Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Welcome to Lissie & Lilly!


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.

Perhaps you covert with a shameless heart our wonderful closet of magic and mystery. Learn more about the outfits in the reviews, and see how the outfits look on all the girls at L&L in our closet! In the links section is a plethora of wonderful resources and other blogs that we love and stalk discreetly. Come meet all of us heroic, dashing, fearless girls at L&L and learn more about who each of us are!

There are also paper dolls and color pages for those who are looking for something to do. Or mayhap you want to peruse the history of sales that AG has had in the past? The the Sales History is the place for you. Eyes are the windows to the soul so come stare into all our eyes and compare the different colors AG offers in eyes. We're constantly growing and adding more pages and content so check back often for the latest fun and gory excitement!

Enjoy your stay here and be sure to follow us to stay up to date on all of our antics! ^_^

Monday, December 8, 2014

Girl of the Year 2015 Grace Mini Doll

Early this morning, Clover on AGPlaythings forum discovered a TaoBao listing (sort of like Chinese ebay) for the 2015 Girl of the Year Mini Doll, Grace!



Grace seems to have blue eyes (though it's hard to tell if she will have regular blue, dark blue, or a whole new blue color. She has freckles across her face, and long, dark brown hair with partial, side swept bangs. It's hard to tell from the mini doll, but you can see her hair is long on the cover of her book. It looks like the hair on the mini doll was pulled back behind her. 

It seems she will most likely have the Josefina face mold. Here she is next to current mini dolls. Her face is more similar to Rebecca and Julie (both with the Josefina face mold), than Kit and Caroling (classic face mold). Kit technically has dark blue eyes but Grace's blue eyes don't seem to match, although that could be a flaw with the photo.

Her meet outfit consists of a t-shirt with pink stripes and a decal of the Eiffel Tower with "Paris Je T'aime" (Paris, I love you) on it. The skirt is pink with a black bow in front.

Her boots seem like they're make of felt like material though it is hard to tell from the photo, with tassels on the sides.

It looks like next year's Girl of the Year box will no longer be the lighter pink it has traditionally been. Instead it will be purple (perhaps so it stands out compared to the new BeForever boxes?).

The cover of the first book for Grace shows her in front of a patisserie, wearing a beret (probably part of her meet accessories), and a small, white and black French bulldog in the corner. 


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mini Josie leaves Wasilla, AK

I had a great last night with my host family. The girls threw me a farewell party with some tea and Christmas waffles that Kit made!  Isabelle claimed the petit fours somehow. Wasn't this MY party?:). Then I helped decorate their Christmas tree. Some of the ornaments matched Isabelle's shoes even. I got all my things packed up and founds some goodies my host mom packed for me. Some lavender to keep me calm on the trip and an Alaskan flag. I have my blanket to keep me warm too. The girls all waved goodbye and I am off to the other side of the world tomorrow! Goodbye Alaska!






To see more of Josie’s adventures, click here to view her Travel Log!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New American Girl Mystery Book Covers

Jenny on the American Girl Collectors forum found the covers for the new AG mystery books! Some of the mysteries seem to be new and some are the old mystery book with a new cover on the Georgetown Publications website. ^_^ It looks like each girl will have one mystery book (not sure what will happen to the old mysteries). Caroline, Kit, & Samantha will have a new story, and the other girls will have a new cover for an old mystery.

Addy: Shadows on Society Hill (New Cover, Old Book)

Caroline: The Smuggler's Secrets (New Book)
  
Josefina: Secrets in the Hills (New Cover, Old Book)

Julie: The Puzzle of the Paper Daughter (New Cover, Old Book)

Kaya: The Silent Stranger (New Cover, Old Book)

Kit: The Jazzman's Trumpet (New Book)

Rebecca: A Growing Suspicion (New Cover, Old Book)

Samantha: Danger in Paris (New Book)

I'm very disappointed that Addy, Josefina, & Kaya will not be getting a new mystery, especially since they each only have one in their collection. It seems awfully unfair to them, even though their single mystery is incredibly well written and engaging.

I am hopeful we will see some of these outfits pictured on the covers released, seeing how Samantha's coat is on the cover of her's! I am in love with Rebecca's yellow dress, though Caroline's yellow dress is just not really appealing to me. It looks like pajamas that tried to devour Big Bird (or maybe Cecile's Summer Dress?)... XD Julie's and Kit's cover outfits could end up looking wonderful in person as well, and I would squeal myself into fits if Addy had a work dress! ^_^

Link to the Georgetown Publications Website: http://www.georgetownpublications.com/home.aspx

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mini Josie sees a moose in Wasilla, AK

Woooo!! I finally saw a moose and it snowed! This moose was licking the snow of a car, it's a bull moose but young. See it's cute little rack?!



Going over to the neighbor's now. They are so tall and gangly! I wanted to go pet it but my host mom said we could get trampled. Nevermind!!

To see more of Josie’s adventures, click here to view her Travel Log!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

AG Store Exclusive: Limited Edition Ruby Red Ball Gown Review

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!

The front of the box. The bow is very nice, and the box itself is made of very sturdy cardboard with a glittery snowflake design. It is the same gift box design as all of AG's other gift boxes for the regular holiday outfits, pets, and mini doll sets this year, but the bow is red instead of silver satin.

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.
*Correction: Last year's holiday outfit also had the sticker. I just pulled it out to double check.*

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.
*Correction: On closer inspection, the logo is on the paper, just very faint.*

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.

The purse is made of red, shimmery polka dot material with a plastic handle. I am disappointed the handle is plastic, especially after seeing the very solid, metal hair clip. The bottom of the purse feels nice and plump, with beans or something inside. 

SECRET TAG!!! Imagine my surprise when I opened it and saw this giant thing poking at me. I thought it was a fortune from a fortune cookie but nope, it's the AG ego tag. The bag's volume is not too great so it's probably more for show than use. The sewn on handle threads give it a very cheap feeling (let's not forget the plastic), but at least it is sewn on very tight. The two ball parts that actually hold the purse together look like the gold paint could easily be worn off with a little use.

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 gold lace on the bodice part is lovely and I like the pattern very much. However, the random shoulder spaghetti strap is driving me to distraction! It looks completely off and foreign to the design of the dress, as if someone hacked off a squid tentacle and attached it to a human. I would have much preferred for AG to just commit to the one shoulder (sort of like Disney's Pocahontas outfit), or even better, give her symmetrical sleeves. It never made sense to me why a winter outfit doesn't have sleeves. XD Last year I could just say, well it's a Frozen's Elsa dress, and she doesn't feel the cold so who cares anyway, but there's really no excuse this year. The bodice under material is a bit transparent but on the AG body it doesn't really matter so much.

The skirt is not my favorite thing, put mildly. I like this idea of a ballgown and layers, but I'm not sure what AG did to make it look so bad. The tulle is very soft and not crunchy so it can lie nicely, but it just looks really rough and put together overall. It might have looked better with more layers instead of just 4 tiers of tulle, and if the edges of the scallops were more decorated/finished instead of just abruptly ending like that.

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.

I lifted up the layers of tulle so you can see the under skirt. The material for the underskirt is probably supposed to feel like taffeta, but I am not very knowledgeable about fabrics. It feels to me very stiff, and plasticy, and it's also a bit see through. You can see how the 4 layers of tulle were attached (layer 1 & 2 both start at the waist), though I still feel like either the dress needed more layers, or at least fuller layers so that each level of tulle gets progressively longer instead of just being sewn on lower. That would have added fullness to the skirt, and given it a more polished look.

Whereas last year there was a thick, fluffy cape, this year we get this white coat with fur trimming around the collar and wrists. The coat itself looks very nice but on closer inspection, it is unlined and the material is very thin. I don't know what the material is but it feels like a softer sheet of felt, same thinness. Absolutely useless against winter winds, even in Texas.

It irritates me the buttons are purely for show and the dress does not close. As a coat to keep warm, it's pretty useless, especially factoring how thin the material is. I wish it was thicker and could close with two columns of buttons down the front. The buttons themselves are very small and plastic. They're ring shaped so they don't lie down flat on the coat, and they look rather messy since they're all over the place.

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.

Back view of the coat with Sawako Lilly's hair parted. The crease down the back is from the imprint of the velcro closure underneath. Yes, I did warn you the material was that thin. The splotches on the right side are from where my fingers touched it trying to put it on. It can be smoothed out but it's irksome that the material is so flimsy. It could be just a quality of the fabric itself, but I know my coats don't crinkle and bend with the lightest touch. Then again my coats are actually lined, with working buttons too so that doesn't say much.

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.
All in all, I like the outfit color combination but not how it was carried out. The material for all the pieces except the hair clip needed to be more substantial. The design of the dress itself was really lackluster and left much to be desired. At $72, it's not really worth it unless you can't resist the LE label like me. XD

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!