Friday, November 18, 2016

The IT Super Model Convention - We Are Back (Part 3 -- Finally)!

Well, we now have the new furnace in and good thing as it is getting cold here! It is supposed to snow this weekend. We will be nice and cozy warm at home with this new furnace! Anyway, I thought it was about time I did my next post from the IT Supermodel Convention. 

First I will show you the dolls I got at the Style Lab. I mentioned these in my 2nd Convention post, but did not have photos of them yet. Here goes!

Ace McFly wearing "Hypnotize", Tobias Alsford wearing "Mr. Vain", Preston Woods wearing "Come As You Are"

Here they all are a bit closer up. Aren't they handsome? Preston Woods is new this year.
Dree Hill wearing "All That She Wants"

Dree Hill's close up!
Next up are the 2 grab bag dolls I purchased. Actually, I had gotten one for Hannah and one for me, but Hannah did not like either one of them. She "gave" hers to me. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed in them both when I first opened them up. I did not like the dresses they were wearing, so I thought maybe I would like them better if I redressed them in clothes I bought on the last day when you could go back and buy whatever was left. I am kicking myself now that I did not buy Laka O'rion and Blue Burkhart from the Style Lab. They were so gorgeous, but I was trying not to spend too much! Here are the grab bags dolls after they have been redressed.

I have no idea who they ladies are, so if you know, please let me know. The one on the left is wearing "Crazy Sexy Cool" and the one on the right is wearing "School Spirit". The shoes are for Color Infusion feet, so are a bit big for these girls, but they work for now. 

And their closeup!
We had gone to a couple of the private sales rooms while waiting for the Thursday evening event and I purchased just one doll. She was a grail doll for me, so I was so excited to be able to get her at a reasonable price! She is a Unoa doll!

Unoa in school uniform

Just look at that face! I think she is absolutely gorgeous! 

She is able to pose in many positions. She is available from the same company as Momoko (but not easily!), but her posing is so much better! Here you see her sitting with her legs tucked under. 

Just one more of her seated in a chair. Oh look how close she can bring her hand to her face! She could talk on the phone!
Later in the week, Hannah settled on purchasing the Erin from the 2014 Convention (she was the Welcome Bag doll from the Gloss Convention). She had seen her in the same room as the seller I purchased Unoa from, but she had on mismatched shoes and an outfit Hannah didn't like so much. She was priced fairly high, so Hannah wanted to wait. We found one in perfect condition the next day, and she was $15 less than the first one and she was in her original outfit! I was very proud of my little girl! Here she is!

2014 Gloss Convention Welcome Doll Erin purchased by Hannah at Supermodel Convention

Erin's closup! I think she is just stunning! Great selection, Hannah!
Friday night was the Bazaar where there were a lot of table sales. We didn't buy any new dolls at the Bazaar, but we did get some clothing and other accessory items. I will post a  photo of these in the last post with the table gifts.

Saturday was a huge day! The Saturday luncheon was the Exclusive W Club Luncheon. As not everybody at the convention is in W Club, this luncheon is just for members. Since Hannah is not a member, she stayed back in the room and worked on her homework and ate lunch. This event did not disappoint. I was seated with new tablemates, but did see a few people from my convention table at the event. Here are a couple of photos from that event!

My tablemates. It was quite a fun group. The 2 guys in the 1st photo kept "accidentally" knocking the doll off of the motorcycle. He re-positioned her in some very interesting poses throughout the event!
W Club Luncheon Centerpiece Doll, Full Speed Erin S./NU Face. The motorcycle was not a part of the doll we could purchase, but one lucky tablemate did win the opportunity to purchase it! Below is the stock photo of Erin S. from IT.

There was a Q&A panel with the IT designers and they answered many questions that had been previously sent in by W Club members, even if they were not able to attend the convention. A key new bit of information was that after all of the negative comments they had received about the decal eyes, they were immediately going to discontinue the use of them. They are still searching for a more economical way of applying the eyes, so we will have to wait and see what they come up with. 

Here are some photos from that event:

Before we left, we were presented with the W Club Luncheon Giveaway doll. 

Here she is! Checking In Colette D./NU Face. 

Checking In Colette D. has a newly revamped face. I don't have any Colettes in my collection, so I really don't know what she looked like before. What I can tell you is that she is stunning now! She is one of my top 3 favorite dolls from this convention!
OK! I think that is it for this post. Again, if you are keeping track, this adds 3 new dolls for me and one for Hannah. We had already included the 3 male Style Lab dolls, the 2 grab bag dolls and Unoa for a previous total of 19. Adding the 2 W Club Luncheon dolls and the Dree Hill doll now makes a total of 22 new dolls from this convention. In the next post I will show you the final dolls from the Saturday night Gala finale and the stuff we purchased from the bazaar as well as table gifts we received.  

I have a few more photos to take, so I will see you in a day or two with the final convention post!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Happy Halloween! (Belated)

Well, better late than never, right?! I have gotten my new computer up and running and have downloaded the latest upgrade of Photoshop Elements to do my photo editing. I have taken many photos and managed to even get a few Halloween photos. Without further ado, here is my little Halloween photo session:

Gathered around the Great Pumpkin for their Halloween photo!

The little girls got atop the Great Pumpkin for a better view! "What happened to the little bunny?" asks the little Pumpkin.
I hope you all had a fun Halloween!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What a Week!

I wanted to do my final post about going to the IT Convention in Chicago, but, as "luck" would have it, life interfered. Where to start??? First my computer crashed. I thought I might be able to bring it back up, but no such luck. After running some diagnostics on it, I got the message that the hard drive could not be found. Not to be completely deterred, I took it too the computer store to have them take a look at it. They confirmed that the hard drive was fried! Yuck!! The gave me a quote on getting a new hard drive installed, but, because of the age of the computer, the cost of the drive and other parts plus labor was pretty steep. I decided that rather than spend the money on fixing the old one and still not being able to recover my files, that it made more sense to get a new one. I did a bit of research and picked up a new computer yesterday. I am back to functioning, but I need to get everything set back up. Luckily, I have online accounts for most of my software so was able to download most of the software. This does take a bit of time though! I hope to be downloading some photos for Halloween by the end of the day!

The weather here in Michigan got cold last week (we even had some snow). I woke up to a very cold house (60 degrees!). I played a little with the thermostat to see if maybe it was that, but no such luck. My furnace was definitely not working. I called a repairman. He gave me some options, but recommended that I get a new furnace. After some investigation, I decided that this would be the best course of action. The repairman was able to get us up and running temporarily and I will be getting the new furnace installed on Monday. Because I am getting a new furnace from them, they subtracted the cost of the repairs on the old furnace from the cost of the new one and gave me a Senior discount. One of the perks of growing old!

Good thing I bought a lot of dolly stuff in Chicago -- I won't have much budget for anything for quite a while. I might even decide to sell a few dolls too. 

Well, that is it for now. Hope to be back up and running soon! 

Have a great dolly day!


Thursday, October 20, 2016

The IT Super Model Convention - We Are Back (Part 2)!

Friday, October 14 was a very big day at the Convention. This was our shopping day! What the convention organizers do is give you a number based on the timing they got your paid registration in. This puts you in a cue to go shopping. Our numbers were 374 and 375 which made our shopping window start at 9:45 am on Friday. When you pick up your registration package, you get tickets for the IT Convention dolls and showroom specials. I had pre-ordered the Convention dolls and had tickets for 2 more showroom dolls. This was also a good time to see the IT museum, the OOAK raffle dolls and vote on the design competition dolls. Here are the photos I took of those dolls:

Some really great dolls here, don't you think? I will tell you more about the design competition in a future post and show you the winner. 

Now I know you all really want to see what dolls I purchased, don't you? Here goes! 

Remember, I pre-purchased the convention collection sight unseen and I was not disappointed. There were 7 dolls in the pre-order package. We also had the opportunity to purchase the 2 Showroom dolls. I did purchase one of them.

I opened my Convention Collection when we got back to the room. I laid them out on the bed. Don't your think they look impressive?
Next, I did closeups of each of them:

Convention Collection Exclusive: Chameleon Vanessa Perrin

Convention Collection Exclusive: Covergirl Veronique Perrin

Convention Collection Exclusive: Fashionista Eugenia Perrin-Frost

Convention Collection Exclusive: Glamazon Adele Makeda

Convention Collection Exclusive: Editorial Edge Lilith/NUFACE

Convention Collection Exclusive: Fashion Force Imogen/NUFACE
Convention Collection Exclusive: Model Living Poppy Parker

IT Direct Salesroom Exclusive: Just My Style Poppy Parker
There was also an opportunity to purchase Grab Bags items for $50 each. You were guaranteed a doll and at least one fashion, so Hannah and I each bought one. Hannah did not like either one of them, so I inherited both of them. I was not extremely thrilled with them either, but I was able to purchase some fashions from the Style Lab on the last day that  made these dolls a lot nicer! I will show their photos of the final day's post.

After the Sales Room, we were allowed to go to the Color Infusion Style Lab. You were allowed to purchase one of each doll with an outfit of your choice. This was a tough decision. I wanted to buy all of them, but knew my pocket book would not allow that. So for this go around, I purchased 3 new male dolls and outfits. I still need to take their photos after deciding which outfits each would wear, so I will show them when I post the final day photos. I will also post a photo of the doll I purchased from one of the private seller's room sale too with the final day photos. The doll I purchased was none other than a Unoa doll which I have been wanting to get for quite some time, but her price has always been so high, that I could not justify it. Well, she was for sale from Denise Travers and I got her at what I thought was a fair and reasonable price.

The next event we went to on Friday was the Fashion Royalty Luncheon. Veronica Webb, who was a top model in the 1990's was the guest speaker. She was the first AA Supermodel, we were told. She is now in her early 50's and she is still stunning and in awesome shape! Can you tell I am a little jealous??? Our table was not very close for this luncheon, but I was able to get some photos of her on screen. She is the lady on the right.

Veronica Webb is a very savvy and elegant business woman. She has a lot of things in the works and we enjoyed her very, very much. My daughter, Hannah, found her very inspirational. 

Once again, we had a very nice meal for lunch. We were also not disappointed with the Centerpiece doll either. Hannah's number came up this time and she gave her number to me so I could purchase her.  Don't you think she is beautiful???!!!

Friday Luncheon Table Centerpiece Doll: Legendary Natalia Fatale
We also received the third look for the Welcome Giftset at our table and our table host gave us a lucite chair her husband made with the WClub logo on it.

Look 3 for Tulabelle Welcome Giftset
Once again, we were also gifted with another doll. 

Friday Luncheon Exclusive Giveaway Doll: Shade Kyori Sato
I don't know if you're are keeping track, but this adds 16 new dolls to my ever growing collection. That is 15 purchases and 1 gift doll. Added to the 3 dolls (1 purchased and 2 gift dolls) from the first day, that is now a total of 19 new dolls for Hanaly Corners! There are still a few more plus the 6 mentioned in this post that I haven't shown pictures of yet that you have yet to see, so stayed tuned for the final post coming up in a day or two!