Monday, August 31, 2015

*Review* Opening Maryellen's Accessories

I bought these along with the AZ doll.

It's a four piece set: pearl choker, pearl bracelet, wrist length gloves and a knitted purse to match her cardigan.

Both the pearl choker and bracelet are stretchy, the necklace has a clasp closure.

The nylon gloves have small white bows on the outer wrist and are trimmed in white lace.

The aqua cable knit bag matches her cardigan and ribbon detailing of her dress. It does not have a clasp. The plastic white handles slide onto her fingers, but the purse will not stay up on her hand if it has things inside.

The gloves and jewelry can go with other outfits. At $24 it seems a bit over priced. I was surprised that her hairstyling curler set was $20. I think the prices should have been reversed. You do get a small discount when buying the doll with accessories however.

*Opening Video*

*Review* Opening BeForever Maryellen Larkin

LONG story why there are TWO Maryellen dolls here!
Shosy, who went to the Grand Opening of AGP Scottsdale, AZ, asked me if she could pick something up for me while at the store. I thought that as so nice of her to offer and I asked for Maryellen and her accessories. After the exchange, Shosy got me a doll when she picked up her Maryellen. She shipped her immediately on Saturday with tracking info confirming Monday delivery.

Maryellen got lost in the mail, was re routed to Bell Gardens, CA then disappeared completely from USPS system. Wednesday there was still no trace of her. The USPS Manager said she was in a container with 7000 pieces of mail and she could be lost. Without updated activity he said it could take 21-30 days before she "popped" back up on radar. *sigh*

Both Shosy and I were so disappointed. 

I had told a few of my AG doll friends that Maryellen would be arriving Monday and I couldn't wait to get her! When they saw no updates, they asked where she was. Diana who went to the Maryellen launch at AGP Atlanta, offered to pick up another Maryellen for me! That's two wonderful AG friends who really wanted to help me out!

She picked up Maryellen #2 when she bought hers then shipped her immediately out of GA on Thursday with confirmation of Saturday delivery. 

Would you believe they BOTH ARRIVED on the SAME DAY!?!?!?!

I'm not going to say which one of the dolls I decided to keep, but her she is and Maryellen is a beauty!   

I love her coloring and peach lips. She has hazel eyes with a hint of olive green. The little cardigan is monogrammed.

Her hair is strawberry blond and a little darker than Nellie. In the sunlight it's more red. Her hair is very bouncy and the curl is gorgeous. The bangs are cut true to her story, because Maryellen cuts her own bangs. The top piece is intentional.

 Her dresses will require a crinoline to get that poofy '50s.  Full skirts were all that the girls wore.

She has basic plain white panties, no ruffles.

There was rumor that she didn't have neck strings, but she does.

She wears little T-strap black flats. No socks.....but I can fix that.

Diana included in the GA box, giveaways from the launch. This is included: Girls/dolls glasses + stickers, a book mark, and the pretty hair bow that matches her poodle skirt blouse.

She really is adorable! I want to thank Shosy and Diana for their efforts in making this possible for me to get Maryellen right away.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

*Reader Photos* AG Fashion Show Auditions - Houston

Fashion Show auditions were great, the event was from 1pm - 4pm in the Mall with the American Girl Store. Disney Store Grand Opened this weekend also, so it was not positioned in front of the store like was hoped, nonetheless very well done. 

The 125 girls that they select will be notified by email. The show will be held in November and there will be a total of four shows. Preregistration is an absolute when you have 1000 girls trying out!


We met this sweetheart to the left in the American Girl Store. She came in from out of town to celebrate her birthday and we asked her to come along.

This young lady is in The American Girl Fashion Show every year, she was Felicity the last two years, but will be Maryellen this year.

End of Summer Tropical PARTY

Dollar Tree has awesome seasonal items! I picked up a few summer/luau items and threw them together for a Luau party for my modern dolls.


Desiree enjoys her lemon treat.

DIY Kanani's Shaved Ice Stand

I am having fun with all of the Kanani projects and items from her collection.

I do not have the My Life As...Snack Stand I made this one myself using a cardboard box, paper towel tubes and embellishment.
Easy project! 

*Reader Photos* New Best Friend


*Reader Photos* What I Bought at the Maryellen Launch!

Here's what I got at the Maryellen launch in Boston. I also got some debut gifts a magazine and hair accessory. Love Maryellen's collection and had to get Samantha's bike. It goes with any doll and collection.

I love the saddleback shoes.

Here is the Truly Me Warm Winter accessories for my dolls to wear.


*Reader Photos* Back Home from the AG Hospital

This doll leg fell off and I sent her to the AG hospital. It took a month, but she is back home.

She is back from the doll hospital and feeling retro!

They fixed her hair.

Wearing her AG hospital bracelet.