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High Profile Eugenia…The Redress

Given that I saw old Hollywood when I saw this lady for the first time, it can come as no surprise that I went for glamour when it came to redressing her.  When it came to a brunette with cherry red lips…there was only one color I wanted to go with…RED. 

Model:  High Profile Eugenia

Gown: T.D. Fashions

Fur: Dimitha

Jewelry: High Profile Eugenia

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High Profile Eugenia

I was not one of the lucky few who was picked to purchase this lovely lady.  I was, however, one of the lucky few blessed with knowing someone who wanted to sell theirs.  You know who you are and I love ya!  This lady just screams old Hollywood glamour…I see Eva Gardner, Jane Russel or even Sophia Loren

Brunette Bombshell collage

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Workshop Poppy Parker

One of the many benefits of going to convention is the opportunity to participate in a workshop.  This year I learned how to do some minor face paint adjustments and restyle hair.  I found the workshops both informative and just plain fun.  One of the additional perks of the workshops is that you typically can purchase a special doll to use as practice in these workshops.  I was able to secure a spot in the Poppy Parker hairstyle class with Matt Sutton so I was able to purchase one of the Poppy Parker workshop dolls and I ADORE her.  I did not play with her hair in the class like many of the others because I just felt she was perfect as is.  I liked how Integrity Toys handled the workshops this year as well.  They set up the actual classroom spaces to be first come first serve but made 300 workshop dolls available to those who wished to just purchase the doll.  It seemed like most people were happy with that…if they didn’t get into the class, they could at least get the doll.  I believe most if not all of the extra workshop dolls were available for purchase in the sales room too.  The Poppy Parker workshop dolls sold out first on sales room day ( you lucky dogs at the front of the line!) .    The photos will tell you why Smile

Tropicalia workshop Poppy Parker and Dream Teen Poppy Parker in Envied and Passionate Monogram dresses.  Chair was a gift to all convention attendees.

Note:  You don’t need an elaborate background to have an interesting backdrop.  Sometimes the boxes themselves can be interesting and fun.

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Tropicalia…The Inspiration

Every year after convention, there are a few of us ( myself included) who rouse ourselves from the post convention doll hangover and ask the question “ I wonder what fashions inspired this years collection?”.  If you have asked yourself this question, you are in luck.  I was strolling through Flickr the other day and happened upon a fashion super sleuth.  Their Flickr ID is JL998 and they have graciously given me permission to republish their photos here.  Thank you JL998!!  ** for more information on how to see more of their photos see below in this post**

It would appear that this years Tropicalia convention Imogen gift set was inspired by Anthony Vaccarello’s 2012 Spring RTW show.

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And  Collette and Erin from the convention collection appear to have been inspired by Mr. Vacarello’s designs as well

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It would also appear, according to JL988’s super detective work, that Prada’s 2012 Spring RTW line was another big influence in this years convention collection.

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I need to spend more time figuring out how to turn my swimsuits into ball gowns Smile

It also occurs to me that I need to be paying more attention to this years just finished Spring RTW fashion shows!  Perhaps the seeds of next years convention inspiration have already been sewn( pun intended).    For more photos of JL889’s super fashion sleuthing visit their flickr at

http://www.flickr.com/photos/64796926@N06/with/8049519162/#photo_8049519162


Tropicalia Visits the Studio

The convention collection, convention doll and gift set doll are en route to Inside The Fashion Doll Studio but in the mean time…I did have a few dolls that came home with me and I was itching to pull out the camera and try out something the very talented photographer Deron Daniels shared with me at convention.  

From left to right:

Place de Vendome Victoire

Saint Tropez Victoire

Lemon Crush Loni Lawrence

Escapism Elise Jolie FR2

Deck chair was gift given to convention attendees Smile

Tropicalia postcard copy 

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Tropicalia–A Photo Recap of the Gifts from Integrity Toys

These are the items conventioneers receive as part of their convention ticket purchase .  Some of these items were given at events for which there was an additional charge ( ie WClub luncheon)

There were some 1/6 deck chairs , blow up pool chairs and Jem earbuds given as well but I don’t have pictures

** photos are property of Integrity Toys**

 

Wrap-ture
Anja™ Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Giveaway

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Lemon Crush
Loni Lawrence Basic Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Giveaway

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In Step
16" Doll Shoe Pack
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Giveaway

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Shoe Win
12" FR2 Doll Shoe Pack
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Giveaway

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High Point
Vanessa Perrin Convention Welcome Kit Doll 
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Fame by Frame
Imogen Dressed Doll Convention Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

 

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Tropicalia–A Photo Recap of the Centerpiece Dolls

These are very limited edition dolls ( edition size typically around 200) that are available for purchase to a couple of people at each table.

**Photos are property of Integrity Toys**

Force of Nature
Agnes Von Weiss Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Centerpiece

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Sea Breeze
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Centerpiece

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Sheen Siren
16” Elsa Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Centerpiece Doll

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Escapism
Elise Jolie™
FR: Squared Dressed Doll
2012 Troplicalia Convention Exclusive Table Centerpiece

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High Profile
Eugenia Perrin Frost Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive Table Centerpiece

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And this one was a doll available for purchase at WClub luncheon.  She was not a table centerpiece  but was an exclusive to the convention attendees.

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Victoire Roux Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Tropicalia–A photo recap of the Convention Collection

When this posts, I will be flying over the Midwestern United States on my way home to Seattle, WA.  I have shared a few of these photos already but I figured It wouldn’t hurt to put it all in one big post.  Integrity Toys has sent out all the promotional photos for the convention dolls so I figured I would do a recap. 

** Photos are property of Integrity Toys**

Haute Société
Véronique Perrin Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive  

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Main Event
Adèle Makéda Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Peak Season
Kyori Sato Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Sweet Victory
Natalia Fatalé Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Hot Dots
Poppy Parker Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Lady in Red
Erin S. Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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All White Now
Collette D. Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Infallible
Dasha™ FR2 Dressed Doll
2012 Tropicalia Convention Exclusive

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Tropicalia–Day 3.03

The Von Weiss Royal Gala.  We were all excited to see what doll went with the dress we received at registration.

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It was Vanessa!  And another tweaked face mold one at that.  This is a facemold that has its fair share of controversy.  The beloved original face mold was retired (rather abruptly) and a new face mold was revealed.  Many Vanessa collectors objected strongly and last year at convention an original Vanessa on FR2 body was offered for purchase at WClub luncheon.  The convention giftset doll was supposed to invoke a more original face mold feel.  You will have to ask an original Vanessa face mold aficionado if Integrity hit the mark.  I think she is beautiful. 

“High Point” Vanessa

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The centerpiece dolls were stunning at the event.

“High Profile” Eugenia

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We were all hopeful that everyone would get a chance to purchase them…but alas….no.  Sad smile  I was not lucky enough to win the chance to buy but our lovely table hostess Hilda did get one and she is going to let me photograph her.  You are the best Hilda!!

We had a fabulous dinner (the food was really quite good the entire convention)and then it was time for the convention doll reveal.  Jason Wu took to the stage and showed us……

“Frame by Frame” Imogen

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She came in a really cute circular travel case too.

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Now this was a curious convention doll.  First of all, she looks more like what one would expect as a gift set convention doll …notice the three compartments that would have been perfect for the three meal events we had.  I would have expected the Vanessa doll to be the convention doll.  Makes me wonder if this was the original plan.  This was definitely grounds for some speculative discussion in the hours after the final dinner.  I am not sure about Imogen yet.  In the box, she is just not inspiring me.  I have, however, seen some stellar photos of her deboxed by Shuga (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuga-shug/8038060307/in/contacts/) and they are showing me her potential. 

The last fun piece of information released last night was the destination of Integrity Toy’s 2013 convention. 

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We are going to L.A. people!!!  They released the dates this morning..October 31st-November 2nd at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California.  More information will be available in Spring of 2013.


Tropicalia–Day 3.02

Went to a very informative and fun hair styling class by Matt Sutton.  So often in life a class can be elevated by the people you get to take it with.  I was lucky enough to take this class with some of my table mates Jenny and Deb.  They took a good class up to a stellar class with their humor and willingness to have fun.

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Lisa joined us for the last bit as well….

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Now people…that is a fun group of ladies!!

In Matt’s class we learned how to tie the perfect bow.  It’s not as easy as it seems!  We also learned how to do the cutest hairstyle on our Poppy doll.

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After Matt’s class, it was time to go to the WClub lunch.  I think this was the best doll lunch I have ever been to….I will explain.  We walked in and saw the most gorgeous centerpiece doll on the table.

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My first thought was….”who am I going to have to kill to get this centerpiece doll?”.  I am not proud of that thought but I am being honest LOL!   I absolutely loved her!  They asked us to count off numbers so they could draw to find out who won the right to purchase her and I’m thinking “ Who am I going to have to kill if I don’t get picked”….yes I really need to see someone about this doll addiction of mine.  Then…they tell us we can all purchase if we want to.  YES!!!  I don’t have to kill anyone!!!!   So happy to be bringing this lady home.

Then..they brought Chris Stoekel up on the stage.  He is the designer for Victoire.  Hilda and I suddenly pay more attention to what is going on up on the stage.  They show pictures of new Victoire.

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**Pictures are property of Integrity Toys**

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As I pull out my cell phone to let me dealer know I WANT HER, they tell us we can all purchase one if we want.  AHHHHHHH!   We also received the most amazing box of FR2 shoes sets I have ever seen.  They even came with their own little white shoe bags.  Heaven!

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BEST doll lunch EVER!!

Here is the accumulation for lunch alone.

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More photos on my flickr.  Final Gala dinner is in a few hours where the convention doll will be revealed.  I have absolutely no idea who it will be.  I was sure it was going to be Agnes but we already had her as a centerpiece doll.  They just love to keep us guessing.  There may be a convention gift set as well.   Doll overload here I come!!  Smile