Comparison: Ivy Ling x Truly Me #40

Comparison: Ivy Ling and Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

Hello, my friends! Here’s the promised comparison of Ivy and Parker (Truly Me #40).

Comparison: Ivy Ling and Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

American Girl’s Asian dolls all look pretty similar, and it’s a bit of a shame. Give some of them freckles or side bangs or a different eyebrow shape — just something to make them stand out from each other. Anyway, in this post, I’ll be pointing out the differences between my two lovely Asian AGs.

American Girl Jess face mold | Happy House of AG

They both have the Jess face mold, and feathered eyebrows. I feel like Ivy’s skin has a more yellow tone to it than #40’s.

American Girl Jess face mold | Happy House of AG

Ivy’s eyes are slightly different from #40’s. Her eyes are decal brown (#40 has the regular brown), and there’s some light brown around them.

Ivy Ling and Truly Me #40's hair colors | | Happy House of AG

They both have dark hair, but Ivy’s is black, and #40’s is brown. Ivy’s hair is parted down the middle, while #40’s is parted on the left side.

Ivy Ling and Truly Me #40's hair length | Happy House of AG

Ivy has shoulder-length hair. #40’s goes about an inch and a half past the shoulders.

Ivy Ling and Truly Me #40's hair | Happy House of AG

Styling Ivy’s hair can be quite difficult. It’s too short to do much with, except for pigtails. #40’s hair is long enough to do most hairstyles, although i think a bun would be difficult (but possible).

Since Ivy was retired in 2014 (before the awful zip ties were reintroduced), she has neck strings.

I got #40 in January, 2017, so she has a zip tie. Her head moves pretty easily, though.

Comparison: Ivy Ling and Truly Me #40 | Happy House of AG

And, of course, the main difference between them is that Ivy has bangs.

They’re both beautiful dolls, and I wouldn’t really recommend one over the other. You can do more with #40’s hair, though. And she would be easier to purchase, since, unlike Ivy, American Girl is still selling her.

Which do you like better: Ivy Ling, or Truly Me #40?

xo

Loren

Review: Lea’s Mix & Match Swim Set

Review: Lea's Mix and Match Swim Set

Hey, guys! I’m finally getting around to reviewing the Lea’s Mix & Match Swim Set that I bought in January. The powers of procrastination, my friends.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini

Let’s start with the lime green swim suit. American Girl calls it a tankini, but let’s be honest: this is a bikini.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini

The bikini is lime green with hot pink edging. The fabric is stretchy, and feels like a real bathing suit.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - fringe

The fringe is made out of the same fabric as the rash guard that comes with this set. In all the stock pictures of this outfit, the fringes are perfectly flat, but that’s not going to happen with mine. They curl and flutter all over the place. The only way to get them even close to flat is if you wet your fingers and stroke the fringes.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini

The bikini closes in the back with velcro.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini bottom

Like the bikini top, the bottom is made of lime green fabric with hot pink trim.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - bikini bottom

The bikini outfit doesn’t hide the doll’s tag, but if you stick it into the bottoms, it becomes slightly less noticeable.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - rashguard

Let’s move on to my personal favorite, the rash guard outfit.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - rashguard

The top has hot pink sleeves and lime green edging around the neck. The rash guard is mostly made of a blue fabric with a busy neon pattern on it.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - rashguard

It velcros in the back.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - rashguard bottoms

The bottoms are pink, with a panel of blue patterned fabric on the hips.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - headband

Lea’s Mix & Match Swim Set also comes with a stretchy headband.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - headband

It’s pink with a white pattern.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set - headband

Elastic is sewn into the back of it, and it slips over the doll’s head.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set

Obviously, you can mix and match this set (hence it’s name), but I prefer keeping the rash guard outfit and the bikini outfit to themselves. I guess the colors just don’t work as well.

American Girl Lea's Mix & Match Swim Set

See what I mean?

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark's sarong

Hot pink sarongs were given out at Lea Clark’s debut, and they work perfectly with the swim suits.

Lea’s Mix & Match Swim Set is a colorful, realistic set that is a must-have for anyone who lives near the beach or has their own pool! Not to mention, the rash guard can double as a regular top

Buy this outfit from American Girl for $34 HERE.

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Bonus pictures!

American Girl GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Relaxing in the pool. 😉

American Girl doll swimming pool

I used a colorful beach towel for the background of this shoot. 🙂

American Girl doll swimming pool

American Girl doll swimming pool

Like my swimming pool? I made it using Hidden Hollow AG Crafts’ tutorial: http://hiddenhollowagcrafts.blogspot.com/2016/06/happy-first-day-of-june.html

Do you live near the beach or have your own pool? I don’t, but my neighbors let us use their pool every summer.

-Loren

Review: Maryellen Larkin

Review: Maryellen Larkin

Hello! Today, I’m going to do a review of Maryellen Larkin, American Girl’s 1950s doll.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

Let’s begin with her outfit.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin - shrug

She comes with a lightweight aqua shrug.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin - shrug

The letter M is embroidered on the left shoulder.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin - shrug

It has a diamond pattern.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin - dress

Maryellen comes with a striped sundress. It has a sweetheart top with an aqua bow at the neckline.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin - dress

A matching blue bow encircles the waist.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin - dress

The pleated skirt goes just past her knees.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin - shoes

Her shoes are strappy black Mary Janes. They secure with Velcro.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin - hairbow

A large hairbow is tied around Maryellen’s high ponytail. The bow is attached to a hair scrunchie.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

Onto the doll herself. She has light skin and the classic face mold. My Maryellen’s face looks childish and innocent.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin - eyes

She has feathered eyebrows and hazel eyes.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin - hair color

Her hair, describe by American Girl as strawberry blonde, has more than one color woven into the wig: orange-red and several shades of blonde.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin - hair

She was sideswept bangs.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin - hair

When you take Maryellen’s hair out of it’s original high ponytail, it comes down to just above her waist.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin - hair

It curls easily.

American Girl doll Maryellen Larkin

Overall, Maryellen Larkin is a gorgeous doll with easy-to-style hair. Buy her from American Girl HERE for $115.

-Loren

Review: Our Generation Under the Microscope Set

Review of Our Generation Under the Microscope Set

Today, I’m going to be reviewing Our Generation’s “Under the Microscope” Set.

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set

What it comes with:

  • One microscope
  • One test tube holder
  • Three test tubes
  •   One pair of safety glasses
  • One Erlenmeyer Flask

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set - safety glasses

The safety glasses are plastic. They’re a little hard to put on American Girl dolls — they’re designed for Our Generation dolls, after all. And I’m pretty sure OG dolls have thinner, more flexible heads. But once the glasses are on, they stay on quite well.

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set - test tubes

The test tubes are absolutely adorable, and are probably my favorite part of the set. They come in three different colors: yellow, purple, and pink. White marks are painted onto the plastic test tubes to show how much “liquid” is in each one.

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set - test tubes

They’re the perfect size!

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set - test tube holder

The tubes can be stored in the white test tube holder. There are three circular dents in the bottom of the holder, which keeps the tubes from rolling around.

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set - flask

There’s also an Erlenmeyer Flask, which is larger than the other test tubes. It also has white measurment marks on it, but this one has numbers alongside it. A blue chunk of plastic is inside the flask to serve as liquid.

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set - microscope

Lastly, the microscope.

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set - microscope

It’s made out of purple plastic.

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set - microscope

Flick a switch on the black platform and a focused points of light shines out of the microscope.

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set - microscope

The silver knobs make the upper half of the microscope move up and down.

Before . . .

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set - microscope

. . . After.

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set - microscope

See those silver circles? There’s a tiny slide inside each one!

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set - microscope

You can peer into the microscope and actually look at the slides.

Our Generation Under the Microscope Set

Our Generation’s “Under the Microscope” Set would be perfect for a science-loving doll or a science lab in a doll school.

-Loren

Review: 2-in-1 Track Outfit

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit

Today, I’m going to be reviewing an outfit from American Girl, the 2-in-1 Track Outfit.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit

It retired last year, around the time of the 2015 Truly Me update. I snagged it on American Girl’s Sale page a few weeks ago for only $23!

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit

Let’s get started with the review. 🙂

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - tanktop

The tanktop is made out of a hot pink jersey fabric. There’s a panel of green at the top, which is made of a different material.

 American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - tanktop

The InnerstarU symbol is next to the shoulder.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - shorts

I absolutely love the shorts! The style is similar to that of the shorts I wear when I play soccer. They’re made of the same fabric as the panel on the tanktop.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - shorts

A tiny white star is embroidered near the bottom of the right pant leg.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - shorts

The shorts have hot pink piping on them.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - jacket

The 2-in-1 Track Outfit comes with an amazing jacket! It’s made of a lightweight material.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - jacket

It zips up the front, and the area around the zipper is made of the same fabric as the tanktop.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - jacket

The InnerstarU logo is embroidered on the shoulder.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - jacket

 There are panels of hot pink jersey fabric on the sides of the jacket.

 American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - race number

The race number is a rectangle of white nylon. The number 7565 is woven into the fabric, as is the InnerstarU crest and American Girl’s logo.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - race number

It’s attached to a narrow band of blue elastic, which velcros in the back.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit

Ivy modeling the race number.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - shoes

When the 2-in-1 Track Outfit arrived, my mom took one look at the sneakers and started ranting about their cuteness. 😉

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - shoes

Side view.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - shoes

Front view.

(You have to tie the shoelaces, and I can see younger girls having trouble with this.)

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - shoes

Back view.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - shoes

The sole.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - shoes

The sneakers are adorable, sturdy, and well made.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - socks

The outfit comes with these super-cute white ankle socks! They have a band of lime green around the top.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - hairbands

It comes with two light green terry-cloth hairbands.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit - charm

The 2-in-1 Track Outfit comes with a square “Real” charm.

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit

Here are some pictures of Ivy modeling the outfit!

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit

American Girl 2-in-1 Track Outfit

-Loren

Review: Lea Clark’s Rainforest Hike Outfit

Review: Lea Clark's Rainforest Hike Outfit

Hello! Today, I’m going to be reviewing an outfit from the collection of Lea Clark, American Girl’s newest GOTY doll: the Rainforest Hike Outfit.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

The outfit comes with a T-shirt, cargo pants, hiking boots, a belt, a watch, and a headband. It’s priced at $34.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - shirt

The white T-shirt has a beautiful butterfly design on it, described by American Girl as a “watercolor butterfly.” The shirt velcros in the back.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - pants

Lea’s cropped cargo pants are a grayish-green color. There are parallel lines in the fabric, but you don’t really notice them until you look closer.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - pants

There are two nicely sized pockets.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - pants

The pocket flaps lift, and there’s enough space to put something small into the pockets.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - pants

Functional belt loops go the whole way around the pants.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - belt

The striped green belt is not attached to the pants. It closes with a large plastic belt buckle.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - belt

The belt is surprisingly long.

A complaint is that little hands might have trouble feeding the belt through the loops. Also, I’ve found it hard to style the belt. The shirt covers it, and the buckle bulges in an unattractive way. Here, let me show you:

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

With belt.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

 Without belt.

The outfit in the second image is more pleasing, because the belt isn’t making a lump beneath the shirt. I’ll most likely use the Rainforest Hike Outfit without the belt.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

Of course, I could hike (pun intended XD) the shirt up above the belt so that it can be seen, or tuck the shirt into the pants, but I like it better without the belt at all.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - boots

Moving on to Lea’s shoes! They are made of a tough, leathery fabric, with thick plastic soles. The hiking boots have beige, pink, and green fabric on them.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - boots

Side view.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - boots

The boots lace up with a green stretchy rope. In order to put them on, you don’t have to loosen strings or undo velcro or anything like that; the fabric is simply flexible enough to let the doll’s foot slip right in.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - watch

Next up, Lea’s watch! It’s made out of hot pink plastic. Clear plastic protects the watch face. There are bumps on the sides of the watch that are supposed to be buttons.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - watch

A better look at the watch face.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - watch

The watch goes on like the real thing: you have to stick the lime green clasp through one of the holes in the flexible watch strap.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - watch

You can even slip the end of the strap through a hard plastic thing that slides back and forth (such great description on my part! *eye roll* But seriously, does anyone know what this thing is called?)!

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - headband

The Rainforest Hike Outfit also includes a yellow headband. It’s about a centimeter wide, and made of elastic.

 American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit - headband

There’s a bow on the headband, but I prefer to style it so that the bow is in the back.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

Overall, I absolutely love the Rainforest Hike Outfit. It looks amazing on Lea Clark, and I bet it would look great on other American Girl dolls as well.

American Girl Lea Clark Rainforest Hike Outfit

It’s got a lot of mix-n-match potential! I can see the T-shirt and the cargo pants going with lots of different outfits.

-Loren