Kasey reviews … Uppercase Box September 2015

Hey everyone!

It’s been awhile but I’m back with the first of my 3 unboxing posts for this month, starting with Uppercase! In case you didn’t read my last post and are unfamiliar with Uppercase, it is a monthly YA book subscription box that costs $29 / month (including shipping) for the expert pick box which comes with¬†a brand new, recently published YA book which will either be signed or include a signed bookplate, exclusive author content, an Uppercase interactive reading experience, and a fun book-related item or accessory.

I thought this month’s box was great so let’s get to it! I don’t want to have spoilers for anyone trying to avoid them, so click on the Read More to see what is in this month’s box.

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Kasey reviews … Fandom of the Month Club August 2015!

Hey everyone,

It is once again time for the Fandom of the Month Club review! If you’re new to this, check out either of my two previous posts to find out more about what this box is and what it offers. For everyone else, let’s get into it!

I was pleased when I got this box to see that it was a different color than my past two boxes. It’s just a little thing but it made me happy regardless.

 

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Purple box this month! My favorite color too ūüôā

Spoilers for this month’s theme and items after the Read More!

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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 … Uppercase Box August 2015

Hey everyone,

I’m very excited for today’s review because it is my first book subscription box! Around the time I signed up for Fandom of the Month club, I was considering trying out a YA book subscription box, and another one OwlCrate was top of my list. Unfortunately, they’ve had a wait list for the past few months that I have yet to get off of, so I decided to try out another one instead called Uppercase Box.

I went with the expert pick box, which costs $23 + $6 shipping, so $29 / month. This box, according to the website comes with a brand new, recently published YA book which will either be signed or include a signed bookplate, exclusive author content, an Uppercase interactive reading experience, and a fun book-related item or accessory.

Money is collected on the 1st of the month and the box ships out on the 15th with 2-day shipping, so mine actually got here yesterday but I wasn’t able to pick it up from the mail center until today.

I don’t want to spoil this month’s box for anyone who might still be waiting for their own to get here, so click on the read more to see what fun stuff was in this month’s box!

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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:

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Kasey reviews … Fandom of the Month Club July 2015

It’s that time of the month again! Even though this is only my second month subscribing to Fandom of the Month club,¬†my first post was from last month’s box, so I’m very excited to continue this monthly series and show you what I got this month!

I had a very good idea in advance which fandom was going to be picked for this month because of a clue given on the curator’s Instagram page, and luckily it was a fandom that I am, well, a fan of, so I have been excited all month. Although I think in the future I prefer to be surprised as to which fandom was chosen.

I saw on Facebook that there are 3 different colored boxes shipping out now, and I was hoping to get a green box, but I got another red one just like last month. If you are new to this subscription service, here’s what the box looks like:

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As a quick refresher on this subscription service, it ships out once a month for a cost of $13 + $3 shipping (so $16 total) and contains 3-4 pieces of fandom-related jewelry bundled up inside a cute screen-printed mini canvas bag. Each month represents one fandom and fandoms have been / will be repeated. I don’t want to spoil which fandom came in this month’s box on my main blog page, so click on the read more to see what this month’s fandom was! Read More »

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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Kasey reviews … Inside Out! Part 2: Funko Pops and Mystery Minis

So in my last post I reviewed Inside Out the movie. In this post I will do a review of my small but hopefully growing Inside Out collection, starting with my collection of Funko Mystery Minis and Funko Pop (singular thus far since I only have Sadness).

For those of you unfamiliar with the Funko Mystery Mini series, they are series of miniature vinyl figures with a theme (Disney, Inside Out, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, etc) that come in blind boxes so that you won’t know which figure you’re going to get until you open the box. You can either buy individual boxes or buy a case in bulk, which is a good way to save money and hopefully avoid repeat figures. Some series such as Inside Out have cases of 12 where each figure can be found in a ration of 1/12 — that is, if you buy a case, you will get one of each different figure. Some other series have rarer figures that will only be found in every few cases so they are harder to find, and often get resold for a lot more money on eBay. There are also sometimes Hot Topic exclusive figures, which is also the case for Inside Out although I don’t yet have any of the HT exclusive mystery minis.

I decided to buy a case of Inside Out mystery minis so let’s take a look at a few pictures:

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Here’s the case with all 12 mystery mini boxes inside waiting to be opened! (Okay, I’ve actually already opened them, so this is just for display)

Here’s a close up of the characters on the top of the display case:

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Kasey reviews… Fandom of the Month Club June box!

Hello to whoever is reading this! I’m Kasey as you probably guessed by my site name. I decided to start a reviewing website for all the various things I buy and collect because I love following other people’s blogs and watching unboxing videos so I thought it would be fun to start my own!

A little about me — I’m a recent college grad with a degree in psychology that I plan to do absolutely nothing with! I am super interested in YA fiction and hope to become a YA writer in the future but I would also someday love to try my hand at writing for TV. I’m pretty nerdy and have a strong interest in Disney-related things and toys and all* things nerdy! So things you may see reviewed here include Disney-related merchandise, American Girl stuff, books (probably YA), TV shows, and any subscription boxes I buy! Which brings me to today’s first post.

I will be reviewing the June Fandom of the Month Club box today. If you haven’t heard of this nifty little subscription box, it is a monthly subscription box that costs $13 plus $3.25 shipping and comes with 3-4 pieces of fandom related jewelry. Each month has a specific fandom theme that you don’t know in advance, and past fandoms have included Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Divergent, among others. After watching a few unboxing videos I decided to subscribe for myself and my first box just came in today! Yay!

So let’s take a look first at the awesome box that this subscription comes in!

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So first of all I love this box. It has an (obviously) Harry Potter inspired vibe with the owl on the front carrying a package through the mail. Since I can’t actually get my mail delivered via owl this is definitely the next best thing.

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