Friday, June 28, 2013

American Girl Goodies (Purple Party Outfit, BB Pretty in Purple Outfit, and More! )

As you already know, my American Girl order came on Tuesday! :D  There's nothing like getting a box of doll goodies in the mail.  (Oh, and speaking of which, I'm expecting my order today, so sometime next week I should have posts up about the newest 12" Belle and Rapunzel dolls.) :D  So let's see what's in this package, shall we? ;)

A box of mysteries to be revealed. ;)

My first view of the contents.  I was very disappointed that I didn't receive a catalog with my order.  I'm guessing it's because this was right before all of the new releases and they didn't want to send me a new catalog early. :( 

First up, my mom's Bitty Baby order.

The Pretty in Purple Outfit.  Since this was so similar to the Purple Party outfit but was so much cheaper, and since some Bitty Baby things will fit the 18" dolls, my mom decided to take a chance on this one.  It was a good choice, as you'll see later. ;)

Here's my first item...

...McKenna's dog Cooper! :) 

And my other order...

...the My AG Purple Party Outfit.  I was sooo excited that this went on sale.  I've loved this since it was released. :)

And here is... mom's Cooper. 

My mom also ordered...

...the Holiday Accessories since they were so inexpensive. :)

She decided to try the Lindsey book, too.

The back of the book.

Still no catalog! :(

Let's open up Cooper first.

Ta-da!  Such a fluffy cutie. :)

I'd heard from some of the reviews on AG Playthings that Cooper sometimes had a hard time standing up because he had beans in his buns and his feet, so I was expecting that.  What I wasn't expecting was how stiff he was.  When they described him as having beans in his stuffing, I imagined he'd be a bit like a Beanie Baby in the back, but he's actually more like a regular stuffed animal with a few pellets thrown in for good measure.  

This was his natural pose when I first got him out of the box...

...but with a little work on his back end and legs, I was able to get him to stand like this.

His ears are a soft, straight fur...

...and his body is soft, curly fur.

He has an orange leash and collar.

They're sewn into his neck and non-removable.  I may eventually cut them off and give him a more unique collar, but I haven't decided for sure. 

I'm also not sure which doll will end up with this sweet little pooch.

I did take a picture of him with Alice, though, so you could see how he looks size-wise next to the dolls.  The loop on the end of his leash fits perfectly on the AG dolls' middle fingers.

Next, we have the Purple Party Outfit for My AG dolls.

Yay!!  I'm so excited to finally have this dress!

It comes with the "Loyal" charm.  I didn't open the charm because I don't collect them and will probably either get rid of it or pass it on later.

Here's the dress.  It's a lot shorter than I thought, and especially looks short when it's not on a doll. 

There was tissue in the loops of the ribbon at the waistline, presumably to keep the loops from getting scrunched.

The inside of the dress is lined in pretty green material.

The shoes.

This picture gives a more accurate idea of the color.

The dress also comes with tights...

...and a headband.

It looks much to small for a doll head, doesn't it?  ;)

Check out the size of the tag on this headband!  Thankfully it wasn't sewn directly on the headband.  I was able to cut it off quite easily.

So here's the whole set.

There was quite a waiting period between these pictures and the next.  Even though the box was at my house, not everything was my order, and I wanted my mom to be able to open her things before I saw them. (Yeah, I can be nice like that every once in a while.) ;)  Thankfully, Mom was in the area (just down the street at her friend's house) later that evening, so I didn't have to wait too long to see her stuff too. ;) 

When we opened up her Bitty Baby Pretty in Purple Dress, she had me get a couple of dolls so we could try both dresses and compare them.  As you can probably guess from this photo, we were thrilled with the results.  Jenna (on the left) is wearing the Bitty Baby outfit, and Hayden (on the right) is wearing the My AG outfit.  If you didn't know that ahead of time, though, could you guess?

Both of these dolls look AMAZING in deep purple.  Just sayin'. ;)

I thought it would be fun to do some comparison photos of the two dresses.  Here's the front view.  What I love about these dresses is they coordinate wonderfully but are unique enough that you could have both and not feel like you had two of the same dress.

Here's a view from the back.

The Bitty Baby headband is much wider than the My AG headband...

...but it still fit Jenna nicely.

Here's a closer look at the My AG headband.

A closer look at the Bitty Baby dress...

...and the My AG Dress.

The Bitty dress has a thick, black velvet waistband.

The My AG dress has beautiful pleated detail at the waist and a smaller bow.

The Bitty dress also has a much fuller skirt with wide pleats.  It is also slightly longer than the skirt on the AG skirt.

The Bitty tights fit Jenna with no problem.

The AG tights fit too, of course. ;)  I have to say, though, doll tights make me nervous.  I'm always snagging them with my nails!  Thankfully I managed to get both of these pairs on without incident.

The Bitty shoes were just a little snug, but still fit Jenna.  She was able to stand in them unassisted without any problems.

The My AG shoes.

Here's a side-by-side comparison of the shoes from each outfit (the My AG shoes are on the left this time).  The differences were so slight they were almost impossible to capture on camera.

I also wanted to mention that there was a bit of extra width at the waist of the Bitty dress, which is to be expected since the Bittys are slightly bigger around than the AGs, but it was not enough of a difference to make the dress look ill-fitting.

Oh, and before I forget, the Bitty dress also came with this cute little Bitty Bear mini board book.

Since Mom bought the Holiday Accessories, we thought it would be fun to try them with both dresses.

Here's Hayden modeling the accessories.  This was the dress they were made for, and I must say the whole ensemble looks adorable. :)

The set includes two "tickets" to see The Nutcracker.

Here's a closer look at the front and the back of the tickets.

The accessories also came with this adorable doll-sized Nutcracker.

His mouth really opens and closes like a real nutcracker, too.

"Open wide!" ;)

I thought this little watch that came with the set was really cute...

...but I was disappointed when this was the very tightest I could get the clasp.  The only reason it's in the right spot in the first picture is because I'm holding it there.  I wish the design would have been better on this. If it was hard for me as an adult to get the watch clasped tightly, it will be impossible for a child.  

I wanted to see what the jacket looked like with the Bitty dress.  I think it looks like it was made for it!  The black velvet trim on the dress matches the black velvet of the jacket perfectly. :)

And a closer look. :)

Mom and I are thrilled with our purchases.  They are absolutely beautiful and it was great to have a chance to get these items at a good sale price.  Of course, Mom gets the shopper brownie points for taking a chance on the Bitty outfit and getting a great AG dress brand new for just $16 plus shipping. :)  My Purple Party Outfit was on sale for $24.

For those of you interested in these items, everything we purchased except for Cooper is still available on the American Girl website.  You can see all of the sale items HERE.  Mom and I also purchased our things in one order so we could split the shipping and tax. :)

So, which of the sale items is your favorite?  Do you like the Bitty Baby dress or the My AG dress the best?

P.S.  I keep forgetting to add my previous header to the blog, so I think I'll tack it on the end of this post now. ;)  I was so happy with how it turned out.


All AG said...

This is just the post I needed to see if I would be happy with my purchases! I was torn if it would be worth only having babysitting money left to save, but this made up my mind. I'm getting the Holiday accessories, the sweet peach glasses and Lend a Hand (just two dollars is sold for me! XD) I'm getting Marie Grace later in the year, so these sale thing are going to be her accessories. Everything is cheaper than just her accessories alone! =)

Gemmi said...

I love the 2 dresses! They look great on Hayden and Jenna!
The book looks interesting and the Holiday accessories are really cute! Too bad the watch doesn't fit.....
Anyway, I love that the bitty baby outfit fits AG dolls! I may have to look into that......
Cooper is adorable! I wonder what doll he will belong to!
Thank you for sharing Beastsbelle. I always enjoy hearing from you!

beastsbelle said...

Glad you enjoyed the post, gals! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Amber Spaulding said...

That's so cool! So the AG girls can wear the Bitty Babies clothes like the Bitty Baby purple outfit your mom got? I didn't know that, I always thought they were totally sized different. Course not owning any AG doll I wouldn't have never known that anyway LOL. I'd love to own a AG or even one of the other dolls like the AG's..Someday huh?

I like both outfits really, I love the little bows on the one pair of flats and I prefer the black head band over the other.I also liked the fuller skirt of the Bitty Baby dress to the My AG one. But over all they're both really nice and look great! with that black shrug.

Michele said...

How exciting to get a box in the mail, especially one from AG! Enjoyed seeing the comparisons, they are both adorable. Thanks for sharing all your goodies :)

Nina said...

I love both of the dresses! I've been wanting to read Lindsay, and Cooper is just adorable! Thanks for an awesome review!

Anonymous said...

I think that each dress looks better on certain dolls. IMO, I think had you switched them from the dolls you had, they would have looked even better. My Josefina mold dolls seem to favor the 18 inch version and the classic mold, some of them, anyways, look cuter in the Bitty version. For the price the Bitty dress is the bargain. And that jacket, what a shame it did not fly off the shelves, but what good luck for any of us. It's a wonderful jacket, just priced too high for what it had to offer in conjunction with the high priced holiday outfits.

Thank you for a tremendous review and wonderful pictures.


Sunny_Harper1994 said...

Hi Beastsbelle!
Sorry for not replying to your Email. I had my baby recently and I lost track of everything! Lol, I did read it while I was in labor to keep my mind off the pain. Thank you for such wonderful advice.

The dresses are too precious!!!! Love the little ” Loyal” charm! So tiny! :)
Have a wonderful day, God bless!

beastsbelle said...

Wow, thanks so much for all of the lovely comments, everyone. :) I'm in a time crunch now, so I don't have the time to respond to each comment individually the way I normally do. I do appreciate all of you leaving your input, and I'm so thankful the post was helpful to you.

Amber, I hope you get your AG someday! :)

Michele, I completely agree! Getting a package in the mail is always the greatest, especially if they come from AG or the Disney Store. ;)

Jami, thanks for stopping by. :) Now I'm curious to switch the dresses around and see how they look! ;)

Sunny, don't worry about not responding. I'm glad you the email was helpful to you. :) I figured it was close to the time you were welcoming your new little one, so I wasn't necessarily expecting a response, especially since I waited so long to get back to you. :}

Congratulations and get as much rest as you can! :)

Anonymous said...

Giveaway the Loyal charm as a reward for like so many followers or something ! P.S. Love the site :)

beastsbelle said...

I thought about that, Anonymous...I just might do that. ;)

Anna G said...

Have you ever tried Bitty Baby clothes on a Disney Animator's Collection doll? Do they fit them well?
~ Grace Anna

beastsbelle said...

Hi Grace Anna!

I haven't personally tried Bitty Baby clothing on DAC dolls, but I think they'd be pretty big on them. Bitty Babies are a lot bigger-bodied that the DACs, especially through the shoulders. The DACs can fit into some of the Disney Princess Toddler doll clothing, though. Jakks Pacific used to make them, but I think they're made by Tolly Tots now.

Hope this helps!

Anna G said...

I collect DAC dolls, but there aren't very many clothing options for them, besides making them myself or buying off of Etsy. I've never seen a Bitty Baby doll in person, so I wasn't sure of their size. :) Thanks for your help!
~ Grace Anna

beastsbelle said...

You're welcome, Grace Anna. I hope you're able to find more clothing options for them!

leah said...

I have cooper but mine wasn't stiff like your saying. Plus the header I don't think Belle was happy with her young daughter on one of the dolls head.

beastsbelle said...

Lol, yeah, I can see Belle being a little worried about Emilee. ;)