Saturday, October 25, 2014

Refinement

I didn't post last week because we were in Virginia putting a contract on land.  (Positive movements toward retirement!!)   Some of the most beautiful fifteen acres we've come across.  It has a private wooded setting with meadows and a brisk creek, 400 feet of road frontage, and very close to shopping and medical facilities.  Our offer was accepted, so we are on our way!

So, this week will be somewhat of a "catch up".

First up, I want to post a photo of a couple $1.97 outfits I found at Walmart a couple weeks ago.  There has been some buzz on the internet about the "Sparkle Girlz" line.
The outfits are trendy and a little snug but fit Poppy and Mattel dolls quite nicely.  There's a great deal of play value in these!
The top is actually a bodysuit.  It's a shame these outfits use velcro closing, but for $2, you really can't find too much fault!

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I was recently reading another blog on line and felt a shared angst with the author.  They were voicing their disappointment with this year's IT offerings.  The author wrote that he had to ask himself, when looking at Natalia, why he hadn't spent his money on an earlier version.  The earlier version had a better face up and hair and could be purchased secondary market for what he had paid for Elusive Creature.

That was a startling revelation!   But I have to agree with this.   Am I, as a collector, caught up with having to buy the newest simply because it is the most current?  

I decided that maybe it was time to "refine" my collection by focusing on some of the earlier releases that I had missed.  With this in mind, I was able to find Future Bound Luchia Z from 2009.  She has been on my radar for a very long time.   Someone offered her head, in perfect condition, for $50.
I've seen her with repainted lips, but, for me, the lips are one of the things I like.  It's different and unlike anything else in my collection.   I had purchased a handspeak body this past summer that had a white manicure, so it was a no-brainer.  She is wearing the jacket from 2006's True Royalty Vanessa, the skirt from 2003's Fashion Plate Veronique, and the hat from Mattel's A Day At The Races.

I think she actually may have elevated my collection a little.  I hate to admit it, but I had more fun redressing her than any new doll I've received in the past few months.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ding! Ding! Ding! We Have A Winner!

I found out that my wait for replacement heads for Eugenia and Natalia is going to be a long one.  I got an e-mail from IT Patient Care that they were shutting down to attend to matters of the upcoming convention and wouldn't re-open until November 5.  I have an inner struggle with paying $270 for defective merchandise and waiting six to eight weeks for a replacement.

One doll from the spring reveal that I've been eagerly anticipating is Full Spectrum Veronique.  I get excited about short-haired dolls; they are few and far between.  When this doll was announced I told a friend, "She is either going to be amazing like Sheer Goddess (one of my all-time favorite Veronique dolls), or they'll really mess up the cut."

Here is a photo of the doll still in her box that I received from my dealer.  No eye problems.  No hair problems.  Everything is just right!  Hip, Hip, Hooray!
She came with a ring (can't have enough of those), a cute pair of earrings, and two standard issue bracelets.   The shoes are a perfect match to the dress in color and are excellent pumps to have in the shoe collection.  There was a pair of extra hands and a negligible purse.   This purse actually gets the award for worse purse ever produced by IT.
I love this dress!  It is a great addition to the FR2 wardrobe.   The fabric choice, cut and design are perfect to scale.  Here is how she looks right out of box.
And sounding a little like Nina Garcia, "A lovely surprise from behind."
One of the things I especially love about Full Spectrum is that she returns to representing the mature woman who runs a fashion conglomerate - the original storyline behind Veronique Perrin.  Here is a close up of Full Spectrum Veronique wearing the 2010 Monogram Escapade jacket and skirt.  They fit beautifully.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you.  It is not the exact same doll.  I had decided to watch e-bay for a second, nude version of this doll for a body donor.  That doll arrived last week.  I prefer the face up and hair on this doll to the one I received.  Several collectors have noted there is a great deal of variance in this doll's face ups, hairlines, and face shapes.  It reminds me of last year's Out Sass Vanessa.  Although the difference is quite subtle in my dolls, the one I chose to keep has longer hair in the back, and her face seems a little thinner.

I added the blouse from 2010's FR2 Bergdorf Goodman's Fashion Night Out Luchia to get this effect.
Full Spectrum's short hair allows you to showcase the exquisite detailing of this shirt with its double collar.   I love this doll!
I was beginning to get seriously worried about my future with IT dolls.   Just when you think about throwing in the towel, a girl like this comes along.  She brings a new element to my collection- a more mature sophistication that has been lacking.  I couldn't be happier with Full Spectrum Veronique.