Thursday, December 10, 2015

In-Store Holiday Report

Hello everyone!
Thank you for your kind comments regarding my last post about taking a brief blogging break.  It's so appreciated and it sounds like everyone pretty much goes through the same thing.

Today, though, I do have a post to share, so I guess I'm not taking TOO much of a break yet, lol.

Here is my quick in-store report for the month of the November.
A few new things popped up at my local Walmart and Target and I wanted to share them with you all.

Here's a look at the 2015 Holiday Chelsea dolls that are exclusive to Target.
I think they are all really cute, but I'm really disappointed that their tops are molded and not fabric. I have been seeing this trend a lot this year and I hope it's not a permanent change for the Chelsea dolls.

This Mattel Barbie - Sisters Winter Holiday Fun Exclusive Dolls is still tempting to me, but I wish I could buy their clothes only! 

Barbie and Ken finally tied the knot.
I think they all look great in this Barbie Wedding Set , but it appears as though the top of Barbie's dress is molded on.
Why would they do that??
Sorry Ken, but you're going to have a heck of a time on your honeymoon with this one! ;)

As for Fashionistas, these beauties were new to me this month.  I still haven't seen any sign of that darn freckled redhead that I want! Do you guys think she will ever been in stores, or was she already and I missed her?

Barbie Fashionistas Doll #2
 I hope to get her...

Barbie Fashionistas Doll #4
 I almost got pretty!

Barbie Fashionistas Doll Flower Fun, #5
 Not sure if I want her, but I'd like to see photos of that pink hair tie out of her hair. 

Barbie Fashionistas Doll - Tribal Print Romper
 Not sure if I want her, but she looks very sassy and I like that. :) 

Barbie Donut Top Fashionista Doll by Mattel
 I think I want her because she looks like a grown up Skipper!

This is the first time I've seen the Ever After High Fairest on Ice dolls in stores so I grabbed all three characters!
The only other place I could find them was on Amazon where they were marked really high so I was really happy to find them in the store at their normal price.

 EAH Fairst on Ice Dutchess Swan

 I don't collect Bratz dolls, but this one looked kind of cute and I liked her wintery theme and cute leggings. 

Barbie in Rock 'N Royals Pop Star Doll To be honest, I really only took this photo because she's playing a Keytar. :) 

Fancy pants "Boho" Sunset Shimmer Sporty Style Motocross Doll from the new My Little Pony Equestria Girls movie, Friendship Games (which is currently on Netflix!)

 As for Frozen, they had this new Disney Frozen Troll Wedding Deluxe 11" set .  Kristoff looks like he needs a drink.  Sorry Mattel, but the face ups are awful!

These were some new wave 2 Monster High Mega Blocks figures I saw, which I haven't noticed in stores prior.  I'll admit, I had all three in my cart, but put them back as I decided I really didn't NEED to start collecting them.  They are very cute, but their faces are a bit too stoic for me.  On the other hand, they would make very cute MH dolls for my larger 18 inch gals!
I might get the girls each one as a stocking stuffer so when they get tired if them, I can keep it for my collection. ;)

Well, I hope you enjoyed my in-store report!  Have you guys seen anything fun or interesting in stores lately where you live?

I don't think I will do a November doll haul video or post this month as I have been wanting to take a quick break as mentioned in my last post, but if you're interested, here is a list of dolls I was fortunate to add last month:

Barbie:  Made to Move Teresa (which I already reviewed here), Barbie Collector The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Katniss Everdeen Doll and Barbie Collector The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Katniss Doll, and  Barbie FAO Schwarz Toy Soldier Doll Brunette

Ever After High:  Ever After High Bunny Blanc Doll (marked down to $10 on Amazon!) and Fairest on Ice Ashlynn, Dutchess and Poppy.

American Girl: GOTY Grace (she will be on sale for 20% through 12/12/15)!  (she was the doozy this month) as well as Grace's Travel coat (I can't find the link...did this sell out?) and her Opening Night Outfit.  I also splurged on Rebecca's Limited Edition bathing suit/chair (on sale, but must now be retired as I can't find this link either) as well as Mini Kaya.

If there are any you would specifically like to see more detail or a review on, please let me know!

Hope you all have a good rest of your day. :)
xo Farrah

Please note:  This post contains some Amazon Associate links!  :) 


  1. Hi Farrah-Lily! I am quite late on the matter but I wanted to say that Your family deserves to spend some enjoyable moments with you and vice-versa. Life can be stressful enough so blogging should remain a pleasure. Take a break and comeback to us and to blogging whenever you feel ready again.
    Thank you for the info on the dolls you saw in stores but also on those you got.
    Have fun with your family and take good care of yourself!

    1. Thank you, Arlette, that is so nice to say. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! :)

  2. Hello Farrah Lily,
    What great sets. I especially like the Sisters winter holiday one. The fashionistas are also lovely.
    Big hug

    1. Hi Giac,
      I agree! I didn't think I would start collecting Barbie again, but I am hooked now. My sister and I used to spend hours playing with them and that love for them has come back! I think the Sister's Winter Holiday set is my favorite that I've seen in a while.
      Big hugs back!

  3. Thanks for the post info! I really like the Chelsea with the dark hair and blue eyes! I like those sisters outfits too! I was thinking about replacing my Stacie head with the one I saw with the sled. I may need more fashionista.

    1. Hi Mrs. Leo,
      I like that Chelsea as well, and I think she's my favorite out of the three. I may need more Fashionista too, lol :)

  4. Good to see your in store report! I have been on the fence about the Barbie Sisters Winter set because I definitely don't need anymore of those dolls, but those outfits are so cute! BTW, the reason the Fashionista with the red hair and the donut skirt look like a grown up Skipper is because she does use the current Skipper face mold. Also, the girl you like with the red hair and freckles was from an earlier release of the Fashionistas, but you might find her is some stores still. She is available at for $9.99 right now, but you would have to pay shipping unless you order $35 worth of stuff! Here is the link: Now go on and enjoy those girls and give them big hugs for me! If we don't see you here before Christmas, have a wonderful holiday!

    1. Thanks for the info, Phyllis! I was hoping you would chime in as your are my go to Barbie expert. :) I may get the Winter Set as well as I haven't collected any of the sisters yet, but I also like the Set from Puppy Adventures (but doesn't have Chelsea). I like the clothes better on the Winter Set, though! It will have to wait until after Christmas for me though, at least. Thanks for the link for the redhead! :) I hope you and the girls have wonderful holiday as well!

  5. So fun! Not sure I like those molded tops either, I hope this isn't a new trend.

    As for the Grace Thomas coat--yes, it has sold out. I picked it up on Cyber Monday and was very glad I did as it was one of the things that I wanted. If I had waited another couple of days, I would have been out of luck. I also got the suitcase when it was on sale and the pink dress. The dress is about the only thing in my want list from her collection that hasn't sold out--yet. I'm glad I didn't wait. Excited for you, my sister ordered her too!

    1. I'm glad you were also able to get what you wanted from the Grace collection! Last year, I wasn't so much "on the radar" regarding how Isabelle's collection dwindled out so I wasn't really sure, but I am really glad I acted when I did to get those few items I wanted. I hope you do a review of the suitcase as I was curious about that! :)

  6. Reading this post was like having a wild party, so many cute dolls. I really like the Winter's Sisters package a lot

    1. Lol, I'm so glad it was like a wild party! That comment made my night. :) I love that Winter Sisters set so much as well.
      Have a good weekend, Billa! :)

  7. I see a lot of great toys, especially the Fashionistas!

  8. Sounds like you found (and picked up) some great items!