August Hiatus

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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!

Monthly Recap / July 2015

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Monthly RecapAs the saying goes, “time flies when you’re having fun.” The statement couldn’t be truer as the two of us look back over our July. With weeks of seeing friends, attending work and camp, and soaking up the summer sun, the start of August took us by surprise! Nevertheless, the start of a new month brings another monthly recap; we take this chance to share the highlights of our month, while you can catch up on the best – and most recent – posts on the Doll Mag blog. How was your July?

What We Loved ♥ Bella kicked off her July with three weeks of working as a counselor at a local summer program; she helped incoming middle schoolers adjust to the new building, and, later, befriended first graders as they erupted homemade volcanoes in a science camp. The fun continued when she was asked to work crew at a community production of Stephen King’s Carrie. Although it wouldn’t be her first production of choice {too much fake blood and telekinesis for her liking}, she had a blast and made several new friends backstage. Bella finished up her eventful July by celebrating her birthday with family and starting a typography course at a nearby design college.

Lulu is also enjoying her summer vacation! Her mornings were well-spent watching all three seasons of Dance Academy for the third time {we can never get enough of Abigail and Sammy}, and the relaxation continued into the afternoon with new books to read – The Last Ever After, anyone? – and ice cream to make. Lulu also throughly enjoyed Newsies when the two of us saw it in early July, as well as the new films Minions and Mr. Holmes. Finally, Lulu has also started an art class at the same school; her course, however, is on miniature set design.

Monthly Recap July 2015Reader’s Favorites ♥ Bri’s Super Summer Live Blog / Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Lulu’s Favorites ♥ A Small Comments from Bri and a New Friend / Working on Wednesdays (34)

Bella’s Favorites ♥ Magazine (Late Summer 2015) / The Doll Mag Book Club Discussion (01)

Doll Mag Around the Web ♥ The Disney Dolls

Looking Ahead ♥ In our last monthly recap, we were counting down the days until summer break, but now, we are already prepping for the new school year! Both of us will be wrapping up our summer reading, going back-to-school shopping {Bella’s favorite}, and finding out our schedules in the coming weeks. Before we head back to the classroom, however, the two of us will be taking a family trip to Virginia – we can’t wait! In the meantime, we hope you’ll follow us on Instagram at @dollmagblog. We have posted nothing yet, but our first picture is on its way :)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Staff Picks / July 2015

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With July coming to a close, it’s time for another round of Staff Picks! The two of us have been writing this monthly feature since the beginning of the Doll Mag blog {i.e quite a long time}, and we still believe it’s important to highlight the work of other talented doll fans. Fortunately, summer seems to be treating us doll bloggers well – we had such a difficult choosing from July’s slew of creative posts! Since June escaped without its own staff picks, we packed today’s round-up with eight terrific finds to brighten up your Thursday. Read and spread some love.

July Staff Picks1 / Syddie, blogger of Snister’s Flock, is an outstanding photographer; we are often left in awe when we read her new posts! Thankfully for us and other admirers of her photos, she’s willing to share some of her secrets, as she does in her recent photo shoot. Her photos – with stunning bokeh – capture Caroline, Jimmy the Fox, and their doll sized world perfectly.

2 / We don’t follow A Girl for All Time as closely as, say, American Girl or Ever After High, but we were excited nonetheless to see the promotional photo of their newest doll: Sam, the line’s 1960’s girl! From her adorable rosy cheeks to her stylish mod dress, we’re sure she’ll be a sell-out come September. Thanks to Confessions of a Doll Collector’s Daughter for sharing the news!

3 / Charlie always seems to have a fun day planned and photographed. Case in point? Her recent post on her trip to the zoo! With the cutest tote bag and camera in hand, Charlie snapped pictures of lions, elephants, and other animals to share with her readers. All we want to know now is if we can join her on her next field trip!

4 / The two of us agree: if we were given a chance to travel anywhere in the world, Europe would be at the top of our lists! Sabine’s recent travel recap already had our attention with its title; we Audrey Hepburn fans know our Roman Holiday :) She follows up a great name with photos of famous sites and insight into her trip to Rome. Yes and yes.

5 / July was quite a busy month in the Ever After High World! Pictures of upcoming releases were posted online, the dolls themselves were shown at the San Diego Comic Con, and hints about the next hour-long special were released. Lulu was particularly excited about the new signature release dolls, and she eagerly stalked checked her favorite EAH blogs for photos from the Con. Her favorites? Justine Dancer {pictured here} and Heartstruck C.A. Cupid.

6 / Summer calls for light sundresses and evenings spent outside, two things that Charlotte and Becca from Simply Dollightful recently took advantage of. The gorgeous sun-drenched pictures of their photo story had us pulling out our own mini dolls and attempting to make as pretty of a French braid. Bonus points for the Anne of Green Gables reference!

7 / Clarisse rocks her sense of style with each new post she publishes, so of course it was no different of a case with her birthday recap. In typical Clarisse fashion, her party was complete with live music, chocolate cupcakes, and thoughtful gifts {we want that Kate Spade bag ourselves!}. Bella, as a July birthday buddy, definitely approves.

8 / We have mentioned our love of frozen treats before, so it came as no surprise that this tasty looking sorbet from A Peek Into the Pantry caught our eye. Gwen’s recipe for an Addy inspired Ice Orangeade is not only easy to follow, but also explained with a number of interesting historical facts. Time to get out the ice cream maker!

Happy Thursday!

Working on Wednesdays / 34

Hi!

One of our favorite parts of making the magazine is brainstorming and photographing our cover. While it can be a long process, it’s always an enjoyable one, and this month’s photo shoot was no different! For the July/August issue, we were inspired by our love of all things nautical and the nearby Boston harbor to take some pictures of Lauryce, our oh-so cute Hearts for Hearts doll, by the water. We ended up using only one of these shots in the final magazine, but the two of us couldn’t wait to share the outtakes of this summer photo shoot with you. Have you gone any fun adventures this summer?

Lauryce in BostonLauryce by BoatsLauryce by water Lauryce on Dock 2 Lauryce on DockLulu also did a bit of experimenting with different filters after being inspired by Dollicious’s fun post.

IMG_4600And here is Lulu’s arm, as she helps make sure Lauryce is ready for her close-up. :)

We also took a couple of non-doll related photos while we were out and about around Boston…

Art in BostonHere is the cool art we came across while walking through the Rose Kennedy Greenway (To learn more about this particular piece and its artist, click here).

LobsterAnd also became friends with a lobster! 

Which photo of Lauryce is your favorite?

Bella and Lulu

Psst. We are super behind in replying to comments, but we hope to get to each and every one soon! Thank you, as always, for stopping by and reading.

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

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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

Bri’s Super Summer Live Blog

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Bri Live BlogHi everyone! Today is Bri’s-

SUPER SUMMER LIVE BLOG!

Yes, thank you Bri. So, since we had so much fun making the New Year’s Eve Live Blog a few months ago, Bri and I thought it would be fun to do a-

SUMMER EDITION!

Um, yeah. And Bri will be updating you throughout the afternoon with photos from her summer adventure. Here’s a quick overview so you know how everything works…

ONWARD!

This afternoon, my friends are taking me on a surprise summer trip. Lulu will be taking photos of our adventure, and I will be updating this post every thirty minutes so you can see what happens. So, every half hour (2:30, 3:00, etc.), be sure to refresh your page to see what I’m up to.

  • The event starts right now (2:00 PM ET) and will run until 5:30 PM.
  • Starting right now, until 4:30 PM ET, I will be online and responding to your comments! Sounds fun, right?

Now, onto the story…

Live Blog 1(Before Arrival) So, my friends have planned a special surprise summer trip for us, and I can’t wait to see where we’re going! Maybe somewhere tropical? Or maybe somewhere fancy! I’ve packed items for every possible place though, so not to worry. (I knew this massive out-of-scale suitcase would come in handy someday.) Oh! Piper’s here – I’ll be back in a second. 

Live Blog 2(2:00) Well. We have arrived at our destination, and I have to say that it is neither tropical, nor fancy. “Here, I’ll help you with that,” Piper says, and the two of us drag my suitcase onto the grass. I flop onto the ground to catch my breath. “That thing is heavy,” She comments. I nod in agreement and begin to look around: there’s a lake and a large lawn and some cabins. “Hey Piper? What exactly is our summer surprise destination?” I ask, tilting my head. “Summer camp!” She answers cheerfully. 

Live Blog 3(2:30) I’m still not quite sure about this whole “camp” thing. I’m willing to give it a try though, so I’m here in one of the cabins working on crafts with Kitty, Rubye, and Piper. “What are you guys working on?” I ask, looking at their marvelous creations. “Water color pencil playing cards,” Rubye answers without looking up from her project. “Weaving!” Kitty replies, cutting the thread with a pair of tiny scissors. “Friendship bracelets,” Piper answers, holding up a piece of knotted thread. “Want me to show you how to make one? 

Live Blog 4“Okay, so you’re going to cross this thread over that one so that they look like a four. And then pull the red one through to make a knot. Make sure you double knot though, so that it doesn’t come undone.” Piper instructs me. “Hmm…mmm…yep,” I mumble as I knot one thread after another. After a while, we’re both finished. “Ta-da!” I exclaim, holding my bracelet up. “I call it: A Large Tangle of Thread.” 

Live Blog 5(3:00) “How much longer do I have to hold this pose?” I ask Sienna. After crafts, I went outside to relax on the lawn. Sienna and Cupid were hanging out there as well, and Sienna was in need of someone to sketch. I offered of course, but that was before I knew how long it takes to actually be sketched. “You chose the pose,” Sienna laughs in response, adding some more shading with her pencil. 

Live Blog 6“This year I’m finally going to improve my aim!” Cupid announces from nearby, where she is practicing her archery. She gets into position in front of the bullseye and lets the arrow go soaring into the air…and into a faraway tree. “Wow!” Sienna comments, looking up. “At least it went far.” “Yeah,” Cupid smiles. “Wait! I can’t see it!” I complain. And then, using my expert balance skills, I turn my head, still keeping my impossible pose, and manage to see where the others are looking. (Lulu’s note: This did not happen. Bri actually tried to look and then fell down.) 

Live Blog 7(3:30) “Look!” I say to Sienna and Cupid, “Rosalind sent pictures of her, Dani, and Grace on their hike!” Since I actually don’t know what they were saying, I have decided to create my own dialogue and thoughts…

Rosalind: This is a lovely tree, don’t you think? 

Grace: What interesting moss….

Dani: Just practicing my surf moves!

Live Blog 8Bri’s Hiking Dialogue, Part 2 

Rosalind: I am just sitting here contemplating my sister’s amazing life choices. 

Grace: It’s a butterfly!

Dani: Up…up…up…

The Doll Mag Book ClubHi everyone! Nicki and Louisa here, interrupting the Bri broadcast with our book club schedule. We’re happy to say that Anne of Green Gables won the poll, and that we will be discussing it for the next couple months. Below is our reading and discussion schedule. (On the dates provided, we will have a post to discuss the chapters listed.) 

July 12: Rachel Lynde is Surprised – Anne’s History (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) 

July 26: Marilla Makes Up Her Mind – The Delights of Anticipation (Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)  

August 9th: Anne’s Confession – Anne To The Rescue (Chapters 14, 15, 16, 17, 18) 

August 23rd: A Concert, A Catastrophe, and A Confession – Miss Stacy and Her Pupils Get Up a Concert (Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24)

September 6th: Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves – The Queen’s Class is Organized (Chapters 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30) 

September 20th: Where the Brook and the River Meet – The End (Chapters 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38) 

WOAH! WOAH! THIS IS NOT PART OF MY SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE GUYS! 

Live Blog 9(4:30) Soon Rosalind, Dani, and Grace returned from their hike and the others trickled out of the cabins. We all gathered on the lawn (where we are now) and began to think of things to do (which is what we’re doing right now). “How about a game of Capture the Flag?” Gigi suggests. “Piper, Rosalind, Kitty, Dani, and I will be the red team, and Bri, Grace, Rubye, Sienna, and Cupid will be the blue team.”

Live Blog 10We all agree that Capture the Flag would be lots of fun, and we gather into our collective team huddles to discuss strategies. Grace and I go to hide the flag (quite cleverly, I might add) in the clusters of blue flowers by the cabins. But that’s just a secret between us, okay? 

Bri 11(5:00) Now I’m sure that you’re all wondering who won Capture the Flag, but I think the most important thing is that everyone had fun and that we came together as a team. Don’t you?

(Lulu’s note: Bri just doesn’t want to admit that she lost Capture the Flag.)

Okay fine. My amazing little sister Rosalind and her team won, but it was a very close game.

(Lulu’s Note: It really wasn’t)

IMG_7707(5:30) I have to admit, today was really fun. And what better way to end a really fun day than to relax on the dock with your best friend? Waaaait! Woooooohoooooo!

(Lulu’s Note: It appears that Piper has pushed Bri into the water. :) )

Happy Summer!

A Small Comment From Bri and A New Friend

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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

Magazine / Late Summer 2015

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Doll Mag July August 2015May and June seemed to whiz by, and although we feel like just yesterday we posted our last issue, we already have another edition of Doll Mag to share! The two of us love creating the late summer issue, as it always falls in the DM birthday month; besides our celebratory goodies, this particular edition includes some of the following articles…

  • an interview with Felicity Merriman and Elizabeth Cole, American Girl’s archived cuties from the time of the American Revolution.
  • a thorough timeline of the darling Strawberry Shortcake and her fruit-named friends.
  • a collection of modern fashion inspired by the wardrobe of the always stylish Audrey Hepburn.
  • two fun crafts that take advantage of summer’s hottest trend: pineapples!
  • and much, much more!

You can read the current edition on ISSUU or download it on Adobe Reader {we finally bought our media upgrade} HERE.

Like always, issue release day brings a number of links! First up is the bimonthly survey. Open to ALL of our readers, it gives you the chance to be featured in next issue’s Contents page. You can enter HERE!

We are in need of Etsy shop owners for next issue’s Shop Owner Spotlight. It’s a super easy process, so we hope you will sign up for an interview HERE.

Gabby is an advice columnist extraordinaire, and she would be delighted to answer your question for the September/October issue! Write her with your worry HERE.

There’s never a time when we don’t love hearing from you readers {although we do need to up our commenting and emailing game :)}. Write a letter to us HERE with your thoughts on the latest issue.

Finally, are you on summer break?! Use your free time to read through the DM back issues HERE on ISSUU.

Lots of love, hugs, and thanks,
Bella, Lulu, and the Doll Mag team

Psst. The winning book of the Doll Mag Book Club is Anne of Green Gables! We will be back with a schedule and more details later this week.

AG June Release 2015 / Lulu’s Thoughts

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I’m sure most of our readers have seen the latest American Girl Release (If not, go check it out here!). Almost everyone got something; the Beforever cuties have new sleepwear and beds, Grace has a new sight-seeing look, the Just Like You MyAG Truly Me line have some stylish new school outfits added to their collection, and the Bitties now have polka dot PJ’s as well. There are loads of cute things, some not-so cute things (coughStylin’Bangscough) and some sort-of cute things. I will not be sharing my opinions on everything that was released (there’s a LOT of stuff), but you can read my thoughts on most of the things below!

Truly Me1 >> Sparkle Sweater Outfit >> Like Bella said in her own post, the individual pieces of this outfit are quite stylish, but they don’t seem to go altogether. Maybe if the shoelaces were the same color as the sweater? They’re very cute nonetheless, and I look forward to seeing and creating mix and match combinations in the future.

2 >> Recess Ready Outfit >> Yay! Purple… lots and lots of purple. (Cue evil laugh:)) I really like the tunic of this outfit; lavender and coral look great together. The shimmery sneakers are very trendy and cute, and the leggings help bring out the color of the polka dots nicely. The cons? The sliver trimmed scarf and coral stripes on the leggings.

3 >> Mod Monster Outfit >> This costume is okay; some pieces work for me, but some pieces don’t. The felt wig is very quirky and fun, and I enjoy the accents of green throughout the outfit. I’m not a big fan of the dress however – the spider web in the corner seems kind of unnecessary. 

4 >> Flip Top Desk >> Bella and I both have fond memories of playing school with our dolls when we were younger, and this cute desk would have fit right into our elaborate set up! The folders and notebooks both have nice patterns and colors, and the desk itself is a cool shape – plenty of room for books and mini pencil cases. I have a feeling we’ll be checking this set out next time we’re in the store.

5 >> Science Fair Set >> A purple miniature doll school project? With a miniature telescope? And a ribbon? And did I mention that it’s purple? And turquoise? Together? It couldn’t get quite much better than this.

Beforever1 >> Kaya’s Pow Wow Dress of Today >> I absolutely love the color palette of Kaya’s new outfit! While blue and pink aren’t exactly a new idea, they look great on Kaya, and I think this outfit is a welcome addition to her collection. Need more convincing? Look at the cool neckline and boots!

2 >> Addy’s Nightgown >> Addy’s new nightgown is my favorite Beforever outfit from this release! The blue accents look lovely with the white dress, and the embroidered flowers are just the things to make it stand out. And those knit booties? Perfection.

3 >> Josefina’s Nightgown >> YES! I knew if I waited long enough American Girl would finally give something to Josefina (It’s been way too long AG). Seriously though, this nightgown is adorable and awesome. At first glance, I thought that it was embellished with only a ribbon, but on closer look, I realized with a happy smile that it has not only a ribbon, but lace, layering, a nice neckline, and cute slippers. This will be coming home with me for sure.

4 >> Julie’s Zigzag Pajamas >> While these PJs are “far out” (like the AG site says), I have to say that I prefer Julie’s old sleepwear – it’s the purple lover in me. :) The shade of pink does look good with her hair however, and I really like the pom-pom trimmed pants.

5 >> Rebecca’s Satin Pajamas >> I don’t like this odd pinkish-purple color very much at all, and this is coming from a hard-core purple lover. *Sigh* Like Bella said in her own post, Rebecca’s collection needs a bit more color variety.

6 >> Kit’s One Piece Pajamas >> I love Kit’s old striped nightgown (who am I kidding, I love almost all the historical PJs), but this one piece set is adorable as well! The puppy print is too cute, and orange and green look awesome on Miss Kittredge.

Grace1 >> Grace’s Sight Seeing Outfit and Accessories >> Grace’s new outfit is pretty cute; it could use a few tweaks (no polka dots on the skirt, perhaps?), but I really love the top and the accessories are adorable. Sunglasses and boots? Yes, please!

If you want to browse the new items yourself, click HERE.

Have an awesome start to your week! :)

Lulu

AG June Release 2015 / Bella’s Thoughts

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American Girl has certainly improved on their social media presence in the past couple of years. Between their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, fans have many different avenues to contact AG; Lulu and I, however, like their Pinterest account the best – we adore the sneak peeks! :) As the company hinted at earlier in the week, all of the lines received several new items today for the fall collection, and we are happy to say we are incredibly pleased with the roll-out. I’m highlighting my favorites and “non-favorites” today, but Lulu will be adding her own opinions sometime soon! What were your thoughts on the release?

AG Release June 2015[a] Sparkle Sweater Outfit The pieces of this outfit hardly go together – where is the cohesive element? – but I love each item individually for their mix-and-match potential. The pink honeycomb sweater is something I want in my own closet for back-to-school, the embroidered skirt would surely look good with an Etsy top, and the blue boots were practically made for my quirky fashionista, Zoey. I’ll be adding this set to my birthday wish-list!

[b] Baking with Grace For ease of posting, we’re combining last week’s Grace-themed released with today’s new items – it’s a good thing too, given how much I like the new activity book, Baking with Grace! American Girl’s craft kits have always been a hit here in the Doll Mag household, and Grace’s baking tutorials should be no different. Lulu and I will have to stock up on art supplies before we grab our own copy.

[c] Science Fair Set Regardless of what it is, tell me it is school-related and I’m sold. Playing school was one of my favorite pastimes as a kid, but my love of doll-related supplies and assignments clearly hasn’t disappeared. I think this  science fair set – complete with a first place ribbon – would be a perfect addition to the biology set that came out a few years ago. If anything, our science fanatic, Hannah, will be happy when we add this to our collection!

[d] Flip-Top Desk On that same note, can we discuss the cuteness that is the newest desk set?! I’m absolutely smitten with the smallest details, like the hot lunch schedule or the teeny green protractor. I doubt we have room for another school-related accessory, but I can dream {or use our back-to-school issue as an excuse :)}.

[e] Grace’s Sightseeing Outfit Finally, Grace’s new ensemble is a fashionable blend of trendy and classic styles. The pieces look terrific together, but I’m sure they would look just as stylish on their own. Furthermore, I can easily imagine all of our dolls rocking one or all of the items; for example, Ruthie would snag the glitzy striped top for her wardrobe, while Nicki would eye the embellished white skirt.

AG June Release 2015[a] Rebecca’s Satin Pajamas My dislikes in this rollout were few and far between, but there were still a few products that I wasn’t a fan of. I found many of the new historical pajamas adorable, but I was saddened to see that Rebecca’s nighttime wear was changed from a lovely blue to another purple. She deserves a bit more variety in her collection!

[b] Mod Monster Outfit I think this Halloween release will leave many AG fans divided, for already have I seen differing opinions across the blogging community. I personally fall on the “dislike” side, as the over-the-top wig and skimpy dress both lack the charm and creativity of previous costumes.

[c] Stylin’ Bangs Finally, I don’t know if I would ever call this new hair accessory “stylin.'” I understand that these items sell well, but I personally find them too strange and tacky for my own doll to wear.

If you want to browse the new items yourself, click HERE.

Have a wonderful evening!

Bella