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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Big Beautiful Dolls


In my hobby, as in life, the one thing I like is diversity. Tallulah Belle brings that to Roville. Her softic figure adds another representation of fashion doll beauty. She is a former BBD.


Big Beautiful Dolls, Inc. was owned and operated by two African American women, Audrey Bell and Georgette Taylor. They were the creative force behind full-figured dolls, Dasia (African American), Dena (Hispanic) and Dawn (Caucasian). Initially designed in 1999, these dolls were created to give consumers a wider choice of fashion dolls to select from. Audrey and Georgette’s mission was to “offer inspiration through a doll that reflects and honors our fuller figured women… and to help young girls and women embrace a better self image of who they are.”



The dolls were made of vinyl and retailed for $59.95. Each model came dressed in an attractive velour evening gown accented by a sheer wrap trimmed with marabou feathers. They wore black nylon hose and black faux leather high heel shoes.

I purchased Dawn around 2006 and renamed her Tallulah Belle. I had a brief email exchange with Audrey about clothing for Tallulah and she indicated the company was considering a clothing line. Unfortunately that did not materialize and sadly the business is no longer in operation.

Fortunately, Tallulah Belle lives on. She has challenges, although not of weight nor color. Thanks to Audrey and Georgette she embraces her full size and ethnicity. She sees herself as a big sexy blonde which, of course, she is. No, Tallulah Belle’s challenges are with clothing! Or the lack thereof. She is, after all, a fashion doll and what’s the point of being a fashion doll if Mattel and Integrity are not producing a clothing line for full figured women? Her guardian (moi!) does not sew (at least not well), so I’ve had to be crafty about coming up with clothing for her. She thinks I’ve brilliantly acquired haute couture for her. I’m revealing to you it’s not. But don’t tell her that. hee hee

This week I came across a new outfit at the mall for her. So out of her box she came to proudly model it.







Tallulah Belle is all curves and isn’t afraid to show them. She’s loving how her stretchy black skirt (sock) hugs her womanly hips. The intense hue, tiered ruffles, and low décolletage of her top (BABW) creates a goddess effect.   








A woman wearing a diamond bracelet is a woman dressed elegantly. Tallulah Belle’s silver and diamond (toe ring) statement piece sparkles on her wrist and enhances her outfit. 

















Cheers!


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Monday, April 16, 2012

Fashion Royalty Renew and Refresh Trunk

Loft Surroundings Collection (spring 2006)
500 pieces
Retail $224.99

I hauled out my Renew and Refresh Trunk today. What a whopper! I bought it when it was released. Hard to believe that was six years ago. Harder still to believe is that I’ve only had it out to play with a few times. It’s fabulous, so why haven’t I played more with it? Like I said, it’s a whopper – it’s been easier, for the sake of space, to store it in its original box for protection, up high, out of the way.

One of the things that irks me about this piece (and it’s a tiny irk) is that the mirror makes it difficult to photograph without getting a reflection of the photographer in the background. I know there are ways to get around it, but I really want to be able to photograph the dolls without the bother.

The second thing that irks me (tiny irk) is that it doesn’t look like a built-in when set up. Obviously, for most collectors this is not a problem – I’ve seen absolutely amazing photos of different ways people have used their trunk. But for me, it’s all about creating little lives in little spaces that look as realistic as I can make them. I don’t always achieve this, but I try. 

Today I built a surround (fitted around the trunk so there are no spaces). I wallpapered the surround and added matching side walls. And I did away with that irksome mirror.








A trunk within a trunk.






I hope you feel inspired to dig out your unused pieces and have as much fun as I did.


Cheers!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy ever after?

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•.♥  Danielle Hayer and Roderick Taylor from Vans Doll Treasures are tying the knot. 

If you haven’t already met Danielle and Rod, you can find their story at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lit7Ard1HU

Invitations have been mailed and guests are preparing for the grand day.

Here, Buffy St. Clair and Rowena Millicent-Jones of Roville get ready.

















Best wishes, Danielle. Congratulations, Rod.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Stardoll Rebodying


D7ana over at phillycollector.blogspot.com was on top of "Stardoll by Barbie" fashion dolls before they were even released and has kept us up-to date since. She announced in March 2012 that the dolls were on sale at Target. Thank you, D7ana!

To recap, Stardolls are mini-fashionistas right down to their real eyelashes and on trend mix-n-match outfits. They were released in 2011 and retailed at $20.99 each. Separate fashions packs sold for around $14.99. 

Stardolls are sorta old news now but they're still providing me with lots of fun. I’ve rebodied mine and thought I’d share what success I have had matching skin tones. 

Here my girls meet for morning coffee and gossip at the local Donut Shop.


Bonjour Bizou Style 1 & 2 and Fallen Angel were rebodied on 2012 Fashionistas with tanned skin tone.




Most 2012 (and prior) Fashionistas have tanned skin tone, so they are easy to find. Here’s an example:


Pretty in Love was rebodied on a 2011 Barbie Basics Model #4b. The Basics have the model muse slim hips, so it’s obvious that Pretty in Love won’t be ordering donuts with her coffee this morning.


Doll Space Style with her rosy, slightly yellow skin tone was the most difficult to match.

Problem solved when I ran across this pale skinned 2012 Fashionista. Perfect match for Doll Space Style! 


Gothic was rebodied on Black Canary 2008 Barbie Doll with pale skin tone, large bust. I’m not sure if she’ll stay on it, but until I find a better option, the skin tone match is great.


My favorite Stardoll is Doll Space Style. I love her sculpt. Her hair and eye color, and red lips are a killer combination, imho.


Coming in second is Pretty in Love. To me she looks friendly and intelligent. Maybe that’s why she’s the first Stardoll to begin life in Roville. She's entrepreneurial and owns a coffee shop. She doesn’t have a name yet and I'd love to hear suggestions, please.




I’m looking forward to fun playtime with these girls. I’m dying to restyle their hair, and thinking of re-rooting Fallen Angel’s bangs. Yes? No?


Happy Playing.