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Fashion Royalty

Flying By The Seat Of My Pants

I try to be an organized person…I really do.  Usually I succeed but lately, I have just taken on WAY too many projects and unfortunately, the blog has suffered for it.  My apologies to everyone who follows the blog for my unusually long absence these past couple of weeks.  Hopefully, things will be a bit more orderly and consistent in the weeks ahead….but I can’t make any promises. 

In the past month, I have started two new businesses and volunteered ( yes, volunteered…I know…I am stupid) my home for an large annual Holiday Walk.  So, in the next month I will be decorating like a mad woman getting my house ready for roughly 1,200 visitors to walk through it.  I must have been drunk when I agreed LOL!  It is for charity and helps to support many good causes in our community so I can’t complain.  I did volunteer. 

Today, in a few hours, I will be flying south to the sunny streets of Los Angeles for the Integrity Toys Fashion Royalty Convention.  I am soooooo excited.

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The people at Integrity always know how to throw a party and as this year they are celebrating 10 years in business, it is sure to be something special.  I will be updating my Flickr daily and hopefully blogging daily as well.  Feel free to follow my Flickr feed by clicking on the Flickr button to the right. 

I am going to try my best to post from convention but this year things will be a bit different as I am selling some things for the first time.  One of the businesses I have recently opened is a miniature furniture line.  The Fashion Royalty convention is the first time I will be showing these items and I will be selling at an event with the lovely and talented Hilda Westervelt of  Bellissima Couture.  If you are going to be at the convention, please stop by!   We won’t have a room number until we check in later so check the boards by the registration desk for a pamphlet with the room number.

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Information on how to purchase these furniture pieces will be forthcoming.  Here are some more shots from the set of photos Smile

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Note:  Chandelier photoshop brush is from midnightstouch on deviantart.com.  Thank you so much for letting me use your beautiful brushes!


Hot Pink Perfection

That is what I call this suit by my fabulous friend Hilda, designer and owner of Bellissima Couture.  She makes the most exquisite 1/6 clothing and her creations never fail to inspire the photographer in me.  Some of my all time favorite photos have resulted from shooting her work.  One of my muses, Lilith with an updo, has been wearing this ensemble since it arrived a few months ago.  It was time to pass my extra Silkstone Walking Suit outfit on to another fabulous artist and I realized I needed to take some photos of this smart looking lady before I sent the hat to another home.

Model and shoes:  Restyled The Great Pretender Lilith, Integrity Toys NuFace collection

Suit:  Bellissima Couture

Hat:  Walking Suit Barbie® Doll

Poodle:  Randall Craig

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Song of the shoot:


Exceptional Tatyana

While the rest of the fashion world is focused on New York this weekend and the debut of designers 2014 spring ready to wear lines, ITFDS was focused on this fall.  I love fall.  I love the colors and the bite of cool temperatures that typically we awaken to in the Pacific Northwest this time of year.  Another thing I love is to rediscover something I had put aside for a while and had not looked at.  I do this a lot with dolls.  I debox, photograph, then it is off to the next one.  Even sweeter for me, is an opportunity to give a model their due.  In other words, finally show or photograph something in a way that I have yet to be able to capture.  I typically have something in my head that I want to capture when I photograph…but sometimes it just never transfers through the camera.  That happened with this amazing Tatyana.  Thanks to a very generous table mate at convention, I was able to purchase her and after deboxing, was never able to quite capture a set of photos I was happy with….until today. 

Model ,jewelry and shoes:  Exceptional Tatyana FR2 ( hair has been restyled slightly)

Shirt, pants and purse: Lead Singles Eden NuFace

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What I am listening to in the studio this week:


The Journey

As many of you know, I have just returned from a month of traveling.  It was the most amazing trip with my family and for a few glorious weeks some dear friends.  The memories made during those travels are priceless and the new perspective I bring back with me every time I journey out of my own country is such a gift to me.  I feel richer emotionally than when I left and so appreciative for all that I have seen, experienced and learned.  My hope is that I can bring this into the pictures that I take.

For this set of photos, one of my new arrivals Ms. Splendid Jordan has just returned from a journey of her own.  I wish I had her luggage…..

Model , clothing and accessories:  Fashion Royalty Splendid Jordan

Trunk: Barbie Convention gift 2012

LV Purse: La Boutique

LV makeup case:  Fashion Royalty

Martini glass:  Facets by Marcia

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All of life is a journey which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there.”

Wishing everyone a safe and happy journey today Smile


Neutral Ground

I am constantly amazed and inspired by my fellow doll collector community bloggers.  A recent blog post by Shuga-Shug got me thinking about a new arrival in a whole new way so it was time to do a redress.

Shug…Thank you for your love of neutrals and your fantastic modern styling .  This post was completely inspired by you and what you do.

Model:  The Young Sophisticate Poppy Parker

Dress:  City Shopper™ Barbie® Doll – Brunette

Shoes:  Mattel

Purse: La Boutique

Scarf: New York Yorkie™ Barbie® Accessory Pack

Jewelry and Luggage:  Integrity Toys

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Buenos Aires Victoire

It would appear that most if not all who wanted to obtain this fabulous Victoire, were able to do so.  I had expressed a concern that she would be hard to obtain and I am happy to be wrong.  Many collectors are pointing to an almost eerie evocation of Evita Peron in Chris Stoekel’s design.  After receiving her, I can totally relate.  More often than not, I open a highly anticipated doll and am a bit underwhelmed.  Promotional shots are designed to show off the best side of a product and it is almost certain that there are times where the promo shots oversell an item.  In the case of Ms. Buenos Aires, I am happy to report that the promo shots simply did not do her justice.  She is even prettier in person.  I always love when that happens.  Of course this is only my opinion so take that into consideration. 

Here are her “window” shots.  Smile

Model:  Buenos Aires Victoire Roux

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ITFDS is finally back online!!

Hello loyal readers.  First off..I have to say I am sorry.  I had every intention of posting every Friday but did not factor in how unreliable my Wi-Fi would be while traveling.  In retrospect, I should have hung my “Gone Fishing” sign up and left it at that.  Live, Learn.  Happily I was able to post travel photos to my Flickr while we traveled ( it was a slow and painful process though) so for those who followed along on that, I am happy you enjoyed them.  Thank you for all your comments!  They were much appreciated.

We had the most amazing time journeying through Europe and my mind is absolutely bursting with new diorama ideas.  I will be working on those in the coming months along with some new doll related business ventures ( more info to come….).  For now, I will post some of the photos I had lined up to share while I was traveling.

Model:  Spicy in Spain Poppy Parker

Dress, hat:  Bogue’s Vogues

Jewelry: Spicy in Spain Poppy Parker

Shoes:  Silkstone Barbie

 

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Model: Sweet in Switzerland Poppy Parker

Dress:  Bogue’s Vogues

Hat:  Fashion Royalty

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My fascination with Black and White’s continues….

Model:  Fascination Monogram

Dress:  Cocktail Dress Silkstone Barbie

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India in Hot Pink

I received another amazing Bogue’s Vogues recently and had to share it Smile

Model:  Irresistible in India Poppy Parker

Gown and Hat:  Bogue’s Vogues (http://www.etsy.com/shop/boguesvogues)

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Adore this color on her!!


Imogene Gets a Boater Ensemble

It was no surprise that when Integrity Toys released their Funny Face line of dolls, I was all over them.  My particular favorite was “Think Pink!”.   I also have a particular fondness for suits so it was time to put these two favorites together for a photo shoot.   Also, as Imogene dons her “boater ensemble” and takes some time to perhaps jet off to some glamorous destination, Inside The Fashion Doll Studio will be posting a little less for a bit as this blogger/photographer takes some time to do a few other things.    Doll posts should continue every Friday but don’t expect much more than that. Smile

Model:  Funny Face “Think Pink!” Imogene

Suit, hat and shoes:  Boater Ensemble Barbie® Doll

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Christmas in July Take 4

Is anyone else feeling Jem and The Holograms fatigue?  I know I am. That being said, for those who love this show and the resulting products inspired by it, Integrity Toys and their collaboration with Hasbro gives another infusion with…The Stingers.

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Rory "RIOT" Llewelyn™
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Suggested Retail Price: $119.00
Estimated Ship Date: September 2013

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Item #14037
Ingrid "MINX" Kruger™
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Suggested Retail Price: $119.00
Estimated Ship Date: September 2013

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Item #14038
Phoebe "RAPTURE" Ashe™
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Suggested Retail Price: $119.00
Estimated Ship Date: September 2013

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As Jem and the Holograms go…and I am not a collector of this line…I would have to say this bunch is the most interesting to me.  Even though I have no plans to purchase, I can at least appreciate the detail that Integrity went to to reproduce these characters. 

If you are interested in purchasing these, contact an Integrity Toys Dealer.


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