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2011 Fashion Royalty Convention Jet Set

Rayna–Jet Set Diva

Yes…I know…her bump gives her a lightly cone head appearance.  I like it though.  Normally I don’t go for the “Snooky” bump in hairstyles but sometimes it works.  I can’t say that “the bump” will stay because I have seen some stellar hair restyles of this lady ( take a look a Shuga Shug’s blog in my blogroll for pics ) and I may have to “de-bump” in the future.  For now, it stays and I think she has such a haughty high fashion look as is.  I love that aloof look.  It’s as if she is saying “I will allow you to take my picture now”.   I must say, I did not care for the original clothing she came in.  I go for more of the classic clothing but I have to say the original outfit’s colors were fun and it was well made.  I like her original boots…just not on her LOL!  Anywhoo…it was commented recently that it would be nice to see the before pictures and then the restyle…excellent notion.  Here is Ms. Rayna as she came originally.

**Picture is property of Integrity Toys**

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And here is how I see her………….

Model:  Fashion Royalty Rayna from Jet Set Convention Collection

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

Shoes:  have no earthy idea honestly…think they are Randall Craig.

Earrings and pin: Mattel BFMC

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Vivid Impact Agnes

Many collectors panned this Agnes at convention.  I suppose her hair was not what everyone was expecting.  On one of the doll boards the hair was compared to Endora of Bewitched….ouch!  When I first removed her from the box, I could see what some were saying.  The curls did sit a bit too high on her head.  I decided to try and tame it down some and I like the end result.  I love me a high updo and you add red hair and curls to this and I’m a happy camper.  I LOVE her.  Oh and added bonus…the gown is purple…my daughters favorite color.  Winking smile

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The gown is simple and elegant and the jewelry is fabulous.  A little tiara comes with the jewelry and while it was cute, I just didn’t think she needed it.  I like the option of having it though.


After Convention–The Doll Hangover

I have run into this before with the National Barbie Convention so I have some experience with it.  I must say though, the hangover from the Fashion Royalty Convention was and is…MAJOR.  I think with Barbie conventions in the past, I have always had to ship my loot home so there was a delay between the actual convention and when I received all the goodies at home.  This time, I was smart and packed a duffel bag for my clothing and was able to pack all the dolls in my suitcase.  I am a deboxer so I had the luxury of deboxing at the hotel and having room to pack everything and take it home immediately.  The instant gratification of all that convention swag was a dolly high such as I had never experienced before.  I’m still reeling. Winking smile

Here is the third day’s accumulation picture.

Now add in Day one and Day two…….

And here is the resulting doll explosion when I arrived home.  Each item was removed from the suitcase and shared with my daughter….a show and tell of my convention experience.

And when we had exceeded the capacity of the Family Room, it spilled into the kitchen as well.

How on earth did I manage to get all this home??!!  Sometimes it’s just better to accept and not ask LOL!


Fashion Royalty Convention 2011–Day Three

The third and last day of convention started with great anticipation.  Who would the convention doll be????  We had received pieces at each meal to complete a giftset on the last night of the convention.  I was under the assumption that that was the convention doll but oh noooooo.  The giftset, I was told the night before, was in ADDITION to a separate convention doll.  I was in shock. Therefore, I awoke with great anticipation of not one but two fantastic dolls at the evening event.

My schedule was as follows:

Wake up and consume massive amounts of coffee to get me going.

Morning – hit the competition and raffle rooms to take photos and visit the museum for photos.

Lunch – WClub FR2 luncheon

Afternoon – Workshop/seminar on how Integrity toy dolls are made.

Evening – Gala diner

I started out in the competition room where some serious diorama artists showed off their amazing work.

This one was my favorite and done by the amazing Audrey of Diva Details.  It was a complete and unexpected gift to get to meet and spend some time with her at this convention.  One of the many highlights of my convention experience!

Next up was a trip to the museum and what an experience that was.  Since I am not the best with words,  I will just let the pictures tell the story.  This museum showcased some rare prototype items from  Alain Tremblay’s ( Market Director for Integrity Toys) personal collection.

Here was one item in the the museum that I would just die to see produced….I don’t care how much it would cost ( well I do care but I would pay big bucks LOL!).

LUGGAGE!!  I mean there is a steamer trunk!!!!

And a portable bar!!!!  Oh please could they produce these….contact Alain Tremblay at Integrity Toys if you want to see these produced.  If enough of us beg him, he may relent and get them produced heeeehee.

Okay enough of me and my luggage fetish…on to the rest of the museum.

The new Breakfast at Tiffany’s line was there as well as the new Monograms coming out for the holiday’s.  Also, the new Poppy Parker and Darla prototypes that have not been released were there and they were really cute.  I think they look better in real life than in their promo shots.

After the museum, it was time for the luncheon.  This was an event where we did not have assigned seating so it was find a friend and sit down.  Once you found a table you were greeted with this fantastic centerpiece doll.  A lovely FR2 Tatyana “Exceptional” Three people from each table were selected at random to win a chance to buy her.  Thanks to the lovely and gracious Judy at our table, I was able to purchase her…yipeeee!

Each place setting was set with this.

 

The box was a set of mini acrylic ghost chairs.  How adorable!  The envelope was a surprise……oh what could it be?!

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Surprise!!  Many people were upset by the recent change in the Vanessa face mold so Integrity Toys made an old sculpt Vanessa doll on a FR2 body available for purchase by all WClub Convention attendees.  How exciting!!  Did I buy her you ask?  Well Duh!

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Well…once I retrieved my “smoking” credit card back from Integrity Toys, I awaited the start of a workshop/seminar on how Integrity Dolls are made.  They did not allow any photos or videos of this workshop.  It was very informative and I enjoyed learning about the different processes and components that go into manufacturing each and every doll.  Given the number of steps they go through and how many of those steps have to be redone because something is not right, I am amazed that they are able to produce the number of dolls that they do.  From time to time there can be errors in production such as the trouble with Malicious’ necklace.  It was a production error for which they take full and complete responsibility.  After this seminar, and understanding a bit more about the process, I am shocked that there have not been many more production issues.  It really is a fairly complex and many times a frustrating process.  At the end of the seminar, we learned that  we had been seeing photos of a doll being produced and it was available for purchase by anyone who attended the workshop.  Yep…got in the line for that one too heehee.  I think she is gorgeous!

 

At last, it was time to get ready for the Gala Diner and see the unveiling of the giftset doll AND find out who the convention doll is.   I had some fun with some dear convention friends old and new before the ballroom opened up.

We entered the ball room and were immediately struck by the centerpiece dolls.  Oh my word!!  I instantly fell in love.  I mean it was PINK!  Ladies and Gentleman, may I present Beyond the Still Monogram.

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A huge and heartfelt “Thank You!!” to Bittersweet who was sitting at my table.  She graciously allowed me to purchase this lovely lady.  This is one of my favorites from the convention.  Just love her!

At each of our place settings there was the giftset doll “Point of Departure”Eugenia! ( ** pardon the blurry photos….it’s the best I could do with a cell phone camera…but hey…I could upload it directly to flickr that way Winking smile)

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After a lovely dinner, Jason Wu took the stage with his Integrity team and announced as they were celebrating their 10 year anniversary, it was only fitting that the convention doll should be the lady that started it all off for them…….Veronique.  Fashion Royalty 2011 Convention doll “ Air Apparent” Veronique

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Now…..how on earth do I get all this stuff home???!!!!   To be continued…..


Fashion Royalty Convention Day two continued….

It was a packed day and it started early.  Chicago at dawn.

I wanted to get down to the sales room to pick up the IT direct exclusives that I had tickets for.  The process to pick up everything was incredibly organized and well run.  I had my bag of goodies in no time and was off to my next event.

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Next stop was Design a Doll Studio.  There were 8 different dolls you could choose, four outfits and four jewelry packs.  The selection was amazing and there were additional jewelry and clothing packs for purchase.  You could choose to have your dolls eyes enhanced by the amazing Jon Copeland .  His work simply blows me away.  I am in absolute awe of the repaint work that he does.

Once you dressed your doll, you could pose them in one of two fantastic dioramas done by Jakki Peters

Soooo much fun!

After playing with the Dynamite Girls, I headed to the Poppy Luncheon.  The centerpiece doll was a stunner.

I was not eligible to win another centerpiece since I had already won one ( Kyori, yeah!) but I was really excited for whoever was going to win this beauty.  That honor went to a dear tablemate…lucky dog.  At the luncheon, David Buttry gave us some information on the direction his Poppy designs are taking in the future.   Poppy will be moving into the 60’s and the Mod era.  We were also given a small preview of “Chip” Poppy’s boyfriend.  Mr. Buttry announced he should be arriving next year.  I am not sure how a new Mod era Poppy is going to fit into my collection but David assured the crowd that he will still be doing some more classic 50’s era styling along with the Mod era.  I was happy to hear that.

** Photos are  snapshots of photo that is property of Integrity Toys Inc.  **

At the end of the luncheon, we were gifted with a Poppy Parker doll.  She is absolutely adorable!

I spent the rest of the afternoon in a rerooting workshop and photographing the competition room and museum ( pictures tomorrow).  The evening dinner was The Color Infusion Groovy Pucci Fashion Party.  The centerpiece doll was called “ Psychedelic Splash” and was a Color Infusion doll.

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We learned that there will be three new Monogram dolls ( yipeeee!) for the holidays.  They are gown dolls and they shared photos.

** Photos are  snapshots of photos that is property of Integrity Toys Inc.  **

These lovely ladies are gorgeous!  I contacted my dealer immediately.  It was extremely convenient that she was sitting at the table with me LOL!

We were also given a lovely Color Infusion doll called “Sunset Rave”

** Photo is a snapshot of photo that is property of Integrity Toys Inc.  **

It was another incredible day for me at my first Fashion Royalty convention.  Here is a photo of todays accumulation.  I can’t get over the amount of stuff we are getting as gifts and new products were are able to purchase.  I believe a trip to the UPS shipping room is in my future. Winking smile


Fashion Royalty Convention 2011–Day Two

Well I’m off and running this morning.  The schedule is as follows:

Sales Room( picking up the new silhouettes!!), Competition Room and Raffle Room in the morning

Poppy Parker Luncheon

Rerooting workshop in the afternoon

The Color Infusion Dinner and Pucci Fashion Party

 

I will try my best to get photos processed and posted but it may well be tomorrow before I am able to post.  Keep an eye on my flickr for cell phone snaps of the centerpieces at todays functions.


Fashion Royalty Convention 2011–Living the Jet Set Life Welcome Dinner

All I can say is WOW what an evening!!  I started out meeting up with some friends before dinner.  Here are the lovely Barb  of Windy City Dolls, Steven Fraser of Dressmaker Details and Hilda of Bellissima Couture.

Someone had dressed the new Most Wanted Elise in Steven’s new convention fashion and she looked fabulous!

We entered the ballroom and saw that the centerpiece was a gorgeous Kyori in red and black with a black hat.  You know me and hats.  LOVED IT…and…I won the right to purchase her.  Yipeeee.

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After dinner, Integrity introduced a couple of new direct exclusive products that would available to conventioners in limited editions of 300 per item.

First up were Bare Essentials Night and Day dolls.  ** pictures are screenshots of photos that are property of Integrity Toys, Inc. **

 

Next up was the City Girl

Then a new guy…Backstage Ambition

The next couple of products literally had me hyperventilating.  The new line is called Les Silhouettes and it is so exactly what I love that I was instantly in love.  The first new character in this line is called Victoire Roux.

And there is one new fashion in this line called Avenue Montaigne

Because of the limited availability of these direct IT products, each table host handed out envelopes to each member at the table with 4 random tickets for the right to purchase  these products.  I was so wanting to get tickets for the silhouette products and I was lucky to get tickets for both plus the right to purchase Backstage Ambition and Bare Essentials Night.  I can’t wait to see these dolls!!!  We will have the opportunity to purchase these in the sales room tomorrow.  I hope to have real life photos up tomorrow!

Last but certainly not least, we all received a beautiful doll with Anja face sculpt and I am sorry to say I did not catch her name because I was too busy admiring the doll LOL!

We were also given the first piece of our convention gift set which was a lovely yellow pant outfit with peach shoes.  I believe I heard that the doll will be a new sculpt but don’t quote me on it.

The beautiful things I brought back to my room from this dinner are amazing.

The amazing collection for the day is mind boggling!!

And this is just for today!!!  I am officially having an amazing time. Winking smile


Fashion Royalty Convention 2011–Registration and Salesroom

Registration went very smoothly.  Here is a picture of what we received

We received our nametag, a sling backpack ( very cool!), mini combs, a little survival pack with band aids, Tylenol and wetwipes ( very useful ) and the all important empty box.  This box signifies we will be getting components to fill it.  Exciting!

After Registration, we waited in line for the sales room to open.

 

For many, the waiting was a fun party and a chance to visit with friends.

Kimberly is excited about the box….or more importantly what is going to go IN the box.

I love the interactive maps they have at the hotel.  Clarence is checking it out.

 

Finally the wait was over and we could enter the sales room.  The convention collection was as follows

Vivid Impact Agnes Von Weiss Dressed Doll

Most Wanted Elise Jolie Dress Doll FR2

Style Counsel Adèle Makéda and Véronique Perrin Two Doll Giftset

Mission Control Imogen Dressed Doll ( Nu.Face Collection)

High Toned Rayna Dressed Doll ( Nu.Face Collection)

Brightness Calls Isha Dressed Doll

Simply Simpatico Poppy Parker and Darla Two Doll Gift Set

 

I would have to say the Elise Jolie is my favorite so far.

I love the ball gowns so she really stood out for me.  I also liked Agnes

I left the sales room with some gorgeous Dressmaker Details outfits and the DD Convention exclusive “ Beautiful Beaux”.  They had some new shoe packs for FR2 and Poppy Parker.  Here is the sales room loot for the day

 

That’s it for now.  I will try and post a short entry this evening to share the evening events.  I will be attending the “Living the Jet Set Life Welcome Dinner”


Fashion Royalty Convention–Day One

I arrived in Chicago yesterday evening and am looking forward to sharing the experience of my first F.R. convention.  The schedule this morning and afternoon is as follows:

Registration 9:00AM

Run around taking pictures until 11:00AM  – (let’s be honest folks…I’m going to be talking to people for a good chunk of this too LOL!)

Grab some lunch 11:30AM

Get in line for Salesroom 12:00PM

Sales Room Opens…..what we are all waiting for! 1:00PM

I hope to be able to post photos soon after I leave the salesroom so everyone can see real life photos of the convention collection.  Will see how it goes.

In the meantime…here is a little glimpse of how Rebecca starts her day….command central for convention.

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Live from Chicago….It’s Fashion Royalty Convention 2011

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I will be flying to Chicago today for my very first Fashion Royalty convention and I am sooooo excited.  I can’t wait to reconnect with and meet the many new friends I have made online and at other doll conventions.  This convention is smaller than the mega convention that is Barbiecon.  There will be 450 attendees and it is a sold out event.  I will be attending a workshop on rerooting (very excited to learn a better technique) and a workshop on the Integrity doll process – how things are made.  I am not carting my big camera gear to this convention so will have to make do with my trusty point and shoot.  I anticipate uploading some photos directly to my flickr account from my phone.   I hope to update the blog daily but will have to see how it goes.