Post by samlizziesmom on Sept 26, 2014 19:14:00 GMT -5
I bought Samantha's Hairstyling Set with the Project Runway Free Shipping code and it is very cute! I have a video and some pictures. The set retails for $24. I took pictures of the front, back, and out of the package. The ribbon is really cute and the hair tie attached will make it easier for little hands to put on even if I personally miss the big ribbons you can tie in her hair. The pink color is a bit paler than I thought, almost peach. One of the reasons I bought this was for the ribbon and the brush, especially the Birthday Dress, but I don't know how well it will work. The elastic is looped through the ribbon so if you don't like it I don't think it would be too hard to add a small hair barrette.
As for the brush, it is plastic with silver plating. I do not have the Travel Outfit or Bridesmaid Accessories so I can't say if this is the same brush. It is still cute and works for play value but isn't really functional.
The hat is probably one of the cutest things of the set. It has a ribbon on the brim that is the same ribbon as the hair ribbon with a rose accent. It has an elastic band to keep the hat from falling off, unlike the hat for her Classic Meet Accessories which did not. Since the hat is for outside I'm not as iffy about the ribbon matching her outfits.
Overall, the set is really cute and not bad for the price. I thought at first that maybe it was overpriced because you only get three things, but I am satisfied that it is worth the money. There is potential with this set. Grade: A
Post by samlizziesmom on Jan 1, 2013 4:31:18 GMT -5
I was on the fence about this dress when I saw it. I wasn't sure, but I liked the pattern and took the plunge. I LOVE it! And so does DD8. She is always wanting to put her in it! Yeah it's one piece and yet another pair of shoes, but for me who had none, this was great! Pictures truly do not do justice. but the print is lovely in person, and is very flattering on Josa. I'm not sure I have pics of her in it I'm afraid... :/
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 3, 2012 2:20:50 GMT -5
This is such an adorable set! The shirt was also tight on my Tempe, who is a Mattel, but it wasn't too bad. The skirt looks like it had elastic but it didn't give much. But it did slide on easily and so far has stayed put. The stockings are just the cutest! I wish I had more to use them with! lol the shoes are very much like crocs, with the rubbery feel. I wasn't sure if I would like this or not but once I saw it in person I fell in love. Very much like what young girls might wear. I give this set a solid A.
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 3, 2012 2:15:21 GMT -5
I wanted to say that this is a WONDERFUL set! The cookies are rubbery, but that makes the cookies appear soft like gingerbread cookies I think are supposed to be. The apples have wonderful color on them! This was a must buy for me as I have 5 dolls; so each doll can have a cookie with this set. This set has a LOT of play value for kids AND collectors. Even if you don't collect Caroline I highly suggest this set for any of the other Historicals or Modern dolls! A++!
Post by samlizziesmom on Dec 18, 2011 15:57:22 GMT -5
I just purchased the Nina doll for my Josefina (yay finally!), and I agree with all the wonderful glowing reviews. The one thing I noticed with mine is that her pantalettes are removable!!!! Don't about others, but I did think this might be worth a mention. A+
Post by samlizziesmom on May 2, 2011 22:43:12 GMT -5
YAY! So glad I finally got this! Very simple and classic! The color is an off white/ivory/creme color. which is better seen over Gwen's sundress which is a crisp white. I think that this is a must have item! I was able to find this one on ebay fairly easy so it should not be hard to find if you are near a store.
Post by samlizziesmom on May 1, 2011 5:57:21 GMT -5
Just had to add my two cents to this set! FIND IT! lol This set is SOO CUTE! I bought during a FS as I saw that the pie slices could work with a Thanksgiving or Christmas display as well as fall! I LOVE the glasses! they reminded me of the ones used for Felicity's Flummery! I agree that the bags are rather small, but I didn't but them for the bags, and the price at AG wasn't too bad. If anyone is crazy enough to sell one of these grab it! it as a lot of uses for both kids AND adults! One of my favorite buys so far!
Post by samlizziesmom on Jun 7, 2010 23:52:21 GMT -5
Being a red-head myself i have always avoided pink like the plague, but for some reason, I have lusted after this dress since being introduced to AG about 20yrs ago. And boy was I not mistaken!
Yes, the dress is pink, not such a shade that it clashes with her hair or washes her out. Maybe very little.
I love her little blue socks with this! Great summer stocking! I do not have the hair tie and dont wish to, or i can make one if I need. I also have her wearing her brocade slippers with it, and it looks very cool and summery!
The color of gold on the apron makes an interesting contrast to the gold piping in Fel's Town Fair cap and bottom of the dress. If I ever get a decent camera back I'll take pics and show you. overall, this dress is a MUST if you are a Felicity fan!
Post by samlizziesmom on Jun 7, 2010 23:37:54 GMT -5
My camera died so i have no pics, but I am one of the few who LOVE this dress without the apron! At first I was unsure about it from the other pictures, but once I put it on mine I just loved it! I don't have cream ribbons, but I do have her Saint Lucia ribbons which make a nice pop. I think i really lucked out as my Kirsten is a PM and the Dress is a Mattel, but it fit very nicely on my doll, unlike the Baking outfit, which I have to squeeze to fit.
I also have the socks for this outfit and they do make a nice spring/summer sock and look nice under the pink dress.
The apron has a Velcro closure, but I don't know about PM dresses. Probably the only negative thin about the whole thing; I would have liked to button the apron, but still if you are lucky enough to get an official AG dress, it's worth it! I do think this is my favorite Kirsten dress!
Post by samlizziesmom on Jan 16, 2010 5:53:44 GMT -5
Ok here's a post archival review of the set; The tea kettle is VERY heavy and as a member said can easily knock someone out! LOL The lid swivels and is attached so there's no risk of losing the lid. (A+ there) The bowl AND mugs are ceramic, I repeat ARE ceramic!! I know this was a point of question for some... The apples and cookies are clumped, but I think with careful exacto you can detattach the top from the bottom cookies. The apples are clumped in two sections, so again, if one were careful, they could make to clumps. (but I'm not willing LOL )
The candles fit firmly in the holder which is wood. The runner is pretty and nicely woven.
Yeah, it does appear to be high priced at the original $68 price. And while my hubby paid slightly higher post-archival it wasn't by much, and I am VERY happy.
This is a nice well rounded set, and is worth finding at the right price!
Post by samlizziesmom on Dec 8, 2009 4:48:33 GMT -5
Well, I just bought this outfit during the Cyber Monday sale this year (09). For $9 shipped I thought I would try it. Yes, the shirt is very thin, not very warm if this were for real. I put this outfit on my PM Kirsten and the turtleneck went on with a breeze, but the dress was a tad tight in the waist. The shoes seemed to be tight also, not sure if they would be looser on a Mattel doll or not. I do think that tights or some type stocking would be best. I happened to have a pair of navy blue thin hose, and they seem to work well. Since there are no pics of the dress with tights I will add mine for those who are curious:
Post by samlizziesmom on Nov 27, 2009 3:23:33 GMT -5
Not quite sure which of the Habit threads to post my review, seeing as I have a spliced set; the Skirt is PM but the jacket is Mattel.
First off the Mattel Jacket: It fits my PM Felicity surprisingly easy compared to her Gala Gown. The jacket is made from a felt like material to avoid allergies to real wool (which I kinda understand, being as wool doesn't agree me.). Not sure about any unfinished seams, as I have read, and Lissie appears to move easily with the jacket.
Now to the PM Skirt: I LOVE this skirt! It has a PC tag and is made of wool, but it doesn't bother me as much as I would have anticipated. I'm thinking it's a wool blend, as that would not start my skin to itch. I love how there are tabs that Velcro on the sides to close the skirt, the "hole" caused by the tabs is the spot for her pocket. Sadly, I do not have the hat.
The only negative thing I found was a very slight discoloration between the PM and M items. But it is barely noticeable IMHO. Overall, I am very pleased with my buy! I really think that if you buy a Felicity doll, this should be the next item you buy!
Post by samlizziesmom on Nov 16, 2009 5:59:26 GMT -5
Overall rating: D-
I got mine the same time I got the LE Town Fair dress. I LOVED the significance of the trunk in the stories as I had my own special connection with my grandfather. I thought it would be so neat to act out that scene with Lissie's Habit. BIG disappointment!!!
As much as I adore Lissie's "world", this trunk has got to be one of the dumbest things they made. lol Yes, it feels like leather and is very cute, but it's basically a lingerie box, at least that's what I use it for. I think most of Lissie's smaller clothing items, stockings, garters, necklaces, would fit, but if you're thinking of putting any caps or dresses in there, no way. I am SOO glad I did not buy this myself or I would have felt ripped off. I do feel my grandmother was, since she bought it for me...
Honestly, *this* should have been made larger, like Kirsten or Josa's Trunks. I'm not sure what the price on ebay is right now, but the last time I looked, the ones I saw were over $50 and that's absurd. If you can find it for under $30 that's probably okay. I personally would not have paid more than $10 for it.
Post by samlizziesmom on Nov 16, 2009 5:43:31 GMT -5
I will post my own pics soon, but for now I will review without them.
I received the Town Fair Outfit the year it came out, in 1997. I bought it just after I got Lissie as an alternative to the Rose Garden Dress. And I LOVE it!
The colors at first thought seem off, but really match well together! The best part is that the dress looks great with or without the apron! I really think this is my favorite of all Lissie's fashions. The original description said the dress was teal, and it seems to be on the darker end of that color. The gold trim really dresses it up. I think this may be on of the last dresses to have the slits for her Undergarments. My Lissie loves it when I can dress her in it! The colors really show off her red-hair!
As for accuracy, it's so adorable I don't mind them (if there are any). The only thing that does get a bad grade is the windmill. I saw surprised at its fragility when it arrived. It has stayed in the original box since then. Then box got wet some years ago so one the mills doesn't turn anymore, but I don't mind. It makes a great display item, but its lousy in the play value dept. Overall : B- The Dress gets a A+ The windmill gets a F
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 31, 2009 3:58:49 GMT -5
While I do not own this set yet, I have to give it a C. Here's why: There are no actual school books. The notebook is nice, but why can't there be a school book? The lunch is clumped together. As someone pointed out, even clumped, a child could choke, so why bother? That sounds rude but it's not. The overall feel of the set is lacking somehow. But that's how I feel about AG some of the time anyway...
Again I give this set a C. The "value" just isn't there for me...
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 21, 2009 14:32:59 GMT -5
These are a MUST for Kirsten's wardrobe! I bought them mainly b/c the Kirsten I bought did not any boots of any kind. And I think these good with ALL her core 6 outfits so well. There are others I think would go well also, but I don't know which. Mine are new from AG, and feel thin or cheap, but from what I hear they are accurate to the period. I would have probably bought these if I were buying a new Kirsten, just b/c I can't stand the moccasin ones she comes with. lol My overall view: A
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 21, 2009 14:23:00 GMT -5
I was unsure about this item but bought in anyway so my PM Kirsten would stay "warm". lol
And it is so Cute! I agree, this is a MUST for anyone planning on Kirsten or her items. Her hands did get kind tangled in the sleeve, but if you careful, you should not have problems. So, probably not best for younger collectors, without guidance anyway. Mine is current '09, and I was worried about the buttons and weave. All seemed tight to me. I think there may have been some slack in the buttons, but I don't feel I need to re-sew them tighter.
This really does look cute open or closed! Overall I give it an A.
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 21, 2009 14:13:09 GMT -5
I find this dress to be a pretty dress. Mine is from 1994. It feels thin, and I was not expecting the way the sleeves Velcro. I worry about breaking for some reason. I do think the bonnet and apron go nicely, but Kirsten has prettier dresses. Overall I think a B is sufficient.
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 21, 2009 14:09:27 GMT -5
I give the outfit an A- That's mostly because the of the shoes. One went on easy, the other some work. This is probably Kirsten's most "formal" dress. It's not made out of a fancy fabric like satin, or Taffeta, but for a country girl, this is about as fancy as it can get, lol.
The shoes are cute in person but beware: they will make Kirsten lean waaaay back. At least with my PM it did. I got her to stand free-style, but barely, lol. The dress is DARLING with the red boots, but then I seem to think most of her dresses will! PM Kirsten's will fit this tight in the chest, but it can work. I only have two dresses for Kirsten; Meet and Baking. As well, as the Winter Woolens. I took pics of every conceivable combo so check the LINK for pics.
In conclusion, I would definitely buy. It's her last dress, and so few will be around after the archival.
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 16, 2009 1:33:10 GMT -5
I ordered the accessories for my Kirsten and they really are very cute! The Bonnet: I thought it very thin for something that supposed to keep the sun away! lol The necklace: I always thought the string for the necklace was like a silken cord, but it's not. It is more a thin brown silken ribbon. But it is a beautiful accessory. The spoonbag: while feeling stiff also felt cheap. But I am not used to Mattel AG stuff yet, so... The napkin does feel like it will wrinkle easy. not sure how I think about that yet, hehe. The spoon: is wooden and as previously described. Flat on one side. I bought my items in Oct. '09.
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 2, 2009 1:26:43 GMT -5
This little gem was a surprise from my grandmother just prior to her passing. I wanted both Sam and Lissie's but I had just recieved Lissie, and she had no extra clothes. So I ordered hers. When the box arrived, Not only was Lissie's there but so was Sam's! *squee*! That touched me, since my grandmother didn't have a lot of money. I love how the skirt on this is removable! The slippers are darling! I want to find the umbrella from the re-issue to complete! Definitely, an A+!
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 1, 2009 22:28:55 GMT -5
This dress was also one of my first buys after acquiring Sam (her Christmas dress was first). I do love how appropriate it is for the time and her! As someone said; Very Pollyanna-ish. I love the pinafore, but I kinda like it better without it. Unlike the Birthday dress, the pinafore does not need to be on in order to enhance the dress. If anyone plans on buying Sam at any point in the future, make this dress the next item. You will not be disappointed!
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 1, 2009 22:21:11 GMT -5
All my samantha stuff is Pre-Mattel except for her white Party slippers. I Love how cute this coat is! I was surprised at how much thicker the wool was in this outfit compared to the School Dress. So overall, I give this outfit an A!
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 1, 2009 20:42:03 GMT -5
I love this dress! Though I was very disappointed that the Taffeta was so thin (in '95). Even My mom was unimpressed! But this is one of my fave dresses to dress her in! I call it her traveling dress! LOL
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 1, 2009 20:36:17 GMT -5
I would give the boots a B. Mostly because the day they arrived the top button came off. My mom and I had to sew the buttons tighter. And the "pearl" flaked off after some time. But they are awfully cute!
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 1, 2009 20:29:36 GMT -5
I have the Birthday dress, and yes the big plus is its accuracy to the illustrations. It's also plain looking without the pinafore, as others have said. As for the circlet, it is my fave part of the ensemble. But I was able to adjust the headband, are the newer ones unable to do this? Or do I need to ask my mother if we took out a stitch or two? LOL
Post by samlizziesmom on Oct 1, 2009 20:23:30 GMT -5
I got mine in Christmas of '95. I love her! I wish I had been able to get Lydia, but I wasn't. Anyway, I think she is just adorable. The hair on mine is ratty, and her dress is stained (don't know how), but most of that is because of hearty play time, hehe.