I bought BF Kaya just before Christmas (the 15th maybe?) so that my purchase would generate a donated doll.
While I couldn't tell you anything else that might have changed from pre-BF Kaya to BF Kaya, I can tell you this much is new.
Kaya still mostly boxed, complete with her hairnet that is tied underneath her braids which means it's a royal pain to get off without mussing up her braids at least a little. Boo and bullfrogs.
However, Kaya herself is adorable.
Her hair is very soft and her braids aren't as tight as I thought they'd be. Which is probably just as well because her dress's velcro snagged one of them when I was switching her into something a little less likely to serve as catnip.
Luckily, Kaya has a whole bag of new stuff to try out thanks to all the sales AG did this season.
I'd definitely recommend BF Kaya if she's on your radar.
Just a couple of things to go with the random picture: 1) I can't get this to fit on my PM Samantha, so if your Sam/doll is chubbier than usual, this might not be the dress for them.
2) Stain Warning: This dress will stain if your doll's vinyl touches the black trim for any length of time. About a week ago, I put this dress on Nellie because a friend requested a picture and sometime after that, Samantha (who had been standing next to her) got jostled and was leaning on Nellie's shoulder for a day or two. Yeah, she's got black mark on her cheek now and I'm kicking myself for not realizing that she wasn't propped up on Nellie's hairbow of doom but rather the dress. So yeah, it'll stain if the vinyl comes in contact with the black trim.
As a reward for filing my taxes early and getting them back rather quickly, I bought Kit's Candy-Making Set for my Ruthie. Let's be honest, Kit's not a pink, frilly girl and Ruthie so totally is. Unlike the last Kit outfit I bought for Ruthie, this dress is perfect for Miss Smithens.
I'm a huge dork, so I was curious as to what size box they'd use for the sets considering there is a lot going on for this set in particular.
Normal box, crammed to the gills with stuff.
Spot the shoes, spot the shoes! (It's a trick, only one is visible as the other is hidden under the bunnies.)
Speaking of shoes, they're very, very pink. Which I wouldn't necessarily like for Kit, but for Ruthie? Sure, why the heck not. They're plastic t-strap and really, they're doll shoes. There's not a lot to write home about except for the soles...
Which have American Girl embossed on them. It's a nice touch even if I really should have done this review before my nap caused all the light to be sucked away.
I think the dress is adorable. I'm normally with Kit on the whole "no frils, no pink, no thank you, ma'am" side of things but I actually adore this dress. I think it'll look good on a lot of dolls, though redheads may be trickier. The fabric didn't catch on my hands, the dress went on easily, and it's pretty much no fuss, no muss.
The back lines up perfectly on almost the first try! Usually it takes me three or four tries on dresses.
It's lined so no embarrassing see-through flash moments for your dolls. Ooh, ahh. (Sorry, Ruthie.)
I give the dress side of this set a decided A. It's lovely, honestly.
Stuff in plastic. Ooh. Ahh.
Not in plastic. Ooh. Ahh. Well, the gift bags are because if I open them now, the cat will wear them as tiny capes as she runs through the room demanding attention.
The absolute best thing about this set is that the moment you think, "Hunh, I wonder if the bunnies fit the mold" and you pop them in, they do. Perfectly. Oddly aligned ears and all. Eee! I would not have expected to find this so much fun, but I really did. Go figure!
The worst thing about the set is that since it's doll food (and the bag warns you "Do Not Eat!") the chocolate blocks don't break apart so that they'll fit in the double boiler properly. Which is just a bit of a pain and is harshing my squee.
The basket is adorable and if I were 8 again, I'd skip through the house on Easter handing out mini candy from it.
Ruthie can hold the chocolate bunnies without assistance, in case you wondered.
Candy making set side of this $64? Get's a B+/A- from me, depending on how vexed you are by plastic and fake food not fitting where it should. The spoon is plastic (very much so) and the chocolate block is just a little too big to put into the pot which is just annoying as an adult and frustrating for a child who is very big on things being done the "right way". The mold is super fun, and the bunnies are cuter than real chocolate bunnies frequently are.
Overall, I'd buy it all over again. It was worth the money (to me) and even worth biting the shipping.
I'm still not sure who will end up wearing this for the holidays, but I thought I'd try it out on Sonali first. I think it looks lovely on her.
The dress itself is very soft and I love the subtle glitter given by the metallic threads (see any of the gold stars). I adore the velvet stripe around the waist.
The back in case that's your thing.
The tights are pretty thick and went on easily. The shoes are kind of blah, though. They don't add anything to the outfit and while I get that they were going for understated and the colors technically go with the dress, it still feels mismatched. I wish they had a bit more sparkle.
The outfit does need something for the hair and I like the design on the headband, but the actual band is too short (it keeps popping off her hair if you look at it funny, let alone touch it) and it also suffers from an extreme case of "super long tag" syndrome. I wound mine around the band and taped it there until I decide whether or not to cut it off.
And the underside which is more gold than the dress, though it wouldn't show up in my pictures. It adds an extra touch of "oooh, shiny!" to the dress.
Overall, I give the dress an A+ because it fits very well (though I sincerely doubt mine would fit on my chubbier girls) and it is beautiful. The shoes get a B and the headband gets a C+ because it doesn't really fit all that well and it has that horrible tag.
From the DC display at the end of September. I think this is one of those outfits that looks better if it's on a doll you love. I waffle on this one, personally. Originally I thought it was interesting and then the more I looked at it, the less I liked it. But I think Grammychris's photo makes it seem very cute.
I adore Ruthie. I originally fell for her when on a Gilmore Girls kick and in certain pictures she looked an awful lot like a dollified Lauren Graham. I ordered her and waited (she was my first doll in 12 years or something) impatiently. I read her book and I fell head over heels. Ruthie is my everything will be okay doll. Having her around makes things better even when they are absolutely, positively awful.
Rebecca's dress on a PM Samantha. Originally I bought this dress for Nellie, as I figured that there was no way it would fit Sam, since she's easily my biggest doll. I tried it on Nellie and she was swimming in fabric. Part of that was probably trying to get the dress to lay correctly (the lace can be a bit tricky if you're not properly caffeinated) and part of it was simply my dress was awfully large. Which would be bad if I had a Rebecca doll, but for Samantha it worked out perfectly. The shoes fit, which I truly did not expect since Sam also has fairly large feet and Mattel shoes almost never fit. The heels don't hamper her ability to stand on carpeted surfaces, but I haven't tried to stand her on my desk.
Please excuse the less than stellar bow. I either tie them very well or it's embarrassingly bad. There is rarely an in between. Poor dolls.
Close-up of the lace and sleeve.
I think the dress looks gorgeous on Sam, but I am a little disappointed that unless I was completely out of my mind the day I tried it on Nellie, that it probably won't fit my smaller dolls. Also, I think the shoes look a little... odd in person.
Dress: A- (it's gorgeous, but the sizing throws me for a loop.) Shoes: B
Kanani is gorgeous. She's one of those dolls that looks prettier each time I see her. Which is dangerous since she's currently the only doll in my line of sight.
Her hair is ridiculously long and I'm a little worried about how easily it seems to want to tangle, hence the current hairstyle. If I didn't happen to be absurdly fond of the curls, I probably wouldn't care because if nothing else, she invites you to play with her hair. I'm guessing that was the point. I just wish her hair net hadn't come tangled up with her flower.
Not a big fan of her shoes personally, but I think it's simply that I don't like that style in non-doll size either.
(They're held on by clear elastics when she's in the box and almost immediately the back band slid off Kanani's ankle, which meant they'd have gone flying in transit.)
Not sure how I feel about the dress. It's pretty, but it's also pretty plain, sequins not withstanding. Not that I paid a lot of attention to it because I keep getting distracted by her eyes.
I was really excited for these, which is odd since I'm usually in the "ew, pink" camp, but I thought they'd work for Kanani. And they do.
I love them, although I will agree that the shorts are going to ride up and the elastic for the shorts, in my set anyway, gets a little twisted or something. It takes another minute or two to smooth it out.
The boots are a little odd, but I guess it makes sense since this way they're more substantial than they'd be without the padding. Boots as opposed to simply glorified socks, which is honestly what I was expecting.
I bought mine for Sonali after seeing someone else's wearing it and falling in love. Sadly the photo from last year isn't so hot, but that's why one should not take photos while sick, no matter how good the idea seems at the time.
Ivy in Lanie's nightgown/shirt/whatever. I love Ivy something fierce and I haven't even had her all that long.
I still think her shirt is unfortunate, particularly when paired with the pants/boots they chose for her 'Meet' outfit, but doll-wise it's hard to find a cuter doll. The cute, it burns. Perhaps not in the photos as my room is a sucking void for light, but still. In person, she's adorable.
And while she didn't come with the dread green-leg syndrome, she did introduce me to a whole new threat. Those blasted little hang-tags that come wrapped around their wrists telling you just how to care for your doll with _whatever_ hair? Ivy's rubbed up against her pinkie and now she looks like she hurt herself.
I didn't even know that was possible.
I should probably actually semi-review her and not just OD on cute.
Her hair is definitely unique, not just in style but in the feel of it. I like it, though I can understand how it would be off-putting to some people. Also, people really aren't kidding when they say there's not really enough to do much with. It's an odd length, really, because there's enough that fans or wind will blow it around, but even pigtails will stick straight out because there's *just* enough to gather into them.
Her boots are pretty nifty and the pants seem interesting although there's a saddlebags issue, at least when paired with her meet shirt. Her undies are cute, although I expected a more vibrant color for some reason.
Overall, Ivy gets an A- from me. She's adorable, her outfit isn't all "burn it! Burn it now!"; I just don't care for it all put together.
I'm not really a pajama person myself, though I do love pajamas for dolls, but even I want a pair like this. So soft and they really seem to make whichever doll is wearing them seem more huggable. I also have to agree with the wave of love for the functional buttons as opposed to velcro. I shouldn't have doubted anyone who said these were worth the price tag. They are!
I snagged Kirsten's birthday dress years ago. It was the only dress/outfit I bought for her until this year from her own collection and it's so pretty that I probably felt I had time to acquire the other things.
I'm obviously in the minority here, but I like the dress on it's own as well as with the apron, though I will admit it looks 100% better with the apron on. The wreath is pretty but I've never managed to take it off without messing up her hair, no matter how carefully I put it on to begin with. Since my Kirsten wore her hair straight for years, this didn't really surprise/bother me, but anyone who is keeping their Kirsten in stock braids will probably want to take a little extra care.
Yay for the socks that are infinitely prettier than her Meet Socks (and quite probably a big reason I bought the outfit back then) and the overall look of the outfit is gorgeous.
Sadly, I somehow managed to snag/pull the bow on one of the sleeves and once you do that, you've got to be handier at fixing things than I am. Poor Kirsten's bow is now a string and it annoys the heck out of me every time I try and fix it.
Pictures to be edited in whenever it stops raining/looking like it's going to rain.
Please excuse the shadows. Kirsten's got some serious bangs and the sun doesn't always like to play nice.
My Kirsten's PM and I was most worried about the shoes fitting. The left slid on without a problem, the right required a bit of a push, but they slid on and stayed. karrierock is right, they'll leave little scars on the back of your doll's feet, which is not a fun discovery. They'll also scratch up easily if your Kirsten ventures near concrete or the great outdoors, but that's to be expected. They're much prettier than I thought they'd be.
I love the apron, and while it may be historically accurate for it to be painted, I think it would have been prettier embroidered. If nothing else, it's a challenge for another day.
In case you were dying to see the back for some reason.
Or the side. I've got to say I really like the odd sleeves, though I couldn't tell you why other than it's something different.
I love the blues used in the dress, though the paisley print is a bit hit or miss, depending on how I'm feeling.
Despite Kirsten being able to shimmy into the catsuit of doom no problem, I swear this outfit nearly drove us both over the edge. It took some fiddling to get her into the dress, so anyone with a chunky Kirsten should be warned.
I waffle on the dress itself without the apron. It's the neckline and the fact that it's really tight in places. It's why her pantalettes are showing. They can't go any higher or the velcro laughs at me.
Overall, I think the outfit is worth the $28 price tag, but there's no sense paying more.