Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Hi Everyone! I'm Lissie and this lovely lady in pink is my partner in awesomeness Sawako Lilly! Welcome to our blog and all the wonderful secrets it contains! Please look at the tabs on the top to navigate. You can go and read all the episodes of Lissie & Lilly and see our adventures in full color glory, as well as see where our little sister Josie is now in her travels and read her travel log. It's no easy thing for a mini doll to travel so far and wide you know, as we're all jealous of the cool places she gets to go.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Because I am a weak weak weak creature who cannot resist anything AG puts Limited Edition in front of, I picked up this year's store only, exclusive holiday outfit on Saturday. It was $72 (though currently it's on sale for $50) and if you live far from a store, you can call a store's Personal Shopped and request for it to be mailed to you. ^_^ I took several photos as I opened the outfit and Sawako Lilly is modeling!
|Close up of the bow. The sliver, glitter star is made of really flimsy cardboard and I saw several at the store that were bent and out of shape.|
|Different this year is that there is a sticker with the stock image for the outfit, name of the outfit, and the pieces that are inside listed. Last year's holiday outfit did not have this.|
|Front of the box without the red bow. Although the cardboard of the box is very sturdy, the design on it is pretty fragile and easy to tear, especially on the edges of the box.|
|Back of the box, showing the price sticker of $72 and a sticker with safety information at the bottom. I appreciate the higher quality box but I am disappointed that it is not possible to fold the box, meaning it'll take up more space in storage.|
|I don't know if anyone else cares about tissue paper but the tissue is much thicker and softer than the normal AG logo tissue that comes with their other outfits. The tissue paper in my box did not have the AG logo on it.|
|All the pieces included in the outfit: White coat, Gold shoes, Red Purse, Jewel hair clip, and Gold & Red ball gown.|
|The gold shoes are a soft, fake leather material, and the gold is more of a matte. The clear rhinestone decorations are sewn on, not glued, so they will be pretty sturdy. The soles are black. Inside each shoe is stamped product & brand information.|
|The hair clip is surprisingly heavy, definitely made of metal, not plastic, and very lovely. It's my favorite piece from the outfit, though I wish the end of it didn't stick out so far.|
|The back of the hair clip. It feels pretty tight and secure, not loose, and it has a small row of 4 teeth to hold the clip stable in the hair.|
|Now we get to the dress itself! It's a bit crinkly from being in the box but it looks like the scallopy layers will fix themselves with a little steam.|
|I personally like the color combination of gold and red but I'm really not sure what AG did with them here.|
|The clip looks wonderful in Sawako Lilly's black hair! Please excuse how messy it is... Hair styling is most definitely not my forte. I just wish that pointed end wasn't so obtrusive. >_< Or maybe I'm putting it on wrong?|
|Back of the dress with Sawako Lilly's hair pulled aside so you can see how it looks. That asymmetrical top doesn't look any better from here. =__=|
|Close up of the velcro closure. It's the non snagging velcro, thank goodness, or that bodice and tulle would be in shreds faster than a cat with toilet paper.|
|Close up of the fur collar. It is not removable like some of the older AG holiday outfits a decade ago.|
|Close up of fur at wrist. Eek! Sawako Lilly has some smudges on her hands! Maybe she was digging for treasure with Lissie in the garden?|
|The AG logo tag is white and silver, and very small. It's at the bottom, left side and very inconspicuous which is wonderful! You wouldn't really see it unless you were looking for it and knew where to look. Which now you do... XD|
|Back view of the coat.|
|You can see how the buttons are attached underneath here. You can also see the seams used to shape the coat and the hemmed edges.|
|The inside of the coat. Even though AG won't line the coat, they absolutely will not forget the Ego Tag!|
|Bottom of the inside of the coat.|
|Top of the inside of the coat.|
I feel like you got more with last year's LE holiday outfit, since it included a tiara instead of a hair clip, as well as gloves and a belt. The shoes last year were heeled, and the fur cape was much thicker and nicer feeling. However, this year you get a tiny volume purse! Take that! With plastic handles and a secret ego tag no less!
At $50 though, it would be worth it, especially relative to other AG outfits where you just get a dress and the shoes. The coat's design is nice even if it's useless in actual winter, and you do get the fancy, holiday gift box.
Please let me know what you think of the outfit and if you have any questions. ^_^ Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Look!! I got some Sombrita spruce soap! And it's made right here in Alaska. You can tell with this symbol:
It has been so windy but we did get a great shot of the mountains one morning.
They are so close and enclose us in the Mat-Su Valley.
Isabelle and I went to work with my host mom and hung out with these fun little dolls. They were kinda strange. My host mom works on the computer all day and we were a little bored. Actually, a lot bored.
I did see the Alaskan flag though! It's the Big Dipper and was designed by a little boy. Alaska became a state in 1959. I am learning so much and having fun with Isabelle.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The weather is finally turning colder here and it's feeling like autumn/winter! To celebrate Sawako Lilly has changed into her November furisode kimono. ^_^ It is decorated with falling momiji (Japanese maple leaves) and lots of kiku (chrysanthemums) and paired with a green and gold obi belt with a deep red shibori obi age scarf. It's difficult to tell in the photos but the bottom of the kimono is heavily lined and padded. It is common for winter kimonos in Japan to have a double lining to keep in warmth. I won't keep repeating the same facts about some of the basic knowledge of kimonos since I mentioned them in previous posts. You can see and read about them in the Photo Album. :)
I love the simplicity and child-like design of these simple geometric lines with momiji leaves in them decorating the sleeves.
Some kimonos have very subtle designs can it's difficult to identify which season they are meant for. This is not one of those kimonos. ^_^ A fallen, orange maple leave floating down a stream is a Japanese slap in your face saying it's Fall! It's Autumn! It's time for hot chocolate! (Maybe not the last one...)
The front panel has a traditional Japanese carriage with lots of kiku flowers surrounding it. I like the bright colors of the cart very much. The striking blue is not a normal/traditional color to use and I have never seen a cart painted so brightly so I feel the fabric weaver took artistic licence with it. ^_^
A close up of the the obi belt and the deep red shibori obi age scarf on top. It's difficult to tell but the wavey, uneven petals on the obi are from a botan (peony) flower, not a kiku. It's a pretty common, generic flower that common appears on kimonos from all seasons.
A close up of the sleep and the kiku blossoms. I do not know what the yellow dots flower sprays are in the background.
A close up of the back of the obi belt tie. I love that the tie has the two green wings and a golden body covering the knot. Usually the pattern is more distributed so I think it's quite artistic that this musubi (knot) worked out so symmetrically.
And although no one but the wearer would ever see this, I adore the fact that inside the kimono, the red silk lining the inside has a subtle pattern on it of bamboo and bridges. The bottom is heavily lined and padded for warmth in the colder months.
To see more of Sawako Lilly's kimonos, look in the Photo Album!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
We had a great day today! It happens to be Veteran's Day today. Addy shared her breakfast with me and explained the Civil War. Her brother Sam is a Vet.
I could not believe it but Kirsten's house burning raccoon stole one of my strawberries!!
I got it back eventually. After breakfast I had another history lesson from Marie Grace and Cecile.
Cecile was so smart and Marie Grace was very kind to me. After that we went shopping for some early Christmas gifts. I told my host mom it was a little early but she insisted. To my surprise we found another girl just my size! But she was trapped in a box. My host mom rescued her and thought it was so cool that she had pink hair just like her. Her name is Isabelle, my host mom was having so much fun with me she thought it'd be fun to have another while I was visiting.
After that we went to get a snack and knit.
It's almost a sock!! We then drove over to the city of Palmer which was only 15 minutes away.
Check out this HUGE cabbage! We are in the Matanuksa Susitna Valley and it’s known for farming. Since the sun is out almost 24hours in the summer the produce gets ginormous!
We got to pose with a statue of Balto too!! He led his team on the final leg of the , in which was transported from , to , by train and then to by to combat an outbreak of the disease.
Pretty far from Texas! We didn't see Houston on the sign though.
Woooooo!! It is windy here! We went over a half frozen river, the "Little Su" Isabelle stayed in the car this time.
We drove up to Hatcher Pass and went on a tiny hike. I had to revive my host mom a few times. She blamed it on the 'thin air' and being out of shape. But she still made it!
Our ride is waaaay down there. Good thing I had this poncho with me! I lent Isabelle my scarf since she wasn't very prepared.
We went home around 3:30 because the sun was starting to set. It gets dark here early. Isabelle and I found some candy in a squirrel!! I wonder if there's anymore in here...
I wonder what we'll do tomorrow!