Meet Beatrice!

Hi!

Meet Beatrice 1I hope you’re all having a lovely start to your week! Although I’m feeling a bit under the weather, (colds are no fun!) I couldn’t wait to share the newest addition to our doll family. Over the weekend, I received the EAH Forest Pixie Harelow doll as a gift, and fell in love with her adorable bunny ears and spring-y dress. I ended up renaming her Beatrice (after Peter Rabbit author Beatrix Potter) and decided that she’s a fan of animals, illustration, riding her bike, and gardening. Yesterday afternoon, the two of us headed outside for a sunlight-filled photo shoot…

Meet Beatrice 4

Beatrice and a new friend.

Meet Beatrice 3

Meet Beatrice 5And of course, I couldn’t leave out another bunny bud who joined our household this weekend…

Bunny!What have you and your dolls been up to lately?

Lulu & Beatrice

Bri’s New Year’s Live Blog + Meet Eliza and Sarah

Happy Almost January, everyone! Bella and I wanted to spend the last couple days of 2015 getting a head start on our New Year’s Resolutions – being a bit better about updating the blog. We’ve been really busy these past couple of months with school and the holidays, but not to worry! We have lots of great things coming up, including our next issue, featuring the new GOTY. (Bella and I are going to our nearest AG store on Friday for the new release, and we’ll be sure to share our thoughts on the new items.) Today I’m popping in to share some fun Bri-related news, as well as introduce you to two new additions who joined our doll family last week.

Bri Live Blog 2015First up, Bri will be back this year with another New Year’s Eve Live Blog! For those of you who missed last year’s event, you can check it out here (along with the summer version), but we can also quickly sum it up: Bri and her buds celebrated the New Year with a party (and took over the comments section), which was documented and updated every half hour here on the blog until midnight. The response was great and we had loads of fun, so Bella and I are quite excited for this year’s installment. Check out the details below!

  • On December 31 (Tomorrow!) Bri will be having a New Year’s Eve extravaganza with her friends, and will be blogging an extra special post in honor of the event here on the Doll Mag blog. The post will be updated throughout the evening at every half hour. So, every 30 minutes, be sure to refresh your page to see what Bri is up to.
  • The event starts tomorrow evening at 8:30 PM E.T. and will run until 12:00 AM.
  • Starting 8:30 PM E.T. till 12:00 AM E.T., Bri will be online and responding to your comments! Sounds fun, right?

We hope you can join in on the festivities! And of course, you can always catch up on Jan 1st.

Now, onto the new additions to our doll family! I was lucky enough to receive two new Ever After High dolls this holiday season, Dragon Games Darling Charming and Fairest on Ice Duchess Swan. Both are gorgeous and very photogenic, so I couldn’t wait to do their introductory photo shoots. Below are their pictures and a bit more in-depth info about them.

Eliza 1I’ll start with Duchess, who is a vision in purple. When I first saw the photos of the Fairest on Ice line, Duchess was definitely my favorite, but seeing her in person is what really made me fall in love with her. She has the loveliest eyes and makeup (those eyebrows!) and her outfit is gorgeous. I ended up renaming her Eliza, because not only does it suit her, but also because Bella and I are huge Hamilton fans, and Eliza Hamilton (played by the amazing Phillipa Soo) is the best. Anyway, I figure that Eliza probably enjoys ice skating, Broadway musicals, a good brunch, and dance.

Eliza 2 Eliza 3 Eliza 4

Sarah 1Next up we have Dragon Games Darling Charming, who I’ve been eyeing for a little while. I really liked Darling’s character in the EAH webseries, so I was eager to check out her dolls. Her Dragon Games version immediately piqued my interest with her detailed armor and light blue color palette, so I was quite excited to receive her as a gift. And like Eliza, she is amazing in person! She has a really nice facial screening, and her outfit is super duper cool. I ended up naming her Sarah, (after Sarah Walker, from my favorite TV show, Chuck) and decided that she probably likes fantasy movies and books (Wizards! Pirates! Magic!), mythology and mythos, animals, and chocolate chip cookies.

Sarah 2 Sarah 3 Sarah 4 (With my Land of Nod plush, Athena the Unicorn)

And one last photo of these cuties together…

Sarah 5 Happy Wednesday!

Lulu

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

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.

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

Ever After High (Part 2) / Style

Hi!

It’s been a while since our last style post, hasn’t it? While I was doing a bit of Etsy Pinning earlier this weekend, I noticed that there were lots of cute Ever After High and Monster High clothing options available (many more than there was when I wrote up the original EAH and MH style post). I was very excited to find so many cute clothes for my smaller dolls, and I thought that you would be too! And so, here are some of my favorite Ever After High Etsy listings at the moment…

EAH Style 1 1 >> Anne of Green Gables Sweatshirt from Lambellina / Image Backgrounds from the Pumpkins and Posies Sweet Peony Digital Scrapbooking Kit

EAH Style 2 2 >> Pink and Gray Floral Dress from Kosucas / Image Backgrounds from the Pumpkins and Posies Sweet Peony Digital Scrapbooking Kit

EAH Style 33 >> Rosy Day Dress from Aral Ghostier / Image Backgrounds from the Pumpkins and Posies Sweet Peony Digital Scrapbooking Kit

EAH Style 44 >> Rosy Day Dress from Haunt Couture Atelier / Image Backgrounds from the Pumpkins and Posies Sweet Peony Digital Scrapbooking Kit

EAH Style 5 5 >> Knit Dress from Toyzz / Image Backgrounds from the Pumpkins and Posies Sweet Peony Digital Scrapbooking Kit

Have an awesome week,

Lulu :)

Meet Gigi!

Hi!

Meet GigiA few weeks ago, my wonderful mother surprised me with a very special gift…a Ginger Breadhouse Ever After High doll! I immediately fell in love with her cute glasses and fluffy pink hair, and began brainstorming nicknames. After a couple hours of scouring name sites and collaborating with Bella, I came up with the perfect name: Gigi! Or Gigi the Genius, as Bri has deemed her. She loves science, baking (she and Cupid are going to be whipping up all sorts of yummy treats!), old movies, chocolate, fashion, and wants to be a Food Scientist when she grows up!

Gigi the Genius and I couldn’t wait to take some sweet-themed photos…

Gigi 1 Gigi 2 Gigi 3

Happy Thursday!

Lulu and Gigi

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We Review: Ever After High Spring Unsprung Special

Hi!

We Review: Spring UnsprungWe haven’t done a “We Review,” where we review doll-related films in a conversational format, for a few months, so the premiere of the Ever After High Spring Unsprung Special couldn’t have been better timed. The two of us watched it a few days ago on Netflix, and as expected, we enjoyed it quite a bit {Lulu, the mega-fan, of course LOVED it :)}. Our thoughts are below, but we would love to hear your opinion on the latest EAH episode too!

L: Thanks so much for watching Spring Unsprung with me! This is my favorite of all the EAH specials that have been released with its colorful animation and fun plot line. Did you enjoy it?

B: Oh, absolutely! I agree with you; the Ever After High specials seems to improve with each new special. I don’t know if I would call the plot “fun” though. I thought the story was pretty intense as the EAH world was threatened by the lack of wonder {not sure how else to describe it :)}. I’m curious: does this storyline follow the plot of the novels by Shannon Hale?

L: I guess it is pretty serious when you think about it :) And nope, the plot doesn’t really follow the novels. There are a few similar elements though, since both are focused on Wonderland. Speaking of Wonderland, I love how it was portrayed in the animation!

B: Me too! The animators had to be creative in separating the various fairy tale worlds. My favorite setting was the Cheshire Cat’s lair – how cool were those slides?! I liked that we were introduced to new Wonderland characters in this special too, like Bunny Blanc and Alistair Wonderland. For me, it’s the different characters that truly flesh out the Ever After High story.

L: Bunny Blanc was such a cute addition! While I’m not a huge fan of Alistair Wonderland, he added new elements to the story as well, which helped keep the plot interesting. The voice actors all did a really great job bringing their characters to life! I know a few people were confused why some of the actors were different from the ones that voice the webisodes, but it didn’t bother me too much.

B: I am not a regular watcher of the webisodes, so I didn’t even notice! The original characters were further developed as well. It was shocking to see the regular royals and rebels with their opposite personalities {Apple/Piper as a villain was so odd!}. I do wish Kitty wasn’t so mischievous, but perhaps that is when my personal bias comes in; I know our Kitty is much kinder than the character in the special.

L: You haven’t seen our Kitty in action ;) The Kitty character in the special was pretty mischievous, but I was happy to see that she had a bigger role, since she’s only been a side character in the past. Seeing all of the Wonderlandians interact was actually one of my favorite parts of the special (Lizzie/Rubye has a sewing machine!), and I was excited to see more parents introduced into the line.

B: Oh me too! I liked learning more about the narrators’ relationship, and I hope to see them and their daughter pop up in the next special. I think my only complaint, for the lack of a better term, is that a few of the secondary story lines were pushed aside to focus on Wonderland. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I think the plot could have been balanced better.

L: I agree! Even Ginger’s adventure in Wonderland seemed to be cut a bit short (I totally called the identity of the White Knight though. It’s not like I accidentally spoiled it for myself by reading a bunch of EAH blogs while watching the special or anything. Teehee). Anything else to add?

B: Nope!

L: Alrighty then – thanks for watching with me!

Have an awesome Thursday!
Lulu and Bella

Meet Kitty!

Hi!

Kitty Cheshire was immediately became one of my favorite characters when I first heard about EAH a couple of years ago. I loved everything about her – the purple hair, the purple dress, the purple tights. She was purr-fect! So you can imagine my excitement when I first saw pictures of her doll back in October. Unfortunately, her release was delayed for awhile because of some production mishaps, and I was left waiting and waiting. A couple weeks ago, several announcements appeared on Ever After High blogs that Kitty Cheshire was in stock on Amazon.com. But then, when I finally got on the stock page – she was no longer available! (Cue evil music!) Luckily, my obsessive internet skills made sure that I was ready the next time she was in stock. And here she is…

Kitty-Full ShotKitty Cheshire! Isn’t she adorable? Unlike most of my other EAH dolls, (besides Cupid, of course) Kitty’s name is staying the same as her original one, although I did add the middle name Katrina. (Kitty Kat Cheshire–isn’t that cute?) I’ve decided that she enjoys plays, mystery novels, knitting, cats, hanging upside down, writing, spy shows, and Kit-Kats! Oh, and purple of course. :)

Kitty and I couldn’t wait to have a photo shoot (with the help of a few very special friends)…

Kitty's KittyKitty immediately became best buds with this cute little black cat. She named him Wonderland!

Kitty and the CatsWonderland couldn’t wait to introduce Kitty to all his friends! (Kitty and the Cats–sounds like a band name, doesn’t it?)

Kitty and RubyeRubye was eagerly awaiting the arrival of her bestie too! She and Kitty couldn’t wait to take some pictures together.

Kitty on FenceAnd of course, Kitty had to go take her photo on the fence outside, as is EAH tradition. Despite the cold, she still managed to hang upside down. :)

Have a great rest of your week,

Lulu and Kitty

Holiday Roundup + Meet Dani!

Hi!

Can you believe it’s already the end of December 2014? The year seems to have gone by so fast! Bella and I are so proud of how much our blog has grown, and we are thankful for each and every one of our fabulous readers. Before we head into the new year, Bella and I couldn’t help but squeeze in one last holiday-themed post about the thoughtful doll-related gifts we received this year.

Pippaloo Cookies1 >> Bella and I were each given a set of doll cookies from one of our favorite Etsy shops, Pippaloo! I received Bizcochito cookies for my Josefina doll, and Bella got holiday sugar cookies for her entire doll family to share. It always amazes us how realistic the clay treats end up looking :)

Julie Clothes2 >> Bella and I were also each given one of Julie’s new Beforever outfits. My doll Gabby absolutely adores her faux fur purple coat and Julie looks oh-so cute in her new holiday dress. Though, I do have a weakness for anything purple…

EAH Dolls in Dresses3 >> I was lucky enough to receive these amazing dresses (as well as a couple others) for my EAH dolls from this Etsy shop and this one. I think they fit each of the EAH girls’ personalities perfectly!

We also received a few other things that I didn’t get to take pictures of for this post, but not to worry! You’ll be seeing them in the very near future :)

Bri's Live Blog  Before we get to this post’s biggest surprise, I have one more thing to add (Promise)! Tomorrow, in honor of New Year’s Eve, Bri will be doing a special live blog post! Here are the details:

  • On December 31 (Tomorrow!) Bri will be having a New Year’s Eve party with her friends, and will be blogging an extra special post in honor of the event here on the Doll Mag blog. The post will be updated throughout the evening at every half hour. So, every 30 minutes, be sure to refresh your page to see what Bri is up to.
  • The event starts tomorrow evening at 8:30 PM E.T. and will run until 12:00 AM.
  • From 8:30 PM E.T. till 10:00 PM E.T. Bri will be online and responding to your comments! Sounds fun, right?

Alright, now the big surprise of this post… meet my new EAH doll, Dani!

WavingI had been wanting one of the Ashlynn Ella Ever After High dolls for awhile, so it was such a pleasant surprise to discover her Mirror Beach doll under my family’s tree on Christmas morning. She came out of her box right away and I immediately fell in love with this cutie! In my traditional EAH style, I renamed her – this time deciding on Daniella, or Dani for short! Coming up with her personality and favorites took a bit of time (and lots of help from Bella!), but I finally decided that she enjoys iced tea, surfing, volleyball, photography, and playing the trumpet. She’s an adorable doll and became best friends with the rest of the EAH dolls in no time!

Dani and I picked out a pretty ocean-themed background for her introductory photo shoot…

Dani (Fullshot)Here’s a full-shot of her lovely ensemble! That bathing suit is adorable.

Close-UpDoesn’t Dani look gorgeous? She’s ready for her close-up!

SunglassesI love the color palette of her bathing suit!

SandAfter taking a dive with the fish, Dani relaxed on the warm sand :)

Dani and I then headed outside, but first she changed into a more seasonally appropriate dress…

FenceFirst we took a few pictures at my favorite spot: the fence!

Half-ProfileHer hair is so shiny! (It even managed to escape the curse of box-hair!)

In the GardenAnd one last shot of her against the pretty blue sky!

Did you receive any doll-related goodies this holiday season?

Lulu