Trick or Treat!

Halloween 2015Hello everyone! Bella and I are hard at work on the November/December issue, which should be coming out sometime in the next few days, but we wanted to quickly pop in to wish our readers a Happy Halloween {and of course, if you aren’t celebrating tonight, happy Saturday!}. We hope your October comes to a delightful close, and that November is also filled with lots of fall fun.

Halloween 2015Have a great rest of your weekend!

Lulu and Ellie

Psst. If you are trick-or-treating, what is your costume? I’m going as a Greek goddess, and Bella is a “formal apology.” :)

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September Updates

Hello!September UpdatesHow is it September, friends? The two of us hope you all had amazing summers and, better yet, are ready for the fun that comes with fall. Brisk autumnal weather, cozy sweaters and cute boots, and seasonal comfort food?! Count us in :)

We’re popping in to share a few DM updates as we head into a new month. Normally, as today is September 1st, we would have a new issue up and ready to read. Unfortunately, Lulu broke her finger last week as we were nearing our publication deadline {thankfully and most importantly, she’s on the mend and getting better every day}, but her injury delayed the remaining Doll Mag tasks. To continue to deliver the highest quality we can in our magazine, we have made the tough decision to push back our release day to Monday, September 14. This extension will give us the much-needed time to finish formatting, writing, and proofreading the articles we have left.

Blog posts and social media updates will continue to go up as usual, and we still plan to release the holiday issue on November 1st. Thank you for understanding, and happy fall! ♥

Psst. Doesn’t Isabella look adorable in Grace’s Sightseeing Outfit? We’re staring the process of choosing back to school outfits for each DM model; what are your dolls wearing for the season?

August Hiatus

Hi!

Sienna and Dani-minThe Doll Mag team is on vacation! We’ll be spending the week with our family, as well as our EAH travel companion, Rosalind, before our summer break comes to a close. Posting will resume on Sunday, August 23rd, but you will be able to find us on the DM social media pages in the meantime. Thanks friends, and we’ll see you soon!

Happy National Doll Day!

Hi!

Happy National Doll Day!Doll fans we are, Lulu and I are always in favor of an occasion that celebrates one of our favorite hobbies. Fittingly, the first Sunday of August {as in today!} was declared National Doll Day in 2011, and though it’s not the biggest of holidays, we believe it’s still a good call for celebration.

In honor of the day, the two of us wanted to revisit the very beginning of our doll family. Our collection of AG cuties started when Lulu and I were in elementary school; we currently have thirteen American Girl dolls – I don’t think we will be buying another any time soon – but our love of dolls hasn’t decreased in the slightest. If anything, it’s grown!

Happy National Doll Day+ To begin, our first AG dolls, regardless of size, were Annie and Lala, our two Bitty Babies. We were budding collectors even then, buying new outfits, accessories, and furniture for as frequent as little girls can with their own money :)

+ The first 18-inch American Girl doll to enter the DM household was Isabella in 2005. I received her as a Christmas present in the same year I discovered AG {I read the catalogues cover to cover hoping for a doll of my own}. She looks very similar to me, and I, being a creative little kid, named her after myself. Izzy has been much loved over the years, but she will always have a special place in my heart as my very first AG doll!

+ Later in the summer of 2007 at the time of my birthday, our mom snagged Hopscotch Hill dolls Gwen and Hallie when the line retired. Gwen was given to me as a birthday present from my brother {he loves to play soccer, so it seemed like a fitting gift}, while Lulu was surprised with Hallie days later by our mom.

+ Lulu received her first American Girl doll, Louisa, as a holiday present in 2006. Lulu and her new doll did everything together for the rest of winter break, but it wasn’t all fun and games during Louisa’s first week; one evening I was brushing her hair, and after a few strokes, poor Louisa’s head fell off! Luckily, Lulu was able to send her to the doll hospital, and she returned good as new and ready for many more years of adventures.

+ Nicki joined Isabella and Louisa soon after in 2007. She caught my eye because I thought she and Izzy could be twins with their bright blue eyes and freckled faces! I saved my money for months before purchasing her online in June. She, too, shows years of love, but I can’t imagine parting with her {Nicki even came with me to the hospital when I was first diagnosed with diabetes}.

Happy National Doll Day 02+ Our resident 70’s girl, Julie, became a member of the family in December 2007. My aunt and uncle graciously gifted her to me as a Christmas present, along with her groovy accessories and the limited edition American Girl calendar. I was so in love that I didn’t even want to take her mini braid out. I couldn’t risk ruining Julie’s long blond hair!

+ That same Christmas, Lulu received a set of Bitty Twins, later to be named Lucy and Bridget! Although both were presents for Lulu, my sister was kind enough to give me Lucy without a twinge of regret {how lucky am I to have such an amazing little sis?!}. Our twins are the best of buds, and our mom often jokes that Lucy and Bridget will become hers when we head off to college.

+ At the height of Kit’s popularity in the summer of 2008, I bought Ruthie with my allowance – just in time for the Kit movie release! I thought Ruthie looked good in every piece of clothing and that belief holds true today; I like to think she is the most stylish in the current DM family.

+ Lulu’s second doll and our sixth doll in all was Gabby, a Christmas gift received in 2008. With her long dark brown hair and her gorgeous deep brown eyes, Gabby was a dead ringer for Lulu and quickly fit right into our growing family of dolls – she became Ruthie’s best friend in an instant.

+ Out of all of our dolls, Josefina is the only cutie that we purchased off of Ebay. Following the arrival of Gabby, Lulu saved her money throughout the winter, and she finally had enough money to buy a secondhand Josie doll in March 2009. She was Lulu’s first historical doll and seemed like the perfect addition to our collection.

Happy National Doll Day!+ Hannah has a traumatic backstory, as I almost returned her a day after I bought her! In the fall of 2009, I had enough money to purchase a “big” item from American Girl, but my heart was not set on one single item. After a long afternoon at the store {think lots of crying and stress}, I came home with Hannah, only to rethink my decision that same night. Fortunately, I didn’t go through with that choice, and Hannah is a beloved member of the DM family today.

+ Lulu and I received our next two dolls on the same day: Christmas 2009! Ellie, our earth-loving, redheaded dancer, was Lulu’s fourth doll, while Zoey, our creative fashionista and aspiring world traveler, was my sixth and final doll. Many thanks to our aunt and uncle for those two lovely gifts – it made for a wonderful holiday season!

+ Another year had gone by, another Christmas came, and another doll had joined the collection! Lulu found Cece under the Christmas tree in 2010, and her personality came to us in minutes. She’s a regular favorite among our friends; it must be Cece’s layered brown hair and piercing blue eyes.

+ Lulu’s sixth doll, the always adorable Sally, was a joint birthday present by our grandparents and two sets of aunts and uncles in October 2011. Lulu had been crushing on Sally – how could you not?! – in the catalogue for a few months, so we were both delighted to find an AG box among her birthday gifts!

+ Finally, Payton was purchased by Lulu in July 2012, right around the Fourth of July, at the Boston American Girl store. The two of us long debated which doll she should buy, but Payton’s cute face and curly hair won us both over. It was a summer outing done right, if you ask me!

Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with us! It’s crazy to remember a time when we didn’t have our close collection of dolls, but I suppose that’s a case every doll fan experiences. Do you remember the backstory behind each of your AG girls?

Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon!
B

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Hi!

I absolutely adore ice cream – making it (which of course, involves taste testing), eating it, and covering it in yummy toppings. When Bella told me that today is National Ice Cream Day, we knew that we had to do something to celebrate this delectable treat! And so, in honor of this very fun holiday, we have rounded up our favorite ice cream related doll picks. Enjoy with a scoop of your favorite flavor! :)

Ice CreamPhotos from Respective Shop Owners

1 >> Disney Inspired Ice Cream from Stacey Morgan Studios on Etsy, $6.00

2 >> AG Ice Cream Scooper by Dolly Dorm Designs on Etsy, $5.25

3 >> Ice Cream Tank Top and Leggings from Bella’s Sweet Home on Etsy, $8.99

4 >> Miniature Mint Ice Cream and Oreos from Miniare Miniatures on Etsy, $12.00

5 >> Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Parfait from Dollicious Design on Etsy, $4.50

6 >> Ice Cream Cones from Dash Dot Dash Studio on Etsy, $12.00

And now for some ice cream related questions…

Favorite flavor? (Mine is cookies and cream, and Bella’s is tied between cookies and cream as well, chocolate, and cookie dough)

Cone or Dish? (Bella: Dish >> Me: Cone)

Favorite Topping? (Bella and I are both partial to chocolate sprinkles and strawberries!)

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Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Lulu

A Small Comment From Bri and A New Friend

Hi!

Bri LogoHello everyone! Bri here. So, remember my Indoor Picnic from last month, and how it ended with the arrival of a surprise guest?

Oh! I know who it is!

Don’t spoil the surprise!

Okay, okay, I won’t.

Anyways, today everyone will get to meet our new friend in a mini Comments from Me post. 

You’re only doing a mini post?

That reminds me! We’ll get to the special guest in a moment, but first we have some exciting news to share with all of you lovely people. 

You just want to make me wait for as long as possible, don’t you?

Yes. It’s all part of my evil scheme for blog domination. *Eye Roll*

I knew it.

Bri Live BlogAlright-y then! Remember my New Year’s Eve Live Blog from a few months ago? Well, we’ve decided that since it was so much fun, we’re going to do a summer edition: BRI’S SUPER SUMMER LIVE BLOG! You can read more about it below. 

  • On July 5th (Tomorrow!) my friends are taking me (Bri) on some sort of surprise summer getaway. I will be posting all about this mysterious adventure throughout the afternoon at every half hour. So, every 30 minutes, be sure to refresh your page to see what my friends and I are up to. 
  • The event starts Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM EST and will run until 5:30 PM EST.
  • From 2:00 PM EST until 4:30 PM, I will be online and responding to your comments!
  • Feel free to ask Lulu any questions you have about this event in the comments of this post. 

Okay, back to the story…

(A quick recap) Suddenly there was a knock on the door. “Who could that be?” Rubye and Kitty said in unison. “That would be our special guest…” I answered, waving in the direction of the doorway.

Bri 2The door opens and in walks a girl with dark brown hair, red highlights, and very tall boots. “Rosie!” I exclaim and jump up to give her hug. “Bri!” She drops her suitcase and runs over to me.

Bri 2“Everyone, this is my little sister Rosalind. She was doing this travel abroad program at school, but now she’s home and we’re going to have all sorts of awesome fun!” I squeal, hugging my little sis even tighter. “Rosalind, this is everyone: Sienna, Grace, Cupid, Rubye, Gigi, Kitty, you know Piper, and Dani.” “Group hug!” Cupid shouts. 

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That’s right! Rosalind Beauty (or Rosabella as she is known in the EAH line) has joined our doll family! I absolutely love her glasses and boots, and couldn’t wait to snap some photos of this stylish cutie…

Rosalind 1 I’ve decided that Rosalind loves books, traveling, gardening, coffee, and Gilmore Girls. (Rory Gilmore is a kindred spirit! :) )

Rosalind 2

Rosalind 3

Rosalind 4

Rosalind 5Happy 4th for all of our readers in the USA!

Lulu

Vote for Our Birthday Party Theme {2015 Edition}!

Hello!

Each year, the two of us celebrate Doll Mag’s birthday in July, the month when Bella first invented Doll Mag {Lulu joined in on the fun soon after, and we have been a blog-writing, magazine-creating duo ever since :)}. In honor of our upcoming summer celebration, we are inviting the Doll Mag readers to vote for our birthday party theme – just like we did last year! It took us some time to brainstorm three creative and festive themes, but the choice now lies in your hands.

Retro Luau{via}

Would you like us to travel back in time and head to the beach at a Retro Luau party?

Starry Night{via}

Should we host a party under the night sky in the Starry Night celebration?

Baking in Paris{via}

Or, finally, would you like a Baking in Paris party, inspired by Grace, the one and only 2015 Girl of the Year?

The poll will close on May 24, so be sure to vote for your favorite theme soon! You can cast your vote here:

Poll has now closed, with Starry Night as the winner! Thank you so much for voting.

Have a wonderful week!

Bella and Lulu

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour Printable / Bookworm Week

Hello!

We hope you are enjoying Bookworm Week so far! The two of us have had a blast sharing some of our favorite novels with you, and we love learning that many of our readers proudly call themselves bookworms too :) Lulu and I have a few more goodies to share before this theme week ends, however, like today’s free download.

Slide1After Lulu wrote about her all-time beloved book, The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, earlier in week {check out her super cool bed project HERE}, I knew my favorite read would make an appearance as well. I have read countless young adult books over the past several years, but Morgan Matson’s Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour has long remained a favorite. Matson is an outstanding contemporary author, and I am always recommending her books to other young adult fans. In honor of the novel, in which the two main characters take a round trip across the US, I whipped up a little travel journal printable for dolls. With summer coming up, you’re bound to go on a few trips, and this freebie lets your doll remember all of the fun she had on vacation. Making the journal couldn’t be easier; just print, cut, staple {I imagined the quote page as the back cover}, and you’re good to go!

Grab your download on Dropbox HERE.

Have you read books by Morgan Matson? And do you have a young adult novel to suggest?

Have a wonderful Friday!
Bella

Bookworm WeekThanks for being a part of Bookworm Week! We’ll be sharing crafts, ideas, and photo stories related to our favorite books all week long, so be sure to check back soon for the next post.

Jane Austen Inspired Calling Cards / Bookworm Week

Hi!

Calling CardWho better than to inspire a bookworm week feature than Jane Austen? Bella and I like to consider ourselves “Janeites” and with a bit of help from our wonderful mother, we came up with the idea to make Austen inspired calling cards. Our fellow book-lover, Nicki, couldn’t wait to help us out; she’s a fan of Elizabeth and Darcy too :)

Not sure what calling cards are? Here’s a brief history to help you out! (Unfortunately, a few of my online sources had contradicting information, so I’ve compiled the facts that I think make the most sense and are the most interesting!)

  • A calling card was used in Jane Austen’s time so that household members could be alerted when a neighbor or friend came visiting or calling.
  • A traditional calling card would have the name of the owner, as well as their title, if they have one, and occasionally their address.
  • A lady would travel to an acquaintance’s house, where she would have a servant bring a calling card into the house, so the family of the house would know she was interested in visiting.
  • A calling card may be sent in response, requesting a visit. If the family didn’t wish to meet with the lady, no calling card would be sent. A calling card in a sealed envelope was another sign that the lady should keep a social distance.
  • Folding different corners of a calling card mean different things: a folded top left corner meant that the card was delivered by the caller themselves (instead of a servant), a folded top right corner meant “congrats,” a folded bottom left corner means “goodbye,” and a folded bottom right corner showed condolences.

Calling CardsWe made our calling cards using lace-style cards (available at your local craft store!), pens, and paint. Be sure to use a small paintbrush and practice your lettering a few times to make sure your cards turn out splendidly. Although the calling cards in Austen’s times were not as fancy as Nicki’s own, we couldn’t resist the decorative flair.

Have you read any Jane Austen novels? Discuss in the comments!

Lulu, Bella, and Nicki

Bookworm WeekThanks for being a part of Bookworm Week! We’ll be sharing crafts, ideas, and photo stories related to our favorite books all week long, so be sure to check back soon for the next post.

Nancy Drew Sleuthing Kit / Bookworm Week

Hi!

Nancy Drew Sleuthing KitWhen brainstorming the novels we wanted to feature this week, the Nancy Drew mysteries were some of the first books to come to mind. Not only do we love Nancy’s fast-paced adventures, but our adorable sleuth Sally does too! And what’s a detective without her tools? We created an entire sleuthing kit with Nancy-approved items to help crack the case, with the help of an amazing book for budding detectives, The Lost Files of Nancy Drew.

Nancy Drew Sleuthing KitThis large guide includes “artifacts” and clues from some of Nancy’s most popular mysteries, including her own sleuthing supply list. Sally took it upon herself to create a kit inspired by Nancy’s; as Sally knows, you never know what a mystery will call for! From bobby pins to flashlights, Nancy is always prepared.

Nancy Drew Sleuthing KitHere’s what the two expert detectives suggest carrying in a sleuthing supply kit: a change of clothes {rain-soaked or stained items are no fun}, a notepad and pen {for writing down clues, of course}, spare change, a magnifying glass, a flashlight, bobby pins {for hairstyles and picking locks}, and finally, a yummy treat {Sally likes chocolate chip cookies :)}.

Let’s discuss, friends. What would you have in your sleuthing kit? Do you like the Nancy Drew books? Do you have a favorite mystery novel to recommend?

Have a happy Monday!

Bella, Lulu, and Sally

Bookworm WeekThanks for being a part of Bookworm Week! We’ll be sharing crafts, ideas, and photo stories related to our favorite books all week long, so be sure to check back soon for the next post.