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Lisa Frank And Hotels.com Created An Apartment That Looks Like The Inside Of Your 3rd Grade Backpack

Calling all ’90s kids. Was there ever a better feeling in the world than getting a new shimmery, colorful Lisa Frank binder? We all know that one person who had the whole kit; pencils, erasers, notebooks, stickers. Maybe that person was you or maybe they were someone you were always just a little jealous of, whether you admit it or not. It was a rainbow-colored explosion in every elementary and middle school in the ’90s. Yet, Lisa Frank stationery wants to make the experience immersive. You now have a chance to stay in an apartment decorated in the signature rainbow-colored and slightly psychedelic style of the ’90s brand.

The Lisa Frank apartment, a collaboration between Lisa Frank and Hotels.com, screams nostalgia.

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Lisa Frank teamed up with Hotels.com to bring your ’90s backpack to life. Hospitality company Barsala, which specializes in delivering the best value for price to their customers. A lucky few fans will be transported to the wonderful world of fluffy rainbows, unicorns, golden retrievers, and technicolor dolphins. The Lisa Frank-themed penthouse is in the Los Angeles Fashion District in downtown. But if you want to stay there, you better hurry. The room is only available for a couple of weeks this month only.

“We wanted to design a room that celebrates all things ’90s, and nothing screams childhood nostalgia more than these iconic designs,” Adam Jay, president of Hotels.com told Curbed LA.

The bed has Lisa Frank sheets and duvet and there are pillows with the trademark colorful kitties and puppies of the brand.

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The bedroom features a hot-pink four-poster bed with a light-up canopy outfitted with Lisa Frank’s signature chromatic bedding and rainbow-hued curtains. There’s a wall-sized mural featuring some of Lisa Frank’s most iconic designs like the rainbows coming out of fluffy clouds, the bear dressed like an Elton John-styled magician, and all of the animals and characters we remember.

The bathroom is an underwater technicolor oasis with all of the Lisa Frank nautical designs we all recognize.

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The bathroom walls are decorated with Lisa Frank’s underwater scenes that graced out school folders for years. Heart-shaped bubbles, rainbow colored tropical fish, and the famous pink and blue dolphins cover the bathroom walls. It is everything you ever wanted your parents to do for your bedroom and bathroom growing up.

Of course, Lisa Frank’s chromatic animal print collection is on full display in the kitchen. 

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You’ll find a true rainbow color spectrum in this kitchen from bright pink to pale blue and all the colors in between. Lisa Frank’s iconic animal prints come to life on the cupboards. Yellow zebra print, a red leopard print that fades to orange. The best part? The kitchen comes fully stocked with the most iconic vibrant-colored candy from your childhood —like Gushers, Pop-Tarts, Pixy Stix, and Planters Cheez Balls.

Get in touch with your inner pop artist with all the stationery and Lisa Frank goodies you can take home.

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If all the rainbows and colors are making you inspired, next to the lounge area, there’s an office space complete with all the cutesy rainbow Lisa Frank stationery you could ever want. The desk comes supplied with pencils, post-its, notepads and stickers. If ever we wanted to smuggle something out of a hotel room, this is it. 

Guests even get limited edition robes, slippers, and sleep-masks.

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With your booking, you get to take all of the goodies you like. The candy, the stationery, the Lisa Frank-embroidered robes, and slippers, all yours for the rate of $199 a night.

Yes, Lisa Frank is a real person, but the art was a collaborative effort.

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The Lisa Frank brand first rose to prominence in the 1980s and ’90s as purveyors of hyper-bright, animal-centric school supplies, including Trapper Keepers, pencil bags, backpacks, stickers, and stationery. Lisa Frank is a real person and started the company while she was still in college. However, many artists collaborated to design the illustrations. 

“The artwork was a collaborative effort, but it all began with me putting it on paper as a marker rendering,” Rondi Kutz, who was Lisa Frank Inc.’s Senior Designer and Product Development Leader told HelloGiggles. “The concepts came from Lisa, James (her husband), or me, so I can say that some of the characters were my idea and original design. But by the time it went on to an illustrator to redraw it, adding detail, then to a computer artist who rendered it on the computer (which entailed hundreds of hours of work), it had many artists’ stamps on it.” Kutz went on to work at the company until 2002.

Other notable themed properties available to rent (not on Hotels.com) include Bella Swan’s house from “Twilight,” a “Taco Bell inn” pop-up and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Stays at the Lisa Frank Apartment are available only from October 11 through 27. The cost per night is $199 and the room can only be booked through Hotels.com.

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If You’re Shopping For A ’90s Kid, Check Out These Super Nostalgic And Relevant Gifts

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If You’re Shopping For A ’90s Kid, Check Out These Super Nostalgic And Relevant Gifts

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Picture it, the year is 1996, you just got home from school and dropped your Power Rangers backpack on the floor. You’re drinking Squeezits while your mom makes you a snack to watch Pokemon. Life is good. Whether we’re watching reboots or wearing nineties-inspired fashion trends, millennials just can’t seem to let go of that nostalgia of being little kids in the 90s. What a time to be alive, huh? With that in mind, we tracked down 20 totally amazing ’90s gifts for adults that will bring your retro-loving friend, fond memories of late-night sleepovers and Go-Gurt binges.

NES Classic Edition

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Pre-loaded with 30 classic Nintendo games from the ’90s like Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and Mega Man, the NES classic edition is sure to make the ‘90s kid bug out. No cartridge blowing necessary.

Caboodles Cases

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You remember Caboodles? These pastel-colored, toolbox-looking makeup cases were everything. They were where you stored your most prized beauty possessions as a kid. Fill them up with your Dr. Pepper-flavored Lip Smackers and grape-scented nail polish, ’90s girl.

Tamagotchi

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Sure, we could download the Tamagotchi app on our smartphones, but we all know it’s not the same. Original Tamagotchis are back and we can’t think of a better stocking stuffer.

Roll-on body glitter

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Luxury and on-trend makeup brands may make the most luxe ‘body glitter,’ but if you grew up in the ’90s, you know that nothing beats a good old sparkly, sticky and shiny roll-on glitter stick. 

Goosebumps Retro Box set

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This “Goosebumps” anniversary box set is packed with five fan-favorites, complete with original covers. They are guaranteed to help your horror-loving friends and family relive the terrifying thrill of cracking open a brand new Goosebumps book.

Butterfly Clips

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The quintessentially ‘90s hair accessories are back. According to Etsy’s trend experts, searches for “butterfly clips” have seen an almost 400 percent increase on the site. For the ‘90s-loving adult, a pack of nostalgic clips is a totally acceptable hair accessory for 2020.

Lisa Frank supplies

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Our favorite psychedelic ‘90s trapper-keeper designer is back, and now she’s serving up some seriously nostalgic office and school supplies. What better way to listen to keep your documents in order than with a lively Lisa Frank folder?

Selena t-shirt

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A tee, or basically anything featuring this ’90s and forever queen, Selena is a perfect gift for the Latino ’90s baby. 

Pokemon cards

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Pokemon cards took over school playgrounds in the ’90s. Kids were frantically collecting and swapping in a desperate bid to catch ’em all. Well, until the teachers banned them. Collect your cards freely now, without any teachers getting rid of the fun.

Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time on vinyl

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Get Britney Spears’s iconic debut album ‘Baby One More Time’ on vinyl because who has a CD player in 2019? Plus, opening this up as a gift will make any ’90s kid cry tears of joy.

Crash Bandicoot T-Shirt

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Fans of the Crash Bandicoot franchise can go straight back to the Wumpa Islands and show their love for the ’90s classic with this t-shirt featuring the genetically enhanced Crash. 

Sailor Moon Makeup Brushes

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This magical makeup brush set comes with a pouch and cute sailor guardian designs. A perfect gift for any of your ’90s obsessed makeup enthusiast.

Game Boy Alarm Clock

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This Game Boy alarm clock will add a bit of the ’90s to any nightstand. We were all obsessed with this mobile game consols and now they can be yours for a completely different purpose.

’90s Paper cup T-shirt

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This stylish tee’s nostalgic design resembles the colorful and abstract painting printed on nearly every paper cup during that glorious decade we all miss the most.

Nickelodeon Subscription Box

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Every 3 months you’ll receive a box jam-packed with goodies featuring your favorite ’90s Nicktoons like The Rugrats and Hey Arnold.

“It Was All A Dream” Neon sign

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The opening line to Biggy’s 1994 debut single ‘Juicy,’ is the ultimate ’90s gift for anyone growing up in that decade. 

Vintage Treasure Troll Dolls

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One of the many strange toys that were popular in the nineties. Confession: I still have a plastic box filled with trolls that I collected in the ’90s. (Related: This will not be the only weird thing you learn about me in this roundup.)

Vans Old Skool Sneakers 

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Only the coolest kids came to class in Vans sneakers. These are a nice throwback with the checkers emblazoned on them.

Gelly Roll Metallic Pens

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These babies were essential for diaries and passing secret class notes. Just imagine the nostalgia when you use these for your work notes.

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Los Angeles Made History After Nury Martinez Became The First Latina City Council President

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Los Angeles Made History After Nury Martinez Became The First Latina City Council President

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There was some history made this past Tuesday as Nury Martinez was unanimously elected as the first Latina president in the 110-year history of the Los Angeles City Council. With a unanimous 14-0 vote, albeit Councilman Gil Cedillo was absent, the council chose to put Martinez at the head of one of the most important positions in the city. 

With the historic vote, the San Fernando Valley Councilwoman will be succeeding outgoing Council President Herb Wesson, the first African-American to head the council. Martinez will become just the second woman ever elected to serve as LA city council president. Before Martinez, Councilwoman Pat Russell was the first and only woman elected back in 1983. 

As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, who worked as a dishwasher and a factory worker, Martinez took time to credit and thank them during a speech on Tuesday.

Her humble beginnings growing up in Pacoima, a predominantly Latino working-class community in the San Fernando Valley, taught her the importance of hard work. Martinez saw her mom and dad work tirelessly for her family so she could have a chance at success one day. That day came on Tuesday. 

“As the daughter of immigrants, as a daughter of a dishwasher and factory worker, it is incredibly, incredibly personal for me to ensure that children and families in this city become a priority for all of us, to ensure our children have a safe way to walk home every day … to ensure that our families feel safe,” Martinez said on Tuesday. “And first and foremost, to ensure that children living in motels, children that are facing homelessness, finally become a priority of our city, to ensure that we … find them permanent housing for them to grow up.”

Martinez is the product of public schools and became the first in her family to graduate from college. She began her career serving her own community as part of the City of San Fernando Council from 2003-2009 then followed that as a member of the L.A. Unified School Board from 2009-2013. 

It was her upset victory in 2013 beating out well-known Democrat Cindy Montañez, a former state assemblywoman, for a seat on the city council that put her on the LA political map. Despite trailing 19 points after the primary city election, Martinez would win in the general election by 969 votes. 

“To think, six years ago, I wasn’t even supposed to be here. I worked so hard and I was able to turn it around,” Martinez told the LA Times. “It’s not only an honor, but I really and truly feel blessed. And I just want to make everyone proud.”

Martinez has previously taken on issues like ending homelessness, installing rent control laws and supporting low-income families. She hopes to continue fighting for this and similar issues as president of the city council. 

As part of the city council, Martinez worked on behalf of the many families in the San Fernando Valley taking on issues like housing projects, rent control, and paid family leave. These issues will continue to be part of her agenda as president of the city council as well as advocating for children and families. 

“It’s monumental. She looks like the face of L.A. and she’s been elected to the highest position possible,” Jaime Regalado, professor emeritus with California State University, Los Angeles, told LAist.  “Usually people consider city council president to be a stepping stone to elsewhere — and we’ll see what the future holds.”

The significant moment wasn’t lost on many who congratulated Martinez for this historic stepping stone for Latinas everywhere. 

Another trailblazer, Gloria Molina, who was first Latina ever elected to the City Council, told the LA Times that Martinez has an incredible opportunity in front of her to bring real change and representation to the position. 

“She has a real opportunity to bring so much change,” Molina said. “She has an opportunity to create a balance. Martinez’s election is “a very significant accomplishment, not just as a Latina but as a woman. It’s still a men’s game there.”

As the council vote was officially confirmed and the motion to elect Martinez passed, there was a loud eruption of applause from those in the council chamber. The significance of the moment wasn’t lost on Martinez who said that she will use the opportunity to highlight the best that Latinos can offer. 

“I think it’s important to continue to show the rest of the country what this community is made of,” she said. “The Latinos are ready to lead and we’re very grateful to be part of this wonderful country called America.”

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