Review of Glittering Star Watch, Blue Sea Dress, Criss Cross Sandals and Chambray Cadet Hat

Hey guys, what’s up?  I have a few days to catch my breath and get caught up on everything I’ve been neglecting, including the blog.  I’ve been wanting to review these items for a few weeks because everything is so cute!

Okay, the first thing I noticed is that the shoes aren’t in one of those cute shoe boxes.  😦

The shoes are still very nice though!  Fit is good too and I like the way they hook around the ankle, less likely to come off and become accidentally lost.

I think the watch is very well done too, although I wish they would make the faces on these just a bit smaller, they seem a bit on the large side.

 

The dress is very pretty, fit is terrific, and I was glad to see that the underskirt is actually hemmed.  I’ve seen a few items where they just relied on the non-ravel qualities of the fabric and didn’t hem, but I don’t trust that completely.

 

Allie was a great model for all of these items, except for one thing–the hat.  Since she doesn’t have a standard AG wig anymore, it tended to pop off a bit because her wig is so thick.

So, Mimi stepped in so we could get a better idea of how it looks!

I think all of the items I ordered are really cute and well made.  Issues are minor to non-existent.  I just wish they would do away with those plastic vanity tags, they are not only annoying, but now I see them creeping in on the BeForever items recently released, no!!!

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The Rest Of Mimi’s Goodies

Some of you may remember that when I ordered Mimi, the accessory set I wanted was on backorder, so in order to get her quicker, I ordered a different one with her and added another set to be shipped later.  It finally arrived!  I also did the free One Of A Kind Doll Tee, and it arrived about the same time, so I figured I’d combine both of those items together in one post.

I’ll do the tee first.  Let me just say that this whole idea is cool, but the execution on it, well…it leaves a lot to be desired.  First off, it took a lot longer to get here than what I was originally quoted.  They said 4 weeks, it took almost 6 and I see now that if you order any of the custom stuff, it’s taking 8!  Not sure what the problem is, if it’s a supply issue or demand has been higher than expected.

Then it arrived in a GIANT padded envelope.  Shipped FedEx.  I can’t believe how much expense they went to in order to ship it, it was ridiculous.  The envelope had to be an 11 x 16 inch size, I laughed when I got it.

Here’s the shirt:

The material is very thin, not a very good quality at all.  So thin in fact, you can see the designs that they printed on the inside of the shirt!

Not sure what this number pertains to, I’m assuming it was a production serial number or something?

This annoyed me even more.  I don’t recall seeing anywhere that this was an option, they had to have taken the info for the name from what I used when I ordered Mimi.  I would have not bothered, and had I wanted to give this as a gift, I would have been very irritated.

The fit on the shirt is good, but I think for a shirt like this, it really should have set in sleeves.  I am less than impressed with this whole idea, very poorly done.  The interface was difficult to use online (when you could get it to work at all), the shirt quality is average at best and I wasn’t thrilled with the selection of designs either.  All sorts of stuff for sports and not a single thing for music??? Seriously???  I’m glad it was part of the package, now that I have done it my curiosity is satisfied.  I certainly wouldn’t spend $14 to purchase one.  I’d much rather spend that money on a quality shirt from an Etsy seller.

On to the accessory set!  I ordered the “Let’s Smile” accessory set when I ordered Mimi to go with her outfit.  I ordered her towards the end of March and I finally received it the end of June which was earlier than their estimated shipping date of mid July.  This was definitely worth the wait, although a bit pricey at $30.

It came with the purse, pen, notebook, necklace and cup of hot cocoa.  So cute!!! The notebook fit in the purse too, that was nice.  The necklace I’m not real impressed with, it’s made of a cord that doesn’t want to lay as nice as it should.  I’ll probably mess with it some to see if I can make it work better.  I think whoever designed it was relying on the weight of the butterfly pendant to help and it doesn’t cut it.

Here’s a shot of the inside of the purse, I think it’s a bit bigger than many of the other AG purses.  I did like that the flap is lined, just like a real purse would be.

The notebook actually has lines in it!  I have purchased sets with notebooks in from other companies and usually the pages are just a blank white, so this was a nice touch.  I like that it’s stitched too as opposed to stapled.

Here’s my favorite part of the whole set…

Not only did they draw a design in the hot chocolate, but I love how they replicated bubbles, just like you would see in an actual cup of cocoa!! It’s little details like this that are so important.

Mimi is ready to head out the door!  Have fun at band practice!

I did have a bit of trouble getting the purse to stay on her shoulder, the chain strap causes it to want to roll off a bit.  Not sure how to improve on that.

Overall a very cute set, I’m glad I decided to order it in addition to the set that came with Mimi.  I haven’t been in to the Create Your Own section lately, but I know that at least one outfit and one accessory set have been discontinued.  I’d love to know how this line is doing,  if it’s going to be continued and if we will see new outfits and accessories in the new future.  There have been several announcements recently of things they are retiring and I’m wondering if the powers that be are looking for some new directions to take the company in light of recent events.

And Now For Something Completely Different (review of Sindy accessory set)

Any other Monty Python fans here?  I thought this title was appropriate since I’m reviewing a product that isn’t readily sold in the US–or at least not that I’m aware of!  While we were in Ireland, we spent a bit of time shopping in Tesco.  Tesco is a retailer along the lines of Target, but their main focus is grocery with all of the other stuff added in.  I’d been in Tesco’s many times before, both in Ireland and the UK and I have to admit, I love going there because you just never know what you might find.  On this particular journey across the pond we came home with chocolates (sorry, I ate it all),  3 belts (for the hubby), socks (I didn’t take enough, oops!), and this set:

Let me give you a little background on Sindy–originally introduced in 1963, Sindy was an 11 inch doll that was comparable to Barbie.  Sindy’s history has been interesting to say the least with the poor gal being bounced around, even involved in a lawsuit.  In 2016 Tesco announced they would be relaunching Sindy as an 18 inch doll.  I just wonder how much the popularity of American Girl influenced that decision… (things that make you go hmmm…)

I was really surprised at just how much stuff they had for Sindy, this particular Tesco store wasn’t a big one.  They had several different dolls, quite a few clothes and several accessory sets.  I was very tempted to buy one of the outfits, but I was concerned about them not fitting, so I opted for one of the accessory sets instead.  I thought this one was especially cute, and I’ll be honest–I’m a sucker for a doll sized backpack.  Plus Mimi needed stuff for when schools starts!

Here is everything out of the package:

I thought it was a nice assortment of items, all things kids these days would probably own.  The phone even is made with a place to slide it on to the hand.  I will say I struggled to get Mimi to hold it though, I suspect that Sindy’s hand might be a different size or configuration.  But, it works, and I could always secure it with a clear hair band.

Here is Mimi modeling several of the other items as well:

The bracelet is elasticized so it slips on easily.  I loved the messenger bag, it’s really well done and just slipped over her head easily.  The glasses are a little bit big, but I think they will be nice to have for all of my Josefina mold dolls like Rebecca, Christine, Allie and Sophia since their faces are just slightly wider.

The backpack is also very well done, and fits nicely!

I thought it was finished well too, the only thing I wish had been different were the straps, they were made out of ribbon, I would have rather have seen them made of a more authentic looking material.  Oh well.

The headphones fit very well, I was super pleased with these!!  Mimi…Mimi…MIMI!!!  You can take them off now!

I didn’t do anything with the hairbows for this review since Mimi doesn’t really have the right hair for it. 😉  They are very simple though, elastics run through them for pony tails.  They will go into my rather full container of hair accessories.

I was very pleased with this set, and I’m really glad I picked it up.  It was 12.99 Euros which is around $15 in US dollars, not bad at all.  After I got home, I pulled up the Tesco’s website to see what else was available, and looky what I found… look familiar anyone???

Unfortunately not long after we got back, Tesco did a major revamp of their website and you can no longer pull up Sindy on it.  😦  I need to do some further research to see if Sindy is available somewhere else.

If you’d like to read more about Sindy, there is a lot of information on Wikipedia!  I know my friends in the UK and Ireland regularly reminisce about their Sindy dolls and all of the things they had for them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sindy