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.
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.
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.
I have shown you a little bit of what Hilda is bringing to The Integrity Toys convention this year. Now, I can show you a little bit of what Rogier and I are bringing to Wednesday’s event and the Friday night sales bazaar.
From Inside The Fashion Doll Studio:
1. Nudes, Nudes, Nudes…and only in a tasteful way. I mean nude dolls people. FR, FR2, NuFace, Monogram and Dynamite Girls. I have over 60 dolls to sell.
2. A few boxed dolls.
3. Silk scarves for your dolls
4. Doll jewelry
5. Designer shopping bags
6. **NEW This Year** Flowers for your dolls
We won’t be putting anything on hold so if you want anything you see, show up early.
NOTE! Purse not for sale!!
And from the very talented Rogier Corbeau of Dutch Fashion Doll World:
Milan fashion week wrapped up day before yesterday and I was inspired by the Instagram feeds. I posted a photo of an outfit I felt would have worked at Milan fashion week and brought in the colors of the season.
The next step was to find a model to put it on and shoot.
Many of you may have already figured out that I have started posting preliminary images on Instagram of upcoming outfits or behind the scene things. I am also sharing on Instagram stories. The stories will include some videos of the doll room and new diorama or display items. If you are on Instagram, come and join the fun. Follow me to see the stories.
Registration for The Italian Doll Convention was Saturday morning.
I love how they did the tables and seating chart!! Since the theme is USA this year, all the tables were different states. Too fun. Rogier’s table is Arizona.
If you wanted to, you could also take a workshop at IDC today. Rogier did one with his incredible miniatures. If you ever have the chance to take one of his workshops…do it! This is what the lucky participants got to make today.
Monica was happy about it
Such diligent students!! More news later from Rogier and the IDC!! The fashion show is up next. The gala and the unveiling of the convention doll is in a few short hours!!! Will she be a blond, brunette or redhead Silkstone??? Can’t wait to see.
The sisters of La Boutique have been busy coming up with something exciting and new this month. Here are the scrumptious offerings for the month of March. If you are interested in ordering, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a very limited supply of the Mini Ricky bags due to its complexity. Delivery of these items may take a little longer this month as last months order backlog was larger than usual ( Thanks in part to readers/new buyers from this blog!). I have to say, these little pieces of heaven are worth the wait people. I have been collecting these for years and just can’t get enough of them. Thanks for supporting the community and these fine artisans!
And the glorious tote to go with it…Tote set is $30.
If you are looking for fashions, they have that too…
and if you really want to splurge this month, check out the Elite outfit!
“The Elite Ensemble this month is true City Chic. It begins with a dramatic long coat in grey and plum worsted wool, with a 2-color skirt to match. Underneath is a bright orchid bodysuit that goes beautiful with the tote scarf! Also included is an open-crown hat, grey belt, pewter shoes, earrings, Tote Set and your choice of handbag. 155.00 + shipping”
The sisters of La Boutique are giving us a Valentine’s Day treat this month with their February purse of the month (POTM) and Elite outfit. If you are interested in getting one of these tasty little bags, tote or outfits, contact Diana at email@example.com
The adorable Valentine tote is priced at $30 plus s/h and..it includes that fabulous scarf!
The Valentine’s Dress in delicate pink crepe is fully fitted, and accented by brown piping at the neck, and a detached brown belt. Also, the bow at the neck has been custom-dyed to match. Valentine’s Dress – 60.00
The Elite Ensemble for February is truly an example of bespoke luxury. It begins with a 100 % wool herring-bone in delicate pink and cream. The shawl collar and cuffs are machine embroidered with a random yet recognizable design. The silk fitted blouse has been custom-dyed to match, and the ensemble also includes a hat, shoes, earrings, Tote Set and your choice of handbag. 165.00 + 7.00 shipping