Kasey reviews … Caroline’s Collection!

Hey everyone,

So as the post above said, I’m going to be reviewing a good portion of Caroline’s collection from American Girl today. I don’t actually own Caroline, the doll, but I’ve been using Felicity as my stand in. I wasn’t really connecting my Felicity doll to her original stories so I think she’s going to end up being a sort of custom Caroline-esque character, but I haven’t completely settled on all the details yet.

Anyways, I’m going to be taking a look today at Caroline’s Work Dress, Her Accessories, Travel Outfit, Spencer & Hat, Holiday Gown, Travel Basket, Bed & Bedding, and her calf Garnet. I also own her skating set but I am not going to be reviewing that in this post.

When I first came back to AG in the spring, Caroline wasn’t really anything that interested me mostly because I was more focused at the time on the dolls that I remembered from my childhood. But after hearing that she was going to be archived, and hearing good things about her collection and her stories, I decided to take a closer look, and I fell in love with her collection.

After buying Felicity on eBay and realizing that I was having trouble connecting with her, I realized that the fact that all of her collection was only available secondhand was probably a big reason why. Since I didn’t really want to buy a Caroline doll, I decided that giving her Caroline’s collection would solve two problems at once — not having anything for Felicity to call her own, and wanting Caro’s stuff without actually owning the doll.

Let’s start by looking at the Work Dress outfit. This was the first outfit I bought from Caro’s collection and it is one of the more popular ones, judging from the fact that it was one of the first to sell out after her archival was announced.

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This set comes with the cap, the dress, and a pair of boots that you can’t see here. I love the dress colors, with the green and the pink. Here’s a closer look at the dress:

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Kasey reviews … OG Sharp as a Fox outfit set

Now that I’ve done my introductory post to the AG girls, I wanted to do another couple posts showing off a some new outfits, and the girls’ new display.

Since I didn’t have an abundance of modern clothes for Charlie, I wanted to get her an outfit that would be like her “meet” outfit, and perusing the OG online section of Target I found the perfect outfit. I was able to snag it during a free shipping promotion so I didn’t have to buy the full $25 worth of stuff you normally would.

The set is called Sharp as a Fox and I thought it was absolutely adorable when I saw it and I immediately knew that Charlie would look perfect in it, and I was right.

Here’s what the box looks like:

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As you can see, the set comes with a shirt with a fox + cap + mustache, a pink skirt, red shoes, two bracelets, and a jacket. Here’s a picture of Charlie wearing the full ensemble:

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The lighting is off in this picture but the dress is skirt is pinker than it looks here, since it’s a bit washed out in this pic. Here’s a few more of Charlie (+Kit in some!):

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While I was back home last week I got a new shelving set that was perfect for setting up a mini room for the girls using Kit’s bed. There’s also room enough I think for her desk and chair if that ever goes way on sale.

Everything in this set fits Charlie perfectly, although the bracelets take a little more work to get on than everything else. I actually like the plastic shoes in this set. Compared to some of Kit’s AG shoes, they slide on like a dream, and they the red looks good with the rest of the colors in the outfit.

This set also looks good without the jacket, and I actually can’t decide which way I prefer:

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And here’s a close up of the shirt / skirt combo where the color is a little more accurate:

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I think that this outfit has great mixing potential with every piece from the shoes and bracelets to the skirt, top, and even the jacket. I don’t have enough modern outfits to try out some different combos now, but when my collection gets built up a little bit more, I will have to try it out and post some more pics.

So far I only own two OG outfits, and while the material quality isn’t quite as high as AG, I’ve actually been very impressed. The cost is significantly cheaper than AG and the two outfits I’ve gotten Charlie (this one and the moose pajamas) have been some of my favorite modern outfits that I’ve seen including all the ones AG comes out with. I’ve also been impressed with the OG accessory sets I’ve seen online, though I don’t have plans to buy any soon. I will definitely be buying Charlie more OG clothes in the future and highly recommend this cute set.

Kasey reviews … My Life As Cupcake Baking Set and other prize goodies!

I’ve been mentioning in many posts for the past month or so that I won some awesome prizes from Flo at Say Hello to My Little Friends and I am finally going to do a review of what I won today. Since she’s new to the gang and my modern girl, I thought I’d let Charlie help out with the review.

But before I get to the big stuff, I wanted to take a quick look at the little prizes that were included along with the big MLA cupcake baking set.

Again, ignore the terrible picture quality. I was in a rush and didn’t correct my camera settings.

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As you can see, there’s a micro binder perfect for school, a mini purple notebook or possibly journal, an adorable rubber duck, an Eiffel Tower charm that will almost certainly belong to Grace when she eventually comes home with me, and my two favorite things from this mini bundle of gifts: a coffee cup candle that smells good and would be a great prop for a cafe setting, and a mini Apples to Apples game with real cards that you could actually use to play.

I showed the Apples to Apples game in use by my girls at their slumber party in my last post but here’s a closer look at the game they had set up:

P8071123 I think Kit was judging this round and the two options for Goofy were Hamsters and Spider-Man. Charlie put in the Spider-Man card, and even though Kit didn’t know who that was, she though it sounded goofy so she chose that card as the winner.  I haven’t found uses yet for all the little stuff that I got, but I imagine I will as my AG collection grows and I set up different scenes to photograph. The big prize however was the My Life As Cupcake Baking Set, and I’m excited to have Charlie show that off for you. Read More »

Kasey introduces … the American Girls!

Hey everyone,

Despite the fact that American Girl dolls are one of my favorite things that I collect, I haven’t actually done any posts about mine yet, so I wanted to change that today since I just welcomed a new member to the AG doll crew (TrulyMe 58 for the curious)

Growing up I read all of the AG books I could find at the library. This was back when Kit was the new girl (and in fact I think she wasn’t even available when I first started reading these books) so it was just the originals (Felicity, Molly, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, Kaya, and then Kit). I always loved the historical stories and whenever I could get my hands on a catalog, which was rarely and usually around Christmastime, I wanted an AG doll so badly but they were crazy expensive and I was a bit of a tomboy who had eschewed such girly things as dolls so I never asked.

Kit was, from the first time I saw her, my favorite AG girl. She had a bob cut which I envied because I had long hair that went down to my butt that my mom wouldn’t let me cut, she was a writer, and a bit of a tomboy.

Anyways, fast forward to earlier this spring when I randomly thought about AG for the first time in probably years, at least seriously. I did a quick Google search and visited their website and immediately went to look for the historical girls. That was when I realized that there were some I didn’t recognize, and that some of the ones I was most familiar with (Kirsten, Felicity, and Molly) weren’t even for sale anymore. But Kit was, and in her brand spanking new BeForever meet outfit I thought she was ridiculously adorable.

I think I visited the website dozens of time over a month or so before I decided that I needed to have her. I was a little self conscious at first because I hadn’t made my collecting interests very public and my mother tends to be very judgmental of my purchases, but I decided I needed to own Kit anyways, and it has just gotten crazier from there.

I received Kit during spring break when most of my roommates were gone and she was perfect. I was worried I wouldn’t like her as much as I thought and that I would regret my purchase but I definitely didn’t. I quickly ordered her a few more outfits and started rereading her series, which I hadn’t read since I was a kid.

I also realized that Kit looked adorable in just about anything. Seriously. Take a look:

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Kasey reviews … 2015 Disney Store Classic Dolls: Tangled & Aladdin

So I’m really excited for today’s post because I was finally able to get to the mail center and pick up my package from The Disney Store.

This is my first time owning any of the Disney Store Classic Dolls, but after seeing pictures of this year’s batch, I knew I needed to own the dolls from my two favorite Disney Princess movies, Tangled and Aladdin. Not only are Jasmine and Rapunzel my favorite princesses, but both of their dolls for this year really impressed me in the pictures I saw online. When I saw that the Disney store was running a promotion of the new dolls so that if you bought two or more you could get them for $10 each instead of $16.95, I went ahead and ordered both princesses and their princes (because who doesn’t love Aladdin and Eugene?)

I’ll start with some pictures of the dolls in their boxes and then get to the deboxed photos. I’ll also give you my thoughts on each of the dolls including what I love most and what I think could be better.

First up Jasmine!

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Jasmine has been my favorite princess ever seeing Aladdin as a kid. I loved that movie and I thought that she was beautiful and generally just awesome. I have been waiting for years for Aladdin to be released from the Disney vault and this is the year, so you can expect lots of Aladdin merchandise on this blog this year.

The princess / prince couples have matching boxes in the Disney classic set so here is Aladdin still in his box.

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Even though this is my first year owning any of the Disney classic dolls, I have looked at comparison pictures from past years, and one of the biggest upgrades this year are the new face molds being used for the princes. A few years ago Disney released Limited Edition Designer Couple dolls using face molds for the guys that were much better and movie accurate than the ones used in the classic dolls and this year they used those molds on these dolls, which I love. I think Aladdin looks great with this mold.

(Also, the Designer couples dolls for Aladdin and Tangled are my grail dolls. But since they are currently reselling on eBay between $250-400 for the Aladdin ones and ~$450-500 for the Tangled ones, they will have to wait unfortunately. At least in the meantime I can have dolls with the same face mold).

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And now on to Rapunzel and Eugene:

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As you can see, their color scheme is pink. Which works for Rapunzel but not so much for Eugene…

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Luckily I am a deboxer so these boxes will soon be in the recycling bin and all that will remain are my pictures. And here are the two together:

And one of all four dolls together:

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I like how Aladdin is looking towards Jasmine in this picture. Now for the part I like best — the dolls out of their boxes. Let’s start with Jasmine and Aladdin again. Here’s a full body shot:

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