Friday, January 18, 2019

Barbie - A Holiday Tradition

Welcome again!

Today we have a very special doll indeed. We are going to feature this year's Holiday Barbie!

This is a special year as it was the 30th Anniversary of the Holiday Barbie. Here she is!

And her box is friendly for boxed but deboxed photos! Note if you want to display or take her out of the box for photos. I've noticed that it is infinitely easier to take them out from the bottom than from the top. She is very easy to slide out!

And she is beautiful. 

I know it's another red dress (because we seem to be getting red every year) but since this is the 30th anniversary and they modeled this dress after the very first Happy Holiday's Barbie from 1988, they went with red. I don't know if the one sleeve on the shoulder one sleeve off is intentional but it works!

And wow! What a necklace! Her curls are 'Holiday Barbie' hard and probably will need some fixing up if you take her out of the box. I do like the little headband!

Her dress has ruffles, ruffles and more ruffles! And a bow around the waist. 

More ruffles!

And I had to check the shoes and they are awesome! Mine seems to be coming off of her foot. I tried to put it back on but it wouldn't budge. 

The back of the box reads: "The holiday season is rich with traditions. For 30 years the HOLIDAY BARBIE doll has created a long lasting legacy of imagination and celebration. May she inspire you to love joyfully, celebrate special moments and create memories you'll treasure for a lifetime."

And as in years past, each skin tone has a different arm position. The photos of the dolls below don't show the one sleeve on shoulder one sleeve off shoulder as in my doll so like I said, I wasn't sure if it was intentional or not.

So, since I do have the original 1988 Happy Holidays Barbie, let's do a side by side comparison!

As is typical with dolls from the 80's, it's all about big and poofy and this doll has it. There is still the bow around the waist and the ruffles are a good take for the modern twist on the original. 

But 2018 and the back of the 1988 box gives a better look. Love the holly in the hair on the 1988!

Check the sleeves

It looks like one sleeve on one sleeve off! Maybe it was intentional this year. 

But Mattel, please PLEASE no more red dresses next year! If you could bring back the Mackie Barbies, that would be great. ;)

Friends, did you get this year's holiday Barbie? Do you like her or not like her? Let me know in the comments! 

Next post coming soon!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Barbie Bargains

Greetings Friends!

First of all, Happy 300! This is my 300th post here on The Barbie Blog. Hooray! And lots more to come! 

I am just getting ready to delve into the task of taking photos of dolly goodness that I got for Christmas. I hope that you all got some of your dolly wishes that were on your Christmas list too!

Before that, I wanted to share one doll that I picked up yesterday. My hubby and I got a rare treat to go to Wal-Mart sans kids! Honestly it was like a vacation (we are SO old.)

Hubby always cringes when I want to take a walk down the clearance aisle. He always reminds me "But we don't NEED anything." Whatever, you can always find something on clearance right?

And I did. 

I've had my eye on this AA beauty for a while now. She is gorgeous! And all the Fashionistas were $4 a piece! I had to pick her up.

She has straight black hair and hoop earrings.

Also I love her rainbow dress! So pretty.

But the back does have a different fabric than the front. I'm not a fan of this but considering the flimsy fabric this stretchy polyester on the back does give the dress some stability.

But not sure what's going on with these shoes! She has a flat foot so maybe that's why there's the cutout in the heel? Super strange!

I also think back to the time when Fashionistas were articulated. *sigh*

There weren't any other Fashionistas from this wave that I had to have. This doll is #90. This was the wave that had two 'man bun' Ken dolls!

I've also been doing some heavy duty Barbie organizing. I put all my loose dolls into one bin. A pink one (naturally.) And then all my misc. clothes in another bin. I am going to organize them by tops, pants, dresses, Barbie, Barbie clone, homemade, etc. Since we had to move out of our first house in a hurry and I had a 5 month old, I never got around to really organizing my doll stash. 

I've also got a ton of those craft/tackle boxes that are awesome for organizing shoes and other small accessories. 

So friends, do you have this doll or any of the other new Fashionistas in your collection? Have any helpful tips for organizing clothes? Let me know in the comments! 

Next time I'll have a super special doll for you. Until then!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year! Happy Haute Couture!

Welcome Friends!

I hope the new year will treat all of you well and bring you health and happiness. And I hope that your holiday season went well and you had a lovely time with family or alone whichever you prefer!

For Christmas I got a new Barbie Calendar!

And I can already tell that this is a new calendar of Haute Couture designs by the master of Haute Couture, Robert Best!

A few years ago I got a Haute Couture calendar of Robert Best designs but these are new one. There are a couple that are repeats but all the rest I have not seen before. So every month on the 1st we will have a new beautiful Haute Couture fashion from my calendar and I will also post the corresponding real fashion that I found.

Unfortunately this calendar does not tell me the names of each fashion so I had to do some hunting. I got close to all of them but there are a few that I could not locate. January was one that I could find and boy, it does not disappoint! 

January - A Night To Remember

Pink? Frilly? So much yes.

The design is called "In The Pink" 
 Oh my.

 BREATHTAKING! I must have her. 

Her excerpt from the website reads:

"Dressed to attend an elegant ball, Barbie® doll looks stunning in a breathtaking beaded floor-length gown of pink taffeta and organza. Tiny pink and clear Swarovski® crystal beads adorn the gown. This sophisticated creation also comes with a pink tulle petticoat and stole, pale pink pantyhose, evening gloves, faux pearl bracelet and earrings, and a clutch purse. Nostalgic face sculpting is complemented by short brunette hair, upswept at the back."

Her dress is so beautiful. The crystals, the tulle, so Barbie!

Do you have "In The Pink" in your collection? Let me know in the comments!

New Haute Couture coming February 1st!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Birthday Surprises

Hello again!

Today I am here to bring you some awesome goodies that I got for my birthday. And I just got around to taking pictures of them now...because life....and trying to decorate for Christmas!

I received some birthday money from my mom. I told her I wanted another Hairdorable doll but she wanted me to choose it because she didn't want to buy me the wrong one. She really can't because they are a surprise doll, lol. 

But I did get one and am really excited by the one I got. 

I got another Neila!

This is Moonlit Neila and this is her signature look.

I just LOVE her little alien print dress and her Saturn heart handbag .

Her accessory is a shooting star hair clip with curly pink hair attached. 

The tight curls seem out of place. I might try to style it like the promo pictures.
But here are my two adorable Neila's, Shooting Star Neila and Moonlit Neila. They are so cute.

While I was out shopping I took a cruise through the clearance and found these awesome girls!

The Barbie TV News Team! This was a whopping $5. I can't pass that up for two dolls!

The doll on the left is the camera woman and is so cute. She has freckles!

She is wearing a simple blue blouse and jeans. She has articulated arms so she can hold her camera! Not sure about the knees. Let's hope so!

She also wears brown short boots.

The girl on the right is the news anchor and is a beautiful curvy doll!

She has a pink dress and blue jewelry. Almost looks like a herringbone pattern.

She holds a microphone but unfortunately does not have articulated arms so the microphone can't be held to her mouth. I think this set was toward the beginning of the body type dolls, maybe they didn't have articulated curvy dolls yet. 

She wears nude heels.

Now, for the star of the post. One last birthday gift from my dad. 

Here is the 1979 Pretty Changes Barbie!

Oh my goodness, how fabulous is she? Don't you love these dolls from the Superstar Era?

And she comes with wigs! Don't you love wigs? I do. You can add a hat, change to a long blonde fall, a brunette fall and she is already in the blonde short.

You will be pleased to know that this box is friendly so I have boxed but deboxed photos! 

Just beautiful.

Here is a picture of the wigs. They are individually wrapped. Oh how I wish I could take her out and dress her up!

Love this outfit. The dress with the pants underneath. So 70's.

She comes with all her accessories including a necklace and barrette.

She also still had the instruction manual and the doll stand. Love that it's shaped like a star!

And the form to join the Barbie Fan Club. For only $5! Think they'll still let me join? 

This Barbie World of Fashion book has a lot of dolls in it! 

I also giggled when I saw this Ken doll. Hanes makes Ken feel good all under! HA!

The back of the box showcases all of Barbie's looks. The rose choker can be used as a belt or a headband and the blond short hair can be flipped forwards or backwards! And she can go from Disco to Dressy. Love it. Included with the wigs is the overblouse so that is where she gets her long sleeves from. Also there is no fringe on the bust of her bodysuit. Maybe a design change late in production.

But anyway I just love her!

So friends, do you have Pretty Changes in your collection? Any wonderful clearance finds lately? Let me know in the comments!

This will be my last post before Christmas so I wish you all a wonderful Christmas season to you and yours! And may all your dolly wishes come true!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Odds and Ends

Just a short little post for today but I am excited to announce...

...I finished it!

Remember the vintage storage trunk that my dad got for me and I wanted to redo the inside of it?

Yes, I finished it. After it sitting on my desk for two months, the nagging in my head that I need to finish it (and also I need to decorate for Christmas) I figured it was time.

So first I started with the ends and I chose this pretty floral pattern. It was a chore to try to fit it around that bracket for the clothes hanger.

So here is the inside with the ends done.

Previously I showed one piece of paper that I was going to use for the inside but I had to choose another and this is what I went with. I love the 60's vibe this paper gives me. It is just so fantastic.

And the other side.

I am IN LOVE with this case. I also ran some leather conditioner on the outside trim of the box since it was feeling a little dry. What do you think?

It looks like the right side has some bulging in the paper. I can assure you it's flush. Just lighting making it look that way.
Also, I posted about the new surprise dolls that I liked. The Hairdorables! Well, since they are surprise dolls and getting duplicates are a high possibility, could any other dolls wear the clothes?

Hairdorables have a swimsuit underneath. You could make a sarong to go around them for a cute little vibe and throw them in the pool with the other beach dolls.

What about Kelly?

So the dress seems to fit Kelly ok but not great. It is only fastened by one little piece of the velcro in the back.

And her feet are the right length for the shoes but the ankle is a little thick for the strap but they do stay on. 

So if I get doubles I guess I can make some different clothes for them (or send them to the pool) and my 900 Kelly dolls that I have will have to stay naked...for now!

I'll have another post up soon with some birthday goodies! Until then!