Magazine / Holiday 2015

Hi friends!

Doll Mag November DecemberWe here at Doll Mag wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! :) The two of us don’t want to keep you from your turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes, so we’ll get right to the good stuff. Here’s what you can find in our holiday issue…

  • an interview with one of American Girl’s original historical dolls, Kirsten Larson.
  • two crafts to get your doll baking in the kitchen.
  • a quiz to find which winter creature matches your personality.
  • a brief history of rocker dolls, Jem and the Holograms.
  • and much, much more!

You can read the newest edition on ISSUU or download it on Adobe Reader HERE.

If you have more time to spare {recovering from your food coma, perhaps?}, click through our monthly links! First, enter the reader survey HERE for the chance to be featured in the January/February issue with your doll.

We love Etsy shop owners, so much so that we created a whole feature to highlight them! Though Shop Owner Spotlight is booked through the spring, you can still enter your information HERE and we’ll get in touch regarding our next opening.

As the official DM advice columnist, Gabby is always willing to answer your questions! Shoot her your concerns HERE; we’ll be sure to feature one or two responses in our next issue.

Your comments are instant daymakers. We make it easy – simply submit a letter to the editors HERE.

Finally, our archive is filled to the brim with back issues. Read them all HERE.

Many thanks to all of YOU, and, better yet, happy holiday season!

xo,
Bella, Lulu, and the DM team

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Working on Wednesdays / 36

Hello!

Thanksgiving Illustration Chuck Groenink{via}

Happy Wednesday, friends! Lulu and I apologize for taking a brief hiatus without warning; the two of us didn’t plan to go two weeks without posting. Now that we’ve both had the chance to catch our breaths and devote our attention to DM matters, we wanted to share a few Doll Mag updates in a new “Working on Wednesdays” – a little housekeeping, if you will. Then let’s chat: what have we missed on your sites? In doll scoop? With our favorite readers?

First, we are planning to publish our holiday issue on Wednesday, November 25. Think of it as a special treat to read alongside your turkey day leftovers! :) We have been working hard on wrapping up each article, and we’ll be finishing our final design elements this weekend. Thank you for your patience; we think the wait will have been worth it {Hamilton reference for the win}.

Second, we recognize the lack of posts on the DM blog! Lulu and I like to live by the motto of “quality over quantity,” so when life gets busy, we would rather keep the site quiet than hastily put a post together. Hopefully, you understand our slow blogging approach, but with the holidays coming, our hope is that it won’t last forever.

And that brings us to our third and final point: mark your calendars for December 1, the return of Holiday Headquarters! This will be our third year running our series of festive posts, and the two of us couldn’t be more excited for it to begin. Let the gingerbread-making and present-wrapping commence!

Have a terrific night!
Bella

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.” :)

Meet Molly!

Hi!

When I first became interested in the Ever After High line a few years ago, I immediately fell in love with the turquoise-haired, tea-loving Madeline Hatter. In fact, I was so in love that I planned on getting her as my first EAH doll, but my local store didn’t have her in stock; so you can then imagine how excited I was when I received her Sugar Coated doll as a birthday gift a couple of weeks ago! After excitedly ripping the paper off her box, I was happy to see that she is just as cute in person as she is in the pictures. And so, without further ado, here’s Molly! {also known as Maddie}

Molly 6I usually rename my Ever After High dolls, and this time was no different! After a little bit of brainstorming, my mom, Bella, and I finally decided on calling this Wonderland cutie Molly. I’ve also decided that she loves tea, roller skating, sci-fi and time travel books, and baking shows. She and Gigi can have endless Masterchef marathons!

Over the weekend, Molly and I grabbed some tea-themed fabric and snapped a few introductory photos…

Molly 1 Molly 2 Molly 3Molly 4Happy Monday!

Lulu and Molly

Snug as a Bug / Style

Hello!

Warm, cozy, and comfortable are staple qualities in an autumnal wardrobe, but that shouldn’t discount the importance of style too! With sweater weather upon us, Lulu and I wanted to focus a new style post {yes, also, hi, we’ve been awful at updating lately} on our favorite sweaters of the season. From cute pullover sweatshirts to trendy knitted cardigans, there’s surely a sweater below for every member of your doll family. What Etsy items have caught your eye this month?

Snug as a Bug 01{buy the sweater}

Snug as a Bug 02{buy the sweater}

Snug as a Bug 03{buy the sweater}

Snug as a Bug 04{buy the sweater}

Snug as a Bug 05{buy the sweater}

Have a lovely day!
Bella

The Doll Mag Book Club Summer Discussion / 06

Hi!

The Doll Mag Book ClubHello and welcome to the last Anne of Green Gables Doll Mag Book Club discussion! If you’re just joining us, we’re discussing L. M. Montgomery’s classic story, Anne of Green Gables, all throughout July, August, September, and October. The book club discussions are moderated by two of our models, Nicki and Louisa, both book worms themselves. Anyone can be part of the club – comment your answers to the questions below, tell us your thoughts, or even just mention your favorite quote or scene from this set of chapters! Today we will be talking about chapters 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, so let’s travel with Anne to Queen’s College and Avonlea…

Remember – spoilers ahead! Louisa’s flying solo this week, though Nicki hopes to add in her thoughts sometime soon :)

“‘You’ve all passed, every one of you, Moody Spurgeon and all, although he’s conditioned in history.‘” 

1. What were your thoughts when we found out that Anne got into Queen’s College? 

Louisa: I’m so proud of Anne – and all the other Avonlea students (even Josie!). We’ve seen them through their early years and having them head off to a new school makes me smile. They’ve all worked so hard and come so far, although I must admit I’m a little pleased that Anne and Gilbert’s competitive natures haven’t completely disappeared.

“‘But suddenly, as her dilated, frightened eyes gazed put over the audience, she saw Gilbert Blythe at the way back of the room, bending forward with a smile on his face – a smile that seemed to Anne at once triumphant and taunting…She would not fail in front of Gilbert Blythe – he should never be able to laugh at her, never, never.'”

2. In this set of chapters, Anne recited a poem for a concert. What did you think of her performance and the crowd’s reactions? 

Louisa: Oh goodness, this made me laugh. Leave it to Anne to find the courage to speak in front of others through her rivalry with Gilbert! Stage fright can be terribly hard to overcome though, so I’m immensely happy that she was able to so, as well as wow the crowds of the White Sands Hotel.

“‘Well now, I’d rather have you than a dozen boys, Anne.’ Matthew said, patting her hand. ‘Just mind you that – rather than a dozen boys.'”

3. Only a few pages before the end of the book, Marilla and Anne suffer a great loss. How were you effected by this event?

Louisa: Matthew! He’s always been one of my favorite characters, so the moment Marilla told Anne he was feeling sickly, I got worried. As much as his death saddened me, I’m glad he was able to see Anne do so many great things at school and grow up to be such a lovely young lady. I’m also glad Marilla and Anne were able to lean on each other, in their own ways.

“‘I didn’t think you and Gilbert Blythe were such good friends that you would stand for a half hour at the gate talking to him,’ said Marilla with a dry smile. ‘We haven’t been – we’ve been such good enemies.‘” 

4. Now that we’ve reached the end of this book, what are your opinions on the overall story and characters? 

Louisa: It’s no wonder Anne has been considered one of literature’s favorite heroes since her book’s publication! The moment she arrives on the scene, you instantly feel more imaginative and curious yourself. This book managed to make me laugh and cry and cringe and smile all at the same time, and I hope it inspires other readers for many years to come.

We can’t wait to hear what YOU have to say in today’s discussion. Feel free to share your favorite quote too, as we have done above!

We’ve had so much fun on this reading adventure with our book club members! Surveys and posts regarding the next reading selection will be up on the blog sometime in the next month, so be sure to check back soon for updates. We would love to hear your thoughts!

A Fall Photoshoot

Hi!

October is one of my favorite months! Not only is it when my birthday falls, but it is also when I finally feel like it’s autumn. The weather becomes perfect for jackets, vests, and boots, apple cider immediately becomes my favorite beverage, and the leaves begin to change colors and fall to the ground. This weekend, I dug out my sweaters and Bella and I kicked off the fall season with a fun movie night, watching the spooky classic, Halloweentown. Of course, our dolls wanted to join in on the fun too! Dressed in a new ensemble, Dani headed outside with me today for some cold(er) weather photos.

Dani Head ShotDani 2 Dani 3 Dani 4 Dani 5 Dani 6Have an amazing week! :)

Lulu and Dani

Psst. Thanks so much for your patience with our Anne of Green Gables book club post! We’ll have it up Tuesday and would love to hear your thoughts on the last set of chapters.

Staff Picks / September 2015

Hello, hello!

Happy weekend, friends! We love to take the time on Saturday and Sunday to get ahead on schoolwork, have spontaneous movie nights {our latest was Newsies, after we saw the musical of the same name over the summer}, and best of all, catch up on our favorite blogs, doll-related and otherwise. We had skipped Staff Picks in August due to our short vacation, but the feature has returned with a batch of excellent posts, articles, and other mentions. Read to your heart’s content before sharing your favorite posts of the month – blog love is the best.

Staff Picks September 2015{1} Some of Lulu’s favorite movies when she was younger were the ones starring the Disney Fairies; this adorable post by Journey Girl’s Adventures, therefore, was only bound to make her smile! The gorgeous shots, the captivating photo effects, and the well-placed cliffhanger all guarantee that she’ll be back for next week’s installment. Thumbs up from us!

{2} There are some bloggers that make being cool look effortless. Case in point? Inky, New York resident and Instagram superstar, who recently gave us a peek into her perfectly-styled bedroom. From her extensive Uglydoll collection to her colorful rows of books, it’s clear Inky has an eye for interior design, so only one question remains: when can we visit?

{3} While the latest Ever After High special did come out in August, Lulu couldn’t help but include it in this month’s round of picks! The animation was breathtaking {especially in the outfit transformation sequence!} and she adored the “wonderlandiful” story. She would love to discuss with other EAH fans, so if you’ve seen it, be sure to share your thoughts in the comments :)

{4} It’s hard to keep up with trends in real life, let alone translate them to the doll world too! For this reason, Bella adores any fashion craft that is both easy and quick to make, like Liz’s recent leather bracelet inspired tutorial. It’s trendy, it’s creative, and it’s an oh-so cute accessory to go with our dolls’ fall wardrobes. Perhaps we’ll make a few of our own as we watch the Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiere tonight!

{5} Doll Mag advice of the day: There’s nothing a good piece of cake can’t solve! Lulu loved reading about Kaya and Xyra’s adventures in the kitchen in a recent photo story; that lemon cake looks oh-so yummy {and makes us both hungry and ready to bake!}. What recipes have you been whipping up as of late?

{6} Finally, the girls at Dolly Dorm Diaries have impressed us yet again with their gorgeous photography and fun adventures. Cindy, Christina, and Saige took advantage of the late summer weather to fit in another beach trip, but this time with other friends: their horses! We think there’s nothing better than doing something with the people you love most, and it seems they agree.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Psst. Thanks to everyone who entered this month’s survey so far! Though our issues only has the room for one reader to be featured, we love reading your responses. Keep ‘em coming by entering HERE!

Shop Owner Spotlight / 10

Hi!

Nini Says SewJust in time for the first day of fall, we are back with another round of Shop Owner Spotlight! Both Lulu and I are delighted to welcome Lori; she owns the online store Nini Says Sew, a shop that not only sells adorable clothes for dolls, but pieces for young kiddos as well {can you say impressive?!}. We haven’t bought anything from her yet, but Lori’s eye for vintage styles has us excited for future roll-outs. We’ll keep the rest of our introduction short and sweet, because you surely know the drill of the feature by now: we ask Etsy shop owners a series of questions on their behind-the-scenes work {think outfit inspiration and doll models}, they kindly answer with interesting responses, and we give them a shout-out in the latest issue and right here on the DM blog. Here’s Lori full interview!

What inspired you to start your shop?

I have been sewing for many years. I used to make matching outfits for my daughter and her American Girl doll. Now my granddaughter has a doll so I am making clothes for her. I also have a collection of 18″ dolls, and I love all the clothes I can make for them.

How do you come up with the ideas for your outfits?

I love vintage patterns and dresses. I look for vintage style outfits when looking for patterns.

What are your favorite color combinations?

I like to combine bright colors. Lately I have been sewing with a lot of fabric that has teal in it.

What are your favorite pieces to make?

Dresses!

Finally, we would love to know a little bit about your dolls.

In our family we have:

  • American Girl of Today circa 1994
  • My daughter’s Bitty Baby doll
  • Circa 1995 Just Like You doll purchased 2014
  • My granddaughter’s doll Molly
  • My doll Kit {my favorite of all my dolls}
  • Just Like You doll with dark hair and blue eyes {purchased from Ebay}
  • Bitty Twins
  • Many other dolls from Our Generation, My Life, My Twin, and Madame Alexander!

A HUGE thank you to Lori! I’d imagine vintage sewing patterns are an excellent source of inspiration, and her doll family seems like a tight-knit collection :)

If you’re interested in being featured as an Etsy shop owner, read more and sign up HERE! We have interviews booked throughout the spring, but we’ll fit you in as soon as we can.

Have a lovely evening!

Magazine / Fall 2015

Hello!

Doll Mag September October 2015The two of us want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we finished our autumn issue; it’s a few weeks late, but we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you! The autumn season seems to bring out our creativity, and we had so much fun with the articles in this edition. Here’s a peek of what you’ll find inside…

  • an interview with the newest and cutest in AG’s Beforever line, Maryellen Larkin.
  • two sweet hairstyles for your short-haired friends.
  • a round-up of creative costumes that fit any price range.
  • a detailed article on the spooky Monster High dolls.
  • and much, much more!

As always, you can read the current edition on ISSUU or download it on Adobe Reader HERE.

And of course, it wouldn’t be issue release day without a few links. First up, we urge you to head on over to our Survey page HERE and enter for your chance to be featured in the next issue – it’s open to all of our readers!

We currently have Etsy shop owners lined up for interviews through the spring, but we would love for you to submit responses all the same! Click HERE for more information on the Shop Owner Spotlight feature.

Gabby, our adorable cover model, is also the official DM advice columnist! Send her your questions, comments, or concerns HERE; she will pick one or two to answer in the holiday issue.

If you want to write to us {much love and thanks if you do!}, you can submit a letter to the editors HERE.

Finally, start your week on a good note by reading through our archives of the back issues HERE.

xo,
Bella, Lulu, and the DM team