Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Three Years A Charm!!!

Can you believe it? Today, we celebrate our three years in the blogosphere. How time flies when you’re having fun! Someone once asked me if I was afraid of running out of ideas. My response:  not at all! As long as there is fashion—be it from on catwalks, red carpets, museum exhibitions or simply, gritty urbanwear from big city streets—there will be plenty of inspiration to fuel this blog.

I’m pretty happy with the way things went over the past 12 months. There were slightly fewer posts than the year before, but I spent more time and space on each project in an effort to explore the multitude of options.  Inasmuch as today’s fashion is the sum of its parts, we steered a good share of our focus towards accessories: belts, hats, gloves, hair pieces, shoes and T shirts for Ken, Uggs and Chanel transformations for Barbie.  We remain faithful to our ongoing conversation on trends, but paused to properly finish our dresses, jackets, coats and skirts. In fact we even launched a new page dedicated to sewing tips!

We toured the exhibitions and marveled at the works of master couturiers, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent and Jeanne Lanvin. We played around with textiles: sun-printing with leaves, adding spark with foiling, even stringing together bits of metallic cardboard to form a Paco Rabanne style dress!

And so, you wonder, what could I possibly come up with for 2016. MORE OF THE SAME!!!

Me and the girls will be taking you to Barbie’s exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris later this spring. We’ll also be paying homage to the late French couturier, Andre Courreges, best known in the 1960’s for his “space age” fashion. We’ll do more cool things with fabrics and textile techniques. I also think it’s about time for our girls to spend a day at the spa so I’ll be sharing links to other blogs and videos for  tips on caring for our vinyl ladies and even styling their hair.

Of course we’ll occupy our usual front row seats at all the major catwalk shows in the US and Europe.  In fact, the Spring/Summer 2016 Paris Couture report follows this post immediately. The Academy Awards are not far off (my girls are working on their poses.) We’ve already collected the guy’s faves from Fall/Winter 2016 Menswear weeks. The only change: I’ll spread out those reports so they don’t take up a month at a time. The journalist in me has always felt the urgency to post my reports soon after the shows. However, I think the average reader, would rather see trends closer to the season for which they are designed. This will also give me time to stop and post tutorials on those special items that peak your interest.

Finally, there have been calls for me to put up a photo with my entire doll family. My New Years photo (above) comes closest, though about a third of the dolls are not present. It will take me a bit to construct this photo, but I promise to get that up at some point.

Again, I would like to thank all of you for tuning into my blog each week. You make all worthwhile. Thank you for your continued support and your most generous kind words.

Now let’s get this party started!!!!! Cupcakes anybody??!!!
 
 
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24 comments:

  1. I was so blessed to find your blog in 2015. You are that real fashion designer I seeking for the 1/6 world. You have never disappointed. Keep up the great work. So looking forward to all you and your dollies have to offer this year.

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    1. Thank you sooooooo much Vanessa for your kind words.

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  2. 2015 was a great year with your blog and I know 2016 will be the same, even better! In each post of yours one can find tips and inspiration. One of the great things about this blog is the consistency in your editorial line. Your posts are always an excellent reading. Actually you blog looks a lot more like a magazine (or a reference site) than a personal journal. Keep it up!
    a huge kiss Billa

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    1. Thank you, Billa for your kind words. That you say it looks more like a magazine is a real compliment. Thank you for your support and friendship!

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  3. So true! I would not miss a post for anything, and I do not have a doll in the house. When I recommend you as a go-to read, I get an odd look and later a sincere thank you, because you always deliver.
    Bravo! Brava! Bravi!

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    1. LOL!!! Thank you, not only for the compliment, but also for spreading the word about my blog. But...we've got to get you a doll!!!!!

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  4. So you were still fairly newish when I found your blog! It's been wonderfully educational.

    The NYE photo is stunningly glamorous.

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    1. Thank you, S-P. Each year, my dolls look forward to their "Black & White Ball." It's the kind of event I always dreamt of attending. When my father sees this on the piano, he says he expects the dolls to start dancing! LOL!!!

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  5. Happy blog anniversary!

    And your New Year's photo is fabulous with the setting, all the dolls, and how chic they all look!

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    1. Thank you jSarie. And so now you see how my dolls keep me busy. For Christmas they're all dressed in red & gold. And for New Year's it's Black & White!!! And then after the holidays, I redress them for winter!!!

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  6. Gratuluję pięknej Trzeciej Rocznicy utworzenia bloga! Twoje posty są wspaniałe a lalki cudowne! Wszystkiego najlepszego!

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    1. Olla wrote: Congratulations on a beautiful third anniversary of the creation of the blog ! Your posts are great and wonderful dolls ! All the best!

      Thank you Olla.

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  7. It's so amazing to view so many gals on top of the grand piano. Once upon a time it was graced with only a few gorgeous ladies and today, 3 years up the road, there is an overwhelmingly gorgeous collection, dressed in such incredible styles, fabrics and accessories. And now I must ask, did you really make those little cupcakes with dolls? Reminds me of something over here which needs to be done.... Adorable - Olimpia

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    1. Hi Olimpia, thank you for your kind words. I too am amazed at how my collection has grown. However, now that the collection is this big, I'm more discerning about the dolls I add. And yes....I did make those cupcakes. Those "girls" aren't as fabulous as the full length divas. I had to touch up their makeup a tad!

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  8. Happy blogoversary! You are definitely doing great here and I wish you many fruitful years ahead!

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    1. Thank you, BlackKitty. It's been a fun ride!

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  9. Congratulations! First of all, thank you so much for all the excellent posts you share, and second: wow, the group photo of the dolls is wonderful! You have a beautiful collection! I wish you many, many more years of happy blogging, and lots of ideas (but I'm convinced that is not a problem at all :-) ). I'm very glad you once decided to start blogging, so we all can enjoy your posts. xxx

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  10. Thank you, Linda for such a touching comment. This started out with a few Barbies and a few scarves and even I am amazed how my collection and my blog has evolved. I'm also amazed how much I've learned about this beautiful world of dolls AND doll people and am so happy to be a part of it. Thank you for your friendship and continued support. Big hugs.

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  11. Tu m'as donné une super bonne idée. Je ne me souviens plus cela fait combien de temps que mon blog existe. Je devrai faire un spécial comme toi. en passant j'aime énormément la photo sur le piano. J'imagine que cela a du prendre du temps pour réunir tout ce beau monde.

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    1. Je suis d'accord. Il faut que tu fetes l'anniversaire de ton blog. Il faut feter ton talent, ta creativite. Cela fait du bien! Cet un bon moment de reflechir tous ce qu'on a fait du passé et envisoner tous ce qu'on a toujours envie de faire.
      Et oui, pour habiller et poser tous mes poupees pour la photo, cela m'a pris une bonne semaine! Je le fais tous les annees!

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  12. Happy birthday to you and your blog! <3
    Can't wait to read more, I love your reports and tutorials and everything else! Your doll family's photo is beautiful~ And now I want cupcakes, yummy! : D

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    1. Thank you, Uraru. This is so much fun to do and I absolutely love this wonderful doll community. Thank you for your friendship and support. Every year around the holidays, I do a family portrait of my dolls. It takes about a week to put together!

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  13. Happy belated Blogiversary!!! Finally settled into my new place, so now I can start commenting on all of my favorite blogs again. <3

    I like the idea of a spa day for our dolly friends! If you want, I can send you some of my favorite hair styling tutorials through Pinterest. Also... maybe a bathrobe tutorial would go well with a doll spa theme?

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    1. Thank you Sarah. Wondered what had happened to you. Thank you for the share on Pinterest. I'll definitely take a peak. I've already done a bathrobe tutorial (3/22/13-Karate Kid: The Kimono). But I'll be sure to provide a link to that post in the text. Thank you for the idea. I already have a really fun photo for that post!!!

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