The last event was the Final Gala meal event with Jason Wu. It was alot of fun, and though I have attended the luncheons, they knocked it out the park with everything on this final meal of the registration package. The decor, the light show, the dolls, the food, it was all very well planned and cooked perfectly.
I won the option to buy the centerpiece doll, Elise Jolie. I adore her, she is so very very lovely.
Also, a note to people, if I am interested in selling her, I will post on the boards. She's not for sale right now.
Then the souvenir doll- everyone was hoping....hoping...hoping...
there she was- Intimate Reveal Agnes Von Weiss!
Jason Wu was introduced he explained a little bit of his inspiration and how he worked with the other designers of the Integrity team. Agnes' fashion is a miniaturized version of one of the gowns of his Haute Couture line.
News- the next Fashion Royalty convention will be in:
Long Beach, California
We received a free copy of Haute Doll and at convention for $20 you could sign up for BOTH Haute Doll and Dolls Magazine for one year, which I did- what a deal!
Our dinner was amazing, and like the 'foodie' I secretly amused at being called by my table buds, I couldn't resist. Presentation is one thing I admire, and when it all comes together, you can't resist taking a photo.
First up was a wonderful wedge lettuce salad with grape tomatoes, carrots, and bacon bits. The bacon bits made it because of the honey smoked taste, served with spicey ranch.
Our entree was a filet mignon with potato mash, sauteed peppers and broccoli with an au jus sauce on it. Medium rare, the meat was cooked perfectly.
Dessert was a pumpkin white chocolate with cherries and chocolate crumbles. A white chocolate wafer said Thank you See you next year! with a chocolate straw across it and chocolate cherry drizzle, with whipped cream. Very yummy and perfectly plated.
My thoughts on Convention, if in the right location- it is probably a dream. I love Florida so for me this was a no brainer, despite a missing or late container. Many people said this was the worst convention they had been to. Since this was my first I have nothing to base that on. I loved the location and it was easy to drive to, and the customer service of the hotel was great. The Integrity toys team worked themselves silly without sleep processing orders and sales and making sure everyone was happy as possible. i met many interesting people, including Denise Travers of Denise's Dolls She sells the most lovely Momoko and Misaki dolls and travels to Japan often. She had posted on the boards asking for help setting up since her mother had been ill and could not come to help her set up her room sales. I volunteered and helped a really marvelous, lovely lady who loves dolls just as much as I do. She is also now a dealer for the Phiceon dolls with their amazing seamless bodies at conventions only. A really interesting and gracious lady.
I will be going thru my 'swag' as everyone calls it- and taking out dolls to photograph, and so on. Right now I am playing catch up with the last week of work and today on Monday, the new work that will have to be done. Currently,
my husband's boiler company LeoPaul & Associates is going to be ramping up because of the cold weather so I know I will be busy!