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A New Poppy Plus Silkstone Sneak Peeks

I received the new “That Holiday Feeling” Poppy Parker a couple of days ago.  Usually I get a shipping notice but not this time.  It was a nice surprise.  Here is her promo shot again

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Source:  Integrity Toys, Inc.

And here is the actual photo

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The hairstyle is quite a bit different than the promo shots.  The bangs needed some work to get them into a pleasing shape but a little bit of gel goes a long way to solve that dilemma.  The rest of the hair while different is very pretty.  Her face is sublime.  Classic Poppy Parker.  The dress came out of the box fairly wrinkled hence the tight in shot but that can be ironed to fix.  The fabric of the gown is nice and the cape is adorable.  I hope those lucky enough to win the chance to purchase get her in time to enjoy her over the holidays. 

In other exciting fashion doll collector news recently, new Silkstone Barbie photos!!!  Mattel shared  information on two new Silkies to be released in 2015.

Fashionable Floral Silkstone Barbie

Available February 2015

Suggested Retail: $59.00

Photographer Paul Jordan
Stylist Mary Jordan

source:  Mattel, Inc.

Hold the phone people!!  If this price point is right… $59.00 is a steal!!  I adore the little side chignon on this one.  This one screams “gentleman caller” to me.  She has to be from the south with an elegant hat like that.

Boucle Beauty™ BARBIE® Doll

Available April 2015

Suggested Retail:  $110.00

Photographer Paul Jordan
Stylist Mary Jordan

Source:  Mattel, Inc.

Oh the Chanelness of it all!!!  This one is a no brainer for me.  I hope the actual production doll has a shorter bob haircut like this.  She is going to look fabulous next to my Preferably Pink Silkstone.  I am noticing that there are no earrings with either one of these Silkstones.  I guess this is one way to alleviate the “green ear” issue.  This girl desperately needs a pair of pearl earrings to complete the look.  I mean come on…what fashionista is going to leave the house without earrings….not this one.


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That Holiday Feeling

I did manage to take a few photos here recently that I have been waiting to share.  Hope everyone is maintaining an even strength this holiday season.  Recently the Integrity Toys WClub held another lottery for a much coveted Poppy Parker Doll.  Her name is “That Holiday Feeling”

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While her edition size was a whopping 800, it still wasn’t enough to satisfy demand for this popular brand.  There were many left wanting a chance to buy this pretty lady.  I was lucky enough to be picked this time around but I am sad about it because I wish ,à la Oprah, there were “Poppy’s for everyone!”  It got me to thinking about all the fabulous Poppy’s that are already out there and I decided to do a holiday photo shoot with one of my recent favorites.  I know it doesn’t bring “That Holiday Feeling” home to everyone but maybe it will bring a little bit of Holiday Poppy into your home.

Model:  Especially for You Poppy Parker

Gown:  Go Red For Women Barbie® Doll

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And…because I was having fun with photoshop and I am sad to not be going to Paris any time soon….

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** A special note of thanks to Ms. “H” for making this dress wearable on Poppy Parker Winking smile

Hello Friends

It feels like a year has gone by but I know in reality  it has only been a little over 4 months.  A lot can happen in a short amount of time.  Life is so funny that way sometimes.  When last I left you lovely readers, I was attending the National Barbie Convention in Nashville.  It was a trip filled with wonderful friends( old and new) and good memories not to mention fabulous Barbie purchases and gifts.  I was on such a high.  That high ended abruptly Sunday morning after convention. 

We all have friends in our lives.  Some of us are blessed to have close friends.  A small number of us are truly blessed to have what I like to call a “sister friend”.  I was not blessed with close familial sister bonds so these “sister friend’s” in my life have become my family.  On the last evening of convention, during the final banquet actually, I received a call from my friend Carole.  She is and always will be my sister by another mother.  She had been admitted to the hospital with what she thought were complications from pneumonia.  By Sunday morning, the doctors were using words like, “mass” and “abnormal” and “Lymphoma”. 

Carole was diagnosed with an unusual T-cell non Hodgkin’s lymphoma the week after convention and an aggressive regime of chemotherapy was recommended.  She would have to quit her job for the next 8 months to undergo treatment and she was going to need help.  When your family needs help, you help.  The past four months have a been a journey of discovery.  It has been a process of three steps forward then two steps back.  New words have entered my every day vocabulary “ Neutropenic”, “Chemo protectant”, “Nadir” and “Petechiae” .  It was a lot to take in and deal with so I needed to give it a large chunk of my time and effort.  The blog took a back seat and I thank everyone for understanding that.

After four months of treatment, I am happy to announce that Carole is doing well in treatment. She is responding beautifully to the chemotherapy regime.  I am in awe every single day by her grace, strength and resilience in the face of so much.  Her faith sustains her.  It always has and it is so inspiring to see and feel that.  I feel privileged to be part of a team of family and friends who have and continue to care for her in this journey.  The journey will continue on for the next couple of months and beyond.  It will continue to require my time and energy.  I am hopeful though that I will be able to carve out some time to pick the blog back up.

You will see sporadic posts at first while I start to get back into the swing of things ( and Nutcracker season ends) and I hope to be back to posting on a somewhat more regular basis by January.  A big “Thank You” to everyone who has commented, emailed, prayed and offered encouragement.  It means more than you will ever know.  Another big “Thank You” to everyone for being patient and for being the best blog readers in the world.


Humbled and Grateful

I believe the title says it best for this one.  In my last post I explained that I needed to take a short break to deal with some “curve balls” life had thrown my way.  More like, wicked, MLB curve balls served right over the plate at about 90 mph.  I wrote that blog post mainly to hang up my “Gone Fishing” sign and let readers know I would be gone for a bit.  The comments, support, encouragement and honest human caring that came my way after that post has completely humbled me.  You are all amazing and you have my gratitude.  Your support has really helped me through these hard last couple of weeks.  You have been a rainbow in my cloud .Smile


“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud” – Maya Angelou

Good Intentions, Overestimations and Curve Balls

So…by now you have realized that the whole blogging thing from convention did not happen.  It has been over a week since I have returned home and I have yet to get my first post out about it.  A big part of the reason behind that is that I had no idea how difficult it would be to room sell, get pictures and then post a writeup about it.  I had every intention of doing multiple blog posts a day with pictures showcasing the days events.  See…I really did have “Good Intentions”. 

What I failed to realize ( my “Overestimation” problem) was that I would be very busy with room sales and just attending the events.  I felt good that I could upload photos to my Flickr page fairly regularly and frankly, I could do that while I was sitting at events or sitting waiting for events.  It looks like many of you caught on to that and were at least able to visit my Flickr page to see photos of things.  Thank you for your patience and continued support!

I also need to acknowledge something else that factored and will continue to factor in going forward for the next couple of months.  While at convention, life threw me two heart wrenching and personal curve balls that may require me to take some time away from the blog.  I anticipate being able to get the post convention writeups out and share a few stories about my experience but they may not be out in a timely manner.  I ask for your understanding during this time.  One of my favorite quotes during difficult times is by the indomitable Winston Churchill who said.. “ When you are going through Hell…keep going”   Wise words Mr. Churchill…wise words.


2014 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention…

…let the madness begin.  By the time this blog entry posts, I will be boarding a series of flights that will take me deep into the heartland of the United States.  The National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention (NBDCC) is gathering collectors from all over the world in Nashville Tennessee this year and I will be there to report and to enjoy.


I am especially excited to go and see old and new friends this year because I missed the big dance last year.  I can’t wait to catch up with everyone.  I will be sharing photos and updates on the blog here and on my Flickr account.  Feel free to follow along.  I will try to do my daily updates but am making no promises as I will also be selling out of my room this year.  Things will most likely be a little crazy for a bit.  Here is the sales flyer for what I have.IMG_8288-Edit_edited-1

Fabulous silk scarves for our diminutive divas.  Perfect for table gifts or as a hostess gift for your table hostess.  The scarf sets come with a 5 inch by 5 inch silk scarf, designer scarf box and little scarf ring to keep it in place. 


Each set is priced at $20.00 with over 40 different designs to choose from.





I will also be selling furniture. 

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If you are in Nashville this year, feel free to stop by.  I will post the room number once I get in.  Watch for the ITFDS flyers on the sales boards.  Hope to post my first update tomorrow night.  Smile

Karl Lagerfeld Barbie Announced

WWD announced today that a Karl Lagerfeld Barbie is in the works and set for release later this year.



Hope she won’t be too limited of an edition.  I will be interested to see the actual doll photos.

Poppy Sizzles in Vegas

This year is Poppy Parker’s 5th anniversary and Integrity Toys is certainly showing up to celebrate it.  I shared a photo earlier today of the first exclusive Poppy Parker for IFDC (International Fashion Doll Convention).  Tonight, two additional Poppy Parker dolls were unveiled to much applause.  These were the convention doll and a companion doll that was given to all attendees.  If you are a Poppy Parker fan and chose this year to go to IFDC, you scored a jackpot in Vegas!

** pictures are courtesy of Integrity Toys**


IT Girl
Poppy Parker 5th Anniversary Collection
2014 IFDC Convention Companion Doll
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Poppy Parker Hybrid (w/ High-heeled Foot)
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Redhead
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied


IT Girl Poppy Parker 1


IT Girl Poppy Parker 2


IT Girl Poppy Parker 3

IT Girl Poppy Parker 4


Glamorous Darling
Poppy Parker 5th Anniversary Collection
2014 IFDC Convention Exclusive Doll
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: Poppy Parker Hybrid (w/ High-heeled Foot)
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied 


Glamorous Darling Poppy Parker 1

Glamorous Darling Poppy Parker 2

Glamorous Darling Poppy Parker 3


Glamorous Darling Poppy Parker 4

The WClub has set aside a very few of these for a lottery so if you are a WClub member, look to your emails for information on how to enter.  I predict these beauties will be hot tickets on the secondary markets.  There is a huge demand for Poppy Parker and quite a few collectors have expressed interest in this newer and more sophisticated Poppy Parker look.  As for me, I may be tempted to enter for the brunette and the redhead.  Adorable!

Poppy is in Vegas!!

And she is all grown up.  Each year the IFDC (International Fashion Doll Convention) holds a fun convention in Las Vegas.  I have never gone but I love seeing the photos of the people who do go and it sure seems like a great event.  The timing never seems to work out for me to go to this one.  Anywhoo, Integrity Toys does a number of dolls for this event and the first IT Direct exclusive for the convention was unveiled yesterday.  It was a bit of a shocker for people as Poppy has never been offered up as an event doll before.  Many Poppy Parker collectors are busy texting convention participants or scrolling through eBay listings to get a hold of this one.



Evening Ingenue
Poppy Parker 5th Anniversary Collection
2014 IFDC IT DIRECT Exclusive

Issue size:  300

Evening Ingenue Poppy Parker 1

They are really pulling out the stops for Poppy’s 5th anniversary.  Apparently, she is on a hybrid body so not the regular Poppy Parker body.  She does not have the ankle joint either.  I am not sure how I feel about this very grown up version of Poppy.  I am happy though for all the attendees of IFDC to have this really exclusive issue.  Very exciting.  I love how IT is mixing things up.  You never really know what you will get at conventions these days.  It keeps us guessing and I like it.

The Allure of Dior

For most fashion lovers, all you have to say is the word Dior, and we are listening.  Dior has been in the headlines of many collector FB pages and blogs recently because of a brand new exhibition in China right now.  It is called Le Petit Théâtre Dior.

Amazing exhibit!


The exhibit is patterned off of the Théâtre de la mode exhibition that opened in Paris in March of 1945.  Théâtre de la mode brought together European design houses to exhibit couture designs on small wire mannequins.  It was done to reinvigorate a flagging fashion industry after World War II.  The current  beautifully constructed Dior exhibit also uses smaller mannequins to display some of Dior’s most famous fashions past and present.  The fact that these are shown in small scale is enough to get me excited about this traveling exhibit ( oh please, please, please bring this one to the States!).  The real bonus is…and here I concur with my friend Rogier who writes the very informative Dutch Barbie World blog…the exquisite sets they have designed for these small recreations.  To a diorama enthusiast, these are pure heaven.  Yes I would be one of those annoying people at this exhibit who simply would NOT move so you could see what was inside the case.  I would need the entire day to commit to memory every detail in every display.  Seriously….I am not kidding.

One of the cornerstones in this new exhibition appears to be the “Miss Dior” gown.  The original “Miss Dior” gown was designed by Christian Dior in 1949



Raf Simons, the current designer for the house of Dior, resurrected this design in his Fall 2012 couture collection and added a more modern spin.

C.Dior Fall 2012 CTR source:

It was used in the ad campaigns for the Miss Dior perfume.



Mr. Simons even designed a black version of the gown



With this new exhibit, Dior has created a small scale version of the iconic gown from 1949 and gave us an absolutely mesmerizing video to show the making of.







Many,  many collectors are just blown away by this gown and are lusting after it for their diminutive diva’s.  Wouldn’t you just love to have this in your collection?  Well…maybe you can….or at least something very close to it.  The talented Hilda of Bellissima Couture will be holding a silent auction for a 1/6 scale replica of the “Miss Dior” gown.  Information about the auction should be on her blog today, June 12th. 


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