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From Bob Saget to Anna Wintour: A journey to the 27th year as scripted by the Olsen twins


What a perfect storm.

Today is not only the 24th Thursday of 2013 as mandated by the Gregorian calendar, nor is it just Throwback Thursday as mandated by Instagram. It’s not even really just a rainy-ass June 13th. It is also (and irrefutably most importantly,) the 27th birthday of a certain television-cum-fashion duo, originally well versed in the fictional family matters of a three sister tree but currently far better articulated when considering a more fashion-oriented sphere, where caftans rule and “Bob” is just a haircut–no Saget included.

Indeed, folks. The Gemini twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen turn 27 today. In thinking about how to celebrate the centenary of their births, our (Charlotte is an Olsen enthusiast) cogitations could have taken us in several directions. Maybe we’d put together a list of twenty seven reasons we’re positive our lives will never be like a Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movie. Reason #1, of course, would have been because really attractive, twenty-something men playing the role of teenagers rarely approach us, whisk us away on Vespas and cue closing credits. Another one could have been, we likely wouldn’t doubt Megan Fox’s theatrical performance in Holiday in The Sun–if she says she wants Jordan, give her Jordan, dammit. Maybe too, another list could have chronicled all the questions we’d have asked John Stamos if he was our uncle Jesse. (See: if every would you said, could make me laugh, would you talk forever?)

Or perhaps we could have amassed some of the more valuable wisdom Michelle Tanner bequeathed us, (we also, however, fear, that wisdom may have stopped after, “you got it, dude!”). And it seems like acknowledging their brief stint at NYU in any large capacity would have likely garnered similar results.

Which is why in considering the circumstances and caveats of their professional pursuits–down to that partnership with Walmart, their guest appearing on an episode of 7th Heaven, working on Stylemint, Elizabeth and James and, of course, The Row, we knew that digging into the photographic archives (and selecting 27 frozen memories for every year) was a most efficient way to monumentalize this indubitable jubilation.

Frankly, we’re pretty excited about it. Collecting photos from their virtual family album (see: Google–do you think that seashell a landline?) accumulating them and finally watching the progression of their careers (made painfully evident care of their changing fashion taste) condensed into one slideshow has been the silver lining on this terribly gloom, June Thursday. Sit back, kick up your feet, indulge in the glory, and get involved, folks!

Favorite Olsen moments, go.

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  • Nathalie

    I’ve been having a full house marathon since monday without even realising it was their birthday!

    Absolutely love Michelle!

    Nat x

  • Millie Cotton

    wanted to be them as a child and obviously as an adult very little’s changed…

    • Leandra Medine

      full disclosure: i pulled a mean girls c/o “caty harris wore army pants and flip flops so i wore army pants and flip flops” — and wore that flipped cap floral contraption because mk + a did.

  • Look Sharp Sconnie

    I get what I want. And this winter break, I want Jordan.

    • carosofresh

      Landers as in the hardware store Landers

  • Donald

    I love Full House and they are the reason that I do. I love their transformation from child stars into adulthood, if only other stars had such luck.


  • yasmin

    Michelle Tanner and Two of a Kind!
    So. Good.

  • CDJ

    Brother for Sale, obviously. Or when they jumped on the bed with fake Bill Clinton.

    • N G

      ….only fifty cents! Loved that song. Geniuses….they’re pure geniuses.

  • Caz S.

    God, they’re not actually 27 are they..?? It feels like they were about 10 two days ago.

  • rhiarhia

    When I really need to pee, I still chant, “I can hold it, I can hold it, I can hold it, I CAN HOLD IT” as I try to find a bathroom thanks to their ridiculous movie “To Grandmother’s House We Go.”

  • They have been real icons from their early childhood. Amazing women.

  • zoe_whip

    Suck it Olsen twins, I want Uncle Jesse!

    Seriously, Stamos get better lookin’ as he ages. I had the privilege of meeting him in person.

  • therainseason

    I will never forget that picture of Mary Kate olsen in the graphic tee, sunglasses, and distressed denim.

  • hil

    meeting mary kate olsen at lit lounge a few months ago. !!

  • I love watching their fashion change and process! And how cute is that matching outfit on the 3rd picture? lol too cute.
    ok and i love that Got Milk ad too. 😀

  • Can’t believe they are 27.

  • s

    i absolutely love them! seeing them grow up and being a few years behind have made them some serious role models for me!


  • Kiley

    anyone remember “bonjour, bonjour, bonjour… oh my god”


    Get the perfect father. Very lovely.

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  • Alejandra

    I wanted to be them– I still do. I framed a picture of them with Kanye and gave it to my best friend on her 21st… This morning she called me to wish me a happy birthday, and i wished her one back… Got to fake it till you make right?

  • Fashionably Sparkly

    I have spent every summer of my childhood watching their TV shows and movies! I just wanted to be like them and have a twin! haha

    Fashionably Sparkly

  • ashleymaciejewski

    I just wrote a post about the modern day bag lady…they are the muse of course.

  • kerriestella

    I have followed their birthday for about the last 17 years of my life. Their birthday is the week before mine, making us practically triplets. I always thought of myself as the long-lost Olsen– you know, the Black one. Who is a year older. Like I said, practically triplets.

  • Ash

    Their spooky Halloween video/song!

  • Vanessa

    Fun times. There are so many spelling errors in this post though I found it distracting. How rude!

  • Samantha

    Prince Williams ain’t do it right if you ask me / Cuz I was him I would’ve Mary-Kate and Ashley.

  • Confused

    Leandra, I absolutely love you, and everything you are trying to do. However, when reading your posts, I almost ALWAYS have to go back and read them again, as if I were ready something written in Old English. I’ve seen you speak on videos, and the likes, and you don’t speak the way you write. What’s the deal with that?

  • Jamie

    I can’t believe its been that long, so growns up 🙂 Thanks for this trip down memory lane!



  • thecoattaileffect

    i always wanted to be them because they always got the cute french boys. and the cute aussies. and the cute british boys.

  • Tessa

    I wore that exact genie costume (see slide 6) for Halloween one year. I feel so much better about myself now.

  • OMG, I literally grew up with the Olsen Twins! I still have those ‘The Adventure of Mary-Kate and Ashley’ novels when they were just young girls. I used to read them so much when I was younger. And since then I’ve been following their progress, from when they were in ‘The New York Minute’ to when they started dabbling in fashion (which I absolutely loved!!!) and started The Row. Gosh, my childhood heroes grown up! Love them!

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  • Erika Pacheco

    I would always stray away from floor length skirts due to my five foot three stature. Then one day I thought to myself, ‘If the Olsens (who were, at the time, slightly shorter) can wear them, then so can I!’

    Four attempts at frolicking in ‘boho’ skirts later and I realized an Olsen I was not. The only thing that kept me from crying myself to sleep every night was the thought that maybe ‘hobo’ would become the new ‘boho’ because THAT, I could do.

    My dreams came true.