Barbie for big girls.

Monogram

Magnetism in Green

Nothing like a redhead in green!  For the next couple of months I will be going through some of my old portfolio for a future project and I will most likely be sharing some of those re-edits.  These will be some of my favorite shots from years past.  This will work in tandem with my Instagram  as I try to populate that account with some work from my previous catalogue of images.  I thought as it is St. Patrick’s day, it was a good day to kick off an ‘on theme’ post with a favorite set from the past.

Model and bracelet: Magnetism monogram from Integrity Toys

Dress, hat,earrings and purse: Randall Craig

Shoes:…for the life of me..can’t find the source.  **update** shoes are from Magnetism original doll.  Thank you Pauline!!!

Fur: Dimitha

Luggage: Jet Set Cocoa from Integrity Toys

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Magnetism in Green

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Magnetism in Green

 

Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone!!

-Rebecca


It’s ITBE time for the WClub

If you are an Integrity Toys’ Basic Edition fan and a WClub member,  you are a happy camper right now.  Hopefully you are a lucky happy camper.  Integrity  announced a quartet of new additions to the ITBE line and they will be available only to the WClub members.  They will also be available via lottery only.  I have not wandered into the ITBE tidal pool….yet.  This time I may have to dip my toe in for one

Ok WClub members, you have until  Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 Noon ET (New York Time) to enter the lottery for these.

Second Skin
Basic Edition Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "right to buy" lottery ends (in-stock March 2014)

Body Type: Old FR Body with Larger Bust
Head Sculpt: Vanessa 1.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: A-Tone
Hair Color: Deep Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

ITBE Second Skin

source:  www.intetritytoys.com

Morning Dove
Basic Edition Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "right to buy" lottery ends (in-stock March 2014)

Body Type: Old FR Body with Larger Bust
Head Sculpt: Kyori 1.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

ITBE Morning Dove

source:  www.integritytoys.com

Red Strike
Basic Edition Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "right to buy" lottery ends (in-stock March 2014)

Body Type: FR Monogram
Head Sculpt: Janay
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Miami
Hair Color: Shimmering Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

ITBE Red Strike

source: http://www.Integritytoys.com

Night Strike
Basic Edition Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 300 Dolls
Suggested Retail Price: $75.00 USD
Estimated Ship Date: Once "right to buy" lottery ends (in-stock March 2014) 

Body Type: FR Monogram
Head Sculpt: FR Monogram
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Silver
Eyelashes: Yes

ITBE Night Strike

source:  www.Integritytoys.com

What can I say…I am a sucker for the monograms.  Even though Integrity has retired this line, it is great to see them pop up in another iteration from time to time.  Thank you Integrity Toys!


Hello 2014!

Ok, so the craziness is mostly over in our house.  I don’t think I have entertained that much during the holidays in a very, very long time.   Now the daunting task of taking down all the holiday décor is ahead of me.  I did not think about that today though.  Today, I grabbed my trusty point and shoot, one of my favorites from the Fashion Royalty convention and an outfit by a dear friend that I have been wanting to shoot since I got it.

Model:  Interlude Monogram

Suit and hat: Bellissima Couture ( adorable little cameo was added by Hilda too )

Purse:  Re-ment…..yes…it is absolutely true….Re-ment

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio


ITFDS is finally back online!!

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

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

Model:  Spicy in Spain Poppy Parker

Dress, hat:  Bogue’s Vogues

Jewelry: Spicy in Spain Poppy Parker

Shoes:  Silkstone Barbie

 

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Model: Sweet in Switzerland Poppy Parker

Dress:  Bogue’s Vogues

Hat:  Fashion Royalty

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My fascination with Black and White’s continues….

Model:  Fascination Monogram

Dress:  Cocktail Dress Silkstone Barbie

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Bye Bye FR:Monograms

Integrity Toys announced this past week in a post they called “An exciting evolution!” that they would be discontinuing their FR:Monogram line in a move to help focus and unify the other lines.  Per the email from Integrity, the final Monograms will make an appearance at convention and then will forever “Requiescat in pace” R.I.P.   The FR: FR2 line will be merged with the FR classic line and a new updated FR/FR2 body will be introduced and used for all future Fashion Royalty offerings.  Nu.Face and FR: Homme will get an update in 2014.  Exciting news for sure.

My guess is that the classic styling that was the bread and butter of the Monogram line will now be serviced by their Victoire product.  Not surprising.  Many in the collecting community were expecting this but it still makes me sad.  The Monograms were a particular favorite of mine and some of my personal favorite photos were produced with this line.  That being the case, I thought I would do a little retrospective with this fabulous line.  I am happy to have these dolls in my collection and don’t plan on selling them.  It is also interesting to see how my photography has changed over the past couple of years Smile

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The Lady In Red: Part Two

Model:  Fashion Royalty “Fascination” Monogram

Suit: Miniature Couture

Hat:  Jakki Peters

Jewelry:  Silkstone Barbie Mattel

Shoes:  FR2 “Engaging” Elise

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The Lady in Red: Part One

Photography, in my opinion, is just like any other art form.  Some days you can be inspired and others….nothin’.  When it comes to photographing my collection, this happens to me all the time.  Sometimes, I will be inspired by something that can fuel ideas for sets of shoots that will keep me in blogging material for a couple of weeks.  I love it when that happens!  I was inspired recently by one prop and a treasure trove of Jakki Peters hats that I picked up at the recent Fashion Royalty Convention.  The material that came out of those shoots has become some of my favorite shots for the entire year.  Hope you enjoy this series which I call….The Lady in Red. 

Model:  Fashion Royalty “Fascination” Monogram

Hat:  Jakki Peters ( gift from a table mate at FR convention)

Suit:  Miniature Couture

Flowers, earrings , Shoes and necklace: Silkstone Barbie

Flowers:  Market Place Silkstone Barbie

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The Lure of Bellissima Couture

I am headed to Florida in a couple of days for the Fashion Royalty convention and my thoughts have turned to what I am hoping to find at convention.  I am always on the lookout for OOAK clothing for the girls so Hilda of Bellissima Couture’s room will be a definite first stop for me.  It helps that she is one of my dearest doll friends so it’s not just the clothes but her fabulous self that is the draw for me.  I snagged a couple of her creations at Barbie convention and her last online show and wanted to share them here.  Her fashions evoke the feel of 1950’s couture so I was inspired to have my monogram trio Envied, Passionate and Bemused model her work.  Hope you enjoy!

Models:  Fashion Royalty Monogram. (from left to right) Bemused, Passionate and Envied

Clothing:  Bellissima Couture ( http://bellissimacouturefashions.wordpress.com/ )

Jewelry:  Mattel

Flower hat: scrapbooking elements

Fur:  Fashion Royalty Starry Night fashion

Kissing Chair:  Pure Dreams for dolls on ebay (http://stores.ebay.com/PureDreamForDolls/Barbie-Furniture-/_i.html?_fsub=2237637017&_sid=480609367&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322)

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Envied, Bemused and Passionate…A Second Look

I was moving the displays around in the cases the other day and decided these guys needed a second look.  I had these ladies displayed on this couch just as I have them posed for a while but it is time to move them out and display some different dolls.  I know that most people ordered these gals for their cute little dresses but I actually really like the dolls.  I know that Barb at Windy City Dolls still has a few on sale http://www.windycitydolls.com/frmonogram.htm#Sale

Models:  Fashion Royalty Monogram “Envied”, “Bemused” and “ Passionate”

Couch: Horseman Urban Environment ( meant for 16” dolls so scale is slightly off for this shot)

Birdcages: Found at favorite flea market.  I think they were holiday ornaments.

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The Upper Echelon of Integrity Toy’s Monograms

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** photo property of Integrity Toys, Inc. **

I have to admit….the original outfit on this one just didn’t do it for me personally.  I know what a bubble skirt looks like on me ( NOT PRETTY!) and I just could not get past it on this doll.  I love the black top, shoes and bag…the rest…. well…time to repurpose.  On to the positives….  Love the face of soft color and the hair was a different style.  I typically like most variations on an updo so the little curl this girl has in the back was just too adorable.   Yes, the hair bump has been overused ,in my opinion, at Integrity this year but on this doll, I like it.   Since the outfit wasn’t doing it for me, I had to find an appropriate replacement and inspiration struck while I was perusing the latest edition of Vogue.  There is a wonderful spread highlighting the Ritz in Paris.  I would absolutely die to have a backdrop of some of these rooms for my dolls.   It’s the ultimate in style, I mean come on…Coco Chanel lived there!  I saw one photo in this spread and it inspired me to do this shoot.  Hope you like it.

 

< Let them eat Cake… >

Model:  Fashion Royalty Monogram “ Echelon”

Coat, skirt and gloves:  F.R. Power Play

Shoes:  F.R. Monogram

Fur:  Dimitha

Fascinator Hat:  made by me

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The Monogram Exaggeration

Right off the bat, I have to say that the color palette on this offering from Integrity Toys is beautiful.  The coral in the skirt and hat and the insane green of the gloves, shoes and bag are just way out cool.  These”exaggerated” colors are not typically ones that are going to excite me and certainly not together but I love them on this doll.  I like the fact that we have a soft color block dress paired with a solid navy structured jacket.  I love that the outfit is punctuated with the frilly hat like an exclamation point at the end of this fashion sentence.  The hat/feather fascinator looks different here than in the promos….I did some restyling and had to curl some feathers.  I like the fuller look but it may not appeal to everyone.  The whole package screams refinement and fun energy to me.  This lady looks like she is stylish and strong.  Let’s face it…it takes a strong fashionista to wear coral and acid green together…….

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The “Allure” of Fashion Royalty Monograms

Allure….as a noun it means “ a highly attractive quality”.   As a verb it means  to “ attract powerfully”. 

I have to admit….when I first saw this beautiful lady at the IDEX reveal….I was going to pass.  The promo shots just did not do it for me.  I felt the Marilyn Monroe vibe but the big cape was not something I was looking for.  I decided to go ahead and buy her because I thought I could sell her if I didn’t like her when I got her.  I am so glad I purchased her because she is one of those in real life ladies that blew the promo shots out of the water.  As I was photographing this lady, I could  not believe how well she translates on to film so I was even more surprised that the promo shots did not do this lady justice.  She is fire and ice all the way.  LOVE HER! 

I feel honor bound to state that I was completely enabled and inspired by JennFL’s  photos on Flickr of this lovely lady so please check out her photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jennfl/with/6865483260/

Revlon did a campaign in the 1950’s and I and others believe it was the inspiration behind this gorgeous lady and gown.

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** picture obtained at http://coutureallure.blogspot.com/**

Model, gown and jewelry:  Fashion Royalty Monogram “Allure”

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“Inspiration” for the First Day of Spring

When I saw the promo shots for this lady, I immediately emailed Barb of Windy City Dolls and said “Sign me up!”   I don’t know if it was the updo or the frothy blue confection she was wearing that caught me but this was a no brainer for me.  I love the ice cold silver and crystal jewelry she comes with.  The dress is gorgeous and full and the shoes are so different…kind of like ballet shoes on wedges….if that makes any sense LOL! 

My anticipation of this lovely lady fueled the photographer in me and I have been thinking….”How should I photograph this stunner?!”  In the end, the time of year gave me inspiration and I decided the soft dress needed some springtime flora to accompany it and if I was going with the flora…I wanted dramatic reflection of the gown and flowers.  So, to my trusty black acrylic floor I went.  I decided to add a couple of my portable LED lights to my lighting set up and was very, very happy with the result.  I hope you guys are too.

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Model :  Inspiration Fashion Royalty Monogram wearing what she originally came in.

Set:  Gold urns filled with artificial cherry blossoms and finished with apple green moss.  Miniature paper roses from craft store have been thrown randomly on the flooring.

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IDEX Integrity Toys Reveal–Monograms

I love collecting this line of dolls from Integrity Toys.  I just adore the high fashion haughty faces and the uber chic and stylish clothing.  It looks like 2012 will be off and running with Monograms and I will be jumping on that train.  And even better…these lovely lady’s now have applied lashes.  Diggin’ it!

*** photos are property of Integrity Toys, Inc. ***

Item#93023
Echelon
FR: Monogram™ Dressed Doll

Suggested Retail Price:$160.00US
Limited Edition Size: 350 Dolls Worldwide

Estimated Delivery date: Late February 2012

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I wish we had a view of the back of her head.  The hairstyle looks intricate. Not sure about the mini balloon skirt here but Oh my word that purse and shoes!  LOVE!

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Inspiration

FR:Monogram™Dressed Doll
Suggested Retail Price:$160.00US
Limited Edition Size:350 Dolls Worldwide
Estimated Delivery date: Late February 2012

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Dreamy!!  Love, love, love the soft color here.

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Exaggeration
FR: Monogram™ Dressed Doll

Suggested Retail Price:$160.00US
Limited Edition Size: 350 Dolls Worldwide

Estimated Delivery date: Late February 2012

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Aaaaaack!!  You had me at the accessories….you had me at the accessories.

Item#93029
Admiration
FR: Monogram™ Dressed Doll

Suggested Retail Price:$160.00US
Limited Edition Size: 350 Dolls Worldwide

Estimated Delivery date: Late February 2012

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Okay…THUD!!  That’s me hitting the floor with this one.  Of course I still kept one hand on the computer as I emailed my dealer in all caps…NEED!

–She will be mine…oh yes…she will be mine.

Item#93030
Allure
FR: Monogram™ Dressed Doll

Suggested Retail Price:$160.00US
Limited Edition Size:350 Dolls Worldwide
Estimated Delivery date: Late February 2012

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Well hello Ms. Monroe!!  Definitely getting the Marilyn vibe with this one and this haute couture coat  TO DIE FOR.

More to come from IDEX Integrity Toys Reveal……


Beyond the Still Monogram

Thanks to a very gracious table mate, I was able to purchase this lovely lady at the F.R. Convention this year.  I love the high couture look of the Monogram line by Integrity and this lady fits in very well with my collection.  I was also impressed with the promotional photos of the up and coming Monograms for the holidays so I thought I would play around with some more dramatic lighting.  Here is my first attempt at trying to sculpt the light into something different.  While it isn’t perfect yet, I am liking the direction it’s taking.

This ladies jewelry is TO DIE FOR!

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Passionate and Envied redressed

Model:  Fashion Royalty Monogram “Passionate”

Dress:  Bogue’s Vogues ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/boguesvogues )

Shoes:  Mattel

Earrings:  Fashion Royalty Monogram “Passionate”

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Model:  Fashion Royalty Monogram “Passionate”

Gown and earrings :  Mattel 2003 Collector Barbie

**note** gown is pinned to fit Monogram body.  The dress on it’s own is a little big on this body type.

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Model:  Fashion Royalty Monogram “Envied”

Gown:  Randall Craig “ Fancy”  ( available at http://www.windycitydolls.com/randalcraig.htm )

Necklace:  Randall Craig RTW collection

Earrings:  Fashion Royalty Monogram Envied

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She is Passionate

The second lovely lady in the latest offering from the  Fashion Royalty Monogram line is called “Passionate”.  I just love her color palette and I adore the little purple print dress she wears with the bright purple accents.  Adorable!

Available at Windy City Dolls ( http://www.windycitydolls.com/frmonogram.htm )

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Monograms redressed coming soon…….


Envied in the Sunlight

Many people ask me about my photography and how I light my shots.  Many of my photos are taken in a photo tent with diffused lighting from the sides and a soft box light from the front.  Sometimes I will use an overhead ( highlight or hairlight) lamp.  I find that I use this setup many times because the light where I live is…well..crap.  I live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States where we get rain 7 out of 12 months a year.  Don’t get me wrong, I love living here.  When it comes to photography , however, it can be a challenge.  Yesterday, I was so very excited.  We had one of those beautiful Indian Summer glory days…bright blue sky and abundant sunshine.  I was redressing Ms. Envied after doing some redress shots,  The sunshine was coming in the window at a perfect angle to project a grid pattern on the carpet so I just posed Ms. Envied on her stand, laid down on the floor and started snapping.  You can make a tripod out of your arms by bracing both elbows on the floor or any stable surface.  Just goes to show yet again….you don’t need a fancy light tent to take good doll photos.   I love this shot.  Sooooooo dramatic.

Oh, and yes, we are back to gloomy and overcast today. ;-(

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Her name is Envied

I am a big fan of Integrity Toy’s Fashion Royalty Monogram line.  I love the haughty expressions and the smaller body type that can wear most of the Silkstone Barbie clothing as well as my other OOAK Bogue’s Vogues and Bellissima Couture outfits.  When IT announced that they were coming out with three new Monogram offerings this year my response was “Where do I sign up?”  I received all three lovely ladies this past week from my fantastic dealer Barb from Windy City Dolls and I could not be happier.  I know that the Caucasian one sold out in most places but the other two Latin and African American ladies are readily available.  The golden skinned Latin lady (Envied) and the African American (Passionate) were the ones I was looking forward to the most.  Here is Ms. Envied with Ms. Passionate and Ms. Bemused in the background.  Ms. Passionate will be getting her own photo shoot in the next few days.

As of this blog posting, all of these beautiful ladies are available at http://www.windycitydolls.com/frmonogram.htm

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Extravagant Bellissima Couture

Model:  Fashion Royalty Monogram Extravagant

Gown:  Bellissima Couture ( http://bellissima-couture.com/ )

Shoes:  Mattel Barbie Louboutin shoe pack

It is always a pleasure to showcase the amazing work of Hilda of Bellissima Couture.

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Poodle:  Randall Craig

Chair:  PureDreamfordolls (http://stores.ebay.com/PureDreamForDolls?_trksid=p4340.l2563)

Table:  Jim Coates Collection ( http://stores.ebay.com/JIM-COATES-COLLECTION?_rdc=1)


It’s that time again….Bogue’s Vogues Vendredi

I have had this crisp little lemon yellow number for a couple of months now and simply did not have the motivation to photograph it until after convention.  I am glad I waited because the flowers in the hat have so much more meaning to me than they did before convention.  I believe these flowers were given to James Bogue by two special sisters who found these gorgeous vintage miniature flowers in their late uncles things and gifted them to Mr. Bogue.  I dedicate these photos to Joan and Pinky(Denise) for their generosity and for being just some of the nicest people I had the pleasure of getting to know at convention.  I also dedicate these photos to their late uncle and the warm memories they have of him.  Thank you so much for sharing the story about where the flowers came from!

Model:  Fashion Royalty Monogram “Extravagance”

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

Shoes:  Mattel Christian Louboutin Barbie shoe pack

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Metropolitan and Discreet

I received the new Fashion Royalty Squared Metropolitan outfit last week. I also received La Boutique’s POTM for May.  LOVE!

Model:  Fashion Royalty Monogram Discreet

Outfit and shoes:  Fashion Royalty Squared Metropolitan

Purse:  La Boutique May 2011 POTM   http://www.la-boutique.ca/

Sunglasses:  Fashion Royalty Vanessa Perrin Cruise Control

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Extravagance visits the studio

Some musings about this set of photos and what I was thinking while doing it. There is something so rich and elegant about the Fashion Royalty Monogram line of dolls.  Whenever my imagination comes up with an elegant set or background, I tend to go for the monograms to help finish the picture that is in my head.  When I first received this black Bogue’s Vogues black silk dress, I immediately thought jewelry shopping.  Don’t ask me why….just did.  The hat, also a Bogue’s Vogues creation, was so wonderful it needed a strong face but not too strong because… let’s face it…it’s all about the hat.   I felt I needed a blond model to set off the beautiful black dress and I wanted sunglasses because nothing says “I’m  famous and fabulous!”  better than a big pair of designer shades.  With those things decided, I needed some amazing accessories to match but not too many.  First I settled on this fabulous bracelet that came with the Mattel ‘s Anemone Barbie by Christian Louboutin .  With that decided, the earrings could not compete with the bracelet so I decided on simple but bold diamond( okay rhinestone ) clusters  With such a sleek and elegant  dress, I figured I could go all out with the shoes.  I wanted to use a fabulous  silver pair of shoes that came in the Barbie Louboutin shoe pack.  To my complete amazement, the shoes actually fit the Monogram foot so that’s what she is wearing.  To complete the outfit, I added a La Boutique Dior purse of the month.  Fantastic!

The set was simple because I wanted most of  the focus to be on the model.  The checkerboard floor was added for some interest but the rest was all tones on black.  The mannequin and necklace were the only things I wanted to stand out amidst the background and now that I look back on the photos, I wish I had chosen a necklace with rubies instead of sapphires but, oh well.

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Discreet is Only Natural

I received the fabulous Fashion Royalty Monogram Discreet a little while ago and have been wanting to get this lady into the studio since then.  Sometimes it just takes a while to be inspired with some dolls.  This one needed the right outfit.  I am a sucker for hats so ,if an outfit comes with a hat, it’s a no brainer for me.  I just love the softness of the gown with the casual sweater and cute hat.  Also, trying out my new graduated grey backdrop.

Model:  F.R. Monogram Discreet

Outfit: F.R. squared “Only Natural”

Shoes: F.R. Monogram Discreet

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