I wanted to give you guys a few updates. First off, my American Girl order came today!! Hurrah!! :D I've taken a whole mess of pictures for you, but for now, here's a couple to tide you over:
Intrigued? ;) I'll do my best to not keep you waiting too long. :)
I also wanted to let those of you interested in the upcoming "Ever After High" line that the Ever After High Facebook page has started sharing pics of the dolls. It looks like they're revealing at least one doll per day for a while (it started yesterday, but I just found out today). So far, they've shown full pictures of Apple White and Raven Queen. It looks like Briar Beauty and Madeline Hatter should be revealed soon. You can get to the Ever After High Facebook page HERE.
So far, my favorite doll is Raven Queen. I'm rather disappointed that Raven and Apple appear to have almost the exact same face, expression and all, aside from a few makeup differences. I pictured Apple as having a more sweet, ditzy look, I guess. ;) I'm hoping that the other dolls will have more unique faces.
Along the same lines, I found a YouTube video that shows the new My Little Pony Equestria Girls dolls that go along with the new show. I thought some of you might want to check it out. You can see the review HERE. There's also a review of just Fluttershy HERE and Pinkie Pie HERE.
In other news, those of you who follow or read Tess and Maggie's blog will know that there have been two new additions to the doll family. First off, Ella has returned! :) I found another Gotz Precious Day Elisabeth for a very good price and decided to reinstate Ella as one of Beast'sbelle's gals. ;)
Sweet little Ella, about to be reunited with her sisters.
If you'd like to read the whole story, you can check out Tess's post about it HERE.
The other new addition is a doll that might look familiar to you:
Meet Alice Ellison, twin sister of Piper.
Some of you may remember that over a year ago (I don't remember the exact point in time), Piper went to live with Mimi, my aunt. At that time, Mimi didn't have any actual American Girl dolls, and I knew she and Piper would be happy together.
However, I've always had a soft spot for #25 and her beautiful coloring. So a couple of months ago, when I came across an eBay "Buy it Now" listing that included Alice and three AG outfits, I decided that I could have another #25 in my collection (thanks to Mom for helping fund the transaction). ;) I'd always loved the idea of having twin dolls, but didn't feel I could justify having two of the same doll in the house when my space is so limited. So this is the perfect solution! :)
One of the AG outfits included in the lot was one that I've wanted for a long time, the Scarlet and Snow Just Like You outfit from 2008. Another outfit was the Ready for Fun JLY Meet Outfit from 2004. My mom and I already had that one, but Mimi didn't, so she bought it from me, helping me recover some of the cost of the transaction. The last outfit was the Petals and Plaid Outfit from...I can't remember which year. :}
Here's what she looked like when she arrived:
It was amazing to get the dress, the hat, the shoes, the tights, and even the original book that came with the Scarlet and Snow outfit! :)
And as you can see, it looks great on Alice. :)
And another pic, just because. ;)
So I've had Alice for a while, but was waiting for the right moment to debut her. I also wanted to make sure she was going to stay before I introduced her to the blogs. It took me a while to figure out how she fit into the scheme of things and what her character was.
You know how sometimes just finding the right outfit solidifies the character for you? That's what happened when I dressed her in this:
You can also see all of her goodies that she's collected. :)
So, breaking it down, her shirt is from the short-lived "Play Wonder" line through Madame Alexander at Target (you can see my review of the full outfit HERE). Her over shirt you might recognize from my recent review of the "My Life As" Hiking Outfit set. The skirt is just a random off-brand skirt that I purchased secondhand somewhere. :}
Alice is my sci fi geek, so her necklace charms are from the TV miniseries "Tin Man" and "Alice", which are sci fi retellings of "The Wizard of Oz" and "Alice in Wonderland". Although both are considered "family shows", I would not recommend them for younger viewers as they are both pretty intense. "Alice" also has some drug references (and also some things that are just plain odd or disturbing...much like the original, I suppose). But the Hatter character in "Alice" is amazing. In fact, Alice got her name from this particular version of the story (which is funny, because I've never really been a fan of the original story). ;)
Alice's scrabble tile pendants were custom made for me by the Etsy shop Knotty Sisters. (Thanks, gals!) :)
Even though Alice is like me and does not especially care for the original Alice story, I decided she should have one Alice in Wonderland doll, especially since this one is so cute. ;)
I also decided that Alice would be my Doctor Who fan. It fits with the whole sci fi thing, after all. ;)
So first off, we have Alice's bag with her Doctor Who pins:
The purse was a Goodwill find on one of their half off sale days. I think it cost me $1.
Alice's pins were purchased at Hot Topic in our local mall. I'm not a 100% fan of Hot Topic because of the "music" (I've never considered screaming angrily into the microphone to be particularly melodious) and some of the stuff they carry from TV shows I'm not a fan of. However, it is pretty much the only place to find Doctor Who and My Little Pony collectibles locally, so every once in a while I go in there...without the girls. :}
I also found this really cool mini TARDIS set from drugstore.com for around $20. The set included the TARDIS, the Eleventh Doctor, and Amy Pond. River Song was in a blind bag, also purchased at Hot Topic.
The little TARDIS is the perfect size for a collectible toy for Alice.
She loves her Eleventh Doctor and other figures, too, although she's informed me that Ten is her favorite and she'd like a Tenth Doctor, too. You and me both, Alice. ;)
And of course, the Doctor needs an alien to fight. This Dalek was another blind bag purchase from Hot Topic.
You probably noticed her shoes in the background of the last picture and how similar they look to a Doctor we all know and love. Yes, that was a deliberate decision on my part. ;)
I'm super impressed with these shoes. I got them from eBay seller simplethings4now for a very reasonable price. She doesn't have any of her converse shoes for sale currently, but if you like these, you might consider saving her as a seller. They were very well made and look great on Alice. :) I'm thinking of eventually getting Alice a few more pairs and making the converse style shoes her trademark footwear, sort of like Charlie's boots. ;)
Finally, Alice has her two pet fish, Donna and Martha. Extra points go to anyone who knows how the fish got their names. ;)
You can read the whole story of Alice's arrival on Tess and Maggie's blog HERE. I'm looking forward to getting to know this newest arrival even more, as well as finding a little more depth in Ella's character this time around. I hope you are, too. ;)
So I guess that's about it for now. I've been doing a lot of typing today, and my wrists are tired! ;) Talk to you guys again soon. :)