|Ring in 2014 with Tara and some shiny gold!|
In the AG fandom we got the year of Chiplote Mayo Artistry for our GotY--ugh--and stuffing Molly and Emily into the AG Vault--eh--and steady data that next year's Girl is another in the pattern of white privilege--fucking bells. I added two girls to my AG gang--both secondhand--and a lot of outfits and accessories. And also I started this blog and got my hands on almost every AG mag and every paper doll, and made lots of friends and a couple haters I keep to the left.
I had debated doing the Year 2000 outfit today, but I may do it the first of the year. New, fresh start to the blog with an outfit old enough to sign up for sites all by themselves. Abbi and Naomi's sets have a lot of fiddly bits that we'll get into soon. And Felicity? Well book canon says she goes to her holiday dance on January seventh because long holidays were and are long, so at least by then. Don't rush me, I give you good detailed reviews, the least you can do is be patient about it.
So Tara is back again, in her own holiday set that doesn't belong to Samantha. I'm following silver with gold. Look at that, I'm far too clever. After Tara arrived in summer 2009, I needed to get her a holiday dress because everyone in the gang had holiday outfits and it was very important that I keep this fact up.2 So I started searching eBay and luckily stumbled upon the 2003 super limited edition dress, the Shimmery Gold Dress: a gold dress, cream tights, gold shoes, gold hair clips, a gold and rhinestone choker necklace that my set came without, and stick on earrings. The dress was more limited than most holiday items because it couldn't be ordered via catalog. It could only be ordered online from the website or picked up directly in AG stores. Of which there were exactly two, one of which--the NYC location--had just opened that year. And it was shut down in 2004. Limited as fuck. I paid $24.65 which is a touch above the original cost of $24. Damn last second snipe attempts. It can be found on the secondary market for about that range and up to about $40 for a full set--with of course, the stupid price hikes that come with a lot of AG things and that you shouldn't bite down for.
Let's get this New Year's partying started right.
|Shimmery. Gold. Dress. Living up to its name.|
|Basic bodice is basic.|
|Sleeves: Silver--no, gold bells|
|So the era really liked bell sleeves.|
|A-line and a lined skirt. I slay me.|
|Rhinestone twilight sparkles.|
|Tights. Ah, Tights, I have seen so much of you lately.|
|Side of shoe.|
|Out of hair.|
Necklace: N/A. My set didn't come with. I'll probably make one.
|Ffff-fuck these earrings.|
Before 2008, AG didn't pierce doll's ears. People either pierced them themselves with the trick I'll show next month when a lot of the moddies get hit up, or they used stick-ons. And this outfit came with two pairs of white rhinestone stick on earrings.
I gave them a chance. I really did. These are the specific ones I gave the chance to. When I got the outfit the first time, I decided to try them. And then they came off Tara's ears and stuck to her hair and I had to brush it out and tried again and they did it again, that's when I decided that I was 500% done with stick on earrings for the rest of my doll collecting existence. FUCK. F. F--. You lose. Good day.
Overall Feel: Gotta say, it's accurate about being a shimmery gold dress cause that's exactly what it is. Shimmery gold and white, with good lining and care. I don't like the stiffness of the fabric, but I do like the color and the sparkle, so it doesn't make too much issues. The shoes fit perfectly to the set, and the clips fitting over wrapped hair is a delightful bonus. The "earrings" can be like a d20 tossed into a gas stove and Die in a Fire.
Cost Value: $24 was pretty fair for a full set, and I didn't even pay a dollar above that. Nowadays with the dress ten years out of production you might be looking at $35 to 40 for a full set. Get at least the dress and shoes. Tights and clips are easily replaced, the necklace is a bonus--I've done okay without--and the earrings are useless. Don't pay more than $50, which had better include everything.
Timeliness/Datedness: No lies, the style is dated. Not many girls today do the bell sleeve, A-line, high waist look. They're more into the poofy bubble skirts and the tutus and the leggings and the Instagrams and the other things I don't quite get. Eh, I'm "old." But I think it's still a bit cute, especially for the era it was for.
Mix and Match Levels: Nope. Holiday wear generally is not. You gotta coordinate.
Final Grade: A. Overall cute and classy, with a out of season formality.
And this is probably my last post of 2013, after nearly a year of dolly blogging. We've had low months and high months and lag and surges--and next year there'll be old and new stuff to relish. Enjoy your New Year's parties and celebrations around the world, and let's all hope for an awesome doll and fandom year.
Even if it's another year of a white GotY. SIGH. AG, get your shit together.
1 Including me seeing the "prize" statement in the AG Dolls tag that there's some jackass in this world who legit said that she is happy to act like there were no AG girls after Felicity. Addy, Josefina, Kaya, Ivy, and Cécile--just to name the Historicals Girls of Color--would all like to say "fuck you too, bitch" and we hope you choke on lace and leather in an unpleasant manner.
2 The two without are two of my created Historicals. So they need theirs sewn and designed, which will be done soon.
3 Insert "get behind me satin" joke here.
4 You watch a talented belly dancer waggle her hips in front of your bisexual ass with a coin belt on in front of a bonfire at one a.m. in the middle of the woods with the actual purpose to keep your attention and turn you on after you've drunk several booze combos, and see how long you stare.
5 That's not a typo. My domain does, however, need an update.
6 I was confused as entire fuck that Jessi Ramsey in the BSC books had to argue with her parents to get her ears pierced for the first time at the age of eleven. And now looking back on it, this was such a scream that this was a white person writing a black girl. A lot of black girls have holes in their ears within a year of birth.