#BarbieInspires was a virtual convention held on Facebook this year. These are the official convention dolls designed by Carlyle Nuera.
My favorite gifts are the luggage set and the tiki mug!
I'm so excited to share my convention goodies with you!
I was fortunate to be able to get a hold of this Barbie doll, which is the official convention doll of the Japan and Madrid Barbie conventions in 2020. The conventions were cancelled, but conventioneers received their gifts and dolls. The doll was designed by the one and only Carlyle Nuera.
2020 has been insane y'all. I can't even know what to say. I hope everyone is doing okay in the midst of the pandemic and the crazy upcoming U.S. presidential election. Sadly, the National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention was cancelled this year. I was dying to go to Las Vegas to be with Barbie friends, but alas, it just wasn't in the cards. On the upside, the convention goodies this year are top notch! I am so excited to get my loot.
What else is new? I've decided to become a content creator on Youtube. My first video premiered today, and I am so excited about all my plans for the channel. I'm hoping that this will be another avenue to connect with the doll community.
In my first video, I give the viewers a 12-minute tour of my doll room. It's the quickie tour, but there's a lot to see. I think my next video will be an unboxing. Hopefully, the convention gifts will arrive soon so we can unpack them together!
I attended "Everyday's a Holiday with Barbie®", the 2014 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention in Nashville, Tennessee a few weeks ago. The convention officially ran from July 23-26, but I was told that some of the best convention activities are unofficial--room sales, parties hosted by doll artists, etcetera, so my husband and I checked in at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville on the 21st to take advantage of everything this gathering of Barbie aficionados has to offer. I am so glad that we did because my favorite convention activity turned out to be room shopping! There's something especially thrilling about hunting for Barbie dolls, accessories, fashions and diorama pieces on several hotel floors where sellers leave their rooms open for conventioneers to enter and browse their staggering displays of merchandise. I was not expecting the scale at which this took place.
Anyway, there were so many wonderful sights, sounds and people throughout the convention week that just the thought of writing about the entire experience is exhausting. Instead of writing a novella, I'll simply share a little photo gallery with some captions.
The "Red, White, Blue and Pink" fashion show where participants modeled human scale Barbie® fashions from every era was a big hit and deserves its own photo gallery:
Fashion Show Gallery
Lastly, I want to give a shoutout to our table hostess, Julia Bush, and our tablemates Elizabeth, Allison, Barb, Lisa, Debbie, Kim and Kathleen. Thank you for making this convention so fun! I hope to see everyone again at the 2015 convention in Arlington, Virginia.
About the Webmaster
My name is Jared. I began collecting dolls in 2011. It all started with Barbie® Basics Model No 16 Collection 002 for me. Soon after that, I started photographing my dolls, editing the images and sharing my work on my Tumblr photoblog, Life in Plastic. "Playing" with dolls has inspired me to learn to sew, paint with acrylics, re-root doll hair, practice my bead craft, among other things...My collecting hobby turned into a passion for creating art in different media!