Sorry again for the gap in posting…I promise I’m back now. 😉 That infamous time-consumer, the county fair, ends next week…and it’s been really fun so far! I got to perform in my handmade Rapunzel costume and light-up wig, and it was a ball!
Over the next few weeks, I hope to post some reviews and tutorials to get back into the groove of posting…and I also have a very different sort of post in the works that I hope you all will enjoy, too. 🙂 On another note, Episode 2 of Urban Princesses is also in the works, and I’ll give you a hint that it involves Eugene Fitzherbert (aka Flynn Rider), Kristoff, Anna, and Rapunzel going on an adventure (but, you know, in the city, not Arendelle or Corona). 😀
Today I have a post for you that’s sort of a part two to a review I did in the summer of the fashion packs sold by the Daiso Store, or as it’s officially called, Daiso Japan! 😀 As some of y’all may know, I got the chance to visit LA again a few weeks ago, and you can bet I beelined to the nearest Daiso Store to see what new stuff was in stock. 😉
Today I’ll show these fashion packs to you, along with some fun miniature food I found at the Daiso Store, and I’ll end by sharing with you one of my more unusual dolls, a Kurhn Doll that was actually bought for me overseas, and for whom I need YOUR help to name!
Note: If you’d like to see more info on how Daiso packs actually fit various doll brands, I’d recommend checking out my first Daiso post…here I’m just going to skip to what dolls I think look best in them! 🙂
Let’s jump right in with these two adorable vintage-esque dresses! I think they may have had these in stock the last time I was in LA, but somehow I liked them more this time around. 😉
Part of why I LOVE Daiso packs is because you get a lot for your money! In addition to a ridiculously well-made dress, you get a hair bow, necklace, socks (!!!), and shoes…all for $1.50! I mean, I’ve bought Dollar Tree fashion packs before (that’s the closest thing we have to Daiso here), and 99% of the time they’re not that great. They’re usually sewn together in the back, and they’re never hemmed properly. For $.50 extra, you get velcro in the back, hemmed edges, really cute trim and ruffles, and some adorable (non-plastic) accessories to boot!
Let’s start off with the accessories. Both of these packs come with little bobby socks hidden up under the dress–I didn’t know they were even there until I opened the package! I LOVE the socks–they’re well made, adorable, and I can totally see myself using these for some vintage outfits!
They fit best on my Made to Move Barbie. 🙂
Unfortunately, the cute shoes don’t work, even on my MTM Barbie, who has the smallest feet out of all of my dolls…
…but they’re a little closer to working without the bulk of the socks. I may try to work on stretching these later, because the style is so vintage and cutesy! 😀
These two packs also come with a hair bow, which is neatly sewn onto an elastic headband, and a pearl necklace! 🙂 The hairbow is awesome…the elastic could stretch to fit almost every doll I own! I also love that in each pack, the pearl necklace color is slightly tinted to match. 🙂 However, I knew from my last Daiso experience that this style of necklace can very easily break when stretched, so I opted to instead double it around the doll’s wrist as a bracelet! While it’s a tad out of proportion, I still think it’s groovy! (Sorry…I love that word. A lot. 😉 ) Here’s my redhead MTM Barbie (aka the Grace doll 🙂 ) in the pink/white/yellow dress and accessories! 🙂
How crazy-well-made is this dress?! The lace trim is awesome, as is the neck ruffle and peplum!
I thought that the blue/white/pink pack might look cute on Scarlet Starling, although it’s a bit more froofy than she would usually go for! 😉 I even added the blue hairbow over her ponytail, and I think I love it! Incidentally, the dress fits her really well, too. 🙂
GAHH! Scarlet just CAN’T take a bad picture! 😀
Last time I bought some Daiso packs, you may recall I got a Cinderella-esque baby blue dress, and it ended up being altered into Cindy’s Urban Princesses outfit!
Anywho, I loved how well made this style was, with the mesh puff sleeves and lace overlay, so I was pretty excited to spot it in stock in white this time around! I tried it on Jade, and while it is a bit baggy, I think it looks lovely with her dark hair. 🙂
Next up, I picked up this pack that’s labeled “Pop Idol Costume”…but I’ll admit that I didn’t really get it for the dress. 😉
The dress is nice, but not nearly as cute as the other packs. 🙂
Barbara Gordon/Batgirl can make anything look cute, though. 🙂
What I really got this pack for was the boots…I’m always hunting for Liv doll shoes, but they’re SO hard to find! I often find Liv dolls in thrift stores, but they almost never have shoes. I could tell from in the package that these were slightly larger than a Barbie boot, so I crossed my fingers, handed over $1.50…..
They work!!! Here you can see that they are just the right size!
Sure enough, they fit like a glove!
I may try to paint them a more neutral color later, like tan or black, but for now they go pretty well with this Barbie bunny dress!
Finally, I picked up this adore little set of erasers shaped like food! 😀 I LOVE tiny food, and I have since I was little! Story for a later time, but one time (wayyyy back, like around 2009) I made my Disney Fairy dolls (Tink, Vidia, Rosetta, Fawn, Iridessa, and Silvermist) an entire tiny Thanksgiving dinner, featuring a turkey I made out of crumpled paper. 😉
BUT ANYWAY…this food doesn’t look anything like crumpled paper…it’s downright adorable! 😉
Even the backdrop once you open the package is really cute.
Here’s what I got in this pack: a chocolate cake slice, a white round cake, and a cheesecake slice! 🙂 (I’m totally guessing on the cheesecake. 😉 )
These can all be disassembled…so I suppose in theory you could switch the garnishes! 😀
Honestly, I don’t want to use these as erasers….’cause they’re too cute as tiny food! 😀
The round cake actually makes me think of Publix’s Chantilly Cake that they’re selling currently! 🙂 Ahhh, Publix Bakery. Will your deliciousness never cease? 😉
The strawberry cheesecake is super cute, too! 🙂
Going along with the Asian theme, I’d like to show a doll from my collection that I’ve only recently had the chance to look at closely…my Kurhn doll! My Kurhn doll was actually purchased overseas and brought back by a friend, who gave her to me. At the time, I was very interested in dolls, but not blogging yet, and my immediate thought was that she was lovely, but not very articulated, and her outfit appeared to be permanently attached. At the time, I didn’t even know what brand she was…Kurhn wasn’t mentioned anywhere on her packaging….but recently I was digging through the lovely Toy Box Philosopher’s archives looking for something else and ran across her reviews of Kurhn dolls…and it got me thinking. I compared her pictures to my doll, and realized that she is, without a doubt, a Kurhn doll! 🙂 My particular doll actually is listed on Ebay for $75….soooo… 😉
She’s actually called the “Chinese Myth White Snake Fairy Doll”….which isn’t the best name….see below for more on this. 😉
Her dress is gorgeous, and it’s flowing nature adds a ton of movement to any photo she’s in. 🙂
Her face is beautiful….she has wonderfully painted eyes with dramatic rooted eyelashes! Her hair is a deep chocolate brown, and it’s very elaborately styled, with lots of small gold accents!
I LOVE this hair!
Part of why I was iffy about her outfit when I first got her, however, was because there was an extra white scarf wrapped around her shoulders…it wasn’t hemmed, and was quickly unraveling despite my light handling. Happily, however, I realized that it was fastened by one plastic tie on each side, and it is easily removed.
Now I’m a happy camper. 🙂
LOOOOOOOK at that train. 😀
You can even arrange it around her when she sits in a dramatic way.
The kimono-esque outer piece was fastened to the shoulders of her under dress by a couple of plastic ties, and after I snipped those I discovered that it is easy to remove.
Underneath she has a lovely white, strapless gown. I love this, less bulky look, too.
I thought it might be fun to try one of the Daiso packs on her, so I tried on the pink and white star dress. One interesting thing to note, however, is that very similarly to Toy Box Philosopher in the article I linked to above, my doll also had some double-backed tape holding the dress on. It stays on fine without it, though, so I removed the tape.
Although her hair is a bit elaborate for this look, the dress fits like a glove, and I think the Kawaii style really fits with her face paint.
She also came with a cute umbrella, which I now realize says, “KURHN” on every spoke. I can’t believe I didn’t figure out what brand she is earlier…silly me. 😉
It’s lovely opened or closed, but I think it looks best open. It was a bit hard to get the doll to hold it, though, because of her lack of wrist articulation, but she looks very cute with it!
I also tried the whole ensemble on my MTM Barbie, and she can hold the parasol much better. 🙂 However, there’s something about the Chinese princess look that Grace just can’t pull off as well as the original doll. 😉
Incidentally, though, I love dramatic focusing tricks with the umbrella. 🙂
In conclusion, I LOVE my Kurhn doll…she’s one of the prizes of my collection! She’s serene, beautiful, and her hair is to DIE for. 🙂 When I start taking pictures of her, I literally can’t stop. She has such a different feel from all of my other dolls…and she’s just practically perfect in every way. 🙂
But here’s where I need YOUR help! I don’t have a name for this doll yet, since I really didn’t want to call her Chinese Myth White Snake Fairy…. 😉 So I’d LOVE to see some suggestions for names! Of course, you don’t have to, but I’d be interested to hear!
I hope you enjoyed this mash-up post of Daiso and Kurhn…and I hope to be back soon! 🙂