girls day

Girl Bands by Kamie Kahlo

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Did South Korean nine-member girl band Girls’ Generation (fans usually refer to the group as SNSD, the acronym of the group's Korean name So Nyeo Shi Dae) just add another singer? The original members include (in order of official announcement) Yoona, Tiffany, Yuri, Hyoyeon, Sooyoung, Seohyun, Taeyeon (the leader), Jessica, and Sunny. Kamie was a natural addition to make SNSD a ten-member girl group! After all with similar backgrounds through acting, DJ-ing, and modeling, wouldn’t Kamie be the perfect fit? Well, not really.

I am definitely NOT the tenth pickup to this adorable group. (There isn’t one.) But, haven’t you ever wished you could be in your own girl band? This is one dream that countless girls share. It has been my “castle in the sky” for decades. (Won’t tell you how many. Too shocking.) When I was 10, my sister and I would put on our own backyard variety shows and invited the neighbors to view our lip-syncing abilities. I would daydream endlessly about appearing on talk and variety shows. I practiced my responses as much as I would practice actually singing.

Today, I still practice, in my head of course, just what I will say when being interrogated on Oprah or Chelsea Lately. I begged my husband to buy me a Fender Hello Kitty Stratocaster guitar for my birthday and I intend on playing it. Sean and I even did this photoshoot to demonstrate that, at least aesthetically; I might just be a good fit. And maybe, just maybe, someday soon you will see me in my own girl band called Adelita.

Sources: Korean Arena Magazine
Contributors: Kamie Kahlo as stylist and model, Sean Watson as photographer

Girls' Day!! by Kamie Kahlo

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The Girls’ Day festival or Hina Matsuri was legally established in 1687. On the third day of the third month a day of purification in the Shinto religion comes from ancient times. In the purification rites, The use of dolls is mentioned in the Tale of Genji, written almost a thousand years ago!

Thomas Hull writes: …the Dolls' Festival (a.k.a. Girls' Festival). This happening originated as a purification ceremony using many folded dolls. "This ritual was performed by breathing on the dolls, rubbing them against one's body to rid oneself of impurities, then throwing the infected dolls into a river to be carried away" (Kenneway, Complete Origami, New York : St. Martin's Press, 1987, p. 82)....

Today, girls and their mothers take out the hina and arrange them on a red cloth which may cover a structure, the hina-dan, with as many as 7 steps, each with its own designated set of hina: the Emperor and Empress at the top, three ladies serving them sake on the next step, then five or even ten musicians, two "guardians" with weapons, and three servants. Girls play hostess to their friends who are "fed" in tiny dish sets.

Lil Star and I celebrate Girls’ Day by honoring all girls, mothers, daughters, their dolls and, yes, their candy! Lil Star took these photos to share our small but, sweet ritual.

Sources: Fascinating Folds - The History of Origami, Judy Shoaf
Contributors: Lil Star photographer and stylist

Girl' Week at Adelita Style by Kamie Kahlo

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March 3rd is Girls' Day in Japan! (More about this tomorrow since it's the "real" kickoff.) So this week is of course, Girl's Week at Adelita Style!! We are starting the week with our power girl, Lil Star. (aka Jelly Stelly) Up till now you have heard of her as a contributor but this is her first appearance. This week is a great week for Lil Star to showcase her many years of experience as a girl and her new experience as a writer and photographer and of course, a model. At 10 years old, Miss Star is Adelita Style's muse and collaborator, a great example to the little girls out there as well as to all of us "older" gals. We look forward to more and more contributions from her as she grows!

Contributors: Kamie Kahlo photographer and stylist for top photo, Sean Watson photographer for bottom photo, Lil Star stylist