Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Victorian Elegance Barbie"

I told you I was going to post again regardless of my pain, so here is the next post. I also said I was going to do another holiday doll post. I have this beautiful doll I actually picked up yesterday (November Eighteenth) at the local thrift shop for twenty-five dollars! Remarkable finds I have been having so far this holiday season. This is just wonderful. :)
Here is what the top and the bottom of the package looks like. These colours are not my favourite combination but those are some Victorian colours for you! The green looks just like wallpaper you would see in those old houses too.
The front of the box which then opens as a door to reveal the doll shows this beautiful winter Barbie doll with brunette hair. The front also has a gold border around the edge of the package but it's hard to see it.
Here is this precious Barbie doll! Isn't she gorgeous? Oh my goodness. Where do I begin? The fur, the gold buttons running down the bodice of her chest, her incredible smile; it's just all too wonderful! Barbie is so ready for those cold flakes of the winter wonderland. She must be extremely cozy.

So, I wanted to briefly discuss the hair colour here. This is not Teresa. The Teresa doll does have brunette hair but in this case, it is Barbie with that shade. You can tell immediately by the face mold. This doll is sporting the Barbie doll face mold of that time as you can compare to other Barbie dolls from that time period. This is not a very good explanation but I am trying to define the fact that it's not of the hair colour, but the face mold that does initiate who the doll truly is.

More of the fine detail of the beautiful velvet dress is what I have posted above. Just look at how elegant that is. No wonder they titled this Barbie doll, 'Victorian Elegance.' Also, the front of the package shows the doll in more of a lighter looking ensemble. Inside the box it's dark. My camera didn't do anything to change it. I looked up on Google Images pictures of this doll and someone had a picture of her but outside her box. With that person's photograph, the doll's dress looked a tad bit brighter. 


This doll comes with two small pictures and a pair of ice skates. 
 
'"'Victorian Elegance Barbie is the first in a series of Special Edition Barbie dolls created exclusively for Hallmark Cards, Inc. The exquisite Victorian look of this collectible Barbie was inspired by an antique greeting card, first published in London in the [nineteenth] century. Two miniature reproductions of Victorian era cards from the Hallmark Design Collections are included with Victorian Elegance Barbie.

Victorian Elegance Barbie is dressed in a lovely skating costume, with a coordinating muff and hat. She is the picture of a charming Victorian beauty as she skates happily out on the pond with her friends.'" 

There is the notable description written on the inside part of the opening door for you to read. The picture is just as lovely as the doll with detail and a story of Victorian elegance!  I think this doll is just fabulous and I am real glad I could share her on my blog! 

Thank you for enjoying my blog and posts. I will try for another post as soon as possible. :)   

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2013 Holiday Barbie

Hello Everyone. I'm back. For a little while at least. I have been going through a lot right now. Sorry for not posting. Life has gotten too stressful for me. But let us not make this post about sorrow, for I have one beautiful doll to show you! So, let us get this show on the road.


This is the 2013 Holiday Barbie doll. I think she is one of the prettiest, most beautiful holiday Barbie dolls yet. What do you think? 

I picked this doll up at the thrift store for two dollars I think. She was a keeper the moment I picked her up. Her hair needs some tending to as it is all over the place and her dress is wrinkled but I just needed to post about her, especially since the holiday season is vastly approaching. Her dress is so beautiful with that silvery material. The lace snowflakes fit in just so perfectly and so does the tulle around her waist. What a lovely winter gown! 

She needs a little maintenance besides just her hair and making her dress more straighter. This 'snow queen' is missing her shoes and maybe some other things. But, regardless of all that stuff, she is fabulous! 


This is definitely one doll I am very thankful for! She really brings some cheer with her elegant look. Her smile too is beautiful. :)

I know I only posted two pictures of her but with a lot going on with me lately, I just snapped two photographs really quickly. It's been getting pretty exhausting for me just to take a couple pictures in fact. So far, people have been constantly controlling me and with my health on the risky side currently, I'm not in the best shape for anything really anymore. The only thing that is truly keeping me alive is God and my precious dolls. Not one of them has a frown on their faces. That just makes me so stunned. Because of my health and other reasons, I am not posting as much as I thought I would be able to. It makes me angry actually because with blogging the only way to transfer my thoughts and connecting to people who actually understand my 'doll logic,' it just makes me so tired as well. Well, enough of that rant but at least you all know what is going on and keeping me from posting. 

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That is the African American version which I have as seen above, in her full package. The package itself is lovely too with the reindeer and snow flakes in the background. I am amazed of this doll. She is magnificent! 

As for now, I will be leaving this post with a hopeful and positive note. I have more holiday Barbie dolls to be shown and I know I'm going to force my pain-staked body to post them for you all. Thank you all for sticking around and being there for me. Also, I'm not asking for any sympathy. I just wanted to share with my followers why I haven't been blogging at all. :)


I almost forgot about this fun little detail on the doll's hands! She has her nails painted! So much fun.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Fashionistas Nikki"

I absolutely love the Nikki doll by Mattel! I have two other Nikki dolls as well, but I just picked this one up today at Goodwill  so I thought I might as well share her. Surprisingly, there were two other Nikki dolls exactly the same in their packages too but I carefully picked the one I wanted. One box was totally damaged on the top but was worse than mine and the other doll's purse was missing from the other box. I think I got the best of the three! Yay. Exciting.

For some reason though, I feel like this Nikki's face looks way different from the other Nikki dolls ever made. Not just her make up, but maybe her head mold. Maybe I'm just seeing things though. Crazy me! Oh well, she is one of a kind and I will always adore the Nikki doll! She is just genuinely fashionable as she is a Fashion Blogger (Barbie.com). Her personality seems like a kind-hearted person who would take the time to listen and stick up for people.
Anyway, for five dollars, this doll was a must buy! So, I am happy to have purchased her today and add her to my collection. :)
To the doll though, her dress speaks 'spring' to me. I am pretty sure I have another purse like the one she has with her in her package. Overall, since Nikki is one of my favourite dolls, I give her a positive rating. She is just very stunning!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Bowling Party Janet"

Hello again everyone! Yes, we meet again! It's been a while since I posted, yes a long while but I think I will be here for a while so, no worries. Let's hope that I stay...

Anyway, after this mess of a life decided to continue,  I finally found some time to sit down and post. This whole last summer has been crazy hectic. I got so many dolls too so it makes it hard to sit and find time to post when they all want a chance at being 'stars.' But since I just picked up and found  "Bowling Party Janet," I found some inspiration again. Are you ready for a post? I sure am, and it's only my second post... Crazy, I have some catching up to do. That shouldn't be hard considering all of the dolls I have. Alright,  let's go!

I just dressed Janet in some random clothes I had because she was nude. The clothes she is wearing is actually an Only Hearts Doll dress. She is super adorable I think. I love her hair, that's my favourite part! 


Janet's smile is genuine. Such a light!

On her hand which we all know, is the magnet for the bowling ball to be attached. Her hand only swings so far so the bowling ball can roll as the button on her back is pressed I am only guessing. Not sure though because I am having some issues with that supposed feature. :/

I tried pressing the button on her back there but it is like hard and stuck. I am wondering if anybody knows if the bowling ball is supposed to be attached to her palm before the button can compose movement. If you know, please comment! 

Also, I found it a bit odd that the body mold only states, 'China' instead of 'Mattel' and a year. I don't know. I've only been collecting for about a year now but that is questioning to me as well.

Again, I love Janet's locks of gorgeous hair! That is something to note on because not many dolls are made with that type of fibrous material anymore. :( They are all with the simple straight hair regardless of skin colour. 

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Wow, wouldn't you love to have the complete set? The bowling lane looks actually pretty fun. I love how there are bowling pins and she is wearing a pair of bowling shoes too! Such a cute doll I have to admit. Such a steal and I am happy that she is now apart of my collection. :)

Well, as I have finished another long post, I will see who I should blog about next. I will do better at posting though as I just started again and have so many thoughts bubbling up  in my brain. 

Have a great day everyone! See you in my next post! 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

"Pretty Changes Barbie"

I think that out of all of my blonde haired beauties, this is by far my favourite! 
She is the 1979 "Pretty Changes" Barbie. The fun thing about this doll is that her hair was what made her 'pretty changeable!' My Mum's friend picked her up for me at a garage sale. He said she must be a vintage doll because of the 1966 year stamp on her back. I was just like... She is adorable, but she is not a that old! 
I got to be honest, I love this hairstyle she has presented! I thought it was the Bubble Cut but as I found out who she really was, in a book that I checkout at the local library, it turns out that her hairstyle is 'tightly curled.' She also came with two other hairstyles that I am guessing can clip into her hair; straight hair and full hairstyle with loose curls. All so cute but not as cute as this hairstyle! 

When I got this doll from my Mum's friend, she didn't come with a box. Just how she is pictured. So, no earrings, no ring in her hand, just some matted down hair that I still so dearly love. 
Also, she came wearing the blue dress. My mum and her friend said that it looked like an original, but I could tell with the sequin and the bottom embellishment, that the dress was very beautifully handmade. So pretty! But, the "Pretty Changes" Barbie originally wears a "satiny yellow jumpsuit with a sheer white and yellow overskirt, matching floppy hat, and scarf with flower. Also included, she wears a yellow and white long sleeved overblouse, white picture hat, and brunette fall, and long blonde fall." (The words in quotes are taken from the book. I still have to write out the citation.)
This doll was a Store Promotional Doll which means she came with something free. Her free item was "Barbie Play Perfume. A little 1.2 fluid ounce pink and white bottle of Barbie Play Perfume, was packaged in a small box and taped to the side of the doll's box."


That is the back side of the dress and you can tell that it was beautifully crafted. 

Overall, despite her flaws such as her fading lips or the flat hair, I love this doll! I am happy she is among my other dolls I so greatly care for in my collection. :)

 Original packaging of the "Pretty Changes"  Barbie courtesy of RubyLane.com.