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Oh, sorry, did I leave you hanging????  This is one last review from items I purchased when I visited the American Girl store in Orlando.

The first item isn’t all that exciting, but still cute.  I’ve had my eye on these for a while and it was nice to see them in person before buying them.

You can never have too many earrings, can you????

The other item was something I really wanted.  I would have been very disappointed if it had been sold out too, it was the item that was at the top of my list.  Any ideas???

 

Well, if you guessed Blaire’s piglet, you were right!

Oh my gosh, let me say that I wasn’t a bit disappointed in this little pig!  In fact, I think it’s one of the cutest animal accessories that AG has ever done.

Some side views:

His eyes are stitched instead of a button type eye.  I’m not generally wild about this, but for some reason it works on this little guy (or gal…).

And the little tail is so cute!

I just love this little pig.  Now we need to come up with a name!  Wilbur?  Babe?  Nah, it needs to be something original.

At $20, it’s a little on the pricey side considering it’s not jointed/posable.  But I am glad to see AG making something different for a change.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if they released a little goat to go with the farm theme at some point?

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Review of Kit’s Gardening Set

I wasn’t going to get Kit’s Gardening Set, I wasn’t all that excited about it when it was released.  It reminded me too much of her Chicken Keeping Set.  But then I saw it in person when I went to Orlando and decided that Kit needed to have it!!  The overalls remind me of a pair of Osh Kosh adult sized ones I used to have.

Here are all the pieces:

Kit was super excited about trying it on!

The fit on this outfit is snug.  I was also a bit disappointed to see that the pants are stitched in the rolled up position and can’t be easily snipped, so they are stuck like that for all eternity.  😦

The shirt actually has real button holes, that surprised me.  It was a bit of a tight fit on my Kit.

The scarf doesn’t come pre-tied in this set (unlike the chicken keeping set) so you can use it however you want to.

I heard some complaints about Blaire’s short overalls set and how the shirt is way too short so that it won’t stay tucked in and she has “skin” exposed.  I’m happy to report that Kit’s set doesn’t have this issue!

The boots are really cute with some nice details.  However, there is one thing I REALLY don’t like–they now have American Girl stamped into the bottom of them.  Why are they doing this and being so absolutely obnoxious about it?  I’m getting tired of not being able to disguise/hide/remove these labels.  I get that they have to protect their name and product, but this is getting ridiculous.  I’ll be very honest–it’s turning me off of their clothing completely.  I’m also not pleased with the plastic vanity tags on clothing for the historical dolls.  Just another reason to shop small and buy from Etsy.

I do think it’s a cute set though.  It is kind of interesting how this set borrows elements from Kit’s Chicken Keeping Set and Kit’s Overalls Outfit.  It sells for $34 which is right in line with the two previous sets as well.

 

Review of American Girl Western Chic Outfit

When we visited the American Girl store in Orlando, I picked up several things.  I went with a few things in mind beforehand, and of course, there were a couple of things that I decided on rather spur of the moment!

One of the outfits I really did want though was the new Western Chic Outfit.  I thought it was very cute in the photos I’d seen and had a ton of mix and match possibilities.

Here are all the pieces out of the box.  I apologize for this poor photo, I was not only having equipment issues this particular day, but also vision issues.  I am highly allergic to whatever it is they used to treat the roads for snow and ice so I never know what to expect at this time of year.  It really affects my eyes, making them burn, water and sometimes I can’t even focus well.  Not a good situation for a photographer!

Lanie offered to be my model for this outfit, here is a front and back view:

Everything fits well.  The shirt is a very summery design, Velcro partway down the back.  The pants are more of a legging than a jean, they remind me of the ones that came with the Apres Ski Set from way back.  The scarf–ugh.  It’s really cute, but the fabric is terrible.  This should have been made out of a cotton, but instead they made it out of some polyester crap–and I am being nice when I say crap.  It is very poor quality fabric and incredibly stiff, so getting it to lay nicely is just about impossible.  I have a feeling this item will be relegated to a drawer somewhere in my collection.

The boots on the other hand are very cute and super easy to get on the doll.  There is no Velcro to deal with, they simply slide on and off, but feel very secure.

You can also see from the close up photos how the pants are a knit material as opposed to jean material.

Overall, it’s a super cute outfit.  The only fail in it is the scarf, I really don’t know who designed that piece or chose the fabric.  Epic fail in my opinion.  Luckily it’s only a small piece of the set!   This set retails for $28 which isn’t too out of line for an American Girl clothing set with this many pieces.