September 2014 POTM

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From the ladies of LaBoutique…

Fall is at last upon us, and the new fashion season begins!  But no matter how busy your girl is in the city, Janet and I believe she will still have time to visit her Manor Home in the country.  (Doesn’t every doll have a manor home?)  That’s why we chose the Burberry Manor House Satchel as our handbag design this month!

 Available with either periwinkle blue suede trim or brown, each bag features custom-made suede handle-ends, a faux front zipper, faux lock, and handsome horsehead decoration.  On the back is the Burberry logo.  Each is 36.00 + shipping.

To see their exclusive outfits, please go to their site HERE.



First shipping updates!!  

  • week of 9/2: French Kissed TulaB, Eugenia & Kyori, Sebastian, Chip & Monte Carlo Poppy
  • week of 9/15: Natalia & Adele, Le Grande Seduction Victoire & High Visibililty Agnes
  • week of 9/22: Elise & Vero
  • Early October: Joyous Celebration Poppy

So since the convention email came out all I can think about is the NuFace girls! Which one will be the event exclusive? Which one will be the centerpiece one? Will there be another one that pops up as the convention or companion doll?  They could do it! Remember the year Giselle was up there.  Oh gawd, please oh please let one of those girls be the companion or convention doll!! Anyway, because I’ve been thinking about them the past week I decided that someone needed redressing.  So the twins got to model a new set of dresses by PetraElise.  I’ve actually had these outfits for months, but you know… pregnancy & babies… 

I’m super happy I got the time today to shoot them!  Baby Nate is getting on a predictable schedule which means I know when I have an hour to myself while he naps.  So I redress one day and shoot the next! I’m hoping to shoot on a more regular basis now that I’m feeling better, less tired (baby Nate is sleeping 6 hour stretches at night now) and just plain excited about the new dolls coming and convention being so close!  But before the girls show off their new duds, it’s time for Baby Nate Spam!!!! 



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DoTerra + Jamberry (personal post)

Hi everyone! I’ve been busy transitioning to life as a new mother and the crazy lack of sleep that involves.  I swear the days fly by and I barely have time to get 3 meals in or take a shower.  Even through all that I am still trying to work 2 1/2 days a week and get some marketing time in as well to build my practice.  So this post is basically a personal one in which I just wanted to share with all of you 2 endeavor’s that I’m adding to my life.  One is incorporated into my acupuncture practice and the other is for fun.  But I know many of you out there may be interested in either one or both, so I wanted to include all my readers in this information in case you are interested.  But first… Baby Nate says stay cool in this last week in the heat of August…


First up is my business one.  Recently I’ve been incorporating essential oils into my acupuncture treatments and seeing really great results.  This has been an easy way to help patients because they can take the oils home and apply them during the week between treatments.  They too have been giving me great reports and have been purchasing oils from me to keep at home (especially for sleeping, stress and digestive disorders!).  I personally have used essential oils for years and it was the way I weaned myself off my thyroid medication years ago.  I use it in my home and diffuse several – some for at night to help us sleep better, some to combat sickness and others to just enjoy the scent.  There is an amazing oil blend for boosting the immune system and for using when sick – this one I use daily during flu season so I don’t catch anything, especially because I treat plenty of sick patients.  So I decided to sign on as consultant for DoTerra essential oils so that I could get a website and sell to patients.


I am including the link to my site below.  You can just order from there directly at retail, or sign up as an IPC, which gets you the wholesale prices (25% off retail) for a year for $35.  Think of it as a Costco membership if you’re going to order throughout the year.  I am available for consultations as well.  Let me help you find the oil or blend that could work for your condition!  You can message me at my work email below and I can discuss something that could help you or just answer any questions you have.  If you want to sign up as an IPC and get your oils at wholesale then please email me and I’ll send you the link to signup and the instructions to do so.  Or if you just want to check out the site and order at retail please feel free to!  BTW – They DO ship to most countries.  

My DoTerra link:

My work email:


Second is my FUN one!  I think if any of you follow my instagram or facebook you know I’m crazy about doing fun stuff with my nails.  Well after trying to do them myself for months I gave up and starting trying out the nail wraps.  I seriously tried probably every low and high end brand out there and each one had it’s own sets of problems.  Then through a friend I found Jamberry!


I am in love with these wraps, seriously.  I ended up having so many people asking about them when I was out and about that I decided to sign up as a consultant too!  The wraps are all non-toxic and don’t damage the nails like other ones did.  And they seriously have the most and BEST prints!  Just take a look at the site to see what’s available.  These were also by far the easiest to apply AND lasted the longest.  This is coming from me, who washes her hands constantly between patients, always is using purell and uses massage oils when needing to massage my patients that I treat for pain.  So these are lasting on me minimum 2 weeks.  I tend to just change them at 2 weeks because I want a new look.


I wanted to let you all know about it because through my site if you order you get a great deal at $15 a sheet plus the option of Buy 3 Get 1 Free anytime you order.  Each sheet will give you 2 manicures + 2 pedicures + 8-16 accent nails.  Way cheaper than going out to get your mani/pedi done and way more fun.   I am planning to host some facebook online parties soon and if you attend you’ll be entered to win free nail wraps!  So I’ll be posting the first one in the next week or 2.  In the meantime feel free to message me with any questions, take a look at my site and order some wraps!  BTW – They only currently ship to the US and Canada, Guam and all APO’s. (sorry for those in other countries, they are working to get you included soon!)

My Jamberry site:

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Jamberry video on application:

Okay folks, thanks for reading this and for those that are interested, I look forward to hearing from you! 

xoxo, Christina



2014 Gloss Convention Collection!

379So convention attendees got their official packets by email today! Check your boxes & folders for all the goodies!  I know they don’t like us to give up too many details, but everyone definitely wants to know who is in the convention collection.  So here is that wonderfully glorious list…

  • Nocturnal Glow VERONIQUE
  • Grandiose NATALIA
  • Nightshade KYORI
  • Cold Shoulder EUGENIA
  • Adorned VANESSA
  • Dark Moon POPPY PARKER

Yep folks, it looks like a new character is making her debut!!! I’m anxious to see what she looks like and who she is in the storyline.  

Also WClub luncheon, as previously stated, is NuFace themed and attendees will get the first new NF doll as a souvenir plus there still is a centerpiece at that event too!  Fingers crossed my proxy is able to nab a centerpiece as well!  I’ve been dying here without NF this past year.  That’s probably one of the main reasons I haven’t bought many dolls lately!  Bring on the NF!


It Girl – finally redressed!

First order of business… BABY NATE SPAM!!!!

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Thanks to everyone for the well wishes!  I’m doing better now at 3 1/2 weeks post partum.  Healing is slower than anticipated because I thought I’d be back at crossfit at week 4.  Well that’s NOT happening, LOL.  I will be waiting the full 6 weeks and get the clear from my doctor before getting back to working out.  The hubcap had taken 4 weeks off work and has just decided to take an extra week so he’ll be home until the 25th! It’s been nice having him to help me out and it will be an adjustment once it’s just me and Nate on a daily basis, but I’ll manage.  Lack of sleep has been the hardest, but the last 3 nights Nate’s been sleeping almost 5 hours stretches, so I’m thankful for that!!! I do admit that nothing prepares you for motherhood, LOL, you’re just thrown in the deep end of the pool immediately.  But it’s all worth it when I see his little face looking up at me.  Love that guy!!

Okay, so I finally got around to redressing It Girl.  She’s definitely my favorite doll of the year!!! I honestly don’t know if anything coming out soon or at convention will top her??!!!  She has a rockabilly vibe going on so of course that meant she had to get a flower in her hair and some leopard print to rock.  I get to take her on Sunday to my local doll meet, so I’ll take some pics there of everyone’s goodies and share those later that evening.  It’s our first real meet up in quite awhile because both myself and another member (Jen of JennyGrey designs) had baby boys a few weeks apart.  So we’ll be showing off our little guys along with dolls! Alrighty then, I guess that’s it for now!!  Hope to get used to Nate’s schedule so I can get more posts up.  I have the twins redressed and ready to shoot next.

xoxo, Shuga

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August 2014 POTM

FIRST UP… BABY NATE SPAM>>>>>> (sorry, it’s going to happen for awhile, and you may have seen it already on facebook, LOL)


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To see their other items for this month click HERE.

From the ladies of La Boutique…

The August days may scorch, but the August nights truly sizzle!  Janet and I were thinking that your girls will be attending many glamorous parties and events this month, and that they needed the clothes and accessories to help them shine. 

 Our designer is Fendi, and the handbags truly are a Glam Slam!  I’ve used Fendi’s now-classic big buckle style, which is available in Glitterati – a disco mirror- ball effect, as well as Mint Print, which incorporates a mint reptile print with silver sides and straps.  Each leather bag  is 32.00 + shipping



My new doll arrived and it’s an Homme! (Baby Nate)

Hey everyone! So baby Nate arrived on Tuesday night at 11:07 pm.  He was 9.6lbs (4.35kg) and 21″ long (53cm).  Labor & Delivery was very hard unfortunately.  My water broke early at 5:30am and from then on it was tough.  The staff working with me said that it was one of the hardest they’d seen in awhile and said it rated a 9/10 of craziest they’d attended and these are people who’ve been working for like 20 years. I won’t go into the ugly details, but it was long, pain meds weren’t tolerated by my body and I was just exhausted when I had to start pushing for 2.5 hours.  So my recovery right now is just as hard.  I”m mostly resting as much as I can and honestly not moving around very much.  Hoping another week or 2 and I’ll be feeling better.  After delivery my blood pressure skyrocketed to 250/107 and the doctors began to freak out because I could go into seizure or stroke.  I was quickly put on magnesium sulfate for 24 hours and I have to say that stuff is the worst on the body.  

So I delivered my baby and then was stuck in bed with IV’s and BP cuffs on both arms.  I was stuck like that for about 36 hours and wasn’t even really able to hold Nate, much less try and breastfeed.  It was a rough time in the hospital for me for sure.  We were released on Friday afternoon and so I’ve been home a day and a half now.  It feels good to be in my own home and I feel more relaxed now too.  I’m doing fine and my BP is back to my normal, pre pregnancy levels, which is even lower & better than during pregnancy.  Nate is doing amazing too and my awesome hubby has stepped up and handled everything baby related from Day 1 because I couldn’t.  Once I’m doing a little better then I can pitch in and help more. 

So here are a few pics of Baby Nate, the light of my life now! and he’s blond, LOL, I have no idea where that came from!

xoxo, Christina, Mike & Baby Nate

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Glamourous Darling & It Girl

Just realized I didn’t put up the promo shots of these lovely ladies from IT.  I’m loving all 3, but the redhead is my favorite and with the help of my friends I was able to get her! Hoping she arrives before Baby Nate does so I can do a quick photoshoot!  And remember this week the Spy Poppy’s are scheduled to arrive too!  I’m uber excited to have Agent Lotta Danger in my hands!

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Evening Ingenue Poppy Parker

So yesterday I think most of us were shocked to see a Poppy used for the IFDC IT Direct Salesroom doll!  I know I was! I mean, it’s never been done before.  Sure, I know it’s Poppy’s 5th anniversary, so they’re pulling out all the stops for her this year but… Poppy at IFDC!!! Now I don’t even know what to think about tonight’s convention & companion dolls??!!! Will IT just go full tilt crazy and give us 2 more? Or will be see some other characters like in years past.  I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO THINK!!!! Either way it’s made for an interesting convention!

It’s definitely been hard for me to be at home this year.  (boo hoo for me) Missing my friends, missing seeing the dolls in person.  Deboxing and photographing there with friends.  But I wanted to say thank you to everyone on Facebook last night as it actually turned out to be fun discussing with all of you.  And now I know how it is for all of you these years past when I’m at convention and you’re waiting on info! 

Oh! And they were giving out “Oscars” last night at the event and I guess they had online voting and I won “Photographer of the Year”!! So that was kind of fun to find out from my friends there! Sad to miss it, but now it makes me inspired to shoot some more as I have been slacking lately (blame the baby!).  But thanks to all who voted! I am honored! and thanks to Elisa for going up and accepting on my behalf!

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Okay, off to do some walking today as we are 6 days away from my scheduled induction of this baby.  Hoping to get things kick started so he comes on his own naturally and I don’t need to take that route.  As much as I want the baby to come today, is it weird that I don’t want it to interfere with the reveal of the dolls tonight and the excitement I’ll be feeling?  LOL, that’s a true collector at heart I think! Okay baby, you can come like in the next couple of hours or after 9pm tonight and I’ve seen the dolls!


Pret A Partir Victoire

So WClub members were offered this lovely doll in a lottery recently.  I’m not a Victoire collector, but she’s really pretty and I really want that bag!  Lottery ends tomorrow so for those that want her make sure you get your tickets in!

Prêt à Partir
Victoire Roux™ Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive 
Limited Edition of 600 Dolls
Estimate Ship Date: Approximately Mid-July 2014 
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