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

Guest Post From Nicole

Hello! Nicole from Dolls With a Passion (a blog you should totally check out) sent me a guest post: a photoshoot of her doll Lea.

American Girl doll GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

American Girl doll GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

American Girl doll GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

American Girl doll GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

American Girl doll GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

American Girl doll GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

American Girl doll GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

American Girl doll GOTY 2016 Lea Clark

Beautiful photos, Nicole! Lea looks great in that scarf, and I love the golden lighting. 🙂

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Want to send me a photoshoot/photostory/craft/doll-related-whatever and have it posted on Happy House of AG? Go to the Get Featured page and follow the directions!

-Loren

Golden Hour ~ an AGPS

Eve and Ellie, my newest girls, haven’t been getting the attention they deserve. I took them out yesterday during the golden hour — an hour before sunset — for a photoshoot. Enjoy!

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl doll GOTY 2016 Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

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American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

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American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

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American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

THEIR HAIR IS PERFECT, OK. ❤

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

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American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

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American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

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Flowers! 🙂

American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

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American Girl dolls Maryellen Larkin and Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

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American Girl doll BeForever Maryellen Larkin | Happy House of AG

I really love this picture and the next one. The bokeh, the dandelion, the lighting, her hair — ahhh.

American Girl doll BeForever Maryellen Larkin | Happy House of AG

American Girl doll BeForever Maryellen Larkin | Happy House of AG

American Girl doll BeForever Maryellen Larkin | Happy House of AG

American Girl doll BeForever Maryellen Larkin | Happy House of AG

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American Girl doll GOTY 2016 Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl doll GOTY 2016 Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

American Girl doll BeForever Maryellen Larkin | Happy House of AG

American Girl doll BeForever Maryellen Larkin | Happy House of AG

American Girl doll BeForever Maryellen Larkin | Happy House of AG

American Girl doll BeForever Maryellen Larkin | Happy House of AG

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American Girl doll BeForever Maryellen Larkin | Happy House of AG

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Eve, apparently, has a stalker-ish obsession with tiny flowers. Weird.

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American Girl doll GOTY 2016 Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

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American Girl doll GOTY 2016 Lea Clark | Happy House of AG

If you actually looked at all of my pictures (I took a lot, I know), then good for you! *claps*

-Loren

How to Bead Your Doll’s Hair

How to Bead Your Doll's Hair

Hey! Today, I will be showing you how to put beads in your American Girl doll’s hair.

How to Bead Your American Girl Doll's Hair | Happy House of AG

You will need:

  • A clear rubber band
  • A spray bottle
  • A wire hairbrush/pick
  • Beads

How to Bead Your American Girl Doll's Hair | Happy House of AG

Before we get started, I want to say something about the beads. They need to have large holes, or else it will be nearly impossible to put them into your doll’s hair. Pony beads work best, but any bead with a large hole will do.

How to Bead Your American Girl Doll's Hair | Happy House of AG

First, take a thin section of hair near the front of your doll’s head. Brush it out and mist it. Make sure that the ends of the section are wet and clumped together.

How to Bead Your American Girl Doll's Hair | Happy House of AG

Take the first bead and slip it on the chosen strand of hair. Slide it all the way up to the crown of your doll’s head.

How to Bead Your American Girl Doll's Hair | Happy House of AG

If you can’t get the bead onto the strand of hair, try misting it again. Or twist the ends together, fold the hair in half, and pinch it. Then slip the bead over the twisted, folded, and pinched piece of hair.

How to Bead Your American Girl Doll's Hair | Happy House of AG

Once you’ve gotten all the beads on the doll’s hair, take a clear elastic. Wrap it around the hair directly below the beads.

How to Bead Your American Girl Doll's Hair | Happy House of AG

You’ll need to wrap it many times, so it’ll get too thick for the beads to slip over it.

How to Bead Your American Girl Doll's Hair | Happy House of AG

Finished!

How to Bead Your American Girl Doll's Hair | Happy House of AG

Doesn’t Eve look cute with the beads in her hair? 🙂

Try experimenting with different color combos and different numbers of beads.

How to Bead Your American Girl Doll's Hair | Happy House of AG

You can do pretty much any style on your doll’s hair while the beads are still in.

Ponytails . . .

How to Bead Your American Girl Doll's Hair | Happy House of AG

. . . braids . . .

How to Bead Your American Girl Doll's Hair | Happy House of AG

. . . a braided bun, etc.

The beads add a colorful pop to any hairstyle; perfect for the warm summer months ahead (which I’m already dreaming about. 😉 )!

If you decide to bead your doll’s hair, I’d love to see pictures! Post a picture on your blog and link back to this post, or email me a photo at happyhouseofag@gmail.com.

-Loren

Swimsuits, Sand, and Sea {Updates & a Photoshoot}

Hey! I know I haven’t posted since Valentine’s Day, but I actually have a legit excuse. I was in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! I went with my mother, and we visited my mom’s friend from high school/college and the friend’s family.

Anyway, the drive to SC was extremely long. It took us nearly all day to get to SC, no joke.

Even though it was much too cold to go swimming, we went to the beach anyway. I brought along Saige and Eve and took the opportunity to take some pictures of them with the sea in the background!

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As you can see, Eve and Saige are modeling Lea Clark’s Mix & Match Swim Set. I took pictures for a review of that outfit, so you can expect to see that sometime soon. 🙂

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The daughters of my mom’s friend each own an American Girl doll. One of them brought GOTY 2010 Lanie Holland to the beach, and I took a picture of her, as well.

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In the Myrtle Beach State Park gift shop, there were these tiny alarm clocks. They were the perfect size for American Girl dolls! I just had to take a picture. 😉

If you’d like to see more pictures from my trip to Myrtle Beach, please check out my other blog, Blue Eyes, Gray Eyes. I’ll be posting about my trip on there a little later.

-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