's been a success at over 200 different careers in her life, including time as a movie directer, surgeon and fashion editor!


1. Dressing Barbie

by Carol Spencer

If you've ever admired the endless outfits and glamorous wardrobe of Barbie, then this coffee table book is for you!

Take a look behind the scenes as Barbie fashion designer Carol Spencer tells the story of her incredible career as the one of the most prolific creators of Barbie's dazzling couture!

From runway to every day, read how this leading designer created many of the looks that made Barbie a bona fide style star!

2. The Story of Barbie and The Woman Who Created Her

Picture Book: ages 3 - 7

by Cindy Eagen, Illustrated by Amy June Bates

Ruth Handler set out to create a doll to inspire girls to use their imaginations after seeing her daughter play with paper dolls.

Read the whole story in this lovely picture book!

3. Barbie Forever

by Robin Gerber

This book is a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive book that includes sketches, photographs, interviews, timeline and more!

Barbie Forever makes a great addition to the bookshelf or coffee table for any Barbie fan!


1. DIY, Barbie Edition!

Love making accessories to go along with your dolls? If you're in a crafty mood, visit here for some fabulous dolly DIYs!

2. Make your Barbie her very own Doll Dresser from Matchboxes!

This fun DIY is super simple and would look great in Barbie's room! Loved making one? It's a quick and cute DIY that's perfect for other dolls or miniatures as well!

Check out our fun Matchbox Doll Dresser DIY!

3. Have a Photoshoot!

Get your Barbies all 'dolled up' and plan a fun, themed photoshoot!

You can do it photo booth style with props and a backdrop, take them outside to pose with the flowers, or give them an oversized prop or some jewelry for an artsy result!

Above: My 'World's Smallest Barbies' posing with a sweet little keychain from Dylan's Candybar in New York City!

4. Relax and Color Your Fave Barbie!

Lately, coloring books have really made a comeback and this is a great choice for Barbie fans!

5. More Fun DIYs and Crafts for Barbie Fans!

Visit this site to find more great fun and ideas to go along with your dolls! Miniature Barbie books, bags, DIY Barbie furniture and paper clip hangers are just a few of the cool ideas you'll find!

Travel - Barbie Style!

1. Barbie Expo, Montreal, Canada

This glamorous, detailed exhibition is a Barbie lovers dream come true! Visit the Barbie Expo to see the largest permanent collection of Barbie dolls on display in the world!

Over 1,000 specialty Barbies are gathered here, including haute couture dolls created by fashion designers such as Oscar De La Renta to movie icons like Lucille Ball and modern day celebrities like Kate Middleton!

Visit the Barbie Expo site to learn more and see their amazing online gallery!

2. Barbie Truck Totally Throwback Tour

This Barbie Truck is on the road in a continued celebration of her more than 60 years of heritage, fans and style!

Shop limited edition TB finds inspired by everyone's fave doll and take plenty of pics too! Find the tour date stop-offs here!

3. Life in the Dreamhouse For a Night...This Barbie Airbnb is Booked Solid!

Fair warning, this Barbie Dreamhouse Airbnb is completely booked - like, forever!

Even though it's booked, I still wanted to include the villa because it looks truly amazing!

An incredible amount of pink must have gone into this gorgeous Malibu mansion inspired by the iconic doll's home sweet home!

Visit here for more pics!

....And, Fashion!

Add Some Barbie Doll Flair to Your Wardrobe!

While we can't all go all-out Barbie a la Kacy Musgrave's fantastic Met Gala outfit, there are plenty of Barbie doll-inspired clothes and accessories to enjoy!

Celebrate this fashionista and add some retro fun to your daily look with these ideas!

Pretty in Pink and Beautifully Barbie!

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Get Your Daily Dose of Barbie Chic!

Love Barbie's always on-trend style sense? You're not alone!

Barbie has her own Instagram dedicated to glam selfies, her 'trips' around the world, and fashion collabs!

She also has Instagram Barbiestyle which features fab fashion for fans!

To read more about Barbie on Instagram, visit here.

Or, check out Barbie's regular site for updates, signature dolls and more!

Barbie dolls have long been popular, both as time-tested toys and gorgeous collectables.

With her iconic history, trailblazing jobs and stunning sense of fashion, it's no wonder she's a star!

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I hope you liked learning a little more about your favorite doll! Have a favorite Barbie or story to share about this favorite doll? Let us know in the comments below!



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