Barbie for big girls.

Simply Simpatico Poppy and Darla

It took me a bit of time to warm up to this Fashion Royalty Convention collection gift set.  My tastes in collecting do not run towards the mod era so the clothing for many of the convention collection offerings were not what I prefer.  I decided to play around with this gift set and see what I could do as far as redressing and restyling.  I just love it when I find a diamond in the rough with a doll.  That is what this Poppy and Darla are for me.  I restyled the bangs and dressed Ms. Poppy in a  favorite Bogue’s Vogues and now I LOVE her.   Ms. Darla took a trip to Boutique de Bogue as well and I am really appreciating the new face sculpt on her.

Model:  Simply Simpatico Poppy

Dress:  Bogue’s Vogues (

Shoes:  Mattel




Love, love, love the facial screening on her!!!

Model:  Simply Simpatico Darla

Dress:  Bogue’s Vogues ( )

Shoes:  Mattel





21 responses

  1. They both look lovely.
    However, your styling on Darla is superb!
    I really like the new facemold on her and that hair is the best I’ve seen on her 🙂
    Love the dresses too.
    Always impeccable my dear.


    November 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    • Thank you so much Jon! Coming from a master stylist, this is indeed a compliment. I love Darla’s new face mold too…she just NEEDED to be free of those vest and pants. 😉

      November 6, 2011 at 7:10 am

  2. Lovely shots– you’ve captured both of them perfectly!!

    November 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    • Thank you so much Elisa! I am glad you liked the photos and my restyle. I just love this set.

      November 6, 2011 at 7:10 am

  3. Terri Gold

    Great improvement. They look great.

    November 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    • Thank you so much Terri! I am very happy with how much better these guys fit into my collection with different clothes.

      November 6, 2011 at 7:11 am

  4. Love your redressing for both. I am really loving the new Darla.

    November 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    • Thank you Vanessa! Darla was a complete suprise to me too when I redressed her. I am already thinking of another photo shoot I want to use her in. She is just adorable.

      November 6, 2011 at 7:12 am

  5. Rebecca, I squealed when I saw them, especially Darla! They look so wonderful in James’ dresses and how you have styled them. So glad you are posting again…I was going into withdrawal! I need my fix of fabulousness!

    xoxo H

    November 6, 2011 at 2:25 am

    • Heeehee! Thank you dear Hilda. I squeel every time I see one of your lovely new fashions. It may be some time inbetween blog posts for a while…time for holiday decorating and …of course…Nutcracker ballet rehearsals. I hope to be photographing dress rehearsal for that so perhaps I will share a few shots.

      November 6, 2011 at 7:14 am

  6. MJ

    Gorgeous and another post from you is always a treat! Darla reminds me of Violet Waters for some reason dressed like this. And Poppy is lil’ heart breaker! Gorgeous redresses and restyling them to suit your taste and collection! 🙂 ❤ you! Matty

    November 6, 2011 at 6:05 am

    • Thank you so much Matty! I just love when a simple restyle can transform a doll. I just love these ladies to bits now that I have redressed them. I totally see Violet Waters in Darla now that you pointed it out.

      November 6, 2011 at 7:17 am

  7. PeterVermont

    Just love that short hair on Darla! Beautiful styling as per usual !!!!!!

    November 6, 2011 at 8:05 am

    • Thank you Peter! I am happy you are enjoying the new photos. Don’t you just love Darla?!

      November 7, 2011 at 6:52 am

  8. I love all fashion styles from the 1920s until the present. I do love the Mod Era Style of clothes, but my favorites come from 1930 to 1950. Womens fashions were so classy and sophistcated then. I do not know how these dolls looked before you re-styled them but they do look glamorous now. I do wish there had been a before and after picture of both dolls. But the results are fantastic and I would love to have them in my collection. Thanks again for taking the time to share your lovely dolls and pictures. Please keep them coming.

    November 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    • Thank you Ralph! It is always a pleasure to get your comments. I agree with you. Fashions from the 50’s are my particular favorite as well. I should have included a shot of the before restyle …good idea for next time I restyle. I was so anxious to get them out of the mod era clothing that I just ripped those clothes off as soon as I deboxed LOL!

      November 7, 2011 at 6:54 am

  9. MashauDe'

    I am truly feeling lifted up so gorgeous!!!

    November 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    • Awwww! Thank you Debra! I was so excited photographing these ladies redressed. I just love how a restyle and/or some new clothes can transform a doll for me. Doesn’t happen with every doll but with these it did. I am glad you liked them.

      November 7, 2011 at 6:56 am

  10. carolyn in maryland now

    all i can say is WOW!! to both girls!! they are gorgeous!

    November 7, 2011 at 11:07 am

    • Thank you! I am glad you liked the photos. I always love to show a hidden side to a doll that may not get much notice the first time around. I am glad you are keeping your set. Hope you enjoy.

      November 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

  11. carolyn in maryland now

    PS, i am so so glad they had not sold, because, i am now keeping the set, thanks again for sharing, looks like two different entirely dolls, carolyn

    November 7, 2011 at 11:09 am

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