Monday, March 16, 2015

New Doll and Fashions



The Barbie Look City Shine in Bronze

After seeing the prototype photos of City Shine Barbie in bronze dress earlier this year or late last, I had no plans to add her to my doll family.  As you can tell by the above photo, that plan changed.

While shopping at Walmart for something else, before leaving I browsed the doll section while my husband checked out available model cars.  He returned empty-handed to the fashion doll aisle and found me with one Barbie fashion (a pink faux fur coat that came with white shoes and handbag) and two Ken fashions.  We were about to leave that aisle, when I turned around abruptly and went to the opposite end to see if there were any new Sparkle Girlz fashions in stock.  As I did that, my husband examined the Barbies.  After finding nothing new in Sparkle Girlz fashions, as I walked toward him he asked, "Do you have this one?" handing me a box that he retrieved from a bottom shelf that I had not bothered to bend down to check.  "No," I said, "Where did you find it?"  I asked.  "Hidden behind these white dolls.  It's the only one; someone probably planned to come back for it."


After examining her for a few seconds and noticing her clutch had fallen to the bottom of the box, I finally said, "Oh well... they won't be buying this one."

Full length view of City Shine Bronze, note the bronze clutch at the bottom of the box.  I am not overwhelmed by her feathery eyelashes or the fact that she's just another Mbili head sculpt with different hair and fashion, but seeing her in person gave me a better perspective, enough to bring her home.  I do love her deep complexion. 

Photos of the Barbie and Ken fashions are shown next:

The lower sleeves of the pink faux fur coat are tan pleather.  I originally had planned to dress my thrift-store Chic doll in this coat, but that plan also changed.


I am never wowed by Ken's clothes, but do buy a few pieces here and there.
The next time my husband asks me if I am ever going to stop buying dolls, I'll have to remind him of the purchases he has encouraged. 

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On a return trip to Wally World, there were new Sparkle Girlz fashions in stock.  I purchased the following three.

New Sparkle Girlz fashions from Walmart -- very few came with shoes.
 The Sparkle Girlz pool and car were also in stock. 

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18 comments:

  1. Love how your husband was looking out for you! What more can you ask for in a good man!

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    1. Thanks, Phyllis! He's good at enabling and even better at pointing out the numbers.

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  2. She is a great doll. I got her for a Christmas gift.

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    1. Thanks, MDW. She is better in person that I had imagined.

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  3. Hello from Spain: fabulous doll. She is very pretty. I like very much these outfits .. We keep in touch

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  4. What possessed him to look behind the white dolls? I liked her from the beginning, but the fact that I would have to find a body that color for her deterred me from adding her. I like the new fashions. I'm glad to see Sparkle Girlz is continuing to make new fashions.

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    1. He was probably curious after seeing the white dolls and wondered if a black version was available. He's also witnessed me searching the back of the shelves for hidden black treasures.

      I am glad to see the Sparkle Girlz fashions continuing too. $1.97 beats $5+ any day.

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  5. LOL, How dare you. I had hidden that doll there! But seriously, I do that all the time, which is ridiculous. Most times I do it because maybe I want the doll and maybe I dont, but if I change my mind I don't want to have to walk alllllll the way back to return it. But if I'm done shopping and still have a little bit of cash then it's worth the walk back to get it from its super secret hiding spot.

    I've checked her out in person and the only thing I like is her skin tone so I had to put her back.

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    1. So it was you who hid the doll, Muff! :-)

      I haven't ever hidden dolls myself, but I know it's a common practice which is why I usually check behind doll boxes when I am looking for something specifically. This one (probably because they were on the bottom shelf), slipped my radar.

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  6. Kudos to hubby- good lookin' out! I've seen her in person. She looks very much like a friend I had in middle school. The hair and heavy makeup were a turn off for me, but I love her complexion.

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    1. The eyelashes were a turnoff to me initially and sort of still are Jewell, but I can always shorten them if desired. Otherwise, I like her, even the ModelMuse body.

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  7. Thanks for the alert about new Sparkle Girlz clothes. I really like the denim overall shorts set.

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    1. You're welcome, Paulette. I hope you're able to find some new SGz fashions in your area.

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  8. What a pretty doll! I like the fashions, too.

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  9. What an awesome husband! <3

    That doll is still on my Maybe List. I love her skin tone, and I could see myself re-rooting her with some gorgeous reddish-brown curls, but I still haven't seen her in person. Same with the doll in the gold dress. I also have so many projects left as it is! But I will probably cave. :)

    I remember being a kid and hiding the things I wanted in the back. And then I realized... it's the first place people look! So I started hiding things in the middle.

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    1. LOL @ "hiding things in the middle."
      I'm sure that a good sale will help you cave Sarah.

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