Marnie goes to the Melbourne Cup

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Over the last year, Marnie has gone through a number of changes. Firstly, she’s played by Twirling Ballerina Teresa now. When I started her account, she was Dancing With The Stars Paso Doble Barbie.

Paso Doble Barbie is a gorgeous doll, however her articulation was very limited and since I took her everywhere with me (including on a trip to the Hunter Valley) I noticed she was starting to deteriorate—her joints were obviously designed for display rather than play. Because of how unusual and rare she is, I decided to retire her from Instagram and replace her with Teresa on a made to move body.

It was an agonising decision, as weird as that sounds. But I am so glad I did it, because now that Marnie has more realistic and flexible movement, she’s able to pose in so many different ways. Of course, the made to move body does have its downsides; e.g. it is rather athletic-looking (especially the arms) which doesn’t always suit the outfits I want her to wear. But that’s just me being super fussy.

Anyway, at the beginning of this week I decided I wanted to create a Melbourne Cup Instagram post, because I hadn’t seen anyone else do anything like that and I thought it would be fun. I made her a fascinator out of cardboard, scrapbook paper and some veil-like material I had lying around and basically just stuck a pin through her head to hold it in place.

I had several outfits to choose from, but this one just felt right. Paired with some black heels, a black and gold clutch and a fancy backdrop—she was ready for a day at the races!

What do you think of her outfit? Will you dress your doll for the cup?