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Charlotte Olympia Loves Barbie

Posted by helen on September 6, 2016

This doll has been the talk of the town, she was first spotted at New Yaohan Dept. store in Macau, China in the middle of August.  but Mattel went after all the doll forums & bloggers to remove the photos.

Since she is now in the US market,  and she is in my hand, I suppose its okay to post a few photos.– I am so not happy with BFC, it offers almost no service, so I decided to use BC to host my photos. –hope the photos do show up, so BC makes itself a little bit useful  lol

I picked up mine from NYC store. I preordered her on Aug 26.

Poor Barbie had to ride Subway home with me, no pink  convertible whatsoever

On heels, On subway

the Package

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Happy September!

Posted by helen on September 1, 2016

I have not posted Desktop Calendar for quite some time,  here comes Miss September…

the hottest doll of the Month, Barbie Loves Charlotte Olympia. (size 1680×1050 pixels)


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the new look of City Chic

Posted by helen on August 4, 2016

She consoles me for all the fun I have missed at 2016 Barbie Convention!

I suppose she is at Andy Warhol’s Gallery Opening

I guess it was a pretty popular style back in 60s:

Renée Breton in a Christian Dior satin evening gown, photographed by Georges Saad at chez Véronèse, 1952.:

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Disney’s 25th Anniversary Beauty & Beast Dolls go on sale today

Posted by helen on August 2, 2016

To Celebrate Belle & her Prince’s  25th Anniversary, Disney rolled out 3 New “Beauty & Beast” dolls: Belle, Beast and Gaston,  early today (Aug 2nd)  in their  selected stores. the dolls  will also be available online on Aug 3rd .   The Belle doll may be worth collecting….

Belle Limited Edition 17″ Doll

Global Edition: 5,000  –  $119.95 US / $149.95 CAN

no one has the doll  in hand yet, her eBay price already hits $398.

By the Way, Mattel’s 50th Anniversary Francie doll  (limited to 4,000) will also hit the market on Aug 3rd, only I don’t think Franice  would be sold out immediately, but the Belle doll may be out before you know it.

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city chic blue suit

Posted by helen on July 29, 2016

City Chic:

City Crap:


the doll has lots scratches on her body, a lopsided face.  the outfits not only cheap & unfit, the factory workers also left Shiny Iron scorch marks which caused discolorations.

some alterations are made,  the peplum at the bottom of the skirt  has turned into puritan collars, still cheap-looking,  b/c the nylon fabric is not apparel quality:

A new makeover & a new  Summer Sundress:

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URBFC 2016 Barbie Convention Raffle Dolls

Posted by helen on July 23, 2016

I was asked to make 2016 convention Raffle dolls for the URBFC club nearly a  year ago, but I didn’t do a thing until there was absolutely no time left. I’m not attending Barbie Convention,  I had to finish them then send to a friend who drove to the Convention early this week.  I managed to rush them out on last Thursday via Priority 2 Day Mail,   it was a 6 LBS package, the postage cost me an arm & a leg–that’s a punishment for being late.

if you are a regular convention raffle room goer, you probably know that URBFC’s donation has always been  one large lot that includes  many outfits, accessories, furniture, etc.  but this year,  one of the  Raffle Chairs said to me she may split the donation  into 2 lots, I m not sure what the final decision is..  One-lot is more exciting for the Winner,  2-lots would have more winners (perhaps not, one lucky  person can win both)

I m posting the part I have done,  I don’t know what other members have donated, would like to see them.

“All Star” Pop Portraits

A dropwaist ballgown features the old Hollywood stars Barbie & ken have portrayed. Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean… all are on one screen.

The original doll was LuciAna, Donated by our club member Cat.  I gave her a makeover to match the dress.

“Love” earrings.


The other doll is Poseable,  she was the Little Black Dress, donated by our club president Mike.  as many people don’t like her unflattering elbow joints,  I decided to let her wear long sleeve Jumpsuit, so  the joints would not be seen.

The doll dresses up for one of Convention  themes “Urban Graffiti” ,  The fabric design was inspired by the famous Graffiti Wall in NYC (Bowery Mural)   I took a photo of the wall then photoshopped  some Barbie heads on it.

I confess,  the original plan was to make the red couch and pose the doll just like they way Andy Warhol sit. but I ran out of time and could not find all the Materials I needed to make the Couch in time.  so  she sits on the floor.  😦

Then I remembered the Popsicle Chair I made, although badly painted, its better than Floor. lol


adding a couple of fashion packs, they all fit Poseable silkstone:

after looking at these photos again, I noticed I forgot to sew a couple of faux buttons at the front of the dress. that’s what happens when everything is done in a big rush.

Happy Convention to all the Convention Attendees.


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Happy Memorial Day

Posted by helen on May 30, 2016

This is my new Wonder Woman.

Happy Memorial Day

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Psychedelic –bring in the colors

Posted by helen on May 26, 2016

life is more than “black & white”, life is…colorful. Barbie needs colors anyway…


Monochrome vs Psychedelic:

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Black & White Collection: Fashion & Illusion

Posted by helen on May 19, 2016

Mattel’s Designers have completed their “Black & White” Platinum Collection for Barbie, my “Black White” Titanium Collection has just begun.
Making my debut–

the first one up: Fashion & Illusion –Mistresses of the Universe

Marilyn Monroe & Barbie, who is your fantasy?

Fashion inspired by Dolce & Gabbana 2009 Fall Collection

It takes Mattel 4 years to complete its “Black White” collection, not sure how long it will take me to finish my run… I have ideas but no driving force…
My plan for the next one is “Black & White: Yin & yang”

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New Look: Misty Copeland

Posted by helen on May 17, 2016

Misty Copeland doll has gone through Hair Transplant surgery, I gave her a head of new hair and a new body.

The Glued Hair:

With New Hair:  she will need a better facial makeover, I’ll repaint her again when I am in good mood.

The doll looks nothing like Misty Copeland, since I don’t need a role model at this stage of my life, the “Likeness” doesn’t matter to me. the Face Sculpt itself is good enough to make a nice addition to my collection.

Just as I predicted, her price would be low at “Amazon Warehouse Deals” –this morning her price was $23.07.  if you keep waiting,  most likely, you will find her at $15 very soon.


She is still available on Amazon & Walmart Websites at regular price $29.99 or $29.97.  How funny an eBay seller listed her for $325 plus $15 shipping & an Amazon receipt. if only someone can help me to understand the Mentality of this seller:  Why would he want to give a buyer an Amazon receipt that stated the doll is $29.99 if the buyer actually pays $340? To prove his honesty?

blah—This face mold actually looks like Donald Trump’s 3rd wife. I am not a fan of this couple…

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