Friday, December 25, 2015

The warmest thoughts and greetings to you, Dolly Loves!

Hi guys!

Finally, all the exhausting but really fun preparations are all worth it! Family is spending warm, loving times with the older folks, and the dolls - well, they look like they're having a blast, don't they?

Portia, Anouk, Ella, Cece, Chiara and Yoko, joined by furry pals Champo and Fifi

Finally, I made one of my MANY dreams come true this year and that is to give my dollies a nice Christmas diorama =) Such a sweet victory for this one-woman show, and I really feel proud. I wouldn't have done this without the support, cheers and inspiration the family and friends (that is you!) shower me through the years and months in this wonderfully blissful endeavor.

These photos are not only for my happiness, but this is my gift to you guys for being there through the years - because I would sound crazy talking here alone, sharing my dolly pics to no one LOL! But you are there, and you inspire me to do more everyday - Thank you so so much! So please allow me to express my gratitude with these photos I took of the dollies who made it to the photo shoot tee hee.. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as you enjoy this wonderful season.

Happy Holidays, my loves!


'Til the next post and again, have a lovely time with your loved ones this holidays season, dearies!

love and hugs and kisses,

S h a s h a

Friday, December 18, 2015

Neko and Joyce become Yoko and Chiara

Okay, so I gave in to these two.

While I was shopping for some family clothing basics at the community mall the other day, I thought I'd give their Toys 'R Us a "pass-by". Small, hole-in-the-wall community malls have this reputation for not having a lot of shoppers, thus I thought they might have the girls I was wanting. Turned out, they had Joyce, but no LA girl huhuhu... Oh well, I got Neko anyways so I was the happy camper bringing home these two.

I have been on the fences with this lady since her release maybe because I already have a shiny black-haired, porcelain-skinned Asian gal in my collection, albeit a Dynamite Girl. I have always wanted my girls to each have unique looks to them. Then when she got first released, collectors were raving about her! Double whammy - I'm quite a jealous gal so if everybody wants something, I lose interest in that thing in a snap.

But what got me excited is that she is Japanese! Aya, Shiori and Kei would be happy to welcome her so they organize a sleepover and make takoyaki balls sometime. Tee hee... I'll call her Yoko then because I love Yoko (and John). Alrighty!

Then, Joyce. Sigh, I am just really a sucker for girls with big, bright, lovely eyes - aren't we all? I feel like she's the ultimate buddy when you want to stroll around a small Spanish or Italian town. A girl-next-door, down-to-earth babe, simply-elegant, think-of-anything-nice-to-describe-her-then-add-dashes-in-between-words kinda girl. In short, I've always wanted her. LOL.

She is relatively a new face sculpt, too so when I learned about this dimpled chick, I went gaga over but never really set some budget for her. She became more and more popular, being one of the recent Made to Move gals (with Neko) and that made me kind of twitch because of my jealousy thing again LOL! But I never really stopped loving this girl. I may start calling her Chiara, because I see some of Chiara Ferragni's thing going with this gal. =)

Please excuse the empty, neglected room =(
I got them at discounted prices, albeit not the lowest I have heard over from the doll grapevine. This isn't really meant to be a review as these gals have been released a long ago (in the collecting world, every second you miss a doll is equivalent to a day!) and a lot of collectors have already done the job well. So I'm just gonna share what I thought about them.

1. Face Sculpt. They're definitely new in my collection so I'm happy to add them in. I didn't know I'd be smitten by Neko/Yoko but now, I can't help but be pleased when I look at that very calming face. As for Joyce/Chiara, I'm so gaga over the dimples, and her grayish brown eyes, sigh.

2. Hair. I love the appropriate softness and thickness of both gals' hair! I found out Neko/Yoko has this dark brown shine to her very dark hair and I love that it is not pure black. Joyce/Chiara's light brown hair with blonde streaks feel like home, so relaxing to look at. I see myself cutting Chiara's hair to a short bob, but given that I have already made her my sort of Barbie version of Chiara Ferragni, I might just buy another Joyce and make her a short-haired twin. I got that idea from an IG doll friend the other day. What an awesome excuse to buy two same dolls!

3. Poseablity. Although I'm for articulated bodies, I may keep Yoko's body for a while because with her rather edgy pose, she's perfect for edgy street-style clothing. It must be a new pose, but I don't know. I like what the retail-box default pose does, with her left leg way on the front, her hips swayed more to the right, and her right hand perfect for inserting into my denim shorts! It's like she inherited some poses from her Barbie Basics cousins! I'm excited to take her outdoors as she seems to look like she's ready for some brisk walking haha!

Chiara has one of those typical Fashionista poses, and may not do more other than brush her hair with her right hand, which I try as much as possible to avoid when photographing my dolls. That body may be just used as mannequin or dress form for me.

4. Skin tone. Neko/Yoko's pale skin tone can sometimes look bland, but with the right clothes and colors, she'll be perfect. Joyce/Chiara, whom I rebodied recently, is perfect for borrowing Bree's body (Racquelle Barbie Fashionista).

5. Outfits. I'm in love with the "denim" dress of Chiara, but I may let the pink Meow dress go, as well as both the plastic bags and necklace. The booties, I'm keeping for the time being - but I have way too much black booties I may repaint these in the future.

That's all I got to say as an excuse for my impulsive buying. Aren't new doll posts meant to be excuses? Ha ha ha!

Kidding aside, I gotta go for now and I hope you enjoyed this post. I'm off to take photos of my holidays diorama that I've been wanting to make for soooooooooooo long! Will share with you guys when they're ready! Enjoy the weekend!


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sheeny, shiny and everything sparkly

The gals dropped by for a fitting session
Hi guys! I missed you! After spending three weeks with my mom to accompany her in laboratory and follow-up check-ups (which all went well and she is negative from all harmful things, thank goodness), I'm back again to our doll universe!

Mama's smile is priceless =)
This week I spent my days making stuff that are yes, sheeny - shiny - sparkly. It has always been my dream to dress my gals in fancier things during the holiday season because it reminds me of the excitement, of all the wonderful childhood memories - putting up the Christmas tree, wrapping gifts, dressing up, going to parties, going to midnight mass on Christmas and New Year's eve with the family, opening gifts and candy socks, believing about Santa until I'm 12 (LOL!), and on Christmas day, going to our godparents to collect our gifts. I could go on and on about these, while I type and smile at the same time, but I may not finish the post so, let's continue with my dream holiday photoshoot.

Like I said, I have always wanted to dress my girls in not-so-typical atelierniSHASHA fashion for the holidays. And I want ALL of them to star in that photoshoot. But I realized I cannot accommodate everyone new dresses, so I'm CLEVERLY picking those who are not too busy for a fitting session. Some are already on holiday vacation abroad anyways so I guess I could make an excuse of just making a few dresses, for now, right? =P

Ella in a racerback sheath dress

Portia channeling Kate Moss in a slip dress

Anouk in an off-shoulder peasant jumpsuit

Cece feeling her 60s mod vibe in this shift dress
I still have a couple of days to make maybe two to three more of those holiday dresses but I'm crossing fingers as Monday, I will start working on the diorama setup (between preparing everything for our two-week vacation over at the 'rents both my hubs' and mine for the holidays).

So, I'm calling all the positivity gods and goddesses to hear me out and make my dream come true hehe - and from you, too, dear dolly friends. Wish me luck and chat with you soon!

hugs and kisses from the Philippine islands,
s h a s h a

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Our Dolly Friends' take on the Chevron Evening Dress

Hi guys,

It's been three weeks since I'm on vacation from the shop to take care of family stuff. So while I'm still "away" for a few more days, I'd like to share with you a few photos featuring the Chevron evening dress worn by the dolls of and taken by our dolly friends from around the world.

Super thankful to Estela, Javi and Tet for allowing me to feature their dolly photos here.

I hope you enjoy this quick post and I hope to see you again in a couple of days, or so..

Estela's lovely Poppy Parker

Javi's stunning Natalia

Javi's stunning Natalia

Tet's mesmerizing Eden

Tet's mesmerizing Eden

'Til next time, loves!

s h a s h a