Barbie for big girls.


Pastel Fiorella

I just had to rip those black bows off.  I adore the face paint on this one but the black bows, dress and knee socks had to go to another doll.

Model:  Fiorella™ Barbie® Doll

Dress:  Bellissima Couture

Hat:  by the fabulous Judy O of Aponi Designs

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About these ads

The WClub Announces their First Exclusive

to members…..VICTOIRE ROUX™!

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La Grande Seduction (The Great Seduction)
Victoire Roux™ Dressed Doll
2014 W Club Exclusive
Limited Edition Size:  TBA
Estimated Shipping Date: Approximately Late Summer 2014

Doll Tech Specs:
Scale: 12-inch / 1:6
Head Sculpt: Victoire Roux
Body Sculpt: Integrity / Victoire Roux
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair: Deep Brunette
Quick Switch Feature: No
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

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I am not feeling the dress.  It’s different but it feels kind of clumpy on her.  Also, I am a lover of updo’s…you all know this…but I am feeling a little “updo fatigue” with this one.  Her face is beautiful and I love the raven hair.  I am not sold on the lip color yet but I think it is workable.  I really like the jewelry.  Has anyone “easily” gotten that hair comb thingy to work yet?  If so share how you did it.  Enquiring minds would love to know.   I am still going to order but I think she will be redressed fairly quickly.

WClub members have until Monday,April 14th at noon EST to order.

Unexcused Absence…

I have been tardy from the blog and I admit it.  There are good reasons for it , I promise.  For the past three weeks, I have been busy prototyping some items that I am hoping to sell at Barbie convention and through the blog (Etsy shop still being set up) as well.   While I can’t show many of the items yet, they are all in stages of doneness in my laundry room…I offer up some sneak peeks at the end of this post.  In the meantime, I decided to put Miss Poppy in the window for a photoshoot inspired by the beautiful spring green color that is popping up(LOL! pun intended) all around the Pacific Northwest right now.  Spring has sprung in the garden…and in the studio as well.

Model:  I Love How You Love Me Poppy Parker

Dress:  Bogue’s Vouges (




Here are a few sneaks of what I am working on….








The piece above was repainted by a very talented artist I am proud to call a friend.  There will be more about her and her work in a future post.


It’s ITBE time for the WClub

If you are an Integrity Toys’ Basic Edition fan and a WClub member,  you are a happy camper right now.  Hopefully you are a lucky happy camper.  Integrity  announced a quartet of new additions to the ITBE line and they will be available only to the WClub members.  They will also be available via lottery only.  I have not wandered into the ITBE tidal pool….yet.  This time I may have to dip my toe in for one

Ok WClub members, you have until  Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 Noon ET (New York Time) to enter the lottery for these.

Second Skin
Basic Edition Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "right to buy" lottery ends (in-stock March 2014)

Body Type: Old FR Body with Larger Bust
Head Sculpt: Vanessa 1.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: A-Tone
Hair Color: Deep Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

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Morning Dove
Basic Edition Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "right to buy" lottery ends (in-stock March 2014)

Body Type: Old FR Body with Larger Bust
Head Sculpt: Kyori 1.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

ITBE Morning Dove


Red Strike
Basic Edition Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "right to buy" lottery ends (in-stock March 2014)

Body Type: FR Monogram
Head Sculpt: Janay
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Miami
Hair Color: Shimmering Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

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Night Strike
Basic Edition Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "right to buy" lottery ends (in-stock March 2014) 

Body Type: FR Monogram
Head Sculpt: FR Monogram
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Silver
Eyelashes: Yes

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What can I say…I am a sucker for the monograms.  Even though Integrity has retired this line, it is great to see them pop up in another iteration from time to time.  Thank you Integrity Toys!

You’ve Got a Friend

I have a friend who is going through a hard time right now.  I always say that one of if not the most amazing things about the collecting community is its strength and ability to support its members.  This friend is a doll collector and in the midst of the gauntlet she is walking right now, she still thought of others and helped out a few collector friends this week.  Her grace and strength humbles me.  My friend…this one is for you.

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Models:  Fascination Monogram, Breathless Veronique FR2,Sweet Smell of Success Veronique FR

Gowns:  Illumination Monogram, Fine Romance Eugenia FR, Dressmaker Details After the Ball

Set:  Suzy Goose Piano

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Time for a Spring Fling…

…with Poppy Parker.  As the light gets better in the Pacific Northwest of the US, it is imperative to take advantage of it.  We had a few sun rays the other day so I had to grab my camera and a few models ready to show off some spring colors.

Model:  Sweet in Switzerland Poppy Parker

Shirt, Skirt, belt and shoes:  Fashion Royalty Spring Forward Eugenia

Hat:  Barbie Basics hat that I refashioned into something completely different.  {You have to imagine John Cleese saying that}.

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Quick behind the scenes look

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The 2014 Academy Awards!

Technically these should be the 2013 Oscars right?…I mean…these awards are for movies released in 2013.  This always confuses me.  I have to say that some of my favorite moments of last night’s show were not the fashions.  Some of my favorite moments were a few of the heart felt and well delivered acceptance speeches that we were treated to ( without annoying music cutting them off I might add…my thanks to the academy).   Not only did these actors express their gratitude but many of them touched on personal and social issues that made what could have been a trite and generalized speech into a tribute to others and a call to action on a few social issues.  It was really lovely to hear and see.

Now…on to other things that were lovely to see…and perhaps a few that were not.

The Best dressed actress on the red carpet goes to….Charlize Theron in Dior

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This was “hands down” my absolute favorite.  Glamours, chic, elegant…I could go on and on.  She owned the red carpet in this amazing and what appears to be custom Christian Dior gown.

Honorable mentions for the evening:

Here was another beauty in black.  Karen O’ in Camilla Staerk

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra

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Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace.  Loved, loved, loved this look on her.



Amy Adams in Gucci Couture



Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen.  Adored this look on her.  She looked regal.



Jennifer Lawrence in Dior…and notably…one of the very few to wear red on the red carpet.



And….my favorite not seen on the red carpet but at the Oscars dress…Sally Fields in Randi Rahm.  Talk about grace personified.  Beautiful!!


There were many gowns that I adored last night.  There were also a few looks that left me wanting…and sadly they were on some ladies whom have stunned in the past on the red carpet.

Anna Kendrick in J Mendel.  The mesh cumber bund with beaded red stars…that was the kiss of death on this number.  You know there is a problem when people are saying the back of the gown is way more interesting than the front.

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Viola Davis in Escada.  The fit was off on this one.  Not her best look.



It pains me to say this but…Anne Hatheway in Gucci.  I can only imagine the screams that curdled the air in the control booth when she stepped out on the stage to give an award.  The mirrors on the front of her dress caught every single light and reflected it back…into the audience…into the cameras…into  homes all over the planet.  I am still seeing stars.

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Kate Blanchett in Armani Privé.  I liked the design alright but the color just washed her out.  I adored her acceptance speech for the best actress win though.  Strong female leads in film sells tickets Hollywood…hear it, learn it….live it.



Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein.  This one really surprised me.  Naomi Watts is one of my “go to” people on the red carpet.  She almost NEVER appears on the red carpet in anything other than stunning.  Last nights efforts, while not horrible, just left me kind of “meh”.  It was too much of a one note for me. 



Jessica Biel in Chanel Couture.  I do not feel this dress did ANYTHING for her.  When pressed, the only compliment I can give this gown is to say “ well…it was beaded”  In the words of the indomitable Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada “That is all”.


And….I know I will get all kinds of disagreement on this one…Lupita Nyong’o in Prada.  I adored this color on her and the whole flowing Grecian look.  I just could not get past my first impression of her and my exclamation of  “It’s Cinderella!”  The headband had to go if I was ever going to get Cinderella out of my head.  Bippity, boppity boo.



All in all not a bad turnout for fashion on the red carpet last night and also of historic significance…the selfie that shut down twitter last night from Ellen DeGeneres.



Presenting at the Oscars

I love watching the Oscars.  Well…mostly I just like watching the red carpet and posting my picks and pans after.  Last year I had a lot of fun and success with my “Getting ready for the Oscars” photo.  See all the information about this photo here.


Mattel had just released this new wardrobe piece and I was anxious to use it.  In my head, Barbie was getting ready to go to the Oscars as a possible recipient.  Because she was one of the contenders for the gold statue, she needed to be in a drop dead gown.  The story continued in my head that she went on to win the Oscar.  That means that this year, she will be presenting the Oscar for the award she won last year. 

Model:  Barbie Basics®Model No. 01 — Collection 001

Gown:  Miniature Couture by Mary

Jewelry:  Fashion Royalty Monogram Completist accessory pack

Diorama:  Wall panel was made my me.  More info here.  Clock was found in Paris and the beautifully painted bombé chest will be featured in a future blog post.  More info coming.  Floral arrangements in golden urns were made by me.








Now…I am really ready for the Oscars.   Fashion review should be up on Monday.

A Wonderful Evening

Evening in Montreal Victoire has arrived and she is a stunner!  I knew I was going to love this lady by her promo shots.  The actual doll does not disappoint.  I shared some quick shots of this lady on my Flickr account but managed to take some better shots yesterday in the sunshine. 







I adore this magnetic pin!  It makes it sooo much easier to place AND no chance that it will leave a hole in delicate fabric.  Smart choice Integrity!

The Hollywood Issue

I am a subscriber to Vanity Fair.  Every year, before the Oscar’s, they have an issue called “The Hollywood Issue”.   I am always impressed with the cover photography of these issues and never fail to feel inspired after viewing it.  Last year, I was inspired to do my own cover and this is what I ended up with.

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This year, I was inspired to try another one and Integrity Toys’ newly revamped Fashion Royalty products were my muses. 

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Models:  “Evermore” Vanessa in her original outfit, Workshop Elise in Mattel Hervé Léger by Max Azria, “Bellissima” Natalia in her original outfit, “After Tonight” Eugenia in Mattel “Hollywood Cast Party”, “Baby It’s You” Chip, “Black Orchid” Vanessa in Bellissima Couture gown and Jakki Peters hat.

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Now…are we all set for the Oscar’s?  I think so.  Smile


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