Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Resolutions...Making an Effort, Making Better Choices, Simplify, Joy, & TCB in a Flash!

So another year, another round of resolutions.  2015 brought lots of change for me.  I left a job that I had for fifteen years...basically the only 'real' job I had ever had (not counting Dairy Queen).  I moved away from my family, friends, and creative home (Sweet Home Chicago) and set up a new life in Charlotte with a new job as Assistant Professor of Costume Design.  The transition has not been easy.  Moving was HORRIBLE. The new job is great but brings some new stress (cough *tenure terror* cough).  My new house is a bit smaller than the old apartment but much better for the tiny human boy child.  The kid is doing great.  He seems to be enjoying himself. My husband is utterly miserable and I am slightly miserable.  It's lonely in a new place and making new friends is not the easiest thing to do but we are trying.  The theatre scene in town in non-existent. It is tragic and depressing. The food is decent.  The weather has been gloriously mild.  I laugh when I see people around here bundled up for 45 degree weather.  That is like bathing suit weather for me.  I love it.  I am sure I will change my tune when it is like 115 in July.

So with that update, here are my resolutions...

  • Make an Effort!
    • A standing resolution that I make every year.  Basically a mantra.  Something that I remind myself everyday and can always achieve...whether it big or small.  Some days this is making the bed, getting to the gym, putting on eyeliner...little efforts add up
  • Make Better Choices!
    • This is mostly food and diet related. I am struggling to lose my baby weight. I am hoping that this resolution will help. 
  • Simplify!
    • We were forced to purge a lot when we moved.  I still have TONS OF CRAP though.  So much yarn and fabric and dolls and clothes and makeup...just stuff.  I am working to reduce the stuff by selling, donating, or using what I already have and trying to limit new purchases. I have many many dolls go in the last month.  It was initially very difficult to do...but once I ripped the band-aid off, it has been much easier. Even the husband has been surprised.  I am hoping I can parlay this good will into a much needed second doll display case so I can get more of my beloved dolls out of boxes and onto shelves..which will help me get things looking less cluttered around here.
  • Joy!
    • This is sort of based on that Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up book...if I thing does not give me great joy...then I don't need it.  I am trying to remind myself of this...don't purchase the blouse unless it makes me look and feel amazing.  Don't hold onto that doll unless you are filled with happiness when the lid comes off the box. Etc...
  • TCB in a Flash!
    • TCB reminds me to get things done.  Efficiency in the things that I have to do gives me more time for the things that I want to do. I bought a planner.  I have been making goal lists for the weekend.  I am limiting my time on time wasters (social media) and trying to accomplish chores while watching TV programs.  So far so good.  I got crazy amounts of work done today and spent some quality time with the tiny man child. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Integrity ITBE Grab Box Frenzy-My Results...#ihavenowillpower

Integrity offered some grab boxes during the month of December for club members.  The Mystery boxes featured one of eight new ITBE dolls (Jasper, Jordan/Tatyana, Ayumi, Darla, Josephine/Gaga, Finley Brunette, Finley Blonde, & Mongram) and extras.  Initially you could only order one, then it opened up.  It seems like the best option, if you had the available cash or credit to do it, was to order eight at once.  If you did that, you did not get any repeats and were thus guaranteed to get all of the sculpts.  I had one box to my Poppy Airways order and then another when I paid for Jem's Craig Phillips.  The first two orders yielded a Brunette Finley (gorgeous!) and DG Design a Doll extras (which I already had).  The second order had Darla (very cute but I don't think I am keeping her) and the DG winter fashion that everyone seems to have gotten in their orders.  Also the adorable sandals from DG Tooka.  I like the little winter fashion though.  It will be cute on Poppy.  I really wanted to get my hands on Ayumi though and her prices are crazy on evil-bay.  Plus, it seemed like later orders were coming with some amazing extras.  So I decided to go for broke and order five knowing that I could likely sell repeat dolls and would maybe get the Ayumi and something else good.  BEST CHOICE EVER!  I am so excited about Ayumi. I don't have the sculpt yet and I just love her.  I am also liking Brunette Finely. I think I will trade or sell the others.  Jordan and Ayumi seemed to be the most popular with Josephine and the Finleys right behind them. I think Darla won many people over. Monogram and Jasper seem to be acquired tastes....with people wither loving or hating them.  I think the Monogram is pretty unique in that skin tone...but she does not really fit in my collection.

My Extras Haul:
Outfit from Adele Soul Deep from the 2010 Dazzle Collection
Partial Victoire Roux Fauberg St Honore Fashion from 2011 Jet Set Convention
Dressmaker Details Savoir Flair outfit
Dressmaker Details Wind Song outfit from 2009 FR Convention
DG Wool Tweed Winter Chill Outfit variation x2
Black DG Mary Janes
DG Tooka sandals
DG Build a Doll extras from the convention (iconic or jetset?)

Dolls:
Darla x2, Monogram, Brunette and Blonde Finley, Ayumi, & Josephine

My extras proved to be amazing.  I am most pleased with the partial Victoire Roux fashion as I loved it when it was introduced at convention but did not get the coupon to buy her. The Dressmaker fashions are also swell...lots of detail and goodies.  The sequin dress from Adele is super cute and has amazing shoes which will be great for Ayumi (until I am able to get an updated nuFace body for her).

The link to purchase the boxes went poof without warning the other day leaving many disgruntled and even more relieved to have the temptation gone.  When last checked, folks estimated that there were at least 500 boxes left according to the shopping cart.  Of course we don't know that for sure.  Now to speculate what Integrity might do with these possible extras.  Perhaps we will see them make a comeback at the 2016 Convention in Chicago?  What did you get?


Monday, January 4, 2016

Planners: A Thing I Didn't Even Know Was A Thing That's Soon To Be My Thing

So I had been pondering going back to the antiquated world of paper for my calendar.  In an effort to get off of my phone a little more, I thought an old school planner or datebook might be a good fit.  Little did I know I would be diving into a whole new hobby (the LAST thing that I need). I had a Dayrunner back in the oldey timey days before smart phones...but it was far from cute or sexy.  When I started searching for the modern equivalent, I fell down a rabbit hole on Pinterest.  Evidently this is a thing.  Planners are an obsession. It seems like it is another form of journaling for some or a creative thing for others.

I am obsessed with all things rose gold and went looking for something in that flavor. Kate Spade has a gorgeous but pricey one. There was also an offering from Erin Condren...but I wanted something less binder looking. I ended up going for a regular shiny gold version from Dokibook. I plan to do it in mint and peach and black accents.  I got some cute filler papers and post-its from the Target One Spot this weekend.  So yeah...looks like I have another thing. But I am hoping this planner will be a way to do some 'planning' (crazy I know) and better organize my week.  I am struggling with that trendy bit of wackiness called "work-life balance".  I need to teach, research, design, lose weight, keep my kid love and alive, stay married, and pay bills...oh yeah, eat and sleep and exercise...and perhaps a bit of fun.  Yikes.  Well I will keep you updated.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Katy Keene & New Friends: Cinematic Color Infusion Jaeme and Sterling

Well it has NOT been a season of restraint for me.  While I managed to resist the recent Tonner sale, it was less about will power and more about all my doll funds going to Integrity. I picked up Jaeme Costas and Sterling Riese to be pals for Katy Keene.  They look fabulous and I am very pleased with the trio.  Jaeme is still available from Integrity last I checked...she is gorgeous.


Jaeme, Sterling, & Katy

W Club Jackpot! J'Adore La Fete Elyse


Um...yeah I ordered this in a hot second.  So amazing.  I love the case. I cannot wait to see it all laid out in the box.  I am a huge fan of the Elise sculpt and love the raven hair and red lips.  I already had the stunning Workshop 2013 Elise with the FR White tone and raven hair...but I think I like this one better (sent the old one to eBay).  I could do without the ruffles...but I love the colors and the suit.  I wish one of the shoes were a different color...but overall this set is a stunner.  This is the kind of thing that makes me want to get a second membership for next year.  (Which I might do anyways so that my mom can go to the w club lunch at the Chicago convention next year).

Item # 91387
J'Adore La FĂȘte
Elyse Jolie™ Dressed Doll Gift Set
The Fashion Royalty™ Collection
2015 W Club Exclusive
Limited Edition Size: TBA 
Estimated Ship Date: Late Spring / Early Summer 2016
Regular W Club Price: $225.00 + Shipping, Handling and Applicable Sales Tax*.

Special W Club 10th Anniversary Price: $175.00 + Shipping, Handling and Applicable Sales Tax*. 

  
*A non-refundable deposit of $25.00 due immediately at pre-order, balance of $150.00 + shipping and handling (and tax for Maryland residents) due approximately late Spring/early Summer 2016.

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpts: Elyse Jolie
Body Type: FR2013
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Colors: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

Elyse Jolie sparkles to high-heaven in this elaborate gift set! Perfect to go from day to night, this set contains everything Elyse will need to get ready for her big evening at the Perrin family mansion! The new year will definitely start with a bang!

Elyse Jolie is a 12.5-inch fully articulated vinyl fashion doll with a luscious fully rooted hairstyle and delicately hand-applied eyelashes! This absolutely fabulous gift set includes three complete outfits for Elyse: an elaborate lingerie set, a luxurious two-piece suit and a fabulous gown to ring in the new year! A jewelry set, a clutch purse and two pairs of faux-leather shoes are luxuriously packaged in a gorgeous carry-on trunk, perfect to cherish this treasure and her delicate accessories for years to come! A doll stand is also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

**Pictures of prototype shown below; final production colors and textures may vary slightly. Dress form and other staging props are not included.**

Sunday, October 25, 2015

She's Gotta Have It: My Picks from the IT 2015 Cinematic Convention

Well, it is not fun being at home.  I had a whole year without a doll convention...and now I am in a new city without a doll club as well.  Basically I have no one around me who understands my 'crazy'.  Le sigh.  I really want to go next year if only to be among my people.  Here is hoping the location and my teaching schedule will let that happen.  If not, I may just get a proxy again.  Then I won't have to deal with the stress of getting stuff.

Looking back on the offerings and news from the last few dolls, here are the things that excite me the most!

Director's Cut Ace McFly: I am loving this one.  The outfit is amazing.  I think it would be awesome to pose Ace in this and a raven hair doll in and variation of the Wild One outfit but with a black t-shirt and white jeans...TWINSIES! They could be dates for Lilith and Eden.  I am trying to get my hands on this one via ebay, the forums, or a trade. 

Moving onto the Style Lab Color Infusion dolls...these were much less funky offerings than they have been in previous years. I had secured the women's fashions right around cost before they were revealed and I am glad (and so is Katy Keene).  My favorites are Rebel Desire and Shanghai Bound.  Since most of the gown looks are actually separates, there is actually some fun mix and match potential here when you look at the pieces.  The purple halter from Shanghai is going to look swell with the pencil skirt from Rebel. 

For the men's looks, I already bought Tropical Sunrise via ye olde ebay.  It will be perfect for my Jem guys.  I am still trying to get my hands on Wild One.  I plan to use it for the aforesaid twins idea or to be a Zipper for my Misfits.

As for the convention collection, I am trying not to want any of it too badly.  Though I think it was a really solid collection, same for the salesroom exclusives, none of it really fits in my collection. The Agnes set w/the bonus outfit is really awesome, but I just can't see it on my shelf with what I have now.

While the Poppy's were all adorable, I am saving my pennies (and wishes should she be a lottery) for the IT Airways giftset.

I loved the platinum Sneak Peak Eden.  I am hoping that at 600 pieces and being a basic dolls....and with the recent club giftset, people will not want to hold onto theirs and won't be charging mad dollars to sell her.  Fingers crossed.

The two gala dolls were great. I don't need them luckily. The new sculpt is gorgeous and Elise is always stunning.   I look forward to seeing this new sculpt in the regular line.

Some of them I am super excited about some of the news coming out of this convention for next year. Of events I am super excited about some of the news coming out of this Convention for next year. A 12 inch Tulabelle line entitled "the industry" sounds very promising. I am hoping it is filled with playful modern looks with lots of color. Poppy Parker going back to her 1960s looks is also a great thing. I am sure the bonbon poppy goes to Paris line will be huge and suck up a lot of Dolly dollars. The biggest in best news of all is that the convention is returning to Chicago in 2016! That will make it so much easier for me to either attend or send someone in my place should my work schedule allow for it. It also makes it less expensive since I can just stay with my family or friends if I need to (though staying in the hotel is always fun).

 So in closing, I thought the convention offerings this year were cohesive and very attractive. However, they are not to my personal taste so it is a very good thing that I did not shell out to attend.  I think that if you were a lover of retro glam Then you would have been in heaven with this convention. I am NOT a fan of ball gowns and I love color. The Cinematic theme meant lots of black and white Dolls in glam looks inspired by classic cinema and movie stars. I prefer more funky modern-day wear. I prefer more funky modern day where or couture runway looks. It's no big deal though. I'm sure IT will figure out a way to pry money from my hands in the coming months.



Saturday, October 24, 2015

IT Cinematic Convention-Saturday Musings from Afar-W Club Luncheon & Gala Dinner

This afternoon was the W Club Luncheon.  For those not familiar with the IT Convention, the w club luncheon is an extra fee event open only to club members.  In the past, the souvenir has usually been an outfit.  Last year, we got Erin S.  There are typically enough centerpieces so that everyone can buy one and there have even been extra dolls to purchase in previous years.

This year the centerpiece is Veronique in a white dress with platinum hair.  It looks like she is inspired by Jean Harlow. The souvenir for the event was a super cute basic doll: Nu Face Sneak Peak Eden.  I love the platinum hair and the red lips.  I would love to get this doll.  I am surprised that the edition size was 600 for her.  Here is hoping I can get one later without selling a kidney.

The big news is a 12" Tulabelle line coming out next year! I am excited.  I look forward to another quirky fashionista.  

Now I am just sitting in a state of utter terror that something amazing will come out tonight and I will never in a million years be able to afford it.  Le sigh.  At least there is always another convention and yet more dolls coming to ease the pain.

Update:

The table centerpiece is a swell looking brunette Starlet Elise Jolie in a complicated couture cocktail dress.  I am guessing a Jason Wu piece (but I haven't found it yet).  I like her but still not a must have.

Friday, October 23, 2015

2015 IT Cinematic Convention Friday Doll Musings from Afar-Poppy Parker Luncheon

The Poppy Parker luncheon delivered two cute late sixties glam dolls.  Love and Let Love had a swell sequin one shoulder gown with wonderful eye makeup. Paper Doll's dress is cute and I like the pink makeup. Her hair bump does not do it for me.

They revealed the inspiration for next year which is late sixties Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, and Anna Karina. The line will be called Bon Bon: Poppy Goes to Paris.

A super adorable travel gift set that will finish out the Model Scene line was also revealed.  IT Airways gift set features a brunette bob with bangs wearing a pink uniform suit; a coat with funky boots, helmet hat, and travel bag; and a colorful mini dress.  I think she will be a W Club Exclusive.  I hope it is NOT a lottery as I think it will be in high demand. (But of course, it will be a lottery...and my luck with Poppy lotteries has been utter crap). I will try for it as I think it will work well with my mod spy Poppy collection.  The collection was based on the spectacularly weird and wonderful uniforms from Braniff Airlines.


Okay. I will update this later tonight after the pics from the bazaar come out. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

IT 2015 Cinematic Convention- Sleepy Thursday Musings from A Far...

The Adele Makeda Time and Again Centerpiece doll is very classy.  I love the big hair on her.  She has a great Olivia Pope vibe.

After getting better looks at the Style Lab Dolls, I would love to get my paws on the Jaeme/Jerrica doll.  She looks great in that tan skin tone.  I also want to find some of the men's fashions.

Seeing real pictures of the  most recent Nu Face collection, Nadja is STILL the winner but I do really like the Ayumi as well.

This time zone thing is kicking my behind....I am having a hard time staying up to see the souvenir doll for tonight....might have to update this later.

UPDATED:

Out of Sight Nadja yall...I love this sculpt.  I am pretty tempted to hunt her down as I also don't have any short haired flocked dolls.  Kudos to Integrity for there ongoing dedication to giving us gorgeous dolls in all beautiful colors (now if we can only get one in a plumper size...I would love an Adele doll...just saying).

Pics of Adele and Nadja here...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

IT 2015 Cinematic Convention Color Infusion Thoughts

Nigel North as Marlon Brando is the standout here.  He looks amazing. I kind of want the outfit so that I can make a custom Zipper for my Misfits. I also love Callum...love the Elvis thing with him. No Asian sculpt this year!  Crazy-ness. I am really glad I held onto the guy from last year.

I will definitely keep some of these for Katy Keene.  I love the Lavender Lady look on Rebel Desire.  I will likely keep the gold gown too and maybe one of the black or the lovely brown gown with the nifty midriff modeled off a Lauren Bacall dress.  I think it's great they made several of the dresses into body suits and skirts.  It adds more versatility.  There is some great jewelry and footwear in this group too.  Glad I got these.  Now to hunt down the Wild One leather outfit and the James Dean Tropical Sunrise fashion.








IT 2015 Cinematic Convention Musing from Afar- Wednesday

So thanks to the magic of Flickr...We have already seen the bulk of the convention collection.  So far, nothing is making me weep with sadness that I won't have it. What a relief!  I mean SURE I would love to have some of them, but nothing is killing me.  The Agnes gift set is very cool with the lingerie and the Dietrich suit but I prefer my Agnes more modern and less retro.  Giselle with the short hair is cute but I am not into the suit.  It is too much like the awesome tuxedo jumpsuit from last year's Elise centerpiece.  I swear I recognize Star Power Vanessa's dress from a film...but I have not been able to figure it out.  I think it is in one of my costume books at work.

Currently I am most interested in the In Rouges Erin and the Workshop Lilith.  I like the hair and the pleated skirt is adorable. Lash out Poppy Workshop doll is also gorgeous with the platinum hair and the green eye shadow. I do love that Agnes.  I am trying not to think about her too much. I also love the outfit on the Workshop Ace...and platinum hair! Swoon. He will be impossible to get.

More about Color Infusion later...

Still trying not to think about Agnes.

IT Cinematic Convention Swag Doll List

Current Doll Count: 38
Fashion Only Count: 13

Other: (3)
High Frequency Kumi ITBE Cocktail Party LE215
Heart Stopper Natalia 1.0 Mold ITBE Cocktail Party LE215
Reigning Grace Eugenia-W Club Upgrade Doll

Souvenirs: (4/1)
On Set Blue Retro gown LE600
Out of Sight Nadja R. LE600
Paper Doll Poppy Parker LE600
Sneak Peak Eden LE600
Making an Entrance Carolin Stone (Nu face) LE600

Centerpieces: (4)
Time and Again Adele Makeda  LE450
Love and Let Love Poppy Parker LE450
Stage Presence Veronique Perrin LE450
Starlet Elise Jolie

Convention Collection: (7)
LE 600 each
Beautiful People Chip Farnsworth III
In Rouges Erin Salston
Inner Spark Natalia Fatale
Feminine Perspective Agnes Von Weiss Giftset
Perfectly Suited Giselle Diefendorf
Sparkle, Poppy Sparkle! Poppy Parker
Star Power Vanessa Perrin

Workshop Dolls: (3)
LE 450 each
Director's Cut Ace Mcfly
Up All Night Lilith
Lash Out Poppy Parker

IT Direct Salesroom (ticket to purchase): (5)
Come Live With Me Nigel North
First Blush Ayumi
Traveling Incognito Poppy Parker
Idol Worship Kyori Sato
Evening Blossom Dominique Makeda
Mystery Box

Color Infusion Style Lab: (12)
LE 600 each
6 Female Dolls-Monroe Jillian/Pizazz, Adaline King/Jetta, Fabriana Diaz/Raya, Jaeme Costas/Jerrica, Fan Xi, Dree Hill
6 Female Fashions-Golden Moment, Mine all Mine, Dark Victory, Shanghai Bound, Passion, Rebel Desire
6 Male Dolls-Tobias Alford/Anthony?, Callum Windsor, Declan Wake, Miles Morgan/Nigel North, Sterling Riese/Rio, Kieron Morel
6 Male Fashions-Stars in Your Eyes, Debonair, Blue Suede Shoes, Natural Talent, Tropical Sunset, Wild One

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

IT Cinematic Convention Pity Party

I often get comments that I look like Claire Danes (albeit a mucho chubby Claire Danes since I had the wee bairn)...and I am pretty sure I UGLY CRY like Claire Danes.

The Integrity Toys Doll Convention starts tomorrow.  I am not there.  Sadness.  I also do not have a proxy this year (unlike last year).  Even more sadness.  I have a horrible sinking feeling that everything is going to be stunning and amazing and I will not be able to get my hands on any of it.  Buckets of sadness.

Currently, two things are keeping me upright.  One, I was totally uninterested in that Reigning Grace Eugenia. So if everything is in that vein, then I will not be so horribly sad. (She says trying to convince herself that it will be true). Two, I was able to secure all the women's Color Infusion fashions "for a reasonable price"...basically at cost plus shipping.

The dolls from this convention could go so many ways.  The classic Hollywood look of Reigning Grace (based on Rear Window Grace Kelly) indicates that they might be using Old Hollywood for inspiration for the FR Dolls in the collection and as souvenirs.  They did this back for the Premiere Convention with the Kyori, Vero, and Natalia dolls (and did it very well).  Those dolls were in evening wear, so possibly this time they will stick with cocktail or day wear.  Of course, Poppy will likely draw inspiration from a film look of the late sixties or early seventies.  It might be fun to see a Sci-fi Barbarella look on her. Perhaps the Nu Face girls will be from a more recent film.  I will absolutely cry if they do Nu Face as Clueless characters (which is entirely possible since it is a Paramount film and Integrity has a business relationship with Paramount already).  The Color Infusion style lab is a total toss up.  In recent years the vibe has been dark and gothic (2013) or disco fever (2014).  I secretly hope for some 1980s love since these are the same bodies as the Jem dolls and the 80's rules. I would love to see a retro look on them too...especially since that style would work for my Katy Keene doll who is woefully lacking on suitable wardrobe at the moment.

The thing I am currently sweating is that Agnes gift set in the convention collection.  I love Agnes and LOVE gift sets. The pre-sale prices have been brutal.  I am game to pay extra....but not like $400 extra.  So I am hoping that if I wait patiently, I will get one in my price range. Of course, that is assuming that she ends up being a must-have.  I might find that some other doll entirely ends up being on my drool list. I still have the Giselle centerpiece from 2014 and the Workshop Elise as potential trade bait as well if I get desperate. I love both of those dolls...but a real stunner could sway me.

So here is hoping everything is glittery updos and ballgowns!  (which I hate).  More money to save for next year's convention.  Oh the anticipation is killing me already.  I do hope it is closer to my new home in Charlotte next year...or back near Chicago.

I will keep the blog as updated as I can with convention news and reviews from affair.  Join the convention Pity Party Coverage right here...bring your tissues and credit cards.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Madame Alexander DC Dolls- Wonder Woman, Harley, and Poison Ivy

These were completely off my radar.  Somehow I am still on a Madame Alexander mailing list even though I have not bought an Alex doll in over a decade. These are new 16" dolls using the Alex articulated body. Wonder Woman's outfit is reminiscent of Linda Carter's oddly cut star spangled panties and gold chicken bodice.  If she ever goes on mega sale, I might be tempted.  Harley Quinn comes with a swell mallet but there is no photo of her without her mask or hood, so we have NO IDEA what lurks beneath that mask. The facial screening with the open smile is a little weird and her body suit needs to be way tighter. I think Ivy is the most successful.  I would love to see the leafy bathing suit thing in person and the leaf boots also look fun.  The tights are something we have not seen in previous doll versions.  Her screening looks nice and overall she captures the feeling and look of the character.

At $199 each, these are fairly in line with Tonner's DC Dolls prices but the MA Alex dolls have way more articulation. I am not a fan of the more simplified sculpt and cartoony facial screening on these dolls though. I have also had mixed feelings on the execution of the fashions (though I have had the same problem with Tonner in recent years).  The photography quality and the lack of detailed photos is real shame here.  If you think I am dropping $200 on a doll with only ONE PICTURE then you are clearly sniffing glue MA.   The always amazing website, Experience the Wonder, still only has promo pics of the Wonder Woman.  I will wait better pics from collectors before dropping cash.

Never Ordinary Lilith and Eden Nu Face GIftset-W Club Exclusive

Finally some love for the Nu Face gals in the W Club.  I was excited as I have missed out on several chances at the infamous twins.  I am not sure if this will be the set to die for...like that quintescential version of a character or sculpt that once you own it, you feel like you can rest easy knowing it cannot get any better than this doll.  I like these, but I am not in love with them.  It might be more of a "love the one your with" option for me.  I like the screening a lot.  I even like the funky hairdo that seems to be polarizing for many collectors.  I like the look and cut of the fashions but I am not in love with the colors.  The original inspiration from Balmain features gorgeous orangey reds and greys that are totally drool worthy.  BUT....the coats are amazing.  I love the jewelery and the price is amazing for two complete dolls that, up until now, have been nearly impossible to get for a good price.  So I have ordered knowing they will fill a niche for now.  Who knows though, in person they could very well have that spark that I am not getting from promos.

Item # 82060
Never Ordinary
Lilith and Eden™ Dressed Duo-Doll Gift Set
The Nu.Face™ Collection
2015 W Club Exclusive
Limited Edition Size: TBA 
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late Q1/Early Q2, 2016
Regular W Club Price: $225.00 + Shipping, Handling and Applicable Sales Tax*.
Special W Club 10th Anniversary Price: $199.00 + Shipping, Handling and Applicable Sales Tax*.
Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpts: Lilith and Eden
Body Type: Nu. Face 2.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Colors: Pale Blond with Platinum Streak (Eden) and Raven with Brunette Streak (Lilith)
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

The most popular team of models in the industry, twin sisters Lilith and Eden return in front of the cameras to model for their favorite designers! Looking sleek and fresh in their ultra modern hairstyles and fashionable clothes, these sisters are absolutely ready for their close-up!

Lilith and Eden are 12.5-inch fully articulated vinyl fashion dolls with new, never seen before duo-toned fully rooted hairstyles! Lilith comes dressed in sleek form fitted matte jersey pants and a purple satin top with black lace overlay, covered by an intricately constructed faux-leather jacket with corset seaming. She completes her look with a faux suede tote, faux leather high-heeled sandals and the introduction of a brand new set of jewelry debuting here in this set for the first time. Chic and edgy Eden wears a pink organza cocktail dress with a contrasting black lace overlay and piping detail under a boiled wool look blazer. She comes complete with accessories that she can share with her sister: a paneled clutch, ankle booties with chain detail and a gold collar necklace with contrasting black epoxy inset detailing. Each doll comes with her own Nu.Face branded doll stand! For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

30th Anniversary Award Night Jem! W Club Exclusive Doll

I will admit that I was hoping for someone OTHER than Jem for the W Club doll this time.  My shelf is getting mighty crowded.  I was semi-tempted to pass on this one...but the Jerrica sculpt, the makeup, the hair, and that AMAZING necklace thingie won me over.  I was never in love with this fashion but it is pretty nicely executed and does look like the cartoon.  Along with the announcement, club members were treated to a very nice Q & A video with designers Vaughan and Alain.  Some hints for the future include more guys and gals, another year for the line, and polls in the club forum to help collectors show their enthusiasm for what might be produced next.

Item # 14064
Award Night
JEM Dressed Doll
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ COLLECTION
2015 W Club Exclusive
Limited Edition Size: TBA 
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Late Q1/Early Q2, 2016
Regular W Club Price: $130 + Shipping, Handling and Applicable Sales Tax*. 
  
Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Jerrica Benton
Body Type: Jem / Color Infusion
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Pink
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

JEM is 12.5-inch fully articulated vinyl fashion doll with glamorous rooted pink hair, luscious hand-applied eyelashes and a pretty closed mouth smile. JEM's signature Award Night look is comprised of a ruffled pleated pale pink gown accented with a gold bodice and an exclusively designed neck piece. JEM comes complete with her yellow flowers, her JEMSTAR earrings and shoes. Certificate of authenticity and doll stand also included! For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Shopbop Jem Items Now on Sale!

And yikes are they pricey. I already secured my doll luckily.  And if you have amazon prime then you can get shipping for free. I did not anticipate the fashion items being so expensive.  I am really tempted by the cashmere scarf at $130. The jewelry is amazing and I would kill for the sunglasses but totally not in my budget. With luck, the stuff will go on sale later.

https://m.shopbop.com/jem-holograms/br/v=1/41711.htm#cs=ov=5042377641,os=7,link=Mobile-JEMHOAssort01-CTA-100115

Friday, September 25, 2015

30th Anniversary "Showtime" Jem Exclusive to ShopBop & More Jem Swag

After some wild speculation, we finally have photos of the ShopBop exclusive Jem.  Showtime Jem is basically a Classic Jem with the color variations seen on the cartoon.  The price is pretty reasonable and I think this is a nice way to give people another chance at the iconic look for Jem while still keeping the original Classic Jem special.  The edition size is very worrisome though.  I think they could have done 750 at least.  I know there are many collectors that missed the first version of her and yet more still that would like this color variation. Shopbop has limited it to two per customer and these could very well sell out in a hurry.  I still have not decided to try for her or not.  I would love to get the outfit variation but it is not really necessary.  I was even considering selling my Classic Jem recently...hmmmm.  Decisions.  Maybe if I do get this one, then I would sell Classic Jem.  

The non-smiling Jerrica face is a nice touch.  The original Hasbro Jem was similarly non-smiling. The grumpy Jem sculpt was replaced with a toothy grinned Jem for subsequent releases.  Now if we can get a Jerrica with the smiling Jem mold...that would be swell.  We still have the W Club Jem doll to come this year.  I am guessing it will be the long awaited Eric Raymond doll.  I keep hoping it will be a two doll set with Eric and Jerrica as his assistant in her adorable sweater vest outfit.

I am less concerned about getting this doll as I am about getting some of the other Jem swag.  I am hoping for some new fun shirts and maybe a bag or coffee mug.


Item # 14098
SHOWTIME JEM™
SHOPBOP Exclusive
Dressed Doll
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
Limited Edition Size of 500 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately October 2015 (from SHOPBOP)
Retail Price: $119.00 US + Shipping and Handling.

Doll Tech Specs:

Body Type: JEM / Color Infusion
Head Sculpt: Jerrica Benton
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Pink
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied

30 amazing years ago, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS took the world by storm and left an undying mark in the hearts of fans everywhere!

To mark this most remarkable moment in the history of the brand, HASBRO and Integrity Toys in partnership with SHOPBOP are proud to bring you the exclusive SHOWTIME JEM doll!

Dressed in a color variation of her truly outrageous sensational 80's signature look, JEM shines like never before! Includes her light pink nylon asymmetrical mini-dress, glittery fringed belt, matching cuff bracelet, JEMSTAR earrings, metallic stockings, shoes and wireless microphone. Fully articulated 12.5-inch vinyl doll with rooted hair and hand applied eyelashes. A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only.

This is a SHOPBOP exclusive.  This is the information that they provided us with and is subject to change. We are passing it on merely as a courtesy to W Club members.
*Launch Date, October 1, between approximately 7:45 AM and  8 AM EST

*Limited quantities, maximum 2 units per order
*Retailer ships internationally
*Doll retail price - $119.00 US + Shipping and handling (Free express shipping options available)
Shopbop presents an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories and jewelry featuring a modern take on the glitter and glam that define JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS and its '80s rock sensibility. In addition to the special-edition JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS legacy doll, the fun and flashy assortment includes Wildfox graphic tees, Vita Fede neon bracelets, a Tamara Mellon leather skirt, Sonix iPhone cases, Swell bottles, A Morir sunglasses, Noir jewelry, and more.
About Shopbop

The go-to online retail destination for modern style, Shopbop offers a comprehensive, hand-picked collection of apparel and accessories from the industry's foremost contemporary and designer labels. Since its launch in 2000 as a denim-focused e-commerce platform, Shopbop has grown into one of the world's leading fashion authorities. Along with renowned customer service, Shopbop delivers unparalleled wardrobe advice, cutting-edge editorial lookbooks, innovative features, and exclusive collaborations with forward-minded brands. The result is a highly personalized, satisfying, and-above all-fun shopping experience that caters to style-minded women around the globe. In 2006, BOP LLC was acquired by Amazon.com, Inc., the world's largest internet retailer, enabling Shopbop to expand its services to enhance the customer experience. A trusted, globally recognized fashion merchant, Shopbop sells only quality, authentic designer merchandise. Shopbop is part of the Amazon.com Inc. group of companies.
 
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

IT News: MLP Inspired Dolls = Apocalypse (evidently)

Yeesh.  I will never understand the "get off my lawn" mentality of some doll collectors.  When IT unveiled the newest line, a Hasbro My Little Pony inspired doll line, you would have thought it was the end of the world. Granted, this is a slightly unusual idea that will only appeal to a small section of current IT collectors...I am pretty confident that the whole point of this BUSINESS MOVE by IT is to appeal to NEW COLLECTORS!!!!  My Little Pony is super popular y'all.  It has appeal for people into retro 80's kitsch and is also popular with new younger collectors.  This is a move that is bound to generate some press AND bring new people to Integrity.  NEW COLLECTORS ARE GOOD FOR EVERYONE!  So while some of you are huddled in your fall out shelters with your NRFB Ponytail Swirls and Vanessa 1.0 facemolds and a pristine Bergdorf Poppy...the rest of the sensible world will just keep on collecting and just NOT BUY THINGS WE DON'T LIKE.  Why folks gotta hate on each other? No one is forcing you to buy anything.

I also don't get the hate towards new collectors coming into the W Club and on boards.  Jem fans who joined IT did not always get a warm reception.  I fear this will continue to happen as long as people live under the completely ridiculous notion that they are getting LESS of the the things that they love because IT is diversifying with newer lines and styles.  That is what healthy businesses do people.  New blood is crucial.  I read a post where someone said, "I hope we don't get all those bronies joining the w club"...and I realize this is silly doll collecting...but damn, what sort of narrow minded horse poop is that kind of talk?  If we can't be inclusive and welcoming in a DOLL FORUM well then...I guess people should all just take their dolls and go home.

And for the record, I am unlikely to buy these but I will wait and see them before I make my final judgement.  I was a MLP fan back in the day but don't really have a big draw to it right now.  I am intrigued to see the new body design for the female doll mentioned in the press release.  I am guessing it will be a hybrid of the JEM body with a smaller bust line perhaps?

FR: As Dusk Falls Eugenia Doll

New doll...only a little time left to order her from IT.  There is no limit on this one.  I am passing.  I love the hair color and that belt is amazing...but I don't need another evening gown. I especially don't need another BLACK evening gown.  


Item # 91388
As Dusk Falls
Eugenia Perrin Frost™ Dressed Doll 
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2014 Design Competition Award Doll by Julia Leroy
Edition Size: TBA (Based on all orders received, see ordering information below)
Suggested Retail Price: $150 public/$130 W Club Members (+ Shipping and tax if applicable)
Estimated Delivery Date: Approximately Winter 2015/2016
 

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Eugenia
Body Type: FR 2013
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Colors: Golden Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

Eugenia could not be more proud to walk the red carpet wearing her sleek new "Culte de Paris" gown by Julia Leroy!

Eugenia Perrin Frost is a 12.5-inch fully articulated vinyl doll with sophisticated fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. The doll comes dressed in a look based on Julia Leroy's award winning design from the 2014 Integrity Toys Design Competition, which took place at the Gloss Convention in Orlando, Florida. This fabulous  doll comes complete with matching accessories and shoes!  A doll stand is also included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Out of This World & Mood Changers Poppy Parker Dolls

It has been raining dolls around here.  Integrity's timing has been impeccably disastrous for my wallet. Techrat, Veronique giftset, upgrade Agnes and Faux Sean, Dania, Paris Jem...and I am still unable to debox them as I have not completed the display case set up.  I still have to refinish a table on which the display case will set.  Hoping to get that done today as I am eager to get these dolls on display and get the boxes up into the attic (or the recycling bin...haven't decided how I am handling The Great Box Dilemma).

In my recent doll purges before the move, I widdled my Poppy collection down to just the Girl from Integrity.  I ordered the 2015 W Club Mood Changers doll because I wanted the long raven hair Poppy with the aqua makeup.  She does not disappoint.  I was planning to sell the other two heads but both are really tempting in person.  Le sigh.  The best laid plans.  I am giving it another week to decide.  I bought the extra bodies so I could sell them a a full doll...but I fear they might be staying awhile.

I also sprung for Out of This World Poppy because I thought she would be a perfect spy companion.  I am a sucker for platinum hair and loved the combo of the hair with the pale frosted lips. I opened her and made an audible gasp. GORGEOUS! Really... I think I can stop collecting Poppies because I cannot imagine them making anything better than this doll.  I think this is going to be one of those dolls people will kick themselves for not getting later.  The outfit is adorable and very detailed.  Future mod perfection. And the over the knee silver boots are swell.  The earrings are dangling silver triangles and the over-sized sunglasses are a great touch.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Tulabelle 2.0! Sassy new updated look.

Integrity won me over years ago with their amazing detail and fashion forward designs for 1/6 scale dolls. When they launched the Tulabelle line, I was in love with the youthful looks and the amazing value.  For at least fifty dollars less than other 16" dolls from competing companies, you would get a nice doll, amazing shoes and jewelry, a killer outfit, and a great handbag or hat.

IT has come back with a new wave of Tulabelle dolls but with a brand new "mature" head sculpt.  Other collectors have noticed a likeness to FR16 doll Hanne Erickson.  I can see the similarities (especially in Idol Thoughts) but I also still see the influence of Poppy Parker (the grandmother of Tulabelle).  The new sculpt definitely fits more in the realm of the FR16 models.  The original Tula sculpt is much more cartoony and youthful by comparison.  I like the first one...but I also like this new one.  I am trying hard to cut back on doll purchases in general...that said, I am REALLY tempted by the Sweet Tartan doll.  I like the red hair and the outfit.  So I might see if I can get her later on sale.  If not, I will hold out for the future version that screams at me to buy it.  I am tempted...but it is not keeping me up at night quite yet. Of course, it has only been a day.

In previous Tulabelle lines we have gotten at least one fashion that is a nod to a Poppy item in her closet.  I am really hoping to see that cute sequin mini on a future poppy.

I love the outfit on Idol Thoughts. Amazing detail and the clever t-shirt with the mod Poppy face is perfect. This is one of those outfits that just makes everything that Tonner has given us in the last five years look like velcroed playline Barbie clothes in comparison.  I mean looks at those pants people!  And those sleeves?  

Item # 86012
Idol Thoughts
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Winter 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer Starting Today!

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Tulabelle 2.0
Body Type: 16" Poppy Fashion Teen
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Light Blonde
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied 

Tulabelle is a 16-inch fully articulated vinyl fashion doll with root hair and hand-applied eyelashes.  Tulabelle is dressed in an eclectic ensemble perfect for mixing and matching with other pieces. The fashion consists of a coral pink jacket with blouson sleeves, cropped sleeveless top with Poppy Parker™ screen print in navy blue, green trousers, and orange platform pumps. A navy faux leather clutch finishes off the ensemble.  A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.

Fashion Saga is very Dita Von Tess to me.  Again with the amazing accessories.  

Item #86013
Fashion Saga
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Winter 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $$150.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt Tulabelle 2.0
Body Type: 16" Poppy Fashion Teen
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied  

Tulabelle is a 16-inch fully articulated vinyl fashion doll with stylish fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. Tulabelle is dressed in an off-white cropped jacket with embroidered detail on back, gold sequin halter top, and a black faux leather skirt with laser cut star pattern. Signature purple platform shoes and a faux leopard print fur clutch complete this fun look.  A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. 

My favorite is Sweet Tartan.  I love the hat and the asymmetrical blouse.  Also a fan of the Dr. Martens and the silver envelop clutch.  Hello bug pin  and sweater....you are adorable.  The red hair and the screening are doing it for me.  Again totally tempted.  We will see if she still is haunting me next week.  
Item #86014
Sweet Tartan
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Winter 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $$150.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt Tulabelle 2.0
Body Type: 16" Poppy Fashion Teen
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Titian Red
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied  

Tulabelle is a 16-inch fully articulated fashion doll with long, flowing fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. Tulabelle wears a fashion consisting of tartan metallic lurex leggings, a navy blue blouse with asymmetrical front placket and a thick white knit pull-over sweater. A navy blue knit beanie with net detail, yellow faux leather combat boots, and an oversized silver metallic faux leather envelope clutch finish this casual ensemble. A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. 



This one is mighty cute.  That mod sequin mini dress is very fun. I also love the funky orange vinyl clutch and the heel-less platforms.  

Item #86015
Mod*ern Love
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Winter 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $$150.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt Tulabelle 2.0
Body Type: 16" Poppy Fashion Teen
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Silver
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied  

Tulabelle is a 16-inch fully articulated fashion doll with fully rooted, short cropped hair and hand-applied eyelashes. Tulabelle is wearing a multi-colored pattern sequin mini dress with three quarter sleeves, a short hot pink fur coat with lilac stripe detail, and purple tights. An orange shiny faux leather shrimp shaped clutch and hot pink faux suede platform Mary Jane shoes finish off this fun and mod inspired ensemble. A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. 






Hate the hair on this one, but I get what they were going for...I just think it makes her hard to redress. The outfit is wonderful. The jewelry is fantastic. The detail on the bustier is great. The facial screening and hair color are also lovely.
  
Item #86016
Wicked & Divine
Tulabelle™ Dressed Doll
Limited Edition Size of 400 Dolls
Estimated Ship Date: Approximately Winter 2015
Suggested Retail Price: $$150.00
Available for Pre-order from Any Authorized Integrity Toys Dealer

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt Tulabelle 2.0
Body Type: 16" Poppy Fashion Teen
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Golden Blonde
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied  

Tulabelle is a 16-inch fully articulated fashion doll with rooted hair* styled in an extravagant, high-fashion double updo. Tulabelle is wearing a gold brocade hot pant suit, shocking pink satin bustier, black fishnets and black, pink and gold faux leather platform heels. A black faux leather clutch and gold chain choker necklace finishes off this edgy look. A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up.