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

A Review of Josefina’s Nightgown

Hi!

Josefina 1Ever since I first learned about her, Josefina has been my favorite AG historical doll. I remember saving up my money to buy her online, snatching up her outfits, and picking up her mystery book multiple times at my local library. Due to her special place in my heart, I always keep an eye out during new releases to see if she gets any new outfits, so I was thrilled a few months ago with the Beforever pajama revamp. At our last visit to the American Girl Store, I picked up Josefina’s orange and white nightgown, falling in love with its orange accents and matching slippers. This weekend I finally got a chance to write up my thoughts on this lovely set, which you can check out below!

NightgownHemlineThe dress is a shift style, with layering and orange stitching at the bottom adding some pretty embellishment. In some positions, it can look a little rectangle-like, although I’m sure a good ironing out of the folds left from being in the box will help with that. The white and orange look lovely on Josefina, and make it a welcome addition to her collection!

NecklineOne of my favorite parts on the nightgown is the neckline, which is a square shape, covered with a layer of lace fabric and topped off with a woven orange ribbon. The shape is flattering on Josefina, and the crochet lace is a nice touch. I adore the woven detail of the ribbon, which adds some color to the dress. The bow on mine was a bit crooked at first, but I was able to straighten it out pretty well by the time of the photos.

ShoesAlong with the nightgown is a pair of cream-colored slippers, with an embroidered flower and an orange scalloped pattern around the edge. They’re pretty easy to get on, and stayed on Josefina’s feet throughout the photo shoot and an afternoon of being moved around. I love the pops of pink and blue that the flower brings to the outfit, and the embroidery around the edge is quite nice. The soles and overall shape are simple, but I’m a fan of the fact that they allow Josefina to stand on her own!

Josefina 2We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Lulu and Josefina

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hello!

We hope you’re all having a lovely Sunday! With the start of our February break tomorrow, Bella and I are looking forward to afternoons spent watching Scandal, hanging out with friends, and writing up a few blog posts (keep your eye out for a review of Josefina’s nightgown later this week!) And what better way to kick off our break than with Valentine’s Day? The cold New England weather left behind some snow, making it the perfect backdrop for a photo shoot featuring our own EAH cutie, Cupid.

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot Valentine's Day Photo Shoot 2 Valentine's Day Photo Shoot 3 Valentine's Day Photo Shoot 4Have a great week!

Lulu and Cupid

Bri’s (Second!) New Year’s Eve Live Blog

Greetings!

Bri Live Blog 2015That’s right, my lovely readers! I, your faithful blogger Bri, have returned. I apologize for not posting these past couple months, (I’ve deemed it “The Bri-less Age”) but I have been busy planning this year’s live blog extravaganza. For those of you who may have missed it-

Hi everyone! I’m really excited for…oh. You’re already doing the intro.

Oh, hello Lulu! I miss our funny intro banter, don’t you? 

Yes! Good times.

Yeah…

Well, have you told our readers about tonight’s event?

I was just getting to that. You can read the details below!

  • Right now, I’m having a New Year’s Eve extravaganza with my 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 I’m up to.
  • The event starts right now 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., I will be online and responding to your comments! 

Let’s get to the celebrating!

Bri 1 (8:30) Now, as you might remember, I don’t always have, let us say, the best luck when it comes to New Year’s – after all, last year I forgot it was even happening! Anyway, as you might expect, I’m determined to make sure things go perfectly tonight. 

Bri 2Oh, and Rosalind and Piper are here too! (They helped me set up.) “Hey guys,” I beckon them over, waving at the camera, “say hello!” Piper bites her lip, slightly confused. “Um, who are we saying hello to?” I laugh, “The readers of course! Lulu is going to help me do another live blog.”

Bri 3 Speaking of the live blog, I have all sorts of things planned for the rest of the evening. Video games (I’m a master at Just Dance,) movies (Enchanted!), the menu (hot cocoa, cookies, and lots of popcorn), and-oh! People are starting to arrive. Be back in a bit!

Bri 4(9:00) “Hi everyone! I’m so glad you could all make it. Okay, let’s see…there’s snacks in the kitchen courtesy of Piper, Cupid, and Molly, and I have the movie set up in the other room, and if  anyone wants to play Just Dance, we can move the chairs out of the way in here.” I survey the room, wanting to make sure there’s enough space. At my announcement, a few of the girls shuffle off into different directions, making my cozy living room a bit less crowded. 

Bri 5“Thanks for inviting us!” Molly exclaims after we’re done shifting our seating arrangements. I smile, “I’m so happy you all could come! Now, onto business. Who dares to challenge me in an exciting game of copying onscreen movement?!” (Silence.) “Um, I mean, who wants to play Just Dance?” With a laugh, a couple of my friends raise their hands. 

Bri 6 With some teamwork, we manage to clear away the furniture and set up the TV, with Sienna picking the first song. As you can clearly tell, I am quite the accomplished dancer. (Lulu’s Note: Those are definitely not the moves on the screen.) I shall return soon with the results of our game! (Dramatic Music)

Bri 7(9:30) “So how’d Just Dance go?” Piper asks as we walk down the hall. “Uh, fine,” I answer, biting my lip. She laughs, “You lost, didn’t you?” “Yes,” I mumble with a pout. Piper smiles. “I’m going to go grab a snack. Why don’t you go see what Kitty and Rubye are up to?”

I wave goodbye and head over to the couch, where the Wonderlandian best friends have been hanging out with our new addition, Sarah, all evening. “Hey guys! What are you doing?”

Bri 8“Reading.” Ruby answers with a nod, not taking her eyes off the page of her book. Kitty shrugs and I turn to Sarah, tilting my head curiously. “I introduced them to the Harry Potter series,” she explains, pointing to their books. “They’re determined to finish the series before midnight. I’m rereading.”

Bri 9I nod and head over to the other side of the couch, where Kitty is looking over Rubye’s shoulder. “What part are you at-oh! That’s a good part, although-” Before I can finish my sentence, Rubye cuts me off. “No! No spoilers.” I laugh, “Of course!” 

Bri 10 (10:00) “Hey!” I say cheerfully, entering the room where the movie is playing. Seeing that the film is at a dramatic moment, I drop my voice to a whisper. “Sorry. Hi.” Rosalind smiles from over by the chair, inviting me to sit down. “You’re just in time for the end of the movie.” 

Bri 11I smile back and take a seat next to Cupid, who offers me a pillow. I settle myself in and turn my attention to the screen, which is blaring out dramatic music, until-

Bri 12ALL THE LIGHTS GO OUT. (Dun-Dun-Dun!) 

“Uh, Bri?” Rosalind asks. “Yeah?” I reply. 

“I think we may be having a power outage.” 

Bri 13(10:30) Hello there! Sorry if I left you in a bit of suspense earlier. Luckily, the power outage was nothing to worry about – Piper and Gigi had our back up generator ready in no time. Still, in the spirit of things, we have decided to break out our flashlights and some of our favorite board games for a BOARD GAME EXTRAVAGANZ

Bri 14“Bri,” Eliza interrupts, stumbling in. “Where do you want the board games?” I look around, searching for a proper spot. “Here’s fine.” She nods and sets them down. “Wait, is that Scrabble?” I ask excitedly, peering at the pile of games. Eliza nods, “Yeah.” I hop up and poke my head into the hallway. “Anyone want to play Scrabble with me?” “I will!” Rosalind calls out. 

Bri 15 “How fun!” I exclaim, sitting back down and turning to the camera. “Sister vs. Sister! A battle of wits! The Scrabble Games! That’s right folks – come back in a half hour for the first event in our BOARD GAME EXTRAVAGANZA!”

Bri 16(11:00) “Sorry Bri, “Bri” doesn’t count as a Scrabble word. You can do “rib” though,” Grace shrugs. Rosalind and I are deep into our game, and I’m running out of words! It’s quite fun though, with Sienna and Dani giving sports-style commentary and Grace acting as our scorekeeper. 

Bri 17“Yes, this is a great match everyone,” Sienna announces as she and Dani watch the game. “Bri is only a few points behind Rosalind, who gained all sorts of points with “waterfall” earlier this evening. With only a couple of tiles left, the game is tight and OH! It’s time to tally up our winner!”

Bri 18Grace quickly does a few calculations on her piece of paper and runs over to Dani, whispering the results in her ear. Dani gasps, her eyes widening. “Well, it appears that it is a tie!” Rosalind and I share a glance before letting out a series of laughs, congratulating each other on our shared victory. 

Bri 19(11:30) Meanwhile, over by the couch, the speed read marathon of Harry Potter continues. “What book are you on?” I ask, peering at the cover in Sarah’s hands. “Deathly Hallows,” Rubye answers, her eyes flicking across the page. “We only have a few chapters left!”

Bri 20Piper comes in as well, and we soon begin discussing their progress in the series. “Who do you think will finish first?” I ask. She shrugs, “I don’t know. There’s only another thirty minutes until midnight.” A thought pops into my head. “That means there’s only another thirty minutes to have popcorn in 2015! Care for a snack?” She agrees and together we run off to grab some refreshments. 

Bri 22(12:00) “Bri! Come on, it’s time to go watch the ball drop on TV!” Grace calls from the living room. I rush in and take a seat on the couch, where we all take a moment to snap a quick picture before turning our attention to the television, beginning our annual countdown to 2016 (which I hope is a fabulous year for all of you lovely readers.) “Five…four…three…two…”

Bri 21 “WE FINISHED!” Rubye exclaims as we all laugh. I lean over to give my friends a high five. “I’m impressed! You even got to the epilogue?” Rubye’s eyes widen. “There’s. An. Epilogue?”

Happy New Year everyone!

Lots of love,

The Doll Mag Team

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

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.

Springtime / A Photo Shoot

Hi!

I’m happy to say that the springtime weather has finally arrived where we live, and that we’re enjoying every minute of it! I absolutely love all of the gorgeous flowers and blossoms that are blooming outside my window – they’re just so pretty. :)  Every time I see them, I end up thinking back to Sienna’s welcome post (back when her name was spelled Siena), which is one of my favorite photo shoots that I have done for this blog. A few days ago I noticed that the bushes in our garden were covered in soft pink flowers and I decided to recreate that post with the help of Sienna and my other nature-loving EAH doll, Dani. Check it out below!

Sienna in BushFirst up we have a picture of Sienna among the greens! I just love the light in this one.

Dani and FenceHere’s Dani just looking cute!

Sienna's ShoesFor some reason Sienna’s shoes fascinate me. Hmm…

Dani and FlowersAnd here’s a shot of Dani with all of the flowers. I love how they look with her hair!

Happy spring!

Lulu

P.S. Right now is Bella’s tech week (she’s the stage manager for her school’s production of Shrek – yay!), so we’ll just be popping in and out this week. We have loads of fun things planned for this month (including a birthday party poll!) though, so be sure to keep a look out!

Fashion Week / Fashion Show Photo Story!

Hi!

Today we’re taking a break in our string of craft posts for Doll Mag Fashion Week; instead, we have an adorable photo story starring our very own AG dolls, Gabby and Ruthie. These two besties had quite the fun afternoon today, so let’s check it out…

IMG_0105“Ooh!” Gabby said as she looked at the hairstyles in one of her old Doll Mag issues. “That would be perfect for Julie’s Halloween Party!” She made a quick note next to the photo before there was a big knock on her bedroom door.

IMG_0108“Ruthie?” Gabby asked, hopping up to open the door for her friend. Ruthie Smithens rushed into the room, gripping loads of overflowing bags. “I…saved…up…for…a…new…outfit!” She gasped, catching her breath as she dropped the bags at her friend’s feet. Gabby got up, and began browsing through the new clothes, an idea popping into her head.

IMG_0117Gabby smiled as Ruthie sat down, “I think this calls for a fashion show.” “I’ll get the camera?” Ruthie answered. “And I’ll grab the sunglasses.” She replied excitedly.

IMG_0126Gabby tried on her look first-a sparkly gold combination of textured boots and a shimmering dress. She threw on a pair of silver gloves, and Ruthie tossed her a fluffy pink boa so she would be runway ready. “Ta-da!” Gabby giggled as Ruthie took pictures and she posed.

IMG_0130Ruthie did a combination of white and silver pieces, complete with a pair of fancy shoes to finish off the look. She pinned her curls back, and began walking around the room as Gabby hummed the runway music.

IMG_0148“You look fabulous,” Gabby said to her friend. “So do you,” Ruthie complimented her back. She set up a timer on the camera before running over to pose with Gabby. “Say cheese!”

Have an awesome weekend!

Lulu

Doll Mag Fashion Week LogoWe’re hosting Doll Mag Fashion Week all week long! Be sure to check back for our next stylish post.

Working on Wednesdays / 25

Hi!

FoldersIt’s felt like a while since we’ve done a Working on Wednesdays post, hasn’t it? Luckily we have an extra fun photo shoot to share with you of my EAH dolls! During our back-to-school shopping, Bella and I got some pretty patterned folders from Target and Staples that work great as backgrounds for my smaller dolls. They looked so cute that we just couldn’t wait to do a photo shoot…

IMG_6294Here’s the lovely Cupid next to a floral folder, looking as cute as can be. The pink flowers match her candy-colored hair perfectly!

IMG_6301Bri couldn’t wait to get in front of the camera. :) The bright colors of this folder were the obvious choice for her photos.

IMG_6281This navy heart folder quickly became Grace’s favorite pattern! That plus her teddy-bear headband are just the things to compliment her sweet personality.

IMG_6246Bella and I thought the roses on this folder looked beautiful with Siena’s pink dress and curly ponytail!

IMG_6119Piper wanted to finish off the folder photo shoot with a simple pink polka-dotted background. It looks great with her outfit and braid, doesn’t it?

You may have noticed that we took these photos before I got Rubye, so here’s a photo of her, just so she could be in the post too…

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Why wasn’t I in this post?

Have a great night!

Lulu and the EAH dolls

Psst…Tomorrow is AG’s release of Beforever! Don’t worry-we’ll be up early and giving our thoughts in a post!

Our Trip to Once Upon a Time AG!

Hi!Once Upon A Time AG LogoEarlier this week, Doll Diaries posted about the secondhand shop, Once Upon A Time AG, in Derry, New Hampshire {a HUGE thank you to Rachael for her report!}. Realizing that it was a relatively short drive away, the two of us and our mom decided to head out to see what it was all about. We arrived at the store and instantly began browsing the racks of retired {and present} doll items. As you’ll see in Rachael’s photos, they have a lot in stock! While we enjoyed seeing everything – especially the items that were released and retired before we got into AG – we only found one outfit that we absolutely loved…

Gabby in Paisley DressThe Paisley Dress Outfit! This adorable ensemble was released in 2003, and Lulu’s doll, Gabby immediately claimed it as her own :) Once she was all dressed up and had a new hairdo in place, we pulled out her guitar so she could rock out during our photo shoot.

Close-Up of Gabby's DressHere’s a closer look at the dress. It is adorned with silver sequins, and it has ruffle trim at both the sleeves and the bottom. The dress has a v-neck opening; it can be closed with two ribbons, but we preferred to leave it untied. It’s a perfect party and concert dress, wouldn’t you agree?!

Paisley Dress BootsThe boots are Lulu’s favorite part of the outfit! The original set also came with a bracelet and hair pin, but these cute shoes more than make up for them. They are a textured, shimmery tan material, and they have zippers from top to bottom in the back to close the boots. The shoes also have adjustable straps to ensure that your doll looks her best!

Gabby in Paisley DressWe’re so happy that we were able to find this outfit, and we think Gabby is too!

Gabby with GuitarIf you’re in the New England area, definitely make the trek to Once Upon a Time AG! {Also stop at Moo’s Ice Cream for a post-shopping treat; we highly recommend it :)}.

Bella, Lulu, and Gabs