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5 Reasons Clarissa Darling Rocks

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
It may be 2011, but the 1990s are currently amidst a resurgence. Clueless recently turned sweet 16 and Mark-Paul Gosselaar & Breckin Meyer (aka Zack Morris & Travis Birkenstock) currently star on TNT's breakout legal dramedy, Franklin & Bash.

But every '90s kid clutched their slap bracelets when Nickelodeon announced the return of their classic programming on TeenNick. Airing favorites such as All That, Clarissa Explains It All, Doug, Hey Arnold! and Kenan & Kel, they dubbed the comeback as "The '90s Are All That" and warmed the heart of any kid who watched the Nickelodeon classics when they originally aired. It's no surprise the first night of programming smashed ratings and is all the buzz on social media networks.

Before the Clueless girls stole my heart, there was Clarissa Darling. From 1st through 4th grade, I yearned to be Clarissa. And, looking back at her now, I realize why.

Following are five reasons why I think Clarissa Darling rocks, and is officially ushered into the "It" Girl Hall of Fame:

5) She was fearless. No matter what challenge she encountered — disputing the typical, lame attire for school picture day, getting a car with no money and constantly dealing with Ferg-Face — she was never afraid to take risks.

4) I still aspire to have an entire apartment as cool as her bedroom. Hub caps, a flamingo-shaped jewelry holder, multi-colored walls AND a pet baby caiman named Elvis? I don't ever recall being so envious of a TV character's living space. While surely my aesthetic is a bit more mature now, I can appreciate the quirkiness and fun behind it.

3) She had an awesome best friend. Okay, so he climbed into her window on a ladder. That might be a bit creepy in today's world, but in Clarissa's world, who cares! Sam was laid-back, optimistic and dependable; a true friend, who could always be counted on to help Clarissa through situations by asking, "What's the worst that can happen?" To top it all off, his entrance was always cued by a guitar riff.

2) The video games. One of my absolute favorite elements of the show was when Clarissa created computer-generated games based on her own situations. She programmed them, inserted herself and any other relevant characters into the mix and played away on her trusty computer. The fact that she could program these herself showed a bit of a geeky side, and made her even cooler.

1) Her style knocked Blossom and Lisa Turtle out of the park. Clarissa's style in one word: anarchy. Mixed prints, textures and themes made her fashion sense girly, grungy and totally eccentric. She made even the most basic pieces outstanding, and it never seemed contrived. As it worked for her then, it can still be referenced as inspiration.

Clarissa's classic look; my spin on it for today

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