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!

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Doll Mag Academy / Yearbook

Hi!

Yearbook CoverWe want to thank you for reading and supporting Doll Mag Academy! Although it has come to an end, we really hope you enjoyed it and hope you continue to stick with us once we dive into October, {we have loads of fun posts planned – theme weeks, crafts, tutorials, style, and lots more! :)} To close off our September adventure, we have a downloadable yearbook for you to fill in.

EAH DollsThere are a few pages featuring our doll’s “class photos.”

Blank SheetAs well as some for you to fill out with your own photos! There’s also some other fun surprises, so be sure to check it out.

You can download the Doll Mag Academy Yearbook here: DM Yearbook

Diploma ImageDon’t forget to grab a diploma for your doll too! Just sign your doll’s name on the line and your officially a Doll Mag Academy graduate. You can download it here: DM Diploma

Have a great night,

Lulu and Bella :)

Doll Mag Academy / Lunch Time Printables

Hi!

Lunch PrintablesDoll Mag Academy is starting to come to an end, but we still have a couple more fun posts to share with you today and tomorrow during our wrap-up. For this post, we have a collection of super cute lunch-themed printables for you, so let’s get to it, shall we?

PrintablesThe printable set includes a menu so your doll knows what’s for lunch, a cupcake-themed tray, a water bottle label, two juice bag labels, and the front and back of an animal cracker snack bag.

MenuZoey couldn’t wait to help model our new lunch menu. She’s thinking of ordering the salad, how about you?

Animal CrackersHere’s the animal cracker bag! We stapled the two sides of ours together and put a little bit of stuffing inside to make it look full, but you could always cut out actual animal “crackers” from tan construction paper or foam.

You can download the printables here: Lunch Printables

For more school-themed printables, check out last year’s school themed posters.

Lulu :)

Seminars From Bri / Graduation!

Hi!

Student Council!Before we get to Bri’s seminar, we wanted to share the results of last week’s student council elections. We had over 100 votes entered, and we are so thankful for your input. Without further ado, here are the new positions…

Class President-Payton

Vice President-Gabby

Treasurer-Julie

Secretary-Izzy

Thanks again!

Seminars From Bri LogoThanks for tuning in my lovelies! I know you’re all super psyched for my special second post this month, right-

Wait! Aren’t I supposed to start the introductions?

Well you technically did with the student council thing…

But-

Anyways! My time as an exchange student at Doll Mag Academy has ended, so I threw a party for all the students going back to EAH along with the newly-selected student council. There. Is that good?

Um, hm, yeah.

:) 

Payton “Welcome to the goodbye party for our Ever After High exchange students,” Payton announced at the beginning of my awesome party. “As class president, I would like to say that it has been terrific having the EAH students here, but I think this speech would be better said by one of those students-“

Bri by Podium“Bri!” I called out from the wings. Payton nodded and began clapping as I walked on stage, obviously. “Hello my fellow super cool students. Today I will be discussing the importance…” I looked up at the towering podium. “Of having appropriately sized seating.” 

Bri SittingAfter a minute or two of climbing using my ninja high heel skills, I was sitting near the podium, ready to continue my speech. “We all had a great time here at Doll Mag Academy, from my documenting to our latest projects about-” 

Piper and Bri“Bri!” My best friend Piper called out and came running to the podium. “Rubye wants to know where she should put the chocolate fountain.” I scrunched my nose and gestured to the crowd. “I’m doing a speech actually…” Piper’s pale cheeks went apple red and gave my arm a quick squeeze. “Oops-I’ll talk to you later.” I nodded and redirected my attention back to the crowd, only to find…

Cupid and Brimyself looking straight at a pair of flying red shoes. “Cupid?” I asked, confused. I looked up and saw my pink-haired friend flying through the air and landing right next to me on the podium. Cupid smiled and sighed happily. “I told Siena I would get here before the food was out. And I even missed the boring speeches! Right, Bri-ooooh.” I nodded as she rushed to find a seat in the crowd while I continued to talk about our animation movie project.

Grace and Piper“Hey Bri? I know you’re doing a speech and everything, but could you just help me for a second?” Grace asked as I tried to get through at least two complete sentences. “Where should this table cloth go?” I shrugged, “Just find a table and cloth it, I guess.” Grace nodded and grabbed her purple table cloth before joining the swarm of people setting up the food. 

Sienna and Bri“Hey! Brister! Did you ever get those lanterns I told Piper to bring over?” Sienna butted in, gripping an orange paper decoration. “Wait, never mind!” She said quickly when she saw my frustration.  “I’ll just go tell her everything is fine.” 

Sienna and RubyeOf course, then Rubye came. “Sienna!” She cried, panting as she sprinted over. “Did Piper tell you what to do about the chocolate fountain; Cupid keeps trying to stick her cupcakes in it.” She then looked to me, “Great speech by the way Bri! It’s really good.” I looked up at the crowd with a doubtful look on my face, only to find that everyone was clapping. I guess learning how to manage parties makes a pretty good speech…although I can rock anything. 

Ending“Sorry we ruined your speech Bri.” Piper said, giving me a hug a little while later when we were all crouched around a perfectly decorated, (and clothed!) table, munching on sweets. “Are you kidding?” I laughed, “You didn’t ruin it. You guys made it %200 percent even better.”

I’ll be back for Halloween!

Bri (And Lulu!)

Doll Mag Academy / Reading List

Hi!

We have made it no secret here at Doll Mag how much we enjoy reading. We’re always in the middle of an amazing story, catching up on our growing blogroll, or flipping through a new magazine. As the book lovers we are, we’re issuing a reading list for all attendees of Doll Mag Academy – that would be you! :) The two of us have rounded up just a few of our favorite sites, nonfiction books, and novels, all of which relate to Doll Mag in some way. Take a peek; then let us know what you would have on your reading list.

Doll Mag Academy Reading ListThe School for Good and Evil / Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design / Blog Inc. / A Beautiful Mess / American Girl Heaven / Burn for Burn

 Have a lovely night!

Doll Mag Academy / Seven Days Of Style

Hi!

Seven Days Of StyleLast year (during our Back to School Week), Bella and I published a post called Seven Days Of Style, featuring my adorable doll Cece; included were tips on how to make outfits for every day of the week using only ten pieces. Our readers enjoyed it so much that we couldn’t wait to bring it back and share it with you again – and here it is! We picked out ten new pieces, made seven new outfits, and Cece and I are here to give style tips and tricks. Let’s get started!

Clothing Items Alright! To get started, you’ll need to gather up your pieces. You don’t need the same exact ones as us, as similar items will create the same effect or look. Here are the outfits our items belong to, in case you’re curious…

  • Headband from Janie Jumps on Etsy
  • Patterned Skirt from The Mix and Match Outfit Collection
  • Jeggings and Lace Top from Saige’s Sweater Outfit
  • Tunic from the Licorice Play Outfit
  • Vest and Sandals from the Weekend Fun Outfit
  • Basic Tee from the Jumper and Boots Outfit
  • Sweatshirt from the Kickin’ Back Outfit
  • Boots from the Pretty and Plaid Outfit

SundaySunday / Jeggings, Boots, Tunic, Basic Tee

Your doll can end her weekend right in a cute tunic and some comfy boots. Keep her hair maintained in a playful bubble braid and throw on a sweater (or in this case, a backwards top), and she’s good to go!

MondayMonday / Jeggings, Sandals, Lace Top, Vest, Headband

Mondays aren’t always fun, but your doll will be ready to take on the week in this simple, chic ensemble. Add a few pops of color with shoes or other accessories, but try to keep the other pieces subtly stylish.

TuesdayTuesday / Patterned Skirt, Sandals, Vest, Basic Tee

Your doll will be twirling through the school hallways in a fun skirt and shoes! Leave her hair in a basic ‘do and keep the outfit classic with a few extra twists. Throw a scarf here or a vest there, and her personal flair will show.

WednesdayWednesday / Sandals, Jeggings, Basic Tee, Lace Top, Headband

Layer up for the chillier days! Throw your doll’s fave tank or tee over a long sleeve top for an extra boost in pattern and texture. Add some jeggings, a headband, and a bit of color, and you’ll have aced this look.

ThursdayThursday / Sandals, Jeggings, Tunic, Basic Tee

The weekend’s almost here! Go out with a bang and wear a cute tunic or dress to ensure the second half of the school week is just as stylish as the first. Don’t forget to bring out details and colors with hair clips and accessories.

FridayFriday / Boots, Patterned Skirt, Sweatshirt, Lace Top

The weekend’s finally here! Celebrate your doll’s hard work with a cute look complete with the right amount of color. Not only does the green in the sweatshirt pick up the green in the skirt, it also allows for plenty of accessorizing opportunities.

SaturdaySaturday / Boots, Jeggings, Lace Top, Sweatshirt

Your doll can enjoy her day off in this comfy cute outfit! The boots and sweatshirt will keep her cozy, but the peeking lace top and the headband – working double time as a scarf – keep things elegant.

Have an awesome week!

Lulu and Cece

Doll Mag Academy / School Hairstyles

Hi!

School Hairstyles for the Bitty TwinsWe don’t feature our pair of Bitty Twins, Lucy and Bridget, as often as we should, but with our two-week long Doll Mag Academy feature, it felt like the ideal time to give them a post all to their own! With their layered, shoulder length hair, the twins’ hairstyles rarely go beyond your basic pigtail or ponytail. However, when they are dressed in such adorable back-to-school outfits, it didn’t seem right for them not to have a cute hairstyle to match. These ‘dos are easy to pick up and are oh-so fun to customize. Master them now, and your darling toddler will be smiling big come picture day! :)

Lucy Hairstyle Step by StepTo make Lucy’s fun take on braids, follow these simple steps…

  1. Brush out your doll’s hair completely.
  2. Part the hair in the back, and secure one side with an elastic.
  3. On the other side, pull back the top section of hair and use an elastic to make a small ponytail.
  4. Add another small section of hair to the mini ponytail, and secure with an elastic.
  5. Add the remaining pieces of hair, and tie off with yet another elastic.
  6. Repeat on the other side.

Bridget Hairstyle Step by StepBridget’s cute ponytail is just as simple! Here’s the four step how-to.

  1. Brush out your doll’s hair completely.
  2. Part hair. On one side, twist the front pieces of hair into a pigtail; secure with an elastic. Repeat on the other side.
  3. Brush together the two pigtails, and use an elastic to make one ponytail.
  4. Add a coordinating bow!

Of course, these instructions can be used on bigger dolls as well. Wouldn’t these styles be perfect for short hair dolls?!

Thanks for sticking with us during Doll Mag Academy! We are having a blast so far, and Lulu and I hope you are too.

Have an amazing night!

Doll Mag Academy / Class President Elections

Hi!

Doll Mag Academy LogoHello our wonderful readers! How are you enjoying Doll Mag Academy so far?! :) For this feature, we wanted to host class elections for Student Council. We have selected four candidates for you to choose from; you will be able to vote for who you think should become president in the poll below. We will be closing it next Friday and announce the new president in a post, but no worries for the other candidates! At Doll Mag Academy, everyone’s a winner, and the other three candidates will be assigned to the remaining council roles (VP, treasurer, and secretary). Let’s get voting, shall we?

PaytonWill you vote for Payton?

IzzyOr Izzy?

GabbyHow about Gabby?

JulieOr maybe Julie?

You can vote here:

This poll is now closed. Thanks so much for your votes!

Have a great weekend!

Lulu

Seminars From Bri / New School Year

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Seminars From Bri LogoI hope you’re all enjoying Doll Mag Academy! For my first post of this fun feature, I couldn’t wait to share with you –

Hey, my lovely readers! It’s me, Bri! Get ready for some ultra awesomeness! I will be posting not just one, but TWO times this month! 

I’m posting too.

Yes, but did you change the color of your text just for this month’s feature?

I always write in black.

And I always write in pink… until now! 

Why don’t you just take over already?

Empty Room At the end of last month, I got a letter from Ever After High that said I would be getting a chance to take part in the exchange program between them and Doll Mag Academy! I would get to stay for a month and take part in all kinds of fun classes, and even better – my friends Rubye, Piper, Grace, Cupid, and Sienna all got letters too!

I obviously took up the offer and began planning my dorm room design immediately and requested Piper as a roommate. On the first day, I rushed through the door and threw my arms around Piper. “Pipester! Roomie!” I cried. “Brister!” She replied before looking down at my stylish super suitcase. “How much stuff did you bring!?” 

Decorated Room “Just enough to glam up this room!” I announced, and immediately we got to work. I threw my pillows onto the bed and climbed over them to hang up some posters. After a while of decorating and designing, our sides were ready to be photographed for the room tour!

Bri's Bed“Ta-da!” I announced and showed off my bed. “Here’s my poster, and pillows, blankets, and giant under-the-bed storage space for my suitcase…and it all matches my hair!” 

Piper's Bed“Your turn Pipester!” I exclaimed and swiveled the camera towards her. “Check out her posters and coordinating pillows and outfit – it’s like a magazine shoot.” “Okay?” Piper answered and jumped onto her bed. 

Middle Room And here’s our super awesome bulletin board of awesomeness with the awesome poster on top (It says “Bri Awesome” like “Be Awesome,” do you get it? Huh, huh?). Oh, and there’s Piper’s two bags which somehow fit perfectly under the desk and don’t need a custom-made drawer. 

Ending“Home Sweet Home.” I sighed and smiled. It was going to be a very fun next couple of weeks. 

Alright, next up is my story about Picture Day! My friends and I went out shopping last weekend and were ready for our close-ups. 

Looking Piper“Bri!” Piper called to me through the dorm door, tapping her foot. “We’ll miss our time slots if you don’t hurry up!” “Don’t worry!” I shouted back, I just have to finish my hair–and…done!” 

Bri's Surprise“Can we get going now?” Piper asked just as I jumped out in my brand new picture-day outfit. We had our pictures scheduled to be taken right in the morning, and I had been up bright and early picking out just the right accessories so I would look and feel confident! “You look great!” Piper exclaimed. “And so do you Pipester!” I laughed, linking my arm through hers. 

Piper

The Pipester.

We arrived right on time for the photos (see Piper – I told you we would!), and we got in line with my other Ever After High friends, Grace, Sienna, Rubye, and Cupid. Piper was up first and she looked stunning in her red dress!

Rubye

Rub-a-Dub

Rubye was up next–doesn’t she look adorable in her photo? 

Sienna

Sienna…that’s it.

Sienna hopped in after them; don’t you love how she braided that ribbon into her hair? 

G. Lockes

G. Lockes

I love Grace’s new curls!

Cute-pid

Cute-pid

Cupid looks oh-so lovely, don’t you agree with me? (It must be true, because it rhymes.) 

Me.

Me.

And finally – here’s me! Yay!

Have a great rest of your week and stay awesome!

Bri (with help from the Pipester!) 

and Lulu :)

Doll Mag Academy / Make a Doll Hopscotch

Hi!

Make a Doll HopscotchTo kick off Doll Mag Academy, we wanted to share a craft for the most important class of the day: recess! While I haven’t had recess for a few years now, I know classic recess games – such as tag, jump rope, or, as in today’s post, hopscotch – are still perfect for mid-school day fun. While setting up a hopscotch board for your doll is as easy as going outside with a piece of chalk, this portable and multi-colored creation will come in handy as the weather gets colder and the days get shorter. We made our board for darling Lauryce, a 14-inch Hearts 4 Hearts doll, but with the use of your math skills, making bigger or smaller pieces shouldn’t be difficult. Really, isn’t anything better when it’s in bright colors?! :)

Hopscotch MaterialsYOU WILL NEED…

  • A black poster board
  • Felt in a variety of colors {we ended up using eight colors}
  • A ruler
  • A black marker, such as a sharpie
  • A white color pencil {preferred} or a regular pencil
  • Scissors
  • A hot glue gun {not pictured}
  • A craft knife and an adult to help! {not pictured}

Hopscotch Step by Step

  1. Measure and mark a 15-inch by 10-inch rectangle with the white colored pencil on the black poster board.
  2. Have an adult cut it out of the poster board with the craft knife on a safe surface.
  3. Use the ruler and Sharpie to mark a 2.5 inch square on a piece of felt.
  4. Repeat step three to create seven squares, and cut them out.
  5. Freehand an arch shape for the remaining space on the hopscotch board.
  6. Lay your pieces out, and adjust if needed. Glue down with the hot glue gun.

Easy-peasy! Lauryce has had a blast using it, as we’re sure your dolls will too.

Lauryce with Doll Hopscotch

Have a lovely evening!
Bella