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In The Palace

For those of you who follow my instagram feed, you have seen some of these images already.  It is not my intention to post images on Instagram first but sometimes it just works out that way.  If I am excited about a photo, sometimes I just can’t contain myself and have to share it immediately.  Sometimes there is just an image and no backstory or text/dialogue I want to share with it other than the image itself.  Instagram is a great platform for that.  If you don’t follow me there, consider it.  I share funny behind the scenes stories and pictures on my Instagram stories too.  My blog will still be the place to come when you want the full set of images on something and/or more information on what is in the picture.  Ok, now that public service announcement is out of the way….on to the pictures.

I had this amazing graphic a friend had sent me many moons ago and had used it in backdrops for Hilda and my sales table at Barbiecon.  I always love architectural drawings and wanted to see if it would work as a photo backdrop.  Thankfully..it did.

Elyse In The Palace

Model: Divinely Luminous Elyse from Integrity Toys

Gown: Rimdoll on Etsy

Jewelry: Divinely Luminous Elyse

©2020 Inside the Fashion Doll Studio-In The Palace

©2020 Inside the Fashion Doll Studio-In The Palace

I felt like I needed an opulent set to go with this amazing dress from Rimdoll.  It is a wonderful interpretation of the Dior Robe Mexique from 1951.

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Elyse wasn’t the only one at the palace the day of this shoot.  Dasha made an appearance as well.

Dasha at the Palace

Model: Daydream Dasha d’Amboise from Integrity Toys

Gown: HOANGANHKHOI on Etsy

Jewelry: Daydream Dasha and Mattel

Shoes: Integrity Toys

©2020 Inside the Fashion Doll Studio-In The Palace

©2020 Inside the Fashion Doll Studio-In The Palace

©2020 Inside the Fashion Doll Studio-In The Palace

©2020 Inside the Fashion Doll Studio-In The Palace

Love this shirt long skirt combo.  Sooooo elegant!!  This miniature couture designer out of Vietnam is amazing.  I will tell you that his designs take a while to manufacture and arrive.  I can also tell you that while the wait was long, I was always happy with the product.

-Rebecca


Poppy Breaks Out

Hello intrepid followers.  It feels like every time I try to get to the blog something blocks the path.  For the past month and a half it’s been mother nature and a pesky furnace that just doesn’t want to get with the program.  While snow is beautiful and it turns the studio into one big snow globe…it it isn’t heated, its no fun to be in there.  After some very stern language and a good furnace doctor…we are back in business in the studio. 

I took delivery of some new backgrounds recently for another product photography project and realized they work really well for doll photography as well.  The company is called Replica Surfaces.  They are kind of pricey for doll photography but might be worth the investment if you want easy to set up and sturdy.  I am not being compensated at all for this plug.  Just passing on information on a product that I have enjoyed using.

New doll in the studio!!  I recently received Rendez Vous in Rio Poppy Parker from the Mission to Brazil Poppy Parker collection.  The second I got her, I saw her in green.  I had recently seen a stunning Vanity Fair cover of Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o

And I was inspired by a dress by Rimdoll on Etsy.  Here is the product of that inspiration and a newly warm studio.

©2020 ITFDS-Poppy Breaks Out

©2020 ITFDS-Poppy Breaks Out

©2020 ITFDS-Poppy Breaks Out

And because I was having fun with Photoshop, I decided to do some color variations including an early Valentines Day image.  Hope you enjoy.

©2020 ITFDS-Poppy Breaks Out

©2020 ITFDS-Poppy Breaks Out

Thank you all for you patience!  Looking forward to warmer days and a better relationship with my furnace.  I guess you could say we are currently in therapy .Winking smile

-Rebecca


Black and White Forever Barbie

2020 will be the final year for the BFMC Barbie adult collector line.  While it is sad to see the end, I think it is time to let this one go.  The line since the articulated body made it’s appearance and economy measures were installed at Mattel have really taken this line down to the basic level.  Case in point, the first doll of the final series in 2020 is “Best in Black”

Barbie® Best In Black™ Doll

  • Label: Gold Label®
  • Designer: Robert Best
  • Release Date: 11/20/2019
  • Eyelashes: Painted
  • Body Type: Poseable silkstone
  • Included With Dress, pair of sheer socks,pair of shoes, & Doll Stand
  • Facial sculpt: Vintage Silkstone
  • Fashion Sewn On?: No
  • Fashion: Jet-black mini dress with stylish leg-of-mutton sleeves

©2019 Mattel Best in Black Barbie

©2019 Mattel Best in Black Barbie

©2019 Mattel Best in Black Barbie

©2019 Mattel Best in Black Barbie

Ok…so if you were looking to design and offer a doll to symbolize a funeral for the BFMC line….Mattel hit the nail on the head.  This doll is indeed headed to a funeral with all the austerity and solemnity that would entail.  No jewelry, no handbag, socks shoes and a black dress.  Okie Dokie.  Not the way this amazing BFMC line of dolls should begin the end of its career in my opinion but here we are. 

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Who knows what the last entries for this line will entail but at this point, my hopes are not high.  For it’s last offering of 2019, the BFMC managed to at least give us collectors a ball gown so I have decided to celebrate that with a blog post.  Don’t get me wrong, the BFMC has thrilled and blown  this collector away many times since 2001.  I am happy to have been able to collect this line for the past 19 years.  I am just sad to see it ending on such a low note. 

This past season, I was able to add a tree to the ITFDS studio.  The theme for the tree was all black and white.  Chanel was an inspiration.

©2019 ITFDS - White and Black Forever

And it inspired me to give the 2019 Black and White Forever Barbie a photo shoot.

©2019 Mattel Inc. Black and White Forever Barbie

Barbie® Black and White Forever™ Doll

  • Label: Gold Label®
  • Designer: Robert Best
  • Release Date: 6/04/2019
  • Included with doll: Slingback shoes, Earrings, Doll Stand,gloves, petticoat,wrist tag
  • Eyelashes: Painted
  • Fashion: Petticoat, Slingback shoes
  • Fashion Sewn On?: No
  • Body Type: Posable BFMC
  • Doll Stand: Yes
  • Facial sculpt: 11590

©2019 ITFDS- Black and White Forever Barbie

©2019 ITFDS- Black and White Forever Barbie

©2019 ITFDS- Black and White Forever Barbie

©2019 ITFDS- Black and White Forever Barbie

©2019 ITFDS- Black and White Forever Barbie

©2019 ITFDS- Black and White Forever Barbie

She at least has some earrings Smile.  I’m not a huge fan of the articulated body or the glitter eye shadow but at least she has a ballgown.  I also like the two toned white with black hair in an elegant updo.   Is she worth the $100 price tag?  I would wait for a sale on this one. 

-Rebecca


New Jason Wu Elyse Announced!

Yesterday the WClub announced a new exclusive lottery during it’s week long Dolly Days extravaganza.  We have a new Jason Wu designed Elyse people!  She will, sadly,  be an IT direct right to buy lottery  with an edition size of a paltry 450.  Mud pit time.  Many will happily enter the pit for this one.

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc - Pre-Fall 2016 Jason Wu Elyse

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc - Pre-Fall 2016 Jason Wu Elyse

Pre-Fall 2016
Dressed Doll
The Jason Wu Collection
Estimated Arrival: Early Jan. 2020
Price: $225 + S & H     
 
Edition Size: 450
Head Sculpt: Elyse
Body Type: FR 6.0 with Velvet Touch
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Ice blond
Foot type: High-heeled
Eyelashes: Yes, hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc - Pre-Fall 2016 Jason Wu Elyse

Here is her story:

Get ready to add something luxurious to your collection! Jason Wu’s muse, Elyse Jolie, is an absolute vision of femininity wearing a masterfully rendered, miniature couture version of an original look created for the JWU Pre-Fall 2016 collection! Don’t miss your chance to add this truly timeless collectible to your JWU collection!

Included:

  • 12.5-inch fully articulated doll with rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes;
  • Elyse wears a miniaturized reproduction of a Jason Wu original creation, featuring
  • intricately engineered details at the bustier and overlapping skirt panels on the front of the dress;
  • Faux-snakeskin spectator heels;
  • Clutch purse;
  • Sparkling "jeweled" pendant earrings;
  • Matching luxuriously "jeweled" bracelet;
  • Two pairs of hands;
  • Doll stand;
  • Certificate of authenticity.

Final fabrics, colors and textures may vary slightly. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only

 

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc - Pre-Fall 2016 Jason Wu Elyse

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc - Pre-Fall 2016 Jason Wu Elyse

I really wished they had showed the back view of her hair.  It looks like a french twist….I am guessing though.  If it is…divine!!

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc - Pre-Fall 2016 Jason Wu Elyse

Holy hand grenades people!!!  The dress has pockets!!!  {no judgment for the Monty Python reference either please LOL!}

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc - Pre-Fall 2016 Jason Wu Elyse

This facial screening reminds me of J’Adore La Fete Elyse.

©2015 Integrity Toys Inc. - J'Adore La Fête Elise Jolie

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc - Pre-Fall 2016 Jason Wu Elyse

Not sure what the Pre Fall 2016 name is all about.  After scouring the released photos of his prefall 2016 line I could find no reference to this design.  Some super sleuths over at the WClub forums did find this though…

©2016 Jamie McCarthy/Getty

Kate Bosworth in Jason Wu at a red carpet in 2016.  This definitely appears to be the inspiration.  Doesn’t appear to have ever been produced  except as this one off.  Very pretty on Ms. Bosworth and beautiful on Elyse as well.  Well played Mr. Wu!!!

For you WClub members who want to try for this one, your deadline is January 6th, 2020 at noon EST.

–Rebecca


Well Hello Miss Ginger!!

The WClub just announced it’s 5th and final club doll for the year and it was an amazing way to end Poppy Parker’s 10th anniversary year.  David Buttry finally released his much anticipated friend ( or is it frenemy) Ginger Gilroy.  He did it in the best way possible…giftsetted with a Poppy. 

©2019 Integrity Toys, Inc.-Poppy&Ginger:Friend or Foe?

Friend or Foe
Poppy Parker™ and Ginger Gilroy™ Gift Set
The Poppy Parker™ Collection
2019 W Club Exclusive
Estimated Arrival: End of April 2020
Price: $199 + S & H     
 
Edition Size: TBA
Head Sculpt: Poppy and Ginger (new character sculpt!)
Body Type: Poppy Parker
Skin Tone: FR White (Poppy) and Cream (Ginger)
Hair Color: Dark Ash Blonde (Poppy) and Titian Red (Ginger)
Foot type: High heeled
Eyelashes: Yes, hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2019 Integrity Toys, Inc.-Poppy&Ginger:Friend or Foe?

©2019 Integrity Toys, Inc.-Poppy&Ginger:Friend or Foe?

Miss Gilroy is scrumptious!!!  A fitting frenemy to our beloved Poppy.  I can’t wait to see what David comes up with for her.  I adore the colors and fashions he chose!  While I have never been a huge fan of a bubble dress or gown, I adore the light blue confection that Ginger has.  The beautiful lavender that adorns Poppy will be welcome when they arrive in the spring of 2020. 

©2019 Integrity Toys, Inc.-Poppy&Ginger:Friend or Foe?

©2019 Integrity Toys, Inc.-Poppy&Ginger:Friend or Foe?

©2019 Integrity Toys, Inc.-Poppy&Ginger:Friend or Foe?

Yummy!!!

©2019 Integrity Toys, Inc.-Poppy&Ginger:Friend or Foe?

©2019 Integrity Toys, Inc.-Poppy&Ginger:Friend or Foe?

©2019 Integrity Toys, Inc.-Poppy&Ginger:Friend or Foe?

©2019 Integrity Toys, Inc.-Poppy&Ginger:Friend or Foe?

I adore the lavishness of the accessories too.  I like that we now have 2 pairs of white hands and long gloves that we can mix and match with our other Poppy’s.  I also appreciated that David gave us two different kinds of wraps…one satin and one fur.  Made for a nice change.  I am loving the spring pastels as well.  This was indeed a fitting way to end out Poppy’s 10th anniversary year.  Well done Mr.Buttry!!

If you are not a WClub member(why not?!), you will not have direct access to this gift set.  It’s a WClub exclusive.  You will need to wait and watch on Ebay next spring.  And if you are not a WClub member…you might want to consider membership which will come up again in February of 2020.  Watch the blog for details.

-Rebecca


Mademoiselle Eden Wows the Crowd

Integrity Toys’ WClub released information on their 4th out of 5 club dolls and the general consensus is WOW!   It’s a good wow not a bad one…at least in my view.  I know that many collectors don’t go for different colored hair.  I know that for the most part, I don’t either.  That being said, I am crazy for this lady.  The talented Jessy Ayala has given us a Rococo inspired pastel infused piece of pure femininity.  Jessy chose the perfect model for his creation in the sweeter than sweet Eden ( a personal fav).  She will be a perfect sister to the epic crowd pleaser Public Adoration Eden which was given as a gift to convention attendees at the WClub luncheon in 2018.  Click on the picture to get more info from Integrity Toys website.

©Integrity Toys 2018 Public Adoration Eden Blair

Here is how Integrity Toys and the WClub answered calls for another doll like the popular one above.

Madmoiselle Eden

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc. - Mademoiselle Eden WClub exclusive

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc. - Mademoiselle Eden WClub exclusive

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc. - Mademoiselle Eden WClub exclusive

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc. - Mademoiselle Eden WClub exclusive

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc. - Mademoiselle Eden WClub exclusive

©2019 Integrity Toys Inc. - Mademoiselle Eden WClub exclusive

Mademoiselle Eden
Eden Blair™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face Collection
2019 W Club Exclusive
Estimated Arrival: Spring 2020
Price: $145 + S & H
      
Edition Size: TBA
Head Sculpt: Eden
Body Type: NF 3.0
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Pastel Amethyst
Eyelashes: Yes, hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

This one is a WClub exclusive and only available to WClub members.  If you are not a WClub member (why not??), you will need to wait for this beauty to pop up on Ebay sometime in the spring or start currying favor with one of your WClub friends with multiple memberships. 

And…one other piece of information to share.  It has been noted on the ever rich and vibrant WClub forum that the item number on this beauty has a letter after the number.  This may or may not mean there is a variant of this doll coming in the future.  Dare we hope for her twin sister Lilith to show up with a different and possibly darker color variation?  Ohhhhh…I hope so!!!

-Rebecca


Day 1 at the Museum

 

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Day 1 at the Museum

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Day 1 at the Museum

Model: Integrity Toys Out of Sight Nadja

Dress: Mizi Dolls Fashion “Paris”

Purse: Phillip Nuveen on Etsy

Earings and Shoes: Integrity Toys

Glasses: ITFDS

Wig: Culte de Paris on Etsy

Miniature Portrait: Kelly Rinaldi ( contact her @ you_are_a_doll on Instagram)

Day 2 at the Museum

I don’t know about you guys…but one day at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is never enough for me.  Apparently it wasn’t for Nadja either.

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Day 2 at the Museum

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Day 2 at the Museum

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Day 2 at the Museum

Model: Integrity Toys “Out of Sight” Nadja

Jacket, Dress, Hat, and Boots:  Integrity Toys “Female Icon” Dasha

Floral jacket pin: Scrapbooking element….swear…to God LOL!

Purse: Tiny Frock Shop

Earrings: Integrity Toys

Wig: Culte de Paris on Etsy

 

–Rebecca


Inspirational Thursday

Good Morning readers!  Or for some of you it is afternoon or evening.  Well, wherever you are in the world, are you ready for some inspiration?  I was recently at the Integrity Toys Convention in Baltimore MD and I was captivated by some mini portraits that were so cleverly done I immediately snapped them up and look forward to adding more to my collection.  The clever and talented artist is Kelly Rinaldi and she is seriously multi talented.  She walked away with the the judges choice award for diorama and wowed shoppers with these mini portraits. 

©2019 ITFDS -Insprirational Thursday

Sometimes, it’s one item that sends me into a whole different level of creativity.  This past week, it has been these mini portraits…or rather just one. 

©2019 ITFDS -Insprirational Thursday

Mini portrait:  Kelly Rinaldi ( contact her on Instagram @you_are_a_doll )

Purse: Phillip Nuveen on Etsy

Dress: Mizi dolls

Shoes and jewelry: Integrity toys

Shopping bag and sunglasses: ITFDS

Above is the mood board going forward into the next week of posts.   One of my favorite places on the planet to visit is NYC.  Specifically I LOVE visiting The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection art museum and Laduree ( which happens to be just around the corner from The Frick).  I give all the credit to this trifecta of NYC loveliness to my sistah friend Hilda Westervelt of Bellissima Couture who used to be Young Fellow of the Frick and encouraged me to explore it when I was in NYC for my daughter’s Carnegie Hall performance ( yes, proud Mom name dropping ).  It is truly a jewel box of a museum.  That love of museum hopping in NYC and the new love for these mini portraits plus some stellar fashions I have recently added to my collection have Inspired the next couple of blog posts.  I hope you enjoy them as much I have enjoyed creating, styling and shooting them. 

 

–Rebecca


Giselle in the Flowers

Wow!!  Do I even know how to do this anymore? {snort}.  I’m not going to lie people…it felt like rusty gears starting to work again setting up for this photo shoot and getting it done.  When all was said and done, I have to honestly say…”Dag it felt good!!” 

I have always been a fan of Vogue style editor Grace Coddington and her work.  When I first had the idea for this image, I thought of her and her styling and went from there.  I had to use this glorious background and then I needed natural light.  For those who follow me on Instagram, I teased a few photos there. 

Here are a couple quick behind the scene shots and a little peak at my new studio space….will be sharing more of that through the holiday season Winking smile.

©2019 InsideTheFashionDollStudio-Giselle in the Flowers

©2019 InsideTheFashionDollStudio-Giselle in the Flowers

And after some post production magic…this is what we have. 

©2019 InsideTheFashionDollStudio-Giselle in the Flowers

©2019 InsideTheFashionDollStudio-Giselle in the Flowers

I think this Giselle was the breakout hit from last years Integrity toys convention.  Many people had difficulty seeing past the the retinal searing yellow outfit she sported.  I have to admit, I almost didn’t get her.  But then I took a second look at her soft makeup palette and decided, “yeah…I can work with that”.  Believe it or not, I had an image in my mind close to this final floral image when I first bought her over a year ago.  Yes…I really do have images sitting in my head that long and longer before I can get it on film.  So often, it never gets rendered.  I was happy to get it and bring it forth today.  Hope you all enjoy.

–Rebecca


NBDCC 2019- The OOAK Parties

Many collectors show up days in advance of the actual start of convention to take part in room shopping and to participate in the One of A Kind (OOAK) parties by various artists.  There is a rich and varied pool of artists that repaint and redress Barbie in haute couture.  It’s one of my favorite parts of convention to be honest and I was honored to be allowed to photograph many of the shows.  I apologize in advance for the shows I did not cover…namely Ninimomo.  There were simply not enough hours in the day and too many amazing artists to photograph.  I encourage you to scrounge the internet to find images of Nick and Marie’s amazing creations.  They are not to be missed.

I have put the full set of images on my Flickr ( you can find the link on my sidebar…too the right on your screen)  I have included a few of my favorite shots here.

Matt Sutton

The collection was sublime as always.  Such a pleasure to see and be able to photograph these lovely pieces of art. 

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-NBDCC 2019 the OOAK parties

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-NBDCC 2019 the OOAK parties

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-NBDCC 2019 the OOAK parties

 

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This year the talented duo of Mario Paglino and Gianni Grossi payed tribute to the history of Barbie.  They reimagined all the famous and popular  looks of Barbie from her 1959 beginnings up through the current day.  It was a thorough and imaginative collection with some truly stellar examples of couture Barbie.

Madame du Barbie interpretation

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-NBDCC 2019 the OOAK parties

And the original…

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Malibu Barbie interpretation

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-NBDCC 2019 the OOAK parties

and the original…

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Roman Holiday interpretation

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-NBDCC 2019 the OOAK parties

and the original…

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Every piece was a work of art!!!  And lucky me…my number was chosen early and I got to come home with this lovely!!

Evening Splendor interpretation

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-NBDCC 2019 the OOAK parties

and the original…

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Artist Creations

Another show that many collectors will show up early to ensure they won’t miss these works of art.

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-NBDCC 2019 the OOAK parties

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-NBDCC 2019 the OOAK parties

©2019 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-NBDCC 2019 the OOAK parties

So many artist dolls to enjoy and photograph!!  My cup runneth over SmileAgain, if you want to see the full set of images, head over to my flickr.  All photos from the OOAK parties will be there by end of the day. 

–Rebecca


NBDCC 2019–Let It Begin!!!

©Barbie Convention LLC 2019

I have just returned from the National Barbie Doll Collector Convention which was held in Kansas City, Missouri.  It was a big year this year as it is Barbie’s 60th birthday.  The actual convention began on Wednesday, July31st but most avid collectors show up as early as the Sunday before to take advantage of amazing room shopping.  Hilda Westervelt of Bellissima Couture and I opened on Monday for room sales.  Here are a few of the shots of what we had available in our room.

©2019 ITFDS

©2019 ITFDS

©2019 ITFDS

©2019 ITFDS

©2019 ITFDS

Hilda’s exclusives for room shopping and sales room

©2019 ITFDS

©2019 ITFDS

And some fun eyewear and neck scarves from me….

©2019 ITFDS

Needless to say, we hit the ground running upon landing in Kansas City on Sunday Winking smile

Stay tuned….more blog posts on ooak designer parties and convention events coming up!!

–Rebecca


The Elyse Chronicles: Purple Passion

I was going back through photo files this past weekend and what do you know…I found a few images I had not shared last year! 

Model: Net a Porter Elyse

Gown: Eifeldolldress ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/eifel85/)

Earrings:  Party Dress Silkstone Barbie

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio -The Elyse Chronicles Purple Passion

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio -The Elyse Chronicles Purple Passion

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio -The Elyse Chronicles Purple Passion

Love, love, love the feel of the velvety skin texture on these Jason Wu specialty Elyse’s he did last year.  I love how it feels and I love how it translates through a lens.  There isn’t as much glare from lights, less shine. 

-Rebecca


Resurrecting the Blog

Resurrection…defined, it means

res·ur·rec·tion

[ˌrezəˈrekSH(ə)n]

NOUN

  1. the action or fact of resurrecting or being resurrected.

    "the story of the resurrection of Osiris"

    synonyms:

    raising from the dead · restoration to life · rising from the dead · return from the dead

    • (the Resurrection)

      (in Christian belief) Christ’s rising from the dead.

    • (the Resurrection)

      (in Christian belief) the rising of the dead at the Last Judgment.

    • the revitalization or revival of something.

      "the resurrection of the country under a charismatic leader" ·

It’s an appropriate word for many people at this time of year as Easter is the remembrance of resurrection. I feel like this is more of a revival so I will go with the revitalization of something.  I am going to be completely honest here.  This will be an insanely personal blog post for me and one of the most difficult things I have ever written.  For those of you who follow me on FB, you have a small idea of what late 2017 and 2018 were like for me and my family.  For those of you just now tuning in…lets just say life tilted off its axis for me and my family in November of 2017 and the blog took a back seat.  I needed a year to kind of readjust, reevaluate and frankly…do the the whole freak out and then sit back and deal with it all.  That meant walking away from the blog for a time.  It also meant….walking away from collecting and photography for a time.  I just needed to get re-centered.

Why did I need to re-center?  In a word…Cancer. 

Before the questions come, not me.  It was never me and I wish to God it had been me,but it wasn’t…it was infinitely worse.   It was one of my children.  You might as well have taken my heart and ripped it from my body.  When you have no heart, it’s hard to create.  It’s hard to look at anything and find the beauty and wonder of it.  All you see and feel is relentless uncertainty and  pain.  I was wounded and scared and I needed to heal.  Thankfully, through the strength, love and wisdom of amazing doctors, friends, family and the power, love and grace of God, our story continues, our daughter’s story continues and for that I offer unending thankfulness.

I am going to go into specifics now because I feel like this is a chance to give a testimonial and a public service announcement.  I would be happy if the last year and a half of our experience could possibly help and guide another family facing similar circumstances.  If I can offer anything to anyone…specifically parents or caregivers….its this.  If you think something is odd, go check it out.  Don’t wait.   If your child complains of  something odd, go have it checked.  Don’t wait.

Background:

In mid 2017 our daughter Megan came to me and complained of a “stitch’ in her side that persisted for more than a few days.  She was 17 at the time and was dancing every day of the week so we wrote it off as some minor dance strain.   It went away and we thought all was well.  A few months later, she complained again of a “stitch” in her side and we ( by the guidance and grace of God) decided to have it checked out with her pediatrician.  We had an ultrasound performed the day after Thanksgiving 2017.  Three days later, we were told our daughter had a large abnormal mass in her liver and she needed an MRI.  The MRI confirmed that the mass in her liver was a very rare liver cancer -  Fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma (FHC)

Doctor #1 told us that the tumor was inoperable and that there was nothing that could be done.  Second opinions are always a good idea and in our case, it saved our daughters life.    Doctor #2 told us that he believed the tumor could be removed and that it would be difficult.  Doctor #3 told us he believed the tumor could be removed and that it would be difficult. On December 14, 2017 doctors 2 and 3 ended up performing the 9 hour surgery necessary to save Megan’s life.  Over 30% of her liver was removed.  Our thanks for the skill and knowledge of the Doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington Medical Center are without limits.  They were and continue to be the best team of doctors we could ever wish to have for Megan’s care.

Right after Christmas of 2017 our prayers were answered again when the pathology of all 7 lymph nodes removed during Megan’s surgery showed no signs of cancer.  It had not spread and her chances of surviving  were greatly improved.  There is no treatment or cure for this cancer.  The only chance of surviving it is 1) if the cancer has not spread outside of the liver  2) if the tumor can be successfully resected (removed) and 3) if the cancer doesn’t come back.  This type of cancer typically has no symptoms until the tumor has grown so large that it is inoperable and/or has metastasized to other parts of the body.  It affects mainly children and young adults.  We had caught it early.  Praise The Lord!

2018 was a year of quarterly rituals we affectionately  called “scanxiety”.  Each quarter brought the requisite MRI and sometimes CT scans and I am happy to report all have been clear and clean.  No sign of regrowth of the tumor.  I am also very happy to report that Megan bounced back as only a young and healthy teenager who has danced for most of her life does.  By May of 2018 she performed all of her dances AND her senior solo at her dance school and in June she graduated with honors from High School and was accepted into University of Washington as a pre law student.  She continues to grow and thrive in college while maintaining close contact with the team of doctors that monitor and are studying this rare form of liver cancer. 

We don’t know what the future will hold but for now all is well and that is good enough for me.  We ( the entire Berry Clan) want to say a huge “Thank You!” to the collector community who absolutely enveloped us with love and care.  It was one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced in my life.  It was the essence of “community” made manifest and we could not begin to thank everyone enough.

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(Photo is courtesy of Stan and Peter from 2018 Barbie Convention in Arizona.  Thank you so much for this!)

Now, I am finally starting to  feel like I can and want to pick up the camera again and create.  Look for more blog posts soon and “Thank You” for sticking with me during the hiatus.

-Rebecca


Let the Fun Begin!! 2019 WClub Registration is Open!!

Oh my word…do I even remember how to post to the blog anymore LOL!  After a very slow year for Inside the Fashion Doll Studio and very minimal postings, I am looking forward to getting back to the studio and back into a regular blogging schedule.  If you are still here, thanks for sticking with me. 

I have a fun thing to announce with this resurrection of the blog.  The WClub for 2019 is now open for registration!!  You have until noon Eastern Time on March 3rd to get your registration in if you want to be part of the 2019 WClub.  This is one I simply don’t miss.  It’s a complete no brainer for me.  This year the designers at Integrity Toys have some special perks and upgrade dolls available to lucky members.  Let’s take a look…

2019 WClub registration

2019 WClub registration

The upgrade dolls are what everyone is excited to see….Here they are

2019 WClub Registration French Kiss Vanessa

2019 WClub Registration French Kiss Vanessa

2019 WClub Registration French Kiss Vanessa

2019 WClub Registration French Kiss Vanessa

Loving this modern look and that bag….swoon!!  Designed by the Jessy Ayala.

WClub 2019 Registration Upgrade Level of Suspense Lukas

WClub 2019 Registration Upgrade Level of Suspense Lukas

WClub 2019 Registration Upgrade Level of Suspense Lukas

WClub 2019 Registration Upgrade Level of Suspense Lukas

Many of us are enjoying the return of the hommes!  Designed by Jessy Ayala.

2019 WClub Registration Upgrade Bosa Nova Beauty Poppy Parker

2019 WClub Registration Upgrade Bosa Nova Beauty Poppy Parker

2019 WClub Registration Upgrade Bosa Nova Beauty Poppy Parker

2019 WClub Registration Upgrade Bosa Nova Beauty Poppy Parker

Well well well…Mais que nada!!  Yes, this is playing on my headset as I type this Smile.  Yummy, yummy, yummy.  I love the bangs, the dark hair color paired with the sun kissed skin.  Also really digging this coral, aqua and bronze sun dress.  Time for some caipirinhas people!!  Designed by David Buttry.

Ok, so if you are interested in joining the WClub , click on the link below to get all the info about the club and how to purchase.  Base Membership is $50 and upgrade dolls are additional.

https://www.wclubforum.com/2019clubregstart.html

You have until noon ET 3/03/2019 to join.

It’s a small window to sign up and once it’s over, registration is closed until the next year.  If you enjoy collecting Integrity Toys products and want a chance at attending their convention, this club is a must.  Just sayin’

-Rebecca

 


Integrity Toys 2018 Reveal: Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection

Jessy Ayala is helming this years entire Fashion Royalty collection as well and he has done a remarkable job.   While he brought out the youthful, edgy and stylish designs for Nu.Face he has also managed to master high fashion, Chic and refined for the Fashion Royalty 2018 line.  Using many of the same inspirations as Nu.Face he has given collectors “Sacred Lotus”.  There are regal along with bold moments in this cohesive collection but the one word I keep coming back to is “sophisticated”. 

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Goddess Tatyana Alexandrova

Goddess
Tatyana Alexandrova™ Doll
Fashion Royalty®:
The Sacred Lotus Collection
Approx. Ship Date: October
Suggested Retail: $155.00 US
Available Via Dealers    

Edition Size: 950
Head Sculpt: Tatyana 2.0
Body Type: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Pale Blonde
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Goddess Tatyana Alexandrova

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Goddess Tatyana Alexandrova

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Goddess Tatyana Alexandrova

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Goddess Tatyana Alexandrova

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Goddess Tatyana Alexandrova

That face!!  That color!!  Goddess indeed!  I have always been partial to Tatyana’s facemold.  I adore those cheekbones just like I do in Elyse.  I love that Jessy chose bright green peridot for the stones on the jewelry to go with the tomato red of this sari inspired dress.  If you like jewelry, this entire collection is for you.  There is more than enough mix and match pieces to go around. 

It looks like Jessy may have gone to the runway for inspiration as well though not Gucci.  This one appears to come from a few years back (2013 Spring RTW) and the talented ladies at Marchesa.

 ©2012 Vogue Marchesa 2013 Spring RTW

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Karma Kyori Sato

Karma
Kyori Sato® Dressed Doll
Fashion Royalty®:
The Sacred Lotus Collection
Approx. Ship Date: October
Suggested Retail: $155.00 US
Available Via Dealers    

Edition Size: 850
Head Sculpt: Kyori 2.0
Body Type: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Latino
Hair Color: Bronze with Golden Highlights
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Karma Kyori Sato

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Karma Kyori Sato

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Karma Kyori Sato

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Karma Kyori Sato

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Karma Kyori Sato

Again with the glasses!!  Love!  I also adore the gloved hands and bag.  The fabric on this one is so rich too. 

For this look, the master John Paul Gautier appears to have been some inspiration (2017 Fall Couture)

©2017 Vogue JPG 2017 Fall Couture

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Resurgence Natalia Fatalé

Resurgence
Natalia Fatalé® Dressed Doll
Fashion Royalty®:
The Sacred Lotus Collection
Approx. Ship Date: December
Suggested Retail: $155.00 US
Available Via Dealers    

Edition Size: 950
Head Sculpt: Natalia 2.0
Body Type: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Sunkissed
Hair Color: Silver
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Resurgence Natalia Fatalé

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Resurgence Natalia Fatalé

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Resurgence Natalia Fatalé

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Resurgence Natalia Fatalé

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Resurgence Natalia Fatalé

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Resurgence Natalia Fatalé

Sooooo Elegant!  The short silver hair sold this doll for me but the turban was the icing.  Also love the refined tones in this entire package…reds, greys, aubergine with gold….yummy.  This Natalia is fierce elegance.  Add in a cape and a turban and you have a fashion superhero.  Actually, all those bracelets may in fact ward off bullets. Winking smile

I could have sworn this cape was inspired by Valentino but alas…I have no fashion inspiration on this one.

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Serenity Vanessa Perrin

Serenity
Vanessa Perrin® Mini-giftset
Fashion Royalty®:
The Sacred Lotus Collection
Approx. Ship Date: November
Suggested Retail: $175.00 US
Available IT Direct Lottery    **(note)**

Edition Size: 950
Head Sculpt: Vanessa 3.0
Body Type: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Dark A-tone
Hair Color: Soft Ebony
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Serenity Vanessa Perrin

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Serenity Vanessa Perrin

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Serenity Vanessa Perrin

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Serenity Vanessa Perrin

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Serenity Vanessa Perrin

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Serenity Vanessa Perrin

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Serenity Vanessa Perrin

What is not to like about this giftset…other than it’s a lottery.  Well crap!  I love the dark skin toned Vanessa on this and the outfit is super chic but the accessories really steal the show in my opinion.  The shoes!  EEEEE!!  And, thanks to the super sleuths on the WClub forums, we know that the bag is inspired by the Chloé Nile Minaudière bag.  As the life size bag goes for roughly $1500, this is the closest I will ever get to it.

©2018 Chloé

Also, the pants have a wrap style belt that appears to be inspired by Haider Ackerman (2018 spring RTW)

 ©2017 Vogue Inc.- Haider Ackermann 2018 Spring RTW

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Divinity Isha Kalpana Narayanan

Divinity
Isha Kalpana Narayanan™ Doll
Fashion Royalty®:
The Sacred Lotus Collection
Approx. Ship Date: September
Retail: $155.00 US
Available Via Dealers    

Edition Size: 850
Head Sculpt: Isha
Body Type: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Hungarian
Hair Color: Auburn Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Divinity Isha Kalpana Narayanan

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Divinity Isha Kalpana Narayanan

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Divinity Isha Kalpana Narayanan

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Divinity Isha Kalpana Narayanan

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Divinity Isha Kalpana Narayanan

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Divinity Isha Kalpana Narayanan

I love that she has henna tattoos and a nose stud!  Beautiful and sultry feel to this lady who is all in white and gold.

Going back to JPG 2017 Fall Couture for some inspiration here….

©2017 Vogue-JPG 2017 Fall Couture

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection

And to cap off all of this refinement, Jessy Ayala and Integrity Toys also threw in an event doll that wowed the crowd.

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Devotion Agnes Von Weiss

Devotion
Agnes Von Weiss® Doll
Fashion Royalty®:
The Sacred Lotus Collection
Approx. Ship Date: Winter 2018-19
Price: $155.00 US
2018 W Club Event Exclusive

Edition Size: TBD
Head Sculpt: Agnes Von Weiss
Body Type: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Auburn
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Devotion Agnes Von Weiss

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Devotion Agnes Von Weiss

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Devotion Agnes Von Weiss

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Devotion Agnes Von Weiss

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Devotion Agnes Von Weiss

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Devotion Agnes Von Weiss

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Devotion Agnes Von Weiss

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-2018 Fashion Royalty Sacred Lotus Collection-Devotion Agnes Von Weiss

Wowza!!  Hail to the tuxedo sari!  I’m all in on this one.  From the vibrant red hair down to the strappy sandals.  I’m IN.  A glorious way to cap off the webinar.  There were many happy collectors after the webinar on Saturday.  Well done designers and Integrity Toys!!

Another JPG fall couture 2017 inspired creation…

©2017 Vogue-JPG 2017 Fall Couture

Signing off as my keyboard is smoking after posting 4 reports today and I have no more adjectives or superlatives to add that I have not already used LOL!  Also, it is apparent to me that my empty and weeping wallet will need to be filled soon to accommodate these new collection additions coming into my doll room….time to get to work!

–Rebecca


Integrity Toys 2018 Reveal: East 59th Cocktail Collection

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection

Even though the actual collection is not called the “cocktail” collection the designer Chris Stoeckel affectionately referred to it as such in Saturday’s webinar…so I’m going with that.  Chris shared that his inspiration was Dior and the fashions of the 1950’s.  He also shared that the fabrics he found really guided him on this collection.  I have to say that nobody tailor’s a garment like Chris.  His attention to that is impeccable and one of the reasons I adore this line so much. 

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Cocktails for Men Laird Drake

Cocktails for Men
Laird Drake® Fashion Figure
The East 59th® Collection
Approx. Ship Date: October
Suggested Retail: $135.00 US
Available Via Dealers    

Edition Size: 400
Head Sculpt: Laird Drake (New Sculpt!)
Body Type: Homme 1.5 (With Disassembling Joints)
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: No
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Cocktails for Men Laird Drake

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Cocktails for Men Laird Drake

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Cocktails for Men Laird Drake

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Cocktails for Men Laird Drake

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Cocktails for Men Laird Drake

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Cocktails for Men Laird Drake

Oh my word!!  You had me at the polka dot ascot but then you had to go and add a cheroot!!!  ( technically it’s probably a cigar because it is indeed tapered at one end but…cheroot sounded better to me).  Add in the plain black banded watch ( in my mind it’s Cartier) and that cognac snifter and its fabulousness.  Again, the details in these collections have me obsessed.  Truly wonderful.

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Tangier Tangerine Constance Madssen

Tangier Tangerine
Constance Madssen® Doll
The East 59th® Collection
Approx. Ship Date: September
Suggested Retail: $135.00 US
Available Via Dealers    

Edition Size: 500
Head Sculpt: Constance Madssen
Body Type: E59 1.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Platinum
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Tangier Tangerine Constance Madssen

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Tangier Tangerine Constance Madssen

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Tangier Tangerine Constance Madssen

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Tangier Tangerine Constance Madssen

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Tangier Tangerine Constance Madssen

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Tangier Tangerine Constance Madssen

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Tangier Tangerine Constance Madssen

That tangerine cocktail actually looks kind of good!  Wish it existed in real life to try!  LOVE the period accurate color explosion going on here.  I also love how Chris gives us two different looks in his designs that improves the playability and versatility of these dolls.  Well done!  That vibrant orange hat and gloves will be a favorite addition to my collection along with the yummy suit!

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Mai Tai Swizzle Constance Madssen

Mai Tai Swizzle
Constance Madssen® Doll
The East 59th® Collection
Approx. Ship Date: September
Suggested Retail: $135.00 US
Available Via Dealers    

Edition Size: 500
Head Sculpt: Constance Madssen
Body Type: E59 1.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Deep Auburn
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Mai Tai Swizzle Constance Madssen

 ©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Mai Tai Swizzle Constance Madssen ©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Mai Tai Swizzle Constance Madssen

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Mai Tai Swizzle Constance Madssen

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Mai Tai Swizzle Constance Madssen

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Mai Tai Swizzle Constance Madssen

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Mai Tai Swizzle Constance Madssen

Ok…so Mai Tai’s are a particular favorite of mine given my family and I vacation in Hawaii a lot.  It’s no surprise that the name alone had me interested.  The doll itself with her auburn locks and swooped bangs are exquisite.  I adore the boat necked striped day dress as well as the sunny short set and jacket.  Add in those fantastic wedge sandles and charm braclet and this doll has it all.  The Mai Tai helps too. 

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Turqoise Sparkler Evelyn Weaverton

Turquoise Sparkler
Evelyn Weaverton® Doll
The East 59th® Collection
Approx. Ship Date: September
Retail: $135.00 US
Available Via Dealers    

Edition Size: 500
Head Sculpt: Evelyn Weaverton
Body Type: E59 1.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Turqoise Sparkler Evelyn Weaverton

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Turqoise Sparkler Evelyn Weaverton

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Turqoise Sparkler Evelyn Weaverton

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Turqoise Sparkler Evelyn Weaverton

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Turqoise Sparkler Evelyn Weaverton

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Turqoise Sparkler Evelyn Weaverton

What is it about this color?!!!  I just go gooey inside.  I am not the only one either…there have been studies done on this Tiffany blue color and it’s just one that people have a strong response to on average.  I can’t even quantify how much I love this gown .  The elegance of it plus the grace of a brunette Evelyn wearing it just makes my heart sing.  The story card for this doll states that the gold gift box is empty for a reason…there is another story there to be told.  Looks like a champagne bottle box to me .  This was first doll in the shopping cart for me from this collection but frankly…they all ended up in the cart by the end of the presentation.

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-The Americano Evelyn Weaverton

The Americano
Evelyn Weaverton® Doll
The East 59th® Collection
Approx. Ship Date: September
Retail: $135.00 US
Available Via Dealers    

Edition Size: 500
Head Sculpt: Evelyn Weaverton
Body Type: E59 1.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Wheat Blonde
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-The Americano Evelyn Weaverton

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-The Americano Evelyn Weaverton

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-The Americano Evelyn Weaverton

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-The Americano Evelyn Weaverton

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-The Americano Evelyn Weaverton

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-The Americano Evelyn Weaverton

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-The Americano Evelyn Weaverton

First question…where is the Americano cocktail??  LOL!  Guess she knocked it back and is well on her way or perhaps that is where she is headed after a day of shopping.  I have to admit, my first thought was not a cocktail but in fact a cup of “Americano” coffee when I saw the name of this doll.  Don’t judge…I’m from Seattle and coffee is a religion here.  So my thinking was a delicate cup of espresso would have been perfect here.  I’m planning on adding it.  Drinks aside, the accessories are to die for.  That Birkin bag…faint.  The shoes with the cut outs…swoon.  The additional white shirt to wear under the sheath….brilliant!!  The little box of cannoli…ok I’m done…who do I throw the money at for this doll.

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Blue Gold Victoire Roux

Blue Gold
Victoire Roux™ Doll
The East 59th® Collection
Approx. Ship Date: December
Retail: $135.00 US
Available Via Dealers

Edition Size: 500
Head Sculpt: Victoire Roux 2.0 (New Sculpt!)
Body Type: E59 1.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Copper Penny Red
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Blue Gold Victoire Roux

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Blue Gold Victoire Roux

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Blue Gold Victoire Roux

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Blue Gold Victoire Roux

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Blue Gold Victoire Roux

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Blue Gold Victoire Roux

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Blue Gold Victoire Roux

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc.-East 59th Collection-Blue Gold Victoire Roux

She’s back!!  And…fortified with a bottle of fine gin. Smile

LOL…ok so I was very surprised (pleasantly so) to see Miss Victoire making her comeback before the IT convention.  Technically she will indeed arrive after the convention but to have pictures of the new face mold before the convention was nice.  I’m not sure how I am feeling about this new “updated” face mold.  She is definitely younger and I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about it.  The fashion though is wonderful!  How yummy is this brocade?!!  Absolutely love that she is a redhead in this version and coupled with this blue brocade…fabulousness.

Love the playability and wonderful accessories in this line.  The vibrant colors and rich storylines work well together.  Hats off to Mr. Chris Stoekel and his eye for details and historical couture fashion.  How he manages to translate some of the iconic 1950’s fashion trends into 1:6 scale is beyond me.  He has a gift.

Last line..Fashion Royalty Collection reveal post will be up this afternoon.

–Rebecca


Integrity Toys 2018 Reveal: Nu.Face Counter Culture

Jessy Ayala continues at the helm of this Nu.Face line this year and collectors are thrilled.  This year he shared that India and the festival of colors were large inspiration for this years collection.  Additional inspirations were the rave culture with a touch of fetish.  All these influences came together in a rich display of colors and styles.  Jessy’s creativity continues to impress and amaze this collector. 

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Tantric Lucas

Tantric
Lukas Maverik™ Fashion Figure
NU. Face™:
The Counter-Culture Collection
Approx. Ship Date: September
Suggested Retail: $150.00 US
Available Via Dealers    

Edition Size: 725
Head Sculpt: Lukas Maverick
Body Type: Homme 1.5 (With Disassembling Joints)
Skin Tone: Latino
Hair Color: "Buzzed Hair" Effect (Transparent Black)
Eyelashes: No
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Tantric Lucas

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Tantric Lucas

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Tantric Lucas

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Tantric Lucas

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Tantric Lucas

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Tantric Lucas

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Tantric Lucas

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Tantric Lucas

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Beyond This Planet Violane Perrin

Beyond This Planet
Violaine Perrin™ Doll 
** New Character!!**
NU. Face™:
The Counter-Culture Collection
Approx. Ship Date: December
Suggested Retail: $150.00 US
Available Via Dealers    

Edition Size: 850
Head Sculpt: Violaine 1.0 (Formerly Vanessa 2.0) New Character!
Body Type: NU. Face 3.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Platinum Blonde
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Beyond This Planet Violane Perrin

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Beyond This Planet Violane Perrin

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Beyond This Planet Violane Perrin

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Beyond This Planet Violane Perrin

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Beyond This Planet Violane Perrin

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Beyond This Planet Violane Perrin

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Beyond This Planet Violane Perrin

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-The Awakening Annik Vandale

The Awakening
Annik Vandale™ Doll
NU. Face™:
The Counter-Culture Collection
Approx. Ship Date: December
Suggested Retail: $150.00 US
Available Via Dealers    

Edition Size: 950
Head Sculpt: Annik
Body Type: NU. Face 3.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Dark A-tone
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-The Awakening Annik Vandale

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-The Awakening Annik Vandale

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-The Awakening Annik Vandale

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-The Awakening Annik Vandale

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-The Awakening Annik Vandale

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-The Awakening Annik Vandale

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-The Awakening Annik Vandale

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Supernova Colette Duranger

Supernova
Colette Duranger™ Doll
NU. Face™:
The Counter-Culture Collection
Approx. Ship Date: November
Suggested Retail: $150.00 US
Available Via IT Direct
Right-to-buy Lottery   **note**

Edition Size: 1200
Head Sculpt: Colette 1.0
Body Type: NU. Face 3.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Sunkissed
Hair Color: Pale Honey Blonde
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Supernova Colette Duranger

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Supernova Colette Duranger

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Supernova Colette Duranger

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Supernova Colette Duranger

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Supernova Colette Duranger

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Supernova Colette Duranger

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Supernova Colette Duranger

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Supernova Colette Duranger

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Nirvana Dominique Makeda

Nirvana
Dominique Makeda™ Doll
NU. Face™:
The Counter-Culture Collection
Approx. Ship Date: December
Retail: $150.00 US
Available Via Dealers   

Edition Size: 950
Head Sculpt: Dominique 2.0
Body Type: NU. Face 3.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Dark Caramel
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Nirvana Dominique Makeda

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Nirvana Dominique Makeda

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Nirvana Dominique Makeda

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Nirvana Dominique Makeda

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Nirvana Dominique Makeda

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Nirvana Dominique Makeda

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc., Nu.Face Counter-Culture Collection-Nirvana Dominique Makeda

Wow!!  Festival of colors is definitely represented here!  As with the previous The Industry collection, I again give credit to the designer for his attention to the details.  The plethora of jewelry and the addition of interesting glasses is a plus.  While this collection does not fit in with what I personally collect, I can appreciate the thoughtful and cohesive designing that went into this collection.  I love that Jessy paired these very edgy designs with soft facial screenings on many of the ladies.  I also loved the very edgy screenings on Annik and Violaine. 

I would also like to take a moment and say a big “Thank You!” to the marketing department and their decision to include images with more natural lighting on the closeups and accessories.  That really makes a difference to buyers and it was thoughtful to include them.  I loved the edgy lighting …very clublike…on bulk of the images but I really appreciated that they included normal light shots for those collectors that were interested in buying and wanted to see the true colors of the makeup and accessories.  Thank you!

Next up will be my 2 favorite lines in the reveal on Saturday…East 59th and Fashion Royalty.  Expect those emails in the next 15 minute and half hour.

–Rebecca


Integrity Toys 2018 Reveal: The Industry Lovesick Collection

Hello!  It’s good to be back after a long hiatus.  I am resurrecting the blog with exciting news out of Integrity Toys.  They revealed their 2018 collections for 4 separate product lines this past Saturday and I am excited to share them.  Let’s get started!

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection

Legacy
Janay® Doll
THE INDUSTRY ™:
The Lovesick Collection
Approx. Ship Date: November
Suggested Retail: $130.00 US
Available Via Dealers

Edition Size: 725
Head Sculpt: Janay 2.5
Body Type: THE INDUSTRY™
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Legacy Janay

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Legacy Janay

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Legacy Janay©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Legacy Janay©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Legacy JanayWell bring on the Gucci!  Possible inspirations for this line comes straight from the recent runway…in particular, Gucci Prefall 2017.  The vibrant  colors and 70’s/80’s influences had me thinking Gucci with the first image.  Research into the runway shows of the past couple of years confirmed it.  If you like youthful ,colorful and eclectic, you will love this collection by David Buttry.

©2017 Vogue -gucci-womens-pre-fall-2017©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection

Color Clash
Alysa® Doll
THE INDUSTRY™:
The Lovesick Collection
Approx. Ship Date: November
Suggested Retail: $130.00 US
Available Via Dealers

Edition Size: 725
Head Sculpt: Alysa 3.5
Body Type: THE INDUSTRY™
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: New Hispanic
Hair Color: Light Blonde
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Color Clash Alysa

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Color Clash Alysa©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Color Clash Alysa ©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Color Clash Alysa  More possible inspiration from Gucci…

©2017 Vogue-gucci-womens-pre-fall-2017©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick CollectionFeelin’ Extra
Jade® Doll
THE INDUSTRY™:
The Lovesick Collection
Approx. Ship Date: November
Suggested Retail: $130.00 US
Available Via Dealers

Edition Size: 725
Head Sculpt: Jade 3.0
Body Type: THE INDUSTRY™
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Brown Mix
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Feelin'extra Jade

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Feelin'extra Jade

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Feelin'extra Jade

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Feelin'extra Jade

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Feelin'extra Jade

Integrity Toys or more specifically their designers are really stepping up their game.  The accessories are just getting more and more detailed with each collection.  That purse with the tassels…I DIE! 

And here is the patterned turban from Gucci pre fall show..

©2017 Vogue gucci-womens-pre-fall-2017

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection

Hot to the Touch
Bellamy Blue™ Fashion Figure
THE INDUSTRY™:
The Lovesick Collection
Approx. Ship Date: November
Retail: $130.00 US
Available Via Dealers

Head Sculpt: Bellamy Blue
Body Type: Homme 1.5 (With Disassembling Joints)
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Silver
Eyelashes: No
Quickswitch: No

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Hot to the touch Bellamy Blue

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Hot to the touch Bellamy Blue

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Hot to the touch Bellamy Blue

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Hot to the touch Bellamy Blue

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Hot to the touch Bellamy Blue

©2018 Integrity Toys, Inc. -The Industry The Lovesick Collection-Hot to the touch Bellamy Blue

From boots to bag, this one has it all for me.  The glasses were a nice detail add and the thing that pushed me over the edge and got me to add this one to my wish list from my dealer.  For me, the added value was that he is sooooo Pacific Northwest.  Had to try and buy.

So that wraps up the images from The Industry Lovesick Collection.  While it is not what I collect, I loved the vibrant color combos and nod to recent Gucci runway shows.  I also loved all the additional little details Mr Buttry added in…particularly the glasses.  I don’t know about other collectors but for THIS collector, it’s those little “value adds” that push me from a “ well I like it” to an “I have to have it”.  As a collector, it makes me so happy…as a business person, it makes sense as a business move.  All around good!

Also, it was really nice to see David bringing back some favorite characters from discontinued lines.  It shows he is listening to the collectors and that is always a good thing.

Ok, so if you are interested in any of these dolls and you are not part of the WClub and already contacted your dealers, you need to act fast.  These dolls are going quickly and some may already be sold out.  If you don’t know where to check for dealers go to the link below.

Authorized Integrity Toys Dealers

….look for the 2018 Nu.Face line reveal images and info in about 15 minutes.  Smile

Rebecca


2018 NBDCC–Magia2000 OOAK Event

On Tuesday, Magia2000 unveiled their convention collection and it did not disappoint.  This collection paid tribute to couture collections and designers of the past and present.  All of the big couture houses were represented…Dior, Valentino, Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, YSL and the list goes on.  The collection sold out in the hours it was up for bid and purchase.  Many lucky collectors whose numbers were called early walked away happy campers.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

Mario and Gianni also included inspiration photos next to each doll.  I always love to see what inspires an artist to create.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

The attention to detail by these two artists is really amazing!  It is a treat to just see these pieces of art let alone be able to purchase them.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

The complete set of photos will be up on my Flickr account(link in the side bar to the right) in about and hour.  I will be uploading after this post.  Hope you all enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed viewing this collection and photographing it.

-Rebecca


2018 NBDCC–Matt Sutton and Matt Trujillo OOAK Party

©NBDCC 2018

©NBDCC 2018

Hello all!  I know….long time no see.  I have been busy busy making products for NBDCC 2018.  I am here again at National Barbie Doll Collector Convention to report and send photos from as many events as I can attend while still selling product Smile.   Will send another post tonight with more information on room sales.

The first event I attended was the Matt Sutton and Matt Trujillio OOAK party and boy..it did not disappoint. 

A taste of Matt Sutton’s lovelies!

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

These are just a few of my fav’s.  The whole set of photos can be found on my flickr..link on the right in my sidebar.

Matt Trujillo had some amazing work as well!!

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Again…go to my flickr for the full set of photos.

Will be photographing OOAK parties all day today so will try and get the photos out over the next couple of days. 

-Rebecca


Doll Photography and Blogging: The Set

This one is the fun one…or at least I think it is.  It’s about the diorama photos and all those little details.  If set building for a photo is not your thing…this might not be your favorite episode.  For me, this is the joy of what I do…creating that story and scene.  Hope you walk away with a new idea or way to make your photos or collecting more fun and meaningful.

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Don’t forget to upgrade to hi-def and full screen in bottom right corner of video.

 

–Rebecca


Doll Photography and Blogging: Light

So I attempt to do every Friday but some days…it will be later.  This weeks mini segment is about light and how important it is when taking an image.  Hope you all enjoy!  Don’t forget to click on the HD button in bottom right of video to get high quality video and use the other button in bottom right of screen to get full screen.

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–Rebecca


The Elyse Chronicles: Red Sparrow

Ok…so I couldn’t just leave this Elyse with just a Barbie makeover shot.   I also wanted to show her in a more sophisticated look than the white and black sundress she came in.  I was having some difficulty coming up with a different look for her and received some inspiration from an unlikely place…the current book I was reading.

Model:  Jason Wu 10th Anniversary Doll “Nordstrom Exclusive”

Dress, cape, shoes, jewelry: Star Power Vanessa by  Integrity Toys

Hat: Dimitha

Muff: Bogue’s Vogues

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio -The Elyse Chronicles:Red Sparrow

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio -The Elyse Chronicles:Red Sparrow

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio -The Elyse Chronicles:Red Sparrow

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio -The Elyse Chronicles:Red Sparrow

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio -The Elyse Chronicles:Red Sparrow

–Rebecca


The Elyse Chronicles: The B Word

For this installment of the Elyse Chronicles and my homage to the 10th Anniversary Jason Wu dolls, I’m using the Nordstrom’s Elyse.  This doll was an exclusive release from the upscale retailer Nordstrom. 

©2018 Inside The fashion Doll Studio- The Elyse Chronicles:The B Word

Ok come on….when the first images of this doll were released…even though many of us are Integrity Toys collectors…we all thought it…Barbie.

She looks a whole like like Miss Babs with the hairstyle and bright red lips, nails and toes.   Given that, I just had to do this next set of photos.  I just had to.

©2018 Inside The fashion Doll Studio- The Elyse Chronicles:The B Word

 

©2018 Inside The fashion Doll Studio- The Elyse Chronicles:The B Word

©2018 Inside The fashion Doll Studio- The Elyse Chronicles:The B Word

–Rebecca