Friday, July 1, 2016

What's Cooking?

AG's new kitchen (full kitchen scene here) is worthy of a closer look!


So many drawers and doors that open and close! Oven door and doors below the oven open and close. The light blue cabinetry to the left of the oven looks to have a drawer and door as well. The mini fridge under the counter opens as well as the cabinetry above the mini fridge.

But check out the pull-out pet food drawer on the lower right! And a bell for a hungry pup or kitten to order up!

Other parts that look like they have moving parts are the recipe box with integrated lid, the flexible hose on the sprayer for the sink, the toaster (pop that toast!) and the waffle maker can be loaded with a heart waffle.


Check out the cute heart shaped waffle. And no detail is overlooked, even the melon-pink trash can has a cute impression on its side.


And what about the breakfast scene? Will the waffle maker, heart waffles, and maple syrup dispenser be part of a breakfast set? It seems a breakfast set would include the cups, plates, forks, berry colored napkins, the clear orange juice pitcher and the large white pitcher--and the waffle supplies. Love that little maple syrup dispenser on the table!

Holiday 2016 Preview: Cranberry Velvet Dress

Could this cranberry dress be one of the holiday hits this coming winter?


The sleeveless dress appears to be constructed of a faux "burnout velvet" fabric and features a slim ribbon with faux rhinestone gems at the waistline.  The bodice and skirt is lined but the yolk and shoulders appear to left unlined to highlight the sheer pattern of the burnout velvet design. The dress has a metal American Girl vanity tag at the hem.


The outfit will likely be accompanied by these shiny faux black patent leather shoes that feature a scalloped edge and coordinating faux rhinestone gems.

The ensemble may include a coordinating faux patent leather purse 
on a metal chain. Note the matching faux rhinestone gems.

Looks like a busy holiday release is in the works!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Baking and Cooking and Eating, Oh My!

What is THIS? Will this be a new kitchen set offered by AG soon?


Is orange the new teal? The mixer looks just like Grace's retired teal mixer from her Baking Set (review and photos). Seems like a smart move as the piece is classic and saves time and money for AG to reintroduce it in this new set.


Love the pink waffle maker which makes heart shaped waffles!


This is a full kitchen with a sink, stove top, oven, refrigerator, utensil rack, and lots of storage both above and below the counters. It looks like the items will mix and match wonderfully with preexisting Grace bakery items and that this new set relies much less on "paper" products that quickly fall apart. For example, the sugar and flour comes in plastic models rather than the paper boxes from Grace's set.


And for red head fans, will this be a new Truly Me doll? She seems to have the classic mold face and has straight red hair with a side part, and light blue eyes. TM #65?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wellie Wishers: Willa!

I am so excited for the Wellie Wishers debut on Thursday!


Willa in box is shared here by permission by A Mom's Impression on Instagram. I am a complete and total goner. Every picture is cuter and cuter... somehow the early corporate investment pictures failed to capture how sweet these girls would look up close and in person!

Stay tuned for more pictures soon!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A Mini Melody!

Mini Melody is starting to spring up! Take a peek!


Reposted with permission by the current lucky owner (thank you Ashley!!!), Mini Melody is beyond adorable! I love her shoes (with bows), socks, dress (with bows), sweet face and her hair. So toes-to-top she's a winner!

Melody may also be offered with a matching fabric bookmark and charm, which is pictured draped over the doll.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A June Surprise! Lea Clark!

Look who has joined our poppet family!


While I went to Lea Clark's store debut at AGPSF on January 1st, I had decided to wait and discover if I really wanted to bring home the newest GOTY because of the novelty factor and rush of opening day or if I really wanted to have the poppet on her own unique merits.

I am so excited to share Lea's homecoming that this first batch of photos are merely a first peek. Here she is still in her box.


I both love her bright dress and I have no real interest in it as anything other than a romp-around outfit. I expect she will be wearing something else new very quickly.

Her arms are wrapped in plastic, presumably to safeguard against dye transfer or any other bumps in her long travels to her new home. I have not checked yet to see if she has the nee zip-tie at the neck, but I presume this is the case.


Hazel eyes and a new arched shape to her feathered brow. I think her new brow shape makes Lea's face look inquisitive and intelligent. 

I am an enthusiastic fan of the hazel eye color--it always looks life-like and warm on the poppets. Other poppets in our home with hazel eyes include Kanani, my Isabelle twin poppets, a Truly me #55, and a Truly Me #21. And no, I don't see myself ever being tired of the hazel color.


Spectacular highlights. I can't wait to let her hair down from the hairnet.


I purchased Lea as part of her Exclusive Collection which includes her Accessories and her Beach Dress. But I also absolutely had to pick up the one dress that I see as essential to her collection... sneak peak below!


Lea's Beach Dress and Lea's Accessories as part of the Exclusive Collection plus Lea's Celebration Dress!


The Beach Dress is available only as part of the Exclusive Collection bundle. While the purple tie-dyed dress, flip-flops, sunglasses and little blue butterfly hair clip are adorable the overall price of the exclusive bundled set is really a tough hurdle financially and thus emotionally. As an adult collector I can manage the added cost of the bundle but younger customers might not have this kind of stretch in their budgets. 

I love the embroidered details in Lea's outfits--a few quick snaps of this lovely detail!


I really like the embroidered symbol on Lea's Beach Dress.


The ruffle of the Celebration Outfit is full and flirty and the metallic gold in the embroidery is really special.


One thing I missed in all the early gray market leaks and even after the Celebration Dress officially debuted online last month is that the pattern on the top of the dress is also embroidered and not just a print. The embroidery is breathtaking!


The obligatory Lea Clark tag. I sort of love the tags on the GOTY lines and treat them the same way I do tags on "Levi" jeans or "Kate Spade" purses--my name is not Levi or Kate, but I have bought, worn, and/or carried these and hundreds of other trademarked items with names printed on them.

My Lea Clark doll, like all my other corporate "pre-named" poppets, will also have her very own unique name. She will also time-travel and be an older sister to another of my poppets--can you guess who?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

PWP Summer Hoodie Set

The Summer Hoodie Set is bright and light and makes me smile! Beautiful tropical colors and themes including teal and fuchsia hibiscus flowers and the bursting lemon-yellow rays of the sun.


As with most PWP ("purchase with purchase") outfits, the Summer Hoodie Set does not come with shoes, but the set still seems complete with its hoodie pullover, light cotton skirt, and a coordinating bead bracelet.


My favorite surprise while examining the outfit on one of the model poppets at AGPSF was that the hoodie itself was lined with the yellow and lime polka dotted fabric of the skirt.


The skirt is incredibly simple, but appropriate to the outfit's casual feel.


The bead bracelet is constructed on a simple elastic string.


The Summer Hoodie Set is an absolutely terrific deal for just $14 dollars with any $50 purchase.