Remember the days when it was Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's world and we were all just living in it? The globetrotting twins took us to Atlantis during their "Holiday in the Sun" and demonstrated exactly how one goes about "Winning London," to name just a few of their straight-to-DVD adventures.
But offscreen, MK and Ashley were also building a legitimate empire of merchandise fit for a tween. I'm talking girly video games, floral pajama sets, perfumes and makeup your mom would actually let you wear.
It's time to bop back through time to when tweendom meant owning pretty much any (or all) of these items:
The Michelle Tanner doll
The start of the Olsen Empire? You got it, dude. Talking Michelle dolls were the perfect gift for "Full House" fanatics and whoa, baby, were they a must-have.
My first set of makeup had Mary-Kate and Ashley's names stamped on it. Yeah, whatever, I said it. Sparkly lip gloss, hair products, smoothie-themed body spray, shimmery eye makeup -- I wasn't about to turn any of that down and neither was the rest of preteen USA.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Magazine
Remember when these were a thing? Circulation didn't last long but these magazines were still very important.
Were you and your best friend meant to be? There was only one way to find out: spinning the "Friendship Connection" wheel and letting MK&A decide.
Mary-Kate and Ashley toothpaste
Yeah, this happened too, because why not?
The twins were running around the screens of Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Playstation AND GameCube users across the country. Who else was going to help them get through the Magical Mystery Mall?
Mary-Kate and Ashley boombox
Whether you were jamming out to the latest MK&A movie soundtracks or you were bumping Jesse McCartney, we had to have this boombox -- especially at sleepovers. If you used one that didn't have their name on it, your music just didn't sound as good.
These were the perfect touch to every celebration, because birthday cake just tasted better when it was served on the faces of MK&A.
Mary-Kate & Ashley bedroom furniture
Whether you loved "city-style" or you were "country-chic," the twins designed the perfect bedroom fit for a tween, I mean queen. Getting to dream about shopping with MK&A in a bed hand-picked by MK&A was the ultimate tweenage dream.
I mean, they had to conquer the cartoon world at some point too, right?
Let's not forget their line of dolls, "Real Dolls for Real Girls," which was real awesome. There was the Red Carpet doll, the Super Spa Day doll and the sheer brilliance that was the When In Rome doll.
Remember these? In this VHS (whoa, VHS) mystery series, the actresses, I mean detectives, could solve ANY mystery thrown their way. With mid-investigation musical numbers and help from their detective pup, Clue, they always got the job done. After all, that was their motto: "We'll solve any crime by dinner time."
Same detectives. Different medium. The Olsen Empire welcomed a book series as a spin-off of the VHS collection, and it was so entertaining even Clue stuck around.
Mary-Kate and Ashley clothing lines
The twins wore their Walmart line in the movies, which just verified our dire need to get our hands on it too (bestsellers included both the hot-pink and electric-blue tube top from "Our Lips are Sealed.") Then, they graduated to high fashion by founding the high-fashion brand, The Row, in 2006. They've added five more clothing lines to their resumes since!
Vacation Party, Beach Party, Sleepover Party, Camp Out Party, the twins were some serious party queens. The best part? We were ALWAYS invited.
We've reached the classics. Whether they had a "Passport to Paris" or a taste of the Big Apple in "New York Minute," these movies were (are?) EVERYTHING. The twins traveled the world, had the best clothes and ALWAYS had crushes on boys who ALWAYS liked them back. Like, seriously, these girls had it made.
And that's how it's done when you've been grinding since day one. (We can almost forgive them for passing on "Fuller House.")
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