Barbie for big girls.

Fashion Royalty

Decking the Halls with Paintbox Designs

One of my favorite things about being part of the collecting community is discovering amazing OOAK fashions for our diminutive divas.   This past June, Pam Seeman of Paintbox Designs brought her fabulous fashions to the National Barbie Convention for the first time.  I think it is fair to say she and her fashions were a huge hit.  Paintbox Designs has been a fixture at Fashion Royalty convention but this year was the first time we had the pleasure of seeing and purchasing her fashions for Ms. Barbie.  I must have spent a good thirty minutes at her table…along with a whole host of other shoppers and walked away with some beautiful OOAK outfits.  I adore the floaty rose fabric she used for the skirt of Dasha’s dress.  Loni’s dress is one of her signature designs and it never disappoints.  I must have this design in at least three different colors.  You can find Pam and Paintbox Designs at  http://www.paintboxdesigns.net/index.html

Models:  FR2 Always Polished Dasha and Lemon Crush Loni Lawrence

Gowns: Paintbox Designs ( http://www.paintboxdesigns.net/index.html)

Shoes: FR2 “Shoe Win” shoe pack from 2012 FR convention( Dasha), Mattel (Loni)

Set:  Feather trees in 15′” and 18” from Target.  Repainted chair is Petit Luxury Arm Chair for Pullip.

It looks like Dasha is completely bored at the country club holiday party…LOL!

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‘Out Sass’ Inspiration?

Ever since this doll’s photos were released, a little birdie has been sitting on my shoulder saying “You have seen that jacket before.”  I decided to go and check my file of favorite fashions I keep from the previous seasons fashion shows and “Eureka!” 

I loved this suit when I saw it..hence the saved link to the picture…and I am happy to see it as an inspiration for a 1/6 design by the talented folks at Integrity. 

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** Photo credit Integrity Toys, Inc and Style.com**


Integrity Toys Offers to “Out Sass” the WClub

Integrity Toys announces their second and final  Fashion Royalty 12 inch WClub exclusive for 2012.  There is still one more 16 inch exclusive doll to unveil but this is the final 12 inch Fashion Royalty offering for the year.  If you are member of the 2012 WClub, you have the option to purchase one of these beauties.

Out Sass
Vanessa Perrin Dressed Doll
Fall 2012 FR W Club Exclusive
Suggested Retail Price: $125

Limited Edition: TBA

Special W Club Member Pricing: $125.00

Approximate Ship Date: Late Winter/Early Spring 2013

**Pictures are property of Integrity Toys, Inc.**

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Okay….so typically I adhere to the philosophy that the total is the sum of it’s parts.  In the case of this doll…I think it’s worth thinking about the individual parts instead of the sum it is showing here.  Am I justifying the purchase of this doll???  Most likely…. but stay with me here:

1) Purple fur?  Not feeling it with this outfit unless she is planning a late night walking kind of profession but partner that fur with a black evening dress and then we might have something.

2) Green Jacket with rose colored skirt and purple belt….not feeling that either.  However, put that jacket with another dress or skirt and we will have a winner.  Same thing with the skirt.  Purple belt?…will need to keep thinking on that.

3) Boots and purse….not feeling those with this outfit but on their own with something else…oh yeah.

4) The hat.  Not feeling it with this outfit but can always use another black hat.

5) Fishnets:  Works with the edgy outfit concept so another keeper item.

6) The Doll.  A redheaded Vanessa 3.0  Don’t really need to justify anything else…I’m buying.

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7) Lace overlay top has potential as well.  That is actually something that works with that skirt in my opinion.

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Integrity Toys, Inc. is ready for their close up…

…as they bring collectors an iconic character from the classic film noir movie Sunset Boulevard. 

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Here is the write up from Integrity Toys, Inc.:

“Integrity Toys, Inc., in collaboration with Paramount Pictures Corporation, is proud to introduce an ultra-detailed collectible doll inspired by the iconic character of Norma Desmond in the movie Sunset Boulevard, which will be available in late November 2012 just in time to celebrate the release of this iconic film on Blu-Ray!
Praised by many critics when first released, Sunset Boulevard was nominated for eleven Academy Awards® and won three. It is widely accepted as a classic, often cited as one of the greatest films of American cinema. Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1989, Sunset Boulevard was included in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
With its larger than life and over the top leading character and stark view on stardom, Sunset Boulevard made a lasting impression on both film making and acting.

About the Doll
This fully articulated 12" vinyl doll has applied eyelashes and a fully rooted dramatic hairstyle closely inspired by the character of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. Using a Giselle head mold on a Nu.Face body, the Norma Desmond doll comes wearing the dramatic black ensemble that the character wears when she decides to pay a surprise visit to her former movie director on the set of his latest film. The look is composed of a sophisticated long sleeved black dress, topped with a reversible short "fur" caplet with matching "fur" muff, a dramatic black hat with a single white feather perfectly placed on the front, a faux-diamond jewelry set and black pumps. The doll also comes with a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity. Ages 14 & up. “

To set the stage a little…here is a promotional shot from the movie and a sketch by the famous costume designer Edith Head.

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Edith Head sketch Norma Desmond

**The sketch above was found at http://www.silverscreenmodiste.com/2010_07_01_archive.html  an amazing blog I found while researching this piece.  Check out the blog at http://www.silverscreenmodiste.com/**

And here is Integrity’s interpretation of Norma Desmond.  I LOVE it!!!

Norma Desmond
Sunset Boulevard Commemorative Collectible Doll
Limited Edition of 500 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $119.00 USD
Estimated Date of Arrival: Week of November 19, 2012

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Contact your Integrity Toys dealer ASAP if interested in purchasing this lady.  WClub members received information about her a few days ago and word is, she is a hot seller.  To find an authorized Integrity Toys dealer go here http://integritytoys.com/page/dealers.


Huckleberry Jackson Couture

As a blogger, photographer and participating collector within the fashion doll collecting community, I am constantly amazed at the creativity and talent of my fellow members.  Huckleberry Jackson is one of these insanely talented members.  I have watched his talent grow exponentially for the past couple of years not just as a designer of custom 1/6 fashions but also as a marketer of his product.  Every outfit he designs is wonderfully displayed and photographed on a perfectly styled and uber chic model.  He just announced his latest collection and I received his permission to share some of the photos here.  His collection will be up for sale Sunday, November 4th at 9PM CET ( Central European Time) on his website http://www.huckleberryjackson.com/shop/

I asked the designer for a word or two about his inspiration for this collection and his response was “For this collection I didn’t´t have a theme, and it´s the first time actually. I started the collection with my own dolls in mind and wanted this time to keep a copy of each design to myself, so it´s like I design a main display outfit for each of my favorite dolls. It was really the dolls themself that inspired the outfits.”  There may not be a definitive theme but there is an impressive range.  He has romantic, sophisticated,edgy, flirty and just plain fun.  There certainly appears to be something for everyone in this collection.  For the lucky few who will be the new owners of these diminutive couture creations today, you will own a piece of art in my opinion and a piece of inspiration from one of the truly creative hearts of this collecting community.

I can’t possibly do his creations justice with words so I will just show you his work.

To Huckleberry Jackson… I tip my hat .tip hat smiley

** All images are owned by Huckleberry Jackson, and are protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. Do NOT copy or reproduce in any way shape or form.   Photos are being displayed on Inside The Fashion Doll Studio with permission from Huckleberry Jackson **

Daphne

Grey lace dress decorated with brown leather and lined in rosé silk. It comes with the matching clutch and beret.

 

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Blue

White and blue patterned cotton dress. It comes with a brown leather cape bolero and a matching clutch. A pair of white lace tights are also included. (note: the pattern on the dress is a bit different on each copy

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Micha

Salmon pink silk chiffon blouse and skirt, comes with a beige and grey blue polka cape jacket and the matching thights. A brown faux leather purse is also included.

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Rebecca

Black and white polka cotton dress. It comes with the matching tights, headpiece and hatcase. (Note: the pattern on the outfit might vary on each copy).

 

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Mona

White lace mini pantsuit. It comes with a pair of black and white silk pants, a pair of black tights and black leather purse, belt and oversized hat.

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And this is not all of it folks!!  For more amazing photos of this fantastic set of 1/6 scale custom fashions visit Huckleberry’s Flickr photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/huckyjackson/with/8150703829/#photo_8150703829 or visit Huckleberry Jacksons website at http://www.huckleberryjackson.com/


The Lady in Red: Part Three

A change of models, couture and hats.  I have had this hat for a year and on this model for almost as long but just have not gotten around to photographing her…bad me.  I am a big fan of the Integrity Toys FR2 Fashion Royalty line.  The high couture slimmer articulated body makes for great poseability. I just wish their feet were the same size as the others…it can be a bit of a pain to find the right pair of shoes because the choices are limited.  Integrity Toys is trying, in my opinion, to make up for that a bit by gifting us with some amazing shoe sets at their convention every year. Now, if they could make a shoe set available to the WClub each year {hint, hint}, that would be fantastic!

I would have to say that of all the FR2 characters, Elise is my “go to” girl. I feel she has an eastern European look and to me that epitomizes high fashion in all the fashion magazines right now.  I think it’s the cheekbones…she has KILLER cheekbones.  I guess you could take away from this blog that it’s all about 1) the hat and 2) the cheekbones LOL!

Model and Shoes: FR2 “Engaging” Elise Jolie

Dress:  Bogue’s Vogues(http://www.etsy.com/shop/boguesvogues)

Hat:  Alyrenee(http://alyrenee.blogspot.com/)

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Music is a huge part of my life.  Both of my kids play an instrument or in my son’s case, multiple instruments ( amazing to me because he has significant hearing loss…a regular Beethoven that kid).  There is always music of some kind playing at my house…so I wanted to share some of the music that influences the blog posts or the music that is playing during the photoshoots.  For this one, it was “This is Love” by Will.i.am …a big thanks to my daughter for pointing me to this song. Smile


The Lady In Red: Part Two

Model:  Fashion Royalty “Fascination” Monogram

Suit: Miniature Couture

Hat:  Jakki Peters

Jewelry:  Silkstone Barbie Mattel

Shoes:  FR2 “Engaging” Elise

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Your Kind of Model Kesenia..On Approach

Limited edition of 400.  I am normally not a big fan of the open mouth face mold but there was something about the platinum hair and the little black fur jacket that spoke to me.  Hope her promo shots are close the the actual doll.  I have to give Integrity a big high five on their accessories this year.  They are phenomenal!!  Now…if we could just get the delivery date a little closer to when they announce these beauties…life would be almost perfect.

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As it has been a while since this doll was announced….here is a recap of her promo shots.

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The Lady in Red: Part One

Photography, in my opinion, is just like any other art form.  Some days you can be inspired and others….nothin’.  When it comes to photographing my collection, this happens to me all the time.  Sometimes, I will be inspired by something that can fuel ideas for sets of shoots that will keep me in blogging material for a couple of weeks.  I love it when that happens!  I was inspired recently by one prop and a treasure trove of Jakki Peters hats that I picked up at the recent Fashion Royalty Convention.  The material that came out of those shoots has become some of my favorite shots for the entire year.  Hope you enjoy this series which I call….The Lady in Red. 

Model:  Fashion Royalty “Fascination” Monogram

Hat:  Jakki Peters ( gift from a table mate at FR convention)

Suit:  Miniature Couture

Flowers, earrings , Shoes and necklace: Silkstone Barbie

Flowers:  Market Place Silkstone Barbie

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Doll Shoe Fun!

I am primarily a 1/6 scale doll collector  but I recently ran across something for the 1/4 scale collectors that I wanted to share.  I was perusing some of my favorite flickr threads the other day and ran across a photo posted by summer-sun  that had me clicking on additional links.

Louis Vuitton doll shoes

Fabrizio Viti is the style director for Louis Vuitton shoes.  Apparently, his own fashion doll collection has been a big inspiration for his designs.  The story begins here

Walking in Fabrizio Viti’s Shoes Part One

and continues here

 Walking in Fabrizio Viti’s shoes Part Two

They also have the coolest stop motion video and I have to say…I was mesmerized.

Thank you for sharing this summer-sun!!  To see more of summer-sun’s fantastic flickr photostream,go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/67388117@N02/with/8124069272/#photo_8124069272


HP Eugenia…More Redressing Fun

My camera and I don’t seem to be able to get enough of this lady in red so I have a few more shots to share from a day of  redressing  fun.  My favorite set out of the three redresses is directly below.  I love Hilda’s dress and the fact that Ms. Eugenia is waiting to enjoy a glass of wine and perhaps a picnic as if to celebrate the autumn season.   Fall or Autumn ( however you call it) is one of my absolute favorite seasons…it means the holidays are right around the corner.  I love the smell of leaves, the vibrant colors of the season and those crisp foggy mornings where shafts of sun ( if we see it at all in the Pacific Northwest) fight their way through the foggy curtain.   It’s a dreamy sort of light and feel and I just adore it. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Model:  High Profile Eugenia

Dress:  Bellissima Couture ( http://bellissimacouturefashions.wordpress.com/)

Shoes: From gift pack given at 2012 Fashion Royalty Tropicalia convention

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Dress:  Dressmaker Details red and gold sheath

Shoes:  From gift pack given at 2012 Fashion Royalty Tropicalia convention

Jewelry:  From HP Eugenia

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Gown and earrings:  Palm Beach Coral Silkstone Barbie

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And lastly…. a glimpse into the behind the scenes prop shop for this last week of photo shoots…

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High Profile Eugenia…The Redress

Given that I saw old Hollywood when I saw this lady for the first time, it can come as no surprise that I went for glamour when it came to redressing her.  When it came to a brunette with cherry red lips…there was only one color I wanted to go with…RED. 

Model:  High Profile Eugenia

Gown: T.D. Fashions

Fur: Dimitha

Jewelry: High Profile Eugenia

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High Profile Eugenia

I was not one of the lucky few who was picked to purchase this lovely lady.  I was, however, one of the lucky few blessed with knowing someone who wanted to sell theirs.  You know who you are and I love ya!  This lady just screams old Hollywood glamour…I see Eva Gardner, Jane Russel or even Sophia Loren

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Jordan and Dania….On Approach for Landing

…at Inside the Fashion Doll Studio.  I received notice from my most excellent dealer Barb that these two ladies are on their way to me.  Since it has been some time since these  were announced…{cough) ummm April…{cough},  I thought I would recap the particulars about these newest releases.  It seems like these dolls are coming out really, really late this year.  The bulk of the Integrity Toys 2012 lineup is still yet to come and I am afraid there will be an avalanche here in the next couple of months.  I better get my skis ready to ride it down.

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“Always on her Mind” Dania Zarr

Edition Size: 450

When was she supposed to be delivered??  Early July {{Rebecca looks at her watch then looks at the screen and raises an eyebrow sarcastically}}

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“Trust your Instincts” Jordan

Edition Size: 450

When was she supposed to be delivered??  Early July…How do I feel about it??

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It looks like the influence for these two lovelies is the captain of Integrity’s design team Jason Wu.  This is from his 2012 Spring RTW show.

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As with the convention dolls, the accessories look to be fantastic!  Looking forward to some deboxing time.


Imogen–Fame by Frame

Or…Frame by Frame as I called her initially and had to be corrected.  Frame by Frame would have been the perfect title for this post as I decided to do some redressing and additional photo shoots for the 2012 Fashion Royalty Convention doll Imogen.    I have to completely own up and say when I opened the box at the last nights convention dinner, I was underwhelmed.    The outfits were very modern ( not my general thing) and two out of the three outfits were coral red.  It was all a little one note for me.  I would have preferred a gown or even a swimsuit but not two dresses in the same color.  The doll just wasn’t doing anything for me in the box.  When I flew back home from convention a few weeks ago, this lady was  firmly on my “to sell” pile.  Then, I started seeing photos on flickr that had me rethinking ( yes Shuga…I mean you!).  I decided to debox and play.  I found that my first impression was…WRONG.  I am adoring this one and have endeavored to glam her up a bit for my shots.

Model:  Fame by Frame Imogen

Jacket  and gold top:  Barbie Basics

Purse:  FR Monogram

Jewelry:  Fashion Royalty and Dynamite Girl

Shorts and Shoes:  In the Trenches NuFace outfit

 

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Okay..so who here bought this outfit below and could never find a doll that looked good in it??  {{Rebecca raises her hand emphatically}}.  I adore this outfit but could never find anyone who looked good in it…until now.  Apparently the trick is to find a model with a tan!!

Model: Fame By Frame Imogen

Outfit and shoes: “In the Trenches” NuFace outfit

 

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 And because I had to find the right evening look for this lady….I finally found someone who could wear the “Anemone” Christian Louboutin gown.  The oompaloompa doll it came on had to go.  Sorry folks.  I don’t mean to be disrespectful and if you have that doll and adore her…my apologies…but..to me she just looked like a bad spray tanning accident.  Ms. Imogen however, looked fabulous in it!!

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If you want to see this lady shine in some urban chicness,  you should visit Shuga’s blog at http://www.shugashug.com/2012/10/09/fame-by-frame/


Workshop Poppy Parker

One of the many benefits of going to convention is the opportunity to participate in a workshop.  This year I learned how to do some minor face paint adjustments and restyle hair.  I found the workshops both informative and just plain fun.  One of the additional perks of the workshops is that you typically can purchase a special doll to use as practice in these workshops.  I was able to secure a spot in the Poppy Parker hairstyle class with Matt Sutton so I was able to purchase one of the Poppy Parker workshop dolls and I ADORE her.  I did not play with her hair in the class like many of the others because I just felt she was perfect as is.  I liked how Integrity Toys handled the workshops this year as well.  They set up the actual classroom spaces to be first come first serve but made 300 workshop dolls available to those who wished to just purchase the doll.  It seemed like most people were happy with that…if they didn’t get into the class, they could at least get the doll.  I believe most if not all of the extra workshop dolls were available for purchase in the sales room too.  The Poppy Parker workshop dolls sold out first on sales room day ( you lucky dogs at the front of the line!) .    The photos will tell you why Smile

Tropicalia workshop Poppy Parker and Dream Teen Poppy Parker in Envied and Passionate Monogram dresses.  Chair was a gift to all convention attendees.

Note:  You don’t need an elaborate background to have an interesting backdrop.  Sometimes the boxes themselves can be interesting and fun.

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Tropicalia…The Inspiration

Every year after convention, there are a few of us ( myself included) who rouse ourselves from the post convention doll hangover and ask the question “ I wonder what fashions inspired this years collection?”.  If you have asked yourself this question, you are in luck.  I was strolling through Flickr the other day and happened upon a fashion super sleuth.  Their Flickr ID is JL998 and they have graciously given me permission to republish their photos here.  Thank you JL998!!  ** for more information on how to see more of their photos see below in this post**

It would appear that this years Tropicalia convention Imogen gift set was inspired by Anthony Vaccarello’s 2012 Spring RTW show.

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And  Collette and Erin from the convention collection appear to have been inspired by Mr. Vacarello’s designs as well

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It would also appear, according to JL988’s super detective work, that Prada’s 2012 Spring RTW line was another big influence in this years convention collection.

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I need to spend more time figuring out how to turn my swimsuits into ball gowns Smile

It also occurs to me that I need to be paying more attention to this years just finished Spring RTW fashion shows!  Perhaps the seeds of next years convention inspiration have already been sewn( pun intended).    For more photos of JL889’s super fashion sleuthing visit their flickr at

http://www.flickr.com/photos/64796926@N06/with/8049519162/#photo_8049519162


Tropicalia Visits the Studio

The convention collection, convention doll and gift set doll are en route to Inside The Fashion Doll Studio but in the mean time…I did have a few dolls that came home with me and I was itching to pull out the camera and try out something the very talented photographer Deron Daniels shared with me at convention.  

From left to right:

Place de Vendome Victoire

Saint Tropez Victoire

Lemon Crush Loni Lawrence

Escapism Elise Jolie FR2

Deck chair was gift given to convention attendees Smile

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A Big “Thank You” !!!

I returned late yesterday from my “Tropicalia” adventure and besides an extreme case of dolly overload, I feel overwhelmed with an intense gratitude for the experience.  Firstly, I am very grateful to the entire Newsom family and the Integrity Toys team for a most excellent convention.  This is only my second Fashion Royalty convention and I was amazed again this year by the warmth and generosity of the people who run it.  They make a point of greeting you by your name and making conversations.  I was sitting in the hotel lobby waiting for my shuttle to the airport and one of the Newsom family made a point of coming up to me and asking if I had a good time and wished me safe travel.  That’s some nice folks right there.  I love that the designers are right in the middle of things.  You see them everywhere at convention.  Jason Wu is there at the last banquet and accessible while he chats with collectors and has pictures taken.  It’s just way cool. 

Secondly, I wanted to express how very touched and humbled I feel that people took the time to comment via flickr or blog, come up and greet me at convention and send emails.   I just feel down right verklempt that so many are reading the blog and watching the flickr photos AND are willing  to verbalize it.  I am more grateful than you will ever know and it is a huge {Hug} for me.  Just wanted to say that {Sniff, sniff}

Lastly I just wanted to express how very happy I was to meet some of my fellow bloggers, make new connections with other collectors and have the opportunity to meet some folks whose work I really, really admire.

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Tropicalia–A Photo Recap of the Gifts from Integrity Toys

These are the items conventioneers receive as part of their convention ticket purchase .  Some of these items were given at events for which there was an additional charge ( ie WClub luncheon)

There were some 1/6 deck chairs , blow up pool chairs and Jem earbuds given as well but I don’t have pictures

** photos are property of Integrity Toys**

 

Wrap-ture
Anja™ Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Giveaway

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Lemon Crush
Loni Lawrence Basic Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Giveaway

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16" Doll Shoe Pack
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Giveaway

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Shoe Win
12" FR2 Doll Shoe Pack
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Giveaway

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High Point
Vanessa Perrin Convention Welcome Kit Doll 
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Fame by Frame
Imogen Dressed Doll Convention Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

 

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Tropicalia–A Photo Recap of the Centerpiece Dolls

These are very limited edition dolls ( edition size typically around 200) that are available for purchase to a couple of people at each table.

**Photos are property of Integrity Toys**

Force of Nature
Agnes Von Weiss Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Centerpiece

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Sea Breeze
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Centerpiece

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Sheen Siren
16” Elsa Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Centerpiece Doll

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Escapism
Elise Jolie™
FR: Squared Dressed Doll
2012 Troplicalia Convention Exclusive Table Centerpiece

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High Profile
Eugenia Perrin Frost Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Centerpiece

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And this one was a doll available for purchase at WClub luncheon.  She was not a table centerpiece  but was an exclusive to the convention attendees.

Saint Tropez
Victoire Roux Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Tropicalia–A photo recap of the Convention Collection

When this posts, I will be flying over the Midwestern United States on my way home to Seattle, WA.  I have shared a few of these photos already but I figured It wouldn’t hurt to put it all in one big post.  Integrity Toys has sent out all the promotional photos for the convention dolls so I figured I would do a recap. 

** Photos are property of Integrity Toys**

Haute Société
Véronique Perrin Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive  

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Main Event
Adèle Makéda Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Peak Season
Kyori Sato Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Sweet Victory
Natalia Fatalé Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Hot Dots
Poppy Parker Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Lady in Red
Erin S. Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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All White Now
Collette D. Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Infallible
Dasha™ FR2 Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Tropicalia–Day 3.03

The Von Weiss Royal Gala.  We were all excited to see what doll went with the dress we received at registration.

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It was Vanessa!  And another tweaked face mold one at that.  This is a facemold that has its fair share of controversy.  The beloved original face mold was retired (rather abruptly) and a new face mold was revealed.  Many Vanessa collectors objected strongly and last year at convention an original Vanessa on FR2 body was offered for purchase at WClub luncheon.  The convention giftset doll was supposed to invoke a more original face mold feel.  You will have to ask an original Vanessa face mold aficionado if Integrity hit the mark.  I think she is beautiful. 

“High Point” Vanessa

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The centerpiece dolls were stunning at the event.

“High Profile” Eugenia

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We were all hopeful that everyone would get a chance to purchase them…but alas….no.  Sad smile  I was not lucky enough to win the chance to buy but our lovely table hostess Hilda did get one and she is going to let me photograph her.  You are the best Hilda!!

We had a fabulous dinner (the food was really quite good the entire convention)and then it was time for the convention doll reveal.  Jason Wu took to the stage and showed us……

“Frame by Frame” Imogen

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She came in a really cute circular travel case too.

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Now this was a curious convention doll.  First of all, she looks more like what one would expect as a gift set convention doll …notice the three compartments that would have been perfect for the three meal events we had.  I would have expected the Vanessa doll to be the convention doll.  Makes me wonder if this was the original plan.  This was definitely grounds for some speculative discussion in the hours after the final dinner.  I am not sure about Imogen yet.  In the box, she is just not inspiring me.  I have, however, seen some stellar photos of her deboxed by Shuga (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuga-shug/8038060307/in/contacts/) and they are showing me her potential. 

The last fun piece of information released last night was the destination of Integrity Toy’s 2013 convention. 

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We are going to L.A. people!!!  They released the dates this morning..October 31st-November 2nd at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California.  More information will be available in Spring of 2013.


Tropicalia–Day 3.02

Went to a very informative and fun hair styling class by Matt Sutton.  So often in life a class can be elevated by the people you get to take it with.  I was lucky enough to take this class with some of my table mates Jenny and Deb.  They took a good class up to a stellar class with their humor and willingness to have fun.

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Lisa joined us for the last bit as well….

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Now people…that is a fun group of ladies!!

In Matt’s class we learned how to tie the perfect bow.  It’s not as easy as it seems!  We also learned how to do the cutest hairstyle on our Poppy doll.

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After Matt’s class, it was time to go to the WClub lunch.  I think this was the best doll lunch I have ever been to….I will explain.  We walked in and saw the most gorgeous centerpiece doll on the table.

Escapism Elise Jolie FR2

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My first thought was….”who am I going to have to kill to get this centerpiece doll?”.  I am not proud of that thought but I am being honest LOL!   I absolutely loved her!  They asked us to count off numbers so they could draw to find out who won the right to purchase her and I’m thinking “ Who am I going to have to kill if I don’t get picked”….yes I really need to see someone about this doll addiction of mine.  Then…they tell us we can all purchase if we want to.  YES!!!  I don’t have to kill anyone!!!!   So happy to be bringing this lady home.

Then..they brought Chris Stoekel up on the stage.  He is the designer for Victoire.  Hilda and I suddenly pay more attention to what is going on up on the stage.  They show pictures of new Victoire.

Saint Tropez Victoire Roux

**Pictures are property of Integrity Toys**

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As I pull out my cell phone to let me dealer know I WANT HER, they tell us we can all purchase one if we want.  AHHHHHHH!   We also received the most amazing box of FR2 shoes sets I have ever seen.  They even came with their own little white shoe bags.  Heaven!

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BEST doll lunch EVER!!

Here is the accumulation for lunch alone.

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More photos on my flickr.  Final Gala dinner is in a few hours where the convention doll will be revealed.  I have absolutely no idea who it will be.  I was sure it was going to be Agnes but we already had her as a centerpiece doll.  They just love to keep us guessing.  There may be a convention gift set as well.   Doll overload here I come!!  Smile


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