Girlie in Montreal: Barbie Expo & Bridal Boudoir

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If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend with your lady friends, might we suggest re-visiting favourite hobbies from your childhood? No, we aren’t talking about sneaking out of the house to go and kiss boys or smoking in the girls room. Rewind another decade and a half during the toddler to tween years, and what do you get? Toys. More specifically, the most iconic doll of them all: Barbie.

Barbie Expo

Barbie is probably the most recognized doll we have ever known, and as of today more than 1,000 Barbies will be on permanent display for all to admire. Montreal now has an all Barbie Expo — because clearly, this is a major detail that we’ve been missing out on.
Brace yourself for a nostalgic trip down memory lane, where you will re-visit the many different styles that Barbie has donned since her creation in 1959. Les Cours de Mont Royal is giving us the goods on display, courtesy of the museums curator Gilanna Giobbi

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The Barbie Expo will feature a gallery of high-fashion, designer dolls wearing custom created designs. Visitors can observe the evolutionary fashion changes that Barbie dabbled in over the years, including some high-fashion pieces from Armani, Dior, Versace, Givenchy, Oscar de la Renta and Montreal’s own Bob Mackie. 

We all have an inner child, and it’s important to acknowledge the kid in you when necessary. Might we suggest checking out the Barbie Expo at Les Cours Mont Royal when you have a moment? Because when it all comes down to it, we’re all Barbie girls in a Barbie Expo world. 

Free admission is granted, but visitors can choose to make a donation to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Inner Bride: Boudoir 1861

From the creators of Boutique 1861, comes Boudoir 1861. Still hyper-girlie, but heavy on the vintage bridal.

While weddings are less likely to happen during the winter, shopping and playing dress-up can be pretty consistent year-round. Now we’re not saying you should run out and get married right away — unless of course you’ve found the one who makes you weak in the knees. Playing dress-up can be just as — if not — more fun than prepping for the real deal.

Modern love, am I right?

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We had an absolute ball dressing up in bridal wear during our visit last week at the media launch. Boudoir 1861 is vintage-inspired and the prices are reasonable. Whether you’re actually getting married or just feel like living out the a dream of being in a Lana del Rey video, this place makes it happen at a cost that won’t break the bank.

You could always have the best of both worlds and go as Zombie Barbie. Problem solved!

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