|Pink. Lots of pink on Nellie O'Malley.|
Yep, that's right, I've got a new member of the gang. A buddy of mine was looking to send Nellie O'Malley to a new place, and I do adore Nellie more than Samantha. Practical, bold Libra Irish girls who share my exact birth date are pretty awesome. She actually got here mid-January along with her meet dress and some accoutrements. Welcome, Nellie, to being a member of the AGGiB. She's still a historical girl from the 1900s--and will be getting and wearing stuff from the era along with Marisol. But like Kit and Kaya, she likes wearing modern stuff.1 And she's debuting here in the Pink Petal Outfit.
Like the Ice Blue Outfit I reviewed on Michi, the Petal Pink Outfit was an early Mattel set that came out in 2001 and was gone by 2003. The set has a pink angora style sweater, pink glitter skirt, pink stockings, and pink shoes (and a snowflake necklace) and sold for $24. AG later recycled the name in 2010 for a completely unrelated outfit that was more spring than winter, so you're going to have to filter for that in your searches, ask questions, and make sure you get this one. It actually goes for a sensible cost of about $15-25 on average. It's a little surprising how low some of the older outfits go--it's generally the "new" stuff people try to gouge you on. I got mine in a private purchase way back in 2010 or so, and can't remember precisely how much I paid but it was around retail costs. I don't have the necklace, so unless you're planning on getting me one as a gift, there's not going to be a review of it. But there is a bonus review: the Pink Tank and Brief Set2 that came out at the start of the year with Wonderbread. I had to put her in nice underwear that would fit with the modern clothes.
|Pink Tank and Brief Set, 2014 edition.|
|Sweaters. I love em so.|
|Cuffs match the collar.|
|Hem. No sparkle here.|
|Up the back.|
|Skirt. Long and sparkle.|
|Waistband. And Glitter.|
|Closure for the skirt.|
Stockings: Instead of tights, there are pale pink knee-length stockings. Unfortunately, what I had to say about the stockings under the Twilight Outfit applies. They're nothing really special. C.
|Shoes. Sparkle shiny ones.|
|Black Sole music.|
Necklace: Don't have it, try to keep up. It was a snowflake. I can get a knock off if I so desire it, and I don't so much.
Overall Feel: I adore the sweater--but then, I'm as biased towards sweaters as I am towards velvet and silks. But like the Twilight outfit, it's very, very monochrome pink head to toe. The skirt being a different color would have helped so much--white would have been lovely--as well as some more sparkle or interest to the shoes that wasn't just the choice of the glitter vinyl. As separate components it's nice but together it's really pink. Also, I'm hit or miss for shades of pink, and while the sweater hits the skirt and shoes kind of miss. It's both monochrome and slightly mismatched pink as well. The underwear, however, match well and are super cute.
Cost Value: The private purchase cost was sensible, and the original cost was right for the time. It actually goes for a decently low amount now, so it's not out of range for getting. I'd still get the stockings and make sure to get the shoes, skirt, and sweater. As for the underwear, order from AG direct with a decent order and call it good.
Timeliness/Datedness: Not too much, barring the fact that the whole outfit matches top to bottom. It's not going back too far--taking it to the 1980s will work, but it's not long enough to go over leggings. Get some stirrup pants or a denim skirt. The underwear are pretty modern.
Mix and Match Levels: Yeah, I'm actually going to want to do that. The sweater over jeans or a white skirt will be magnificent, as well as some new tights. The sweater I feel is the best part of the whole set, to be honest. Underwear can mix and match, but don't be looking at them.
Final Grade: B+ for the Petal Pink set--cute, but a little monochromatic. A for the underwear--it does its job.
1 That and have you seen Nellie's stuff? Most of it is not cute and is very movie, and I'm not for it. She's a very practical dresser, Nellie. About the only thing I like is her Irish outfit set so there's that.
2 Documented at the AG Wiki as the "Pink Tank and Brief Set II" because there was a set before it. Damn it AG, stop recycling names, it makes my life harder.
3 I saw Frozen, via means that didn't mean my money went to Disney. I have so many issues with that movie, and that's before you get into the race issues. Just the plotting was off. But I do like "Let It Go," at least. Especially in French and Japanese. They sound better than the English.
4 Also the bugs. I actually have bug phobias now.