Sparkly Black Flats Item# BKH42 They’re the perfect shoes to add that touch of sparkle to any My American Girl® doll outfit! These shiny black ballet flats feature silver glitter to really brighten things up. $14
Overall: A So. Adorable. Worth $14? Probably not. Did I have to have them? Oh yes I did. And I don't regret one dollar. They look perfect with the current PWP and will go with so many different other things as well!
Holiday Accessories Item# BKH46 Girls can help their dolls get ready for some sweet festivities with this set! It includes: A doll-sized faux-fur wrap in navy blue and black, with deep-blue sequined cap sleeves A sparkly rhinestone bracelet A 2014 ornament with silver glitter inside, a snowflake printed on the outside, and a deep-blue ribbon bow on top that My American Girl® dolls can hold A red foil box with a silver bow on top and pretend chocolates inside $32
Vest: C I can't decide if I like or dislike this piece. It's a fur vest. A very dark navy fur vest. A very dark navy fur vest with random sequin cap sleeves. Oh, and it sheds slightly. It's looks ok with the blue holiday dress, but I don't think I'll ever use it with anything else, and I think the blue holiday dress looks fine without it. I'm just very much unexcited by this piece.
Bracelet: A+ Love. The reason I bought the set. So cute, easy to get on, and can be used with tons of outfits!
Ornament: A Really cute. I actually like that it's plastic and very sturdy. I'd be afraid to break it if it were glass. It does have the seam in the plastic that takes away a bit from the overall appearance. I do like that it has the year on it and that the doll can hold it. It's a surprisingly usable little piece. I like that it's something different.
Box of Chocolates: B I don't have really anything bad to say about this piece, but nothing great either. I kind of forget about it because it's not very usable. The chocolates don't come out which is rather disappointing. Luckily, I have some Pippaloo ones.
Compatibility with the holiday dresses
The bracelet and chocolates look ok.
But the accessories definitely look best with the blue dress.
Overall: B- Cute enough, but definitely not worth the money in my opinion. The bracelet is definitely the best part.
Last Edit: Oct 20, 2014 19:45:59 GMT -5 by Skayh754
Silver Shimmer Dress for Dolls + Charm Item# BKH75 ’Tis the season for dolls to sparkle in this outfit! It includes: A silvery sequined dress, featuring satin ribbon straps with a bow on the left shoulder and a fluttery four-tiered chiffon skirt with a shiny foil print on the border of each layer A satin-covered headband with a glittery silver bow on one side Silvery glitter shoes with bows A square “Confident” charm $36
Dress: B I like it but I don't love it. I wish it had sleeves.
The skirt does have a nice weight to it though.
Shoes: A+ SPARKLES! I'm going to be honest - I bought this outfit for the shoes. I am in love with them. They have a nice clear coating so they don't shed and they are just stunning!
Headband: A- Pretty Basic, but still very cute.
Overall: B I'm kind of "meh" about this holiday dress. It just looks like a party dress to me, not a special holiday dress. It's not worth the price in my opinion. Wait for a sale.
It looks atrocious with the holiday accessories as well.
The blue one blows this one out of the water in my opinion.
Happy Holiday Dress for Dolls + Charm Item# BKH55 Her doll will light up the prettiest parties in this sparkly, twirl-worthy outfit. It features: A deep-blue sleeveless dress covered in sequins with an asymmetrical overskirt, a triple-layered dark-blue tulle underskirt that peeks through, and a satin-ribbon waistband accented by an off-center bow and rhinestone A pair of sparkly navy-blue shoes with silver ribbon bows A satin-covered headband with two rows of sequin trim A round “Smart” charm $36
Dress: A Very cute. The uneven hem is a tiny bit strange, but it has grown on me. I like the puffiness and the sequins, and I love the color.
Shoes: A+ Normal style but I'm in love with the subtle sparkles! So adorable.
Headband: A Pretty standard piece, but I like that they chose to go with sequins instead of a bow.
Overall: A A bit overpriced for what you get, but it is really, really cute. If I had to just pick one of the holiday dresses this year, it would most definitely be this one.
With the matching accessories:
Last Edit: Oct 20, 2014 13:07:39 GMT -5 by Skayh754
I bought this for my PM #4 Jessa, who was adopted from China and raised in the US, shortly after AG announced Ivy's retirement. I was worried that she wouldn't fit in it. She did get into the dress with a little squeezing. The shoes were a bigger problem. They're very tight, and it took me a while to get them on. They do look nice once they're on, though. (I can't find the flower clip, so that will have to go without a review.)
I have the same concern as BeauCoeur about snagging. The brocade is lovely and silky but snags very easily - mine is already snagged in at least two places. Other than that, I also highly recommend this for Asian doll owners looking for a beautiful costume or outfit for their doll for special occasions.
Last Edit: Oct 20, 2014 19:48:18 GMT -5 by starwenn
My #58 Whitney, who loves 20s history, is delighted to wear this costume for Halloween this year! I picked this one up on eBay with everything but the bag. The shoes and the headband are both trimmed with matching flower sequins. My headband was fine, with all its feathers. The elastic is really heavy duty, enough to be able to fit around Whitney's considerable curls.
The shoes are cute and fit Whitney very well. They have a definite kitten heel. Whitney seemed to stand in them all right, but I only had her up for a few minutes.
The necklace is adorable and really adds to the outfit, but it's also really tight. It took me a while to get it to stay, and Whitney is a brand-new Mattel doll. It may be even more difficult with thicker PM girls. The gloves slid on pretty easily once you got around her thumbs.
The dress is sequin-trimmed silver fabric with braided fringe. My fringe is in good shape, with no fraying. I'm more concerned about the dress being pulled on the Velcro. It's the non-snagging kind, but it still caught on the dress when I was putting it on the doll.
Despite the above issue with the dress, I still highly recommend this outfit if you ever run into it on the secondary market for dolls who like their costumes cute and oh-so-glamorous.
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2014 23:35:52 GMT -5 by starwenn
I hesitated to start this because I don't have pictures. Greenchile may help me in this regard this month (hint, hint Colette?). But till then, this will just be a written narrative. I did not buy last year's set at all though I got the shrug from someone who did not want it, and the year before, the black velvet jacket, went for a pittance of $9, it was so over stocked. Got it on sale, bought a couple of them, love it and wonder why it didn't sell well.
This year the Holiday Accessories are comprised of a faux fur vest in a black, dark char-gray( yes, black, couldn't get it to show up navy in any light and brushing against the nap makes it true black in color). The vest is short, right to the doll's waist line but not as short as bolero or cropped in length. It has no front closures and is cut to show a curved v neck line. It is lined in black. It has capped sleeves attached in the same fabric that the deep blue Happy Holiday Dress has. I thought this would severely limit the vest to that dress, but those sleeves can very easily just be folded in so that they do not show and the vest be used without that bit showing. So those cap sleeves do not limit you to that dress. I'm not into these faux fur vests, but they are the style with the young girls. This is a very nice one and versatile. I daresay it could be worn with the other holiday dress, the Silver Shimmer dress as well as the Happy Holiday one. Just tuck in the cap sleeves.
The bracelet is a chunky look one. I'm sure you can find something similar or make one if you are into the jewelry crafting, but it is bigger in circumferance than Dollar Shop stretch rings, and is a very notable piece IMO. All "diamond" and large scale. The candy box has a shiny red top with "* American Girl" in gold on it and gold ribbon and bow with a gold bottom. Nice contrast to the two holiday dresses and will match the Holiday Special gown from what I have gathered. The "chocolates" are glued to the box so no taking a piece or even taking out the whole batch from the box. Suits me just fine, but those who like separate pieces, do take note.
The ornament is very sturdy. It's not just a glass ornament. It's made of heavy duty plastic, and the two halves of the ball are clearly glued together and the line is unattractively obvious. IMO it detracts from the prettiness of the ornament, but you are not likely to get breakage, which is probably the reason why this is done.. Glitter is loose inside the ball iwth a snowflake and some glitter painted on it. Other than the glitter and the bow, it's all plastic including the silver "stem" . Ordinary dark blue ribbon in a bow with 2014 American Girl printed on the ribbon.Anyone crafty can do a lot better than this, but probably not without sacrificing child safety. That ornament is sealed, glued tight. It would take a lot to break it. I was disappointed because I wanted something daintier and that glue line is just too "there" for me.
It's $32, with $2 for it to be in a gift box. I got mine without that extra. I would have likely waited till after the holidays to have bought it in hopes of a price reduction, but with a $10 off $100 coupon and a discounted gift card, I bought this and the matching holiday dress along with Bitty's Teal Tidings dress right at release this year, and am going to really enjoy them I think the accessory set is priced right given the cost of that black velvet jacket in 2012 that only had a plastic Nutcracker, a watch and paper tickets and was also priced at $32. The ornament is far nicer than the felt do-dads from last year's accessories that were priced at $28, candy box is much nicer than that wrapped gift and the vest is far more usable, even with jeans. I think $30 would have been a better price point. I give it an A- due to the poor workmanship of that ornament that could have been a pretty heirloom piece even made of plastic but looks more like a gumball container.
I love Mini Kaya II, so much that we got 2 of them (one for DD, one for me). Her face is sweet and I don't mind vinyl bodies. Can't really add anything new to the previous review, but will share a couple of pictures:
Thought I'd do a review on #54, since she was the first doll I chose to get, and I have been loving her so far! I got her at the store, but didn't really get to pick her since they just told me to get her at the counter. The first one they gave me had extremely messy bangs though, so I asked for another one, which was the one I got.
She really is beyond cute, and her hair is so silky smooth and easy to manage. The only trouble I really have with her hair is that her bangs are a bit short to brush, so I can only smooth them over with my fingers. But I do find that when her bangs get messy, it gives her a kind of "sweaty child just coming back from play" look, which is adorable!
The other thing is as mentioned before, she has a lot of different lengths of hair, which is great for covering the wig, but does mean you need to tuck in a lot of loose strands when doing her hair into different styles.
Here are some pics of my #54 (named Xiao Yan Zi - Little Swallow):
In Kit's School Skirt Set -
Side view -
Without her hat -
In modern dress (sorry for the slight blurriness of this one) -
In BF Samantha's meet dress -
With her hair down -
I definitely give her an A+
Last Edit: Oct 6, 2014 1:54:42 GMT -5 by yogurtpo3
Outfit came with dress, pantalettes, knee high stockings, and black boots. I think the boots look more dark brown than black. Overall, love this outfit. I think that it looks very good on Ruthie. My Ruthie's a little chubbier I think--I had a little issue closing the Velcro in the dress but eventually got it. I used a homemade petticoat to fluff out the skirt--it really needs a petticoat or crinoline to get the full effect.
Sidenote: When I opened the box, I didn't see the pantalettes--they were folded nicely and tucked inside the dress. Very professional and reminded me of when I was a kid and my mom would put my underwear into the clothes she'd laid out for me--"You don't leave your panties laying around!" LOL.
Post by green chile supergirl on Oct 2, 2014 19:29:05 GMT -5
I purchased this set several weeks ago but didn't get a chance to write a review. I think it's a great set! I didn't put together the little house yet, but the food bowls are quite nice. I was impressed with the quality of the book- it has a lot of fun crafts and ideas.
The dog is well-made. My one reservation is that the snout is very broad and looks odd without the magnet attached. I did buy the jeweled pet collar for the Pom and it fits very well.
I have the pre-Mattel version of the habit from my childhood. The color is gorgeous and the embellishments are so detailed. It looks so authentic to the time period! The quality is excellent; I love how heavy the wool is. The jacket is definitely a little snug, but she doesn't wear it all the time. The hat is so cute and the feathers have lasted all these years!
I love my Felicity! I got a Pre-Mattel Felicity when I was a little girl in 1995 or 96, but when I was older she was sold in a garage sale. I bought a Mattel Felicity myself to replace my original in the 2000's and still have her! While I think her purple dress feels and looks kind of cheap, I think the doll itself has a prettier, less chubby face. I like her vibrant green eyes and the shade of her hair. I still have my original rose garden dress, so Mattel Felicity wears that instead of the purple one.
I bought the new plaid Christmas dress for my WB Sam. It is a little snug, but it does fit. It looks great on her. I was worried about the white body showing through the lace, but it looks like it is supposed to be white.
Samantha's Bedtime Accessories $44 Samantha's album includes reproductions of New York and Paris postcards from the early 20th century, as well as art from her era. The music box really plays a pretty lullaby while she reads a book with her teddy bear at her side.
Especially cute on your DD! What sort of dress is it in terms of places to wear? A "good" dress? That's the impression I get. Something that works well in wearing it to school as well?
She absolutely loves it. I gave it to her Sunday night and she insisted on wearing it to school. She also insisted that I set her hair in rollers so she would look more like Rebecca. I love the 80 year old soul living in my seven year old! I was worried about the material being itchy, but she didn't complain. It is a perfect fall dress.
The dress was selling well when I was in AGNY the day after the BeForever release. When I was at AGNY this past weekend no one was buying the dress. A young couple was however looking at Sam's dress for the 20something female. Rebecca's holiday dress should be made girlsize as is without any adaptation.
Nellie is helping her friends wait for their new outfits.
I just found the whole set minus the ribbon (but plus a pair of Josefina's meet moccasins and a hanger) on eBay. This was the last hard-to-find set I wanted for Josefina, mainly because it's one of her few long-sleeved outfits. I'm glad I finally got it. The skirt is a little thin, but I like the yellow-green print and the sweet lace trim. The embroidery on the camisa's yoke is a lovely touch. The elastic on the sleeves of mine are pretty gone. Otherwise, my outfit is in perfect shape. Though it can be pricey on the secondary market, as mentioned, it's not usually as expensive as some other limited-edition outfits for historical dolls. Highly recommended, especially as Josefina doesn't have much for cooler weather.