In March 2017, I wrote this post here, featuring my Barbie Cali Girl doll, Happy Family pool, and Barbie Style Resort Grace doll. I mentioned that Barbie Cali Girl was one of my favourite dolls, but I didn’t have the shorts anymore because they got eaten by the vacuum cleaner. But lo and behold! I have found the shorts!
It all started a couple of weeks ago, when I was visiting my local flea market. I stumbled across the ever-so-popular Barbie Cali Girl, in a pile of other, (mostly undressed) dolls with messy hair. I’ve seen this doll many times before -often with her hair cut off, no clothes, and texta scribbled all over her face. I often see this doll on eBay, too -they must have sold thousands and thousands of her!
However! This doll was included the bikini top and shorts! I explained to the seller that I only wanted the shorts, and she sold them to me for $2. I’ve asked for only a certain item of clothing from the market before, and usually I’m told that I have to buy the whole doll or nothing -so this was a nice surprise!
I decided to take Cali Girl Barbie (who I’ve named Bianca), Emily and Ryan outside to do a nice photoshoot. It was eight degrees when I took these photos, so I felt a bit funny dressing the dolls in swimwear!
I really love how this particular doll, even though she’s “Barbie,” has such a pretty swim costume -without it being too pink or girly. It’s really cool, and totally different from the standard bikinis you often see. It makes me think of an adventurous girl from California, who spends her days riding her bike in the mountains, or hiking, or doing some other fun outdoor activity.
The Barbie Cali Girl series is definitely one of my favourites -I love how all the dolls have such detailed clothing and accessories. I like how they produced different sets so the dolls could do a bunch of different activities, like visit the earring shop, go horse-riding, take a ride in the car, or stay at the hotel. It made the series feel more “complete.”
Here are Ryan, Bianca and Emily all together. I haven’t really featured Emily or Ryan since the demise of the Aquifolia High series, but don’t worry -Ryan and Emily’s relationship is still going strong! There are no problems between them at the moment.
And that’s all! I hope you enjoyed revisiting this doll, she’s definitely one of my favourites and I want to feature her more in the future! I hope that I can eventually find more Cali Girl dolls to improve my collection.
PS: In the title, I said she was ‘almost’ complete. While I do have the jacket, shorts, bikini top and hat, I’m actually missing the sunglasses! Although the original doll does have brown sunglasses similar to the one I used for this photoshoot, they are not the exact same. Shh!