Review: OG Gourmet Kitchen

Hey, guys! For Christmas, I got the Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen, and I thought some of you might like a review of this fantastic set. You can get it from Target for $65.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset

It has two main parts, a cooking area and a refrigerator. Both are made of hot pink plastic.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset

The cooking area has lots of fun features, like a microwave, sink, stove, oven, and dishwasher.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset

The window of the microwave has a frosted look.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset

The inside is big enough for the included plates to fit comfortably.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset

To the right of the microwave is a clock, above some shelving (the shelves are slightly slanted, so unless you put the objects all the way in the back, they’ll slip out). It has tiny hearts instead of numbers.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset

The clock swings open to reveal a safe. My friend keeps the set’s cookies in there.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset

Continuing to the right are more shelves. There’s not much room in the bottom shelf, but the top one is quite spacious.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | sink

Beneath the shelves are a window and a sink. The sink’s handles turn. The counter is gray with some black streaks thrown in, giving it a marbled look.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | sink

The set comes with a strainer that fits in the sink.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | dishes

Beside the sink is a strip of counter the right size for the drying wrack. It’s not big enough for all the plates and cups, and the blue plates are too wide to fit all the way in.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | stove

On the left side of the kitchen is the stove. The dials turn, which is something I freaked out over when I first discovered it.

The backsplash is light pink, with thin plastic rectangles over it to look like tiles.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | oven

Below the stovetop is the oven. It opens easily to reveal the wrack inside. It can be pulled back and forth on plastic tracks and taken out.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset

There’s a drawer under the oven where I keep the pots and pans.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset

Moving to the right is a slim cabinet. It’s so thin that not much can fit inside. The cabinet is a bit hard to close, you have to really slam it shut for it click into place.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | dishwasher

Next is the adorable dishwasher! Stickers on the front display the settings.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | dishwasher

Inside are three plastic baskets that, like in the oven, can slide around on tracks. The first one is so close to the top of the dishwasher that a baking tray is just about the only thing it can hold, but the other two are a good size.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | fridge

The second part of the set is the fridge, shown next to MJ for size. She’s a few inches taller, so it’s kind of short, but it doesn’t really take away from the quality of the set.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | fridge

The refrigerator has a water dispenser on one of the doors. The included cups can fit in it without falling out.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | fridge

There are tons of shelves inside the fridge. Plastic tracks line the sides so you can rearrange them how you like. My only problem with the fridge is that all the storage on the inside of the doors are too small to accommodate any of the food.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | freezer

The freezer has plenty of room. I could probably fit all the food in the set in there if I tried.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | dishes

Now let’s take a look at the accessories.

Here are the dishes: a cream mixing bowl with white dots, two cups, two plates, two saucers, a pitcher, and two mugs (which are much too small, in my opinion).

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | dishes

The cooking utensils: spatula, ladle, baking tray, pan and lid, and pot.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | dishes

Baking supplies: measuring spoons on a ring, a liquid measuring cup with markings, and a hand mixer.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | food

Now the really cute stuff — the tiny food. :) Produce: red pepper, raspberries, tomato, and orange. Everything but the berries are squishy plastic.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | food

Milk, orange juice (with French on the back), eggs that come out of the carton, cheese, and butter dish.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | food

Salt and pepper shakers with glitter inside, olive oil, peanut butter, something that might be Nutella, and cans of peaches and tuna. The last two are way too small for 18″ dolls, I think, but they’re still cute.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | food

Box of marshmallow cereal, hamburgers, popsicles, and a sundae kit. They’re made of cardboard, so I’d be careful about accidentally squishing them. Everything is written in French on the other side.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset | accessories

Some miscellaneous stuff: two plants, a cookie jar, and three chocolate chip cookies.

Our Generation Gourmet Kitchen Playset

I love this set so much. It’s simply adorable and I could spend hours playing with it and setting it up. The colors are pretty and everything is well made. Plus, the food and dishes can be used as props in photostories.

However, a lot of the food and some of the dishes are too small for 18″ dolls. Things like the mugs and tomato are a better size for H4H dolls or WellieWishers. But overall, it’s an incredible playset that’s definitely worth $65. You can buy it here.

Do you want this set, or do you already own it? What’s your favorite part? Mine is the salt and pepper shakers, eggs, and measuring spoons. 

xo

Loren

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Review: Truly Me #55

Review of American Girl doll Truly Me #55

 Arabella requested a review of Savannah, Truly Me #55. Go check out her blog and enjoy the review. :)

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55

#55 has the classic face mold and feathered eyebrows.

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55 | freckles

She has an adorable spray of freckles across her nose. I’m pretty sure they’re the original pattern.

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55 | eyes

She has hazel decal eyes. They’re quite beautiful and I love how detailed they are.

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55 | hair

#55 has gorgeous hair, it’s probably my favorite thing about her. It’s parted on the left and, I’m pretty sure, made of just one shade of dark brown. I’ve been using her constantly since I got her in 2014, and her hair is still soft and shiny.

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55 | hair

Her hair falls in soft waves down to her waist. It’s the perfect length, too: not so long as to be impossible to brush, not so short that you can’t style it.

Make sure you have American Girl’s Sparkly Hair Pick before you buy her! Using a brush on her will ruin the curls.

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55

#55 is the most photogenic doll I own, and she looks great in everything. Out of all my dolls, she’s the one I’d recommend the most.

Review of American Girl Doll Truly Me #55

I hope you enjoyed the review! And if you’re considering asking for her for Christmas, maybe it helped you make up your mind.

If you want to see more pictures of #55, you can scroll through all my posts about her here.

xo

Loren

Review: Born Global Indian-Inspired Outfit

Hey, guys. I hope you’re having a good day.

Born Global sent me an outfit to review! It’s the Yellow Block Print Tunic/Indigo Pant outfit ($25) from their Parichay Collection.

Born Global is such a cool company. Their goal is to create products that inspire global learning. Currently, they only have one clothing line: the Parichay Collection, inspired by Indian fashion. The limited edition outfits are made for 18″ dolls, but they plan on including clothes for 14″ dolls (like Hearts4Hearts or WellieWishers) in later collections. There will be three collections released a year, with new clothing styles available in each one.

Each outfit includes a tunic, pants, and scarf (the shoes are from my collection).

First up, the tunic. It’s made of a light material that almost reaches the knees. The mustard yellow fabric has a plant-like pattern on it.

There are slits in the sides, as well as Born Global’s tag on the left.

All the edges are hemmed except for the sleeves, which are selvedge. That means the fabric is woven so it won’t unravel.

Instead of using velcro fasteners like most doll clothes, it has snaps. They keep the tunic in place just as well as velcro would, if not better, and they don’t snag on the fabric or doll’s hair, either.

The second part of the outfit is the pants.

They have a stretchy waistband, and the bow is just for decoration. It’s a cute touch.

The last piece is the scarf. It’s made of the same fabric as the pants.

It’s a bit longer than the doll and can be styled in many different ways.

Born Global’s outfits also come with a doll-sized book with a fabric cover.

It contains instructions for putting the outfit on a doll, history facts, lessons on Indian languages, and more.

It also includes different ways for your doll to wear the scarf.

The outfit is adorable and very well made. They bottoms could easily be used as sweatpants, and the tunic as a t-shirt or mini dress.

Born Global is a fantastic company with a message as wonderful as their products. The packing is made from recycled materials, they enable artisans to make extra income, and (the best part) 5% of each purchase is donated to the Kids in Need Foundation, which provides free school supplies to students who can’t afford any themselves.

And that concludes my review! If you want authentic and quality Indian-inspired outfits for your dolls, Born Global is the company for you. Read more about their mission here, or browse their store here.

Here’s a photoshoot of Parker in her new outfit, because the sky was pretty and I wanted to show off the clothes. :)

xo

Loren

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