Review of American Girl Pizza Party Set

Yeah, I know that they don’t sell this set anymore, but I still thought I’d review it just in case someone was interested in picking it up on the secondary market.  I thought this set was cute, but the $40 price tag kept me from grabbing it.  Imagine how excited I was when I saw it at 50% off for Black Friday/Cyber Monday!  And even better yet, I had a $10 of rewards coupon to use on my order.  Since I only ordered two items, I ended up getting it for around $15.  How can you beat that?

The set is very cute and I’m really glad I picked it up.  Here are all of the pieces:

I like the paper plates and napkins, but I probably won’t remove them from the packaging until I decide to use them for a shoot.

I think the pop cans are really cute–but do kids really drink sparkling water???  Cherry flavor does sound good though!

The Slumber Wonders book is so well done!!  American Girl mini books are just the best, I wish they’d release a whole series of them for individual purchase so I could make a cool little doll sized library.

The Blokus game is really cool, and I was glad to see it came with instructions.  I’ve never played, but I think it’s neat that they made an actual miniature game.  This would be fun to have when traveling, even if you weren’t all that into the dolls.

And the pizza–so well done!  I’ve never seen a heart shaped pizza before, anyone else?  I love that not only did they include a pizza box, but also the pan which expands the play options.  The only problem I see is I don’t know of many doll sized ovens it would fit in!

I think this set is one of the cutest party themed sets American Girl has ever done.   I give it an A!  I do wish they had included more paper plates and napkins, those are things that won’t hold up to regular play and it wouldn’t have cost that much for them to throw in a few extras of each.  Still a cute set though, and if you can find a deal on it somewhere, I say grab it!

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A Day Of Beauty

If you follow my Instagram account, you may have seen me tease about two of the girls going out for a “day of beauty”.  Who were the culprits??

Yeah, Allie and Fiona decided they wanted some changes.  It was a gloomy day and I didn’t have anything better to do, so I decided to oblige.

First off, I wasn’t happy with either of their wigs.  Not that I hated them, but I wanted something different.  Fiona’s was kind of boring.  Allie’s was gorgeous, but it wasn’t the color I was expecting when it arrived, and I wasn’t sure it worked best with her coloring.  So I removed both heads from the dolls (yes, it looked a bit like a horror movie around here) and then proceeded to remove the wigs.  It was relatively easy, I used a syringe with water in it and squirted it around the hairline.  I had used Alene’s Tacky Glue to hold the wigs in place and fortunately it is water soluble.  Both came off super easy.  I just had to take a damp cloth and clean off the glue residue from the heads.

Allie wasn’t getting any new makeup, but I’d been dying to try something different on Fiona.  I decided to take the leap, and I think it turned out great.  Here she is after adding eyelashes:

And then I decided she needed something a bit more dramatic on her lips to go with that eye makeup:

Like I did with Allie, I sealed all of the paint with some Mod Podge to give it a shiny effect as well as protect it.

And then it was time for the wig!

So, here’s the big reveal!

Quite a change, huh?  I bought Fiona’s wig from Beautifully Custom when she had her seconds sale.  I can’t find a thing wrong with it though and I think it is absolutely gorgeous!  Check out the curl:

And yes, it does get gradually darker as it gets to the ends of the hair.  I wouldn’t mind having my own hair this color!

Now it’s time to see Allie:

I gave her a darker wig which I think goes with her coloring much better.  It was also purchased from Beautifully Custom.  And if you look very close, you can see that she got her nose pierced!  Before you panic, I didn’t poke a hole in her, I glued it on so if she ever changes her mind, we don’t have to worry about the hole not closing. 😉

Both girls were very happy with their makeovers.  I even talked them into modeling outside.

 

And since I had the paint out and she’s supposed to be my “mini me”, she was missing something…

She’s still unnamed at this point, but I’ve got a couple ideas…

Review of Our Generation Fun Fur Fall Outfit

There is nothing that drives me bananas than to see an Our Generation outfit online and pass on it, only to decide I want it–and then it’s sold out.  Such has been the case for quite some time with the Fun Fur Fall outfit.  I recently noticed it was available on the Target website again, and we just happened to have a trip out of town for a family event.  We had a little time to kill so we stopped at the nearby Target, and I finally got my hands on this outfit.  YES!!!

This was one of the easier outfits I’ve had to get out of the package.  A few snips of a couple of strings on the top made it possible to pull most everything loose and get at the remaining strings.  For once I didn’t have to tear the packaging to shreds to get at tape and plastic tabs!

Here it is on a doll.  And in case you are wondering, yes the vest is crooked.  I did that on purpose.  It’s not the vest itself that is crooked but whoever sewed on the Velcro didn’t line it up properly.  Grrr…  It doesn’t make it impossible to close, but you would think that they would be a little more careful!

We will start with the boots.  I actually thought these weren’t too bad, and they went on the doll easily.  Getting them off wasn’t too bad either, I know of times where I’ve felt as though I would need a crowbar to get OG boots off an American Girl doll.  I will keep these, they would be great for times when I want to take a doll out in actual snow for a photo shoot and I won’t have to worry about something getting ruined.

The vest is adorable and the main reason I wanted this outfit.  Other than the Velcro issue, it’s actually very nice and fits the doll perfectly.  I love the faux fur trip on the collar too, I think it’s a nice added touch.  I love the color of this vest too, I’m glad it’s not some weird color.  Many years ago I had a vest in about this shade.

The shirt is cute.  I’m not wild about the sleeves not being longer though seeing as this is more of a cold weather outfit.  At least I can pair it with other things.  When I got it out of the package I wasn’t sure how well it was going to fit, but it actually fits well.

The pants…what in the world were they thinking?  Silver????  I am definitely not a fan of these, and especially not with this outfit.  I’m not sure what I’ll use them for, but I would much rather pair the other items with anything but these.  This is one of my biggest issues with OG clothing, some of the color combinations/selections are absolutely bizarre!!

Overall, I would give this outfit a B+, taking points off for the misaligned Velcro and the weird pants.  I luckily got it on sale for $10.99.  I am still very happy I found it though, the top and the vest will get a lot of use around here.