Friday, July 24, 2015

Feel Good Friday 31 Accents

Happy Friday everyone!
We are headed off to vacation tomorrow for a week so I won't be posting anything until August!  (Crazy to think how fast July went by.) I had hoped to get another review as well as our monthly round up posted before we go, but alas, I ran out of time.  Letting it go!  :)
Instead, here's a video about this amazing actress I found on YouTube who has this incredible ability to mimic different accents.  I am in love with people's accents, so of course, this was right up my alley.
She is from Seattle, NY, but in this clip, she seamlessly transitions from accent to accent in one take.

​STANDARD BRITISH​ Hello, my name is Amy Walker, and I'm an actress, singer and artist, as a form of Courageous Compassion.
COCKNEY Right -Courageous Compassion. What's that then?
IRISH For me, when I embody the voice, physicality,
SCOTTISH ​erm... ​Hopes, Fears, Perspectives, Choices of another being,
ITALIAN I ​identify with them.
MINNESOTA Whether they're human, animal, otherwise or otherworldly,
BOSTON They become a part of me.
​S.​ CAROLINA When I identify with someone, I have an opportunity to let go of judgement; 
​AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE and practice courageous compassion.
BROOKLYN I might not agree with their perspective or choices...
AUSTRALIAN I've played characters where I'm just in agony trying to justify how they could make a particularly violent or destructive choice.
RUSSIAN I've Grappled with trying to understand how their humanity can allow it.
EGYPTIAN But when I approach it from a perspective of acceptance,
​YORKSHIRE I break through to a new understanding of how they may have been shaped by their circumstances,
​LISPING ​CHILD How they were treated by their parents, teachers, bullies...
MEXICAN I just let go of the labels, you know? and find their essence within me.
INDIAN For I am equally, imperfectly human.
​NEW ZEALAND Capable of the same monstrous and magnificent acts.
TEXAS That's why I call it "Courageous Compassion."
FRENCH It takes courage for anyone to identify with the darkness we're capable of.
CORNWALL And even the infinite light we can shine.
​WEST ​AFRICAN​/GHANA​ Especially the light. The beautiful light we can share with each other takes courage!
​US NEWS ​REPORTER: I believe that inspired art shows us examples of how we're choosing to live.
​BRANDY MAN It says, This person chose to do this...
​​VALLEY​ GIRL​ And here's what happened.
GERMAN It invites us to analyze our habitual reactions; and choose to respond from the heart.
JAPANESE Only then, from this greater perspective, can I truly say, 
SEATTLE "I, Amy Walker, perfectly imperfectly, choose to practice the ways of Love."
JAMAICAN I choose Love, man!
TRANSATLANTIC I choose to embody different perspectives as a form of courageous, compassionate Love.
BRITISH RP And that's only one form of love. One. Of Infinite doorways.
SEATTLE Vibes to your doorways to courageous compassion. For we are all connected.
While we are on vacation, I'm going to do a bit of a digital detox so I probably won't be signing onto the internet much at all.  I'm going to try to *gasp* read a book!  Or finish my crochet blankets that I started over a year ago.  I'll catch up on everyone's blogs when I get back.
Have a safe and happy weekend!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Disney Princess Magiclip Dolls

Today's review is on the Disney Princess Magiclip dolls. 
I love these little things.  I love mini-versions of everything.  I'm sure most of you reading this do as well! 
These Magiclip dolls are mini-versions of the classic Disney princesses dressed in an easily removable dress and come in many different packs ranging from single dolls to "wedding dolls", to  3-packs, and 7-packs.  
They are made by Mattel who makes other popular dolls such as Monster and Ever After High. 

The girls had received this Disney Princess Little Kingdom Magiclip 7-Doll Giftset  as a Christmas gift and since then we've been hooked. 

While out shopping a few months ago, I came across this really cute Merida doll which was not included in the original 7-pack that the girls had received.  I knew she'd be welcomed immensely as Brave is one of Pumpkin Pie's favorite movies. I found her at Walmart and she was about $7.99.
I couldn't stop myself. 

Most of the 3-pack dolls come in a plastic bag with a handle that displays the princess in one of her dresses as well as 2 other dresses to interchange.  There's a cute movie version photo of Merida on the bottom left and the recommended age for these dolls is 3+.  

To open the bag, you just zip up the side and slide the plastic shell out to pop out the dolls. 

Here is little Merida and her 3 outfits up close.  It seems as though the dress on the right is the most accurate from the movie and the other two are sort of random.  Maybe she borrowed the purple dress from Rapunzel?

There is quite a lot of nice molded detail in these dresses and I feel as though the paint and quality is very nice.
The dresses seem sturdy and I haven't noticed any chipping or wear with use (6 months later as I am writing this.)

These figures have 5 points of articulation and can move at the neck (side by side), the shoulders and hips.  They have molded on "swimsuits" and shoes. Her hair is very intricately molded to form ringlets and I'm so impressed as they could've just slapped on a glob of plastic and called it a day.

I was also surprised by how nicely detailed their face paint is for a doll so small.

Here's a look at Merida with the other princesses we already had.   Each princess in the 7-pack comes dressed in a sparkly version of her signature gown.
Unfortunately Aurora (and Snow White's dress) couldn't make it to this photo shoot as I couldn't find them anywhere at the time!

Most of them can sit well, except Rapunzel who has to lean forward due to her long hair.

There is so much detail in all of their hair molding showing many different textures and colors.  They have better molded hair detail than some of the larger Disney classic male dolls!

The dresses come on and off by squeezing the bottom of the dress, which opens up the top, as seen above (reminds me of a clothespin.)
The doll then easily slide in, feet first.  

If you get a collection going, you can have fun trading out the different dresses among the girls. 

I was really pleased to see that each princess has a unique face and eye shape.  

Best dress. :) 

Merida is quite petite making our Sparkle Girlz mini doll seem huge.  I didn't officially measure her, but I think she stands at about 3 inches tall.  

They make perfect dolls for our 12 inch classic Disney dolls and would be even better scaled as a "12 inch doll" if you included it as a toy for an 18 inch doll. 

This was our favorite princess/dress combination. :) It's fun to be able to mix and match their dresses.  I'm such a Disney geek that I get a kick out of seeing them in different colors and dress styles!

Isn't it so fun to get out of those OTHER DRESSES? 

After this photo shoot was done, I found Snow White's dress and Aurora. (Isn't that just the way it is?)

When you're done playing, you can store them all in the zip-up carrying case. 

Overall, these have been the most played with toy in our house.  Maybe ever!
The girls aren't as intensely into them at this moment, but they really did play with them daily for months.  Little Button woke up playing with them, took a nap playing with them and went to sleep playing with them.
Even now, they are really easy to tote around if we go to a family get together, or we fill up tubs with water and let them have a pool party outside.  They are the perfect size to fit into some of our little dollhouses and provide so much fun for them (and me!) :)

We've since added a couple of the "Glitter Glider" versions as well as Anna and Elsa.
Another plus we've found is they pair very well with Play-Doh and the girls will make them different dresses and accessories.

Although their price is a little high, I'm happy with the amount of detail that went into their face paint, differences between each princess and molding on their hair and dresses.
Little Button was 2.5 years old when they got them for Christmas, and she was a tad rough with a few.  She broke off Cinderella's arm and snapped 2 of the dresses apart.  Luckily, the dresses easily snapped back together, but I think the recommendation for kids ages 3 and up to be pretty solid unless you have a very careful two year old :)

As a mom, I really recommend these little toys!  If you have a little girl in your life and are not sure what to get her for a birthday or gift, definitely check these out!  If you're a doll collector and you like collecting toys for your larger dolls, these are great as well.

Thanks for taking a look at my review today.  :)
Happy weekend!
xoxo Farrah

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Feel Good Friday-"Honey I'm Good"

Happy Friday!
This video officially made me love this song.
I think putting real life couples in here is so cute!
It just makes me smile.
Especially the guy at 1:15 lol.
I love seeing people in love...I'm such a mush!

Have a great weekend. xoxo

"Freaky Field Trip-Gigi Grant" Monster High

Hi everyone!
I hope your week is going really well and you're all finding time for yourselves and your doll hobbies.:) 

Today I will be reviewing one of the "newer-ish" Monster High dolls from the line called "Freaky Field Trip."  I picked up this Gigi Grant doll this late winter on my doll hunt and all of these photos and video were taken back in February and I am just now getting around to processing it onto the blog!  
Awfully behind in my blogging, but it's all good.  
This was a wave of 3 budget dolls that were priced at about $13 and each represent a specific class field trip.  There is Gigi who goes to the "Planetscarium", there's Toralei who goes to the Ascarium (aquarium) and Clawdeen who goes to the Museum of Unnatural History (haha).  

This is currently our first and only Gigi doll and I am trying to decide if I want to fork over the slightly high secondary market prices for the first version, but for now I am in love with this version of her! 

Who knew the daughter of The Genie could be so cute? 

"As you wish!" 

Gig comes in a very slim box with colorful and adorable artwork. 

Here's a look at her free from the box.  
I ended up doing a video review of her as well so if you're interested click below!

Minimal, but cute accessories. 

She comes with a dress, necklace, shoes, purple "brown" bag and telescope. 

Up close the telescope is really detailed.  There are lots of little scorpions molded onto it as well as little scalloped and "gem" like details

Her golden necklace consists of a scorpion charm and star beads. 

A purple lunch bag which she can't really hold. 

Amazing shoes with scorpions, stars and telescope heels! 

Beautiful galaxy dress showcasing the Scorpio constellation as well as a few others (Cassiopeia!)

Cute profile. 

Her hair is raspberry red and very layered, cut in a V-shaped shag with a coppery orange section near the front that is tied back into a little ponytail. 

Gigi has gorgeous big turquoise eyes with gold and blue eye shadow.  Her lips are a deep crimson, glossy red, and she has faint freckles scattered on her cheeks.  I love her upturned eyebrows that are similar to Rochelle and I wish they made more MH dolls with this eyebrow shape as I find it very endearing.
And of course, you all know I love a dimple chin! :)


I LOVE the genie ears. 

Her pink body is covered in segmented plates or scales and cover her neck, torso, arms and legs. Again, this appears to be linked with her scorpion theme (I believe her signature doll has a pet scorpion as well!)
She also has a scorpion henna tattoo on her neck, which I think is very creative to add to a doll...I can't think of too many other dolls with henna except maybe Hearts for Hearts Najhi.

She has very long nails as you can see.  Her skin is actually all the same color and I think the lighting when I took this shot was a bit off producing an illusion of discoloration. 

Although I haven't seen the original Gigi in stores anymore, we still hope to eventually add her to our collection through the secondary market.  By pulling Gigi's hair up, we can pretend she is the original one for now.

Here she is next to Blackcarpet Draculaura showing the intense pink of Gigi's skin. 

And now, next to Freaky Fusion Operetta also to show how pink Gigi appears.  And how big her eyes are!
I love how many different face molds they keep coming out with for these new Monster High Dolls.
I am totally impressed with this basic/budget line Gigi and she has been really fun to pose and photograph.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Freaky Field Trip Gigi Grant.
She's listed on on Amazon here: Monster High Freaky Field Trip Gigi Grant Doll now for only about $9 if you are interested in adding her to your Monster High collection. :)

Thank you, as always for stopping by the blog!
xo Farrah