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Integrity Toys “The Premiere” Convention Day 2 Part III

The Fashion Royalty Feud Game Show Dinner with Mark Tinkey

 

Well put the blame on Mame honey!!  If you love Rita Hayworth, you will love this one.  This is the centerpiece that greeted us upon entering the ballroom for Day two’s dinner event.

Bellissima
Natalia Fatalé
2013 Convention Exclusive Centerpiece

 

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Bellissima Natalia 3

Bellissima Natalia 4

And if a visit from Rita Hayworth wasn’t enough, all the conventioneers were gifted with this lovely lady.

Dangerous To Know
Kyori Sato™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive Giveaway

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Dangerous To Know Kyori 3

Gorgeous!!

The evening wrapped up with a fairly humorous and at times groan worthy game of Family Fued in which two teams(picked at random from the audience) battled for points while answering Fashion Royalty questions.  I learned that I can’t remember any names from previous years collections and am not able to name more that two convention dolls.  Scary.


Integrity Toys “The Premiere” Convention Day 2 Part II

Raffles and Workshops

I spent the afternoon looking at amazing raffle items competition entries.  There are so many creative and talented collectors at this convention.

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Competition entries for diorama:

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Competition entries for design:

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My favorite, a beautiful creation by my dear friend Hilda of Bellissima Couture

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Incredible OOAK Raffle items:

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Where all my raffle tickets went….. An amazing OOAK Victoire by Chris Stoekel. 

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My daughter and I also took an informative and hands on workshop with Matt Sutton where we all learned how to repaint Poppy’s face. 

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Many of us ( myself included) decided to just practice on paper instead of the doll.   I had the pleasure of sitting next to the witty and talented John P. in this class.

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When the workshop was over, it was time to get ready for dinner and another fabulous centerpiece doll to drool over……  Day Two, Part III coming up shortly.


Integrity Toys “The Premiere” Convention Day 2 Part I

The Poppy Parker Luncheon

For many of us who collect Barbie and Fashion Royalty, Poppy Parker is perhaps the perfect in-between road between the two.  Many Barbie collectors have come into Fashion Royalty collecting through Poppy Parker so it can come as no surprise that the Poppy Parker luncheon is a highly anticipated event.  We expected a stunning centerpiece and boy oh boy did Integrity deliver. 

Elegant Evening
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive Centerpiece

photo source:  Integrity Toys, Inc.

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Elegant Evening Poppy Parker 3

Elegant Evening Poppy Parker 4

After a somewhat eclectic and interesting buffet lunch, Integrity Toys went above and beyond by gifting everyone with an absolutely stunning Poppy Parker doll.

Especially For You
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive Giveaway

Especially For You Poppy Parker 1

 

Especially For You Poppy Parker 2

Thank you David Buttry and Integrity Toys!!!!


Integrity Toys “The Premiere” Convention Day 1 Part III

Welcome Dinner

The first night of the convention fell on Halloween night this year so of course there had to be a Halloween party.  Many people dressed up for this…including myself and my daughter.  10626852403_90a7d48233_z

Yes…we went as Edith Head and a 1940’s starlet that she was designing for.  Here are a few more snapshots of friends and tablemates. ( Barb , Valeska, Rich, Judy, Barb and Bev)

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And the amazing Norma Desmond done by Rebecca V.

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It was interesting because Edith Head designed the costumes for Sunset Boulevard so we decided to do a 1940’s style picture together and I LOVE IT!!  A HUGE “Thank You!” to Bev B. for taking this photo and adding the b/w filter.

Edith Head and Norma Desmond

Needless to say ( but I will say it anyway), we had the best time.  I had not dressed up for Halloween in ages so it was fun to do it.  Now…on to the dolls

The centerpiece doll for the evening was a beautiful Eugenia!

After Tonight
Eugenia Perrin-Frost™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive Centerpiece

After Tonight Eugenia

After Tonight Eugenia 3

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After dinner, we all received this beautiful Agnes….you should have heard the squeals of delight in the ballroom.

Nightfall
Agnes Von Weiss™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive Giveaway

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Nightfall Agnes 2

Day Two coverage coming up in a bit.  I hope to catch up today.


Integrity Toys “The Premiere” Convention Day 1 Part II

The Convention Collection

This year, Integrity tried out something different for the sales room.  They gave you a number based on when you signed up for convention.  Those who signed up early, received a lower number and this allowed you to get into the sales room at specific times.  It was done to cut down on the HUGE wait line that conventioneers had experienced in years past.  Groups of about 50 were allowed in at a time depending on your registration number.  It worked like a dream.  I have to say it was the most pleasant shopping experience I have at in IT’s convention sales room.  You had room to browse, take pictures and buy.  Fabulous job Integrity Toys! 

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The Convention Collection was showcased in the center of the room.

**All photos below are courtesy of Integrity Toys, Inc.**

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Agnes Von Weiss™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Collection Exclusive

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Soooo sophisticated and haughty.  Isn’t this Agnes’ general state of being?  When I first saw her displayed in the sales room, she had the sunglasses on and I could not see her face so I was not impressed…

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Then the glasses came off and I was a goner.

Paparazzi Darling
Adèle Makéda™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Collection Exclusive

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Loved, loved the pink top on this one.  This was also a much softer look for Ms. Adele.

Bittersweet
Eugenia Perrin-Frost™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Collection Exclusive

Bittersweet Eugenia

Bittersweet Eugenia 2

Bittersweet Eugenia 3

This was a redhead in a green dress….a no brainer for me. Ka-ching!

Breathless
Véronique Perrin™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Collection Exclusive

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Breathless Veronique 4

Oh My Word!!  I love suits and I absolutely adored this one.  Put an exotic looking Veronique with a hat  in it and it’s a winner in my book.

Brazen Beauty
Natalia Fatalé™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Collection Exclusive

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Brazen Beauty Natalia 3  Brazen Beauty Natalia 4

Subtle, golden and elegant. 

Bewitching
Véronique Perrin™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Collection Exclusive

Bewitching Veronique

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In my opinion, this lady embodied the theme of the convention collection the most.  She is pure Hollywood premiere glamour.  Adore her.

 

Star in the Making
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Collection Exclusive

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{Thud!}  Someone help Rebecca up off the floor again.  I don’t think I could get my ticket out of my wallet fast enough to purchase this beauty.  If you wanted a glamorous Poppy, this one will do it.

There were also a few Integrity Toys Direct products unveiled that were exclusive to the convention.  Each conventioneer was given coupons to purchase 3 or 4 items from the line.  The choices were:

A Fashion Royalty Shoe Pack

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Tricks Up Her Sleeve Poppy Parker

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ITBE In Sequins Anja

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ITBE In Sequins Lilith

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Fashion Creature Tulabelle

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Let’s just say a few of these ladies came out of the sales room with me.  Smile  More photos are available on my Flickr feed.  Feel free to have a look.

Part III of Day 1 coming up shortly…..


Integrity Toys “The Premiere” Convention Day 1 Part I

REGISTRATION

 

As many of you know who follow my convention reports, I always start out with a photo of command central.  This is where I spend a chunk of my time late each night and early every morning.

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This year since Hilda and I were selling at an event on the first day of convention, my reports are not as timely as I would have liked.  So…on to the first days festivities.

Registration ran smoothly…mostly.  What we experienced was that most conventioneers last names start with letters from A to K.  The A-K line was HUGE.  The K-Z line was a breeze!  Once we got there, we received our packet of information and an absolutely beautiful Monogram doll.

Interlude
FR: Monogram™ Welcome Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive

Interlude 1

Photo Source:  Integrity Toys Inc.

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I adore her!!  After registration, we headed over to pick up our workshop dolls. 

Victorious Glamour
Victoire Roux™ Workshop Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive

 

Victorious Glamour

Photo Source:  Integrity Toys Inc.

Poppy’s Makeup Makeover
Poppy Parker™ Workshop Doll
2013 Convention Collection Exclusive

Poppy's Makeup Makeover

Photo Source:  Integrity Toys Inc.

Shining Star
FR: Monogram™ Workshop Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive

Shining Star

Photo Source:  Integrity Toys Inc.

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The promo shots really do not do this one justice.  In person, she is gorgeous.  That’s why I included my crappy point and shoot shot to show you her face.  Gorgeous!

 

W Cosmetics Hair Care
Fashion Royalty® Workshop Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive

W Cosmetics Hair Care

Photo Source:  Integrity Toys Inc.

She has the Elise face sculpt and her green eyes are absolutely incredible.  Score one for Rebecca getting this one.  I was really on the fence getting this one because all we were told was that it would be an Fashion Royalty doll.  She is stunning! 

 

Day 1:  The Convention Collection coming up in a few hours Smile


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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Splendid Jordan postcard 4

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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


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