This post hearkens back to a summer many years ago, back in the days when summer break seemed to last forever, when Fourth of July meant a huge cookout and an equally huge cache of fireworks, when my sister and I were small enough to think that plastic kiddie pools were very deep. Seriously, those things looked a mile wide and felt a mile deep when we were little. Anyway, I remember one summer in particular...it had to have been the summer of '93, because my sister and I each received a doll from the Sun Jewel Barbie line. She received a Teresa and I got a Kira. Ken and Skipper were in there somewhere too, but they belonged to different lines. Each Sun Jewel doll came with a sheet of stick-on jewels for doll and child to share back and forth, and when we weren't in the pool my sister and I played with those jewels nonstop. We stuck them to each other, to our dolls, to the windows, to the walls...oh, what fun we had with those tiny stickers! Indeed, when we moved out of that house six years ago I found a lone stick-on gem, still plastered to my bedroom window after all those years.
Of course time had to pass and we kids had to grow up. I don't know whatever happened to my lovely Kira, but Sister's Teresa is still with us. I stopped calling her "Teresa" long ago, favoring the name "Sonja" in order to differentiate her from other Teresa dolls (I have several).
a much slimmer body. This Sun Jewel line had some gorgeous faces, by the way. Sonja is a knockout, and so is her glittering beach buddy Shani. Both of them have metallic green highlights in their eyes.
not the most masculine, shall we say. There were extra outfits available for Ken and his handful of male buddies...but the Sun Jewel line had nothing for boys. Four outfits, and they were all for the girls.
For reasons I'll never know, Mattel included a second coverup in the form of a sarong.
Now to Sonja. I fixed her hair a little and put her in her new swimsuit.
Next outfit is the last of my swimsuits. I'm hoping I'll get it up tomorrow, but no promises.