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Here is a photo we received from Lula a couple of months ago. We couldn't wait to hear more about these cute little dollies with her!
Lula Star arrived home to Dolltown in early August, after months of traveling, and living in Australia.
And we heard the story ...
At times, when she was gone, Lula was by herself...with only the noise of an air conditioner for company.
So, on one of their journey adventures , to New Zealand, Lani and Fin got her some companions, an international adoption!
They were so little Lula had to look after them..her family, she called them.
How did she manage 7 little dollies?!
They were all tucked in Lani's suitcase, with Lula, for the trip home.
And you can imagine their surprise when they were taken out and found themselves in a very strange environment.
We have been acclimatising them, keeping them under wraps, and waiting for the right moment.
They are going to be VERY popular in Dolltown. The Little Darlings love babies, especially Xennia.
Lula decided that a hot Beach Day was the perfect time to introduce them to the other Little Darlings...
Well, Lula will have lots of help now to look after her little family!
Xennia wants one of the babies for herself!
"I'll think about it", Lula said when Xennia asked.
Lula and Faith, water ballet... Who knew?
Well, I did.
One of our favorite Doll Membership sites, Doll Observers has a monthly photo theme.
And August's is Rio Olympic Sports!
Now, what could we do for that?
That's easy, I thought... Races!
But Lula and Faith came to me and asked if they could wear our only two bathing suits and learn a routine.
What kind of routine? Synchronized swimming!
Well, how am I supposed to photograph that?
I'll think about it...
And while I was busy with other photo shoots, the two girls watched lots of Olympics. They kept turning the channel to find the swimming routines.
After hours of practice, they were ready to show us!
We decided to take the photos of the routine on the sand, at the beach. That way all the other dollies could see the whole thing, and not just doll legs sticking up out of the water.
Here we go! Enjoy!
This is the cute posing part, before the synchronised swimmers climb into the pool.
Our lifeguard is taking a nap, we think, behind her sunglasses. Okay for now, Beach Lady!
But you are missing the show!
Uh oh, Tink...
Don't distract the girls!
Oooookay then, but try to stay out of their way!
The other way, Tink!
The girls are so focussed! They just keep going!
Now Birdy too! It's getting crowded!
Evie is catching on to the routine!
Okay! We seem to have two routines going on!
Who are you going to join, Xennia?
Oh, here we go...even a little bird gets in on the action, landing on Xennia's head! Faith finally loses her focus!
Oh girls! Lula gives up. The routine comes to a messy end!
Lula and Faith...and Evie! You did very well!
And glad the rest of you...had fun!
We are all imagining some music...
And smiling faces! These girls are very serious!
Wow, you girls MUST have been practicing!
Faith and Lula!
Faith is pretty shy, so Lula must have encouraged her!
"Can I join them?", Tink asks.
Better not, dear. You don't know the routine anyway.
Legs down, now, Tink! Oh dear...
Now, here's Birdy and Evie.
And Evie just joins right in, too!
But Birdy and Tink seem to be making up their own!
And now Xennia is watching the fun....
Not sure who you are joining Xennia...
But I am impressed with the concentration of Lula and Faith with so much going on!
Oh Xennia! Now Lula can't continue! Only Evie left!
The girls decide to take their routine to the water...
Wake up, Beach Lady! You might be needed!
(Can she even swim? She looks like she's made of wax!)
So, now we have photos to post on Doll Observers!
But we have lots more beach photos to come.
And the last photos of Conner, at least for awhile.
And a new Little Darling friend in Dolltown?
We even have a lifeguard!
Look at Tink!
We posted photos of Tink wearing her froggy outfit a few days ago. Again. She didn't want to take it off...
Well, she felt that way about the Paris Elie Saab dress too. She walked out the door of the fitting room, still wearing it! There was a brief hubbub until our dolls were able to convince the people getting the dollies changed, that Tink is not capable of "stealing". No intent! She just does not have the concept of "yours" and "mine" fully established. She shares her stuff easily and happily! Well, she also shares other's stuff easily, which causes a fuss sometimes...
But she turned up at the beach VERY happy, froggy outfit forgotten, because she is now wearing a yellow tube sock.
MY yellow tube sock, cut with scissors!
"Scout did it", Tink says, happy. And Scout shared with her.
SCOUT! Come here a minute!
Okay, we'll talk later.
Those tube tops they've made for the beach are just too cute!
The other girls arrive in groups!
Tink and Scout aren't the only ones with a made-up summer beach outfit!
Some creative outfits here! Recognize our summer dresses pantaloons?
And the Little Darling underwear tops? Shhhh. Swimwear!
Since we only have two real bathing suits.
Scout and Lula! Such good buddies!
And Lula is wearing the cute bathing suit that she took to Australia!
And just wait until you see what she has learned how to do, partnering up with another Little Darling.
In Dolltown, friendship is important.
Dolltown began because we decided to acquire friends for our vintage singletons!
Some of our vintage were pairs, so they already had friends...
But several did not....
I figured that all our dolls ought to have friends.
So as the Dolltown characters started to arrive, they each naturally paired up with like minded others, or others in the same scale.
And we have lots of friendships now in Dolltown!
But we recently had a shake up with the Little Darling BFF's.
Isn't that just like little girls!
Things just weren't working with some of the pairs. Something had to be done. And that meant I had to figure out what was wrong...take a step back and see what was causing it.
I realized something that had contributed to the friendship incongruencies...I set up most of the friendships before the actual dolls arrived.
Several of our dolls were ordered from artists. And while we waited for them to come, I used their model photos to pair up them up.
And when the they actually arrived in Dolltown, they buddied up.
It makes it easier to keep track of things.
Dolls really do have characters, that show up especially in their faces.
If the eyebrows are straight, or curved, if the eyes have a direct look, or a soft look...it makes a difference in who they are. What they say.
And we had a couple of dolls who were showing a different character than their photos. And they needed different BFF's!
That took a shake up....
So, without showing all the changes, I'll talk about three.
Birdy's buddy was Rosa, Evie was hooked up with Conner, and of course, Lula and Scout were BFF's.
But, although I love Conner's black flip hair and her fabulous blue eyes, I just kept switching her up, trying to get her right. Her character was not jiving with Evie, who is quite a tomboy, and very active.
And when I took off Conner's wig, and Rosa's, I could see the problem. (They are both Geri Uribe's #1's)
Without their wigs, Conner has a soft, sweet look, with rounded eyebrows, and Rosa has a more intense look, with her big green eyes.
So, I have made a 3-way change...
Lula is now hanging with Evie, both outdoorsy.
Rosa is cooking up serious stuff with Scout, both on a mission!
And Conner...we have tentatively switched her to a soft brown jojo wig and the name Coco.
And she is buddying up with Birdy.
Coco will make her appearance for our beach photo story.
And Conner will be "going on assignment".
We love you, Conner!
Lose a character, gain a character...
We'll see how it goes. Maybe Coco will just be visiting for now, just in case the change is not permanent.
Even her name is a maybe...
But so cute! Definitely like a new doll when they get switched up like this.
Here's Tink...our sweet and mischievous Tink.
We received this very cute froggy outfit in June from the infamous Maggie and Kate Create.
Tink loves frogs, so she got to wear the outfit first.
But she has had it on ALL SUMMER! And no one else has had a chance.
Tink has worn it for photo shoots, Awards Day, the Ice Cream Party, Birdy's Birthday party...
and now she says she is wearing it to the beach!
No Tink! I went out to the garden to find her...
It wasn't too hard because she was calling frogs.
I tracked down her little voice, "Here froggy, froggy." (Good luck, Tink.)
When she saw me she did her best to run away. I just walked behind her. herding her to the other girls...
Look at Tink! When all else fails...pick me up because I am so cute!
No, Tink...look at that sweater.
There's actually a stain on it!
Was it the plums? Oh no!
Oh ya..look all around, as if you'll find the stain somewhere else.
Tink, you are in serious denial. What am I going to do?
Luckily Xennia stepped in and made Tink face up to the fact...
"Your sweater needs washing!"
Her whole outfit needs to be thrown in the washing machine!
(Okay, I'm handwashing. I do not want to wreck this cute M&K top.)
"Come on, Tink!"
Xennia took Tink to get changed.
It's beach time!
Go find your beach wear!
The sooner you get ready, the sooner we can go!
THEY WENT TO PARIS!! Without me!
Okay, so remember this photo I posted in my July 28th issue of the Dolltown.News?
We found this photo on April's Fashion Doll Stylist blog.
We thought...this looks like our Birdy! How cute!
IT IS BIRDY!
And this is an Elie Saab Couture Fashion Show...IN PARIS!!
All month, Fashion Doll Stylist, April, was making cryptic comments about my dolls, and her fashion dolls. I was too distracted to ask what she meant.
And several of my girls were tossing about French phrases, "Bonjour" and "Merci", asking for gelato for their Ice Cream Party, and making unusual style choices, like Tink and Xennia's Ice Cream party wrapped-cloth napkins outfits...sounding all knowledgeable, talking about drape and design.
Recently, when I had a little time, we started to track down these mysteries. I had our Dolltown reporter, Miley, digging up clues, listening in on giggled conversations, and trying to trip up the easiest targets, like Tink and Xennia.
"So...how do you know all this French?", she asked them?
"Chantal!", they said cleverly, since Chantal DOES know lots of French phrases.
But when Lula returned to Dolltown from Australia, we noticed even SHE was saying "Merci Madame"! And whispering words of endearment in French, to her little New Zealand family!
And then I heard Lula whisper, "Trumpette!" to Priscilla under her breath. I don't even know what that means! (Does Lula need a talking to?)
The story came out... Asa and Arlen called the Little Darlings together and brought out a splashy painting of the Eiffel Tower the girls had made after Birdy's Birthday party. And they told us about a remarkable adventure...
It's more than I dreamed of,
as the Agent for the Dolltown dolls!
(Okay, I am a little rattled by it all.)
Apparently, Asa and Arlen (and Willow below) knew all about it.... Knew all about it? They were on the trip!
Wait till you see the photos!
"Would you do it again?", Arlen asked Asa.
"In a heartbeat.", Asa replied.
(You would tell me. Right Asa? Of course!)
"Did I look pretty in my dress?", she asked.
And did I walk like a real model?", Priscilla said.
Willow arrived with Lula. Willow was gathering the girls who went on the trip. She wanted a group photo,
now that the secret was out.
She was talking about the beautiful dress she got to wear. Excuse me, but...Priscilla?
"Thank you for taking me to Paris!", Priscilla said to Asa.
How polite of Priscilla!
"You looked very pretty!", Arlen answered her.
"I love Paris!", Priscilla said.
"I think I will live there when I grow up!"
"Why does Priscilla look so cheerful? She usually looks so grumpy!", Lula wondered.
"It's the Asa effect, Lula!" Willow tells her. "Just watch when Asa leaves. It's the oddest thing!"
Reporter Miley got Asa to agree to an exclusive interview while the girls had photos taken and shared their stories.
Miley reported to us later, that Asa said April, Fashion Doll Stylist, knew nothing about this Paris trip (at least at first).
April always leaves a small contingent of fashion dolls in her Paris apartment and they heard that children were going to be a part of an Elie Saab couture show.
April's fashion dolls, experienced in the process, called Dolltown to invite a group of our girls to come to Paris to try out.
The Paris fashion dolls told them there is a special Dolly Express to get the Dolltown girls over there.
An airline for dolls? Miley had never heard of it!
And April's girls said, "Don't worry about funds! We'll send you some Doll Coin. We use it all the time!".
So Asa and Arlen chose the dolls, several Little Darlings, just the right size and age.
And apparently Priscilla overheard one of the phone calls. And she was heading to tell me what was happening behind my back. So she was quickly invited!
Our redhead, Arlen, took the call.
She got Asa in on the action.
"Could we? Should we?", Arlen wondered.
"How can we not?" Asa said to her. "It's a chance of a lifetime!"
Miley asked Asa, "Why didn't you or Arlen tell You-Know-Who?"
"She was too busy! We thought, we'll tell her later..."
Then Asa said they had questions for April's Paris girls...
"Who should go? How do we get there?
What about expenses?"
Ellowyne Willow, with her fashion show experience, was asked to join them. And very quietly, they all got ready.
"Pack your bags, girls! And don't breath a word of this. We'll make sure that You-Know-Who is busy with other dolls and photo shoots for a couple of days!"
As Miley reported all this to me, I thought about all the signs, all the clues I had overlooked!
But...several dolls literally MISSING for 3 days?
Mind you, it was around Awards Day planning time. Yes, I was VERY busy!
That's why those OTHER dolls were insisting on more photo time. Just how many of them were in on this?
I may never know!
"See? Asa's gone, and Priscilla's frown is back.", Willow said to Lula.
Priscilla left to find Asa while the little girls recalled their Paris adventure.
"We got to wear Elie Saab dresses!", Birdy said.
"I got to meet Lula in Paris!", Faith said.
"She was in Australia when I arrived in Dolltown."
"You were very brave, Lula!" Birdy said to her.
The other girls chattered about
what a trip it must have been!
"Wait til you see my dress. It has flowers!", said Xennia.
Tink said, "I got to wear a red roxy wig with my gold dress,
so I could match Arlen! She was my mom on the catwalk."
Birdy said, "Some of us, like me and Xennia, Lula, and Priscilla paired up with April's dolls.
They were very nice and gave us lots of tips!
We got to wear lip gloss!"
"We loved Paris!", the girls agreed.
"But we didn't all make it onto the Elie Saab runway.
Some of us helped the others get dressed!"
The girls who had gone on the secret trip arrived,
one by one, for photos.
"Where are the fashion show photos?" Birdy asked.
"The most beautiful dresses in the world!",
the other girls chorused.
"Lula traveled by herself from Melbourne. Lani put her on the Dolly Express with her backpack full of her best clothes for Paris!", the girls exclaimed.
"I am a world traveler...like Lani!", Lula said.
"And the Dolly Express was a lot of fun!
Even better than the Greyhound!"
"Asa was my mother on the catwalk", Chantal said.
"Willow was mine.", said Faith.
"Because it was like moms and their daughters!"
"April's Paris dolls are called the Phat Sisters", said Scout.
"Which is pretty funny because they are not fat at all!
They are So In Style Barbies, and great runway models!"
"But all of us got to have sleepovers in April's apartment. And she didn't even know until we were gone!
Secrets!! So much fun!"
"We got to visit the doll museums.
The dolls there live at the museums and hundreds of people come to see them every day!"
"I loved the doll museums!"
"I loved the gelato!"
"I loved the crepes aux fraises!"
"J'aime le cinema!"
The babble of girls' voices included a charming mix of French and English...
Zut alors! So cute... What does Merde! mean again?
Willow returned to send the girls off to bed.
The Little Darlings were very happy to finally share their story.
And they were especially excited to finally share the beautiful photos of their experience on the runway of a Paris Fashion Show...
We'll have a chat tomorrow about keeping secrets....
(I'm pretty impressed, but I don't want to tell them that!)
The girls went to a casting call for the Elie Saab Paris Fashion Show. Then, off for fittings!
April tells me it is VERY unusual for children to be included in a couture show like this!
Arlen fell in love with this dress, and wanted to bring it back to Dolltown!
Talk to April, Arlen! Fashion Doll Stylist!
She's so good at replicating these fashions, she could probably make this in her sleep!
Tink looks so graceful! Well done, Tink!
Willow, an Ellowyne fashion doll, has had a little experience with fashion shows, but NOTHING like this.
She was as excited as the girls. And more nervous!
Faith looks like a little angel!
Asa has the perfect face for the runway, But she was the one who wanted to get back to Dolltown!
She takes her responsibilities here seriously.
And she is "The buck stops here!" doll, and knew she would have to answer to me for this Paris decision!
Chantal looks perfect in this little dress!
Xennia looks a little anxious here, but they say she hardly cried at all on the trip! Way to go, Xennia!
And your "mom" looks so beautiful!
Oh Priscilla! You are sooo cute. I almost fell off my chair when I saw this photo!
When April and I finally talked about this amazing trip, she told me a story her divas recounted to her...
When Priscilla arrived here in Paris for the fashion show, she told us she was NOT AT ALL INTERESTED!
But we knew deep down, that Priscilla could imagine stepping into the spotlight, and becoming a supermodel for one brief moment!
And when Priscilla 1st walked out on the catwalk, she maintained her signature grumpy face look. But when she got to the foot of the catwalk, she broke character and smiled for the audience. Just for a brief moment.
And they jumped to their feet and cheered her on!
We've heard that Jean Paul Gaultier, noted for his outrageous antics, is considering Priscilla for his next show. Do you think it could be true?
April tells me she chided her dolls for spreading unconfirmed rumours...
Yes, we saw that happy face on Priscilla earlier...with Asa.
It's gone again. But how cute she is anyway, in a pretty lace Elie Saab!
Okay, no more trips without telling me. Okay?
Unless it's with Auntie April...or Lani, or Aunties Mischelle and Jackie...
Okay, okay. I obviously have feelings of ambivalence about the "secret".
Welcome to the human world.
Look at these two in their bird dresses!
Lula in her wild do! They say the stylists wanted to take a brush and some gel to Lula's mane. But she said, Take me or leave me!" And they let her go, with her own hair bow!
So, here is the original photo from April's blog,
with other designers included.
I can't tell you how truly excited I actually am
...for my dolls.
I LOVE Elie Saab fashion! What are the chances?
(April tells me he is a Lebanese Couturier, whose house is based in Paris. And this is his Fall/Winter 2016 collection.)
How wonderful for my girls, all of them, to have this experience! How wonderful for my girls' portfolios!
So, in the end, I am sending out a big thanks to April
and her very hospitable Paris dolls!
We would like to invite you all, to Dolltown!
Bring your jeans...
Do you like our Eiffel Tower, Auntie April?
We are going to give it to you and your dolls.
It's a thank you.
It's for your Paris apartment.
(Your Phat girls and those funny dude guys will love it!)
Thanks to April, Fashion Doll Stylist, for the story, and the unforgettable photos of our Dolltowners with her divas on the catwalk in Paris!