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Hi….

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Sorry, some of my random pics are in here…

I am so glad tomorrow’s Friday. I’ve never really been one of those people who LOVES and WORSHIPS Fridays, but seriously, I want this week to be over. So much going on. Ugh. Boring Spanish class, my legs are falling off (too much running) , I have a History Presentation tomorrow and one of the girls in my group isn’t going to be here, AND on top of that I have a clarinet playing test on a really hard piece coming up. Oh, yeah, and I need to get my good leg splits down for gymnastics before Halloween. I also can’t find my favorite pair of leggings, and I don’t want to go to school (if you haven’t figured that out already, lol)

‘kay, now I wanna talk about something. WHY. DOES. EVERYONE. AT. MY. SCHOOL. ACT. SO. FAKE. Like, wanting to be/feel accepted is one thing- but completely changing who you are is totally different. Almost everyone I know is fake and like, it irks me that people think, Oh, I’m so much better than (name) because I’m prettier. Or because I have cool friends. Or ’cause I have like 100 people I’m friends with on Snapchat. Like, oh my god. Seriously. It’s so annoying.



Okay, I feel weird posting deep stuff on here, so I’ll stop.


So, how did you like the photos?
xx,   Rutvi ❤

New Sign-Offs For All The Girls

Today I made some sign-offs for the dolls on my blog, since some of my upcoming posts will be written by them.

 

 

Whose is your favorite?

Also, just to give you a quick schedule on where I’m going to be with blogging the next few days:

  • Tomorrow, I’m going to post pictures of my Pusheen stuffed animal on So Sugar Sweet.
  • August 8 is when I get back from vacation, and I will be starting the Dollympics August 9. Read THIS POST. (I updated it with some exciting news!)
  • I don’t know how many posts I’ll be able to do on So Sugar Sweet when I start the Dollympics, but I will do one big post with a ton of pictures.
  • Expect a Back-To-School Series coming soon to a blog near you! 😉

Which TM doll is your favorite?

Love,

~Rutvi ❤

American Girl Doll Tips and Tricks

Hi! Today I’ve put together a post on how to keep your dolls looking their best, outfit ideas, photography tips, and more. Here, you do the math. Good outfit+awesome hairstyle+’healthy’ doll= great photoshoot= amazing blog!

OUTFIT IDEAS


MIX AND MATCH. Guys, you can make so many outfits with different pieces. I try to make my dolls look trendy and cute. Here are 3 outfits- all with the same shorts.

DSC04816.JPGThis one is bright and makes me think of summer. 🙂 DSC04817.JPGLazy day outfit! DSC04818.JPGSame as before, but cuter- with a vest and black sandals. Also, what I do is pick out the base for the clothes first, like a simple tee and pants, and then add shoes and accessories. (sample outfit idea: short sleeve t-shirt, black leggings, brown boots, high ponytail, wristwatch)

Does your blog have a certain theme? Mine does! It’s bee- themed, so that’s why my header picture is my dolls all dressed in the Bee Myself Outfit from AG. You can get creative, and I promise this is one of the most fun parts of dressing your dolls.

Another tip is to use one of your t-shirts as a dress. This is one of my tank tops, pinned back on Ruthie with some trim around the middle.It’s so easy for a quick evening gown, and it looks really cute! DSC04822.JPG

 


HAIR

It’s always important to give your doll an appropriate hairstyle before she stars in a ‘shoot. I base my hairstyle on the type of clothes my doll is wearing. Take for example this photo of Saige: DSC04762I put her in a flowy, fancy dress for that photoshoot, so I needed a hairstyle that matched. I’m going to try to explain how to do it as best as I can. Make sure to grab a doll with longer, wavy hair,  dolls like Saige, Kanani, and Lea would look great.

Gather your materials:

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First, brush out your doll’s hair. IMG_0702.JPGThen take a small section and braid it back. IMG_0703.JPGI put her on the edge of my bed so braiding it was easier. IMG_0704.JPGDon’t braid it all the way to the bottom. Secure with a clip in the back and repeat on the other side. IMG_0705.JPGIt should look like this. IMG_0706.JPGSorry if this is hard to see, but starting on one side of her head, take a slightly smaller section and braid it over to the other side. Repeat, so you have 2 tiny crossed-over braids. IMG_0707.JPGThere should also be one small piece of hair dangling out in each side. It looks messy, but don’t worry. Spritz it with water and curl it. IMG_0708.JPGThe water helps the curl stay. IMG_0710.JPGLastly, take the leftover hair in the back and twist it into a bun. And that’s it!

It’s kind of a tricky hairstyle, but it looks super elegant.

Now onto my next hair hack: water. NEVER brush your doll’s hair without spraying it first! It tames flyaways and makes it look much better, especially in photos.

If your doll has really dry hair, it might be time for a hair treatment. I did this a while ago with Saige, and I also did it once for my friend’s doll Josefina.

Before:IMG_2122 I took her to the sink for this, and put her into clothes that covered her whole body. She’s wearing socks, but you can’t tell. 😉 IMG_2167.JPGI took a pea-sized amount of conditioner and rubbed it into the bottom of Saige’s hair. I didn’t do her whole head because the top of her hair is still soft. Be sure to cover your doll’s body with a towel. Like I said, I only did this to the bottom of her hair, but when I did this for Josefina I washed ALL of her hair so I taped cotton balls over her eyes to keep water out of them. Now, rinse.IMG_2195.JPGAm I crazy saying that this actually looks kinda pretty? 😛 IMG_2138.JPGNow comb it out, and wait for it to dry! IMG_2036.JPG

I clipped a blue hair-extension into her hair and it looks super pretty. 🙂

Now moving on to a hairstyle for dolls with layered hair! C’mere, Brooke! She wore this style in this post. It’s super simple, but chic!IMG_0712IMG_0714Gather a small section of hair.IMG_0715Start fishtail braiding it. (If you don’t know how to fishtail, click here.)

Once you’ve reached the desired length, clip it back and you’re done!  DSC04819.JPG

A lot of people just use plain water on their doll’s hair, but an AG salesperson said that putting a bit of conditoner in the water helps keep your doll’s hair soft. And it does. So…go try that out! 😉


PHOTOGRAPHY

I’m a total rookie when it comes to photography, but it’s really fun and I’ve picked up a few tips to share. 😀

*take photos with natural lighting. It makes your photos much prettier and better. Compare these two photos: DSC04633I took this one in my basement. Guys, basements are HORRIBLE places for photos. Well, unless you have windows.Mine doesn’t and I have to turn on the light if I don’t want to bump into anything. But do you see what I mean? Ruthie looks way too yellow and that’s just weird. DSC04642However, this one is much better.  I took it on the same setting as I did the last picture, but  in my living room, where I have 2 really big windows. Those let in a lot of light and make for clearer, better, photos.

*Give your doll props! They make stories and photoshoots so much more interesting. DSC04424.JPG* Or have her play with a pet! They up the cuteness factor by, like, a million.DSC04728.JPG

* Put her somewhere interesting. I take most of my doll’s pictures outside, in my backyard. Scenery is just so beautiful, and your photos will have a really pretty background. As for indoor photography, you can use scrapbook paper as a background, (like I did here)  or you can use a scarf.

* Show her doing the things she loves. This kind of goes along with the props idea. Is your doll a writer? Soccer player? Show off her skills in your photos!

*Use your zoom! It helps SO much.IMG_0722.JPG


MISCELLANEOUS 

Here are some ways to spice up your doll’s wardrobe and other helpful random things!

  • If your friends have dolls, too, invite them over and tell them to bring their dolls. I did that for this  post and it’s just super fun!
  • Have her do things that people do in real life. You see morning/night routines, what’s in my backpack, and other videos all over Youtube. Make your doll take over! You can see Brooke’s morning routine here. I loved doing that post and there will definitely be more like it.
  • Give each of your dolls a different personality. Loren and Jaclynn both have a LOT of dolls, and each one has different personality. I find that kind of remarkable! For example, in my doll family, Ruthie is the reader rabbit. Some people might think she’s a nerd, but in reality she’s just really smart. Saige is the fashionista/ artist. Like me, she always needs to be doing something. Anything. She just can’t sit still. And Brooke is quiet and shy. Not painfully shy, though, she still has lots of friends. She’s pretty much the opposite of Saige. 😉 She also loves to cook!
  • Lyric photoshoots! Take photos of your dolls, and then add in the lyrics of your favorite song. These are so much fun and I love doing them. (credit for lyric photoshoots goes to Adaline)

    What was your favorite part of this post? Are you going to try any of these?

I also have a few things to tell you:

  1. I’m almost out of free photo space! :/ Thank goodness for Clara’s tutorial!
  2. I GOT MY AERIAL!!!!!! AAAAH!! I told my coach I was going to try and get it before we perform at spring show, and I did it for the first time at gymnastics yesterday!
  3. I…also got a rip at gymnastics. That’s when on bars, your skin kind of rips a little and you have to pull the skin off. It hurts. And, okay, this is kind of gross, but one time I got a rip and I didn’t realize it until I saw the bar, and there was blood on it. Ew! Don’t worry, though, it’s clean now. 😛

That’s it! I know it was a really long post, but I really wanted to share these with you. It took me a long time to put together, I hope you liked it!

I’ve turned into a rambler. Oh dear.

Bye!

~Rutvi ❤

What’s In My AG Collection-Books

DSC02173.JPGHey! Today I thought it would be fun to show you what AG books I have, and a little bit about them, such as things I liked/disliked. Onward! DSC02174.JPGThis quiz booklet came with my doll’s cat, Praline. It’s full of fun questions like this: DSC02175.JPG

I loved taking all the quizzes, it was fun. DSC02176.JPGThis one came with my GOML Neela doll.

It was amazing, the events were totally realistic and Neela is such a brave character. DSC02179.JPGGotta love this illustration. 😛 ❤DSC02180.JPGDSC02181.JPGMini Mysteries 2 and 3. These two were my favorite books up until I read Harry Potter. XD 😛DSC02182.JPGThis one came with my Ruthie doll. Ruthie is such a kind and loyal friend, not to mention she is fearless! Kit and Ruthie have always been my favorite historical dolls. DSC02184.JPGDSC02186.JPGSaige came with her first book, and I bought Saige Paints The Sky. First of all, let me just say that I LOVE the covers. The illustrations are so well-done, they’re very eye-appealing. The actual story, well, I can’t say it was exactly my favorite, but it had some parts that I  really liked, like the Day of Beige press conference, and Saige’s hot air balloon ride. DSC02188.JPG(I got this at a garage sale, that’s why her face looks funky) Although my personality and life is nothing like Nicki’s, I loved her book. The journey she had training Sprocket and her friendship with Becca had some ups and downs, but it all worked out fine in the end.  And her hair looks just GORGEOUS on the cover! BTW, the older GOTY books (like this one)  are thicker-they have more pages. I personally like the longer books better, but I understand why they made them shorter. DSC02190.JPGAlthough I didn’t particularly love the Mckenna doll, I LOVED her story. Part of me thinks it’s because I’m a gymnast, too. 🙂 The lesson she learned was a great message to young girls and I’m sure many of them could relate to her struggles at school, too. Her tutor, Josie, is very sweet and smart, fun in her own way. DSC02192.JPGMeet Caroline has some great values stuck in there, I loved how courageous she was. DSC02193.JPGI can’t say this is my favorite, either, it’s not really…enjoyable…but it has some great hygiene tips and could help growing girls. Um. So. Yeah, I’ve got nothing else to say. DSC02196.JPGThis one is full of fun crafts and recipes. Ot even has a poster! It was totally “sweet”! XD DSC02198.JPGI also have Kit’s original book set. I enjoyed reading each one, and in my opinion, Kit’s books were the best. My favorite was Kit’s Surprise, both Kit & Ruthie faced some problems which they figured out in the end. It was interesting to read about the Great Depression.

 

What’s your favorite AG book?

~Rutvi ❤

Name The DOLL-RESULTS+My Opinions on New AG Releases

Are you ready to find out what name won for this doll? Keep scrolling…

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SARAH!

I really think it suits her. 🙂 And I didn’t get many people to participate in this game, but there’s always next time! NOW for the “My thoughts” part of this post:

ALL photo credit goes to American Girl.

 SPRINKLES

Rainbow Sprinkles outfit-$30

I think that while this is really cute, (those SHOES!) it looks a lot like Saige’s tunic. It doesn’t help that the doll modeling it looks like Saige, either. But I like that it comes with a hair tie!

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Spring Breeze Dress set- $32

Sorry it’s so small! But this dress is SUPER adorable! 🙂 I don’t think the price is bad at all- for $32 dollars,  you can get the dress, leggings, headband, and shoes. The dress looks very well-made. I might get this!

TENNIS

Tennis Ace Outfit-$34

Hmm. I don’t know. I don’t play tennis, so I’m not crazy about this outfit, but it is cute. It looks great on #24!

ICE CREAM!!

Ice Cream Cart-$85

Aaagh small pictures… :/ anyways. I love this cart! It has a lot of play value and comes with over 30 adorable pieces! I wonder if the wheels really move…hehe! This is $85-I think it is worth that much.

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Striped Sunglasses-$10

I don’t have anything to say about this.

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Woven Flower Purse-$10

It’s cute and matches the Spring Breeze Dress set very well, but it’s so small that I don’t think anything would fit in it.

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Fun Floral Boots-$16

$16 just for boots that don’t even match anything? Seriously, AG?

I think the new releases are really cute, but there’s so much purple! I mean, purple is my favorite color, but I wish AG had some pink and green stuff, too.

By the way, who’s excited for the Melody Ellison Debut? I am! From her book, it seems like she is very pretty. Any ideas on what doll AG might retire? Tell me in the comments!

~Rutvi

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It’s ok to be Different~a Photoshoot

So many people are embarrassed of who they are, their personality. I’m telling you… that it’s okay.

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It’s okay to like school.DSC01477.JPG

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It’s okay to have red hair and freckles. DSC01482.JPGIt’s okay to dress differently.DSC01492.JPG

It’s okay to play with dolls. DSC01496.JPG

It’s okay to have unusual hobbies.DSC01497.JPG

It’s okay to have an imaginary friend.DSC01510.JPGIt’s okay to be silly sometimes.DSC01471.JPG

It’s okay to be different. Because people like you change the world.

I am not going to lie and say that I’ve never been embarrassed to still play with dolls. But now, I am not. My true friends won’t judge me. It’s not just dolls. It’s so many other things. So what if I’m weird? Who are they to judge? Exactly. Nobody.

This post was inspired by this video. Thanks for reading… Keep being the awesome people that you are! 🙂

~RUTVI