Say what you like about Barbie as a role model for little girls, but this older girl loves her, and has for years. Growing up, I had my dolls act out a number of complicated story plots -- a sign that I was always a storyteller at heart -- and even attend classes I'd designed. With tiny notebooks! And textbooks. One of them even had a little cardboard artist's portfolio.
Most of all, I made lots and lots of doll outfits, often with accessories. Yes, a fair share of beads and sequins made their way onto my creations. Barbie was my very first muse and very first fashion model, so I'll always have a soft spot for her. Which is why I'm a huge fan of fashion doll makeover artists like Jim Faraone. Isn't his work amazing? Sequintastic.
So when I got the latest Barbie Collector catalog in the mail, I was tickled a dozen shades of pink to see this and this. So many sparklies! I'd wear the second outfit, if only it came in my size.
It almost makes me want to get out my doll collection and makeover supplies and start playing again. Maybe not entire outfits... but I bet my favorite models could use some shiny new jewelry! I'll let you know if I get around to it.
Thanks for reading, and have a sequintastic day!