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November 18th, 2009Oh, that seductive ‘Twilight’ merchandise

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by Melissa Magsaysay
LATimes.com

Sashaying through Lakewood Mall one day last week, Diana Garcia was a walking testament to the power of the “Twilight” saga.

A Volturi pendant hung around the 16-year-old’s neck, and her T- shirt was emblazoned with the words, “It never made sense for you to love me. I always knew that” — the same sigh-inducing phrase Bella says to Edward in “New Moon,” the second part of the book/movie series, which opens in theaters Friday.

“I have a lot of ‘Twilight’ clothing. Probably 10 ‘Twilight’ shirts and two or three ‘New Moon’ T-shirts, also some accessories like a heart necklace that breaks in two and this ‘New Moon’ ring,” Diana says, showing off a ring engraved with a saying from the movie, worn on the fourth finger of her left hand.

Her friend Isaac Bravo, also 16, wasn’t wearing any “Twilight”-branded clothing on this outing, but he said he too has amassed several T-shirts, a ring and the same Volturi necklace as Diana.

They are both huge fans of the books and movie, drawn by the story of forbidden love. “Not being able to be with someone because of your parents or other circumstances is something all teenagers go through,” Diana says. “It’s nice to read these books and watch these movies so you don’t feel like you’re the only one.”

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August 12th, 2009Tweens spend billions at stores

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Children, parents like to say, are always growing up too fast.

Now, at least, they're doing it in style.

"Tween" fashions and accessories, those marketed to children, usually girls between ages 7 and 14, are a multibillion-dollar ... Continue Reading »

August 16th, 2008American Girl will doll up MOA

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Shopping at the Mall of America Monday, Hannah and her mother, Suzanne, were delighted to learn that their next trip to buy American Girl merchandise should be much shorter. The popular marketer of historic and contemporary dolls plans to ... Continue Reading »

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