’90s Revival

Author: Naomi Liddell

So Cornonavirus guys… Only joking. You’re about to read a completely frivolous, easy-going post about the 90’s revival. A temporary but welcome escape let’s say. Becky and I have been chatting all about the current ’90s trends. But actually, what it was like to have lived memory in the ’90s. Because, old. We figured it would be a fun way to spend a Tuesday, to remind each other of the nostalgic weird little things that went on twenty-plus years ago. We agreed not to confer and jotted down a list of all of our nineties memories. Amazingly there was no overlap but a hell of a lot of “Ohmygodrememberthaaaaaattttt”. 
I am entirely confident that we’ve left out heaps though, so feel free to chime in on the comments with your best loved nineties gems. 

Naomi’s ’90s Favourites

Biker Jackets – Mine was pink
Natalie Imbruglia Chinese inspired vest tops
Tammy Girl 
Polly Pockets
Over Head Projectors – The satisfaction of writing on acetate
Disposable Cameras – And collecting all that film
Plastic Stick On Stud earrings – Triangles, hearts and stars please
Lucky Charms  
Having to press play and record at exactly the same time to record something from a radio show on cassette
Saturday morning children’s TV complete with people getting dunked and slimed
The Big Breakfast
Floppy Discs
Brown lip liner
Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape – now kind of gives me the boke
Platform Boots – You can buy my current boots from New Look here (not an affiliate link, just dirty enabling)
Soft focus photography
Scented nail polish
Jet from Gladiators – My first girl crush
My Girl the film – Still crying
Pogs – Did they ban them in your school too?
Watching Mr Motivator whilst eating Poptarts as a legitimate breakfast
Passing notes in class – texting was not a thing
Learning about heavy petting and periods via Sugar and Mizz magazine


Becky’s ’90s Favourites

Shag bands (happy to elaborate on this should no one have a clue what I’m on about)
Multiple scrunchies – my best mate could hold up to 16 in her ponytail
Two straggly bits of hair pulled down the front of your face – a la Angel from home and away
Magic eye posters
Sony Walkman. It was yellow. And amazing. And I loved it
I also had a discman (spoilt much)
Alanis Morissette
Velvet chokers and matching velvet hat
Overplucked eyebrows
McDonalds birthday parties
Gifts in cereal boxes
Tupperware parties that my mom used to throw
Push Pops
Gameboy. Tetris.
Peace symbols on leather lace necklaces
Clarissa Explains It All. I was Clarissa.
Saved By The Bell
Splash (the film)
Paul Nicholls
Eurotrash (where we all learned about blow jobs)
Getting a pick & mix from Woolworths
We totally binge listened to the entirety of Jagged Little Pill and highly recommend that anyone having a bit of a tough day puts that one on full blast.

Oh, and we’re going to add Morgan on especially for Charlotte #morgangirl

Naomi loves daytime baths, learning things and rock music.
(Oh and her kids. She loves them too)
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52 thoughts on “’90s Revival

  1. Yes Becky!! – I was totally in love with Paul Nicholls!! Love this post guys, itโ€™s bringing it all back!

    1. Wasn’t he an absolute dream boat! He was up on my wall for many years. Right next to Vin Diesel ๐Ÿ˜‚

  2. Love this post! I have a few to add…
    The crystal maze, All Saints (and the vest/cargo pant combo!), Noels house party, Argos catalogues, Byker Grove, and last but not least….position of the fortnight via More magazine!

    1. The Crystal Maze!!!! Also browsing the jewellery section of the Argos Catalogues with your besties and picking best friend necklaces.

    1. We were discussing our Tammy Girl heights yesterday. I was 157cm! Haha. I also got my first bra from Tammy Girl. And yes to embellished jeans. What an era!

  3. My sister and I were obsessed with The Big Breakfast My Mum bought me a pair of Big Breakfast pj bottoms from Tesco when I was 15. I still have them and they still fit (pjs were a looser fit back in those days guys..) and whenever life gets on top of me I put them on for the evening..

  4. I was all set with my trump card of ‘position of the fortnight’ but I’m glad to see it’s already been mentioned. Why did my parents let me read that magazine? I think I would have been about 13, but I was faaaaaaaar too grown up for Sugar.

    Can I also throw into the mix ‘Groovy Chick’ bedding, stationary, t shirts…if it stood still, there was a Groovy Chick version.

    Also skirts over trousers, denim pedal pushers, pleated tartan mini skirts and tops with many, many zips. Combined with lilac sparkly eyeshadow, hair mascara, a good dollop of body glitter and a heavy spritz of Impulse body spray (my favourite?It had to be O2 or Zen!) I was all ready for a banging night out, drinking pilfered Smirnoff Ice.

    1. Kate the entire office just had a total giggle at that comment. Resounding “yessssss” to everything. Do you remember blue mascara too?

      1. Oh my goodness! I forgot blue mascara. At one point I used blue (or pink, if I was feeling punky that day!) hair mascara on my eyelashes. It’s a miracle I have any left.

        Clearly we were all looking as stylish as each other in the 90s!!

  5. This post has made me so happy this morning! I’ve been remembering all sorts
    Home & Away & Neighbours
    Ricky Lake
    Fun House
    Rimmel Heather Shimmer Lipstick
    Body Shop
    Top of the Pops on a Thursday!
    TLC Crazy Sexy Cool Album
    The Box
    United Colours of Benetton
    Atmosphere & Dream Phone board games

    I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list throughout the day too xx

    1. All this! And bloody Dream Phone!! I wonder will Rimmel Heather Shimmer Lipstick ever come back in?

  6. Whilst Iโ€™m sat in the doctors waiting room… off the top of my head….Keenan and Kel (who loves orange soda??!), Brandy and Monica, Tia and Tamara , MTV (waaaay too much American tv!!) East 17 and Brian Harveyโ€™s hats worn way too high on his head, Tumbawumba (I get knocked down, but I get up again ๐Ÿ˜‚), Hooch, coffee shimmer lipstick, Kangol hats, doc martens (now very much back in fashion), Adidas popper trousers and shell toe trainers, larva lamps, yellow smiley faces (I was too young to know the link to drugs!)….

    Trying not to laugh out loud at all the posts above!!! This is an ace game, well done ladies youโ€™ve brightened up my morning xx

    1. I’d forgotten so many of those TV Shows Cat!! We did just have a reminiscence on Hooch in the office. And Adidas Popper Trousers. Sportswear in general!! We’ve also got a nineties playlist booming away. So many memories!!

    1. I think I went to see Titanic five times in the cinema!! Big love for Leo. And how the hell did we miss out Take That?!

  7. I was in the older years of primary in the nineties so don’t have any teenage memories but still remember it quite vividly. I specifically remember polyester bootleg trousers with a skirt over the top in the same material, all sewn together. Popper trousers, cargo trousers with strips of material just hanging off them. Glitter body spray and hair mascara. That weird letter S everybody used to draw on scrap paper. What did that even mean? Does anybody else remember the spice girls photographs collection? That was a huge craze in our school playground. And pogs. I also remember the computers we had in school – one in each year 6 classroom which took floppy discs and the arrow turned into a bee when it was loading to show that it was busy. And the sound of dial up Internet, especially if you unknowingly picked up the phone while somebody was on the Internet. My kids find it hilarious that I had to go and plug the Internet in and listen to a load of screeching sounds. We also used to wait for a page to load and then disconnect from the Internet so we could read it offline without being charged. Perhaps that was getting more into 2000s though.

    We also used to have ‘the mang’. Kind of like cooties in America. One kid would run around trying to infect everyone else with the mang but you would say “mang injected for life” and pretend to give yourself a vaccination in the arm with your fingers crossed over, like you’re wishing for good luck. Was all fun until you got stuck with the mang for too long and became a social leper! My husband remembers this from the nineties but lots of people don’t so maybe it was a local thing.

    Absolutely loved playing that dream phone game and mouse trap. So jealous of kids who had them.

    1. Jade you just rhymed off my childhood! I was preteen in the nineties too but still have so many cultural memories! The super ‘s’! I’m sure I could still draw that with my eyes closed, I had so much practice at it.

      1. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ I used to have Encarta! I was talking about it recently… it sounds so weird when you explain what it was! X

        1. Omg yes, we had encarta! I had forgotten all about that. I also did a mavis beacon speed typing course just for fun.

      2. We didn’t have Encarta, but my family were of the opinion that we didn’t need it – because literally everything I could ever need to know was in a DK book. We had so many of them! I really vividly remember the Ancient Egypt one for some reason.

  8. Oh the memories ladies what a lovely lunchtime distraction, some more memory joggers: Joe Bloggs jeans, exclamation perfume, white musk from Body Shop, Impulse body spray, long baggy t-shirts over jeans, bad layered fringes, Just seventeen, Creepers shoes….feeling achingly uncool all of the time, OMG I am going down a rabbit hole!!

  9. This is totally making me miss the 90s!!! My orange inflatable chair and Bewitched poster were the stuff interior dreams were made of. Also bloody loved my Tammy Girl dolphin โ€œmood necklaceโ€!
    Anyone remember Samantha Mumba?!

    1. Inflatable chairs! And believe it or not Nicky, I played a Samantha Mumba music video on Youtube to Becky earlier on today. Ha!

    2. I loved inflatable chairs!! I had an inflatable green alien too, I think that was a very short lived phase?! x

  10. I enjoyed this post and the comments so much! Smiling along thinking YES to so many of the things!! How about Steps and all the dance routines? We used to practice them in the school playground and perform at school discos ๐Ÿ™ˆ (with the aforementioned body glitter, hair mascara and tammy girl outfits…) thank you for making me smile this afternoon! X

    1. Haha a wee bit of light-hearted reminiscing is called for on occasion. Now thinking of Steps and all those dance routines. I recall a lot of general dance routines involving chairs in that era for some reason.

  11. Love all of these! Some great memories! What about organised dance routines at school discos?! Macarena and Saturday Night by Whigfield Iโ€™m looking at you

  12. I miss my fluffy pens so. Such an enjoyable post to read this evening. Leo in Romeo and Juliet, I genuinely thought we would get married ๐Ÿ˜‚

  13. Morgan Girl…Mwah ha hahahahaha. Heather Shimmer lipstick from Rimmel (I looked awful in it) and impulse body sprays…The Corrs! I still bloody love them!!!! and I was such an All Saints cargo pants wearing girl – I had about 27 black vest tops. Adam and I walked right past Jason Donavan on Hammersmith Bridge today – you couldn’t write it. This post and the comments have made me laugh out loud ๐Ÿ˜‚

  14. Charlie red perfume! Playing snake on a Nokia 3210. Going into town at the weekend with ยฃ5 pocket money and being able to buy a McDonald’s and a dewberry perfume stick from the Body Shop. Wishing I could be in Beverley Hills 90210. Radio 1 road shows in the park. Eating chips pretty much every single day for lunch at school. Peter Andre! He recorded a video message for my wedding six years ago! Getting your friends older siblings to buy cider from the local office, and then freezing your ass off drinking it on a park bench ๐Ÿคญ Ah, the good old days ๐Ÿ˜‚

  15. Ooh, does anybody else remember that craze for those little plastic aliens in goo inside a plastic egg? There were loads of rumours that if you put it with another one (possibly the right colour one) they would mate and you’d get a baby one. I fully believed it and kind of thought that they were actually living creatures. All the local shops were sold out for ages.

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