Today’s Hot Topic: Hot Topic

Hot-Topic-logoThe Peach and I were at MOA (Mall of America for those of you not from the Land of 10,000 Lakes) yesterday. As we were leaving a birthday party at American Girl, we happened to notice a Hot Topic store. I had remembered that Fred Figglehorn (Lucas Cruikshank) makes appearances at Hot Topic stores, but had never actually seen one, so we went in.

First, let’s note that there are probably not two more disparate places at MOA than American Girl and Hot Topic! The music was LOUD and metal (punk? I’m 47 – I don’t know what you’d call it anymore) and the sales guys were pierced. This was no well-lighted Justice, with cute Miranda Cosgove vids playing on big screens as moms and tweens shopped. However, the first thing we spied were Fred shirts on the wall… way better Fred shirts than he has on his own website. Second, a big display of Harry Potter merch, and third… Twiliiiiiiiiight! Ahhhh.

New MoonListening to the lovely music (I joked with Peach that we should get the CD…) we tried to pick our favorite Fred shirt. The sales people we actually very helpful and polite, but they didn’t have the size we needed in any of the Fred shirts. Oh well, no matter. We moved on to the incredible array of Twilight merch.

We’ll do a separate post on our latest obsession, but suffice it to say, they had lots of great Twilight stuff, even some exclusive items, and Peach was torn. Only allowed to get one thing, she ended up choosing their exclusive New Moon tee. Exciting!

We began to walk toward the back of the store, and very quickly realized the key thing you’ll want to know here: Anything a tweener would want or be interested in is in the very front corner of the store. Which is a good thing. Overall, I’d give the store high marks for having really exciting exclusive character items, and I would definitely go there again. They make it easy for you by keeping the more mainstream, younger kid items in the very front of the store. But beyond that front corner, it’s not a store for tweeners. It’s a store for punkers with copious body piercings and strange leather and fishnet outfits. Thank goodness I’m a few years away from dealing with anything like that yet! *sigh of relief*

Peaches says: The people had creepy mohawks that were dyed different colors. The store was creepy, with long necklaces and other gangsta-type stuff. I would go back there, but only for Fred stuff, Harry Potter stuff, and Twilight stuff. I loved the Twilight stuff! The music was kinda creepy too.

Mom: You said “creepy” already twice!

Peach: But that’s the description of the store!

Our conclusion: Some great stuff for tweeners, as long as you stay in the front, and you’re in and out as quickly as possible!

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New Duet for Miley and Nick – Are They Back Together?

Miley and Nick

A few days ago, I caught an interesting tweet from Miley Cyrus and retweeted it here; Miley said she and Nick J. were “in a dark theater ‘writing’ a song together”.

Yesterday, pictures of Miley and Nick Jonas from a video shoot, and a new duet by the former couple that’s been leaked on YouTube, make it look as though they are back together! Is it all publicity or is it real? (They are an adorable couple, and if you listened to Miley’s last album, you know she wasn’t over him!)

The YouTube vid (it’s actually just audio) link is below.  Listen to it then post your thoughts in the comments.  Back together or just publicity, what do you think?  Do you even care?  Here’s what we think:

Mom:  I hope it’s real (but I’m a romantic!).  I think you’ve been able to hear their pain in their songs, and maybe these two cuties belong together!  As for the song, I’m not crazy about it.  It’s OK.  I’m more “interested” in what it says and what it means than “into” the song itself.

Sillycooper:

I personally don’t care for these two. I really don’t watch disney so I don’t know much about them.

PopStarPeaches:

I dunno.  Maybe they are.  I like the song, but I don’t know.  I really like Miley, and the Jonas Brothers– we saw them in concert, and they were all awesome!

Mom:

Will you buy the song when it comes out?

Peach:

Yeah, I would.  Whose CD would it be on?

We’ll have to wait and see.  Both for the CD, and about Miley and Nick!  Fingers crossed!

Update: Miley and Nick’s duet is featured on the Jonas Brothers’ new CD, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, to be released next week. Pre-order here: Lines, Vines and Trying Times